Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek Itinerary Nepal: 21d

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Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek

The Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek is an exciting and demanding adventure that should not be underestimated. Nepal is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and diverse geography, and the Dhaulagiri region is a prime example of this beauty. Dhaulagiri looms majestically over the Kali Gandaki valley, creating a striking separation between the Dhaulagiri range and the Annapurna massif. This trek provides a unique opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring vistas of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges. Reaching an impressive altitude of 8,167 meters, Dhaulagiri is recognized as the seventh-highest peak in the world.

The journey commences in Pokhara, where you embark on a picturesque drive to Darbang. From there, you begin your trek alongside the enchanting Kali Gandaki River, following the path of the Marshyangdi Khola as it leads you westwards towards Darbang. As you ascend into the higher altitudes, you’ll navigate a narrow trail that winds its way through captivating forests. The route to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp predominantly consists of snowy terrain and glaciers, which adds an extra layer of excitement and challenge to the trek. One of the highlights of the journey is crossing the French Col, situated at a lofty altitude of 5,240 meters, and passing through the hidden valley.

The trek culminates in Jomsom, where you’ll have the opportunity to catch a flight back to Pokhara, bringing your adventure to a close. For those seeking an additional thrill, Dhampus Peak presents an opportunity for mountaineering enthusiasts to summit a peak standing at an elevation of 5,155 meters. This optional endeavor adds a sense of accomplishment to an already remarkable journey.

Embarking on the Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek requires physical fitness, stamina, and a resilient spirit. The rugged terrain and high altitudes demand determination and perseverance. However, the rewards are immeasurable. As you traverse the challenging landscapes, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of majestic mountains, pristine snowscapes, and a profound sense of awe-inspiring nature.

The Dhaulagiri region is not only a natural wonder but also a cultural treasure. Along the trekking route, you’ll have the opportunity to encounter local communities that have preserved their unique traditions and way of life. This presents an immersive cultural experience, allowing you to engage with friendly villagers and gain insights into their customs and daily routines.

It’s important to note that due to the remote nature of the Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek, the infrastructure for accommodations and facilities is more basic compared to popular trekking routes. Tea houses and simple lodges provide essential services along the way, adding to the authenticity of the experience.

In conclusion, the Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek offers an extraordinary adventure that combines breathtaking natural beauty, physical challenge, and cultural immersion. It allows you to marvel at the magnificent Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges, explore remote and untouched landscapes, and connect with local communities. While it requires physical endurance, the rewards of this trek are unparalleled, leaving you with lasting memories of an incredible journey through Nepal’s captivating wonders.

Day to day schedule to Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek Itinerary Nepal: 21d

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel . +D

    Arrival and pick up from the international airport in Kathmandu, after some refreshment we will invite you for a traditional Nepali dinner.

  • ay 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley o/n in a hotel (B)

    The very next morning, after breakfast you are taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath might make you feel calm and peace.

  • Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara, o/n in a hotel +B

    This day after having breakfast, we take 30 minutes flight over the Himalayas or we take the private vehicle to Pokhara. On route to Pokhara, we can see country and landscape of Nepal. In afternoon you are free to explore the Pokhara.

  • Day 04: Drive and Trek to Dharapani (1565m/ 6 hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    This day, we drive to Darbang and further trek to Dharapani, our trail crosses the terraced hills, Shahashadhara village Dudh Khola Ratorunga village to Dharapani.

  • Day 05: Trek to Muri (1850m/7 hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    This day the path goes steeply up to Muri 1850 m, where the Mt. Dhaulagiri and other mountains appear clearly. From Muri, we enjoy the magnificent views of Mt Dhaulagiri and others many more.

  • Day 06: Trek to Boghara (2050m/ 8 hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    From Muri, the trail is easy and goes down for few hours but before to reach Boghara you have to climb a steep path for a couple of hours. The trail descends down before reaching Phedi and then the trail ascends up until Boghara.

  • Day 07: Trek to Dhoban (2630m/6 hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    This day the path is quite difficult and sometimes we will need the help of the ropes. The trail descends down to a small ridge then crosses forest to . Finally, cross the rocky part to arrive at Dhoban.

  • Day 08: Trek to Sallaghari (4700m, 6hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

  • Day 09: Trek to Italian Base camp (3700m/6 hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    This day you reach the Italian Base Camp where you will camp just in front of the West wall of the Dhaulagiri. Passing through the beautiful forest we rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around. Since, we are rapidly gaining altitude, keep yourself hydrated and take it easy.

  • Day 10: Rest & Acclimatization, o/n in camp +O+L+D

    A rest day for acclimatization. Since there is little exploring, this is a day to relax because next day we will have a tough day. Exercise, move around, we do hiking and properly acclimatize with the altitude.

  • Day11: Trek to Japanese camp (4200m, 5hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    This day, we trek along the trail to the Japanese Camp. This trail is a little tough, so probably we might need to use a rope in a couple of tricky spots. The surroundings here are spectacular, with magnificent views of the beautiful snow-capped peaks.

  • Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base camp (4650m/4 hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    This day we reach the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. We climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. On the way, enjoy the magnificent north face of Dhaulagiri I.

  • Day 13: Rest day in Dhaulagiri base camp, o/n in a Camp +O+L+D

  • Day 14: Trek to Hidden Valley via French col(5100) (5000m/5hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    This day we climb two terraced hills before entering an ablation valley. We then climb to the French Col (5100 m) from where we can see Mukut Himal (6328 m), Tashi Kang (6386 m) and Sita Chuchura (6611 m). To the south is Tukche Peak (6920 m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From French Pass we continue along the trail towards Hidden Valley.

  • Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m/6 hrs ) o/n in camp ++O+L+D

    An early after breakfast, we start our trek with, through rocky path, landscape, green forest. Today trail descends down until we reach at Yak kharka.

  • Day 16: Trek to Jomsom [2,715m/8hrs) o/n in camp +O+L+D

    This day, more steep descent leads to Kalopani, tackling along the cairns, we proceed along the snowy path. After a few hours of walking in the snow, we pass the top of the Thapa Pass. From kalopani, we further head toward to Jomsom.

  • Day 17: Flight to Pokhara o/n in Hotel +O+L+D

  • Day 18: Reserve day in Pokhara o/n in Hotel +B

    Reserve day in case flight is cancelled due to weather condition and other.

  • Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu o/n in Hotel +B

  • Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu o/n in Hotel +O

    You can have some shopping and greetings exchange with friends and buy some souvenirs.

  • Day 21: Departure +O

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the international airport as per your flight schedule for your onward destination.

What is included?

  • Arrival and transfer transport from to international and domestic airport in Kathmandu
  • During trek: accommodation in tent, 3 meals a day
  • Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Government licensed guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • Government licensed trekking guide and porters during trekking
  • Domestic flight ticket JOM-POK
  • Trekking special permit and conservation fee
  • Transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara with tourist bus

What is excluded?

  • International Airfare
  • Travel insurance incase of emergency
  • Extra transport or porter in case of emergency case
  • Personal expenses like soft and hard drink, laundry, telephone
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Monument entrance fees during sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips for local staff
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Sleeping bag while trekking

Trip Dates and Availibility

From/To Availability
From 22 Oct, 2023 To 11 Nov, 2023 Implementation guarantees Inquire

Best Seasons Listing

Best Season
April to May
End of September to Beginning of November

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