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Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek with Kathmandu

Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek is one of the most strenuous treks but which thoroughly invigorates you by the sheer beauty of the region. This trek leads you on an awe inspiring passage to the Dhaulagiri massif that enfolds more than 30 peaks over 6000m.

Though the Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek is a challenging trek, the splendor of panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges with the thick forest, glaciers and the simple lifestyle of the inhabitants of the region will definitely leave an unforgettable impression on your mind

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport.

Day 02: City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni takes about eleven hours.

Day 04: Trek from Beni to Babichoaur (950m) takes about five hours.

Day 05: Trek from Babiachaur to Dharapani takes about six hours.

Day 06: Trek from Dharapani to Muri takes about six and half hours.

Day 07: Trek from Muri to Baghar (2080m.).

Day 08: Trek from Bagar to Dobang (2520m.) takes about five hours.

Day 09: Trek from Dobang to Sallaghari (3110m) takes about six hours.

Day 10: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3660m.) takes about six and half hours.

Day 11: Trek from Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) to Glacier Camp at (4940m.) this takes about four hours.

Day 12: Trek from the Glacier Camp or French Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m.) takes about five hours.

Day 13: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col (5010m.) or Hidden Valley takes about four hours.

Day 14: Trek from Hidden Valley (5200m) to Yak Kharka takes about seven hours.

Day 15: Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m.) takes about five hours.

Day 16: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa takes about six hours.

Day 17: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189m.) takes about five hours.

Day 18: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853m.) for about seven hours.

Day 19: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani.

Day 20: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk.

Day 21: Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) takes about six hours.

Day 22: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) takes about four hours.

Day 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by a tourist mini bus takes about seven hours.

Day 24: Recreation & shopping day. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 25: Transfer to the Airport for final departure. (Fly out from Kathmandu).

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport.

Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to the hotel and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley.

City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley. (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Patan). Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni takes about eleven hours.

Climbing out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You then follow the Marsyangdi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Blessed with pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites that include lakes, caves, and temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The drive from here goes uphill on zigzagged road all the way to Naudanda. It then descends through a meandering road up to Nayapul with views of Annapurna South, Fish tail, green hills, terraces and villages. To reach Beni, your drive moves along the bank of Mardi River. This is one picturesque journey by road that most travelers enjoy. Stay overnight at camp in Beni.

Day 04: Trek from Beni to Babichoaur (950m) takes about five hours.

From Beni you head west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through several small villages. You then cross two bridges near the village of Simalchour, and head back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babichor. Stay overnight at camp in Babiachaur.

Day 05: Trek from Babiachaur to Dharapani takes about six hours.

The trail is wide, smooth and graveled until you reach Darbang. After passing a small town you then cross a suspension bridge. From there, you hike a flat narrow path, passing through terraces and traditional villages until once again crossing another suspension bridge. The trail is a gentle ascent from this point through sparse forest of rhododendron, pine and oak. After a few hours you arrive to a green ridge surrounded by villages, green hills and jungles. To reach Dharapani you need to follow a straight leveled path. Dharapani is quite a big village with traditional but big houses made of thatched straw, wood, tin and other materials found on the mountain itself. The local folks are very hospitable down here. Stay overnight at camp in Dharapani.

Day 06: Trek from Dharapani to Muri takes about six and half hours.

After descending and walking through villages, you will cross a suspension bridge over the river which from there the trail turns uphill. The gentle ascending path continues through villages, sparse forest and terraces until you reach another ridge. You then trek gently over a straight trail until you reach Muri. This is a small village. If the weather is clear, you can get a glimpse of Manapathi peak and the whole Dhaulagiri range etc. Stay overnight at camp in Muri.

Day 07: Trek from Muri to Baghar (2080m.).

First, descend a gentle slope, and cross a rocky stream until descending a path amid terraced fields to Dhora khola. You then cross the river and climb to the right up the mountainside to Ghorban dhara. The view from this pass is very nice and for the first time you can see Ghustung south (6465m). Follow the right bank 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 will not tolerate any missteps but the path is well-constructed with a great number of zigzagging stone step paths. At last the long climb ends, and you traverse to the right-where you must also beware of mis-stepping and falling into the gorge of the Myagdi khola. Soon you descend through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout where bagara (2080m) is visible. Descend through terraced fields to this mountain village where you camp in people's yards or the terraced fields. Stay overnight at camp in Baghar.

Day 08: Trek from Bagar to Dobang (2520m.) takes about five hours.

Here you leave the villages behind and the traill becomes increasingly challenging. Stay overnight at camp in Dobang.

Day 09: Trek from Dobang to Sallaghari (3110m) takes about six hours.

The early part of the gentle ascending trail moves through forest of bamboo, pine trees and rhododendrons. After gently trekking for some hours in which the route goes uphill and downhill respectively, you reach Sallaghari. This becomes our camping spot in between forest surrounded by pine trees at the bank of Myagdi River. Stay overnight at camp in Sallaghari.

Day 10: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3660m.) takes about six and half hours.

The trail is covered by bamboo forest all the way to Italian Base Camp. At some points you cross small bridges and jungles and this makes the trail quite strenuous and difficult. There is an open field at Italian Base Camp. There are two small tea houses available hereabouts that provide a minimal supply of trekking items. At this base camp, you experience breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri range, Manapathi peak, Dhaulagiri II and other unnamed peaks and mountains. Stay overnight at camp in Italian base camp.

Day 11: Trek from Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) to Glacier Camp at (4940m.) this takes about four hours.

After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope at a couple of tricky spots, you climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. You may also use a rope on this section. This is a particularly tough and challenging day. Stay overnight at camp in Glacier camp.

Day 12: Trek from the Glacier Camp or French Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m.) takes about five hours.

Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. You climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Stay overnight at camp in Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 13: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col (5010m.) or Hidden Valley takes about four hours.

Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires rope climbing. Once over the steep moraine walls you reach gentler, less strenuous country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col (5300m,) 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). Stay overnight at camp in Hidden Valley.

Day 14: Trek from Hidden Valley (5200m) to Yak Kharka takes about seven hours.

You traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then take on the steep descent to Yak Kharka. This day you trek through bare land for some distance. Stay overnight at camp in Yak Kharka.

Day 15: Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m.) takes about five hours.

More steep descents lead to Marpha. The trail is sparsely covered with trees. En route you can see yak and sheep herds. Marpha is a small town mainly inhabited by a mixed community of Buddhist and Hindu. Here you can a visit a monastery. In and around the monastery you can see the many walls and prayer flags fluttering in the mountain winds whispering odes of prayer for the departed. Stay overnight at camp in Marpha.

Day 16: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa takes about six hours.

Your trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The starting point of the trail is stretched at an almost flat level up to Kalopani and then your trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through a windy area covered with pine and rhododendron forests and birch trees. The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. At this point you will be amazed at the awe-inspiring views of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.). Stay overnight at camp in Ghasa.

Day 17: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189m.) takes about five hours.

The trail descends steeply to Rukse Chhahara (Rukse Waterfall) which is amazing to see. The deepest gorge in the world is situated here between two mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.)which face each other near Rukse Waterfall. Now the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements. You can enjoy the hot springs at Tatopani as the word 'Tatopani' is termed after the natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. It is popularly believed that taking a bath in the Hot Spring helps you get rid of skin diseases. Besides this, it also gives you physical and mental relaxation. Stay overnight at camp in Tatopani.

Day 18: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853m.) for about seven hours.

Your trail passes through flat level land for some distance until the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour. The path then goes up through different villages inhabited by people of different ethnic caste and who survive through the agricultural lands that they own. The majority of the people around here serve in the Nepalese and Indian armies. While trekking you cross through the Kali Gandaki River with stunning views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range. The trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and picturesque landscapes. While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across wild life such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are presented with more panoramic views of different mountains. Ghorepani (Water outlets for Horses) is a small pass near the village of Deurali. Although there is time enough to continue, it is better to stay here overnight so that you can make the morning trip to Poon Hill (3180m.) for an outstanding panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I,II,III,Iv, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri ranges, Annapurna I, Bahra Sikhar (Twelve peaks or renowned as French Fang), Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail and Mardi Himal. The views you get from here are probably the best in the world. Poon Hill is usually crowded by visitors from different parts of the world who throng here to enjoy the stunning landscapes seen from the sunrise and sunset over the snow-capped mountains. Stay overnight at camp in Ghorepani.

Day 19: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani.

Wake up early in the morning and climb up to Poon hill from where you can see the vast Dhaulagiri range that stretches up to the Mustang Himalaya. Again walk down to the hotel and after breakfast walk uphill towards Tadapani. We climb with mountain views again through Rhododendron forest. After the top path goes along the ridge, the trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest, rich with bird life. We then do a short early-morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panoramic view over Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Tadapani for beautiful sunset views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. Stay overnight at camp in Tadapani.

Day 20: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk.

This is short trek. The trail descends steeply through dense damp forest, where you may see monkeys, and continues down over a series of rock-cut steps that follow a leaping stream. Arrive in Ghandrung and explore the maze like streets of this thriving Gurung Settlement. Stay overnight at camp in Ghandruk.

Day 21: Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) takes about six hours.

First part of your trek is steeply down following a stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu or Bee hive is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of Modi Khola. Now, your trail steeply ascends following the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently for early two hours and then ascends steeply for an hour to Deurali (2150m.) passing through Tolkha village (1850m.). From this point you can see panoramic views of Dhaulagiri I (8167m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), Fishtail (6997m.), Annapurna III (7755m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.) and Lamjung Himal (6930m.). Now, the rest of the trail descends gently down to Dhampus passing through Pothana village (1900m.).

Day 22: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) takes about four hours.

Your trail descends gradually for at least an hour and then follows gravel road for two hours until steeply descending to Phedi passing through Dhampus village, paddy fields and forest protected by local community. Upon your arrival at Dhampus Phedi, you take a vehicle to reach Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by a tourist mini bus takes about seven hours.

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to the Manakamana Temple. En route, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people happily engaged in their daily chores. From Naubishe, you climb up to Thankot, gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 24: Recreation & shopping day. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Recreation & shopping day. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 25: Transfer to the Airport for final departure. (Fly out from Kathmandu).

Transfer to the Airport for final departure. (Fly out from Kathmandu).

Option 01: Lodge/ local home arrangements

Trip Cost Includes

a) Kathmandu

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • 4 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • One full day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with tour guide and private vehicle
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

b) Trekking

  • Entry permit for Annapurna Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (one porter carries up to 25 kg of luggage for 2 persons)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges/local house
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, you should have travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Entrance fees while sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. I am happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. I will book it as per your suggestion.

Option 02: Camping arrangements

The price includes the following services:

a) Kathmandu

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • 4 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • One full day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with tour guide and private vehicle
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

b) Trekking

  • Entry permit for Annapurna Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Trekking  guide/s
  • Cook
  • Kitchen helper
  • Sherpa
  • Necessary porters
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Insurance and equipment's for the Nepali staffs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, you should have travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Entrance fees while sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. I am happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. I will book it as per your suggestion.

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