CIRCUIT OF THE WORLD’S NINTH HIGHEST MOUNTAIN
- Remote villages and valleys
- Across the French Col & Dhampus Pass
- Explore Dhaulagiri Base Camp
- The spectacular Hidden Valley
The circuit of Dhaulagiri and the crossing of the French Pass take us to the high peaks and remote valleys of the Nepal Himalaya. Beginning at Beni on the Kali Gandaki River, this spectacular trekking route ascends the lovely and unspoiled valley of the Myagdi Khola River which flows southwards from the heart of the Dhaulagiri Himal. After a week of walking, through an ever-changing landscape and numerous picturesque villages, we reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp and prepare ourselves for the crossing of the ‘French Pass’ (17,580 feet).This is a straight forward pass crossing lying beneath the northern slopes of Dhaulagiri (8167m), the world’s ninth highest mountain. The views from this perspective are simply sensational.
We will take a day to explore the mysterious ‘Hidden Valley’ before crossing the Dhampus Pass and making the long descent to Jomsom in the famous Kali Gandaki Valley. We will fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara and have two days for sightseeing and wandering the fun and colorful streets of Thamel. This is adventure travel at its best and a fantastic trekking experience in a little-visited region of Nepal.
The Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek (Camping Trip) is part of our Epic Himalayan Journey Series! These trips are led by one of our experienced trekking guides and represent the gourmet trekking offerings of the great Himalayan Range. We are also able to arrange this incredible trek starting on any day of the week during the months of April, May and mid-September through late October for groups of 2 to 12 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
Day 1. Arrive in Kathmandu. 4,265 feet. Met upon arrival. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2. Fly to Pokhara, drive to Beni and camp. 2 hours driving. Camp.
Day 3. Trek to Babichor (3,100 feet). 5 hours walking. Camp.
Day 4. Trek to Dharapani (4,825 feet). 6 hours walking. Camp.
Day 5. Trek to Muri (6,070 feet). 6 to 7 hours walking. Camp.
Day 6. Trek to Boghara (6,825 feet). 6 hours walking. Camp.
Day 7. Trek to Dobang (8,200 feet). 5 hours walking. Camp.
Day 8. Trek to Sallaghari (9,250 feet). 6 hours walking. Camp.
Day 9. Trek to Italian Base Camp (12,005 feet). 6 to 7 hours walking. Camp.
Day 10. Rest and acclimatization day.
Day 11. Trek to Glacier Camp (13,780 feet). 4 to 5 hours walking. Camp.
Day 12. Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (15,420 feet). 5 to 6 hours walking. Camp.
Day 13. Rest & acclimatization day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Day 14. Trek via French Col (17,580 feet) to Hidden Valley (16,565 feet). 8 hour walk. Camp.
Day 15. Exploring the Hidden Valley. Camp.
Day 16. Trek over Dhampus pass (17,190 feet) to Yak Kharka (13,900 feet). 8 hour trek. Camp.
Day 17. Trek to Jomsom (8,760 feet). 6 hours walking. Lodge.
Day 18. Fly to Kathmandu via a short stop in Pokhara. Hotel.
Day 19. Sightseeing in Kathmandu or contingency day on trek. Hotel or lodge.
Day 20. Transfer to the Kathmandu International Airport for our departure.