Dhaulagiri Expedition

Group size: 1+ Max-Altitude: 8167 m
Destination: Nepal Fitness level: Moderate to Adventurous 
Arrival on: Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Departure from: Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and All standard meals (B+L+D) during the Trek and Climb
Best Season: Spring and Autumn
Accommodation: Best lodge/Tea house/Camping
Trip Introduction

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 Myagdi District. It is one of the above 8000 meters peaks that lie entirely in Nepal. Mount Dhaulagiri was first scaled by the Swiss expedition team in 1960.

The name “Dhaulagiri” was derived from Sanskrit words, “Dhavala” and “Giri” meaning “The white mountain”. Located in the north of Western Nepal Region, mount Dhaulagiri was believed to be the world highest mountain until 1848.

Dhaulagiri Expedition is the perfect trip for the trekkers and climbers who want a more intense experience of the high mountains. You will trek deep into the Dhaulagiri region, providing more spectacular views of Mt Dhaulagiri, Throng Peak, Annapurna I and Kali Gandaki, the world’s deepest gorge. We may encounter semi wild yak herds, mountain sheep or the elusive snow leopard in the remote valleys of this region during our adventurous Dhaulagiri expedition.

Dhaulagiri Expedition begins with an exotic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then fly to Jomsom. You will spend the first few days of our Himalayan trekking through cultivated fields connecting mountain villages, enjoying the shops, tea houses and unique lifetime of the Gurung, Chhetri, Magar peoples. You will walk along cobblestone paths, over suspension bridges and through dense forests, taking in the vistas of some of the world’s most beautiful mountains.

Mt. Dhaulagiri presents an extraordinary piece of climbing, a very demanding and daunting challenge. The views from the top affords a fantastic view Dhaulgairi peaks, Annapurna, Macchapuchre, Manaslu and the Kali Gandaki valley including the deepest gorge in the world. 34 kilometers 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.

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Outline Itinenary
  • Day 01 :Arrival at Kathmandu TIA 1310m Welcome by Snowy Dream World staff and direct transfer to Hotel briefing stay at a hotel on BB plan.
  • Day 02 :Permit preparation Day and Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley Patan, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath stay at the hotel
  • Day 03 :Drive to Darbang by local Bus 9-10 hours and stay at Tent.
  • Day 04 :Trek to Dharapani 1565m 6/7 hours stay at Tent.
  • Day 05 :Trek to Muri 1850m 6/7 hours stay at Tent.
  • Day 06 :Trek to Bogara 2050m 5/6 hours stay at Tent.
  • Day 07 :Trek to Dhoban 2630m this day the path is quite difficult and sometimes you will need the help of the ropes 6 hours stay at Tent.
  • Day 08 :Trek to Sallaghari or Choriban Khola 3110m 6-hour stay at Tent.
  • Day 09 :Trek to Italian Basecamp 3660m this day you will reach the Italian Base Camp where you will camp just in front of the West wall of the Dhaulagiri Passing through the attractive forest we rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around. 4/5 hours stay at Tent.
  • Day 10 :Rest day for acclimatization perchance days walk to the Japanese camp for acclimatization since there is little exploring to be had this is a day to relax stay in Tent.
  • Day 11 :Trek to Glacier camp 4250m After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular which makes up for the rough and risky trail 6 hours stay at Tent.
  • Day 12 :Trek to Dhaulagiri Base camp 4748m this day you will arrive at the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Soon the rough wreckage gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. We climb steadily to the rough and distressing but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp7/ 8 hours stay at Tent.
  • Day 13-45: Climbing peoriod summit Dhaulagiri :
  • Day 46 :Trek to Dhampus col stay at Tent.
  • Day 47 :Trek to Yak Kharka stay at Tent.
  • Day 48 :Trek to Marpha stay at Lodge.
  • Day 49 :Trek To Jomsom Stay at Lodge
  • Day 50 :Early morning we take flight from Jomsom to Pokhara 25 minutes transfer to Hotel on BB plan.
  • Day 51 :Drive-By tourist to Kathmandu Overnight at Hotel bb plan
  • Day 52 :Departure from Kathmandu to your onward destination. Our representative will assist you to the airport for your further destination.

Notes:

  •  All above trekking hours and distances are approximate and it’s absolutely for general ideas only.
  • The above data is a guide and standard layout of what we give. Our trek can be customized at your request to suit your particular necessities
  • Your safety is our supreme concern while engaging with Snowy Dream World. Please note that your leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is estimated required due to safety issues. Every determination will be made to keep to the above itinerary; though, since this journey involves travelling in remote mountainous areas, we cannot assurance that we will not suffer from it. Weather conditions, health condition, unexpected natural disasters can all affect in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared for the happening if required.

Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu TIA 1310m Welcome by Snowy Dream World staff and direct transfer to Hotel briefing stay at a hotel on BB plan.

Day 02:Permit preparation Day and Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley Patan, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath stay at the hotel

Day 03:Drive to Darbang by local Bus 9-10 hours and stay at Tent.

Day 04:Trek to Dharapani 1565m 6/7 hours stay at Tent.

Day 05:Trek to Muri 1850m 6/7 hours stay at Tent.

Day 06:Trek to Bogara 2050m 5/6 hours stay at Tent.

Day 07:Trek to Dhoban 2630m this day the path is quite difficult and sometimes you will need the help of the ropes 6 hours stay at Tent.

Day 08:Trek to Sallaghari or Choriban Khola 3110m 6-hour stay at Tent.

Day 09:Trek to Italian Basecamp 3660m this day you will reach the Italian Base Camp where you will camp just in front of the West wall of the Dhaulagiri Passing through the attractive forest we rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around. 4/5 hours stay at Tent.

Day 10:Rest day for acclimatization perchance days walk to the Japanese camp for acclimatization since there is little exploring to be had this is a day to relax stay in Tent.

Day 11:Trek to Glacier camp 4250m After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular which makes up for the rough and risky trail 6 hours stay at Tent.

Day 12:Trek to Dhaulagiri Base camp 4748m this day you will arrive at the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Soon the rough wreckage gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. We climb steadily to the rough and distressing but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp7/ 8 hours stay at Tent.

Day 13-45: Climbing peoriod summit Dhaulagiri:

Day 46:Trek to Dhampus col stay at Tent.

Day 47:Trek to Yak Kharka stay at Tent.

Day 48:Trek to Marpha stay at Lodge.

Day 49:Trek To Jomsom Stay at Lodge

Day 50:Early morning we take flight from Jomsom to Pokhara 25 minutes transfer to Hotel on BB plan.

Day 51:Drive-By tourist to Kathmandu Overnight at Hotel bb plan

Day 52:Departure from Kathmandu to your onward destination. Our representative will assist you to the airport for your further destination.

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Full Board Service:
Included in the Cost
  • All arrival and departure transfers to and from Airport both domestic and international.
  • Snowy Horizon’s assistance in airport with its representative.
  • 4 Nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu 1 Night in Pokhara on BB Plan.
  • 1:1 experienced private climbing Sherpa guide during trek and climb.
  • All surface transport to Darbang and back to Kathmandu from Jomsom as per itinerary.
  • All camping equipments like camp furniture (table, chairs), kitchenware, kitchen, dining, guest and toilet tents in Advance Base Camp.
  • Three meals a day (BLD-tea-coffee) and twin sharing teahouse accommodation during trek, freshly cooked 3 meals, tea or coffee by Snowy professional cookin Base Camp.
  • Baggage allowance for trekking up and down is 50kg: 40kg ration per person.
  • Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Conservation entry fee.
  • TIMS card (Trekker’s Information Management System).
  • Expedition royalty and climbing permit for climbing Dhaulagiri.
  • Official Liaison Officer fully paid and equipped.
  • Wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for Sherpa guide and other staffs.
  • Required base camp and high altitude food for climbing member and all involved staffs.
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
  • 3 oxygen bottles (4L) for climber and 2 for Sherpa during climbing with mask and regulator.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent in the ABC.
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger in Base Camp.
  • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3. Ice fall charges.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs
  • Free assistance service for cargo and duty clearance
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket date change or reconfirmation and visa extension procedure assistance (where necessary).
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Snowy Dream World Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.).
Not Included in the Cost
  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Laundry, communication expenses and Internet uses. ·
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, camera/video fees and trekking gears.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations, etc.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses for member.
  • Summit bonus to your private Sherpa guide if approached to the summit (Minimum US$ 1000.00)
  • Tips to Base Camp Staffs (Mandatory minimum US$ 200.00 per Member in Total)
  • Medical and travel Insurance with helicopter search and rescue for member.
  • Permits for walkie-talkies & filming if special camera.
  • Defined personal climbing gears.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not mentioned in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section.
Base Camp Service:
Included in the Cost
  • All arrival and departure transfers to and from Airport both domestic and international.
  • Snowy Horizon’s assistance in airport with its representative.
  • 4 Nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu 1 Night in Pokhara on BB Plan.
  • All surface transport to Darbang and back to Kathmandu from Jomsom as per itinerary.
  • All camping equipments like camp furniture (table, chairs), kitchenware, kitchen, dining, guest and toilet tents in Advance Base Camp.
  • Three meals a day (BLD-tea-coffee) and twin sharing teahouse accommodation during trek, freshly cooked 3 meals, tea or coffee by Snowy professional cookin Base Camp.
  • Baggage allowance for trekking up and down is 40kg: 30kg ration per person.
  • Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Conservation entry fee.
  • TIMS card (Trekker’s Information Management System).
  • Expedition royalty and climbing permit for climbing Dhaulagiri.
  • Official Liaison Officer fully paid and equipped.
  • Wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for staffs.
  • Required base camp food for climbing member and all involved staffs.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent in the ABC.
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger in Base Camp.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs
  • Free assistance service for cargo and duty clearance.
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket date change or reconfirmation and visa extension procedure assistance (where necessary).
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Snowy Dream World Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.).
Not Included in the Cost
  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Climbing Sherpa Guide, high altitude food and tents above ABC (Camp: 1-2-3-4).
  • Ropes, any other climbing gears and services above ABC (Camp: 1-2-3-4)
  • Laundry, communication expenses and Internet uses.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, camera/video fees and trekking gears.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations, etc.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses for member.
  • Medical and travel Insurance with helicopter search and rescue for member.
  • Permits for walkie-talkies & filming if special camera.
  • Defined personal climbing gears
  • Tips to Base Camp Staffs (Mandatory minimum US$ 200.00 per Member in Total)
  • Any other item not mentioned in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section.
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