Dhaulagiri Circuit Photos - Nepal

Thanks to Rajendra and his team at the www.mountainsunvalley.com

His awesome team made this trip possible and a great success. Like every other trek in Nepal for the past 10 years that he organized, our satisfaction was 110%.

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 At the very start of the trek. Hot, humid and green :-)

At the very start of the trek. Hot, humid and green :-)

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 Dhaulagiri range in the distance. The main Dhaulagiri I is on the right not visible int he photo. Our route was down from here and then into the valley on the right towards the barely visible white peak on the right.

Dhaulagiri range in the distance. The main Dhaulagiri I is on the right not visible int he photo. Our route was down from here and then into the valley on the right towards the barely visible white peak on the right.

 Rice fields down below.

Rice fields down below.

 The trail is quite spectacular with huge drop offs

The trail is quite spectacular with huge drop offs

 Living it up! This is called the “British Colonial” style of trekking. With our resident Englishman we would not do it any other way.

Living it up! This is called the “British Colonial” style of trekking. With our resident Englishman we would not do it any other way.

 The trail is washed out in sections. This “bridge” has to be replaced every year.

The trail is washed out in sections. This “bridge” has to be replaced every year.

 South face of Dhaulagiri I

South face of Dhaulagiri I

 En route to the Japanese BC - short but steep glacier. Rock fall is the main issue here.

En route to the Japanese BC - short but steep glacier. Rock fall is the main issue here.

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 Of course we got snowed on. It did make the scenery more alpine though. Awesome waterfalls on all sides.

Of course we got snowed on. It did make the scenery more alpine though. Awesome waterfalls on all sides.

 Approaching main Dhaulagiri glacier. The ridge in front of us is Dhaulagiri II. The main Dhaulagiri I is on the right. The recent snow fall made it look quite spectacular!

Approaching main Dhaulagiri glacier. The ridge in front of us is Dhaulagiri II. The main Dhaulagiri I is on the right. The recent snow fall made it look quite spectacular!

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 Japanese BC - on the glacier and cold. It does not get much sun. The sun sets around 2.30 - 3 pm and it gets progressively colder as the evening approaches. Then off to the cold tent with some hot Nalgene bottles.

Japanese BC - on the glacier and cold. It does not get much sun. The sun sets around 2.30 - 3 pm and it gets progressively colder as the evening approaches. Then off to the cold tent with some hot Nalgene bottles.

 Trying to enjoy the fresh air…

Trying to enjoy the fresh air…

 Early in the morning we just want to go to warm up. The valley is very narrow in this spot and the sun does not come until much later.

Early in the morning we just want to go to warm up. The valley is very narrow in this spot and the sun does not come until much later.

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 North ridge of Dhaulagiri II

North ridge of Dhaulagiri II

 Dhaulagiri I face

Dhaulagiri I face

 Dhaulagiri BC proper. The summit in the clouds is Dhaulagiri II.

Dhaulagiri BC proper. The summit in the clouds is Dhaulagiri II.

 The Dhaulagiri BC in front of the Dhaulagiri I icefall

The Dhaulagiri BC in front of the Dhaulagiri I icefall

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 Our camp on the Dhaulagiri Glacier

Our camp on the Dhaulagiri Glacier

 Tukche Peak from about 5,500m. We hiked up the hill behind the BC. At about 5,500m, the going got tough without prior acclimatization to the altitude. Each step was a major effort until at 5,800m I just hit a wall and could not continue going up.

Tukche Peak from about 5,500m. We hiked up the hill behind the BC. At about 5,500m, the going got tough without prior acclimatization to the altitude. Each step was a major effort until at 5,800m I just hit a wall and could not continue going up.

 Dhaulagiri I valley from where we came from. The Japanese BC is visible at the end of the glacier. These valleys look straight on the map but in reality they twist and turn.

Dhaulagiri I valley from where we came from. The Japanese BC is visible at the end of the glacier. These valleys look straight on the map but in reality they twist and turn.

 Our camp is directly below us, some 800m down.

Our camp is directly below us, some 800m down.

 Dhaulagiri icefall - route to camp 1- you can see the trail! Piotr Morawski died somewhere in the middle of the photo along the visible trail. He fell into a hidden crevasse while descending from Camp 1 to the BC.

Dhaulagiri icefall - route to camp 1- you can see the trail! Piotr Morawski died somewhere in the middle of the photo along the visible trail. He fell into a hidden crevasse while descending from Camp 1 to the BC.

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 Lower section of Dhaulagiri II.

Lower section of Dhaulagiri II.

 The panorama of Dhaulagiri I and the glacier.

The panorama of Dhaulagiri I and the glacier.

 Cold morning en route to the French Pass

Cold morning en route to the French Pass

 The rocky outcrop is called the Eiger, it is quite high but looks small in front of the giant bulk of Dhaulagiri I.

The rocky outcrop is called the Eiger, it is quite high but looks small in front of the giant bulk of Dhaulagiri I.

 Approaching the French Pass - we had a spectacular day

Approaching the French Pass - we had a spectacular day

 French man on the French Pass

French man on the French Pass

 French Pass - a very windy place. The memorial to late Piotr Morawski is here. He was the 33 year old Polish climber who died on Dhaulagiri by falling into a crevasse below camp 1. Another sad Himalayan story…

French Pass - a very windy place. The memorial to late Piotr Morawski is here. He was the 33 year old Polish climber who died on Dhaulagiri by falling into a crevasse below camp 1. Another sad Himalayan story…

 On the French Pass

On the French Pass

 The elevation of the French Pass. The elevation of the Dhampus Pass is almost the same.

The elevation of the French Pass. The elevation of the Dhampus Pass is almost the same.

 Hidden Valley - the trail from the French Pass. The Dhampus Pass is between the two mountains, in the centre.

Hidden Valley - the trail from the French Pass. The Dhampus Pass is between the two mountains, in the centre.

 Our camp for the Dhampus Pass - a barren, windy and a very cold place!

Our camp for the Dhampus Pass - a barren, windy and a very cold place!

 The French Pass in the distance. It was a very cold night!

The French Pass in the distance. It was a very cold night!

 Descending into the storm on the Dhampus Pass. They say that the view is quite nice from here. We went into a full on blizzard with zero visibility and horizontal snow. Someone told us: do not get caught in bad weather on the Dhampus Pass. We did exactly that.

Descending into the storm on the Dhampus Pass. They say that the view is quite nice from here. We went into a full on blizzard with zero visibility and horizontal snow. Someone told us: do not get caught in bad weather on the Dhampus Pass. We did exactly that.

 Descending from the Dhampus Pass into the horizontal snow as on the video below.

Descending from the Dhampus Pass into the horizontal snow as on the video below.

 Sunrise behind Nilgiri Peak after the storm. We are looking at the Annapurna massif across the deepest valley in the world. Imagine a valley with two 8000m peaks on both sides!

Sunrise behind Nilgiri Peak after the storm. We are looking at the Annapurna massif across the deepest valley in the world. Imagine a valley with two 8000m peaks on both sides!

 Annapurna 1 massif and the Kali Gandaki valley (the deepest valley in the world). Annapurna I is on the right.

Annapurna 1 massif and the Kali Gandaki valley (the deepest valley in the world). Annapurna I is on the right.

 Annapurna 1 - the BC of Annapurna I is my next objective. It is a short hike. I would not come to Nepal just to do it but since I was close by, it made sense to add it on. It turned out that is was longer and harder than I expected. See the Annapurna BC Photos page and Trip Report. We started from the Kali Gahandaki valley making it longer. We also added a lot of elevation gains and loss. During the first two days we climbed 1600m!

Annapurna 1 - the BC of Annapurna I is my next objective. It is a short hike. I would not come to Nepal just to do it but since I was close by, it made sense to add it on. It turned out that is was longer and harder than I expected. See the Annapurna BC Photos page and Trip Report. We started from the Kali Gahandaki valley making it longer. We also added a lot of elevation gains and loss. During the first two days we climbed 1600m!

 Mesocanto Pass on the centre right - I crossed it as part of the Manaslu/Annpurna trek in 2011. The pass is quite steep on the descent. The view from he pass to the Dhaulagiri massif is spectacular. It was a 300km trek - I did it with Kumar, Kam and Suri. The Dhaulagiri circuit connected the dots fro me making it into a spectacular route of more than 400km through almost half of Nepal’s high Himalaya. See the Mesocanto La Photos and Trip Summary. My goal was to walk through the high Himalaya of Nepal: Kangchendzonga, Makalu, Everest region, Rowaling, Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. by 2017, I did all of those treks. As the Nepali crow flies, the distance from Kangchendzonga to Dhaulagiri is 500km. The walking distance is closer to 1000-800kms.

Mesocanto Pass on the centre right - I crossed it as part of the Manaslu/Annpurna trek in 2011. The pass is quite steep on the descent. The view from he pass to the Dhaulagiri massif is spectacular. It was a 300km trek - I did it with Kumar, Kam and Suri. The Dhaulagiri circuit connected the dots fro me making it into a spectacular route of more than 400km through almost half of Nepal’s high Himalaya. See the Mesocanto La Photos and Trip Summary. My goal was to walk through the high Himalaya of Nepal: Kangchendzonga, Makalu, Everest region, Rowaling, Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. by 2017, I did all of those treks. As the Nepali crow flies, the distance from Kangchendzonga to Dhaulagiri is 500km. The walking distance is closer to 1000-800kms.

 Almost done! Great company of great friends!

Almost done! Great company of great friends!

 Nilgiri Peak - part of the Annapurna massif

Nilgiri Peak - part of the Annapurna massif

 Goofing off with junior monks in Marfa

Goofing off with junior monks in Marfa

 Marfa - one of the nicest small towns in Nepal

Marfa - one of the nicest small towns in Nepal

 East wall of Dhaulagiri - climbed by Voytek Kurtyka and Tomas Humar

East wall of Dhaulagiri - climbed by Voytek Kurtyka and Tomas Humar

 East face of Dhaulagiri - steep and spectacular

East face of Dhaulagiri - steep and spectacular