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Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek – 21 days

Trip Introduction


Mount Dhaulagiri is the Seventh highest Mountain in the world and the fifth-highest Peak in Nepal. It lays in the north-west of Pokhara and to the east of the Annapurna Himalayas range. It is about 34 km away from Mt. Annapurna I. The word “Dhaulagiri” is a combination of “Dhaula” and “Giri” in the Sanskrit Language, “Dhaula” means dazzling, white, and beautiful, and “Giri” is a mountain. Dhaulagiri I is also the highest point of the Gandaki river basin. It was tried to climb for more than five times and finally, eight-team members of Swiss conquered the summit in 1960.
Dhaulagiri Mountain I has an altitude of 8167 m above the sea level and it lies in the northwest of Myagdi district of Nepal. The first successful ascent of the mountain was done by Kurt Diemberger, Peter Diener, Nawang Dorje, Nima Dorje, Ernst Forrer, and Albin Schelbert on 13th May 1960. The first winter ascent was done by Andrwejczok and Jerzy Kukucxka on 21st January 1985. The mountain is famous for its technically challenging routes and unique shape.
The massif Dhaulagiri has 5 ridges and 2 faces in south and western aspects. Each mountain rise 4000m from their respected base camps. Dhaulagiri has 5 summit peaks: Dhaulagiri I (8167m/26,795ft.), Dhaulagiri II (7751m/25,430ft.), Dhaulagiri III (7715m/25,311ft), Dhaulagiri IV (7661m/25,135ft), Dhaulagiri V (7618m/24,992ft) surrounded the massive 8000m Peaks is: Churen Himal main (7371m/24,183ft), Gurja Himal (6342m/20,807ft), Putha Hiunchuli (7246m/23,772ft), Junction Peak (4235m/13,894ft).
Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition operate the Dhaulagiri expedition in both spring and autumn seasons with full board and base camp logistic services. We offer services to groups or single participants. Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition always provides sage and secure mountaineering in a trusting and friendly environment. We provide professional, supportive, and friendly mountaineering logistic services from Kathmandu to the advance base camp of Dhaulagiri through its respected route. Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition provide a comprehensive service organizing all necessary permits, climbing documentation, logistics including domestic airfare, ground transportation, porters, and other individual services required by mountaineers. On the track to the ABC, we organize logistics for the provision of all required accommodation and food. During the base camp and climbing period in the base camp, our chefs and kitchen assistants will prepare delicious freshly foods.
Dhaulagiri is normally climbed from the Northeast Ridge route. Typically four camps will be set up above base camp. The advance base camp (5300m), Camp I (5900m), Camp II (6400m), Camp III (7200m), Camp IV (7500m). You will be guided by our experienced and well-trained guides throughout your journey.
 


Group Size : Minimum 02 pax Max - altitude : 4750m/15583ft
Destination : Destiny Country Fitness level : Strong
Arrival : Kathmandu Departure from : Kathmandu
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during whole trekking
Accomodation : Double /Twin sharing in Hotel/Lodge
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Packing and preparation for Trekking
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (899m) via Pokhara (910m), Duration: 9-10 Hrs
Day 04: Trek to Babiyachaur (1000m/3280ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1200m/), Duration: 7 Hrs
Day 06: Trek to Muri (1850m/6068ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 07: Trek to Bagar (2050m/6724ft), Duration: 7 Hrs
Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2630m/8626ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 09: Trek to Sallaghari (3110m/), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 10: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m/), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 11: Acclimatization and Exploration around Italian Base Camp
Day 12: Trek to Glacier Camp (4250m/13940ft), Duration: 5 Hrs
Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750m/15583ft), Duration: 4-5 Hrs
Day 14:  Trek Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (4900m) via French pass (5360m), Duration: 7-8 Hrs
Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka (3680m) via Dhampus Pass (5210m/17037ft), Duration: 7-8 Hrs
Day 16: Trek Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m), Duration: 5 Hrs
Day 17: Trek Marpha to Ghasa (2000m), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 18: Trek Ghasa to Tatopani (1180m), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Day 19: Drive Tatopani to Kathmandu
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 21: Final departure to home country

 

Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences. For more information please contact us at info@swagatholidaytreks.com

 


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, our Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition representative will receive you with a warm welcome and greetings and then transfer to your respected hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. After checking into rooms getting refreshed from Jet-Lag; a quiet environment after getting refreshed join the main hall or in the lobby where our guide will provide a briefing on Amadablam Expeditions, treks, and hotels with necessary information. The evening includes a group dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a folk culture program with various dances of Nepal while having your authentic Nepalese dinner with the local environment.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
 
Day 02: Packing and preparation for Trekking
Today we will hold a pre-trip meeting at your hotel where you will get a chance to ask questions regarding your trip. You will meet your guide and other fellow climbers who will go along with you on your journey.
This is a day to check your gear with your guides. If needed, there’s time to buy extra gear from local suppliers in town. Once the gear check is complete, you can sightsee for the rest of the day. Don’t miss some of Kathmandu’s world heritage sites (e.g. Boudhanath, Kathmandu, and Patan Durbar Square). Kathmandu is a hectic city full of culture and historic sites.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
 
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (899m) via Pokhara (910m), Duration: 9-10 Hrs
Traveling through Nepal’s busy Prithivi Highway, you reach the scenic land of Pokhara. Though the flight journey is short and time-saver, the drive is much fun. The way takes you to the narrow highways along the high hills. You will witness the never-ending greenery, mini waterfalls, and diversified vistas.
At Pokhara, the view of spectacular Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhare will welcome you. After some lunch and rest, you will drive to Beni, the commencing point of the trek.
 The drive will take around 4 hours and will again be a scenic one. Beni Bazaar is a famous tourist place located at the junction of Myagdi Khola and Kali Gandaki. It is also the district headquarters where you will verify your trekking permits. We will stay overnight at Beni.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 04: Trek to Babiyachaur (1000m/3280ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
After having breakfast at camp, 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. We will stay overnight at Dharapani.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1200m/), Duration: 7 Hrs
We will start our trek after having breakfast and today we cross the river to the west of Myagdi Khola. And we will head north to Phedi, the trail is fairly level and we pass the village of Shahashra Dhara. Then cross the Duk Khola and walking through green grassy fields arrive at Ratoruga; from here the valley will narrow again and the trail continues to the large village of Dharapani. We will stay overnight at Dharapani.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 06: Trek to Muri (1850m/6068ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
We commence our journey after having breakfast. The trail passes through the village and patches of small terrace which makes the landscape look jeweled. We can see seasonal crop cultivating by a local farmer. We pass through the ridge so we can see a birds-eye view towards the horizon which makes you feel rejuvenated. We take launch at Muri and stop there for an overnight stay. Muri is the largest village in this region mostly inhabited by the Magar people. We go for walk around the village. We will stay overnight at Muri.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 07: Trek to Bagar (2050m/6724ft), Duration: 7 Hrs
We will start our trail after breakfast. We will move to descend a gentle slope and cross a rocky stream. We will be at 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 and for the first time, we will see Ghustung south (6565m).
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 hills. The Myagdi Khola assumes a steep-walled V-shape as the traverse ends and a high winding path climbs the steep.
We pass through the village called Mahatala by the bank of the river. The walk is very scenic with the company of turquoise green flushing river, Lush green forest, and the towering cliff high above. On the way, we can see a beautiful waterfall across Naura cliff enough to reenergize. We will stay overnight at Bagar.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2630m/8626ft), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
The trail goes uphill through the alleyway following the river. We will start our trail for today after breakfast through the lush green forest containing Fir, Pine, Rhododendron, and bamboo. The towering peaks and sparkling rivers rejuvenate you along the way and keep energizing. It takes nearly 7 hours and we will stay overnight at Dovan.
 
Day 09: Trek to Sallaghari (3110m/), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
After having breakfast we will start our today’s trail. As the name suggests “Sallaghari” the trail takes you to the dense forest of pines, Along with lush vegetation like ferns, rhododendrons, and bamboos.
You will cross the suspension bridge over Myagdi Khola. Sallaghari is the grassy area with a forest where there is a good place to camp.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 10: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m/), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
This day of the trek begins with ascending to the woody land and bridges. The woods are in fact ‘lovely, dark and deep’. Imagine the greenery at such altitude and the cool mountain ranges around you. You will have an outstanding experience.
You cross Choriban stream and continue to the moraine of Chhonbarban Glacier.
The glance of the Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri I becomes more visible and clearer. After a few hours' walk, you will reach the station for the day-Italian Base Camp.
From the camp, towards the west, the peaks like Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III, and Dhaulagiri IV stands still.
This place marks the camping site of the earlier mountaineers during Dhaulagiri expeditions. Italian Base Camp is also called Upper Vungini.
Italian Base Camp is a full glaciated area. Here, you view south peaks of the Dhaulagiri ranges including Putha Hiunchuli, Tsaurabang, and Manapath, etc.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 11: Acclimatization and Exploration around Italian Base Camp
As you will be trekking in a row at an altitude of around 5,000 meters, enough day breaks are necessary. This will give you a bit of relaxation, exploration, and acclimatization. At such a large altitude, you may feel some symptoms of altitude sickness. So you must take enough rest and adapt with the changing altitude before you ascend further.
Since there is little exploring to be had, this is a day to relax because tomorrow we will have a tough day. Exercise, move around, make some hiking, and properly acclimatize with the altitude.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 12: Trek to Glacier Camp (4250m/13940ft), Duration: 5 Hrs
The trail for today is tougher as there might be some technical paths on the way. Thus you will walk through the short distance for proper adaptation.
As the altitude varies, you have to be ready in every aspect. This spot is at the narrow and lateral moraine to the Chonbarden gorge. The Chonbarden Glacier Camp at 4200m is also the ‘Japanese Camp’.
After passing the gorge, the path is narrow and can be hard. Then continuing about an hour's walk, come Glacier Camp. The icy glacier will surround you. That is a heavenly feeling. Also, there are good ridges for campsites and tents.
After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope 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. The glacier crossing would require the use of a rope.
With spectacular surroundings, you will fall in love with every challenge on the way. Leaving tree lines behind, you will be walking on a glacier, moraines, and rocky ridges. Then the actual adventure starts up!
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
 
Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750m/15583ft), Duration: 4-5 Hrs
Today, you will walk along with the glacier feeds of Myagdi River. The trail follows towards the moraine and icebergs. Afterward, a vertical climb will take you towards the vantage point of Mt. Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
As the paths are at glaciated sections you have been aware and walk in good teamwork. This part is quite strenuous too as the glacier place at a rocky place. You can also see the start of the climbing route towards Mt. Dhaulagiri. You will have the outstanding view of Mt Dhaulagiri I (8167m/) and its glacier. Along with the Tukuche peak on the north and Dhaulagiri II (7751m) Dhaulagiri III (7715m) and Dhaulagiri IV (7661m) are great.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 14:  Trek Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (4900m) via French pass (5360m), Duration: 7-8 Hrs
We will start our trail after breakfast. After along the glacier walk the trail climb two terraced hills; the first of which runs along the glacier, cuts across the mountain flank, and the moraine you enter a gently bring round on the left from an ablation valley often requires a rope. But once over the steep moraine walls, we are in a safer and gentler country.
We will climb this slope to the French Pass (5360m); a great vista opens up from the French Pass and offers you Mukut Himal (6328m), Tashi Kang (6386m), and Sita Chuchura (6611m), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south are Tukuche Peak (6920m) and the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I beyond. Again the trail continues along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to Thapa Pass (5250m) between Tukuche Peak and Thapa Peak (6012m); offering great mountain scenery. We descending from Thapa Pass and make camp at 5200m. we will stay overnight at Hidden Valley.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka (3680m) via Dhampus Pass (5210m/17037ft), Duration: 7-8 Hrs
After breakfast, we will start our trail back from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka via climbing over the Dhampus Pass. We traverse avalanche-prone slopes and descends steep rocky small adventure trail. But the view of mountains and natural beauty is still unbelievable to the Yak Kharka. There is a perfect campsite to enjoy the surroundings. We will stay overnight in a tent at Yak Kharka.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
 
Day 16: Trek Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m), Duration: 5 Hrs
From this peaceful spot with grand views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of peaks heading into the woodland with a big drop of 1200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, where our pleasant walk leads Mustang area within Kaligandaki River Valley. After a long descend reaching at Marpha, one of the most charming villages with white painted houses and neatly paved streets, well-kept lodges. At Marpha celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy, and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples. We will stay overnight at Marpha.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 17: Trek Marpha to Ghasa (2000m), Duration: 6-7 Hrs
The next day follows the Kaligandaki River through the narrow gorge, passing through traditional Thakali villages. You can visit the red-roofed Taglung Gompa, on a hillside beside a substantial sacred tree. The town of Ghasa marks a cultural and ecological milestone. We will stay overnight at Ghasa.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 18: Trek Ghasa to Tatopani (1180m), Duration: 5-6 Hrs
After breakfast, we will descend to Tatopani. A lovely day walks along the Kaligandaki riverside, gradually descending with the transition into sub-tropical vegetation. Very interesting bridges to be crossed which gives you the exciting sense of trekking. Tatopani is famous for natural hot springs – you can have time for a hot Scrub-up.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 19: Drive Tatopani to Kathmandu
After early breakfast, we will take a tourist bus to drive back to Kathmandu. Today we will have a scenic but long drive back to Kathmandu.
Included: Bed, Breakfast & Lunch
 
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu
On this day you can explore some landmarks of Kathmandu valley and free day for souvenir shopping to friends and family members.
In the evening you will be taken to the Nepali Kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of the original Nepalese cuisine. As you enjoy your meal, you will also be entertained with an exciting cultural dance performed by the locals. You will enjoy this experience which is complimentary on behalf of the Swagat Holiday Treks. You will stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
 
Day 21: Final departure to home country
Last day in the country of high beautiful Himalayas as per your international flight transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to the next port of call after a wonderful and overwhelming adventure on Dhaulagiri base camp trekking with great service and management of Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition.
This will be your final day in this awesome country of the Himalayas Nepal. We will drop you at the airport a couple of hours before your scheduled flight. Before leaving for the airport, you need to confirm that you have secured a tour air ticket as well as other travel-related documents. We wish you have a wonderful departure back home. We can also arrange for another trip to Nepal in case you want to.
Included: Bed & Breakfast


COST INCLUDE
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle. (For both international and domestic flights).
  • Welcome Dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant with a cultural dance show.
  • 2 Night standard twin-sharing accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms.
  • Three meals a day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trekking.
  • A Highly experienced, Helpful, Knowledgeable, friendly, well-trained Government license holding English-speaking trekking guide.
  • We provide an assistant guide for walking with the group to support where necessary as per group size.
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card).
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
  • Food, accommodation, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and Khumbu permit for trekking.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • All applicable government taxes, vat, tourist service charges as per Itinerary.
 COST EXCLUDE
  • Your Nepal Visa Fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International airfare to and from Kathmandu ( no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Lunch and Dinner during staying in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and Health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra night’s accommodation, Lunch and Dinner in the city due to early arrival or departure as well as early back/return from Mountain/Trekking(due to any reason) than the given time period of Itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
  • Your personal expenses such as (soft beverages, confectionaries, laundries, phone calls, bar bills, Extra porter, etc.)
  • Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla.
  • Medical expenses and trip cancellation.
  • Any other extended trips and accommodation.
  • Tips of the guide, porters, and driver as a token of appreciation.
     # Any other expenses or charges that are not mentioned in the “cost includes” list.
 

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Your safety is our paramount concern while traveling with Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition. In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. for rescue. The charge must be paid by the client or their travel insurance company.
Please note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc. can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
In case the flight delays/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you are not interested in the alternative trip and would rather wait for your original preferred trip, you are welcome to wait in Kathmandu for as many days as it takes to get a flight to Lukla. However, please note that there will be no refund if you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guest house in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.
 

Equipment and Gears
  • Duffle Bag\Rucksack Bag\ Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Swagat Holiday Duffle Bag that is to be returned after the trip)
  • One pair of a walking stick
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Sports shoes or sandals
  • Sun Hat/Cap
  • Basic Medical Kits
  • Head Lamp
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Trekking towels
  • Sunglasses (UV Protection)
  • Warm Hand gloves ( Inner & Outer)
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
  • Pullover or warm sweeter
  • Raincoat
  • 5/6 pairs of good quality socks
  • 2\3 pairs of trekking trousers
  • 3\4 pairs of trekking shirts
  • 5\6 pairs of underwear( non-cotton preferred)
  • Water bottle
  • Good quality Sleeping Bag
  • Camera and Batteries
 

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