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Dhaulagiree Circle Trek


Dhaulagiree Circle Trek or Round Dhaulagiree adventurers and nature enthusiasts will find paradise in the trek, which offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, and isolated villages. With its challenging terrain and limited infrastructure, the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek provides a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience for those looking to explore the untouched beauty of the Himalayas. This remarkable challenging trek trail is centered in western region of Nepal, offering a classic adventure trek around the world’s seventh highest peak, Dhaulagiri 8167m and its broad massif of 7000m peaks. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a strenuous, high-altitude trek in one of the less-traveled regions of the Annapurna Himalayas. The highest white mountain “snow sheltered” peak is another name for Mount Dhaulagiree. This trek follows through secluded regions full of natural beauty, crossing through greenery field, rice terrace and high passes with astonishing viewpoints. The route offers constant mountains views while passing through remote villages and astonishing landscape including several high passes, dense forests and glaciers.

This trek start from Darbang after driving 5 hours from Pokhara). The first few days follow the Myagdi Khola River to the Chhonbardan Glacier, at the foot of Dhaulagiri. The landscape variations from tended farmland to barren, often snow-covered rocky mountains, all with views of Dhaulagiri and other Himalayan giants forward. As one ascends higher, the number of villages inhabited by the Magar ethnic majority decreases, and the final few days are spent trekking through seasonal resident regions where many days and nights are spent above 5,000 metres, crossing the French and Dhumpus passes. The journey is one of the most arduous hikes in Nepal, yet worthy for experienced hikers. Following a day of relaxation at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, the journey leads up the glacier’s flank, over the 5,360-meter French Pass, and camps in the Hidden Valley. Along with this trip you can also do side extra adventure trip such as Dhampus peak summit also called Thaapa Peak in the region (6,060 m). The trail continues over the Dhampus Pass and then descends to Jomsom, Nepal’s apple-growing kingdom, the starting point of the famed upper Mustang Trek, and the first ending point of the Annapurna circuit trek. The trail to Jomsom is a steep, vertical slope that descends approximately 2200 metres.


A variety of environments, including rocky mountain views, snow-capped glaciers, and verdant farming villages.

views of several peaks rising above 7000 metres, including Dhaulagiri (8,167 metres)

Off the beaten camping trip through farmland to barren & snow-covered rocky mountains area

A carefully planned trip itinerary by trusted local trekking specialist


Day 1 : Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport Kathmandu. Pick up by Sherpa Brothers treks representative, transfer to hotel check in and welcome drink from receptionist. Rest and briefing about trip, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast.

Day 2 : Trek preparation and shopping for the trip. In the evening welcome dinner offer from Sherpa Brothers treks at typical Nepalese cultural restaurant, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast.

Day 3 : Fly to Pokhara (827m/2,714ft), transfer to hotel & walk around lake side, O/N in hotel B&B

Day 4 : Drive to Darbang and trek to Dharapani (1,550m/5,084ft), Approx: 5 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Muri (1,850m/6,068ft), Approx: 6 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Boghara (2,080m/6,822ft), Approx: 6 hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Dobang (2,500m/8,200ft), Approx: 7 hrs

Day 8 : Trek to the Italian Base Camp (3,650m/11,972ft), Approx: 6 hrs

Day 9 : Acclimatization and Rest Day

Day 10 : Trek to Swiss Base Camp (3,730m / 12,236ft), Approx: 3 hrs

Day 11 : Trek to Japanese Base Camp (4,300m/ 14,105ft), Approx: 5 hrs.

Day 12 : Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,700m/15,417ft), Approx: 8 hrs

Day 13 : Acclimatization and Rest Day

Day 14 : Cross over the French pass (5,360m/17,581ft) trek to Hidden valley (5,050m/16,564ft), Approx: 7 hrs

Day 15 : Cross Dhampus pass (5,240m/17,188ft) to Yak Kharka (3,680m/12,070ft), Approx: 7 hrs

Day 16 : Trek to Jomsom (2,763m/8,975ft), Approx: 6 hrs

Day 17 : After having early morning breakfast fly to Pokhara 20 minutes and later in the evening fly to Kathmandu 30 minutes

Day 18 : Free day in Kathmandu for last minute shopping

Day 19 : Final departure; as per flight time, pick up from hotel and drop 3 hour earlier to international airport for home departure

Services Includes

    • Twin sharing tented accommodation and 3 times meals, (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soup) with tea/ coffee, hot water, washing water during 16 days Dhaulagiree Circle trekking period.
    • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek).
    • Professional and experienced license holder trekking guide salary, food, accommodation & insurance.
    • Porters salary, food, accommodation, equipment’s and insurance.
    • 3 nights standard hotel with deluxe BB in Kathmandu.
    • 1 night standard hotel with deluxe BB in Pokhara.
    • Airfare to Pokhara return from Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu with guide
    • Private transport for airport receive and departure in Kathmandu.
    • Transportation to Darbang from Pokhara.
    • Transportation in Pokhara for hotel to airport pick & drop.
    • ACAP & TIMS permit.
    • First aid medical kit bag.
    • Trip route map.
    • Duffel bag for packing daily trek gears.
    • Warm sleeping bag.
    • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu.

Services Excludes

    • Personal nature expense such as WIFI internet, data pack, telephone calls, bar and beverage bills bottled drinks including (cold drinks and mineral water/boiled water, laundry).
    • Personal insurance.
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Unforeseen accidental rescue expenses.
    • Days beyond the itinerary.
    • Gratitude to staff.


Additional Information

Dhaulagiree circle trail from beginning to end incorporates physically demanding terrain, ensuring that you should be prepared to walk for approximately 7-8 hours a day some days there are more than specified hours walk. On average, you can expect to cover a distance of around 10 kilometers per day. Even though itinerary are not lengthy route involves challenging, including rocky hills, rivers, gorges, glaciers, passes, and several steep ascents and descents through dense lower forest trees land to alpine pasture area. As you make your walk higher up, we walk slow and take rest to have enjoyable trekking experience and ensuring safety. Acclimatization is crucial in the increasing altitude, in order to adapt to the high altitude and prevent altitude sickness. It allows your body to adjust to the decreasing oxygen levels and reduces the risk of any health complications. During this trek additionally, taking rest days at several altitude such as 3650m, 4700m will give trekkers the opportunity to explore the local culture and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Our team of professionals is dedicated to ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the journey. With their expertise and assistance, you can focus on creating unforgettable memories and achieving your travel goals. The important thing is to have a willingness to challenge yourself and push your limits. Whether you’re just starting out or have been hiking for years, there will always be opportunities for growth and improvement. Hiking and walking since couple of month of this trek is a great way to improve your physical health and build endurance over time.

It is important that participants with pre-existing health check problems or conditions should make these known to us at the time of booking. This information is crucial for us to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants during the event. So that, we can make necessary arrangements and provide appropriate support if needed.

Accommodation and Food

In Kathmandu & Pokhara: 3 star Deluxe hotel with bed and breakfast on twin sharing

On trek: 14 days twin sharing tent accommodation in the two men tent, with 3 times delicious meals daily, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, soup and hot drinks Tea/ Coffee, hot water, washing water) prepared by our experienced camping cook maintaining hygiene, safety to keep you energized throughout the day. We provide water proof tent that is basic but comfortable accommodations, with twin sharing space available.

Travel Insurance

Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. take every care to make our treks safe and enjoyable. All our routes are scouted to ensure the trails are safe and the facilities along route are of an acceptable standard. In addition, we have vast experience of trekking at altitude and are trained to deal with Acute Altitude Sickness. However, due to terrain, weather and altitude, risk is not always predictable in the Himalaya. To ensure you have a worry free time with us, personal travel insurance is essential to cover the cost of unforeseen accident, illness or rescue. The costs involved can be large and personally overwhelming in the unlikely event of accident or injury.

When is the best time to do Dhaulagiree Circle Trek in General ?

While Nepal can be visited all year, the best times to go walking and trekking to Dhaulagiree are in the spring (March– May) and autumn (late September-November).

Autumn; The best time of year to do Dhaulagiree Circle trek is supposedly in the autumn. With dry weather and crisp, clear skies, the mountain views are at their best. Since the summer monsoon, the countryside has been lush and green.
Spring; As the weather warms up in late February and May wide variety of trekking options become available. The gorgeous magnolia and rhododendron will be in bloom, even though the skies may be cloudier than in the fall.

How many permits will I need for the Dhaulagiree Circuit Trek ?

If you’re planning to trek to the Dhaulagiree Circle trek, you requires the Annapurna conservation permit ACAP Entry Permit and the Trekkers information Management system TIMS permit. These permits are mandatory to enter  areas along the trekking route in order to protect trekkers’ data and for their safety. The permits also help fund conservation efforts and support local communities.

Required gears checklist for Dhaulagiree Circle trek

Having the right gear ensures that you are prepared for adventure and all challenges or emergencies that may arise during your mountain adventures. From proper clothing and footwear to essential tools and safety equipment, your gear provides the necessary support and protection needed to navigate through rugged terrains and unpredictable weather conditions.
Below we present you a basic complete packing list suitable for Dhaulagiree Circle trek.

Hiking gears

Day bag 1 – A porter will carry your primary gear in duffel bag (up to 12kg per trekker). You’ll need to bring your own daypack. 30–35L is adequate.

Dry Bag 1 – This protects your bag and clothing from potential moisture, wet object and rain.

Walking pole 1 – ( if necessary) Trekking poles can decrease the impact on your joints and help with your balance and mitigate fatigue. They are excellent for knees while going down. We recommend adjustable Black Diamond trekking poles.

Water bottle or camel bag 1 – Capacity to carry 3 litre of water. Options: 2 x 1.5 litre wide mouth nalgene bottles or 2 litre platypus + 1 litre water bottle.

Head light 1 – You will need a headlamp with a good light output for any late-night restroom trips, as well as importantly for early morning walk such as on French pass, Dhampus pass. Petzl make renowned and affordable headlamps.

Knife / Multi tools – 1

Cloth and body wear

Down jacket 1 – You’ll need this for the colder and high passes region as well as in the evenings at camp when you’re tired, you feel the cold a lot more.

Sleeping bag 1 – rated 0°F, -20°F.

Light or medium wight warm hiking trouser 2 – an option of convertible trousers.

For the colder parts of the trek you’ll need good winter hiking pants – just make sure they are breathable.

Warm liner 1 – For extra warmth in sleeping bag

Warm sun hats 1 – lot of heat is lost through your head, so be sure to get a warm thermal hat as well as one that protects your neck from the harsh rays of the sun.

Fleece / jacket and pants 1 – Modern technical fleeces (such as Polartec) make excellent insulation layers

Windproof jacket and Pants 1 – pants with full-length zips make getting them on and off quick and easy

Long and half sleeve hiking shirt 3 – As per your body size lightweight, moisture wicking long and short sleeved shirts

Buff for (neck and head) – 1

Walking boot 1 – We recommend light- to mid-weight waterproof boots with good ankle support. You don’t need to go full-mountaineering boot.

Gloves / mittens 2 – For the cold nights and for the high passes like French pass, Dhumpus pass. we recommend heavyweight, insulated, preferably water resistant gloves.

Warm hiking socks (wool / synthetic) – 3-4, pairs of outer socks and 2-3 pairs of liner socks. We also recommend bringing 1 x thick thermal socks for crossing French and Dhampus pass morning.

Gaiter 1 – Help keep your trousers clean in dusty, wet and muddy trail conditions

Flip flap/ Sandal 1 – To wear around after a day’s trek we recommend bringing a pair of sandals

Sun protection, health hygiene and water

Sun cream 1 – SPF 40+ Sunscreen is very important as the sun’s rays are much stronger at altitude.

Sun glass 2 – (incase of one broke) choose high UV protection glasses of any brand as sun intensity after Namche is very high.

Sun hat 1 – if possible go for a hat that is wide-brimmed for protection, and has a neck cover if you aren’t going to be wearing a neck gaiter

Lip guard 1 – To keep your lip moisturized in dry air and the stronger sun ray.

Anti Bacterial Wipes 2 – You won’t be showering at altitude and base camp , so anti-bacterial ‘wet wipes’ are a good way of maintaining personal hygiene.

Hand gel or Sanitizer 1 – Any travel to remote mountain places comes with a risk of gastro-intestinal trouble. Different foods, sub-standard hygiene, and exposure to bacteria and viruses can cause stomach problems. Always use anti-bacterial gel or wipes on your hands, especially before eating.

Tooth brush – 1

Face wash soap – 1

Towel – 1

Electrolyte/Sports drink powdered formula for adding to your water Water can get pretty boring, so it’s a good idea to bring along an electrolyte formula that’s flavored to your liking.

Snacks energy bars of your preference – plan for 2-4 per day Snacks such as energy bars, trail mix, and candy can help give you a quick energy boost while on the trail. Just avoid anything with caffeine in it.

Ear plugs – For light sleepers. Snoring travels in quiet high altitude lodges

Prescription medicine

Water purifier tablet / lightweight pen filter

Toilet paper – Bring two rolls of toilet paper, one to keep in your daypack for use on the trail, and one in your duffel for use at tea house camp. Taking the cardboard center out makes it easier to transport.

Menstrual product for her

Diamox (if using)

Blister plasters – different shapes and sizes

Antibiotic cream or ointment


Foot powder

Nail cutter

Personal belonging items


Cash Visa / credit card

Cell phone

Power bank backup and charger – The standard voltage of electricity in Nepal is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric or electronic appliances in Nepal without a voltage converter.

Camera / Gopro

We provide in a cost:

Cooking gas & stove

Cooking Pot and Kitchen equipment

Good quality two men sleeping tent

Dinning & Kitchen Tents

Mattress form

Sherpa Brothers office bag for packing daily trip gear this will be carried by our porters

ice axe & rope

Particular area trekking map

(Personal important equipment) need to bring or can hire in Kathmandu:

Sleeping bag


Thermos for hot water

Reservation cancellations policy

There will be no fees associated with cancellations made more than 49 days prior to departure.
A penalty of 30% of the total trip cost will apply for cancellations made between 30 and 48 days prior to departure.
60% of the total trip cost will be lost for cancellations made between 15 and 29 days prior to departure.
If a cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure, there will be no reimbursement.

Additional specifications
When making your reservation, please let us know about any special needs you may have so that we can make responsible efforts to accommodate your requests and special requirements, as long as the locations and resources allow.

Tour Cost & Schedule

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Trip Facts

  • GradeTrip Grade :   High Altitude
  • Duration Trip Durations :  16 Days From Kathmandu,14 Days Actual Trek
  • Point Highest Point :  5,360m/17,581ft
  • Season Best Season :  Oct, Nov - Mar to Mid June
  • Meal Plan Meal Plan : Breakfast in Kathamandu, Pokhara and Full board on Trek

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