Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

17 Days

Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,796ft) is the 7th highest mountain in the world. Dhaulagiri gets its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Dhavala’ which means ‘White’ and ‘Giri’ which means ‘Mountain’. The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is physically a demanding and off-the-beaten path trek. The Kali Gandaki River Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world separates Dhaulagiri and Annapurna regions.

It is a classic adventure trek and demands a well-equipped and self-sufficient experienced crew in order to complete the circuit. Dhaulagiri Circuit trek starts at Beni, about 3-hour drive from Pokhara. Magar ethnic group heavily settle in this area. The Dhaulagiri trail follows the Myagdi Khola. While passing through the settlements of Darbang and Muri, the country is still quite heavily populated with scattered villages.

The trail passes through one of the wildest and remote areas of Nepal with the most outstanding dramatic scenery offering views of fifteen peaks which are above 7,000 meters and undoubtedly the best views of the Mt. Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Because of the snow and ice conditions in winter and spring, Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is best possible in late spring and autumn only.

The main highlight of this trek is the French Pass (5,360m/17,586ft). After crossing the French Pass, we arrive at the snow valley, the ‘Hidden Valley’ which is a good place to rest before continuing to the Dhampus Pass (5,250m/17,225ft). Dhampus Pass lies between Tukuche Peak and Thapa Peak. This is yet another experience of this thrilling region which has shown its long kept secrets since reopened the places like Kali Gandaki Gorge.

The trail finally meets at Marpha of Annapurna Circuit route. Regular transportation is available from Marpha along Tatopani, then Beni and Pokhara. Pokhara is an ideal place to have some rest after the adventurous expedition. There are many scenic spots to enjoy in Pokhara.


  • Enchanting Mt. Dhaulagiri view
  • The challenging French pass (5,360m/17,586ft)
  • Great view of the Dhaulagiri Ice-fall
  • Scenic Mountain views along the route
  • The green lush and alpine forest
  • Scenic landscapes and terrace farming en-route


Cost Includes:

  • Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) permit and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Three meals (B/L/D) a day on trekking from teahouse/lodge and at our own kitchen
  • Accommodations at teahouse/lodge/tents in the mountains
  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Cook, kitchen helper and necessary porters
  • Necessary equipment including high mountain Tents, Ropes, Mattresses, etc.
  • Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
  • Marpha-Pokhara transfer by local vehicles (jeep/bus)
  • Kathmandu-Beni overland transfer by public bus and Pokhara-Kathmandu transfer by Tourist bus
  • First aid kit box
  • A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program

Cost Excludes:

  • Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
  • Personal equipment that may require for high passes such as Ice-axe, Crampons, etc.
  • Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
  • Tips to the staff
  • International Airfare and Taxes
  • Kathmandu City Cultural Tour
  • Mt. Everest Flight
  • Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia National Park
  • Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • White Water Rafting in Nepal
  • Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
  • Shopping Tours

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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek