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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

The Dhaulagiri circuit trek is a two weeks long camping mode trek where you will get an elevation gain of 5360m at the French pass and at least camp for 10 days. The major attraction of this trek is Mount Dhaulagiri and the hidden valley in between the French pass and Dhampus pass 5258. Mount Dhaulagiri is the world’s seventh-highest mountain scaling 8167m above sea level. Dhaulagiri translates to dazzling white and beautiful in Sanskrit. The mountain form’s the deepest gorge in the world Kaligandaki gorge with mount Annapurna 8091m.

The trek starts after driving from Kathmandu to the Shibang village in Myagdi. You will trek through the remote villages inhabited mostly by Gurung, Chettri, and Magar communities. The trail offers magnificent views of the mountains such as Gurja Himal 7193m, Dhaulagiri II 7751m, Tukuche 6920m, Nilgiri 7061m, Putha Hiunchuli 7246m, and the Annapurna range. The trek continues to the Italian base camp at 3660m through the dense oak, bamboo, and pine forest. Further trekking you will reach the Dhaulagiri base camp at 4748m. After acclimatizing at the base camp, you will cross the French pass, enter the hidden valley and cross the Dhampus pass finally descending through the alpine meadow to the Marpha village. You will see many apple orchards and wine distilleries in the village. From Marpha you will have an option to fly out or drive back to Kathmandu.


  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous.
  • Max Elevation: 5,360m / 17,585ft.
  • Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House.
  • Transportation: Bus/Land Cruiser.
  • Best Month: February-May/September-December


Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel(1,400m)

Day 2: Drive/Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Drive from Pokhara to Beni (1,000m)

Day 3: Drive from Beni to Takam (1500m) : Camping

Day 4: Trek from Takam to Muri (1,850m) : Camping

Day 5: Trek from Muri to Bagar (2,080m) : Camping

Day 6: Trek from Bagar to Dovan (2,520m) : Camping

Day 7: Trek from Dovan to Italian Base Camp (3,660m) : Camping

Day 8: Acclimatization at Italian Base Camp (rest day) : Camping

Day 9: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,750m) : Camping

Day 10: Trek from Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5,050m) via French Col (5,360m) : Camping

Day 11: Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (3,680m) via Dhampus Pass (5,240m) : Camping

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,720m) OR Marpha

Day 13: Fly / Drive to Pokhara and transfer to the hotel

Day 14: Sightseeing around Pokhara City

Day 15: Drive/Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel

Day 16: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

Day 17: Transfer to International Airport for final departure

  • 09-13 Days
  • 4001m-5000m
  • Camping