Dhaulagiri Expedition

  •   Trip Grade: Easy
  •   Meals: (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  •   Accomodation: Basic camping or guest house
  •   Transportation: included

Overview

Dhauligiri is the seventh highest peak in the world. The Dhaulaigiri Expedition is not just a wonderful opportunity to scale the seventh highest peak in the world, but also to amalgamate oneself with the ethnic populations living in the region. This mountain is located in the northwest and means White Mountain Peak from the Sanskrit language. Ponder upon the effortless beauty and the challenge put forward by this majestic beauty and experience the Dhaulaigiri Expedition with the experienced team of Alpine Paradise Treks and Expedition.

 

Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m) is considered to be one of the most interesting peaks to climb in the 8000 peaks range. Its rise over the terrain is unparalleled to any as it rises 7000 m over the Kali Gandaki Valley over the horizontal length of 30 km.

 

Alpine Paradise Treks and Expedition provides a comprehensive service of necessary permits, climbing documentation, ground transportation, highly experienced porters and prior training before scaling the peak. Climbing the mountain is not technical as it is considered to be one of the easiest eight-thousanders to climb. Test your patience and physical strength with the Dhaulagiri Expedition. Scale the mountain with the perfectly formulated itinerary to maximize success and true home with a sense of pride for having summited the beautiful Dhaulagiri.

 

Best Season:

The best season for a Dhaulagiri expedition is generally in the spring months of March to May. During this time, the weather is typically clear and stable, with lower chances of rainfall and snowfall, which makes for better climbing conditions.

 

Permit & Regulations:

  1. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): This permit is required for all visitors to the Annapurna region, which includes Dhaulagiri, and costs around USD 30 per person. It can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board or from the Nepal Immigration Office in Kathmandu.
  2. Restricted Area Permit (RAP): As Dhaulagiri is a restricted area, a RAP is required to climb the mountain. The permit fee for Dhaulagiri varies depending on the season, with peak season fees being higher. In 2021, the fee was USD 5,500 per person for a group of up to 7 climbers, with an additional USD 500 per person for groups larger than 7.
  3. Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) Climbing Permit: This permit is also required for all mountaineering expeditions in Nepal, including Dhaulagiri. The fee for the NMA climbing permit for Dhaulagiri is based on the number of climbers in the group and ranges from USD 2,500 for a solo climber to USD 1,250 per person for a group of 7 climbers or more.

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel

Day 2: Preparation and briefings in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive to Beni (830m)

Day 4: Trek to Babichaur (1,080m)

Day 5: Trek to Dharapani (1,560m)

Day 6: Trek to Muri (1,850m)

Day 7: Trek to Boghara (2,080m)

Day 8: Trek to Dobang (2,520m)

Day 9: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660m)

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp

Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,700m)

Day 12-32: Climbing period on Dhaulagiri (8,167m)

Day 33: Trek to Hidden Valley (5,200m)

Day 34: Trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m) via the French Pass (5,360m)

Day 35: Trek to Marpha (2,670m) via the Dhampus Pass (5,240m)

Day 36: Trek to Ghasa (2,010m)

Day 37: Trek to Tatopani (1,200m)

Day 38: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m)

Day 39: Trek to Tadapani (2,630m)

Day 40: Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m)

Day 41: Trek to Nayapul (1,070m) and drive to Pokhara

Day 42: Drive or fly to Kathmandu

Day 43-46: Rest and exploration day in Kathmandu

Day 47: Departure from Kathmandu

 

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel 

This day marks the beginning of your journey to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. You will arrive in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, where you will be greeted by the expedition team and transferred to your hotel. You will meet your fellow trekkers and receive a briefing about the trip. You can use this day to rest and prepare for the upcoming adventure.

Day 2: Preparation and briefings in Kathmandu 

This day is dedicated to attending meetings and briefings with your expedition team. You will receive detailed information about the trek, including the itinerary, equipment requirements, and safety measures. You will also have the opportunity to purchase or rent any gear you might need. You can spend the rest of the day preparing your equipment and supplies.

Day 3: Drive to Beni (830m)

After breakfast, you will start your journey to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. You will drive to Beni, a small town in the Myagdi district of Nepal. The drive takes about 9 hours, and you will pass through beautiful scenery and rural villages along the way. You will spend the night in a teahouse.

Day 4: Trek to Babichaur (1,080m)

On this day, you will start your trek by walking along the banks of the Myagdi River. You will pass through farmland and small villages, including the village of Beni Mangalghat, before reaching Babichaur. The trek takes about 6-7 hours and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Day 5: Trek to Dharapani (1,560m) 

You will continue trekking along the Myagdi River and through lush forests to reach Dharapani. This small village offers breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. The trek takes about 6-7 hours.

Day 6: Trek to Muri (1,850m) 

This day’s trek takes you through terraced fields and bamboo forests to reach Muri, a village with a mix of Gurung and Magar cultures. You will also pass through the village of Naura, where you can observe the local lifestyle and customs. The trek takes about 5-6 hours.

Day 7: Trek to Boghara (2,080m)

You will continue trekking through dense forests and past several waterfalls to reach Boghara. This small village offers stunning views of the Dhaulagiri range. The trek takes about 5-6 hours.

Day 8: Trek to Dobang (2,520m) 

This day’s trek takes you through forests of oak and rhododendron to reach Dobang, a small village surrounded by towering mountains. You will also pass through the village of Lapche Kharka, where you can observe the local lifestyle and culture. The trek takes about 6-7 hours.

Day 9: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3,660m)

On this day, you will trek through dense forests and climb steep ridges to reach the Italian Base Camp. This campsite offers stunning views of the Dhaulagiri range, and you will be able to see the mountain up close. The trek takes about 5-6 hours.

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp

This day is dedicated to acclimatizing to the altitude and preparing for the climb. You will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area, take short hikes, and rest. This day will help you adjust to the higher altitude and improve your chances of a successful climb.

Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,700m)

The trekking group will hike to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp, which is situated at an altitude of 4,700 meters. This base camp is the starting point for the climb to the summit of Dhaulagiri.

Day 12-32: Climbing period on Dhaulagiri (8,167m)

The group will spend 21 days climbing to the summit of Dhaulagiri, which stands at 8,167 meters. During this period, the climbers will navigate through crevasses, icefalls, and steep ridges. The ascent is challenging, and climbers will need to acclimatize themselves to the high altitude.

Day 33: Trek to Hidden Valley (5,200m)

After descending from the summit of Dhaulagiri, the group will trek to Hidden Valley, a remote valley with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The valley is located at an altitude of 5,200 meters.

Day 34: Trek to Yak Kharka (3,680m) via the French Pass (5,360m) 

On this day, the group will trek over the French Pass, which is one of the highest mountains passes in the world, with an altitude of 5,360 meters. After crossing the pass, the group will reach Yak Kharka, which is situated at an altitude of 3,680 meters.

Day 35: Trek to Marpha (2,670m) via the Dhampus Pass (5,240m) 

The group will trek over the Dhampus Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,240 meters. The trek continues through the Kali Gandaki Gorge to reach Marpha, a village famous for its apple orchards. Marpha is situated at an altitude of 2,670 meters.

Day 36: Trek to Ghasa (2,010m)

Leaving Marpha, the group will descend through a beautiful forested trail along the Kali Gandaki River. The trail offers stunning views of the Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri peaks. Upon reaching Ghasa, the group can explore the village and visit the local monastery. Ghasa is situated at an altitude of 2,010 meters.

Day 37: Trek to Tatopani (1,200m)

The trail descends further down towards Tatopani, a popular hot spring destination. The group can enjoy a soothing bath in the natural hot springs and relax in the evening. Tatopani is situated at an altitude of 1,200 meters.

Day 38: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m)

The trek gradually ascends towards Ghorepani, passing through beautiful forests of rhododendron and oak. Ghorepani offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre. Ghorepani is situated at an altitude of 2,850 meters.

Day 39: Trek to Tadapani (2,630m)

Early in the morning, the group will hike to Poon Hill (3,210m), one of the best viewpoints in the region to witness the sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The group will then return to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue the trek to Tadapani through a beautiful forested trail. Tadapani is situated at an altitude of 2,630 meters.

Day 40: Trek to Ghandruk (1,940m)

On this day, you will trek to the village of Ghandruk, which is one of the largest Gurung settlements in the region. The trek descends through beautiful forests of rhododendron and oak and offers stunning views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre. You can spend some time exploring the village and experiencing the Gurung culture and traditions.

Day 41: Trek to Nayapul (1,070m) and drive to Pokhara

On this day, you will trek down to Nayapul through terraced fields and villages. From Nayapul, you will take a private vehicle to drive to Pokhara, which is a popular lakeside city in Nepal. You can enjoy a relaxing evening by the beautiful Fewa Lake and explore the local markets.

Day 42: Drive or fly to Kathmandu

On this day, you will drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the city and shopping for souvenirs.

Day 43-46: Rest and exploration day in Kathmandu

You will have four rest and exploration days in Kathmandu to rest and explore the city. You can visit some of the famous heritage sites, temples, and monasteries. You can also take a day trip to nearby towns or go shopping for souvenirs and local handicrafts.

Day 47: Departure from Kathmandu

On the last day of the itinerary, you will transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Inclusions:

  • Airport transfers
  • All ground transportation
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trek
  • Meals during the trek and at base camp
  • All necessary permits and fees
  • Services of experienced climbing guides and porters
  • Base camp and high-altitude tents
  • Group climbing equipment (ropes, ice axes, etc.)
  • Medical kit and oxygen
  • Emergency evacuation support

Exclusions:

  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Personal climbing equipment (boots, crampons, harness, etc.)
  • Visa fees
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, snacks, and tips
  • Additional hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early return or delays
  • Any expenses arising from flight cancellations, delays or any other events beyond the tour operator’s control.

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Equipments

  1. Climbing boots
  2. Crampons
  3. Ice Axe
  4. Harness
  5. Carabiners and quickdraws
  6. Helmet
  7. Mountaineering suit
  8. Gloves
  9. Down jacket
  10. Sleeping bag
  11. Trekking poles
  12. Backpack
  13. Headlamp
  14. Sunglasses
  15. Sunscreen
  16. First-aid kit
  17. Water bottles/hydration system
  18. High-altitude tent
  19. Cooking stove and fuel
  20. Food and snacks
  21. Climbing rope
  22. Ascenders and descenders
  23. Belay device
  24. Personal medication

Some frequently asked questions for a Dhaulagiri Expedition include:

  • How difficult is the Dhaulagiri Expedition?

The Dhaulagiri Expedition is considered to be a highly challenging and technical climb, requiring advanced mountaineering skills and experience.

  • When is the best time to climb Dhaulagiri?

The best time to climb Dhaulagiri is during the spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) climbing seasons when the weather is generally more stable and conditions are better.

  • What is the elevation of Dhaulagiri?

Dhaulagiri is the 7th highest mountain in the world, with an elevation of 8,167 meters (26,795 feet).

  • Is a permit required to climb Dhaulagiri?

Yes, a permit is required to climb Dhaulagiri. It can be obtained through a registered trekking or mountaineering agency in Nepal.

  • What kind of physical fitness is required to climb Dhaulagiri?

Climbers must be in excellent physical condition with strong endurance, cardiovascular fitness, and the ability to handle steep and challenging terrain at high altitudes. Prior mountaineering experience is also necessary.

  • Are there any risks associated with climbing Dhaulagiri?

Like all high-altitude mountaineering expeditions, climbing Dhaulagiri carries inherent risks, including altitude sickness, extreme weather conditions, and avalanches. Proper training, preparation, and safety precautions are essential to minimize these risks.