Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is a high altitude adventure lover’s journey to a number of base camps and passes in the Dhaulagiri region. This is not a mainstream route and takes you to truly out-of-the-way places untouched for centuries.
The Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) trek is not for beginners. Ascending through the French Pass (5360m) will be a test of your endurance, but with well-prepared acclimatization beforehand will make it easier for you.
Follow trails through Hidden Valley set among impressive white snow-capped mountains and ruggedly desolate landscapes. The Hidden Valley is surrounded on one side by the Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli in the west, Ganesh Himal in the south and Sringi Himal in the North. This area has not changed in centuries due to it being cut off from the southern lowlands by deep gorges and rivers and from Tibet in the north by snow-covered passes.
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek begins with a satisfying drive from Kathmandu passing Baglung and through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Beni. From Beni you trek to Dharapani Village where you will have superb views of the surrounding mountains and terraced farmlands. We then ascend to Italian Base Camp located west of Dhaulagiri. Each day we trek higher and today reach Glacier Camp (4210m) and then Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m), We will stay at Base Camp for a day to acclimatize before climbing to higher elevations. Of course, the higher elevations offer some supremely spectacular views. The most difficult day of this trek is climbing to French Pass (5350m) the highest camping place in the Hidden Valley. Throughout the trek we pass through several villages, each with their own ethnicities, such as Gurungs, Chhetris, and Magars. After arriving at Italian Base Camp we will be blessed with breath-taking views of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV & V whose snow-capped peaks overpower you. After another rest day we cross the final pass and then head down to meet the Annapurna circuit trail and go on to the charming village of Marpha.
The final leg of our journey takes us to Jomson where we take a scenic flight back to Pokhara. From Pokhara we take a bus back to Kathmandu. This is mostly a camping trek that will give you a more personal feel for the surroundings. You will eat well and sleep well under the stars in the hills and valleys surrounding Mt. Dhaulagiri.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may not find comfortable and better quality teahouses -During the trek, We sleep in the very simple tea house/tent and our guides will pick the best Camping site with a nice view of the Himalaya.
In Kathmandu your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these mountain regions are potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu, Jomson and Pokhara.
Dhaulagiri is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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