Dhaulagiri circuit Trek
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.
- Day 1: Kathmandu to Beni, 9 hours drive
- Day 2: Beni to Babiachaur, 5 hours walk
- Day 3: Babiachaur to Dharapani, 6 hours walk
- Day 4: Dharapani to Muri, 5 hours walk
- Day 5: Muri to Boghara, 6 hours walk
- Day 6: Boghara to Dobang, 5 hours walk
- Day 7: Dobang to Choriban Khola, 5 hours walk
- Day 8: Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp, 7 hours walk
- Day 9: Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp, 6 hours walk
- Day 10: Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, 7 hours walk
- Day 11: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley via French Pass, 7 hours walk
- Day 12: Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka via Dhampus Pass, 7 hours walk
- Day 13: Yak Kharka to Marpha, 5 hours walk
- Day 14: Marpha to Pokhara, 7 hours drive
- Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu (4 Drive)
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
- 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
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Clothing and equipment
|Trekking shocks||Torch lights|
|Water proof pants||Sunglasses|
|Water proof jackets||Beanies and gloves|
|Warm shirts and t shirts||Medicines|
|Thermal tops and bottoms||Toiletries|
|Fleece jacket||Safety kit|
|Down jacket||Hand sanitizers|
|Trekking pole||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Raincoats||Trash bag and tissue papers|
|Duffel bags||Power banks|
|Passport size photographs||Permits|
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.