Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

Duration: 20 Days

Overview

  • Duration 20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 5400 m | 17,716 ft.
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Kathmandu - Beni -Babiyachaur - Dharapani - Muri - Baghara - Dobang - Sallaghari - Italian Base Camp - Glacier Camp - Dhaulagiri Base Camp - French Col – Hidden valley - Yak Kharka - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Best Season September to November and March to May

Highlights

  • Sightseeing and cultural tours around Kathmandu Valley
  • Short tour around famous lake city Pokhara
  • Hike through the rough off-beaten trails
  • Stunning views of Mountains Panoramas including Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri range.
  • Hiking through dense forests with unexplored fauna and flora
  • Hiking to Dhaulagiri Base Camp
  • Hiking through French Pass, Dhampus Pass hidden valley, Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Camping for the overnight

Dhaulagiri is extended 70 miles from the Kali Gandaki river to Bheri in the west. And here lies the world’s seventh highest peak Dhaulagiri-I which is elevated at 8,167m. Dhaulagiri has the rightful name. The name is derived from Sanskrit where ‘Dhawala’ means beautiful, white, and dazzling and ‘Giri’ means Mountain. The mountain range around Dhaulagiri is truly inspiring and beautiful. Dhaulagiri-I (8,167m) was first summited by the Swiss/Australian/Nepali Expedition on May 13, 1960. This region incorporates more than 30 peaks over 6000 mountains and eight of them are elevated by more than 8000m.

Trekking to Dhaulagiri is one of the most difficult yet adventurous journeys. The nature, local culture, view of mountains, and the local community is truly and indeed something to be explored. But, to trek to Dhaulagiri, you must have good physical condition and should know more about mountains and the weather. Once you have all these, you are ready to be stunned by the beautiful nature and mountains' panoramas. If you are truly seeking to explore and trek through rough trails, and unexplored remote villages and want to get the mind-blowing views of nature and Mountain panoramas. Dhaulagiri Trekking is the best fit for you.

NOTE:It is recommended that you should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek (if you do not have a day tour of Kathmandu scheduled). And If you have scheduled a Kathmandu day tour you should arrive two days prior to the actual day of trekking.

If you are able to arrive a day earlier, it will be best for you as you will get some time to rest, know about the trekking you are doing, get info about the trekking routes, and get time to buy trekking equipment if necessary. Adding extra days beside actual trekking days will help you enjoy your trip to Nepal to the fullest without worrying about any preparations, flight delays, and missing international flights.

Itinerary

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek itinerary explains the detail of the trek itself. You will be notified about the destination you will be staying, the altitude you will be at each day, and many other kinds of stuff including accommodations and meals. You will be hiking through the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek Trail while exploring various stops.

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In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to drop you off at our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure, you will be on your own and you can do whatever you want to do for refreshment. But we will be happy to guide you around the city.

On the second day of arrival, we will be interacting with each other. After early breakfast, every guest needs to arrive at Company to review their trip so that they can buy and manage the required stuff for their trips. After talking about the trip, we will be taking our guests on a cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley.

The destination for sightseeing includes Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.

We will be heading towards Beni which is also the starting point for our trek. We need to drive on Prithivi Highway from Kathmandu. The drive will last for about 8 hours. The drive will be long but the views along the highway are beautiful and will pass through the famous lake city of Pokhara. If you are flying to Pokhara you can take a short tour around the lake city of Pokhara. After reaching Beni we will check in Hotel rooms. We will be staying overnight at Beni.

[Note: If you don’t want to ride for long you can fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu which will take about 30 minutes and the Beni will be three hours drive from Pokhara.

After finishing up with breakfast, we will hike alongside Myagdi Khola. Our hike will let us explore various villages passing through our path. After walking for some time, we will reach the village of Simalchaur. Here we will be crossing two bridges. As we hike along our trail we will notice beautiful terrace landscape and lively village people passing by. Our final stop for today is Babiyachaur. Before reaching Babiyachaur we need to cross suspension bridges and most of the hiking will be along the Myagdi Khola. We will be camping at Babiyachaur for an overnight stay.

Enjoying with hot breakfast cooked on fire on the camping ground we will start our trekking. The final stop will be Dharapani. We will hike towards Phedi crossing the Myagdi Khola. The path we hike will be plain and easy. We will pass through the village of Shahashradhara crossing Duk Khola we will hike in green grassy fields until we reach Ratorunga. We will then reach the village of Dharapani after a short Hike. We will camp for the overnight stay.

Today we will hike to a place called Muri. Six hours of ascending and descending hiking will take us to Muri. As we finish up with our breakfast at the campsite we will pack our stuff and will start descending passing through the various villages. After hiking downhill for some time, we will reach a suspension bridge. Crossing the suspension bridge the trail will ascend uphill. Walking along this uphill trail we will reach Muri. It’s a small village that is mostly inhabitant by Magar people. Here as well we will build a camp for our overnight stay.

Starting from Muri it will take us about 6 hours to reach the Baghara. Today we will be crossing a river called Dhora Khola. Alongside Dhora Khola you can notice terrace farmlands. From here we will climb the mountain right to us until we reach Ghorban Dhara. Ghorban Dhara provides the perfect view of Ghustung south which is elevated at 6465m. we will then start following the path alongside Myagdi Khola until we reach Naura. we will climb right up the mountainside to Ghorban Dhara. From Ghorban Dhara, you will get to see Ghustung South (6465m).

Before reaching the Naura we follow the river bank path of Myagdi Khola. From Naura, we ascend begins on the mountainside. Sometimes of uphill climbing, and a path that traverses the steep grass-covered hills. And trailing further away in well-constructed zigzag stone steep paths while descending through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout Baghara becomes visible elevate at 2050m. we will camp for the overnight stay.

Starting the real challenges for the trek show up. The path will be difficult with more ascending and descending to do. The hike will last five hours long before we reach Dobang. We will be able to see some mountain panoramas while ascending toward our destination. After reaching Dobang we will build our camp and stay here overnight.

Finishing up with our breakfast we will continue our trek towards Sallaghari. Sallaghari literally means dense Pine forest. It is also the summer grazing area. We will trek gently on ascending path passing through dense forests of rhododendron, pine, and bamboo. Once you see a crest to climb, the gentle trek is over you should climb uphill. from the crest top, you can see the wall of Dhaulagiri-I. from here the trail descends towards Myagdi Khola, and walking alongside this river will take us to Sallaghari. We will be camping overnight.

After waking up in fresh air, surrounded by pine forest and the sound of a swift-flowing river. We will have our breakfast at the campsite. We will then pack our camping stuff and hike towards our destination. The trek will last for four hours. And as we reach Italian Base Camp we will first encounter the glacier. The view of the Dhaulagiri range, Manapathi Peak, and Dhaulagiri-II is truly inspiring and breathtaking. The camping site is beneath the west face of Dhaulagiri-I where we will be camping overnight.

The trek is considered difficult so rest is a must if you want to complete your trek. We will be taking a break from our hiking and will rest for today. We will explore around the base camp so that we can adjust to the air at high altitudes. We will visit tea houses which have some trekkers items you can pick up some items. After exploring the tea houses and enjoying the breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri range and Manapathi peak we will return to our camping site for the overnight.

Our body today will feel much lighter which will be helpful for today’s trekking. We will continue our trek toward Glacier Camp. The trail is much rougher with rocks and traversing steep slopes and slippery glaciers. After some time, we will cross a moraine of glaciers flowing down from the Dhaulagiri. We also need ropes to do some climbing on today’s trekking. After 5 hours of trekking, we will reach our final stop Glacier Camp. Today as well we camp the overnight.

Today’s as well will be one rough day for trekking. You should trek through the slippery glaciers' path. The climb uphill will be much tougher and more challenging. Climbing uphill for six hours is one hell of a task. But once you are at Dhaulagiri Base Camp you will forget the suffering you have gone through.

You will be stunned as you see Dhaulagiri-I standing before you. Other than Dhaulagiri you will see various peaks like Dhaulagiri II, (7751m), III (7715m), and IV (7618m). We will camp overnight. Opposite our camping site lies a spectacular ice fall flowing Between Tukuche and Dhaulagiri.

Our legs are hurting from yesterday’s uphill climb so this rest day will help us to recover. We will explore Dhaulagiri Base Camp. You will also adjust to altitude if you are to explore around the Camp. If you climb a bit above Camp you will get a spectacular view of the Dhaulagiri Range. After exploring around for while we will return to base camp for the rest. We will be camping for an overnight stay.

Finishing up our hot breakfast on a cold morning we will start our trekking towards the French col from where the view of the hidden valley will stun you. But before getting that inspired feeling, you should get off the glacier for which you should do some rope climbing. After doing some hard work on rope climbing you will get to trek on less strenuous terrain. After climbing for some time to French Col, the hidden valley is also reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh. The temperature here is at least -20 degrees Celsius. We will then trek towards the hidden valley where we will camp overnight.

To reach Yak Kharka we first need to cross the Dhampus Pass and the trek will last for about seven hours. Trek to Dhampus is tough as you should climb steep uphill. Not only uphill is challenging but downhill is as tough as uphill. While descending we will pass through avalanche-prone slopes and rocky slopes. After descending through a challenging trail, we will reach an open space where yak grazes. This open grazing space is known as Yak Kharka. We will camp at Yak Kharka for the overnight stay.

Today’s trek is going to be the easiest after all those days of hard and tough trekking. Our final stop for the day is Jomsom. After having a hot breakfast at camp, we will hike downhill towards kali Gandaki valley from where we can reach the settlement of Allubari (3400 meters). again, descending from Allubari we will eventually reach the village of Marpha which is elevated at (2667m).

Here at Marpha village, you can do some shopping as the village is beautiful and there is a number of crafts shops around the village. From Marpha village we will gain some elevation to reach our final stop for the day Jomsom. Here you can enjoy the completion of your trek. We will do some campfire with local apple Marpha(alcohol) and beers. We will camp an overnight stay.

We will fly back to Pokhara to give our bodies rest. You will get to see the Himalayan Panoramas while flying back to Pokhara. Once we arrive at Pokhara we will check our hotel and leave our stuff. We will get fresh and ready to explore lake city. You can enjoy the view of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Phewa Lake. Today we will be staying at the hotel the overnight.

Finishing up with our morning breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus. We will enjoy the scenery on the way, after that we check Hotel in Kathmandu to have a rest and enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening, we will be staying overnight at a 3-star hotel In Kathmandu.

    On the last day of our trip, a representative of Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition will drive you to the airport according to your flight schedule back to home or onward destination.

    Meeting you has been such a wonderful experience, and we do hope our relationship will keep going long.

    We hope that you enjoyed the camping trekking in Dhaulagiri Base camp and hope to see you for another adventure soon. We will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements so that you can explore other parts of Nepal.

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    Cost Details

    Included

    • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
    • Three-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • One night’s accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
    • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
    • Kathmandu city tours, tour guides, and private transportation
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide.
    • Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. 
    • Accident insurance for all staff
    • Himalayan Scenery trekking map, Trekking T-shirt, and duffel bag for trekking
    • Trekking map/ Trekking T-Shirt, and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
    • ACAP Permit & TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport-size photos for permit)
    • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
    • Government taxes & office service charge

    Excluded

    • Personal Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
    • Snacks /Drinks and other personal expenses
    • Hot showers during the trek
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • WiFi internet and phone call unless it’s free.
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

    Useful Info

    In Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, your safety precedes every other thing. As this adventure entrails travelling in the remote mountainous region, we are always at mercy of nature. During the trip, the factors such as weather, natural disaster or a multitude of other factors which are beyond our control can subsequently bring the changes in the itinerary. Although all the itinerary we provide to you is guided and standard; please note that your team leader has the authority to alter or even drop the planned itinerary of any part if it is necessary due to safety concern. All the alternations or changes of the standard itinerary are made by the leader by taking into consideration the best interest of the whole group. We give our best effort to stick with the above-mentioned itinerary; however, in case of any unpredicted event which is beyond our control, you need to be flexible and take after the guideline as instructed by your leader.

    Note that the company won’t be responsible for any result of alterations on itineraries or any delays due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Hotel and Accommodation:

    We provide you with the 2 to 3-star standard hotel while you are at Kathmandu (i.e. for 3 Nights). During your Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek, we provide you with the tented camp accommodation. In Kathmandu beside the 2 / 3 stars hotel, some 4 / 5 - star luxury accommodation is also available. If you want to change the accommodation plan to the luxury, please do let us know so that we can arrange and book the hotel for you for your Kathmandu stay.

    Food and Beverages:

    All the food and Beverages included on the package of Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek are provided by the company itself. The foods are professionally prepared and provided in the tented camp on the trail. We will have the breakfast and dinner at the camp. On the everyday trek, our guide will decide the available place and stop for the lunch. We also provide the boiled drinking water at the camp. During the trek, there are options for buying the bottled water as well.

    Upon your arrival at Kathmandu after the successful trekking journey, we will provide farewell dinner consisting of authentic Nepalese cuisines and live cultural music.

    Transportation:

    We at Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition provide all the necessary transportation facilities for your trip. We provide private vehicles for airport pick up and sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. Likewise, we provide tourist bus transportation for your trip. However, you have the other options as the direct flight to Pokhara or travelling through private vehicles such as cars or van.

    You need to pay additional for the transportation which is excluded from our package. You can send us an enquiry for the latest price details for the private transportation and flight tickets.

     

    Luggage and Backpack:

    The main luggage of your will be carried by your porters during the trek. For your personal things, we highly recommend you, to carry a small handbag containing water bottles, cameras, sunscreen and other things which you require daily during the trip. Making the backpack small and lighter will unquestionably assist you to enjoy the trip to its fullest. You should simply convey the thing which is basic for your outing and the rest of the garments and different things can be left in the locker room/safe store of hotels. The hotels provide the locker room / safe deposit for free. So, don’t hesitate to leave the things which are redundant. While making the backpack or luggage for your trip to ensure that the luggage doesn’t exceed more than 15 Kg. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg including your handbag. Excess weight is chargeable of USD 1.5 or more which will be the additional cost of our trip.

    Guide and Porters on Trek:

    We provide you with the well trained and experienced guide and porter for your trek.  Our guide will assist you in every possible way to make your trips remarkable and memorable. Talking about the porter, we provide one porter for 2 trekkers each. The porters carry 20 Kg of total luggage (10 Kg form each trekker). We provide the one guide for the smaller groups and if the group size surpasses 10 individuals; we will provide the additional guide for your trip.

    Personnel Expenses:

    Personnel Expenses largely influenced upon your habit of expenditure. We provide you with all the necessary food and accommodation facilities inside the cost of your Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek. So, you only need money to pay for your drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and snacks while strolling on the trail. You will get the significant number of smaller shops on the trail to buy the drinks and snacks. Likewise, you can also use the money to buy you souvenirs of the trip, entrance tickets, hot showers, tips and many more. Note that, tips and gratuities are not mandatory, but it is fine if you wish to. If you feel like the service provided to you is excellent, then you can tip directly to staffs. Of course, there is no obligation to tip if you are disappointed with the service you receive. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate an amount of 5 - 10% of the total package price for tips. The amount you give depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.

    Rescue and Evacuation:

    Nepal is the country full of heart-warming natural beauty and a magnificent travel destination for the thrill and adventure seeker all around the globe. In spite of the fact that, Nepal is an adventure paradise for the nature lover, thrill seeker. But in some cases, the thrilling experience comes up with the serious hazard. The most exciting, and the joyful trip may backfire on us and we may have to be the victim of nature. Not only that while trekking in the high altitude rough terrains may also occur afflictions like the sprained ankle or even broken leg, appendix ruptures, hypothermia, skin infection and respiratory infection. If any of this misfortune happens to you, then it should be treated on time. If left untreated then you may even lose your life. If any of the above-mentioned affliction happens during your trip, we at Himalayan scenery treks and expedition will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital ASAP. All the expenses made to rescue and evacuate you, are entirely liable to us. So, before departing off to your trip, make sure that your travel insurance company has the policy to cover up all the expenses in case of any misfortune arises during the trip so that you can enjoy the trip to the utmost. If not, be ready to pay on your own once you arrive at the Kathmandu. To learn more about the Travel Insurance for the Trip in Nepal, please do visit Travel Insurance page in Nepal Travel Guide.  

    Join a fixed date group trek or private departure:

    The Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is available on both fixed departure and private basis, If you are looking for a group to join then please check our fixed departures dates and ask for availability or if you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues then you are invited to choose any date at your convenient timeframe for any number of people.

    Why Book With Us?

    • Best price
    • Best safety records
    • Easy payment processing
    • Customizable trips as per your needs
    • Departure for every booking
    • Best customer care
    • Specialized care and considerations
    • Easy cancellation conditions

    Booking Requirements

    Please provide us your full credentials or a copy of your passport. Give your weight so that preplan your group’s trips for proper weight distribution. You may deposit 10 to 20 percent advance of the total package amount while booking. You may pay rest of the amount before the trip. You can also pay us by card, bank transfer or online. Please visit here for payment details.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you are unable to make your trip, let us know in advance. We will refund you as per our booking terms and conditions and available time frame. At times, there might be delays or cancellation of flights due to weather and unforeseeable reasons. In such cases, we will make our best effort to adjust your bookings and rearranging the schedule.

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