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Dhaulagiri Base Camp with French Pass

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7 Sept. 2019 to 19 Sept. 2019

Starting at INR 2,59,000/- per person.

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  • Activity Level Strenuous
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Dhaulagiri Base Camp with French Pass.


  • One of Nepal’s off-beat & challenging treks.
  • Stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna
  • A walk through the well-kept secret of Nepal Himalaya – Hidden valley.
  • Crossing two high-altitude passes, French pass & Dhampus pass.


  • Type of Tour : Treks and Walks
  • Grade : Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude : 5300m/17,388 ft.
  • Tour Duration : 12 Nights
  • Trek Duration : 10 Nights/11 Days
  • Best Season : – May & Mid Sep. – Nov.
  • Ex-Destination : Kathmandu
  • Accommodation (Nights) : 5-star Hotel – 02; Tented Campsite – 10
  • Food Plan : Kathmandu – Bed & Breakfast basis; On the Trek – All meals included.
  • Travel & Transport : Trek transfers in small vehicles/coach; KTM – Pokhara – KTM Flight fares, Pokhara – Doban & Jhomsom – Pokhara Helicopter fares (quoted separately).
  • Requisite Group size : 05 Pax
  1. Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m/4387 ft.)

    Arrival at hotel in Kathmandu. After room check-in, the hotel, there will be a short briefing and orientation about the trek. Welcome Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

  2. Day 2 Fly from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Doban (1,110m / 3,640 ft. – 6-7 hours)

    After early breakfast, transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport to board the 25 min flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokahra we take a chopper ride to Doban via Bagar relishing the view of lush hills and snow-capped mountains. Following the flow of Kali Gandaki River, we pass the town of Beni and then follow Myagdi Khola to arrive in Doban.

    We will meet up with rest of the team & a briefing about the trek that starts from tomorrow.

    Overnight at tented campsite.

  3. Day 3 Trek from Dobhan to Italian Base Camp (3,680m /12,073 ft. – 7~8 Hours)

    Our trek starts today. Leaving the last village of Dobhan, we trek towards Italian Base Camp. Today we pass through the forested trail filled with oaks, bamboo, and pines trees. As we move further and gain altitude, mountains start to surround us from all around. We can get the best view of Tukuche Peak (6920m), Dhaulagiri Range, and other mountains from Italian Base Camp.

    Overnight at tented camp.

  4. Day 4 Rest day at Italian Base Camp (3680m/12,073 ft.)

    We take this day for acclimatization. We can explore the base camp area or spend the day relishing the spectacular view of surrounding mountains.

    Overnight at tented camp.

  5. Day 5 Trek from Italian Base Camp to Japanese Base Camp (4,100m / 13,450 ft. – 4~5 hrs.)

    Leaving behind Italian Base Camp, we trek through the rocky area on a steep slope before crossing the glacial moraines. We then reach a wide grassy area in a shallow ablation valley known as “Japanese Base Camp”. We have rewarded with the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) on one side and Tsaurabong Peak (6395m) on the other.

    Overnight at tented camp.

  6. Day 6 Rest day at Japanese Base Camp (4,100m / 13,450 ft.)

    We use this day for acclimatization. We can explore the base camp area or spend the day relishing the spectacular view of Dhaulagiri & Tukuchi Ri.

    Overnight at tented camp.


  7. Day 7 Trek from Japanese Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,748m / 15,573 ft – 4~5 hrs.)

    Today is the most challenging day out of our journey. Walking on the glacier, sometimes on the lateral moraine and undulating surface of the glacier itself, we carefully and responsibly make our way up to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Upon reaching, we can see the stunning view of all the peaks of Dhaulagiri range along with an amazing icefall descending from the Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak ridgeline.

    Overnight at tented camp.

  8. Day 8 Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley Camp (5,140m / 16,860 ft.) – 6~7 hrs. via French Pass (5,360m / 17,580 ft.)

    We continue to trek on the north side of Chhondarban Glacier, and gradually climb the steep hillside above the glacier. Following the zig-zag trail across moraines, we make our way up to French Pass which gives a 360-degree view of surrounding mountain ranges. We then gently descend through snow slopes to finally reach the Hidden Valley.

    Overnight at tented camp.

  9. Day 9 Additional day at Hidden Valley / Buffer day

    We will use this as a buffer day. It can be utilized in case of bad weather OR to explore area around Hidden valley camp.

  10. Day 10 Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4,200m /13,776 ft.) – 4~5 hours via Dhampus Pass (5,244m / 17,200 ft.)

    We head towards Yak Kharka crossing over Dhampus Pass (5244m). Relishing the beautiful view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the background, we descend steeply to Yak Kharka through avalanche prone slopes.

    Overnight at tented camp.

  11. Day 11 Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha (2,670m / 8,921 ft.) – 4~5 hours

    We continue to descend steeply from Yak Kharka towards Marpha which is also known as the apple capital of Nepal.

    Overnight at tented camp.

  12. Day 12 Trek from Marpha (2670m) to Jomsom – 2-3 hours; Fly to Pokhara & further flight to Kathmandu – 01 hour

    After breakfast, we walk through the whitewashed houses, paved streets, following the flow of Kali Gandaki River, we move towards the windy town of Jomsom; walk to the Jomosom Airport. After bidding farewell to all Sherpa support team and porters and board the for scenic Heli ride to Pokhara city. Upon arrival in Pokhara airport, meet, assist and transfer to small aircraft for a flight to Kathmandu.

    Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  13. Day 13 Final Departure from Kathmandu

    After breakfast, Check-out from Hotel in Kathmandu for final departure.


Accommodation (Nights) : 5-star Hotel – 02; Tented Campsite – 10

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
  1. Accommodation & Food:

Kathmandu – Hotel Shangri La/Similar


  • Kathmandu: In a hotel on twin sharing basis; Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • On the trek: In small camping tents on twin sharing basis; All meals included.
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu.


  1. Travel:
  • Truck for Sherpa team & trek equipment.


  1. Trekking:
  • Services of an experienced mountain guide
  • Support Sherpa team
  • Reliable porter team
  • An experienced Sherpa cook along with kitchen team
  • All necessary camping arrangements including High quality member tents (Ozhark or Mountain Hardware), mattresses, separate Kitchen and dining tents, folding chairs & table, etc.
  • Separate Toilet tent/s.


  1. Others:
  • Complimentary Duffel Bag, Sack & Cap.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fees & Trekking Information Management Service (TIMS) fees.
  • One experienced Tour Leader from “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and local Assistant Guide(s).


  • Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
  • Travel to & from Kathmandu.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Pokhara & back (quoted separately).
  • Helicopter charges Pokhara – Doban & Jomsom – Pokhara (quoted separately).
  • Visa Fees for Foreign Nationals.
  • Lunch & dinner expenses in Kathmandu.
  • Hot water for drinking on the trek.
  • Additional Night stay cost in Pokhara in case of flight cancellation.
  • Additional Night stay cost in Kathmandu due to flight cancellation / delays.
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
  • Any kind of insurance such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
  • Tips to porters, Sherpa team, driver, guide, etc.
  • Any extra costs incurred due extension/change of the itinerary, because of natural calamities, flight delays/cancellations, road blocks, vehicle breakdown, etc. factors beyond the control of the organizers of this event and its associates.
  • Items not specified in the above in “Cost Includes”.


We strongly recommend that you have at least one or two extra day for contingencies in Kathmandu post the trek.


Children 15 years and above can be considered if accompanied by any other adult above 18 years of age.

Medical Certificate is required from all age groups.

This trek is graded as ‘Tough’. It is ideal for adults and children above minimum age of 15. This trek involves walking on defined trails for 11 days with a average walking duration of 6-7 hrs daily. Net height gain on few of the days can be 700m or more, with the maximum altitude not exceeding 5545m. This trek involves walking on high altitude. This trek is physically very challenging. Physical fitness & previous walking experience in the outdoors is essential.

We do not recommend this trek to people with chronic problems like epilepsy and those related to blood pressure or heart or Diabetes. We also suggest to take up exercises that increase muscle endurance & core strength.

The itinerary and information herein should be viewed as a guideline. Weather conditions, road blocks, local political conditions, flight cancellations, mechanical breakdown or other such unforeseeable circumstances can lead to change in itinerary or the means of transport. Where such a delay or change does occur, we will take every effort to minimize the effects, but we will not be held responsible for such delays or changes which are out of our control. The information provided in the itinerary is to the best of our knowledge; marginal variance in the actual distances and altitudes is possible. Maps and photographs are for general information and may not reflect the actual routings and maps may not be to the scale.

Cancellation of Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu Flights

 Flights in Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu sector are subject to weather condition, so it is advised that you should book your return international flight (refundable ticket) for a date which is 2 days after your final departure date as per itinerary.

If the flights from Lukla – Kathmandu do not operate due to weather conditions and/or any other issues; and after one off flights resume, the Trip Leader’s decision on the priority of clients flying out of Lukla is final and binding. Please note that foreign nationals are charged dollar fare which are much higher than the rupee fares, and are given priority on flights.

 If the flights in Kathmandu – Lukla sector do not operate due to weather conditions and/or any other issues or we are not able to fly on the flights that do operate for reasons beyond our control; then Helicopter ferries may be available as an option. Approximate rate one way per person is US$ 600. In such case the one-way flight fare is refundable.

If the flights from Lukla – Kathmandu do not operate due to weather conditions and/or any other issues or we are not able to fly on the flights that do operate for reasons beyond our control; then the cost of the extra day(s) of stay, food, etc. at Lukla will be charged at INR 2500/- per day and will be borne by the guest(s). This amount will not be adjusted against the Kathmandu hotel stay as the hotel in Kathmandu will treated as “no show”.

For most of the treks in Nepal, especially the Everest and Annapurna region accommodation is in guesthouses. Most of the guesthouses are basic and on twin sharing basis with small neat and clean rooms and common toilets. The toilets may be either inside the lodge or located outside the lodge and at times the cleanliness standards may be lower than those you normally expect. Food is provided from the kitchen of the same guesthouse. Hot (drinking) potable water is not included in our trip cost. At higher altitudes the quality of these guesthouses is not good and the choice of food is limited.

*Guest having any specific dietary requirements should inform us in advance.


It is mandatory that all participants carry 02 passport size photographs for issuance of permits.

  • Baggage allowance of 15 kg is permissible on Kathmandu – Lukla sector flights.
  • On treks, porters or mules will carry all personal luggage up to a maximum of 15 kg. Guests are expected to carry only a small rucksack while walking to carry all the essentials such as water bottle, extra jackets, camera, pack lunch, etc.
  • The personal luggage along with sleeping bag, Feather jacket should be packed in a duffel bag.
  • If the client wishes to hire a porter so that he can walk along with the client, then an extra porter can be arranged on written request in advance, for which the client must make an extra payment. The cost for an extra porter will be INR 1000/- per day. This porter will carry only your daypack (not weighing more than 10 kg) from camp to camp. After reaching the camp he will be free. The request should be made in writing info@countrysideindia.com at least 10 days prior to the trek date.

On this trek professional medical help is not be available. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are physically fit and able to complete the itinerary of your chosen trek, prior to booking the trek. It would be advisable to speak to your physician if you are unsure of your fitness levels. It would be advisable to speak to the trek leader or representatives from our organization, who have done the trek earlier. In case you have an existing medical condition or disability you must inform us at the time of booking, in the Personal Information Form and also to the ‘Trek Leader’ at the beginning of the trek. If in our opinion, the selected trek is not suitable for your medical condition, we reserve the right to refuse a booking.

We carry a comprehensive first aid kit as suggested by doctors. In case of any health problems that you may face on the trek, it would be advisable to speak to your Trek Leader / local guides / local representatives. Please note that all these treks are not accompanied by a medical doctor.

These treks are on high altitude where you would be staying at altitudes above 2500m; extra precaution is needed before you acclimatize to these altitudes. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatize to these altitudes. However, you should be aware that you may still be affected by altitude. If you have any pre-existing medical condition or are unsure about your own physical ability we recommend that you seek medical advice prior to booking. Please find attached herewith a note on high altitude. Also, please discuss your concerns, if any, with our office staff and with the trek leader on the trek. If you are on any personal medication please keep the trek leader informed on the dosage and medication.


Any medical and evacuation expenses incurred for the client will have to be borne by that person only. (All the participants have to keep some contingency amount as a backup at home for this kind of emergency).


Day temperatures average between 15ºC – 27ºC and night temperatures can drop to sub-zero. However, the temperatures would vary a lot depending on the season and altitude.


It is important to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy against illness, hospitalization, flight delays, loss of luggage, cancellations and amendments due to weather conditions, political disturbances or natural calamities as well as emergency helicopter evacuation, etc.

The World Nomads Travel Insurance Policy is available. Please find the link www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/

The Trawell Tag Insurance Policy is available. This policy is not cashless. Clients will have to bear the cost initially and later claim the amount from the insurance company. Please find the link www.karvatgroup.in


In case you decide to buy any other insurance policy in your home country, please ensure that the policy covers cashless evacuation and covers you for Adventure activities and/or trekking activity above 4000 meters.


This trek is a high-altitude trek and the maximum height reached will be approx. 5545m. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can be caused due to high altitudes. The AMS may be avoided by taking precautions given in the document attached on high altitudes, please read the document carefully. The high altitude can cause Acute Mountain Sickness and may lead to serious critical medical conditions such as cerebral or pulmonary edema.

The weather can change dramatically causing rain, thunder storm, flash floods, cloud burst, snow fall and severe drop in temperatures, causing severe physical hardships.

The local staff such as the guides, porters, etc.; work extremely hard all through the trek. On the trek there are no working hours; they would travel, walk, climb or go through bad weather along with us and still be happy to serve us at any time of the day. So it is expected of the group to contribute a modest amount towards tips and the staff would expect this at the end of their services. We suggest you to contribute INR 2000/- (US$35) per person as a token of gratitude and appreciation. This may be collected by one of the group members and presented to the staff.


Sleeping bag and Feather jackets can be hired on written request, at info@countrysideindia.com, atleast 10 days prior to date of reporting. The same will be provided on arrival at reporting hotel. Rentals for Sleeping Bag & Feather Jacket is INR 100/- per day each plus INR 100/- each for laundry.

This trek takes you to remote areas where, the day-to-day lifestyle is very different and events much less predictable. Hygiene, safety and operational standards particularly of hotels/guesthouses, medical facilities, road transport, airlines flying remote sectors and other infrastructure may, at times, not match or be lower than those you normally expect. Though we take every effort to ensure your safety, comfort and wellbeing, we are at the mercy of the unexpected on such treks. Your participation on this trek is based on the understanding that you realize the hazards including injury, sickness, loss or damage to property, inconvenience and discomfort and the organisers do not make themselves responsible for the same.



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