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The trek was great and on reflection, perhaps enjoyed it more than any other trek I’ve been on.
Helen Doughty (UK) | Kanchenjunga Circuit, Nepal

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  • Dhaulagiri Base Camp
  • View from Dharapani
  • Mountain view from Muri camp
  • Muri village
  • House in Muri village
  • Trail along Myagdi valley
  • Chonbarden Gorge
  • Walking in Chonbarden Gorge
  • Dhaulagiri Glacier
  • TMC group near Dhaulagiri BC
  • Approaching French Pass
  • Mount Dhaulagiri
  • Dhampus Pass
  • Summit of French Pass
  • Descending French Pass
  • Dhampus peak (6,060m)
  • Hidden Valley camp
  • Hidden Valley
  • View on day walk in Hidden Valley
  • Summit of Dhampus Pass
  • Descending Dhampus Pass
  • Kali Gandaki valley

Dhaulagiri Circuit via French and Dhampus Passes

This is a challenging trek around Dhaulagiri the world’s seventh highest mountain crossing two Himalayan passes.

Our Dhaulagiri Circuit trek in April and October 2017 are now both guaranteed to run, please get in touch soon with us soon if you would like to join this group.

There is an option to climb Dhampus Peak at an altitude of 6,060m for those with previous mountaineering experience. If you like to climb Dhampus Peak there is an extra charge to cover the cost of the climbing permit.

The Mountain Company has organised eight successful treks around Dhaulagiri Circuit since Spring 2008 for more information on these went please click on "View Trip Reports" button above.

Our leader Adrian Summers successfully trekked Dhaulagiri Circuit in October 2016 and has posted his superb photos in a slideshow online on Adobe Spark at "Dhaulagiri Round: Trekking around the Dhaulagiri massif crossing the French col and Dhampus pass" 

Dhaulagiri Circuit trek explores a wild, remote and off-the-beaten-track area of the Nepal Himalaya. The trek starts at Beni and then follows the Myagdi Khola river passing through beautiful Gurung villages with terraced fields framed by views of the Dhaulagiri massif. 

After walking up the narrow Chonbarden gorge towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp we then cross French Pass into Hidden Valley. After crossing Dhampus Pass we start the long descent to Jomsom and then at the end of the trek we fly out to Pokhara.

Click here for detailed explanation and discussion about how the different Classic Circuit treks in Nepal compare and the pros & cons of each one. 


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Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 21 days from Kathmandu
  • Leadership: Western-Led
  • Minimum Group Size: 5 people
  • Cost: 2017 -£2,395 (US$3,095 or €2,875) Dhampus permit is extra cost TBC 2018 -£2,395 (US$3,095 or €2,875) Dhampus permit is extra cost TBC
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • Internal flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and at the end of the trek from Jomsom to Pokhara and onto Kathmandu
  • All transfers including airport collections
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet, Hotel Manaslu and Hotel Ganjong in Kathmandu and in Pokhara at Hotel Trek O’Tel, Hotel Mount Kailash or Hotel Landmark.
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals included while on trek
  • Twin share tents while on trek using our three person Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1s 
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Western and Sherpa guides, porters and cook
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Dhaulagiri region from throughout the duration of this trek
  • Thuraya satellite phone for organising logistics and medical evacuations, it can also be also used for personal calls at extra cost
  • SPOT gps tracker with daily check ins published on SPOT Adventures map website
  • Complimentary Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking map
  • For financial protection of your booking before departure, UK residents will be issued an ATOL certificate and international clients will be covered by our financial protection insurance issued from International Passenger Protection
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Nepal Pre Trip Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu
  • If you like to climb Dhampus Peak there is an extra charge TBC to cover the cost of climbing permit
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • Nepal visa for 30 days
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
Trip Grade Strenuous

Trip Grade Strenuous

Suitability: a good choice for regular long distance hill walkers, very high level of fitness required. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.

1) Walking times: average 7 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky conditions possibly with exposed sections. May involve steep ascent and descent over mountain passes that could be snow covered.

4) Remoteness: usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Dates

  • October 8th to 28th 2017
  • April 15th to May 5th 2018
  • October 7th to 27th 2018
  • April 14th to May 4th 2019

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu 
  • Day 2Fly to Pokhara 
  • Day 3Drive to Beni and trek to Babachur (870m) 
  • Day 4Trek to Dharapani (1,470m) 
  • Day 5Trek to Muri (1,850m)  
  • Day 6Trek to Boghara (2,080m) 
  • Day 7Trek to Dobang (2,500m) 
  • Day 8Trek to Sallaghari (2,820m) 
  • Day 9Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660m) 
  • Day 10Rest and acclimatisation day 
  • Day 11Trek to Glacier Camp (4,200m) 
  • Day 12Rest and acclimatisation day at Glacier Camp 
  • Day 13Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,700m) 
  • Day 14Rest and acclimatisation day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp 
  • Day 15Trek via French Col (5,360m) to Hidden Valley (5,050m) 
  • Day 16Option 1: Exploration walk around Hidden Valley option 2: Optional ascent of Dhampus Peak (6,060m). 
  • Day 17Trek via Dhampus Pass (5,240m) to Yak Kharka (3,680m) 
  • Day 18Trek to Jomsom (2,670m) 
  • Day 19Fly to Pokhara & Kathmandu 
  • Day 20Sightseeing in Kathmandu 
  • Day 21Fly back home 
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