Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Trip Overview
  • Duration 23 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trip TypeCamping and Trekking Adventure
  • Major AttractionFrench Pass, picturesque villages, fine valleys, dense forests, and streams
  • Best TimeSpring and Autumn

Highlights

  • Trek in one of the secluded parts of Nepal
  • Off-the-beaten trekking experience
  • Stay overnight in camp throughout the trek
  • Com across a diverse range of flora and fauna
  • Experience the rich culture and unique lifestyle of the locals
  • Get to witness closer views of Mt. Dhaulagiri
  • Witness spectacular scenery and Himalayan mountains views

Dhaulagiri Trek will take you to one of the most exotic corners of the Annapurna region, the base of the world's seventh-highest mountain, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) only a few people visit every year.  Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek will give you excellent views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and lateral moraines. During Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will undergo a completely different experience than trekking in the Annapurna region. Walking on rugged terrain on the extremely secluded and trodden trail, the trek to Dhaulagiri will allow you to test your endurance and spend some quality time with yourself.

Also known as Dhaulagiri Round Trek, it is one of Nepal's challenging yet adventurous journeys. You will get to see panoramic views of Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri Range (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), Mt. Gustung South (6,465 m), Tukuche Peak (6,837 m), etc. Crossing high passes like French Pass, picturesque villages, fine valleys, dense forests, and streams, you will traverse the region. As you pass by villages, you will get to see the locals' lifestyle, culture, and traditions.
You can not go on Dhaulagiri Trekking throughout the year because of unstable weather. The best time to go on the Dhaulagiri trek is Spring and Autumn. During this time of the year, the weather generally stays stable. Plus, the entire region also gets bloomed up with wildflowers. Therefore, Dhaulagiri is a perfect journey for adventure for trekkers looking for some extra thrills in the Himalayas. We, Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition, have a professionally designed Dhaulagiri Trek itinerary. Moreover, we are open to making a tailor-made Dhaulagiri Trek itinerary for those who want. Therefore feel free to contact us anytime for further information. 

Trip Facts

  • Destination: Annapurna region, Nepal
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Max-Altitude: 5,010 m/16,437 ft
  • Difficulty Level: Difficult
  • Arrival On: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure From: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accommodation: Hotel and Camping
  • Best Time: Spring & Autumn

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Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. In addition, you can arrange a drop at the Hotel by private tourist vehicle. Then, you can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast, We will introduce you to the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring your passport, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your travel insurance policy. You can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last-minute shopping. A visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, including Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, et cetera, is also arranged as per request.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The early morning drive to Beni after breakfast is a trip that shows you beautiful scenery through the countryside. Beni, the district headquarter, lies in the confluence of Kali Gandaki and Myagdi. The police will check the permits at the police check post before entering. Overnight stay in Beni.

  • Lodge/Tented Camps
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 6 hours
  • 850m

Heading along the banks of MyagdiKhola, the trek passes through Beni Mangalghat, Singa, and Tatopani. Next, the trail continues through Bholamza, another tiny village, before reaching a suspension bridge after a short walk near Simalchaur. Shortly after passing this village, the trail climbs to Babichaur, where we unfold our tents for the night.

  • Tented Camps
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 7hrs.
  • 910m

Today’s trek begins with winding paths along a mountainside alongside the valley that widens with approaching terraced hills. The easy trail is primarily flat with a few slight ascents. Shahashradhara, a small village along the trail, is stone-paved. Further on, after crossing the DukhKhola, we walk past paddy fields to reach Ratorunga, another village with tea houses and shops. The valley gets narrowed down again as terraces end. After following zigzags, the trail takes a steep ascent before reaching the densely populated village at Dharapani.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 6 hrs.
  • 1565m

Descending to the MyagdiKhola, crossing to its west bank, and climbing again, the trail starts taking steep ascents before it eases out along the ridge. The trail climbs again to Muri, another small village, along Sibang and Mattim. After yet another climb, we descend to GattiKhola and reach Phalai. After crossing DharaKhola, we once again arrive at the west bank of MyagdiKhola and climb a ridge to reach Muri, a large Magar village, where we tent for the night.

  • Tented Camps
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • approx. 5 hrs
  • 1850m

After crossing a rocky stream and DhoraKhola, a river, we ascend to Ghorban Dhara, where we see the first views of Ghustang South (6465m). The trail then descends to MyagdiKhola, climbs along the mountainside along the right banks to Naura, and takes a steep grassy hill further. The climb continues through a steep slope and finally descends along a forest that leads to terraced fields. Finally, we arrive at Baghar, a small mountain village where we camp in a yard or terraced fields of the locals.

  • Tented Camps
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 7hrs
  • 2,080m

The trail moves through a ridge to a forest and reaches Jyardan, the remotest settlement. Then, following the winding path that crosses a rocky area, we descend and climb again to reach Lipse. After walking through a forest and crossing LapcheKharka, we climb again to reach Dobang, where we camp for the day.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 7 hrs
  • 2,520m

Crossing the river, we ascend through a forested area, which is steep at times. At a clearing, the views of Dhaulagiri I become visible. Further, we reach a pine forest area or Sallaghari in Nepali, where a clearing suitable for camping is available.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx.5 hrs
  • 3,110m

Today’s walk goes through Chhonbarban Glacier's periphery and passes small makeshift bridges and forest areas. Then, the trail ascends further to the spectacular campsite at Italian Base Camp. Nevertheless, it’s a strenuous walk, rewarded with views of Dhaulagiri massif and GurjuHimal up close. Overnight stay in a tent.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 4 hrs
  • 3660m

Before moving further into higher altitudes with thinning air, we take a day to acclimatize ourselves to this high altitude. Then, you can explore the Base Camp and prepare for the next day’s climb. Overnight in a tent.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3660m

As the trail ascends, it gets challenging at some places. The use of ropes in certain sections adds to the safety of the climb. Also, an early journey is to avoid avalanches and rockfalls. Finally, we climb a mountainside through a rocky portion and cross two glaciers from Dhaulagiri. On the other side of the glacier is a grassy land known as Pakhaban or Japanese/Advance Base Camp. Dhauligiri and Tsaurabong Peak stands massive above the camp. Overnight stay in a tent.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 5 hrs
  • 4,440m

The gradual increase in altitude and glacier hiking make today’s walk difficult. After passing a rocky ridge, the trail descends along the glacier and directs towards the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Impressive views of Dhaulagiri, along with the adventurous walk, give the thrill of being in the mountains. Overnight stay in a tent.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 4 hrs
  • 4,750m

Today is a day of strenuous walks through glaciers and high passes. The trail eases out a little but again picks up another uphill climb to the top of French Col (5,300m). The Hidden Valley opens up with giant snow peaks surrounding the valley, namely MukutHimal, Tashi Kang, SitaChuchura, Tukche, et cetera. From Thapa Pass (5250m), which lies between Tukche and Thapa peak, we descend to the icy valley where we camp for the night.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 7 hrs.
  • 5,010m

For most of the day, it’s a downhill walk, although difficult sections come across at places. The trail moves from the Hidden Valley to Dhampus Pass and takes a dangerous area of avalanche-prone slopes, continuing down to Yak Kharka.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3,680m

The trail passes through many barren and steep descents where yak and sheep herds follow. Finally, reaching Marpha, the trail joins the Annapurna Circuit trek route. Marpha consists of both Hindus and Buddhists. You can visit the monastery with prayer flags and mane walls surrounding its periphery. Overnight stay in a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 4 hrs
  • 2,667m

Changes in vegetation are higher as we descend along the trail. We pass forests covered with pine and rhododendron ideal for bird watching. Views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri, among others, keep the company on a clear day. Finally, after around six hours of walking, we reach Kalopani, where we stay in a lodge for the night.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 6 hrs
  • 2,530m

We follow the Kali Gandaki river on this easy nature walk which mostly descends. The trail crosses lush forests, and several bridges to pass RupsheChhahara and further reach Tatopani. You can relax in the healing waters from these natural hot water springs. Overnight stay in a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 6 hrs
  • 1,160m

After crossing the Kali Gandaki River, we climb through stone steps along most trails to reach Shikha. Numerous small villages pass along the way inhabited by the Magar community, where we can observe their daily lifestyle. A final steep climb leads to Shikha, our stop for the day.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 4 hrs
  • 1,940m

The climb to Ghorepani is pleasant, with lush vegetation and incredible scenery. We pass through small settlements along the hills as we move through rhododendron forests to Ghorepani.

  • Lodge/Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 4 hrs
  • 2,750m

The day starts early with a hike to Poonhill, the trail's renowned viewpoint and unmistakably a photographer's paradise. A 45 min walk takes us to the top of the hill, which is 3210m. We return to Ghorepani for breakfast and move out to Birethanti. Overnight stay in a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • approx. 6 hrs
  • 1,020m

From Birethanti, Nayapul is about an hour's walk. We further take a bus ride back to Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 10 hrs(1hrs+9hrs)

Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight time in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for another package with Mountain Rock treks.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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The above itinerary can be re-designed as per your interest & preferences. Let us know whether you would like some changes. You can also book Hotel in Kathmandu.

FAQs

  • Q1. What are the permits needed to do Dhaulagiri Trek?

    You need to get TIMS Card and ACAP Permit to go on Dhaulagiri Trek. Below is the price for both of the permits:

    Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card: USD 20 per person

    Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit: USD 20 per person

  • Trekking to Dhaulagiri is one of Nepal's toughest journeys. This trek is perfect for trekkers who want some real adventure and challenges in the Himalayas. The trek will take you above 5,000 meters where the air gets thinner and chances of altitude sickness also increase. Likewise, you will ascend & descend numerous times, cross challenging passes, and trek on trodden paths. All of these demand strong physical fitness, good health, and intense willpower.

  • Dhaulagiri Trek's cost depends on the services you want to use during the trek and the company you are travelling with. The cost usually includes your lodging and food on the trail, accommodation in the city, ground transportation as per the itinerary, all necessary permits, and expenses of guides and porters. Keep in mind that this cost does not include personal expenses, tips, travel insurance, etc. You can check our cost includes and excludes for more information.

  • Dhaulagiri is a camping trek, which means you will stay in camp throughout the trek. The tents will be placed by the porters and guides. As you will stay overnight in tents during the trek, all the food will be cooked and served by the porters. Our porters are trained in cooking delicious food. During the Dhaulagiri Trek, you will be carrying all the necessary amenities required to survive on the trail.

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