Situated in western Nepal, Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m) stands tall as the seventh highest mountain in the world. Although there are many mountain expeditions in Nepal, Dhaulagiri Expedition still remains one of the most difficult climbs in the world. One must have prior climbing experience and excellent physical as well as mental health to climb this mighty mountain. During the expedition, you will trek through villages of several ethnicities to spend almost a month amid icefalls, glaciers, and the mighty Himalayas.
Dhaulagiri Expedition starts with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, from where a fascinating drive along the curvy roads will take you to the beautiful city of Pokhara. The trek starts from Beni which is the located at the confluence of the Kali Gandaki River and Myagdi River. From there, you pass through rural villages, farm fields, and cross several rivers and suspension bridges before arriving in Dobhan. The trail then leads you through alpine forest and glacial moraine before arriving in Italian Base Camp. This is where your snow journey really starts. After a day for acclimatization, you make a steady climb to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Then it will be a steep climb from one ridge to another before you reach the summit. You traverse through the ice and snow on rocky and slippery paths using your crampons, axe, and various other mountaineering gears. From base camp, you climb to Camp 1, Camp 2, Camp 3, and Camp 4 before heading to the summit. You will be trekking back and forth between these camps for acclimatization purposes. A final climb from Camp 4 takes you to the top of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), giving an overwhelming view of the snow-covered peaks of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges along with several other high Himalayas. This view is bound to remain imprinted in your memory forever. You later make your way through two high passes—French Pass (5360m) and Dhampus Pass (5244m)—and make your way alongside Kali Gandaki River to finally drive back to Kathmandu.
Epic Adventures is a reputed company in the field of travel and tourism. We have successfully organized and facilitated expeditions to various mountains in Nepal. Our package takes care of your transport, accommodation, permits, equipment, and every other necessity. We provide you with high-quality tents, healthy food, safe drinking water, travel advice, and assure you a safe and successful expedition.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||4600 m|
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
The trip begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. Our team representative will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), from where you will be taken to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Today you will be briefed regarding the expedition and the necessary permits and documents will be arranged by the company. Any last minute shopping can be done today. In your leisure time, you can explore the capital city. Overnight at the hotel.
Take a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara enjoying the beautiful landscapes and rural settlements on the countryside. En route, you get views of Marsayangdi River and Annapurna Mountain Range. You can enjoy the evening relaxing at the bank of Phewa Lake. Overnight at hotel.
Leaving Pokhara, today you drive to Darbang via Beni. The journey goes through quiet forests and continues on the dirt road to pass through several other towns before reaching Darbang. In every house of Darbang, at least one person is skilled in the art of Khukuri making. Overnight at lodge.
You start the trek today as you leave Darbang for Phaliya Gaon. Cross Myagdi River on a suspension bridge and leave the river behind to reach Dharapani. From here, the route goes uphill to the village of Takum. A gradual climb from Takum takes you to Phaliya Gaon, which is surrounded by lush forest. Overnight at tented camp.
Today’s walk takes you through some of the undulated trails where you cross several villages. Follow the trail that leads to Gatti Khola and a 2-hour climb from there will take you to the large village of Muri. As it is a short trek, you will have plenty of time to explore this traditional Magar village. Overnight at tented camp.
Cross Myagdi River on a suspension bridge and ascend on the hillside passing through many rural farmhouses. After skirting around the ridge, you make a steep ascend along the riverbank for two hours and then gradually descend to the small farm village of Boghara. Overnight at tented camp.
Take the descending route alongside the Myagdi River enjoying the scenic landscapes until you arrive at the lush forest. Passing through the forest, you climb on a rocky area and reach Lapche Kharka. From here, you pass a beautiful waterfall and climb up to reach Dobhan Kharka. Overnight at tented camp.
Pass through the rhododendron and bamboo forest and then continue the trek on the upstream trail of Myagdi River. Cross the bridge over the Myagdi River and follow the trail which heads east and you arrive in Sallaghari. Enjoy the views of Manapathi (6380m), Tsaurabong (6395m), and various peaks of Dhaulagiri from Sallaghari. Overnight at tented camp.
The trek continues through the open grazing area of Sallaghari. Pass through an alpine forest and then on a moraine trail to ascend to Italian Base Camp. Astonishing views of the Dhaulagiri massif along with the peaks of Manapathi (6380m) and Tsaurabong (6395m) can be seen from Italian Base Camp. You camp just in front of the west wall of Dhaulagiri I (8167m). Overnight at tented camp.
This day is reserved for acclimatization. You can rest all day at the base camp or take short hikes and explore the surrounding areas. It is necessary to get adjusted to the high altitude conditions so that you remain physically and mentally fit before the mountain climb.
You trek across the moraine of Dhaulagiri West Icefall and make a steady climb to reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp. It is a hard climb to the base camp as the trail is covered with ice and snow. From the base camp, you can see the massive faces of Tukuche Peak (6920m) and the west side of Dhaulagiri massif. Overnight at tented camp.
These are the major days for climbing the summit of Dhaulagiri I (8167m). You will set up four camps on your way to the summit and spend some days acclimatizing to the growing altitude. Walking on an icy and slippery trail, you make your way upwards from base camp to Camp 1, Camp 2, Camp 3, and Camp 4. Remember to follow the instructions of your climbing Sherpa diligently. From Camp 4, you ascend on the snow-covered ridge to finally reach the top of Dhaulagiri I (8167m). Standing on the top of the seventh highest mountain in the world, you will get a surreal view of various mountains and icefalls surrounding Dhaulagiri I (8167m). You then hike back down to Camp 3 via Camp 4 and then Camp 2, Camp 1 and finally to the base camp.
Today you start preparations to return. Pack all the equipment and do not leave anything behind. Moreover, it is necessary to clean the base camp to maintain an eco-friendly environment. You can spend the rest of the time relaxing at the base camp. Overnight at base camp.
You start the day early as it is a long trekking day today. You make a steep ascend on a moraine trail to cross the French Pass (5360m). You then descend to the Hidden Valley and again ascend to Dhampus Pass (5244m). From there on, it is a steep downhill trek along the rock covered section to the campsite in Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is a summer pastureland from where you can see the peak of Nilgiri (7061m) and the western end of the Annapurna massif. Overnight at tented camp.
Today is the final day of the trek. Follow the path along the banks of Kali Gandaki River to reach Marpha, a beautiful town famous for apples. One hour walk from Marpha will take you to Tukuche village. From there, you drive downhill towards Tatopani. Tatopani has got natural hot springs where you can enjoy a refreshing hot bath. Overnight at lodge.
From Tatopani, you take a bus or a jeep and drive towards Beni. From Beni, you take the tourist bus and enjoy a long ride through the countryside to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Today is a free day in Kathmandu. You can either choose to relax at the hotel or explore the tourist attractions in Kathmandu. You can also do shopping or hang out at the bars in Thamel. Overnight at hotel.
After a fulfilling breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to the airport in our company vehicle 3 hours before your flight schedule.