Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

Dhaulagiri base camp trek known as the “strenuous trekking trail of Dhaulagiri is the world”. Dhaulagiri base camp trek in Nepal is the least visited challenging trekking trail of Nepal. Dhaulagiri base camp trek leads you on an awe inspiring passage to the Dhaulagiri massif that enfolds more than 30 peaks over 6000m. Dhaulagiri is a high and exceptionally beautiful mountain west of the Annapurna’s and the Kaligandaki valley. Trek to the base camp of Dhaulagiri at 4750 m. is strenuous and needs careful planning, but for the adventure seekers it offers great challenge, superbly beautiful views and a total wilderness experience. Dhaulagiri base camp trekking involves high passes like French pass (5360 m) and Thapa pass (5200m)and demands some mountaineering knowledge. The most beautiful sceneries wait at the base camp of Dhaulagiri, at French pass and at the hidden valley immediately after crossing French pass. Dhampus pass between Tukche Peak and Thapa peak offers another stunning view. There are a lot Himalayan peaks above 7000m on the trekking route of Dhaulagiri base camp. So this trek will be one of the most challenging trek for adventure lovers

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, (Kathmandu)
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu and preparation for the trek
Day 03: Drive to Beni (830m)
Day 04: Trek from Beni to Babiyachaur (950m)
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1,400m)
Day 06: Trek to Muri (1,850m)
Day 07: Trek to Baghara (2050m)
Day 08: Trek to Dobang (2520m)
Day 09: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m)
Day 10: Rest day at Italian Base Camp (3660m)
Day 11: Trek to Glacier Camp
Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m)
Day 13: Trek to French Col (5360m) Hidden Valley
Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka (3680m)
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2,700m)
Day 16: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure from TIA, Farewell !

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, (Kathmandu)
When our guests arrive they will be received by our representatives and they are transferred into the hotel. There we will finalize about the meetings and will plan further about the trekking. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu and trek preparation
Upon taking breakfast at the hotel, we will move from the hotel for sightseeing around the Capital that has many world heritage sties enlisted in the UNESCO list. We prefer to go by car with a guide so that you can have proper knowledge about the heritage sites. In the evening we return to hotel and plan for the trek ahead. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Beni (830m) 8hrs
The third morning we drive from Kathmandu to Beni (830m) along the beautiful Prithvi Highway enjoying the changing landscape during the journey. First we reach the town of Pokhara and from there on we make our way to Beni, the headquarters of Myagdi district. Beni is a beautiful little town of Myagdi district and it is a perfect place to start the trek. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek from Beni to Babiyachaur (950m) 5hrs
From Beni we will move for the trek to Babiyachaur (950m), which takes around 5 hours. Leaving Beni means leaving Kaligandaki and going west following the north bank of Myagdi Khola all the way through the village of Beni. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over Myagdi Khola, we head towards the village of Simalchaur. From then on, we walk for a while before reaching Babiyachaur. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1,400m) 6hrs
From Babiyachaur, the trail now ascends continually uphill along the widened valleys and hills. The trail gains further altitude as we pass the village named Shahashradhara. We then cross the village and continue along the trail which now narrows considerably. Finally we reach the village of Dharapani located at an altitude of 1,400 meters. Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 06: Trek to Muri (1,850m) 5hours
On the 6th day we will trek to Muri (1,850m) which takes around 5 hours. First you have to cross the river and head towards the north to Phedi. As you move on the trail begins by climbing and there you will find many switch –backs until you appear at the edge. Again the trail climbs sharply to the village of Muri. Muri is a small Magar village in Myagdi district. Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 07: Trek to Baghara (2050m) 6 hours
Trek to Baghara (2050m) on the 7th day requires around 6 hours from Muri. First we cross a watercourse and carry on through the terraced field on the right before climbing an edge from where Mt. Ghustung South (6465m) is clearly visible. Then we move down to the Myagdi Khola and hike down its west to the village of Naura. The trail now takes a steep step with switch backs and goes down along the forest to Baghara. Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 08: Trek to Dobang (2520m) 6hrs
The trail from Baghara goes down all the way through terraced fields that lead to a small edge and afterward to a forest to Jyardan. After the settlement area of Jyardan, a high winding path crosses a rocky area and then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is a single hut. The trail keeps on through a forest to Lapshe Kharka and moves to Dobang (2520m). Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 09: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m) 7hrs
The trek on the ninth day will be a relatively long one as it takes close to seven hours to reach the Italian Base Camp from Dobang. The trail is also physically strenuous as the altitude continually rises as we move along the trail. Tukche Peak (6837m) can be seen during the trek, while the glimpses of Dhaulagiri-I (8167m) is also visible while on the trekking trail. After a short while we reach Italian Base Camp (3660m) which is also the site for camping for the night. Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 10: Rest day at Italian Base Camp (3660m)
The next day we will be spending at the Italian Base Camp, resting and acclimatizing to the conditions. Mountain views of the entire Dhaulagiri Mountain Range are also one of the features of staying at the Italian Base Camp. We spend the rest of the day and night at a tented camp.
Day 11: Trek to Glacier Camp
The next day we take breakfast early in the morning and resume our trek from the Italian Base Camp. The reason for starting early is that the weather is relatively clear in the morning and it is easier to cover the distance in the morning. On this day we will be staying overnight near at the Glacier Camp.
Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) 6hrs
On the 12th day you will move for the trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) visible instantly at the far end while the striking north flank of Dhaulagiri (4740m) dominates the skyline to the right. You will reach Dhaulagiri Base camp after almost six hours of trek from the Glacier Camp, which is also the site of your camp for the night. To the west, the peaks of Dhaulagiri II and Dhaulagiri V are also clearly visible.
Day 13: Trek to French Col (5360m) Hidden Valley 6hrs
The maximum altitude of French Col or the Hidden Valley is 5360 meters. The way that leads to the Hidden Valley can be strenuous and tiring. As the altitude now is above 5000 meters, the trek is physically demanding and the trekkers are suggested to go about the trek in a slow manner. However, the trail can be adventurous at the same time as it goes upwards for some time and again descends after a while. Hidden Valley is particularly known for the wonderful views of the Dhaulagiri and other mountain peaks. Overnight stay at tented camp
Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka (3680m) 6hrs
Upon exploring the Hidden Valley, we begin our downhill trek on the 14th day as we make our way towards the Yak Kharka. We begin early in the morning as the trek takes nearly 6 hours to reach Yak Kharka. One of the features of this days trek is that we come across the Dhampus Pass. The view of the entire Annapurna Range being touched by the sun with the valley resting below in the darkness is amazing. We cross Dhampus Pass and reach Yak Kharka after a few more hours of trek. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2,700m) 6hrs
Nearly six hours of trek from Yak Kharka will take us to Jomsom. The trail is most travelled one and is relatively easier compared to the earlier ones. On your way you will come across many Tibetan traders and the hordes of Yak carrying goods to the Muktinath region. The rest of the day after reaching Jomsom we spend in the region, resting and talking to the local villagers. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 16: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
This day we will take our flight early in the morning from Jomsom to Pokhara and will spend rest of the day in Pokhara, exploring the natural beauty and the great natural ambience. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu 6hrs
On the 17th day of the tour package, we will drive back to the capital city of Kathmandu which takes around six hours. If we have time in the evening, we travel around Thamel, the tourist hub in the Capital. Overnight stay at a hotel
Day 18: Departure from TIA, Farewell !
On the last day of the itinerary, you will return back to your country taking a flight via TIA in Kathmandu.

What’s included in the Cost:
# Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle
# Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
# Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, medicine.
#  Trekking Permit
# Teahouse/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
# Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea or coffee each time on the choice) one Item from Menu.
Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
# Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
# Welcome/Farewell Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
# All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes.

Note: This is for full board trekking packages if you want to have different packages Price and Included also different.

The cost are not included:
# Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
# International Airfare/Airport tax.
# Food in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
# Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
# Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
# Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
# Personal trekking gears
# Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
# Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

Equipments list

Good standard trekking boots
Camping shoes/thongs
Socks-polypropylene
Down Jacket
Fleece
T-shirts
Trekking trousers
Shorts (both casual and for treks)
Swim wear
Sun Hat
Woollen Hat
Nylon Windbreaker
Gloves
Gaters
Strong Rucksack
Sleeping Bag
Water Bottle
Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
Toiletries/soap
Toilet paper
Sun block
Travel Towel
Wet-wipes
Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
Sunglasses
Binoculars
Camera & lenses
Memory cards
GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
Altimeter
Compass
Book/music player/pack of cards
Padlock
A plastic bag for waste
Energy/snack bars
The following equipment are needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore – Tex Jackets)

We advise travel insurance to all travelers are interested of trekking in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal is walking in the trail (path) of mountains. In mountain areas health treatment facilities are not standard. There are less available of good hospitals and doctors. So if in case the trekker suffers from severe sickness, he should bring to Kathmandu by helicopter for better treatment. And the helicopter charter fare is expensive in Nepal. If you have already travel insurance, your money will be saved.

When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We Himalayan Smile Treks and Adventures Pvt. Ltd. shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects.

We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. They have this policy only for Nepalese citizens. So we advise you do your travel insurance with Insurance Company in your own place.

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