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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 21 Days

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Overview

Do you enjoy remote and demanding Himalayan adventure trekking trips? Dhaulagiri is a perfect Himalayan trekking experience if you are trekking in the area of the world's seventh highest peak. Mount Dhaulagiri, at an elevation of 8,167 meters above sea level, stands tallest among the range's mountain peaks.

You will trek for several days near the Dhaulagiri range, with a spectacular view of the Himalayan massifs of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Technically, trekking in the Dhaulagiri area is a difficult and adventurous journey that will take you through numerous high passes, difficult terrains, and high Himalayan pastures. Given the lack of resources and the rugged terrain, it is one of Nepal's most remote and difficult treks. The trek takes you through Nepal's middle hilly region and up into the high mountains of the western Himalayan range.

You will witness the cultural riches of one of the wonderful ethnic groups, the Magar, in addition to the remote and daunting adventure in the Himalayas.


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Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival in Kathmandu.

Your trip starts today when you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our ANA representative at the airport. He'll be carrying an ANA board with your name written on it. Then you will be transferred to the hotel.  After you check into the hotel, our representative will brief you about your trip. Then free till pick up time for the welcome dinner. In your spare time, you can relax, walk around the hotel, go shopping for necessities, and so on.

Day 02
Heritage Tour of Kathmandu.

We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include;We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include; Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple: The oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley, Swoyambhunath is an important Buddhist spiritual site having the history over two thousand years old. This site has gained a popular name as monkey temple as this small forested hill is a good habitat for hundreds of monkeys. The visit there will heighten your spiritual and cultural experience. Patan City including Patan Durbar Square: A tour to medieval city of Patan gives you a great insight about ethnic Newari culture, Budhhist spirituality, religious harmony, art and architecture while you stroll around the charismatic alleys taking you to magnificent local community squares known as Bahal and eventually leading you to an incredible medieval palace square. The monuments and skill of the local artisans displayed on those monuments in the square will stun you with their unbelievable charm. Boudhanath Stupa: The largest of its kind in the world, this magnificent stupa is a very important center of faith for the people following Tibetan Buddhism. This place is nice Circular Square with the stunning stupa in the middle of it which spreads a lot of spiritual vibrations around the atmosphere.

Day 03
Kathmandu – Beni – 850 m.

Take an early morning breakfast and go to the bus station to catch the bus to Beni, a beautiful town about 300 km west of Kathmandu. The drive will take through beautiful scenic places of Nepa. After about 9 hours of drive, you reach the town of Beni. Stay overnight there.

Day 04
Beni – Babiyachaur – 950 m.

Start the trek to Babiyachaur today after breakfast. The trek goes along the beautiful bank of Myagdi Khola. The trail also passes through different local villages giving you a rich cultural experience; you will walk past the natural hot spring and eventually reach Babiyachaur. Stay overnight there.

Day 05
Babiyachaur – Dharapani – 1400 m.

The trek today will take you to Dharapani. Start the trek after breakfast and walk the trail along the valley. Reach Dharapani and stay overnight there.

Day 06
Dharapani – Muri – 1850 m.

The walk for today will go for about 5 hours in the trail that goes mostly uphill today. Passing through different villages, the trail heads towards Muri, a beautiful ethnic Magar settlement. Stay overnight there.

Day 07
Muri – Boghara – 2080 m.

The walk today will involve a lot of walking on the uphill and downhill trail. About 6 hours of walk today will take you to the village of Boghara. You will experience a beautiful nature while walking towards Boghara passing through different other villages, forested area and beautiful terrains. You will also have beautiful view of Himalayan peaks. Stay overnight at Boghara.

Day 08
Boghara – Dobang – 2520 m.

The trek today also passes through local villages, terraced fields, forested area that you will come across while traversing the uphill and downhill trail. About 5 hours that you spend on the trail today will bring you across the wonders the nature has created. Reach Dobang and stay overnight there.

Day 09
Dobang – Choriban Khola – 3110 m.

The trek today will bring you face to face with the west face of Mt. Dhaulagiri. You are still following the Myagdi Khola on your trails. Mostly uphill walk today takes you about 5 hours to reach the destination for today, Choriban Khola. Stay overnight there.

Day 10
Choroban Khola – Italian Base Camp – 3660 m.

The walk today is very interesting as you will be walking on a glacier and the walk will also bring you the spectacular views of Tukche Peak, Dahulagiri and many other mountain peaks in the Himalayas. After about 7 hours of walk, you reach the Italian Base Camp to stay overnight.

Day 11
Acclimatization Day.

Spend an extra day at the Italian Base Camp and take some small walks around to adjust yourself at the high altitude atmosphere. Stay overnight.

Day 12
Italian Base Camp – Glacier Camp – 4210 m.

A careful walk to the Glacier Camp today will take you to the elevation of 4210 meters above sea level. After about 6 hours of walk takes you to the Glacier camp where you will spend the night today.

Day 13
Glacier Camp – Dhaulagiri Base Camp – 4740 m.

The walk to day will go to the Dhaulagiri base camp at the elevation of 4740 meters above sea level. You will witness the incredible views of the Dhaulagiri mountain peaks today. Stay overnight.

Day 14
Acclimatization Day.

Spend a day here at the base camp to acclimatize yourself for an even higher altitude that you are going tomorrow. Overnight at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 15
Dhaulagiri Base Camp – Hidden Valley – 5200 m.

After breakfast start the trek to the highest elevation of the entire trek, French Pass at 5360 meters above sea level, through the glacier and moraine. You will have a breathtaking view of the mountain peaks for the French Pass. All those mountain peaks surround the Hidden Valley which is the destination for today. All the impressive mountains in the Dhaulagiri range will leave you awestruck and make your stay at the Hidden Valley a fantastic one.

Day 16
Hidden Valley – Yak Kharka – 3680 m.

After an incredible time at the Hidden Valley, walk to Yak Kharka today crossing another beautiful mountain pass, Dhampus pass at the elevation of 5200 meters above sea level. Stay overnight at Yak Kharka.

Day 17
Yak Kharka – Jomsom – 2710 m.

Walk to Jomsom today vial Marpha village alongside the Kali Gandaki river. Jomsom is a beautiful mountain town which is about 5 hours trekking distance from Yak Kharka. Stop at Marpha village to have a look on the beautiful apple orchards and apple brandy which is very famous local product.

Day 18
Jomsom – Pokhara – 900 m.

Take an early morning flight to Pokhara. A short mountain flight of 20 minutes will land you at the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Drive to hotel and check in. Later, go for sightseeing tour of Pokhara. Boating, cave exploring etc.

Day 19
Pokhara.

Spend an extra day at Pokhara for some adventure sports like paragliding, zip lining, ultra-light flight, bungee jumping etc. or simply take a leisurely walk on the lake side; find some massage to relax.

Day 20
Pokhara – Kathmandu.

Day 21
Departure Day.

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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping


OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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What is Included

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 star category with breakfast.
  • Half day Kathmandu sightseeing with an English/ any other foreign language speaking city guide.
  • Land transportation from Kathmandu to Bhandar.
  • Domestic flight Lukla-Kathmandu.
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park permit.
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System.
  • An experienced and first aid trained license holder accompanying trekking guide.
  • Equipped and insured trekking porter (one porter for 2 persons, one porter carries 25 KG.).
  • Meals, insurance, salary, equipment, accommodation, transportation of our trekking crew.
  • Tea House accommodation on twin or multi sharing basis during the trek.
  • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges).
  • Farewell dinner.

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What is Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Domestic airport tax.
  • Your Travel/Medical insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Hot shower while on trek.
  • Single supplements in hotels except solo trekking service.
  • Bar bills and laundry.
  • Battery Charges( Available during trek with Extra cost).
  • Optional trips not specified in the itinerary.
  • Tipping to guide and porter.
  • -Personal trekking equipment.
  • Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage).
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