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.
|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|
|10.||Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp||4750||7h00|
|11.||Trek to Hidden valley via French Pass (5360 m)||4900||7h00|
|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.
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.