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Mt. Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world, is one of the most desired peaks that stands tall at an altitude of 8,167m. Dhaulagiri, meaning the white mountain is also the highest mountain situated entirely within Nepal. Dhaulagiri extends towards the Western part of Nepal and is separated from Annapurna massif by the Kaligandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in Nepal.
The first ascent to this dazzling white peak was made in 1960 by a Swiss/Nepali/ Austrian expedition. Dhaulagiri rises 7,000 m from the Kaligandaki River 30km to the southeast, which is unparalleled to any peak. Although the northeast ridge is the most widely used one, Dhaulagiri is accessible from all sides due to its long ridges and glacial valleys. Dhaulagiri is less frequently climbed than other peaks in the periphery probably due to its remoteness and isolation.
The trek starts from Khara into the deep remote valleys offering an exceptional opportunity to immerse ourselves into the remoteness and also acclimatize our bodies for the expedition. We pass through temperate zones traversing the beautiful and culturally rich villages which still practice traditional agricultural techniques. Then slowly ascending towards the tropical to the alpine zone, we will explore the immense beauty of the Dhaulagiri region witnessing the shining peaks in the backdrop. Our highly qualified and experienced chefs and cooks will prepare hot and fulfilling meals for our palate which will not only keep us energized but also build stamina for the upcoming climb. Finally, we will reach 4700m to set up a base camp from where we will commence our climb. Then we follow the route that leads through a wide glacier onto the broad north col where we will set up Camp 1. Then, following the broad snow slopes, we will set up Camp 2 at 6,500 m. Camp 3 is led by a steep climb until the crest of Northeast ridge. The summit day will be tiring as we start at midnight. But the glorious and magnificent view that we are rewarded with when on top, is worthy of all hardships and pain.
The best season to go on an expedition to Dhaulagiri is spring and Autumn when nature is blooming to its fullest. One can view the breathtaking sceneries of the dazzling white mountains as well as lush green forests and farmlands. The weather is moderate with neither too cold nights nor too hot days.
As soon as you arrive at the airport, you will need to fulfill some immigration procedures. Meanwhile, one of our representatives will be waiting for you at the arrivals gate with your name on a placard. You will then be safely driven to the hotel booked on a bed and breakfast basis for your stay in Kathmandu.
On the second day, we will complete our official formalities and obtain necessary documents. We might even go sightseeing and prepare for the Dhaulagiri expedition.
After early morning breakfast, we will drive to the airport and take a short scenic flight to the beautiful city Pokhara. Upon landing at Pokhara, we will then drive to Beni Bazaar to rest overnight.
After a cozy stay at Beni, we will resume our journey and drive to Marpha village. This is the last stop privileged by roadways. We will explore the village and get acquainted with the daily lifestyle of people. The Apple farms look amazing during the harvesting season. We will rest overnight as we will start our trek the next day.
Our trek starts from Marpha. We slowly elevate through the green lush forests in the tropical zone. As we trek, we will stop by for lunch and resume our trek until we reach Yak Kharka at 3680 m. The total trek time will be about 6 hours on this day.
Yak Kharka, meaning the pasture for Yaks, is a popular stop for those trekking in the Annapurna dn Dhaulagiri regions as it offers majestic views of surrounding peaks including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and many more. After trekking for about 6 hours, we will reach our stop, Dhaulagiri Base Camp at 4700 m. At the base camp, we will enjoy the supper prepared by our cooks and rest in cozy tents.
We will spend a few days at the base camp training and preparing for the summit. First, we ascend via an icefall that leads towards the broad north col at 5900 m where we will set up our Camp 1. We must set up the camp in a spot without any risk of avalanches and icefalls. The route to Camp 1 is not very steep as there are relatively lower elevations.
After Camp 1, the route is steep and you will need to walk with the help of fixed ropes and also use some technical gears. With the help of our Sherpas, we will reach 6400 m and set up a camp.
Above Camp 2, our route steepens as we head towards the northwest ridge below the summit. The climb is steep and requires walking on ice and snow, therefore, we stay together and traverse carefully. The route goes up and down at times. We may even encounter strong wind storms while approaching the East Ridge, which is one of the most challenging parts of the Dhaulagiri Expedition. We will finally set up our Camp 3 at 7400 m.
The climb to the Summit is led through the traverse across the snowfield towards 45 degrees narrow couloir that leads to the Summit of the Dazzling White peak. On the summit day, we will start early and have a fulfilling breakfast. Then we slowly ascend through the fixed ropes on the NorthEast face of Dhaulagiri. If the weather is favorable, we will succeed in our summit in 6-8 hours with enough time to adore the surrounding peaks including the Annapurna massif, Putha Hiunchuli, Churen range, and many more.
Our strong team of Sherpas will always be with us for support. We will also establish a fallback camp at 7900 m in case of weather contingencies.
Upon the successful summit of the Seventh highest peak of the world, Mt. Dhaulagiri, we will retrace our path back to lower camps and finally reach base camp.
After the successful summit, we will allocate one day for rest at the base camp. We will clean the base camp area and prepare to depart to Yak Kharka.
From Dhaulagiri Base Camp, we will retrace our path back to Yak Kharka where we will rest overnight.
The trail slightly changes from Yak Kharka as we divert our path towards Jomsom, the beautiful town in the outskirts of the Mustang region. We spend our night at a cozy lodge in Jomsom and enjoy the local culture and traditions. The Kaligandaki river flows along the area which is beautiful and refreshing.
From Jomsom, we will take a domestic flight to Pokhara. We then spend our entire day strolling around the Lakeside and visiting some popular destinations in Pokhara city.
After a wonderful stay in Pokhara, we will catch a tourist bus to Kathmandu. Traveling on the highway, witnessing the settlements on the riverside of Trishuli, enjoying the scenic beauty throughout the journey, we will finally reach Kathmandu to rest at our cozy hotel.
After a wonderful day of sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley, we will all get together for a farewell dinner hosted by the company at a typical Nepali restaurant.
After a wonderful journey to the giant Dhaulagiri, we will bid you farewell on this day. One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport for your scheduled departure. We hope to see you soon for a brand new adventure.
Trekking and mountain climbing in the Dhaulagiri region are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, domestic flights to Pokhara may be delayed or canceled. In cases as such, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, we can arrange it at a nominal extra charge.
Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure.
Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required. But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.
Expedition costs vary depending on factors including: group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, category of hotel accommodation, numbers of Sherpa’s allocated and equipment, type of arrangement and package customization. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact 8K Expedition for any information about in your selected package.
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