Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek - 21 Days


  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Dhaulagiri Massif
  • Max. Altitude: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House+Camping
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/Land transportation

Being a small land-locked country, strategically placed between two enormous countries; China and India, Nepal offers unbeatable adventure option for mountaineering and trekking, not only the tallest peak of the world- Mt. Everest but also other peaks like Dhaulagiri offering a myriad of adventure option to novice and hardcore adventures alike. 

The seventh highest mountain in the world- Dhaulagiri (8,167m) lying in the north-west side of Annapurna and the Kali Gandaki Valley in the Western Nepal and South of the Tibet and Nepal border. Dhaulagiri is also known as “The White Mountain” because of its unique, mound shape when can be seen from treks that leave from Pokhara- City of Paradise. Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is strenuous and needs planning for acclimatization, but for the adventure seekers, it offers a great challenge, superbly beautiful views and a total wilderness experience. This trek involves high passes like French pass (5360m) and Thapa pass (5200m) and demands some mountaineer knowledge and also offers you snow and glacier walking around it.

It is more interesting to know that Dhaulagiri is the 13th Eight- Thousander to be climbed by 13 Swiss members expedited on the 13th May 1960. Swiss expedition led by Max Eiselin were successfully reached Summit by only Six climbers including Nawang Dorjee.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m/4264 ft)

Day 2: Kathmandu full day sightseeing tour and Trek Preparation

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara (200kms, 6 Hrs) and to Phedi (25km/30 Mins) and trek to Pothana (1800m/5905ft)

Day 4: Trek to Ghandrung (1940m/6364ft)

Day 5: Trek to Tadapani (2540m/8333ft )

Day 6: Trek to Ghorepani (2855m/9366ft)

Day 7: Trek to Tatopani (1190m/3904ft)

Day 8: Trek to Ghasa (2010m/6594ft)

Day 9: Trek to Tukuche (2590m/8497ft)

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (3900m/12795ft)

Day 11: Trek to Thapa Pass (5244m/17204ft)

Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m/15577ft) via French Col (5360m/17585ft)

Day 13: Excursion around Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m/15551ft)

Day 14: Trek to Italian Base Camp (4325m/14189ft)

Day 15: Trek to Dobhan (3800m/12467ft)

Day 16: Trek to Bagar (2900m/9514ft)

Day 17: Trek to Muri (2200m/7217ft)

Day 18: Trek to Dharapani (1630m/5347ft)

Day 19: Trek to Darbang and drive back to Pokhara

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 21: Final Depature

Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 1333m. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and will be provided all the details information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Today day you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City consists of Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Temple), Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and Patan City (City of fine arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha" also known as Monkey temple. Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Our day will start with a drive from Kathmandu to Dhampus Phedi which is (1130 m) and trek to Pothana (1900m) taking about five hours. We will ascend the trail through forests till we reach the village called Dhampus- a Gurung village which gives an opportunity to look the magnificent views of Annapurna ranges, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. Overnight at Local Guest House Lodge.

Early morning after breakfast, we will ascend for almost an hour up to Deurali (2100m/6889ft) which passes through oak and mixed forests with beautiful views of Manaslu, Annapurna ranges and Mardi Himal. Leaving Deurali, we will begin to trek steep downwards to reach Tolkha (1840 m), a beautiful Magar and Gurung village. We will descent passing through terraces and few settlements to reach Landrung our next destination. We will descend to Modi Khola River and cross the iron bridge leading us to Ghandruk. It is facilitated by many lodges, Gurung museum and traditional houses made of stone slabs. You will enjoy the scenic view of Annapurna South (7229m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna III (7750m), Glacier dome (7200m) and Fishtail (6997m) from here. Overnight at Local Guest House Lodge.

After breakfast early morning, we will visit Gurung Museum and monastery with panoramic Mountain View. Then after, we will start our trek to Tadapani passing through the Rhododendrons Jungle the place call Bhaisi Kharka. And after an hour of trek we will reach Tadapani-means "far water”, so it is on the ridge of the hill. The place is famous for sunrise and sunset view of fishtail “Machhapurchre”. Overnight at Local Guest House Lodge.

After breakfast, we will start our trek down to the gorge and climb an hour to reach to Banthati. We will continue to follow the gorge till to Deurali. After few minutes climb we will descend to Ghorepani inside the lush oak, Rhododendron forest. Overnight at Local Guest House Lodge.

It takes about seven and half hours trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani. This day starts with an ascent to Poon Hill (3232m) early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast, we will trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani. We descend gradually at first and then will cross the Ghar Khola. Finally, we will reach Tatopani where you can enjoy the Natural Hot Spring Bath. Overnight at Local Guest House Lodge.

Early morning after breakfast, we will take bath at the hot spring water at Tatopani and will move forward following the Kali Gandaki River. The trail leads us towards the Thakali village Ghasa- a paradise for birdwatcher which is at 2110m above sea level. It takes about 5 to 6 hours long to reach Ghasa from Tatopani. Overnight at Local Guest House Lodge.

The Kali Gandaki now opens up into a wide gravel bed as the trail travels through coniferous forests past Kalopani to Tukche. It offers good views of the Dhaulagiri Icefalls to the west and on a hill above Larjung. There is an interesting Gompa with much old painting. Overnight at Local Guest House Lodge.

Our day starts with a trek to Yak Kharka from Tukuche. We will be leaving the Tukuche and crossing the thin tree-line and terraced farming. We will ascend along the flank of the mountain to Yak Kharka. You will view Tukuche peak, Thapa peak, Annapurna range mesmerize you. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.

Our day will start with the trek to Thapa Peak Base Camp from Yak Kharka which takes about five hours. During our trek en route we will pass Battase Danda. You will view Dhaulagiri I, Nilgiri, and Annapurna and so on. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.

This is one of our adventurous days to Dhaulagiri base camp. From here you can observe the beautiful north face of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters). To the west you can see peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7751meters), Dhaulagiri III (7715 meters) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 meters). Overnight stay at Tented Camp. 

The 13th day of trek will be spent in Dhaulagiri itself for its short excursion. As the altitude will now increase significantly, a day for acclimatization is paramount and strictly advisable for prospective trekkers. Options for today include a visit to the Dhaulagiri for panoramic views of the surrounding mountain range. Overnight stay at Tented Camp. 

Get up early in the morning when the weather is expected to be clear. This trail is prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. After a short while we will reach Italian Base Camp (3660 meters), which is also the site of our camp for the night. Overnight stay at Tented Camp. 

We will follow a trail to the terminal moraine of the Glacier and enter the glacier from the right. Tukche Peak (6837 meters) becomes visible straight on at the far end while the impressive north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167 meters) dominates the skyline to your left. After a short walk we will see the wooden bridge out of Dobang. Overnight stay at Tented Camp. 

After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area, we will ascend to Lipshe where there is no single hut. The trail first ascends through terraced fields to a small ridge, then through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote permanent settlement in this part. Overnight stay at Tented Camp. 

Our day starts with descend through a steep trails via Phedi for couple of hours. Then, there comes an easy trail that leads to Muri. Our trek will be rewarded with the magnificent view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and other mountains. Overnight stay at Tented Camp. 

After breakfast early morning, we will descend to Dharapani saying good bye to Mt. Dhaulagiri. Overnight stay at Tented Camp. 

In the morning a short walk from Dharapani, we reach Darbang, and from Darbang we will drive back to Pokhara (2 hrs, 81.7km) via Baglung Highway. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara.

We return Kathmandu by tourist bus, upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be escorted to your hotel. You are free to enjoy leisure day or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. In the evening, you will visit some more places in Kathmandu as far as possible then we will attend a celebration dinner together. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.

Inclusion

  • Airport picks up drop service
  • Welcome dinner with trip briefing
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • Kathmandu Hotel accommodation in double room basis with breakfast
  • Food and accommodation and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Local Transportation
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Trip permit and all necessary paper work

Exclusion

  • Nepal entree visa
  • International airfare
  • Service not mention in above itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Tips for guides and porters and Any donation and monuments entrance fee

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Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.


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Trip highlights

  • The trail gives amazing views of the seventh highest mountain in the world
  • Panoramic views of the Annapurna’s and Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V other mountains like Machhapuchhare, Nilgiri, Manaslu and Tukuche
  • Offers heart pleasing wilderness experience 
  • Trek through the challenging High Passes of French Pass, Dhampus pass 

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