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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek (20)

Basic Info ( DCT )

Duration 20
Group Size 2 or more
TransportaionPrivate car & Tourist bus, Jomsom - Pokhara Flight
Altitude 5,360m/1758
Accomodations Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, Tea House/Lodge during trek
Best Seasons Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
Activities Trekking, Hiking
Meals Welcome and Farewell dinner at Katmandu, All meals during treks

Basic Intro

Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain peak in the world is enclosed on the north and southwest by tributaries of the Bheri and on the southeast by Myagdi Khola. This region provides massive mountains range of Dhaulagiri consisting of fifteen 7000 meter peaks is magnificent. Dhaulagiri is known to be the “White Mountain” in local dialect, justifying a magnificent peak rising as a giant shoulder of shining ice and snow. Dhaulagiri was first discovered in 1808, and it is considered an interesting peak with more than six different routes.

The trek round the virgin and untouched area of Dhaulagiri round is challenging and adventurous.  The trek is excellent commenced from Beni, forwards up to the base camp where the trekkers reach the French pass (5,360 m) the highest point of the trek, down the French pass enters the lost but attractive the accurate wilderness areas reachable to trekkers in Nepal known as Hidden Valley. Subsequent to crossing Dhampus pass, the track comes down into the valley of the Kali Gandaki meeting the main trail either at Marpha or at Tukuche.

 

This region is perfect for those trekkers who are interested in exploring endangered species residing in this are including the mysterious snow Leopard. This region offers you completely mesmerizing natures wonders untouched by the modernity.

Day 01: Arrival, transfer to Hotel 

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu to Beni (830m/2731ft) 

Day 04: Trek Beni to Babichaur (1000m/3280ft): 6-7 hrs 

Day 05: Babichaur to Dharapani (1565m/5134ft): 7 hrs

Day 06: Dharapani to Muri (1850m/6068ft): 6.5 hrs 

Day 07: Muri to Boghara (2050m/6724ft): 7.5 hrs

Day 08: Boghara to Dhoban (2630m/8626ft): 6 hrs

Day 09: Dobhan to coriban khola (3110m/10210ft)

Day 10: Dhoban to Italien Base camp (3500m/11,480ft): 6-7 hrs 

Day 11: Rest & Acclimatization day 

Day 12: Italian Base camp to Glacier camp (4250m/13,940ft): 3-4 hrs 

Day 13: Dhaulagiri Base camp (4650m/15,252ft): 4-5 hrs 

Day 14: Acclimatization day 

Day 15: Cross French pass (5,360m/1758) and trek to Hidden Valley (5,050m/16564ft) 7-8 hrs 

Day 16: Cross Dhampus Pass (5230m/17155ft) to Yak Kharka (3680m/12070ft) 6-7hrs 

Day 17: Yak Kharka to Jomsom via Marpha [2,715m/8,910ft]: 7-8 hrs

Day 18:  Fly back to Pokhara 

Day 19:  Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 

Day 20:  Departure from Kathmandu for next trip or to your home 


Includes


·         All airport/hotel transfers.

·         3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.

·         Welcome and farewell dinner.

·         A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide.

·         Kathmandu-Beshisahar & Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus tickets, Jomsom- Pokhara flight tickets and airport departure taxes.

·         Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during trek.

·         An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.

·         Four seasonal sleeping bag, and trekking map (sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).

·         All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS ).

·         A comprehensive medical kit.

·         All government and local taxes.


Not Includes


·         Nepal Visa fee.

·         International airfare to and from Kathmandu.

·         Private vehicle (Kathmandu-Beshisahar & Pokhara-Kathmandu $120 one way upto 3 pax)

·         Entrance fee in Kathmandu sightseeing.

·         Excess baggage charges.

·         Lunch and Dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara.

·         Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

·         Travel and rescue insurance.

·         Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).

·         Tips for guides and porters.


Equipment List


Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: 
- Lightweight cotton long pants/ Hiking shorts 
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) 
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet :
- Thin, lightweight inner socks 
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks 
- Hiking boots with spare laces 
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Upper Body: 
- T-shirts 
- Fleece jacket or pullover 
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 
- Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands: 
- Lightweight gloves

Accessories: 
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F * 
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries 
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag 
- Basic First Aid Kit 
- Large plastic bags 
- for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
- Trekking Poles * 
- Water bottles 
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)

Toiletries (it’s up to your comfort lable): 
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel 
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) 
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) 
- Deodorants 
- Nail clippers 
- Face and body moisturizer 
- Feminine hygiene products 
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene (it’s up to your comfort lable):
- Wet wipes (baby wipes) 
- Tissue /toilet roll 
- Anti bacterial hands wash 
- Diamox (Drugs for altitude sickness if incase) 
- Water purified pills

Extras/Luxuries (it’s up to your comfort lable) 
- Binoculars (optional) 
- Reading book 
- Journal & Pen 
- Pencils and small notebooks 
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble



Useful Information


Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan. and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug.) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.