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Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek: A strenuous trek to foothill of White Mountain!!!

  • 27-Jul-2018
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There exist a few odysseys in a lifetime, which often generate immense delights. Trekking is indeed one of the straightforward among all the odysseys. After all, it is composed of elementary actions that we all are well familiar with; walking, which comprises of lifting and setting down each foot in turn.  A trek is an extended journey usually made on foot; principally, it’s just a walk. Trekking is surely compelling!! One trip to the enchanted Himalayas is undeniably not enough, and the conclusion of one trekking escapade aspires to initiate another. Substantial regions in the Himalayas are no longer mysterious. Many places are accessible along with its detailed maps and guidebooks as the path through desolated valleys have been navigated, mighty summits conquered and precipitous passes traversed. One of the treks that lead to outlandish land positioned around the base of Mt. Dhaulagiri; Dhaulagiri Circuit has got all the features of a classic Nepal trek.

Classified among the strenuous and challenging trek, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is appraised as the ideal location for faraway and audacious tented camp trekking in Nepal. It is a back-breaking trek beyond alpine grasslands, lofty passes, and uninhabited terrains to dazzling Dhaulagiri. Actually, Dhaulagiri is not a lonely peak but a chunk of a colossal and tortuous massif comprising five ridges alongside a handful of peaks above 7,000m asl extending west of the foremost peak (Dhaulagiri I), which stands at the elevation of 8,167m asl. The name ‘Dhaulagiri’ is derived from Sanskrit; Dhavala and Giri that translates into White Mountain. With its massive snowfields along with intimidating icefalls and glaciers, this very name perfectly befits the world’s seventh-highest mountaintop and the highest mountaintop within the vicinity of a single country.

The trek around Dhaulagiri Circuit demands prior experience in high altitude trekking. As some segments of the trail are vulnerable to miniature rock falls, trekkers might require putting on a safety helmet. In addition, Rope, crampons, and ice axe might be needed at some point of the trek. After 8 hours drive from Kathmandu to Beni, trekking commences on the tail ascending across Babichour, Darapani, and Muri. Afterwards, the trail advances along the Myagdi River traverses villages of Baghara, Dobang and Chartare to Pakoban. Beyond the fringe of Chhanbardan Glacier, the trail reaches Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Here, we can observe sublime mountain vistas. The rugged trail then climbs uphill through French Pass (5,400m) presenting awe-inspiring outlooks of picturesque landscapes along with snow-capped peaks of Dhaulagiri (I, II, III, IV, and V), Tukche, and Annapurna. In the end, the route progresses to Hidden Valley, making its way past Dhampus Village and Yak Kharka to Marpha: renowned for its apple and apple products. Marking the end of the journey, the trail finally descends to Jomsom then Pokhara. The trek can be extended via attaching side trips such as peak climbing. Dhampus peak (6,060m): non-technical trekking peak offers a remarkable window of opportunity to acquire insight into the quest of mounting a peak in the formidable Himalayas.

The Dhaulagiri Circuit also has a reputation for bad weather; therefore, an ideal time for this trek is March April, May, September, October, and November. The extreme cold, higher elevations, and frequent bad weather together make the trek difficult. Trekkers are required to acclimatize well and maintain a good level of physical fitness to avoid unwanted consequences like Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Furthermore, the rescue operation can be quite tedious due to the remoteness of the Dhaulagiri region. Since the trekking trail is unheeded and usually covered in snow; trekking with a trekking guide is highly recommended.

If you wish to join the exhilarating trek and witness as well as experience the hidden gem of Nepal. Then, contact us right now and get yourself to heaven on planet Earth!!!

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