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About The Trip
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/26,795 ft.). Feast your eyes the grandeur peaks like Annapurna Range (8,091 m/26,545 ft.), Dhaulagiri Massif (8,167 m/26,795 ft.) Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m/23,116 ft.), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m/22,943 ft.), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m/22,910 ft.), Mt. Gustung South (6,465 m/21,210 ft.), Tukuche Peak (6,837 m/22,431 ft.), Mt. Gurja (7,193 m/23,599 ft.), Manapathi (6,380 m/20,932 ft.), etc. The lifestyle they live and the unique culture that they have been admiring for a long time is beautiful and adorable.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is a courageous and challenging trip that needs your daring heart to cope with the challenge it offers. This Trek takes you through stunning glaciers and high snow-clad passes to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. This Trek lies northwest of Pokhara. It is also called Dhaulagiri Round Trek, a less crowded trek offering unique and incredibly natural and cultural diversity. It may be your dream destination as you will be surrounded by many snow-capped mountains during the peak. You will also cross challenging 2 major passes (Dhampus 5,200 m and French Pass 5,360 m). The Trek is not just about mountain passes and snow-clad peaks, but the richness in flora and faunas is a treasure that it holds.
Trip to Dhaulagiri Trek passes through remote villages with delightful passages while begins from Beni. The trail leads to dense forests, alpine meadows, and pastures with a fascinating glance of Mount Dhaulagiri. You will also cross the largest conservation area of Nepal, the Annapurna Conservation Area, which 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 slopes, rugged rock outcrops, and snow and pristine ice slopes on the higher area.
Trek to Dhaulagiri Circuit enables you to find the green lush terraced hillsides and typical villages. On the way, you will experience the Magar and Thakali cultures thrive in small villages and monasteries. It is keen for the tourist who had seen it for the first time and experience the scale and grandeur of the high plateau and solitude this region has to offer. You will be blessed with the diverse local tradition and culture in this region.
The memories of the majestic mountains, waterfalls, unique and culturally rich Tibetan villages, deep gorges and valleys, varying landscapes makes your Trek worth going with The Himalayan Odyssey Pvt. Ltd. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trip is planned for around 20 days, giving you enough time to acclimatize and discover the region. You can flexibly change, alter and improve the itinerary.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 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 warm and vibrant villages of Darbag, Muri, and Chariban to Italian Base Camp and finally to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. During the Trek, you will cross 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. After the mind-blowing trekking to Dhaulagiri Circuit then we return back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Weather
Nepal is the best destination for trekking who loves to be in the Himalayas. From hills to valleys to open plain Nepal, there is so much to see in Nepal. Besides dramatic scenes of the Himalayas, trekking in Nepal is about learning the natural habitat, river, and ridges of Nepal. Planning the best season to Trek in Nepal may be time-consuming as the weather is unpredictable.
The trickier thing about the Trek in Nepal than planning is when to do a trek in Nepal. Most importantly, what to expect when you are traveling to Nepal in a different season bothers you. Furthermore, trekking in Nepal can be done throughout the year but the different season has its own charm and is classified as follows:
The spring season in Nepal is from March to April and is one of the best seasons for trekking in Nepal. The temperature during this season is from 25 degrees to 5 degrees during Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. It is a fantastic season for Trek as the weather is less cold, and there is no snow on the high mountain trail. Moreover, this is flower blooming season, and the path will consist of a thick rhododendron forest.
The summer season in Nepal is from May to August. The weather is relatively sweltering and warm at night. The temperature during this season rises from 30 degrees to 20 degrees. One good point of trekking in this season is cheap accommodation. It is a little dangerous, and all the walk is not worth it regarding views of the mountains. The weather will be hazy from the dust and monsoon clouds. Due to frequent rain, the trail will be slippery, and the chance of landslides in a hilly area. If you are fond of botany, it will be the best season to travel in Nepal as the forest will be full of wildflowers.
The autumn season in Nepal is from September to November. This season is recognized as the best weather to trek in Nepal. During this season, nights are cool, and days are warm when the sun is shining brightly. Mornings are clear; clouds build up during the afternoon and disappear at night and appear in spectacular bright skies, making a perfect time for trekking. Usually, the temperature reaches from 20 degrees to -2 degrees.
The winter season in Nepal is from December to February. The end of February is usually a little milder than other months. The temperature ranges from 15 degrees to -5 degrees. The temperature gets freezing at night, and the sky is clear. The trail will be hazardous because of snow and will be challenging to walk for us. The accommodation prices are relatively low, and teahouse facilities are minimal too.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Difficulty
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an old trail, yet very few peoples go for this Trek because of its remoteness and complexity. People need previous high-altitude trekking experience and the solid inner power to finish this Trek. A substantial 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 geography 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 the more comprehensive and 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 on the rocky glacier, up and down, and takes us to Hidden Valley via French Pass. The path from Hidden valley to deep down trekkers must be cautious on this part.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Cost
When you are thinking about exploring the Himalayas like Dhaulagiri Circuit, there will be many factors to consider, like 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, it is essential to 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 Saribung Peak, the Trek will generally be 18-23 days, and the cost is generally somewhere between USD 2995 to USD3,205. This price includes domestic flights, trekking permits, meals, professional trekking guides, porters, accommodation, entry fees, and others. You will get some discounts if you are in groups. The cost of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek highly depends upon traveling as private or in a group.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Altitude
Photo: Altitude Chart
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Permit Cost
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
The entry fee per person, for SAARC USD.10 per person, and for other Nationals USD 30 per person.