DHAULAGIRI COMMUNITY TREK 18 DAYS

Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  18 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Grade:  A
  •  Group Size:  2 - 12 persons
  •  Price:  1515 US $
  •  Trip Style:  Teahouse/Lodge
  •  Diffculty:  Medium
  •  Best Season:  Mar/May & Sept/Nov
  •  Transport:  Private vehicle

Overview

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community trail trek is the newly open community base trekking trail in Nepal. The community trail has now five lodges and a home stays program which provide a comfortable trip. This an off the beaten trail tea house trekking in which you’ll be able to observe Mount Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna I 8091m, Fishtail / Machhapuchhre 6998m, Nilgiri 7041m, Annapurna south 7219m, Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Lamjung Himal 6988m.

 

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community trail trek passes through the Gurung and Magar villages around Poon-hill, and fairly lies right on the Great Himalaya Lower Trail (Cultural Route). The Himalayan Smile Treks & adventure recommends to do this trekking because the tea houses are run by the community so the benefits from your visit reach the whole of it. That profit is used for education and health improvement. Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community’s trail offers great views from Kopra, the highest point of the trek (3,650 m). From Kopra trekkers can enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and see the Yak grazing in grassy meadows in the backdrop of Annapurna south (7219m). The trail descends to the Beni and the trek is end at Beni and a scenic drive to Pokhara or Kathmandu ends this beautiful trip.

Full Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrive in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

    (Pick up from Airport and drop to your Hotel) (1335 Meters ) (Hotel)
  • Day 02

    Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

    A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided.

    (Breakfast) (1335 Meters) (Hotel)
  • Day 03

    Drive to Pokhara

    We drive to Pokhara through Prithivi Highway using a private car. Pokhara is the lake city of the country and is less polluted and crowded compared to Kathmandu. Views of Annapurna range and the dominating figure of Machapuchhre (also known as Fishtail) (6997 meters) dominates both the sky and the beautiful Phewa Lake with its reflection in it. Afternoon can be enjoyed by the lake as the hotel is located near to it.

    (6-7 hours drive by Tourist Bus) (Breakfast and Lunch ) (900 Metes ) (Hotel)
  • Day 04

    Pokhara Beni – Trek to Banskharka

    After breakfast drive to Beni from Pokhara which will take about 4 hours by private car and trek to Banskharka at the community lodge where we will stay overnight.

     

    (4 hours by private transport) (BLD) (3 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 05

    Trek Banskharka to Nangi

    After breakfast the trek continues to Nagi approximately 5 to 6 hours over night at Community Lodge.

    (BLD) (5 - 6 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 06

    Trek Nangi to Mohare

    After breakfast trek to Mohare (approximately 5 hours) overnight at Community lodge.

    (BLD) (5 - 6 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 07

    Trek Mohare to Dadakharka

    After having a good and empowering breakfast, the trek continues to Dadakharkha approximately 5 hours spectacular views of the Dhaulagiri all along the route can be enjoyed.

    (BLD) (2850 Meters ) (5 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 08

    Trek Dandakharka to Tikot

    As always, after breakfast, the Trek to Tikot approximately 6 hours overnight at Community Lodge.

    (BLD) (2278 Meters ) (6 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 09

    Trek to Swanta

    Today, the Trek goes to Swanta (after breakfast of course!). Approximately 5 hours overnight at community Lodge.

    (BLD) (2195 Meters ) (5 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 10

    Trek Swanta to Upper Chistibung

    After breakfast trek to Upper Chistibung approximately 4 hours.

    Overnight at community Lodge.

    (BLD) (2990 Meters ) (4-5 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 11

    Trek Upper Chistibung to Khopra

    After breakfast we will Trek to Khopra approximately 7 hours. This is one of the greatest days because of the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) (Annapurna South (7219m) Annapurna Fang (7647m) and Nilgiri south (6839m). We will spent the night in the highest point of the trek 3650m

    (BLD) (3650 Meters ) (7-8 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 12

    Exploration day

    After breakfast hike the direction of Mount Annapurna south for great views of the Himalayan peaks. Spectacular views of Fishtail 6997m (Machhapuchhre), Huinchuli (6434m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna Fang (7647m), Nilgiri south (6839m) on the north and Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Dhampus Peak (6012m) in west, gradually brightens, providing one of the best panoramic views of these two mountain ranges.

    Overnight at Khopra.

    (BLD) (3650 Meters ) (5-6 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 13

    Trek Khopra to Bayali Kharka

    After breakfast, the trek continues to Bayali Kharka . Awesome views of Annapurna South, Himchuli and Fishtail can be enjoyed at this point of the trek.

    (BLD) (3450 Meters ) (7 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 14

    Trek Bayali Kharka to Tadapani

    After breakfast the trek continues to Tadapani  where we will join the Popular Ghorepani Poon hill trek’s trail.

    (BLD) (2590 Meters ) (6-7 hours) (Community Lodge)
  • Day 15

    Trek Tadapani to Ghandruk

    After breakfast the trek continues descending to one of the Eco Model Gurung village Ghandruk.

    (BLD) (1940 Meters ) (3-4 hours) (Community Lodge )
  • Day 16

    Ghandruk to Pokhara

    After breakfast trek continues descending to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara overnight at Pokhara.

     

    (Breakfast) (930 Meters ) (4-5 hours) (Hotel)
  • Day 17

    Pokhara to Kathmandu

    After breakfast flight to Kathmandu approximately 30 minute transfer to Hotel afternoon free at KathmanduIf we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    (35 minute flight ) (Breakfast) (1335 Meters ) (Hotel)
  • Day 18

    Departure from Kathmandu

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

    (Breakfast)
  • Note

    Customize your trip

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.

Cost and Services

COST INCLUDES
1. Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
2. Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
3. 5 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
4. Kathmandu – Pokhara land transportation and all other land transportation (a private car).
5. Pokhara – Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
6. Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) while on trek in normal teahouses.
7. Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
8. A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
9. National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).

 

COST EXCLUDES
1. Visa Fee.
2. Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
3. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
4. Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
5. Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.

Tour Details

#Gear List
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

 

You must bring the following items:
Hiking boots
Socks
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Baselayer shirts
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Waterproof jacket
Sunhat
Warm hat
Sunglasses
Thermal gloves
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Antibacterial handwash
Small towel
Daypack, 25/30Litres
Trekking poles
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*

 

Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets

 

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.

Responsible

Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.

 

Environment:

1. It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
3. Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.

 

Culture:

1. Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.

2. Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip from your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.

3. Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.

4. Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.

5. Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.

6. Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.

7. A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.

8. Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.

9. Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviours, but don’t join in either.

10. Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.

11. Ancient and sacred sites: there are a few protocol that are handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there

12. When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.

13. Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.

14. Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.

15. If you’re granted an audience with a lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).

16. If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.

17. Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!

18. Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.

19. Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.

20. The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.

21. Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.

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