Climb one of the highest peaks on the planet! Traverse through a vast array of landscapes before arriving to the peak of the 7th highest peak on Earth – Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters/26,795 feet). In fact, it is the tallest mountain that lies entirely inside Nepal’s borders. The famous peak lies adjacent to the Annapurna region. En route to the top (and back), enjoy trekking through the distinctive Mustang region. The Dhaulagiri Expedition is considered to be one of the most technically difficult in Nepal, but our team ensures the highest potential for making a successful ascent.
Dhaulagiri was first summited in 1960 by a team of Swiss, Austrian, and Nepali mountaineers. Join the list of legends who have braved the behemoth peak of Dhaulagiri. The journey begins in Marpha, after a scenic and often bumpy ride from Pokhara. Marpha is famous for its fruit orchards and local apple products (including the sought-after apple brandy).
From Marpha, we move up to Yak Kharka, where we camp in a tent under the stars. The following day, we head to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740 meters), far above the tree line. From Base Camp, we slowly make a couple more ascents to acclimatize before the final push to the summit. Camp I is at about 6,050 meters/19,049 feet. Camp II is at about 6,400 meters/20,997 feet. Camp III is about 7,400 meters/24,278 feet. The Final Camp, from where we head to the summit, is at nearly 7,800 meters/25,591 feet. It takes us about a month in total to go from Base Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp.
With your determination and skill, and our guidance, you are sure to have a successful attempt and one of the greatest natural highs possible. Live with the personal accomplishment for the rest of your life. There are view greater feelings than standing near the top of the world. It is truly a mental and physical test, in which you will succeed! From the summit, we head down over the Thorong La Pass (5416m) and then to Muktinath – a famous mountainside Hindu pilgrimage site. We descend further through the Mustang region, surrounded by an otherworldly landscape of barren hills, reddish rocky structures, and high cliffs.
Back in Jomsom (and Pokhara and Kathmandu as your heart desires), a celebration is in store! We hope you enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Himalayan expedition with us! We are more than happy to have you along and share a wonderful memory with you.
The best time to take Dhaulagiri Expedition is during the autumn season, when the skies are clearer. However, spring is another viable option. During the spring, the ice is still frozen and there is a lower chance of an avalanche. Also, to avoid an avalanche, we ascend on the northeast ridge.