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Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

Dhaulagiri Base Camp 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: French Pass (5360m)

  • 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 Trek is a demanding trek that goes to the foot of Mt. Dhalagiri, the seventh-tallest mountain in the world (8167 meters. Dhaulagiri mountain range is a big chuck of mountain series range that stretches from the Kaligandaki River in the east to the Bheri River in the west, covering an area of around 120 kilometres (70 miles). The range is made up of smaller peaks Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII of which Dhaulagiri I (8167m) is the tallest of them all.

Trekking to Dhaulagiri base camp passes along rugged terrain that provides stunning views of the Dhaulagiri mountain range and surrounding peaks. The prime features of the trek are the spectacular panorama of of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan ranges and the diverse topography one has to trek along which ranges from lush forests to Alpine land devoid of trees. Not to forget the Dhaulagiri Base Camp itself, located at an altitude of 4,750 meters. The base camp gives majestic panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri I including other impressive peaks in the region.

The crossing of French Col (5,350m) to the Hidden Valley, which is located at 5,000m above sea level, is the toughest day of the entire walk. The summit of Dhaulagiri is also reached via The Hidden Valley. Spending a night at the base camp is the best trekking experience camping at the most remote and secluded locations on earth. 
One will have a great opportunity to witness the local culture and traditions during the trek since the Dhaulagiri region has numerous indigenous communities residing at it’s remote locations. Their way of life and culture hasn’t changed much for ages.

The trek begins in Beni after a drive from Pokhara and follows the Myagdi Khola river valley. Dhaulagiri base camp trek itinerary  then passes along remote villages, beautiful terraced fields, and dense forests. As the trail begins to ascend you will notice the landscape changing dramatically with towering peaks and glaciers becoming more prominent.
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is a rewarding Himalayan journey for anyone looking for an adventurous trek in the Himalayas and challenge themselves in a remote and pristine wilderness.

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Enjoy spectacular views of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 meters), Dhaulagiri II, III, and IV, Tukuche Peak & the Annapurna range.
  • Trek through remote & less crowded route.
  • Crossing over Challenging Passes like the French Pass (5,360 meters) & Dhampus Pass (5,182 meters)
  • Witness a variety of landscapes, from lush forests & terraced fields to alpine meadows and glacial mountains.
  • Discover traditional villages inhabited by various ethnic groups such as Gurungs, Magars and Thakalis.
  • Enjoy the unique blend of culture & landscapes of Annapurna & Mustang regions.
  • Sightings of variety of wildlife, including snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, & a wide range of bird species.
  • Take joy in discovering rich Cultural Experience with local communities & observing their traditional lifestyle.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara & drive to Beni (850m) 20 min flight/4 hrs drive
Day 03: Trek from Beni to Babiachaur (950m/ 5 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Babiachaur to Dharapani (1400m/6 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1800m/5 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Muri to Boghara (2080m/6 hrs)
Day 07: Trek from Boghara to Dobang (2520m/5 hrs)
Day 08: Trek from Dobang to Choriban Khola (3110m/5 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp (3660m7 hrs)
Day 10: In Italian Base Camp - Acclimatization Day
Day 11: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4210m/6 hrs)
Day 12: Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m/7 hrs)
Day 13: In Dhaulagiri Base Camp - Acclimatization Day
Day 14: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5120m) via French Pass (5360m/7 hrs)
Day 15: Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4000m) via Dhampus Pass (3680m/7 hrs)
Day 16: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2736m/5-6 hrs)
Day 17: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (830m/20 min flight)
Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6-7 hrs drive)
Day 19: Final Departure

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you must complete your entry/visa formalities. You will then be received by a representative from Marron Treks and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served at the hotel, and then we will have a quick pre-trip meeting. You can then spend the remaining time resting or doing as you please. In the evening, you can stroll around the vicinity of your hotel just to get the feel of this wonderful city. 

Hotel

We leave the hotel after breakfast and fly to Pokhara, which is about 20 minute’s flight. Upon reaching Pokhara, drive for about four hours until we arrive in Beni. There are various rest points along the route where we may get food and beverages, as well as pass through several settlements. We spent the night in a Beni guest home.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Beni Mangalghat, Singa, and Tatopani are all places we pass by as we go down the north bank of the Myagdi Khola, leaving behind Beni and the Kali Gandaki River. To go to Simalchour Village, where we spend the night, we cross a bridge over to the south bank of the river.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today's journey takes us into a valley and along the river's banks for five to six hours. We initially arrive in Shahashradhara, a village. We continue until we reach Ratorunga Village, after which the valley narrows, after which we cross the Duk Khola. Once we arrive in Dharapani, where we spend the night, we continue our ascent up the valley.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today, we'll hike for about five hours, ascending to higher altitudes through the settlements of Sibang and Mattim before tumbling down to Gatti Khola and Phalai Gaon. As we descend to the Magar village of Muri, where we spend the night, we bridge the Dhara Khola (river) and continue on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Ascending to the ridge to begin the day, we then descend to Juge Pani, where we pause for lunch. After lunch, we hike up a difficult track before emerging high above the valley. After travelling along a cliff edge for approximately an hour, we arrived in Boghara Village and set up a tent for the evening. The journey today took roughly six hours.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today's trek starts as we ascend to the ridge while passing through farmed fields. As the terrain becomes a little less strenuous, we arrive at Lipshe Village and make a lunch halt there. After two to three hours of hiking through a thick forest, we finally arrived at Dobang Village, where we set up camp for the evening. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We start our five-hour hike today by crossing a wooden bridge and then ascending into a woodland. We soon get a glimpse of Dhaulagiri I's (8167m) west face. The Myagdi Khola is our next point of descent before reaching Chartare Village. We arrive at Choriban Khola after travelling through forests once more, where we spend the night in a tent.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The journey takes almost seven hours today. We go down the path to the moraine at the foot of the Chhonbardan Glacier, where we cross it to the right. Directly in front of us is Tukuche Peak (6837m), and to our right is the stunning north face of Dhaulagiri I (8167m). We arrive at Italian Base Camp after a little hike, where we pitch our tents for the night. We have breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m), and Dhaulagiri V (7618m) from this vantage point. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Before ascending to higher elevations, acclimatization is crucial for your safety. The acclimatization process might be aided by a little hike around and beyond the Italian Camp. Medical specialists advise staying active during the day. We'll spend the night here.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We rise early because our journey will take six hours. Early in the morning is typically when the weather is most favourable for climbing. Keep an eye out for rock falls because the trail we are travelling today runs through a confined gorge. We spent the night in Glacier Camp.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The hike is significant today as we ascend to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. From here, the skyline is dominated by the north face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters), and to the west are Dhaulagiri II (7751 meters), Dhaulagiri III (7715 meters), and Dhaulagiri V (7618 meters). These breathtaking peaks are right in front of your eyes! The impressive glacier that falls from the northeast is just in front of us. Here at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, we set up camp for the night.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

It is crucial that we stop here to rest and re-acclimate. Once more, it is advised to be as active as you can. Simply put, the vistas are spectacular. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We have a six- to seven-hour hike ahead of us today, which will be physically taxing because of the greater altitude. To get to the snowy slopes leading up to French Pass, we first have to cross a moraine. On the opposite side of Dhaulagiri, we enter the Hidden Valley after crossing the pass, where we set up camp for the night. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today we go at a greater altitude to the slightly lower Dhampus Pass before returning to the height of French Pass at the opposite end of the valley. After passing across the pass, we start the descent to Yak Kharka, where we will spend the night.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today's five-hour hike offers some spectacular views of Dhaulagiri Peak in the southwest, Annapurna and Nilgiri in the east, the distant Mustang in the north, and the Kali Gandaki Valley, the world's deepest gorge. Up until we get closer to Yak Kharka, the track is very easy to follow. Then, it descends quickly to Marpha Village, where we can rest for lunch. We travel to Jomson after lunch, where we spend the night in a lodge.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

As we return on a spectacular trip to Pokhara, we soar above the hilly landscape and check into our hotel. Alternatively, we might sit by Phew Tal (lake) and take in the distant Annapurna Mountains, or we can put our feet up and relax while exploring the city's commercial district. 

Hotel
Breakfast Included

On our return to Kathmandu, which will take about six to seven hours, we can relax and enjoy the view. We will return you to your lodgings after a farewell meal in the evening.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner 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 safaris, rafting, mountain biking, bungee jumping, etc. are also on the list.

Breakfast Included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary
  • Pokhara/Beni transfer by a private vehicle
  • All trekking accommodation (in tented camps) with breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • Guide, porters, kitchen staff and helpers' wages for the trekking period.
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara & Jomsom/Pokhara flight fares
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (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 a live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee: A 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 (the luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 20 kg).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottles of boiled water, showers, etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks, and beverages
  • Tips for guides and porters (tipping is expected).

Route Map

FAQ's

 

1. How long does it take to complete the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?
Generally, it takes around 15 to 18 days to complete the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek depending on the trekker's pace, weather conditions, and acclimatization.

2. What is the best time for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?
The best time is during the months of April-May and September–October during when there will be stable weather conditions with clear mountain views.

3. What is the difficulty level of the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is considered challenging. It involves high altitude, steep ascents, and rugged terrains, requiring prior trekking experience and physical fitness to cope with the demands of the trail.

4. Can I hire a guide or porter for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?
Yes, hiring a guide or porter is highly recommended for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek since, as per the new rule for trekking in Nepal, no individual treks are allowed and one must come through a registered travel agency. They will assist with navigation, provide local knowledge, and help carry your backpack, allowing you to focus on enjoying the trek.

5. What are the major highlights of the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek offers stunning views of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), the world's seventh-highest mountain. The trek also includes scenic landscapes, remote villages, terraced fields, hidden valleys, and an exciting crossing of the French Pass (5360m).

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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