Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

Trip Duration 20 nights/21 Days
Trip Code NAP-DHAU-106
Trip Grade Strenuous and Adventures
Trip Cost Prices on request
Best Time Sept – Dec/Feb - May

Overview

Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek is one of the most adventurous trekking routes among many of trekking routes in Nepal. Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek is a real alpine and fantastic for those, who love the mountains in the high altitudes.

Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m) the seventh highest peak in the world and it was first climbed by the Swiss in 1960. Mt. Dhaulagiri rises above the Kali Gandaki River, which flows between the Annapurna Massif and this awesome peak. This trek is one of the most adventurous trekking routes among many of trekking routes in Nepal. This trekking is a real alpine and fantastic for those, who love the mountains in the high altitudes. The trek goes through big challenging mountain passes, crossing over French pass (5240m/17192ft) and Thapa Pass (5155m/16913ft); providing more spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Throng peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River; the world deepest gorge. It is a challenging walk on an icy track so this trekking is recommended for experienced high altitude trekkers in very good physical condition. The trek is possible only in autumn 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.

Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek is one of the most adventurous trekking routes among many of trekking routes in Nepal. Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek is a real alpine and fantastic for those, who love the mountains in the high altitudes.is best started at Beni, the district headquarters of Myagdi district. Myagdi is one of the most easterly of the districts where the Magar people can be found. This group of hill dwellers are similar in many ways to their Gurung neighbors but are thought to have settled in Nepal some time earlier. Like their Gurung cousins, the Magar have a tradition of service in the Gurkha regiments. Regular bus services operate from Pokhara as far as Baglung and from there, are less frequent services to Beni.

The Dhaulagiri 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 sit of the, so called, Italian base camp, located at the snout of the Chhonbaraan Glacier, is an ideal place to spend an acclimatization day exploring the hills around about. The next two days are spent on the glacier, the second night being at Dhaulagiri base camp, a rugged spot with some spectacular views of the western face of Dhaulagiri. From here the trial crosses French pass which at 5360 meters is the highest point of the trek. Descending 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 to Upper Dolpa. There are reports of many endangered species residing in this area including the elusive snow leopard. If all the members and the staff of the group are fit then a rest and exploration day spent in hidden valley is well worth while.

From Hidden valley the trial now crosses Dhampus pass. While not as high as French pass, it is roughly 100 meters 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 French pass and Dhampus pass. Any person suffering from the symptoms of AMS must never be taken on over French pass but rather, 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 assistance is to ascend which would make the problem worse.

Having crossed Dhampus pass the trial descends into the valley of the Kali Gandaki meeting the main trail of Annapurna circuit of Kali Gandaki valley trek. From here you can follow the route of Annapurna classical trek and pass the world’s deepest gorge to your way back to Pokhara or trek upto Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang and fly to Pokhara.

Highlights

  • Visit temple, Art/architecture/Pagodas, Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Scenic road drive to Beni via Pokhara
  • Next to the Annpurna range in the mid-west with different panorama of giant Dhaulagiri
  • Cultural experience, great nature and high adventure journey
  • Un-spoilt wild life and vegetation and adventurous photographic destination.
  • Dhaulagiri and Italian Base Camp
  • Stunning views of Dhaulagiri & Annapurna ranges
  • French Pass Dhampus Pass and Hidden Valley
  • The world's deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley
  • Different community with majority of Gurungs & Magars, Brahmin, Ksetri and Thakali.
  • Scenic fly to Pokhara from Jomsom
  • Lake valley of Pokhara

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Strenuous and Adventures
Trip Duration 20 nights/21 Days
Trip code NAP-DHAU-106
Trip Start/Ends Pokhara/Nayapul, Dhampus Phedi - Pokhara
Maximum Altitude French pass (5360m) and Thapa pass (5250m)
Trip Cost Prices on request
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 persons in one group
Accessibillity 07-hrs drive to Pokhara and drive Beni to trail-head, after the trek fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara.
The Route Maximum altitude (5360m) French pass and (5250m), Thapa pass, both moderate and strenuous trail, average 5/7-hrs walk per day, and we'll get an early start to cross the passes. It's a longer walk on those days.
Season Sept – Dec/Feb - May
Trip Facilities 3+ hotel in city on B/B and best available teahouse/lodge on mountain

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu: Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre trip meeting and briefing will held all together with you at hotel about the daily program activities by company representative and your trip Leader/Guide where you can discuss your final questions all together.

After breakfast the day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual key attractions; including the historic Kathmndu Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and then finally visit to Patan Durbar square which is situated the heart of the city constitutes the focus of visitor's attraction. In the evening there will be pre-trip discussion where you can meet your group leader/guide then you can ask any questions you may have.

This day after breakfast being early in the morning we drive to Beni (850m) via Pokhara, approximately the drive should take 8/9 hours and you’ll find most of the part enjoyable, and offering good scenery. Beni is at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki

Leaving Beni and Kali Gandaki the treks head west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through the village of Beni Mangalghat to Singa and Tatopani (hot springs). Crossing the bridge beyond the village to the south bank of the river, the trail makes a little half loop before crossing another bridge, near the village of Simalchour, back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babichor.

The valley widens and terraced hills develop on both sides of the river. The trail is fairly level and you pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walking through fields arrive at Ratorunga. From here the valley narrows again and the terraces disappear on either side of the river. Continue to the village of Dharapani (1400m). 

After crossing the river to its West Bank as you leave Phedi the trail starts climbing in earnest and there will be many switch-backs until you arrive at the ridge and the angle of ascent eases. Again the trail climbs steeply to the villages of Muri. Continue your trek to Sibang and Mattim. From here you continue up an incline to the snout of a ridge, descend to the Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon (1810m). Cross the Dhara Khola to once again emerge on the west bank of the Myagdi Khola and then climb a ridge to the large Magar village of Muri (1850m).

Descend a gentle slope, and cross a rocky stream. Descend a path amid terraced fields to Dhora Khola. Cross the river and climb to the right up the mountainside to Ghorban Dhara. The view from this pass is fine, for the first time you can see Ghustung south (6465m). Follow the right bank path past Naura where you begin to ascend the mountainside. After climbing for a short while, take a path that traverses the steep grass-covered hill. The Myagdi Khola assumes a steep-walled V-shape as the traverse ends and a high, winding path climbs the steep, grassy slope. The steep slope with not tolerates any missteps but the path is well constructed with a great number of zigzag stone step paths. At last the long climb ends, and you enter a traverse to the right here you must also beware of falling into the gorge of the Myagdi Khola. Soon you descend through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout where Bagara (2080) is visible. Descend through terraced fields to this mountain village where you camp in people's yards or the terraced fields. 

The trail first descends through terraced fields to a small ridge and then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in these parts. After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is on single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to the level area at Dobang (2520m).

After crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang the trail ascends a forested area. Soon the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 meters) becomes visible through breaks in the trees. Descend to the Myagdi Khola and cross it via a wooden bridge to the east bank continue to Chartare. Passing through forests again, you cut across a rocky area and cross a stream to Choriban Khola (3110m).

Follow a trail to the terminal moraine of the Chhonbarban Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6837m) becomes visible straight on; at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) dominates the skyline to your right. After a short while you will reach Italian Base Camp (3,660m), which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m). 

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be “Tuned” for the even higher altitudes to come.

Set up early in the morning when the weather is expected to be clear. Trail is bit prone to stone fall, and pass through a narrow gorge. This day we stay overnight near at glacier. 

This is one of our adventurous days to Dhaulagiri base camp. From here you can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) dominates the skyline to your right. To the west are the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618m). In front of you is the impressive ice fall that descends from the north east col. 

We will have another rest day here in order to acclimatize, which is offer superb views and there is plenty to explore. 

After the glacier you climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, and then cutting across a mountain flank and a moraine you enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5360m). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to see Mukut Himal (6328m), Tashi Kang (6386m) and Sita Chuchura (6611m), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6920m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass you continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to Thapa Pass (5250m) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6012m). Descending from Thapa Pass you will make a camp at about 5,200 meters. 

Descend from the hidden valley, to the Dhampus Pass and continue to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect camp site to enjoy the surrounding.

Descend to the village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue to north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom.

This 22 minutes morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave etc.

If you are interested in continuing on to the Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start this day.

This full day at leisure to rest, relax or explore the local area in Kathmandu or do a bit of last minute shopping. You also have the option of doing some sight-seeing. Evening will have farewell meeting 

After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.

Cost Included

  • Fee: ACAP entrance permit and TIMS card 
  • Activities: Sightseeing, hiking and trekking trip as per itinerary. 
  • Equipment: All necessary camping equipments, kitchen utilize
  • Accommodation: : 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu, 1night hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing bedroom and 16 nights camping/lodges on twin share or multi tent/bedroom on mountain 
  • Food: Full board on camping/teahouse (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during tyour staying on mountain and 5 breakfast in city. 
  • Staffs: Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation 
  • Transportation: Airport arrival/departure transfe, Kathmandu to Pokhara and Beni and Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation
  • Company & Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes & official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

  • International and local flights
  • Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
  • Personal travel and trekking equipments
  • All lunch and dinner while in city
  • Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
  • Temple and monastery entrance fees
  • Tips/Gratuities for trekking crews
  • Optional activities
  • Unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

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