Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek - 21 days

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Everyone is familiar with the name Dhaulagiri which is in the western part of Nepal, probably the best spot for trekking in Nepal. The simple reason behind it is that it consists more than fifteen 7000-meter magnificent peaks with land of dramatic contrast.The trek offers you a ample chance to explore the wild. Now this thrilling region has been shown its long kept secrets, since reopened of the places like the Gandaki Gorge, the deepest Gorge in the world!! Dhaulagiri means "white mountain" though many mountains over the world have names, which translate, to White Mountain, this is without doubt the most astonishing one.

From the near tropical Pokhara valley, steep slopes climb to snowcapped Himalayan giants. Dhaulagiri, the seventh tallest peak in the world, towers high above the well-trekked Muktinath pilgrim trail up the Kali Gandaki valley. The vast massif screens the hidden land of Dolpo to its northwest.

The trek to Dhaulagiri offers unparalleled and impressing scenery, besides it includes as you might expect in such a remote area, some very interesting indigenous people. Following the rivers upstream, ferns and forests of oak and other deciduous trees and juniper are interesting. Mountainsides of rhododendron blaze with color in the spring, and other flowers are abundant on the trail. We can found tiny alpine flowers even on High Mountain passes above the tree dotting the wind swept ground.

The popular high mountain passes includes French Pass (5360m) and Dhampus Pass (5250m/ 17,220ft). These passes offers great experience trekkers with excellent physical condition.


  • High altitude trek to Dhaulagiri with highest evevation on Thapa pass (5,2500 metres),
  • Offers magnificent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Nilgiri and more.
  • A Crowd free peaceful adventure to Seventh highest mountain in the world
  • Passes through a number of local villages observing agricultural life of people
  • Home to many wildlives including snow leopard.
  • Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Pick up and transfer to  hotel.
Day 02: Trip preparation day in Kathmandu. Meeting with staffs , equipments check and shopping.
Day 03:  Kathmandu/Pokhara/Beni (1000m). 9/10 hours drive by local bus. Overnigh at guest house.
Day 04: Beni - Darbang (1800m) 4-5 hours drive. Overnight at local guest house.
Day 05: Darbang –  Muri .. 4-5 hours trekking. Overnight at local guest house.
Day 06:  Muri - Bagar (2100m) - 5 hours trekking. Overnight at local guest house.
Day 07: Bagar – Dovan (2500m) - 6 hours trekking. Overnight at local guest house.
Day 08: Dovan –  Sallaghari( 3100m) 5 hours trekking. Overnight at local guest house.
Day 09: Sallaghari - Italian Base Camp (3600m) - 6/7 hours trekking. Overnight at local guest house.
Day 10: Acclimatization in Italian Base Camp - Overnight at local guest house.
Day 11: Italian Base Camp – Japanese Base Camp (4000m) . Tented camp accommodation
Day 12: Japanese Basecamp - Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4700m) – 5 hours trekking. Tented camp accommodation.
Day 13: Dhaulagiri Base Camp – Hidden Valley (5170m) –  6/7 hours trekking. Tented camp accommodation.
Day 14: Hidden Valley– Yak kharka  via Thapa Pass (5250m)  6 /7hours trekking . Tented camp accomodation.
Day 15: Yak Kharka  – Marpha (2667m) - 6 hours trekking .Overnight at local guest house.
Day 16: Marpha-Jomsom ( 2750m)  Trekking  3  hours walking. Overnight at Local guest house.
Day 17: Early morning fly to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 18:  Transfer to Trisuli River for Rafting. Overnight at Tent/ guest house.
Day 19:  Half day rafting and transfer to Kathmandu by Local bus. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 21: Transfer to airport for your onward departure from Nepal.

Useful Info

About Accommodation.
In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at Hotel Himalayan Traveller's Inn, and In Pokhara at Hotel Trekkers' Inn. Local lodges accommodation provided during the trek on twin sharing basis. Hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara comes with private bathroom , however in mountain, toilet and shower will be on sharing basis. In the busy months, (October/November & April/ May) you may have to share the room with other traveler as some villages have limited number of local lodges .

About Meal
You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental , Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Dinner and breakfast serve at the teahouse where we stay and lunch will be served on the way to next destination. In Kathmandu and in Pokhara, only breakfast is provided. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, no worries, Nepal is such a easy place to get several vegetarian options.

About Staff:
A Guide and a porter assist you from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guide will be provided. A porter provided for 2 trekkers, and carries between 15 to 20 K.G.

About Equipments

Following Equipment list is recommended to bring for the trek.
Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T – shirts, Trekking shoes or boots, Comfy shoes for around the camp, thick and warm woolen socks, Light cotton socks , A day bag to carry your valuable, Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, rain coat, Sun block, lip balm , Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear, Thermal wear, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries etc.

Physical Fitness and experience
Dhaulagiri Curcuit Trek is a moderate which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours ups and down in a day carrying own day bag. Some days are even longer with 7- 8 hours of walking. Annapurna Base Camp is high altitude trek which demands more physical fitness,however if you are strongly determined and have excellent health and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Few weeks prior to the trip, doing some physical exercise is better . No technical skill is needed however past experience also helps . If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or for blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to Vista Trek P. Ltd.

About Insurance,
You have to obtain the travel insurance which should cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses. Some Insurance policy's cover only up to 4000 meter, so please kindly confirm with the insurance company before you purchase it.

About Seasons
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. You can do it in winter (December to February )if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

About Bus Drive
Highway in Nepal are safe, however sometime transport can be halted due to landslide , strike or by political issues. In such case trip itinerary will be affected. Thus, we would like to request you to add few days extra in Kathmandu. If you complete your trip smoothly, then you can enjoy your time with other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting. Jungle activities or more.

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Cost Includes

  • Pick up from Airport-Hotel-Airport
  • 4 nights standard hotel acommodation in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara.
  • Logal guest house accommodation & tented camp accommodation during trek 
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek.
  • All the land transportation before and after the trek.
  • Camping equipments and Kitchen equipments,    Mattress, Toilet tent, shower, Dinning tent, dinning tables, chairs etc.
  • All entrance fees and permit of trekking
  • Guide, Cook, assistant cook and Porters for the trip including their food,accomodation , transportation and insurance included.
  • One way flight ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket, duffell bag .
  • Medical Kit
  • Rescue assistance in case of emergency
  • Two days Rafting trip including food and accommodation in Trisuli river.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee ($40).
  • Your travel insurance (should include your medical and rescue).
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Bar bills.
  • Staff & driver tipping.
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