Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
Dates: April 6th-28th 2019
Location: Beni, Dhaulagiri
10-15 meetup members with experience trekking at high altitude who want to tackle one of Nepal most challenging treks!
This unforgettable adventure will take you into the heart of some the highest mountains in the world. From farming villages in the Himalayan foothills to high alpine pastures, uninhabited valleys and close-up views of several peaks over 8,000 meters, this trek is breathtaking and exciting at every stage. As a circuit trek, there is no retracing of your footsteps in the second half of the trip.
As we slowly gain elevation from our start at 850 meters to 3110 meters over 7 days, we will stay in tea houses. From there, the next 7 nights, including two acclimatization days, will be spent in tents at elevations ranging from 3660 to 5200 meters. We will spend time at both Italian Basecamp and Dhaulagiri Base camp. The final day we will trek to Jomsom at 2710 meters where we will stay in a tea house before our drive to Pokhara and then on back to Kathmandu.
This trek has the reputation as one of the toughest in Nepal and most suitable for those with previous experience trekking at altitudes above 5,000m. We will tackle several days above 5,000m including 2 mountain passes with snowy conditions and no easy way down. Adding to the challenge is the cold.
Highlights: High Mountain passes, Views on several 7,000-8,000m peaks
Adventure Rating: 5/5 Rugged, Strenuous, High Altitude
Solitude Rating: 5/5 Quiet, Remote, Off the beaten track
Location/Terrain: Multiple high passes, trekking in snow, cold temperatures
As Always >>> A full gear list will be provided
While international airfare is not included, a group flight can be arranged so we all travel together.
Deposit >>> $375 to secure your spot on this trek
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• Full rescue insurance
• All ground transportation
• Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
• All Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) during trek
• Tent accommodation during the trek (2 people per tent)
• Experienced guide, porters, food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment
• Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek)
• Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
• Safe drinking water, boiled/iodine tablets.
• First aid medical kit bag
• All necessary permits for the trek
• All government and local taxes
• Office service charges
• Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
• International airfare
• Nepal entry visa
• All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, juice, etc.
• Personal shopping and laundry, phone, etc.
• Personal trekking equipment
• Tips for trekking crews
Host: Erik Davies is a former public interest lawyer currently substitute teaching in Appleton, WI, where he lives with his wife. He has a longstanding passion for traveling and the outdoors, sharing the beauty of nature with others. Previous highlights include trekking Slovenia’s Julian Alps, Hawaii’s Kalalau trail, Tour de Mont Blanc, Peru’s Huayhuash Circuit, Alaska’s Chilkoot trail, the Juan de Fuca trail in British Colubia, the Himalayas in Ladakh, India, and the Grand Canyon. His experience trekking to Everest Base Camp with the Nick of the Woods group in 2017 inspired him to offer this alternative, more off the beaten track Nepal trek that promises beauty, serenity and a well deserved sense of accomplishment. Please join us!