Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Trip Fact

  • DestinationTibet
  • Durations17 days
  • Trip DifficultyModerate
  • ActivitiesTrekking
  • Mx.altitude5200m.
  • Group Size15+

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), the world's seventh-highest peak, up close.
  • Discover a path that is less busy than other well-known treks in Nepal.
  • Engage in dialogue with nearby communities to learn about the Gurung and Magar people's distinctive cultures.
  • Explore the quiet, isolated Hidden Valley.
  • Travel across glacier moraines, alpine meadows, terraced farmland, and lush woodlands.
  • Discover the abundant biodiversity, which includes rhododendron woods and possible places to see blue sheep and other animals.
  • Explore the quaint Thakali villages, renowned for their traditional architecture and apple orchards.

Overview

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the most fascinating and thrilling treks in Nepal. The journey takes you to explore the world’s 7th tallest mountain, Mount Dhaulagiri, which is located at an altitude of 8,167 meters (26,795 feet). The trek takes you to remote regions of Nepal with breathtaking views and a chance to explore the cultures of the region.

Compared to other treks in Nepal, trekking to Dhaulagiri Circuit is challenging due to the high passes along the route. Trekkers who complete the challenging and rewarding adventure will experience some of Nepal's most secluded and beautiful scenery. This difficult path is ideal for anyone looking for seclusion and a genuine wilderness experience because it is less traveled than other well-known trekking routes in Nepal.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking route also offers travelers a fascinating cultural experience because it travels through villages home to the Gurung and Magar ethnic groups, giving them a chance to witness their distinctive customs and way of life. Located down between the passes, the peaceful Hidden Valley provides a peaceful break from the rough landscape. 

The trip descends to join the well-traveled Annapurna Circuit path, which takes hikers to the quaint town of Marpha, which is well-known for its apple orchards and authentic Thakali culture. The Trek to Dhaulagiri Circuit combines high altitude, difficult weather, and inaccessible terrain, therefore, completing it takes a strong sense of adventure and physical fitness. 

The Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking journey offers trekkers unmatched natural beauty, cultural diversity, and the thrill of completing one of Nepal's most difficult hiking routes, but the benefits are also tremendous.

THRILLING EXPERIENCE OF TREKKING TO DHAULAGIRI CIRCUIT 

Trekking the Dhaulagiri Circuit is a unique experience that takes you through some of the most stunning and varied landscapes in Nepal. The trip starts in the lower areas' lush subtropical forests and terraced farmlands, passing through traditional villages home to the Magar and Gurung communities. 

Travelers can get a taste of the local way of life in these early phases, when they might encounter traditions and hospitality. The road rises through thick rhododendron trees and onto alpine meadows where grazing yaks are scattered, creating an unexpected change in the surrounding landscape.

The up-close look of the 8,167-meter-high Dhaulagiri, the seventh-highest peak in the world, is one of the trek's most breathtaking sights. Trekkers will cross strenuous high passes such as the French Pass (5,360 meters) and the Dhampus Pass (5,200 meters), which provide magnificent views of the Annapurna range, Tukuche Peak, and Dhaulagiri. 

In sharp contrast to the glacier scenery, the Hidden Valley, a peaceful and secluded location situated between these passes, offers a singular and calming experience. After navigating one of Nepal's most demanding and rewarding trekking circuits among some of the world's most breathtaking natural scenery, the journey ends with a sense of achievement.

 

DHUALAGIRI CIRCUIT TREK ALTITUDE CHART 

Location Altitude (meters) Altitude (feet)
Kathmandu 1,400 4,593
Beni 830 2,723
Babiachaur 950 3,117
Dharapani 1,560 5,118
Muri 1,850 6,070
Boghara 2,080 6,824
Dobang 2,520 8,268
Chroiban Khola 3,110 10,203
Italian Base Camp 3,660 12,008
Glacier Camp 4,210 13,812
Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,740 15,551
Hidden Valley 5,140 16,864
Yak Kharka 4,915 16,125
Dhampus Pass 5,200 17,060
Marpha 2,670 8,760
Pokhara 827 2,713

BEST SEASON FOR TREKKING TO DHAULAGIRI CIRCUIT 

The ideal seasons for trekking the Dhaulagiri Circuit are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the weather is steady and ideal. Temperatures at these times can vary from -10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) at lower altitudes and from -10°C to 5°C (14°F to 41°F) at higher altitudes. 

Rhododendrons grow in the spring, while autumn brings crisp, chilly air that is ideal for trekking. These seasons also offer beautiful skies and breathtaking views of the mountains. Trekking will be safer and more fun when it avoids the summer monsoon rains and the winter's bitter cold.

BOOK YOUR TREK TO DHAULAGIRI WITH US 

Here at Snow View Trek, we offer visitors a wide selection of options to see Nepal. One of several programs that lets you discover the Himalayas and heightens the excitement of high-altitude trekking is our Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking package.

Our team of knowledgeable and skilled specialists has meticulously designed this 17-day trekking itinerary to the Dhaulagiri Circuit. We make sure to take care of everything, including permits, lodging, food, and transportation, so you can travel safely and comfortably with us. Please get in touch with us if you have any further questions or to book your trip.

Detail Itinerary

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If the provided schedule isn't suitable for you, we are able to create personalized travel arrangements according to your preferences and requirements.

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up & drops.
  • Transportation for a drive from Kathmandu to Beni.
  • Transportation for a drive from Marpha to Pokhara.
  • Transportation for a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Hotels in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
  • All meals & accommodations during the trekking period.
  • All entrance fees, trekking permits, and Tims cards.
  • Highly experienced guide and staff (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
  • Staff, insurance, salary, equipment, flight or transport, food and accommodation.
  • All necessary grounded transportation.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangements.
  • Welcome & farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fees
  • Domestic airfare and airport tax.
  • Int'l air fare
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, boiled water, shower, battery recharge ,
  • bar bills or extra porters)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Extra night in Kathmandu and Pokhara (if you arrive early or late from the mountain)
  • Lunch & evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips for guides and porters (for staff)

Good to Know

ACCOMMODATIONS DURING DHAULAGIRI CIRCUIT 17-DAY TREK

The 17-day Dhaulagiri Circuit trip offers a range of accommodations, from simple teahouses to camping, contingent on availability and location. Trekkers can find pleasant teahouses with basic rooms that have common restrooms, mattresses, and blankets in the more settled and lower altitude regions like Beni, Babiachaur, and Marpha. In addition to serving traditional Nepalese dal bhat (rice and lentils), these teahouses also provide hikers with vital nourishment in the form of pasta and noodles.

There are fewer and fewer lodging alternatives as the hike continues into more isolated and high-altitude regions such as Italian Base Camp, Glacier Camp, and Hidden Valley. In order to have a comfortable and safe trekking journey across the Dhaulagiri Circuit, trekkers must ensure they have enough clothing and supplies for the higher altitudes and more primitive amenities.

MEALS DURING DHAULAGIRI TREK

Meals are usually served at teahouses or lodges along the Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking route. Breakfast usually consists of items like bread, eggs, porridge, and Tibetan bread, which is a delicacy from the area. Dal bhat (rice and lentils) with seasonal vegetables, potatoes, and pickles is the usual lunch and evening fare. 

Depending on what's available, other dinner options might include noodles, spaghetti, soup, and occasionally meat dishes like chicken or yak curries. Tea and hot beverages are also supplied to keep trekkers warm and hydrated in the steep environment. Meals are substantial and intended to give you energy for climbing.

PERMITS REQUIRED FOR TREKKING TO DHAULAGIRI CIRCUIT

Obtaining multiple permits is necessary for trekking to the Dhaulagiri Circuit, as entrance into the area is restricted. Among these permissions are:

Trekkers' Information Management System: All hikers must have this card, which guarantees their protection and safety throughout the journey. It aids in keeping an eye on hikers and offering support when required.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit: Trekkers must get an ACAP to access the Dhaulagiri Circuit, which is situated within the Annapurna Conservation Area. This permission contributes to the preservation of the area's unique culture, animals, and natural environment.

Restricted Area Permit: Since the Dhaulagiri Circuit is so isolated and little frequented, it also needs a Restricted Area Permit. This permit is required to guarantee trekker safety and regulatory compliance.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS DURING TREKKING TO DHAULAGIRI CIRCUIT 

Acute mountain sickness (AMS), often known as altitude sickness, is a possible risk when walking the Dhaulagiri Circuit's higher altitudes. Headache, nausea, lightheadedness, exhaustion, and trouble sleeping are some of the symptoms that generally appear as the body struggles to adjust to reduced oxygen levels at higher altitudes. Trekkers should ascend gradually in order to reduce the danger, allowing for enough acclimatization and rest days as needed.

It's critical to have a balanced diet high in carbs and to remain hydrated by drinking lots of water. Refraining from smoking and drinking can also help with acclimation. Hikers should keep a close eye on their health, be aware of the early signs of altitude sickness, and notify guides right away if they have any concerns. Recovery and safety must descend to a lower altitude if preventive actions don't stop the symptoms from getting worse.

PACKING ESSENTIALS FOR 17-DAY DHAULAGRI CIRCUIT TREK

Clothing:

  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking base layers
  • Insulating layers (fleece jacket or down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  • Trekking pants and shorts
  • Thermal underwear for higher altitudes
  • Comfortable trekking socks (wool or synthetic)

Footwear:

  • Sturdy, broken-in trekking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or sandals for rest days

Gear:

  • Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures (down or synthetic, rated for at least -10°C)
  • Sleeping mat or pad for camping sections
  • Trekking poles for stability and reducing impact on knees

  Accessories:

  • Sun hats and sunglasses with UV protection
  • Warm hats and gloves
  • Buff or scarf for neck and face protection
  • Headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries
  • Lightweight, quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medications 

Equipment:

  • Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover
  • Water bottles or hydration bladders (total capacity of at least 2-3 liters)
  • Snacks and energy bars for quick energy boosts
  • Water purification tablets or filters

Miscellaneous:

  • Trekking permit (ACAP, RAP, TIMS card)
  • Personal identification and travel documents
  • Cash for purchasing snacks, drinks, and tipping guides and porters
  • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories