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. Our 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.
During the journey, two high mountain passes are crossed: the French Pass (5,360 meters/17,585 feet) and the Dhampus Pass (5,234 meters/17,172 feet). Each pass gives a completely different perspective on the glorious snow-clad peaks that surround you. The possible ache and pain experienced during the trek are far outweighed by the unbelievable terrain experienced on the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. The trail, lying just west of and inside of the Annapurna Conservation Area, allows trekkers to experience the great diversity of landscapes that the region offers.
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.
Upon reaching Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang, we stay for a night and back to Pokhara the following morning. We bid farewell to the mountains and conclude the trek by driving back to Kathmandu.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather for Dhaulagiri Circuit trek. During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer. Depending on the time of the year that you take the trek, teahouses may not be open. We will give you the details before you book your trek. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek requires good fitness and little acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.
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
- 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.
our Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek includes accommodation in the cost. This accommodation is included only during the set itinerary. While in Kathmandu and Pokhara, we provide a 2/3 star hotel for you. During the trek, We sleep in the tent and our guides will pick the best Camping site with a nice view of the Himalaya. Our company provides you a sleeping bag for both sleeping in a teahouse as well as outdoor camping.
Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs. If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose-free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time. During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, your breakfast is included. Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own. On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. While camping, we will prepare the meals for you. After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel.
Guide & Porters
A government-licensed guide will lead the trek. All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry. Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking to Dhaulagiri Circuit a memorable one. If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it. Your safety is our number one priority. For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be two porters for every single trekker. The porter will carry the food, kitchen equipment, tents, etc.
As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude. This have acclimatization days built into the itinerary. It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness. The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on this trek. On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial. Generally, treks require a good level of fitness. More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek.
We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on this trek. We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control. In case of a medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance. You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country. Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains.
Best Time to Travel
The peak season for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November). These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course, they are a little more crowded than the off-season. It is not possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures. It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.
Flights from Jomsom can be delayed due to weather conditions and delays may last up to several days. If the weather gets bad in Jomsom and we are not able to fly out from Jomsom, we have another option! We can drive all the way to Pokhara and it takes about 9 hours by jeep.