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Ready for Adventure? The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Might Be for You

Ready for Adventure? The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Might Be for You

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek beckons a 16- to 20-day adventure around the Dhaulagiri massif, towering Mt. Dhaulagiri at 8,167 meters (26,780 feet). This trek isn't easy for beginners; it's famous as one of the toughest trekking trails in Nepal. Do you know it offers a true test of your endurance and physical training?

The Dhaulagiri Trek is worth enduring, offering you amazing views of the Dhaulagiri massif. Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m), and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m). Also, have views of Tukuche Peak (6,920m) and take an additional adventure of Dhampus Peak climbing.

Our adventure begins after you take a drive from Pokhara as we head to Darbang, our starting point. The trek allows you to explore delicious local cuisine In the Dhaulagiri range, stay at picture-perfect campsites after passing through charming villages.

Highlights of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

  • Trek around the Dhaulagiri massif of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 meters).
  • Dhaulagiri Circuit trek allows trekking into the remote wilderness at an altitude of up to 5500 m.
  • Surrounding peaks are Tukuche Peak (6,920m), Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m).
  • The trek provides remote accommodation like camping and teahouse trekking.
  • The Dhaulagiri Circuit requires quality climbing gear, a trekking permit, and an experienced trekking guide.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 2024/2025: The Challenge Awaits!

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek has its raw adventure. The Dhaulagiri Trail is the one that holds the breath of adventure seekers, offering unparalleled views and the ultimate test of your physical and mental fortitude. Prepare to be warmly welcomed by the local people of the villages of Myagdi, on the trail of Dhaulagiri.

As you prepare for the climb, it is best suited for those looking for a strenuous trekking experience at the base camp of the Eight Thousand Peaks. The trail rewards you with an authentic village experience, starting with the Magar community, and treats you to breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Prepare for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Teahouse, homestay, and camping trek: a beautiful journey blends on your sight to an off-beaten trail adventure in Dhaulagiri. The 7th highest peak in the world calls for a challenging expedition. You can take a bus ride up to Beni, which is 295 km from the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, via the Prithvi Highway and Mid-Hill Highways.

The verdant slopes on the way stream the joyous water cascade, with glistening pebbles, and the eyes can have a watchful glaze on the villages on the base of Dhaulagiri painted with natural greenery.

Start the journey with villages in Myagdi

After a 3 to 4-hour drive from Pokhara, you reach Thaliya Gaun of Myagdi, a village pass by Beni Bazar. Thaliya is the last spot that a four-wheeler can reach. You can begin your adventure of trekking from here onwards. As an option, one can commence the Dhaulagiri trek from Darbang (1,180m).

The Dhaulagiri round trip is a trek around lower-altitude villages and steep landscapes in the Myagdi district. From Thaliya Gaun, it takes around 1 hour of trekking to reach the destination of the day, Mudi Gaun.

On the banks of the Myagdi and Kali Gandaki rivers rests Mudi village. The locals of Dhaulagiri are full of life, and their way of life gives you a rough idea of the raw rural setting of the villages ahead.

Navigate the challenging Dhaulagiri alleyways and trails with an experienced trekking guide. The horse will carry your load in these villages, despite the lack of a well-maintained road in this area. As you choose your ultimate Dhaulagiri trekking route and progress, you reach charming villages with welcoming teahouses and friendly locals.

Risks of Snow Avalanches and Dhaulagiri village trip

There is a high chance of snow avalanches on the hillsides of the Dhaulagiri trail, so stay with the team with the needed caution. The Dhaulagiri circuit trek route passes quaint villages starting from Darbang, Muri, Khibang, Boghara, Dobang, Sallaghari, Italian base camp, glaciers camp, Dhaulagiri base camp, French pass, Hidden Valley, Dhampus Pass, and joins Marpha, Mustang, for further journey.

The path is slippery, with ascents and descents taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Dobang (2500 m) from Boghara. Unexpected rain increases the difficulty level but the journey to the root of the Dhaulagiri Himalayas is worth endeavoring.

Acclimatization stop in Dhaulagiri Circuit trek

The Italian Base Camp, nestled at 3,660 meters, serves as a crucial acclimatization stop on the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. It is an essential stopover spot on the west side of Dhaulagiri Mountain, where one can adjust to the increasing altitude.

Dhaulagiri Round trip, the root of the Himalayas, unprecedented changes in the steep lands, the Himalayan range passing, every 15 minutes you see cascading waterfalls—a really dangerous trail if you lack caution.

Accommodations in the Dhaulagiri Trek

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a combination of camping and tea house trekking. You can reside in the cozy lodges and tea houses from Beni to Italian Base Camp, but when you take a trekking route between Italian Base Camp and Alubari you need camping equipment. Learn how to camp and make the most of your camping-based accommodation, with a safe campsite for overnights.

Trekking pass in Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek offers you two passes over 5000 m altitude, with the most challenging trekking. The steep high passes, rough trekking trails, and high-altitude climbing are the specialties of the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek.

1. French pass (5,360m/17,585ft)

The highest point for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is French Pass, at an altitude of 5,360 m (17,585 ft) above sea level, with challenging steep sections and loose scree. The trail up to French Pass in Dhaulagiri brings the challenge associated with thin air and relatively steep and loose rocks, which might be a little tricky and require endurance training.

2. Dhampus Pass (5,250m/17,224ft)

Dhampus Pass is one of the high passes with a 5250 m elevation, an equally thrilling experience with less technicality and challenge compared to the French pass. This can lead you to the mountain north-east of Dhaulagiri, which is Dhampus Peak, 6012 meters (19724 feet) above sea level.

Trekking gear for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

The Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking leads you to have an enjoyable experience, but are you shopping right trekking gear? A sturdy waterproof trekking with good ankle support is everything.

Layer up for moisture-proof thermal, wind fleece, puffy jacket, and waterproof clothing for all weather conditions in the high altitude of Dhaulagiri. Pack quick dry clothes and also ensure you have a convertible for zip-off legs are a versatile option.

A good quality trekking boots, camp shoes sleeping bag, tent, and quality backpacks, with trekking poles. Carry water bottles to stay hydrated and get a first-aid kit, camera, high-energy snacks, and toiletries for your needs when trekking in Nepal.

Conclusion

The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek takes you Northwest from the city of tourism, Pokhara Nepal. The ultimate adventure in Dhaulagiri I, the seventh-highest peak in the world, is now possible with the standard trekking route, the best trekking agency and certified guides in Nepal.

Dhaulagiri Mountain is an important peak discovered in the early 1800s and is one of the toughest to conquer. Dhaulagiri trekking allows you to traverse through Chonbarden George. The 2024–25 season promises exceptional views and an unforgettable adventure for those who dare to take on this challenging yet rewarding trek. Are you ready to sign up for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?

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