1 Day 01: Arrival in KTM, transfer to hotel& briefing
After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crewmembers and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.
2 Day 02: Half day sightseeing and afternoon equipment checking and fitting
In the morning after breakfast, we will organize half day sightseeing tour during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, equipment checking and getting ready for the trip.
3 Day 03: Kathmandu; final preparation and packing
This is the preparation day. Expedition is a long and challenging activity. We need to get well prepared and equip ourselves with all necessary equipment and accessories for successful and enjoyable expedition.
4 Day 04: Drive to Beni (830m) 10hrs
We will drive from Kathmandu and follow Prithvi Highway. The journey is scenic with views of green hills, forest and river. In about 5hrs, we will reach Pokhara. Beni is 82km far from Pokhara. Driving along the edge of Mardi River, we will reach Beni after passing through Naudanda, Kusma and other villages. The famous bazaar of Beni is located at the junction of Myagdi and Kali Gandaki River. Stay overnight in Beni.
5 Day 05: Trek to Darbang (1180m) 6hrs
From Beni, our journey continues along bank of MyagdiRiver. Crossing a bridge, we will pass through small settlements toTatopani. The journey continues through Simalchaurto Babiyachaur from where we will walk through gravelledpath to Darbang.Stay overnight at Darbang.
6 Day 06: Trek to Khibang (1,800m)5hrs
After an early morning tea, we will walk through the rugged path and reach Muri village from where our trail continues to Khibang. This is a small multi-ethnic village where Thakali, Gurung and other ethnic people are living peacefully.
7 Day 07: Trek to Boghara (2,080m) 6hrs
Boghara is the last village in Dhaulagiri Expedition. Leaving Khibang, we will walk past the Gurung village of Muri to Boghara. Enjoy the scenic views of Dhaulagiri Mountain Range as we walk past terraces and fields to Boghara. Stay overnight in Boghara village.
8 Day 08: Trek to Dobhang (2,520m) 6hrs
Leaving Boghara, we will lower down through terraced field and reach a small ridge. Walking through forest, we will reach Jyardanvillage. The trail escalates uphill from Jyardin and cross Lipshe to LapcheKharka from where we will continue walking to Dobhang. Stay overnight at Dobhang.
9 Day 09: Trek to Forest Camp (3,000m) 5hrs
Crossing the river, we will enter forest area. Our journey continues through dense pine woods. We can enjoy the scenic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) Mountain. We will lower down to Myagdi River.Crossing Myagdi, we will reachChartare. Our journey continues to ChoribanRiver.Set our camp at Pina.
10 Day 10: Trek to Italian Camp (3,500m) 6hrs
We will exit from forest and climb to Italian Base Camp from where we will reach glacier valley. Walking through Chhonbaran glacier, we will enjoy the views of Tukuche Peak and Dhaulagiri I mountain. Italian Base Camp is located at 3500m altitude and the base camp allows scenic views of Dhaulagiri II Mountain, Dhaulagiri III Mountain and Dhaulagiri V Mountain. Stay overnight at Italian Camp.
11 Day 11: Acclimatization day
We will take rest on this day. Taking rest helps us in preparation for the upcoming climbing of Dhaulagiri. Explore around for better acclimatization.
12 Day 12: Trek to Moraine Camp (3,860m) 6hrs
Leaving Italian Camp, we will walk through glacier. We might need help of rope at some section. From this point, our adventure through glacier begins. We will move through challenging path which is made slippery with melting glacier. We will set our camp at moraine. Stay overnight at Moraine Camp.
13 Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m) 7hrs
On this day, we will walk through glacier. Adventure is relatively easy for first couple of hours. Later, we will walk through rubble and ice section and take the difficult climb to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. We will enjoy the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri Mountain Range. Stay overnight at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
14 Day 14 to 15: Acclimatization and preparations at base camp
First couple of days are dedicated for preparation to climb Dhaulagiri. Guide will share Dhaulagiri climbing strategy with team. He will also provide you with necessary instructions and teach you what to do and how should you call for help if in case of emergency. For proper acclimatization, we can make side trip to nearby places. We will pack food and prepare our gear.
15 Day 16 to 40: Acclimatization, load ferries, route opening & Summit attempt
We will make necessary arrangement for successful climbing of Dhaulagiri Mountain. Sherpas will make way and fix cables wherever necessary and set up High camps.Practice climbing to Camp 1 and Camp 2. Descend to less altitude if you feel difficulty in breathing. Make yourself accustomed to High Altitude food. Normal route is through Northeast ridge. It was climbed in 1960 for the first time. We will make 4 Camps.
Base Camp to Advance Base Camp (5300m)
Advance Base Camp will be placed at 5300m. There is possibility of avalanche at Advance Base Camp. So, we may not stay at this camp for overnight.
Advance Base Camp to Camp 1 (5900m)
Camp1 will be placed at 5900m. This camp will be located on Col East.
Camp1 to Camp2 (6400m)
Climbing vertically through 60degree ice slopes, we will reach Camp2 from Camp1.
Camp2 to Camp3 (7200m)
We will place Camp3 at 7200m. We need to walk through crevasses and cross seracs to reach Camp3.
Camp3 to Camp4 (7500m)
Leaving Camp3, we will walk towards East Ridge. We may experience heavy wind before we reach Camp 4. Section from Camp 3 to Camp4 is the most difficult.
Camp4 to Summit (8167m)
We will climb to summit and enjoy breath-taking views of surrounding peaks and mountains. We will descend to Camp3 before making gradual descend to Base Camp.
16 Day 41 tp 43: Base Camp
We will celebrate the successful climbing of Dhaulagiri and take rest at Base Camp. Clear the base camp and dispose the garbage
17 Day 44 to 47: Trek to Beni via hidden valley and yak kharka
Leaving Base Camp, we will move ahead and cross French Pass. From French Pass, the trail lowers down to Hidden Valley. Our journey continues through the meadow of Hidden Valley to Dhampus Pass. We need to cross Dhampus Pass (5200m) before descending to Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is the local winter settlement area. From this lush green meadow, we will lower down to Marpha which is famopus for apple production. Take slow sip of local apple brew at Marpha before heading towards Beni. Stay overnight at Beni.
18 Day 48: Drive to Kathmandu
We will leave Beni and return to Kathmandu via Pokhara. You will be transferred back to hotel. Relax for rest of the day and stay overnight at hotel.
19 Day 49: KTM, Free day
Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. We can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Alternatively, you can arrange your photo albums and jot down memories in your journal.
20 Day 50: Departure, Int’l flight to home
You will be transferred to the Airport as per your schedule flight for international departure. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.
Photos of the Trip
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Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), the White Mountain was first climbed by the Swiss in 1960 via North East Col and it’s located in the North Central of Nepal. It remained as highest peak in the world till 1848 AD. Later it was mapped by one of the secret Indian surveyors in 1873 AD. But the region remained largely unknown until a Swiss aerial survey in 1949. The French Annapurna Expedition, led by Mr. Herzog in 1950, had permission to climb either Dhaulagiri or Annapurna but decided on Annapurna after a reconnaissance of Dhaulagiri. A Swiss team failed to climb in 1953 as did an Argentine group one year later.
Mt. Dhalulagiri is the perfect trip for those who want a more intense experience of the mountains. We will be trekking deep into the Dhaulagiri region, providing more spectacular views of Mt Dhaulagiri, ThorongPeak, Annapurna I and Kali Gandaki, the world’s deepest gorge. We may encounter semi wild yak herds, Mountain sheep or the elusive snow leopard in the remote valleys of this region.
This mountain is 7th highest and one of the world’s 14 “above 8000m” high mountains. It demands the best quality of technical equipments and highly motivated technically sound climbers’ team. It has typical weather conditions, which is very difficult to predict. The Base Camp is located at a height of 4740m. on Chhonbardan glacier below a rocky knob.