Trek & Tour

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an extremely adventurous trip around the massive Dhaulagiri range in western Nepal. It is the most challenging, relatively long, and beautiful remote off-beaten trek in Nepal. This trek goes round the  Dhaulagiri Mountain. Dhaulagiri is one of the most popular 8000-meter Peaks for climbing in the Himalayas. The seventh-highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri, lies north-west of Pokhara, culminating at its highest point at the eastern end. Dhaulagiri is almost unique in the world in terms of its rise above local terrain, where it rises to 7000m over the Kali Gandaki gorge to the south-east in about 30 km of aerial distance. In fact, Kali Gandaki is dramatic, as two eight thousand Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri both stand near the river, facing each other over a deep valley.

The Dhaulagiri, standing at an impressive height of 8,167 meters, is the seventh highest mountain in the world. The name “Dhaulagiri” translates to “White Mountain” in Sanskrit, which perfectly describes its snow-covered peaks that glisten under the sunlight. The first successful ascent of Dhaulagiri was made in 1960 by a Swiss-Austrian. Dhulagiri Base Camp offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. The base camp serves as a starting point for trekkers and mountaineers looking to conquer the majestic Dhaulagiri. The weather at Dhaulagiri Base Camp is extremely unpredictable. Situated at an altitude of 4,750 meters, the base camp experiences harsh conditions, including strong winds, low temperatures, and frequent snowfall. Climbers as well as trekkers should have to get proper gear and equipment for Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Book your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek with us! Shangri-La Voyages Team

21 Days
Trip Type: Camping accommodation
Difficulty Level: Moderate to fairly challenging
Best Seasons: Mar - May, Sept - Nov
High Altitude: 17160ft/5200m
Trip Duration: 21 Days
Group Size: Min 04 pax
Meals: Kathmandu on BB basis
Trip Start: From Kathmandu
Trip End: Kathmandu
Activity Trekking & sightseeing
Accomodation: Hotel and camping accommodation
On Trek: Full board
Transportation: Flights and private vehicle

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01
    Arrival in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02
    Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Day 03
    Drive to Pokhara.
  • Day 04
    Drive to Darbang (5-6 hrs) and start trek to Dharapani (3-4 hrs) / 1560m.
  • Day 05
    Trek to Muri (6-7 hrs) / 1720m.
  • Day 06
    Trek to Bagar (6-7 hrs) / 2080m.
  • Day 07
    Trek to Dobhan Kharka (5-6 hrs) / 2520m.
  • Day 08
    Trek to Sallaghari (5-6 hrs) / 2820m.
  • Day 09
    Trek to Italian base camp (5-6 hrs) / 3660m.
  • Day 10
    Rest Day.
  • Day 11
    Glaciar camp (5-6 hrs) / 4200m.
  • Day 12
    Rest Day.
  • Day 13
    Dhaulagiri Base Camp (5-6 hrs) / 4750m.
  • Day 14
    Trek to Hidden Valley 5140m via French pass 5360m (5-6 hrs).
  • Day 15
    Exploration walk Day.
  • Day 16
    Trek to Alu bari ( 6-7 hrs) / 3900m
  • Day 17
    Trek to Jomsom (4-5hrs) / 2670m.
  • Day 18
    Fly to Pokhara and Siteseeing.
  • Day 19
    Fly to Kathmandu.
  • Day 20
    Rest Day in Kathmandu.
  • Day 21
    Depart Kathmandu

Includes & Excludes

  • Meet, assisted upon arrival at Kathmandu by our office representative.
  • All arrival / Departure transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • 03 Nights twin/double room accommodation with breakfast at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 02 Nights twin/double room accommodation with breakfast at 3 star hotel in Pokhara.
  • Fully organize camping trek including all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea and coffee and hot water including guide and necessary support staffs with their insurance and salaries.
  • Necessary trek transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary with our local English speaking guide including monumental entrance fees.
  • Airfare for the sector Pokhara / Kathmandu with domestic airport tax and necessary airport transfers.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System fee.
  • Surface transfers Kathmandu / Pokhara with necessary vehicle retention.
  • First Aid Medical Kit box.
  • Applicable hotel taxes presently 24.3%
  • Any meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International air fare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
  • Items and expenses of personal nature.
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
  • Personal Trekking Equipments.
  • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
  • Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, landslides, domestic flight delays due to weather, political disturbance and strikes etc.
  • Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusion.
  • Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
  • Tipping amount.


Recommended trekking equipment and clothing.
The clothes you bring should be able to protect you from both the heat of the days and the cold of the nights. During daytime trekking at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking pants and shirts are recommended. It is always a good idea to bring a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothes, as the mountain weather is very unpredictable. For cold nights, thermal clothing, a warm fleece jacket and even a down jacket will help keep you warm.

warm hat/balaclava
Beautiful at night, essential hats for cold trekking days.

Neck gaiter
For winter trekking they really are the best for keeping warm!

Sun hat
A baseball cap is ideal. Bring plenty if you like to change colors every day or not. A wide-brimmed sun hat is also good.

Suitable for snow, it’s a lot of light up there, but you don’t need special glacier goggles with side pieces. Contact lens wearers report very few problems except cleaning them in the conditions. Ski goggles are unnecessary.

Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen
The sun is strong at altitude, especially after the snow. Bring sunscreen with at least SPF 30 PA+ and lip balm with SPF 15 or higher

A small tube for sensitive or well-cared skin. The air is dry and the sun is strong.

Fleece jacket/vest
Most hikers consider this essential, but alternatives are a thick thermal shirt or light jacket. In Kathmandu you can get almost any type of fleece you need.

Down jacket
Almost essential for cold afternoons. A down jacket is the best option.

Thermal shirts/underwear
Good thermals, both at the top and at the bottom, are one of the secrets for the comfort of trekking in cold climates. Expedition weight thermals are the most versatile and can be worn as a high altitude trekking top or under pants on extremely cold days. Zip-up tops are great for changeable weather.

Sleeping bag
Silk weight is the lightest and warmest, mid weight is perfect. Ideal for nights in the sleeping bag!

Shirt of the day
T-shirts are popular, but a cotton shirt or blended-thread travel shirt is more versatile. The collar protects the neck and the sleeves can be rolled up or down. Take two or three so you can swap wet for dry.

Great for chilly evenings, thicker is better and readily available in Kathmandu.

Trekking pants
You will live in these. Light, loose, dark-colored material is best. You can get by with just one pair, although two are better.

Wind pants
If your trekking pants are reasonably windproof, then special windproof pants are not needed. If you bring a pair, it is not necessary to have Gore-tex. Similarly, non-waterproof is quite fine.

For a happy walk you need comfortable feet. Good boots have: good ankle support, plenty of toe room for long descents, a stiff sole to decrease twisting, and are lightweight because you lift the boot with each step. Look at the inner lining: leather is good, and Cambrelle is even better, a material that eats up stinky bacteria on your feet. Good light trekking boots or all light leather boots are perfect. Boots should be worn lightly before the hike and this should include some steep hills to show any trouble spots before the hike. The longer the hike, the better boots you will need. If you are not a climber, consider carefully if you need them or not, since you will only use them for trekking. Do not bring sandals or leather boots for trekking.

On the field, your feet will be warm or even hot while you walk, so high-quality cotton-blend athletic socks are best. Three or four pairs are enough. Thick trekking socks are best for higher altitudes and cool nights. Most modern hiking boots fit large feet perfectly, but wearing many pairs of socks at the same time is impractical.

Duffel bag
All trekking equipment carried by porters or horses must be packed in a sturdy backpack. The best thing is a simple design, without wheels and without folding handles.

This should be comfortable and most importantly a good waist band that transfers some of the weight to the hips. It should be big enough to meet your basic needs, such as a jacket, fleece blanket, water, camera, etc.

Trekking sticks
Definitely useful, especially in steep and rugged terrain, but if you’re not used to using them, you can get by without them.

A good pair of warm, windproof gloves is essential. Available in Kathmandu at a low price if you don’t have a pair.

Water bottle
It must be leak-proof, hold a liter or more, and be able to drink boiling water. The best are Camelback, Nalgene or a similar brand, or European fuel bottles. You need at least 1 bottle of water in addition to a hydration system. Bottled water is also available in Kathmandu.

First aid box
Please note that our guide will also carry a basic first aid kit during the trek. However, we still recommend that you bring your personal first aid kit along with any personal medications you may be using.

Snacks and nutrition
You will want healthy snacks and vitamin tablets. Chocolate bars, dried fruit bars and dried fruits are readily available at the major department stores in Kathmandu. Whole foods are nutritious and provide energy.

This list is only a guide. Use your experience and the features listed to find the best equipment for you.

Please note:
Tight, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra, can often be offensive to locals, especially women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Notes

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