Dhaulagiri (8167 m) is the seventh highest mountain in the world. It is an enormous Himalayan massif, located in north central Nepal. The crest of the mountain stretches for thirty miles, lending structure to an otherwise tangled topography of twisting ridges, glaciers and ice fall. Along the main crest, several pyramid shaped peaks rise. Four of these peaks, numbered from east to west rise above 7000 m. These peaks are, in fact, almost unmatched in the world. Each peak rises 7000m over the Kali Gandaki gorge to the southeast in about 30km of horizontal distance. The Kali Gandaki gorge is especially stood between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna thus, giving a unique example of two Eight-thousander gaints facing each other over a deep Kaligandaki valley.
The climb follows a circuitous route around the mountain from French Col (5334m) to approach the summit from the North East Col. Dhaulagiri (8167m.) was first successfully climbed by the Swiss expedition team in 1960.
Mt. Dhaulagiri expedition trip begins with overland drive with expedition crew together from Kathmandu to Beni Bazaar following the classical route with an exceptional view of the Kaligandaki gorge that encircles Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). En route we cross over the snow capped mountain passes, and finally summit to Mt. Dhaulagiri
Day 01 : Meeting upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport by our representative, transfer to hotel.
Soon after we land at Kathmandu International Airport, we meet our Nepali representatives who will clarify us about the tour. After the short description by our representatives, we are sent to our Hotels where we will be staying overnight.
Day 02 – 04 : Stay at Kathmandu for the official procedure, overnight at hotel.
You will rest in Kathmandu for two more days. You will be described about your trek and then complete some official procedure. Also, make all the preparations essential for trek. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 : Drive to Beni, overnight at guesthouse.
After breakfast, we will drive to Beni taking about 4 hours and enjoying good scenery. It is the district headquarters with a police check post, registration certificate of trekkers is checked here. Beni lies at union of the Kali Gandaki and Myagdi Khola (river). Overnight at the Camp.
Day 06 : Trek to Tatopani, overnight at guesthouse.
Today, we will leave Kali Gandaki behind and walk along the north shore of the Myagdi Khola all the way through the community of Beni Mangalghat to reach Singa and then finally to Tatopani (hot springs). Overnight at guest house.
Day 07 : Trek to Ghasa, overnight at guesthouse.
Trek to Ghasa (2010m.) from Tadapani takes about 2 and half hours. The path keeps on ascending and come across Lete at 2470m, in a while before reaching Kalopani, where you get hold of wonderful views of the Nilgiri peaks, Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I and Tukuche Peak.
Day 08 : Trek to Marpha, overnight at guesthouse.
We trek to Marpha (2670m) from Ghasa crossing Kalopani and Tukche. Here you will see the oldest Apple brandy distillery. Overnight at Lodge in Marpha.
Day 09 : Rest at Marpha, overnight at guesthouse.
We have a day rest at Marpha for proper acclimatization before ascending further. We will go around Marpha and can also teste Apple Brandy here. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10 : Trek to Yak Kharka, overnight at tented camp.
Today we will walk further ahead of traversing left into Kali Gandaki valley. There is a very long walk on snow typically taking about 4 hours before beginning the steep drop to Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Day 11 : Trek to French Col, overnight at tented camp.
Today, we will ascend this gentle incline to the French Pass (5100 m.). A great panorama opens up from the French Pass and you will be able to notice Tashi Kang (6386 m.), Mukut Himal (6328 m), and Sita Chuchura (6611 m. To the south lies Tukche Peak (6920 m.) and ahead of is the enormous peak of Dhaulagiri I. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12 : Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, overnight at tented camp.
After traversing high passes – French pass (5360m) and Dhampus pass (5258m), we will be reaching the Base Camp. We will be setting our base camp at an elevation of 4740m over the Chhonbardan glacier beneath the rocky lump. To the west are the mountains of Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m) and Dhaulagiri V (7618 m). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13 – 52 : Climbing Period.
Leaving the base camp we will be setting 4 more camps further. We will set our Advance Base Camp at 5,300m where normally the stuffs are deposited. Ascending above, we will set the Camp I at 5900meter. And then climbing further where our experienced guide will aid you, Camp II will be set at 6400meter. Then the mount heads to west edge with vertical climbing to get to Camp III. Climbing from Camp I to Camp II needs stretches of vertical climbing. Similarly, Camp III will be made at an elevation of 7200meter. Ascend now moves to the East edge to arrive at Camp IV. The final camp before reaching the summit we will set is Camp IV that will be set at 7500meter and then we will finally climb to reach the summit of Mt. Dhaulagiri. We must be very cautious climbing over as we will receive tough wind whilst mountaineering. We then push to endeavor the apex from Camp IV.
Day 53 : Trek to Dhampus Col, overnight at tented camp.
Today we will descend to the Dhampus Pass and carry on walking to reach Yak Kharka. There is a fine camp site to enjoy the surrounding. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 54 : Trek to Marpha, overnight at guesthouse.
Then we will descend to Marpha which lies at 2667m. Overnight at the guest house.
Day 55 : Trek to Jomsom, overnight at guesthouse.
As the track continues to Jomsom, the scenery becomes more and more arid and remarkable with its combination of browns and grey environment with the snow topped peaks of Nilgiri and Tilicho. The stiff winds start on to speed up on our way to Jomsom in the afternoon. Ove night stay at Lodge in Jomsom.
Day 56 : Fly to Pokhara / Kathmandu; transfer to the hotel.
Leaving behind the superb countryside early in the morning and travelling for 6 hours we return back to Kathmandu. We can either take a vehicle for a drive or fly back from the beautiful city Pokhara. On arrival at Kathmandu you will be shifted to the hotel. You can then relax for rest of the day and stay overnight at hotel.
Day 57 – 59 : Leisure days in Kathmandu, overnight at hotel.
We have two more days rest at Kathmandu. We can go around Kathmandu valley, if some important places have been missed according to your choices. After the hectic schedules of trek, today you can either go for shopping or have a day rest before departing from Nepal.
Day 60 : Transfer to airport, departure your own destination.
This is your last day of your Dhaulagiri Expedition. Our airport representative will drop you to the airport and you will depart from Nepal.
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Included in the Cost
- Expedition Expedition permit fees
- Accommodations in Kathmandu
- Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back including airport transfers
- All overnight accommodations while on the trek and climb
- Meals in Kathmandu and while trekking and climbing
- Group equipment for the climb
- Qualified and Experienced guides
- Experienced Climbing Sherpas
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