Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Trekking to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp is one of the challenging and adventurous trekking trails near the Annapurna region. This trekking is also known as Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking. This trekking provides an opportunity to view the breath taking Himalayan range. Kali Gandaki has separated the Dhaulagiri massif from the Annapurna region. More than 30 peaks over 6000 meters, of these surpassing 8000 meters are eye catching attractions of Dhaulagiri Massif. Dhaulagiri I with an altitude of 8167 meters is the seventh tallest mountain of the world.

Dhaulagiri base camp trekking involves crossing of the high altitude passes like French pass (5360m), Thapa pass (5200m). The trek begins from Beni on the side of Kali Gandaki. Following the Myagdi Khola to the westwards Darbang and turning north on a tiny trail that leads through forests into the high country, the trek continues. The route is filled with snow and glaciers as it crosses French col (5240m), traverses the head of Hidden valley and crosses 5155 meters high Dhampus pass. The trek ends when we reach to Marpha, and return to Pokhara, following the Kali Gandaki valley.

ITINARARY

Day 1 - Arrival

The representative(s) from Ganesh Himal Hiking Team 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 2 - Preparation and sightseeing of Kathmandu valley

After a pleasant night, we will have breakfast and start an exciting tour around Kathmandu. We will try to provide you a full taste of Nepali culture and traditions. In this day, we will visit the Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Swayambhunath, the monkey temple is situated 6.5km west from the center of Kathmandu. This old stupa is the world's most glorious Buddhist pride which is 2000 years old. Pashupatinath is the holiest and famous temple which is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. It is situated 5 km northeast of central Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati Rivers.

Day 3 - Kathmandu to Beni

After rising up in the capital city, we will continue our trip. This day, we will leave Kathmandu to reach Beni. We will reach Beni (810m) by tourist mini bus. It will take about eight hours to cover the distance of 290 kilometers from Kathmandu and Beni. Beni is the headquarter of Myagdi district located on a side of Kali Gandaki river. We will spend the night at a fine hotel in Beni.

Day 4 - Beni to Babichor (450m)

We will start our trek fro Beni and reach Babichor this day. We will leave Kali Gandaki and move ahead following the bank of the Myagdi Khola and pass through the village of Beni Singa and Tatopani .As we approach ahead to Singa the population of houses with tea shops and tea houses increases. Near the village of Simarchour, we follow the Myagdi Khola left side bank path and pass through small villages of Sihiman and Talkot. We will climb a bit to reach Babichor(950m).

Day 5 - Babichor to Darbang (1030m)

We leave Babichor to reach our destination Darbang (1030m) this day. We will cross the high, winding path of Babichor. The terraced hills stretch wide on the both sides of the river. The trial is comfortable, flat and slightly ascending. We will pass through stone paved village, Shahashradhara and reach at Ratorunga. The terraced fields will disappear as we arrive at large village Darbang(1030m) with its line of shops.

Day 6 - Darbang to Sibang(1720m)

We will continue our trek this day to reach Sibang (1720m). We will cross a bridge to the right bank of Rihumkhola and continue our walk to the village of Dharapani. We will cross the river to its west bank and head to Phedi. As we leave Phedi the trial starts climbing in serious slopes and there will be many switchbacks until you arrive at ridge.

Day 7 -Sibang to Muri (1840m)

We will leave Sibang and continue our trek to reach Muri. We descend to Gatti Khola and reach Phalai Gaon(1810m). We will cross the Dhara Khola and walk to the opposite bank and we will climb the steep hill taking a shortcut. We will follow the mountain path and once again we will follow the trail of right bank of Myagdi Khola. When we cross the ridge, the range of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) and Gurja Himal (7143m) welcomes you and finally we will reach our destination Muri, large village of Magar community.

Day 8 - Trek to Boghara(1440m)

After rising up in Muri, we will move ahead to Boghara (1440m). We will have a descending walk for short duration of time, cross a stream and pass through terraced fields before climbing up to see the Mt. Ghustung South (6465m). We will walk along the west bank of Myagdi Khola to the village of nature. We will climb up and move ahead traversing a grassy hill and then descend through a forest and terraced fields to Bogharal (1490m).

Day 9 - Trek to Dobang(2520m)

We will continue our trek to reach Dobang(2520m). We will have descending walk through terraced fields and then pass through forest to Jyardan. Jyardan is one of the most remote villages. We will follow a high winding path, crossing rocky area piled with stones. We will follow the river for a while and then climb a mountain path and cross the stream with a high waterfall and more ahead to Kharka. We will follow a slightly slipping mountain path to Lipshe. We will climb up to reach Dobang.

Day 10 - Dobang to Chartare(2820m)

We will continue our trek by crossing a wooden bridge out of Dobang. The trail ascends a forested area. After some moment, the west of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) opens up. Descending to the Myagdi Khola and crossing it with a wooden bridge to the east bank, we continue to Chartare(2820m).

Day 11 - Chartare to Pokabon (3535m)

We will leave Chartare and pass two small caves. We will leave the forest and cut across a rocky area. We will wallk around Choriban Khola and again move ahead following a trail. We will spend the night at Pokabon.

Day 12 - Pokabon to camp near glacier (3810m)

Early in the morning we leave Pokabon and move ahead to reach glacier. The path is rough and rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. We will climb slowly to the rough rocky way. We will set our camp near glacier. Overnight stay will be at the camp.

Day 13 - 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 14 - Acclimatization at Mt. Dhaulagiri Base Camp

This day, we will stop at Mt. Dhaulagiri Base Camp. We can roam around and view the panorama of Mt. Dhaulagiri and surrounding mountains. We will have plenty of time to explore the several colors of nature.

Day 15 - Dhaulagiri base camp to Hidden valley (4900m) French Pass (5360m) cross

We will leave glacier and climb two terraced hills and then passing across a mountain and a hill you enter a slight incline on the left of a valley. We will climb up to the French pass (5100m). A great vista opens up from the French pass and you will be able to observe Mukut Himal(6328m), Tashi Kang(6386 m) and Sita Chuvhura (6611m) which surround the hidden valley.

Day 16 - Trek to Yak Kharka (3990m), Thapa pass (5230m)

We continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to Thapa pass (5230m) between Tukehe peak and Thapa Peak (6012 m). We will have a descending walk from the high altitude to Yak Kharka. This is a good site to enjoy the surrounding.

Day 17 - Trek to Kali gandaki valley-Marpha (2667m)

We will continue the trek to Marpha village following the well bank of Kali Gandaki river. We will walk for around 5 hours this day. On the way, we can observe some yak herds and sheep herds. Marpha is a small town inhabited by the mixed community of Buddhist and Hindus as well. You can visit around the monastery.

Day 18 - Marpha to Kagbeni(2807m)

After a comfortable walk of 6 hours, we will reach Kagbeni(2807m). Kagbeni is a village in Upper Mustang, Nepal located in the valley of the Kali Gandaki River. It lies on the trail from Jomsom to the ancient royal capital Manthang near the junction with trail to Muktinath.

Day 19 - Kagbeni to Muktinath(3802m)

We will leave Kagbeni to reach Muktinath (3802m). We will continue the same trail along the bank of Kali Gandaki to reach Muktinath. Muktinath is holy place both for Hindus and Buddhists. It is located at the foot of the Thorang La mountain pass. The ancient name of this place before Buddhist origin was known as Thiri Shaligram.

Day 20 - Trek to Jomsom (2713m)

We will return to Jomsom by the same trail following the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Jomsom is a paradise on the earth. You can visit museum, ecomuseum. Jomsom is a nice example of high altitude settlement with a bit of modernization. You can stay in a lodge today.

Day 21 - 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 22 - Flight back to Kathmandu (1350m)

We will catch a flight to Kathmandu. The flight will take abut 20 minutes during which you can enjoy the sight of beautiful mountain ranges for one more time. Once you get back to Kathmandu, you will be transferred to a hotel. You can either rest or roam around the city. Overnight stay will be in the hotel.

Day 23 - Leisure Day

After a long, adventurous trek, we will have full leisure time this day. You can visit historical monuments and sightseeing in Kathmandu. You can buy gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 24 - Departure

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.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke Inn or any other hotel of similar standard) and 2 nights in a 3 star hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • 10 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu & Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paper work and permits (national park permits, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 24 days which is main customary and pragmaticwhich has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 24 Days

Difficulty: Strenuous

Activities: High altitude Trek, Hike, Sightseeing, Excursion

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Tented camping

Country: Nepal

Region: Dhaulagiri/Annapurna (Western Nepal)

Price: USD 1,850

Group size: Min 2 pax

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec