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:
Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel Transfer
Our representative Accent Himalaya Trekking and Day Tours will receive you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. After getting out of the airport, you will be transferred to a rated hotel in the capital city. Our representative will brief you about the trek ahead. You will be spending the night at the hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara and drive to Beni. Trek to Tatopani. (900 meters). An early morning flight to Pokhara is followed by a couple of hours of drive to Beni. The trek starts following a road by the Kali Gandaki River up to Tatopani. A leisurely afternoon can be enjoyed by the hot springs. (Around 5 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 03: Trek to Darbang (1110 meters). The trek continues to follow Kali Gandaki River and passes through several smaller villages providing an insight to a typical village lives of Nepal. After an easy terrain and good couple of hours, the ends at Darbang. (Around 5 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 04: Trek to Muri (1720 meters). A good climb in the morning leads to Dharapani, one of the bigger villages and then passes through villages of Takum and Sibang. These terraced villages are inhabited by various minority groups of the country with majority of them being Magars. Finally, after crossing a small river the village of Muri marks the end of the day. (Around 7 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 05: Trek to Boghara (2000 meters). From Muri we descend steeply to the bridge crossing over the Muri Khola. After passing through dense bamboo stands the trail enters a number of clearings with fields and farmhouses. Further north the valley steepens and the trail is exposed in places. We camp in the grounds of the primary school in this village. (Around 7 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 06: Trek to Dobang (2350 meters). The trail now follows undulates through the forest following Myagdi River and passes through Lipshe. The trail comes out of the forest only at Dobang. (Around 6 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 07: Trek to Sallaghari (3000 meters). The trek continues to go through the forests and consistently gains height throughout the day. The camp is also in the jungle for the day. (Around 5 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 08: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3630m). Now, the lush vegetations slowly starts to disappear as the trail moves on and then enters the moraine where the Base Camp is located. From the Base Camp view of the west face of Dhaulagiri can be enjoyed. (Around 3-4 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp. The day can be used to take a good rest to prepare the body for the next few days (hard and long days follow after the day). This day can also be used to explore around the area depending upon the condition of your body.
Day 10: Trek to Glacier Camp (4200 meters). The trail steeply drops down to the glacier and crosses the glacier, entering into the moraine. Most of the day is spent in this moraine and the camp is also in the moraine. (Around 5 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 11- Dhaulagiri glacier camp to Dhaulagiri base camp (4750m)
We will leave early in the morning, when the weather is clear. We will move ahead to enter the glacier from the right. Tukche peak (6837m) becomes visible straight on and fascinating north flank of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) opens up. The trail is bit prone to stone fall and it passes through a narrow gorge to reach Dhaulagiri base camp.
Day 12: Cross French Pass (5350 meters) and trek to Hidden Valley (5140 meters). An early morning start is a must on days crossing a high pass. The day starts with a brief gradual descend and then a long steep ascent until top of the of the pass follows. A brief stop at the top to enjoy all the surrounding mountains of the valleys left behind is followed by a steep drop, which only ends at French Pass. Now a long descent continues for the rest of the day and only ends at camp. (Around 7-8 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 13: Cross Dhampus Pass (5244 meters) and trek to Yak Kharka (4700 meters). This day is the longest and hardest day of the whole trek as the trail once again climbs up to Dhampus Pass and then again starts to descend for the rest of the day. The descent also marks the treks entrance into Kali Gandaki Valley and offer stunning views of Nilgiri South (6839 meters), Tukuche ( meters) and a section of the Annapurna Range. (Around 10 hours) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 14 - Trek to Jomsom (2713m)
We will return to Jomsom by the same trail following the marpha valley. Jomsom is a paradise on the earth. You can visit museum,. Jomsom is a nice example of high altitude settlement with a bit of modernization. You can stay in a lodge today.
Day 15 - Flight back to Pokhara
We will catch a flight back to Pokhara. Pokhara is a city of lakes. It serves as the headquarter of Kaski district. The major community in the city are Gurung(Tamu) and Magar. Pokhara is also a home for Ghandharvas, the clan of singers and performers. We can roam around Fewa Lake and the temple, in the mid of Fewa Lake, Tal Barahi. You can observe the local market and can taste most popular Thakali food here.
Day 16 - pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m)
We will catch a bus to Kathmandu. it takes 5 -6 hour by tourist bus to be in Kathmandu Tourist bus Park and we will transfer Hotel .
Day 17 - Final Departure from Nepal
This day is the final day of our togetherness. Our representative will drop you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your onward journey. We will depart with the sweet memories of our adventurous trek.