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Dhaulagiri Circuit via the French Pass

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal

Visit: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Dhārāpāni̇̄, Sibang, Naura, Sallaghari, Dhaulagiri basecamp, Kali Gandaki Valley, Jomsom, Pokhara, Kathmandu

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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Amongst the peaks and high valleys of the Nepal Himalaya there are several long and demanding trekking routes and this real adventure holiday tackles one of the best and most challenging of these - the circuit of Dhaulagiri via French Pass and the Hidden Valley. This is a classic adventure trekking holiday for those with previous high altitude trekking experience, which includes a taste of all of the trekking environments that Nepal has to offer. Beginning at Beni on the Kali Gandaki River, this superb trekking route ascends the lovely and unspoiled valley of the Myagdi Khola, which flows southwards from the heart of the Dhaulagiri Himal.

After 8 days of walking, through an ever-changing landscape, with numerous picturesque villages, we reach Dhaulagiri Basecamp and prepare ourselves for the crux of our route - the crossing of the French Pass' (5360m). This tough, but technically straightforward pass lies close beneath the northern slopes of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and the mountain views on our ascent and descent are simply sensational. We have a day to explore the remarkable Hidden Valley' before crossing the Dhampus Pass and making the long descent to Marpha in the Kali Gandaki Valley. Flying back to Pokhara from the airstrip at Jomsom, we have time to enjoy this lakeside town, before returning to Kathmandu. This is adventure travel at its best - a brilliant trek in a rarely-visited part of Nepal.

Highlights

    • A trekking holiday off the beaten track in the Nepal Himalaya
    • Trek the French Pass (5370m) and into the spectacular Hidden Valley
    • Superb views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna ranges
    • Excellent Kathmandu hotels, including the Shanker and the Shangri-La

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 125182
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 18 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • Foam camping mattress
  • Once on trek the group will be assisted by porters and a local guide
  • FREE sleeping bag
  • down jacket and climbing gear hire is available for this holiday on request

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $3,440 ($191/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

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Nepal Dhaulagiri, French Pass, Hidden Valley, Beni, Kali Gandaki River, Myagdi Khola, Dhaulagiri Himal, Kali Gandaki Valley, Pokhara, Dhola Valley, Dhola Khola, Bhainsi Kharka, Tsaurabong Peak, Tukuche Peak, Jomsom, Machhapuchare, Fish Tail, Kathmandu
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Martin J  

Support crew magnificent in very remote and difficult terrain.Everything went remarkably well overall in Nepal. The guide gave us great confidence throughout and made sure everything ran well. Contributed to great overall experience. Most enjoyed - Fantastic Himalayan Scenery.

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Elaine D  

Pokhara accommodation first class. Kathmandu base great as well, but Pokhara hotel surpassed this with super food and friendlier staff. Still each hotel was brilliant to come back to - the bathrooms were better in the hotel in Pokhara (Hotel Barahi) however. Difficult not to end up flooding the bathroom in the Hotel Shanker which wasn't something I intended. Food on trek was excellent, and equivalent if not better to that on the many treks and climbs I've done before. The crew (porters, cook, sirdar) brilliant and it helped particularly that the trek leader was fluent in Nepali - good cooperation between crew and trek leader. Pity there was not more time to stop and investigate the Hidden Valley - would likely recommend driving further on to start the trek beyond Beni. Worry about rockfall in a couple of areas meant that helmets would really have been a wise addition to the kit. Over 11 years I've been led by about 12 trek leaders and some are efficient, some are simply friendly but don't involve you much, some are more stand-offish. So I have experienced a variety of leadership styles but rare to get someone who has a mix of all that's needed. Val, was, in my opinion great. Had all the aspects of leadership roled into one. I enjoyed this holiday very much (mind you having dinner in minus 15 isn't fun but then I expect such things on these types of trips!). Happy that my love of high altitude trekking was satisfied. I love Nepal anyway .

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Alex V  

Val is a great trip leader, with lots of knowledge of the Nepalese people. I like the fact that this trip was not overly commercialized. The views and scale of the mountains we saw was impressive. The day over the french pass is one of the best days of hiking I've ever had. Another great day was the walk through the forest to Chartare.

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David C  

Our leader is a great trip leader, very knowledgeable and very sociable. Great support by our trek crew. Great food produced by our trek cook. Most enjoyed - Off the beaten track trekking - few other trekkers.Good weather.Great mountain scenery.

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Charles  

This was a great trek, with beautiful mountain scenery, and almost mediaeval villages along the way. The 3 days over the French pass, in the Hidden Valley, and over the Dhampus pass were hard but stunning. Negatives - the porters were pretty mischievous at first, the rest days at the highest altitudes didn't work out, the beds in the 'hotel' in Jomsom were rock hard, and the dust in the Kali Gandaki was seriously heavy duty. But all is indelibly seared into the memory banks, including a huge lammergeyer passing 10ft overhead to check us out.

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Michael  

Enjoyed our time on the trek - the flights and arrangements worked well and the trek leader (apologies for spelling) was charming, efficient and very knowledgeable. He really did his best to make the trip go well! The issues he had to deal with - some dodgy porters early on replaced by donkeys, difficulty with too small camping sites etc., he dealt with quietly and efficiently. The catering team were excellent - never easy to cater for 13 Westerners at 17000 feet but they did well! I don't want to see another egg for a while but hey hoe! Things that could be avoided - the route description is not very accurate and could do with updating, the camp sites notably the Japanese camp is too small and the Dhaulagiri camp uncomfortable. Marpha was a charming village unlike Jomsom which was anything but! Dust was a predominant feature of the last few days, sadly our flight out of Jomsom was cancelled so we had an 8 hour very dusty mini bus trip that is not recommended but sadly unavoidable in the circumstances! The last day was rather clouded by the 'Katmandhu Trots' so we left with relief! To be recommended but not for the faint hearted!

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Judith  

This trip was everything I hoped it would be - as the walking starts low there is time to enjoy walking through the beautiful villages and terraced farmland which still feels like real Nepal. Once you are up in the high mountains the scenery gets more spectacular by the day! Although there are some long walking days, we also had a number of half days and rest days which meant you could really enjoy being in each camp. Once over the Damphus Pass, the terrain is different again and the views of Annapurna are amazing. The village of Marpha at the end of the trek is a real gem. As we were unable to fly out of Jonsom we had a long bus ride out on local buses which was very spectacular but not for the feint hearted! Jo, our trek leader, was absolutely fantastic - I can not praise her enough - and coupled with the friendly local crew they really made this a trip to remember.

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Elaine D  

Pokhara accommodation first class. Kathmandu base great as well, but Pokhara hotel surpassed this with super food and friendlier staff. Still each hotel was brilliant to come back to - the bathrooms were better in the hotel in Pokhara (Hotel Barahi) however. Difficult not to end up flooding the bathroom in the Hotel Shanker which wasn't something I intended. Food on trek was excellent, and equivalent if not better to that on the many treks and climbs I've done before. The crew (porters, cook, sirdar) brilliant and it helped particularly that the trek leader was fluent in Nepali - good cooperation between crew and trek leader. Pity there was not more time to stop and investigate the Hidden Valley - would likely recommend driving further on to start the trek beyond Beni. Worry about rockfall in a couple of areas meant that helmets would really have been a wise addition to the kit. Over 11 years I've been led by about 12 trek leaders and some are efficient, some are simply friendly but don't involve you much, some are more stand-offish. So I have experienced a variety of leadership styles but rare to get someone who has a mix of all that's needed. The guide, was, in my opinion great. Had all the aspects of leadership roled into one. I enjoyed this holiday very much (mind you having dinner in minus 15 isn't fun but then I expect such things on these types of trips!). Happy that my love of high altitude trekking was satisfied. I love Nepal anyway .

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