As the name suggests, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking makes one complete hike around Mt Dhaulagiri (8,176m), the seventh highest peak in the world. Located in western Nepal, the trekking offers a rare view of fifteen seven thousand meter high peaks located in the region.
Dhaulagiri trek is one of the most difficult treks however, our experienced guides will be there to assist you and lead the trek successfully. The hike to Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri North Base Camp immediately after is an adventurous one rewarding you with absolutely gorgeous views of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, and V. The highest altitude you will reach during this trek is French Pass (5,350m) and Thapa pass, both providing spectacular close up views of Dhaulagiri, Throng Peak and Annapurna. Since this is a snowline area, you will have to walk through snow and glaciers.
Walk pass beautiful cultivated fields and villages of the Gurung, Chhetri, and Magar people and visit the town of Jomsom, Kagbeni and Marpha, to enjoy the culture and hospitality of Thakali people. This is a wild region full of animal and plant life, so don’t be surprised if you come across semi-wild yak, mountain sheep or the snow leopard.
Why Dhaulagiri Circuit trek for me?
- Feel an expedition, due to the remote and rough nature of the trails.
- Experience the green farming villages to snowy glaciers to barren, rocky mountain vistas.
- Optional activities are available for experienced climber to climb Dhampus Peak (6,060 m).
- Close-up views of 6th highest Mountain Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and several other 7000 m-plus peaks.
September-November are the best time for Dhaulagiri circuit trekking.
The difficulty level of Dhaulagiri circuit trek
The Dhaulagiri Circuit is a hard trek—one of the toughest in Nepal Himalaya-suitable for trekkers who has previous hard trek experience at altitudes above 5,000 m. The optional Dhampus Peak (6,060 m) climbing requires mountaineering skills. Three days in a row are spent trekking over snow above 5,000 m, without an easy way down. Adding to the challenge is the cold and there are no cozy lodges to retreat for night. The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is not one for beginner trekkers. This trek involves about 7/8 hrs walking into the wilderness.