|Mountain:||Dhaulagiri (8 167 m / 26 795 ft)|
|Elevation:||5 360 m / 17 585 ft|
|Expenses:||from$ 1 500|
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek, Trekking to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp, Треккинг в Базовый Лагерь Дхаулагири
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Asia, Nepal: (Western Region)
5 360m / 17 585 ft
4 290m / 14 075 ft
100km / 62 miles
01 Apr-31 May;
01 Sep-30 Nov;
Difficulty: Moderate/ Challenging
Cellular Network: Yes (Logistics)
Mobile Internet: No (There is cell coverage in the beginning and in the end of this route. There is no network in the high part of the route.)
The main trail on this route is marked, however sometimes there can be difficulties in finding the way, so it's recommended to have a map (be careful, because some maps have mistakes) and some skills of orientation (especially if you go by yourself, without a guide). Ascent from Tukuche till 4900 m is quite steep. Then there is a long traverse of a steep slope. Approaching the Dhampus Pass the trail can be covered with snow and be less comfortable. And sometimes avalanche danger may present here. Descending from the French Pass a rope can be useful on a steep parts of the trail. In the Dhaulagiri Base Camp and in the Hidden valley can blow strong winds during the night and in the morning. It's important to put the tents right and securely. The night temperature there can be down to - 25 °C. The snow can also cause some difficulties while hiking around 5000 m. In the area of the Dhampus pass the sudden whiteouts are possible. And the final challenge of the route is the long and steep descent to the Kali Gandaki valley (toward Marpha).
|Base Camp Elevation:||1 070 m / 3 511 ft|
|Summit Camp Elevation:||Please update|
|Accommodation in Base Camp:||Both - huts and tents|
|Accommodation above Base Camp:||Huts only|
|Number of Camps:||13|
|Avg. Cost:||1 500 USD|
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1 070 m / 3 511 tf
|It's a village where you can take a taxi or the bus to Pokhara.|
1 577 m / 5 174 tf
|Here you can have launch or stay overnight in a lodge.|
2 840 m / 9 318 tf
|The main village is situated a little bit east of the Gorepani pass and most trekkers will only see the lodge settlement on the pass. There are several lodges.|
1 200 m / 3 937 tf
|This village is famous for its hot springs and good food. There are several lodges in Tatopani, but as people coming from the AC and from Ghorepani it can be difficult to get the place in your favorite lodge if you arrive in the afternoon. The hot springs are near the river just protected from the road by a wall. There are also check post and money changer.|
2 590 m / 8 497 tf
|This is an old Thakali village. Once it was the toll place for the salt trade with Tibet and still you see the large houses used as caravansary. One can evaluate the wealth of Tukuche looking at the beautiful carved wooden windows.|
3 680 m / 12 074 tf
|There are plaves for tents near few huts and fields of summer pastures.|
4 900 m / 16 076 tf
|There are a few flattened camping spots among the barren rock, that you can use if you need 2 days to do up from Yak Kharka to the Dhampus Pass. There can be water nearby (unless you'll have snow to melt).|
The Dhampus Pass
5 258 m / 17 251 tf
|This pass is covered with snow. From the northwest the trail goes through snowfields with gentle ascent. And from the southeast side the trail crosses a steep snow slope. On the saddle there are cairn and prayer flags.|
The Hidden valley
5 100 m / 16 732 tf
|This is an uninhabited valley almost bare with winds blowing most of the time and very cold night temperatures.|
The French Pass
5 360 m / 17 585 tf
|This pass is covered with snow. The southwest slope is quite steep, and the northeast one is gentle. The saddle is big and flat with a cairn and some prayer flags. This pass is the way between the valley of Myagdi Kola river and the Hidden Valley.|
Dhaulagiri Base Camp
4 700 m / 15 420 tf
|The base camp is located on the glacier. There can be several areas with places for tents between 4600 m and 4700 m. It's better to stay in the higher one.|
2 700 m / 8 858 tf
|Marpha is one of the places should not miss and you could have some very nice hours exploring it. Here you can find internet, safe drinking water station and money changer.|
2 720 m / 8 924 tf
|There is new and old parts of the village. There are a lot of lodges, ACAP office, Police check post, safe drinking water station, internet and the airport).|
Naya Pul - Tikhedhunga. A good trail along the river goes through Birethanti (1015 m) and Hille (1495 m) and leads to Tikhedhunga (1577 m), where you can stay overnight at a local guesthouse (lodge).
Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani. At first there is a steep ascent to the village Ulleri (about 500 m with stone stairs). From Ulleri the trail ascends more gently through the fine forests and reaches Ghorepani where you can stay overnight at a lodge.
Ghorepani - Tatopani. The trail descends gently, ascending sometimes on little hills. There are hot springs in Tatopani. You can spend the night in a lodge.
Tatopani - Ghasa. The trail today gently ascends and goes through cypress and cedar's forest. In Ghasa overnight stay in a lodge.
Ghasa - Tukuche. On the right side of the river Kali Gandaki the road goes, where the main trail was, but there is a new trail on the left side of the river, There are bridges near Kalopani and Tukuche. The overnight stay in a lodge.
Tukuche - Yak Kharka. The trail ascends steeply to the meadows of Yak Kharka, the first overnight stay in tents.
Yak Kharka - Kalapani. The trail traverse the slope, ascending rather steeply at first, but then ascent becomes more gentle. After crossing several minor ravines, which may have water, there are a few flattened camping spots among the barren rock (at 4900 m). This is Kalapani (black water), the usual camping spot.
Kalapani - the Dhampus pass (5258 m) - Hidden Valley. From Kalapani the trail continues contouring and gently rising to the pass. The slope is quite steep and can be avalanche-pone. Descent to Hiden valley is gentle and snowy. From the Dhampus pass you can climb up to the Dhampus Peak (6035 m).
Hidden Valley - the French Pass (5360 m) - Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Ascent to the French Pass from the Hidden valley is gentle and snowy. The descent is gentle at first and marked with the cairns. First you follow the top of the moraine wall ant then abruptly descend to the glacier. This is steep and potentially dangerous passage, using the rope may be necessary. Once on the ice move quickly since avalanches can land uncomfortably close. The trail to the Dhaulagiri BC is usually clear and may be not the same as marked in the maps. Dhaulagiri BC is merely a collection of flat tent spots on glacier rubble and it is usually marked by flags.
Dhaulagiri base camp - the French Pass – Hidden valley. First the trail continues by the glacier, then does up to the ledge, crosses the snow field and leads to a short but steep ascent to the saddle of the French pass. It can be really difficult because of the snow. Decent from the pass by the glacier is not a problem.
Hidden valley - the Dhampus Pass (5258 m) – Yak Kharka. The path to the Dhampus Pass is marked with cairns, but still it can be tricky to find them and the best way to the pass. The ascent is gentle and can be snowy. The descent is rather steep, first along snowy slopes. Then the trail leads to scree slopes, and then goes down and sometimes could be lost in the maze of yak trails.
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