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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek - 20 Days


Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, also known as Dhaulagiri Round Trek, is a classic expedition-style trek around the world’s seventh highest peak, Dhaulagiri 8167m, and its broad massif of 7000m peaks.


Round Dhaulagiri Trek with an optional ascent of Dhampus peak
A spectacular high alpine landscape and remote lifestyle
Journey to the far-flung and unspoiled western Nepal
Fully guided and supported camping trek

Dhaulagiri Circuit is a challenging trek in the western part of Nepal, offering full adventure and off-the-beaten path experience in the remote and unspoiled region of Nepal. Dhaulagiri circuit trek itinerary travels through serene, isolated regions full of natural beauty, crossing through highlands and high passes with astonishing viewpoints. The route offers constant mountain views while passing through remote villages and astonishing landscapes including several high passes, dense forests, and glaciers.

Our 20 days Dhaulagiri circuit trek is a fully guided and supported trek with camping accommodation throughout the trek. Our journey to Dhaulagiri round trek starts with a short flight to Pokhara and then is followed by an off-road drive to Darbang the next day. Our actual trek commences from Darbang as we follow the well-paced itinerary which we have meticulously devised keeping every important aspect in mind.

The two weeks trek around Dhaulagiri begins by following the newly identified trekking route along scenic rivers and tumbling waterfalls, and terraced fields surrounding picturesque villages with people following a rural lifestyle. As we ascend leaving the human inhabitance away, the views get more and more exhilarating. Mesmerizing landscape views come into the screen as we reach the Italian base camp, west of Dhaulagiri. Camping overnight at the actual glacier at the Glacier base camp/Japanese camp gives you the sense of being right in the heart of the Himalayas and then we reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp where we are face to face with the high peaks.

Two important rest days at the Italian base camp and the Dhaulagiri base camp have been kept in the itinerary to ensure proper acclimatization. Our itinerary also includes a contingency day, which can be used in case you wish to climb Dhampus peak 6012m.

Another major highlight of this trek is the high passes. From Dhaulagiri base camp, the route traverses French Pass and into the serene Hidden Valley, an isolated region in the middle of the Himalayas. The route makes a traverse of one more pass, Dhampus pass, and descends to the Annapurna Circuit. The last section follows along the Annapurna Circuit Trek route. We then finish the journey off by taking a drive to Pokhara.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara (827m) and explore
Day 03: Drive to Darbang and trek to Dharapani (1,550m) 4/5 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Muri (1,850m) 5/6 hours
Day 05: Trek to Boghara (2,080m) 6/7 hours
Day 06: Trek to Dobang (2,500m), 6/7 hours
Day 07: Trek to Sallagari (3,100m), 6/7 hours
Day 08: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,650m), 7 hours
Day 09: Rest day for acclimatization
Day 10: Trek to Glacier Camp (4,200m), 6/7 hours
Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,700m), 5/6 hours
Day 12: Acclimatization and Rest Day
Day 13: Cross the French pass (5,360m) to Hidden valley (5,050m), 7/8 hours
Day 14: Contingency Day/Optional Ascent of Dhampus Peak (6,012m) 8/9 hours
Day 15: Cross Dhampus pass (5,240m) to Yak Kharka (3,680m), 7/8 hours
Day 16: Trek to Marpha (2,650m), 5/6 hours
Day 17: Drive to Pokhara (8,50m), 7/8 hours
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 19: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu

Customize your trek: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste. Please email us at info@alpinetrav.com/

Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.

Day 2
Fly to Pokhara (827m) and explore

After breakfast at the Kathmandu hotel, we take a 22-minute flight from Kathmandu Airport to Pokhara. During the flight, your window seat gives you a panoramic view of the majestic Manaslu and snow-capped Annapurna mountains. We arrive at our hotel, refreshed and familiar with our surroundings. One can go to Fewtal and go by boat. We can also see the Fall of David and the Peace Stupa. The City of Lakes – Pokhara is a beautiful city that must be visited.

Day 3
Drive to Darbang and trek to Dharapani (1,550m) 4/5 hrs

Day 4
Trek to Muri (1,850m) 5/6 hours

Day 5
Trek to Boghara (2,080m) 6/7 hours

Day 6
Trek to Dobang (2,500m), 6/7 hours

Day 7
Trek to Sallagari (3,100m), 6/7 hours

Day 8
Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,650m), 7 hours

Day 9
Rest day for acclimatization

Day 10
Trek to Glacier Camp (4,200m), 6/7 hrs

Day 11
Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,700m), 5/6 hrs

Day 12
Acclimatization and Rest Day

Day 13
Cross the French pass (5,360m) to Hidden valley (5,050m), 7/8 hrs

Day 14
Contingency Day/Optional Ascent of Dhampus Peak (6,012m)

Day 15
Cross Dhampus pass (5,240m) to Yak Kharka (3,680m), 7/8 hours

Day 16
Trek to Marpha (2,650m), 5/6 hours

Day 17
Drive to Pokhara (8,50m), 7/8 hours

Day 18
Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m)

After breakfast, we can also do last-hour shopping in Pokhara. Then we go to Pokhara Airport for our flight back to Kathmandu. The flight time is approximately 22 minutes and we will arrive 1 hour before the flight time for the check-in process. Grab the left seats of the plane for the best views of the mountains along the flight because this is the last time we will see them. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we transfer to our hotel; and spend the day at our own leisure.

Day 19
Sightseeing at Kathmandu heritage site

Today after breakfast we will start our tour of major historical sites of Kathmandu with our professional tour guide. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Historic Sites and as we visit them, the more diverse cultural environment of the valley welcomes us with warm hospitality. Such as the Palace Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath), and the Buddhist Temple (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. Your free time after the Kathmandu tour. You can also go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy items like handicrafts and art for your house.

Day 20
Departure from Kathmandu

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

Cost Inclusion

  • Freshly prepared food (B, L, D) with boiled water, tea, coffee, etc.
  • Twin partnership tents for accommodation during the trek
  • Local trek leader with 1: 4 assistant guide in client ratio
  • Full support camping crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • All camping logistical arrangements for your comfort
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies/dry fruit) and seasonal fresh fruit every day
  • Internal airfares (Kathmandu-Pokhara and airport taxes
  • All land transport by private jeep or land cruiser
  • Restricted Area Trekking permit and (ACAP & TIMS Card)
  • Accommodation at Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, Thamel
  • International airport transfer according to flight time
  • Extensive first aid kit with high altitude medicine
  • Emergency satellite phone (if required)
  • Helicopter rescue system (if required)
  • Track Completion Certificate [on request]
  • Employee salaries, equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag and down jacket (if required)

Cost Exclusion

  • Travel Insurance / Nepal Visa
  • International flights to and from Nepal
  • Food in Kathmandu
  • Beverages and souvenirs
  • Horse hire and extra porters due to natural disasters on the trek
  • Stay overnight in Kathmandu or trek for any reason (early arrival or delay, early arrival from trek for any reason)
  • Tips / suggestions for employees

Dhaulagiri round trek is a challenging trek reaching up to a maximum elevation of 5360m at French pass and a maximum overnight elevation of 5050m at the Hidden Valley. This two weeks trek includes crossing two high passes above 5000m and is a fully camping based trek. Physically challenging due to the higher elevation, involves daily trekking of approximately 6–8 hours.


No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and be adaptable to high altitude conditions. Having a previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not mandatory to participate in this trip. All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. Hence we strongly advise you to prepare yourself for the trip by going on hiking, running, or going to the gym.


The best seasons to trek the Dhaulagiri circuit are Autumn (from October till November) and Spring (April until May). The weather during these months tends to be clear and nice allowing us to enjoy the trekking to the fullest. Since this trip includes high mountain passes exceeding 5000m and remote locations, we strictly do not recommend going during poor weather conditions.
Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. The nights are cold (between -10C to 5C) and the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C). Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night.

Travel Insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Group Size

At, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions; Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small groups so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. We only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you are to join our’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, the minimum no of persons required to operate the trip is 2 and the maximum is 12 people. (For Camping Trek)…Contact us info@alpinetrav.cm

Carry my own stuff

You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.


In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.

Trekking: Camping
Your accommodation during the trekking period will be fully tented camping. A tent will be provided for every 2 travelers with a foam mattress. If in case of a single by default, we will arrange a single tent for you at no additional cost. There will also be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs, and more for your comfort.

Single supplement:
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. In Kathmandu, your accommodation at the hotel in the heart of the tourist destination Thamel will be based on a twin partnership and if you want to get the same room, you will have to pay a single supplemental price as mentioned in the travel cost on request. . But in case of single by default during trekking, we will arrange single tent for you at no extra cost.

On Trek: Meals

All meals are included during the trekking period

We will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Since this is a full camping trek, our kitchen crew will serve freshly prepared meals during the trek. We consider hearty and delicious meals as a key component to the overall success of our trip. You can and are encouraged to bring along comfort food that you enjoy eating – chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks, etc.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to pass your message to your guide. For a gluten-free diet, we highly recommend you bring extra foods, especially for breakfast as your options for breakfast will be limited.

In Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where and what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

Typical Day

Daily wake-up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided the night before during the briefing time. The timetable for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

Tea will be served at your tent as a wake-up call. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the Camping where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. We will arrive at our destination by tea-time and the camp evening will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Equipment Checklist

We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-Warm Jackets
-Waterproof jackets
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

Climbing equipment (For Dhampus Peak)
– Climbing helmet
– Harness
– Mountaineering boots (Lightweight and comfortable size)
– Ascender/Jumar (Large handle)
– Descender
– Carabiners (4 screw gates and 4 snap gates)
– Prussik cord X 2
– Slings X 2
– Ice Axe
– Steel crampons

Why Trekking with AlpineTrav Treks?

At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical, or emotional. . All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be made available to you on a hassle-free trip and trek before your arrival; You will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader and climbing guide with a high staff ratio.
On the trek, all-inclusive food and accommodation are included in the camping tents. Our itinerary is also designed with every aspect in mind such as adaptability, good campsites, real-life experiences, etc. We also provide sleeping bags, down jackets, and waterproof duffel bags There will also be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs, and more for the comfort of each participant.

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
  • Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
  • In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
  • Drink at least three liters of water a day
  • Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
  • Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
  • However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

General Information

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
From $2,900.00
per Person

Trip Facts

  • 19N/20 Days
  • Challenging
  • 5,360m/17,581ft
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Flight/Private vehicle
  • Fully tented camping
  • 2 Max 12


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