Trip Grade Extreme
Duration: 45 Nights/46 Days
Max. Altitude: 8167M
Destination: Nepal
Region: 8000m Peaks
Activity: Climbing & Expedition
Theme: Tented Camps Climbing

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Dhaulagiri (8167m) Expedition

Mount Dhaulagiri is seventh highest mountain in the world. Standing at a height of 8167 meters, Mount Dhaualagiri extends 120 kilometers from the Kali Gandaki River west to the Bheri. Mount Dhaulagiri is derived from Sanskrit world “Dhawala and Giri” which means “White and Mountain”. Expedition of Mount Dhaulagiri is considered as one of the interesting peaks with six different routes having an enormous peak of shinning ices and snows which makes your trip more exciting and wonderful. Trekking Experts organized Dhaulagiri Expedition to bring you to the top of world’s seventh highest mountain.

 

Dhaulagiri Expedition with Trekking Experts begins with about eight hours’ drive to Beni from Kathmandu. Trekking to Dhaulagiri base camp provides you a massive mountains range of Dhaulagiri consisting of fifteen 7000 meter peaks.Trekking around Mount Dhaulagiri is one of the most beautiful trekking in the Himalaya. Dhaulagiri Round Trek is one of the challenging adventurous tented camp treks in Nepal which follows glaciers and crosses snowcapped passes such as the French pass (5380m) and the Thapa pass (5250m). The trip will take you through the pristine valley of Myagdi, lush terraced hillsides, traditional villages, rugged terrain of massif Dhaulagiri. You will also experience snow and glacier walking, enjoying spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Thorong peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River, the world deepest gorge; Kali Gandaki gorge. On the trail, you may also encounter semi-wild yak herds, mountain sheep in the remote valleys of this region. Besides wild nature, you also enjoy the lifestyle of Nepal’s ethnic people such as Gurung, Chhetri, and Magar.

 

Dhaulagiri Round Trek begins from Beni Bazar, following Italian Base Camp, Japanese Base Camp, and French Pass during trekking. After descending from French pass, you’ll enter the lonely but fascinating Hidden Valley, this place is one of the few true wilderness areas accessible in Nepal, the Hidden Valley stretches away to the north eventually narrowing to a rugged gorge which connects to Upper Dolpa and Upper Mustang. Climbing Mount Dhaulagiri is one of the most fascinating peaks to climb which has 5 ridges and south and west faces, Majority of the scaling have been following the first route, which is known as “Normal Route”. Northeast route is considered as the normal route; However, Mount Dhaulagiri has been scaled from every direction. Dhaulagiri expedition lead by experts and climbers of Trekking Experts takes you the base camp and support you to climb mount Dhaulagiri.

Trip Highlights

Climb world’s seventh highest mountain- Dhaulagiri
Climb one of the most fascinating mountain which as five different routes to climb
Cross adventurous passes- the French pass (5380m) and the Thapa pass (5250m)
Follow the pristine valley of Myagdi
Trekking in the deepest gorge in the world Kali Gandaki gorge
Spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Thorong peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River
Look up closely world’s seventh highest mountain; Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m)
Explore the real nature and glaciers
Trekking in fascinating Hidden Valley

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport Trekking Experts representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, our tour manager will brief you about trekking information and other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu. Dinner will be booked at the hotel.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • No
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Today you’ll visit around Kathmandu at the same time Trekking Experts will be preparing for climbing. One of you who will randomly picked as the Team Leader in the group needs to visit Department of Tourism for permit formalities. It will be just for about an hour only. And you can continue your tour around Kathmandu. There are several world heritage sites in Kathmandu and you can visit three among them. Most probably you’ll visit Boudanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After early morning breakfast at hotel, you’ll be picked up by our trekking guide and drive to Beni. You’ll ascend to the connection of Trishuli River with the Marsayangdi River and follow the Marsayangdi River upwards through terraced meadows and minor hill towns to the Seti River that leads you to Pokhara. The drive from Pokhara inclines through a twisting road up to Nayapool with views of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m). After further driving along the bank of Modi River and then Kali Gandaki River will lead you to Beni. And from Beni, you’ll drive further following MyagdiKhola to Darbang. It will take about 8/9 hours’ drive from Kathmandu.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 1110 meter

Day 04: Darbang- Sibang (alt. 1780m) After breakfast at camp, you’ll start first day of the trekking by heading towards Sibang ascending to the ridge-top village of Dharapani from where you can get a beautiful view of the Dhaulagiri massif, Gurja Himal (7193m), and Putha Hiunchuli (7246m). You’ll continue your trek further along the ridge on the path above the river to reach Sibang.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 1780 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll continue your trekking to Bagar today. You’ll descend to GattiKhola then climb up to the village of Muri where Myagdi and Dhara rivers meet. You’ll continue to trek crossing the bridge over DholaKhola and descend through the terraced farm fields and sparse settlements before arriving in Naura village. From Naura Village, you’ll trek further alongside the bank of MyagdiKhola through a grassy hill and a steep slope and you’ll arrive in Bagar.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7/8 Hours Walk
  • 2080 meter

After breakfast at camp, tody you’ll trek down to Dhoban. You’ll descend through a forest to Jyardan before climbing uphill to Lipshe. And then you’ll enters the forested area before ascending up to Dobhan.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 2520 meter

After breakfast camp, you’ll trek to Italian Base Camp today. You’ll pass through the forested trail filled with oaks, bamboo, and pines trees. As you move further and gain altitude, mountains start to surround us from all around. You can get the best view of Tukuche Peak (6920m), Dhaulagiri Range, and other mountains from Italian Base Camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7/8 Hours Walk
  • 3660 meter

Today is full free day at Italian base camp for rest and acclimatize. You can explore the base camp area or spend the day relishing the spectacular view of surrounding mountains.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 3660 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll trek through the rocky area on a steep slope before crossing the glacial moraines. You then reach a wide grassy area in a shallow ablation valley known as “Japanese Base Camp”. From here you’ll have view of the west face of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) on one side and Tsaurabong Peak (6395m) on the other.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 3890 meter

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll trek most challenging day out of your journey. You’ll walk on the glacier, sometimes on the lateral moraine and undulating surface of the glacier itself, you carefully and responsibly make your way up to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Upon reaching, you can see the stunning view of all the peaks of Dhaulagiri range along with an amazing icefall descending from the Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak ridgeline. From here you can look up at the impressive north face of Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) dominating the skyline to your right. To the west are peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715m) and Dhaulagiri V (7,618m). In front of you is the impressive icefall that descends from the north-east col.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 4750 meter

  • From day onwards, we have estimated about 29 days for climbing. During these days you’ll ascend to higher camps several times and return again to base camp too for acclimatization, rest and training at Icefall. During these days, you’ll train and practice climbing at icefalls, will do rotation till higher camps several times and at the same time, your climbing guide will bring climbing gears, high altitude tents, food, oxygen etc to higher camps. Also your HA Sherpa will set up camps in camp I, Camp I and Camp III for the summit. You’ll wait for weather to make your final summit attempt.
 
  • Trekking Experts will set up base camp at 4750 meter from sea level. We shall normally operate the expedition from the normal route "Northeast Ridge. We shall conduct Pooja (worshiping) ceremony at base camp in the beginning and will start for climbing up. You’ll spend several days at base camp for preparation and also for acclimatization. In the meantime, our climbing Sherpas will start transporting equipments towards higher camps and set up higher camps. We shall first set up Camp I at around 5450 meters from sea level. Once your climbing Sherpas reviewed the basic and advanced training, you will be ready for your attempt to climb to camp I (5450m). In this section of the climb, you will encounter mixed terrain. The first section of the ridge is known as Jacobs Ladder and is a moderately technical limestone and snow climb. Nowadays, the top of the ladder forms camp II location, but the 1960 expedition had set up an intermediate camp near the top of the icefall. Before the first section of the glacier, you will encounter grassy slopes, rock slabs and a moraine. The first section of climbing on the moraine takes about two hours and requires fixing rope for almost 200m at a slope of 35-40 degree.
 
  • And then will head up to Camp II which will be 6400 meter from sea level. The climbing from camp I to camp II will be the moderate section of the route and ascends ice and few mixed climbing sections. Comparing with other camps the distance between camp I and camp II will be safer and easier. Here you will encounter the heart of the ice and snow. The first section is just slogging over snow for about two hours, and then you encounter several steep section of blue ice at 35-40º slope and extends for 50-60 meters, these sections do not require a ladder. For most people this is the crux of the route. Camp II is situated above the snowy terrace. After camp II, then move forward to Camp III. Camp III will be 7400 meter above sea level. Camp II to camp III will be quite long distance of 1000 meters. Between camp II and camp III 100% route need to be fix the like by Sherpa climbing guide. This section for most climbers feels easier and safe because most of the route is fixed. This section is not to be taken lightly, the climbing is on sustained slopes and there is exposure to cold and wind. Although in autumn there have been reports of direct sun hitting this section making it feel very warm. In this climbing section, you have to climb about 4 hours along blue ice and snow that is on a 35-45º slope. This section is a little dangerous in spring season because the snow slope covers a layer of ice, which makes the section avalanche prone.
 
  • After confirming the good weather, you’ll attempt summit of Mount Dhaulagir from camp III. Most climbers begin their summit attempt between 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM. If all goes well, you’ll reach the summit between 7:00-10:00 AM in the morning. After spending some time at the top, you’ll descent to camp III which will take about 4 hours to return to Camp III from the summit and another 3 hours to reach camp II for an overnight stay. And next day morning you’ll descend to base camp rest and celebrate the successful summit at base camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

Today you’ll rest at base camp and our team will start packing and close base camp as tomorrow you’ll descent to Yak Kharka.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 4570 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll head towards Yak Kharka crossing over Dhampus Pass (5244m). Relishing the beautiful view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the background, you’ll descend steeply to Yak Kharka through avalanche prone slopes.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 4200 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll make your last day of trekking. You’ll continue to descend steeply from Yak Kharka towards Marpha which is also known as the apple capital of Nepal. Passing through the whitewashed houses, paved streets, and following the flow of Kali Gandaki River, you’ll move towards Tukuche. From Tukuche, you’ll catch local bus/jeep and drive to Taotapni for overnight stay where you can shower in natural hot spring.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 2590 meter

After breakfast at Tatopani, you’ll trek to Beni and catch bus to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Trekking Experts representative will receive you at the airport and drop to hotel. And then you’ll free time to relax at hotel.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Today is your last day in Nepal so prepare for departure, packing and returning gear. A massage is highly recommended to relax your tired muscles before your long haul flight home. Tour leader of the trip visits Department of Tourism for some Government formalities after the trip as De-Briefing. In the evening you’ll have farewell dinner at local Nepalese restaurant with typical cultured dances.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll be transfer to airport before 3 hrs of flight time.

  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

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What’s Included

4 nights in Kathmandu at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis with bed & breakfast 1 night in local lodges at Tatopani on twin sharing basis with full board service (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 40 nights at Everest Base Camp in tented camps on single tent with full board service (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Kathmandu-Beni-Darbang and Tukuche-Tatopani-Kathmandu with camping crew 60 kg baggage per person for trek

Annapurna Conservation Fee Dhaulagiri Expedition Permit Fee Insurance for guide in order to obtain permit 1 Government Laison Officer with his/her insurance, food allowance and flights

1 English speaking experienced trekking guide 1 expedition cooks and required kitchen helpers at base camp 2 porters for every member to carry personal baggage All required porters to carry camping equipment, food, fuel and climbing gears for Beni-base camp and base camp to Tukuche

1 professional high altitude climbing Sherpa for every member (1:1 ratio) with his daily wages & climbing equipment

Support for airport pick up, drop and farewell dinner Support for tented camp, food and porters’ services for Base Camp All required insurance for entire trekking and climbing crew Support for transfer of cargos

1 sleeping tent for every member 1 Foam mattress for every member Dining Tents and kitchen tent Store Tents Required toilet tents Required Shower tents Required tables and chairs Required kitchen utensils with fuel Solar light for lighting purpose only 2 pairs of walki-talkies 1 Satellite Phone (rental) Comprehensive First Aid Kit 1 Gamov Bag

2-men high altitude sleeping tent for sharing basis Required Coffel Set and Gas burner/Epi Stoves High Altitude food for both Sherpas and members Climbing Gear in the mountains such as fixed rope, main rope, snow bars, snow shovel, carabiners etc. Cooking set in the mountain such as Epi gases, gas burner, cooking pots etc for members and sherpas 2 Oxygen Bottle for every member (4 ltr) 1 Oxygen Bottle for every HA Sherpa (4 ltr) 1 set mask & Regulator for every member 1 set mask & Regulator for every HA Sherpa

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Nepal Visa fees Additional High-Altitude Sherpa if required (1:1 HA Sherpa is included) Summit Bonus and Non-summit bonus for all HA Sherpas Additional Oxygen if required Cost for second attempt if first is failed Emergency helicopter rescue charges Main meals in Kathmandu (lunch and dinner) Tips for trekking/climbing crew

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