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 a 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 Base Camp trek begins and we stay the night at a cozy hotel. A drive to Darbang starts the trek (we'll fly back at the end from Jomsom). 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 camp site 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.