Dhaulagiri circuit trek 22 days

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The Dhaulagiri -seventh highest Himalayan peak offers Dhaulagiri circuit trek one of  most challenging trekking in the north-west of Pokhara valley. The word Dhaulagiri comes from the Sanskrit literally meaning ‘Beautiful White Mountain’. Dhaulagiri is special as it rises from the world deepest gorge Kaligandaki to the summit of 8167. It was thought to be the world Highest Peak for many years until the record was beaten by Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Trekking in Dhaulagiri region is relatively strenuous as trekkers have to cross two high passes- the French pass (5,240m) and the Thapa pass (5,155m). This trek demands the previous trekking experience in the alpine terrain. Dhaulagiri Circuit gives the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Thorang peak, Annapurna and worlds deepest gorge with Kaligandaki. Exploring the “Hidden Valley ” is another highlight of the trek.

 

 

 

 Itinerary

Our Dhaulagiri circuit trek 22 days  itinenary  is designed by the team of experts working in himalayan adventure field for more than decade. This trek itinerary carefully offers rest days in Italian Base Camp(4000m) Glacier Camp (4250m) and Dhaulagiri Base Camp(4650m)  to acclimatise safely against the altitude problems. On the high altitude adventure we never rush a trek and taking a few extra days is good to enjoy more of  the trek of life time.

 

Day 1 : Pick up in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

Welcome greeting at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by the representative from Wild Stone Adventure. You will then transfer to the Hotel for refreshment where you will be served with welcome drinks. Depending on your interest and condition you can either rest, hang around the street or visit our office for rest of the day. Included: Welcome Drinks

 

Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing, trek briefing and preparation

We will start guided tour to several major historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu Valley. The tour cover UNESCO World Heritage Sites including historical Durbar Square, Sacred Hindu Temple (Pahupati Nath) ,popular monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists Shrine (Buddha Nath). After completion of city tour you will meet with guide and other helping staffs, you will be explained with nature of your trek and your trekking gears will be checked. Included: Breakfast

 

Day 3 : Drive Kathmandu – Beni (1000m)

Early morning breakfast at Hotel and we will leave Kathmandu at around 7 am .The drive from Kathmandu to Beni via Pokhara follows the upstream of Trishuli River offering greeneries, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries taking about nine hours.This is one of the most picturesque road journeys found in Nepal.

Drive Time : 9 hrs    Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 4 : Trek Beni – Babi Chaur (1050m)

Today is the first day of our trek. We start our walk following the stream of Kali gandaki upto Myagdi Khola. We cross the suspension bridge and head to our destination Babichaur through singa and Tatopani.  

Time Time : 6 hrs    Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 5 : Trek Bibi Chaur – Dharapani (1250m)

The trail continues along the Khola passing through several villages. The village is mainly dominated by gurung and chettri.After we cross the suspension bridge and soon after start the climb to Dharapani which offers the first view of Dhaulagiri.

Trek Time : 7 hrs       Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 6: Trek Dharapani – Muri  (1850m)

From Dharapani we walk through traditional village of Takum and Sibang.These village are typical nepali There are good views of Gurja Himal and Puta Hiunchuli to the west. We cross the suspension bridge over Dhara Khola and continue our walk to Muri . Muri offers the clear scenery of Mt. Dhaulagiri and other mountains.

 Trek Time : 5 hrs        Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 7 : Trek Muri – Boghara (2080m)

From Muri we steeply descend to the bridge over the Muri Khola (stream), cross the stream and continue through the terraced fields. We climb steep path to reach the pass from where we can see Mt. Ghustung South.From the pass we make a descend to Myagdi Khola and trek along the bank and climb for a short while to reach Boghara.

Trek Time : 7 hrs        Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 8 : Trek Boghara –Dobang (2520m)

Today, the path is quite challanging and sometimes we might need the help of ropes. The trail descend through terraced fields down to a small ridge then through the forest to Jyardan. Leaving the settlement behind we walk through the high winding path over the rocky area to arrive at Dhobang.

Trek Time : 7 hrs     Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 9 : Trek DobangSallaghari (2820m)

Today we cross the wooden bridge of Dobang and continue our trail ascending through dense, lush vegetation of ferns, bamboo and rhododendrons. We rapidly gain altitude soon the mountains becomes more visible. After crossingh the Myagdi Khola, short relatively easy walk leads us to sallaghari.

Trek Time : 5 hrs    Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 10: Trek Sallaghari –Italian Base Camp (4000m) 

Leaving Sallaghari we walk through the pine, rhododendron and birch forest. We continue along the rough trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and make our way through the glacier from the right. Short and tricky walk (use of rope may required) leads us to Italina base camp. The Italian Base Camp is nested on the wast face of Dhaulagiri and provides the breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri range, including Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, Dhaulagiri V and Manapathi peak.

Trek Time : 7 hrs     Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  

Day 11 : Rest and Acclimitization Day

A rest day for acclimatization. We recommend you to stay active and have some hike around the Italian Base Camp instead of being idle for a day. This days is essential for acclimatization to preparing your body for the challenging altitude ahead.

Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 12 : Trek Italian Base Camp  – Glacier Camp (4250m)

Today is challenging day, we start our walk early to minimise risks of avalanches and rock fall. The trail leads into a rocky area and then climbs the mountain side, cross the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb onto the main glacier. At the end of day you will be completely inside the heart of Himalaya , with magnificent views of the beautiful snow-capped peaks.

Trek Time : 5 hrs      Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 13 : Rest and Acclimitization Day

A rest day for acclimatization. We recommend you to stay active and have some hike around the  Camp instead of being idle for a day. This days is essential for acclimatization to preparing your body for the challenging base camp  ahead.

 Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 14 : Trek Glacier Camp – Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4650m)

Today difficult walk along the moraine covered glacier leads to the spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. From Dhaulagiri Base Camp stunning views Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III,Tukuche and Little Eiger can be seen.

 Trek Time : 4 hrs   Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 15 : Rest and Acclimitization Day

A rest day for acclimatization. We recommend you to stay active and have some hike around the Camp instead of being idle for a day. This days is essential for acclimatization to preparing your body for the challenging French Pass ahead.

 Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 16 : Trek Hidden  Valley (5000m) via French Col. (5360m)

After an early breakfast, we start tough climb to the top of French Col (5,300m) from where we can see Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang and Sita Chuchura . To the south is Tukche Peak and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. The descent from pass is on moderate snow slopes as we enter Hidden Valley.

Trek Time : 5 hrs    Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 17 : Explore Hidden  Valley (5000m)

Rest and explore Hidden Valley.We can walk up to the ridge on western side which offers the best views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna and Hidden Valley.

Include: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 18 : Trek Hidden Valley  – Yak Kharka (4200m) via Dhampus Pass (5200m)

After an early breakfast, we start climbing climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descends steeply to Yak Kharka. Then trail descends down until we reach at Yak kharka.

Trek Time : 9 hrs  Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 19 : Trek Yak Kharka – Jomsom(2,715m)

Today we start with steep descent to Marpha. En route you can see yak and sheep herds. Marpha is a small town mainly inhabited by a mixed community of Buddhist and Hindus.From Marpha, we further head toward Jomsom to catch our mountain flight to Pokhara.

 Trek Time : 8 hrs     Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 20 : Fly Jomsom - Pokhara 

Today, after breakfast we take a stunning 30 minutes mountain flight to Pokhara. On arrival at Pokhara airport, guide will transfer you to the hotel. After lunch we will continue our sightseeing to the Devi’s fall, Mahendra cave, Vindhyabashini temple and White river (Seti Gorge). Enjoy evening walk along the Phewa Lake and also take a boat around the lake. Included:Breakfast

 

 Day 21 : Drive Pokhara -Kathmandu

After breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu.While on the drive you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will get transferred to our hotel for the refreshment and in evening you will pick up for the cultural dinner together with the Wild Stone Adventure staffs.
Drive Time : 6 hours   Included:Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Activities: Explore Ason (Old Market) , Ride on Rickshaw

 

Day 22 : Farewell

Your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 22 days has come end. Wild Stone Adventure representative will transfer you to International airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Included:Breakfast

 

 

 

 Price Includes

Money Matters so we would like to explain what you are paying for. We are local operator providing world class services to the travelers yearning to be foot on Himalayan trail. We provide you with the minimum price possible for fully inclusive trips .We are proud to guarantee NO HIDDEN COST.

  • Airport Pick up and drop.
  • Delux accomodation in Kathmandu
  • All surface transfer as per the itinerary.
  • Kathmandu city tour by English Speaking Guide on Private Vehicle.
  • All the standerd meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)  during trekking.
  • Safe and ozonated water throughout the trek.
  • Tea House and tent acomodation during trekking.
  • Registered and trained Guide.
  • Required number of insured Porter (2 trekkers: 1porter).
  • All Surface transfer for your guide, porter and necessary cargo.
  • Staff insurances.
  • Government taxes and official charges. Visa charge not included here.
  • Attractive First Aid Kits.
  • Farewell Cultural Dinner in Kathmandu. 

 

Price Excludes

This package doesnot cover following cost and should be  personally paid by the traveller. 

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Beverages and other hard drinks cost
  • Nepal Entry visa fee and airport taxes.
  • Expences of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc
  • Rescue and emergency cost/ Insurance cost but we will help to carry of the procedure.
  • Personal trekking equipments

 

 

Trip Notes

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Your safety is our paramount concern while trekking with Wild Stone Adventure. Your Leader has full authority to amend any part of the itinenary due to safety reason. Every effort will be made to keep up with the above itinerary however it is the adventure in remote himalayan zone we cannot guarantee it! Wether condition, physical condition of trekkers and unexpected natural disasters can force to alter the itinerary.Your Leader will forward you with the alternatives so please be prepared to be flexible.

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Arrival

Upon your arrive at Tribhuban International Airport (TIA), Wild Stone Adventures' representative will greet you and transport you to your Hotel. The rest of the day depends on your interest and condition, you can either take a rest or visit our office.The next day you will be formally introduced to your Guide, brief about the trek and enjoy sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural and historical landmarks.

 

Accommodation

Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with private facilities which are of Western style.

Whilst trekking accommodation is on tea house whereever possible and rest of the days on tent. We provide comfortable two men camping tent, foam mattress, 4 season sleeping bag while on camping. We maintain standard comfort in every matter based on the enforceable conditions such as weather calamities. All teahouse accommodations & tent is based on twin share with basic shared toilet facilities.

 

Transportation

Wild Stone Adventure use high quality private transportation to  get in and off the trekking put in point and put out point.On longer routes, we use private or tourist buses, which provide a slightly higher degree of comfort and safety.For air transportation Wild Stone uses modern, comfortable and most - reliable airline operator.In trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Yaks / horses / mules / donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters and/or animals.

 

Meals

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities during your trip period. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek cost include breakfast in Kathmandu and freshly cook three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) prepared by our experienced and trained cook during the trek with high level of balance diet, hygiene and safety.We will provide meals according to our menu. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most of our menu is similar to tea houses offering variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

 

Trekking Group

For Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, there will be one leader (5 trekkers:1 leader)and the required number of sherpa porter(2 trekkers:1 porter) and support staffs.As you will be travelling in the group you will be exposed to all the pleasure of travelling in group. We can run Dhaulagiri Circuit trek for any group size but generally we have maximum of ten people, we we found this to be best group size for the optimal success.

 

Group Leader and Support Staffs

All our trips are accompanied out by one of  our local group Leaders. The aim of the group leader is make your Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek  successsful, enjoyable, memorable  and hassle free. Our leader will provide informationa on the culture, geography, ecosystem, flora and fauna of the place your are travelling. They will also offer suggestions for the optional activities and thing to do, recommend great  places and introduce you to the local people. Our leader will also assist you to learn the local language.

All our outdoor guides are licensed from the Government of Nepal. Beside the license  they have numbers of certificates including Wilderness First Aid, certificate from Kathmandu Education Projects, certificate from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, and Eco friendly guiding certificates.

 

Trip Grade 
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 22 days is a strenuous adventure involving long day walks and crossing the high passes with light back pack. Some days you might even need to walk more six hours. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes however, those in excellent physical condition with above average fitness and some past altitude hiking experience can do this trek. 

 

Physical Preparation

For the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek the general rule is you  need to be very fit and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. You will be walking at very high altitudes with your day pack, with the possibility of extreme variations in temperature. We recommend you to undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, to enhance your strength and stability. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to boost your fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trip to its fullest.

 

Best Season
Autumn (September - November) and Spring (Feb - May) are the best seasons for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking. The weather is excellent and offers tantalizing mountain views, but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Monsoon (June -August) can be the perfect time for botanist and photo enthusiastic to capture the beauty of flowers and lush vegetation in higher valleys. The Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking routes is less  crowded compared to other routes in the region.

 

Weather and Climate
The Himalaya makes its own weather, which varies significantly over a few kilometers. There can be sudden storms and high winds and usually clouds in the afternoon. Dhaulagiri Circuit is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cold, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20 degree C to -15 degree C.
 

Acclimatization
We have decade long of experience in operating at high-altitude. Our Dhaulagiri Circuit trek 22 days gradually ascent at the higher altitude with the shorter walking hours with the time to acclimatize in the afternoon. Our every  trek package is sensibly planned with the acclimatization days to prepare your body adapt the less air environment at higher altitude. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on hiring basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness, and our leaders are trained to administer them and to know the symptoms. We strongly advise you to consult a doctor if you are suffering with heart and lungs diseases prior to your trip departure.

 

Currency Exchange

The official currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee (NRs)

It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Money may easily be exchanged at Kathmandu airport on arrival and banks and licensed moneychangers in cities. Credit card cash advances and ATM withdrawals are in NPR only.

Before departing on your trek, make sure you have enough Nepalese currency in small denominations as change is hard to find in the villages ( 100 rupee are easy to trade )

 

Extra Pocket Money

While trekking with Wild Stone Adventure, all meals  are included in your trip cost. You will need very little local currency  for meals in Kathmandu and extra snacks, soft drinks or souvenirs along the trail.

Extra money dependa upon your spending habit. Please consider your own spending habits when you count for extra pocket money.

 

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 as an emergency fund, to be used when circumstances beyond our control ( natural disaster, extreme weather, nepal strikes) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

 

Travel Insurence
Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability.

 

Etiquette

When visiting and entering temples and Nepalis house you must remove your shoes.  In some temples, it is forbidden to wear any leather goods. Other temples, such as those in Pashupatinath, do not allow foreigner besides hindu  to enter. These are normally marked with a sign in English, and we urge you to respect such practices.

Always ask permission before taking photos inside any temples, and before photographing any local people. When permission is granted, always be sensitive when photographing people, and non-intrusive when shooting inside temples when prayers are in progress. Generally, photography is allowed outside Buddhist and Hindu temples and at religious ceremonies and festivals.

 

You are guest in Nepal and it is appriciated if you behave like Nepali (Local):

  • Dress Respectfully (no short shorts or revealing clothes)
  • Do not show affection in public.
  • Do not buy antiques.
  • Do not point your feet (unclean) to people and point with full hand not with one finger.
  • Do not step over persons.
  • Do not touch or step over offerings (red powder, flowers/rice)
  • Do not use your left hand (dirty)
  • Receive and give with two hands.
  • Ask permission before taking people's photographs.
  • Discourage begging, pay fair price
  • Take off your shoes before entering a monastery or Nepali house.
  • Go clockwise roung the stupas, temples etc
  • Avoid touching monks / lamas.

  

Clothing 
Dress respectfully with an awareness of local standards. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool during hiking. In many rural areas women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unaccepted. While visiting temples,monasteries and other religious sites men need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt.

 

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels and tea houses for a small charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring biodegradable soap.

 

Packing List 

While packing for “Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek” it essential to  considered  weather condition and time of year you are travelling.

Please Click here for the complete packing list for this trip.

 

Tipping

Tipping is expected but not compulsory and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your trip. 

 

 Responsible Tourism

Being a responsible trek  operator is at the heart of what Wild Stone  Adventures is all about. The beautiful environment of the Himalaya is also an extremely fragile one. At Wild Stone Adventure , we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact as much as possible.We are committed to responsible tourism and it is implemented in every trip through the following means.

  •  Leave no Trace 
  • Discourage deforestation 
  • Keep Water Source  Clean 
  • Plant Saplings 
  • Plants Left in Their Natural Environment 
  • Alternative Source of Energy for Fuel
  • Employ local leaders and supporting staffs 
  • Use local tea house and home stay
  • Consume local food
  • Reduce, Reuse and Recyle

 

Suggested reading for the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek.

  • Nepal Travel Guide – Lonely Planet
  • Into the Thin Air -Jon Krakauer
  • Trekking in Nepal –Antoine d’ Abbundo
  • Rough guide to Nepal – David Reed
  • Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya – Stan Armington
  • Nepal Himalayas -Shirahata Shiro
  • Mountain sickness -Peter Hackett
  • Pocket first Aid and Wilderness Medicine -Dr. Jim Duff & Dr. Peter Gormly

 

 

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