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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Package

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Package

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15 Days
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Introduction Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an exhilarating journey through one of Nepal’s most remote and unspoiled regions. This challenging trek takes you around the Dhaulagiri massif, the seventh-highest mountain in the world at 8,167 meters. The trek offers a unique blend of high-altitude trekking, stunning landscapes, and a sense of adventure that few other routes can match. This trek is ideal for seasoned trekkers looking for a truly off-the-beaten-path experience.

Highlights Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

  • Dhaulagiri Base Camp: Stand at the base of the formidable Dhaulagiri peak, surrounded by towering icefalls and glaciers.
  • French Pass (5,360m): Cross this high mountain pass, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Dhaulagiri range.
  • Hidden Valley: Explore this remote high-altitude valley, a stark and beautiful landscape that feels otherworldly.
  • Thapa Pass (5,250m): Another challenging pass that offers stunning views and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Remote Villages: Experience the traditional lifestyle of the Magar and Thakali people in their isolated mountain villages.
  • Diverse Landscapes: Traverse through lush forests, alpine meadows, glacial moraines, and arid high-altitude deserts.

Best Time to Trek Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

The best time for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is during the spring (April to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the most stable weather conditions and clear skies, making trekking safer and more enjoyable.

Packing List and Gear Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Package

  • Clothing: Base layers, trekking pants, insulated jacket, waterproof jacket, hat, gloves, and trekking boots
  • Gear: Backpack, sleeping bag, trekking poles, water purification tablets, and headlamp
  • Accessories: Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, first aid kit, and toiletries
  • Documents: Passport, trekking permits, and travel insurance details

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Package Cost

  • Solo Trekker: The cost typically ranges from $2,500 to $3,000, depending on the services and inclusions.
  • Group Trekkers: Costs can vary between $2,000 to $2,500 per person for a group of 4-6 trekkers. Larger groups might benefit from discounted rates.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Package Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)

  • Activities: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel, and prepare for the trek.
  • Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m/2,713ft) and drive to Darbang (1,180m/3,870ft)

  • light: 25 minutes.
  • Drive: 6-7 hours.
  • Highlights: Scenic flight to Pokhara, drive through picturesque countryside to Darbang.
  • Overnight: Teahouse in Darbang.

Day 3: Trek from Darbang to Sibang (1,770m/5,807ft)

  • Trek: 5-6 hours.
  • Highlights: Trek through terraced fields and traditional villages.
  • Overnight: Teahouse in Sibang.

Day 4: Trek from Sibang to Muri (1,850m/6,070ft)

  • Trek: 5-6 hours.
  • Highlights: Beautiful views of Dhaulagiri and surrounding peaks, pass through lush forests.
  • Overnight: Teahouse in Muri.

Day 5: Trek from Muri to Dobang (2,520m/8,268ft)

  • Trek: 6-7 hours.
  • Highlights: Dense forests, river crossings.
  • Overnight: Teahouse in Dobang.

Day 6: Trek from Dobang to Italian Base Camp (3,660m/12,008ft)

  • Trek: 6-7 hours.
  • Highlights: Alpine zone, close views of Dhaulagiri.
  • Overnight: Teahouse in Italian Base Camp.

Day 7: Acclimatization Day at Italian Base Camp

  • Activities: Rest day, optional short hikes.
  • Overnight: Teahouse in Italian Base Camp.

Day 8: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4,200m/13,779ft)

  • Trek: 5-6 hours.
  • Highlights: Cross glaciers and moraines.
  • Overnight: Camp at Glacier Camp.

Day 9: Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,750m/15,584ft)

  • Trek: 5-6 hours.
  • Highlights: Dhaulagiri Glacier, stunning views.
  • Overnight: Camp at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 10: Cross French Pass (5,360m/17,585ft) to Hidden Valley (5,200m/17,060ft)

  • Trek: 6-7 hours.
  • Highlights: Challenging ascent, panoramic views.
  • Overnight: Camp in Hidden Valley.

Day 11: Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (3,680m/12,073ft) via Dhampus Pass (5,240m/17,192ft)

  • Trek: 6-7 hours.
  • Highlights: Cross Dhampus Pass, descend into Yak Kharka.
  • Overnight: Teahouse in Yak Kharka.

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,720m/8,924ft)

  • Trek: 5-6 hours.
  • Highlights: Alpine meadows, barren landscapes.
  • Overnight: Teahouse in Jomsom.

Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

  • Flight: 20 minutes.
  • Activities: Relax in Pokhara, explore lakeside attractions.
  • Overnight: Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Drive: 6-7 hours.
  • Activities: Scenic drive, rest and explore Kathmandu.
  • Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu

  • Activities: Transfer to the airport for your departure.


Our standard itinerary may change due to unpredictable events like flight delays, weather issues, natural disasters, new government rules, political situations, or health problems. We will adapt the trek accordingly and appreciate your cooperation and flexibility.

From USD $2000
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What is Included Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Package

Domestic flights (if applicable)
Accommodation in teahouses and camping during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
Experienced and licensed trekking guide
Porters to carry luggage (with weight limits)
Dhaulagiri Conservation Area entry fee and TIMS card
First aid medical kit
Necessary trekking permits

What is Exclude Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Package

International airfare
Nepal visa fees
Travel insurance
Personal trekking gear
Tips for guide and porters
Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu due to early return or late departure
Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, internet, etc.)
Snacks, beverages, and bottled water

FAQs About Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Package

How hard is the Dhaulagiri trek?

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is considered very challenging. It involves high-altitude trekking, crossing difficult passes, and dealing with remote and rugged terrain. Trekkers should be physically fit and have prior high-altitude trekking experience.

How far is the Dhaulagiri trek?

The total trekking distance for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is approximately 200 kilometers (124 miles). The trek usually takes around 15-19 days, depending on the specific itinerary and pace of the group.

How much does the Dhaulagiri trek cost?

The cost of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek varies based on factors such as the duration of the trek, level of service, and group size. On average, it ranges from $2,000 to $3,000 per person.

What is the hardest trek in Nepal?

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is often regarded as one of the hardest treks in Nepal due to its remote location, high-altitude passes, and challenging terrain. Other challenging treks include the Makalu Base Camp Trek and the Great Himalayan Trail.