Dhaulagiri Circuit

15 Days

Trip Info

  • Hotel/Lodges
  • Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
  • Guided
  • English
  • 5360m
  • Bus,Cab


Dhaulagiri circuit trek is one of the longest and adventurous treks which takes us through all the high alpine pastures, uninhabited valleys, forests, cultivated terraced hills, and high windswept passes. This trek includes crossing two high passes the French pass (5360m) and the Dhampus pass (5200m), and the Dhaulagiri base camp at the height of 4740m. Mount Dhaulagiri is the world’s 7th highest mountain peak standing at an elevation of 8167m. The first group to ascend Mount Dhaulagiri was the Swiss expedition group in 1960 May 13. Dhaulagiri circuit trek is not only famous for its mountain views but also for its diverse culture, rich vegetation like pine, oak, ferns, etc. The stunning views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, III, and Dhaulagiri V are the major highlights of this trek. It is a long and more of a camping trek. Strong physical and mental fitness is a very important part of this trek. 

Temperature and weather– The average temperature of Dhaulagiri Circuit during the spring season (March-May) is around 2-7⁰C. During the autumn season (September-November) the average temperature is around 7 to -2⁰C. December-March are the coldest months with an average temperature of -2 to -6⁰C. 

Considering all the temperature, weather, and warmth the best or peak season to trek the Dhaulagiri circuit is in spring and autumn. The bearable temperature, the clear skies, and atmosphere, stunning views of Rhododendrons and mountains, the best condition of the trails, all features make these seasons best for trekking. Monsoon season is the rainy season which is why this is not an ideal season for trekking Dhaulagiri Circuit. The trails are slippery and muddy increasing the risk of landslides and floods. Winter Season is definitely the coldest one. The trails are sometimes blocked due to heavy snowfall. It is extremely cold which is below freezing point and is off-season for this trek. 

Food and accommodation– If you choose to trek the Dhaulagiri circuit, you must understand it is a sort of remote area place and no lodges, or hotels are available. This has to be a camping trek. There are very few teahouses where you have to share a room with other trekkers. The teahouses have very minimum facilities. Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, cooking gas, cooking utensils, etc are mandatory for this trek. Or, if you choose to travel with agencies they will manage everything for you including the tents, guides, porters, and a cook. You can also make some easy food like fried rice, porridge, noodles, eggs, etc. 

Transportation– The gateway for this trek is Beni. There are several buses available from Kathmandu to Beni which takes around 9 hours and cost you 1200-1400 NRS. From Beni, you need to walk Babiachaur, Dharapani, and further. 

You can also take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara which only takes 35-40 minutes and cost you around 3500-4000 NRS (30-40$). From Pokhara, there is not any flight and you need to take a drive or start your trekking. 

Guides and porters 

Dhaulagiri circuit trek is a long and tiring trek. It is important to have a professional guide. They have more than enough knowledge about the directions, villages, places, accommodations, etc. Guides usually charge 35-40 $ per day. If you are physically able to carry your belonging then there is no need for a porter. If you want to walk freely without any burden you can hire a guide. They usually charge 25-30$ per day. 

Electronics and communication– Dhaulagiri circuit is a camping trek. All the facilities like electricity, internet, and telephone are very limited or not available at all. There are satellite phones for emergencies. Extra batteries and power banks are very important in this trek.  

Permits and fees- 

Annapurna Conservation Area

NON-SAARC countries- 3000 NRS (30$), excluding VAT 

SAARC countries- 1500 NRS (15%), excluding VAT. 

TIMS- 1000 NRS (10$)

 All the permits are available in Nepal Tourism Board

Safety and difficulties of EBC 

Dhaulagiri circuit trek can be quite challenging and difficult. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to the Dhaulagiri circuit is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 15 days. This reason solely is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, may be snowy in off-seasons. There are two high passes in this trek French pass (5360m), Dhampus pass (5200m) including the base of Mount Dhaulagiri (4740m) itself. There is a high risk of mountain sickness. The primary cause of altitude sickness is a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. It’s important to carry handheld oximetry. Oxygen saturation below 75% may be a risk.

*Symptoms of Mountain sickness



-Loss of appetite

-Shortness of breath

-Fast heartbeats

*Preventing mountain sickness 

-Walk slow

-Stay hydrated

-Have nutritional food 

-Have enough rest

-Avoid smoking and alcohol 

*Medicines for mountain sickness 


-Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)

-Promethazine (for nausea) 

Other requirements

Travel insurance– Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month. 

 Visas/passports– If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months. 


  • Pass through high places like French Pass and Dhampus Pass
  • Camp in the base of the 7th highest mountain peak in the world which is Mt. Dhaulagiri
  • Panoramic view of Dhaulagiri massif
  • Explore the hidden valleys of Manang.



Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • 2 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis
  • Guesthouse/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in a 2-bedroom) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic air ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)
  • Domestic airport Tax
  • "Farewell dinner "before your departure from Nepal.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee
  • Tips for guides and porters


How difficult is the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is considered challenging due to its rugged terrain, high altitudes, and technical sections. Trekkers should have prior high-altitude trekking experience and be physically fit.

What permits are required for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?

Trekkers need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. Additionally, if entering the Dhaulagiri Restricted Area, a special permit is required.

Is it possible to do the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek independently?

While some experienced trekkers choose to do the trek independently, it is advisable to hire a guide and/or porter for better navigation, support, and safety, especially considering the challenging nature of the trek.

What are the accommodation options during the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?

Accommodation along the trekking route includes teahouses or basic lodges in villages. Camping is often required in some sections of the trek, and trekkers need to carry their own camping equipment or hire a trekking agency that provides it.

Are there any health risks associated with the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?

Altitude sickness is a potential risk due to the high elevations. Trekkers should acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of symptoms. Adequate physical fitness is essential for the challenging terrain.

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