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Dhaulagiri French Pass Trek – 16 days

Geographically the Dhaulagiri is a land of dramatic contrast.

Moving from the semi-tropical regions thick with ferns and forests, through hillsides ablaze with rhododendron, and into the alpine wilderness of snow capped peaks and glaciers. This is a tough, yet spectacular trek surrounded by the colossal peaks of Dhaulagiri. Much of the route is on snow and glacier as it crosses French Pass and traverses the head of Hidden Valley to cross Thapa Pass.

Some people have the idea that trekking is all sweat and hard work with no fun. This is far from the truth. Days are designed to be challenging, but not exhausting. When you choose the Dhaulagiri French Pass Trek , days begin with breakfast at the tea house you stay.  You will need to pack up your duffle bags before breakfast, as porters will set off early. To cover the magnificent sun rays that strike on the mountains, you will be on the trail by around 8 am. A lunch stop for a leisurely lunch will be around noon. Lunch usually takes about 2 hours, allowing plenty of time to explore the village or relax. The afternoon walk is shorter and you usually arrive around 4pm leaving time for excursions to nearby sites, nunneries, exploration of the village or simply relaxing with a book and catching up on your diary. Dinner is generally around 7pm.


  • Magar villages
  • World’s deepest Gorge – Kali Gandaki Valley
  • Stunning views of Annapurna I and III Machhapuchhare,Varhha Shikar and Kanshar kang.
  • Reach altitudes of over 5,400m
  • Peaceful lake side in Pokhara

Trip Details

Trek Grade: 4
Trek Code: RMT-DFT-16
Duration: 16 days
Trek Style: Tea House Trek
Best time to go: Year Round


Day 01:  Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (830m)
Day 02:  Trek Beni to Babichaur (1000m,  6 – 7 hrs)
Day 03:  Babichaur to Dharapani (1565m,  7 hrs)
Day 04:  Dharapani to Muri (1850m, 6 – 7 hrs)
Day 05:  Muri to Boghara (2050m, 7- 8 hrs)
Day 06:  Boghara to Dhoban (2630m, 6 hrs)
Day 07:  Dhoban to Italien Base camp (3500m, 6 – 7 hrs)
Day 08:  Rest  and Acclimatization day
Day 09:  Italian Base camp to Glacier camp (4250m, 5 hrs)
Day 10:  Dhaulagiri Base camp (4650m, 4 hrs)
Day 11:  Acclimatization day
Day 12:  Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col (4 hrs)
Day 13:  Hidden Valley Camp (5000m)
Day 14:  Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4200m/13,776ft, 6 hrs)
Day 15:  Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,715m, 7 – 8 hrs)
Day 16:  Jomsom to Pokhara by flight

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