At the foot of the White Mountain.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit is a difficult trek in an isolated area. The trekkers must be in good physical condition and well equipped. From the French Pass, there is a magnificent view of the almost perfect pyramid of Dhaulagiri (the White Mountain in Sanskrit). This trek, meeting varied landscapes from green farming villages to snowy glaciers and moraines, is one of the very rare to be so close to a summit of 8000 m. It is also very wild and therefore less crowded.

Located in the heart of the Dhaulagiri region, Thapa (Dhampus) Peak is an interesting destination.
The ascent to the summit starts on a gentle slope near the Thapa Pass. Although the mountain exceeds 6000 m, there is no technical difficulty to climb it. From the summit, we enjoy a breathtaking panorama of several 8000 m-plus peaks and several other 7000 m-plus peaks ; in total, more than thirty peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) separated by the deepest gorge in the world, but also Tukuche, Nilgiri, etc.

HIGHLIGHTS

- Old-style trekking in bivouac and self-sufficiency 
- The most isolated and wild tour with view of peaks over 8000m, and the Hidden Valley, real Shangrila stuck between 2 high passes of        more than 5000 m
- The optional climb of the Thapa Peak, over 6000 m, without much technical difficulty
- Views of Dhaulagiri from all angles, terraced valleys at the foot of glaciers

Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Very Difficult
  • Best Period: September - October & April
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Number of walking days: 15
  • Flights: Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge/Camp during trek

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Day

Airport pick-up, transfer to hotel.
- Accommodation: Hotel

- Accommodation: Same hotel

Drive to Pokhara by private vehicle. Free time and overnight.
- Accommodation: Hotel

Drive by private vehicle from Pokhara to Beni then to Darbang (1 180m), starting point of our trek.
Easy terrain that goes along the Myagdi River. After crossing a suspension bridge, small climb to the village of Dharapani (1 470m).
- Hours of drive: 5h
- Hours of walking: 3h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

Walk to the Magar village of Muri. View of the Dhaulagiri range.
- Hours of walking: 5h
- Accommodation: Bivouac near the village

In the morning, 3 hours of easy walk on flat ground to a small village of 2/3 houses where we have lunch. In the afternoon, 3 hours of steep climb and descent to the village of Bagar. The path is dizzying. However, we can have beautiful view of Dhaulagiri and cornfields.
- Hours of walking: 6h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
In the morning, 30 min of descent then 2h30 of ascent and descent. Lunch.
In the afternoon, 3 hours of walk in the forest.
- Hours of walking: 6h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
In the morning, 3 hours of walk in the forest, following the river. Lunch by the river side. In the afternoon, 2 hours of gradual climb to Jumla Kharka.
- Walking hours: 5h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

Short day following the river to camp at the Italian Base Camp. Lunch. Rest in the afternoon. Superb view of the Dhaulagiri Mountains.
- Hours of walking: 4-5h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

Day of rest at Italian Base Camp for acclimatization
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

In the morning, we start directly with two difficult passages. In the afternoon, 2 hours of climb to Japanese Base Camp. View of the Tukuche Peak and Dhaulagiri.
- Hours of walking: 4h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

Gradual climb to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Passage in the cravaches.
- Hours of walking: 5h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

In the morning, 3 hours 30 of ascent and descent. After lunch, 30 min walk, then we cross the French Pass. 3 hours of climbing and descending on the snow to the Hidden Valley. View of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Thapa Peak, etc. We camp on the river side.
- Hours of walking: 7h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

Small walk in the Hidden Valley for acclimatization.
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

After our camp, the trail begins with a short climb to the Thapa Pass (5 280m) where we have a wonderful panorama of the Annapurna mountains and the Niligri area. Night at the foot of the Thapa Pass.
- Hours of walking: 6h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

Day dedicated to ascend the Thapa Peak and return to the camp. An extra day has been planned, for safety, rest or acclimatization.
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

Day dedicated to ascend the Thapa Peak and return to the camp. An extra day has been planned, for safety, rest or acclimatization.
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

Descent towards the Kaligandaki Valley.
- Hours of walking: 6h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

Superb view of the Kaligandaki Valley, all the Nilgiri, the Tilicho peak, etc.
Very nice descent to Marpha by a small path in the middle of the pines. Marpha is a very beautiful village of Tibetan culture, famous for its cider. We cross the Kaligandaki Valley, little downstream of Marpha. Then we cross a village of Tibetan refugees.
- Hours of walking: 4:30h
- Accommodation: Lodge

Early in the morning, we have a beautiful mountain flight between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from Jomsom to Pokhara. We take a connecting flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Free time in Kathmandu.
- Meal on your own
- Accommodation: Hotel
Transfer to airport for return flight.
End of our services.

What's included

- All transfers by private vehicle as per itinerary
- 4 nights in Kathmandu at hotel Manaslu*** or similar category on B&B
- 1 night at Lake Side Retreat on B&B
- Full board in camp (light version without table and chair) or lodge as per itinerary
- English-speaking mountain guide for the whole trek
- Porters for personal belongings during the whole trek (15kg max /person)
- Camping team: cook, kitchen boy, assistant, porters (numbers depending on the group size)
- Extra equipment for the staff during the French Pass and the Thapa Pass crossing
- ACAP and TIMS trekking license
- Collective camping and kitchen equipment, caisson hyperbarre
- Staff insurance
- Airport taxes
- Rent of a satellite phone Location d’un téléphone satellite (hors communications)

What's not included

- Meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara (except breakfast)
- Obtaining Nepali visa at the airport
- International flight
- Compulsary repatriation insurance
- Personal climbing equipment for the mountain-climbers
- Ice axe, crampons and gaiters for each participant
- Tips, personal expenses and equipment, drinks, sleeping bag
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