Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

Duration: 23 Days   |   Based on 1 Review

Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek is a rough and classic adventure journey in the Himalayan region of Annapurna and is quite the trek. A challenging and thrilling adventure trek perfect for those seeking an adventure and a rough holiday in the high mountain areas, Dhaulagiri round trekking is a teahouse and a camping trek. Still, a remote and rugged region that has comparatively fewer trekkers even in the high season, this trek will be a perfect choice for those brave ones who wish to take risks and trek in the remote and isolated region.

A morning flight to Pokhara is from where the Dhaulagiri circuit trek begins and we stay the night at a cozy hotel. A drive to Darbang starts the trek. We walk to the south of the Dhaulagiri Massif, first along the Kali Gandaki and later, through the Myagdi Khola valley, on the first three days of the trek. Through the trek, we go through various climates and temperatures can be reasonably warm walking through the terrace farming lands. From Muri, we follow the trail north, in the direction of the Dhaulagiri Massif, to Dhorpatan. With its seven summits above 7,000m, the Dhaulagiri Massif with its bouquet of mountains is undoubtedly one of the most impressive mountain peaks in the world. The trek takes us through increasingly difficult paths high above the Myagdi Khola River. As the terrain becomes steeper, the trekking days become necessarily shorter, in order to acclimatize to the high altitude. We also encounter a marvelous U-shaped glacier valley to reach the Chhonbardan Glacier, and eventually Dhaulagiri Base Camp at an altitude of 4,750 m.

During the Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek, it is mandatory, we stay at the base camp for one day to acclimatize and to breathe in the fabulous views of the surrounding mountains. Speaking of the toughest day of the trek, it is when we cross the French Col (5,350 m) to reach our highest campsite is in the Hidden Valley, located at 5,000m. If we are lucky enough to have clear weather conditions, this section of the trek is not too difficult, but the Hidden Valley and the Dhampus Pass should definitely not be underestimated and are notorious for attracting bad weather. At the Dhampus pass, we hope to enjoy breathtaking and marvelous views of Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri and the Annapurna Massif. For those daredevils who have opted to try and climb the Dhampus Peak, the potential reward is a 6,000m snow summit with a breathtaking view. After the difficult descent down the north side of Dhampus Pass, we finally reach Marpha, the apple wine town which is on the Muktinath trekking route. When we get to Jomsom, we fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara. Through all the hurdles, the views are definitely going to be worth the strain.

How to book or enquiry about this trip?

For INSTANT BOOKING or QUICK ENQUIRY, please call us now +977 9851036844 (Ram Kumar) 24 hours available on WhatsApp WeChat, Viber or send us an email atalpineecotrek@gmail.com for the best quote and detailed itinerary. 

Highlights

  • Darbang, Jugapani, Soligari, Italian Base Camp, Chhonbardan Glacier Camp, Dhaulagiri Base Camp, French Col, Dhamphus Peak, Yak Kharka, Jomsom and flight to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m):
  • Day 02Preparation day in Kathmandu or Sightseeing:
  • Day 03Fly or drive to Pokhara then to Darbang:
  • Day 04Fly or drive to Pokhara then to Darbang:
  • Day 05Trek from Darbang to Phallya Gaon (1,800m):
  • Day 06Trek from Phallya Goan to Jugapani (2,000m):
  • Day 07Trek from Jugapani to Dobang (2,260m):
  • Day 08Trek from Dobang to Soligari (3,100m):
  • Day 09Rest day for acclimatize our body and mind:
  • Day 10Trek from Soligari to Italian Base Camp (3,600m):
  • Day 11Acclimatization at Italian Base Camp (3,600m):
  • Day 12Trek from Italian base camp to Chhonbardan Glacier Camp (4,200m):
  • Day 13Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,600m):
  • Day 14Acclimatization at Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,600m):
  • Day 15Cross the French Col (5,400m) into the Hidden Valley:
  • Day 16Optional ascent of Dhamphus Peak (6,060m):
  • Day 17Another Rest Day:
  • Day 18Descend to Yak Kharka (3,680m):
  • Day 19Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,670m):
  • Day 20Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara:
  • Day 21Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu:
  • Day 22At Leisure in Kathmandu:
  • Day 23Final Departure:
Detail Itinerary

Inclusion

  • The entire airport picks up and drops.
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Necessary flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara return trips and Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Dhaulagiri round trekking permit with Dhampus peak climbing permit.
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card).
  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period.
  • Accommodation (tented camp) during the trekking period.
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs.
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance.
  • All necessary grounded transportation.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local, Government Taxes.

 

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program.
  • Personal nature expenses.
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
  • Rescue & Evacuation.
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff.


 

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
31 Oct, 2020 - 22 Nov, 2020Guaranteed$2850 USD
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Useful Information

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek can be done from March to May and September to mid-November. We have a very professional crew for this trek. Trekking through lowland to the high ridges of the Himalayas, the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is also a very famous and popular trekking destination for the many mysterious stories of the Himalayas, exotic expeditions and stunning high passes. The trek is a special and memorable one as we not only explore the exotic mountains but also we have got really amazing topography of the land.  

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is a tough and challenging adventure camping trek. We organize all the necessary kitchen logistics and camping gears and trekking crew. Since the trek is very demanding we suggest you read the following information and advice before making a final decision to book this trek with us.

How difficult is the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is a thrilling and challenging trek in Nepal. This trek is the right choice for those adventure lovers who are moderately fit and looking for Off The Beaten Path and remoteness adventure in Nepal. To do this trek no need any previous adventure experience but you need to be fit for walking 7 to 8 hours in a day in the mountain. And, there is no limit on our adventures, as long adventurers have healthy and willing. We strongly recommend you have some days extra in your schedule for this trek.

Physical Fitness and Experience Requirements for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek 

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is considered as a strenuous plus trek. In such trek, you are likely to walk for 6 to 8 hours, crossing steeps, hilly terrains and occasional high passes of up to 5400 meters. You are likely to be in a remote environment with extreme weather on some days. You will also be facing high-altitude air with low levels of oxygen. Therefore, physical fitness and a positive attitude are essential. Exercising, hiking and jogging regularly or join a gym (especially cardio section) at least 3 months prior to the trek is a great idea to enhance your strength and stability. For this trek, no need for any technical skill. It is vital for trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Alpine Eco Trek about your medical condition before booking the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek.

Acclimatization during the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

We have planned the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek itinerary with a high priority of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Four extra days are set aside for acclimatization. Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above 4000 meters, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs several days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.   

Alpine Eco Trek suggests our guests with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are major symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itinerary is planned to try to prevent AMS as much as possible and our guides and crew members are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

What is the Normal Group Size for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?

The minimum group size is two, and for this trek, there will be one licensed trekking leader, one assistant guide, one trekking cook, one assistant cook and some Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (1 porter for two trekkers). This arrangement ensures that even if someone in the group gets sick or is unable to continue, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but generally, a maximum of 10 people is ideal as we have found this to be the optimum size for a delightful and successful trip.

What is the best season for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?

The best seasons for Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek are autumn (from September to mid-November) and spring (from March, April to May).

What type of accommodation do I get during the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?

We choose the best standard accommodations for 3 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara (after the trek) and 1 night in Jomsom in the best available hotel/guesthouse.  Accommodation during the trek, from Day 4 to Day 18 will be in a comfortable two-men camping tent. To sleep in a tent, 4 season high-quality sleeping bag, and a foam mattress will be provided. We maintain standard comfort in every matter based on enforceable conditions such as weather calamities. All hotel/guesthouse and camping accommodation will be on twin sharing basis, and we will provide you single supplement if there is different sex without. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single room/tent on request by paying single supplement USD 300.

What type of meals and drinking water can I expect during the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?

Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be based on Bed and Breakfast basis and from Darbang to Jomsom (Day 3 to Day 19) all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included. Our camping trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp is accompanied by an experienced and well-trained trekking cook and Sherpa helpers. Breakfasts will include porridge or cereals and sometimes eggs, with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. Lunches are generally prepared on the trail and can include cooked or tinned vegetables, rice, chips, freshly made Tibetan bread, as well as tinned tuna, meats or cheese. On occasion, this can be augmented by noodle soup. Dinners always start off with soup, followed by a locally inspired main course such as rice, dal, and spicy vegetables, or a more international dish like pasta with a tomato sauce or pizza and chips. Dessert can be tinned fruit with custard or rice pudding or cake with custard. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. During the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek, there will be very few opportunities to purchase snacks and drinks from simple shops and tea houses. All meals while on the trek and also while staying in Jomsom is included in the trip cost. In the end, we will offer farewell dinner in Kathmandu. It is time to celebrate the success of a great journey with your trekking team. 

We do not recommend you drink untreated water from the taps. In this trek, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled, filtered or provided in large jerry cans or 5 liters bottles. Additionally, you suggest you take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.

Guides and Crew Members for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

The most important thing that makes Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful guides and crew members. This trek will be led by only the best and most professional guides. All of Alpine Eco Trek's guides and crew members are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills, knowledge about the region and personal aptitude. With the objective of sustaining local communities, Alpine Eco Trek only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek. Our guides and crew members have undergone the following training:  

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Alpine Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Climbing and Mountaineering
  • Conservation and Biodiversity

What kind of Communication available during the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is an extremely demanding trip that leads you to the remote and isolated region of western Nepal, cell phone doesn’t work most of the days so that we will bring a satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls charged at USD 5 per minute and USD 3 to send and receive SMS text.  

Do I require travel insurance for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek? 

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek with us so that we strongly recommend you take travel insurance before joining the trip which should cover medical expenses, emergency repatriation and helicopter evacuation at high altitude places and loss of your luggage. Please kindly provide us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.

What type of Equipment do I need to pack for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek? 

Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp is an extremely amazing and adventure trip. We trek up to 5400m walking through villages, green hills, high passes, and white snow paths so that you need to have the right equipment with you. The weight limit for your luggage is 20 kg max. Remember that your main luggage will be carried by our porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Equipment for head

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Equipment for Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Equipment for Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Equipment for Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Equipment for Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, broken in)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, low ankle-high version

Equipment for Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -30 degrees C ) 
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag 
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS (optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • Large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash
  • Extras/Luxuries

Journal and pen

  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swimsuit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs).

Reasons to choose Alpine Eco Trek for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

  • We are Alpine trekking specialists and we have been organizing strenuous plus treks in Nepal for many years. Ram Kumar, owner and founder of Alpine Eco Trek, has modified this itinerary based on his first-hand experience of the Dhaulagiri region. 
  • Read our reviews received for Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek where our overall holiday rating is 100%. 
  • Alpine Eco Trek has organized a successful trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Due to the remoteness and logistical challenges it is important to have a crew who has previously trekked in Dhaulagiri Base Camp. 
  • In our itinerary, we have included four rest and acclimatization days. These extra days will help you acclimatize to the high altitudes and also increases chances of completing the traverse in case of any delays flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Jomsom to Pokhara. 
  • We use high-quality tents for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek. These are two-man domed tents with plenty of space for two people sharing plus gear.  
  • We bring a satellite phone on the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek. It is essential for your guide to have reliable communications with the Agency for logistics, planning and group safety.  
  • Our guides for the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek will bring a comprehensive first aid kit plus high altitude medicine, antibiotics and other medicines.  
  • There will be a wide range of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We bring along a supply of chocolate, muesli bars, Pringles, biscuits, and nuts. 
  • We have trouble-free payment options.

Important Note

The above information is just a guide and a standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision on what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Further Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek. However, if you have any questions regarding the trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all inquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book or enquire about this trip, you can send us an inquiry or contact our team leader directly by phone: +977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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