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 drive to Tatopani (870m)

Day 04: Trek from Tatopani to Dharapani (1,470m)

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1,850m) 5-6 hrs

Day 06: Trek from Muri to Boghara (2,080m) 6-7 hrs

Day 07: Trek from Boghara to Doban (2,500m) 7hrs

Day 08: Trek from Doban to Sallaghari (2,820m) 5-6 hrs

Day 09: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3,660m) 4-5 hrs

Day 10: Rest and  Acclimatization at Italian Base Camp

Day 11: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4,200m) 4-5 hrs

Day 12: Trek from Glacier Base camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m) 5-6hrs

Day 13: Trek Dhaulagiri Base camp to French PASS (5,360m) & Hidden Valley (5,050m) 7-8 hrs

Day 14: Trek Hidden Valley to Dhampus Pass (5,240m) & Yak kharka (3,680m) 6-7 hrs

Day 15: Trek Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,670m) 4-5 hrs

Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara & Transfer to Hotel

Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

Day 18: Sightseeing  in Kathmandu & Farewell Dinner

Day 19: Transfer to the Airport for Final Departure

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