Dhaulagiri Expedition
Dhaulagiri Expedition

About Dhaulagiri Expedition

Dhaulagiri Expedition climbs the seventh highest mountain in the world, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m). Located in the northwestern corridor in Myagdi District, Mt. Dhaulagiri was first climbed in 1960 by a Swiss-Australian-Nepali team. Climbing Dhaulagiri also passes through the oldest caravan route from Nepal to Tibet known as the ancient Trans Himalayan Salt Trade route. Likewise, you will trek through the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki gorge and spend the night in some of the most beautiful mountain villages.

Dhaulagiri Expedition lets you explore the unspoiled corners of the Himalayas and combines both trekking and climbing. From sub-tropical low farmlands, you will ascend to alpine zone observing astonishing landscape views. Along with that, you also get to see stunning views of the Himalayan mountains. Moreover, climbing Mt. Dhaulagiri is the only way you can see the rare face of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna.

During the Dhaulagiri Expedition, you will get to explore the least visited places in the Himalayas. Trekking through lush forests and fine valleys, you reach Italian Base Camp and ascend to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Further, during the journey, you will also cross the French Col and Dhampus Pass. Dhaulagiri Expedition is a very adventurous journey that will stay in your memory forever. Get in touch with us anytime for more information.

Highlights of Dhaulagiri Expedition

  • Adventurous and challenging trail
  • Pss through lush forests and picturesque mountain villages
  • Experience rich culture and lifestyle of the locals
  • Get to see the beautiful landscape
  • Reach the top of the seventh highest mountain in the world, Mt. Dhaulagiri
  • Cross Italian Base Camp, French Col, and Dhampus Pass
  • Witness panoramic views of Himalayas

Itinerary

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We hope it’s a fine day when you are flying into Kathmandu if it is your tour begins right from the clouds itself. One of our representatives and driver will be on standby to meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rep will help you check into your designated hotel, and after going to our rooms & refreshing yourselves, you will be briefed about your daily activities. Later, in the evening, you head downtown for a delicious welcome Nepalese dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

You will go on a short guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, and Swayambhunath. It is going to be a short tour. Likewise, you also prepare for the trek and check all the gears & documents.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

After having a warm breakfast, you begin driving towards Beni and head towards Darbang. The drive will be long and offers scenic views. You will get to see amazing views of terraced farms, lush green hills, and small settlement areas on the way. 

  • Lodge
  • BLD

Leaving Darbang behind, you begin ascending towards Phaliya Gaon. The trail passes through small settlement areas along with the forested path. 

  • Lodge
  • BLD

The trail passes through villages like Takum and Sibang along with many terraced pastures and farming lands. You will get to see a typical Nepali landscape view that shows scattered villages and high peaks. Further, enjoying superb views of Puta Hiuchuli and Gurja Himal, you cross a suspension bridge over Dhara Khola and reach Muri. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

The trail descends and crosses a bridge over Muri Khola. You then trek through lush bamboo forest and pass by fields. Further, waking on a steep path, you reach Boghara.

  • Camp
  • BLD

Following the west bank of Myagdi River, the trail goes through a lush forest. Further, you trek and reach Lipshe, where you will stop for lunch and move towards Dobang. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

Today, the trail moves through small villages along with lush forests of juniper, pine, birch, and rhododendron. You will ascend to a grassy area. Further, you gradually ascend to Italian Base Camp from where you get to see the west face of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Tsaurabong Peak. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

Today is a rest day. You go on short excursions to nearby places to acclimate your body. It is very important to adjust your body to the altitude before moving further to avoid altitude sickness. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

Have a warm breakfast cooked by our team members and get ready to ascend to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. From Italian Base Camp, you gradually ascend towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp enjoying stunning views of Tukuche Peak, Little Eiger, and several other mountains.

  • Camp
  • BLD

From here onwards, your climbing begins towards the summit of Mt. Dhaulagiri. It is going to be difficult and technical journey to the top of this mountain. Upon reaching the top, you get to witness a heavenly view and descend back to the base camp.

  • Camp
  • BLD

The trail moves along a moraine and crosses the left side of Upper Chonbarden Glacier. You will see a raised lateral moraine edge above the valley. Further, the trail gradually ascends towards the French Col offering excellent views of Tukuche Peak, Tashi Kang, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Sita Chuchura, and Mukut Himal. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

Today, you will slowly move towards the top of French Col. Crossing the pass, the trail descends to Kharkha Camp. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

The trail today ascends along the snowy slope of Dhampus Pass. On the way, you get to see a fantastic view of Dhampus Peak and Mt. Tukuche. Upon reaching the Thapa Pass, the trail descends to Kali Gandaki Valley. From the pass, it is a long walk to Yak Kharka. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

Trekking through small villages and enjoying the views of Annapurna Range and Mt. Nilgiri, you reach Tukuche. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

The trial descends to Beni through several villages and forested paths. You get to see a beautiful view on the way. 

  • Lodge
  • BLD

Today, you will take a long drive to Kathmandu. The drive will offer scenic views. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you move to the hotel. Remaining day is free.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & lunch

It is a free day in Kathmandu. You can visit the tourist sites and spend the day exploring around the valley. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner

You will return to your home today. Our team member will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport as per your flight departure time.

    Good to Know

    Dhaulagiri Northeast Ridge

    Dhaulagiri Advanced Base Camp (4,748m)

    Climbing Mt. Dhaulagiri from the northeast ridge is the general route. We also operate Dhaulagiri Expedition from southeast, southwest, and northwest sides on request. Trekking through a gorge between Dhaulagiri I and Dhaulagiri II around the north face, you move to the Dhaulagiri Advanced Base Camp. We will set the base camp across a steep rock tower that divides the north face and northeast spur. Before reaching the base camp, you climb an icefall.

    Base camp is the place, where you will be spending the longest time during the Dhaulagiri expedition. The base camp will be set with all the tents and requirements. We, Dream Peak Adventure offers separate sleeping tents to all the crew members with a common dining tent and washroom tents. During your stay in base camp, your team leader will give you basic climbing training and also teach you how to properly use the gears. Before moving towards higher camps, we will be doing a small puja ceremony to get blessed by the deities for the successful and safe expedition.

    Dhaulagiri Camp I (5,450m)

    From the base camp, you will walk on mixed terrain. The first part of the ridge is known as Jacob's Ladder and, which is a moderate technical limestone. You will walk on grassy slopes, rock slabs, moraines, and glaciers. As per our past experience, it will take you around four to five hours to reach Camp I from the base camp. You need to use a fixed rope of 200 meters long on the slope of 35º-40º.

    Dhaulagiri Camp II (6,400m)

    Leaving Camp I behind, you ascend gradually through the ice and fixed climbing route. The route between Camp I and Camp II is safe and easier compared to other routes. You will walk on the snow-covered path for a couple of hours and tackle many steep sections of blue ice at 35º-40º slope and extends for 50-60 meters. You will not need a ladder to climb this part. Reaching camp II can be the toughest in the entire climb.

    Dhaulagiri Camp III (7,400m)

    From Camp II, it is the longest distance to reach Camp III. You have to walk 1000 meters. the entire route gets fixed by the Sherpa for safety. As you will be climbing on sustained slopes and exposure to cold & wind is high, it can get a little exhausting. You have to climb on ice and snowy slope 35º-45º. This part can get dangerous in the spring season and become avalanche prone.

    Dhaulagiri Summit (8,167m)

    We will begin climbing towards the summit of Mt. Manaslu around midnight so that we can reach the summit between 7 am to 10 am. Before reaching the main summit, you pass by a false summit. From Camp III, you will use 400 meters long fixed rope below the serac and another 400 meters long rope above it. Plus, you will also need 100 meters long fixed rope below the false summit. The route will not include technical parts, but you will be passing through basins. From the false summit, you walk on an exposed ridge and reach the summit of Mt. Dhaulagiri. After touching the summit, you follow the same route and descend to lower camp for night stay.

    Why go on Dhaulagiri Expedition with us?

    Climbing Mount Dhaulagiri with us will make sure you will successfully reach the summit and return. We are a team of active climbers and like-minded people. We have been traveling and leading several groups in the Himalayas for more than a decade now. Our expertise and understanding of the Himalayas make us different from others. While climbing with us, you will be supported by professional climbers who have previously climbed 8,000 meters above the mountain and is well-known with the route.

    Our services during the climbing

    We provide extensive service during Dhaulagiri Climbing. From professional guides, well-trained porters to strong decision-making abilities, we offer the best in the Himalayas. Our itinerary is designed professionally and is well-planned to face any obstacles. Nothing can be said guaranteed up there, however, with us, you will be getting the best people who are raised in this environment, who knows what they are doing, and what is good for the entire team & you. Therefore, you will be safe with us.

    Communication

    We offer satellite phones that you can use to communicate with your loved ones back at home. We always upgrade our technologies and gadgets and offers the best in the market. Likewise, you will also be guided by a Sherpa Guide who can fluently speak in your language. In this way, we will make sure there is no communication gap between the team members.

    Weather Forecast

    For weather forecasting, we use the latest technologies. We will check the weather every time before moving any further towards the summit. We also work with a national weather forecast team that will help us to make the best decision during climbing.

    Gears & Tents

    All of our gears are branded. We offer high-quality tents for sleeping, dining, and washroom. All the crew members will get single sleeping tents with common dining and washroom tents. Similarly, we will carry all the necessities that are needed to make the journey smooth and comfortable. Likewise, we all offer tables and chairs where you can comfortably have your meals and discuss the route.

    Accommodation

    Lodge and camps are the main accommodation during Dhaulagiri Expedition. Lodges offer basic facilities with twin-sharing rooms and common washrooms. You have to use a nice-quality sleeping bag during the night as it can get very cold. While staying in tents, we will carry and set all the camps for you.

    Food

    While staying in the lodge, the meals will be served by the menu of the lodge. You can get a good variety of options to dig in. In the camp, all the meals will be cooked and served by the team members. Our guide is well-trained in cooking. We will serve you delicious meals with a variety of options. We also make sure you are getting all the nutrients and calories that are needed for successful climbing.

    Best time to go on Dhaulagiri Expedition

    Map and April is the best time to do the Dhaulagiri Expedition. You will find the weather mostly stable, which is a must for a successful summit. Likewise, the climate is also neither too hot nor too cold. The views will be clear as well. However, it is difficult to predict the weather in the Himalayas as it can change anytime. Therefore, we will constantly check the temperature and wind conditions before moving from one point to another.

    Physical Fitness & Altitude Sickness

    Climbing an 8,000 meters mountain is not easy trekking. You have to be well-prepared before the commencement of the journey. Your body and mind both have to get ready to successfully reach the top of this mountain. The route to the top of the summit passes through many ascends & descends on a steep trail. Further, you have to cross crevasses, icefall, moraines, and glaciers. All of these demands good health, strong physical fitness, and stamina. Likewise, you have to stay many days out of the human settlement area, where you will be surrounded by mountains and snow only. This will surely test your endurance and requires strong will-power & determination.

    Altitude sickness also becomes one of the major challenges that you have to overcome during the Dhaulagiri Expedition. To make sure no one has to suffer from altitude sickness on the way, we have added ample rest days before the final push towards the summit. Similarly, you will also go on short hikes from time to time adjust your body with the altitude. This is something, you cannot do in two or three days. Therefore, do not hurry and give your body enough time to adjust to the environment.

    Below you can read about symptoms and prevention of altitude sickness:

    Symptoms of altitude sickness:-

    • headache
    • nausea and vomiting
    • dizziness
    • tiredness
    • loss of appetite
    • shortness of breath

    Prevention of altitude sickness:-

    • Include an adequate number of rest days during the trek/climbing
    • Avoid climbing more than 300-500 meters a day
    • Make sure you're drinking enough water
    • Eat a light but high-calorie diet
    • Avoid alcohol
    • Avoid smoking
    • Inform your guide immediately so that he can take proper action on time
    • Drop down to lower altitude and rest for a few days until symptoms getaway

    Dhaulagiri Expedition Packing List

    We want you to know that you can rent or buy all the gears in Kathmandu. There are several options from medium range brands to high-end brands for all budget types.

    • Clothing
    • Sun hat/scarf
    • Fleece jacket with wind-Stopper
    • Waterproof shell jacket
    • Down vest and/or jacket
    • Lightweight gloves/Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
    • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece/wool pants
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
    • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Sunglasses with UV protection

    Accessories

    • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees Fahrenheit
    • Trekking poles
    • Headlamp
    • Trek bag-pack
    • Basic First Aid Kit
    • Daypack
    • Thermo-rest sleeping pad
    • Water bottles

    Climbing gears

    • Climbing harness
    • Ice ax
    • crampons
    • Mountaineering boots
    • AscenderDescender/Abseil device
    • Rope
    • Snow bar
    • Ice hammer
    • Helmet (optional)

    Toiletries

    • Quick-drying towel/Small wash towel
    • Soap (biodegradable)
    • Toothbrush/paste biodegradable)
    • Deodorants
    • Face and body moisturizer
    • Nail clippers
    • Small mirror
    • Tissue paper/toilet roll
    • Anti-bacterial Hand wash

    Extra

    • Trail Map/Guide book
    • Binocular
    • Reading book
    • Journal & Pen
    • Pencils and small notebooks
    • Camera with extra batteries