Sunday, 24 November 2013

Nepal #1 - Dhaulagiri Circuit days 1-6

We were in Nepal for 4 weeks; in the first 3 weeks of our trip we joined an organised group tour (organised by The Mountain Company) to hike the Dhaulagiri Circuit, a trek around the 8167 m high mountain Dhaulagiri I.

After a morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara followed by a 3 hour bus drive, we started hiking from Beni, which is located at an altitude of around 900 m. In the first week we walked through the lower Himalayan range, slowly gaining altitude. Initially we walked through a landscape dominated by terraced fields and mountain villages, higher up the landscape became more rugged and more forested and the villages smaller. The weather was excellent the first week, sunny and warm.

We zijn 4 weken in Nepal geweest; de eerste 3 weken zijn we met een georganiseerde groepsreis meegeweest (georganiseerd door The Mountain Company) en hebben de Dhaulagiri Circuit gelopen, een tocht rond de 8167 m hoge berg Dhaulagiri I.

Na de ochtend vlucht van Kathmandu naar Pokhara gevolgd door een 3 uur lange busrit, zijn we vanaf Beni gaan lopen. Beni ligt ca 900 m. De eerste week wandelden we langzaam omhoog door de lage Himalayas. In het begin liepen we door een landschap met bergdorpen en landbouwterrassen, hogerop werd het landschap ruiger en meer bebost, en de dorpen kleiner. We hadden de eerste week prachtig weer, zonnig en warm.

The start, just outside Beni.

The first 1.5 days we walked along a road. Here passing a local woman who has collected grass for the animals.

Local girls in front of a small shop in Darbang at the end of the road.

The bridge at Darbang at the end of the road.

Between Darbang and Dharapani.

Afternoon tea in the camp at Dharapani.

The beautiful village Muri.

A great early morning view from the campsite in Muri.

Farm house in Muri.

Leaving Muri.

Lunch break.

Our track.

Along the track to Boghara.

The campsite at Boghara, 2080 m. Our pack horses are ready to leave.

Looking back to Boghara.

Trail through dense forest.

Meeting buffalos coming down from the mountain.

One of our pack horses.

Last campsite in the forest, Sallaghari at 3010 m.

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