Dhaulagiri Trek - 23 Days

Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 meters above from sea level is a seventh highest mountain of the world which was firstly ascends by an expedition team (Swiss, Austrian and Nepalese) in 1960. The word Dhaulagiri is derived from a Sanskrit language which means white and beautiful. Mt. Dhaulagiri range is situated 35 kilometer east of the Annapurna ranges which are separated by world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the toughest and less explored trekking trips in Nepal. We highly recommend only to experienced and physically fit trekkers for this adventure holiday.  Dhaulagiri circuit explores entire round around in Mt. Dhaulagiri with remote off – the – beaten trail, crossing of two important high passes; French pass 5,360 at meters and Dhampus pass at 5,240 meters also offers splendid views of series of mountains 7,000 meters above from sea level.

A professionally organized Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek with Junket Nepal Pvt.Ltd embarks from one of the most attractive city Pokhara. Leaving pokhara we will have short drive to Beni to get started the trip. Then we start following Myagdi river bank, explore charming villages of Gurung along the route, cross agricultural farmlands often greets by views of Dhaulagiri range. Since the trek is wild adventurous and amazingly ascends to high altitude, it is very important that we have to be well acclimatized by using reserve days along the trail. After exploring and accomplishing Italian Base Camp and Glacier Camp we will reach at Dhaulagiri Base Camp. We will take a rest and exploration day at Base Camp since we have to cross two important passes nearly within a couple of days. After there, we follow wild adventurous trail towards the passes; French Pass (5,360m altitude) & Dhampus Pass (5,240m altitude) respectively. After there the trail amazingly start the long downhill to Jomsom and fly back Pokhara. 

Trip Facts

  • Trip CodeJNDT 21
  • Duration23 Days
  • GradeModerate
  • DestinationNepal
  • Min Pax02
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Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 5-6 hrs
  • Day 04: Drive to Beni and Trek to Tatopani 3 Hrs drive & 3-5 hrs walk
  • Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1,470m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06: Trek to Muri (1,850m altitude) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 07: Trek to Boghara (2,080m altitude) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 08: Trek to Dobang (2,500m altitude) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 09: Trek to Sallaghari (2,820m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 10: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 11: Rest and acclimatization
  • Day 12: Trek to Glacier Camp (4,200m altitude) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 13: Rest and acclimatization
  • Day 14: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,700m altitude) 5 hrs
  • Day 15: Rest and acclimatization
  • Day 16: Cross French Pass (5,360m altitude) and trek to Hidden Valley (5050m altitude) 8-9 hrs
  • Day 17: Rest and acclimatization
  • Day 18: Cross Dhampus Pass (5,240m altitude) and trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m altitude)
  • Day 19: Trek to Jomsom (2,670m altitude) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 20: Fly to Pokhara
  • Day 21: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 22: Leisure day at Kathmandu
  • Day 23: International Departure

Cost Includes:

  • Airport Arrival and departure transfer by Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with BB Plan (3 star rated hotel) as per itinerary
  • A day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including City Guide, Private Vehicle and all heritage sites entrance fees
  • All ground transportation (as per mentioned in Itinerary) by private vehicle
  • Jomsom – Pokhara flight
  • All required Trekking permits and conservation area/National Park fees
  • Tented camp accommodation during the trek as per mentioned in itinerary
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the entire trek
  • All essential camping equipments & kitchen equipments
  • Trekking guide
  • Required numbers of porters
  • Staffs salary, clothing and insurance
  • Government tax/vat and required documentations

Cost Excludes:

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Major meals in cities
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bill etc.
  • Personal trekking stuffs
  • TIPS for staffs

Usefull Info

Trekking preparation and Physical Condition:

Physical Fitness is an important part to have trekking adventure in Nepalese Himalayas. To be fully prepared to gain lifetime experience of walking in the mountains, explore Himalayan vista with combined cultural experience can accomplished by exploit inspired adventure seekers who can walk 4 to 6 hours ascends and descends per day. We generally prefer short and easy trek for first time trekkers and moderate to adventurous trekking for experienced trekkers as per preferences.

Preparation for trekking has not any hard and fast rules and regulations. We recommend all trekkers to maintain their physical fitness level a couple of months before the trek. The fitness activities might be jugging, walk through steps (Uphill and Downhill), join a fitness club etc. while achieving the adventure experience of trekking, physical fitness as well as mental fitness plays vital role, every trekkers should also have to be mentally prepared.

Accommodation and Meals during the Trek:
Almost popular trekking regions in Nepal are filled with sophisticated tea house lodges which offer standard room accommodation and hygienic foods. Every trekker can choose varieties of foods; Nepali, Continental, Indian etc from the menu. Apart from the popular trekking routes where the tea houses are not available, we will provide camping accommodation and prepare meals by our team members. In cities, you can choose any (non star to 5 star categorized) hotel to stay before/after begin the trip as per your budget and requirement.

Grades of Trekking:
A Himalayan country Nepal amazingly presents several world’s high mountains including world’s top Mt. Everest, other mountains above 8000m from sea level and several snow-capped peaks. Grades of trekking determines as per altitude level, duration of the trek, level of difficulties, wilderness in trails and many more factors. Basically we classify the grades as; Easy, Moderate, Strenuous & Adventurous. Easy trekking is suitable for beginners, and gradually all grades trails offers unique taste of adventure for all adventure seeking trekkers.

High Altitude Sickness:
High altitude Sickness is totally unusual and unexpected sickness which means effect of high altitudes while in a trekking. It attracts more if we ascend so quickly in the mountains. As we know that prevention is better than cure, we don’t have to gain altitudes too quickly, acclimatize with altitude by slow and steady walk with numbers of reserve days would be a good idea.

The symptoms of high altitude sickness are; loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, difficult to pass urine, headache, irregular breathing, Nausea, mild weakness, hands and face swelling etc.

In case of such sickness while you are in mountain with our team, every trekker needs to follow the instructions provided by your guide, guides from Junket Nepal (P) Ltd always are well aware about such sickness and basic treatment procedure. Immediately descend from the altitude is one of the major treatment of high altitude sickness. Drink a lot of water, take some garlic soup, you may also take Diamox 250mg and other modes of cure. If the situation would be out of control situation with serious sickness, we will arrange immediate emergency evacuation by horse or helicopter depending upon the situation.

Best Season for Trekking:

Generally 2 seasons in an annual year are considered as a peak season of trekking and mountaineering in Nepal which are autumn – September, October & November and spring – March, April & May. During the season view of mountain will be clear. Some adventure seekers who want to walk not facing other large groups, peaceful environments can also choose December – February. June-August months are monsoon season which ruins long trekking trips but one can choose short hiking trips.

Types of Trekking:

Types of trekking can be categorized in 2 different parts;

I) Tea house trekking; Available in several popular trekking regions of Nepal. This type or trek generally operated by using tea house lodges for meals and accommodations during the entire trekking. Tea house lodges are not well sophisticated as hotels and resorts in cities but they provide simply the best services and facilities.

 II) Camping Trekking; Required to set up tented camps for the less beaten trekking regions where those tea house lodges are not available. During the camping trek, our crew team will carry all camping equipments, meals and essentials.

Trekking Permits:
Trekking permits are essential before entering into every trekking trails. Your trip detail should have to be registered.  Types of trekking permits are as follows:

I) TIMS (Trekkers Information Manual System): It is required for your safety provided by an umbrella organization of trekking agencies - Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). It helps to keep record of every trekkers in mountains and control illegal trekking operators by keeping your details (Name, Nationality, Date of Birth and Passport Number)

II) National Park/Conservation Area Permits: Every trekking trail are joined with at least one national park or conservation area project where we have to issue permit and have to pay certain royalty for Conservation area project. For example; Annapurna Conservation Area Project required for Annapurna region trekking, Sanagmatha National Park permit required for Everest region trekking etc.

III) Special Permits: It is compulsory for restricted area’s trekking in Nepal. Nepal government has listed some important trekking trails in their restricted area lists such as Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu Circuit, Makalu Circuit etc. such permits are need to be issued from department of immigration of Nepal. This permit’s royalty rates are generally higher than national park/conservation area fees and TIMS differ from season of trek and its duration.  Please contact us for full extent of information about royalty lists for special permits.

Trekking Safety and Security:

Safety and security is one of the major factors while in Nepalese mountains for trekking adventure where we might face unusual sickness, problems, injury and so on. First of all be sure you have chosen best company for your trekking holiday that’s why you will get experienced and knowledgeable trekking staffs. Guidelines from trekking leader plays vital role to be safe from such unusual problems. We generally provide experienced guides who are well trained having high level of knowledge about altitude sickness and other possible problems as well as basic treatment procedure to be safe from the problems.


Trip Note

Our itinerary can be changed accordingly to your interest, duration and preference. If you want to do extra activities such as Mountain Flight, Jungle Safari, Sight Seeing, All Nepal Tours, Hotel Booking, Flight Ticket, Tourist Bus Ticket, Vehicle on Hire, Peak Climbing, Rafting, Paragliding. We are ready to serve you. We are always happy to follow your suggestion accordingly. 

Certificate & Parthers

Nepal GovernmentNepal Tourism BoardTAANNepal Mounataineering Association Himalayan Resue Association Lovely Planet Trip Advisor