Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek is one of the most exciting and very hard trekking among all. Everyone knows how blessed Nepal is when it comes to nature and geography. Dhaulagiri stands above the Kali Gandaki valley which separates the Dhaulagiri range from the Annapurna massif. Hence, this trek is the perfect choice to watch stunning views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. Dhaulagiri is one of the beautiful mountains that lies at an altitude of 8,167 m from sea level. It is also known as the seventh highest mountain in the world.
The trip starts from Pokhara drive to Darbang. From Darbang trek to Dharapani all the way through Kali Gandaki river and follows the Marshyangdi Khola westwards to Darbang and turning north along a tiny trail that leads through the forest into the high country. Most of the routes of the Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek are over snowed and glaciers. Through the trial we have to cross the French col at 5240, going through the hidden valley. From Jomsom, we fly to Pokhara. If you are interested and want to climb the peak. Then on the way, you can have a summit of Dhampus peak of the 5155m pass.
Arrival and pick up from the international airport in Kathmandu, after some refreshment we will invite you for a traditional Nepali dinner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reserve day in case flight is cancelled due to weather condition and other.
You can have some shopping and greetings exchange with friends and buy some souvenirs.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the international airport as per your flight schedule for your onward destination.
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