Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Cultural City Sightseeing
  • Dramatic Annapurna, Dhaulagiri range and more
  • Isolated Valley via French Pass
  • Dhaulagiri Base Camp and Jomsom
  • Isolated ethnic valleys

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek / Around Dhaulagiri Trekking span  the remote wilderness in the western Nepal. It is a demanding trail, that has a status of being precarious and rough around the edges. It is dedicated to the adventurous hearts and for the climbing teams. Only few local people and some of the trekking groups have explored this technical section around the Dhaulagiri trail and its surrounding area. The magnificent white Dhaulagiri Mountain (8167m) and its glacial traverse offer exciting sceneries in this trek.

Dhaulagiri Trekking route commences from the district centre of Myagdi-Beni, it goes above the Myagdi Khola crossing various suspension bridges. Encountering the waxy traverses and hanging into the rocky slopes, it leads you to the Dhaulagiri base camp, circumnavigates Dhaulagiri Mountain, via French Col and Dhampus Pass till the trek adjoins to the Jomsom, where the trip sums up. The camping excursion with the crappy ropes projects the technical perfection of the trek in Dhaulagiri circuit route. Heading through the hidden valleys of the Dhaulagiri round and the enticing valleys of the Kali Gandaki, the Dhaulagiri trek gears down at Jomsom. The distinguish level of the surrounding geography and the alpine level requires nice acclimatization for the resolute trip. The woody wilderness and the continual bird chirping make the trip melodious.

Mountain  Delights Treks and Expedition give emphasis to the acclimatization and good physical condition to deal the glacial pathway and feel the extreme adventure in Dhaulagiri  Circuit Trek. Pease, contact us for the detailed information.

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).

Welcome to Nepal. Representative of Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition receives you at the Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. Then you transfer to the hotel. After a short rest, we take you to the Thamel tour (about 30 minutes) to show you the shopping centre, bank and ATM, restaurants and money changers. Then, in the hotel a brief introduction about the upcoming itinerary is given. If you have a late flight, we do it on the following day.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 02:  Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Pashupatinath Temple:It is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located beside the Bagmati River. It is one of the most significant temples for the Hindu devotes around the world and the UNESCO site. The golden pagoda style temple is richly carved with silver doors. On the day of Shivaratri, a big fair is held around the month of February/March.

Boudhanath Stupa: One of the biggest Stupas in the world, is located on the east in Kathmandu. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four prime direction, keeping watch for virtuous behaviour and human success. King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini had built this remarkable Stupa. The Stupa resembles the Mahayana philosophy.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Beni drive (830m). 8-9 hrs

As soon as we leave Kathmandu, the picturesque landscape and hilly gorges can be explored. The Trishuli and Marshyangdi River valleys offer remarkable terraced fields, lush forests and hilly settlements. We directly drive to Beni, which is the starting point of the trek. It is located at the convergence of the Kaligandaki and Myagdi Khola. It is also the district headquarter of Myagdi. Overnight at tea house/lodge.

Day 04: Beni to Babiya Chaur (970m). 5-6 hrs

We start the trek through the bank of the Myagdi Khola, after passing the Kali Gandaki River. We cross the Singa market place and have lunch on the way. After lunch, we trek forward to the Babiya Chaur through the smooth trail. We walk gradually in the first hiking day. Overnight at tea house/lodge.

Day 05: Babiya Chaur to Dharapani (1565m). 6-7 hrs

We begin our trek to Dharapani through the wide trail and with the exciting views. It is a bit more cultural touch as we cross various villages like Shasdhara and Ratorunga. Crossing the Dudh Khola, we ascend to our today’s campsite at Dharapani. It is surrounded by the lush hills and terraced fields. Overnight at tea house/lodge.

Day 06: Dharapani to Muri (1800m). 6-7 hrs

Climbing up to the ridge of the Dharapani, we reach to the broad hillsides of the fertile lands with the eye-catching panoramas of the Myagdi Khola. Descending from there, we cross the Dhara Khola and ascend through the steep climb up trail to Muri, which is a good viewpoint of the Gurja Himal and Dhaulagiri. It is an ethnic valley, populated by the Magar people. Overnight at tea house/lodge.

Day 07: Muri to Boghara (2080m). 5-6 hrs

It is an excellent day. From Muri, we climb down to the Dudh Khola, cross the Khola and steadily climb up to the Gorban hillside. The dramatic view of Ghustang rises from the horizon. Grabbing the narrow alley, we descend to the Myagdi and through the hilly gorge trail, we continually reach our wonderful campsite at Boghara. Overnight at tea house/lodge.

Day 08: Boghara to Doban (2430m). 6-7 hrs

We trek further crossing the hilly gorges with a rough trail. Walking through the temperate forest gradually leads us to the picturesque setting of the Doban village. If we are trekking in spring, we can view the red forest, full of the rhododendron flower. Even the diverse flower species make the trail extremely beautiful. We stay at Doban. Overnight at tea house/lodge.

Day 09: Doban to Italian Base Camp (3500m). 5-6 hrs

From Doban, we walk through the stunning forest and enter to the alpine altitude. We don’t walk in a hurry, rather take a slow walk with proper hydrating ourselves. Walking with a gentle pace, we have a different experience of reaching the Italian base camp. Overnight at the tented camp.

Day 10: Italian Base Camp to French Base camp (3870m). 6-7 hrs

The first portion of the trek goes through the moraine trail and deal the Chonbarban glacier and go through the glacier from the right. We get the astounding sights of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6837m) and the vicinity shiny peaks. Steadily, we reach to the stunning place at the French Base camp. Overnight at the tented camp.

Day 11: Rest and Acclimatization day.

As we are hiking through the alpine passes and technical trail, we need to take a rest and acclimatized to the high altitude. We have a charming day to walk around the French base camp and Dhaulagiri base area. The camping trip offers a unique trek through the hidden valleys and exciting panoramas. Overnight at the tented camp.

Day 12: French Base camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m) via French Pass (5360m). 7-8 hrs

It is a chilling daylight and the walk today includes rough and rocky trail. We cross the challenging section of the journey at French Pass (5360m) and continue to the hidden valley. Then we continue to the Dhaulagiri base camp with the breathtaking mountain vistas of the Dhaulagiri chain. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Yak Kharka / Aaru Bari (3900m). 6-7 hrs

Good physical condition and adventure heart are required to deal the trail today. Climbing a couple of hills, we enter to the technical French Col (5100m) with the pleasant scenery of the Mukut Himal (6328m), Sita Chuchura (6611m), Tukuche Peak and Tashi Kang. The giant peak-Dhaulagiri lies in its beyond. Then, we steadily head across the Dhampus Pass (5200m) and camp down at the base at Aaru Bari. Overnight at Camp.

Day 14: Aaru Bari to Jomsom (2670m) via Marpha (2667m). 5-6 hours

From Aaru Bari, we climb down towards the Kali Gandaki valley through the dense wood. It is pleasant to hike down from such an exciting trail as we were trekking through the glacial trail and the rock dotted trail. As we steadily trek down, we eventually adjoin the Annapurna foot way. We pass the picturesque valleys like Marpha during the trek, with the apple orchards. Then we continue our trip to the district centre-Jomsom. Overnight at tea house/lodge.

Day 15: Jomsom to Pokhara (20min fly).

It is an early morning flight from Jomsom over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri sceneries. The morning weather is very much suitable for the flight. Then we transfer to the hotel. After a rest, we set out for the refreshing sightseeing and boating in the Fewa Lake and enjoying the tranquil views or You can visit Davis falls, Mahendra cave, Seti gorge and some of the places as Tibetan refugee camp and local market place. In the evening, walk around the lakeside areaOvernight at hotel.

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu drive. 6-7 hrs or 30  min fly

We are leaving for Kathmandu from Pokhara today. It is again pretty long drive.. In the beginning, we get amused by the Marshyangdi river valley and its surrounding scenarios and of the Trishuli river valley in the second part. After reaching Kathmandu, you transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the evening as you wish. You can also take flight option by paying extra. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17. Bhaktapur Sightseeing and the rest of the day free.

Traditionally, Bhaktapur is known as Bhadgaon, which is a home of the mediaeval arts and architectures. It is about 13 km east of Kathmandu. The city was believed to have founded in 889 AD in the Lichhavi dynasty. Bhaktapur city is popular as the city of devotees. The centuries old stone sculptures and  wood carving skills are still charming around the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. After the tour ends, we take you to the women empowerment project for a visit. The rest of the day is for your personal doings that can be used for shopping. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18: Departure.

At the farewell day, Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition’s representative drops you at the airport for your final departure. Thank you for your wonderful experience with us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport picks up and Drop.
  • Guide, cooks, Sherpas, kitchen boy and helpers (Porters)
  • All food (Break fast, Lunch and Dinner.)during the trek.
  • Accommodation: Camping  (Tent ) during the trek.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (Tea, hot Chocolate, coffee, hot milk and Juice) during the trek.
  • All private Land transportation.
  • Air ticket(Jomsom-Pokhara).
  • All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all transport etc for Nepali staff.
  • All Camping Gear (table, chair, two men tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, and duffel bag.
  • Three star, Nepal's stander hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card.
  • Dhaulagiri special trekking permit.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry Permit.
  • Sightseeing with guide, transport and monument entry fees.
  • All government taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for Guide, Nepali staff   (Tips are not compulsory but expected). 

What to bring

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking hours. There are various selections and brands that you can have your own choice. Those equipments can be bought and hire easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.


  1. Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  (you can borrow with us if required).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).
  5. Flish liner (you can borrow with us if required).
  6. Walking poles (Walking poles (optional, you can borrow with us if required).
  7. Water bottle with purification tablets.
  8. Hand wash liquids.
  9. Lip guard.
  10. Sun block cream.
  11. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Cap and ears covering hat. 
  2. Glacier glasses
  3. Head torch.
  4. Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)


  1.  Hand gloves (1 light pair and 1 warm pair)

Core Body

  1. T-shirts.
  2. Light and weight thermal tops and warm thermal top.
  3. Light jacket and vest.
  4. Wind and rain jacket.
  5. Shirts and warm shirts.

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Long and short hiking pants.
  2.  Lightweight and warm long underwear.
  3. Rain and windproof trousers and warm trekking trousers.


  1. Thin and thick socks.
  2. trekking boots, light  shoes and sanddle.
  3. Trekking Gaiters.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek.  We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).

  1. Headache and fever medicine.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Burnt cream.
  4. Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
  5. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  6. Antibiotics.
  7. blister treatments such as mole skin, handyplast, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.


  1. Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
  2. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
  3. Pocket knife.
  4. bandanas.
  5. Favourite snack foods and energy bars
  6. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weights
  7. Binoculars.
  8. Camera.

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

1 - 2 of 2 reviews

What a Fantastic Trip
What a Fantastic Trip
The trip was fantastic trip, Your organization and approach to your work is excellent. Thank you for all your hard work and information you gave us over the whole trek ! really appreciate all you have done for us. Thank you a Million Times.
April 4, 2014 at 05:16 am
An Absolutely Amazing Trip
An Absolutely Amazing Trip
An absolutely amazing trip. Totally hic-cup free, Very relaxing and so well organized. Loved the guidance and playing with the porters and sherpas. The whole experience a real eye opener, a great challenge, the day will never forget
Stephen Mailveen
September 25, 2013 at 05:11 am

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