Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

17 Days

Trip Overview

“Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.”

Mt. Dhaulagiri standing at the high elevation of 8,167 meters is the seventh highest mountain in the world. In literally sense Dhaulagiri means the ‘white mountain’ which validates a glorious peak rising as a colossal shoulder of shimmering ice and snow. This is entirely a full on complete demanding high altitude adventurous trek which is incomparable with Annapurna, Everest or Langtang Treks. And being just recently reopened, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a thrilling trek which reveals long kept secrets, like the Gandaki Gorge, the deepest Gorge in the world geographically contrast region of Nepal.

Dhaulagiri is almost unique in the world in terms of its rise above local terrain where it rises to 7000m over the Kali Gandaki gorge to the south east in about 30 km of aerial distance. Trekking around the giant Himalayan Peak Dhaulagiri is one of the most challenging treks which also include numerous low altitude and high altitude trekking passes. Our Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek begins with a picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Beni which takes approximately 6 hours to reach. Trekking of the main paths is not only possible, but is immeasurably satisfying and worthwhile but you do require a enthusiasm for adventure with an enlarged aptitude to deal with unexpected. This trek is simply a touch in distant, secluded and tremendously adventurous high altitude trek with overwhelming and irresistible Himalayan vistas. On our trek our paths shall go through large challenging mountain passes crossing over the French pass (5360 meter) and Thapa Pass (5200 meter). It has glaciers walk, rock fall area, hidden valley and high passes – French and Dhampus pass which is a challenging stroll on an icy trail. It’s a trek with highlights such as eye-catching views, rare flora and fauna, secluded villages, soaring snow-white peaks etc. On this trekking trail you can also get an opportunity to discover and get a close up experience of the incredible life styles of Gurung & Magar peoples and their culture. And once you finish your trek here around Dhaulagiri region, you are bound to get an outstanding experience that will surely give you memories worth a whole lifetime.

It is sure that Dhaulagiri Trek will give you some kind of mountaineering and cultural experiences with many extreme adventurous trekking experiences which demands high level of physical fitness throughout the trek. We in general prefer Sep-Oct-Nov and Mar-Apr-May as the best time to plan and go for this trek as this trek remains closed in the deep winter. Join Himalayan Trekking Alliance now for this thrilled pack adventurous trek in the Himalayas.

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Itinerary Overview

Day 01: Arrival at TIA Kathmandu (1350m) & Transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu City tour
Day 03: Kathmandu to Beni (800m) by Bus. (6/7 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Beni to Babiya Chaur. 970m (5/6 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Babiya Chaur to Dharapani. 1565m (5/6 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Dharapani to Muri. 1800m (6/7 hrs)
Day 07: Trek from Muri to Boghara. 2080m (5/6 hrs)
Day 08: Trek from Boghara to Dovan. 2430m (6/7 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Dovan to Italian Base Camp. 3500m (6 hrs)
Day 10: Trek from Italian Base Camp to French Base Camp. 3870m (6/7 hrs)
Day 11: Trek from French Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m) via French pass 5360m. (7/8 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Yak Kharka/Aaru Bari. 3900m (6/7 hrs)
Day 13: Trek from Aaru Bari to Jomsom. 2670m (6/7 hrs)
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara flight. (25 minute flight)
Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus. (6/7 hrs)
Day 16: Kathmandu Rest Day
Day 17: Final Departure


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Frequently Asked Questions

We believe emergency medical coverage is very essential for any traveler traveling to Nepal. Travel insurance exists to ensure that trekkers/travelers get medical help if things go wrong. For our treks and trekking peak expeditions in Nepal, you are highly recommended to get yourself insurance that takes account of trekking to 5000–6000m with helicopter evacuation. Lastly, make sure that you compare your insurance plans with others to get the right policy for you.

Yes! A 25 % deposit of the full payment is required to book the respective trip package. We have very simple cancellation policy in case of your trip cancelled.
The full payment due is after your arrival in Kathmandu and before the commencement of the particular trip package that was booked by the client. And if you deposit your full payment two month prior to your arrival we will give you the surprise gift upon your arrival at Hotel.

No, you don’t have to book anything else yourself because we provide a fully guided tour packages to all of our clients. From the airport pick up to your hotel rooms for your stay, all are inclusive to our trip packages, so, even during the entire trip, our guide will accommodate you entirely without the need to book anything yourself.

Cancellation policies are defined as the circumstances in which the “Host Company” will return (or in some cases doesn’t return) the money to their guest when the booked trip package is cancelled. Generally these policies tend to protect the “Host Company” in the event of unpredicted and unanticipated cancellations of a particular trip package. It is expected for our clients to keep in mind that each tour package available through Himalayan Trekking Alliance has a cancellation policy, and we try to do our best when you choose to cancel a tour package booked by or on your behalf.

  • $25 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • $50 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • $75 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 6 days prior to your scheduled arrival.

As we asked for a 25% advance to confirm your trip, this amount will not be refunded if you don’t notify us about your cancellation or any re-scheduled date within five days before your scheduled arrival. However, if you provide us with your re-scheduled dates, we will keep your advance for up to one year from your scheduled arrival and apply it to the cost of your rescheduled trip.  We may ask for an additional advance amount if the overall cost of the trip increases.

To apply for Nepal’s entry Visa, you can submit an application for a visa directly on the official website of the Department of Immigration in Nepal before traveling to Nepal. Click here for online application. You can also acquire and obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.  You can also obtain an entry visa at the following border points of entry in Nepal if you traveling overland:

  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa District (Eastern Nepal)
  • Birgunj, Parsa District (Central Nepal)
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk District (Northern Border–for group tourists only)
  • Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi District, Western Nepal)
  • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke District, Mid-Western Nepal)
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali District, Far Western Nepal)
  • Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur District, Far Western Nepal)

Our trekking packages are all inclusive in the basic standards, but we suggest each of you carry Nepalese currency of about Rs 40,000/- to Rs 50,000 (about $400 to $500) for extra expenses for the trip. These includes:

  • A down jacket rental ($1.5 per day) and sleeping bag rental ($1.5 per day).
  • Three meals with cups of hot tea are included, but you have to pay yourself if you want to have extra food and snacks, cold drinks, chocolate bars, bakery items, etc.
  • Tip are generally expected in the tourism industry in Nepal so we suggest you kindly tip the crew. The standard tip is at least $100 per crew for about 2 weeks trip or $15 per days for Guide and $10 per day for porter.
  • Buying mineral water in the mountains will cost $2 to $4 per bottle or you can buy water purification tablets in Kathmandu for about $5 and put them in water that we can get from the teahouses.
  • Additional costs not included while trekking includes hot shower cost ($3 to $5), battery charging ($3 to $7), Wi-Fi cost ($3 to $5 per hour), etc.
  • Extra hotel night in Kathmandu due to health issue, flight cancellation, weather conditions or an early return from the trip for any reason cost ($50 per night)

For your safety, this is the suggested trekking gear list for any type of trekking in Nepal. Either you bring most of your trekking gear with you or you can buy all of the following gear in Thamel, Kathmandu from one of the many shops open from 10am to 8pm.

  • Sleeping bag and down jacket rated for about minus 10 degrees
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Towel, shampoo and toiletries
  • Trekking pole
  • Camel-bag or water bottle
  • Wind breaker jacket and fleece coat
  • Warm woolen beanie, sun hat, socks (a few pairs)
  • Long and short trekking pants (a few pairs)
  • A few t-shirts (quick dry), gloves, sun glass and sun cream
  • Day bag (carry yourself with all of your valuable belongings)  size: 40L

Note: Sleeping bag and down-jacket can be rented in Kathmandu.


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