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Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek   21 days

Trip Facts

Country : Nepal
Start/End: Kathmandu
Destination : Italian & Dhaulagiri Base Camp, French & Dhampus Pass
Trip Duration : 21 days
Max. Altitude : 5100 Meters.
Group Size : Mini. 1 / Max.12
Best Season : March to May / October to November.
Trip Grade : Very Strenuous.Very Strenuous.Very Strenuous.Very Strenuous.Very Strenuous.
Daily walking Hour: Approximately 5-8

TRIP Highlights

  • Experience the most challenging trek,
  • Immensely stunning mountain views,
  • Varied Himalayan flora and fauna.

Trip Map

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Trip Overview

Dhaulagiri is one of the most popular 8000m Peaks for climbing in the Himalayas. The seventh highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri lies north – west of Pokhara culminating to its highest point at the eastern end. Dhaulagiri is almost unique in the world in terms of its rise above local terrain where it rises to 7000m over the Kali Gandaki gorge to the south east in about 30 km of aerial distance. With the Kali Gandaki Gorge standing as a barrier separating Annapurna I & Dhaulagiri, they both stand near the river facing each other over a deep valley.

Dhaulagiri literally means ‘white mountain’ which justifies a magnificent peak rising as a giant shoulder of shining ice and snow. So you can only imagine the beauty of the trek route, with the magnificent White Mountain highlighted by the sunlight, as a backdrop throughout. Along with Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna range can also be seen, along with the beautiful, snow clad hills, and beautiful little villages with the best of yak cheese. The trek is a great way to explore the beauty of the area, as well as let oneself submerged on the rich and vibrant culture of the North, and the ancient Tibetan monasteries.

Also, indulge on the scrumptious meals, from the hearty Tibetan momos to the delicious and healthy dhindo, served with amazingly tasty yak ghee and fresh vegetables from the local area. The little villages and the welcoming smiles at the guest houses take all the tiredness go away, making them an ideal resting point. At an altitude of more than 5000m above the sea level, and for duration of 26 days, the trek may seem exhausting. It is true that it demands a lot of energy and enthusiasm, but the trek is worth it all.

It is always a good idea to trek around one of the most beautiful trek routes.
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Day 01 – Arrive Kathmandu (1345m). Pick up and transfer to a Hotel and stay overnight
Day 02 – Trek preparation and full day sightseeing around Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel
Day 03 – Drive to Beni (850m) by bus – 8 hrs. Overnight at tented camp 
Day 04 – Trek to Babiachor (950m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camp
Day 05 – Trek to Dharapani (1,400m) 6 hrs . Overnight at tented camp
Day 06 – Trek to Muri (1,850m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camp
Day 07 – Trek to Boghara (2,080m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camp
Day 08 – Trek to Dobang (2,520m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camp
Day 09 – Trek to Choriban Khola (3,110m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camp
Day 10 – Trek to the Italian Base Camp (3,660m) – 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camp
Day 11 – Acclimatization and rest day.  Overnight at tented camp
Day 12 – Trek to the Glacier Camp (4,210m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camp
Day 13 – Trek to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m) – 7 hrs. Overnight at tented camp
Day 14 – Another acclimatization and rest day. Overnight at tented camp
Day 15 – Cross the French Pass (5,360m), then trek to the Hidden Valley (5,200m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at tented camp
Day 16 – Cross Dhampus Pass (5,200m), and trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m) – 6 hrs. Overnight at a tented camp.
Day 17 – Trek to Jomsom (2,710m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at tented camp
Day 18 – Morning flight to Pokhara – 30 mins. Sightseeing around Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel
Day 19 – Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) and farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performance. Overnight at a hotel
Day 20 – Transfer to the international airport for your final departure
Day 01-Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m)
On your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, our airport representatives will warmly greet you, after which you will be transferred to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle.

Day 02-Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley

Early next morning following a hearty breakfast, Hike Himalaya Adventures will host a pre-trip meeting at the hotel you’re staying. During this meeting, we introduce your trip guide, and we’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. We provide you with important information about the trip, so do feel free to take notes if you want to. Also, please kindly bring three passport-size photos, passport and travel insurance policy. Legal formalities, including liability waiver, will be taken care of in this meeting.
Once the meeting concludes, we begin our sightseeing of the valley for which a private vehicle along with a professional guide will be provided. The valley is dotted with fantastic cultural heritages, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which we’ll visit. These include Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings), along with other popular cultural attractions. The lifestyle of the Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, the fascinating history and the awe-inspiring architecture will be the highlight of this day-long sightseeing trip.

Day 03 and 04 – Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Drive to Beni and trek to Tatopani
We fly today in the morning from Kathmandu to Pokhara on a scenic 30-minute flight. Once in Pokhara, we will take a minibus to reach Beni on a short drive. Heading west along the banks of MyagdiKhola, we reach Tatopani in about 2 hours of trekking time. This place is well known for it hot springs where we can take a relaxing dip.

Day 5 – Trek to Dharapani
As we continue our trekking along MyagdiKhola, we come across several villages and then stop at Darbang for a quick lunch. After the hearty meal, we start our climb to the village of Dharapani once we cross a suspension bridge en route. There are varieties of cultures in this route, giving a quick glimpse of Nepal’s cultural diversity. Dhaulagiri is clearly seen from Dharapani.

Day 6 – Trek to Muri
Walking through Sibang and Takum, which are splendid villages adorned by terraced paddy fields, we walk by awe-inspiring sceneries of Nepalese villages and mountains. The route sports views of several peaks, both big and small. We enjoy the vistas and then reach Muri, a largely Magar community.

Day 7 – Trek to Boghara
We head off early in the morning and cross the MuriKhola, from where we walk by bamboo stands then eventually farms and houses. After some ascent, we reach a small school at the edge of Boghara. The village is very beautiful and traditional.

Day 8 – Trek to Dobang
The trail from Dobang follows MyagdiKhola through trails that climb up at some points, then fall at others. You’ll be able to observe large bee nests along the way, and honey is naturally very popular in this region. Our lunch stop Lipshe stands at 2,080 meters. After about six hours of trekking today, we reach Doban which has a handful of teahouses.

Day 9 – Trek to Sallaghari
We leaven in the morning from Dobang and make our way through forests, fern vegetation and rhododendron trees as we head to cross MyagdiKhola. We will camp at a nice spot at the village of Sallaghari after about 5 hours of trekking.

Day 10 – Trek to Italian Base Camp
Cutting through forests of pine trees and rhododendron, the trail start to climb to grasslands on the lateral moraine of Italian Base Camp. Dhaulagiri and other peaks like Tsaurabog Peak are visible at the other end of the valley.

Day 11 – Rest day and acclimatization
We’ll spend the day exploring the base camp and relaxing. We will also let our body adjust to thinner air at higher altitude.

Day 12 – Trek to Glacier Camp
Because of the higher altitude, we will take it easy today and cover less distance. The altitude still needs to seep in despite our acclimatization the previous day. The trail first descend steeply along the lateral moraine, and then make our way to the Chonbarden glacier, from where Glacier Camp is a mere one-hour walk away.

Day 13 – Rest and acclimatization at Glacier Camp
The altitude requires us to spend another day acclimatizing to the thin atmosphere. You may choose to either take a rest or go on a short hike to a large moraine ridge and other places of interest like Tukuche, Little Eiger and so forth.

Day 14 – Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp
A rugged trail from Glacier Camp takes us to Dhaulagiri Base Camp in 4 hour of trekking. From here, we are able to see amazing views of Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Little Tiger and others. This is also from where the expeditions to the summit take place.

Day 15 – Rest and Acclimatization at Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Yet another day of acclimatization to let our bodies adjust to altitude gain. Your guide will instruct you on the use of ice axes and crampons, required for a short stretch of the trekking days ahead.

Day 16 – Trekto Hidden Valley
We set off from Glacier Base Camp today and cross Upper Chonbarden glacier. A huge glacier moraine is visible higher up. The trail ascends and follows a steep trail across the scree and talus. From there we get amazing views of the valley below. A last ascent will then take us to the French Pass, marked by prayer flags and sparse vegetation.

Day 17 – Rest and exploration at Hidden Valley.
We’ll be able to reach this place only when all the group members have sufficiently acclimatized during the period of the trip. There are several great options for hiking in this region, one of the bestones of which is the west side of Dhaulagiri.

Day 18 – Trek to Yak Kharka
This is considered one of the most challenging days of this trip. Passing the mild slopes to cross Dhampus Pass, we descend about a hundred meters from here and then head towards Kali Gandaki valley. Your guide will let you know when, where and how to use crampons in this section. After trekking on snow for four hours, we descent to Yak Kharka. You won’t miss out on fine views of Nilgiri and Annapurna this day.

Day 19 – Trek to Jomsom
From Yak Kharka, we begin descending to Jomsom via Marpha, an ancient village with monasteries, whitewashed Tibetan houses and famous for apples and apple products, including Marpha Brandy. We then reach Jomsom, which has lodges with hot showers, internet cafes and so forth.

Day 20 – Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
We will fly to Pokhara from Jomsom on a short and scenic flight which gives us a bird’s eye view of the mountains below. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu ranges and others can be seen from the flight. Once in Pokhara, we will have a relaxing time at the Phewa Lake boating and also have a few rounds of drinks at a lakeside bar.

Day 21: Pokhara sightseeing
The sightseeing of the city will start in the morning. A professional tour guide and a private vehicle are provided for this session, which will take us to the famed Fewa and Begnas Lakes, museums, Tibetan refugee settlement, Gupteshwar cave and Davis Waterfall. All in all, the day will be eventful as well as relaxing.

Day 22: Drive back to Kathmandu, and farewell dinner
Early in the morning, we take a bus back to Kathmandu. Leisure activities like souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city can be done in late afternoon. You may also wish to extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, Everest mountain flight and so forth. Later in the evening, you will be invited for a farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant, which will host cultural shows.

Day 23: Departure from Kathmandu
This is the last day of the trip. You will be transferred to the airport and we wish you safe journey back home.

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Price Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle
  • 3 nights accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis; Breakfast included.
  • 1 night accommodation in three star hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing basis; Breakfast included
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle
  • All meals cooked by our camping cook and kitchen team during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners and hot drinks) .
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the trek
  • Local government licensed tour guide in Kathmandu and Pokhara and trekking guide, assistant guides porters; their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • All trekking permits & fees and official expenses
  • All local and government taxes
  • Flight cost from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport departure taxes in Jomsom airport
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Hike Himalaya Adventure (need to be returned after the trek)
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu (Local bus transfer from Ktm to Beni and Tourist Bus transfer form Pokhara to Ktm)
  • T-shirt and sun hat (complimentary of HHA).
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 20th).
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Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Alcoholic and cold drinks
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not m

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