Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek With Dhampus Peak

Overview

  • Duration20 Days
  • Trip GradeStrenuous 
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • ActivityTours, Hiking, Mountaineering
  • Group Size6 People Maximum
  • Max Altitude6012m.

About Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek With Dhampus Peak

Dhaulagiri Circuit is a challenging trek through high alpine pastures, high passes and serene and uninhabited valleys. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m – the 7th highest mountain in the world. Everyone is familiar with the name Dhaulagiri, which is probably the best place for remote and adventurous trekking in Nepal.

Mount Dhaulagiri rises above the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki, and the circuit offers stunning views of the entire Dhaulagiri range. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Route was discovered in the 1950s by a French team, hence the French Pass, which leads to a lonely area known as the Hidden Valley. The rewards of this trek include a beautiful view of Tukuche Peak (6,920m), Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Dhaulagiri ii (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m) and Dhaulagiri V. (7,618m).

Dhampus Peak (6012m) is located in the northeast of the great Dhaulagiri massif in the Annapurna region. This 6012-meter-high peak is one of the non-technical climbing peaks and can also be a good beginning climbing option for aspiring mountaineers. Dhampus Peak climbing offers the incredible view of Tukuche Peak, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri, Sita Chuchura, Tukche Peak, Thorong Peak, Tangu Peak, Tsarste and Hongde Peak. We also discover the different quaint and cultural villages of Kaligandaki valley.

The trail to the mountain separates from the Hidden Valley camp after the French pass. Dhampus peak base camp is only a few hours away from the Hidden Valley camp and the only requires one day from the base camp to climb to the summit.

This is one of the non-technical peaks of the Himalayas and beginners with a bit of training during the climb can attempt the peak, but it required a good level of physical fitness.

Dhaulagiri Circuit trek with Dhampus Peak routes start after an 8-hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Beni. From Beni you head in a north-westerly direction through the villages of Babiachour. You pass the warm and vibrant villages of Darbang, Muri, and Choriban to the Italian and Dhaulagiri Base camp. On the route, you pass the high mountain passes like the French Pass and the Dhampus pass from where you descend to the Marpha and join the Annapurna Circuit.

The circuit trail makes its way through villages and terraced farm land, along rivers and gorges, and along glaciers and moraine. With time to acclimatize before tackling the high passes there is plenty of opportunity to take in the magnificent mountain vistas.

Highlights

  • A stunning and challenging hike around Dhaulagiri, the 7th highest mountain on Earth
  • Walk across the French Pass (5370m) and the spectacular Hidden Valley
  • Dhampus peak expedition has an amazing views of Annapurna range and more
  • Crossing two major high alpine passes the French Pass (5360m) and the Dhampus Pass (5200m).

Itinerary

  1. Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m)

    You will arrive at Kathmandu where we will pick you up from the airport and drop you to your hotel. Meanwhile, you can take your time to stroll around to visit the temples and monuments.

    There are plenty of places that you will find fascinating if you wander around.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:No
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m.
    • Time:Rest day
  2. Today in the morning, our team will meet you to review the equipment you have brought and take you to the gear rental shop. Before you head off to the Himalayas, we will make sure that you have quality climbing boots that fit well.

    Today, there will also be a trip briefing on last-minute specifics about your trek and an early lights-out: you have a big day ahead.

    You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images.

    Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:No
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m.
    • Time:Free day
  3. After breakfast, you head to Beni by private jeep/van. You’ll find most of the scenery is very enjoyable along the countryside.

    Beni is the district headquarters and has police check post where your trekking permits will be examined. The town is at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:850m.
    • Time:8 hours drive
  4. Leaving Beni and Kali Gandaki the trek heads west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs).

    Crossing the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babichor.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:950m.
    • Time:5 hours
  5. The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and you pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walk through fields arriving at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m.
    • Time:6 hours
  6. After crossing the river to its West Bank as you leave Phedi, the trail starts climbing in earnest and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge and the angle of ascent eases. Again, the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. Continue your trek to Sibang and Mattim.

    From here you continue up an incline to the snout of the ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1,810 m). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Mur.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:1850m.
    • Time:5 - 6 hours
  7. Descend a little, cross a stream and continue through terraced fields before climbing a ridge to reach the pass from where you can see Mt. Ghustung South (6,465 m).

    Descend to the Myagdi Khola and trek along its West Bank to the village of Naural from where you will climb a little before traversing a grassy hill and climbing a steep slope with switch-backs, then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Boghara.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2080m.
    • Time:6 - 7 hours
  8. After crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang, the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) becomes visible through breaks in the trees.

    Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross via a wooden bridge to the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3110m.
    • Time:5 - 6 hours
  9. Follow a trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6,837 m) becomes visible straight ahead; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) dominates the skyline to your right.

    After a short walk, you will reach Italian Base Camp (3,660 m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m).

    • Accommodation:Tent
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3660m.
    • Time:7 hours
  10. We will spend a day acclimatizing to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be adjusted for higher altitudes in the days to follow. Overnight at Italian Base Camp.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3660m.
    • Time:Rest day
  11. This is one of our adventurous days to Dhaulagiri base camp. From here you can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) dominating the skyline to your right. To the west are peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m).

    In front of you is the impressive icefall that descends from the north-east col. Overnight at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

    • Accommodation:Tent
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4750m.
    • Time:6 - 7 hours
  12. After the glacier, you climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, then cuts across the mountain flank and the moraine you enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5,360 m).

    A great vista opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to see Mukut Himal (6,328 m), Tashi Kang (6,386 m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611 m), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6,920 m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I.

    From the French Pass you continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to the Thapa Pass (5,250 m) between Tukche Peak and Dhampus Peak (6,012 m). Descending from the Dhampus Pass you will make it to the camp at 5,200 m.

    • Accommodation:Tent
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:5000m.
    • Time:6 hours
  13. Now the trek leaves the Dhaulagiri trek trail and heads towards the Dhampus peak towards the base camp. The base camp can be reached within 4 hours of comfortable trek.

    • Accommodation:Tent
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:5150m.
    • Time:4 hours
  14. The climbing to summit is straightforward on a comfortable slope and is assisted with fixed ropes on risky sections. The summit can be reached within 7 - 8 hours and after taking the view for a bit, we will make our way down to Hidden Valley.

    • Accommodation:Tent
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:6012m.
    • Time:7 - 8 hours
  15. Reserve day

    This day will be set aside as a contingency in case we are unable to reach the summit of the Dhampus peak on the desired day due to bad weather or any other unforeseen reason. However, this day will not be required if the trip goes smoothly.

    • Accommodation:Tent
    • Meals:Breakfast
    • Maximum Altitude:5150m.
    • Time:Reserve day
  16. Descend from the Hidden Valley to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect campsite to enjoy the surroundings.

    • Accommodation:Tent
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:4750m.
    • Time:7 hours
  17. Continue on to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchards as well as all various food products made from the fruit.

    Don’t forget to taste the local Apple Brandy a specialty from the region that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2710m.
    • Time:5 - 6 hours
  18. We will take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The flight passes through the gorge between the mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, making the flight itself an amazing experience.

    After arriving in Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day relaxing.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:895m.
    • Time:20 Mins.
  19. We leave for Kathmandu at about 7:30 AM by tourist bus. We're back in Kathmandu at around 3 PM.

    In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with culture show.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:1400m.
    • Time:6 - 7 hours
  20. Enjoy the city’s luxuries again! Spend the afternoon shopping in Thamel for souvenirs or simply relax or leave for your respective country.

    The time has come to say goodbye to Nepal. Our representative will drop you off at the international airport, as per your flight schedule.

    What's Included

    Included

    • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
    • From Kathmandu to Beni by private jeep/van.
    • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
    • From Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist coach.
    • 1-nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
    • All necessary paperwork for the Dhaulagir Circuit trek and Dhampus peak climbing permits.
    • Annapurna conservation area permit (ACAP).
    • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
    • Peak climbing a native Sherpa guide with his equipment.
    • The required number of staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
    • Tent camp during the climbing period. (twin sharing trekking tent, dining tent, Kitchen tent, staff tents and Kitchen utensil etc.).
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • Accommodations in tea house (lodges) and some nights for camping.
    • Necessary trekking/camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
    • Cooking fuel and camping charges.
    • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff
    • Walking stick (if it is required)
    • Trek map.
    • Farewell dinner with culture show.

    Not Included

    • International airfare and Nepal visa.
    • Tips for guide / porters (tipping is expected).
    • Any personal medical / travel insurance which included rescue.
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the 'Price Includes' section.

    Dates & Price

    Dates StatusPrice 
    Start DateNov 07, 2021End DateNov 26, 2021StatusAvailablePriceUS$3100

    Our published dates are guaranteed departures. If the dates don't match with your travel plans, we are more than happy to create your desired date.

    Useful Info

    Accommodation

    Accommodations are provided on the twin-sharing basis. If you are a solo traveler, a single supplement will be served. Accommodations during the trek in the Himalayas, you will be staying at basic mountain lodges where you'll have a nice and clean room with the warm blankets, pillows, and comfortable matrices (matrices may not be very thick size but they’re comfortable).

    Meals

    During the trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking, there will also be farewell dinner.

    Best Time to Visit

    The best time to visit Himalayas is between September to December and March to May, when the skies are a clear blue and the views spectacular. The weather remains dry until about May, with temperatures varying between regions.

    Nepal is good for trekking throughout the year. Autumn and spring seasons are the most famous trekking seasons in the Himalayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. It has beautiful, cool, blue skies, clear weather conditions and amazing views of the white mountains and the countryside.

    During the spring season, this time of year offers a breathtaking view of the Rhododendron flowers and lush forests.

     

    FAQs

    1. How fit do I need to be for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?

    The Dhaulagiri Circuit is a challenging trek, suitable for trekkers at altitudes above 5,000m with previous experience of trekking.

    If you have a high mountain experience, you can go on a trek with hiring an experienced guide. The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek routes are not well-marked, so there is a very high risk of "misleading." We strongly recommend you to hire an experienced native Sherpa guide.

    The trek requires a high level of fitness, stamina and determination. For several days, you will need to walk over the high pass (5,000+) and trek along the remote terrain.

    Dhaulagiri has always been out there. The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek has become popular with campers over the decades.

    Over the last five years, new guest houses have been built along the trail to accommodate the needs of those who did not want to camp. But the guest houses are not available at the upper part of the trek from Italian Base Camp.

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