Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is a challenging and adventurous trekking route in the Dhaulagiri region of Nepal. Dhaulagiri is the seventh-highest mountain in the world, and the trek takes you to the base camp of this majestic peak. Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek offers stunning views of the Dhaulagiri massif, serene landscapes, and an opportunity to explore the remote and less-visited areas of Nepal.
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek starts with a picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Beni at the junction of two Himalayan rivers. From here, you climb to the rural village of Dharapani, and get a great view of the mountains to come and the trail passes through scenic villages surrounded by fields. You ascend to Italian Base Camp, west of Dhaulagiri. The scenery simply gets more and more mesmerizing as you continue higher and higher, the next waypoint is Glacier Camp and then on to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, You stay in base camp for one day to acclimatize and to breathe in the extraordinary views of the surrounding mountains.
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek goes further ahead and the toughest day of the trek is the crossing of French Col at (5,350m) to reach our highest campsite which is in the Hidden Valley, located at 5,000m. In between, You happen to cross many cultivated fields, lush green forests and villages, where various ethnic groups reside, namely: the Gurungs, Chhetris, and Magars and after a few days of trekking, You reach the Italian base camp, from where we get the first exciting views of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV and V, which are like a string of gems glittering in the sunshine; we You rest for a day to acclimatize with the altitude and You then cross a final pass and descend to join the Annapurna circuit at the charming village of Marpha.
You will be picked up at the airport by one of the Tour and Trekking Nepal staff and driven to your Kathmandu host family or a hotel. Here you will be welcomed into the family, be given your own room and be provided with all your meals while in Kathmandu. This will be your home during your orientation and volunteering in Nepal. With easy bus routes into town and the surrounding countryside, this quiet and safe suburb is the perfect base for your time in Nepal. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square sheds light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip at the Tour and Trekking Nepal office. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We start our lovely scenic journey at about 07: 00 AM in the morning after having early breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu, driving along the Trisuli River by following Prithvi Highway to Pokhara and then continuing to Beni. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We start our trek from Beni, you strike out west along the north bank of the Myagdi Khola through several small villages, you then cross two bridges near the village of Simalchour, and head back to the north bank from where it continues to the village of Babiyachaur, today, we pass through cultivated fields, lively villages, suspension bridges & then follow the path at Myagdi Khola to Babiyachaur. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We start our trek after having breakfast at our camp, and today, we cross the river to the west of Myagdi Khola and will head north to Phedi, the trail is fairly level and we pass the village of Shahashradhara, cross the Duk Khola and walking through green grassy fields arrive at Ratorunga, from here the valley narrows again and the trail continues to the large village of Dharapani. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We start our trek by descending and walking through villages, we go over a suspension bridge across the river when the trail leads uphill; the gentle ascending path continues through villages, sparse forest and terraces till you reach another ridge, you then trek gently along over a straight trail until you reach Muri and this is a small village inhabited by the simple Magar community, you will get a glimpse of Manapathi peak and the whole Dhaulagiri range etc and stay overnight at camp in Muri. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We start our trek after having breakfast at camp by descending a gentle slope and crossing a rocky stream, we come to 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 we will see Ghustung south (6465m). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Follow the right bank path past Naura where we begin to ascend the mountainside, after climbing for a short while, we 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 will 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 we enter a traverse to the right – here we must also beware of falling into the gorge of the Myagdi Khola, soon we descend through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout where Baghara (2050) is visible. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We start our trek, today, we leave the villages behind and the trial becomes increasingly challenging passing through ups and downs, in about 5 hours we arrive at our destination at Dobang. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We start our trek and the early part of the gently ascending trail moves through a forest of bamboo, pine trees and rhododendrons, after gently trekking for some hours in which the route goes uphill and downhill respectively, you reach Sallaghari and this becomes our camping spot in between forest surrounded by pine trees at the bank of Myagdi River. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We start our trek and today we will reach the Italian Base Camp where we will camp just in front of the West wall of the massive Dhaulagiri, Passing through a beautiful flower-laden forest we rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around, It’s spectacular hereabouts. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Today is our acclimatization or rest day at this base camp and we will explore around and adjust to the altitude, the trail is covered by bamboo forest all the way to Italian Base Camp. At some points, you cross small bridges and jungles and this makes the trail quite strenuous and difficult there is an open field at Italian Base Camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
There are two small tea houses available hereabouts that provide a minimal supply of trekker’s items. At this base camp, you experience breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri range, Manapathi Peak, and Dhaulagiri II among other unnamed peaks and mountains. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We start our trek and after crossing the first glacier, probably using ropes 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 will also use a rope on this section, this is a particularly tough day where the going gets tough and the tough get going. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We start our trek and after starting our wild journey today, the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier, we will climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. The views from here are literally stunning, could stop your breath for a few seconds. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Another day to take some rest and more importantly, acclimatize to the lower air pressure the views from this place are superb and there is plenty to explore around. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We start our trek and today, getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires rope climbing. Once over the steep moraine walls, we reach gentler, less strenuous terrain that gives our legs & bodies a kind of rest and after a breathless climb to the top of French Col (5360m,) the views of Hidden Valley open out, the broad valley is reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh and so are the temperatures (at least -20ºC at night). The views down here take you to another world and stir the imagination. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We start our trek and we pass through avalanche-prone slopes and then take on the steep descent to Yak Kharka, this day we trek through bare land for some distance as well. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We start our trek after having breakfast at camp and today, more steep descents lead us to Marpha. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We take a bus/jeep drive to Pokhara. Explore the lakeside in the evening. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to the Tourist bus station and 07: 30 am drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. This scenic drive offers fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal as you pass through Middle Hill scenery along the famous rafting Trishuli River originated from Tibet northeast of Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Tour and Trekking Nepal representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Note: The above-mentioned program itinerary is a sample. The period and cost of tour and trekking, volunteering and internship can be changed or extended as per travellers or volunteers' availability of duration.