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Price
$1989 per person
Duration
18 Days
Travellers
20+

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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

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.

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What's included

Departure Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Return Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Price includes
  • All government taxes and our service charges.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners)oneitem Menu.
  • An experienced Government license holder guide.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Best available accommodations during the trek in Teahouse.
  • Duffel bag during the trek (should be returned to us)
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali Restaurant with on the second last day.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara drive by bus
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • Optional (Available on extra cost)
  • Rescue service arrangement only (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three or four star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests)
Price does not include
  • Air travel to/from Nepal,
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • 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.
  • Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • Day 01
  • Day 02
  • Day 03
  • Day 04
  • Day 05
  • Day 06
  • Day 07
  • Day 08
  • Day 09
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17
  • Day 18
Day 01

Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300 m).

Upon your arrival at the Airport, you will get received by one of our team members. He will take you to the hotel and inform you about the day program. In the evening, you will have a welcome dinner and meet with your guide. 

  • Meals Included: welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
Day 02

Kathmandu to Darbang (1,100 m).

Today, you will take a flight to Pokhara. From here, you will drive towards Darbang. On the way, you will get to see beautiful views of lush hills and snow-capped mountains. Driving along the Kali Gandaki River, you will pass by Beni, and further, follow Myagdi Khola to reach Darbang. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 03

Trek to Sibang (1,770 m); 6/7 hrs.

The trail ascends to a ridge-top village of Dharapani. You will get to see the stunning view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Putha Hiunchuli, and Gurja Himal. The trail further moves along a ridge above a river and leads you to Sibang.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 04

Trek to Naura Bhir (1,450 m); 7/8 hrs.

After having breakfast, you will descend to Gatti Khola. The trail from here ascends to Muri where Dhara and Myagdi rivers meet. Further, crossing a bridge over Dhola Khola, you will descend through beautiful terraced fields. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 05

Trek to Lapche Kharka (2,000 m); 7/8 hrs.

After a quick breakfast, you will continue trekking towards Lapche Kharka. The trail will pass by scattered settlement areas and terraced fields to take you to Lapche Kharka. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 06

Trek to Sallaghari (2,500 m); 6/7 hrs.

Looking over the wonderful landscape, you will move towards Sallaghari, a beautiful village. The trail gradually ascends through small villages and forested trail.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 07

Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660 m); 4/5 hrs.

The trail today will take you to the Italian Base Camp through small villages and terraced fields. As you ascend, you will get to see beautiful landscape view. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 08

Trek to Japanese Camp (4,200 m); 3/4 hrs.

Trekking through the rugged steep trail, you will cross several glacier moraines. Soon you will reach a grassy area known as Japnese Base Camp. From here, you will get to see wonderful views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Tsaurabong Peak. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 09

At Japanese Camp.

This is your rest day at Japnese Camp. You will explore around and relax for the day to restore your stamina. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 10

Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,748 m); 7/8 hrs.

The day begins with a tough walk on glaciers and lateral moraines. You will move slowly up to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. The path will be tough and dangerous, therefore walk carefully. Upon reaching the base camp, you will get to see views of numerous Himalayan mountains along with stunning icefall dropping from Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 11

Rest at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

This is another rest day to acclimate your body and restore the stamina. You will spend the day exploring around the base camp and go on small hikes. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 12

Trek to Hidden Valley (5,120 m) via French Pass (5,360 m); 6/7 hrs.

The day begins with a trek on the north side of Chhondarban Glacier. The trail ascends slowly along the steep hillside. Further, following a zigzag trail across moraines, you will reach the French Pass. From here, the trail descends through snow slopes and takes you to the gorgeous Hidden Valley.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 13

At Hidden Valley.

This day rest day at Hidden Valley to acclimate your body and explore around. It is also good to have rest days in case if you face bad weather.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 14

Trek to Yak Kharka (3,837 m) via Dhampus Pass; 8/9 hrs.

Crossing Dhampus Pass, you will move towards Yak kharka. The trail will offer you amazing views of the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri range. On the way, you will also come across the avalanche-prone area. 

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Camp
Day 15

Trek to Jomsom (2,736 m); 4/5 hrs.

The trail further descends along a steep trail and takes you to Marpha. Marpha is a beautiful village also known as the apple capital of Nepal. From here, you will pass through lovely whitewashed houses, paved streets, and the Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom.

  • Meals Included: BLD
  • Accommodation: Lodge
Day 16

Jomsom to Pokhara.

Today, you will fly back to Pokhara early in the morning. The flight will be scenic and short. In the evening, you will explore the vibrant Lakeside market and do boating on tranquil Fewa Lake. 

  • Meals Included: Breakfast only
  • Accommodation: Hotel
Day 17

Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Another flight and you will reach back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for you. Explore the nearby markets and monuments. Do shopping and relax. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast & Farewell dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
Day 18

Kathmandu Airport.

You will get transferred to the Airport as per your flight schedule by one of our team members.

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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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Price
$1989 per person
Duration
18 Days
Travellers
20+

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