Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek – An Exhilarating, Strenuous & a Challenging Trek in Nepal
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek (4750m) also referred to as Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek , that circumvates Dhaulagiri – 8167m, seventh Highest Mountain in the world is undoubtedly the most strenuous, exhilarating, adventurous and the least trodden treks in Nepal Himalayas.
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek Trail which lies in Myagdi District west of the Annapurna Range passes through the least trekked part of Nepal Himalayas. A Trek route that goes through glacial valley’s, snow bound meadows & tribal Villages consisting of Magars, Gurungs and Thakali people. So one can call Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek strenuous cultural trek too.
As you trek through two high passes, the French Pass(5360m) & Thapa Pass(5200m) one gets to witness the most beautiful Himalayan scenery in this region. Especially from the French Pass( 5360m ) the Himalayan scenery is mesmerising. Known as the White mountain, Dhaulagiri most of the time of the year is covered in snow & so is the trekking trail, especially the French Pass and the Thapa Pass.
What is the best time embark on the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek ?
May and October is the best time to trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. A little bit of mountaineering Knowledge and good physically fitness is essential inorder to complete the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Careful Planning is required as most time of the year the path will be filled with snow as the Trail passes through glaciers and high mountain passes.
TRIP FACTS :
- Style of Trek: Camping.
- Duration: 17Days.
- Number of Days on Trek: 13days.
- Grade: Difficult – Streneous.
- Minimum No.of Participants: 2Persons.
- Highest Point : 5360m.
- Starting Point : Kathmandu.
- Ending Point : Kathmandu.
- Best Season : April, May, June, September, and October.
- Climate: Days are normally warm. Nights can at times be (general) very cold and in winter even below the freezing point. Monsoon showers in summer (heaviest in July, August) and sometimes even in spring and autumn.
DHAULAGIRI BASE CAMP TREK ITINERARY
Day 01 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (6Hrs Drive). Hotel (B/B only).
Day 02: Drive to Beni (830m/2-3Hrs Drive). Tents
Day 03 : Trek Beni to Babiyachaour (950m/5Hrs). Tents
Trek along the Kali Gandaki River toward Myagdi Khola. After Crossing a couple of long suspension bridges trek through the villages of Mangalghat, Singa, Tatopani and finally to Babiyachaur. Overnight Tents.
Day 04 : Trek Babiyachaur to Dharapani (1400m/6Hrs). Tents
Enjoy the Trek through the the villages of, Shahashadhara, Dudh Khola and Rarotonga to Dharapani where we camp for the night..
Day 05 : Trek Dharapani to Muri (1850m/6Hrs). Tents
The days trek to Muri starts with a steep hill till we reach Muri. From Muri you will be rewarded with the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and other mountain in the Range.
Day 06 : Trek Muri to Boghara ( 2050m/6Hrs). Tents
The Days Trek to Boghara starts with an easy downhill trail for a few hours. Then the trail slowly climbs up on a steep path for about two hours till Phedi and then dips down for a while then again climbs up till we reach Boghara.
Day 07 : Trek Boghara to Doban (2520m/6Hrs). Tents
The Trek from Boghara to Dovan will test your ability as it’s a little difficult and at places we will need to cross some sections with the help of ropes. The Trail drops down to a small ridge then the path goes through a forest to reach Jyardan. From here cross over a rocky part of the path to reach Doban.
Day 08 : Trek Doban to Italian Base Camp (3660m/6Hrs). Tents
The trek to Italian Base Camp is a continuous climb and will be gaining a little more than a thousand metre. Therefore, it is important to take it a little slow and the next important thing to remember is to keep yourself hydrated. Our Camp site at the Italian Base Camp will be set up in front of the west wall of Dhaulagiri. The Trek route passes through dense and beautiful mixed forest and when out of the forest you will be greeted by the views of the mighty Dhaulagiri and other mountains of the Annapurna Range.
Day 09 : Acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp. Tents
Day 10 : Trek from Italian Base Camp to Glacier Camp (4250m/5Hrs). Tents
This is one of the trek days that will test your technical skill in mountaineering as we cross the first Glacier using ropes in a couple of places and then climb up to the main Glacier. The view of the surrounding Glacier and the mountain range is breath taking. The awesome views of the surrounding Glacier will surely make up for the effort and hard work and the risk that you have taken to reach here. Further use of ropes will be needed to cross the remaining part of the Trek.
Day 11 : Trek Glacier to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m/4Hrs). Tents
The Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp is on scree for some time then it gives way to the hard ice of the Glacier. Steadily we climb on the Glacier to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the North Face of DShaulagiri I.
Day 12 : Trek Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5200m./) crossing French Pass (5360m). Tents
Crossing the glacier above the Dhaulagiri base camp enroute to the Hidden Valley most of the time requires a rope, but once over the steep moraine walls then the route becomes safe and a steady climb to the French Pass. Enjoy the Breath Taking views of the Annapurna Range and the Dhaulagiri Range from here. Today’s view is the bes view of the entire Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek.
Day 13 : Rest day at Hidden Valley. Tents
Day 14 : Trek Hidden Valley to Dhampus Pass (5155m) to Yak Kharka (4930m/8Hrs). Tents
Climb gently upto the Dhampus Pass -5155m traverse avalanche prone slopes and trek down on a steep path to end the day at Yak Kharka.
Day 15 : Trek Yak Kharka to Thapa Pass (5200m) to Marpha to Jomsom (2720m/8Hrs). LODGE
The Path to Marpha is a steep and long descent. Trekking besides the stone cairns proceed along the snow filled path to the top of Thapa Pass. Marpha is a small village in Manang area where we stop for lunch and maybe a bottle of beer to celebrate. From Marpha, we further trek toward Jomsom to catch our next day’s flight to Pokhara.
Day 16 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel. End of the Trek. HOTEL
Day 17 : Drive Back to Kathmandu in Tourist Bus. End of the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek in Nepal.
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Note: The above itinerary is a sample,intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
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