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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is once in a lifetime trek that offers you an unforgettable experience and spectacular views of the Himalayas. Think of the Dhaulagiri hike as a brand-new adventure, and be ready for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the most challenging treks, that takes trekking around the Dhaulagiri(8,167m) mountain. This trek is located in the western region of Nepal and the trek starts from Beni at Myagadi District, it is a long trek that covers around 170km. The hike provides you with a stunning view of mountains, isolated settlements, and thick forests.

During this trek, you will be crossing two passes Dhampus Pass at 5,200m and French Pass at 5,360m, and Dhaulagiri Base Camp at an elevation of 4,740m. During the trek, you will encounter Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m), Dhaulagiri V (7,618m), and Tukuche Peak (6,920m).

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking Highlight

  1. Challenging trail
  2. Spectacular view of Dhaulagiri range, the seventh highest peak in the world.
  3. Scenic passes like passes Dhampus Pass at 5,200m and French Pass at 5,360m
  4. Camping experience and exploring the hidden valley
  5. Trekking through remote areas, that are surrounded by peaks and glaciers
  6. After the trekking visit the hot spring 

Best Season

  • September, October, and November
  • March, April, and May

Permits and Regulations

You need to buy a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card, the guiding company will arrange the card. This card plays a role to trek in Nepal and the safety of trekkers, this card cost $10.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP) is required to trek in the Annapurna Region which includes Dhaulagiri Circuit which cost $20.

Accommodation and Meal 

This trek is a camping trek, there are no lodges. The food is carried out by porters and makes sure every essential thing that is needed is carried out and the food will be prepared in the camp kitchen. 

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking

Level of Difficulty

This trek is a camping trek, there are no lodges. The trek requires a high level of physical fitness and it is not for the faint of heart. The trek is considered the most challenging trek in Nepal, you need to be prepared for high altitude and long days of trekking. If you are looking for a challenge, you will have the opportunity to experience the most stunning scenery and the reward is truly stunning.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek itinerary

1: Kathmandu to Beni (850m, 9 hours)

2: Beni to Babachur (900m, 5 hours)

3: Babachur to Dharapani (1,470m, 5 hours)

4: Dharapni to Muri (1,850m, 5 hours)

5: Muri to Boghara (2,080m, 6 hours)

6: Boghara to Dobang (2,520, 5 hours)

7: Dobang to Choriban Khola (3,110m, 5 hours)

8: Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp (3,660m, 7 hours)

9: Acclimatization Day

10: Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4,210m, 6 hours)

11: Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m, 7 hours)

12: Acclimatization Day at DBC

13: Trek to French Pass (5,360m); trek to Hidden Valley (5,200m, 6 hours)

14: Explore Hidden Valley or Ascend Dhampus Peak (6,060m) for the experienced climber

15: Cross Dhampus Pass (5,240m), cross Yak Kharka (3,680m, 6 hours)

16: Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,700m, 5 hours)

17: Back to Pokhara