A trek for those who want a physical high altitude challenge! A three in one package: a circuit of Dhaulagiri (8167m) via the French Pass (5360m) and the Hidden Valley among dazzling white mountains. This is a trek through a wild & mostly uninhabited region in some wild and remote landscapes.
The Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) trek is not for beginners. It also as known as "The white mountain" and is the 7th highest mountain in the world that sits entirely within the borders of a single country - Nepal. Ascending through the French Pass at 5360 meters will test the resolve of the more serious trekker.
Dhaulagiri derives from the Sanskrit word (dhawala) means dazzling, white, beautiful and (Giri) meaning mountain. Dhaulagiri 1 is also the highest mountain in the Gandaki river basin.
Annapurna I (8091m) lies 34 km to the east of Dhaulagiri. The Kali Gandaki River flows between the two in the Kaligandaki Gorge, said to be the world's deepest gorge. The town of Pokhara is south of the Annapurnas and is an important starting point for treks in this region.
It was not until 1960 that a Swiss expedition finally climber the mountain. Maurice Herzog, the famous mountaineer initially planned to climb Dhaulagiri but after serious consideration gave up the idea due to the difficulty of the climb. Instead he and his expedition climbed Annapurna I instead.
This is a mountain climbers dream, challenging, yet rewarding with some of the most spectacular mountain views anywhere on the planet.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may not find comfort and better quality teahouses - without the attached bathroom at until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek.
This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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