French Col (5360 m) / Dhampus Peak (6012 m)
Min. 2, Max. 12
Private Vehicle / Flight
Sept - Dec & Feb - May
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.
Till 1848, Mt. Dhaulagiri was considered to be the highest mountain in the world. But then from 1848-1852 Kanchenjunga took its place and since 1852 Mt. Everest is renowned as the highest mountain in the world. Now Dhaulagiri stands as the 7th highest mountain at an altitude of 8,167 meters above sea level.
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. This trek is to the west of the Annapurnas and starts from Pokhara 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's 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 rather than trekking back to the Pokhara. The Dhaulagiri Circle is a tough trek more suitable for trekkers who have earlier experience of trekking at the altitudes above 5000m.
Why Dhaulagiri Circle – French Col Pass Trek
- The most Popular seventh highest mountain in the world.
- Visit a wild, remote and off-the-beaten-track area of the Nepal Himalaya.
- The perfect destination for remote and adventurous trekking in Nepal.
- Mouthwatering and panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, and V.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and Drive to Beni
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,470m)
Day 05: Trek to Muri (1,850m)
Day 06: Trek to Boghara (2,080m)
Day 07: Trek to Dobang (2,350m)
Day 08: Trek to Sallaghari (3,010m)
Day 09: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660m)- 3/ 4 hours Walk
Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day.
Day 11: Trek to Glacier Camp (4,200m) - 4/5 Hrs Walk
Day 12: Rest & Acclimatization day at Glacier Camp (4,200m).
Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m) - 4 hours walking.
Day 14: Rest & Acclimatization day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Day 15: Trek to Hidden Valley (5,050m) via French Col (5360m) - 7/8 hours Walk
Day 16: Option 1: Exploring/ walk around Hidden Valley.
Day 17: Trek over Dhampus Pass (5,240m) to Yak Kharka (3,680m) - 9 to 10 hours trekking.
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom (2,670m), 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 19: Flight to Pokhara
Day 20: Fly / Drive to Kathmandu (30Min Flight and 6/7 Hrs Private Drive)
Day 21: Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trek.