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Dhaulagiri Expedition

Dhaulagiri Expedition

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Trip Facts

Duration : 43 Days Max-Altitude : 8,167 m Program Type : Camping Best Season : Sep- Oct, April- June Per Day Walking : 5/6 h Trek Grade : Grade 2:

These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.


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$ 22900 $ 20000
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Group Price

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $ 22900
2 Paxes $20000
2-4 Paxes $19800
4-6 Paxes $19500
6-10 Paxes $19000
10-15 Paxes $18800
15+Paxes $18800

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Dhaulagiri Himal Expedition

The Dhaulagiri Expedition, one of the most challenging expeditions globally, takes place in the magnificent mountain range of Dhaulagiri Himal, located in north-central Nepal. As the highest mountain in Nepal, Dhaulagiri stretches for thirty miles, showcasing its grandeur through winding terrain, glaciers, and snow-capped peaks. Along the main crest, several pyramid-shaped peaks adorn the landscape, with four of these summits surpassing 25,000 feet from east to west. Our expedition aims to conquer the highest peak among them, Dhaulagiri I, which stands tall at 8,167 meters.

In the Annapurna trekking region, the allure of Dhaulagiri Himal captivates mountaineers. With its five ridges and imposing south and west faces, Mount Dhaulagiri offers various routes to climbers. However, the northeastern route is typically chosen for summiting this majestic peak, commonly known as the “Normal Route.” In 1960, a Swiss/Austrian expedition comprising Kurt Diemberger, Peter Diener, Ernst Forrer, Albin Schelbert, Nyima Dorji, and Nawang Dorji successfully accomplished the first ascent of Dhaulagiri.

Spanning nearly seven weeks, the Dhaulagiri Expedition encompasses a weeklong trek to reach the base camp situated at 4,750 meters. Despite the multiple routes leading to the Dhaulagiri base camp, the path from Beni to Italy base camp and the Dhaulagiri base camp, commonly known as the Dhaulagiri Circuit trek, remains a challenging and technically demanding journey. The standard route for climbing Dhaulagiri involves traversing the North East Ridge, which necessitates establishing three camps above the base camp.

For over two decades, Nepal Wilderness Trekking Company has been organizing Dhaulagiri expeditions and treks. As a reputable agency, they exclusively employ experienced and certified climbing guides licensed by the Government of Nepal. These expert climbing guides from Nepal Wilderness Trekking Pvt possess exceptional climbing skills and will ensure your safe passage to the summit of Dhaulagiri. However, it’s important to note that adverse weather conditions and acclimatization issues may require occasional waiting periods at the base camp. While we cannot guarantee the weather, we must adapt to the whims of nature.

Regarding the cost of the Dhaulagiri Expedition, it can vary depending on factors such as the expedition’s duration, the size of the climbing team, and the level of support and services provided. For larger groups, attractive offers are available, with the Dhaulagiri expedition package starting at USD 22,900 per person for groups of 2 to 4 individuals.

To maximize the chances of a successful Dhaulagiri expedition, it is advisable to undertake the journey during the spring (March to May) or fall (September to November). These seasons typically offer stable and clear weather conditions, as well as favorable snow and ice conditions for climbing. In the spring, the warmer weather and longer days can be advantageous, although there is a higher risk of avalanches and rockfall due to melting snow and ice. Conversely, the fall season provides cooler temperatures and shorter days, but clearer and drier skies, offering excellent visibility. Additionally, the fall season is less crowded, providing a more serene and secluded climbing experience.

It is important to keep in mind that weather conditions in the high mountains can be unpredictable, necessitating preparedness for sudden changes. Consulting experienced local guides and expedition companies is crucial for determining the best time for a Dhaulagiri expedition and ensuring the implementation of proper safety measures.

Preparations for a Dhaulagiri expedition require careful planning and thorough preparations to ensure a safe and successful climb. Here are some essential steps and considerations:

  1. Physical Fitness: Engage in a comprehensive physical training regimen to enhance your endurance, strength, and cardiovascular fitness. Focus on activities such as hiking, climbing, running, and strength training to prepare your body for the demands of high-altitude mountaineering.
  2. Acclimatization: Understand the importance of acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness. Gradually ascend to higher altitudes, allowing your body time to adjust and adapt to the reduced oxygen levels. Incorporate acclimatization periods into your itinerary, including rest days at specific elevations to facilitate the adjustment process.
  3. Gear and Equipment: Invest in high-quality mountaineering gear and equipment suitable for extreme cold weather conditions. Essential items include mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axes, harnesses, ropes, helmets, down jackets, waterproof outerwear, gloves, goggles, and a high-altitude sleeping bag. Ensure all equipment is in good condition and properly fitted.
  4. Technical Skills: Acquire and hone the necessary mountaineering skills and techniques required for Dhaulagiri. This includes proficiency in using crampons and ice axes, rope management, glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and navigation. Attend mountaineering courses or hire experienced guides to enhance your technical abilities.
  5. Altitude Medication and First Aid: Consult with a healthcare professional experienced in high-altitude medicine to obtain appropriate medications for altitude sickness prevention. Pack a well-stocked first aid kit with essential supplies for treating common mountaineering injuries and illnesses.
  6. Expedition Team: Assemble a competent and experienced team, including climbing partners, guides, and support staff. Ensure everyone possesses the necessary mountaineering skills, experience, and a compatible mindset for the challenges ahead. Collaborate closely with your team members throughout the expedition.
  7. Permits and Logistics: Obtain the required permits and permissions from the appropriate authorities, such as the Nepalese government and local mountaineering associations. Plan the logistics of transportation, accommodation, and supply management, considering factors such as porters, yaks, or helicopters for carrying equipment and supplies.
  8. Weather Monitoring: Stay updated on the weather conditions in the Dhaulagiri region. Monitor forecasts and consult with local experts to make informed decisions regarding the best times to ascend, avoid adverse weather, and ensure your safety during the expedition.
  9. Mental Preparation: Develop mental resilience and a positive mindset to overcome the physical and mental challenges of the expedition. Be prepared for unexpected situations, setbacks, and delays. Maintain a realistic outlook and prioritize safety above all else.
  10. Environmental Considerations: Respect the natural environment and follow Leave No Trace principles. Minimize your ecological impact by properly disposing of waste, avoiding damage to vegetation, and respecting local customs and traditions.

Remember, mountaineering expeditions are inherently risky. It is crucial to prioritize safety, follow the guidance of experienced guides, and be prepared to make decisions based on changing conditions. Proper preparations will significantly increase your chances of a successful and rewarding Dhaulagiri expedition.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
  • Day 02: Leisure time in Kathmandu, collection permit, etc.
  • Day 03: Drive to Pokhara, overnight in a hotel
  • Day 04: Drive to Marpha, overnight at a lodge
  • Day 05: Rest days
  • Day 06: Journey to Yak Kharka
  • Day 07: Journey to Kalopani
  • Day 08: Hike to Hidden Valley
  • Day 09: Trek to the base camp of Dhaulagiri
  • Day 10: Rest day
  • Day 11: Preparation for the climb
  • Day 12 to 35: The climbing period
  • Day 36: Base camp
  • Day 37: Base camp clearance
  • Day 38: Hike to Hidden Valley
  • Day 39: The trek to Yak Kharka
  • Day 40: Journey to Jomsom
  • Day 41: Fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara and Jomsom
  • Day 42: Kathmandu, evening celebration
  • Day 43: Depart for your home

Cost Included

  • Arrival and departure: Airport - Hotel transfer - Airport (Pick Up and Drop off).
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu: 4 nights at a 3-star hotel, sharing a twin room on a B&B basis.
  • Dinner: One Welcome Dinner with office staff at a tourist-standard restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • Two nights' accommodation at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara city on a bed and breakfast basis - sharing a twin bedroom.
  • The following permits are required: Expedition Royalty and permit of the Nepal Government to climb Dhaulagiri I, TIMS Card, Annapurna conservation area entry permit & fee.   
  • One Government Liaison Officer with full equipment ($2,500), salary, and accommodation.  
  • Garbage Management: Fees for transferring stools & garbage deposits.
  • During the expedition and trek, all Nepalese staff will be insured for medical & emergency rescue.
  • Map of trekking routes.
  • Clearance of personal luggage and payment of government taxes in Nepal for air cargo. *Prior to the expedition.
  • Member transportation: - (*Normal Route Itinerary) Air Transportation (Domestic Flight): Fly from Kathmandu – Pokhara and drive from Pokhara to Takam. Upon returning, drive from Takam to Pokhara and fly from Pokhara to Driveandu as per itinerary.
  • Transport of Expedition stuff: All equipment for Members and staff from Kathmandu to Takam (by Truck) and from Takam to Base Camp (by heli/ donkey/ porters - Depending on the weather).
  • Up to 70 kg of personal baggage per member can be carried by porters or Yaks during the trek.
  • Hotel/Lodge/Tea house/Camp accommodation during the trek and Basecamp. 3 meals a day (BLD; including tea and coffee). A well-managed base camp is available for members and staff.
  • Camping equipment is needed for the trek.
  • Porters per member from Takam to Basecamp and returning porters from Basecamp to Takam.
  • Staff: Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cooks and kitchen helpers as required.
  • Salaries and allowances of Nepalese staff and porters include daily wages, salaries, equipment, food, and clothing.
  • Each member will have a Yak Mountain or Kailas tent at Base Camp.
  • Equipment at Base Camp: form mattresses and pillows for each member, a dining tent, a kitchen tent, a communication tent, a toilet, and a shower tent. Shower Tent, 1 Staff Tent, 1 Tent for Nepalese base camp staffs, Store tents, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
  • Base camp heaters for dining areas as well as other camps that may be needed.
  • Solar/Generator/Light: One solar panel or generator for charging batteries and lighting at base camp. 
  • High Altitude Climbing Sherpa: Each member gets one veteran and government-licensed climbing sherpa. (1 Sherpa: 1 Member).
  • Sherpa Salary & Allowance: Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
  • (O2): Summit oxygen cylinder: 2 oxygen bottles (4 liters each) for each member and 1 oxygen bottle for each high-altitude Sherpa. 
  • Each member and high-altitude Sherpa will receive a Summit Oxygen mask and regulator. 
  • (With appropriate charge) Keep an oxygen cylinder, mask, and regulator on hand.
  • Among the high camp services that are available are High Altitude Tent, EPI Gas for cooking, a cooking pot for a member, high-calorie food for members, Sherpas, and climbing and cooking crew. There is also an EPI Gas gas source or propane heater. During the climbing period, group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope will be available.
  • A team of experienced Sherpas (Personal Sherpas) will fix the route on Dhaulagiri (no extra charge for members).
  • Sherpas carry satellite phones for emergency communication; members can also use them for an additional charge.
  • The Walkie-Talkie is used to communicate from Base Camp to Mountain and from Mountain to Base Camp.
  • Satellite Phone/walkie-talkie permits are required for all members and staff.
  • Report on weather conditions from Meteotest in Bern (Switzerland) during the entire expedition. 
  • Certificate: Dhaulagiri climbing certificate issued by MoCTCA (after climbing Mt. Dhaulagiri I successfully)

Cost Excluded

  • International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Fee for Nepal entry visa: US$ 40 per person for 30 days (US$ 100 for 60 days).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (also in the event of an earlier return from Trekking / Expedition than the itinerary).
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara extra night: Extra nights' accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In the event of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking/Expedition (for any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Insurance: Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & evacuation insurance.
  • In case of an emergency, medical insurance and evacuation costs may be required. Rescue, repatriation, medication, medical tests, and hospitalization.
  • Expenses for personal consumption include telephone calls, Internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot showers, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but soft drinks for members in base camp).
  • Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Medical Kit, Trekking or Climbing Gear.
  • Filming: Special fee for filming, cameras, and drones.
  • You need toiletries to keep clean, such as soap, shampoo, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items.
  • During the trek and expedition, internet service is not included.
  • Bonus for climbing Sherpa: Minimum 1500 USD. (Applies to full-board service).
  • Fixing rope: The cost associated with using fixed rope during the expedition. This applies to Basecamp members.
  • Calculate some tips for Basecamp staff.
  • Extras: Any additional services or activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • (If the company offers just Base Camp services) Our Company's Service will be "Zero" above Base Camp.
  • Other items are not listed in the "Cost Includes" section.


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