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Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

25 days

Trip fact

Duration: 25days

Grade: Moderate

Activities:  Trekking & hiking

Max elevation: 5010m

Transport: Flights & Private vehicle

Best Time: Oct -Dec & March-May

Group size: 2+

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost info
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 Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations among altitude lovers in Nepal. This trek is most adventurous challenging base camp trek of located in north-west of Annapurna in Western Nepal. This base camp trek is situated at altitude above 4,750m on the lap of the World 7th Highest Mountain Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) the world which is separated from the Annapurna ranges and the Kali-Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. The trek to Dhaulagiri base camp is regarded as one of the most remote treks as well as restricted area trek in the Himalaya of Nepal. Dhaulagiri base camp trek is one of the most beautiful fascinating trips which offer a chance to get closer the world’s highest mountains including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and its massif including several soaring peaks.

Dhaulagiri Base Camp trekking leads you on awe-inspiring passage to Dhaulagiri massif that enfolds more than 30 peaks over 6000m. Though Dhaulagiri Base Camp trekking is a challenging trek, offering the splendor of panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges with the lush green valleys, tranquil landscapes, snowy high passes, pine and Rhododendron forest, exciting glaciers and ice covered peaks, diversified flora and fauna, Hot springs, Waterfalls, spectacular mountains views of Dhaulagiri massif, Thorong peak, Annapurna massif, Kali-Gandaki River, the Gurung, Magar and Thakali people and their culture and traditional lifestyle of the inhabitants of the region will definitely leave an unforgettable impression on your mind. The best season to trek Dhaulagiri base camp is September-November and March-June. If the trekkers have good knowledge of fitness and some trekking experience along with the knowledge of trails, challenging climates passing through the high altitudes will be better for trekking. 

Our 25 days Dhaulagiri base camp trek begins with a scenic drive from capital city Kathmandu to Beni via Pokhara. Our trek begins started to gain higher elevation following the Kaligandaki River passes through cultivated fields connected to the small villages to Babiachaur. Then the trail leads to mind-blowing trekking route ascends the lovely, unspoiled valley of Dharapani passing forest of rhododendron, pine and oak on the way. Further upwards lays walking through villages, sparse forest and terraces journey takes us uphill to a small village named Muri. Then we descend gentle slope, crossing rocky stream and the river we climb up the mountainside to reach Baghar. Continuing our trek we leave the villages behind and open up for a challenging trek towards Dobang. The climb begins to get tougher after Dobhan, as we ascend to Sallaghari and to the Italian Base Camp. Along with difficult route covered by bamboo forest and after crossing suspension bridge and jungles, we reach Glacier Camp (4,940m). Finally, we trek to the journey on the rough towards our chilling and spectacular destination to reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m). Dhaulagiri base camp trek continues through very high challenging passes, crossing over the French pass (5,360m) and Thapa pass (5,200m). The most beautiful sceneries wait at the base camp of Dhaulagiri at French passes and at the Hidden valley then after the Thapa peak offers another stunning view which have to be scaled before you descend a winding trail to Yak Kharka. After crossing high pass we descend to join the Annapurna Circuit trial at the charming village of Marpha, a small town inhibited by a mixed community of Buddhist and Hindus as well-known as popular city of Mustang district. Then we trek from Ghasa through the Rukse waterfall and hot springs to Tatopani. Following the classical Annapurna trail passing through small villages on the way, crossing the Kali-Gandaki River with stunning view of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna massif we reach Ghorepani. Then we climb to Poon Hill in early morning to see spectacular sunrise towards the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Massif and trek to the Tadapani. Then we take a short route to Ghandruk village to explore the culture and hospitality of the Gurung community and follow the stone staircase and steep down trail to reach Pothana village. Again we trek descend the trial down to Dhamphus Phedi and short drive to Pokhara. Lastly, the final and scenic drive or flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu concludes the trek. 

As per Life Himalayas Trekking Pvt. Ltd we can custom design the packages according to your requirements, offering suitable discounts and guaranteed on customer satisfaction. The Dhaulagiri base camp trek can be flexible with the itinerary and can adjust many more details according to your demand, availability, and timing.


Regarding flight in the mountain region

Mostly twin otter is the most common means of air transportation in the Nepalese sky and during the flight in the Himalayan region of Nepal the flight schedule is cancelled and change from time to time due to poor visibility, weather condition and many other technical problem.  In such case we would charter helicopter for our guest regarding schedule of their international flight and for the different problem arise in the trek. The charter cost should be paid at head office of Tourist link Trek at Thamel and later on you can claim with your travel insurance.

As per Nepal Civil aviation rules the helicopter will fly, if the visibility is up to 1500m and visibility should be 5000m for flying Twin Otter in Nepalese sky.

Volunteering Hand of Life Himalaya Trekking

Ganesh Himal community foundation is a voluntary organization running by Life Himalaya Trekking for the development of people life style, education and villages in the rural village of Dhading district Nepal. An amount of 10% from every trip booking at Life Himalaya will go in the account of Ganesh Himal Community foundation. So this shows that we are liable for the social development of Nepal along with tourism business.

Major community work and partnership

The main job of the Ganesh Himal Community foundation is to construct the school and libraries in the rural areas of Nepal, in the needed place after a proper study. Conduct programme for the skill development, health and sanitation, village development with a joint effort of local people.

For further look at Ganesh Himal Community Foundation website www.ghcfnepal.org

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to the hotel and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley places around. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: About eleven hour Drive from Kathmandu. You can observe the views of rivers, hills, landscapes and lakes. Stay overnight at Beni.

Day 04: Today we trek about five hours through several small villages from Beni to the village of Babiachaur (950m). Stay overnight at camp in Babiachaur.

Day 05: About six hours of trek from Babiachaur takes us to Dharapani village with forest of rhododendron, pine and oak to observe on the way. Stay overnight at camp in Dharapani.

Day 06: After walking through villages, sparse forest and terraces about six and half hour long journey takes us uphill to a small village Muri. Stay overnight at camp in Muri.

Day 07: After descending gentle slope, crossing rocky stream and crossing the river we climb up the mountainside and descend through the forest area to reach Baghar (2,080m). Stay overnight at camp in Baghar.

Day 08: Today we leave the villages behind and open up for a challenging trek towards Dobang (2520m). Stay overnight at camp in Dobang.

Day 09: Through the forest of bamboo, pine and rhododendrons and trekking uphill and downhill we reach Sallaghari (3,110m) in about six and half hours. Stay overnight at camp in Sallaghari.

Day 10: We trek through difficult route covered by bamboo forest and after crossing few bridge and jungles, we reach the Italian Base Camp (3660m). Stay overnight at camp in Italian Base Camp.

Day 11: Today we trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4,940m) through the glacier with the help of ropes and expert tricks. Stay overnight at camp in Glacier Camp.

Day 12: About five hour long journey on the rough way takes us to the chilling and spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m). Stay overnight at the camp in Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 13: Today we trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5,010m). The journey of about four hours requires rope climbing and offers the view of Hidden Valley open out. Stay overnight at camp in Hidden Valley.

Day 14: Trek down from Hidden Valley navigating avalanche prone slopes and bare land leads us to Yak Kharka. Stay overnight at camp in Yak Kharka.

Day 15: Descending the trail sparsely covered with trees for about five hours will take us to Marpha (2,670m). Marpha is a small town inhibited by a mixed community of Buddhist and Hindu. Stay overnight at camp in Marpha.

Day 16: Today we trail down a six hour journey from Marpha through wild Marijuana herbs and natural beauty to Ghasa. Stay overnight at camp in Ghasa.

Day 17: We trek down from Ghasa through the Rukse Waterfall and hot springs to Tatopani (1189m). It is believed that bathing on hot spring water cures skin diseases and gives physical and mental relaxation. Stay overnight at camp in Tatopani.

Day 18: Passing through small villages on the way, crossing the Kali Gandaki River with stunning view of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna rang we reach Ghorepani. Stay overnight at camp in Ghorepani.

Day 19: Climb Pun hill Early morning to see Dhaulagiri range, after breakfast walk uphill towards Tadapani enjoying the natural beauty and forest around. Stay overnight at the camp Tadapani.

Day20: Travel a short trek route to Ghandruk and explore the culture and hospitality of the Gurung community. Stay overnight at camp in Ghandruk (1,950).

Day 21:  Trek down the stone staircase and steep down trail about six hours to reach Pothana village from where you can see panoramic view of Annapurna III, IV, II and Lamjung Himal. Stay overnight at camp in Pothana.

Day 22: Descend the trail down few hours followed by two hours of gravel route on foot take you to Dhamphus Phedi from where a vehicle will take you to Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 23: About seven hour drive on bus will take you to Kathmandu, you can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 24: Recreation, refreshment, rest and shopping day. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 25: Transfer to airport for final departure for flying out from Kathmandu.

Cost include

  • All ground and air transportation throughout the trek. 
  • Best available accommodation and full board meals throughout the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • All national park and conservation areas permit fee.
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost exclude

  • Meals not quantified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa charge.
  • All beverage and others personal expenses.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek.

For Low and Moderate Altitude Trekking

  • Water bottle
  • Batteries and bulbs
  • Flash light
  • personal towel
  • Swiss army knife
  • Ruck sack
  • Sun lotion
  • Medical & first-aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Poly propylene/wool socks
  • Other required equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking shoes/boots
  • Camp shoes
  • Jumperorpile jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shirts
  • Full–sleeves shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat

 For Higher Altitude Trekking (Above 4000m)

  • Gloves
  • Woolen hat
  • Long underwear
  • Goggles or sun glasses
  • Gaiters
  • Sun block for lips
  • Light cotton socks
  • Mountain trekking boots
  • Woolen socks to wear with boots
  • Nylon wind breaker
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon wind pants

Peak Climbing & Expedition Equipment

  • Long sleeved cotton/woolen shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Long cotton hiking shorts
  • Fleece/wool for climbing
  • Lightweight fleece
  • Sleeping pad (karri mat) or thermarest
  • Down high altitude sleeping bag
  • Down jacket/trousers/vest
  • Light cotton athletic socks and wool socks
  • Water proof climbing jacket
  • Head torch/batteries/bulbs
  • Climbing sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal/insulated ski gloves
  • Sun screen
  • Warm climbing trousers
  • Wool long underwear
  • Other required equipment
  • Climbing boots
  • Gaiters
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • Crampons
  • Karabiners
  • Tapes/slings
  • Snow bars
  • Ice screws
  • Rock pegs
  • Deadmen
  • Crash hat
  • Day bag
  • Rucksack
  • Lip salve
  • T-shirts
  • Ascenders
  • ascenders
  • Kit bag

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