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Tour Facts

  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: Hidden Valley Camp (5,000 m)
  • Best Time: Autumn & Spring
  • Region: Dhaulagiri Region
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Group Size: 3+

Tour Overview

The Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek is a great way to get a taste of the Himalayas. It introduces you to Dhaulagiri’s base camp, the world’s seventh-tallest peak (8167 meters/26795 ft).

Mount Dhaulagiri forms the Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest in the entire globe, alongside another Eight-Thousander, Mount Annapurna. This peak is located on the east side of Mount Annapurna, another gorgeous mountain, and is 34 kilometers away.

The name is derived from the Sanskrit words “Dhawala”, meaning “beautiful, white, and dazzling.” and “Giri,” meaning “mountain.” In 1960 on May 13, a Swiss expedition team became the first to summit Mount Dhaulagiri. More than 30 peaks spread over 6,000 meters in this area, eight rising above 8000 meters.

The Dhaulagiri base camp trek is popular for its multicultural background, abundant greenery, cultivated plains, small, secluded settlements, and mountain views. The trek covers two high passes, the French pass (5,240m) and the Thapa pass (5,155m). En route to the base camp, you come across a magnificent mountain vista. You’ll be stunned by the panoramas of Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak, Annapurna I, and many more.

The majority of the locations along this route are distant and lonely. The various ethnic groups of Nepal populate along the trekking routes to the base camp. There are numerous ancient Tamang and Sherpa villages that you can visit. Their way of life and culture make all trekkers feel even happier. Some of the trek’s attractions are the Italy base camp, Glacier Lake, Dhampus mountain, and the Dhaulagiri base camp.

The trek has been rated as “very difficult” by some people. This is because taking on any challenge of this magnitude takes considerable time, money and effort, but that is why this trek is so worthwhile.


Short Explanation of the Trip

Driving from Kathmandu to Beni is the first phase of our Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek. You hike up to the villages of Babiyachaur and Dharapani from Beni. The walk next winds past villages with more gorgeous paddy fields, including Muri, Baghara, and Doban. After Doban, the climb gets more difficult as you make your way up to the Italian Base Camp.

The toughest part of the trek is crossing the French Col at 5,350 meters to get to the Hidden Valley. The Hidden Valley serves as the journey’s final stop. After spending one-night camping there, you proceed to the last pass and descend to Marpha, a well-known city in the Mustang region. Next, you trek to Jomsom from this lovely settlement along the Annapurna Trail before flying to Pokhara the following day. Finally, after returning to Kathmandu, our entire trip ends.


Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek Difficulty

  • Dhaulagiri trekking is one of the most challenging yet exciting adventures. Exploring the local environment, culture, mountain views, and community is really worthwhile.
  • Along the route, there are numerous steep ascents and descents, which might be challenging for some persons. You will require more energy than usual due to the altitude. Just to maintain oxygen-rich blood flowing through your body, your body will be operating at maximum efficiency.
  • Not everyone is suited for this trek. We advise not to try this trek alone if you have any physical limitations or health issues (such as asthma) that make hiking challenging or risky.
  • To hike to Dhaulagiri, you must be in good physical shape and have a solid understanding of mountains and weather.
  • Training at lower altitudes is the best way to get ready for this trek. In order to adapt to the elevation changes smoothly after you reach base camp, you must acclimatize beforehand.
  • Once you have all these, you are prepared to be amazed by the breathtaking mountains and surrounding wildlife views.


Best Time to Trek


After autumn, spring is the ideal season for the Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek. It is a time of renewal. During this season, the skies are typically clear, the snow melts, the trees begin to blossom, and so on.

The trails become even more picturesque when the forests blossom and look gorgeous with colourful flowers of all colours. Additionally, after winter, average temperatures also start to rise, softening the climate. 


You may experience the area at its most vibrant when you trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp in the summer. But in Nepal, summer is also the monsoon season. Therefore, one should prepare for regular rainfall.

Rainfall causes the ground to become muddy and hazardous. This results in flooding and landslide. Hence, it becomes challenging for trekkers in their endeavours.


An excellent time to hit the trails is in the autumn. It’s obvious that this will be an amazing trekking season since the leaves are changing and the temperature is decreasing.

You can consider clear skies throughout this time of year, allowing you awe-inspiring views of the massive mountains along with astonishing sunrise and sunset panoramas. In contrast, given that it is the busiest time of the year, one would expect to see lots of people on the route.


Although the Dhaulagiri trek is not the finest in the winter, one may still take in the landscape from various angles. You could be surprised by the adventure’s pristine beauty and breathtaking scenery.

Trekkers, however, have difficulties due to the chilly weather during the season since the nighttime temperature in the highest elevations can approach -20 degrees Celsius. However, despite all the challenges, anyone can sign up if one is physically and mentally prepared.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the historical sites of the Kathmandu valley.
  • Get on an adventurous drive through the winding roads.
  • Majestic panoramas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
  • Walk along the off-beaten trails.
  • Come across the rich flora and fauna during the trek.
  • Traverse two high passes - French Pass and Thapa Pass.
  • Experience the hike along the hidden valley and Kali Gandaki Gorge.


Day 1Kathmandu Arrival: transfer to your hotel and free day

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing and then Pre-Departure Meeting

Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (830 m) - 8 to 9 hrs

Day 4Trek from Beni to Babyachaur (1000 m) - 6 to 7 hrs

Day 5Trek from Babyachaur to Dharapani (1565 m) - 7 hrs

Day 6Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1850 m) - 6 to 7 hrs

Day 7Trek from Muri to Boghara (2050m) - 7 to 8 hrs

Day 8 Trek from Boghara to Doban (2630 m) - 6 to 7 hrs

Day 9Trek from Doban to Italian Base Camp (3500 m) - 6 to 7 hrs

Day 10Acclimatization day in Italian Base Camp

Day 11Trek from Italian Base camp to Glacier camp (4250 m) - 5 to 6 hrs

Day 12Trek from Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4650 m) - 4 to 5 hrs

Day 13Acclimatization Day in Dhaulagiri Base camp

Day 14Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Col (4950 m) - 4 to 5 hrs

Day 15Trek from French Col to Hidden Valley Camp (5,000 m) - 5 to 6 hrs

Day 16Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4200 m) - 6 to 7 hrs

Day 17Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha and then to Jomsom (2715 m) - 7 to 8 hrs

Day 18Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 19Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 20Spare Day in Kathmandu

Day 21Final Departure


Price Includes

  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3/4/5 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Your destination map.
  • Both ways domestic Flights with airport tax.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder Climbing guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Permit Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.


Price Excludes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
  • equipment / Gears
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, Water )
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment’s.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

Equipment List

  • 1 pair strong mountain /hiking boots
  • 1 Sleeping bag(comfortable to 10C)
  • 1 Medium/Large rucksack/backpack
  • 1 Down Jacket/all weather Anorak
  • 1 Light water & windproof jacket
  • 1 Pair waterproof gaiters/ overtrouser
  • 1 or 2 1-litre water bottles.
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 Torch/Flashlight and spare bastteries
  • 2 Long sleeve cotton shirts
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Washing kit:Inlude personal toiletries,Talcum power
  • Moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet paper
  • Bio degradable soap/shampoo
  • Any personal medication
  • 1 Pair shorts
  • 1 Fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 Pair sports shoes/sandals
  • 2 Pair lightweight trousers
  • 1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 1 Small day pack
  • 2 Pairs light socks
  • 3 Pairs heavy wool socks
  • 1 cotton Headscarf/bandanna
  • 1 Warm hat/Gloves(waterproof)
  • 1Sunglasses and sunhat
  • 1 Money belt
  • Underwear(including thermals)
  • 3/4 Plastic bags for wrapping clothes
  • Water purification tablets/solution(Preferably Iodine)
  • Sun-block(30-50 SPF)


Is climbing Dhaulagiri easy?

Dhaulagiri is a challenging peak and a technical climb, irrespective of the route, requiring a high degree of competence. This is true despite the fact that there are numerous ways to ascend it. The North East Ridge is the usual route up Dhaulagiri, and three camps are set up above the base camp.

Do you know what kind of mountain Dhaulagiri is?

Dhaulagiri, which is 8,167 meters above sea level, is the seventh-highest peak in the world. It is situated in west-central Nepal. On May 13, 1960, a Swiss-Austrian-Nepali expedition team made the mountain’s first ascent.

What kind of trek is the Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek?

The Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is a 21-day trek that starts in Pokhara, leading to the base camp of Mount Dhaulagiri. The trek is considered one of the most challenging, as it takes you through some of the most difficult conditions on earth. This trek will be sure to challenge your physical and mental strength!

What kind of clothing should I bring for this trip?

You should always dress for comfort and warmth! Hiking boots are recommended, as well as an extra pair of pants and a long-sleeve shirt or sweater (to wear underneath). It can get cold at night, so pack a blanket or sleeping bag if you plan on staying overnight in one of our tents or huts along the trail.

Do I need to train for this trek?

Indeed, you need to train and prepare for the Dhaulagiri trek. You can start with a few weeks or even months of training before your trip. It will help you get used to being outdoors and getting used to the altitude. Afterwards, once you’ve had some time on your feet, try taking an adventure run or hike to build up some endurance and strength. Then, when it’s time to hit the trail, you’ll be ready!