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The Dhaulagiri Circuit

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This strenuous three-week trek commences from Pokhara and makes a circuit of the Dhaulagiri massif. Nominally a restricted route, some companies offers it in their booklets. The usual path goes via Beni of the Kali Gandaki, then follows the Myagdi Khola on the trading route towards Dhorpatan before turning north up the Gotti Khola. The trail traverses the length of the Chhonbordan Glacier to reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Dhaulagiri I, at 8167 meters, is the highest of six peaks that all bear this name and wasn’t climbed until 1960. A swiss expedition, including Kurt Diemberger and Norman Dyhrenfurth, eventually made the summit.

The continuation of this circuit takes you over French Pass at 5360 meters- the course of the trek- then Dambush (Thapa) Pass and down to the village of Tukche or Marpha in the upper Kali Gandaki. The return to Pokhara, one can catch the flight from Jomsom.

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