Dhaulagiri Circuit via French Pass

An authentic off-beat adventure, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek explores the discreet Hidden Valley to the north of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). Challenging the adversities of the remote Dhaulagiri region, the trek visits several base camps including Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Also, the trekking route traverses across a variety of trails from glacial moraines to steep rock beds. Moreover, the culture and heritage of the Thakali community offer joyful breaks on the journey.

Apart from being the 7th highest mountain in the world, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) is also a difficult expedition in the Himalayas. The mountain itself lies to the west of the Annapurna range and Kali Gandaki River Valley. All in all, the region around the Dhaulagiri range houses many natural wonders. One of the treks that explores the Hidden Valley and the esteemed base camps is Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek starts at Darbang and heads west before following an ascending trail due north. Passing Muri and Dobhan, you reach the Italian Base Camp. Here, you acclimatize for a day and continue to Glacier Camp. This is the second acclimatization spot on the trek. Further, you head to Dhaulagiri Base Camp with the view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). Crossing over the French Col Pass (5367m), you enter the glorious Hidden Valley. As you spend a day exploring the valley, you also have the option to climb the Dhampus Peak (6012m). Finally, the trek over the Dhampus Pass (5225m) will take you to Jomsom. For the last part of the trip, you can explore Pokhara and Kathmandu.

Experience Required

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a strenuous journey across off-beat trails in western Nepal. So, trekkers must be at the peak of their physical condition and mental fortitude. If you choose to climb Dhampus Peak (6012m), you might also need skills in using climbing equipment. Similarly, we include ample time to acclimatize to the high altitude. Also, the autumn season (September to November) and spring season (March to May) is the best time for the trek.

Please contact us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates as well as the optional to climb Dampus peak.

01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m) & transfer to hotel
02 Flight to Pokhara (890m)
03 Drive to Darbang (1,155m) via Beni
04 Trek to Sibang (1,860m)
05 Trek to Naura (2,150m)
06 Trek to Darbang (2,510m)
07 Trek to Sollagari (2,820m)
08-09 Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660m) & Acclimatization day
10-11 Trek to Glacier Camp (4,170m) & Acclimatization day
12 Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,700m)
13 Cross the French col Pass (5,367m) into the hidden valley
14 Optional to climb Dampus peak (6,060m)
15 Trek to Yak Kharka via crossing Dampus pass (5,255m)
16 Trek to Jomsom (2,670m) or option to Marpha
17 Flight to pokhara
18 Back to Kathmandu
19 Depart from Kathmandu

Fixed Departure Dates

Start / Finish Availability Days Price Book
20/03/2022 - 10/04/2022 Guide: Guaranteed 21 $ 3,150
03/05/2022 - 24/05/2022 Guide: Space 21 $ 2,850


  • Airport pick up drop in Kathmandu
  • 2 nights at 4-star Hotel in Kathmandu (Twin sharing, B&B basis)
  • 2 nights at 3-star Hotel in Pokhara (Twin sharing, B&B basis)
  • Tea house accommodation-twin sharing basis during trek
  • Member & staff domestic airfare: Kathmandu-Pokhara- Kathmandu with tax 
  • One way Jomsom to Pokhara flight with airport tax
  • Member luggage- up to 15 kg each member for personal baggage carry by porter
  • 3 Meals Plan: (Breakfast, lunch & dinner) during trek for member and staffs
  • Trekking permit, entrance fees & national park fees
  • Experience Sherpa guide
  • Porter: Trekkers to porter on 2:1 ratio
  • Assistant guide in every 4 trekkers
  • All Nepali staffs and porters’ insurance and daily wages
  • Welcome & farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Not Included

  • International airfare to/from KTM
  • Nepal visa fees: Multiple entry 30 days - USD 40
  • Lunch and dinner while staying in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance & personal medical expenses
  • Personal expenses like extra drinks and snacks, hot showers, mineral waters, laundry
  • Tips for guide & porters (recommended)
  • Helicopter rescue evacuation costs – if required
  • Costs related with trip finishing early or you leaving trek early
  • Single room supplement $ 220 (extra)
  • Personal equipment hire e.g. Down jacket, sleeping bag.etc (available at extra cost)
  • Additional nights hotel in Kathmandu
Destination: Nepal
Activity level: Strenuous
Best Season: Apr-May & Sept-Nov
Max altitude: 5,367m
Group Size: 2-12 People
Accommodation: Hotel,lodge+Camp

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