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Dhaulagiri Expedition


This region is considered to be one of the remotest places in the kingdom of Nepal. An abundance of Himalayan peaks, including giant Dhaulagiri, hidden valleys and high passes are its main attractions for travelers. The region is separated from the Annapurna massif by the Kali Gandaki river. Here, the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massifs, two huge mountain ranges, have formed the deepest gorge in the world. The Dhaulagiri Expedition trekking in this area is relatively strenuous but the trekkers who are willing to spend their holidays with nature in these peaceful surroundings full of peace are well rewarded.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Dhaulagiri Expeditions withy optional tour.
Day 04: Drive or fly to Pokhara 950m (30 mins flight and 6 hrs drive)
Day 05: Drive to Darbang 1,200 m via Beni 900 m -06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Riverside 1, 700 m – 04 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Bagar 2,375m -05 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Dovan 2,600m-06 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp.) 3,750m -05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: At base camp free day for acclimatization and rest.
Day 13: At base camp preparation for the climb to world 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri.
Day 14: Climb to Advance Camp 5,600 m.
Day 15-29: Ascent to Dhaulagiri within 15 days climb and preparations.
Day 30-31: Back to Base Camp.
Day 32: Clean up and packing end of expeditions.
Day 33: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m via French Pass 5,360m.
Day 34: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m – 05 hrs.
Day 35: Trek to Marpha 2,670 m – 05 hrs.
Day 36: Drive back to Pokhara – 06 hrs.
Day 37: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 38-39: Free day in Kathmandu to submit expedition report at concern department.
Day 40: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition and trekking with other useful details. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Dhaulagiri Expedition.

    We have reserved two full days for Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition preparation and for paper works, on this free day one can join in our optional tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur full of interest within World Heritage Sites, rest of the day last day shopping for the adventure to Mt. Dhaulagiri.

  3. Day 04: Drive or fly to Pokhara (950 m), 30 mins flight & 6 hrs drive.

    Starting our fabulous adventure to Mt. Dhaulagiri Trekking and expedition, taking a morning drive towards Nepal Mid-West with grand views of Ganesh-Langtang Himal, as the drive gets closer towards Pokhara catch the views of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalaya with majestic Mt. Machhapuchare known as Fish Tail due to its shape. After exciting scenic drive reaching at Pokhara a famous and popular touristic spot of Nepal Himalaya, blessed with natural wonders of snowcapped peaks, rolling green hills and valley with serene lakes, in Pokhara overnight by the Phewa Lake with ample time for short walks around the lake. (Options by Air taking half hour of scenic flight to land at Pokhara from Kathmandu).

  4. Day 05: Drive to Darbang via Beni (900 m), 4 hrs.

    After a wonderful stop in scenic Pokhara, morning drive continues for next few hours to reach Beni town to begin this awesome adventure beyond Dhaulagiri base camp with Hidden Valley. Beni a large town and headquarter of Dhaulagiri and Mygdi district from here few hours’ drives brings at Darbang to a starting point of our adventurous trek, overnight in best available local lodge and hotels.

  5. Day 06: Trek to Riverside (1,560 m), 4 hrs.

    Starting first day walk of this adventure with a climb towards a small ridge passing several farm area and villages and then the walk is gradual walking along the bank of river Myagdi, after a pleasant day walk reaching to camp by the bank of the river for overnight stop, afternoon at leisure for a cool splash in the river and short walk around this least visited area.

  6. Day 07: Trek to Bagar (2,375 m), 6 hrs.

    Morning walk follows river for a while reaching a small rural farm village of Jugepani, for lunchtime permitting after 3 hours of nice walks, after a break here a steep climb to a ridge for an hour reaching a ridge and then downhill through forest to Bagar, a small farm village overnight camp by the schoolyard, this will be the last village or human settlement for a week till it joins at popular Annapurna circuit route at Kaligandaki near Marpha.

  7. Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2,600 m), 6 hrs.

    Morning leaving farm fields of Bagar village, walk into cool forest for an hour and then a steep climb towards forested ridge of bamboo, oaks and rhododendron trees, looking down at Mygdi River, after ending the climb downhill into dense forest of pines and rhododendron to reach at Dovan for overnight camp by river, Dovan a small temporary place with small teahouse in the midst of a forest surrounding.

  8. Day 09: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka (3,000 m), 5 hrs.

    From Dovan morning walk leads to cross an unstable wooden bridge over a river confluence of Mygdi River, after crossing back into woodlands for a whole day, walking on winding forest path till Chartare also known as Bhainse Kharka, as this area a grazing place for animals.

  9. Day 10: Trek to Pakhaban (3,750 m), 5 hrs.

    After a pleasant stop in the middle of the forest, morning walk leads closer towards Mt. Dhaulagiri South Face flank, with views of Putha Huinchuli, Manapathi and of Dhaulagiri south flank, after 3 hours walk reaching a glaciated area named as Italian camp, from here leaving the forested and tree lines behind for few days, and then t adventure begins walking on glacier and moraine, rocky ridge to reach a small grassy spot known as Pakhaban and as well called as Japanese camp, as Japanese expeditions to Dhaulagiri camped on this spot. This camping offers a grand view of Dhaulagiri South West face with a rear huge wall face of Tsaurabong Peak.

  10. Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,750 m), 6 hrs.

    From this camp heading between huge bulk of mountains and deep gorge down below where glacier feds source of Myagdi River, walk continues following moraine and iceberg in few places, climb towards base camp requires a teamwork to find the right good path on this glaciated sections, after a strenuous walk off the glacier area to reach a rocky place and then at Dhaulagiri base camp for overnight, one of the highlight of this adventure. Camping is pitched on a rocky area in the shade of Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m) and its glacier including Tukuche peak with west peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m) and Dhaulagiri IV (7,618 m).

  11. Day 12: At base camp free day for acclimatization and rest.

    A full rest day for acclimatization and short hike around in this magnificent surrounding within amphitheatre of snow-peaks that extends towards Tukuche peaks, a massive world 7th highest mountain at the height of (8,167 m) high with rocks and ice, here with time to relax and marvel the views and saving your energy for next day climb to Advance Camp.

  12. Day 13: At base camp preparation for the climb to world 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri.

    Another full day for rest and preparation for the climb, on this day busy sorting out high altitude foods and gears with time to relax and plan for the adventure on top Mt. Dhaulagiri.

  13. Day 14: Climb to Advance Camp (5,600 m).

    Walk leads with a descent towards Dhaulagiri glacier for a while over the rumble of moraine rocks with a slow climb to get near Dhaulagiri icefall, and then scouting the area to pitch Advance Camp on a safe sheltered spot free from the danger of avalanche and rocks fall. From the base, the camp walk crosses a high plateau and then skirt around a ridge of lateral moraine heading towards at the foot of Mt. Dhaulagiri, then after few hours of good walk taking a steep climb to reach high areas where a suitable campsite to set the Advance Camp.

  14. Day 15-29: Ascent to Dhaulagiri within 15 days climb and preparations.

    We have set and planned 15 days for the summit bid includes preparations carrying camping and climbing load to higher designated camps. From Advance Camp minimum 2 or 3 camps required, as the North West Route is the most accessible way to the summit than any other route on this world’s seventh highest Mountain. From ABC with final preparation to Dhaulagiri summit after much preparation, where our expedition leader will control the daily routine of the expedition, normally establish camp I, as above (5,350 m) and camp II, at above (6,800 m) before returning to Advance Base Camp for rest and final bid to the summit top. From Advance Base Camp walk and climb through moraine covered glacier with a climb and to Camp I at (5,350 m), after climbing on boulders of rocks and ice with scree slope to reach the required Camp I. The camp is located on a broad snowfield at the foot of the ridge leading up to a serac barrier with few technical sections on a route. At about (7,200 m) the ridge is a line of ice cliffs here fixing ropes and snow bars. Normally we will have one rope for the ascent and another for the descent on this pitch, which is about 80 m high. This is the toughest part of the climb but with less difficulty, high above the serac climb out onto a plateau cut by huge crevasses, a winding path between to pitch Camp II at about (6,800 m). Above Camp II broad snow slopes lead more easily to Camp III at (7,200 m). This is the highest camp and makes the summit bid from here. Summit day as always involves an early start. Depending on snow conditions might encounter some easy scrambling as the climb gets in progress making way up and across the low angled North Face. The top of the summit a small plateau offering views of Annapurna-Mustang Himal with adjoining peaks of Dhaulagiri range with Lamjung and Manaslu towards eastern horizon. After a successful climb feeling high on top of the world, and then head back to ABC depending upon the fitness of the members on descending after a vigorous to reach world 7th highest summit.

  15. Day 30-31: Back to Base Camp.

    After huge success taking the maximum of two days to reach base camp with long descends where we need to clear and clean above camps, on these two days all the climbing members and staffs should be at the Base Camp for return journey and packing.

  16. Day 32: Clean up and packing end of expeditions.

    At base camp with final packing and checking each members health, necessary spare day to clean up the Base Camp and leaving nothing except your footprints and memory.

  17. Day 33: Trek to Hidden Valley (4,900 m) via French Pass (5,360 m).

    Morning walk heading highest point of the trek at French pass of above (5,360 m) high, walk follows on dry glacier with moraines close to Tukuche peak and then heading higher to the top ridge of French Pass which is festooned with Buddhist prayer flags, after enjoying the surrounding views a short downhill walk of few hours reaches to a wide grassy area at hidden valley for overnight camping. This camp offers awesome views of Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang (5,386 m), Tukche Peak and Dhaulagiri I.

  18. Day 34: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,915 m) via Thapa Pass (5,250 m), 5 hrs.

    After a nice rest at Hidden Valley morning a leisure and gradual walk for few hours and then reaching the last pass of this marvelous adventure at Thapa also known as Dhampus pass at (5,250 m), on reaching the top views of Annapurna Himal with Nilgiris peak towards northeast horizon, after enjoying the scenery heading down towards Yak Kharka for overnight camp and back to vegetation of Juniper, Burberry and rhododendron bushes.

  19. Day 35: Trek to Marpha (2, 670 m), 4 hrs.

    From this peaceful spot with grand views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of peaks heading into woodland with a big drop of (1,200 m) downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, where our pleasant walk leads Mustang area within Kaligandaki River valley. After a long descend reaching at Marpha, one of the most charming villages with white painted houses and neatly paved streets, well-kept lodges. At Marpha celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples.

  20. Day 36: Drive back to Pokhara, 6 hrs.

    From Marpha onward, taking it easy with enjoyable drive in jeeps following Kaligandaki river downstream with views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiris towards Larjung village, after few hours ride getting back into tree lines of pine, oaks and rhododendron forest and then reaching Kalapani village, another lovely village with grand views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri, a short downhill brings at Lete village. Drive from Kalapani and Lete onward leads to a dramatic change in vegetation and climate, as it leads you between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna forming world deepest gorge. From Ghasa which is the southern end of Mustang area mostly dominated by Thakali people ethnic tribe till Tatopani village. Our pleasant drive continues back into paddy fields within warm sub-tropical climate to Tatopani passing beautiful waterfalls of Rupsi. Tatopani (Hot Spring) village the valley is quite constricted and it is quite warm with sub-tropic climate and vegetation, Tatopani is another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki. After a pleasant stop at Tatopani, our last day of this great adventure leads you to much warmer areas of rice fields and terraces overlooking magnificent views of a massive Himalayan range of mountains. Slowly drive brings you on the road of Baglung-Pokhara, and then a few hour drives bring you back at beautiful and scenic Pokhara after a great and wonderful time up in the high mountains.

  21. Day 37: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

    Early morning transfer to bus or other smaller vehicle for scenic and exciting drive to Kathmandu as the morning ride leads towards farm villages and towns and driving along the Marysangdi and Trisuli River toward Mugling Bazaar, and then after an interesting 5-6 hours journey reaching hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life. (By Air options of 30 minutes of scenic flight to Kathmandu).

  22. Day 38-39: Free day in Kathmandu to submit expedition report at concern department.

    We have reserve two days as contingency and a spare day in case of delay on climb and trek due to unpredictable bad weather conditions. As well to submit expeditions report to concern Nepal Government department, on this day you can book for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu as the valley, filled with most of the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities.

  23. Day 40: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with a wonderful experience on Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition.

What's included !

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Go For Nepal’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara on B/B basis.
  • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp.
  • Food during expedition period for expedition Members and Staff.
  • Permit for expedition crew.
  • Expedition Permit to climb Dhaulagiri.
  • All staff during Expedition period with experienced Guide (Base Camp Manager).
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary.
  • Cargo clearance & Duties Assistance Service free.
  • Daily wages, equipment allowance & Insurance for expedition Staff.
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group.
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members.
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the DBC.
  • 2 Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators.(in sharing basis)
  • We provide Sherpa’s tents, food for climbing, and insurance.
  • High altitude food for Sherpa and member.
  • All Necessary camping equipment like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents,
  • Per person 30 kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter and 20 kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mountain.
  • Required Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s) during Climbing
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary).
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Our service Charges.

What's not included !

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses.
  • Sleeping Bag, Climbing Plastic Boots, Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears.
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations.
  • Any additional staff other than specified. Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival) and re entry visa fee.
  • Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Wake talkies & Filming permit.
  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Emergency/Rescue
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” Section.


The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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