About Dhaulagiri Expedition

Dhaulagiri (8167 mt / 26,795 ft) is the 7th highest peak on the planet and one of only 14 peaks that rise over 8,000 mt / 26,247 ft.  It is located in the mid-west region, west of the Annapurna Range and is the highest peak entirely within Nepal’s borders. Dhaulagiri is unique as one of the most technically challenging among the 8,000 mt peaks and a major goal for experienced, worldwide mountaineers.

We are ready and able to assist you in accomplishing your greatest climbing aims safely and soundly. Your dream of standing atop a demanding 8,000 mt peak and the feeling of ultimate success and achievement will be in safe hands as you let us take care of the logistics.

The mountain was first climbed by a Swiss-Austrian team in 1960. Autumn is considered the best season for conditions on the mountain and spring is another option.  You can fulfill a lifetime highlight and individual ambitions and share the achievement in every walk of life from friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances, to climbing peers who will respect the hard work, commitment, stamina, and skill it takes to get to the top of Dhaulagiri.

We ultimately take the northeast ridge approach which has less risk of avalanche. As demanding as this high elevation climb is, you can leave everything to us and simply focus on achieving the aim of a lifetime. The Dhaulagiri Expedition is a fully supported journey and we are with you in all ways every step of the way with Himalayan veteran Sherpas. You will be with knowledgeable, experienced specialists that take your well-being personally and offer the best chance of summit success.

The approach begins along the western valley of the iconic Annapurna Circuit. The terrain offers a spectacular array of snowy mountains, and the remote villages surrounded by terraced fields will be unforgettable.  We begin in the enchanting lowlands along the Kali Gandaki River. This river forms the deepest gorge in the world between Dhaulagiri and the tenth highest peak in the world, Annapurna.

Our team assembles in Pokhara and together we ascend through the exotic scenery. After ascending to Base Camp we meet more crew and refresh our climbing skills. Along the journey, we include adequate rest days to ensure acclimatization. On these days, we take the chance to explore the beautiful surrounding area while we become accustomed to the altitude. 

The timetable is planned by veteran climbers with special attention to season and safety. We always adhere to the highest safety standards and ensure that this trip is designed for comfort and well-being, especially by following a graded ascent with proper acclimatization.

In Kathmandu, we begin with team introductions and expedition briefings, equipment inspection and other preparations.

We establish our Base Camp at 4,600 mt / 15,092 ft. Camp I is around 5800 mt / 19,029 ft, Camp II is nearly 6,400 mt / 20,997 ft, Camp III from where we push for the summit is about 7,400 mt / 22,278 ft.

We arrange a crew of porters and sometimes mules to transport provisions and gear, including food and a dining tent, tables, chairs, a toilet tent and personal, high-performance sleeping tents. At base camp, our skilled chef will provide the day’s meals and in the evening we will enjoy a magnificent camp under the stars, surrounded by the Himalaya and jaw-dropping surroundings while we enjoy a supper and a warm drink.

We are devoted to the highest standards in the industry and look forward to guiding you on the adventure of a lifetime to the top of the 7th highest and one of the most challenging peaks in the world!

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2Climbing preparation day (Sightseeing Optional). Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 3Climbing preparation day. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 4Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (1,000 mt.). Driving 8-9 hours. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 5Beni to Darbang (1,800 mt.). Driving 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 6Darbang to Muri (1,850 mt.). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 7Muri to Bagar (2,100 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 8Dovan to Pina Sallaghari (3,100 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 9Pina Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3,600 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 10Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 11to Day 40 Dhaulagiri Expedition period. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 41Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Yak Kharka (3,680 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 42Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,750 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 43Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 44Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Driving 7 hours. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 45Leisure day in Kathmandu (Sightseeing optional). Farewell dinner & Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 46Transfer to Airport for your final departure from Nepal.
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