This article is continuing of previous article – Dhaulagiri Trek. Part 1, where you can get information how to start trekking to this area from Pokhara city and mountain villages which are on the beginning of the trek.

Real trekking begins from Italian Base Camp in altitude 3660 m where you can enjoy the last roof in simple guest-house. From now you have to camp in your tent and eat your own food till Marpha village.

I stayed 2 nights in Italian Base Camp to acclimatize myself. During the day I trekked to altitude 4600 m on foot of Dhaulagiri I, and came back. Acclimatization is very important as prevention of high sickness. Also, my body was get used to the high altitude from previous trek – Everest Base Camp, which I made 3 weeks ago with pause in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.

The most dangerous part of this trek was immediately after Italian Base Camp. You have to break through the deep canyon formed by glacier. Need to go down, and up. It was extremely steep, full of dust and small rocks. I went down literally by my ass. It was hard, but worse was to walk up from the canyon. It was too high and too steep. I was afraid that I slip and fall down. When I break through this canyon, I was really happy.

My first camping night was in Swiss Base Camp in altitude 3730 m. It is not far from Italian Base Camp, but I lost time breaking through the canyon. This night was another extreme of this trek. Whole night was very strong wind full of dust. Dust was everywhere, even in all zips.

After these two extremes, next trekking was quite nice, sometimes little bit cold, especially during the night. Strong sun during the day warms you up.

Next day I was trekking on glacier covered by rocks passing Japanese Camp. I camped on the glacier near Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Sleeping on the glacier is very interesting experience. During the night, glacier was cracking because of expanding in low temperature. Whole night I was hearing strong cracking noise which made me uncomfortable, because I was afraid that it will break under the me. But it did not. There were just cracks inside the glacier.

Another day, I trekked through the French Pass (altitude 5360 m) to the Hidden Valley. There was only small area with the snow. Except this, there was no snow when I was trekking there in the beginning of December 2016. I camped over night in Hidden Valley in altitude 5140 m. It was the highest camping on this trek. This valley is quite flat area in high altitude. You can play football there if you want. There is a big river where you can take water for drinking.

After Hidden Valley I continued through another pass – Dhampus Pass (altitude 5244 m). From there, there is a nice view on both, Hidden Valley and Annapurna and Nilgiri range. This place was quite windy in afternoon. So, I was continuing to trek further to find good camping spot – some little flat area with less wind and with source of water. On the top there is a problem to find a water. Usually it is from melting glacier, or snow which you have to melt.

Finally, I found my camping spot, in Yak Kharka Camp (altitude 4900 m). Only source of water was snow, which I melted in my gas cooker. I set up here my base camp for Dhampus peak which I wanted to climb.

Next day, I started to climb on Dhampus peak from Yak Kharka Camp by east side which I decided it is good. After few hours I reached only one of the sub-peak and from there was impossible to climb on main peak, so I came back to my base camp. I decided to climb on Dhampus peak another day by official path from Dhampus Pass.

The official path to climb Dhampus Peak starts from Dhampus Pass. In the morning I left my staff in my base camp and walk to the pass where I started trekking towards Dhampus Peak. It was not hard, just little bit steep with small rocks. I reached another sub-peak. There is possibility to trek to main peak, but I decided not to. Reason was that I was completely alone with no climbing gear, and last part looked quite risky. It was covered by snow and need to go little bit down and up by steep path. So, at least I enjoyed another Dhampus Sub-peak in altitude around 5950 m. It was the highest place I walked in my life till now.

After 3 nights in Yak Kharka Camp I trekked down to Marpha village (altitude 2670 m). Marpha village is part of Around Annapurna Trek which I continued trekking, but in opposite direction then every tourists there.

My photos from this trek (from Italian Base Camp, through French and Dhapmus Pass, till Marpha village): 

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Italian Base Camp in altitude 3660 m. Simple guest-house.

 

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View of Dhaulagiri I from Italian Base Camp.

 

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One day acclimatization trek to the foot of Dhaulagiri I  to the altitude 4600 m. View on Italian Base Camp.

 

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Canyon formed by glacier. Need to break through, from right to the left. Left side is very steep and dusty.

 

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Trekking on valley formed by glacier.

 

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Camping at Swiss Base Camp in altitude 3730 m. Night was very windy with full of dust. All my zips became very noisy after that.

 

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For continuing trekking, need to cross the river on the right side. Water was very cold.

 

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Japanese Camp in altitude 3890 m.

 

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Trekking on glacier covered by rocks.

 

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View on the wall formed by the glacier.

 

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Trekking on the glacier.

 

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Camping another night on glacier near Dhaulagiri Base Camp. During the night, I heard cracking inside the glacier.

 

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Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Climbers also camp on the glacier near this camp.

 

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Walking path to the top. In the distance, you can see the first pass – French Pass.

 

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View on Dhaulagiri I.

 

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Trekking towards French Pass.

 

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French Pass, altitude 5360 m. View on Dhaulagiri I.

 

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French Pass, altitude 5360 m. View on the opposite side.

 

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Hidden Valley. View from French Pass.

 

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Walking on snow down from French Pass. It was only this small part of snow on the path during this trek on beginning of December 2016.

 

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Me – my shadow.

 

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Hidden Valley. View from the opposite side.

 

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Sun-set in Hidden Valley. French Pass is between the peaks.

 

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Camping in Hidden Valley in altitude 5140 m. This valley is quite big flat area.

 

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Hidden Valley.

 

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Dhampus Pass, altitude 5244 m.

 

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North part of Hidden Valley.

 

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View on Dhampus Pass with Dhampus Peak (in the middle).

 

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View on Annapurna and Nilgiri Range from Dhampus Pass.

 

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Trekking path from Dahampus Pass.

 

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View on the valleys. On the left, Annapurna and Nilgiri Range.

 

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View on Dhampus Pass (right) from the Dhampus Sub-peak which I climbed.

 

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View on Himalayan range and valleys west of Annapurna Range.

 

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Sun-set on Annapurna and Nilgiri Range.

 

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Dhapmus Peak (6012 m). View from the Dhampus Sub-peak. I did not continued on the main peak. I was alone and was too risky.

 

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Hidden Valley with French Pass (far left) and Dhampus Pass (in the middle). View from the Dhampus Sub-peak.

 

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North part of Hidden Valley. View from the Dhampus Sub-peak.

 

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Camping at Yak Kharka Camp (altitude 4900 m). Sun-set on Annapurna and Nilgiri range.

 

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Walking path after Yak Kharka.

 

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View on Annapurna and Nilgiri Range and valley with Marpha village on the bottom.

 

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Last part of trekking. View on Dhampus Peak (on the right).

 

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Trekking down to valley. Marpha village on the right and Jomson village on the left in the valley.

 

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Marpha village (altitude 2670 m), main avenue with many guest-houses and souvenirs shops. This village is part of the Around Annapurna trek.

 

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View on Marpha village.

 

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View from the guest-house’s roof top.

 

=== Knaper ===

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