Dhaulagiri Circle - French Col Pass Trek Overview
The Dhaulagiri Circle Trek is considered to be one of the toughest and most challenging trekking trails. It is an off-beaten trail that goes around Mt. Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world. In comparison, the Dhaulagiri Circle Trek is similar to the Annapurna Circuit but with a lesser crowd.
The trek begins in a forested and terraced hilly area that is predominantly dominated by the Magar community and follows the Myagdi Khola to its source at the Chhonbardan Glacier just below Dhaulagiri.
Moving ahead through the dense forest and the quaint mountain villages, through the vast Dhaulagiri moraine, it takes several days till you cross the French Col (5360m) and enter the Hidden Valley. This is an extremely remote hanging valley which gives you a more of an expedition feel when you cross it. After you enter the valley, there is an option for you to take the summit of Dhampus Peak that is at an altitude of 6060 meters. You cross the Dhampus Pass and make a steep descent to Jomsom where you will find trekkers who have come from the Thorung La Pass on the Annapurna Circuit.
The trek ends here in Kathmandu. The Dhaulagiri Circle is a tough trek more suitable for trekkers who have earlier experience of trekking at altitudes above 5000m.
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