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.
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:
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.