Around Dhaulagiri Trek-20 days
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Around Dhaulagiri Trek is a challenging trek in the region of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m 26,795 ft), the seventh highest Himalayan Peak lying north-west of Pokhara in the Western Nepal and south of the Tibet. The Dhaulagiri, along with another eight thousander, the Annapurna, carves the world's deepest gorge of Kaligandaki. The trek also crosses two high passes - the French pass (5,240m/17,192ft) and the Thapa pass (5,155m/16,913ft). Moreover, we will also experience snow and glacier walking, especially around Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri North Base Camp. Along the way, we enjoy spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Thorong peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River with the world deepest gorge. On the trail, we may also encounter semi-wild yak herds, mountain sheep in the remote valleys of this region. Besides the wild nature, we also enjoy the shops, teahouses, and lifestyle of Nepal's ethnic people such as Gurung, Chhetri, and Magars.
Himalayan Glacier's Around Dhaulagiri Trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Beni. The first few days of the trek passes through cultivated fields connected to some of the mountain villages. The climb begins to get tougher after Dobhan, as we ascend to the Italian Base Camp. The trek continues on to the Iced French and Thapa Passes which have to be scaled before we descend down a winding trail to Yak Kharka. After a long descend we will be at Marpha, popular city of Mustang district. From this juncture, we follow the classical Annapurna Trail to Jomsom and fly Jomsom to Pokhara the next day. The final and scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu concludes the trek.
Himalayan Glacier's other treks in the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Regions are: Tukuche Peak Expedition-25 Days, Annapurna Circuit Trek - 21 days
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
What Is Included
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Accommodation in 4-star hotel (Hotel Shanker or similar category hotel) in Kathmandu and tented/homestay/guesthouse accommodation in mountain
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in mountain
- All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
- Jomsom to Pokhara flight
- All necessary staffs with experienced leader (guide), assistant guide( 4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, special permit for Dhaulagiri)
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Glacier Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Travel and rescue arrangements
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
- All government and local taxes
What Is Not Included
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Domestic flight except Jomsom to Pokhara flight
- Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- Tips for guides and porters
The Trekking Group
For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). Other helpers will be served as per necessity depending upon the group size. This arrangement ensures that anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run this trip for at least a group of two to maximum of twelve people only, as Himalayan Glacier has found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if we would like to make a group booking for more than twelve visitors together, Himalayan Glacier can arrange this too.
Accommodations are included in the trip cost. Himalayan Glacier has chosen the best deluxe accommodation for 3 nights in Kathmandu at a 4-star hotel. During trekking, we spend nights in local guesthouses. It is to be noted that as Dhaulagiri is a newly developed remote trekking destination so it does not have good tourist infrastructure. Since, the facilities of guesthouses will be basic. Further, if we want to sleep in tent, Himalayan Glacier manages the tents upon our request. All hotel and guesthouses accommodation is on twin sharing basis. If we prefer a single room, we may indicate our preference and get single room or tent on request by paying single supplement USD 350.
All Meals on full board basis will be served during Around Dhaulagiri trekking. Three meals a in day will be served from the tea house or lodge menus or local homes. The places where there are no tea houses or villages, Himalayan Glacier's staff will prepare food for us. Each day's dinner and breakfast are taken in the same place that we stay in the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination in a tea shop. It is better to know that Dhaulagiri region does not have well established tourist infrastructures as in the Annapurna or Everest region (and it is main attraction of this region). Therefore, variety of foods will not available or possible in this region of trek. Mainly we can eat Tibetan bread, dal bhat, tsampa porridge and other simple local food. Himalayan Glacier suggests us to be ready for remote experience. Breakfasts are served in the hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
Day to Day Itinerary
International Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal:
Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, we will be warmly greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier. After completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up our luggage and look for our representative with Himalayan Glacier Trekking display board at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to Hotel Shanker or a similar rating hotels in kathmandu. After check in, we can either take a rest or hang around in the city or visit Himalayan Glacier's office site. It all depends upon our interests and condition. At the evening upon our reception, Himalayan Glacier will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Overnight in kathmandu
Kathmandu City Tour:
Upon breakfast, we begin a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. Also, we will be briefed on the nature of the trek, equipments and team composition. Some of the landmarks we visit in kathmandu include the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Further, we can also make our last minute buying of personal items as we will be flying to the Himalayas nextday. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu to Beni (830m/2731ft):
We can either fly to Pokhara and then drive to Beni, 82 kilometers from Pokhara or drive 8-9 hours to Beni from Kathmandu via Pokhara. The romantic drive passes through the mountains along the banks of Trisuli and Marsyandi River to Pokhara. Drive further prolong from Pokhara deeper into the mountains with the magnificent views of Annapurna Himalayas. Driving further along the banks of Mardi River, we will be at Beni. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Trek Beni to Babichaur (1000m/3280ft): 6 - 7 hrs
Our trek begins from today. We continue trekking along the Kali Gandaki River and head toward Myagdi khola. Upon crossing the suspension bridges on the way, we pass by the villages of Mangalghat, Singa, Tatopani finally reaching at Babichaur.
Babichaur to Dharapani (1565m/5134ft): 7 hrs
At the night, we will camp in Dharapani 1565m, and the Dhaulagiri is no more so far. Today, our trail crosses the terraced hills, Shahashadhara village, Dudh khola, ratorunga village and reaches to Dharapani where we spend a night.
Dharapani to Muri (1850m/6068ft): 6 - 7 hrs
The path goes steep up to Muri 1850 m, where the Mt. Dhaulagiri and other mountains appear clearly. Upon arrival at Muri, we enjoy the magnifiscent views of Mt Dhaulagiri and others peaks.
Muri to Boghara (2050m/6724ft): 7- 8 hrs
From Muri the trail is easy and goes down for few hours. But before to reach at Boghara, we have to climb a steep path for a couple of hours. The trail descends down before reaching Phedi and then the trail ascends up until Boghara.
Boghara to Dhoban (2630m/8626ft): 6 hrs
Today, the path is quite difficult and sometimes we will need the help of the ropes. The trail descends down to a small ridge then crosses forest to Jyardan. Finally, we cross the rocky part to arrive at Dhoban.
Dhoban to Italien Base camp (3500m/11,480ft): 6 - 7 hrs
At this juncture, we will reach the Italian Base Camp where we will camp just in front of the West wall of the Dhaulagiri. Passing through beautiful forest, we rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around. Since, we are gaining altitude rapidly, we keep ourself hydrated and take it easy.
Rest and Acclimatization day:
This will be the the rest day for acclimatization. Since there is little to explore, we completely rest and relax so that we can conquer the next day's tough journey. We may engage on exercising, moving around, and hikings to have proper acclimatize with the altitude.
Italian Base camp to Glacier camp (4250m/13,940ft): 5 hrs
After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular, which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. The glacier crossing would require the use of rope.
Dhaulagiri Base camp (4650m/15,252ft): 4 hrs
Today, we reach at the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. We climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. On the way, we enjoy the magnificent north face of Dhaulagiri I.
We will be constantly at an altitude of 5000 - 6000 m in the forth coming days. Hence. this day is essential. Even when we are acclimatizing, health experts recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day instead of being idle.
Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col: 4 hrs
The day will be our tough examination. Hidden Valley Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires a rope. But once over the steep moraine walls, we are in safer and gentler country after a breathless climb to the top of French Col.
Hidden Valley Camp (5000m/16,400ft):
Upon this juncture, we take some rest to have acclimatization. Upon here, we explore the arresting surrounding peaks.
Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4200m/13,776ft): 6 hrs
After 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.
Yak Kharka to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910ft]: 7 - 8 hrs
Today, more steep descent leads to Marpha and a well-deserved beer over lunch. Tackling along the cairns, we proceed along the snowy path. After a few hours of walking upon the snow, we pass the top of the Thapa Pass. From Marpha, we further head toward Jomsom to catch our next day's flight to Pokhara.
Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
Upon morning breakfast, we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30-min dramatic flight in between the gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri leaves us an imprint of tranqulity of nature. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport, Our guide will escorts us to the lakeside hotel. We rest at the noon for discovering the beautiful Pokhara valley leisurely. While strolling along the bank of Fewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal enjoying the Fish Tail Mountain reflected in the lake we enjoy the dusk at the pristine of nature. We can also take a boat around the Fewa Lake or just can take an hour's walk to the World Peace Pagoda. At evening, we engage on exploring around the lakeside.
Drive to Kathmandu:
Today upon breakfast, we make a 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. It will be better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. At hotel we trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. We either can spend the evening leisurely or perhaps catch up some last minute shopping. Prior to have good night, we will be at celebration dinner together with Himalayan Glacier's crew members.
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Himalayan Glacier escorts us to the airport for our flight time. Approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will escort us to the airport and bid farewell greetings. On our way to home, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country like Nepal
Health and Experience Requirements
Walking in this high land of Dhaulagiri region usually requires 6-8 hours of walking most of the days for few days. Crossing French Pass (5360m /17580ft) and Thapa Pass (5258m /17240ft) are the challenging sections of our adventure and need long hours of walking. Himalayan Glacier suggests us to get prepared with about 14 km of walking or jugging exercise everyday before 3 months of our Around Dhaulagiri Trekking trip because you are considering to walk in physically demanding high altitude conditions and remote area for many days and more than seven hours most of the days. To join the Around Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek and to complete it successfully and enjoyably, we must have lots of will power, ability to tolerate harsh conditions, very high level of fitness and good health. Participants with pre-existing medical problems or conditions inform to Himalayan Glacier at the time of booking. Medical and evacuation expenses are the responsibility of the participants. Himalayan Glacier suggests us to get a good travel and rescue insurance. It is also important that we consult our doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements prior to the trip. Himalayan Glacier reserves the right to require a medical certificate prior to booking our trip.
A Typical day in Trekking ...
At down, our Sherpa wakes us up and offers a cup of warm tea with a smile. After freshening and finishing up our tea, we will have hearty breakfast before setting off. After approximately 3 or more hours of trekking, we take a break for lunch somewhere in the trail. Throughout the day, we will take frequent rest breaks and take time to admire and take pictures of the fascinating scenery. After a relaxing lunch, we typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching our campsite. Once we arrive at our camping place, we take a brief rest, and have a light snack with tea or coffee. Further, we might enjoy a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhoods or enjoy some games or some chats with our group members while the cook and helpers prepare dinner. Finally, our guide briefs us on next day’s program before we go for a sleep.
It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.For more information
Equipment and Packing List
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Around Dhaulagiri Trek itinerary is planned with high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to death. The higher the altitude the lesser will be the oxygen in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Since, our body needs many days to adapt the less-oxygen environment. Our itineraries generally allow sufficient time to acclimatize. So, for a safe trek it is absolutely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. Himalayan Glacier advises especially the guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff
. Himalayan Glacier's itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.
Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements
Himalayan Glacier only employs trained Nepalese leaders and local staffs. By employing and training local people, they put something back into their communities. Himalayan Glacier currently trains all its Guides in the following courses and Visitors' Trek leader will be one of the fully trained Trek Leader.
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
- Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Government's Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Center of Nepal.
- Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association Of Nepal)
- English Language - KEEP
- Conservation and Biodiversity - KEEP
- Rock and Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (optional) by Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trek Leaders obviously speak English language. But we should consider English is not Nepalese's mother language and this enables a Himalayan Glacier's traveler to pick up and use a few of the local greetings and get first hand experience of the local culture. The guides and porters know the route direction like the back of their hand. They practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country.
Himalayan Glacier's operation is smooth as a safety concern. There will be one leader, one assistance leader and one Sherpa porter on each group of two visitors. This ensures if in case one get sick, it would not disturb the itinerary and the trip still runs as planed as in itinerary. We have to consider that our group start from 2 members and maximum it goes up to 12 members which will be a good team to communicate and facilitate in every manner.
Porters Protection: Each trekker is allowed his or her gear bag weighted not exceeding 15kgs/33 pounds. Himalayan Glacier strongly stands on porters' rights and solely against any exploitation on its operations. Further, Himalayan Glacier closely works with IPPG (International Porters Progress Group).
Responsible tourism practice:Trekking in the areas like Everest, Annapurna and Langtang will be gentle during the recent days. Himalayan Glacier, therefore, does its best to reduce minimal impact on each trip to the mountain. All Himalayan Glacier trips aim for "zero footprint" impact on the natural environment. Himalayan Glacier enforces number of do"s and don"ts for its visitors and staffs when out in the wilderness. Himalayan Glacier and Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) had done some clean up campaigns in the past and supported other environment awareness activities. read more...
September, October and November in Autumn and mid March, April and May during the spring are considered as the best months for trekking to hidden valley and crossing technical French (5360m /17580ft) and Thapa Pass (5258m /17240ft) sections.
Trip Start Dates and Price
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