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For an iconic Himalayan trekking adventure – that takes you off-the-beaten trail in the safest possible way – this combination has everything you could possibly dream of.
A Dhaulagiri Circuit and Dhampus Peak trekking expedition is a joy from start to finish, as it takes you to a base camp that is easily one of the most beautiful camping sites on the planet. It also puts you in warm and welcoming parts of urban Nepal, to launch and then celebrate a true adventure that generally lasts around 14 days.
This is one of the least known trekking options in Nepal. It is not mentioned as prolifically as expeditions on and around Everest. Yet some visitors walking and peak climbing around the Dhaulagiri Circuit find it just as beguiling and exciting, and potentially more rewarding.
As the name implies, this circular trek takes you around a group of mountains dominated by Dhaulagiri, which translates from Sanskrit to “White Beautiful Mountain”. It is ranked seventh highest in the world.
This is remote and wild terrain, with glacier features and views that will leave you lost for words. One of its many advantages is that though Dhaulagiri has been climbed successfully many times since 1960, it's still a rare chance to see natural wonders that few people experience in their lifetime.
Another reason this trek stands out from similar adventure activities is that you get to experience the exhilaration of reaching two summits. On the circuit, you will climb Dhaulagiri French Col at 5400 metres, then go onwards to Dhampus Peak which is just over 6000 metres.
This trekking expedition is classed as a medium to a high difficulty level. It is a tough challenge as it goes through true wilderness. Acclimatisation is included but this is a camp-based trek, well away from “civilisation”. So, don’t expect scatterings of Nepalese villages and heritage sights!
Instead, you will see raw nature and the true magnificence of mountain landscapes. This includes lush alpine vegetation on the lower slopes, rugged rock outcrops, and pristine slopes of snow and ice higher up.
The circuit takes in the narrow Chonbarden gorge, breathtaking views from Dhaulagiri Base Camp and a fascinating trek through French Pass. It also takes you to the “Hidden Valley", an extremely remote hanging gorge.
The team at Nepal Mountain Trekkers are highly adept at making sure each expedition has the appropriate climbing permits and climbing gears of course. Safety is always the first priority on all expeditions.
The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek (with Dhampus Peak Climbing) will test you to your limits. It is vital to have a good level of fitness and basic experience of high altitude walking with crampons and picks. In other words, mountaineering experience is not necessary as we can make this incredible trekking experience possible and pleasurable.
For a more detailed literary - and insights into our credentials to lead this expedition in a safe but hugely rewarding way – contact the team at Nepal Mountain Trekkers.
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.
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.
Yes, you will need a special permit for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek with Dhampus/Thapa Peak Climbing because you will trek thru Annapurna Conservation Area and you ought to have permits for Peak Climbing. You would need to have Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP), Peak Climbing Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
Yes, it is possible to get showers during Everest Base Camp with Island Peak Climbing 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.
Generally, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek with Dhampus/Thapa Peak Climbing is 18-24 days long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek with Dhampus/Thapa Peak Climbing 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.
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.
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms
Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
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
Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer
The foods provided during the trek are mostly the typical Nepalese food i.e. Dal Bhat and the accommodation are basic tea-houses and even 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 also provide helicopter rescue service if required.
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.
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.
Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottled waters or should have water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.
Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.
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.
While you are on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek with Dhampus/Thapa Peak Climbing, 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.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek with Dhampus/Thapa Peak Climbing 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.
You can use ATM and Credit Cards to withdraw money during Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek with Dhampus/Thapa Peak Climbing only at specific and major places like Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom.
There is a maximum possibility of getting altitude sickness during Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek with Dhampus/Thapa Peak Climbing 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.
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