This trek offers the less touristic and wild trekking route of Dhaulagiri region, natural diversities, wide varieties of vegetation including immense rhododendron blooming flowers in spring season, different wild animals, massive French Pass, spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan range, cultural exploration of ethnic Magar and Thakali etc.
Though, we should not reach in high altitude during the pass, ice and snow covered trails make difficult and challenging for this trek. From Italian Base Camp until you arrive in Yak Kharka, we should make super attention in windy and snowy weather for stone falling from the steep, land slide, avalanche, crevasse etc. If densely snow falls in Hidden Valley, it can be the most difficult to move from there according to slope geographic figure.
We kindly suggest for all the trekkers to take experience staffs who can find the exact trekking trails because it can be changed in every season due to weather according to our experience successfully organizing this trek two times for our French clients in autumn season 2013 and in autumn season 2014.
Trip Summery in facts Trip Title: Dhaulagiri Round Trek Maximum Elevation: 5050m. Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day. Trip Duration: 22 days Mode of Operation: Tea House Lodge + Tented Camping Trek Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov. Trip Grade: Moderate and strenuous. Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18
Outline Itinerary: Dhaulagiri Round Trek Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast included. Day 02 : Kathmandu - Pokhara 6 hours by tourist bus and transfer to hotel comfort bed and breakfast included. Day 03 : Pokhara – Beni by tourist bus 4 hours and Beni - Darbang (1190m) by local bus 2 hours. Overnight camping. Day 04 : Trek Darbang - Dharapani (1300m) 4 hours. Overnight camping. Day 05 : Trek Dharapani - Muri (1980m) 6 hours . Overnight camping. Day 06 : Trek Muri - Boghara (2120m) 5 hours . Overnight camping. Day 07 : Trek Boghara - Dobang (2510m) 6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 08 : Trek Dobang - Sallagari (3100m) 5 hours. Overnight camping. Day 09 : Trek Sallagari - Italian Base Camp (3620m) 3 hours. Overnight camping. Day 10 : Trek Italian Base Camp - High Camp (4200m) 5 hours. Overnight camping. Day 11 : Trek High Camp - Dhaulahgiri Base Camp (4680m) 4 hours. Overnight camping. Day 12 : Rest day acclimatization. Overnight camping. Day 13 : Trek Dhaulagiri Base Camp - Hidden Valley (5050m) 6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 14 : Trek Hidden Valley - Yak Kharka (3800m) 6 hours. Overnight camping. Day 15 : Trek Yak Kharka - Marpha 4 hours. Overnight in Lodge. Day 16 : Trek Marpha – Ghasha 6 hours. Overnight in Lodge. Day 17 : Trek Ghasha - Tatopani 5 hours. Overnight in Lodge. Day 18 : Tatopani - Beni - Pokhara 5 hours by local bus and transfer to hotel comfort bed and breakfast included. Day 19 : Pokhara - Kathmandu 6 hours by tourist bus and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast included. Day 20 : International departure.
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-2 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast included.
-2 nights comfort hotel near Fewa lake bed and breakfast included.
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project & TIMS cards.
-Accommodation in tea house Lodge and Tented Camping with foam mattress.
-Camping equipment: sleeping tents with foam mattress, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables, utensils, etc.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook and porters.
-Kathmandu - Pokhara round trip by tourist bus.
-Pokhara - Beni - Darbang by local bus, Tatopani - Beni - Pokhara by local bus.
-An experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, cook & porters.
-13 % compulsory government and local taxes.
-Nepal tourist visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained up on arrival.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara city and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag -20 degree etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.
Clothing & Equipment Check List: 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. Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required) Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal) Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional) Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash Extras/Luxuries
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow