19 days
Duration
Extreme
Trip Level
Min 2 person
Group Size
5360 m
Max-altitude

Dhaulagiri circuit trek is the most challenging trekking destination of Nepal. The Nepali name is Dhaulagiri, and the name comes from Sanskrit. DHAWALA means incredible, white, and delightful, and Giri says the chain of mountains. So in exact translation in Nepali is the white mountains. The altitude of Dhaulagiri is 8,167 meters and the 7th highest peak in the world. The Dhaulagiri massif thus extends from the Kali Gandaki River west to Bheri. Although the Dhaulagiri circuit trek via French pass is severe, giving you a thrilling experience. But the wilderness features include Dhaulagiri Base Camp presents adventurous trekking into the trans-Himalaya of Nepal.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek begins from Beni, then passing through the remote villages and delightful passages along the Rahu River en route into the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. The trail leads us too dense forests, alpine meadows, and pasture with a fascinating glimpse of Mount Dhaulagiri. Once getting the glacier, then it leads to the Dhaulagiri Base camp. From the Dhaulagiri Base Camp, even more, climb up to the French pass with a height of 5360 meters to enter the hidden valley passing through the French pass. It allows exploration of superb mountain views heading to cross the Thapa pass (5250m), whereas to appear magnificent view of Annapurna I.

Trek to Dhaulagiri Circuit allows discovering the green lush terraced hillsides and typical villages. While wandering into the twisted trail next glaciers and traverse high snowy passes can be difficult. If you are seeking a peak climbing experience, then Dhampus Peak is ideal for the soft adventurer, and Mount Dhaulagiri expedition will be worth for extreme adventurer. But you should have an excellent physical condition and technical skill whichever the mountain you are going to climb.

Dhaulagiri Trek: Highlights

  • Trekking Around Mount Dhaulagiri, Close-up view of Mount Dhaulagiri itself, and other sister peaks over 7000 meters plus.
  • Trekking into the calm, cool alpine forest to remorseless fields of ice as well as the glaciers.
  • Diverse landscapes from typical green villages to the rugged snowy mountain vistas.
  • Crossing over 5000 meters of two different passes such as French pass, and Dhampus pass.
  • Due to the isolated aspect of the walk, it’s for an ‘expedition’ sense.
  • The Dhampus Peak (6,060 m) ascension alternative for experienced mountaineers.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Map

 

Outline itinerary

Days  Destinations  Altitude in Meters Walking Distance
1. Fly to Pokhara, drive to Beni then trek to Tatopani 900 6h30
2. Trek to Dharapani 1560 5h30
3. Trek to Muri 1700 4h00
5. Trek to Bagar 2375 6h30
6. Trek to Dobang 2600 6h00
7. Trek to Chatere/Bhaisi Kharka 3000 5h00
8. Trek to Japanese Base Camp 3850 6h00
9. Acclimatization day!
10. Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4750 7h00
11. Trek to Hidden valley via French Pass (5360 m) 4900 7h00
12. Contingency Day!
13. Trek to Yak Kharka via Dhampus Pass (5250 m) 4920 7h30
14. Trek to Jomsom 2800 6h00
15. Fly Back to Pokhara
16. Drive to Kathmandu

Permits and regulations

You will need to purchase Trekkers Information Management Systems (TIMS) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), respectively. Your trekking company will arrange these all, or you may, but it independently in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Although this trek is not very popular, the checkpoints are widespread and especially on the way down when you reach the Annapurna circuit.

You can do it independently without a guide because this is not a restricted area. It is strongly discouraging; however, due to the difficulty of the trek, the weather conditions it requires to bring tents and supplies, and walking and sleeping on snow are spent some days.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Difficulty

Dhaulagiri Circuit is an arduous trek — one of Nepal’s toughest — suitable for trekkers with previous trekking experience at altitudes above 5000 meters. The optional Dhampus Peak ascent (6,060 meters) includes necessary skills in mountaineering, such as knowledge of ice axes and crampons. Trekking over snow above 5,000 meters is spent three days in a row without getting a convenient way down. The cold adds to the challenge — as this is a camping trek, there are no warm lodges to be retreated to at night. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is not suitable for beginners one or first-time visitors to Nepal, but the rewards are high for those with more experience.

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Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will greet and welcome by our agency’s representative in front of Arrival gate with Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.
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Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.

During the free day in Kathmandu, you may have a chance to visit the heritage site of Kathmandu valley, followed by a pre-trip departure meeting regarding upcoming trekking peak climbing where you meet trek guide and others team members. They will brief you about the team formation, equipment and nature of peak climbing and others necessary information
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Day 3: Fly Pokhara (45 Min.), drive Beni (3h00), Trek Tatopani (900m) 3h00 walk.

We will have breakfast at the hotel, followed by transfer to the domestic terminal to get a flight to Pokhara. Then, pack off all the backpack and 3 hours drive to Beni road through the Annapurna Foothills. Then, 3 hours walk to Tatopani along the bank of Myagdi Khola.
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Day 4: Trek to Dharapani (1560 m) 6h00 walk.

The trail leads you Dharapani along the bank of Myagdi Khola. There might be a disturbance in the path in several places during the monsoon season due to landslides that leads to several ups and downs. The trail goes passing by several settlements along the trail to Dharapani.
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Day 5: Trek to Muri (1700 m) 4h00 walk.

Today is a short day walk to Muri. The trail leads climb up above the river with magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and a long descend to another stream named Ghatte Khola, the climbs up to Muri for the night.
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Day 6: Trek to Baghara (2375 m) 6h00 walk.

Initially, starts trek descends with a bridge of Dhola Khola. Then, across it, the pretty trail downs through the cultivated land, rice fields, and isolated villages and gradually climb up to get the village of Naura, which is larger settlements of Baghar.
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Day 7: Trek to Dobang (2600 m) 6h00 walk.

Initially, the trail goes down to Jyardan, this is the last village of the valley and another village we will meet until we arrive at Marpha. The trail goes gradually climbs up, passing through the forest as we find some shepherd huts in someplace. It called Kharka, where cattle graze the grass. Finally, we arrive at Bobang. It is also Kharka.
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Day 8: Trek to Chatare/ Bhainsi Kharka (3000 m) 5h00 walk.

Once again, we enter the forest area after crossing Konban Khola, climb to the top where we can see the west wall of Dhaulagiri I and descend to Myadgi Khola, cross it takes a path to the east bank of the river to get a summer grazing camp, Bhaisikharka.
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Day 9: Trek to Japanese Camp (3850 m) 6h00 walk.

The trail leads forested area well known as Italian Base Camp in the rocky area, passing a steep slope and ascending to cross moraine of Glacier, which falls from Dhaulagiri. Continue to walk along glacier encounter a spectacular grassy campsite called Japanese Camp.
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Day 10: Acclimatization Day!

Majestic views of Dhaulagiri hike around for proper acclimatization.
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Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base camp (4750 m) 7 – 8h00 walk.

Today, early start-up the trek due to a long day walks in the mountain through the glacier. Finally, we reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. From the Base Camp, I can see the majestic view of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, and IV and an amazing view of Icefall in front of Campsite, which falling from the pass between Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak.
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Day 12: Acclimatization Day!

Today is the second day of Acclimatization, before crossing the pass of Hidden Valley. There is an opportunity to walk around for good views.
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Day 13: Base Camp – French Pass (5360 m) – Hidden Valley (4900 m) 7h00 walk.

We will continue our adventure journey along the Chhondarban Glacier on the north side and continue climbs the stairs above the glacier with zigzag trails across the moraine of the glacier to the easy snow slope which leads up to French Pass (5360 m). We can see 360° stunning mountains range the pretty descend across the easy snow slope that takes us to the Hidden Valley.
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Day 14: Contingency Day!

This is considered as an extra day in case of any problems that affect our schedule. If it is not required, the day can be used for the exploration valley.
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Day 15: Hidden Valley – Dhampus Pass (5250 m) – Yak Kharka (4920 m) 7h00 walk.

Today, we climb another adventure Dhampus pass with an altitude of 5250 m. lesser than French Pass, which overlooks the deep gorge of Kali Gandaki Valley and Annapurna range. A steep and rocky descent to Yak Kharka.
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Day 16: Yak Kharka – Jomsom (2800 m) 6h00 walk.

Today, a long day descend more than 2000 m to edge of Kali Gandaki River. We can see Dhaulagiri I once descend a couple of hours. Then, gradually, Descending to Marpha village with zigzagging slope trails and walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom.
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Day 17: Fly to Pokhara.

Early morning, take a short and exciting domestic flight to Pokhara. The rest of the day at leisure and have a chance to explore the lake and city.
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Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu

In the morning, we transfer to the airport and board the flight back to Kathmandu. Reminders of the day at leisure.
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Day 19: Final departure

You will be transfer to airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight to your home country

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kathmandu International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please enter at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
All domestic flight, Hotel/Airport transfer
Accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast
All accommodations in tents and all meals during the treks
All necessary documentation and permits
All ground transportation (as per mention in itinerary)
Professional guide and porters
A First Aid Kits
Applicable Government Taxes
NOT INCLUDED
International Airfare
Nepal Visa fee (advice to take accurate amount)
Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast)
Personal Expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
Travel Insurance
Guide and Porter gratuity

Prices are quoted in (US$ dollars) and payable in any convertible currency. All prices published on our website are set as low as possible. The Prices may vary at any time due to currency fluctuation, fuel prices, and unforeseen economic circumstances. But, we guarantee our prices which already signed up for your tour. Please consult us for a custom quote.

No, you are not allowed to drink water from the direct tap or streams on the Dhaulagiri Trek. But you can also use a purifier or SteriPen. It is expensive to buy water (maybe ten times the cost of purchasing water in Kathmandu).
Be conscious. This trek will be over 3500 m in elevation. The possibilities of having an altitude illness usually begin at this altitude. But to prevent this, we have planned the itinerary to give you time to acclimatize as much as possible.
There’s nobody who’s going to suffer from altitude sickness. The younger and fitter people do not experience high altitude illnesses when they feel older and less fit. It’s not related to fitness or age. Speak to your private practitioner. Prescription medicines are available to help avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness. But go gently and listen to the body and be mindful of any changes and listen to your guide if he thinks that you have symptoms (which might not be apparent).
We will be able to collect your travel insurance policies and details before your trip. In case of emergency, we will be able to coordinate with your insurance company and helicopters company for emergency evacuation.
There is no doubt only be a First aid. We take a first-aid kit on every trip. We always advise you to make your own. Here’s a checklist of items you can bring, recommended. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal; however, we suggest that you keep this checklist if necessary.
Yes, we only provide insurance to our staff. We recommend that you purchase insurance in your home country. Note: Insurance should cover medical and emergency evacuation.
No. The trails are well-known. You will not need crampons if you are not traveling in the mid-winter. Instead of the crampons, bring non-technical, lightweight spikes, are less costly and suit any shoe size.
No, we do not need tents or mattresses. There are tea houses along the trek.
When you forget something, it may be complicated to find something here. Check here for a detailed packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you’re not a regular hiker, you can rent most of Nepal’s trekking equipment upon your arrival.
Anything you do not want for the trip can leave at our office or your hotel. We recommend that you make sure your bag is lockable.
Generally, we use local guides. Our guides have been numerous times on each trek to the relevant areas. All are qualified, competent, versatile, and certified licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.
If you use a porter, there are two advantages:
1. You can enjoy your trek entirely without carrying a heavy backpack.
2. Another is to increase the local communities’ income.
A porter can carry an average of 20 kg with his or her bag so that they can carry up to 16 kg of your equipment and gears. But we provide a backpack for them.
Yes, of course. We ensure that our staff is well insured.
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek
Dhaulagiri Glacier
Crossing Myagdi Khola en route Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek
Beautiful village en route Dhaulagiri Base Camp

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