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Mount Dhaulagiri Expedition

Duration
45 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Mount Dhaulagiri Expedition Stretching across 120km from KaliGandaki River to Bheri, Dhaulagiri Mountain (8167m) is the seventh highest mountain in the world and fifth highest Mountain in Nepal. Dhaulagiri Mountain is demarked from Annapurna Mountain by mere 34km distance. Dhaulagiri Mountain enlists among the most difficult mountain climb in Nepal and it was conquered for the first time only in the year 1960 by the combined team of Swiss, Austrian and Nepali climbers. They chose to follow the trail that progresses through the northeastern ridge. Dhaulagiri Mountain rises 7000m above Kali Gandaki Valley.
There are total five ridges in Dhaulagiri Mountain Range namely Dhaulagiri I Mountain, Dhaulagiri II Mountain, Dhaulagiri III Mountain, Dhaulagiri IV Mountain and Dhaulagiri V Mountain. Being the technical climb, Dhaulagiri Mountain welcomes few climbers each year. So, Dhaulagiri is ideal for those trekkers who wish to travel through less crowded trekking region.
We currently offer 45days Mount Dhaulagiri Expedition. We will begin our climb from the northeastern ridge and reach to the summit after breaking our expedition into 4 camps. We will leave Kathmandu and drive to Darbang via bustling Beni Bazaar. We will pass through settlements at Baskot and Dovan to the forest at Pina. Crossing the Italian Base Camp, we will reach the base camp of Dhaulagiri. The return trek progresses through Yak Kharka to Jomsom from where we will fly back to Pokhara. Dhaulagiri Expedition concludes as we return back to Pokhara.


Itinerary Outline
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day02&03: Trek preparation and briefing in Ministry of Tourist
Day04: Drive to Beni (830m) and to Darbang (1180m)
Day05: Trek to Baskot village
Day06: Trek to Bagar
Day07: Trek to Dovan
Day08: Trek to Pina (Forest Camp)
Day09: Trek to Italian Base Camp
Day10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m)
Day11 to Day39: Climbing period
Day40: prepare for the return trek
Day41: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Yak Kharka
Day42: Trek to Jomsom via Marpha
Day43: Fly to Pokhara
Day44: Drive to Kathmandu
Day45: Departure
 Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will find our representative ready to greet you as soon as you disembark from the flight. You will be transferred to the hotel where brief orientation about the Dhaulagiri Expedition is provided before you enjoy the delicious welcome dinner.

Day02 &03: Trek preparation and briefing in Ministry of Tourism
First two days are dedicated in exploring Kathmandu valley and preparing for Dhaulagiri expedition. We will take half day guided city tour during which we will explore UNESCO enlisted sites of Kathmandu namely Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Dhaulagiri Climbing requires approval from Nepal Government. We will receive the approval from Ministry of Tourism.

Day04: Drive to Beni (830m) and to Darbang (1180m)
Drive to Beni continues through Pokhara. We will follow the Prithvi highway for about 5hrs to reach Pokhara. Beni is located 82km far from Pokhara. The bus ride proceeds along the bank of Mardi River. We will reach Beni in few hours. Beni Bazzar exists in the confluence of Myagdi River and Kali Gandaki River. From Beni, we will drive to Darbang.

Day05: Trek to Baskot village
Darbang is the beautiful village of multi ethnics. Trail moves in and out of Darbang. We will walk along tea houses and crop fields from where we will ascend further through the ridge to pretty small Baskot village which comprises of only few houses.

Day06: Trek to Bagar
The trail lowers down for a bit to arrive at the river. Crossing the river, we will take the steep climb to small pass. The summit of the pass offers striking views of Ghustung South Mountain (6465m). The path descends to Myagdi River and moves in and out of Naura village from where it continues to Bagar.

Day07: Trek to Dovan
The path descends through crop fields to forested ridge. We will cross the forest and reach Jyardan which is the small yet culturally rich village. Moving further through the rocky path, we will reach Lipshe from where we will cross Lapche Kharka and reach Dovan.

Day08: Trek to Pina (Forest Camp)
As we cross the river over wooden bridge, the trail leads us to the forest of pine woods. We will climb all the way to the vantage point and enjoy the sight of Dhaulagiri I (8167m) Mountain. Descending further to Myagdi River, we will cross the river and arrive at Chartare from where we will reach Choriban Khola. We will set our camp at the forest area in Pina.

Day09: Trek to Italian Base Camp
Trek begins through the forest at Pina. Exiting from the forest, we will take the sharp ascend to Italian Base Camp to reach the glacier valley. We will walk through the Chhonbaran glacier and enjoy the sight of Tukuche Peak and Dhaulagiri I mountain. Trek continues to Italian Base Camp which exists at 3660m altitude. Italian Base Camp offers exquisite views of Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V mountains.

Day10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m)
Trekking continues through the glaciers. We need to be cautious not to slip off as it is difficult to walk in the path that is lined with melting snow. We will enjoy the sight of Dhaulagiri I Mountain and take 4hrs of trek to reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp. We will get the opportunity to view Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri III and Dhaulagiri V mountains.

Day11 to Day39: Climbing period
11th to 39th days are dedicated to climb and lower down from Dhaulagiri Mountain. We will listen to the instructor and practice to climb the mountain for few days before actually climbing the mountain. We will pass through High Camps to the summit and return back to Base Camp. Climbing equipments like crampons, ladders and cables are required to climb to the summit of Dhaulagri Mountain. We will enjoy the gratifying views of mountains in Nepal from the summit.

Day40: prepare for the return trek
We will take rest from the strenuous Dhaulagiri trek at the base camp. We will clear the mess that we have created at the base camp as we believe in eco friendly and responsible tourism. We will accumulate the energy that is required on the return trek and stay overnight at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

Day41: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Yak Kharka
We will cross the French Pass and follow the descending trail for about 3hrs to reach Hidden Valley. We will walk past the meadow of Hidden Valley which is full of lush green vegetation. Exiting from the Hidden Valley, we will cross Dhampus pass (5200m) and lower down to Yak Kharka where we will stay overnight.

Day42: Trek to Jomsom via Marpha
Yak Kharka is used by locals as the winter settlement to graze their cattle. We will leave the green valley of Yak Kharka and lower down to Marpha village which is famous for apple production. We will try local made apple brew and descend further to Kali Gandaki River. Walk along western bank of Kali Gandaki River will lead us to Jomsom.

Day43: Fly to Pokhara
We will take an early morning Jomsom Pokhara flight. 30 minutes of scenic flight high above Dhaulagiri Mountain will take us to Pokhara Airport where we will stay at hotel in Pokhara.

Day44: Drive to Kathmandu
5hrs of drive through Prithvi Highway with views of terraced field, Trishulu river and cable cars will take us back to hotel in Kathmandu.

Day45: Departure
You will be assisted in your last moment preparation afterwards which our representative will take you to International Airport from where you will move to your next destination.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Flight ticket for guide Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Flight ticket for Clients Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 45 Days
Accomodation: Camping and Tent
Type: Normal
Activities : Hiking and climbing
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Dhaulagiri Mountain (8167m) is the seventh highest mountain in the world and fifth highest Mountain in Nepal.
  • There are total five ridges in Dhaulagiri Mountain Range namely Dhaulagiri I Mountain, Dhaulagiri II Mountain, Dhaulagiri III Mountain, Dhaulagiri IV Mountain and Dhaulagiri V Mountain.
  • We currently offer 45days Mount Dhaulagiri Expedition Package.
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