Trek Level: 4* Challenging Circuit- 6 to 8 hours a day
Maximum Altitude: +5300m
Adventure: Trekking & Cultural Exploration
Hotel/Lodging/Camping: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Departing: March to May & September to November
Mt. Dhaulagiri is an incredibly huge pyramid in its appearance. It is considered as one of the most technically difficult 8000 meters mountain to climb. “Dhaula giri,” the name is derived from Sanskrit which means “white mountain”. In 1808, it was believed as the highest mountain in the world for 30 years, until the discovery of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28.169 ft.), which was also falsely considered as the world’s highest mountain during that period. Today Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26.795 ft) is the world’s seventh highest mountain located northwest of Pokhara in western Nepal and southern Tibet. Dhaulagiri protects monsoon as mountains to the north and northwest.
The Dhaulagiri Circuit encompasses surreal and breathtaking scenery of gigantic mountains including north face of Dhaulagiri I. This trek involves physically demanding course with 6-8 hours of walking on rough terrain, snow, and glacier. You will cross two high passes, French Pass (5360m) and Thapa Pass (5250m) via Hidden Valley. You will experience snow and glacier walking during the Italian base camp and Dhaulagiri north base camp. There is also an option of climbing a beautiful 6000 meter summit called Thapa Peak (6012m). Moreover, you will witness the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Sita Chura Chu (6611m), Annapurna and Nilgiri massifs, and Kali Gandaki, the world’s deepest valley. In this remote region as you walk on the path, you will encounter wild Yaks, Himalayan Tahr and various ethnic groups of people such as Gurung, Magar and Chetri. The trek begins from Beni on Kali Gandaki River. There is a wide range of landscapes from cultivated terraced fields, rhododendron, bamboo and pine forests to glacial environment. It becomes difficult trail as you trek to Dobhan and then after you climb to Italien Base Camp. This continues with glacier walking to French and Thapa Pass before descending the windy path to Yak Kharka. Finally, after a long descent, you will come to Marpha, the Mustang district, and join the classic Annapurna Circuit trek.
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