Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? If so, then the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is calling your name! This spectacular trek through the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal will take your breath away.
The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek takes you on a journey around Mt.Dhaulagiri (8167m), one of the highest peaks in Nepal and the seventh tallest peak in the world. It’s also known as “White Mountain” because its snow-covered slopes are visible far away. On this trek, you’ll experience breathtaking views from high-altitude passes such as French Col (5240m) and Dhampus Pass (5258m). Along with that, there will be plenty of opportunities for exploration along riverside villages, lush green forests, and alpine meadows full of wildflowers – all providing an unforgettable experience!
During this 15-day journey, you can expect to encounter several challenges, including steep ascents/descents over rocky terrain while carrying heavy backpacks; however, these obstacles only add more excitement to your trip.
In addition, the route offers diverse cultural experiences by taking us through various ethnic communities living on both sides of Kali Gandaki Valley, which makes it even more enjoyable! The locals here are amiable & welcoming towards tourists who visit their homeland & they love sharing stories about their culture & traditions with them.
So if you want to embark upon an epic adventure that combines physical challenge with stunning natural beauty, don’t hesitate any longer – book yourself a ticket today for a fantastic trip!
What To Expect
Either Beni or Jomsom are the starting points for the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek. It passes the distant villages and beautiful passages from Beni. The route takes us through dense forests, alpine meadows, and pastures, with a spectacular view of Mount Dhaulagiri. After passing through the glacier, the trail leads to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Furthermore, the Dhaulagiri Base Camp ascends to the French pass at 5360 meters to access the hidden valley through the French col. It allows for exploring stunning mountain views since you approach the Thapa pass (5250m), where you will be treated to a magnificent view of Annapurna I.
Trek to Dhaulagiri Circuit allows discovering the green lush terraced hillsides and typical villages. However, wandering through the twisted trail next to glaciers and climbing high snowy passes can be challenging. If you seek a peak climbing experience, Dhampus Peak is ideal for the soft adventurer. On the other hand, the Mount Dhaulagiri expedition will be worth it for an extreme adventurer. But you should have excellent physical condition and technical skills whichever mountain you climb.
Dhaulagiri Trek: Highlights
|Min. Duration||12 days|
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek itinerary
|Days||Destinations||Altitude in Meters||Distance|
|1.||Fly to Pokhara, drive to Beni, then trek to Tatopani||900||at 6h30|
|2.||Trek to Dharapani||1560||5h30|
|3.||Dharapani to Muri||1700||4h00|
|5.||Trek to Bagar||2375||6h30|
|6.||Bagar to Dobang||2600||6h00|
|7.||Trek to Chatere/Bhaisi Kharka||3000||5h00|
|8.||Bhaisi Kharka to Japanese Base Camp||3850||6h00|
|10.||Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp||4750||7h00|
|11.||DBC to Hidden Valley via French Pass (5360 m)||4900||7h00|
|13.||Trek to Yak Kharka via Dhampus Pass (5250 m)||4920||7h30|
|14.||Yak Kharka to Jomsom||2800||6h00|
|15.||Fly Back to Pokhara|
|16.||Drive to Kathmandu|
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Permits and regulations
You will need to purchase TIMS and ACAP, respectively. Your trekking company will arrange these, or you may buy them independently in Kathmandu or Pokhara. This trek is not very popular; the checkpoints are widespread, especially on the way down when you reach the Annapurna circuit.
You can do it independently without a guide because this area is not restricted. It is strongly discouraging, however, due to the trek’s difficulty and the weather conditions. It requires bringing tents and supplies, and walking and sleeping on snow are spent some days.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Difficulty
Dhaulagiri Circuit is a strenuous trek—one of the toughest in Nepal. The optional ascent of Dhampus Peak (6,060 meters) requires the requisite mountaineering skills, such as knowledge of ice axes and crampons—at least three days in a row need to spend without getting comfortable over snow above 5,000 meters. The cold adds to the challenge—because this is a camping trek, there are no cozy lodges to stay in overnight. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is not ideal for beginners, but the rewards are high for those with more experience.
Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)
Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.
Day 3: Fly Pokhara (45 Min.), drive Beni (3h00), Trek Tatopani (900m) 3h00 walk.
Day 4: Trek to Dharapani (1560 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 5: Trek to Muri (1700 m) 4h00 walk.
Day 6: Trek to Baghara (2375 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 7: Trek to Dobang (2600 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 8: Trek to Chatare/ Bhainsi Kharka (3000 m) 5h00 walk.
Day 9: Trek to Japanese Camp (3850 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 10: Acclimatization Day!
Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base camp (4750 m) 7 – 8h00 walk.
Day 12: Acclimatization Day!
Day 13: Base Camp – French Pass (5360 m) – Hidden Valley (4900 m) 7h00 walk.
Day 14: Contingency Day!
Day 15: Hidden Valley – Dhampus Pass (5250 m) – Yak Kharka (4920 m) 7h00 walk.
Day 16: Yak Kharka – Jomsom (2800 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 17: Fly to Pokhara.
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 19: Final departure
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kathmandu International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please enter at least 2 hours before the flight.|
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1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.
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