Dhaulagiri and the French Pass

Annapurna CircuitGrade: strenuous
Duration: 20 days Land Only
Trekking Days: 13
Maximum Altitude: 5,360m
Recce trek £1825 land-only
Dates: mid / late October – mid November 2011.
Exact dates to be confirmed, timed to try to fit in with the dates of those people interested.

This is an exciting itinerary which takes us off the well-trodden routes and into some wild scenery. The Dhaulagiri massif itself is an impressive range, with huge glaciers in the high mountains. Our trek takes us through the villages, then through forest before crossing glacial moraine and the French Pass. We descend to join a section of the Annapurna Circuit Path, which will seem very busy after our time in the wilderness. We take the small mountain plane to fly back from Jomson to Pokhara – itself an amazing journey and one of the most impressive flights in the world. As we fly down the world’s deepest valley, the Kali Gandaki, we’ll be craning our necks up to see the 8000m peaks on either side of the plane. We will spend time in the lovely resort town of Pokhara before returning to Kathmandu.

Dhaulagiri (Ann Foulkes)

Detailed Itinerary

It is anticipated that this trek will appeal to the connoisseur trekker, although previous trekking experience is not essential. However, previous mountaineering experience is a requirement for this trip. You will need to bring, and to be familiar with using crampons and ice axes (for self-arrest, not for ice climbing)! There is some steep and exposed ground, and competence on such terrain is needed.

The trek in Autumn 2011 will be a recce trek, and on joining it we ask you to understand that this will be the first time we have run this trek. We therefore expect you to bring along a sense of humour and a degree of flexibility, as things may not go quite as smoothly as we would normally expect them to! It will be led by a qualified and experienced western leader who will work with the sirdar and the rest of the Nepalese team to ensure that the trek is undertaken as safely and smoothly as possible. However, our recce treks are not intended to be profit-making. The price quoted is simply to cover costs of the trip.