Dhaulagiri circuit Trek

Trip Duration

15 days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

5200m

Accommodation

Tea House

Transportation

Bus

Group Size

1-10

Best Season

Autumn

Dhaulagiri circuit Trek Overview

Dhaulagiri circuit trek is one of the longest and most adventurous treks. This trek takes us through all the high alpine pastures, uninhabited valleys, forests, cultivated terraced hills, and high windswept passes. This trek includes crossing two high passes the French pass (5360m) and the Dhampus pass (5200m), and the Dhaulagiri base camp at the height of 4740m. Mount Dhaulagiri is the world’s 7th highest mountain peak standing at an elevation of 8167m.

The first group to ascend Mount Dhaulagiri was the 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. The stunning views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, III, and Dhaulagiri V are the major highlights of this trek. Moreover, it is a long and more of a camping trek. Strong physical and mental fitness is a very important part of this trek.

Depending on the days of your journey, food and accommodations and mode of transportation the cost usually ranges from 400-500 $. It might take 18-19 days to finish the trek with proper rest.

The gateway for this trek is Beni. There are several buses available from Kathmandu to Beni which takes around 9 hours and cost you 1200-1400 NRS. From Beni, you need to walk Babiachaur, Dharapani, and further.

Highlights of Dhaulagiri circuit Trek

  • 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.

Trip Map

Safety and difficulties

Dhaulagiri circuit trek can be quite challenging and difficult. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to the Dhaulagiri circuit is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 15 days. This reason solely is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, may be snowy in off-seasons. There are two high passes in this trek French pass (5360m), Dhampus pass (5200m) including the base of Mount Dhaulagiri (4740m) itself. There is a high risk of mountain sickness. The primary cause of altitude sickness is a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. It’s important to carry handheld oximetry. Oxygen saturation below 75% may be a risk.

Symptoms of Mountain sickness

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast heartbeats

*Preventing mountain sickness

  • Walk slow
  • Stay hydrated
  • Have nutritional food
  • Have enough rest
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol

*Medicines for mountain sickness

  • Acetazolamide
  • Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
  • Promethazine (for nausea)

Trekking Equipment List

Woolen t shirts/shirts/thick sweaters. Backpack/Duffle bag
Thermal top/bottoms Passport
Jackets (Fiber or down) Passport size photographs
Raincoat Permit and travel insurance
Pair of sandals Suns cream and lip balm
Underwear Travel towel
Trekking trousers Wash kit
Sleeping trousers First aid kit
Hiking shorts Power bank
Water proof pants Summer/winter hat
Daypack Buff/bandana
Sleeping bag/Sleeping bag liner Water bottles and water purifier
Hiking boots Trekking poles
Hiking shocks Charger/adapter
Camp shoes Money/cash
Gloves and beanies Camera
Snow glasses and sunglasses trekking map
Down jacket/Gore-Tex Toiletries
Neck gaiter Water purification
Sun hat/woolen hat Water bottles

Other requirements

Travel insurance: trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits,

the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.

Visas/passports: if you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.

Payment and Cancellation

Policy regarding Payment and Cancellation Payment:

Payment:
1) To confirm a reservation, a deposit equal to 30% of the total price is required.
2) If the payment is made online, the remaining balance is due 10 days before the Tour, Trekking, Peak Climbing, or Expedition begins. If the payment is made in cash, it can be made after arrival. 3) If the booking is made within 30 days of the expedition beginning, full payment must be made at the time of booking.

Cancellation:
1)A full refund of the deposit will be given if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled more than 60 days before the start date.
2)The deposit will not be refunded if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled within 30 days of its start date.
3)A tour, trek, peak climbing, or expedition will not be refunded if it is canceled prior to or on the start date.
4)All participants should strongly consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations or other occurrences.

Note: We reserve the right to modify or cancel any trek in the event of a natural disaster, political unrest, or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, a full refund or an alternative option will be provided.

Dates of Trip

PRICE
DEPARTURE DATE
TRIP STATUS

Group Discount Prices

No. of Persons
Price per Person
1 Person
2 Persons
3-5 Persons
6-9 Persons
10-14 Persons
15-17 Persons
17-25 Persons

Frequently Asked Questions

Temperature and weather
The average temperature of Dhaulagiri Circuit during the spring season (March-May) is around 2-7⁰C. During the autumn season (September-November) the average temperature is around 7 to -2⁰C. December-March are the coldest months with an average temperature of -2 to -6⁰C. Considering all the temperature, weather, and warmth the best or peak season to trek the Dhaulagiri circuit is in spring and autumn. The bearable temperature, the clear skies, and atmosphere, stunning views of Rhododendrons and mountains, the best condition of the trails, all features make these seasons best for trekking. Monsoon season is the rainy season which is why this is not an ideal season for trekking Dhaulagiri Circuit. The trails are slippery and muddy increasing the risk of landslides and floods. Winter Season is definitely the coldest one. The trails are sometimes blocked due to heavy snowfall. It is extremely cold which is below freezing point and is off-season for this trek.
Food and accommodation
if you choose to trek the Dhaulagiri circuit, you must understand it is a sort of remote area place and no lodges, or hotels are available. This has to be a camping trek. There are very few teahouses where you have to share a room with other trekkers. The teahouses have very minimum facilities. Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, cooking gas, cooking utensils, etc are mandatory for this trek. Or, if you choose to travel with agencies they will manage everything for you including the tents, guides, porters, and a cook. You can also make some easy food like fried rice, porridge, noodles, eggs, etc.
Transportation
the gateway for this trek is Beni. There are several buses available from Kathmandu to Beni which takes around 9 hours and cost you 1200-1400 NRS. From Beni, you need to walk Babiachaur, Dharapani, and further. You can also take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara which only takes 35-40 minutes and cost you around 3500-4000 NRS (30-40$). From Pokhara, there is not any flight and you need to take a drive or start your trekking.
Guides and porters
Dhaulagiri circuit trek is a long and tiring trek. It is important to have a professional guide. They have more than enough knowledge about the directions, villages, places, accommodations, etc. Guides usually charge 35-40 $ per day. If you are physically able to carry your belonging then there is no need for a porter. If you want to walk freely without any burden you can hire a guide. They usually charge 25-30$ per day.
Electronics and communication
Dhaulagiri circuit is a camping trek. All the facilities like electricity, internet, and telephone are very limited or not available at all. There are satellite phones for emergencies. Extra batteries and power banks are very important in this trek.
Permits and fees
Annapurna Conservation Area NON-SAARC countries- 3000 NRS (30$), excluding VAT SAARC countries- 1500 NRS (15%), excluding VAT. TIMS- 1000 NRS (10$) All the permits are available in Nepal Tourism Board

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