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Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition (8167 M)

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Mt Dhaulagiri is 7th highest mountain peak in the world and 5th highest in Nepal among several highest peaks claiming its height as 8167 M. Its name is derived from Sanskrit word ‘Dhavala’ literally means white and ‘Giri’ Referring Mountain. This misty massif here in Nepal extends 120 Km from Kaligandaki River in the west to Bheri and on southeast by Myagdi Khola as well as beautiful Pokhara valley in its south. This mountain was 1st climbed by Swiss, Austrian and Nepalese expeditors in 1960. Still, this White Mountain expedition remains equally challenging and enthusiastic expedition might take approximately 60 days.

Dhaulagiri Expedition is one of the most difficult peaks to climb but interestingly it has 6 different routes for its climb but we use normal path minimizing the potential risks that might occur in other routes. It needs 4 camps to set up while climbing Mt. Dhaulagiri. Camp I will be set up at 5900m and then leads towards camp II at 6400m. After crossing second camp III we will set up at 7200m and final camp will be at 7200m. Best season for expedition is April to May and Sep to Oct.

Outline Itinerary of Dhaulagiri Expedition

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Preparation Day

Day 4: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 5: Pokhara to Nayapul & trek to Ulleri to Ghrorepani

Day 6: Ghorepani to Tatopani

Day 7: Tatopani to Ghasa

Day 8: Ghasa to Marpha

Day 9: Marpha to Yak Kharka

Day 10: Yak Kharka to Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Day 11-12: Acclimatization Day

Day 13-40: Dhaulagiri Expedition

Day 41: Back to Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 42: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Yak Kharka

Day 43: Yak Kharka to Jomsom

Day 44: Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 45: Pokhara to Kathmandu 

Day 46: Departure 

Important Notice: You must have very good physical conditions and non health issues in order to perform this task. Besides there are several things you need to know before this expeditions such as experience, communication skills and leadership, trainings and briefings, planning, strategies and other vital aspects like weather, climate and regarding safety. While safety is our main concern, note that your leader has full authority to cancel or change any part of itinerary if it seems doubtful to perform.

Itinerary 50 Days

Day 1: Kathmandu arrival (1360 M)

You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

Today you are going to  explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Preparation Day (1360m)

With your usual routine today will be your trek preparation day. You will do shopping’s on your requirements and gather with your team and leaders and discuss on your itinerary. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Kathmandu to Pokhara  (827 M).

After you arrive at Pokhara either by air or bus, you will visit Pokhara rest of the day by enjoying Phewa lake, Temples, visiting several caves, David’s fall, etc. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Drive Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to Ulleri and to Ghorepani (2874m)

After breakfast you will have drive to Nayapul from where you start trek to Ulleri where you will have lunch and again march for Ghorepani. Along its trail you will enjoy spectacular views of Mount Annapurna south (7219m) & Himchuli (6441m) and places like Banthati and Tangethati from where Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167M), highest of Annapurna Region, looks stunning. Stay overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 6: Ghorepani to Tatopani (1190 M)

Early in the morning you climb up to Poon hill to see magnificent sunrise and 180 degree panorama of Annapurna region. Then you return back to Ghorepani for breakfast. You pass through villages called Sikha, Ghar Khola and suspension bridges you arrive at Tatopani, hot spring. This place is regarded as a pilgrimage site and popular among the trekkers to sooth their tired legs and muscles. Stay overnight at Tatopani.

Day 7: Trek Tatopani to Ghasa (2100 M)

Passing through the deep gorge of Kali Gandaki valley, Waterfalls, khochepani we reach at Thakali village called Ghasa which is famous for different species of birds’ habitat. Stay overnight at Ghasa.

 Day 8: Ghasa to Marpha (2667 M)

The trail steeply continues up through forests, rivers, villages-Lete, LarJung, Tukuche and some agricultural land till we rest at Marpha village. Stay overnight at Marpha.

Day 9: Marpha to Yak Kharka (4010 M)

Today you will  shortly visit the village of Marpha and gear up and March towards Yak Kharka. You ascend uphill and passing through sparse forest finally you are at Yak Kharka. Stay overnight at Yak Kharka.

Day 10: Yak Kharka to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (5350 M)

You will have good quality breakfast and trail to Dhaulagiri Base Camp enjoying the great panoramic vistas of snowy Himalayas and beautiful landscapes. You finally camp at Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Stay overnight at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 11 & 12: Acclimatization Day

These days will be for your acclimatization, Trainings on using equipments, gears and other necessary elements for mountaineering. You will make strategic planning and build your team work and communications skills good. Most important is that being confident and giving minor care to each aspects remaining safety. Stay overnight at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day 13-40: Dhaulagiri Expedition

Day 41: Back to Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Day 42: Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Yak Kharka

Today you trail same way back to Yak Kharka. Stay overnight at Yak Kharka

Day 43: Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2682M)

Trail down to Jomsom then explore the beautiful town and Stay overnight at Jomsom.

Day 44: Jomsom to Pokhara (827 M)

Today you will have tea/coffee this morning and get ready to fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. It takes 20 Minutes and you will completely like the views seen during the flight. You can explore Pokhara rest of the day enjoying its elements and engaging in several activities like boating, fishing, etc. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 45: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1360 M)

You will have breakfast and leave for Kathmandu and with 6 hr drive you are at Kathmandu. You must have got tired so rest of the day just relax and get your body some massages. Stay overnight at hotel

Day 47: Acclimatization Day

Today is your leisure day at Kathmandu you are free to enjoy any of the services and facilities at Kathmandu like sports games, shopping’s, movies, restaurants and bars and get your beloved and close one a memory of Nepal. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 48: Departure

Today your Dhaulagiri Expedition comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting, bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.so that you can make your travel to Nepal memorable.


Services include:

Necessary Local Transport by Private vehicle

 Accommodation in Kathmandu at standard hotels with breakfast.

 Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide. 

Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks

 Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House/Tent while on treks. 

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.

 Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.

 Insurance of our field staff.

 Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit) 

Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu flight ticket including 15 kg Baggage’s 

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax & Permit.

Climbing Permit, Climbing Guide & Camping Equipment

Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee 

 International / any air fare. 

 Travelers insurance 

 Alcohol, hot and cold drinks) 

 Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 

 All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, Political Disturbances etc.

General Information:

A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.

Equipments Required

Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc

Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc

Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.

Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.

Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.

Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.


 Climbing Gears

1 Alpine climbing harness.

1 Ascender 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide)

1 Mountaineering axe with leash

1 Pair expedition style gaiters which fit perfectly over your boots

1 Pair of Steel crampons

1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners

2 D-Shaped locking carabineers 

2 Non-locking carabineers

Climbing helmet (optional)

Neck gaiter

Ski goggles (optional) 


Body Gears (Synthetic Recommended, No COTTON)

Two T-shirts

Light expedition thermal tops.

Fleece jacket or pullover.

Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).

Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.

1 pair liner gloves, 1 pair of warm gloves, shell gloves.

Warm wool or synthetic hat to covers your ears, warm neck warmer, 100% glacier glasses, balaclava, headlamps,

2 pair of nylon hiking pants, synthetic underwear’s, 2 pair of trekking pants, waterproof baggages, light long trousers, liner socks, 1pair of sandles, etc.

Optional like Binaculors, stainless steel thermos, hydration bladder, ipods and cards, fav. Snack foods, trekking poles, etc.


 Extra Strength Excedrin, Ibuprofen, Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules, Diamox, mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, 

Always Drink Safe Water

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.

About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek

Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.

Travel Insurance

Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

  Washing and Toilet facilities

Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.

 Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.

Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks

You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Treks suggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.

Trip Facts

 Trip Name: Dhaulagiri Expedition

Trip Duration:  50 Days

Trip Area: Annapurna Region

Maximum Altitude:  8167 M

Minimum Altitude: 827 M

Trip Type: Expedition             

Trip Grade: Difficult

Price: On Request

Suitable For:  Professionals

Best Season: Aug - Dec & Feb - May (12 Month Possible)

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