Overview

Feast your eyes the grandeur of Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters/26,795 feet). The seventh highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri boasts has an indescribable presence that only those who have been lucky enough to visit can understand. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the most exciting treks in Nepal. The path makes a part circumnavigation around the majestic mountain. During the process, trekkers have priceless views of several other 8000+ meter peaks. 

It must be noted though, that this trek is not for the faint of heart. It is an extremely strenuous 19-day excursion on an off-the-beaten-path trail. Most nights are spent inside of a tent, reminding trekkers that they are on a true Himalayan expedition. For those who find pleasure in being physically and mentally challenged, this is perfect for you. Or, if you simply have a desire to push yourself and are willing to work for that strong sense of accomplishment upon finishing, then give this trek a try! For these people, there is a great reward – experiencing the hidden treasures of the world’s greatest mountain range.

From Beni, at the very beginning of the trek, beauty is immediately seen.  We climb along the banks of the Myagdi Khola River and along the Chhonbardan Glacier while passing precious Magar villages. Experience and learn about the quintessential mountain village lifestyle as we traverse over and around various terraced hillsides. The trail hugs the side of glaciers up to challenging, yet thrilling mountain passes. These passes are the most difficult part of our trek, especially walking on the icy glaciers, but our guides will make you feel comfortable, prepared, and at ease. 

In this high alpine terrain, it becomes real to us that we are high in the sky – near the top of the world. The colossal Dhaulagiri mountain range consists of fifteen 7000+ meter peaks. As our trek winds to a close, the trail coincides with that of the Annapurna Circuit.  This is in the Mustang region, along the Kali Gandaki river gorge. We find ourselves in a completely different landscape, characterized by desolate hills, red-orange rock structures, and caves embedded into high cliffs. People living in the area are ethnically Tibetan.

What is the Best season for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?

The best season for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is the second week of September- October-November, and March-April-May. From the second week of September, the monsoon will be very less and trekkers can enjoy the green grassland, Rice paddy, rare alpine flowers, and the snow-capped mountains. September is beginning season for trekking in Nepal so this time would be very peaceful in the Himalaya. If you are looking for a peaceful trek into the Dhaulagiri The region of September month is the best month. Also if you can’t handle the cold this month is best for those. Because September month is a warm month in the Himalaya. October and November is the most popular month for trekking in Nepal. Because these two month offers awesome views of the Himalaya, clear skies, golden rice paddy and some flowers in the mountain.

March, April, and May months are also a very good time for trekking in Nepal and good for Dhaulagiri Round Trek. These months are very popular for the expedition and high passes trekking in Nepal. Because this month offers an awesome view of the mountain, clear weather, and safe to climb the Himalayas right after winter. Also, the alpine land will be colorful with rare alpine flowers. Lots of people choose this month for trekking into the Dhaulagiri region. For the flowers, lovers, September, Half October, and March and Half April month are the best.

How Difficult is Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an old trekking trail but very few peoples go for this trek because of its remoteness and difficulty. But nowadays with the satellite phone, we can minimize the high risks for this trek. The trail is upgrading by our Nepal government so it is becoming easier. People must have previous high altitude trekking experience and the strong inner power to finish this trek. For successful trekking, just a strong body doesn't help so you must have to be strong from your inner heart. This is also hiking on the trail but this trail leads into the Himalayas on the glacier and rough trails.

The trail up to French Camp is normal as another trekking trail. At the beginning of the season, you might have to cross a few landslides. But after French camp, the trail leads into the glacier, and the trail changes every year due to the glacier melting. Walking in the high altitude on the rocky trail would be difficult for the trekkers. Some parts of the trail are very narrow so we highly recommend walking very carefully on this part. Also while passing other trekkers on that part always be careful and stay at the wider and safe spot.

Every day walking up and down in the Himalaya is the difficulty of the trek. After Dhaulagiri Base Camp, the trail leads on the rocky glacier and up and down to the Hidden Valley via French Pass. This is the dangerous part of the trek. Once we get any problems in this place going forward and backward we must climb up so we must listen to our body before the start in this part. The trail from Hidden valley also up and deep down so trekkers have to be very careful on this part too.

Trip Highlights

Unbelievable mountain views including some of the Dhaulagiri ranges fifteen 7000+ meter peaks, and several 8000+ meter peaks

Vast array of landscapes – including the unique Mustang region

Thrilling high mountain passes: French Pass (5360 meters) and the Dhampus Pass (5234 meters)

An almost completely empty, off-the-beaten-path trail – peaceful vibes

Camping trek, giving an experience that brings trekkers closer to nature

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Day 03: Drive to Beni (850 meters), 8 hours.
  • Day 04: Beni to Babiyachaur (950 meters), 6 hours.
  • Day 05: Babiyachaur to Dharapani (1400 meters), 6 hours.
  • Day 06: Dharapani to Muri (1850 meters), 6 hours.
  • Day 07: Muri to Boghara (2080 meters), 7 hours.
  • Day 08: Boghara to Dobang (2520 meters), 6 hours.
  • Day 09: Dobang to Sallaghari (3110 meters), 5 hours.
  • Day 10: Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3660 meters), 5 hours.
  • Day 11: Rest day for acclimatization
  • Day 12: Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp(Japanese Camp) (4210 meters), 4 hours.
  • Day 13: Glacier Camp(Japanese Camp) to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740 meters), 5 hours.
  • Day 14: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5110 meters) via French Pass (5360 meters), 6 hours.
  • Day 15: Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (3680 meters) via Dhampus Pass (5200 Meters), 7 hours.
  • Day 16: Yak Kharka to Marpha and Jomsom (2710meters), 6 hours.
  • Day 17: Fly back to Pokhara from Jomson.
  • Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu, 6 hours.
  • Day 19: Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.

Trip note

How is the Trekking Trail and Walking Distance?

Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking trail is very old but very few people go to this trekking so the trail is not well maintained. Some part of the trail has been changed due to the landslide. The lower part trekking trail is well maintained because the local people also have to walk through the trail while they come up and down to Baglung Bazaar. After the villages, the trail is not well maintained. Now Nepal Government and the Nepal tourism board are rebuilding the trail and building the bridges on the rivers. The trail up to Dhaulagiri Base Camp from Japanese camp is rocky and has to walk on the glacier and moving little rocks.

Then the trail leads onto the glacier and rocks until to the hidden valley. The trail from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to the Hidden Valley is up and down with a narrow trail. Then the trail leads all the way down to Yak Kharka and Marpha village. Marpha village is connected with the road and popular as the Apple garden.

The walking distance up to Italian Camp is about 5-6 hours and about 16 Km per day on the normal trail but after Italian Camp, the trail becomes a bit difficult and due to the high altitude trekkers need to walk slowly. Then the duration goes high but the walking distance will be shorter. Trekkers walk about 5-6 hours per day but the distance will be about 6-9 km per day until Hidden Valley. Then walk 15+ km down to Yak Kharka and Marpha village.

Fitness level for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri circuit trek is difficult to trek in Nepal. The trail and the walking on the high Himalayas make this trek difficult. This trek is mostly camping in the high Himalaya and there are two high passes that make this trek more difficult. But if you are a regular hiker and you have previous altitude trekking experience this trek can be done easily. This trek is still very peaceful and wild. This is a difficult trek so you must be strong physically and mentally. When you are strong physically then you would be mentally strong. This trek required a level of fitness to complete successfully. 3-5 weeks of practice will make this trek easier.

Before starting this trek we highly recommend to do pre-practice at home. If there is any hill around your place you could walk and run on it 1-2  hours every day and do some exercise to build your stamina. Also, climb stairs or the uphills to make a habit to walk on the uphills. You have to walk up and down every day to make your leg muscles strong.

 Or if there is not any place to hike near your place you can join the gym and start a daily routine fitness practice. You could walk on the trade meal and walk on the house stairs up and down for your legs. Please use your new hiking boots before you come to Nepal for trekking because if your boot is not fit or make blister on the trek it will hurt and you couldn’t enjoy the trek properly. Please council to your doctor before you start the pre practices for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Your doctor will advise you as your body for the fitness classes.

How many Passes are there in Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a unique trek in the western part of Nepal. Which offers an awesome and wild view of the Himalayas and Nature. This trek leads into the high Himalaya in the remote places. On this trek, there are two popular passes, French Pass (5563m) and Dhampus Pass (5235m). These two high passes come after the Dhaulagiri Base camp. After the Dhaulagiri base camp, the trail leads to the north side of Chhondarban Glacier, then the trail gradually climbs the steep hillside above the glacier. After that we follow the zig-zag trail and across moraines, then we make our way up to French Pass which offers a 360-degree view of surrounding mountain ranges. Then the trail gently descends through snow slopes to finally reach the Hidden Valley.

Then the trail leads towards Yak Kharka crossing over Dhampus Pass (5244m). THe dhampus pass offers an awesome view of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna range, and also we can see the mustang valley. The trail is easier than the French pass. Then the trail descends steeply to Yak Kharka through avalanche-prone slopes.

Culture and Life Style in Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

The Himalayas and the mountain are very peaceful and the people from this region also very peaceful, friendly and helpful. Mostly we find Sherpa people in the Himalayas but we find Magar, Gurung, and Thakali ethnic groups in this region. On the low land, there is a mixed culture with the Hindu and Buddhist. And in the higher place, there are Magar people. Magar people are known as very innocent, helpful and strong. Nirmal Purja Magar is also from this region who climbed the 14 top mountains in 6 months without any problem!

As they very strong and helpful people they have been selecting as British Gurkhas so most of the people from this place are involved in the Military . And some of them are handling the farm in the village so we can see very beautiful farmland along the way. Their main religion is Buddhist and some of them are Hindu. And some people celebrate both festivals, the Buddhist and Hindu.

They always respect the guest as the god. It’s their culture. While you walk on the trail, they always pass with a beautiful smile which gives us energy. The people from this region celebrate the Maghi festival which is in Magh month in the Nepali calendar and January in the English calendar.

At this festival, they all gather with family and celebrate in the village with sharing love and with every respect for the elders. They also celebrate the Dashain festival. Which is known as the biggest festival in Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
    Welcome to Nepal! A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at the hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites
    Have breakfast and start sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle. We will see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will learn about each site’s historical, religious, and cultural significance. Our guide will recheck your trekking gear and prepare for the next day. Overnight in a hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 03: Drive to Beni (850 meters), 8 hours.
    After breakfast, we drive from north to the trailhead. From Pokhara, we zigzag on hilly roads all the way. We drive past Nayapul and other villages, with views of Annapurna II, IV, Annapurna South, Macchapuchhre, and more. It’s an exciting drive that builds our anticipation for the trek ahead. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Beni
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 850m
  • Day 04: Beni to Babiyachaur (950 meters), 6 hours.
    Departing from Beni, we head west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola. We reach Tatopani, where this is a hot spring, and then cross to the over the side of the river via a suspension bridge. We climb steadily to Babiyachaur, through forests and villages along the way. It takes about 6 hours in total. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Babiyachaur
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 950m
  • Day 05: Babiyachaur to Dharapani (1400 meters), 6 hours.
    Today our trail gently ascends for the first hour, passing through jungles with varieties of oaks, rhododendron and more. Listen to the birds chirping, and feel a sense of relaxation. The trail then goes flat and crosses a stream, as well as through several villages. Soon, the valley narrows and terraced hillsides comprise the scenery on both sides of us. We arrive to Dharapani soon after. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Dharapani
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 1400m
  • Day 06: Dharapani to Muri (1850 meters), 6 hours.
    Today we trek from Dharapani to Muri which takes about six hours. Crossing the river to the west bank, the trail begins to climb from Phedi. Switchback after switchback takes us up to several small settlements. Another steep incline brings us to a ridge, which we descend from and again emerge beside Myagdi Khola. We then ascend along a narrow path for one hour, and then through a flat trail passing through a mixed tree jungle onto a ridge to Muri. Overnight in a tented camp.
    • Muri
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 1850m
  • Day 07: Muri to Boghara (2080 meters), 7 hours.
    From Muri, the trail is easy – a mellow descent for few hours. Before we reach Boghara, though, we climb a steep incline for several hours. We climb a ridge to reach a pass, from where Gustung South (6465 meters) is visible. The trail descends again to the Myagdi Khola before reaching Phedi. One last steep ascent via switchbacks takes us to the picturesque village of Boghara. Overnight in a tented camp.
    • Boghara
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 2080m
  • Day 08: Boghara to Dobang (2520 meters), 6 hours.
    After a filling breakfast, we hit the trail. Descend through terraced fields and hike through a forest until Jyardan. We can stop for a tea or snack here. Continue through more forests to Lapche Kharka, and then climb up to arrive at Dobang. Overnight in a tented camp.
    • Dobang
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 2520m
  • Day 09: Dobang to Sallaghari (3110 meters), 5 hours.
    From Dobang, the route heads through dense rhododendron and bamboo forests. We then cross the Myagdi Khola over a bridge and follow the trail along the east bank of the Myagdi Khola. Following the deep lush forest, we walk on the relaxing trail towards Sallaghari. Overnight in a tented camp.
    • Sallaghari
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 3110m
  • Day 10: Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3660 meters), 5 hours.
    After breakfast, we follow the trail through the dense rhododendron, pine and birch forests before climbing up to an open area on the lateral moraine. Heading a little further, we arrive to the Italian Base Camp from where we enjoy up-close west side view of Mt. Dhaulagiri dominating the skyline. Overnight in a tented camp.
    • Italian Base Camp
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 3660m
  • Day 11: Rest day for acclimatization
    Today we spend the day exploring the valley. This day is necessary to acclimatize properly and prevent altitude sickness. We’ll do some day hikes. Bring your camera and enjoy the jaw-dropping scenery. Overnight in a tented camp.
    • Italian Base Camp
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 3660m
  • Day 12: Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp(Japanese Camp) (4210 meters), 4 hours.
    It takes about four hours to reach Australian Base Camp from the Italian Base Camp. After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. This is a particularly tough, but memorable day. Overnight in a tented camp.
    • Australian Base Camp
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 4210m
  • Day 13: Glacier Camp(Japanese Camp) to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740 meters), 5 hours.
    We leave our camp after having a filling breakfast. Soon after leaving, the rough trail gives way to the smooth ice of the glacier. We climb steadily to the cold, barren, yet mesmerizing Dhaulagiri Base Camp. This place has a very special feeling about it. You can feel the sensation of being close to the top of the world. Overnight in a tented camp.
    • Dhaulagiri Base Camp
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 4740m
  • Day 14: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5110 meters) via French Pass (5360 meters), 6 hours.
    Departing from the glacier, we climb some hills and reach the French Pass. An amazing view opens up, which gives us views of Mukut Himal (6328 meters), Tashi Kang (6386 meters), and Sita Chuchura (6611 meters), all of them encompassing the Hidden Valley. To the south are Tukche Peak and Dhaulagiri I. We descend a little bit between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak before arriving at our campsite. Overnight in a tented camp.
    • Hidden Valley
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 5360m
  • Day 15: Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (3680 meters) via Dhampus Pass (5200 Meters), 7 hours.
    After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse the avalanche-prone slopes and then take a steep descent through barren land to Yak Kharka. Like every other night, the beauty surrounding our campsite is priceless. Overnight in tented camp.
    • Yak Kharka
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
    • 5200m
  • Day 16: Yak Kharka to Marpha and Jomsom (2710meters), 6 hours.
    Today we enjoy our final day of trekking, surrounded by the surreal landscape of the Mustang district. After taking some snaps and soaking in the views, we trek down all the way to Muktinath. We descend along the Kali Gandaki river, enjoying the unique geological landforms along the way. Soon, we arrive in Jomsom, the district headquarters of the Mustang region. Overnight in guest house.
    • Jomsom
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Teahouse
    • 2710m
  • Day 17: Fly back to Pokhara from Jomson.
    After breakfast, we check in the airport to catch the flight back to Pokhara. The short flight of 30 minutes gives us jaw-dropping views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region peaks. We have a drastically different perspective of the mountains than we had before. In the afternoon, explore the Pokhara and the lakeside. Overnight in a hotel.
    • Pokhara
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 2710m
  • Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu, 6 hours.
    After breakfast, we take a drive back to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. Take in any scenery you may have missed along the way. After 6-7 hrs, we reach to Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel. Take a rest and spend your day freely. Celebratory dinner in Kathmandu in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast and Dinner.
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 19: Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
    Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Breeze Adventure as your trekking guide for an adventurous and beautiful Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek! We look forward to your next adventure with us.
    • Breakfast

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport. 

Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu and one night in Pokhara, breakfast included.

One night in a 2-3 star hotel in Pokhara, breakfast included.

All included transportation for the trek. 

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) & TIMS Card

Local guest house/teahouse accommodation in mountain.

Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters

Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters 

Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.

All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)

First Aid Kit

Maps

Service charge and government taxes

Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Cost Excludes:

International airfare

Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)

Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.

Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek

Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee

Tips for guide and porter

Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary

Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)