Dhaulagiri Round Trekking - 22 Days

Trip facts

Trip Code: GHA-DRT-35
Duration: 22 Days
Best Season: Mar - May/Sep - Nov
Max. Altitude: 5000 M.
Trip Grade: Strenuous
Accommodations: Lodge/ Tent
Transportation: Private Vehicle

Dhaulagiri- one of the most popular 8000m peak is yet another trekking destination for trek lovers. Recognized as the 7th highest peak in the world, Dhaulagiri offers the almost unique rising above terrain experience rising to 7000m over the Kaligandaki gorge to the south east in about 30 km of aerial distance.

Dhaulagiri round trekking is least crowded and provides you with the most silent offers of camping trek in the lap of incredibly beautiful nature. Dhaulagiri which is one pole to the George of Kali Gandaki Valley, lying on other side is Annapurna-.(AnnapuraI trekking is also a major treekinf in Nepal.)

Passing over 5000m plus altitude, Dhaulagiri round trek is an extremely challenging trek route in Nepal. The direct encounter with exceedingly beautiful Hidden Valley allows the trekkers to feel the highest peaks in the world as close as possible. Major highlight of the trek includes diverse culture, treading through different types of forests to treeless zone and getting close to peaks like Dhaulagiri and Dhampus Peak.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek starts from Beni crossing many cultivated fields and forest and villages along the Myagdi Khola. The diversified culture of gurung, chhetri and magar will excite you with joy and support. You will get the most dangerous but adventurous chances to encounter face to face with semi-wild yak herds, mountain sheep or the elusive snow leopard.

After walking up Chonbarden gorge towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp you'll cross the French Pass into Hidden Valley. After crossing Dhampus, you descent to lower altitude to Jomson to end the dhaulagiri round trek.

Recommended Season

September to Mid December
March to May

Trip Grading

For trekkers who are searching little more adventure in the Himalayas it fits the most. It require you to be perfectly fit and have history of trekking experiences. Walking up to 5-6 hours daily, you can easily accomplish it. Before leaving to trek don't forget to do little warm-ups and stretching.

Itienery Overview

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport & transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Full day Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Beni, 8-9 hours walking.
Day 04: Drive to Durban then trek to Dharapani (1565m), 4-5 hrs walking.
Day 05: Trek to Muri (1,850m), 6-7 hrs walking.
Day 06: Trek to Boghara (2050m), 7-8 hrs walking.
Day 07: Trek to Dhoban (2630m), 5-6 hrs walking.
Day 08: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3500m), 6-7 hrs walking.
Day 09: Acclomatization Day in IBC.
Day 10: Trek to Global Glacier camp (4250m), 4-5 hrs walking.
Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4650m), 4-5 hrs walking.
Day 12: Acclimatization Day at DBC, O/N at tent with BLD basis.
Day 13: Trek to French Cole (5360m), 4-5 hrs walking.
Day 14: Trek to Hidden valley camp (5000m).
Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m), 5-6 hrs walking.
Day 16: Trek to Marpha (2,665m), 2-3 hra walking.
Day 17: Trek to Ghasa (2010m), 5-6 hrs walking.
Day 18: Trek to Tatopani (1190m), 4-5 hrs wallking.
Day 19: Drive back to Pokhara (890m), 5-6 walking.
Day 20: Lesiure day in Pokhara.
Day 21: Drive back to Kathmandu, 5-6 hours.
Day 22: Transfer to Airport for your final departure.

[NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]

Useful Informations

Helicopter Rescue
While traveling in the remote area of the mountain, you may suffer for the various health problems, injuries and even the altitude sickness. Hence you have to prepare before upcoming destination is this mountain land. Make sure the policy of the insurance company provides should cover the process of giving you the service of Helicopter rescue from the mountains in case of Altitude Sickness or other accidents during your trip.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport & transfer to hotel.
Our representative will meet you in airport and transfer to hotel. After refreshment move for sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. O/N at hotel with BB basis.

Day 02: Full day Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation.
Today, After morning breakfast you'll visit different historical and cultural sites of the Kathmandu valley with our professional guide. You will go for the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Boudhanath stupa and visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit hitorical Kathmandu Durbar square with temple, unique architectures and kumari (living goddess).Overnight at hotel with BB basis.

Day 03: Drive to Beni, 8-9 hrs walking.
Today, After morning breakfast you will drive to Beni through the Pokhara. O/N at Hotel with BB Basis.

Day 04: Drive to Durban then trek to Dharapani (1565m), 4-5 hrs walking.
Today, After breakfast you will drive to the Durbang, the road is not good, its stone-paved road. After lunch in Durbang you will start climb further to a beautiful village name called Dharapani. O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 05: Trek to Muri (1,850m), 6-7 hrs walking.
Today, Trek goes steep up to Muri from where you will enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and other mountains.O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 06: Trek to Boghara (2050m), 7-8 hrs walking.
Today, its starts with easy walking down for few hours untill Phedi but near to Boghata you have to climb a steep path for a couple of hours.O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 07: Trek to Dhoban (2630m), 5-6 hrs walking.
Today, the path is quite difficult and sometimes you will need the help of the ropes. The trail descends down to a small ridge then crosses forest to Jyarden. Finally, cross the rocky part to arrive at Dhoban. O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 08: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3500m), 6-7 hrs walking.
Today, you will walk passing through beautiful forest we rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around. Finally reaching the IBC where you will set up your tent just front of the west wall of the Dhaulagiri. You are rapidly gaining altitude, make yourself confident and take it easy. O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 09: Acclomatization Day in IBC,
Today is your first Acclimatization day, since there is little exploring to be had, this is a day to relax because tomarrow we will have a tough day. Do exercise, move around, make some hiking and properly acclimatize with the altitude. O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 10: Trek to Global Glacier camp (4250m), 4-5 hrs walking.
Today, you will cross the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb onto the main glacier. The surrounding are spectacular, which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. Probably the glacier crossing would require the use of rope.

Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4650m), 4-5 hrs walking.
Today is your most interesting day, that you are reaching 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 DBC. During walking, enjoy the magnificent north face of Dhaulagiri. O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 12: Acclimatization Day at DBC
Today is your second acclimatization day, next day you will be at an altitude of 5000-6000 m, hence so this day is essential. Even when we are acclimatizing, health experts recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 13: Trek to French Cole (5360m), 4-5 hrs walking.
Today, your destination is French Cole. Hidden valley getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires a rope , but once over the steep moraine walks we are in safer and gentler country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col. O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 14: Trek to Hidden valley camp (5000m),
Today, Acclimatize, explore around surrounding peaks and valley. O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m), 5-6 hrs walking.
Today, you will cross over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descends steeply to Yak Kharka. Then trail descends down untill we reach at our today's final destination yak Kharka. O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 16: Trek to Marpha (2,665m), 2-3 hrs walking.
Today, you will have short more steep descend leads to Marpha. After a few hours walking in the snow, we pass the top of the Marpha pass. Marpha is the warehouse of apple in Nepal so you will have wonderful different made by apple even also you can try apple brandy. O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 17: Trek to Ghasa (2010m), 5-6 hrs walking.
This all the way is easy flat down to Ghasa at the bank of Kaligandaki river through the beautiful pine forest. You will cross very beautiful village name Tukuche and Kalapani, From Kalapani you will have magnificent view of two giant mountain Mt. Annapurna at left hand side and Mt. Dhaulagiri at right hand side. The deepest gorge in the world is near Ghasa at Kaligandaki river. O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 18: Trek to Tatopani (1190m), 4-5 hrs walking.
Today, you will walk easy flat down to Tatopani, it can take four hours, then you will naturally hot bath in hot spring. You will have wonderful time at hot spring with cold beer. O/N at Tent camp with BLD Basis.

Day 19: Drive back to Pokhara (890m), 5-6 hrs.
Today,  After morning breakfast you will drive back to Pokhara. O/N at hotel with BB Basis.

Day 20: Lesiure day in Pokhara.
Today, you will have sightseeing around pokhara and boating at fewa lake. O/N at hotel with BB Basis.

Day 21: Drive back to Kathmandu, 5-6 hours.
Today is your free day for shopping things of Nepal as a soviniour for you family, relatives and friends. O/N at hotel with BB Basis.

Day 22: Transfer to Airport for your final departure.
Today, Global Holidays Adventure representative will transfer you to the airport for you onwards destination.

[NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]

Price Include

  1. International & Domestic Airport transport as per the program.
  2. Standard twin sharing Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu as per the program.
  3. Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  4. All standard 3 Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner ) during the trek.
  5. Necessary camping equipment.
  6. Local Sherpa Licensed English Speaking guide.
  7. The required number of Local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  8. Food, accommodation, Salary, Equipment, Medicine and insurance for all staff.
  9. Necessary Entry Permit  (Dhaulagiri Area Trekking permit) & Traveler TIMS Card.
  10. Global Holidays Sleeping Baggage and Duffel Baggage, ( Refundable )
  11. All necessary surface transport from Kathmand and to Kathmandu.
  12. Global Holidays Adventure's T-shirt ( Complementary)
  13. Welcome & Farewell Dinner in typical Nepali Restaurent with cultural dance show ( Complementary)
  14. All Government Taxes and official expenses.

Price Exclude

  1. International Airfare and necessary Airport taxes.
  2. Nepal Entry Visa Fees (bring accurate USD cash and two Passport photographs)
  3. Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
  4. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu bacause of early return form mountain or late departure.
  5. Temple & Monastaries Entry fees in Kathmandu and trekking.
  6. Travel Insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  7. All Personal & Bar Expenses in Kathmandu and during the trek.
  8. Tips for trekking staff and driver ( Tipping is expected ).
  9. Personal Necessary trekking equipment ( see the trekking equipment page.
  10. Any others expenses which are not mentioned above

Why TREKKING IN NEPAL ?
Trekking in Nepal provides an excellent opportunity to observe the local culture of the people and enjoy the beauty of nature undisturbed by the incluence of modernity. The diversity of Nepal's nature and range of exotic culture make this country ideal for trekking. This makes trekking in Nepal most popular. Besides, where else can you stand at the foot of the tallest mountains in the world.

WHERE IS NEPAL ?
Nepal is located in South Asia and is bordered by China to the North and India to the East, West and South. Nepal is also country of World highest peak Mt. Everest.

HOW CAN I ENTER NEPAL ?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.

There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Culcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa & Varanasi.

Visa Info: Entry Visa fees- at present US$ 25 for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry to Nepal. You can take visa after landing Nepal in Tribhuwan International Airport.

WHAT IS TREKKING ?
Trekking is an adventure activity that generally involves walking from one place to another every day.

WHY TREK WITH GLOBAL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE ?
Trek with us because we provide you the best quality service and the most reasonable price. We organized everything for you to make a smooth and enjoyable trip allowing you to get the most out of your time in Nepal. Also, our company is registered in different government bodies & non-profit organizations of Nepal such as the Tourism Board, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal, Nepal Mounteering Association, Kathmandu Environmental Education Project.

WHAT IS A TEA HOUSE TREK ?
Tea House are local lodges where you get to eat and sleep during your trek. There are plenty of tea houses across all the trekking routes in Nepal. A tea house trek means that you get to stop and rest each day at a tea house during your trekking period. Unlike camping treks you don't have to carry food, tents and other items during a tea house trek.

Camping trek: Camping treks require us to carry tents, Kitchen gear, food and other equipments. Unlike tea house treks camping treks are more adventures.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR FOR TREKKING ?
In Nepal, there are two seasons which are considered prime time for trekking. These times range from Feb-May and Sep-Nov. There are places to visit during Monsoon season ( June-August), such as Mustang and Upper West part of the Annapurna Circuit, as these treks are in the "Rain Shadow" and virtually untouched by Nepal Monsoon. Our Philosophy is simple. We believe in " Sustainable Tourism through eco friendly practices'.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN NEPAL ?
Nepal is an extremely diverse country for its size. The temperature can range from extremely hot ( 37-40C) in the lower Terai regions, to negative temperatures in the northern, mountainous regions. Feb-May and Sep-Nov are prime trekking times due to the lovely climate. There is ample sun in the day time and only slightly chilly at night. Monsoon ( June-Aug) can get very hot and humid-with showers usually in the early morning and late afternoon.

WHAT TYPE OF SHAPE DO I NEED FOR THIS TRIP ?
GHA offers trekking opportunities for all every age and fitness level. Our treks are graded on difficulty level, 1 being the easiest and 5 being for advanced trekkers. The level of difficulty is based on the altitude and natural terrain of the trek. The difficulty levels for eash trek can be found on each indivisual itinerary of both our website and brochures.

IS SOMEONE GOING TO METT ME AT THE AIRPORT ?
Our airport representative will come to the airport to pick up. We will be displaying a play card Global Holidays Adventure with your name on it. You need a visa to Nepal. You can easily get a visa upon your arrival in TIA airport, Kathmandu on paying US$. 40 for a month US$. 100 for three
months.

DO I HAVE PRE_DEPARTURE MEETING ?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the Hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek leader.

While briefing, please bring passport, 3 copies of passport size photos, travel insurance, writing pen and notepad.

HOW DO I PAY TO GLOBAL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE ?
After the trip confirmation you will send around 25% advance deposited by wire transfer to GHA Bank Account and remaining you can pay after your arrival by Cash or Credit Card but to pay by credit card there will be extra 4% bank service charge. Now Traveller Cheque is not acceptable as per the rule & regulation of Nepal Rastra Bank. We accept visa card, master card & National Card.  

WHAT SORT OF ACCOMMODATION CAN EXPECT IN KATHMANDU AND IN TREKKING ?
In Kathmandu: Here are all kind of Hotel simple to 5* hotel. It's depends on your demand but normally in our trekking package we use standard rooms from 3* or 4* on BB Basis.

During Trekking: You will have teahouse/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can offer GHA sleeping baggage if needed but it's good idea to bring your own always. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. And you will have twin sharing tent with matteress in camping trek.

Toilet Facilities During Trekking: On, Trek commmon toilet facilities are available at tea house. Now some teahouse have attached bathroom.

Shower Facilities: You will have hot shower in all teahouse but some place there isnot hot shower, we will provide you hot water in bucket for shower.

WHAT IS THE GROUP SIZE FOR TREK ?
There are no restrictions on the size of a group. We organize trekking to an individual as well as a group and services will be same.

IS IT POSSIBLE TOORGANIZE MY OWN PERSONAL GROUP ?
It is possible to organize your own trekking group. Simply book with us online or in one of our trekking offices in Bhagawan Baha, Thamel, Kathmandu and we will get your next Himalayan adventure sorted. You may choose to have a private group, or keep it open, in which case other travellers can join your group. We allow up to 8 people to join a group.

DO THE GUIDE AND SUPPORT STAFF SPEAK ENGLISH ?
Most of guides speak fluently English and some speak well. Some of the support staff do speak little English and some do not speak.

DO SOMEBODY CARRY OUR BACKPACK ?
Yes, Our Porters/sherpas will carry you heavy backpack and you will carry only the baypack.

WHAT IS OUR DAILY ROUTINE WHILE IN TREKKING ?
Daily Routine starting from 7 am. Wake-up 7 am, start trek before 8 after breakfast, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm lunch and trek end 3:30 to 4 pm. Time to read or nap before dinner. After dinner there is time to play cards, reflect on all the wondrous moments of your day and talk about tomorrow plan.

WHAT KIND OF FOOD CAN I EXPECT IN TREKKING ?
Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegerarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatos, Eggs, Dalbhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( Variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. YOu can always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will take on the way to distination.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER AND TEMPERATURE LIKE IN TREKKING ?
Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter ( January and February ) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to makes sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any condition. Expert the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during day time.

CAN I CHARGE MY CAMERA BATTERIES ON MY TRIP ?
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by playing some service. Remember to bring your adapters!!

IS THERE ANY COMMUNICATION WHILE WE ARE ON TREKKING ?
There are telephone in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls, Some place there is also interest access which you can use by paying some charges.

HOW MUCH ADDITIONAL MONEY DO I NEED PER DAY ?
In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 15-20 for lunch, dinner and drinks. It's all depends on your spending habits. US$ 15-20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in Trekking.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY ?
All of our guides are trained in basic first aid and can deal with the basic ailments that may occur on trek. In the event of an emergency Global Holidays Adventure will cover initial expenses of any rescue operation. It is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such an events as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. In the most frequented regions there are health posts, which have been established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

IS GLOBAL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE'S STAF F INSURED ?
Yes, GHA insures all our trekking staff including guide, cook, sherpa and porters.

IS THERE ANY COMMUNICATION WHILE WE ARE ON TREKKING ?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you?, I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

IS THE WATER OK TO DRINK ? DO I NEED TO BRING PURIFYING TABLETS/FILTER ?
There are telephone in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls, some place there is also interest access which you can use by paying some charges.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE AND PORTERS HOW MUCH WOULD THAT BE ?
In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you will need to bring with you.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE AND PORTERS HOW MUCH WOULD THAT BE ?
This is difficult things to tell. It's up to you from your heart by looking their work and support. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide.

WHAT ESSENTIAL DOCUMRNTS DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME ON TOUR ?

  • Valid passport, must be valid up to 6 months after return from your tour, keep a seperate photocopy.
  • Travel insurance, keep a seperate photocopy which you need to give to us before you leaving for trip.
  • Cash, keep numbers and proof of purchase seperate.
  • Flight ticket.
  • Emergency contact numbers for insurance & family contact.

CAN I ADD ESTRA DAYS TO MY TREKKING TRIP ?
A trekking holiday should be about making it to the final quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

IF I EXTEND MY HOLIDAY, ANY RECOMMENDATIONS ?
Yes, there are many options and choice to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.

  • Trisuli River Rafting
  • Chitwon Jungle Safari Package
  • Volunteering in School and Village
  • Kathmandu shopping Tour
  • Pokhara paraglading tour

WHAT IMMUNIZATIONS WILL I NEED ?
No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya but we do recommend you are covers for Diphtheria & TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and tetanus. We are recommend.

  • A dental check up prior to travelling
  • That you know your blood group in case of Emergency.

The Personal Equipment and items are individual interest & choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas. The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you many need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, Camera, sun cream & toilet paper etc. Should be carried by yourself so you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

Global Holidays Adventure will provide complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porters. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. you can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

GENERAL

  • 4 seasons sleeping bag ( Optional/ we can provide if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack or suitcase ( We will provide one complimentary GHD duffel bag gore you to Keep )
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket ( Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek. )


UPPER BODY-HEAD /EARS /EYES

  • Shade hat or baseball cap-some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.

  • Warm wool and synthetic hat that cover your ears.

  • Balaclava-lightweight, thinner variety.

  • Glacier glasses- 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case ( i.e Jumbo or Cube). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.

  • Headlamp- Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc so don't go cheap here.

  • Some people like ear-muffs; There are optional; a good hat balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people ( Optional)

  • A Neck Warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it ( Optional)

HAND

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thins wool or synthetic, useful alone on mind days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • 1 pair warm gloves ( heavier fleece or wool )
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient( Optional).

CORE BODY

  • T-shirts ( 2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper Jacket ( Optional)
  • Waterproof ( preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, synthetic, no cotton.

LOWER BODY-LEGS

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts-quick drying type not cotton.
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton ( 4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear-capilene or ther synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants-synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from top and bottom- this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants ( loose jeans/khakis ).
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resident plastic bags.

FEET

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pairs light weight socks, a good option for the lower/warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it ( Otherwise you will get lots of blister)
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary ( Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals ( Optional)


MEDICINES AND FIRST AID KITS
(Please not our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox ( Commonly prescribed as acetazolamide) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with uss before starting to take his medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have also more extensive medical gear, but your should have the basics for general use.

MISCELLANEOUS, BUT IMPORTANT !

  • Passport and extra passport photos ( 4 copies )
  • Airline ticket ( Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of you)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & Passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification iodine tablets or polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit, Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towels, soap, etc.
  • 2 Bandanas

MOPTIONAL

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking pole. Although there are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc especially when going downhill ( Optional )
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds ( Optional) Paperback books, cards, mp3 player.
  • Binocular (optional )
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use ( Optional)
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator ( Optional)
  • pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip ( Optional )
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos ( Optional )

These above mentioned equipment list is only the supporting guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Especially for women, Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with lycra can often be offensive to local. If you fell these items comfortable to wear then use it on base layer and please pack something to wear on the top of them.

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