Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

17 Days

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a challenging yet rewarding trekking experience that offers both tea house and camping style accommodations. The trek passes through various landscapes and high passes in a remote part of Nepal, near the Annapurna mountain range. Trekking this route requires a high level of fitness, stamina, and basic mountaineering skills.

Our trek begins in Kathmandu, where our instructors and guides check trekking gear and clothing. Additionally, our administrative team provides detailed briefings about the route, meals, safety measures, major attractions, and local rules and values. This information greatly contributes to making the trip meaningful. We employ highly professional and experienced trekking guides and porters.

Some portions of the trail will be covered in snow and ice, adding to the feeling of an expedition rather than just a trek. The two high passes—the French Pass (5,360 m / 17,585 ft) and the Dhampus Pass (5,240 m / 17,191 ft)—test your abilities. Sleeping at an altitude of 5,200 m / 17,060 ft in the Hidden Valley during the trek is also quite an experience. As the trek covers high passes and valleys, we allow enough time for acclimatization. Our itineraries are customizable and can be adjusted based on client requirements.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek, taking a circular route around the mountain, provides an amazing view of the entire Dhaulagiri mountain range. Being the 7th highest mountain, Dhaulagiri is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. During the trek, you can explore breathtaking peaks including Tukuche Peak (6,920 m / 22,703 ft), Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m / 26,794.6 ft), Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m / 25,429.7 ft), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m / 25,311.6 ft), Dhaulagiri V (7,618 m / 24,993 ft), Machhapurche (6,993 m), and Annapurna (8,901 m / 29,202.7 ft).

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What permits are required for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): Required as parts of the trek pass through the Annapurna Conservation Area.

TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Card: Required for safety tracking and management of trekkers.

How long does the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek take?

The trek typically takes around 18 to 21 days, depending on the specific route, pace, and acclimatization days.

How difficult is the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?

The trek is considered strenuous and challenging due to high passes, steep ascents and descents, remote terrain, and potential altitude sickness. Good physical fitness and previous high-altitude trekking experience are recommended.