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Trekking in Nepal > Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

One of the more challenging treks to be taken in Nepal, the Dhaulagiri Circuit takes you right around the Dhaulagiri massif. Trek through areas that are uninhabited except for occasional herders or mountaineering expeditions. A unique experience.

The Dhaulagiri range lies to the west of the Kali Gandaki valley in Western Nepal. The main peak, Dhaulagiri 1, is the sixth highest peak on earth at 8172 metres above sea level. This trek takes you in a clockwise circuit around the main massif with the crossing of two high passes as the main challenge.

Most of the trekking route is along trails rarely traversed by trekkers. For seven days the route is completely away from permanent habitation through unspoiled forests and sub alpine pastures with two days spent travelling on a glacier before the crossing of the two high passes.

In this high remote wilderness there is always the chance of spotting rare and endangered wildlife. The area is home to snow leopard and blue sheep to name just two of the species that you may be lucky enough to sight.

Eventually the trail descends to the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki river where a short flight takes you back to Pokhara and the end of the trek.

Trek Facts

Duration of trekking : 28 days

Grade : Moderate / Hard

Type of Trek : Camping

Recommended season : Spring / Autumn / Winter

Trekking starting point : Kathmandu / Baglung

Trekking ending point : Pokhara

Maximum height : 5240 m.

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