• Off-the-beaten trekking experience
  • Traverse in one of the most remote regions of the Himalayas
  • Less crowded trail
  • Stunning landscape views throughout the trail
  • Trek through fine villages and dense forests
  • Observe the rich culture and tradition of the locals
  • Cross challenging French Pass Col
  • Reach the base of the world's seventh-highest mountain, Mt. Dhaulagiri
  • Witness panoramic views of several Himalayan mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Range, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Manaslu, Tukuche Peak, Mt. Nilgiri, Gurja Himal, Tsaurabong Peak, Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang, etc
  • Beautiful Gurung villages with terraced fields framed by views of the Dhaulagiri massif
  • Experiencing with Thakali culture in Kali Gandaki Valley
  • Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
Trip Details

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an adventurous and challenging trek in the Annapurna Himalayas. The trail will take you to the base of the world's seventh-highest mountain, Mt. Dhaulagiri. Trekking on the trodden narrow paths through dense forests, terraced hillsides, lateral moraines, and glacial paths, you will gradually gain the elevation. Stunning glaciers, beautiful landscapes, and high snow-capped mountains will decorate the trail. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 18 Days is not for anyone as there is no accommodation on the trail. It is a complete camping trek and only recommended to individuals with past trekking experience and high endurance.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a way to level up your trekking game in the Himalayas. The wild, rough, and remote terrain will let you test your endurance. The trail is less crowded. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is discovered in 1950 by the French expedition team who first climbed Annapurna I. Unlike other popular treks of Nepal like Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp Trek, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is an ultimate journey.

Enjoying outstanding views of snow-capped mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Gurja Himal (7,193 m), Tsaurabong Peak (6,395 m), Mukut Himal (6,328 m), Tashi Kang (6,386 m), extra, you will reach three base camps; Italian Base Camp, Dhaulagiri Base Camp, and Japanese Base Camp.

We, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition has professionally designed our Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek itinerary that will allow you to explore the beauty of the region. We are a team of professionals and have been running the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek package for years now. Be a part of this adventurous journey with us, and we will make sure you complete this trek without any problem.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300 m).
  • Day 02Kathmandu to Darbang (1,100 m).
  • Day 03Trek to Sibang (1,770 m); 6/7 hrs.
  • Day 04Trek to Naura Bhir (1,450 m); 7/8 hrs.
  • Day 05Trek to Lapche Kharka (2,000 m); 7/8 hrs.
  • Day 06Trek to Sallaghari (2,500 m); 6/7 hrs.
  • Day 07Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660 m); 4/5 hrs.
  • Day 08Trek to Japanese Camp (4,200 m); 3/4 hrs.
  • Day 09At Japanese Camp.
  • Day 10Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,748 m); 7/8 hrs.
  • Day 11Rest at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
  • Day 12Trek to Hidden Valley (5,120 m) via French Pass (5,360 m); 6/7 hrs.
  • Day 13At Hidden Valley.
  • Day 14Trek to Yak Kharka (3,837 m) via Dhampus Pass; 8/9 hrs.
  • Day 15Trek to Jomsom (2,736 m); 4/5 hrs.
  • Day 16Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Day 17Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Day 18Kathmandu Airport.
Day to Day detail itinerary

What to Expect

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in the hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners)one-item menu.
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek (shared room).
  • Licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara drive by bus
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant on the second last day.
  • Duffel bag during the trek (should be returned to us)
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Rescue service arrangement only (covered by your travel insurance)
  • All government taxes and official expenses.
  • Optional (Available on extra cost)
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu flight
  • Nepal Visa.
  • Air travel to/from Nepal.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature.
  • Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations.
  • Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
  • Travel Insurance.

Useful Info

Himalayan Penchant

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a challenging yet adventurous journey that will take you to the most isolated part of Himalayas. Trekking through the trodden trail, you will discover the hidden corners of the region. The stunning landscapes and panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains will make the journey thrilling. Not only this, you will cross passes, alter moraines, walk on narrow paths, glaciers, and forest during the trek.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek landmark

There is a lot to see during Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. The villages you will be spending nights will present to you the rich culture of the locals. Then comes the main highlight of the trek, Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Hidden Valley, where only a countable number of travelers get to travel is one of the landmarks of the trek. The trail then drops down to Kaligandaki Valley, where you will see Thakali culture. And, a breath-taking flight from Jomsom will take you to the city of lakes, Pokhara, in a blink of an eye.

Culture & Ethnic Diversity

The people here are kind and helpful. The lifestyle that they are living in is unique, and some thing to look into it. Over the centuries, they have preserved their culture and tradition. Begin the remote, the region has not seen any modern developments, which has played a big role to protect their heritage.

Natural Aptitude

The trail is wild and remote. Trekking to picturesque farming villages and terraced hillsides, you will reach the Himalayan foothills. During the trek, you will come across varied climatic zones and vegetation. The trail passes through dense forests, which is home to numerous flora & fauna.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek difficulty

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 18 Days is a very challenging trek. The trail is trodden and passes through a series of climate zones. This is a complete camping trek. You will not get to warm yourself in the teahouse. Moreover, you have to sleep over the glacier as well. This trek is only suitable for people with previous trekking experience, strong physical fitness, and high endurance.

Altitude Sickness and Prevention

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is a high altitude trek that will take you above 5,000 meters. And, high altitude journey does involve risks of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) that can ruin your trip and in the worst case can become life-threatening. Therefore, it is very important to acclimatize your body properly along with gaining elevation. Drink plenty of water as it will help to avoid AMS.

Transportation and Bag Pack

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek begins with a scenic flight to Pokhara. From here, you will drive to Darbang and gradually ascend to the base of Mt. Dhaulagiri.

Here is the list of things that you should carry during Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek:

  • Pair of hiking pants and casual pants
  • T-shirts
  • Thermal Wears
  • Breathable Underwears
  • Trekking shoes/socks
  • Rain jacket
  • Gloves
  • Sun hat
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking Pole
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
  • Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)

Food and Accommodation during Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking

You will stay overnight in lodge during Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. The rooms will be basic with a common washroom. You can find food like dal bhaat, veggies, momo, noodles, sandwiches, soup, bakery items, tea, coffee, etc. on the trail. However, as the elevation will get higher the facilities and menu will also get limited.

Best Season to go on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) is the best time of the year to go on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. The temperature is neither too hot or cold, and the clear sky makes the views prominent. The stable weather makes these months the most preferable time of the year to go on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 18 Days.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek cost

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek cost may vary from one travel agency to agency. The difference in the itinerary and the facilities you are willing to use during the trek increases or decreases the price of the package. We assure you that, with us, you will be getting the most affordable Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek package cost and the best service in the market.


  • Carry extra cash as there will be no ATMs on the trail or villages
  • Make sure to take out insurance
  • Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated
  • Get a good map
  • Walk slowly & safely
  • Follow the instructions of your guide

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