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. 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. 

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

Accommodation

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.

Food

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.    

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

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. 

Travel Insurance

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.

Domestic Flights

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.

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.)