Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition is not for the faint of heart. As the seventh highest mountain in the world, standing at a formidable 8,167 meters, this Himalayan giant poses a thrilling challenge for experienced climbers seeking to test their limits. What sets this expedition apart from others is its stunning and untouched beauty. From snow-covered peaks to lush green valleys below, every step of the journey offers breathtaking views that leave climbers in awe of nature’s grandeur.
It is an enormous Himalayan massif, located in north central Nepal and has the distinction of being the highest mountain located entirely within Nepal. The crest of the mountain stretches for thirty miles, lending structure to an otherwise tangled topography of twisting ridges, glaciers, and ice falls. Along the main crest, several pyramid-shaped peaks rise. Four of these summits, numbered from east to west, rise above 25,000 ft. After the discovery of Mount Dhaulagiri by the western world in the year 1808, it replaced Ecuador’s Chimborazo (20561ft) which was incorrectly believed to be the world’s highest mountain.
Most of the time unstable weather conditions, fearsome winds, freezing temperatures and the steep perilous climbing make the expedition very complicated and challenging. Despite these inherent difficulties, Dhaulagiri remains one of the most popular 8000m peaks for climbing in the Himalayas. Dhaulagiri is rare in terms of its rise above local terrain. It rises 7000 meters above the Kaligandaki gorge in the southeast, which is only 30 km in distance from the mountain proper. In fact, the Kali Gandaki gorge is dramatic as two eight-thousanders – Annapurna I & Dhaulagiri both stand near the river facing each other above this deep magnificent valley.
Dhaulagiri means white mountain which is justified as the peak rises like a giant shoulder of shining ice and snow.The South and West faces of Dhaulagiri feature massive drops; each rises over 4000 meters from its base, and the other has been the site for historical climbs.
The peak was first climbed in 1960 by a Swiss / Austrian expedition team via North East Ridge which has remained the normal route for ascent for most subsequent climbs till date.
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters). You will be met by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel
In the morning after breakfast at 9 AM, we host a Pre-Trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce you to our Sherpa climbing leader who will brief about the climbing program, official formalities and shopping items etc. Overnight at hotel
You will depart Kathmandu for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,). As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junctionwith the Marsyangdi R iver. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. While in Pokhara you can visit different popular sites and observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Stay overnight at hotel on Pokhara.
You can catch an amazing view of the sunrise from an ideal vantage point of Poon Hill ( 3210m). After breakfast, you descend to Tatopani through the rhododendron forest amidst the magnificent natural vistas. As you near Chitre, you get an awe-inspiring view of Dhaulagiri range. The path then leads through terraced fields to Sikha, a Magar village clustered on a ridge. You continue descending, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short climb, you cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from thereon, it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. Tatopani takes its name after the hot springs near the river below the village.
We will follow the trail that ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves. En route, you come across local people selling baskets of oranges. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. Thereafter, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge. You will find the layered stone path well-constructed and wide. As the rock cliff ends, you head towards Ghasa, aquaint Thakali village. You can see severa l flat-roofed Tibetan style houses in Ghasa. (Walk approx 5-6
After breakfast we ascend from Ghasa towards Marpha. The trail meanders through stonewalled orchards. Few hours of descents soon follow other rock-strewn ascents through forests of fir, cypress and juniper along the riverbank of Kali Gandaki. As soon as you reach Marpha, you will be astonished at the architectural grandeur of this small town; tunnels, narrow alleyways and houses built in traditional style presents an interesting sight.
The route passes through bare land for some distance. En route we can see some yak and sheep herders as well. We traverse avalanche-prone slopes and then take on the steep descent to Yak Kharka. Stay overnight in tented camp
We follow a rough trail along the moraine covered glacier to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. From Base Camp the view is impressive with Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak and Little Eiger and further to the west lies Dhaulagiri II (7,751m) and IV (7,618m). You can also see the starting point of the climbing route through the icefall. Overnight at tented camp on the moraine strip at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Heading away from Yak Kharka you retrace your steps to Jomsom. As you approach your final destination, the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows and greys contrasting with the white snowcapped peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri. You stay overnight in Jomsom. In the evening you celebrate the completion of your trek with the crew, whom you know so well over the last 9 days.
Early in the morning fly to Pokhara by small air craft with majestic mountains view above the World deepest Gorge. The flights are available only in the morning time. The strong breeze blows during and after and frequent change of the weather prevents the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks. Upon arrival in Pokhara you will relax in hotel or wander around Lake side city. Overnight in hotel
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal’s first Cable car is operated up to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe we gently drive up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city.
Today as per your international flight time, our staff will come to pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the international airport for your final departure.
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