Dhaulagiri Expedition

Duration: 48
Difficulty: extreme
Best Season: Spring and Autumn
Arrival On: Kathmandu
Activity Per Day: 6-7 hours of trekking
Accomodation: Hotel, Lodge, Teahouse, Tent, Camp
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Trip Overview

Dhavali giri is Sanskrit and means White Mountain. It is located in the west central part of Nepal. On the altitude scale it is number 7 and it is almost the last 8000er to be conquered. Dhaulaghiri was climbed first in 1960 by an international team under the guideship of Max Eiselin, Lucerne. The way of the first ascent is the normal route of today. There are however two main possibilities to reach the base camp. Both ways start from south at the small town of Beni (860 m) which can be reached by bus from Pokhara and Kathmandu.

The eastern valley is called Kali Gandaki and was chosen by the French expedition in 1950. Today there is even an airport at Jomosom (2700 m) in this valley. On the west side of this valley is Dhaulagiri, on the east side is Annapurna. The alternative route is the Mayanghdi valley, which was discovered by a Swiss expedition one year later.

Reckon with a 10 days climb from Beni through Mayanghdi Khola to the BC on the north side at 4650 m. Food and lodging in tents are provided by the organizer. Porters are included in the price. The participants will spend 30 days at and above the base camp. Food will be supplied at the Base Camp. 2-men tents are provided, but must be carried and to four sites on the spur and are erected by the members. Some fixed ropes are already there or will be installed by the organization. Artificial oxygen is proved at the BC in case of emergency. The route between the last camp and the summit does not follow the spur and the French ridge, as in 1960, but follows the ice field that heads directly to the summit and was abandoned by the first ascent because of too much snow.

The way back to Beni may lead over the French-Col and ambush Pass (Thapa Pass). Then follow the Kali Gandaki to the village of Tuktsche (2600 m).

Details Itinerary

Upon arrival at Nepal’s heart, the capital known as Kathmandu, via Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you warmly and take you to the hotel where you will stay overnight. We will brief you shortly on your upcoming Trek with us after refreshment. We will also introduce you to your trekking guide and team guide. We will take you on a short visit of local area and one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance, if there is enough time assuming your flight is on time. This will give you a glimpse into the uniqueness of our country. If you arrive late in the evening or even night, there is always the next day.

After breakfast, we will head out for city tour of Kathmandu valley and visit the Durbar Square of Kathmandu, Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Swyambhunath Stupa. After the tour is over, we will gather to discuss in brief, the tour itinerary and other information. We will then check clothing and trekking equipment you will require during our travel.

We will travel to Darbang via a standard tourist coach. We will enjoy the road side scenes and landscapes. The drive is about 5 hours and the road is smooth and black topped. The trip is sure to provide us with nice views along the way. Lunch on the way. Overnight stay at Darbang.

We will start our trek towards Dharapani. We will follow trail that will lead us via glorious mountains and vegetation that we will not find at any other place. We will encounter ancient vilages and get to know village way of life, which is tough. Overnight stay at Dharapani.

On this day we will travel to Muri from Dharapani. This trek will be along a standard trail which is preexisting. The trail will take us to Muri. Along the way we will cross few waterfalls and cross a suspension bridge on a river. This trail is perfect for trekking and there are tea houses and shops as well. Overnight at tent camp.

We will leave Muri after our breakfast and ascend towards Bagar. Bagar is situated at a mountain which will provide glorious views of surrounding mountains. Dhaulagiri can be easily seen from Bagar. Overnight stay at Bagar.

Today we will head towards Doban, a rural village rich in cultural values and habitat of many Sherpa people. Doban is is at higher elevation than Bagar so one might feel low air pressure. In such case we will rest as much as possible before climbing up. The teak on this day is short that will provide us with plenty of rest along the way. Overnight at Doban.

We will trek to Sallaghari and enroute we will enjoy pine forest (sallaghari). Nepali meaning of salla ghari is forest of trees known as salla. Big pine trees at such an altitude are rare sight so we will enjoy as much as we can. This trail is all along such vegetation and home to many varieties of habitats. Overnight stay at sallaghari.

We will start our uphill trek from Sallaghari towards Italy Base Camp. The trail portrays pastures, juniper trees along will gradual elevation. Our route will cross few villages and will lead us to grazing meadows of horses and yaks. We will take every measure to ensure that every member is safe from altitude sickness. We will stay overnight at the base camp

We will set aside this day again for acclimatization to minimize the chances of any member being affected by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We will hike shortly to stay active as well. Overnight at the base camp.

We will trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp while crossing the Dudh Koshi River. This trail will take us to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. This trail is technical so we must follow the team guide’s command as he will be the experienced one. This is a relatively short trek to find some spare time to rest as well. We will spend the rest of the day for acclimatization. Overnight at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Our climbing experts will guide and provide training regarding peak climbing and proper ways of handling climbing gear. This training is sure to boost the climber’s confidence and skills. Overnight at Base Camp.

We will start trekking towards Camp 1. We prefer that climber stay at camp I for acclimatization and stay overnight. There are three camps along the way until we reach the summit. The ascent from Base Camp to Camp1 is quite challenging and requires experience and technique. From Camp 1, there are existing fixed lines and only establish new ropes if deemed necessary by guide. Climbing up from Camp 2 to Camp 3, the trail is composed of snow, ice and rocks which might be slippery and loose. The ascent from Camp 3 to the summit (8167m) will be quite easier than earlier climb. Thus, we will conquer the peak successfully.
All team members will return to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. We will prepare our gears and loads, and celebrate casually. We, being humble climbers, must clean and dispose garbage at assigned place on the base camp.

We will start our downhill trek from base camp towards Yak Kharka. The trail is rich for heavy vegetation and awesome scenic landscapes. All along the route we will come across with viewpoints perfect to view surrounding mountains and villages. We will take every measure to ensure that every member is safe from altitude sickness. We will stay overnight at Yar Kharka.

Jomsom will be our destination for this day. It will be a downhill trek which is fairly easy. Although this trip is easy we must maintain command of hierarchy devised by the guide to ensure safety. We will cross a river with suspension bridge and reach Jomsom. Jomsom is famous for fierce blowing wind after noon time. Jomsom’s air traffic is affected by such winds so there is no possibility of flight after 12 pm. We will stay overnight at Jomsom and explore local area on evening.

We will fly back to Pokhara via early flight. After reaching Pokhara, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Pokhara and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Pokhara.

We will start our road trip early morning or we shall fly back to Kathmandu via early flight. Flight will cost you supplement money. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Kathmandu and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Kathmandu.

This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day. Overnight at Kathmandu.

If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.

Included in the Cost
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
  • Breakfast and all meals during trek
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
  • Guesthouse accommodation during trekking in the mountains
  • Accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • All trekking and climbing permit fees and government charges
  • An experienced multi language-speaking climbing guide, assistant climbing guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage
  • Salary of Sherpa and team members including their insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Climbing guide and staffs will set up camps, establish the route, Sherpa porters will carry luggage and group equipment
  • Experienced climbing local Sherpa for the team
  • Trekking and full room and board at Camp
  • All group camping equipment, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chair and kitchen, camping items, medical equipment’s, utensils etc.
  • Single/Double tent at the Camp with mattress
  • Group equipment and instruments: rope, ice screws, rock piton, and snow anchor protection etc.
  • Walkie-talkie radios, satellite telephone, etc. for a group only and not provided personally
  • Emergency medical kits
  • Insurance for all of the team staffs (Nepali)
  • Climbing Sherpa support on peak climbing day
  • Climbing and misc. permits
  • All local charges and park fees
  • All government and local taxes
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu