Dhaulagiri Base Camp, 15 days trek/4nights Kathmandu total 19 days
Level:Strenuous (max. altitude 5,600 m)
Best Months: March-May, Sep-Nov
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 The ease continues as you walk under the icy peaks in sub-tropical conditions to Dorbang (1,200 m).
Day 06 Gorban Dhara (1,930 m).
Day 07 Boghara (2,080 m).
Day 08 Dobang (2,880 m).
Day 09: Ascend a challenging moraine to cross the glacier and reach the Italian Camp
Day 10 Extreme walking among glaciers, glacial ridges, steep moraines, and crumbling seracs to the next camp at 4,300 m. Stay here to acclimatise.
Day 11 There's more of the same today to get to Dhaulagiri Base Camp at (4,900 m).
Day 12 French Pass (5,400 m) and break for the night in the appropriately-named Hidden Valley (5,020 m).
Day 13: Thapa Pass (5,240 m) to drop down into Yak Kharka, a typical Himalayan high-altitude pasture. The views from the pass of the Annapurnas, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli across the Kali Gandaki Valley are alone worth the exertion of the trek.
Day 14 A very steep descent to Marpha (2,680 m).
Day 15 Walk up to Jomosom (2,713 m), the major transit point that has an airport, banks, a museum, and an army encampment.
Day 16 Take the spectacular flight to Pokhara (920 m), and spend the day and night by the lake.
Day 17 On the bus to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Free day in kathmandu for shopping.
Day 19: Transfert to the airport or own destination.
Cost on your request
Cost quoted in itineraries includes:
Ł Airport-hotel transfer at arrival and departure
Ł Domestic land and air transport as described in itinerary Jomsom-Pokhara US $ 80 per person
Ł Four nights 2 stars accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast Hotel UTSE or similar.
Ł All trekking and conservation area and national park permit fees,
For Camping or Tented Trek
Ł 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.
Ł Re-confirmation of flight
Cost quoted does not include:
Ł Your international flight into and out of Nepal
Ł Travel insurance
Ł Domestic and international airport taxes
Ł Lunch, dinner, drinks in Kathmandu (US$6-15 per day)
Ł Tips, souvenirs or other shopping