Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek – an adventure journey in Nepal!
Kanchan Shrestha | December 1, 2019
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is one of the most adventurous and challenging trekking experiences in Nepal. It takes you to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp at an elevation of 4750 meters to admire the majestic beauty of Mt. Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain on the earth. Moreover, you will cross two high passes i.e. French pass and Thapa pass at an elevation of 5240 meters and 5155 meters respectively. The trail to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp is challenging and of off the beaten nature that requires a high level of physical fitness and endurance capacity amongst the travelers. The fact makes the trek suitable for only those novice challenge lovers who possess enough endurance capacity. It’s not a cup of tea for everyone interested in it. Therefore, the trail gets only a few numbers of travelers each year.
Dhaulagiri region extends 70 miles from Kaligandaki river to Bheri in the west. The region holds the pride of having Mt. Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world that rises tall at an elevation of 8167 meters. The name Dhaulagiri was derived from a Sanskrit name Dhawala and Giri where Dhawala means white, beautiful and Dazzling while Giri means mountain. Therefore, Dhaulagiri refers to the white, beautiful and dazzling mountain. The mountain was first summited by a Swiss/ Australian and Nepali expedition team on May 13, 1960. The region possesses 30 peaks that rise over 6000 meters. Eight of those mountains rise above 8000s.
Dhaulagiri Base Camp trail in detail
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is an ideal journey for those who wish to get to remote highlands and pass some high mountain passes via a rugged trail enjoying the stunning landscapes and extraordinary mountain views. The journey to Dhaulagiri Base Camp starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Beni at a junction point of two Himalayan rivers. From this junction, we follow the Kali Gandaki river and climb up to the village of Dharapani. As we reach Dharapani, we can witness some great views of the mountains. We continue our walk through the village and pass a few other villages and farmlands on the way. We climb up steep and pass various villages, farmlands, and dense forests on the way to reach Italian Base Camp. Italian Base Camp lies just west to Dhaulagiri.
As we continue our walk-up, the surrounding landscape starts getting better. The stunning landscape in the backdrop of beautiful Himalayas looks fascinating. The trail from Italian Base Camp goes up higher to glacier camp and then to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. From the base camp, one can enjoy some gorgeous views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and surrounding mountains. The challenge of Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek doesn’t end there at the base camp; the trail climbs up to French Col in Hidden valley at an elevation of 5350 meters which is the highest point of the trek.
The trail to base camp goes through various rural villages, lush hills, valleys, forests, and cultivated lands. The villages in the region are mostly inhabited by people from Gurung, Chhetri and Magar community. The walk in a way is an opportunity to explore rural Nepal, the traditional lifestyle of people and their diverse culture. Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek has so much to offer. The striking views of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV and V from the base camp make the trek worth it. It looks like a chain of gems glittering white in the sky. Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek ends with a descend down Jomsom from the base camp.
Facts about Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek
- It is one of the off the beaten natured trekking packages in Nepal
- The highest point of the trek is 5360 meters at French Col
- It is a challenging trip that requires a high level of fitness and endurance capacity
- Generally, March to May and September to November is the best time for this trek
- As there are very few teahouses in the trail, the trek is mostly a camping trek
Highlights of Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek
- One can enjoy a sightseeing tour around the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu
- Experience the wilderness of off beaten natured trail
- Outstanding views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and other mountains in Annapurna range
- Traverse through dense virgin forests enriched with floras, faunas, birds, and butterflies
- Dhaulagiri Base Camp, the base camp of the seventh highest mountain in the world.
- Experience the joy of camping trek
- Explore the remote sections of Nepal with diversity in terms of nature and culture
- Cross high mountain passes like French pass and Thapa pass