The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is Nepal’s most demanding trekking destination. Dhaulagiri is the Nepali mountain’s name, derived from Sanskrit. DHAWALA means “incredible, white, and delightful,” and Giri means “mountain chain.” So the white mountains are the literal translation in Nepali. Dhaulagiri is the world’s seventh-highest mountain, rising 8,167 meters above sea level. Thus, the Dhaulagiri massif spreads west from the Kali Gandaki River to Bheri. The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is challenging, but it will give you an unforgettable experience. Dhaulagiri Base Camp offers an exciting trekking itinerary into Nepal’s trans-Himalaya.
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 in the distance. 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 the exploration of 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, it can be challenging to wander through the twisted trail next to glaciers and climb high snowy passes. 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 the excellent physical condition and technical skills whichever mountain you are going to 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|
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.