Trekking and Walking

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Nepal

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Durtation: 22 Days

Price: US 2,415 All Inclusive

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.

Trip Outline

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!

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

30 min private drive

1,400 m

Upon landing in Kathmandu, you will be greeted and escorted to the hotel by a representative from Himalayan Trekkers. After assisting until you check-in at the hotel, you can have some rest depending upon your time of arrival. Also, a good option would be to meet us in our office and have further trek discussion.

Dinner

3 Star Hotel

Day 2

Explore Kathmandu & Trek preparation

5-6 Hrs

1,400 m

After breakfast, we will start for cultural and historical sites UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Pashupatinath Temple, the Boudhanath Stupa, the Swayambhunath Stupa as well as the Kathmandu Durbar Square. 

After sightseeing, we might go to the welcome dinner with the Himalayan Trekkers team in an authentic Nepali restaurant that also hosts a cultural program.

Breakfast, Dinner

3 Star Hotel

Day 3

Scenic flight to Pokhara

25 mins flight

822 m

A scenic flight of Pokhara in the morning after breakfast will start our day. Depending on your flight time and the time available, we may either continue to drive to Drabang, our trek starting point or choose to explore Pokhara and its attractions for this day. 

Pokhara is also known as the City of Lakes and has a lot to explore. Also, it would be a good idea to grab a beer by the lakeside and relax before you start.

Breakfast

3 Star Hotel

Day 4

Drive to Drabang

5 hrs drive

1,180m

We start from Pokhara after breakfast and drive Drabang via Beni Bazar. The drive is about 5 hours with stops including lunch.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 5

Trek to Sibang

5-6 Hrs hike

1,750 m

We start the day after crossing the suspension bridge and start walking along the Myagdi river. We will follow the west side of the river and continue walking into the valley leading towards the Dhaulagiri region. 

This interesting trekking trail of the Dhaulagiri region offers diverse terrain and gradual climbs and is an easy day compared to what lies ahead. The main valley that you follow towards Dhaulagiri. We will cross the village of Dharapani and stop there for lunch and then continue the trail to reach Sibang after crossing picturesque hillsides with terraced farms and thin forests.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 6

Trek to Jugapani

5-6 hrs trek

2,000 m

The day starts after a big mountain breakfast at the Sibang camp and continues to Muri which offers magnificent views of the 8th highest mountain, Dhaulagiri

We will have a lunch stop at Muri and then take a short descend and cross the Muri River. The trail starts to get steeper from here and is a gradual climb through a forest ridge until we reach the camp at Jugapani. We will also stroll around the camp side looking for good photographs!

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/Tea house

Day 7

Trek to Dobang

6 hrs trek

2,260 m

After a good mountain breakfast at Jugapani, we continue walking along the river bank and start climbing up towards Boghara  (2,080 meters) which is a gradual walk of about 4 hours with a decent pace and then we stop for lunch here. 

After lunch we take it slow and easy and continue to walk towards Dobang, our camp for the day. The forest gets thin and alpine-like as we are gaining altitude.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/Tea house

Day 8

Trek to Soligari

5-6 hrs trek

3,100 m

After your healthy breakfast, you are headed towards Soligari.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/Tea house

Day 9

Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,600 m) and acclimatization

7 hrs trek

3,600 m

We will continue from Soligari after breakfast and then walk towards the Italian base camp. Most of the walk is up to the hill with from Soligari you quickly leave the trees behind, cross the Choriban Khola and ascend steadily up grassy slopes to reach Italian Base Camp by lunchtime.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/Tea house

Day 10

Acclimatization

1-2 Hrs Hike

4,050 m

This day is dedicated to acclimatization and you can take a day trip to 4050 m, which will prepare you for the accent to the higher camps on the coming days. Acclimatization is important as this gives your body time to adapt to the high altitude which has a relatively low level of oxygen.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/Tea house

Day 11

Trek to Chhonbardan Glacier Camp

6 hrs trek

4,200 m

From the camp at the Italian basecamp, we approach the steep moraine towards the Chhonbardan glacier camp. After a steep climb of a few hours, we reach the French Camp for lunch and then and continue on the rocky trail to the glacier. 

We reach the camp early in the afternoon and spend time relaxing. You can take a short walk around the area to have a feel of high altitude as we will have some time before it gets dark.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/Tea house

Day 12

Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp

7 hrs trek

4,600 m

Since we are already at high altitude we won’t do a strenuous walk and take it easy for the day, just doing 5 hours of walk to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp through the moraine covered glacier.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/Tea house

Day 13

Acclimatization day

1-2 Hrs hike

4,600 m

We take rest on this day to acclimatize as the next two points in the trek are above 5000m and to sleep in those conditions we must get proper rest before climbing up. We will take a couple of hike in the surrounding areas.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/Tea house

Day 14

Cross the French Col (5,400m) into the Hidden Valley

6-7 hrs trek

5,050 m

This is the most challenging day of the Dhaulagiri circuit trek. We will start early and have a packed breakfast on the way. We follow the path keeping the glacier on the south and continue walking to the crest of a massive moraine ridge that finally takes us to the French Col. 

This is the highest point of the Dhaulagiri trek (if you are not doing the Dhampus peak) and after that, we will descend the slopes of "Hidden Valley", where we will camp for the overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/Tea house

Day 15

Optional ascent of Dhampus Peak (6,060m)

5-6 Hrs

6,060 m

If you are doing this part of the trek, climbing Dhampus Peak, we must start early in the morning, before sunrise. Things also depend on the weather conditions and it is severely cold as we walk slowly to cross the Dhampus Pass at 5,258 m. 

We will continue to the peak, at roughly 6000 m height, and spend some time on the top to enjoy the view. We will come back to the camp at Hidden Valley.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/Tea house

Day 16

Leisure day (optional)

1 hrs hike

5,050 m

This is a spare day, in case the weather gets bad for the Dhampus Peak accent on day 15. If everything goes as planned we will spend this day as a rest day, before we begin our long descent or might as well completely skip this day.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented camp/Tea house

Day 17

Trek to Yak Kharka

8-9 hrs trek

3,680 m

This day might be quite challenging for your knees as it is the longest descent of the day. There are a few ups and downs before the actual long descent starts. We can go beyond Yak Kharka and save time on the next day, but it is not a promising idea.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 18

Trek to Jomsom

4-5 hrs trek

2,800 m

We will walk down to Jomsom from Yak Kharka and spend overnight in Jomsom. Jomsom has a small airstrip and is also the gateway to Upper Mustang. Explore the town in the Evening. Watch your hat or cap as this windy valley acts as a wind tunnel for the strong wind passing through the Himalayas.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 19

Fly to Pokhara/Drive to Beni (In case of harsh weather)

20 mins flight

822 m

The airport at Jomsom is pretty much operational in the high season and the weather is expected to be fine. If there is a cancellation, we will drive down to Beni and In case of harsh weather drive to Beni on a Jeep and reach Pokhara by late evening.

Breakfast

3 Star Hotel

Day 20

Fly/Drive to Kathmandu

25 mins flight/6-7 hrs drive

1,400 m

After breakfast flight/drive to Kathmandu. 

Breakfast

Hotel

Day 21

Leisure Day at Kathmandu (optional)

1,400 m

Collect your souvenirs and stroll around the bustling Kathmandu city, visiting the old town is highly recommended. Farewell dinner in the evening. This day is also optional.

Breakfast

Hotel

Day 22

Departure Day

30 min private drive

1,400 m

Fly Home! It's your time to fly back and we bid you farewell and we hope that you have a great trip. Have a safe journey!! See you again in Nepal.

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Transportation
  • Guide, Driver and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Tea)
  • Accommodation
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Visa fees USD 25 Cash on arrival
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, and others
  • Beverage expenses
  • Tips to Guide, Porter and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from the unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation etc.

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing