Dhaulagiri Expedition

47 Days
  • 8167 m
  • Dhaulagiri Region
  • Kathmandu
  • Challenging
  • Hotel/Teahouse/Camping
  • Spring/Autumn
  • Flight / Vehicle
  • Annapurna/ Dhaulagiri region
  • Northeast ridge


Dhaulagiri, popularly known as the “White Mountain,” is the world’s 7th highest mountain. It has an altitude of 8167m. For mountaineers all over the world, it is one of the most formidable mountains on earth. It has a remarkable rise above the terrain rising 7000 m above the world’s deepest valley with a 30 km horizontal length, which is quite astonishing.

Dhaulagiri is located in the Northwest direction of Myagdi district, which lies in the Dhaulagiri zone of Nepal. It is the only mountain that shares no border with neighboring countries of China and India. Within the stretched region of 30kms, there are four major peaks. For the expedition, the target is to climb Dhaulagiri I.

Dhaulagiri was a famous mountain from the beginning, as it is one of the major tourist regions alongside the Annapurna range. Scaling Dhaulagiri was a major challenge for any expedition team. It was also known as a mountain of storms and sorrows. To date, it remains one of the most challenging peaks.

To ascend Dhaulagiri, you travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara and, in turn, the Dhaulagiri Base Trek from Takam to BagarCamp. The journey to base camp is a short one comparatively. You will be driving from Pokhara to Marpha. Here, a couple of days of trekking takes you to the base camp where you can acclimate before you climb.

The standard route for climbing Dhaulagiri is via the northeast ridge. However, several successful, as well as unsuccessful attempts, have been made from all other sides besides the south side. Dhaulagiri is one of the hardest mountains to climb, which requires high-level technical skills. Thus, apart from the Advance Base Camp, a minimum of four camps is set up for this expedition.

Dhaulagiri Advanced Base Camp

The advanced basecamp for the Dhaulagiri expedition sits at 4748m. At such an elevation, we will deposit gears for the stay as there is a high risk of avalanches. This camp will be your home away from home for the next one and a half months.

Camp I: At the height of 5450m, we set up our first camp. The section from base camp to Camp I is a mixed terrain and is prone to the dangers of avalanches and crevasses.

Camp II: Camp II is set at 6400m. The trail from Camp I to Camp II includes few mixed climbing sections along with a steep section towards the final part. Camp II is located above a snowy terrace.

Camp III: The trail from Camp II to Camp III is among the most challenging parts of the Dhaulagiri ascent. With steep ice and snow-filled ridges, you will also experience strong wind before reaching Camp III at 7400m. However, since the ropes are already fixed, some find it easy to climb this section.

Here, we push for the summit and return to the camp, depending on the weather conditions.

A Short History of Dhaulagiri Expedition

The history of this mountain is quite interesting, as Dhaulagiri was the first mountain attempted of all 8000 m mountains in Nepal. A French expedition team abandoned Dhaulagiri for Annapurna instead.

Ironically, Dhaulagiri became the last mountain to be attempted among all 8000ers in Nepal. A Swiss-Austrian team led by Max Eiselin with Kurt Diemberger, Peter Diener, Ernst Forrer, Albin Schelbert, Nyima Dorje Sherpa, and Nawang Dorje Sherpa first ascended the peak on 13 May 1960.

Why You Will Love This Dhaulagiri Expedition

  • Dhaulagiri is an infamous mountain known for its exceptional build and difficult weather conditions for the ascent. For an avid climber, it is a real test of determination, decision-making, and high technical skills.
  • You will get the chance to experience the wilderness of the Dhaulagiri Conservation Area, an isolated region. Dhaulagiri expedition offers you an experience of a lifetime taking you to the remotest of places in Nepal.
  • You get to enjoy splendid views of some of the world’s highest mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Churen Himal, Gurja Himal, and many more. Besides, you can also enjoy the view of  Kali Gandaki gorge, which is also the world’s deepest gorge.
  • You will be climbing with a team of veterans who have years of experience in climbing and have mastered the skill of ascending Dhaulagiri.

Is This Expedition Right For You?

  • If you’re an avid mountaineer looking to level up your game, Dhaulagiri is the option you should opt for. It offers an ultimate test of your technical skills, decision-making, and physical strength.
  • You will be trekking through a remote region, which is less traveled and receives fewer tourists comparatively.
  • The exotic flora and fauna, along with the wildlife in the Dhaulagiri Conservation Area, is truly one of its kind.
  • It is cheaper than the Everest expedition and yet offers a more challenging climbing environment that every climber desires.

Dhaulagiri Expedition – Outline Itinerary

DaysItineraryAltitude(in meters)Duration(in hours)
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel1400
Day 02Rest in Kathmandu and briefing and Preparing
Day 03Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara96020 mins flight
Day 04Drive from Pokhara to Takam15007-8 hours
Day 05Trek from Takam to Bagar20807 hours
Day 06Trek from Bagar to Dovan25206 hours
Day 07Trek from Dovan to Italian Base Camp36607 hours
Day 08Acclimatization at Italian Base Camp--
Day 09Trek from Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp47506 hours
Day10-40Climbing Period (Base Camp – Dhaulagiri Summit (8,167m)– Base Camp)
Day 41Preparation to Return (Base Camp Cleaning)
Day 42Trek from Dhaulagiri BC to Yak Kharka36807 hours
Day 43Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha2650m6 hours
Day 44Drive from Marpha to Pokhara985m5-6 hours
Day 45Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel1400m20 mins flight
Day 46Leisure Day in Kathmandu1400m
Day 47Transfer to International Airport for final departure

Altitude: 1400 m

This day marks your arrival in Kathmandu via Tribhuvan International Airport. After you land, you will be greeted by our representatives at the airport, who will guide you to your hotel. Once you’ve reached the hotel, you’re on your own for the rest of the day. You can rest for the remaining part of the day to deal with jet lag.

In the evening, you can go for a short walk to get a brief idea about the city. Followed by that is the delicious Nepali cuisine which you can enjoy for dinner.


  • Stay in a well-facilitated 3-star hotel
  • Taste the authentic and delicious Nepali cuisine for dinner

Hotel - 3 Stars

Altitude: 1400m

You will make preparations before we head towards the mountain. After breakfast, you head out for shopping. You can acquire any items that you may have overlooked. By the end of the day, you will be enjoying dinner with the team for the expedition and get comfortable with them.

There will be a briefing session after dinner. Your guide will brief you on the itinerary and address all your queries about the journey.


  • Briefly explore the market of Thamel and Durbarmarg.
  • Explore the art and architecture of the ancient city of Kathmandu.
  • Meet, greet, and dine with the team.

Hotel - 3 Stars

Altitude: 960 m

On this day, enjoy your breakfast and head out to the airport for your flight to Pokhara. For taking you to the airport, we will have a vehicle arranged for you. The flight to Pokhara is a short one that takes just about 20 minutes.

The first thing that catches your eye as you land in Pokhara is the beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains spread across with Machapuchhre posing strikingly.

Reaching Pokhara ahead of schedule will give you the whole day to spend in Pokhara. There is a lot you can do in Pokhara to relax and prepare for the expedition mentally. You might as well go around to visit a few places that are close by and explore the city.


  • Splendid views of the Himalayan range
  • Short, scenic and exciting flight
  • A perfect city to clear your head with plenty of options for things to do.
  • Well facilitated luxury hotel.

20 minutes
Hotel - 3 Stars

Altitude: 1500m

After an early breakfast, you hit the road from Pokhara towards Beni. The ride is comfortable for most of the part; however, it might be a bit bumpy. It passes through the hills surrounding Pokhara.

For most of the day, you will be driving on this day. The road passes alongside the picturesque Beni river. After a short stop at Beni bazaar,  you head further to Takam.

From here, the landscape and the environment change drastically. You’re now in a Nepali rural village setting where the houses are traditional, and lifestyle is pretty laid back.


  • Drive through big cities, towns, and villages throughout the day
  • Enjoy the scenic beauty of hills, rivers, and forests as you drive
  • Picturesque view of Beni Bazaar.

8 hours

Altitude: 2080 m

This day marks your first day of trekking on the journey. After an early breakfast, you leave Takam and hit the trails passing through the village. You walk by the river crossing terraced slopes and multiple villages.

The picturesque villages with traditional lifestyles reflect the beauty of life in many ways. Free from the bustling noise of the city, you can hear the soothing sound of river and birds singing as you walk past forests and riverbanks.

Besides nature, people here are equally friendly and hospitable too. As you engage with the locals along the trail, you will gain insight into their lifestyles and culture. Your destination for the day is the last village in Myagdi valley, Bagar.


  • First-hand experience of the rural Nepali lifestyle and culture
  • A pleasant walk through nature
  • Experience the warm hospitality of locals

7 hours

Altitude: 2520m

The walk on this day is an easy one comparatively. As you start after an early breakfast, you will be walking through agricultural slopes and terrace fields. As you head forward, you will soon come across a fabulous dense forest. From here, the walk becomes easy as you will be walking up and down through the shades of forests.

By the time you cross the forest, you will be at a similar height as the start of the trek. Thus, the walk is comfortable with minimum altitude gain. You will stop at Dovan, which is our destination for the day.


  • A peaceful walk through forests and agricultural lands
  • Comfortable walking through forests.

6 hours

Altitude: 3660 m

The trek on this day continues through the rhododendron forests. As you move along, you will notice that the trail is fairly easy going up and down through the woods. A lunch break at the end of the forest will recharge you for the steep climb that follows.

The steep and uphill trail to Sallaghari is a bit tough one. However, once you reach the top, you will be pleased to enjoy the view sitting under the amazing Cedar trees. Continuing your walk slowly and steadily, you will head towards the Italian Base Camp, your destination for the day.

On reaching the Italian Base Cam, Dhaulagiri welcomes you with a spectacular view of its west side. Take a minute and admire its grandeur.


  • Breathtaking first glimpse of Dhaulagiri.
  • Splendid views of rocky mountains

7 hours

Altitude: 3660m

Today is the day for rest and acclimatization. Since you’re already above the 3000m mark, you need to rest for the day before heading further ahead. Until and unless your body has adapted with the altitude, walking further ahead, you are at a higher risk of getting altitude sickness. In case you’re not careful, this can result in severe consequences.

Your guide will take you for a short hike to a nearby viewpoint to get you acquainted with the altitude.

Special information

Falling asleep while acclimating will negate the acclimatization and make you prone to altitude sickness. So, make sure not to fall asleep during the process.


  • Short hike to a nearby hill.
  • Outstanding view of the valley.


Altitude: 4,750 m

After two days of acclimatization, you will be leaving the Italian base camp on this day. After an early breakfast, you continue your walk down the moraine for a short while. After that, the trail is fairly easy with plain rocky moraines.

The landscape on this day is different compared to what you have been used to. You will notice very few plants as you walk up ahead. However, the rocky landscape gives you an unreal feeling of being high up in the mountains.

As you walk further, you will come across the Japanese base camp. Take a short break, admire the view, and continue until you reach the Dhaulagiri base camp, your destination for the day.


  • Rocky landscape with an open sky view
  • Snow-covered mountains to keep you motivated


6 hours

Altitude: 8167m

Starting from this day, you start climbing. On the first day, there’ll be a short briefing session followed by some warm-up before you begin the actual climb. You will mostly be exploring rather than climbing to adjust to the altitude and the surroundings better.

Dhaulagiri has been attempted multiple times from all other sides except the South one. For your climb, you will be using the popular Northeast ridge route. The first expedition team used this route to ascend the peak successfully.

Unlike other peaks, Dhaulagiri has a fascinating structure with towering terrains up to 7000 m high. Between the two of the world’s highest mountains, the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri lie in the world’s deepest gorge, the Kaligandaki gorge. Because of its unique characteristics, Dhaulagiri is an exciting and challenging mountain for veterans who are the ones who mostly attempt it.

Dhaulagiri requires high-level technical skills with plenty of experience of climbing in harsh weather conditions. A successful ascent of Dhaulagiri can earn you a reputation in mountaineering, unlike other mountains. Besides, it has a lot to teach to every climber who climbs it. The technicalities, the determination, and the strategies of climbing a mountain, Dhaulagiri teaches you all.

The view once you reach the top is surreal. Annapurna is close by while Kaligandaki is flowing in between. Other peaks in the Dhaulagiri range include Churen Himal, Gurja Himal, Puthha Hiunchuli, and many others. Multiple ascending and descending across different camps takes you to the top of Dhaulagiri eventually.

By the 40th day, you will be down at the base camp after a successful ascent of one of the world’s toughest mountains to climb.


  • Climb with the best guides who ensure your safety and security at all costs.
  • Reach the summit of the world’s seventh highest mountain.
  • Enhance your technical skills of climbing.


Altitude: 4750m

Once you are down at the base camp after a month of climbing Dhaulagiri, you get a day to rest and pack up your belongings before heading back to Kathmandu. Even base camp feels like an ultimate luxury once you’re down there after the ascent.

Pack up your belongings, and our sherpas will pack all the tents and equipment. Pay your homage to the mountain and be prepared to leave the base camp tomorrow after an early breakfast.

Special information

At NST, we focus on how we can contribute to preserving our mountains from the impacts of climate change and pollution. We encourage our clients to clean the basecamp and the surroundings before leaving.


  • Clean up session before heading out of base camp.
  • Celebration with the team.


Altitude: 3680m

On this day, you descend the base camp after a successful ascent with a heart full joy and a sense of achievement. As you trek your way down, you enter into the deepest valley of the world, the Kali Gandaki valley.

Kali Gandaki is also the world’s deepest gorge. Walking here feels unreal with the Kali Gandaki river flowing and outstanding views of snow-white mountains in the backdrop. Prayer flags add beauty and serenity to the place.

As you descend further, you will notice meadows where sheep and yak graze in peace. Once you enter the pastureland, you are now in Yak Kharka, your destination for the day.


  • Excellent view of the peaks like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
  • Unrealistic deserted landscape
  • Walkthrough the deepest gorge in the world

7 hours

Altitude: 2650m

After an early breakfast, you will continue your walk down to the valley of Mustang. You will notice the villages here are advanced in facilities. The journey on this day is particularly easy, as you will be descending most of the time.

You will come across a few small settlements before arriving in Marpha, one of the major tourist attractions in Marpha. Walking through the traditional white stone houses with narrow alleys, here is something special. You will notice the Tibetan cultural influence as you wander around.

Besides that, Marpha is famous for its apples and all kinds of apple products. Apple brandy produced here is not only popular across the country but has made its name around the globe. Do not forget to treat yourself to some apple wine or just apples while you’re here.


  • Experience the Tibetan mountain lifestyle and culture.
  • Taste the most delicious and organic apples.
  • Traverse through the picturesque settlements admiring the traditional architecture.

6 hours

Altitude: 985m

Today is the day to pack your trek boots as you will be heading to Pokhara on a ride. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with a view and get your stuff packed and ready to be loaded on a 4-wheeler.

After breakfast, it is time to hit the road again, passing through villages of Mustang valley. The road will be bumpy for a while, before reaching the road leading to Pokhara.

Once you reach Pokhara, you can enjoy all the comfort that you have been missing throughout the journey. You might as well enjoy the nightlife at Lakeside if you wish to. Celebrate your success with some good music in a restaurant or bar.


  • A comfortable ride back to Pokhara
  • Enjoy the views of villages, deserted landscapes, and mountain vistas
  • Celebrate your success and party in Pokhara

All meals included.

Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Pokhara.

6 hours
Hotel - 3 Stars

Altitude:  1400m

The next day, you will be headed for the airport as soon as you’ve had breakfast. An early morning flight to Kathmandu gives you plenty of time to rest throughout the day. The flight itself is exhilarating with peaks like Machapuchhre standing tall in its glory.

It takes only twenty minutes for you to reach Kathmandu by air. Again, your guide will drop you at your hotel and leave you to rest. You can then choose to do whatever you wish once you’re in Kathmandu.


  • Short and exciting flight over the Himalayas
  • Get to spend your time on your own

20 minutes
Hotel - 3 Stars

Altitude: 1400m

This day is totally for you. After a month-long expedition, you’re free to explore the capital city Kathmandu on your own. It is better to plan ahead of time on what and how to do what you want to do in Kathmandu. That’s because time is short and there’s a lot to do in Kathmandu. You may get a little confused.

You can visit the marketplaces and buy souvenirs or visit the World Heritage Sites around the capital. You will see a perfect balance between the centuries-old culture, the traditions, and the modern lifestyle.

You can also explore eateries and treat yourself to some good food. All in all, this is your day, so enjoy it the way you like. If you feel like chilling with a beer, go around Thamel, find a cool bar with some good music, grab a beer and sit back and relax.


  • Experience the centuries-old culture and tradition.
  • Explore the culture, art, and architecture.
  • Taste some delicious Nepali food.

Hotel - 3 Stars

Altitude: 1400m

This day marks your final day in Kathmandu. After breakfast, our representative will pick you up at the hotel and drop you at the airport. You will wave your last goodbye to Nepal and head home.

Breakfast included.


  • Arrival and departure cost on domestic and international flights
  • Food and accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B plan
  • All the meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast) During the Trekking and climbing of Dhaulagiri Summit and back
  • All of the transportation service from initial and endpoints of Dhaulagiri Expedition
  • Climbing Sherpa guide for the expedition
  • Dhaulagiri Expedition Group climbing equipment like climbing rope, ice ax, ice screw, ice bar, etc.
  • All the required permits for Dhaulagiri Expedition
  • High altitude meals
  • All of the insurance and expenses of Liaison officer (Government of Nepal)
  • All necessary camping and kitchen equipment provided including base camp tents, dining tent with table and backrest chair, kitchen with all utensils, toilet with commode, etc.
  • High altitude tents and the crucial gadgets like EPI gas and burner for the high climb
  • Warm clothes and trek gear for Nepali staffs including porters
  • Life and medical insurance of all the staff and porters
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) and Gamow Bag along with the comprehensive first-aid kit
  • Communication devices like a walkie talkie and satellite phone in case of emergency
  • Emergency Oxygen with regulator and mask while climbing Dhaulagiri
  • Agency service charge
  • Farewell dinner with Nepali song and dance


  • International airfare as well as airport tax
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Medical and personal high-risk insurance
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Bar and beverage bills
  • Personal climbing gears and equipment
  • Emergency rescue evacuation
  • Climbing bonus and tips for Dhaulagiri Base Camp staffs and personal expenses
  • Permit fees and charge for satellite phone, communication gadget, and commercial filming while on Dhaulagiri Expedition.
  • Garbage deposit USD3k (sharing of the total person), and the deposit fee won’t be refunded if the climbers don’t take back their garbage to Kathmandu.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Dhaulagiri expedition permit cost?

Just like any other 8000er besides Everest, the Dhaulagiri expedition costs you 1800$ during the spring season. The costs differ according to the season, which is $900 for Autumn and $450 for Winter and Summer. But remember, this is only the royalty fees that you need to pay the Nepalese government for the permit. Besides, there are other costs associated with the expedition charged by the agency that carries out the expedition.

Is it difficult to climb Dhaulagiri?

Yes, climbers around the world consider it to be a formidable mountain, challenging and exciting at the same time. It demands high technical skills, decisive capacity, physical strength, and a good presence of mind.

How long is the Dhaulagiri expedition?

Dhaulagiri expedition lasts for 47 days, including traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara and a trek from Takam to the Dhaulagiri base camp. The actual climb lasts for 30 days, starting from the base camp across multiple camps at different heights.

What is the best time for the Dhaulagiri expedition?

For the Dhaulagiri expedition, late Spring and Autumn is the best time. The weather during this time is pleasant, and the chances of hazard are less compared to other seasons.

Which route is used for the Dhaulagiri expedition?

The route for the Dhaulagiri expedition is open from all sides. For your expedition, you’ll be using the traditional and classic route from the northeast ridge, which is also the route used for the first successful ascent.

Who can climb Dhaulagiri?

Climbing Dhaulagiri is not an easy feat to achieve. Before attempting Dhaulagiri, you need to have prior experience of climbing an 8000er. Besides that, you need to be physically fit and in good health condition for the past six months, at least. Those who attempt to climb Dhaulagiri should be competent in ice as well as rock climbing.

Trekking Gear List For Dhaulagiri Expedition:

Here are some of the personal trekking gear that you can carry during the Dhaulagiri Expedition:


Duffel Bag
Waterproof Stuff Sacks (large and small)


Trekking Shirt – Pack 4 to 5 breathable trekking shirts, balancing both half and full sleeves

Thermal Layer – At least one pair of a thermal layer

Fleece Jacket – Pack a lightweight fleece jacket for the lower region

Trekking Trousers – Minimum 2 water and wind-resistant trekking pants

Trekking Shorts – Pack a couple of trekking shorts for lower reaches of the trek

Lightweight, long underpants- pack 2-3 pairs

Down pants

Mid-weight long underpants- pack 2-3 pairs

Down Jacket – Carry a high-quality down jacket to keep you warm from the
extreme weather at the trek’s upper reaches

Waterproof Shell Jacket – One waterproof jacket to stay protected in the wet weather

Breathable Underwear – Carry at least 4 to 5 pairs of breathable and comfortable underwear


Trekking shoes
Hiking Socks
Thermal Socks
Gaiter (For Winter)

Head Wears:

Warm Beanie
Sun Protection Hat
Fleece Hat
Neck Gaiter

Hand Wear:

A Pair of Inner Gloves
A Pair of Outer Gloves
Heavy gloves (mitten)

Sleeping Bags:

Sleeping Bag for Base Camp

Down Sleeping Bag – 20 to -40 degree celsius for extreme conditions

Thermarest Mattress (Cell Foam and Inflatable)


First-Aid Kit
Handy Plaster
Tincture Iodine

Other Accessories:

Trekking Poles
UV Protection Sunglasses
Water Bottle
Water Purification Tablets
Wet Tissues
Garbage Bag
Headlamp with Spare Batteries
Hand Sanitizers
Sunscreen/Lip Balm
Trekking Towels
Portable Chargers
Pocket Knife

Climbing Gear List For Dhaulagiri Expedition

These are some of the important climbing equipment that you should carry while taking on the Dhaulagiri Expedition:

Climbing Boots
Summit Gloves
Climbing Helmet
Climbing Ropes
Down Suit
Ice Axe
Ice Tools
Belay Device
Lock Carabiner
Unlock Carabiner
Tape Slings
Prusik Loops
Snow Goggle
Head Light
Satellite Phone
Hand Warmer

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