Dhaulagiri Expedition to this 8167 m Himalayan massif is the seventh highest mountain in the world. It is located in north central part of Nepal. The crest of the mountain stretches some thirty miles giving structure to an otherwise tangled topography of twisting ridges, glaciers and icefall. Along the main crest, several pyramid-shaped peaks rise. All four of these peaks each rises 7000m over the Kali Gandaki gorge to the southeast within about 30km. The Kali Gandaki gorge lies between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. This creates a face-off of two eight-thousander giants over the deep Kali Gandaki valley.
Dhaulagiri Expedition: an unforgettable climb
Although the British surveyors in India first sighted Mt Dhaulagiri in the early 1800s, the mountain remained unknown. A Swiss aerial survey in 1949 truly brought the mountain to life. K. Diemberger, P. Diener, M. Dorji, E. Forrer, A. Schelbert & N. Dorji first climbed this magnificent mountain in 1960.
Mt Dhaulagiri expedition trip begins with an overland drive along with the expedition crew. We travel from Kathmandu to Beni Bazaar following the classical route. Along the route, we get exceptional views of the Kali Gandaki gorge that encircles Mt. Dhaulagiri. Also en route, we cross over the snow-capped mountain passes.
The vast majority of ascents till date have been organized via the first ascent route. This is known as the "Normal Route" on the mountain. The climb follows a circuitous route around the mountain from French Col (5334m) to approach the summit from the North East. The unstable weather conditions, with fierce winds and sub-zero temperatures, are the obstacles every expedition to Mt Dhaulagiri face. However, one can ascent from almost any direction. After the summit, we then follow the route up to Jomsom and fly out to Pokhara eventually ending the expedition in Kathmandu.
Mt Dhaulagiri Expedition is best suited during the months of April, May, September, and October.
- The 7th highest mountain in the world
- An adventurous and challenging mountain climbing in Nepal
- A perfect expedition trip for climbers who want a more intense experience of the high mountains
- Passing through terraced middle hills of Nepal, explore local customs, a way of life, exploring villages and different ethnic groups
Day 01 Arrive at Kathmandu airport & transfer to hotel
Day 02 Expedition Meeting and preparation
Day 03 Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (960m)
Day 04 Drive from Pokhara to Takam
Day 05 Trek from Takam to Bagar (2,80m)
Day 06 Trek From Bagar to Dovan (2,520m)
Day 07 Trek from Dovan to Italian Base Camp (3,660m)
Day 08 Rest Day & Acclimatization at Italian Base Camp
Day 09 Trek from Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Day 10 - 40 Climbing Period (Summit Period to Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167m) & Back to Base Camp
Day 41 Preparation to returning (Clean Base Camp)
Day 42 Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Yak Kharka (3,680m)
Day 43 Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,710m)
Day 44 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (950m)
Day 45 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
Day 46 Rest day in Kathmandu, farewell dinner
Day 47 Transfer to Airport for final destination