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Dhaulagiri Base Camp short trek

Dhaulagiri Base Camp short trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Off-the-beaten-trails

  • Activities

    Activities: Camp trek

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Tented camps

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Hidden Valley (5200m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Dhaulagiri Base Camp short trek is a quick trek to the base camp of Mount Dhaulagiri which is the seventh highest mountain in the world. The regular trek to Dhaulagiri base camp is a long and challenging journey, the short version allows you to attend the base camp much quicker and ideal for those who have limited time but still want to explore the mighty Himalayas.

Dhaulagiri base camp short trek itinerary starts after a scenic flight to Jomsom from Pokhara and starts the trek to Marpha. The trial then advances ahead passing along traditional villages, terraced farmlands, and lush forests, gradually ascending towards the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Throughout the journey you will witness a spectacular Himalayan panorama of the mountains like the Dhaulagiri massif, which includes several peaks over 7,000 meters.

The trek to Dhaulagiri base camp is an amusing adventure that allows trekkers to cross high mountain passes, walk through beautiful valleys and camp at the best locations surrounded by the rugged and majestic Himalayan landscape.

The Dhaulagiri region is a remote and challenging area so it’s recommended to have prior trekking experience with a good level of fitness.
Dhaulagiri Base Camp’s short trek promises an unforgettable adventure in the Himalayas to experience the beauty and grandeur of the Dhaulagiri region in a shorter timeframe.

Dhaulagiri Base Camp short trek Highlights

  • Witness panoramic view of Dhaulagiri 1, the seventh highest mountain in the world 8167m.
  • Explore the stunning Hidden Valley.
  • Trek through Glaciers, lush, verdant farmlands, shifting topography, and desolate, high-altitude moraines.
  • A true feeling of being on an adventure to a pristine and unexplored area of Nepal.
  • Magnificent views of Dhaulagiri & several other 7000m plus peaks.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)
Day 2: Fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu (25 minutes) 
Day 3: Fly to Jomsom & drive to Marpha (2720m) & trek to Yak Kharka (4200m/4-5 hrs)
Day 4: Trek from Yak Kharka to Hidden Valley (5200m/6-7 hrs)
Day 5: Trek from Hidden Valley to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m/6-7 hrs)
Day 6: Rest and acclimatization at Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m)
Day 7: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5200m/7-8 hrs)
Day 8: Trek from Hidden Valley to Alubari (1955m/7-8 hrs)
Day 9: Trek from Alubari to Marpha & drive to Jomsom (2,743m/3 hrs)
Day 10: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (822m/25 minutes) 
Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara
Day 12: Final Departure

Arrive in Kathmandu and one of our representatives will receive you and then transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is free to explore the city where your hotel is located which is usually at Thamel – the popular tourist hub in Kathmandu where every needs and facilities for the tourist are located like hotels, pubs, restaurants, departmental stores, trek gear shops etc. Or you can simply rest at your hotel if you are jet lagged and get ready for an amazing Himalayan trek.

Hotel

After breakfast, you will fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which is a short 25-minute flight. Enjoy the scenic aerial views of the Himalayan mountains during this short journey. After arriving in Pokhara, you can take the opportunity to rest and relax before starting your adventures the next day. 

Use this day to rest and rejuvenate before delving into the activities and exploration planned for the upcoming days. Pokhara offers a tranquil environment with beautiful lakes and stunning mountain views, making it an ideal place to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

If you feel up to it, you can take a stroll around the Lakeside area in Pokhara. Lakeside is a popular tourist area with a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and shops. You can enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee while admiring the scenic views of Phewa Lake.

Hotel
Breakfast included

Early in the morning take a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The flight duration is approximately 20-25 minutes, and it offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Jomsom is located at an altitude of around 2,720 meters.

Once you land in Jomsom, you’ll proceed with a drive to Marpha, a charming village renowned for its apple orchards, traditional architecture, and famous Marpha brandy. The drive from Jomsom to Marpha takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on road conditions.

From Marpha, your trekking adventure begins. You’ll start trekking towards Yak Kharka, situated at an altitude of around 4,200 meters. The trek duration is approximately 4-5 hours, but it can vary based on your pace and trail conditions.

As you trek from Marpha to Yak Kharka, you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring mountain scenery, including panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The terrain varies, with some uphill sections, gentle slopes, and rugged trails. Be prepared for changes in altitude.

Once you reach Yak Kharka, you will spend the night in a tented camp. It’s important to note that Yak Kharka is at a considerably higher altitude than your starting point in Jomsom. Take time to acclimatize and listen to your body’s signals. Stay hydrated, maintain a steady pace, and be mindful of any symptoms of altitude sickness. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Starting from Yak Kharka at around 4,200 meters, you will climb up to the higher elevation of Hidden Valley at approximately 5,200 meters. Be prepared for the effects of high altitude. The trail from Yak Kharka to Hidden Valley offers a mix of uphill sections, rocky terrain, and some steep ascents. It’s important to take your time and pace yourself, allowing your body to adjust to the changing altitude and physical demands of the trek.

Along the way, you will be surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The landscapes are breathtaking, with snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, and rugged terrain. Take breaks along the trail to appreciate the panoramic views and capture some memorable photos. Soon Hidden Valley is reached where you camp.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Starting from Hidden Valley at around 5,200 meters, you will gradually climb up to the base camp situated at approximately 4,750 meters. The trail from Hidden Valley to Dhaulagiri Base Camp involves a mix of uphill sections, rocky terrain, and some challenging ascents. You will navigate through moraines, and glacier crossings, and possibly encounter some steep sections. The terrain can be demanding, so it’s important to have prior trekking experience and be physically prepared. 

After walking for 6-7 hours you will reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp is reached where you camp for the night. Dhaulagiri Base Camp is a remote and high-altitude location, be mindful of any symptoms of altitude sickness and take appropriate measures. Stay hydrated, eat well, and maintain a steady pace.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Rest days are crucial during high-altitude trekking to allow your body to adjust to the thin air and extreme conditions. This day is dedicated to resting and allowing your body to recover from the physical exertion of the previous days. The main purpose of the rest day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp is to aid in the acclimatization process. Spending an extra day at this altitude helps your body adapt to the lower oxygen levels and reduce the risk of altitude-related illnesses.

Take the opportunity to explore the surroundings of Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Enjoy the majestic views of the Dhaulagiri mountain range and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Capture photographs, relax, and immerse yourself in the serene and awe-inspiring atmosphere of the base camp.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

As you leave Dhaulagiri Base Camp, you will gradually descend back to Hidden Valley. Be prepared for some downhill sections and rugged terrain along the way. The trail from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley may involve a mix of rocky paths, moraines, and glacial formations. You may need to navigate through challenging sections, so it’s important to be cautious and maintain a steady pace.

The trek offers beautiful views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including the Dhaulagiri range. Take the opportunity to soak in breathtaking landscapes and capture memorable photographs. After 7-8 hours of walk will reach Hidden Valley.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Leaving Hidden Valley, you will descend to lower altitudes as you make your way towards Alubari. The elevation at Alubari is approximately 1,955 meters. The trail from Hidden Valley to Alubari involves a mix of downhill sections, rocky paths, and forested areas. Be prepared for different types of terrain and ensure you have proper footwear for the trek.

As you descend, you will have opportunities to enjoy scenic views of the surrounding landscapes, including mountains, valleys, and forests. Take breaks along the way to appreciate the beauty and capture memorable photos. After 7-8 hours of walking will reach Alubari.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The trail from Alubari to Marpha may involve a mix of downhill and flat sections, passing through forested areas, terraced fields, and local villages. It offers a chance to witness traditional rural life and the beautiful landscapes of the region. After reaching Marpha, you will proceed with a drive to Jomsom, which takes approximately 3 hours. Enjoy the scenic drive, as you pass through the rugged terrain and witness the breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. 

Once you reach Jomsom, check in at the lodge. If time permits, you can explore Jomsom and its surroundings. The town is situated in the Kali Gandaki Valley, which is known for its unique geography and cultural heritage. Visit the local market, interact with the locals, and enjoy the peaceful ambience of this mountain town.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Early in the morning fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. After arriving in Pokhara check in the hotel and take some time to rest and relax. You can enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the city, visit lakeside areas, or indulge in local cuisine. Pokhara offers a range of activities and attractions to explore, including Phewa Lake, World Peace Pagoda, and numerous hiking options.

Hotel
Breakfast included

We will catch a flight to Kathmandu from here and after another 25 minutes on air, we touch down at the domestic wing of the Kathmandu airport. A representative from Marron Treks will receive and transfer you to your designated hotel. You have the entire day at hand and can spend it as you, please. You would probably want to get groomed a bit and do some souvenir shopping at Thamel. In the evening Marron Treks will host a peppy farewell dinner party. Enjoy the succulent traditional Nepali cuisines and a cultural extravaganza! Cut loose but sleep tight.

Hotel
Breakfast included

The trip concludes and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours before your flight time at the airport.

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home!

If you plan to extend your holiday then other travel activities like jungle safari, rafting, mountain biking, bungee jumping etc are also up on the list. 

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary.
  • Pokhara/Jomsom/Pokhara round flight fare..
  • Jomsom/Marpha/Jomsom transfers by private vehicle.
  • All trekking accommodation costs (in tented camps) on full board (B, L, D) basis as per the itinerary.
  • Guide, porters, kitchen staffs and helpers wages for the trekking period.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bags.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes.

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 20 kgs.).
  • Other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guides and porters (Tipping is expected).

Route Map

FAQ's

 

1. How long does the Dhaulagiri Base Camp short trek take?
The Dhaulagiri Base Camp short trek typically takes 8 days to complete.

2. What is the starting point of the trek?
The trek usually starts and ends in Jomsom.

3. What is the best time to do the Dhaulagiri Base Camp short trek?
The best time for Dhaulagiri Base Camp short trek spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months will have clear skies, good visibility, and best mountain views.

4. What is the level of difficulty for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp short trek?
Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek is considered a challenging trek, suitable for experienced trekkers. The terrain is rugged, and you will encounter high-altitude conditions, so proper acclimatization and physical fitness are essential.

5. Are permits required for the trek?
Yes, trekkers need to obtain two permits for this trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.

6. What should I pack for the trek?
Essential items to pack include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good sleeping bag, a backpack, water purification tablets, first aid kit, and high-energy snacks.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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