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Dhaulagiri Expedition

Dhaulagiri expedition is one of the most popular expeditions in Nepal. The seventh highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri, lies on north – west of Pokhara culminating high point at its eastern end. Dhaulagiri is almost unique in the world in terms of  its rise above local terrain, it rises 7000m. over Kaligandaki gorge the south east in about 30 km of aerial distance. In fact, Kali Gandaki is dramatic as two eight thousenders, Annapurna I & Dhaulagiri both stand near the river facing each other over a deep valley posing a challange for the mountaineers.

When Dhaulagiri was first discovered in 1808, it was thought to be the highest mountain in the world for the westerners. It remained as highest peak for 30 years before its place was taken by Kanchanjunga. Dhaulagiri means white mountain which justifies a magnificent peak rising as a giant shoulder of shining ice and snow. The South and West faces of Dhaulagiri both feature massive drops; each rises over 4000 meters from its base, and each has been the site of  historical climbs.  Dhaulagiri was first conquered in 1960 by a Swiss / Austrian expedition team via North East Ridge which has been the normal route of ascent for most of the climbing to date. Dhaulagiri is buttresses by five ridges which offers the possibilities of different routes of Dhaulagiri climbing though six different routes have been established for climbing Dhaulagiri so far. Normally four high camps are set in Dhaulagiri expedition and climbing on Dhaulagiri requires advanced technical skills on climbing on mainly snow and ice with few streaches of rocks.

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and hotel transfer
    Day 02 – 03: Official formalities and expedition preparation
    Day 04: Drive to Darbang
    Day 05: Trek to Dharapani.
    Day 06: Trek to Muri.
    Day 07: Trek to Bagar.
    Day 08: Trek to Doban.
    Day 09: Trek to Sallaghari.
    Day 10: Trek to Italy base Camp.
    Day 11: Rest at Italy Base Camp.
    Day 12: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
    Day 13 - 39: Climbing
    Day 40:  Clean up the base camp
    Day 41: Trek to Hidden Valley.
    Day 42: Trek to Yak Kharka
    Day 43: Trek to Jomsom
    Day 44: Fly to Pokhara
    Day 45: Drive to Kathmandu
    Day 46: Free day in Kathmandu
    Day 47: Airport transfer for international flight.
  • Cost Includes

    1.    Equipment allowance, daily allowance & insurance for base camp staff ( Guide, cook, kitchen boy and liaison officer )
    2.    Food and fuel at the base camp
    3.    All camping equipment at the base camp such as, member tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, chairs, tables.
    4.    Trek support for climbing members from Darbang - base camp – Jomsom  
    5.    Porters to carry loads from Darbang - base camp – Jomsom
    6.    Royalty and peak permit
    7.    Airport arrival and departure
    8.    land transportation from Kathmandu – Darbang – Pokhara – Kathmandu
    9.    Jomsom – Pokhara flight fare
    10.    Accommodation at hotels in Kathmandu before and after the expedition on BB plan

    Cost Excludes

    1.    High altitude food and fuel above base camp.
    2.    Climbing equipment, tents and personal equipment above base camp
    3.    Personal accident insurance and emergency rescue evacuation
    4.    Any additional cost cured due to domestic flight delay or cancellation.
    5.    Meals while staying in Kathmandu.
    6.    Gratuity to trekking and expedition staff



Note: Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu flight may be delayed by few hours or even cancelled due to bad weather condition. You should be prepared for such flight delays or cancellations. We will do our best to avoid such conditions. In case of flight cancellation, we will try to get you on the flight for the next day. Getting early flight for the next day may be not possible during the high season. We can arrange flight by helicopter as well with extra cost. If we have a group of 4- 5 people, we can charter helicopter for you to fly from Kathmandu - Lukla or vice versa. It will be advisable to have extra days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking. Great Himalayan Guide can arrange you cultural / adventure tours ( such as sightseeing tours, rafting, jungle safari, ) with extra cost if the extra days are not used for the flight conditions to Lukla and back. If the flight is delayed and cancelled for several days which could disturb your onward journey, you are free to choose trekking in Annapurna, Langtang and other regions.Great Himalayan Guide will arrange the alternative trek for you as soon as possible.