Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

 
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Country: Nepal

The trek to this region Dhaulagiri leads you to the off beaten trails and is perfect for those adventurer who are willing to endeavor stimulating and escapade trek through the isolated remote villages. This trekking has one of the challenging route. Mount Dhaulagiri is the 7th highest peak in the world at the elevation of 8166 m. On the way, we also get to observe numerous peaks over the elevation of 7000 m passing over craggy terrain with amazing natural exquisiteness which only few visitors have perceived yet. The sight of this region is remarkable and this stimulating trek passes through several mountains, as well as crossing the Thapa pass (at 5153 m, 16915 ft) and even cross the French pass (5365 m, 17190 ft).

Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek (4751 m) offers you the panoramic vistas of Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri I (8167 m), II (7751 m), III (7715 m), IV (7661 m), V (7618 m) and other few snowcapped Himalayan mountains like Machhapuchhare (6993 m), Nilgiri (7061 m), Manaslu (8156 m) and Tukuche (6920 m).

The trekkers get enthusiastic to perceive this intense different land, indigenous settlements like Gurung, Chettris, and Magars where you get to explore this exclusive Nepali culture and its traditions. Besides that on the trail, you might get to spot various wildlife animals from leopards, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan red panda, musk deer etc.

Our journey begins as we drive to Pokhara. From here our trail heads northwest following the KaliGandaki river and reach the valley crossing Beni and Tatopani. Continuing our trek from Tatopani - we reach Phedi, then to Dharapani and then we head towards Muri. As trekking further, we lead north alongside MyagdiKhola (river), where on the trail we pass through several villages of Bagar, Doban, and Daap.

After crossing the Myagdi glacier, we get the splendid views of the Dhaulagiri range.  After that, we will pass the challenging pass; French pass (5365 m) which will be the utmost point of our trek. From here, we head forward to the cross the Dhampus pass amid Tukuche and Thapa peak. As we descend down from Dhampus pass, we reach several communities of Tukuche and from there, we head to Jomsom and Muktinath; one of the significant Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site. And finally from there, ending our trek taking an airstrip to Pokhara and then back to Kathmandu.

This trekking can be attempted even by novice trekkers with sound health but have to be well acclimatized to the high altitude. For the Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek, the best season would be in spring and autumn but we the Accent Himalaya can arrange this trekking throughout the year according to our customer’s desire. For more information about this trek or have any questions, please do contact or email us.

Below we list our detailed itinerary for Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek:     

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Accommodation for Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 star) will be provided (for 4 nights). However if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels.

But once you set out for Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited on the high mountains.

Meals and Drinks on Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. We will enjoy typical Nepalese cuisine, Tibetan, Italian, Indian, Continental and so on during the trek. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package. 

Best Season to Travel

The best Seasons for travelling in Nepal are spring (March- May) and autumn (September- November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July and August. 

Luggage/Backpack on Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek

During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.

Guide/Porter on Trek

Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member

Accent Himalaya organizes Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking from a minimum of single person to maximum of 12 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. Guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.

Personal Expenses on Trek

Personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available at some places), tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs around $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Gears Available in Kathmandu

All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.

A Typical Day on Trek

On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunch time and after that you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you to inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 10 days package for Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or a casualty while you are on Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life (this has happened to us a few times) and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip. Common sense dictates this, it’s good for you and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (non refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek along with photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment.

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