Dhaulagiri Expedition 2018 / 2019-48 Days

Mt. Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world and is located in the Dhaulagiri Himal, a subrange of the Himalaya in north central Nepal.

  •   Destination: Nepal
  •  Group size: 02-08
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  •   Trip Level: Strenuous
  •  Max Altitude: (8167m./26795ft.)
  •  Activities: Trekking and Climbing
  •   Transportation: Private Vehicle and Domestic flight

  Meals: BB plan in Kathmandu and All meals during the trek and expedition

  Accommodation: Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and camping basis accommodation during trekking

Trip Introduction

Mt. Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world and is located in the Dhaulagiri Himal, a subrange of the Himalaya in north central Nepal. Dhaulagiri means “White Mountain”.Dhaulagiri forms the eastern anchor of the Dhaulagiri Himal, a sub range of the Nepal Himalaya. The Dhaulagiri Himal lie in the Dhaulagiri Zone of north-central Nepal, northwest of Pokhara, an important regional town and tourist center. Across the deep gorge of the Kali Gandaki to the east lies the Annapurna Himal, home to Annapurna I, one of the other eight-thousanders.

After its discovery in 1808 by the western world, Dhaulagiri was thought to be the highest mountain in the world. This lasted for 30 years before Dhaulagiri’s place was taken by Kanchenjunga.

In terms of rise above local terrain, Dhaulagiri is, in fact, almost unparalleled in the world. For example, it rises 7000m over the Kali Gandaki gorge to the southeast in about 30km of horizontal distance. The Kali Gandaki is especially dramatic since Dhaulagiri and Annapurna both stand near the river, giving a unique example of two eight-thousanders facing each other over a deep valley.

The South Face of Dhaulagiri is also a massive drop; it is approximately a 4000m wall, and it has been the site of some epic climbs.

Dhaulagiri was first climbed on May 13, 1960 by Kurt Diemberger, Peter Diener, Ernst Forrer, Albin Schelbert, Nyima Dorji and Nawang Dorji, members of a Swiss/Austrian expedition. The expedition leader was Max Eiselin; they used the Northeast Ridge route. This was also the first Himalayan climb supported by an airplane. The airplane, a Pilatus PC-6, crashed during the approach and was later abandoned on the mountain.

The vast majority of ascents to date have been via the first ascent route, which is the “Normal Route” on the mountain. However ascents have been made from almost every direction.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu
Day 04: Drive or flight to Pokhara
Day 05: Drive to Beni – Marpha (2667)
Or fly to Jomsom and trek to Marpha
Day 06: Rest day at Marpha (2667m)
Day 07: Trek to Yak Kharka (3680m)
Day 08: Trek to French Col (5360m)
Day 09: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4700m)
Day 10-37: Climbing Period Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m)
Day 38: Clean up Base Camp
Day 39: Trek to Dhampus Col
Day 40: Trek to Marpha
Day 43: Trek to Jomsom
Day 44: Fly to Pokhara
Day 45: Pokhara relax day
Day 46: Fly or drive to Kathmandu
Day 47: Kathmandu
Day 48: Departure

Not really satisfied with this itinerary ? Make your own Customize It


We will be staying at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu, and fully camping basis while trekking and climbing. All rooms are on twin-shared basis. Single bedroom will be arranged on request and will cost additional. Utmost Adventure will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, while camping there will be tented shower and bathroom.


In Kathmandu, breakfast will be available. All meals will be provided during climbing including tea, coffee prepared by our cook. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners taking place for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the camp where we spend the night and lunch on our way to next destination. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan, continental meals are common choices in the menu.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Mount Dhaulagiri Expedition is a strenuous expedition. Climbers who can walk/climb up to 5-6 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this expedition fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Dhaulagiri Expedition by climbing, jogging and exercising regularly at least couple months prior to the start of the expedition. Climbing to the Mt. Dhaulagiri should be relatively fine for those who have experience climbing/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past climbing, hiking experience would be an asset because technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Utmost Adventure before booking the trek.

Best Time to Travel

The best time for expedition to Mt. Dhaulagiri is during spring (April to May) and autumn (August, September). The temperature is moderate and guarantees amazing views throughout the trip. Although this expedition can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

equipment list

Date And Costs

The given cost is per person and excludes international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

Fixed Departure


NOTE:Trip Status

Booking Open: Anyone travelling solo or with groups the given date is available for join.

Join a Group: Anyone travelling solo or with groups interested in join. The given date travelers already have booked the trip.

Limited Space: There are limited seat available for the given date. Therefore, we suggest you to make your decision as early as possible.

Sold Out: The given date has reached max numbers. Please contact usif you still want to travel on this particular date.

Cost include:
• 5 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with bed & Breakfast- hotel 3 star
• Permit fee of Dhaulagiri (8167m) Expedition
• Both way domestic airfare and airport taxes (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
• Domestic cargo
• Liaison officer fee
• One head Sarder/Guide
• Cook(s) and necessary kitchen staff
• Required number of porter and Yaks with herder
• High altitude climbing Sherpa (One Sherpa for three clients)
• All necessary climbing gears with fix ropes
• Three times meal during the trek on hotel basis
• All meals and available high altitude food for above Base Camp
• Hot drinks(Tea, Coffee, Chocolate, Juice)
• Necessary tents at Base Camp ( kitchen, toilet& dinning etc)
• High altitude tents
• EPI gas with burner
• Insurance for climbing Sherpas and local team member
• All Airport hotel airport transfers by privet vehicles

Cost does not include:
•    Medical /personal high risk insurance
•    Nepal entry Visa fee
•    Personal climbing gears
•    cost of personal natures
•    Tips
•    Cost of emergency evacuation
•    Summit bonus etc

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Utmost Adventure has compiled a list of necessary equipment, personal medical supplies and symptoms of medical condition likely to face during trekking / peak climbing. Also, please do understand that items listed below should be considered as an essential summary.
We highly recommend you to be familiar with all of your equipment and basic understanding of medical Conditions related to high elevation.

Your document to travel to Nepal:
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards)

Personal Climbing gear:
Harness: A climbing harness should be lightweight and fully adjustable. Easy to put on and take off.
Ice axe: General mountaineering axe. Should be light and easy to use.
Crampons: It must fit boot perfectly and lighter is better.
Carabineers: Two large locking “pear” shaped 4 regular mountaineering carabineers
Prussik cord: You can use in many situation, carry couple more.
Ascenders: One left or right hand orientation, does not matter (Petzl)
Rappel device: Figure 8, ATC or similar. Very important to devices for descending.
Ascender / Jhumar: Must be comfortable to be use with gloves.
Helmet: It is very important to use while crossing areas through rock fall, ice cliff. Better light weight.
Walking pool: Adjustable types are the best, it will be very much helpful while walking through snow field or rocky trail.

Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottles
Small wash towel
Rain coat

Personal Clothing items.

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body:
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)

Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get asunburn
Anti-mosquito cream;
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer.
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.