Dhaulagiri Expedition


Dhaulagiri Expedition

Mount Dhaulagiri 8,167m (26,795 ft) is the world's seventh tallest peak. This Himalayan massif is located in north-central Nepal's Dhaulagiri zone and northwest of Pokhara. In Sanskrit, Dhaula means white and Giri means beautiful. Unknowingly until the discovery of Mt. Kanchenjunga, it was rated as the highest peak. The first successful expedition to Dhaulagiri came in 1960 when it was climbed by Kurt Diemberger, Peter Diener, Ernst Forrer, Albin Schelbert, Nyima Dorji and Nawang Dorji, members of a Swiss / Austrian expedition. The crest of Dhaulagiri stretches for thirty miles, lending structure to an otherwise tangled topography of twisting ridges, glaciers and icefalls. Several pyramid-shaped peaks rise up around the principal crest. The Dhaulagiri Expedition lasts for nearly 7 weeks including a 4,750 m week-long trek to the basecamp. Even though there are more than six different routes to climb, Dhaulagiri is a difficult mountain and a complex climb irrespective of the path involving a high skill level. The traditional path to climb Dhaulagiri is via the North East Ridge and is climbed over basecamp with other 3 camps. The scenery is breathtaking and the demanding trek crosses many mountain passes, including French Pass (5,360 m), Thapa Pass (5,200 m). Besides Dhaulagiri base camp trek, you will get a wonderful opportunity to explore the beautiful lifestyle and culture of Magar, Gurung and Thakali community. Dhaulagiri region is considered one of the most remote areas in Nepal with an array of Himalayan hills, deep valleys, high passes and sweeping views. The path through the Trans-Himalayas is calm, peaceful and full of adventure and excitement. The Dhaulagiri expedition that includes many 7,000 m peaks is perfect for those who are looking for a thrilling and challenging trek through remote highlands, rugged terrain and off the beaten track.


Trip Code WPP-001-DXP
Destination Nepal
Altitude 8167m
Region Dhaulagiri Region
Season Spring and Autumn
Difficulty Moderate
Accomodation Tea House and Tent
Duration 49 Days


Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel


Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu- UNESCO World Heritage Sites


Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (960m/3,148ft)


Day 4: Drive from Pokhara to Takam (1670m/5,477ft)

5-6 hrs. drive. Overnight in Tent.

Day 5: Trek from Takam to Bagar (2,080m/6,822ft): Camping

5-6 hrs. trek. Overnight in Tent.

Day 6: Trek from Bagar to Dovan (2,520m/8,265ft): Camping

5-6 hrs. trek. Overnight in Tent.

Day 7: Trek from Dovan to Italian Base Camp (3,660m/12,004ft)

5-6 hrs. trek. Overnight in Tent.

Day 8: Acclimatization at Italian Base Camp

Rest Day. Overnight in Tent.

Day 9: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Japanese Base Camp (3,890m/12,759ft)

4-5 hrs. trek. Overnight in Tent.

Day 10: Trek from Japanese Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,750m/15,580ft))

4-5 hrs. trek. Overnight in Tent.

Day 11 - 41: Climbing Period (Base Camp – Dhaulagiri Summit (8,167m/26,787ft))– Base Camp)

Overnight in Tent.

Day 42: Preparation to Return (Base Camp Cleaning)


Day 43: Trek from Dhaulagiri BC to Yak Kharka (3,680m/12,070ft)

5-6 hrs. trek. Overnight in Tent.

Day 44: Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha (2,670m/8,757ft)

5-6 hrs. trek. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 45: Drive from Marpha to Pokhara

5-6 hrs. drive. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 46: Leisure day at Pokhara

Explore Pokhara.

Day 47: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel

30 min flight. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 48: Leisure day at Kathmandu

Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Day 49: Departure

Finally it’s SEE OFF TIME. You will be picked from Hotel by representatives of Wongchhu Peak Promotion staff and dropped at Tribhuvan International Airport with a hope to see you again.


  • Airport/Hotel transfer in Kathmandu,
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicle in Kathmandu,
  • Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights pre and 2 nights post on B/B plan on sharing post,
  • Full-day Kathmandu Heritage site sightseeing by private tourist vehicle,
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide during sightseeing,
  • City tour entrance fees of the heritage sites,
  • Experienced and government-licensed high-altitude trekking and climbing guide during the trekking and climbing period,
  • All trekking and mountaineering equipment like; Kitchen tents, store tents, dining tents, toilet tents, tables chairs, and cooking utensils for advanced Base Camp and high camp,
  • Common climbing equipment (necessary fixed and main rope, ice bars, ice screws, snow bars, etc.)
  • Service of cook and kitchen boy at Base camp,
  • Food and accommodation during the trek in full board,
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be served at base camp,
  • All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during the expedition for both members and crews,
  • Daily weather Report service from Seattle based,
  • Expedition Royalty and climbing permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Dhaulagiri,
  • Nepal government Royalty and fees,
  • One experienced, trained, government-licensed, climbing/expedition Guide (Sherpa) per client,
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accidental insurance for all involved staff in trekking and expedition,
  • Group emergency equipment and medical supplies,
  • Medical consultation services at the base camp,
  • Equipment allowances and wages for climbing Sherpas, cooks, Kitchen boys,
  • Equipment allowance and wages for Government Liaison Officers,
  • Solar equipment for light and also for charging various electric devices,
  • 1 generator at base camp for computers and other electronic devices,
  • Headset radios for communication in the mountain,
  • Satellite Phones (for personal use on the participants’ charge),
  • Internet at base camp (for personal use on the participants’ charge),
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required,
  • Rope fixing costs,
  • The heater will be provided at the base camp for heating the dining room,
  • Emergency Oxygen, mask, and regulator will be provided,
  • Travel and rescue arrangements,
  • Ice fall usage Charge,
  • 5 bottles of 3LTR Poisk Oxygen for members,
  • Daily Dispatches on,
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner with beverages.


  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, or early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary,
  • If required to change from airplane to helicopter to/from Pokhara due to weather issues, the additional cost of the helicopter will be shared amongst clients,
  • Personal trekking and climbing gear,
  • Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast and farewell dinner),
  • Alcohol and Beverages during the trek and climbing season,
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, shower, etc.),
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation & any medical costs,
  • Any other item not listed in the 'Price Includes' section.


The Dhaulagiri expedition is a high-altitude and challenging endeavor, and the equipment required for such an expedition needs to be of the highest quality to ensure safety and success. Here are some essential pieces of equipment that would be required for the expedition:

1.0 Travel Documents

  • Valid passport
  • Credit/Debit card
  • Passport size photo (6 pieces)
  • Insurance paper and contact address
  • Family contact number


2.0 Upper Body Wear

  • Expedition down jacket
  • Basecamp down jacket
  • Lightweight fleece top
  • Wind shirt
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Waterproof shell jacket
  • Base layers tops
  • Trekking cloths
  • Casual wear


3.0 Lower Body Wear

  • Thermal bottom base layer (2-3 pcs)
  • Fleece trousers (2-3 pcs)
  • Gore-Tex pants (1 pcs)
  • Mid-weight pants (1-2 pcs)
  • Lightweight quick dry trekking pants (2-3 pcs)
  • Gaiters for trekking boots
  • Down pant
  • Underwear (4-6 pcs)


4.0 Headwear

  • Sun cap
  • Desert cap
  • Balaclava
  • Banadana or Buff
  • Fleece hat
  • Neoprene face mask
  • Neck gaiter
  • Sunglass
  • Ski goggles


5.0 Handwear

  • Thin fleece gloves (2 pairs)
  • Liner gloves (2 pairs)
  • Wind stopper/screen tap gloves (2 pairs)
  • Mountaineering gloves with removable liners
  • Summit gloves-8000m


6.0 Footwear

  • Socks (6 pairs)
  • Lightweight shoes/sandals
  • Trekking boots
  • 8000m mountaineering boots
  • 6000m mountaineering boots
  • Save gaiters
  • Down bivvy boots
  • Camp boots
  • Foot-wearing system


7.0 Sleeping Bags

  • Sleeping bag -20°c to -30°c for Base camp
  • Down Sleeping Bag -40°c for extreme comfort
  • Thermarests Mattress (Cell foam)
  • Down Matteres (Inflatable)
  • Sleeping bag Liner
  • Inflatable Pillow


8.0 Climbing Equipment

  • Power Bank
  • Pee Bottle
  • Altimeter watch
  • Pocket Knife
  • Walking Stick/Trekking Pole
  • Satellite Phone with credit
  • Battery
  • Headlight 500-700Lumens
  • Spare Snow Goggles
  • Tape Slings/240cm
  • Unlock Carabiner (2pcs)
  • Lock Carabiner (3pcs)
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Summit Down Suit – 8000m
  • Jumar / Ascender Belay Devices / Figure of 8/ATC guide Harness
  • Ice Axe with Spike & Axe Protector Crampons (fit with boot)/ Packing cover


9.0 Bag packs

  • Rucksacks 35 L -50 L
  • Duffle Bag 120 L – 150 L (2pcs)
  • Laundry / Garbage Bag (Large)
  • Water Proof Stuff Sacks / Dry Bag –small/medium / Large (3-4)pcs)


10.0 Sun stuff

  • Banana Boat/Nivea Sun Cream (up to -50SPF)
  • Lip Guard - 30 to -50 (SPF)
  • Sun Glasses (Uv Protection)
  • Glaciers Glasses (Uv Protection)
  • Moisturizer / Lotion


11.0 Toiletries (Personal)

  • Toilet Paper / Wet Tissue
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Towel
  • Garbage Bag


12.0 Eating & Drinkings

  • 1 ltr. Water Bottle
  • 1/1.5ltr. Thermos Mug (Opt.)
  • Spoon / Fork (opt.)
  • Bowl (opt.)


13.0 Medical / First Aid

  • Brufen / Ibuprofens
  • Antibiotic
  • Diamox
  • Paracetamol
  • Handy Plaster
  • Crack Bandage
  • Tincture Iodine
  • Ondem
  • Cetirizine
  • Electrolyte
  • Minil 10mg (Palpitation, anxiety)
  • Codopar (Headache & chest pain)
  • Salbetol 4mg (Breathless)
  • Azithromycin 500mg (chronic tonsillitis, fever, nose, throat infection-must take 5 days)
  • Flupen 250mg (prevent wound infection)
  • Allegra 120/180mg (Allergic tonsil)
  • Menstrual Products


14.0 Miscellaneous

  • Nail cutter
  • Umbrella /Raincoat
  • Hot water bag
  • Tenacious Tape Repair Kits
  • Camera
  • GPS Tracker (Recommended)
  • Hand & Toe Warmer

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