The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is a strenuous yet a highly adventurous opportunity that takes us through high alpine pastures, high passes and serene valleys around the circuit of the Dhaulagiri. Dhaulagiri region is the perfect spot that exudes serenity and remoteness in Nepal and the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is a one in a million experience which offers views of dramatically contrasted lands and the white glow of more than fifteen 7000 m peaks. The trail passes through connected mountain villages through cultivated lands. This trek gives a chance to explore the lifestyle of ethnic populations like Magar, Chettri, and Gurung people.

Dhaulagiri Circuit trek takes thrill seekers around the less trodden and the less populated paths around the Dhaulagiri (8167m) mastiff, which is the seventh highest peak in the world. The major attractions of the trek are the steep French Pass (5360m), ThapaPass (5250m) as well as the beautiful villages of Marpha and Alubari. Come to experience true, wild and spectacular Nepal with the hidden and less trodden Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.

  1. Day Arrival in Kathmandu

    Today, we will be arriving in Kathmandu from our respective locations. After being transferred to the hotel we have the chance to either relish the wonderful Nepali cuisine or explore the nightlife of the throbbing Kathmandu city.

  2. Day Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    Kathmandu has been declared as a heritage city, with several UNESCO certified World Heritage sites worth visiting. This day, we will be sightseeing around the Kathmandu and the Patan Durbar Square. After this, we will prepare for the upcoming adventure.

  3. Day Drive from Katmandu to Pokhara

    Drive to the beautiful city of Pokhara on a scenic drive. Follow the roaring Trishuli River and terraced farmlands to reach the relaxed town of Pokhara, situated beneath the Annapurna Range. Explore the backdrop of the perfect snowy peaks casting a whitish shadow on the surface of the beautiful lake of Phewa. Approximately 6-7 hours’ drive.

  4. Day Drive from Pokhara to Beni & trek to Babiachor

    The trek starts today. We drive from Pokhara to Beni in a 3-hour drive, followed by a trek to Babaichor. The trail passes through the north bank of MyagdiKhola and transverses through BeniMangalghat. We will cross the villages of Singa and finally to Tatopani. Tatopani is the home to hot springs which can be used to soothe your aching muscles. Cross the village to the south bank of the river to reach the village of Simlachour. The path finally continues through grassy banks to Babiachor. Approximately 3 hours of drive & Approximately 3 hours of trek.

  5. Day Trek from Babiachor to Dharapani

    Through the widened valley, the trail passes through villages of Shahashradhara. We will cross the DukKhola next, in order to reach Ratorunga. The valley narrows now, to reach Dharapani. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

  6. Day Trek from Dharapani to Muri

    Cross the river to the West Bank and leave behind Phedi. After many switchbacks, we arrive at the ridge of the village of Sibang, Mattim, GattiKhola, PhalaiGaon and finally to the Magar village of Muri. Approximately 5 hours of trek.

  7. Day Trek from Muri to Boghara

    Descend, cross a stream and trek through beautiful terraced fields to reach a pass which offers close up views of the Mt, Ghustung South. Cross MyagdiKhola and trek through a grassy hill to Boghara. The path crosses through grassy hills and switch-backs. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

  8. Day Trek from Boghara to Dobang

    This day starts with a descent through terraced fields and crosses a rocky area to climb to Lipshe, home to a single hut. Jyardan is the remotest permanent settlement before Lipshe. Continue further to LapcheKhola and finally to Dobang. Approximately 5 hours of trek.

  9. Day Trek from Dobang to CharibanKhola

    Cross a wooden bridge and descend to a forested area. The up-close views of the beautiful Dhaulagiri come to view as you descend down to MyagdiKhola and continue to Chartare and finally to ChoribanKhola. Approximately 5 hours of trek.

  10. Day Trek from Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp

    Follow a trail to the moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier. Enter the glacial moraine as you are cheered on by the views of the Tukuche Peak. The day ends at Italian Base Camp. Approximately 7 hours of trek.

  11. Day In Italian Base Camp

    Acclimatize with the thinning air as views of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri V, and Dhaulagiri III appear before us and cast a whitish, beautiful, glow all around.  This is a perfect chance to acclimatize to the altitude.

  12. Day Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp

    Walk through treacherous paths, prone to stone fall. Through a narrow gorge, the trail takes us near a glacier before ending in the Glacier Camp. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

  13. Day Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp

    An adventure filled day as we reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Look up to the impressive mastiff od the Dhaulagiri I which dominates the skyline. Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri II, and Dhaulagiri V also appear in the scene and an impressive icefall descending down from the northeast col makes up for a heavenly and picturesque experience. Approximately 7 hours of trek.

  14. Day Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley via French Pass

    Climb terraced hills and walk across the moraine to reach the French Pass, which offers views of the MukutHimal, Tashi Kang, SitaChuchura and the Tukuche Peak. Continue further to cross the Thapa Pass and descend down to the Hidden Valley with mind-boggling sights on the way. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

  15. Day Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka via Dhampus Pass

    Walk down to the Dhampus Pass, which offers scenery of the white tops of mountains shining and smiling at us in their full glory. Descend downwards to Yak Karkha. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

  16. Day Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom

    Continue downwards to the village of Maria, known for its abundance of apples. Taste the local Apple Brandy as you continue north the river valley to the dry, arid and mystical Jomsom. Approximately 5 hours of trek.

  17. Day Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara & drive to Kathmandu

    Time to bid farewell to the beautiful Annapurna region as we fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom. Head back to Kathmandu on a 6 hours’ drive. Approximately 25 minutes of flight. Approximately 6-7 hour drive.

  18. Day Optional sightseeing in Kathmandu

    Today, an optional sightseeing around Kathmandu will be organized for those interested. We will visit the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath with its richly ornamented pagoda house and sacred linga. Another must visit location is Boudhanath, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, named among the largest Stupas in South Asia. We will also visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which consists of countless temples and showpieces of architectural beauty.

  19. Day Depart transfer

    After a never before experienced in Nepal, it finally is time to bid goodbye to the country, with a promise to come back for more.

  • Day Arrival in Kathmandu

    Today marks the beginning of this exotic adventure into the wild nature of the Everest region in Nepal. The capital of this beautiful mountainous country of Nepal, Kathmandu is the only city with an international airport. Upon arriving in Kathmandu from your respective locations today our representative will transfer you to the hotel.

    You have the option to stroll around in the warm and welcoming streets of the throbbing capital. Another option is the relish the unique and the world famous Nepali cuisine. The adventure starts soon, and you should rest adequately and become strong for the adventure to follow.

    • Meals not included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Sightseeing around Kathmandu

    While the massive earthquake that hit Nepal on 2015, has done some damage to the architecturally beautiful city of Kathmandu, it still of home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites which stand proud and tall in the heart of the city.

    We will be visiting the Kathmandu Durbar Square in the morning today. An epitome of cultural and religious diversity Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site adorned with ancient Nepali architecture. With its old temples, architecturally rich encryptions and some renovated areas, Kathmandu Durbar Square surely releases an ambiance of a place that used to be ruled by ancient kings. The special attractions are the Hanuman Dhoka Museum, Taleju Temple, Kalbhairav, Kumari Temple( Temple of the Living Goddess) and the Basantapur Durbar.

    Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, worth exploring today is the Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the center of the Patan City. Considered a specimen of ancient Newari architecture the Patan Durbar Square comprises of three courtyards called the MulChowk, SundariChowk, and the Keshav Narayan Chowk. A huge number of temples of several shapes and sizes adorn vicinity of the Patan Durbar Square. The major attractions include the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna, Bhimsen Temple, and Krishna Mandir. The entire region is made more attractive with the scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana (Hindu holy books).

    Another thing to do is to brief for the trek to follow. It will be made sure that all the members of the trek are properly equipped with the necessary materials.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Drive from Katmandu to Pokhara

    Drive to the beautiful city of Pokhara on a scenic drive. Follow the roaring Trishuli River and terraced farmlands to reach the relaxed town of Pokhara, situated beneath the Annapurna Range. Pokhara Valley is considered to be one of the most picturesque and revered spots in Nepal. It is rightly called as the lake city due to its abundance of beautiful lakes, the major attraction being the Phewa Lake. These lakes arise from the glaciers of the Annapurna Range.  Lakeside is the district situated along the sides of the Phewa Lake. Phewa Lake reflects back the panorama of the beautiful Dhaulagiri, Macchapucchre, Annapurna peaks and other rising above us. Macchapucchre is only 28 kilometers from Phewa Lake and the views of this beautiful mountain are the most alluring from this point.

    Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in the Pokhara Valley. It has been for years, the center of attraction of the valley, with a lot of restaurants and hotels situated alongside it. We can boat around the Phewa Lake and visit the temple situated in its middle. Baidam or the lakeside is the home base for travelers. Explore the backdrop of the perfect snowy peaks casting a whitish shadow on the surface of the beautiful lake of Phewa. Approximately 6 hours’ drive.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Pokhara
  • Day Drive from Pokhara to Beni & trek to Babiachor

    The trek starts today. We drive from Pokhara to Beni in a 3-hour drive, followed by a trek to Babaichor. The trail passes through the north bank of MyagdiKhola and transverses through BeniMangalghat, Singa, Tatopani (hot springs) and finally to Babiabhor. Approximately 3 hours of drive & approximately 3 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Babiachor to Dharapani

    Through the widened valley, the trail passes through villages of Shahashradhara and Ratorunga. The valley widens at this point and reaches terraced hills. The trail now becomes fairly level as you pass through the DukKhola. We pass again through grassy fields to reach Ratorunga. The valley narrows again and disappears on either side of the river. Finally, the day ends at Dharapani. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Dharapani to Muri

    Cross the river to the West Bank and leave behind Phedi. The trail now becomes earnest and you need to climb at a fast pace with extremely difficult steps. After many switchbacks, we arrive at the ridge of the village of Sibang, Mattim, GattiKhola, PhalaiGaon and finally to the Magar village of Muri. Approximately 5 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Muri to Boghara

    Descend, cross a stream and trek through beautiful terraced fields to reach a pass. The ridge offers mind-boggling views of the south face of Mt. Ghustung. Later, we descend down to MyagdiKhola and reach the village of Naura from the West Bank. Later, we transverse through a grassy hill through several more switch-backs to reach Boghara. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Boghara to Dobang

    This day starts with a descent through terraced fields finally reaching a small ridge. We move on to cross a forest to reach Jyardan. Jyardan is the most remote permanent settlement in this part. Through this village, we cross winding paths to reach the village of Lipshe. Lipshe is home to a single hut. We continue further through a forest to the LapcheKharkha. With the expectation of up-close views of the mountain cheering us on, we climb to a leveled area at Dobang. Approximately 5 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Dobang to CharibanKhola

    Cross a wooden bridge and descend to a forested area. The west face of Dhaulagiri becomes visible through the breaks in the trees. Descend downwards to the MyagdiKhola and cross a wooden village. We continue onwards to Chartare. The forests greet was again as we continue towards to pass through a rocky area. Finally, after crossing a stream, we reach ChoribanKhola. Approximately 5 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp

    Follow a trail to the moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier. Enter the glacial moraine from the right as you are cheered on by the views of the Tukuche Peak. We walk on for a short time more and reach the Italian Base Camp. This is the site of camping for the night and is home to the magnificent panorama of peaks like the Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri II and Dhaulagiri V. Approximately 7 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at camping
  • Day In Italian Base Camp

    As we have reached an altitude exceeding 3000 m, we will use this day to acclimatize with the increase in altitude. Acclimatize with the thinning air as views of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri V, and Dhaulagiri III appear before us and cast a whitish, beautiful, glow all around. We need to be fully tuned for the increasing altitudes, as we move on to explore more mind-boggling views of the Dhaulagiri range.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at camping
  • Day Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp

    Walk through treacherous paths, prone to stone fall. We will need to be on the lookout for the strenuous path today. Through a narrow gorge, the trail takes us near a glacier before ending in the Glacier Camp. We need to move out in the better part of the morning, to reach the Glacier Camp by the evening when the weather is clear. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at camping
  • Day Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp

    An adventure filled day as we reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp today. We set off early today, as this day is an interesting one. Cross rocky paths in order to reach the Base Camp. Look up to the impressive mastiff od the Dhaulagiri I which dominates the skyline. Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri II, and Dhaulagiri V also appear in the scene and an impressive icefall descending down from the northeast col makes up for a heavenly and picturesque experience. Approximately 7 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at camping
  • Day Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley via French Pass

    We start off the day by crossing a glacier. Cut through the mountain flank and cross the moraine as you climb terraced hills and walk across the moraine to reach the French Pass. The French Pass opens up a magnificent vista which offers views of the MukutHimal, Tashi Kang, SitaChuchura and the Tukuche Peak. Continue further to cross the Thapa Pass and descend down to the Hidden Valley with mind-boggling sights of the mountain peaks on the way. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at camping
  • Day Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka via Dhampus Pass

    We descend down from the Hidden Valley in order to reach the Champions pass. As you drop down to the Dhampus Pass, which offers scenery of the white tops of mountains shining and smiling at us in their full glory. Descend downwards to Yak Kharka which has a perfect camping site which offers views of the surrounding panorama. Approximately 6 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at camping
  • Day Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom

    Continue downwards to the village of Marpha, known for its abundance of apples. We pass through the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River in order to reach this beautiful village. Taste the local Apple Brandy as you continue north the river valley to the dry, arid and mystical Jomsom. Jomsom is a beautiful town situated in between the two giants of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and has its mystical beauty of its own.

    Jomsom spreads over both banks of the Kali Gandaki River and is a perfect spot to witness the views of the towering backdrop of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks. You can find merchants and local inhabitants going about their daily work there. The awesome splendor of the mountain peaks glistening all around, combined with the mystique of the people living in Jomsom, makes this town a perfect mixture of beauty and splendor.  Jomsom is the gateway to Mustang and is also home to a small airport.Approximately 5 hours of trek.

    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara & drive to Kathmandu

    It is finally time to bid farewell to the beautiful Annapurna region as we fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom. Bid goodbye to the exceptionally beautiful Annapurna region and reach Pokhara. From Pokhara, we head back to Kathmandu on a 6 hours’ drive. Approximately 20 minutes of flight. Approximately 6-7 hour drive.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Optional sightseeing in Kathmandu

    This day is separated for optional sightseeing in Kathmandu. There are many places in the capital of Nepal, like the Boudhanath, Syambunath as well as Pashupati, which are worth visiting. Boudhanath is the largest stupa in the world while Syambunath is commonly called as the Monkey Temple for the huge number of monkeys found there. Pashupatinath is the holy temple of Hindu people and a sacred spot which cannot the accessed by foreigners. The rest of the evening can be spent by doing some souvenir shopping for loved ones back home. Thamel is the perfect location to shop for supplies and souvenirs. You will spend the night in the hotel.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Depart transfer

    After the experience of a lifetime, you will finally bid farewell to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Keeping the memories of this adventure in mind and with a promise to come back for more, you can finally depart from the country. You will be transferred to the airport for your safe flight back home.

    • Breakfast included

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & meals

    • Pre and post trek three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.        
    • Standard hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
    • Accommodation in the local teahouses & full organise camp during the trek period.
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner during the trek & tour period.
    • Only Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • What's included

    • Kathmandu to Pokhara Airfare including airport taxes
    • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
    • One English speaking trek guide & assistant guides depending on the group size
    • English speaking city guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • One porter or pack animals for each two clients
    • Annapurna Conservation Area fee & TIMS card fee
    • First Aid Kit
    • All Govt. taxes including service charges
  • What's not included

    • Emergency evacuation fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal Insurance
    • Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Visa fee
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation

    All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle

  • Visa & documentation

    A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.

    Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

    Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.

    Visa Facility   Duration    Fee

    Multiple entry   15 days      US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   30 days      US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   90 days      US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.

     

    Clothing

    • Heavy down jackets  (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Lightweight down jackets
    • Hiking boots (well broken in)
    • Woolen socks (a few pairs of different thickness)
    • Slippers
    • Walking sneakers
    • Lightweight trekking pants/trousers
    • Lightweight thermal legging
    • Trekking shorts
    • T-shirts (long sleeve & short sleeve)
    • Under garments
    • Waterproof jacket and trouser/raincoat
    • Sun hat
    • Woolen/fleece hat 
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Sweaters
    • Ear warmer

     

    Trekking Gears & Accessories

    • Backpack 
    • Hiking poles
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Sleep liner
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottles 
    • Head lamp with extra batteries
    • Camera and extra batteries and lenses
    • Waist bag
    • Daypack and cover
    • Dry packs (essential for keeping your valuables dry)
    • Water purification (pump, tablets or steripen)
    • Maps (can be brought in Kathmandu)
    • Reading materials

     

    Personal supplies

    • Sun screen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toiletries
    • Wet wipes & tissues
    • Feminine hygeine products
    • Anti-itching cream/powder
    • Medications (don't forget to carry adequate supply of your prescription medicines)
    • Deodrants 
    • Moisturizers 
    • Energy bars

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Frequently asked questions about this trip

Is this trip physically demanding?

The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is one of the most sought-after treks in the Annapurna region and is considered a tough one. It is required that you have a good hiking experience before embarking on the journey. The trek passes through different types of terrains, and the roads change quite often. Muddy road, rock steps, and steep ascents and descents are extremely common. It is crucial that you know how to place your footing in the most precipitous of areas, prone to loose rocks and transverse with creeks. As altitude gains, the trek becomes harder. It is recommended hence that you give resting as much importance as walking.  There are risks associated with Altitude Sickness one your cross the 3000m mark. However, with proper acclimatization, you can complete the trip with almost no altitude sickness at all.