- Spectacular trekking to Dhaulagiri base camp
- Pictersque landscape in remote Nepal Himalaya
- Fantastic climb up to Dhampus peak
- Relaxing day at Pokhara lake
Dhaulagiri Base camp trekking over French Col and the Hidden Valley, over Dhampus Col with optional ascent on Dhamphus Peak or Thapa Peak (6,012m)
An unforgettable trek to base camp under Dhaulagiri, through lonely villages away from the tourist crowds and lodges. Sleeping in tents, washing in the streams. Staring in Darbang and following upstream Myagdi Khola river, walking trough Rhododenron forest and camping under Cedrus deodara trees. We will make our way around the seventh highest mountain in the world. For a challenge, there is an optional climb of Dhampus Peak (6012m). We will arrive back to civilization in Marpha village in Khali Gandaki valley and then from Jomson we’ll fly to Pokhara lake, where we can rest and recharge our bodies. Finally back to Kathmandu where we began all in 21 days. Trekking is guided by expert IFMGA mountain guide Klemen Gricar.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmadu, organized airport transfer to your Hotel Harati, just fife minutes away from touristic Thamel. Welcome meeting, dinner in one of restaurant in Thamel.
Day 2: Briefing for Dhampus peak, sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Amazing Boudhanath stupa, that is on list of UNESCO world heritage, Durbar square, Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple).
Day 3-4: Drive to Beni, away from busy Kathmandu valley. We start to follow Myagdi Khola River upstream. Road will become nothing but track and interesting drive trough picturesque Nepal countryside will take us to the point of real start of our trek – Drabang (camp, 950 m).
Day 5: Trek beside river, trough several villages, crossing terraced slopes and final steep climb to Chisopani (camp, 1030 m).
Day 6: Trek and crossing the river Myagdi and quite steep ascent on to last village in Myagdi valley – Bagar or Boghara (camp, 2000 m).
Day 7: Leaving Bagar and its agricultural slopes behind, walking up and down trough never-ending fabulous forests, where we can easy forget that we are in Himalaya and already above 2000 m. At the end of the day we will be 200m higher, Dovan (camp, 2260 m).
Day 8: Trek trough Rhododendron forest to beautiful Dobang and after lunch steep climb to Sallaghari, where we will spend night in most amazing camp under amazing Cedar trees (camp, 3110m).
Day 9-10: We will slow down our step, while trek we are above 3000m. Leaving trees behind and settle down in Italian Base camp, with Dhaulagiri west face in front of us. Here we will stay two nights, in aim of good acclimatization. In spare day we will rest, climb 300m above camp so will be easier to carry on with altitude. (camp, 3600m).
Day 11: Challenging climb down the moraine and after trek on moraines, passing Japanese base camp and after long day finally reaching Dhaulagiri base camp (camp, 4750 m).
Day 12: Acclimatisation day, base camp life
Day 13: Early start from base camp and slowly trek over French Col to Hidden Valley. Amazing views to Dhaulagiri slopes (camp, 5000 m).
Day 14: Easy trek on very high altitude: Hidden valley camp – Dhampus peak base camp, 5200 m.
Day 15-16: Rest day or big day? Starting at down and climbing 1000m up to Dhampus peak 6012m. We have spare day to be more flexible for the weather conditions. If staying in camp, you will have enough time to discover it.
Day 17: Leaving Hidden Valley camp heading to Dhampus col we came above Khali Gandaki River. Long traverse before starting our descend to Yak Kharka, where green grass and stream will greet us, camp at 3680m.
Day 18: Steep descent to Khali gandaki Valley with sustained views to Annapurna circuit. Beautiful Marpha village and comfort of lodge will welcome us. In the evening we will say goodbye to the most of our support team that treated us so well.
Day 19: Easy trek to Jomsom airport. Flight between Dhaulagiri Himal on west and Annapurnas on the east, landing by the footage of Machapucre (Fish Tail). Relaxing day in Pokhara lakeside town.
Day 20: Flight Pokhara to Kathmandu with amazing views to Nepal Himalaya, hotel Harati. Cultural dinner with show of traditional dances and costumes.
Day 21: Transport to international airport.
Dates and prices
- 23rd of October – 14th November 2014 21 days DATES NOT CONFIRMED YET!
Optional climb on Dhampus Peak (6,012m) 1day – 237 €, price for permit & Guiding
We offer you two possible ways to do your booking: by online booking safety system or via e-mail and Paypal/bank transfer. Our online booking process using PayPal is straight-forward and provides you a simple, understandable, and safe way to book the trip. Before you make your booking make sure, that you read our Terms and coditions.
All of our prices are quoted in Euros – if you wish to use our currency conversion facility, then current daily exchange rates will be applied. Unless otherwise stated, we require a deposit of €470 (approx. £400) per person per course at the time of booking, and the final balance is due eight weeks prior to the start of the course. For bookings made less than 8 weeks before the course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking.
Booking via e-mail/phone and Paypal/Bank Transfer
- send us e-mail or give us a call to confirm dates and itinerary
- check price details, terms and conditions
- make a payment to confirm your booking
- arrange your insurance policy that to cover all relevant hazardous activities and include search and rescue, medical expenses, repatriation and cancellation cover
Please Pay by Bank Transfer to the following Alps Adventures bank account: Klemen Gricar s.p.
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- Recipient: Klemen Gricar s.p.
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What is included?
· 4 nights hotel Harati in Kathmandu on B/B plan sharing basis,
· 1 nights Hotel trek O tel in Pokhara on B/B plan with sharing basis
· Transportation Kathmandu /Beni/ Darbang
· Transport Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu,
· Acap permit fee,
· Tims Permit for Trekkers ( who will not climb Dhampus Peak)
· Dhampus peak Permit
· 1 climbing Sherpa for Dhampus peak climbing
· Full organized camping trek as per the above program with food, ( three meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner)
· Sardar (guide) cook, camping equipment and camping staff, Kitchen equipment and kitchen staff, Matress
· English speaking Guide
· One Porter for each member
· Insurance for Nepalese staffs
· Porter’s equipment.
What is not included?
• International flight ticket
• Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40.00 for 30 days
• Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
• Extra nights hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
• Drinks such as mineral water, coke, beer
• Personal insurance Medical and Rescue
• Personal expenses
• Laundary service
• Telephone call
• Tips to guide and porters
• Climbing gears,
Average flight time from London to Kathmandu Tribhuvan international airport is 10 hours. From Kathmandu to Pokhara – Darbang we usually use taxi as is much faster than local bus. In Kathmandu we will use local transport like riksha.
Food and accommodation
Hotels in Nepal are comfort and will be on bed and breakfast basis. In Kathmandu and also in Pokhara are plenty of great restaurants. Most nights during trek we will sleep in tents, 2 nights in lodge. During trek 3 meals per day are included in price.
Fitness and ski level
You should be able to walk 5-7 hours (800 – 1000m) multiple days. Fitness level should be very good. We recommend you to do some activities 2-3 times per week like running, nordic walking or cycling 1-2hours per training and also do some all-day trek in your preparation period (3 months before trek).
During trek we will use standard techniques to ensure good acclimatisation, althow there is always risk of high altitude disease. With good fitness and following guides instructions about speed of your walk risk will be as low as possible. If you have had altitude sickness before you should let us know and we suggest you to consult your doctor about going on high altitude.
Dhaulagiri trek is challenging trekking on high altitude. It will be great holliday for those who did some treks or multiple-day hikes before and have an experience with trek above 3500m. If you are not sure, contact us and we will find the best option for you.
We recommend the insurance provided by Campbell Irvine (www.campbellirvine.com) or by IHI, a Danish subsidiary of BUPA. For details on their policies click on http://global.ihi.com.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and that the cover includes medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment. We recommend www.snowcard.co.uk. They specialise in travel insurance for all adventure sports and travel and they offer competitive rates for both single trip and annual policies.
Travelling by plane will limit your flight baggage limit. You will daily trek with personal equipment, like extra clothes, camera etc. up to 10 Ibs. Porters will carry all the other baggage. We suggest you to use duffel instead of classic suitcase. On trekking crampons, ice pickle and in case of climbing Dhampus peak also climbing harness is required. See our list of equipment and contact us if you need to hire any kit.
For entering Nepal UK citizen can obtain tourist visa at arrival by air on the Kathmandu Airport. Visa fees depends of length of period of stay and should be paid in cash. GBP, EUR and USD are acceptable currency to pay visa fees. To get visa you will also need two passport photograpes. Passport should be with a validity of a minimum period of six months. Multiple Entry visa fee for 30 days is £35, but can change without warning. It can be also obtain in Embassy of Nepal in London.
Offical nepali currency is Nepalese rupee NPR. It is normal to draw out rupees in Kathmandu town.
- Warm underwear
- Base layer shirts
- Casual shirt, T-shirts
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Down jacket (recommended)
- Trekking pants
- Waterproof pants
- Warm hat
- Thermal gloves
- Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
- Hiking boots B1 or B2
- Lightweight hiking boots (optional)
- Head torch (with spare batteries)
- Camera (optional)
- Sun protection cream
- Insect repellent
- Water bottle 1 liter
- Antibacterial handwash (optional)
- Small towel
- Couple of dry bags
- Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
- Backpack 30 liters
- Sleeping bag (comfort -15°C)
- Sleeping mat
- Trekking poles
- Ice axe
- Crampons (should fit on your boots)
- Climbing harness (if attendt to climb Dhamous peak)
- First Aid Kit (included your personal medicine, diarrhea treatment, high altitude sickness treatment and rehydration solution)
Technical gear: crampons, ice axe, climbing harness and sleeping bag can be rented from Alps Adventures. In case you want to rent something please let us know at least 5 weeks before trek (see rent equipment).