Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

Trip Duration

20

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

5350m

Accommodation

Tea Houses

Transportation

Flight/Jeep

Group Size

1-20

Best Season

Sept, Oct, Nov, Mar, Apr, May

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek Introduction

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is also popular for being an adventure trek in Nepal’s modern age of trekking, consisting of two major passes as the French pass (5400 m) and the Dhampus pass (5200 m).
Due to these two high passes trekkers prefer to go through, Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is considered as a challenge in Nepal trekking. Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is an exhilarating and adventurous tour of the 7th highest mountain in the world, the Dhaulagiri mountain range includes many 7000 m high peaks and the trek around Dhaulagiri takes you off the beaten track and is perfect for those who are looking for a thrilling and adventurous trek through remote mountains.

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking starts at the crossroads of two Himalayan rivers on a picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Beni. From here, you ascend to Dharapani village, and you can enhance the view of the coming mountains and pass the trail through picturesque villages surrounded by countryside. To the west from Dhaulagiri, you go up to the Italian Base Camp.

When you go higher and higher, the next waypoint is Glacier Camp and then you go into Base Camp Dhaulagiri. You spend one day in the base camp to acclimatize and respirate the spectacular views of the mountains around. For anyone to cross these two passes above 5,000 meters – trekkers with high morale of adventurous minds are most needed; going up with snow at this altitude is not a simple job.

We can also see lush green with rhododendrons and other jungle flowers along the path, apart from the mountains. Do not hesitate to contact us for a custom camp trekking tour in Dhaulagiri. Walk along the non-tourist road and welcoming the village to Dhaulagiri Nepal will make them feel lucky.

Highlights

Experience remote tour around the village
Sightseeing tours of ancient UNESCO Kathmandu World Heritage Sites
Experience a natural hot water bath at Tatopani
Enjoy Nepal Himalayan Aventure Trail
Experience a thrilling and adventurous trek through remote mountains.
Travel French (5400 m) and jump Dhampus (5200 m)
Move-in the Jungle
Witness more than 15 peaks over an altitude of 7000 m
Browsing the abundant flora and fauna
Kathmandu city and Pokhara area of sightseeing

 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428 ft.)
  • Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu(1,350m/4,428 ft.)to Beni
  • Day 3: Trekking from Beni to Babiyachaur
  • Day 4: Trekking to Dharapani
  • Day 5: Trekking from Dharapani to Muri
  • Day 6: Trekking from Muri to Baghara
  • Day 7: Trekking from Baghara to Dobang
  • Day 8: Trekking from Dobang to Sallaghari
  • Day 9: Dart to Italian Base Camp from Sallaghari
  • Day 10: Acclimatization Day at Italian Base Camp
  • Day 11: Trekking from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp
  • Day 12: Trekking from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp
  • Day 13: Another acclimatization and rest day
  • Day 14: Trekking from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col - Hidden Valley
  • Day 15: Trekking from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka
  • Day 16: Trekking from Yak Kharka to Marpha
  • Day 17: Dart from Marpha to Pokhara(827 m/2,713ft)
  • Day 18: Drive from Pokhara(827 m/2,713ft) to Kathmandu(1,350m/4,428 ft.)
  • Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu(1,350m/4,428 ft.)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428 ft.)

Once you arrive at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, you can find our representative to welcome you at the airport, so you can fly to your chosen Kathmandu hotel without delay. You’re going to spend the day however you want.
You can visit many famous heritage sites, restaurants, in Kathmandu. You can also purchase some personal trekking supplies such as medicine, sunscreen, shorts for trekking, etc. You’ll be given some required details on the trek to the base camp in Annapurna on the evening you meet your guide.

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu(1,350m/4,428 ft.)to Beni

After having an early breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, driving along the Trisuli River by following Prithvi Highway to Pokhara, and then continuing to Beni, we start our lovely scenic journey about 7 AM.

Day 3: Trekking from Beni to Babiyachaur

After having breakfast at the camp, we start our walk from Beni.
You walk west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through several small villages, then cross two bridges near the village of Simalchour and return to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babiyachaur, today we walk through cultivated fields, lively villages, suspension bridges and then follow the road.

Day 4: Trekking to Dharapani

We’ll start our trekking after having breakfast at our camp and today we’ll cross the river west of Myagdi Khola.
The final stop will be Dharapani. We’ll start our trekking. We’ll hike across the Myagdi Khola towards Phedi. The path we are going to hike is going to be clear and simple. We’re going to pass through Shahashradhara village crossing Duk Khola we’re going to hike through green grassy fields before we reach Ratorunga. After a short hike, we will then reach Dharapani village.
We’re going to camp and live overnight.

Day 5: Trekking from Dharapani to Muri

Day 5: Trekking from Dharapani to Muri
Today we are going to go hiking to a place named Muri.
It will take us to Muri for six hours of ascending and descending hiking. As we finish our campsite breakfast, we’ll grab our stuff and start going down through different villages. We’ll be entering a suspension bridge after hiking downhill for some time. The trail must climb uphill over the suspension bridge. We can reach Muri by walking along this uphill path. It is a small village that is mainly populated by residents of Magar.
We will be building a camp for our overnight stay here as well.

Day 6: Trekking from Muri to Baghara

After having breakfast at camp, we start our trek by going down a gentle slope and cross a rocky stream, we arrive at a path in the middle of terraced fields to Dhora Khola, cross the river and climb up the right side of the mountain to Ghorban Dhara, the view from this pass is good, for the first time we will see Ghustung south (6465 m).
Then we will proceed along the route alongside Myagdi Khola until we reach Naura. We’ll climb Ghorban Dhara right up the mountainside. Visit Ghustung South (6465 m) from Ghorban Dhara. Before we reach the Naura we follow the Myagdi Khola riverbank direction.
We continue our ascent from Naura on the mountainside. Often a climb uphill and a path go through the steep grassy hills. And trailing further through a well-constructed steep zigzag stone path as you descend through a wooded forest, emerging to a ridge snout Baghara becomes visible at 2050 m elevation.
We’ll be camping to stay overnight.

Day 7: Trekking from Baghara to Dobang

We continue our trek after having breakfast at the lodge, today we leave the villages behind and the trial becomes increasingly challenging going through ups and downs, in around 5 hours we arrive at our destination at Dobang.
For more ascending and falling, the route would be difficult to do. The hike will last for five hours before we hit Dobang. We will be able to see some panoramas of the mountains as we climb towards our destination.
We will build our camp and stay here overnight after we enter Dobang.

Day 8: Trekking from Dobang to Sallaghari

After getting breakfast at the lodge, we begin our trek and the early part of the gently ascending trail moves through the bamboo forest, pine trees and rhododendrons, after some hours of gentle trekking where the trail goes up and down respectively, you get to Sallaghari and this becomes our camping spot in the forest surrounded by pine trees on the bank of Myagdi River.
Overnight at Sallaghari.

Day 9: Dart to Italian Base Camp from Sallaghari

After breakfast at the campsite, we continue our walk to Italian Base Camp, where we camp right before the west wall of the massive Dhaulagiri River, passing through lovely flowered woods we rapidly enter the mountains and climb up in the mountains. Truly inspiring and breathtaking is the view of the Dhaulagiri range, Manapathi Hill, and Dhaulagiri-II.
The camping site is below Dhaulagiri-I’s west face where we are going to camp overnight.

Day 10: Acclimatization Day at Italian Base Camp

Today is our acclimatization or rest day at this base camp and we’re going to explore and adjust with the altitude, the trail is covered by bamboo forest to the Italian Base Camp.
The trek is considered the difficult one, so rest is necessary if you want to finish your trek. We’re going to take a break from our hiking and have a rest for today. We’re going to explore the base camp around so we can adapt to the high-altitude weather.
We’re going to visit tea houses that have some items you can pick up from trekkers. After exploring the tea houses and enjoying the amazing views of the Dhaulagiri range and Manapathi peak.
We will return for the overnight stay at our campsite.

Day 11: Trekking from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp

Today our body will be much lighter and beneficial to today’s walk.
Our trip to Glacier Camp will continue. There are rocks and steep slopes and unstable glaciers on the trail. We’ll cross the glacier moraine from the Dhaulagiri after some time. We do need clothes to move on the trek today. We’ll hit our final stop Glacier Camp after 5 hours of hiking.
We camp for the overnight today as well.

Day 12: Trekking from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp

After getting breakfast at the camp, we start our trek and after beginning our wild journey today, soon the rough rubble will give way to the smooth ice of the white portion of the glacier, we will steadily ascend to the rugged and freezing yet spectacular Dhaulagiri.
Once over the steep moraine walls, we enter gentler, less strenuous terrain that gives our legs and bodies a kind of rest and after a breathless ascend. Here the views carry you to a different world and stir your imaginations. The views are breathtaking from here.
Overnight at Dhaulagiri.

Day 13: Another acclimatization and rest day

Acclimatization is essential during Trekking.
Our legs hurt from the uphill climb, and this rest day will help us recover. We’re going to explore around base camp in Dhaulagiri.
If you are to explore around the Base, you must also adapt to altitude. You can get a beautiful view of the Dhaulagiri Range if you climb a little above Camp. After wandering around a while we’re going to go back to base camp for the rest.
We’re camping to stay overnight.

Day 14: Trekking from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col - Hidden Valley

At the end of our hot breakfast on a cold morning, we will continue our trek to the French col from where you will be stunned by the view of the secret valley.
But before you get the inspired felling, you should get off the glacier to do some rope climbing. You will get to trek on less strenuous terrain after having done some hard work on rope climbing. The secret valley which is also reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh, after climbing for some time to French Col. At least the temperature here is -20 degrees Celsius.
We’re going to walk to the hidden valley where we’re going to camp overnight.

Day 15: Trekking from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka

We began our trek after having breakfast in the camp and passed through avalanche inclines and then we went on a steep descent to Yak Kharka, this day we walk through bare land for a distance. We travel through avalanche-prone slopes and rocky slopes when descending.
We’ll enter an open space where yak grazes after descending via a challenging track. This open place of grazing is known as the Yak Kharka.
We will camp for an overnight stay at Yak Kharka.

Day 16: Trekking from Yak Kharka to Marpha

After having breakfast at the camp, we continue our trek, and today more steep descents lead us to Marpha.
The trek duration will be of 7 hours. Marpha is a village development committee in Mustang District in northern Nepal’s Dhawalagiri Region. It had a population of 1630 people who lived in 434 individual households at the time of the 1991 Nepal census. The name itself represents the “mar” meaning people who work hard, and “pha.”

Day 17: Dart from Marpha to Pokhara(827 m/2,713ft)

We take bus/jeep drive to Pokhara after getting breakfast at Marpha.
If you are fascinated, you can also scrutinize Pokhara’s beautiful lake area. Pokhara is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Nepal. You will savor the beauty of the lakes and the adventure in Pokhara. On one of the many lakes in the area, you can enjoy boating, pony rides, paragliding, a bungee, or relaxation.

Day 18: Drive from Pokhara(827 m/2,713ft) to Kathmandu(1,350m/4,428 ft.)

We will head towards Kathmandu after Pokhara.
By the road to have lunch, you should get your snakes. By late afternoon you reached Kathmandu. You can relax in your hotel and walk around nearby locations in the evening, and visit the city of Thamel, which is the perfect place to explore in the evenings.

Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu(1,350m/4,428 ft.)

We’ll take you to Tribhuvan International Airport until some hours off.

Includes

  • Airport picks up and drops service.
  • Transportation assistance and its prices. 
  • A skilled and licensed guide.
  • Porter as per the necessity.
  • Trekking authorization fee.
  • Trek maps and navigation tools.
  • Accommodation while staying in Kathmandu.
  • Governmental charges and other applicable prices.
  • Wage and accommodation of guide and porter.
  • Complete board-based meal during the trek.
  • Assistance for the team during the trek
  • Medical supplies and first aid equipment.
  • Trekking supplies and camping gears

 

Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (excluding breakfast).
  • International flight checks and airfares.
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic liquors.
  • Additional porter fees.
  • Electronic gadgets like chargers, and headphones.
  • Individual costs like a hot shower, phone calls, laundry, and souvenirs.
  • Travel coverage and emergency evacuations.
  • Tips for porters or drivers.

 

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