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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Highlights
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek in the Himalayas is a fascinating journey through one of the best off the beaten tracks to praise the glory of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m). Feast your eyes on the grandeur peaks like Annapurna (8,091 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), Gustung South (6,465 m), Tukuche Peak (6,837 m), Mt. Gurja (7,193 m), Manapathi (6,380 m) etc. The lifestyle they live and the unique culture they have been respecting is stunning and pretty.
Is this trip right for you?
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is a courageous and challenging trip. This trek needs your daring heart to cope with the challenge it offers. This Trek takes you through stunning glaciers and snow-clad passes to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. This Trek lies northwest of Pokhara. It is also called Dhaulagiri Round Trek.
It is a less crowded trek, offering unique natural and cultural diversity. It may be your dream destination surrounded by snow-capped mountains during the peak. You will also cross challenging 2 major passes (Dhampus 5,200 m and French Pass 5,360 m).
Dhaulagiri Circuit is not about mountain passes and snow-clad peaks. It is also rich in flora and faunas treasures that it holds. The trip to Dhaulagiri passes through remote villages with delightful passages starting from Beni. The trail leads to dense forests, alpine meadows, and a magnetic glimpse of Mt Dhaulagiri.
You will also cross the largest conservation area of Nepal, the Annapurna Conservation Area. It is the home of many endangered floras and faunas. You will see untouched nature and the pure elegance of mountain landscapes. This combines lush alpine vegetation on the lower, rugged rock outcrops, and pristine ice slopes on the higher area.
Trek to Dhaulagiri enables you to find the green lush hillsides and typical villages. On the way, you will experience the Magar and Thakali cultures. You will also get to visit thriving small villages and monasteries. It is keen for the tourist who had seen it for the first time. Experience the scale and grandeur of the high plateau and the solitude. You will be blessed with the diverse local tradition and culture in this region.
Majestic mountains, waterfalls and culturally rich Tibetan villages make your trek worth going. We are planning this trek for around 18 days. Dhaulagiri Circuit trek itinerary gives you enough time to acclimatize and discover. You can flexibly change, alter and improve the itinerary.
Dhaulagiri Circuit in 2022 and 2023
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 2023 gives you an experience of rural Nepal. Witness the gigantic Annapurna on a background like nature in heaven. The best time to do Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek for 18 days is spring ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November).
We have departure dates to join this Dhaulagiri trek in the Spring and Autumn of 2022 and 2023. You can join any dates that suit best to you. If you desire to have a personal trek and customize the Itinerary, we are flexible to customize it.
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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 18 days Route
Your journey starts with the scenic drive to Beni from Kathmandu. Beni is the trekking starting point during our trip. You will pass through the warm and vibrant villages of Darbag, Muri, and Chariban to the Italian Base Camp. Ahead, you will finally reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
During the Trek, you will cross the adventurous French Pass and Dhampus Pass which may be tough for you. After that, we will descend down to Marpha and join the Annapurna Circuit Trek route. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek route is the most cherished trekking trial.
Due to its remoteness and mesmerizing view of mountains this trek is remarkable. After the mind-blowing trek to Dhaulagiri, return back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
How hard is Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an old trail, very few peoples go because of its remoteness and complexity. People need previous high-altitude trekking experience and the solid inner power to finish. A big body doesn't always help, so you must be strong from your inner heart too.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek ranges from 900 m and reaches 5,360 m. After the French Pass, the geographical landscape is very rough. The trail heads into the glacier, and the trail changes every year due to the glacier melting. Walking at a high altitude through a rocky trail would be strenuous for the trekkers.
While passing other trekkers or cattle on trial, always be careful and stay at a safe spot. Walking up and down with the backpack at high passes is the hard part of the trek. After Dhaulagiri Base Camp, the trail leads to a rocky glacier and takes us to Hidden Valley via French Pass. The path from Hidden valley to deep down trekkers must be cautious on this part.
What will be the Trek Cost for Dhaulagiri Circuit
When you are thinking about exploring Dhaulagiri Circuit, there will be many factors to consider. It includes route, best time, and how fit we need to be? But one of the most important confusion will be, "How much does Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek cost?"
Whether you are budget dependent or not, consider how much you want to pay for the trip and what is the actual cost. The baseline cost of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek will depend on the number of variables. Your cost will change based on how comprehensive you want your trip to be.
On average, the trek will generally be 17-20 days. The cost is generally somewhere between USD 2,995 to USD 3,205. This price includes domestic flights, permits, meals, guides, porters, accommodation, and others. You will get some discounts if you are in groups. The cost of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek highly depends upon travelling in private or in a group.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Permit Cost
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
The entry fee per person, for SAARC, is USD10 per person, and for other Nationals USD 30 per person.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Altitude Profile
Photo: Altitude Chart