Dhaulagiri Expedition is a beautiful yet foreboding Expedition in Nepal. Dhaulagiri Expedition is famous for both Nepali and foreign tourists. It is famous for its challenging yet fun Expedition. Similarly, The massif Dhaulagiri has 5 ridges and 2 faces in the South and Western aspects. Each rises 4000m from their respective base camps. Dhaulagiri has 5 summit peaks: Dhaulagiri I is (8167m/26,795ft) II (7751m/25,430ft) III (7715m/25,311ft) IV (7661m/25,135ft) V (7618m/24,992ft) Surrounding the massive 8000m peak is: Churen Himal Main (7371m/24,183ft) Gurja Himal (6342m/20,807ft) Putha Hiunchuli (7246m/23,772ft) Junction Peak (4235m/13,894ft). Likewise, Dhaulagiri is in the world at 8,167 meters (26,795 ft) above sea level. Mount Dhaulagiri was first climbed on 13 May 1960 by a Swiss/Austrian/Nepali Max Eiselin.
After this expedition, there were several attempts to climb Mount Dhaulagiri. However, only a few succeeded. Similarly, it is a very challenging expedition compared to other Expeditions such as Cho Oyu or Manaslu. Usually, the main route of climbing Mount Dhaulagiri is from the northeast ridge of the peak. Likewise, the northeast ridge is less challenging than the other route of the Expedition. So, many people prefer to do this expedition from this route. Similarly, for this expedition, you should trek through some of the most popular trekking routes of Nepal.
In addition, while you are doing this expedition you will get to visit the most beautiful city of Nepal ‘Pokhara’. Furthermore, during this Expedition, you will feel a sense of adventure. Likewise, if you complete this expedition you will feel like you have achieved something. Similarly, you will feel blessed. Similarly, to do this expedition first you have to get the Expedition permit from Kathmandu.
Who can do Dhaulagiri Expedition?
Dhaulagiri Expedition is a challenging expedition. Likewise, Mount Dhaulagiri lies in the Himalayas of Nepal. In addition, the weather in the Himalayas is very unpredictable. So, you have to be very careful climbing this expedition. There can be several challenging hurdles for you while doing this Expedition. Similarly, you can fall victim to altitude sickness. The routes are steep and long which can add up to your difficulty. Therefore to do this expedition successfully you have to be fit physically and mentally. Most importantly, you should be passionate about the trek. Similarly, you should not have any health issues. So, if you have some health issues then you cannot do this trek. Your heart and lungs should be perfectly fine if you want to enjoy and complete this trek. Similarly, you should not have any blood-related diseases. In addition, walking and running before the Expedition is beneficial.
Why do Dhaulagiri Expedition?
There can be several reasons for one to do Dhaulagiri Expedition. Some might do it as a hobby whereas some might do it as a job as climbing high peaks is the main source of their income. We can see the Sherpa and Tamang communities of Nepal who live in the Himalayas. Most importantly, the attractiveness of this place is the main reason people do this expedition. While you are on this expedition you will see a magnificent view of the Himalayas. Similarly, you will get an unforgettable view of Mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Furthermore, you will see abundant flora and fauna of the place. In addition to its beauty, you will never forget your expedition at Mount Dhaulagiri. Similarly, you will get to explore the challenging and technical climb of this Expedition. It is the most done Expedition for mountain lovers and impassioned climbers.
- Get a magnificent view of the Himalaya
- Experience an unforgettable view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
- View abundant flora and fauna
- Sleep at the base camp of Dhaulagiri
- Get a good test of isolation and psychological endurance
- View the seventh highest mountain in the world. The fifth highest mountain in Nepal.
- Experience the spectacular and challenging Himalayan peak
- Experience difficult technical climbing of the expedition
- Obtain metabolic boost to your fitness, wellness, and creativity
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will be there to pick you up. Afterward, our representative will drop you at your requested hotel. Later, you may relax at the hotel or stroll in the city.
Preparation for the trip
On the second day of your Dhaulagiri Expedition, you will be doing the necessary preparation for the journey and you will be given a briefing by our expert team. After that, if there is some equipment you want to carry then you may purchase it or have sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m/3,116ft) 6hrs
Today on day three you will drive your way from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Which are the two most popular cities of Nepal. You will do this journey at 950m altitudes. Similarly, this journey takes around 6 hours. Furthermore, after you reach Pokhara you will rest in a comfortable lodge and enjoy their local food and great hospitality.
Drive from Pokhara to Darbang (1110m/3,641ft)
After a light breakfast at Pokhara, we will continue our driving journey from Pokhara to Darbang. At an altitude of 1110m. Likewise, the driving journey from Pokhara to Darbang takes around 5 hours. In addition during this journey, you will feel the freshness and the beauty of the place. Furthermore, after reaching Darbang you will find a suitable lodge facility to rest in.
Trek from Darbang to Phaliya Gaon (1850m/6,070ft) 6 hrs
On the fifth day of our expedition journey, we will start your first trekking journey from Darbang to Phaliya Gaon at an altitude of 1850m. Similarly, you will be trekking for around six hours. Likewise, during this journey from Darbang to Phaliya Gaon, you will explore abundant flora and fauna. In addition, you will see different domesticated animals such as yaks, cows, donkeys, etc. Furthermore, after reaching Phaliya Gaon you’ll see different ethnic groups of Nepal rest in a comfortable tea house and have traditional Nepali food.
Trek from Phaliya Gaun to Muri. (1850m/6,068ft) 3 hrs
After having enough sleep and healthy breakfast at the teahouse of Phaliya Gaun. Our trek to Muri kicks starts with some uphill climbs. During this trek, you will experience beauty and remoteness of this trek. Furthermore, this trek takes place at an altitude of 1850m. In addition, this trek is a short trek only about 3 hours to reach the tea house of Muri and rest peacefully. Similarly, you will get to taste local Muri foods.
Trek from Muri to Bagar (2080m/6,823ft) 4 hrs
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and then embark on the seventh day of your expedition. After having a good night’s sleep and healthy breakfast at Muri we will continue our trekking journey to Bagar. Bagar is a beautiful village on the route of our expedition. Similarly, while you are on this journey you will climb some uphill and downhill climbs to reach Bagar. Likewise, this trek is at 2080m altitude for almost 4 hours. After we reach Bagar we will be resting at a beautiful and comfortable tea house.
Treks from Bagar to Dobhan Kharka (2520m 8,266ft)
Leaving Bagar early in the morning after a light breakfast toward Dobhan Kharka at an altitude of 2520m. During this journey to Dobhan from Bagar, you will see a majestic view of the beautiful hills of Nepal. Similarly, you will mostly be doing uphill climbs after 5 hours of a long walk. We will rest in a comfortable tea house of Dhoban Kharka and have tasty local food for dinner.
Trek from Doban Kharka to Sallaghari (3100m/10,170ft)
After breakfast at Doban Kharka, we will start our daily trekking with beautiful sunshine on our side toward Sallaghari. There we will be staying overnight at a comfortable tea house. There while resting you can recall your journey till now.
Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3660m/12,005ft)
After resting and having a good night’s sleep with a healthy breakfast at Sallaghari we will continue our journey to Italian Base Camp at an altitude. While trekking here you will see some snowy peaks and feel the cold nature of the climate at this place. Similarly, you will see the beauty of the Himalayas of Nepal. Likewise while trekking here you will be trekking at an altitude of 3660m. After reaching Italian Base Camp we will be camping and resting there for the night.
Rest and acclimatization day at Italian Base Camp before the pass.
This is the 11th day of your expedition. It is an important day for your expedition because today you will get familiar with the environment and the temperature of the surrounding which will help you on your further journey. In addition, you will also get a chance to see the famous peaks like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri which will add to your experience of the expedition. Similarly, you will enjoy your stay at Base Camp and a glimpse of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Trek from Italian base camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4750m /15,584ft).
Similarly, after having a good acclimatization day at the Italian Base Camp we will continue our trekking journey to Dhaulagiri Base Camp through some uphill and snowy routes at an altitude of 4750m altitude.
Climbing Period Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m/26,795ft)
From day 13 to 44, we will have a climbing period of 45 days at Dhaulagiri Summit at an altitude of 8167m. During this period, you will be more connected to the members of the expedition team. They will assist, train and help you to ascend and descend the Dhaulagiri mountain successfully on day 44. After a successful summit, the celebration time starts at base camp. Overnight at the base camp.
Preparation to return and clean up the base camp.
After having a climbing period of 31 days at the summit. On day 45 we will prepare our return from the base camp. After cleaning the Base Camp properly.
Trek from Dhaulagiri base camp to Yak Kharka(4930m/16174ft) Camping accommodation.
Similarly, on day 46 we will start our trekking journey from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Yak Kharka at an altitude of 4930m. Likewise, after we reach Yak Kharka we will be doing camping accommodation for resting.
Trek from Yak Kharka to Tukuche (2590m/8,496ft) Drive to Tatopani(1190m/3,904ft).
On day 47, today we will leave Yak Kharka and then trek to Tukuche. During this trek, you will enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the place. Similarly, you will also see various flora and fauna of the place. Likewise, this trek is 7 hours long. Furthermore, after your trek, we will be driving to Tatopani from Tukche to reach 904ft.
Trek from Tatopani to Beni (830m/2,723ft.) Drive to Kathmandu (1350m/4,429ft)
On day 48. from Tatopani, we start your trekking journey to Beni at an altitude of 830ft. Similarly, after trekking to Beni we will be catching a tourist bus with Wi-Fi facilities and driving to Kathmandu. In addition, the whole journey from Tatopani to Kathmandu takes around 10 hours.
Leisure day & shopping in Kathmandu
Today is the second last day of your trek. So, today you will be shopping in Kathmandu. Similarly, you will have a farewell celebration dinner with a culture program in the evening. Where you will experience different cultural foods with some cultural traditions.
Transfer to the airport for final departure.
Today is the last day of your Dhaulagiri Expedition. Today your airport departure representative will leave you at the airport for your final departure. So, until your flight has not arrived you can visit Kathmandu city as well.
- Arrival & Departure: Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu (3 Star Category) on bed & breakfast Basis- Sharing Twin Bed Room.
- Welcome Dinner: One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office’s Staff.
- Permit All necessary paperwork: Dhaulagiri climbing Permit from NMA, TIMS CARD
- Garbage Management: Garbage Deposit fees.
- nsurance: Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and climbing.
- Map: Trekking and climbing map.
- Bus transportation: Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Climbing Stuffs Transportation: Necessary equipment Transportation for all Members Member Luggage: Up to 25 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carried by porters.
- Food and Lodging: 3 Food 3 meals a day (BDL; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek.
- Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member
- Porter: Porters (1 member: 1 Porter) during the trek.
- Climbing Sherpa: Veteran and Government Licensed Climbing Guide.
- Climbing Sherpa Salary & Allowance: Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
- Staff Salary and allowance: All Nepalese staff & porters daily wages, salary, equipment, foods & clothing.
- Oxygen Bottle (O2): Oxygen bottles will be in stock at base camp in case of an emergency (with appropriate charge).
- High camp service: Necessary cooking gas, cooking pot for members, high altitude tent (sharing basis), high food for members, Sherpa, and climbing crews. Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
- Light: Necessary light at all tents. * if required.
- Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek and sight-seeing in Kathmandu valley.
- Valley Sightseeing: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley [Swoyambhu (Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square] by a professional guide.
- Comprehensive Medical kit.
- Certificate: Dhaulagiri climbing certificate issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association (after climbing the Dhaulagiri successfully).
- Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
- Nepal entry Visa fee: Nepali Visa fee is USD 60 per person for 30 days and to be applied for 60 days is USD 120.
- Lunch & Dinner: Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
- Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- Insurance: Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, helicopter medical & emergency evacuation. *Mandatory
- Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs.)
- Personal Expenses: Telephone, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will serve soft drinks for members in base camp).
- Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
- Toiletries: Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
- Filming: Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
- Internet Service: Not included during the trek.
- USD 25 for an extra porter per day (If extra porter demanded).
- Summit Bonus: Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa.
- Tips: Tips for Basecamp and other staff.
- Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any other item not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
Best time for Dhaulagiri Expedition
Dhaulagiri Expedition is a wonderful journey to do any season. But, the ideal time to do this trek is between September to November. If not, you can do this expedition in the spring and autumn seasons. During this time of the year, you will find an ideal climate for the expedition. Similarly, April is the warmest month of the year in Nepal. So, you can do this trek and climb at this time of the year. During this time of the year, the climate is moderately stable and suitable. Therefore, it can be very helpful for people who want to enjoy the scenery and the surroundings. In addition, if you travel here during this time then you can enjoy a stunning view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peak.
The difficulty of the Dhaulagiri Expedition
There can be a lot of difficulties if you climb at a higher altitude. Similarly, the expedition to Mount Dhaulagiri is very troublesome. Likewise, you can face a lot of difficulties climbing here. The most common difficulty that you are going to face while trekking here is high altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is a condition when your body has shortness of breath and dizziness. Similarly, if you travel here during one season then there might be a shortage of suitable porters and accommodation facilities. Likewise, if you travel here during the winter season then you might find slippery trails which can hamper your journey. In addition, if you do this trek in the rainy seasons then the climate and weather can affect your journey.
Travel insurance for Dhaulagiri Expedition
You must have your travel insurance with you. So, make sure your travel insurance company has covered all your safety measures. Make sure that the insurance company provides you with every facility. Because it has a lot of benefits during the trek. Therefore, make sure your travel insurance covers your injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, rescue mission, loss of property, etc. But, most importantly make sure your travel insurance is not expired. Furthermore, make sure that your Insurance policy has covered your 4000m trekking and adventure policy. Otherwise, it will be difficult for us to cooperate. Therefore, make sure you have it with you.
Meals and Accommodation during Dhaulagiri Expedition
We provide a wide range of food and accommodation to our visitors at Dhaulagiri Expedition. Similarly, we provide a suitable and peaceful environment for our visitors for yoga and meditation. Likewise, at the routes of the Dhaulagiri Expedition, we provide a wide range of comfortable hotel lodges and accommodation facilities. As most of the accommodation facilities are run by the locals you will get a chance to experience quality local food and hospitality. In addition, the locals there also provide western foods though it’s a bit expensive compared to the local meals. Local dishes are less pricey because they prepare them with their local farm produce and spices. Whereas, most of the ingredients for western foods are imported from cities. So, western foods are slightly expensive. Furthermore, as you go higher up the altitude the price of the meals also increases.
Fitness and Experience Requirement for Dhaulagiri Expedition
Climbing at a higher altitude requires you to be mentally and physically fit. Similarly, if you can walk for around 6-7 hours with a light backpack then this trek and climb are very fruitful for you. This trek is for around 50 days which is suitable for busy people. Similarly, you should not have any health issues. So, if you have some health issues then you cannot do this trek. Your heart and lungs should be perfectly fine if you want to enjoy and complete this trek. Similarly, you should not have any blood-related diseases. However, you should not be that experienced for the trek. But, you should have a little knowledge about the trek. You should not go there blindly.
Climate and Weather during Dhaulagiri Expedition
Climate and weather are important factors to consider for your trek. Similarly, your trek success rate solely depends on this. So, it is very important to consider before heading on the trek. The spring and autumn season is the best time to trek here. During this time of the year, the weather is very pleasant and warm. However, it gets cold at night. It can probably show above 4000m altitudes. However, the climate of the Himalayas is unpredictable. It is usually warm during the day and cold during the night. So, you should have a reliable sleeping bag with you. But, it is quite warm if there is sunshine. Similarly, if there is sunshine during the trek then you can fully enjoy the view of the surroundings. Likewise, you will travel in clear visibility.
Safety and Security Of Dhaulagiri Expedition
The Safety and Security of our trekkers are very important for us. Similarly, while trekking and climbing in Dhaulagiri Expedition we carefully check every route for the trek. So, don’t worry you will be safe with us. Similarly, we also take good care of the belongings of our trekkers on the lodges and during the trek as well. Therefore, you feel free and fully enjoy yourself during the trek, you should not worry about yourself and your belongings. We fully take care of that.
When is the best time for the Dhaulagiri Expedition?
Autumn (September, October, November) and spring (March, April, May) are suitable for Dhaulagiri Climbing. However, it is possible in monsoon seasons too.
How difficult is the Dhaulagiri Expedition?
The Dhaulagiri Expedition is difficult. But, almost anyone can complete it. You just have to be confident and believe in yourself.
How much will it cost to climb the Dhaulagiri Expedition?
The average cost of the Dhaulagiri Expedition is about USD 6500 per person for a 60 days itinerary.
Can you climb the Dhaulagiri Expedition alone?
It is not possible. Similarly, this trek would be very difficult for a single person. So, we would recommend hiring a guide.
Do I need a climbing permit for the Dhaulagiri Expedition?
Yes, it’s compulsory to have a Dhaulagiri Expedition permit from Kathmandu.
Can you have altitude sickness on the Dhaulagiri Expedition?
Altitude sickness is a common problem during the Dhaulagiri Expedition. So, you should drink a sufficient amount of water.
What is the food price at Dhaulagiri Expedition?
Food Prices differ from place to place. But, it usually costs USD 25 for lunch, dinner, and breakfast.
How many hours do I need to walk per day?
You usually walk about 5-6 hours on most of your trek days. The walks must be slow and steady.
Can I carry children to Dhaulagiri Expedition?
It is an unwise decision to carry your children with you to Dhaulagiri Expedition. But, exceptions are made if they are old enough then you can take them with you following necessary protocols.
Is the Dhaulagiri Expedition trail crowded?
Usually, the walking trail is not crowded but it is generally jam-packed with travelers during the peak trekking season.
What will happen If I get sick during the Dhaulagiri Expedition?
While climbing it is possible that you feel uncomfortable. But, don’t worry, your guide will be there for you.
Is charging my phones and batteries possible in the route of the Dhaulagiri Expedition?
It is certainly possible to charge your phones and batteries in the tea houses and lodges during your trip to Dhaulagiri Expedition but they might charge you some money.
Can I buy or rent gear while trekking?
Big cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara have lots of trekking stores where you can buy any type of gear. There are also dedicated stores in Kathmandu and Pokhara that only rent gear required for trekking at a very reasonable price.
What should be the weight of a backpack?
Your backpack should only have your necessary gear and your important documents. Eg camera, battery, identification cards, passport, permits, cell phone charger, cash, credit cards. If you feel you need something that comes in handy while trekking – please feel free to grab it!