Dhaulagiri Circuit is a challenging trek through high alpine pastures, high passes, and serene and uninhabited valleys. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m – the 7th highest mountain in the world. Everyone is familiar with the name Dhaulagiri, which is probably the best place for remote and adventurous trekking in Nepal.
Mount Dhaulagiri rises above the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki, and the circuit offers stunning views of the entire Dhaulagiri range. The Dhaulagiri Circuit Route was discovered in the 1950s by a French team, hence the French Pass, which leads to a lonely area known as the Hidden Valley. The rewards of this trek include a beautiful view of Tukuche Peak (6,920m), Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Dhaulagiri ii (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m) and Dhaulagiri V. (7,618m).
Dhampus Peak (6012m) is located in the northeast of the great Dhaulagiri massif in the Annapurna region. This 6012-meter-high peak is one of the non-technical climbing peaks and can also be a good beginning climbing option for aspiring mountaineers. Dhampus Peak climbing offers an incredible view of Tukuche Peak, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri, Sita Chuchura, Tukche Peak, Thorong Peak, Tangu Peak, Tsarste and Hongde Peak. We also discover the different quaint and cultural villages of Kaligandaki valley.
The trail to the mountain separates from the Hidden Valley camp after the French pass. Dhampus peak base camp is only a few hours away from the Hidden Valley camp and the only requires one day from the base camp to climb to the summit.
This is one of the non-technical peaks of the Himalayas and beginners with a bit of training during the climb can attempt the peak, but it required a good level of physical fitness.
Dhaulagiri Circuit trek with Dhampus Peak routes starts after an 8-hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Beni. From Beni, you head in a north-westerly direction through the villages of Babiachour. You pass the warm and vibrant villages of Darbang, Muri, and Choriban to the Italian and Dhaulagiri Base camps. On the route, you pass the high mountain passes like the French Pass and the Dhampus pass from where you descend to the Marpha and join the Annapurna Circuit.
The circuit trail makes its way through villages and terraced farmland, along rivers and gorges, and along glaciers and moraine. With time to acclimatize before tackling the high passes, there is plenty of opportunity to take in the magnificent mountain vistas.
- A stunning and challenging hike around Dhaulagiri, the 7th highest mountain on Earth
- Walk across the French Pass (5370m) and the spectacular Hidden Valley
- The Dhampus peak expedition has an amazing view of the Annapurna range and more
- Crossing two major high alpine passes the French Pass (5360m) and the Dhampus Pass (5200m).