Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek - 21 Days

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 myriad of adventure option to novice and hardcore adventures alike. But the richness of Nepal does not end with the mountains. It is the home to timeless cultures and traditions, colorful fiestas and festivals, ancient temples and monuments, diverse flora and fauna, more interesting you will always be Welcoming by smiling Nepali faces with their palms joined together for Nameste ! are something that fulfill or add beautifying moment in your life which you always remember in entire life.

The seventh highest mountain in the world- Dhaulagiri (8,167m) lying in the north-west side of Annapurna and the kaligandaki Valley in the Western Nepal  and South of the Tibet and Nepal boarder.The 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. The trek to base camp of Dhaulagiri at 4750m is strenuous and need planning for acclimated, 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 circuit 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 climber including Nawang Dorjee was the first Nepali to climb Dhaulagiri.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and met our staff and transfer to hotel

Day 2: Kathmandu: half day sightseeing and trekking briefing at 6pm.

Day 3: Drive to Dhampus Phedi by bus and trek to Pothana (1800m) Overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 4: Trek to Ghandrung (1940m) Overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 5: Trek to Tadapani (2540m) Overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 6: Trek to Ghorepani (2750m) Overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 7: Trek to Tatopani (1190m) Overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 8: Trek to Ghasa (2010m) Overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 9: Trek to Tukuche (2590m) Overnight at lodge or camp.

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (3900m) Overnight at camp.

Day 11: Trek to Thapa pass(5244m) Overnight at camp.

Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp(4748m.)-via French Col. (5360) Overnight at camp.

Day 13: Excursion around Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) Overnight at camp.

Day 14: Trek to Italian Bascamp.(4325m) Overnight at camp.

Day 15: Trek to Dobhan (3800m.) Overnight at camp.

Day 16: Trek to Bagar(2900m.) Overnight at camp.

Day 17: Trek to Muri (2200m.) Overnight at camp.

Day 18: Trek to Dharapani (1630m.) Overnight at camp.

Day 19: Trek to Darbang and drive back to pokhara 6-7 hours and overnight at Hotel.

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu and overnight hotel.

Day 21: Final Depature.

Arrive in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and will be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. There will be a welcome dinner tonight where you will enjoy local cuisine and folk dance, overnight stay in the hotel.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: This 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. An intriguing piece here is the 17h -century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Swoyambhu Nath Stupa (Monkey Temple): The Great Stupa of Swayambhu stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha". The myth of its origin is also the myth of the primordial Buddha's enlightenment, it is the story of the origin and spread of Buddhism in Nepal and the origin myth of the Valley. This most sacred power place has always been the most important power place for Valley Buddhists and for pilgrims of all Buddhist persuasions from all over the world. It is considered to be the most powerful shrine in the Himalayas. At the top of the eastern stairway is the great Vajra set upon a drum that has the Dharmadhatu Mandala inscribed upon its gilt copper top. It is said that this drum covered a well that reflected images of the beloved dead with such flattery that wives and husbands would throw themselves in and drown. Another story has it that the Mandala covers a pit to the hells and the realms of the hungry ghosts. Patan City (City of Fine Arts): Patan City is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples with fine bronze gateways, Guardian Deities and wonderful carvings. Krishna Mandir, which is one of the grandeur of the square, was built in 1637 by the king Siddhi Narsingh Malla. The entire temple is constructed from the stone. Noted for its craftsmen and metal workers, it is known as the city of fine arts or city of artists. 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. Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple, Hiranya Varna Maha Bihar are just a few among the temples offering you an ecstasy of paintings, wood and metal carvings.
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.
Early morning after breakfast, we will ascend for almost an hour up to Deurali (2100 m) 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 descent 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 (7229 m.), Hiunchuli (6441 m.), Annapurna III (7755 m.), Glacier dome (7200 m.) and Fish tail (6997 m) from here.
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”.
After breakfast, we will start our trek down to the gorge and climb an hours to reach to Banthati where there are hotel. 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.
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.
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.
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 many old painting overnight at Tukche.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
After the settlement a high winding path crosses a rocky area, we will ascend to Lipshe where there is on 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.
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.
After breakfast early morning, we will descend to Dharapani saying good bye to Mt. Dhaulagiri.
In the morning a short walk from Dharapani, we reach Darbang, and from Darbang we will drive back to Pokhara (2 h 43 min, 81.7km) via Baglung Highway.
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.
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.


  • 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


  • 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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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.

  • Country: Nepal
  • Transportation: Domestic airplane and private vehicles
  • Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Max-Altitude: 5545m
  • Trek Style: Teahouse+Camping

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.
  • Walk through Myagdi Khola river valley
  • Offers eye and heart pleasing views and wilderness experience.
  • The French pass 5240m is beneath the northern slopes of Dhaulagiri.
  • Italian base camp, Dhaulagiri base camp, French pass, Dhumpus pass 5155m.

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