|Following a route initially pioneered by the veteran French climber Maurice Herzog, this trek around the massif of Dhaulagiri is as challenging and remote as any in Nepal.
We begin this trek with a 6 hour drive to Pokhara - the road folling the Trisuli and Marsyandi river. Pokhara is Nepal most scenic lake town settled at the opposite banks of Seti river which flows underground. The mountain views of the Annapurna, Machhapurchrey Himla ranges in the north from here is breathtakeing! From Pokhara, our route heads up the Marsyangdi river valley passing through several market towns settled along its fertile banks, to reach the south-western flanks of Dhaulagiri. At 8167m./26795ft. Dhaulagiri is a very impressive mountain noted for its sheer vertical and massive south face that dominates the Marsyangdi river valley.
Arriving at Dhaulagiri, we camp near the expedition base camp (4750m./15583ft.) and observe routes that climbers have chosen to get to the summit. After summiting this formidable mountain (with our eyes!) we gradually ascend, maneuvering a demanding glacier terrain, to the French Pass (5360m./17585ft.).We then descend down to the Kaligandaki valley and begin to see signs of modern civilization, as we encounter other trekkers and tea houses luring us with a bottled Coke chilled in an earthen water jar.
We follow the main trekking trail to Pokhara, stopping on our way to enjoy the hot water spring of Tatopani and more superb views of Dhaulagiri, the Annapurnas and many other snow-capped peaks from the summit of Poon Hill ridge.
Day 01: Kathmandu
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 04: Drive Pokhara - Babiochur and begin trek
Day 20: Trek ends in Nayapool
Day 21: Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 22: Trip ends