DHAULAGIRI CIRCUIT TREK:
The Dhaulagiri circuit trek is a challenging trek on an off-the-beaten-trail that circles Mt. Dhaulagiri. From 1808 to 1848, Dhaulagiri was thought to be the highest mountain in the world; from 1848 to 1852 Kanchenjunga; and only since 1852 Mt. Everest. Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world at 8,167 meters (26,795 feet). The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is more challenging than the Annapurna Circuit Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek and requires walking on a moraine for several days. It also involves hiking through a canyon with some rock fall danger.
The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek begins with a flight to Pokhara followed by a bus ride to the trail head just beyond Beni. The trek begins in forested and terraced hills inhabited by the Magar people. Past permanent settlements, the trek continues through thickly forested jungle trails. And then, for several days, through the seemingly never-ending Dhaulagiri moraine until you cross the French Col (5,360m/17,600ft.) to enter the Hidden valley. From here, you have the option to summit Dhampus peak (6,060m/19,850ft.). Cross the Dhampus pass and descend to Jomsom where the trek ends.
The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is rated challenging. But it is moderately paced. The trek involves daily hiking of between 5-8 hours and the entire trek involves lots of up and down. Highest altitude reached is 17,700 ft. and highest camp is at 16,700 ft. While the trek requires good physical fitness and involves walking through rocky terrain and landslides, no technical climbing experience is required. But you do have to be a very experienced hiker.
WHY TREK WITH US?
All our Dhaulagiri Circuit Treks are private treks for a minimum of two participants. We do NOT nickel-and-dime on services – all inclusions and exclusions are clearly listed in cost details. Some companies will advertise trips for very low prices but they have a lot of exclusions that is usually not clear. With over 30 years of experience, most of our trekkers are either repeat clients or referrals. We employ the most professional and friendly staff.
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