Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek with Dhampus/Thapa Peak Climbing - 19 Days

Sightseeing, Trekking, Hiking, Expedition, Mountaineering, Peak Climbing, Tent-camping, Cultural Insight, Foods and Cuisine, Photography, and so on
Country
Region
Activity
Group size
1-15
Duration
19 Days Days
Mode
Tea-House/Tent-Camp
Max-Altitude
6,012m/19,725ft
Daily Walking
5-6 hrs
Grade
4
Culture
Magar Culture, Gurung Culture, Sherpa Culture, Thakali Culture, Mixed Culture
Best season
Autumn and Spring
Best season
Autumn and Spring

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.

 

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
  • Prithvi 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

  • Musi/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
  • Marvelous 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. Acclimatization Day

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

  • Dhaulagiri-I Base Camp 

Highlights:

  • Day Hike
  • Explore Glaciers and Ice Falling Area
  • Photo Sessions
  • Rest and Relax
  • “Climb Higher, Sleep Lower”   

13. Dhaulagiri 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   

14. Climbing Preparation Day

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

  • Hidden Valley Camp

Highlights:

  • Equipment and Climbing Gears Usage Training
  • Safety Training
  • Fitness Analysis
  • Rest and Relax

15. Hidden Valley Camp – Yak Kharka(4,050m/13,287ft) via Dhampus Peak(Thapa Peak) Summit(6,012m/19,725ft)

  • Duration:9-10hrs Walk(12-13Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Ascend:872m/2,860ft
  • Descend:1,962m/6,437ft

  • Hidden Valley Camp
  • Dhampus Pass
  • Dhapus/Thapa Peak Summit
  • 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
  • Achievement of a Lifetime
  • Blissful Nature
  • Prayer Flags
  • Yaks
  • Yak Shelter
  • Touch the Tree-Line
  • Technical Trekking Trail
  • Cautious Trail     

16. Yak Kharka – Jomsom(2,800m/9,186ft)

  • Duration:4hrs Walk(8-9Km)
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Descend:1,250m/4,102ft

  • Yak Kharka
  • Alubari
  • Marpha
  • Jomsom

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
  • Celebration of Success   

17. Jomsom – Pokhara

  • Duration:25 MIns Flight
  • Meals:Lunch, Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Domestic Airport(Jomsom-Pokhara)
  • Pokhara Lakeside

Highlights:

  • Scenic Flight
  • Amazing View from the Plane
  • Annapurna Range and Annapurna Valley
  • View of Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Pokhara Sightseeing and City VIsit

18. Pokhara – Kathamandu

  • Duration:35 Mins Flight
  • Meals:Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Domestic Airport(Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Scenic Flight
  • Amazing View from the Plane
  • Annapurna Range and Annapurna Valley
  • Kathmandu City Visit
  • Farewell Dinner in the Evening

19. Shopping in the Morning and Final Departure

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport Pick up and drop
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek (Full Board)
  • Domestic Flight
  • All require camping equipment
  • An experienced and professional English-speaking trekking guide, porters to carry luggage ( required porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  •  Well experienced ice climbing guide (Climbing service charge, insurance, food, personal equipment)
  • Group Climbing gear fixed rope, main rope, ice axe, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, carabineer
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag, down jacket, Nepal Mountain Trekkers duffer bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (Note: down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  •  Peak Permit Royalty, Annapurna Conservation Area fee
  •  A comprehensive medical kit
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charges
  • Farewell Dinner

COST EXCLUDE

  • Nepalese VISA fee (VISA Information)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation(s)
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue Cost
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears
  • Tips for guides and porters

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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. 

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

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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