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Dhaulagiri Trekking

The Mountain Dhaulagiri located at the western part of Nepal is the best destined area for trekking. Trekking in Dhaulagiri is a bit hard as it includes 15 different peaks above 7000 m.

Dhaulagiri trekking offers you an ample opportunity to explore the thrilling region that has been recently opened like the Gandaki Gorge, the deepest Gorge in the world. The seventh tallest peak in the world Dhaulagiri is also known as White Mountain as the Mountain remains covered with white snow all around it.

Dhaulagiri trekking is a challenging trek appropriate for those trekkers that has excellent physical condition and wishes to go to remote trekking area of Nepal following beautiful glaciers and crossing high snowcapped passes. Dhaulagiri towers high above the well-trekked Muktinath pilgrim along the trail of the Kali Gandaki Valley and screens the hidden lands of Dolpo to its north, and western hills to the west.

Dhaulagiri trekking offers unparalleled and impressing scenery along with very interesting indigenous people. The trek is interesting as we follow the rivers upstream, ferns and forests of oak, deciduous trees, rhododendron blaze and abundant other flowers on the trail. The popular high mountain passes include French Pass (5360m) and Dhampus Pass (5250m/ 17,220ft).

Trip Highlights

Dhaulagiri Base Camp, French Pass, Dhampus Pass, Hidden Valley, Kaligandaki River Gorge, Annapurna Himalayan Range, Various ethnic groups.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day.

Day 03:Kathmandu - Pokhara - Baglung by bus (9h) - Beni (817m).

Day 04:Beni - Babichor (950m) in 5h.

Day 05:Babichor - Dharapani (1500m) in 6h.

Day 06:Dharapani - Muri (1840m) in 6h.

Day 07:Muri - Boghara (2080m) in 7h.

Day 08:Boghara - Dobang (2880m) in 6h.

Day 09:Dobang - Camp at 3200m in 5h.

Day 10:Camp at 3200m - Italians Camp (3700m) in 3h30.

Day 11:Italians Camp. Acclamatization and rest day.

Day 12:Italians Camp -Camp at 4300m in 5h.

Day 13:Camp at 4300m - Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750m) in 4h30.

Day 14:Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Acclamatization and rest day.

Day 15:Dhaulagiri Base Camp - French Pass (5400m) - Camp in the " Hidden Valley " (5050m)

Day 16:Camp in the " Hidden Valley " - Thapa Pass (5230m) - Yak Kharka (4400m) in 6h.

Day 17:Yak Kharka - Tukuche (2591m) in 5h.

Day 18:Tukuche - Ghasa (2012m) in 4h30.

Day 19:Ghasa - Tatopani (1189m) in 4h30.

Day 20:Tatopani - Beni (817m).

Day 21:Beni - Baglung in 3h, then bus to Pokhara.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day.

Day 03:Kathmandu - Pokhara - Baglung by bus (9h) - Beni (817m).
3-hour walk.The trail the Kalihandaki River valley to Beni.

Day 04:Beni - Babichor (950m) in 5h.

Pleasant walk through the fields along Myagdi Khola Valley.

Day 05:Babichor - Dharapani (1500m) in 6h.

Wonderful panorama over vast terraced field areas.

Day 06:Dharapani - Muri (1840m) in 6h.

We gradually climb up through fire tree forests.

Day 07:Muri - Boghara (2080m) in 7h.

The valley narrows and villages become less numerous. Along the trail meadows give way to woods then terraced fields. Great vistas of Dhaulagiri I (8091m), Gurja Himal (7193m) and Ghustung Sud (6465m).

Day 08:Boghara - Dobang (2880m) in 6h.

Up and down along the Myagdi Khola in an untamed setting: dense forest and impressive waterfalls.

Day 09:Dobang - Camp at 3200m in 5h.

We continue up through a gradually-thinning forest.

Day 10:Camp at 3200m - Italians Camp (3700m) in 3h30.

Our first meeting with the glaciers. A magical panorama: just opposite, the impressive west face of Dhaulagiri I stares at us, on our right side is Manapati, and behind, the fantastic great wall of the Tsaurabong Peak.

Day 11:Italians Camp. Acclimatization and rest day.

Day 12:Italians Camp -Camp at 4300m in 5h.

By a steep trail, cluttered with moraines we approach the Myagdi Khola springs. We then start our progression along the Chhonbardan glacier.

Day 13:Camp at 4300m - Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750m) in 4h30.

The climb is now easier. We establish our campsite opposite an ice-fall, set between Dhaulagiri II, II, IV and V on one side and Dhaulagiri I and the Tukuche Peak on the other.

Day 14:Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Acclimatization and rest day.

Day 15:Dhaulagiri Base Camp - French Pass (5400m)

Camp in the " Hidden Valley " (5050m) in 5h. splendid view from the pass of Dhaulagiri I and the peaks surrounding the Hidden valley: Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal et Tashi Kang.

Day 16:Camp in the " Hidden Valley " - Thapa Pass (5230m)

Yak Kharka (4400m) in 6h. A short climb takes us up to the pass. Magnificent panorama of the Annapurna massif and the Nilgiris.

Day 17:Yak Kharka - Tukuche (2591m) in 5h.

The path descends zigzagging along mountainside.

Day 18:Tukuche - Ghasa (2012m) in 4h30.

We follow the Annapurna circuit route, along the Kali Gandaki river.

Day 19:Ghasa - Tatopani (1189m) in 4h30.

The trail now high above the Kali Gandaki passes through narrow gorges-regarded as the deepest and steepest in the world- and takes us to Tatopani - literally "hot spring".

Day 20:Tatopani - Beni (817m).

Day 21:Beni - Baglung in 3h,

Bus back to Pokhara.

Trip Cost US$ 2,145 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • Two night deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on B/B, Before and after the trek, Hotel Access Nepal Pvt. Ltd.
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle .
  • All your stander Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and a cup of tea or coffee during the breakfast only.
  •  Tea House and camping accommodation during the trek with all the camping arrangment.
  •  A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder Guide, his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine.
  •  Required numbr of porters including all expenses with insurence.
  •  National Park permits.
  •  TIMS (trekkers’ information management System.)
  • All ground transportation.
  •  All our government taxes.
  •  Official expanse
Cost Excludes:
  • Food and extra night at hotel and activities whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance. (compulsory)
  • International air fare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.

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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions

Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking  disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.

Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.

If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.

1.      Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.

If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.

Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.

If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.

Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.

Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.

2.      Is trekking expensive?

This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.

You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.

Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!

3.      What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.

Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.

If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.

4.      What are the things I need to pack?

There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.

To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-

http://www.thelongestwayhome.com/travel-resources/trekking/equipment-gear-needed-for-trekking-in-nepal.html

5.      Do I need special permission to trek?

You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.

Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-

http://www.taan.org.np/pages/trekking-permit-fees

6.      Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.

7.      What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.

8.      What kind of accommodation should I expect?

Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking

1.      Tea house trekking:

You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.

Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.

The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.

2.      Camp treks

In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.

 

9.      What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-

  1. Attain height gradually and slowly
  2. As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
  5. Eat high caloric food
  6. Avoid smoking or drinking

11. How to diagnose AMS?

In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tiredness
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Feeling unsteady
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:

  1. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  2. Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  3. Take complete rest until you feel well
  4. Do not exercise
  5. Do not smoke
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  8. Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.

12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.

In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.

Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.

13. Can I trek solo?

To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.

A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.

Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.

14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?

Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.

In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.

15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?

Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.

In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.

Conclusion

The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at info@excitingnepal.com

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  • Group Size: 2 (minimum)
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  • Season: Jan, Feb, March, April, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
  • Grade Info: Strenious
  • Transportation: Car / Van /Bus
  • Total Days: 19 days
  • Walking Hour: 6 to 8 hours

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