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Dhaulagiri Expedition

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Mount 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; name is derivative from Sanskrit "Dhavala" 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 largely 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 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 normal everyday 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 pass; 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 Dhaulagiri expedition around the Dhaulagiri massif, displaying the beauty and wilderness of Nepal’s remote area, which truly is an adventure to any trekking enthusiast.

The normal 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 equipments and highly motivated technically sound climbers team. It has typical weather conditions which is 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.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 03: Rest day and Legal Formalities
Day 04: Ktm drive to Pokhara and trek to Beni (850m)
Day 05: Beni trek to Tatoapani (1180m)
Day 06: Tatopani trek to Ghasa (2000m)
Day 07: Ghasa trek to Marpha (2665m)
Day 08: Marpha trek to Yak kharka (4000m)
Day 09: Yak Kharka trek to Kalopani
Day 10: Kalopani trek to French Col
Day 11: French Col trek to Base Camp
Day 12-51: Climbing Period.
Day 52: Trek down to Dhampus
Day 53: Dhampus trek to Marpha (2665m)
Day 54: Marpha trek to Ghasa (2000m)
Day 55: Ghasa trek to Tatopani (1180m)
Day 56: Tatopani to Pokhara
Day 57: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 58: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 59: Final Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
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 fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast. 

Day 2: 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 essentially 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 3: Rest day and Legal Formalities
This might be a rest day for you as 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 leisurely stroll through the popular streets.

Day 4: 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 flight, 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 drive 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 5: Beni to Tatoapani (1180m)
Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered rhododendron forest with rich bird life. 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 6: Tatopani trek to Ghasa (2000m)
From Tatopani you can follow the road (or even take a jeep) all the way up to Ghasa. 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. Cross the 120m long bridge as the river roars through a narrow chasm 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 7: 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 to the red-roofed Taglung Gompa, on a hillside beside a huge sacred tree. Marpha is the main inhabitants of the ethnic group of Thakalis which has been favourite 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 8: 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 9: 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 12-51: Climbing Period.

Day 52: Trek down to Dhampus. Overnight at camp

Day 53: Dhampus – Marpha (2665m)
From Yak Kharka we descend along the flank of the mountain to once again reach civilization. Marpha is the main inhabitants of the ethnic group of Thakalis 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 54: Marpha – Ghasa (2000m)
The next day trail follows the Kaligandaki River through the narrow gorge, passing through traditional Thakali villages. You can visit to the red-roofed Taglung Gompa, on a hillside beside a huge sacred tree. The village of Ghasa marks a cultural and ecological milestone. We spend our night here in Ghasa.

Day 55: 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 56: 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 57: 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. At 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 58: 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 leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.

Day 59: Final Departure
We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight to onward destination.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking and camping guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness), porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis), cook, helpers with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine. 
  • Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek by Tourist bus/Private Car/Van and Flights depends on Clients requirement and budget.
  • Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals for trekking and camping  (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • All camping gears (water proof dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent  etc) with High quality tents.
  • High altitude climbing food, fuel, Gas etc.
  • Permits for Expedition
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Special Gifts (T shirt, Pashmina shawl, Trekking certificates and others)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking/climbing staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
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Trip Facts & Figures:

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

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Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition