The Dhaulagiri Trek is a long trek that passes through high alpine pastures, uninhabited valleys, high windswept passes, forests, and cultivated terraced hills. Crossing two passes – the French Pass at 5,360m and Dhampus Pass at 5,200m, and including the Dhaulagiri Base Camp at 4,740m, this is a challenging trek which requires a high level of fitness. However, with good stamina and basic mountaineering skills, the rewards of this trek include stunning views of Tukuche Peak (6,920m), Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Dhaulagiri ii (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m), and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m).
Dhaulagiri rises above the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki, and the circuit route provides stunning views of the whole Dhaulagiri range. Discovered in 1808, standing at 8,167m, Dhaulagiri was thought to be the highest mountain in the world until 30 years later when Kanchenjunga took that honor; later to be taken away by Mount Everest! The Dhaulagiri Circuit route was discovered in the 1950s by a French team, hence the French Pass, which leads into a lovely area known as Hidden Valley.
The circuit trail makes its way through villages and terraced farmland, along rivers and gorges, and along with glaciers and moraine. With time to acclimatize before tackling the high passes, there is plenty of opportunities to take in the magnificent mountain vistas.
Why the Dhaulagiri Circuit 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.
Dhaulagiri Circuit trek via French Pass
Dhaulagiri Circle Trek is a trek that offers a magnanimous amount of Himalayan panorama finely blended with culturally rich settlements. Among many trekking routes in this region, the Dhaulagiri trek via French pass is the finest. The trek is quite challenging that goes through the off-beaten path and encircles Mt Dhaulagiri which is the seventh highest mountain in the world.
The trek begins from Beni which is the district headquarter of Myagdi and Magars and the main ethnic group living in the area. Following Myagdi Khola the trail goes through many settlements and thickly forested jungles through endless Dhaulagiri moraine for several days till you reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp. As we reach there we will get ourselves ready for crossing “French Pass (5630m)” which is the main highlight of the trip which ultimately leads us to Hidden Valley. This exhausting but straightforward pass is situated beneath the northern slopes of Dhaulagiri (8167m) offering a stupendous view of the Himalayas in the vicinity. We will stay overnight in the Hidden Valley and the next day we will trek down to Marpha in the Kali Gandaki Valley and cross the Dhampus pass. After crossing the Dhampus pass we will trek to Jomsom where the trek comes to an end.
Dhaulagiri Circuit trek via French pass is a typical trek that is ideal for those travelers who have high altitude trekking experience. The trail is no-nonsense and demands a great deal of physical and mental stamina. The most vulnerable and exhausting part of the trek is between the French pass and the Dhampus pass, so during that period, you should take good care of your health. Apart from this, it is adventure travel at its best- a superb trek in the most isolated regions of Nepal.