Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek – 17 Days
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek – 17 Days Overview
The world’s 7th highest mountain peak which steadily and proudly stands at the elevation of 8167m,and lies in the west central side of Nepal spreading from Kaligandaki to Bheri. This mountain is 34 km away and lies on east side of Mount Annapurna which is another beautiful mountain. The first group to ascend Mount Dhaulagiri was Swiss expedition group in 1960 May 13. Dhaulagiri circuit trek is not only famous for its mountain views but also for its diverse culture, rich vegetation like pine, oak, ferns etc. and cultivated lands with small isolated villages. But of course, dramatic view of mountain is always there, you can witness astonishing views of Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak, Annapurna I, and many more. Some highlights of this circuit is Italy base camp, Glacier Lake, Dhampus peak and Dhaulagiri base camp itself.
Highlights of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek – 17 Days
- Pass through high places like French Pass and Dhampus Pass
- Camp in the base of the 7th highest mountain peak in the world which is Mt. Dhaulagiri
- Panoramic view of Dhaulagiri massif
- Explore the hidden valleys of Manang.
- Day 1- arrival at Kathmandu
- Day 2- Kathmandu- Beni
- Day 3- Beni- Babyachaur
- Day 4- Babyachaur- Dharapani
- Day 5- Dharapani- Muri
- Day 6- muri – Bhagara
- Day 7- Bhagara- Dovan
- Day 8- Dovan – Italian Base camp
- Day 9- Italian base camp- Glacier camp
- Day 10- Glacier camp- Dhaulagiri Base camp
- Day 11- Dhaulagiri base camp Hidden valley
- Day 12- Hidden valley- Yak Kharka
- Day 13- Yak Kharka- Tukuche
- Day 14- Tukuche- Kalopani
- Day 15- Kalopani-Tatopani
- Day 16- Tatopani- Pokhara
- Day 17- Pokhara- Kathmandu
Best season to visit
Autumn (September- November) and spring (March to May) is the best time to trek Dhaulagiri Circuit. Spring season is well known for its green vegetation, forest and flowers. Autumn season is the most peak season
for this trek. This season provides clear view of mountains, favorable temperature, best trail condition and clear atmosphere. Monsoon season is rainy Season that is why this is not an ideal season for trekking Dhaulagiri Circuit. The trails are slippery and muddy increasing the risk of landslide and floods. Winter Season is definitely the coldest one. The trails
are sometime blocked due to heavy snowfall. It is extremely cold which is below freezing point and is off season for this trek.
Yes Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is one of the difficult trek for everyone especially for some beginners. You need to be physically and mentally stable and fit to do this trek. It is better if you have past experiences and have very good muscle strength. This trek is all about walking for 6-7 hours per day which can be very hard. It is better to prepare yourself by normal exercise, running, jogging to build your muscle strength. Since it lies at very high altitude it is very likely to suffer from mountain sickness. It is Important to stay hydrated and have nutritional food throughout the journey. If you experience any kind of difficulties in your health you need to talk to your friend or travel guide immediately.
Travel insurance – travel insurance is really very important part of trekking. You always need a travel insurance especially when you are traveling to this kind of risky, high places. If ever you need any medical emergencies your travel insurance will be bearing it for you. It is important to mention all the places and altitudes you will be reaching, to your insurance company so that you do not have any problem later.
Visa/ passport- it is mandatory for every foreigners to have visa and valid passport to enter Nepal. Only Indian citizen are not required to have visa for visiting Nepal. You can get your Nepalese visa at Tribhuwan International airport, Kathmandu
Clothing and equipment
Woolen t shirts/shirts
Passport size photographs
Permit and travel insurance
Suns cream and lip balm
Water proof pants
Water bottles and water purifier
Gloves and beanies