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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Itinerary – 17 Days

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  • Destination: Dhaulagiri
  • Group Size: 2 (minimum)
  • Maximum altitude: 5360m
  • Best Season: Jan, Feb, March, April, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
  • Grade Info: Strenious
  • Transportation: Car / Van /Bus
  • Total Days: 17 Days
  • Walking Hour: 6 to 8 hours

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Itinerary - 17 Days

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a fascinating and exhilarating adventure that explores the secluded and remote wilderness of the western-central part of the Himalayas. This iconic expedition takes the trekkers to the foothills of the seventh-highest mountain in the world at an altitude of 8,167 meters (26,795 feet) in an adventure that traverses across the remote untampered region of the Himalayas. Slightly more challenging than the regular trekking adventures of the Himalayas due to involvement of the some of the most fascinating Himlayan passes, this adventure is an ideal choice for trekking enthusiasts who are seeking a bit of thrill in their Himlayan expedition.

Furthermore, the exploration of three base camps, Italian Base Camp, Glacier Camp, and Dhaulagiri Base Camp in a single trip makes the Dhalaugiri Circuit Trek a truly fulfilling and gratifying experience for the trekkers with an unyielding love for the Himalayas. If you are thinking about joining this epic Himlayan adventure, Exciting Nepal offers the best value package befitting your adventure palate. We can also personalize this trekking package as per your need for the best value experience.

Highlights of 17 Days Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Itinerary

  • A fascinating adventure that circulates the seventh highest snow-clad peak in the world, Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters)
  • Exploration of the three major base camps in a single trip; Dhaulagiri Base Camp, Glacier Camp, and Italian Base Camp
  • Fascinating Himalayan passes like the Dhampus Pass ( 5,240 meters) and French Pass (5,360 meters)
  • Scenic trekking trail alongside the tumbling waterfalls, soaring rivers, and charming high Himalayan villages
  • Vastly diversified endangered Himalayan flora and fauna of the Dhaulagiri region
  • Stunning views of the Himalayan peaks like Manapathi Peak, Gurja Himal, Dhaulagiri Tukuchen Tsaurabong Peak, and Dhampus Peak.
  • The traditional and cultural trekking route that passes through Magar, Gurung, Chhetri, and Thakali settlements

Altitude Chart of 17 Days Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Altitude Chart of 17 Days Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Driving from Kathmandu to Beni (899 m; 10 hrs drive)

Day 02: Trekking from Beni to Babiachaur (950m; 4/5 hrs trek)

Day 03: Babiachaur to Dharapani trek (1,860 m; 7-8 hrs trek)

Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1850; 6-7 hrs trek)

Day 05: Muri to Boghara trekking (2,080 m; 5 hrs trek)

Day 06: Boghara to Dobang (2600m; 5-6 hrs trek)

Day 07: Trekking from Dobang to Chroiban Khola ( 3,110 m; 5 hrs trek)

Day 08: Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp (3,660 m; 5 hrs trek)

Day 09: Acclimatization and side exploration day at Italian Base Camp trek

Day 10: Trekking from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4,210 m; 6/7 hrs trek)

Day 11: Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek ( 4,740 m; 7 hrs trek)

Day 12: Second acclimatization day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Day 13: Trekking from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5,200 m) via French Pass (5/6 hrs trek)

Day 14: Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka trek via Dhampus Pass (3700m; 5/6 hrs trek)

Day 15: Trekking down from Yak Karka to Marpha (2,670 m; 4/5 hrs trek)

Day 16: Driving from Marpha to Pokhara (820m; 5.5 hrs drive)

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara (1400m; 7 hrs drive)

Detailed Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary dhaulagiri circuit trek

Day 01: Driving from Kathmandu to Beni

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters

Beni Elevation: 850 meters

Elevation Loss: 550 meters

Kickstarting your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will drive to Pokhara during the first part of this day’s adventure. On this scenic day’s drive, you will drive across the soaring rivers, waterfalls, green hills, and vibrant charming settlements alongside the banks as you head towards Pokhara in a comfortable tourist bus (if you wish to use a private vehicle, we can also arrange that). After making a brief stop at Pokhara, you will continue your drive all the way to Beni, this beautiful town is located at the confluence of two major rivers in Nepal, Kali Gandaki River and Myagdi Khola. Overnight stay at Beni.

Day 02: Trekking from Beni to Babiachaur

Beni Elevation: 850 meters

Babiachaur Elevation: 950 meters

Elevation Gain: 100 meters

The trekking adventure will begin on the second day of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 17 Day Itinerary, leaving this charming village behind, you will follow the north bank of the Myagdi Khola following the trails toward the west. On this day’s trek, you will pass several suspension bridges and across villages like Beni Mangalghat, Singa, and Tatopani. During the final stretch of the trek you will arrive at Simalchaur on the north bank after crossing two bridges, from here it will take about an hour to reach Babiuachaur.

Day 03: Babiacharu to Dharapani trek

Babiachaur Elevation: 950 meters

Dharapani Elevation: 1,400 meters

Elevation Gain: 450 meters

It’s another scenic day’s trek in your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Itinerary, as you move along the terraced hills leaving Babiachaur behind. The trail is relatively flat during this day's adventure as you push for Shahashradhara during the first leg of the trek. Moving along the beautiful trekking routes passing the lush greenery, you will a bridge over the Duk River to reach the farming terrains of Ratorunga. You will keep following the climbing trail along the route as the valley narrows and you will finally reach Dharapani; today’s trekking adventure takes approximately 6- 7 hours.

Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Muri

Dharapani Elevation: 1,400 meters

Muri Elevation: 1,800 meters

Elevation Gain: 400 meters

Continuing your trekking momentum in the 17 Days Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, on the fourth day of your trekking adventure, you will push through the uphill climbing route following the route across the terraced farms as you reach the traditional Magar village, Takam. From here the path stretches all the way toward Sibang Village, this day’s scenic route awards you with stunning views of the Gurja Himal and Dhaulagiri.

Moving along the trail, you will also cross Mattim Village and Phalai Gaon as you descend down to Gatti Khola enjoying the spectacular views of the Myagdi Khola. Gatti Khola, is famous for the traditional water mill that grinds the grain, after admiring this significant craft of the ancient civilization, you will proceed further along the route and reach Phalai Gaun. Enjoying the majestic views of the mountain and lush green landscapes you will make your way toward Dhara Khola to reach the west bank of the Myagdi Khola, after a steep climb during the last leg, you will finally reach the large Magar village of Muri.

Day 05: Muri to Boghara trekking

Muri Elevation: 1,800 meters

Boghara Elevation: 2,080 meters

Elevation Gain: 280 meters

On Day 05 of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Itinerary, you will begin your trekking adventure on downhill steep trails that take you across some small streams. After that, you will move along the low pass which offers an incredible view of the Gustung South, then moving along the thickened greeneries and forest, you will descend down to the west bank of the Myagdi Khola as you push for the Naura Village.

Then from here, you will follow the ascending route on the zigzag trails and finally arrive at Boghara (Bagar). This day’s trek which lasts about 5 hours will reward you with the breathtaking views of Manapathi Peak, Gurja Himal, and Dhaulagiri I.

Day 06: Boghara to Dobang

Boghara Elevation: 2,080 meters

Dobang Elevation: 2,520 meters

Elevation Gain: 440 meters

After a hearty breakfast, you will start this day’s adventure following the charming forested trail alongside the Myagdi Khola. Then after arriving at the Jyardan, a remote settlement, you will move along the scenic trail crossing the high-winding path across the rocky segemtsn to reach Lipshe. You will move along the ascending trail as you push for the Lapche Kharka, and another ascending trail from here will take you all the way to Dobang. It takes about 5 hours to reach Dobang from Boghara as you follow the isolated route without any human settlements.

Day 07: Trekking from Dobang to Chroiban Khola

Dobang Elevation: 2,520 meters

Choriban Khola Elevation: 3,110 meters

Elevation Gain: 590 meters

On Day 07 of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will continue your trekking alongside the densely forested area as you move alongside the Myagdi Khola. Proceeding along the trekking route, you will cross a wooden bridge over the Myagdi Khola and trek across the pasture grazing lands. After a steep climb during the last leg of this day’s adventure, you will trek on the steep segment that passes through several landslide areas as you finally reach the Choriban Khola.

This day’s trek will last approximately 5 hours, as you will gain a significant altitude above 2,500 meters on this day, you are recommended to take it slow and stay hydrated throughout the expedition.

Day 08: Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp trek

Choriban Khola Elevation: 3,110 meters

Italian Base Camp Elevation: 3,660 meters

Elevation Gain: 550 meters

You will continue this day’s adventure on the ascending trail that passes through the lush forests and scenic green landscapes. Then you will switch the trail toward the Chhonbarban Glacier which will indicate that you have now entered the alpine environment of the Himlayan region. Although the high-altitude trekking route can be slightly challenging, the amazing views of Tukuche and Dhaulagiri I as you move along the trail will make you forget about how weary you are feeling during your 17 days Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.

Making your way across the glacier from the right side, after a short trek, you will finally arrive at the Italian Base Camp. From this base camp, you will be able to enjoy the stunning views of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, Dhaulagiri IV, and Tukuchen.

Day 09: Acclimation and side exploration day at Italian Base Camp trek

Italian Base Camp Elevation: 3,660 meters

As you have ascended way over the altitude of 2,500 meters (above which there is a risk of altitude sickness), you will use Day 09 of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek as the acclimatization and exploration day. As physical activities are recommended for a more effective acclimatization process, you can do some short hikes around the base camp and relish the immense beauty of the Himalayan region from its base.

The short hiking trail that extends from Italian Base Camp on lateral moraines on the grassy area all the way to an ice cave is a popular activity among the trekkers during the acclimatization day. From here, you will be able to enjoy the close-up spectacular views of the west face of Dhaulagiri as well as the incredible sight of blue sheep grazing on he rocky cliffs. Overnight stay at the tent in the base camp.

Day 10: Trekking from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp

Italian Base Camp Elevation: 3,660 meters

Glacier Camp Elevation: 4,210 meters

Elevation Gain: 550 meters

It is another day of alpine trekking in the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 17 Days Itinerary, traversing across the steep segments and rocky trails you will switch to routes of the glacial moraines. Continuously ascending through the tricky trails with narrow and rocky segments, you will arrive at the Swiss Base Camp. The path is relatively easier from here, making your way across the steep section and the lateral glacial moraine you will finally reach the flat land covered with large rocks which stretches all the way to the Glacier Camp.

During this day’s trekking adventure, which is approximately 6- 7 hours, you will be able to witness the incredible views of the Chhongardan Glacier as well as the Himlayan massifs like Dhaulagiri, Manapathi Peak, Tsaurabong Peak, and Dhampus Peak.

Day 11: Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek

Glacier Camp Elevation: 4,210 meters

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Elevation: 4,740 meters

Elevation Gain: 530 meters

Finally, the main event is here, on Day 11 of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will finally move toward the main objective of the trek, exploring the base camp and the foothills of the seventh-highest mountain in the world, Mt Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters). Following the inclining route as you leave the Glacier Camp behind, you will head up the central moraine of the glacier and traverse across the natural curves of the glacier. It is slightly a long day’s adventure today, approximately 7 hours, and after trekking alongside the moraine for a few hours, you will be rewarded with the panoramic views of the Tukuche Peak.

Moving along the trail, the valley opens up to a wide T-junction point between Tukuch and Dhaulagiri, from here it is a short distance hike from the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. After arriving at base camp, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the Dhaulagiri I (8,167 meters), Dhauligiri II (77,751 meters), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 meters), Dhaulagiri V (7,618 meters). You will also be able to witness the magnificent icefalls stretching from the northeast col from the base camp that is decorated with bright colorful praying flags.

Day 12: Second acclimatization day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Elevation: 4,740 meters

Day 12 on your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking 17 days expedition will be the second acclimatization day. As you have continuously pushed the trekking adventure for longer hours during the past two days amidst the rising altitude, you will use this day to replenish the lost energy and properly adapt to the high-altitude environment before proceeding to the upcoming parts of the trek.

Similar to the first day of acclimatization, on this day, you will do some light physical activities, and short hikes to the surrounding areas of the base camp to enjoy the magnificent sunrise view. You can use the rest of the day to admire the pinnacle moment of this expedition as you sit beneath one of the massive and magnificent peaks of the Himalayas. Relish the environment, make memories, and take the most stunning photographs, you will rest tonight at the base camp here enjoying the warm nutritious meals prepared by our expedition crew.

Day 13: Trekking from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley via French Pass

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Elevation: 4,740 meters

Hidden Valley Elevation: 5,200 meters

French Pass Elevation: 5,360 meters

Elevation Gain: 620 meters

Concluding the expedition Dahaulgiri Base Camp adventure, on Day 13 you will move toward another major highlight of this expedition, Hidden Valley. It is a demanding day’s trekking adventure as you cross one of the high Himlayan passes, French Pass (5,360 meters). Leaving the glacier behind, you will trek across the two hills that cut across the moraine and the mountainside which stretches along the gentle slopes toward the French Pass. As it is one of the high passes that stretches above 5,300 meters, you are recommended to enjoy a slow-paced adventure taking breathers every now and then.

Although ascending this Himlayan pass is not an easy feat, from the top of this pass, you will be able to enjoy the rewarding 360° panoramic views of the Himlayan gems like Mukut Himal, Sita Chuchura, Tashi Kang, Tukuche Peak, Thapa Peak, Mukut Himal and Dhampus Peak including the Dhaulagiri Massifs. After enjoying the views from the top of this pass, you will continue along the descending trail of snow, stone, loose dirt, and gravel as you reach the Hidden Valley. You will camp on the greasy meadow of the Hidden Valley tonight.

Day 14: Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka trek via Dhampus Pass

Hidden Valley Elevation: 5,200 meters

Yak Kharka Elevation: 3,680 meters

Dhampus Pass Elevation: 5,240 meters

Elevation Loss: 1,520 meters

Moving along the trekking route on Day 14 of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will leave the Hidden Valley behind as you head towards Yak Kharka. It is another challenging day’s trek today as you trek over another high Himlayan pass, Dhampus Pass at an elevation of 5,240 meters (17,191 feet). You will overcome several uphill and downhill sections along the trail as you push for the Dhampus Pass, from the top of this pass which is decorated with prayer flags, you will be able to catch a spectacular glimpse of the Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, and Annapurna Massifs.

After embracing the natural allurements of the Himalayas from this high pass, you will descend down to the Yak Kharka. You will camp tonight on the wide meadow of this pasture land.

Day 15: Trekking down from Yak Karka to Marpha

Yak Kharka Elevation: 3,680 meters

Marpha Elevation: 2,670 meters

Elevation Loss: 1,010 meters

As you have descended down a significant altitude by this day, you will feel a trekking adventure much lighter and easier on this day. Following the popular trekking route of the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will hike toward the charming town of Marpha leaving the Yak Kharka behind. As you enter the tree line, the lush forest of rhododendrons and pine forest will start to cover your trekking trail again. Enjoying the scenic beauty of the lush greenery, you will head toward Marpha which is located at the bank of the Kaligandaki River.

It about 5 hours of trekking before you reach this beautiful town known for its religious monasteries as well as the apple orchards. During the dinner, you will also be able to enjoy the delicious Marpha Brandy, a famous byproduct of the region. After a long camping adventure, you will rest tonight enjoying the comfort of the teahouse.

Day 16: Driving from Marpha to Pokhara

Marpha Elevation: 2,670 meters

Pokhara Elevation: 830 meters

Elevation Loss: 1,840 meters

The time to bid farewell with this Himlayan adventure has come forth, on the Day 16 of your Dhalaugiri Circuit Trek, you will leave the apple town of Marpha behind as you head toward the city of the lakes, Pokhara. It is a long day’s drive today, after breakfast, you will drive on the descending trail which is approximately 139.1 km and takes about 7 hours. Enjoying the scenic natural trails across the high hills, wide-spread terraced farming, and vibrant settlements along the trail, you finally arrive at Pokhara.

After resting for a bit, you can check out the nightlife of this bustling tourist hub which is famous for its religious significance, natural allurements, and breathtaking views of the Himalayas, especially Macchapuchare and Annapurna II.

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara

Pokhara Elevation: 830 meters

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,400 meters

Elevation Gain: 570 meters

Day 17 of your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek will officially mark the end of this epic Himlayan adventure, after relishing the charms of the major tourist destination in the country, Pokhara, one last time, you will drive back to Kathmandu. Driving on the route of Pritihivi Highway, you pass several waterfalls, high hills, lush forests, and vibrant settlements as you move toward the capital. It is about 8 hours of drive today as you follow the scenic trail alongside the Trisuli River and finally ascend over the hill to reach Kathmandu.

As you start your drive early in the morning after breakfast, depending on the hour of arrival, you can enjoy the rest of your day strolling around the city and checking out some of its major highlights. If you also want to buy souvenirs as a memoir of this remarkable Himalayan adventure, you can check out the cultural sites in the city and the market hubs like Asan, Thamel, and Managalbazar.

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Trip Cost US$ 2100 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Two-night deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on B/B, with breakfast.
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
  • Your entire stander Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek, A Cup of Tea/ Coffee During the Breakfast.
  •  Tea House and camping accommodation during the trek with all the camping arrangements.
  •  A highly experienced, helpful and friendly Government license holder Guide, his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine.
  •  Required number of porters including all expenses with insurance.
  •  National Park permits.
  •  Medicine box, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
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  •  All our government taxes.
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Cost Excludes:
  • Food and extra night at hotel and activities whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance. (compulsory)
  • An Extra Tea , coffee , Juice, Soups.
  • International air fare.
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  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
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Best Time for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

The best time for this exploration of the west-central part of the Himalayas is during autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). These seasons are considered the peak season for any kind of high-altitude adventure in the country due to stable weather conditions, clear days, and warm temperatures. However, even though both of these seasons are the most popular season for the Dhalaurigi Circuit Trek as well, both of them have their own specialty that the trekking enthusiast look for.

For instance, the autumn season is known as the most pleasant season to do this trek due the the moderate temperature, stunning scenery, wide clear mountain vistas, and of course some of the grandest festivals in the country like Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath. Although this autumn sees fewer trekkers during the latter part of the season as the temperature above 4,000 meters starts to get cold, the morning and evening chill breezes and mild temperatures during the day make the outdoor adventures really refreshing. The temperature of the Dhaulagiri region averages around 15°C to 18°C during the season of autumn and if you are traveling during the late autumn, there are chances for occasional light snowfall in the higher regions.

Similarly, another popular trekking season for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is known as the natural paradise when the landscape of the whole region blooms and is brimming with life. The walking trails are decorated with colorful wildflowers and following the trail of lush wide varieties of rhododendrons, pines, and fir forests make up for the magical experience. As there are high chances of witnessing the endangered wildlife of the region, you might also be able to capture the perfect shot.

Furthermore, you will also have it much easier to acclimatize properly to the rising altitude due to warmer temperatures making the overall experience an unforgettable journey. The temperature of the Dhaulagiri region during the springtime can spike upto 25°C whereas the night and early morning temperatures can drop upto 5°C.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Difficulty

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Difficulty

This iconic expedition which explores the surroundings of the seventh-tallest mountain in the world doesn’t come easy. As one of the most exhilarating Himalayan expeditions that takes place at a high altitude and overcomes some of the most popular passes, the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek has been graded a ‘moderate to difficult’ adventure. However, you will still not require any kind of technical skills or will need prior trekking experience to do this trek. As the difficulty level is significantly higher than other trekking adventures in the country, if you want to do this Himlayan expedition, you will just have to adequately train to make the experience more enjoyable.

Although this beautiful trekking experience has been labeled as a ‘moderate to challenging’ trek, you need to understand the overall difficulty factors of this trek that contribute to the difficulty level.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Elevation Gain

With the significant altitude gain during any kind of high-altitude adventure, there is also the risk of altitude sickness. If not acclimatized properly, there is a high risk of altitude sickness as you ascend over an altitude of 2,500 meters. As the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek takes place at a higher altitude, you will have to be careful about elevation gain and how well your body is adapting to the rising altitude. Starting your adventure from Bein at 850 meters, you will move along the ascending trail with significant altitude-like Choriban Khola (3,110 meters), Italian Base Camp (3,660 meters), Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740 meters), and the highest elevation point of the entire trek French Pass at 5,360 meters.

As the high Himlayan passes in this trekking route are at significant altitudes, you will have to pay proper attention to the symptoms of altitude sickness and acclimatize properly so the experience becomes more enjoyable.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Route

Besides the challenging Himlayan passes along the trekking route in the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, you will also need to prepare to overcome the rugged off-beaten trails of the region. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is known as one of the longest and most demanding Himlayan trekking adventures, depending on the itinerary plans it lasts upto 17 days and more. So, in this long trekking adventure you will cover an approximate trekking distance of 6-7 hours on average during each day of the trek. It may not seem like a big deal for experienced and seasonal trekkers, however, traversing across the remote rugged trails at rising altitudes is not an easy feat. You will have to be well-prepared to overcome this difficulty factor as if you have to drag yourself from one point to another, the experience might not be that enjoyable.

Weather Conditions

The weather conditions at higher altitudes are generally unpredictable, however, during the off-season like winter (December to February) and monsoon (June to August) it is more challenging as well. If your trekking adventure aligns with any of these seasons, you might have to deal with several unfavorable factors that elevate the overall difficulty level of your adventure. The monsoon season is generally known for the heavy rainfall that most disrupts road transportation due to landslides and floods, so as the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is dependent on ground transportation the delays could really mess up the overall itinerary plans.

Furthermore, the slippery trails at higher altitudes are not the ideal time for the long days of trekking, especially those that cover ridges and steep segments.

As for the winter, the Dhaulagiri region is covered with snow, even on the normal trekking route you will have to put in extra effort to overcome the snowy trails. In addition to that, the extremely cold climate of the region drops to -17°C or lower making the acclimatization process harder. Although with the right gears and clothing, the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is doable throughout the year, the freezing cold makes even the accommodating challenging.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Remoteness

Without a doubt, the Himalayan adventures in Nepal are a remote exploration of the underdeveloped region, even the mainstream trekking routes don’t have that much infrastructural development. In comparison, in the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek which explores the secluded region of the wilderness, you can expect the services and amenities to be just on a moderate level. There isn’t any proper mode of transportation in the region, yaks, mules, and porters are the primary sources of transportation here, and the same goes for the medical facilities and other amenities of the urban settlements. In case of any emergencies or difficulties, you will have to totally rely on helicopter evacuation which of course doesn’t come cheap.

Training and Preparation for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Training and Preparation for Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

As the Dhalaugiri Circuit Trek is labeled as a ‘moderate to difficult’ adventure, you need to make an adequate amount of preparation to overcome the overall trek difficulty. At least a basic level of fitness and good health condition is recommended to do this trek, if you have any kind of medical conditions, you can consult your physician and trekking guide about the trek, whether you should do it or not. The minimum training period recommended for this epic Himalayan adventure is 6- 8 weeks, you don’t need to be in top physical shape for this adventure, however, you should train enough to handle 6-7 hours of trekking on the rugged off-road trails carrying your luggage.

That’s why, hiking practice on the natural landscapes is the top recommendation for any kind of high-altitude adventure. As the natural steep terrain stimulates the actual trekking setting of this Himalayan adventure, you will be able to actually overcome the steep segments on the actual trek with ease.

Moreover, the practice hike also gives you the opportunity to break into your hiking shoes, which is a very crucial factor when it comes to a long day of walking. Just make sure to carry the backpack during your practice with significant weight which will prepare you for carrying luggage during the trek. You will have to emphasize your training around strength and endurance training for the utmost result, here are some training exercises you can include in your training regime.

Strength and Endurance Exercises

  • Plank
  • Pull up
  • Push up
  • Squat
  • Weightlift
  • Bicep curl
  • Overhead press
  • Leg Press
  • Hammer curl
  • Bench press
  • Mountain climber
  • Calf raise
  • Step up
  • Deadlift

Cardiovascular Training Exercises

  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Jogging
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Burpee
  • Aerobics
  • Cardio

Is Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Right for Me?

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the most challenging trekking adventures in the Himalayas, due to its remote regions, high passes, steep and rough trekking trails, and high elevation makes it a challenging adventure.

However, with the right amount of preparation, anyone can successfully complete this trek, as the Himlayan adventures in Nepal are designed with enough acclimatization days, the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek also has enough acclimatization days so you properly adapt to the gradually inclining altitude.

Also, although the 6- 7 hours of trekking on average during each day of adventure may seem like a daunting challenge, the overall trekking is done at a slow pace. You will take your time slowly walking on the rugged trail and enjoying the magnificent vistas of the Himalayas, which is also very helpful for acclimatization.

With a success rate of over 90%, thanks to well-planned itineraries, you will easily be able to complete this adventure if you put in efforts to make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable. So overall, it all boils down to how motivated you are and how much preparation you have done to make this trek a success as even the trekkers above the age of 60 have successfully completed this exhilarating and thrilling trek.

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Mr. Subash K.C ventured into the tourism industry after completing his studies in Management Stream in 2001 at Tribhuvan University. Mr. K.C, born and brought up in the Lalitpur district, is keenly interested in exploring the different trekking routes. Getting the opportunity to work in the tourism industry helped him gather insights about trekking across Nepal. In addition, he also learned about customer care and group management.
By leading solo and group trekkers himself, he started collecting data about many trekking destinations in Nepal. He creates an enriching experience for national and international travelers through exceptional hospitality.

Apart from managing trekking and tours, Mr K.C also handles client inquiries, accommodation reservations, arrangements of transportation and flights, and other logistics. Recognizing the importance of personalized service, he proactively takes care of clients' needs and requirements. He is fluent in English and excels in organizing treks, tours, and adventure sports in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.

He is highly committed to promoting responsible tourism and prioritizes client satisfaction by providing top-notch service through his well-organized company. He believes that through responsible traveling, we can protect the natural environment and promote sustainability. He has expanded his knowledge by traveling to various countries worldwide, such as India, Bhutan, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Thailand, China, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, USA, Japan, UK, Canada etc and is passionate about exploring more destinations.

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