Dhaulagiri Base Camp, 20 days trek/4nights kathmandu total 24 days
Level: Strenuous (max. altitude 5,600 m)
Best Months: May-June, Sep-Dec
This is probably the single most extreme non-exploratory trek you can do in Nepal. You need a high level of fitness, a considerable ease in the outdoors, and basic mountaineering skills. There's a lot of untamed forest and difficult trails lower down, and as you go further up, you truly are all alone in the mountains and there are some extremely demanding parts of what goes for the trail. You truly must be able to hold your own here - a landscape this stark and isolated requires as much mental preparation as physical. The pay-off is an extraordinary sense of calm, as well as proximity to and view of the entire Dhaulagiri Himal and the sixth highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m). And, of course a sense of true extreme adventure. The hardest part is crossing over into the Kali Gandaki Valley, which is separated from the north and west of the Dhaulagiri massif by over a dozen peaks higher than 7,000 m. Once you've managed that, though, you'll be rewarded with the exceptionally pretty and hospitable Thakali villages of Marpha and Tukuche, and hot springs furthre down. You see trans-Himalayan culture at its most 'normal' - it will feel you've got to a very cosmopoltitan town, after what you've accomplished.
Day 01. You will be picked up by our representative from airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02. Free day in Kathmandu, night at hotel.
Day 03 On the bus from Kathmandu to Baglung.
Day 04 An easy day's walk past streams and fields to Babichour (920 m).
Day 05 Dorbang (1,200 m).
Day 06 Ascend through forest to the pretty village of Takum (1,800 m).
Day 07 Gorban Dhara (1,930 m).
Day 08 Boghara (2,080 m). The views of Dhaulagiri and other highmountains such as Gurja Himal (7,193 m) continue to be inspiring.
Day 09 Dobang (2,880 m).
Day 10 Ascend a challenging moraine to cross the glacier and reach the Italian Camp at (3,700 m), surrounded by massive mountains front and back.
Day 11 camp at 4,300 m. Stay here to acclimatise.
Day 12 There's more of the same today to get to Dhaulagiri Base Camp at (4,900 m).
Day 13 cross the French Pass (5,400 m) and break for the night in the appropriately-named Hidden Valley (5,020 m).
Day 14 The last really high altutide stretch of the trek is the crossing today of Thapa/ Dhampus Pass (5,240 m) to drop down into Yak Kharka,
Day 15 A very steep descent to Marpha (2,680 m).
Day 16 Rest day in Marpha,
Day 17 Kalopani (2,530 m), from where on clear days you see a 360º panorama of high snow peaks such as Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri.
Day 18 Tatopani (1,189 m).
Day 19 Ghorepani (2,855 m), where horse caravans still stop for water, and from where there are great views on clear days
Day 20 Hille (1,524 m).
Day 21 The bus to Pokhara, where you spend the night by the lake, is a short walk down at Birethanti.
Day 22 On the bus back to Kathmandu.
Day 23: Free day in kathmandu for shopping.
Day 24 Transfert to the airport or own destination.
Cost on your request
Cost quoted in itineraries includes:
ü Airport-hotel transfer at arrival and departure
ü Domestic land and air transport as described in itinerary
ü Four nights 2 stars accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast Hotel UTSE or similar.
ü All trekking and conservation area and national park permit fees,
For Camping or Tented Trek
ü All meals, camping gear (except sleeping bags) such as tents, kitchen equipment etc, salaries and insurance for guides, sherpas, cooks, porters (who will carry 15 kilos of personal belongings per person) etc during tented treks.
ü Re-confirmation of flight
Cost quoted does not include:
ü Your international flight into and out of Nepal
ü Travel insurance
ü Domestic and international airport taxes
ü Lunch, dinner, drinks in Kathmandu (US$6-15 per day)
ü Tips, souvenirs or other shopping