Dhaulagiri Expedition

Dhaulagiri Expedition

Trip Highlights

  • Magnificent views of Himalaya: Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
  • Abundant flora and fauna
  • Sleep at the base of Dhaulagiri
  • A good test of isolation and psychological endurance
  • Seventh highest mountain in the world. Nepal-The fifth highest mountain
  • Spectacular and challenging Himalayan peak
  • Difficult technical climbing
  • Metabolic boost to your fitness, wellness and creativity

Dhaulagiri Expedition

One of the most popular 8000m Peaks, Dhaulagiri lies on the north-west of Pokhara in the Western Nepal and south of the Tibet and Nepal border. Dhaulagiri was first climbed by the Swiss team in 1960 via the North East Ridge. Dhaulagiri which means in Sanskrit justifies its name with its enormous peak of shining ice and snow rising above local terrain above 7000m. The Dhaulagiri, along with another eight thousander Annapurna, make Kaligandaki the deepest gorge. It is also one of the most difficult mountains in the world.

The normal climbing route is considered a reasonable climb with only short technical climbing sections and moderate avalanche danger. The South and West faces of Dhaulagiri both feature massive drops; each rises over 4000 meters from its base, and each has been the site of epic climbs. The tangled topography of twisting ridges, glaciers, and ice falls is crested by a stretch of thirty miles. Several pyramid-shaped peaks rise along the main crest. Four of the summits and form east to west, rise above 25,000 feet.

Since Dhaulagiri is not only among worlds highest but also the toughest mountains, the climb demands very high degree of physical fitness and the best quality of technical equipments. The strong wind at high altitudes makes climbing even more difficult. Even reaching before the Base Camp, there are some high passes to cross such as French pass at 5360m and Dhampus pass at 5258m. We set our base camp at 4740m on the Chhonbardan glacier below the rocky knob. Besides, the Base Camp, there will be Advanced Base Camp (ABC) and four more camps. The ABC will be set up at 5,300m which will also be used for storing our equipments and other stuffs. Establish Camp I at 5900meter, Camp II at 6400meter, Camp III at 7200meter and Camp IV at 7500meter. The ascent from Camp I to Camp II requires stretches of steep climbing. Head towards the west ridge with steep climbing and reach Camp III. From Camp III, move to the East Ridge to reach Camp IV. Push to attempt the summit from Camp IV.

Day to Day Trip Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) Airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Climbing Preparation.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m/3,116ft) 6hrs. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Darbang (1110m/3,641ft) 5 hrs. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Trek to Phaliya Gaon (1850m/6,070ft) 6 hrs. O/n at Guest House
Day 06: Trek to Muri.(1850m/6,068ft) 3 hrs. O/n at Guest House.
Day 07: Trek to Boghara (2080m/6,823ft) 4 hrs. O/n at Guest House.
Day 08: Treks to Dobhan Kharka (2520m 8,266ft),O/n at Guest House.
Day 09: Trek to Sallaghari (3100m/10,170ft).O/n at Guest House.
Day 10: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m/12,005ft). O/n at tented Camp.
Day 11: Rest and acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp before pass.
Day 12: Trek from Italian base camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750m /15,584ft). O/n at tented Camp.
Day13-40: Climbing Period Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m/26,795ft). O/n at tented Camp.
Day 41: Preparation to return and clean up the base camp. O/n at tented Camp.
Day 42: Trek to Yak Kharka(4930m/16174ft) Camping accommodation. O/ n at Tented Camp.
Day 43: Trek to Tukuche (2590m/8,496ft) Drive to Tatopani(1190m/3,904ft). O/ at Guest House.
Day 44: Trek to Beni (830m/2,723ft.) Drive to Kathmandu (1350m/4,429ft) 10 hrs. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 45: Leisure day in Kathmandu, evening farewell dinner program.
Day 46: Final departure for your ownard destination.

Note: The above outline itinerary can be design, according to your preference, purpose of travel and length of duration. Please feel free to contact us to customize trip as per your requirements.

Trip Date & Price

Trip dates and price

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Following are included on the above package cost.

  • Arrival/Departure (Airport/Hotel/Airport) pick-up and drop-up by private transport.
  • Four nights accommodations 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu, including bed and breakfast.
  • 2 Nights 4 star accommodation in Pokhara on B/B basic
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Durbar Square) including Tour Guide.
  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing.
  • All trekking and camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/ Lodge/ Guest House or tents for members and staffs during the trip.
  • Per person 20 kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp.
  • Climbing permit of Dhaulagiri.
  • Trekking Permit and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Nepalese Government Royalty fees
  • Experienced, Government Licensed holder, who is 03 Times Everest Summiteer expedition Guide (Sherpa).
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
  • Emergency Oxygen mask and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the base camp.
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger.
  • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3. Ice fall charges and Gamow Bags.
  • Necessary accommodation for Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance
  • High altitude food for member and sherpa including drinks and cooking crew
  • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant.

Following are excluded on the above package cost.

  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days) and US$ 40 (duration 30 days)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking.
  • Items of personal nature, laundry expenses.
  • extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations, etc.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation(if required).
  • Travel insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Filming permit.
  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies, satellite phone and internet expenses
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, camera/video fees or trekking gear.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules. Minimum $1000.00USD per climbing Sherpa guide.
  • Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff.
  • An international airfare and tax.
  • Any other item not included in “COST INCLUDES” section.

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with our agency. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.


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