Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one of the challenging high altitude trek in Nepal. It involves walking through the diverse terrain from tropical forest to high valleys to alpine and snowy barren landscapes; all with the back-drop of Himalayan peaks.
As it is challenging, you need to need to be prepared beforehand. Here are some FAQs of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek that might be useful for the trek:
What is the best time to trek Dhaulagiri Circuit?
Autumn (September – November) and spring (May – April) are the best time of the year for the trek. The temperate during this season is moderate and views are excellent. There are lots of ice at March making high altitude pass impassable. We suggest you not to head if the weather is unfavorable after French Pass.
How difficult is it to trek Dhaulagiri?
Dhaulagiri trek is rated as strenuous high altitude treks in Nepal. Trekkers have to cross 5,000m+ high passes and walk through remote and wilder trail for several days.
Altitude might be the serious problem in the trek. Walk in slow pace and ensure proper acclimatization. Tourism infrastructure is almost in zero condition above Italian Base Camp; meaning you have camp. The trail are often covered with snows which makes difficult to find the right trail.
Moreover, at some part there are no water source; in case available it is not healthy to drink. We suggest you to carry enough water and water purifier.
How fit do I need to be for this trek?
Trekkers need to be physically sound and attain positive attitude for the trek. It’s okay if you don’t have previous alpine experience. We suggest you to work-out some months prior the trip. Cardio training, leg exercise, weight training, running and swimming might be suitable exercise.
What to food is like on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?
Apart from some common international dishes, typical Nepali cuisine is all available along the trekking route. Daal Bhaat Tarkari is main Nepali course available followed by pasta, momo and pancakes.
The food served here are produced organically on farmland right there. No health concern.
Daal Bhaat and Tarkari is full of good calories which last long and keeps you fueled up. You can bring your favorite snacks and chocolate bars. Beer, soda, tea and lemon are available on every teahouse. But the food price rise up as the altitude rises.
As camping trek starts, all the foods are pre-arranged. You can ask the cook to prepare the food you like. Please mention the desired food prior the commencement of trip, as it should be carried by porter from the starting of the journey.
What the accommodation is like on Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek?
Round Dhaulagiri Trek is combination of teahouse and camping trek. We overnight at teahouse where available and camp if not. The teahouse offers basic services but the rooms are clean and bed are cozy enough for comfortable nights.
As camping starts, we will sleep inside the tent on sleeping bags which will be carried by the porters.
How much does the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Cost?
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek cost varies from agencies to agencies. To be straight, the cost might range from USD 2,800 – USD 3,500m.
The cost is highly influenced from the services offered like transportation, meals, accommodation, and equipment and so on.
Is it possible to trek Dhaulagiri Independently?
The quick answer is yes. But only if you are highly experienced trekkers. According to the report, the confusing trail of Dhaulagiri has claimed many life. The guide himself should be highly experienced; it’s not for all people.
We suggest you hire the best guide; why to risk the life?