Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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Dhaulagiri Base Camp, Nepal
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Duration

13 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English

About this tour

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an exhilarating and challenging adventure that takes you through the pristine and awe-inspiring landscapes of the Dhaulagiri region in Nepal. This trek circumnavigates Mount Dhaulagiri, the seventh-highest peak in the world, offering trekkers a rare opportunity to experience the rugged beauty of the Himalayas.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is renowned for its remote and untouched wilderness, making it a perfect choice for those seeking a less-traveled and more authentic trekking experience. The trail winds through diverse terrains, including lush forests, alpine meadows, high passes, and glacier crossings. The route also offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, providing trekkers with a visual feast of towering peaks and dramatic landscapes.

Unlike some of the more popular trekking routes, the Dhaulagiri Circuit is for experienced trekkers who are physically fit, mentally prepared, and ready to face challenging altitudes, technical sections, and rapidly changing weather. The trek involves several high passes, including the formidable French Pass (5,360 meters) and Dhampus Pass (5,240 meters), adding to the adventure and sense of achievement.

Throughout the journey, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with local communities, including the culturally rich Gurung and Magar ethnic groups. These encounters offer insights into the traditional lifestyles and warm hospitality of the people living in the Dhaulagiri region.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a trekker’s delight, offering solitude, stunning landscapes, and a true sense of exploration. If you’re looking to challenge yourself amidst the pristine beauty of the Himalayas and create lasting memories of an off-the-beaten-path adventure, the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an excellent choice.

Essential Tips for a Successful Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

  • Prepare your body for the demands of the trek by engaging in regular cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking. Improved fitness enhances your ability to handle long days of walking and challenging terrains.
  • Pack only essential items. Your backpack should contain clothing suitable for varying weather conditions, a warm sleeping bag, trekking poles, a first aid kit, water purification tablets or a filter, a map, and personal items. Keep the weight manageable.
  • Invest in high-quality trekking gear, including sturdy waterproof trekking boots, comfortable moisture-wicking clothing, a warm insulated jacket, gloves, a hat, and sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Collect the necessary trekking permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card, before starting the trek.
  • Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes in the mountains. Pack a waterproof and windproof jacket and clothing that can be layered for warmth.
  • Recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness and be prepared to descend if symptoms worsen. Hydration and gradual ascent are crucial.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Carry water purification tablets or a filter to treat water from local sources.
  • Respect the local culture and customs of the communities you encounter.
  • Familiarize yourself with the trail and consider hiring a local guide who knows the route well, especially in challenging or remote sections.
  • Keep a charged mobile phone with local SIM cards or a satellite phone for emergency communication.
  • Know the emergency evacuation procedures in case of serious health issues or accidents. Ensure your travel insurance covers helicopter evacuation if needed.
  • The trek offers basic tea houses and lodges for accommodation. Enjoy local meals and stay hydrated. Carry some energy snacks.
  • Know your own limits. Adjust your pace or itinerary as necessary to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek.
  • Follow the principles of “Leave No Trace.” Properly dispose of waste, avoid single-use plastics, and respect the environment.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Safety Considerations

  • Proper acclimatization is essential to prevent altitude sickness. Follow a gradual ascent, allow for rest days at higher elevations, and stay hydrated.
  • Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes, especially in high-altitude regions. Pack appropriate clothing for both warm and cold conditions, including a waterproof and windproof jacket.
  • Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and loss of appetite. Descend to lower altitudes if symptoms worsen and seek medical attention if necessary.
  • Carry a well-equipped first aid kit, including basic medications for common ailments and any personal prescription medications.
  • Practice good hygiene to prevent food and waterborne illnesses. Carry water purification tablets or a water filter to ensure access to safe drinking water.
  • Inform someone at home or at your hotel about your trekking itinerary and expected return date.
  • Know the emergency evacuation procedures in case of serious health issues or accidents. Ensure your travel insurance covers helicopter evacuation if needed.
  • Know your own limits and do not push yourself too hard. Listen to your body and adjust your pace or itinerary as necessary.
  • Practice responsible trekking by disposing of waste properly, avoiding single-use plastic, and respecting the local environment and wildlife.
  • Respect the local customs, traditions, and beliefs of the communities you encounter.

Highlights

  • The trek offers spectacular panoramic views of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 meters), Dhaulagiri II, III, and IV, Tukuche Peak, and the surrounding peaks of the Annapurna and Mustang regions.
  • Cross challenging high mountain passes, including the French Pass (5,360 meters) and the Dhampus Pass (5,200 meters), providing thrilling adventures and stunning vistas.
  • Experience the thrill of trekking through remote and less-visited areas, providing a sense of solitude and pristine natural beauty.
  • Encounter diverse ethnic communities such as Gurungs, Magars, Thakalis, and others, each with their unique cultures, traditions, and lifestyles.
  • Explore hidden valleys, lush rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and quaint villages, providing a glimpse into the local way of life.
  • Relax in natural hot springs in Tatopani, a perfect way to soothe your muscles after challenging trekking days.
  • Cross the Kali Gandaki River, one of the world's deepest gorges, adding a sense of adventure to the journey.
  • Visit Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740 meters), where you can witness the magnificent icefall descending from the Dhaulagiri glacier.
  • Interact with the friendly locals in isolated settlements, gaining insights into their daily routines, traditions, and hospitality.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Welcome and Farewell Cultural Dinner.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Start the day with either a scenic drive  to Pokhara.
  • Arrive in Pokhara and check into your hotel.
  • Explore the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara.
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Drive from Pokhara to Beni and further to Darbang.
  • From Darbang, drive to Takam.
  • Prepare for the trek.
  • Overnight in Takam at teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Begin the trek from Takam.
  • Pass through lush forests, terraced fields, and small villages.
  • Reach Muri.
  • Overnight in Muri at Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek, enjoying the natural beauty.
  • Trek through picturesque landscapes.
  • Reach Bagar.
  • Overnight in Bagar at teahouse.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Bagar to Dovan.
  • The trail might get steeper, and the views become more stunning.
  • Overnight in Dovan at teahouse.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek to Italian Base Camp.
  • The trail offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Set up tents at the Italian Base Camp.
  • Overnight at the Italian Base Camp.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the tent.

  • Spend the day acclimatizing and resting at Italian Base Camp.
  • Explore the area and enjoy the majestic views.
  • Overnight at the Italian Base Camp in the tent.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the tent.
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  • Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
  • The trail becomes more challenging as you gain altitude.
  • Reach the base camp and enjoy the stunning views.
  • Overnight at Dhaulagiri Base Camp in Tent.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the tent.
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  • Trek through the challenging French Pass to reach Hidden Valley.
  • Enjoy the high-altitude landscape.
  • Overnight in Hidden Valley in the tent.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the tent.

  • Trek from Hidden Valley, crossing Dhampus Pass.
  • Descend to Yak Kharka.
  • Overnight in Yak Kharka at the Tent.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the tent.

  • Continue the trek to Jomsom.
  • Enjoy the diverse scenery along the way.
  • Reach Jomsom.
  • Overnight in Jomsom.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a short flight or drive from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Arrive in Pokhara and transfer to your hotel.
  • Enjoy the rest of the day in Pokhara.
  • Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Depending on your preference, take a flight or drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Arrive in Kathmandu and check into your hotel.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.

Durations

10 Days

Languages

English

Frequently asked questions

The duration of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek varies depending on the specific itinerary and side trips taken. On average, the trek takes around 18 to 20 days to complete.

The best time for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is during the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and excellent mountain views.

Yes, the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is considered one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. It involves high altitudes, steep ascents and descents, and potential technical sections, such as traversing the French Pass and Dhampus Pass.

Yes, a special permit, known as the "Dhaulagiri Restricted Area Permit," is required for this trek. You will also need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card.

While it is possible to trek solo, it is recommended to trek with a guide or in a group, especially for safety reasons. The challenging nature of the trail and the remote areas make having experienced guidance beneficial.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek offers stunning views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges, challenging high mountain passes, serene landscapes, remote villages, and an immersive experience in the rugged Himalayan wilderness.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a challenging and adventurous trekking route in the western region of Nepal, encircling the Dhaulagiri massif, the seventh highest mountain in the world.

Yes, altitude sickness is a concern due to the high elevations reached during the trek. Proper acclimatization, gradual ascent, and awareness of symptoms are essential to reduce the risk.

While the trek passes through remote and less developed areas, there are basic tea houses and lodges along the route, offering accommodation and meals. The quality and availability of facilities may vary in some sections.

The primary focus of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is to encircle the Dhaulagiri massif. However, some trekkers may choose to extend the trek to include a visit to the beautiful hidden valley of Naar Phu or explore other areas of the Annapurna region after completing the circuit.

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Dhaulagiri Base Camp, Nepal

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