Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is the most popular and challenging camping trek in the Annapurna region. It is also commonly called Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek or Dhaulagiri Round Trek. It takes you to the base camp of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). The journey starts from Pokhara driving up to Beni Bazaar. We then trek through low farm lands into lush fertile and finally to the desert-like & treeless valleys of the north.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek: the route
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). This trek offers a lifelong experience walking through Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri North base camp.
During the trek enjoy the panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), the world ’s seventh highest mountain. This massive mountains range consists 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 Ghorepani 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.
- Up-close views of Mt. Dhaulagiri
- Spectacular Thorong peak & Annapurnas
- Picturesque view of the Kali Gandaki Valley, the world’s deepest gorge
- 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