Dhaulagiri Expedition (8167m)

Dhaulagiri Expedition (8167m)

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Camping

Grade

Strenuous

Altitude

8167m.

Transportation

Private Vehicle

Group Size

1 or more

Best Season

Spring & Autumn

Duration

50

Dhaulagiri, a highly desirable and fascinating peak to climb, is the 6th highest peak in Nepal and the 7th highest peak of the world. It is located at the northwest corridor of Magdi District. It is one of the above 8000 meters peaks that lie entirely in Nepal. The word Dhaulagiri is derived from two Sanskrit words Dhawala and Giri which means “White Mountain”.

Mt. Dhaulagiri presents an extraordinary piece of climbing, a very demanding and daunting challenge. The views from the top affords a fantastic view of adjacent Dhaulgairi peaks, Annapurna, Macchapuchre, Manaslu and the Kali Gandaki valley including the deepest gorge in the world. 34 kilometres east from Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I is located and in between these two peaks there exists a gorge known as Kaligandaki Gorge, which is the deepest gorge in the world. Kaligandaki River flows into this gorge. 

Dhaulagiri region remained largely unknown till a Swiss aerial survey occurred in 1949. The French Annapurna expedition team was granted permission in 1950 to climb either Annapurna or Dhaulagiri, but they decided to climb Annapurna at that time. The first successful ascent of Dhaulagiri Mountain was made on 13th May, 1960 by eight members of a Swiss/Austrian expedition team led by Kurt Diemberger including Peter Diener, Ernst Forrer, Albin Schelbert, Nyima Dorji and Nawang Dorji. Before the first successful summit of Dhaulagiri in 1960, four other expedition teams were unable to keep their foot on the top. 

Dhaulagiri expedition requires about four weeks of time including 7-10 days trekking reaching Base Camp located at an altitude of 4748 m. The first camp is located at 5850 meters, second camp is at 6400 meters and third camp is at 7400 meters. Multiple routes are available to scale Dhaulagiri Mountain. However, climbing Dhaulagiri via the North East Ridge is considered as a standard route. It consists of three High Camps above the Base Camp. It is one of the difficult and technical mountains that require special climbing/mountaineering skills. Because of it, only veteran mountaineers keep their eyes on Dhaulagiri Mountain. There are two routes to begin your journey to Base Camp. You can either drive to Marpha and start trekking from there or drive to Darbang from west and start trekking from there. The latter one is more common and popular as it takes few more days which is good for acclimatization. The time duration to complete Dhaulagiri expedition is about 7 weeks for both routes from your arrival to departure.

Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition commits to provide professional services for Dhaulagiri expedition. We are also flexible to customize the itinerary according to climber’s requirements. If you are in search of reliable, trustworthy, experienced and highly capable agency, you are at the right place to inquire.

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Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

On your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be greeted with flower garlands/Khadas. Our representative will then take you to your hotel. If time prevails, you will visit office for paperwork.
Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Today, you will visit popular world heritage monuments in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and Pashupatinath. Alternatively, you can choose Bhakatapur and Patan sightseeing. By late afternoon you will drive back to your hotel.
Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge

You follow the Marshyangdi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Pokhara is tourist's paradise with lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with beautiful mountains. It then descends to Nayapul with views of Annapurna South, Fish tail, green hills, terraces and villages. To reach Beni, your drive moves along the bank of the Mardi River. This is one of the most picturesque road journeys. You can also fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu and drive to Beni.
Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
1110

Same day, you will trek from Darbang to Takum takes about 4 hours. This day your trek ascends through a narrow path for early one hour. Next, you go along the flat land passing through jungle with varieties of rhododendrons, oaks and Christmas trees at some distance. After you cross a small stream, your trail follows an ascending path until you reach Takum. Here, you camp behind the school located in central Takum. Here you will also find a Hindu temple where the villagers go to submit their offerings.
Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp

You start trekking on a descending trail for an early one hour passing through jungle. Then you follow an ascending path and before you approach Muri you pass along flat land until you reach Muri. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and Rai, one of the ethnic communities of Nepal.
Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
1570

Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
2080

Soon you descend through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout where Bagar (2080) is visible. Descend through terraced fields to this mountain village where you camp in people's yards or the terraced fields.
Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
2520

Here, you leave the villages behind and the trial becomes increasingly challenging.
Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
3445

Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3660

Passing through the beautiful forest you rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around.
You camp for the night.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
3890

After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, you climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. We may also use a rope on this section. This is a particularly tough day. You camp on the glacier rubble.
Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
4748

Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. You climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
 Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
8167

high camps will be made before you go for final summit of world’s 7th highest peak.
Stay all nights in camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
5010

You trek along trail covered with ice and soft snow. The stunning views of the Dhaulagiri range completely enchant you.
Stay overnight at camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
camp
Elevation
5200

You traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then take on the steep descent to Yak Kharka. This day you trek through bare land for some distance.
Stay overnight in camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2670

This day the trail moves downhill until Marpha. On the way you pass small forests of juniper and other local vegetation. You will be accompanied by the splendid views of Nilgiri, Annapurna and rocky hills.
Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
900

Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

En route, you will enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. If you choose to fly back to Kathmandu, it takes about 25 minutes. There are several flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara from morning to afternoon.
Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast

As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.

What Is Included ?

Full Board Price Includes The Following Services:


a) Kathmandu


Pick-up and drop-off service

All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle

Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

5 night hotel accommodation with breakfast at 3 star standards hotel

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

One full day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with private A/C vehicle and English speaking tour guide including entrance fees

Farewell Dinner

Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening

Souvenir

 

b) Trekking and Climbing


All permits

Expedition royalty and permit from Government of Nepal to climb Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), and TIMS card

Liaison Officer

1 Government Liaison officer with full equipments, salary, accommodation, transportation and insurance as per government rule

Garbage Management Fee

Garbage transfer & garbage disposal fees

Insurance

Medical & Emergency rescue insurance for all involved Nepalese staffs during the entire trip as per government rule

Expedition Stuffs Transportation

All necessary equipments transportation for all climbing members and staffs from Kathmandu – Beni – Darbang by public bus, Marpha to Pokhara by public jeep and Pokhara – Kathmandu by a/c deluxe tourist bus

Member Luggage

Up to 50 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by porters /yaks

Food

3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea and coffee during the trek and Base Camp, appropriate foods for high altitude to all climbing crews at Base Camp and above

Lodging

Camping accommodation for the most of nights 

Porters

Porter per member up to Base Camp from Beni and from Base Camp to Marpha

Base Camp Staffs

Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen helpers as per group size

Staff Salary and allowance

All involved Nepalese staffs & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipments, foods & clothing

Base Camp Tent

Each member will have individual tent in Base Camp

Base Camp equipments

Foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning tent, 1 Kitchen tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower tents, 1 Staffs tent, 1 tent for Nepalese Base Camp staffs, store tents, Tables, chairs & all necessary cooking gears like Epi gas, high pots, stove, etc.

High Camp services

High altitude tents at (C1), (C2), and (C3) high altitude appropriate food for member, Sherpa and all climbing and cooking crews

Ropes

All required fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing

Rope Fixing Team

The team of experienced Sherpa will fix the route on Dhaulagiri (no extra charge will be applied to members)

Oxygen (O2) Bottle

2 oxygen bottles (4 ltrs.) for each member and 1- oxygen bottle for each high-altitude Sherpa

Oxygen Mask & Regulator

1 Set of Oxygen mask & regulator for each member and high altitude Sherpa

Back up Sets

Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask and regulator at Base Camp (with appropriate additional charge)

Heater

Heater at Base Camp in each Dining and other necessary camp

Solar/Generator

1 Solar panel and generator for lights and battery charge for laptop and other electronic devices at Base Camp 

Satellite Phone

Satellite Phone for emergency communication available for members with appropriate charge

Walkie-Talkie

Walkie –Talkie for communication from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp

Permits

Satellite Phone / walkie-talkie permits

First Aid Kit

Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staffs

Certificate

Certificate for Dhaulagiri (8167 meters) climbing issued by Tourism Ministry after climbing Mt. Dhaulagiri successfully

Tax and VAT

Tax, VAT and our service charge



Base Camp Service Includes The Following Services:


a) Kathmandu


Pick-up and drop-off service

All airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle

Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

5 night hotel accommodation with breakfast at 3 star standards hotel

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

One full day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with private A/C vehicle and English speaking tour guide including entrance fees

Farewell Dinner

Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening

Souvenir

 

b) Trekking and Climbing


All permits

Expedition royalty and permit from Government of Nepal to climb Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), and TIMS card

Liaison Officer

1 Government Liaison officer with full equipments, salary, accommodation, transportation and insurance as per government rule

Garbage Management Fee

Garbage transfer & garbage disposal fees

Insurance

Medical & Emergency rescue insurance for all involved Nepalese staffs during the entire trip as per government rule

Expedition Stuffs Transportation

All necessary equipments transportation for all climbing members and staffs from Kathmandu – Beni – Darbang by public bus, Marpha to Pokhara by public jeep and Pokhara – Kathmandu by a/c deluxe tourist bus

Member Luggage

Up to 50 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by porters /yaks

Food

3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea and coffee during the trek and Base Camp, appropriate foods for high altitude to all climbing crews at Base Camp and above

Lodging

Camping accommodation for the most of nights 

Porters

Porter per member up to Base Camp from Beni and from Base Camp to Marpha

Base Camp Staffs

Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen helpers as per group size

Staff Salary and allowance

All involved Nepalese staffs & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipments, foods & clothing

Base Camp Tent

Each member will have individual tent in Base Camp

Base Camp equipments

Foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning tent, 1 Kitchen tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower tents, 1 Staffs tent, 1 tent for Nepalese Base Camp staffs, store tents, Tables, chairs & all necessary cooking gears like Epi gas, high pots, stove, etc.

Heater

Heater at Base Camp in each Dining and other necessary camp

Solar/Generator

1 Solar panel and generator for lights and battery charge for laptop and other electronic devices at Base Camp 

First Aid Kit

Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staffs

Certificate

Certificate for Dhaulagiri (8167 meters) climbing issued by Tourism Ministry after climbing Mt. Dhaulagiri successfully

Tax and VAT

Tax, VAT and our service charge

 

What Is Excluded?

Lunch & Dinner

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from trekking / expedition than the scheduled itinerary)

Extra night in Kathmandu

Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking / expedition due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary)

Travel Insurance

Medical and personal high risk travel insurance which should cover helicopter evacuation cost and medical treatment cost incase required

Rescue Evacuation

Medical and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs)

Personal Expenses

Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages (However we will provide soft drinks for members at base camp)

Personal Equipments

Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, personal trekking /climbing Gears

Toiletries

Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and your other personal items used to keep yourself clean

Filming

Permit fee for special filming by using camera or drone

Internet

Internet service is available with extra charge during the trek and Base Camp 

Summit Bonus

Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa

Tips

Tips for Base Camp and other involved staffs

Service above Base Camp

If you are taking just Base Camp services, then there will be zero service from company above base camp

Rope Fixing

The cost for using fixed rope during the expedition will apply to base camp service users

Extra services

Any other services or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary

Dhaulagiri Expedition (8167m) Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Mountaineering Equipments
Crampons, Ice axe, Helmet, Harness, Lock and unlock Carabineers, Shovel, Climbing pack, Rope, Ski poles, Desender/abseil device, Jummer  (Asender) , Tapes, Prusik Loops, Rappel device, Hand Warmer (if possible)

Clothing and Wears
Trekking shoes with spare laces, Mountaineering Boots, Plastic or leather for mountaineering boots, Gore-Tex pants, Long shorts, Insulated Parka, Jumper, Waterproof Jackets, Down Jacket, Fleece Vest, Wool cap, Neck Gaiter, Gloves, Climbing Socks, Thermal Underwear, Sandals, Snow Goggle

Essential Gears
Backpack, Duffle bag, Sleeping Bag, sleeping pad, Tents

Gadgets
Map, Compass, Camera, GPS, Two way radios, Binoculars, Head Lamp, Flashlight

Sun Protection Items
Sun glasses, sun scream, Lip balm,

Medical
First aid Kit (Brufen / Ibuprofens, Antibiotic, Diamox, Paracetamol, Handy Plaster, Crack Bandage, Tincture Iodine, etc.)

Other Essentials
Energy Bars, Water bottle, Water Purification Tablets, Toiletries, Trekking poles, Pocket knife, raincoat, Satellite Phone, Altimeter

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