Dhaulagiri Cricuit.Trek..18 Days

Trip Introduction

Dhaulagiri Circuit Camping Trekking - 3 weeks  - French Pass  & Italian Camp

A round trip to Dhaulagiri massif is only possible when the group is technically well equipped and logistically supported. An itinerary of minimum nineteen days is required for this journey. Flexibility of few extra days is preferable in the event of bad weather or longing for a side trip around Pokhara. The trail goes across the two high altitude passes where no any assistance is available for emergency help. Therefore, a great deal of care must be taken with regards to proper acclimatization and needful equipment. Since the first half of the trek mostly passes thru the unfamiliar trails, the services of experienced local guide are highly recommended. No special permits are required for the Dhaulagiri Circuit but for going to the last part, down the Kali Gandaki, a special ACAP entry permit is necessary.

Beni, the headquarters of Myagdi district is considered the best starting point of this trek. Beni is one of the most easterly parts of the district where the ethnic Magar community is widely populated. This community of hill dwellers are similar in many ways to their Gurung neighbours but are thought to have settled in Nepal some time earlier. Like their Gurung community, the Magars have an inclination of joining the Gurkha regiments in India or else in British Army. Regular bus services are available from Pokhara to Baglung but there are less frequent services to Beni.

The Dhaulagiri trail follows the Myagdi Khola, the stream that goes down the southern side of the Dhaulagiri massif. Passing through the settlements of Darbang and Muri, the countryside is still quite heavily populated with scattered villages and agricultural lands. Beyond Mari, the Myagdi Khola wings to the north and the landscape becomes much more rugged and sparsely populated. The tree line is reached just below the side of the so-called Italian Base Camp. This camp is basically located at the snout of the Chhonbaraan Glacier, which is an ideal place to spend an acclimatization day exploring the hills around.

The next two days are spent on the glacier, the second night being at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, a rugged spot with some spectacular views of the western face of Dhaulagiri.

From here the trail crosses French pass which is the highest point (5360M) of this trek. While descending from the French pass you will enter the forlorn but fascinating wilderness known as Hidden Valley rarely accessed by the trekkers in Nepal. The valley is stretched faraway towards the north eventually narrowing to a rugged gorge that connects to upper Dolpa where one can observe the endangered species of wildlife like the elusive snow leopard. If all the group members are fit in every way then a rest day may be worthwhile to spend in Hidden Valley for exploration.

From Hidden valley, the trail now crosses Dhampus Pass (sometimes known as Thana Pass). While compared to the French Pass, it is roughly 100 meters lower. Dhampus pass has a reputation of bad weather which can create problem during the crossing and subsequent descend. Trekkers must be aware of the health of their group members and staff, especially in between French Pass and Dhampus Pass section. If any of the group members shows the symptoms of AMS then he/she must not be proceed to French Pass but rather taken back down to a lower altitude of Myagdi Khola. The problem gets worse if any group member suffers from AMS in the passes as there is no way to get immediate medical support. After crossing the Dhampus pass, the trail descends into the valley of Kali Gandaki River meeting the main trail either at Marpha or Tukuche. On the way down to the valley there are some spectacular views across the Annapurna and up into the arid and steppe of Mustang.

Day 01:  Kathmandu – Pokhara - Baglung by bus (9h) - Beni (817m). 3-hour walk.The trail the Kalihandaki River valley to Beni.

Day 02: Beni - Babichor (950m) in 5h. Pleasant walk through the fields along Myagdi Khola Valley.

Day 03: Babichor - Dharapani (1500m) in 6h. Wonderful panorama over vast terraced field areas.

Day 04: Dharapani - Muri (1840m) in 6h. We gradually climb up through fire tree forests.

Day 05: Muri - Boghara (2080m) in 7h. The valley narrows and villages become less numerous. Along the trail meadows give way to woods then terraced fields. Great vistas of Dhaulagiri I (8091m), Gurja Himal (7193m) and Ghustung Sud (6465m).

Day 06: Boghara – Dobang (2880m) in 6h.Up and down along the Myagdi Khola in anuntamed setting: dense forest and impressive waterfalls.

Day 07: Dobang - Camp at 3200m in 5h.We continue up through a gradually-thinning forest.

Day 08: Camp at 3200m – Italians Camp (3700m) in 3h30.Our first meeting with the glaciers. A magical panorama: just opposite,the impressive west face of Dhaulagiri I stares at us, on our right side is Manapati, and  the fantastic great wall of  the Tsaurabong Peak.

Day 09: Italians Camp. Acclimatization and rest day.

Day 10: Italians Camp – Camp at 4300m in 5h.By a steep trail, cluttered with moraines we approach the Myagdi Khola springs. We then start  our progression along the Chhonbardan glacier.

Day 11: Camp at 4300m – Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750m) in 4h30.The climb is now easier. We establish our campsite opposite an ice-fall,  set between Dhaulagiri II, II, IV and V on one side and Dhaulagiri I and the Tukuche Peak on the other.

Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Acclimatization and rest day.

Day 13: Dhaulagiri Base Camp - French Pass (5400m) - Camp in the " Hidden Valley " (5050m) in 5h. splendid view from the pass of Dhaulagiri I and the peaks surrounding the Hidden valley: Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal et Tashi Kang.

Day 14: Camp in the " Hidden Valley " - Thapa Pass (5230m) - Yak Kharka (4400m) in 6h. A short climb takes us up to the pass.  Magnificent panorama of the Annapurna massif and the Nilgiris.

Day 15: Yak Kharka - Tukuche (2591m) in 5h.The path descends zigzagging along mountainside.

Day 16: Tukuche - Ghasa (2012m) in 4h30. We follow the Annapurna circuit route, along the Kali Gandaki river.

Day 17: Ghasa - Tatopani (1189m) in 4h30. The trail now high above the Kali Gandaki passes through narrow gorges–regarded as the deepest and steepest in the world– and takes us to Tatopani – literally "hot spring".

Day 18: Tatopani - Beni (817m) in 5h.

Day 19: Beni - Baglung in 3hrs, then bus to Pokhara – Kathmandu.

Prices:

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure Transfer by Deluxe Car/Bus depending on the group size.
  • Luggage van extra depending on the group size & Equipments.
  • Custom Clearance Support for any high altitude Equipments required for this trekking.
  • A Cell Sim is provided on arrival in KTM Airport with the balance of Rs.100.( returnable)
  • Welcome drinks (tea/coffee/juice on arrival in Kathmandu Hotel).
  • 02 night’s Hotel (Hotel Shankar) with breakfast in 4 star decent hotel on twin sharing basis.
  • 2 Nights Hotel (Temple Tree) with Bed and Breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  • One full day KTM Guided City tour including Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Bhaktapur City).
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Vice Varsa by Luxury AC Bus .
  • One half day city tour in Pokhara with an hr boating in Fewa lake.
  • Return transport by deluxe coach to/from trekking starting point.
  • 3 Course of meals while in trekking including high altitude dry food required during High Passes (tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner prepared by our expert)
  • Twin sharing Camping (tented) accommodation during  trekking.
  • Sherpa’s including Guide, Cook, Kitchen boy; Porter depends on trek type and group size.
  • Trekking equipments including Two Men Tent, Kitchen Tent, Dining Tent, Toilet Tent, Shower Tent & bag, Down Jacket / Sleeping bag, Special Mattresses & Pillows.
  • Ground Transport, Food, lodging, trek allowances, gears, transfers, insurance of entire trekking crews but Guide will fly with Group members only.
  • TIMS Permit, ACAP Conservation fees).
  • Jomsom to Pokhara by Air ( 25 Minutes flight )
  • First aid kit box & other supplement equipments as per agreement at the time of booking.
  • Emergency rescue Support by Chopper from any parts of the Trek. ( Evidence of Search and rescue Insurance is Mandatory)
  • Trek memorial souvenir at the end of the trip.
  • Farewell dinner (cultural show in ancient Nepali restaurant).
  • All government taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change)

Cost does not include: 

  • Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees US$ 25 for 15 days and US$ 40 for 30 days.
  • Entry Fees in Kathmandu & Pokhara (approx US$ 70-80- depending on the spot coverage.
  • Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
  • Delays of the flight occurring extra charges of Hotels in Jomsom & any food to drinks in Kathmandu or Jomsom.
  • Personal equipments and clothing other the mentioned above.
  • Expenses due to failed of the trek, sickness due to any reason, political issues etc beyond our control.
  • Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
  • Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
  • Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
  • Extra porters if asked by the group while in trekking other then fixed previously with the agency at the time of booking.
  • Other expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamities, road blockade, etc.
  • Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.

 

NEPAL ( HIMALAYA )

We offer the finest and the most complete adventure package in Nepal. Our programs allow you to experience all aspects of this truly wonderful country and we make sure that you get the most from your trip. The following travel information has been prepared to ensure your hassle-free trip to Nepal:

PASSPORT & VISA

All travelers to Nepal must hold a valid passport except Indian ID holders. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your expected date of departure from Nepal. As of Now, US$ 25 for 15 Days and US$ 40 for 30 Days on arrival.

An entry visa for Nepal can be obtained either in advance from your local embassy or upon arrival in Kathmandu International airport.

CLIMATE

Temperatures could vary from cool mornings and evenings to heated-up middays due to the strong direct sunlight at high altitudes.

Mid-October/November- Clear skies, hot during the day, cool evenings.

December/January/February- Clear skies, warm afternoons but cold nights.

March/April/May- Clear mornings, hazy skies in the afternoon, hot during the day and cool evenings.

June/July/August- This is Nepal's rainy season, fascinating for those interested in the flora and fauna of the country.

BAGGAGE

We strongly recommend you pack in a soft-sided bag in order to keep the weight down. Departing from Nepal, the weight limit is 42 pounds (20 Kg.). Only two check-in bags and one hand carry bag are allowed. Excess baggage is charged up to US $ 15 per Kg. Make sure you have locks/padlocks for the bags.

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

ABOUT TOWN

Unless you plan to attend a special party, ceremony or an official function, dress casually. In middle-to-higher priced establishments, men wear slacks and a sports shirt; women wear a casual dress, or a skirt or slacks outfit. Conservative outfits are always appropriate and recommended. Both in the cities and along trekking trails, tight revealing clothing and shirtless men may offend the modest norm. However, outside of Kathmandu loose-fitting shorts with decent length are acceptable for both men and women.

ON TOUR

Comfortable clothes made of breathable fabrics are essential. Shorts and a loose shirt of lightweight cotton are ideal during the day, since it is always warm. Comfortable trousers would also be appropriate. Bring a thick sweater or fleece sweat shirt to wear in the evenings, when temperatures drop considerably. A lightweight jacket or windbreaker will also be useful.

WHILE TREKKING

The most important item you will require while trekking is suitable footwear. Lightweight walking boots with ankle support and rubber soles with thick tread are the best. Unless you're trekking during the rainy season, they needn't be waterproof. It is important that your walking boots are comfortable and broken-in; uncomfortable shoes can ruin the entire trek. Your boots should be worn with thick natural-fiber socks.

For your convenience, Exotic Himalayas Nepal will provide each traveler with a day pack as well as a rain poncho, umbrella, walking stick, cotton scarf and sun hat. Down jackets, wool gloves and hats can be purchased in Kathmandu, Pokhara or in Lukla.

TOILETRIES AND MEDICAL ITEMS

All travelers should bring a supply of personal toiletries. Sometimes, trekkers do suffer from blisters, colds, coughs and minor stomach upsets. Therefore, we recommend every traveler to bring a basic medical kit containing nail scissors, moleskin, Band-Aids, sunscreen, diarrhea tablets, aspirin and a remedy for colds and coughs. Taking Acidophilus tablets a few weeks before travel can help prevent bacterial diarrhea abroad.

CUSTOMS

There are limitations on the export of Nepalese antiques and items of archaeological or historical value. If you purchase any such item, ask the shopkeeper to assist you in obtaining an export license from the Department of Archaeology; reputable dealers are usually willing to assist. Antique carpets, brass metal statues, and Thankas (finely detailed paintings depicting Buddhist themes) are among the items in this category. Remember, it is illegal to import any items made from any endangered species of wildlife into most countries.

PACKING CHECKLIST

To assist you in planning your trip, we have prepared a suggested packing list. It is meant as a guideline only. Always take your own preferences into account when determining what to bring.

CLOTHING

Please refer to our Equipment Check List or email us at : info@treknepaltibet.com to get entire information.

If you're willing to do a white water rafting, add a pair of rubber sandals and a pair of quick drying shorts. We will provide life jackets, helmets and waterproof drums for your equipment. If you're visiting Chitwan National Park, some of your clothing should be in neutral colors, like khaki. White and bright colored clothes may disturb the wildlife. If you're trekking during the off-season, heavier (waterproof) boots and outerwear will be required.

ELECTRICITY

Electricity is mainly available in the Kathmandu Valley with few hours of power cut. The current is 220 V/50 Cycles. Sockets have either three round pins or two thick round pins. An extra battery is important due to periodic power supply.

CURRENCY

Money Exchangers or Banks will easily exchange your currency into Nepalese Rupees. Major credit cards and travelers checks are accepted by most local hotels, but only accepted in some restaurants and shops. Master and Visa Cards are the most widely accepted credit cards.

TIPPING

It is not an obligatory culture to tip any where you travel within Nepal. However, since, the total suggested amount does not exceed US $ 70 for a two week program and US $ 35 dollars for a trek; you may choose to tip with some extra cash to show your appreciation for the service provided. 10% of the total amount is appropriate.

BANKING HOURS

Banks are open for money exchange and other transactions from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, throughout the week except for Saturdays and other public holidays.

HEALTH

Even though trekking is not so physically demanding, you still have to be in good health, as medical facilities are only sparsely available in the trekking areas. Kathmandu’s altitude is 4500 feet and we trek between n 3500 to 7000 feet, so altitude sickness should not affect you at these heights. However, almost everyone experiences shortness of breath in some uphill climbs. Those with breathing difficulties should consult a physician prior to the trip to determine their fitness for travel.

Only boiled water is safe to drink anywhere in Nepal. Most hotels provide a flask of purified drinking water in each room: when in doubt, stick to bottled drinks. Local mineral water is perfectly safe to drink, however you can still treat your water with purifying tablets. Remember, even ice should be avoided when you don’t want to risk your health.

During emergency situations in trekking without road access, a helicopter is chartered. You will then be air lifted with your guide to Kathmandu where you will be received by our office staff and taken to an international hospital. If necessary, an onward international medical flight will be arranged. Apart from the inaccessible areas of the trek, you will be rescued by road to Kathmandu where the same procedure will take place. You have to ensure that your insurance policy covers all the expenses for any unforeseen and unpleasant incident. Medical evacuation by helicopter has to be paid for by clients prior to the departure from Kathmandu. 

SAFETY

Thefts do occasionally occur in Nepal. Therefore, your valuables should be protected. Always carry your passport, airline tickets, and other valuables with you, or lock them in the hotel’s safety box. We recommend leaving valuable jewelry at home, and using lockable baggage.

TREKKING CONDITIONS AND PREPARATION

Each morning, after an early breakfast we set out at around 8:30 a.m. We will stop mid-morning for tea and continue trekking until lunch break around midday. The trails are winding and well worn, but are generally in good condition. Along the way, there will be ample time to stop and photograph the breathtaking Himalayan backdrop, and to explore the countryside. After lunch, we continue until our overnight accommodations, where we arrive around 4:00 PM. During the day, we walk 6 to 8 miles per day.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We urge our guests to purchase adequate trip cancellation, medical and baggage protection. Please ask for additional information.

ETIQUETTE

While Nepal is generally a tranquil and informal country, there are a few norms visitors should be aware of. While entering temples, you must always take your shoes off and the customary practice implies while entering a Nepali house. In some temples, it is forbidden to wear any leather clothes or accessories. Other temples such as Pashupatinath, devotees besides Hindus are strictly forbidden to enter. These customs are well marked around the temple premises, generally with signs in English and we strongly recommend you to respect such practices.

BEGGING

We discourage giving anything to beggars, particularly to children. If you wish to help, it is more fruitful to give contribution to your tour leader who will fairly distribute the donation to the local schools. Exceptions can be made for physically handicapped and to wandering religious mendicants called “Sadhus.”

MINIMIZING YOUR IMPACT

Splendid Holidays strongly supports the conservation and preservation of the nature and historical places by opting for lodges over camps during the treks. By doing so, make minimal use of the valuable firewood and make least impact in the nature, which is our chief goal.

COMMUNICATION

A Ncell Sim Card for mobile phones are easily available at NPR 100, approximately 1.5 $ upon arrival in Kathmandu International Airport just on the right side of the arrival Terminal.  Be sure, you can produce them a copy of your Passport and one Passport size (1.5”X1.5”) picture. This Ncell Mobile Phone is well connected to almost in major towns and tourist hubs in Nepal except for some trekking routes.

LANGUAGE

The national language is Nepali, with multiple distinct dialects spoken in different parts of Nepal. All of our guides speak English, also the porters, however at a more basic level. In  touristic places like Thamel, Lake Side and Sauraha, Chitwan English is widely spoken.

TIME ZONE

Nepal is 15 minutes ahead of Indian Standard Time; 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

PHOTOGRAPHY

We recommend bringing all the camera equipment and film you'll need for your trip. Most people find Nepal more photographable things in here than anticipated, so it is a good idea to bring more films than you think you'll actually need. However 100, 200 and 400 ASA films are widely available in Kathmandu and Pokhara and are relatively inexpensive.

FOOD AND DRINK

Kathmandu has a surprising wide variety of restaurants serving many types of international cuisine. It shouldn’t be forgotten that Nepal has a laid back and relaxed culture and service can be relatively slower than what the Westerners are used to. Outside of the cities, the food is primarily a combination of Nepalese (which has a large Indian influence), and Tibetan. Rice, lentils and vegetables are staples, with a variety of meats used somewhat sparingly. Tasty soups, fresh breads and steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables stuffing are among the local favorites.

TRANSPORTATION 

Taxis: Metered taxis are easily available. However, they generally do not use their meters for Westerners. Be sure to negotiate the fare before getting in or insist on having the meters on.

Rickshaws: These two-seater tricycles are a fun way to see the city. Be sure to negotiate the fare before getting on.

Bicycles and Motorcycles: Bicycles can be rented from bike shops or hotels on per hour or day basis. Motorcycles can also be rented, however,a driving license is required.

Getting started: Trekking is an activity that you can start with a nominal equipment and knowledge. If you have a agency like Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. you have the perfect plan to start the venture according to your needs. Most Trekking routes have walking tracks suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. It's just a matter of choosing a walk that you're comfortable with and as we would say, just do it!

Get to know your own ability: You need to read our e-mailed itinerary and complete info well in advance before commencing flight to Nepal. Discuss with your Trekking Guide and Porters as soon as you land in Kathmandu or Pokhara who will give you practical information about the entire trip especially on road condition, standard of lodges/tents, food, rescue etc. Start off with a short walk on a well defined track early in the day especially for the first day. This will give you a chance to gauge your performance. It is tempting for an enthusiastic beginner to go that bit further too late in the day. If the track you have chosen is short and well defined you will have a much better chance of reorienting yourself. Before heading out evaluate the prevailing weather conditions and take the appropriate clothing and water for the conditions. See the checklist if you are in need of equipments, on the bottom of our homepage available for walks in your area.

The best way to experience the incredible combination of natural beauty and cultural riches of Nepal is to walk through them. The objective of trekking is not just reaching the particular destination, but enjoying the journey as well. You can walk at your own pace, observing nature, rural communities, and spectacular mountain panoramas. It is a simple walk, but comprises very special places like - amazing forests, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and overwhelming landscapes. You will also encounter friendly people of different mountain cultures offering fascinating glimpses of traditional rural life, quite unimaginable in our modern urban life.

A trekking route will often pass through forests of rhododendron, bamboo, oak, hemlock and visiting one or two villages each day. However, the greatest highlight of any trek is the tantalizing views of snowcapped peaks. Rivers are crossed on log passages or suspension bridges. It’s not unusual to cross snowfields in the morning and bathe in sub-tropical streams in the afternoon.

For the most part, trekking routes are well traveled by local people, but has remained unmarked without signposts. Trekkers rely on our staff for directions and an introduction to the local people, culture, religion, and lifestyle. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go, at your own pace. We show you what you have come to see, and help you explore a different world.

Is trekking for everyone?

Yes, everyone can go for trekking. Some people might hesitate whether I can do it or not. Well, it is alright for any person with a normal health. Generally we walk just for 6-7 hours a day, with lots of breaks in between for breakfast, lunch, tea times and you can stop for a rest whenever you feel like.  One of our staff stays at the back of the group to make sure everyone is okay.

We offer treks to more than 70 destinations in Nepal Himalayas. You can choose one of them according to your interest, time, budget and the trekking grades. You can find this list of trekking routes from the left-side menu & Drop down menu of this section.

Please also check the trekking regions, types, accommodation styles, health and other related information under ‘Trekking Info’ on the left-side menu of this section.

Types of Trekking

01: Tea House (Lodge) Trekking

02: Tented Camp ( Using own Tents)

03: Hiring Guide or Porter on self arranged lodge or Tent.

Trekking can be done in a number of ways; Teahouse Trekking (Lodge to Lodge) & Tented Camp. In teahouse trekking, you eat and sleep on hotels and teahouse in Nepal where one can get a hot cup of tea, coffee found locally in the trekking regions.

Teahouse trekking is the most popular of all as you can easily find a place to eat and sleep in the areas you are familiar with. Few routes such as Annapurna Circuit, Base Camp, Jomsom and Muktinath, Everest B.C, Gokyo Lake, Langtang & its surroundings have tourist level lodge and small hotels to accommodate trekkers in twin – single or triple bed sharing basis. However, Everest High pass after Gokyo Lake in between the Everest Base Camp have no lodge shelter for trekkers.  Annapurna circuit especially on Thorung–La (5416 meters) also is quite busy during High season. Now days, Upper Mustang and Kanchenjunga area trekking also offers small lodges cum houses for trekkers to stay with family and enjoy the tradition indeed. This is possible for only small size group of people who can adjust with families.

Camping trekking is popular in areas where one would tent, cook individually or in groups other then in Lodge trekking routes as mentioned above. Usually you make your backpack lighter by carrying limited foods and clothes required during the trekking period. You can give the entire responsibility to arrange the Porters, food and accommodation to Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. and enjoy the trek.

Trekking Seasons

Trekking in Nepal can be done all year around. The country is blessed with good weathers.

Autumn:  September to November: Excellent season for trekking in all areas can enjoy clear mountain views.

Winter:   December to February: Ideal for trekking in regions below 2500 Meters altitude.

Spring:   March to May: Nepal's national flower Guranse (Rhododendrons in English) colors the mountains red and beautiful, moderate temperature makes a perfect choice for trekking in hilly regions but trekking in terai can be a little burdensome due to high temperature in this region.

Summer: June to August - Monsoon falls is in this period. Expect wet, warm and wild trekking during the season. This is the season to see lush green valleys with rice crops and greenest thick jungles.

Fixed Departures & Custom-made Itineraries 

We offer both fixed date group departures and also can make a custom itinerary according to your needs. We will be pleased to address all your queries so feel free to talk to us and email us.

Causes of Accident       

Mountain accident statistics outline that a big percentage of accidents occurring in the mountains involve less experienced hikers ,sometimes solely because they were not informed about the difficulties of the chosen trail, lack of preparation for sudden changes in the weather and climatic conditions, or because they under estimate the effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

MEDICAL CONSIDERATION

Immunizations

Your physician and your local Public Health Service are the best sources of information regarding the immunizations necessary for Nepal. The following list of recommended medicines and injections, are normally recommended for trekkers in Nepal. It is a good practice to have shots recommended in a Yellow international health certificate.

Suggested Medicine

- Lip Salve (Chap Stick, blister or glacier cream)

- Foot powder

- Band-Aids (plasters) and tape

- Moleskin or other blister pads

- Elastic (Ace) bandage

- Antiseptic

- Aspirin

- Throat lozenges or cough drops

- Decongestant tablets

- Iodine-small bottle for water purification

- Toilet paper and matches or cigarette lighter to burn used TP

- Bacterium or other diarrhoea remedy

- Thermometer

- Antibiotic eye drop

- Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibrofen)

- Azithromycin

- Clotrimazole 1% or miconazole 2%

- Decongestant (Actifed)

- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

- Hydrocortisone 1%

- Ioperamide (Imodium)

- Norfloxacin 400mg or ciprofloxacin

- Paracetamol

- Painkiller

- Promethazine (Phenergan)

- Ranitidine

- Rehydration salts

- Tinidazole

- Suntan lotion or sun-block cream

Recommended Vaccines & Immunization

- Cholera

- Typhoid-paratyphoid

- Tetanus

- Polio (oral)

- Malaria (only if you will be visiting a jungle lodge)

- Typhus

- Hepatitis (gamma globulin an expensive, but important shot)

- Meningitis Meningococcal A/C vaccine

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Some people are more susceptible to altitude sickness than others. If you suffer from a case of altitude sickness it does not mean that you can never go to high altitudes again. However, it does means in the future, you should pay attention. Awareness of altitude sickness has caused some trekkers to be unnecessarily anxious as they trek. The progression of symptoms is usually gradual, and you will have plenty of time to react appropriately. Design your itineraries to allow plenty of time for acclimatization so that you will be able to adjust to the increasing altitude. Human bodies have the ability to adjust to higher altitudes when given enough time. If a person travels up to high altitudes more rapidly than his or her body is able to adjust the developed AMS symptoms.

The treatments of AMS are first and foremost not to ascend with symptoms as symptoms are likely to descend. In rare cases where descend is difficult or impossible a portable pressure chamber is effective. Three medications have also been proven useful for treating and preventing AMS namely Acetazolamide (Diamox), Dexamethasone (Decadron), Nifedipine. Your physician and local Public Health Service are the best sources for further information.

WATER

Obviously, some urban water may be extremely contaminated and some mountain water may be almost pure you are advised not to drink tap or stream water for your safety. Stick to purified water or soft drinks. Boiling makes water  safe to drink and a good way to ensure safe drinking water is  to consume lots of tea or a hot drink (hot lemon or hot water) which is available almost everywhere. Another way to ensure safe drinking water is to treat it with iodine or chlorine preparations.

CLOTHING EQUIPMENT

The things that you need to have in your backpack during the tour are important things to be taken into an account. Your backpack should be lighter as you need to carry them and should be stuffed with essentials. Above 3,000 m the days are cooler and a set of interchangeable warm and windproof layers is best. During the night you should put on dry thermals and the thickest down jacket available. Above 4,000 m it is cool year-round so you can dress up accordingly.

TIMS PERMIT & CONSERVATION / NATIONAL PARK PERMITS

NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system in a new format from April 1, 2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollars.

Organized Trekkers

Our Administrative Crew will collect trekkers’ data and enter it in the central database and will provide trekkers with a TIM’s card after paying fee prescribed above.

Opening Hour/s

TIMS counter at TAAN follows regular working hours (10am-5pm) and 365 days a year- NTB Offices follows government working hours and days. Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt.Ltd: Trekking agencies open 12 hours a day seven days a week.

Documents required for different Permits

To obtain TIMS Card

# Passport

# Two (2) Passport-size Photographs

# Xerox Copy of Passport and Visa

GUIDE BOOKS:

Nepal, APA, APA Publishers

Nepal, Nelles, Nelles

Trekking in Nepal, Bezruchka, Mountaineers

Lonely Planet Nepal

MAPS

Mandala

Nelles
Recommended Restaurants: You may find many international standard Restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

"Have a good trip and "Namaste."

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Trip Information

Price start from : $ 3500

Activities:

Trekking & Climbing

Accommodation:

Tented Camp & Hotel

Trip Duration:

19 Days ( Approx. )

Trip Grade:

Extreme

Altitude:

5400

Meals:

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Transportation:

Private

Group Size:

2-12

Best Month:

March-May and Sept-Oct

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