Mount Dhaulagiri Expedition

Standing tall in the altitude of 8,167m, Mount Dhaulagiri is recognized as the seventh highest peak in the world whereas the fifth highest peak in Nepal. It is popular not only because of the highest ranking in the world but also because of the beauty it possesses in itself. Mount Dhaulagiri is one of the most interesting mountain peaks among 8,000m above peaks that is mostly climbed because of its beauty that include the ornate view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Range and the trail that passes through a wide range of climate, vegetation, cultures, and the Buddhist dwellers.

Dhaulagiri Expedition leaves each of its trekkers mesmerized with views of west and south faces of Dhaulagiri. During the trek, you get to experience the radical changes in the landmarks and also you will pass through the forest full of rhododendron, oaks, and pines. After the Dhaulagiri Base Camp, you have to cross four different camps, Camp I (5,900m), Camp II (6,400m), Camp III (7,200m) and Camp IV (7,500m) and finally reach the summit. This expedition is one of the classic adventures via French Pass and Hidden Valley best for those who seek adventure, high altitude experience and a taste of nature.
Trip Code: MDE94
Starts: Beni
Finishes: Jomsom
Duration: 48 Days
Difficulty: Very Severe
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-May, Sep-Nov
Elevation: 8167m/ 26794.6ft
Trip Views: 669
Activities: Mountaineering
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Breakfast: 18
Lunch: 14
Dinner: 15
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Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Lodge: 2 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 11 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Bounded on the north and southwest by tributaries of Bheri River and on the southeast by Myagdi Khola.
  • Trek takes you through the Kali Gandaki River which is the deepest Gorge in the world.
  • Best seasons are Spring and Autumn.
  • This mountain was discovered by westerners in 1808 and considered as the world's highest mountain.
  • Dhaulagiri held the title of the highest mountain in the world for 30 years until 1838 when Kanchenjunga was declared the tallest.
  • The Swiss-Austrian team was the first to climb the White Mountain in 1960.
  • Dhaulagiri now holds the title of the 7th highest mountain in the world.
  • Dhaulagiri is also the highest point of Gandaki river basin.
  • To conquer Mt. Dhaulagiri, it's a must to have a climbing experience of 7000m tall mountains.

Why this Trip

  • Dhaulagiri Expedition is one of the best and strenuous journeys in northwest of Nepal that takes you to the Thick Forest Trails, Kali Gandaki Valley, The Hidden Valley of Dolpo, Snowy and Icy Terrain, alluring views of Himalayas along with different communities of Magar, Brahmin and Thakalis inhabit with their own unique culture, tradition, religion and practices.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    The excitement of the upcoming adventure will reach the peak viewing all those snowcapped mountains as you land down in the country where nature speaks to your inner self. When it comes to the excitement; we are on the same boat as we will be eager to take a glance of you at the airport. Check-in at the hotel first and then our representative will be escorting you to the friendly dinner arranged where the discussion of the itinerary will take place.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport pickup
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    Today, we go for Kathmandu sightseeing which has its major attractions including three Durbar Squares (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square), Swayambhunath Temple (also known as Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Temple (one of the largest Buddhist Stupa) and Pashupatinath Temple. These all places are listed in world heritage sites by UNESCO. After sightseeing, you can also do some shopping and other formalities of permits will be finalized today.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
    • Food and wine tour(optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO BENI (4HR DRIVE), TREK TO DARBANG (1110M)
    Right after the breakfast, we head towards Beni where our trek will commence. Upon reaching, our trek to Darbang will start. On the trails, we cross through beautiful and popular place like Tatopani which is one of the most popular places for natural hot spring and other places like Babiyachaur and Ratodhunga. We then reach our today’s destination Darbang and stay here for the night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Camping
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO KHAMLA (1720M)
    Today our trek starts from Darbang to Khamla. During this trek we will go through the Magar village (Dharapani) and Phaliyagaon. After that we cross the suspension bridge and we will reach the Khamla village.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : TREK TO DOBANG (2600M)
    Initially the trail descends through terraced fields to a small ridge, later through a forest to Jyardan which is the most remote village in this part. After crossing a rocky area which then descends before climbing again to Lipshe where there is one single hut. The trail continues through a forest to Lapche Kharka and then climbs to Dobang. Today the path is quite difficult and sometimes you might need to use ropes.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO SALLAGHARI (2500M)
    After finishing breakfast at Dobang we will leave that village and heads towards the Sallaghari. Crossing the Konaban Khola we go through the forest area and again from there we will go down to the Myagdi Khola. Before we reach our destination, we will cross the Pakite Khola which remains us to reach our destination of today.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO ITALIAN BASE CAMP (3660M)
    On the way to Italian You need to walk through the glacier moraine and snow, and in some places requires ropes to climb. You will have other- worldly experience as you walk through Chonbarden gorge. The trail passes through alpine forests and from the Base Camp (3,660m), you will have mountain panorama all around.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    Today we will take some rest at Italian base camp and prepare for the next day trek. On this day, we will discuss about our further day trek path.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : TREK TO FRENCH CAMP (3870M)
    After the body is used to being at high altitudes, we now move towards French Camp at early morning. This Trail is prone to stone fall, which passes through a narrow gorge. The route involves risks and requires strength, but the surreal sceneries will pay off the effort, Today you stay overnight nears the glacier.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO DHAULAGIRI BASE CAMP (4700M)
    This is one of our adventurous days to Dhaulagiri base camp. From here you can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) dominating the skyline to your right .Dhaulagiri is the tallest white mountain of Nepal. As the other peaks of the country have steeper slopes, ice does not accumulate as much as here in Dhaulagiri. As you reach the Base Camp, you will enjoy the unbeatable sceneries of Dhaulagiri II and IV as well as Tukuche. You will also see the trail that climbs towards the summit.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : 11-40 CLIMBING PERIOD
    From today our climbing period begins. Leaving the base camp first we will head towards the advance base camp, which is at the altitude (5300m). Then from there we will follow the Climbing Sherpa path to pass the four camps. Camp I (6100m), Camp II (6500m), Camp III (7000m) and Camp IV (7700m). After that, we head to the summit of the Mount Dhaulagiri. Once we reach the summit, we are rewarded with the spectacular views of Mount Dhaulagiri I, II, III and IV. We follow the same path to descend to the base camp from where we started our climbing.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 41 : TREK VIA FRENCH COL (5360M) TO HIDDEN VALLEY (5050M)
    After the rest at Dhaulagiri Base Camp, our trek resumes to Hidden Valley Passing through the French Col. we will require the climbing gears like ice axe and crampons to continue the trek. We need to muster up the physical strength and mental composure for this is one of the toughest and most adventurous parts of the trek. Breathtaking sceneries will always follow us to relief from the strain. After the glacier, we climb two terraced hills, the first of which runs along the glacier, then cuts across the mountain flank and the moraine, we enter a gentle incline on the left from an ablation valley. Climb this gentle slope to the French Pass (5,360m). A great vista opens up from the French Pass and we will be able to see Mukut Himal (6,328m), Tashi Kang (6,386m) and Sita Chuchura (6,611m), all of which surround the Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukche Peak (6,920m) and beyond is the massive peak of Dhaulagiri I. From the French Pass we continue along the right edge of the Hidden valley losing a little altitude to the Thapa Pass (5,250m) between Tukche Peak and Thapa Peak (6,012m). Descending from the Thapa Pass we will make it to the camp at 5,200m.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 42 : FREE DAY AT HIDDEN VALLEY
    This rest day is to absorb the sceneries of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri Himal in your cameras and Mind. It further facilitates in acclimatization that is necessary to traverse the Dhampus Pass (5240m) the next day.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 43 : TREK TO ALU BARI (3900M)
    Trail now descends from the Hidden Valley to the Alu Bari. Crossing the Dhampus Pass we traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka. From there again we step down towards Alu Bari which is our overnight stay for today.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 44 : TREK TO MARPHA (2670M)
    Trek further continues to the Marpha. Marpha is very popular place for apples and apples wines. Today we will reach Marpha after 4hrs trek so we will have a lunch in here and explore the whole area in day time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Lodge

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 45 : TREK TO JOMSOM (2670M)
    Trek further continues to the windy town of Jomsom. Explore the town inhabited by the Thakali People with their exquisite culture, cuisine and hospitality.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Lodge

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 46 : FLY TO POKHARA AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU
    Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara is a very rewarding. You can view surrounding Mountains and lakes of the Pokhara from the air. At Pokhara you can spare a day and relax at lake side. We reach Pokhara at morning leaving us enough time to reach Kathmandu by the evening. We take 6hrs ride to Kathmandu via crossing many wonderful places like; Dumre, Khaireni, Mugling, Manakamana Cable car, Malekhu etc.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Transfer from Jomsom to Pokhara on domestic flight
    • Drive back to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 47 : FREE DAY AT KATHMANDU
    Today you can visit the Kathmandu valley or you can do some shopping as tomorrow will be your departure. You can also relax at Hotel and get a trekker’s massage around the city area. You can also add up the memory of evening chanting of Pashupatinath.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Yoga retreat(optional)
  • placeDAY 48 : DEPARTURE
    This day will be your last day here in Kathmandu. You will probably have time to pack up your things. Our Swotah member will come to pick up you from the hotel and then from hotel you will be transferred to the airport. Our team member will give you a company till your departure time at airport.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport Drop
  • Detail Inclusions
    • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from the Airport
    • Assistance at the International Airport by Swotah representative while arriving and departing
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on B/B basis
    • Kathmandu sightseeing
    • Local English-speaking Guide for the sightseeing tour
    • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trek
    • All trekking and camping equipment’s like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
    • 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Guest House or tents for members
    • Per person 30 kg baggage allowance during trekking upward (carried by the porter) and 20 kg baggage allowance while returning from the Base Camp
    • Trekking Permit and local permit
    • Climbing permit for Dhaulagiri Expedition
    • Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Guide(s) during climbing period as per the group size
    • Wages, equipments, medical and accidental insurances for all involved staffs
    • First Aid medical kits for the Group and staffs
    • 1:1, experienced climbing Sherpa guide
    • 3 Oxygen bottle to climbing member and 2 for Sherpa with mask and regulator
    • Appropriate food for high altitude to all climbing crew at the base camp and above as required
    • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period
    • All necessary paper works, service charge and Government taxes levied in Nepal
    • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
    • Satellite phone is available for emergency use and costs $3 per minute
    • Solar Panel for batteries and emergency lights
    • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2 worth $ 100).
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Dhaulagiri Region
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Sim service
    • Photos and videoes of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation
  • Exclusions
    • Emergency rescue evacuation if required
    • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue (it will be covered by insurance company)
    • International flights
    • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos)
    • Any kind of hot and cold drinks, hot shower
    • Alcoholic beverages, mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internets
    • Additional oxygen is availble with additional cost
    • Lunch is not included for Kathmandu
    • All kind of Personal Expenses
    • Ice fall fees, Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member), if applicable
    • Wake talkies & Filming permit
    • Any others expenses which is not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Personal climbing guide if requested
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
    • Tips for guides and porters
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be already there to receive you at the airport and you will be directly transferred to the hotel.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, we will invite you for dinner in a Nepali restaurant on the night of your arrival for briefing the detail itinerary and small orientation program will be held by the tour leader and guides before we embark on our adventure.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek, we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients or whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, as per their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. How do you rate the difficulty for this mountain, on a scale of 1 to 10, compared to other mountains over 8000 m ?
    This is certainly one of the highest mountains in the world. In terms of technical difficulty, we'd rate 'Mount Dhaulagiri' as 8.
  • 6. Who can climb Mount Dhaulagiri ?
    Only mountaineers who have adept mountaineering skills, adequate strength and previous experience in high mountains can climb this mountain.
  • 7. What about security during climbing ?
    We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized Guides/Sherpas to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the guide’s instruction with utmost care.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect during this expedition ?
    During Camping, our expert camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
  • 9. Can we get drinking water during climbing ?
    Yes, you will get purified, filtered water in many tea houses. You can also get a hot water during camping.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use a private vehicle for sightseeing inside Kathmandu Valley and to drive to Beni, we use car/van/ Mini Bus depending on the number of traveler and your comfort.
  • 11. What is the best season for Mount Dhaulagiri ?
    September to October and April to May are best seasons for Dhaulagiri Expedition.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are totally insured. In case of emergencies like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions let your Guide know about your problem and subsequently, as soon as we are informed of a situation, we'll send an emergency helicopter rescue team. You will be transferred to the hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What are the appropriate outfits we should possess ?
    Climbing is a hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable, so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for climbing in rough and snowy terrain, so invest in good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. For mountaineering, you will require special clothes that can be bought or hired from us.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    In cases emergency, you can change the day trips but it’s better to not change it. Still, we customize the trip according to your preference, but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide and company.
  • 15. How long will it take to complete the expedition ?
    It will take almost 1 and half months to climb it and to return only a few days so to complete this expedition; you need at least 40-45 days in total.
  • 16. Are your Sherpas reliable and certified ?
    Yes, Our Sherpas are mountaineering experts and also authorized license holders from Nepal Government. The Sherpas know the climbing route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 17. Do I need climbing permit ?
    Yes, you need climbing permit. It's not legal to climb without it.
  • 18. Is there any possibility of telephonic - communication while we are on this expedition ?
    Yes, for the first few days, it's possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly. For higher altitude climbing, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpas.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a non-refundable deposit of minimum of 15% of total trip amount is required, which can be made by bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or card.
  • 22. Can we use the credit card during the climbing ?
    No, you cannot use credit card during the climbing. You have to exchange the money in Nepali Rupees before you start the trip. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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