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The eastern aspect of the Dhaulagiri Himalaya from across the Kali Gandaki Valley, Nepal

The Dhaulagiri Himalaya Nepal

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The Dhaulagiri Himalaya in western-central Nepal extends for nearly 120 km and rises to no less than thirteen separate summits over 7,000 metres. It is bounded on the east by the Kali Gandaki Valley, to the north and southwest by tributaries of the Bheri River, and on the southeast by the Myagdi Khola. Dhaulagiri 1 is the seventh highest mountain in the world at 8,167 metres (26,795 ft) above sea level, and the highest mountain standing entirely within the borders of Nepal. It was first climbed in 1960 by a joint Swiss/Austrian/Nepali expedition.

The mountain's Nepali name comes from the Sanskrit where "dhawala" means dazzling white and "giri" means mountain. This description is particularly justified when the mountain is viewed from the Annapurna range to the south-east across the great defile of the Kali Gandaki gorge, from which it rises a full 7,000 metres in a gradient unequalled elsewhere in the country. The south and west faces rise also rise precipitously, over 4000 metres from the Myagdi Khola Valley. The south face of Gurja Himal in the same massif is also notably immense. Being located entirely within the borders of Nepal makes it possible to make a complete circumnavigation of the entire Dhaulagiri massif starting and finishing in the town of Pokhara.

The circuit of Dhaulagiri is one of the most challenging trekking routes in all of Nepal. Carried out in a clockwise direction it entails the steady ascent of the Myagdi Khola river to its source on the Chonbardan Glacier, overlooked on one side by the great north-west face of Dhaulagiri 1 and on the other by a wall of 7,500 metre summits including Dhaulagiris 2,3 and 5. There then follows a committing crossing of two passes - French Pass, 5,360 metres, and Damphus, or Thapa Pass, 5,250 metres. Between these two passes is a vast, uninhabited and remote area bounded by Sita Chuchura, 6,611 metres, to the west and the Mukut Himal, 6,556 metres, to the north, known as 'Hidden Valley'. The summit of Damphus Pass offers superb views across the Kali Gandaki towards the Annapurna and Nilgiri Peaks and it is from here that one descends a full 2,500 metres to the village of Marpha in the Kali Gandaki valley before the final homeward crossing over the Poon Hill ridge at Ghorapani.

Dhaulagiri 1 from French Col
Dhaulagiri 1 from French Col
Dhaulagiri 1 from The Kali Gandaki Valley
Dhaulagiri 1 from The Kali Gandaki Valley
Dhaulagiri 1 across The Kali Gandaki Valley
Dhaulagiri 1 across The Kali Gandaki Valley
Morning light on Dhaulagiri 1
Morning light on Dhaulagiri 1
The north-west face of Dhaulagiri 1
The north-west face of Dhaulagiri 1
Dhaulagiri 2 and 3 from the Chhonbadarn Glacier
Dhaulagiri 2 and 3 from the Chhonbadarn Glacier
Dhaulagiri 2 moonset and sunrise
Dhaulagiri 2 moonset and sunrise
Approaching French Col
Approaching French Col
Gurja Himal from from Dharapani
Gurja Himal from Dharapani
Gurja Himal from Dharapani
Gurja Himal from Dharapani
Morning Light on Gurja Himal
Morning Light on Gurja Himal
Hidden Valley and The Mukut Himal
Hidden Valley and The Mukut Himal
The Kali Gandaki Valley
The Kali Gandaki Valley
Bridge Crossing on the Kali Gandaki
Bridge Crossing on the Kali Gandaki
The Annapurna Foothills
The Annapurna Foothills from Damphus Pass
Trekking in the Kali Gandaki Valley
Trekking in the Kali Gandaki Valley
Entering the Gorge of the Myagdi Khola
Entering the Gorge of the Myagdi Khola
Dhaulagiri from the depths of the Myagdi Khola Gorge
Dhaulagiri from the depths of the Myagdi Khola Gorge
Crossing the Damphus Pass
Crossing the Damphus Pass
Sita Chuchura peak from the Myagdi Khola Gorge
Sita Chuchura peak from the Myagdi Khola Gorge
Hidden Valley from French Col
Hidden Valley from the summit of French Col
Dhaulagiri 1 from the ascent of French Col
Dhaulagiri 1 from the ascent to French Col
Dhaulagiri 1 from the ascent of French Col
On the ascent to French Col
Dhaulagiri 1 and the Myagdi Khola River Valley
Dhaulagiri 1 and the Myagdi Khola Valley
Dhaulagiri 1 west wall above Pakabon
Dhaulagiri 1 west wall above Pakabon
Looking out to the Gurja Himal at Dharapani
Looking out to the Gurja Himal at Dharapani
Tsaurabong Peak, 6395m from Pakabon
Tsaurabong Peak, 6395m from Pakabon
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