Dhaulagiri Expedition is considered the most interesting and enjoying among the eight-thousanders. The Dhaulagiri Himal lies south of the Tibet/Nepal border, and the culminating high point at its eastern end is Dhaulagiri l. The seventh highest mountain in the world, Mt. Dhaulagiri towers in solitary splendor. Dhaulagiri, the name is derivative from Sanskrit “Dhavala,” which means ‘White,’ and “Giri” is ‘Mountain.’ Dhaulagiri (8167m), the “White Mountain,” was first climbed by Swiss in 1960. The mountain was sighted by British surveyors in India in the early 1800s and was mapped by secret Indian surveyors in 1873, but the region remained mostly unknown until a Swiss aerial survey in 1949. It is also the highest mountain located entirely within Nepal.
Dhaulagiri Expedition is a perfect trip for those who would like to explore the more intense experience of the mountain. After a short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Beni, you will spend the first few days of our expedition walking through cultivated fields connecting mountain villages, enjoying the shops, tea houses, and healthy lifestyles. We will trek deep into the Dhaulagiri region, providing more spectacular views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Thorong Peak, Annapurna I, and Kali Gandaki, the World’s deepest gorge. You must cross two high passes; French pass, (5360m) and Dhampus pass (5,182m) before the base camp at the height of 5,300m. And your real expedition of Mt Dhaulagiri begins from this base camp. Moreover, the Dhaulagiri voyage around the Dhaulagiri massif, displaying the beauty and wilderness of Nepal’s remote area, which indeed is an adventure for any trekking enthusiast.
The regular climbing route is considered a reasonable climb with only short technical climbing sections and moderate avalanche danger. 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 epic climbs. The Dhaulagiri Mountain being one of the world’s 14 above 8000m high mountains, demands the best quality of technical equipment and highly motivated technically sound climbers team. It has typical weather conditions which are very difficult to predict.
We are ready to provide a comprehensive service organizing all necessary permits, and climbing documentation, traveling logistics including airfares, ground transportation, porters, and other individual services required by mountaineers during your Nepal Mt. Dhaulagiri expedition.
Duration: 59 Days
Trek Grade: Difficult
Max. Altitude: 8201m
Best Time: Autumn / Spring
Transportation: Private Car/Van/Hiace/Plane
Activity: Trekking, Expedition
Location: Annapurna Himalayan Range
Start/Finish Point: Pokhara/Pokhara
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel.
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking, and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion in next day morning after breakfast.
Day 02: - A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient, and mostly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square, reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture, are highlighted on our guided tour.
Day 03: - Rest day and Legal Formalities
This might be a rest day for you like all the trekking permits, and the official formalities would be finalized this day. You will have time to explore the local area, have dinner, and perhaps take a stroll through the famous streets.
Day 04: - Ktm - Pokhara- Beni (850m)
After having your breakfast, we will drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara. During the short trip, you will have majestic views of glorious Manaslu Peaks, and the snow-capped Annapurna and Langtang Himalaya range. Or you can take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour drive via scenic Prithivi Highway. From Pokhara, take a ride to Beni with the magnificent views of Annapurna Himalayas. Beni is a bustling town on a plateau above the junction of Kali Gandaki and Myagdi rivers.
Day 05: - Beni to Tatoapani (1180m)
The trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered rhododendron forest with abundant birdlife. We pass some small villages and walk alongside the Ghaja Khola. Tatopani is famous for natural hot springs – you can have time for a hot Scrub-up. The spectacular panorama stretches from Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Machhapuchhare, Annapurna I (8091m), Lamjung Himal, and other small Himalayas.
Day 06 - Tatopani trek to Ghasa (2000m)
From Tatopani, you can follow the road (or even take a jeep) up to Ghasa. A lovely day walks along Kaligandaki riverside, gradually ascending with the transition into sub-tropical vegetation. New suspension bridges to be crossed, which gives you the exhilarating sense of trekking. Cross the 120m long bridge as the river roars through a narrow gorge and rejoin the road, which has been blasted out of the steep solid rock walls. The village of Ghasa marks a cultural and ecological milestone. We spend our night here in Ghasa.
Day 07: - Ghasa Trekking to Marpha (2665m)
The next day trail follows the Kaligandaki River through the narrow gorge, passing through traditional Thakali villages. You can visit the red-roofed Taglung Gompa, on a hillside beside a substantial sacred tree. Marpha is the principal inhabitants of the ethnic group of Thakalis, which has been favorite amongst the trekkers. It has kept its traditional narrow paved alleys and passageways, and an extensive drainage system flows under the flagstone paved street.
Day 08: - Marpha to Yak kharka (4000m)
Follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gunsang and Yak Kharka. It’s fun to see large yaks grazing at Yak Kharka. The view of Annapurna III is excellent.
Day 09: - Yak Kharka to Kalopani, Overnight at camp
Day 10: - Kalopani to French Col. Overnight at camp
Day 11: - French Col to Base Camp. Overnight at camp
Day 12: - Climbing Period.
Day 13: - Trek down to Dhampus. Overnight at camp
Day 14: - Dhampus – Marpha (2665m)
From Yak Kharka, we descend along the flank of the mountain to once again reach civilization. Marpha is the principal inhabitants of the ethnic group of Thakali’s favorite amongst the trekkers. It has kept its traditional narrow paved alleys and passageways, and an extensive drainage system flows under the flagstone paved street.
Day 15: - Marpha – Ghasa (2000m)
The next day trail follows the Kaligandaki River through the narrow gorge, passing through traditional Thakali villages. You can visit the red-roofed Taglung Gompa, on a hillside beside a substantial sacred tree. The town of Ghasa marks a cultural and ecological milestone. We spend our night here in Ghasa.
Day 16: - Ghasa – Tatopani (1180m)
A lovely day walks along Kaligandaki riverside, gradually ascending with transition into sub tropical vegetation. Very interesting suspension bridges to be crossed which gives you the exciting sense of trekking. Tatopani is famous for natural hot springs – you can have time for a hot Scrub-up.
Day 17: - Tatopani to Pokhara
From Tatopani trail goes through the beautiful hill station Ghorepani. You can enjoy the beautiful mountain sceneries from here from Ghorepani hike to Nayapul from where you’ll join a drive of 1 hr to Pokhara.
Day 18: - Pokhara to Kathmandu, Take a 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hour Drive.
Take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. In the evening, you can have your last night in Nepal, enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps, and making up your mind for the returning journey.
Day 19: - Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. In the evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied by cultural shows in the Hotel.
Day 20: - Final Departure
We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight to onward destination.
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