Dhaulagiri and Annapurna are the adjoining Himalayan ranges in western Nepal. Dhaulagiri’s name comes from Sanskrit, which means white mountain. Interestingly, Mount Dhaulagiri was considered as the world’s highest mountain until 1852. It is one of the most challenging treks of Nepal and lies in the restricted areas of Nepal. Thus, it is less explored, and very few trekkers opt for Dhaulagiri trekking. The route follows an icy path along the deepest gorge of the world, Kali Gandaki. There are two high passes, the French Pass (5360m) and Dhampus Pass (5240 m), which requires a lot of energy, dedication, and stamina. The experienced Mountain Guides from Himalayan Circuit are always there to assist you further.
Along with the high passes, Dhaulagiri has three more base camps. The first base camp is the Italian Base camp at 3660m. This is the first acclimatization camp from where you trek heads further to Glacier camp ( 4200m) and to Dhaulagiri Base camp ( 4700 m ) where you are supposed to acclimatize yourself before crossing the high passes. After crossing Dhampus camp, you will be able to meet fellow trekkers who have completed the Annapurna Round in Jomsom. Share the beautiful moments from these two most beautiful and challenging treks in the Himalayas.
The trekking is equally beautiful while passing through the different villages from the different ethnic groups, such as Magars, Gurung, and Thakalis. All of the local people share their own customs and traditions. The path through the Rhododendron, Pine, and Bamboo forests are the specialities of the trekking trails in Nepal. You may encounter wildlife like the Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, Musk Deer, and Leopards. Various species of birds sing beautiful melodies throughout the trip.
Every adventure in the Himalayas is worth experiencing and has its own specialty. Get ready for the biggest adventure of your life and explore the hidden Himalayas.
By: Jane Ridley