Dhaulagiri Expedition

dhaulagiri-expeditionMt.Dhaulagiri at 8,167m lies in the Dhaulagiri range of mountains in the mid – West
North of Nepal situated at 28 41 46 Latitude and 83 29 43 Longitude.

This is a fascinating and very varied trek and expedition, which includes a taste of almost all of the Expeditions environments which Nepal has to offer, from the fertile and relatively low farmlands towards the arid and treeless valleys.  From the dense forests of the lower part of the valley to high snow crested ridge and remorseless ice field.  This trip also offers excellent and rare views of both the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna massifs.

The expedition is even more special; perhaps-culturally. The villages and the hidden valleys are particularly memorable, being picturesque examples of the less frequented settlements with its charming inhabitants that are still quite unused to the spectacle of the passing by trekking groups, certainly an overwhelming expeditions from the remote west of Dhaulagiri to the main popular Trans Himalayan Salt Trade route and through the world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki Valley and thus ending this wonderful adventure at Pokhara via the scenic route of Annapurna area.

Trip Profile:

Mode of Expeditions:      On Camping basis.
Trekking Grade:                  Adventurous to Challenging.
Climbing grade:                  Full scale expeditions
Trekking / Climbing:        39 / 40days.
Total Trip:                       33 / 34 days.
Season:                        Late Spring & Autumn.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. 1,300m  meet and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu. (Guided tour on request).
Day 03: In Kathmandu preparations for the expedition.
Day 04: Drive to Pokhara 860m. 200 km. 5-6 hr journey.
Day 05: Drive to Marpha from Beni 830m via Baglung 970m. 5 hrs journey.
Day 06: At Marpha preparations and packing for the Expeditions.
Day 07: Trek to Yak-Kharka  4-5 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Hidden Valley via Thapa pass.
Day 09: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. 4,750m.3-4 hrs.
Day 10:  At Dhaulagiri BC rest day for acclimatization.
Day 11: Rest day preparation for the climb.
Day 12: Climb to ABC.
Day 13: At ABC preparations for the climb.
Day 14-30: Expedition to the summit for 17 days.
Day 31-32: Return to Base Camp.
Day 33: At Base Camp clean-up day.
Day 34: Trek to Hidden Valley.
Day 35: Trek to Yak Kharka.
Day 36: Trek to Marpha.
Day 37: Drive back to Pokhara via Beni.
Day 38: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
Day 39: In Kathmandu.
Day 40: International Departure.

Details Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m via respective airlines.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Expeditions /Camping, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 02-3:  In Kathmandu.
Free day preparation for the Expeditions and paper works or interested person can inform our staff for a tour of Kathmandu at places of interest.

Day 04: Kathmandu -Pokhara, 860m. Approx 5-6 hours drive.
Morning drive after breakfast to Pokhara, the bus ride takes you to the winding uphill and downhill road, the drive passes to many rural town and farm villages the bigger town on route is Malekhu-Mugling-Dumre and Damuli Bazaar, this place lies in the sub-tropical climatic zone, after 5-6 hours of scenic drive reaching at Pokhara for the overnight in the Hotel by the Phewa Lake.

Day 05:  Drive to Marpha via Beni and Tatopani.
The drive on leaving the outskirt of Pokhara climbs towards Naudanda and Kande with panoramic views of the Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains soon following the Modi River to Kusma town and the road diverts towards the big town of Beni the headquarter town of Myagdi region, from here the drive leads on the dirt road following the Kali-Gandaki River upstream leaving the rice paddy behind to maize and millet terraced fields as the weather changes with the culture and the people as well, journey continues further uphill for another few hours reaching at Lete with grand views of Dhaulagiri and its Ice fall, Tukuche peaks, Nilgiri mid and South and Annapurna North-West Face. From Lete entering the windswept country of Kali-Gandaki River Valley reaching at Marpha, one of the most beautiful and charming town village this is an apple country, one can try some of local apple product like brandy-juice-cider and local brew.

Day 06: At Marpha.
Today a free day for an excursion around this beautiful town village and to repack all the camping and climbing gears for the climb of Dhaulagiri.

Day 07: Trek to Yak Kharka. 4,915m. 4-5 hrs.
The walk to Yak Kharka from Marpha leads to a steep uphill path through the forest of firs and junipers and rhododendron bushes most of the way till Yak Kharka is reached for the overnight camp on the vast grazing field, Kharka in Nepali means a pasture or a grazing ground and shade for the animals.

Day 08: Trek to Hidden Valley. 4,900m. 4-5 hrs.
The walk continues on the uphill slope leaving the tree line behind for complete wilderness in between the peaks of Tukuche and Thapa / Dhampus after few hours of climb reaching at Thapa / Dhampus pass at 5,250m. From here the walk is gradual on the narrow path (in snow conditions this trail can be quite tricky) Finally reaching at Hidden Valley a vast field which is a summer pasture overlooking  Sita Chuchura, the mountains of Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang (5,386 m.), all of which surrounds the Hidden Valley. To the right is Tukuche Peak west and to the rear stands the huge Dhaulagiri I.
Hidden Valley remained behind Dhaulagiri massif undiscovered, until last few decades. It offers a very scenic charm with several small Peaks to climb.

Day 09: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m. 5 hrs. 

Today we make the early move for the Base Camp situated at 4,750 metres.
Entering a gentle slope to end of the valley and further as the walk continue the climb up to French Col at an elevation of 5,360 metres. On reaching the highest point of this journey at French Pass where there the buddhist prayer flag or lung-ta are hoisted by fellow trekkers and climbers respecting the mountain spirit. Then descending for a short period reaching the glaciated area from the rocky right side banks, walking along the  undulating glacier surface as the valley bends to the right bank route with short up and down passage to Dhaulagiri Base Camp situated at 4,750 metre high.
Overlooking at the impressive North face of Dhaulagiri I, while to the west the peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m.), III (7,715 m.) and IV (7,618 m.) stand soaring to the sky, and before us is the desolate Ice Fall descending form the col between Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak. Our overnight camp will be made on the clearing of rocky moraine with awesome close view of Dhaulagiri I and its massif glacier and icefall.

Day 10-11: At Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
ree leisure days for local hike and preparation for the climb to the summit of Dhaulagiri.

Day 12: Climb to Advance Camp. Approx: 5,600m.
The walk leads to a descent to the Dhaulagiri glacier for a while on the rumble of moraine rocks and with a slow climb towards the Dhaulagiri’s icefall then scouting the area to establish Advance Camp on the safe sheltered spot free from the danger of avalanche and rock fall.

Day 13: At Advance Camp.
Today afree dayto practicethe climband for the final preparations for the great ascent.

Day 14-30: Expedition to the summit of Dhaulagiri.
We have reserved 17 days for the summit bid and preparations to ferry the camping and climbing load
to specific camp. From Advance Camp at least 2-3 camps can be adequate, as this North West Route is the most accessible way to the summit than any other route of this world’s seventh highest Mountain.

Day 31-32: Return to Base Camp.

On these two days all the climbing members and staffs should be at the Base Camp for the return trip and packing.

Day 33: At Base Camp clean-up day.

A necessary day for the last hour packing and for the clean up at the Base Camp.

Day 34: Trek to Hidden Valley.
From Dhaulagiri Base Camp, journey continues leading to the moraine and glacier, the path follows close to Tukuche Peak. After the glacier, climbing a rocky terraced hill on the right bank side, climbing the hill which runs along the glacier for a short while, then again make a climb to another higher hill across the mountain flank, From this vantage point which offers stunning view of the mountain ranges, all of which surrounds the Hidden Valley. A gentle descent along the snow covered landscape finally leads to the overnight halt at the wide Hidden Valley.

Day 35: Trek to Yak Kharka.

Retrace the journey back via Dhampus / Thapa pass.

Day 36: Trek to Marpha.
Retrace the journey back, this time it will be a long walk downhill all the way to Marpha town village
and for the great party with fellow members, staff and porters.

Day 37: Drive back to Pokhara via Beni.
After packing all the stuff and equipment board on the Jeep or Bus for the long scenic drive of 6-7 hours to Pokhara on arrival check into respective Hotel by the Lake Phewa.

Day 38: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
Morning drive back to Kathmandu on the same busy interesting highway concluding this memorable adventurous expedition.

Day 39: In Kathmandu.
Free day at leisure a free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 40: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

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