Dhaulagiri Circuit Plus Upper Mustang Trek - 27 Days

Country
Region
Activity
Group size
1-15
Duration
27 Days Days
Mode
Tea-House/Tent-Camp
Max-Altitude
5,360m/17,585ft
Daily Walking
6-7 hrs
Grade
4
Culture
Magar Culture, Gurung Culture, Thakali Culture, Mixed Culture
Best season
Autumn and Spring
Best season
Autumn and Spring

Dhaulagiri Circuit Plus Upper Mustang Trek 

1. Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

  • Meals:Lunch / Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu
  • Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Evening Walk at Thamel

2. Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

  • Duration:Half Day
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Thamel
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Boudhanath
  • Pashupatinath

Highlights:

  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Introduction with group members and trekking crew
  • Equipment checking and briefing about the trek

3. Kathmandu – Beni(900m/2,952ft)

  • Duration:10hrs Drive(297Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel

  • Thamel
  • Dhading
  • Damauli
  • Pokhara
  • Kushma
  • Baglung
  • Beni

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Prithivi Highway
  • Kali Gandaki River Bank
  • Mountain Scenery 

4. Beni – Dharapani(1,560m/5,118ft) via Darbang(1,180m/3,871ft)

  • Duration:3hrs Drive(44Km) and 4hrs Walk(9Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Ascend:380m/1,246ft

  • Beni
  • Tatopani
  • Babiyachaur
  • Darbang
  • Phedi
  • Dharapani

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Myagdi River Upstream
  • Farm Villages and Cultivated Lands with Terraces of Rice, Wheat, Barley and Mustard
  • Darbang Village – Gateway to Dhaulagiri and Dhorpatan
  • Moderate Hiking
  • Fabulous views of Putali and Ghurja Himal, adjoining Dhaulagiri massif chain of mountains

5. Dharapani – Mudi/Muri(1,720m/5,645ft)

  • Duration:6-7hrs Walk(12-13Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Ascend:440m/1,445ft
  • Descend:280m/920ft

  • Dharapani
  • Sibang
  • Phaliyagaon
  • Mudi/Muri

Highlights:

  • Myagdi River
  • Traditional Villages
  • Pun-Magar Settlement
  • Dense Forests
  • Terraced Fields
  • Blissful Nature
  • Fresh Air
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Bamboo Trees

6. Mudi/Muri – Dobang Kharka(2,520m/8,268ft)

  • Duration:6-7hrs Walk(13-14Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Descend:150m/492ft
  • Ascend:945m/3,100ft

  • Mudi/Muri
  • Naura
  • Bagar(Boghara)
  • Lipsaba(Lipsa)
  • Plangkos Kharka
  • Dobang Kharka

Highlights:

  • Bushes
  • Wildlife
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Off-the-beaten trail
  • Rhododendron Forests
  • Blissful Nature
  • Wooden Bridges
  • Myagdi Khola – Clear Water
  • Fresh Air
  • Small Settlements
  • Cattles
  • Mountain Scenery

7. Dobang Kharka – Soligari(3,100m/10,170ft)

  • Duration:4-5hrs Walk(9-10Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Ascend:580m/1,902ft

  • Dobang Kharka
  • Myagdi Khola
  • Soligari 

Highlights:

  • Forests like Natural Botanical Garden
  • Wildlife including Deer, Langurs, Yaks
  • Herbs and Vegetations
  • Wooden Bridges
  • Konabain Khola
  • Myagdi Khola
  • Bamboo Forest

8. Soligari – Italian Base Camp(3,660m/12,007ft)

  • Duration:4-5hrs Walk(9-10Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Ascend:560m/1,1837ft

  • Soligari
  • Puchhar Base Camp
  • American Base Camp
  • Italian Base Camp 

Highlights:

  • Follow a trail to the Terminal Moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier
  • Enter the Glacier
  • Bamboo Forests
  • Wildlife including Langoor, Himalayan Thar, Deers etc
  • Marvellous view of Dhaulagiri Ranges 

9. Acclimatization Day

  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp

  • Italian Base Camp 

Highlights:

  • Day Hike
  • “Climb Higher, Sleep Lower” 

10. Italian Base Camp – Japanese Base Camp(3,890m/12,762ft)

  • Duration:4-5hrs Walk(9-10Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Ascend:230m/754ft

  • Italian Base Camp
  • Swiss Base Camp
  • French Base Camp
  • Japanese Base Camp

Highlights:

  • Dhaulagiri West Icefall Glacier Walk
  • Cross a Huge Breach in the Moraine
  • Blissful Nature
  • Crevasses
  • Moraine Glacier
  • Frozen Debris of a Massive Avalanche Fan
  • Sherpas – the Expertise of the Mountains
  • Large Bivouac Cave
  • Marvellous View of Dhaulagiri I, Manapathi and Tsaurabong

11. Japanese Base Camp – Dhaulagiri Base Camp(4,748m/15,577ft)

  • Duration:5hrs Walk(9Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Ascend:858m/2,815ft

  • Japanese Base Camp
  • Chhonbardan Glacier
  • Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Highlights:

  • Glacier Walk
  • View of Tukuche Peak
  • Stony Ground
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • Prayer Flags
  • Icicles View
  • Sounds of Avalanches
  • Moving Glacier
  • Low Temperature
  • Astonishing View of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri IV
  • Ice Glacier of Dhaulagiri North-East Col
  • Overnight at Ice Glacier Camp

12. Dhaulagir Base Camp – Hidden Valley Camp(5,140m/16,863ft) via French Col Pass(5,360m/17,585ft)

  • Duration:6-7hrs Walk(11-12Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Ascend:612m/2,007ft
  • Descend:220m/722ft

  • Dhaulagiri Base Camp
  • Tukuche Icefall
  • French Col Pass
  • Hidden Valley Camp

Highlights:

  • Crest of Massive Moraine Ridge
  • Open Slopes that leads to Crest of French Col
  • Cairns
  • Prayer Flags
  • Amazing View of Tukuche West, Dhaulagiri-I, Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang and Sita Chuchura
  • Lower Temperature Zone
  • Windy Valley
  • Technical Trail requiring Well-Equipped Preparation
  • Unique Nature
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • French Pass- Highest Elevation of this Trekking   

13. Hidden Valley Camp – Yak Kharka(4,050m/13,287ft) via Dhampus Pass(5,200m/17,060ft)

  • Duration:8-9hrs Walk(12-13Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Ascend:60m/196ft
  • Descend:1,150m/3,772ft

  • Hidden Valley Camp
  • Dhampus Pass
  • Elevation Camp
  • Yak Kharka

Highlights:

  • Charismatic View of Western Nepal
  • Desert-like Landscape
  • Close View of Dhaulagiri I including other Dhaulagiri Ranges
  • Tukuche Peak, Mustang Valley, Kaligandaki Valley and Nilgiri
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • Blissful Nature
  • Prayer Flags
  • Yaks, Yak Shelters 
  • Touch the Tree-Line
  • Technical Trekking Trail
  • Cautious Trail

14. Yak Kharka – Kagbeni(2,810m/9,220ft) via Jomsom(2,800m/9,186ft)

  • Duration:6-7hrs Walk(12-13Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Descend:1,240m/4,068ft

  • Yak Kharka
  • Alubari
  • Marpha
  • Jomsom
  • Ekle Bhatti
  • Kagbeni

Highlights:

  • Small Settlements
  • Downtown Area, Apple Orchids
  • Apple Garden
  • Agro-Farms
  • Kali Gandaki River Bank
  • Lowland Walk
  • Prayer Flags and Prayer Wheels
  • Mani Walls and Mani Stone
  • Windy Trail
  • Windy Valley
  • Monasteries
  • Jomsom-Capital Of Mustang
  • Jomsom Airport
  • Snow-Capped Mountain
  • Lofty Massif of above 8,000m
  • Kali Gandaki River
  • Clustered Village
  • Ancient Monasteries
  • Red Monastery
  • Exotic Arts
  • Thakali Culture
  • Salt Trade Route

15. Kagbeni – Chele (3,100m/10,170ft)

  • Duration:5-6hrs(9-10Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:300m/984ft

  • Kagbeni
  • Tangbe
  • Chusang
  • Chele

Highlights:

  • Tibetan Culture
  • Complex Trails
  • Whitewashed Settlements
  • Marvelous Desert-like Landscapes
  • Cultivations
  • Apple Orchards
  • Nilgiri Mountains
  • Kali Gandaki River Bank

16. Chele – Syanboche (3,800m/12,464ft)

  • Duration:6-7hrs(8-9Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:700m/2,300ft

  • Chele
  • Taklam la Pass(3,624m/11,888ft)
  • Dajong La Pass(3,660m/12,005ft)
  • Samar
  • Bhena La Pass(3,830m/12,563ft)
  • Syanboche

Highlights:

  • Steep Ascend Westwards
  • Deep Crayon
  • Gorge
  • Rocky Trail
  • Steep Descend on some section
  • Red Painted Cave Monastery or the Rangchyung Chorten, believed to have hosted the famed Buddhist saints Padmasambhava and Atisha centuries ago
  • Forests and gouges with a high vertical wall

17. Syanbochen – Ghyami (3,520m/11,546ft)

  • Duration:5-6hrs(8-9Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:220m/725ft
  • Descend:500m/1,640ft

  • Syanbochen
  • Tamagaon
  • Chhungar
  • Jhaite
  • Nyi La Pass(4,020m/13,190ft)
  • Ghami La Pass(3,765m/12,350ft)
  • Ghyami

Highlights:

  • Cross one of the three passes – the Yanda La Pass
  • Distinctive Chortens painted with Buddhism’s auspicious symbols
  • Gompas
  • Sparsely Settled Village
  • Terraced Valley
  • Nyi La Pass
  • Ghami La Pass
  • Deserted Landscapes
  • Hills
  • Ghaymi village – the third largest settlement in the Mustang valley  

18. Ghyami – Charang (3,560m/11,680ft)

  • Duration:4hrs(5Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:350m/1,150ft
  • Descend:310m/1,020ft

  • Ghyami
  • Chinggel(Tsarang, Choya)La Pass(3,870m/12,695ft)
  • Charang(Sarang)

Highlights:

  • Visit Mustang’s longest Mani wall
  • Adorned with the carvings
  • Accompanied by the group of Chortens that mark the end of the valley

19. Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3,840m/12,600ft )

  • Duration:5-6hrs(7-8Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:390m/1,280ft
  • Descend:110m/362ft

  • Charang
  • Sungda La Chorten
  • Lo(Day) La Pass(3,950m/12,957ft)
  • Lo Mangthag

Highlights:

  • Famous Settlement of LoMangthang
  • Caharang Chu Canyon
  • Climb Steeply after Crossing River
  • Palace and Gompas
  • Barren Land
  • Ancient Fortress and Monasteries
  • Windy Pass
  • Small Bridge 

20. Explore Lo-Mangthang

  • Duration:Whole Day
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Places nearby Lo-Mangthang

Highlights:

  • Rich Culture
  • Sound Architecture Settlement
  • Well Preserved Legacy since the 14th Century
  • Walled City
  • Four Major Ancient Shrines
  • Brick-Red Jampa Lhakhang – the oldest Gompas
  • 50 Foot Large Clay Statue of Lord Buddha
  • 15th Century Old Thubchen Gompa and Choprang Gompa
  • Royal Palace of the Mustangi King
  • The Tall Champa Lakhang
  • Red Thugchen Gompa and Entrance Hall
  • Cave Village of Chosar
  • Deep Red Nyhu Gompa
  • Ancient Cave-Dwelling Sire of Jhong Cave
  • White-washed Villages
  • Old Fortress
  • Ruins of Ancient Palaces and Monuments
  • Teje Festival (End of March)

21. Lo-Mangthang to Dhakmar(3,810m/12,500ft)

  • Duration:5-6hrs(9-10Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:390m/1,280ft
  • Descend:410m/1,345ft

  • Lo-Mangthang
  • Marang Chongo La Pass(4,230m/13,875ft)
  • Ghar Gumba
  • Muila Bhanjyang(4,170m/13,680ft)
  • Drakmar

Highlights:

  • Forbidden City
  • Uphill Climb
  • Downhill to the Settlement of Drakmar
  • Ghar Gumba – Pure Virtue of Lo Nyingma Sect Scriptures of Padmashamva
  • Beautiful Rock Paintings
  • Myth(Local People Believe that the prayer in this shrine is surely heard)

22. Dhakmar – Ghiling (3,570m/11,710ft)

  • Duration:5-6hrs(8-9Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:200m/656ft
  • Descend:450m/1,476ft

  • Dhakmar
  • Ghami
  • Ghami(Ghemi) La Pass(3,765m/12,350)
  • Nyi La Pass(4,020m/13,190ft)
  • Ghiling

Highlights:

  • Expedition
  • Villages
  • Impressive Old and Ancient Chortens and Monasteries
  • Gorgeous Landscapes

23. Ghiling – Chele (3,100m/10,170ft)

  • Duration:6hrs(10-11Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Ascend:260m/853ft
  • Descend:740m/2,428ft

  • Ghiling
  • Bhena La Pass(3,830m/12,563ft)
  • Samar, Dajong La Pass(3,660m/12,005ft)
  • Taklam la Pass(3,624m/11,888ft)
  • Chele

Highlights:

  • Unique and Desert-Like Landscapes Decorated by Cultural Legacies and Glorious Mountain
  • Breathtaking Views of the Himalayas
  • Scenic Diversity and Interaction with the locals 

24. Chele – Jomsom(2,700m/8,856ft)

  • Duration:7hrs(13-14Km
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:400m/1,315ft

  • Chele
  • Tangbe
  • Kagbeni
  • Ekle Bhatti
  • Jomsom

Highlights:

  • Strenuous Physical Walking
  • Reach the Settlement in Kagbeni(Special Permit Exit Point)
  • Mark the end of the Upper Mustang Trail and Join Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail
  • Historical Essence
  • Exotic Arts and Sculpture which is renowned as Bamfu Culture
  • Pony Ride

25. Fly back to Pokhara and Explore

  • Duration:25mins Flight
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Domestic Flight
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:1,877m/6,157ft

  • Jomsom
  • Pokhara

Highlights:

  • Scenic Flight
  • Lake City
  • Hotspot for Adventurous Activities and Gateway for Several Trekking Expeditions in and around Annapurna region


 

26. Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Duration:200Km (5-6hrs)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:710m/2,329ft

  • Pokhara
  • Malekhu
  • Dhading
  • Kathmandu

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Farewell Dinner in the evening

27. Departure Day

COST INCLUDES

Dhaulagiri Circuit Plus Upper Mustang Trek 

COST EXCLUDE

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While you are on Dhaulagiri Circuit Plus Upper Mustang Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you might only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device charger is not suitable with two-pin plug. And while you stay overnight in tent-camps, it is recommended to have your own power supply if possible. 

Yes, in most of the lodges and tea-houses, the telephone and internet facilities are available during your trek. But in some places, they might charge some amount for the service as well as you can also use mobile data during your trek for Internet and communication. 

Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.

You can use ATM and Credit Cards to withdraw money during Dhaulagiri Circuit Plus Upper Mustang Trek only at specific and major places like Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom. 

There is a maximum possibility of getting altitude sickness during Dhaulagiri Circuit Plus Upper Mustang Trek since you would be climbing to the higher altitudes, but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.

Yes, you will need a special permit for Dhaulagiri Circuit Plus Upper Mustang Trek because of its existence within the Annapurna Conservation Area as well as Upper Mustang being a restricted area, you would need to have Upper Mustang Special Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).

The trek could be extremely adventurous and exciting for solo trekkers and since you will be walking through off-the-beaten paths, it is somehow risky for the solo trekker and solo female trekkers. You need to be aware and capable of handling several situations in order to prevent from obligations and challenges during the trek. So, at least a highly experienced and certified trekking guide is needed for this trek even for solo trekkers. On the other hang, Upper Mustang is not allowed for single trekkers so you will need at least two members in a group anyways. 

No doubt about that, the itinerary is all yours and you can customize or personalize it according to your requirements with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.

Yes, it is possible to get showers during Dhaulagiri Circuit Plus Upper Mustang Trek on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.

Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Inner thermals

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Shower sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

MISCELLANEOUS

Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

During Dhaulagiri Circuit Plus Upper Mustang Trek, the tap water and well-water or even hand pumps are available abundantly but for safety purpose, you would need to carry water purifying pills or similar equipment or else you can buy bottle water/mineral-water as well.

It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads. 

Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.

The foods provided during the trek are mostly the typical Nepalese food i.e. Dal Bhat and the accommodation are basic tea-houses as well as tent-camps. Except for trekking, you can choose the food and accommodation according to your requirement during your stay in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.

In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek. On the other hand, we can also offer helicopter rescue service if required.

Dhaulagiri CIrcuit Plus Upper Mustang typically stays shut amid the winter time frames so, for the most part, April to June and Mid-September to Mid-November is esteemed as the best finest seasons to go for this trek. 

The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Plus Upper Mustang Trek is a physically demanding and challenging trekking experience through off-the-beaten rugged trails and high altitude walks which requires a sharp physical fitness and also it is recommended to have a previous trekking acknowledgement for this trek.

Generally, Dhaulagiri Circuit Plus Upper Mustang Trek is 25-30 days long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.

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