Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Overview
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of Nepal's most challenging trekking trails. It passes through the Chon Barden Gorge and Hidden Valley, making it a geographically remote and difficult terrain.
Also known as Round Dhaulagiri, this trial lets you explore around the 8th highest mountain, Mt Dhaulagiri, and involves crossing two high mountain passes.
Starting from Beni, the hike follows the Myagdi Khola. Along the way you can see uninhabited valleys, beautiful Gurkha village‘s high alpine pastures, and varied terrain until you reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp after which it gets dry and rocky.
The real challenge is crossing the French Pass into Hidden Valley. Yet another pass, the Dhampus pass (5,258 m) must be crossed before we start the long fun descend to Jomsom.
A couple of days is allocated for acclimatization in the Italian Base Camp (3,600 m) and Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,600m). A spare day in the itinerary is to combat bad weather and can be totally skipped which also reduces the trek cost. An optional excursion of Dhampus Peak (6,060 m) can be taken if the weather condition is right or you might as well completely skip this.
The trek ends when we reach Jomsom and fly to Pokhara the next day. There are options to continue to Muktinath (3880 m), which requires two additional days or go along the Kali Gandaki River towards Tatopani or Ghorepani.
Dhaulagiri Trek is for people who have a thirst for adventure and challenges.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Explore Kathmandu
Day 03: Scenic flight to Pokhara
Day 04: Drive to Drabang (1,180m)
Day 05: Trek to Sibang (1,750m)
Day 06: Trek to Jugapani (2,000m)
Day 07: Trek to Dobang (2,260m)
Day 08: Trek to Soligari (3,100m)
Day 09: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,600m) and acclimatization.
Day 10: Acclimatization
Day 11: Trek to Chhonbardan Glacier Camp (4,200m)
Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,600m)
Day 13: Acclimatization
Day 14: Cross the French Col (5,400m) into the Hidden Valley (5,050m)
Day 15: An Optional ascent of Dhampus Peak (6,060m)
Day 16: Spare day
Day 17: Trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m)
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom (2,800m)
Day 19: Fly to Pokhara/Drive to Beni (In case of harsh weather)
Day 20: Fly/Drive to Kathmandu
Day 21: Leisure Day at Kathmandu
Day 22: Fly Home!