Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

25 Days
  • Trip Code: Dhaulagiri base camp trekking
  • Trip Type: Tea House / Camping
  • Max. Altitude: 5166m
  • Travel Mode: Coaches/Air

Mount Dhaulagiri (8137m) is the seventh highest peak in the world and rises above the Kali Gandaki River which flows between the Annapurna massif. The trail extends through one of Nepal’s wildest and most remote areas where the mountain scenery is simply breathtaking.

This journey is recommended for experienced high altitude trekkers in very good physical condition. The route is possible only in the autumn season due to excessive snow and ice conditions in the winter and spring. The region is practically virgin territory for trekkers providing some extremely dramatic contrasts. Well-equipped and fully self-sufficient parties can do the circuit of the Dhaulagiri massif.  The route crosses two high passes which lie in remote countries far removed from any outside assistance.

This trek starts from Beni, the Headquarters of Myagdi district. This trail follows the Myagdi Khola, the river that drains the southern side of the Dhaulagiri massif. Passing through the settlements of Darbang and Muri, the country is still quite heavily populated with scattered villages and farming land. Beyond Muri, the Myagdi Khola swings north and the landscape becomes much more rugged and sparsely populated. The tree line is reached just below the Italian base camp, located at the snout of the Chhonbaraan Glacier. This is an ideal place to spend a day acclimatizing and walking about exploring the hills in the area.

The next two days are spent on the glacier; the second night is spent at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, a rugged spot with some spectacular views of the western face of Dhaulagiri. From here the trail crosses the French pass which at 5,360 meters is the highest point of the trek. Descending from the French Pass you enter the lonely, but fascinating area known as Hidden Valley. This place is one of the few true wilderness areas accessible to trekkers in Nepal. The valley stretches away to the north eventually narrowing to a rugged gorge that connects the Upper Dolpo. There are reports of many endangered species residing in this area including the elusive snow leopard.

From the Hidden valley, the trail now crosses Dhampus pass (sometimes known as Thapa pass). While not as high as the French Pass, it is roughly 100 m lower, Dhampus Pass has a reputation for bad weather which can make the crossing and subsequent descent something of a problem. Trekkers must be aware of the health of their group members and staff, especially on the section between the French Pass and Dhampus Pass. Any person suffering from symptoms of AMS must not be taken on over the French Pass but must immediately be taken back down the Myagdi Khola to a lower altitude. Having a group member suffer from AMS between the passes poses a serious problem as the only way to get the patient some assistance is to ascend first before descending, which would make the problem worse.
Having crossed Dhampus pass, the trail descends into the valley of the Kali Gandaki meeting the main trail at either Marpha or Tukuche. On the way down to the valley, there are some spectacular views across to the Annapurnas and up into the arid steppes of Mustang.

Trip Code Dhaulagiri base camp trekking
Trip Duration 25 Days
Trip Type Tea House / Camping
Trip Grade Strenuous
Min Group Size 2
Max Altitude 5166m
Trip Start Kathmandu
Trip End Kathmandu
Best Season Spring / Autumn
Transportaion Coaches/Air
Meals All Meals During the trekking & rest of place bed & breakfast.
Acommodation Lodges/Camping during the trekking. Hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara

Arrival in Kathmandu. Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel . Trek briefing in the evening.

Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes sightseeing in Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.

Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara / drive to Baglung.

Trekking from Baglung to Maldhunga.

Trek Darbang to Takum

Trek Dovan to Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp)

Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp)

Upper Vugini (Italian Base Camp) to Glacier Camp

Trek Glacier Camp / Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750 m.)

Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires the use of ropes. Once over the steep moraine walls we reach a gentler, less strenuous country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col (5360m,) the views of Hidden Valley open out. The broad valley is reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh and so are the temperatures (at least -20ºC at night).

A rest day for side treks and exploring around the surrounding peaks.

Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then take on the steep descent to Yak Kharka.

Trek Ghandrung to Birethanti than  drive to Pokhara  & transfer hotel.

Drive or fly Pokhara fly to  Kathmandu &  transfer hotel.

Transfer airport /Departure for onward destination.

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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transfers from Airport .
  • Accommodation at 4 star hotels in Kathmandu on a twin share in 3 meals a day basis
  • Full board meals while on DURING THE trek.
  • Accommodation & all food will be tea House in Trekking ( local guest house ).
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points to Kathmandu.
  • Professional local trekking group leader well-trained in Wilderness First Aid
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Trekking  guides and other support staff like porters , Sherpa.
  • 1 Porter  carry 2 backpacks  ( personal Baggages ) . Not allowed to carry a suitcase, backpack about 15 kg per bag x 2  = 30 kg maximum.
  • Trekking Permit, conservation entry fees and TIMS cards. / all monument entry fee.
  • Boiled drinking water during the Trekking one bottle a day.

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal entry Visa fees from International Airport.
  • International Airfare and Airport Tax
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and Soft drinks
  • Alcohol

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