Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCamping, Sightseeing, Vacation
Activity Level Moderate
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek
Situated at 4750m altitude, Dhaulagiri base camp is one of the most adventures and challenging trekking destination in Nepal. Trekking through Dhaulagiri base camp will lead you through a very high challenging passes yet breathtaking scenery, crossing over French pass 5,360m and Thapa pass 5,200m. The trails is a strenuous and some mountaineering knowledge and great physical fitness with good health is required for adventure seekers together with an experienced guide that will shepherd along the way
Dhaulagiri base camp trek guarantee to serve you with magnificent views of the mountains of West Annapurna Rages and Kaligandaki Gorge, Hidden valley full of birds chirps, rich flora and fauna and wild animals such as Himalayan Thar, Red panda, Leopards, Musk deer as well as many different species of birds.
Trekkers will be exposed to the amazing life style and culture of Magar, Gurung and Thakali people. The most beautiful sceneries await trekkers at the base camp of Dhaulagiri, French passes and at the hidden valley immediately after crossing French pass, the Dhampus pass between Tukeche peak and Thapa peak which offers yet another stunning views.
The experiences of great challenging passes with fascinated and magnificent view and hidden valley will be your ultimate lifetime memorable wilderness exploration.
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Food during the trek (Three times Meal- lunch, dinner with seasonal fresh fruits And Breakfast with tea/coffee).
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits and TIMS.
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal visa
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- Private transportation except what is mentioned in the What Is Included section
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- International flights
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.) Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Arrive Kathmandu : Meet with our representative at the airport and check in to hotel
Kathmandu Half day sightseeing
Kathmandu : Half day sightseeing.
Kathmandu to pokhara
30 minute by flight or 6 hrs drive and overnight at Hotel in Pokhara
Pokhara – Beni-Shinga
Pokhara to Beni (830m) 4-5 hrs drive. Trek begins from Beni to Shinga and camp on the school ground, side of the Myagdi Khola.
Shinga - Durbang
Trek to Durbang 5 hrs Follow a raised path above the riverbed, pass a hot spring below to the left, and enter cultivated fields to a wide path that leads to Tatopani. Ten minutes beyond this village, cross a suspension bridge to the right bank, pass the tiny village of Bholamza and go through fields to another suspension bridge which returns you to the left bank. Pass by Simarchor a little further on and cross the suspension bridge over the Newale Khola that flows in from the right. Follow the Myagdi Khola left bank path past the small villages of Shisman and Talkot; climb a bit to Babichor with its shops and teahouses. Cross a high, winding path on a mountainside out Babichor. Terraced hills develop in the wide valley, paddies become plentiful and the path is easy to walk, being either flat or gently ascending. Pass stone paved Shahasdara cross Dukh khola and continue amid paddies. After Ratorunga with its shop and tea house the wide terraced hills end. Follow a path along the river pass Bodeni to Chachare with its teahouse. The terraced hills disappear on the opposite bank as well and the left bank of the narrow valley gently undulates up and down as you arrive at the large village of Darbang with its rows of shops. Camp on the school ground.
Dharbang - Shibang
Dharbang – Shibang Duration: 6 hrs Cross a suspension bridge to the right bank, pass the tributary Ritum Khola to your left as you go to the right through the hamlet of Darbang. Follow the right bank path along the river at the base of stone cliffs to Phedi (1100m) with its two teahouses. Just beyond the phedi, cross the Dang Khola which flows from the left, and begin to climb a ridge on the opposite bank. As you zig and zag up a steep hill, the angel of incline gradually eases, soon you enter a mountainside on the Myagdi Khola side from the pine-covered ridge path to Dharapani, a heavily populated village. Once again climb a steep slope after which you descend a mountain path past Takum where cultivated fields spread over the wide mountain flank. You arrive at the village of Shibang and camp on grassy ground
Shibang - Muri Duration
Shibang – Muri Duration: 6 hrs From Shibang you pass through a forest and continue past mattim up an incline to the snout of ridge where Dhaulagiri Himal is visible. Descend to the Gatti Khola, and then skirt around the ridge to Phalai Gaon (1810) is on a mountainside partially penetrated by the tributary Dhara khola. To go to Muri, follow the stone-welled path a short way beyond Phalai goun, enter the terraced fields to the right and cross the Dhara khola via a suspension bridge. If it is the dry season, descend the valley next to the school, walk to the opposite bank, and climb the steep hill for a short cut. The main path ascends the mountainside from the suspension bridge, passes below the village of Dhara and goes through a hamlet to an up and down mountain path to join with the shortcut described above. Though this is the long way the path is better. Follow the mountain path and skit around the ridge, emerging once again to the right bank of the Myagdi khola. The mountain path continues, winding uphill, and when you skirt around a ridge, a vista of Dhaulagiri 1 (8167m) and Gurja himal (7193m) opens up. Reach the large village of Muri where the houses of the magar clan closely together, came on the school ground
Muri - Bagar Duration
Muri – Bagar Duration: 7 hrs Descend a gentle slope, and cross a rocky stream. Descend a path amid terraced fields to Dhora Khola. Cross the river and climb to the right up the mountainside to Ghorban dhara. The view from this pass is fine, for the first time you can see Ghustung south (6465m). Follow the right bank path past Naura where you begin to ascend the mountainside. After climbing for a short while, take a path that traverses the steep grass-covered hill. The Myagdi khola assumes a steep-walled V-shape as the traverse ends and a high, winding path climbs the steep, grassy slope. The steep slope with not tolerate any missteps but the path is well-constructed with a great number of zigzag stone step paths. At last the long climb ends, and you enter a traverse to the right-here you must also beware of falling into the gorge of the Myagdi Khola. Soon you descend through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout where Bagara (2080) is visible. Descend through terraced fields to this mountain village where you camp in people’s yards or the terraced fields.
Bagar - Dovan Duration
Bagar – Dovan Duration: 6 hrs Here we leave the villages behind and the trial becomes increasingly challenging
Dovan – Sallaghari or Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp)
Dovan – Sallaghari or Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) Duration: 4 and Half+3 hrs Passing through the beautiful forest we rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around.
Upper Vugini (Italian Base Camp) - Glacier Camp
Upper Vugini (Italian Base Camp) – Glacier Camp Duration: 4 hrs After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. We may also use a rope on this section. This is a particularly tough day. We camp on the glacier rubble.
Glacier Camp - Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Glacier Camp – Dhaulagiri Base Camp I Duration: 4 hrs 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
Dhaulagiri Base Camp - French Col - Hidden Valley
Dhaulagiri Base Camp – French Col – Hidden Valley Duration: 5 hrs Height: 5000 m Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires a rope, but once over the steep moraine walls we are in safer and gentle country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col (5300m,) the views of Hidden Valley open out. The broad valley is reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh and so are the temperatures, at least -20 degree centigrade at night
Hidden Valley camp
Hidden Valley camp Height: 5000m A rest day to admire the surrounding peaks and perhaps do some exploring
Hidden Valley - Yak Kharka
Hidden Valley – Yak Kharka Duration: 5 hrs After climbing over the 5200m Dhampus Pass, we traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka
Yak Kharka - Marpha
Yak Kharka – Marpha Duration: 4hrs More steep descent leads to Marpha and a well deserved beer over lunch
Marpha – Kalo pani
Marpha – Kalo pani Duration: 7hrs Height: 2100m Continue down the Kali Gadaki reaching the old Thakali trading centra of Tukuche. As the trail continues, the Himalayan rain shadow end and open spaces make way for coniferous forest and Kalopani (2500m.) From here there are spectacular 360 degree views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna high above
Kalo pani - Tatopani
Kalo pani – Tatopani Duration: 8hrs Height: 2850m A beautiful walk, with another transition into subtropical vegetation and the return of water buffalo. Banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge, and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani. The hot water spring that give the village its name provide the perfect opportunity for a good’ scrub
Tatopani - Ghorepani
Tatopani – Ghorepani Duration: 8hrs Height: 2850m Big climb will start after crossing Begakhola leaving the path to Beni if trek want make short to Beni and drive to Pokhara.
Ghorepani - Tadapani
Ghorepani – Tadapani Duration: 6hrs Height: 2670m Wake up early morning and climb up to Poon hill from where you can see Dhaulagiri range to Mustang range. During the Sun rise panoramic views with colorful mountains. Again walk down to hotel and after breakfast walk up hill towards Tadapani. Climb with Mountain views again through Rhododendron forest. After the top path goes along the ridge and Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life. A short early-morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna, and to Tadapani for beautiful sunset views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare.
Tadapani - Ghandrung
Tadapani – Ghandrung Duration: 4hrs Height: 1950m This is short trek. Trial descends steeply through dense damp forest, where you may see monkeys, and continues down over a series of rock-cut steps that follow a leaping stream. Arrive in Ghandruk and explore the maze like streets of this thriving Gurung Settlement.
Ghandruk – Birethanti-Pokhara
Ghandruk – Birethanti-Pokhara Duration: 4 hrs trek, 2 hrs drive Height: 1100m -960m Walk down after village via Kimche to Shauli Bazar. Gentle walk rest of the day via Birethati to New Bridge and drive back to Pokhara over night at hotel.
Pokhara - Kathmandu
Pokhara – Kathmandu Duration: 6hrs Height: 960m After this trip can join with other trip like, Rafting, Jungle Safari or Pilgrim tour if not fly or drive back to Kathmandu
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