Dhaulagiri Region

Mount Dhaulagiri 8167 meter high from sea level is the seventh highest mountain peak in the world that stands above the Kaligandaki valley in the central west of Nepal. Mt. Dhaulagiri is derived from Sanskrit 'Dhawala Giri' can be translated as 'White Mountain'. Dhaulagiri massif is separated from Annapurnas by Kaligandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. It comprises some 22 mountain peaks over 6000 meters. The main peak herein (Dhaulagiri 8167 meter) herein is very popular among mountaineers. It was first climbed by the Swiss expedition team in 1960.

To do this trek one must be physically fit with experience of hiking in high elevation. The trek requires some mountaineering equipment i.e. rope, ice axe, karabiner and so on because the trail leads trekkers through many high passes, rocky mountain ridges and dense forests. Furthermore the trail itself is wild with many ups and downs, and therefore our valued guests are sincerely suggested to personally be well equipped before starting the trek. In addition to, we provide common logistics and professionals to make the adventure a safe and successful.

The fully supported trek around Dhaulagiri massif is best started at Beni, the headquarters of Myagdi district. The trail follows the Myagdi River that drains the southern side of the Dhaulagiri massif passing through human settlements of Darbang, Muri and Bagar. Beyond Muri, the Myagdi River swings north and the landscape becomes much more rugged and sparsely populated. The tree line is reached just below the seat of Italian Base Camp 3660 meter. Located at the snout of the Chhongbarang Glacier, Italian Base Camp is an ideal place to spend as an acclimatization day exploring the hills around. The next two days are spent on the glacier, the second night being at Dhaulagiri Base Camp at 4780 meter, a rugged spot with some spectacular views of the western face of Dhaulagiri. From here the trail crosses French Pass at 5360 meters is the highest point of the trek. Descending French Pass the trail enters the lonely but fascinating area known as Hidden Valley. This place is one of the few true wilderness areas accessible to trekkers in Nepal. The valley stretches away to the north eventually narrowing to a rugged gorge that connects to Upper Dolpo. There are reports of some endangered species residing in this area including snow leopard.

From Hidden Valley the trail now crosses Dhampus Pass 5258m (sometimes known as Thapa pass). While not as high as French Pass, it is roughly 100 meters lower; Dhampus Pass has a status for bad weather which can make the crossing and descent a dilemma. All of staffs and trekkers must walk together and must be aware of health-condition, especially on the section between French pass and Dhampus Pass.

Having crossed Dhampus Pass the trail descends into the valley of the Kali Gandaki meeting the main trail at either Marpha or Tukuche. On the way down to the valley there are some spectacular views across Annapurnas and up is the barren land of Mustang.

We organize 2 treks in Dhaulagiri massif; (1) starting from Beni and ending at Jomsom, and (2) starting from Beni and ending at Pokhara. Details are given below.