About Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
Dhaulagiri Circuit is a strenuous trek through high mountain pastures, high passes, serene and undiscovered valleys. Mount Dhaulagiri is the 7th highest mountain in the world at an elevation of 8,167m. Dhaulagiri Circuit, also known as Dhaulagiri round, which is probably one of the best treks in the Nepal Himalaya.
Mt. Dhaulagiri rises above the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki, and the circuit offers a stunning view of the entire Dhaulagiri range. The Dhaulagiri Circuit route was discovered by the French group, hence its French Pass, which leads to a lonely region known as the Hidden Valley. The rewards of this trek are the spectacular views of views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Annapurnas and Nilgiri Himal.
Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking routes begin after an 8-hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Beni. From Beni, you head north-west through the villages of Babiachour. You pass through the warm and vibrant villages of Babiachour, Dharapani, Dobang and Muri to the Italian and Dhaulagiri Base Camp.On the route, you pass the high mountain passes like the French Pass and the Dhampus pass, from where you descend to the Marpha, Jomsom and join the Annapurna Circuit.
The trail passes through villages and terraced farmland, along rivers and gorges, along glaciers and moraines. With time to acclimatize before tackling the high passes, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Difficulty & Route
Dhaulagiri Circuit is a challenging trek, one of the hardest in Nepal—suitable for hikkers with previous hiking experience at altitudes above 5,000m. Optionally, Dhampus Peak climb (6,060m) requires basic mountaineering skills, such as knowledge of the use of ice axes and crampons.
For several days in a row are spent trekking snow above 5,000 meters, with no easy way down. Adding to the challenging cold—as this is a camping trek, there are no warm and comfortable lodges to relax to at night. The Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is not for beginner hikers or first-time travelers to Nepal, but those with more experience will find rewards high.