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Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek - 22 Days

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek
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Dhaulagiri Base camp situating at an altitude of (4750m\15583ft.) in Annapurna region offers you the marvelous views of stunning Annapurna ranges. You can get a great chance to explore the beautiful floras and faunas including amazing wild habitats like: leopards, jackal, red panda, musk deer etc. in enchanting forests of rhododendron, pine and bamboo. Here you can explore the local culture of Magar, Gurung and Thakali people along with their own different traditions, customs, rituals and beliefs. Poonhill trekking, Rhododendron forest, hot natural spring bath, climbing and camping, High Passes, Friendly locals, Kathmandu Sightseeing are the major highlights of this trek.

Dhaulagiri, the 7th highest mountain in the world at 8167 meters (26795 ft.),lies at the North west part of the Myagdi district. The name Dhaulagiri is derived from the “Sanskrit” words which indicate “white mountain”. Dhaulagiri Base Camp trekking is considered as one of the most challenging, restricted area trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal. It provides the fascinating views of the Annapurna ranges with the lush green valleys, tranquil landscapes, pine and rhododendron forest, exciting glaciers, ice covered peaks, hot springs, water falls, thorang peak, Annapurna massive etc. Similarly, the community of Rai, Magar and Thakali people with their diverse nature, culture and traditional life styles impress you the most.

The trek to Dhaulagiri starts after the 8 hours of scenic drive from Kathmandu to Beni. And from there we head to the village of Babichour which is in north-west. We reach Dorbang and go to Muri from there. We keep our journey going and finally reach to Myagdi Khola (river). Muri is also the last settlement of pure Magar tribe who are the stocks of mongoloids and known to descend from middle hills.  Now we reach to Pakoban, from here there is no any permanent settlement. We still keep heading to the north side and reach Dhaulagiri base camp from where magnificent mountain sceneries can be observed. Then we climb steep pass, the French pass (5360m.), which is between the Tukche Peak (6920m.) and Sita Chuchuro “Sita Peak” (6611m). From here we descend a little and pass through a part of hidden valley and climb up to Thapa Pass (5250m) which is between the Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6012m). Finally its time to descend down to  Alubari from where we further descend toward the village of Marpha near bank of Kali Gandaki River and then to Jomsom from where flight back to Kathmandu is made.

September-November & March- June are the more appreciable for trekking Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 1
Arrival to Airport

Welcome to Kathmandu, our Sunrise Adventure Trek airport representative will welcome you in the airport then transfer to hotel and will give shortly brief further details of the trip program.

Day 2
Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu

After breakfast visit World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley which includes Swayambhunath Stupa / Monkey Temple, Bauddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. And in the evening short meeting will be done.

Day 3
Drive to Beni (11 hrs.)

From Kathmandu along the Trishuli River, we drive to Beni. Naundanda and Nayapul are popular places along the way. Camping is done in Beni. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 4
Beni to Babiachaur (950m)

After having breakfast we trek to Babiachaur. It takes around five hours of walking along the bank of Myagdi Khola to reach. We can see several villages during the trek. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 5
Babiachaur to Dharapani (1400m) – 6 hrs

Crossing the river Myagdi Khola we head north to Phedi. The trek is moderate and we pass the village of shahashradhara. Then comes Duk Khola and after crossing this river we reach Ratorunga. From here valley narrows and route continues to large village of Dharapani. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 6
Dharapani to Muri (1850m)

From Dharapani we trek to Muri. The trek starts with crossing of river and along the way we get to observe great views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Gurja Himal (7193m). Then comes the steep climb to reach a large and dense village of Magar community called Muri. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 7
Muri to Baghara (2080m)

Along the trail of Dhora Khola and crossing Ghorban Dhara, Naura and Myagdi Khola, we reach Baghara. You get first glimpses of Ghustung South (6465m) from Ghorban Dhara. The trail is steep, grassy and slope with well constructed zigzag stone stairs and after descending through forested area we reach Baghara. Overnight stay is at Baghara. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 8
Boghara to Doban (2520m) – 5 hrs

From Boghara it takes around five hours to reach Doban. We leave the village behing and start our challenging trail from here is with many ups and downs. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 9
Doban to Italian Base Camp (3660m) – 7 hrs

Through beautiful forest and mountains, we slowly gain altitude and reach Italian Base Camp where we camp in front of the west side of Dhaulagiri. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 10
Acclimatization day in Italian Base Camp

It is mandatory to adjust ourselves with the climate for our safe trek. And for that purpose we acclimatize in Italian Base Camp and explore the area. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 11
Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4940m) – 4 hrs

From Italian Base Camp we trek to Glacier Camp which is beautiful. But to reach there is a real challenge, we need to use ropes and this can be the most tough and challenging day: the trail is very thrilling and dangerous. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 12
Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750m) – 5 hrs

Trail to Base Camp is rough but happiness of reaching to the destination is nothing compared to the trail. The trail is steady up along the smooth ice with mountain views. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 13
Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5360m)

To complete today’s trek, we need help of rope. We climb over steep moraine walls and reach less strenuous country. This breathless climb leads us to French Col (5360m) and the views of Hidden Valley finally open out giving us full view. The Hidden Valley is very cold reaching at least -20 degree at night. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 14
Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (3680m)– 7 hrs

The journey for today is through the trail where the possibility of avalanche is high. We descend to Yak Kharka through bare land. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 15
Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m) – 5 hrs

We continually descend to Marpha for today. The route is usually barren and we can see some yak and sheep herds along the way. Marpha is a small village inhibited by mixed community of Hindus and Buddhist. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 16
Marpha to Kalopani (2350m.) – 5 hrs

Fighting with wind and through the forest of pine, rhododendrons and birches, we trek to Kalopani. Kalopani is a Thakali village with Tibetan influence. We can get quite views of Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri I and Tukuche Peak. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 17
Kalopani to Tatopani (1189m) - 6 hrs

Descending steeply to amazing Rukse Chhahara (waterfall) and getting opportunity to see deepest gorge of the world between two mountains Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri from far away. We continue to Tatopani from different settlements and reach there to take hot bath. The name itself means ‘hot water = Tatopani’. And there is belief that taking bath in this Hot spring gets rid of diseases and makes you mentally and physically refreshed. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 18
Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours

Today we will be passing through beautiful mountainous meadow and mountains around us. We will be passing through kali Gandaki & Ghar Khola Valley. Thousands of Beautiful Rhododendrons in the hills can help us making our day a memorable one. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 19
Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours

To not miss the wonderful sunrise over the Himalayas, we take early trek to Poon Hill, also the most famous attraction of Annapurna Region. From here we can get wonderful view of Mt. Dhaulagira, Annapurna and 20 other Himalayas. Then we return to Ghorepani and descend down the ridge to Tadapani for next accommodation. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 20
Trek to Pokhara via Ghandruk 5 – 6 hrs trek, 1 hr. drive

Making downhill descend thru dense and dark forest of rhododendron trees we reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a slope settlement with mostly stone houses and inhibited by Gurung people. From here we can enjoy stunning close-up views of Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna South and Hiuchuli. Then we trek to Nayapul for our drive to Pokhara. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 21
Back to Kathmandu by bus/car/flight and Evening cultural dinner program

For the return trip two options are available, you can either take easy 25 minute flight to Kathmandu or take longer 7 hours of scenic drive to Kathmandu, the choice is yours. Both the means are great with beautiful mountain views during flight and fascinating views of landscapes in drive. Meals included: dinner by our side and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 22
Transfer to Airport. Departure, farewell!!

Last day, you can either safely make return journey to home or you can join for another exciting adventure. And according to flight schedule you will be escorted to airport approximately 3 hours earlier to catch flight to your next destination.

Cost included

  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All fees for TIMS card and Trekking Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket & necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

Cost excluded

  • International Flight ticket & your personal expenses
  • Major meals in cities cold & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance

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Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Dhaulagiri region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Dhaulagiri Base trekking is considered a strenuous trek suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Dhaulagiri Base Camp. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Dhaulagiri base camp trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Dhaulagiri base camp trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Dhaulagiri region. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Dhaulagiri region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking, Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culture
  • Nepal
  • 5360m
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Moderate
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Sept to Dec, March to May
  • Private vehicle, Tourist bus or flight
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • 22 Days
  • 1-18 Pax

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