On Request
AccommodationFull board camping
Best SeasonSpring, Autumn
Mode Of TravelDrive in/out
Trip Start PointKathmandu
Trip End PointKathmandu
Group SizeMin. 2 - Max. 12 pax
Duration20 Days
Trekking Days15 days
Trekking Hours5-6 hours
Trip GradeModerate - Difficult

Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is a most popular and challenging camping trek in the Annapurna region that takes you to the base camp of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). It is also commonly called Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek or Dhaulagiri Round Trek. The journey starts from Pokhara driving up to Beni Bazaar and then trek through low farming lands to lush fertile and to the desert-like & treeless valleys to the north.

Much of the route is covered with snow and glaciers while crossing the two high passes -French Col pass (5240m) and the Thapa pass (5,155m). Dhaulagiri Circuit trek gives you a lifelong experience while walking through Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri North base camp.

During the trek you will enjoy the panoramic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), the world ’s seventh highest mountain along with its massive mountains range consisting of fifteen 7000 meter peaks. The entire mountain view is truly breathtaking.

We traverse from the head of Hidden Valley and cross Dhampus Pass (5155m). Our trek ends with a steep descent to Marpha, a popular town of Mustang district and returns to Pokhara via the Ghorapani ridge. You then make a steep descent to Jomsom, where you will meet other trekkers who have descended from the Thorong La on the Annapurna Circuit. Rather than trekking back to Pokhara via the Kaligandaki Valley, you can drive or fly back to Pokhara.

Under normal conditions, the standard route follows moderate snow-bound slopes to the summit and can be attempted with ice axe and crampon. Dhaulagiri trekking is not only for adventure but it also gives insights into the lifestyle of Nepal’s ethnic people like Gurung, Thakali, Magars Thakuri and their unique cultures and tradition with varieties of rituals.

Trip Highlights

  • Up close views of Mt. Dhaulagiri
  • Spectacular Thorong peak & Mt. Annapurna
  • Picturesque view of the world’s deepest gorge and the Kali Gandaki Valley
  • Crossing French Col Pass (5,360m) is a lifetime experience
  • Great offbeat trek in Nepal

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (915m)
Day 03: Drive Pokhara to Beni early morning & continue to drive to Tatopani (870m)
Day 04: Trek Tatopani to Dharapani (1,470m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 05: Trek Dharapani to Muri (1,850m, 5-6 hrs)
Day 06: Trek Muri to Boghara (2,080m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 07: Trek Boghara to Doban (2,500m,7hrs)
Day 08: Trek Doban to Sallaghari (2,820m,5-6 hrs)
Day 09: Trek Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3,660m,3-4 hrs)
Day 10: Rest for Acclimatization
Day 11: Trek Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4,200m, 3-4 hrs)
Day 12: Trek Glacier Base camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m, 5-6hrs)
Day 13: Rest for Acclimatization
Day 14: Trek Dhaulagiri camp to French PASS (5,360m) & Hidden Valley (5,050m,7-8 hrs)
Day 15: Trek Hidden Valley to Dhampus Pass (5,240m) & Yak kharka (3,680m,6-7 hrs)
Day 16: Trek Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,670m) 4-5 hrs
Day 17: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara & stay free
Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 20: Final Departure

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