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Dhaulagiri Expedition

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The seventh highest celebrated peak in the Himalayas is Mt. Dhaulagiri which lies to the northwest of Pokhara. It is renowned as “the mother of snow”. Besides this fact, it is even popular as the “The White Mountain” to the foreigners.

Dhaulagiri was first revealed in 1808 and the news of this discovery left the rest of the world sceptical. For many years since its discovery it was thought to be the highest chain mountain in the world for the westerners. The glory of Dhaulagiri as the highest peak remained for 30 years before Kanchenjunga took its place. Climbing to this mountain at first was considered as impossible as it looks formidable after its exposure. As with the concept of the highest mountain, curiosity arises to climb this mountain. Numerous attempts have been made since 1950s but none of them were successful. Despite, with several attempts on this peak, the first winning attempts were on 13th May 1960 that proved to be a lucky day for the mountaineers with the bright sunny day and virtually no wind blowing. The six members of the Swiss expedition that reached the summit became the first climb to Mt. Dhaulagiri. They included Kurt Diemberger, Ernest Forrer, Albin Schelbert, Peter Diener and Nilma Dorjee Sherpa. They followed the route around the mountain from Tukuche over Dhampus pass as French Col, to approach the summit from the North-East Col.

Thakali hotels along with the beautiful monasteries, apple orchard, chance to observe beautiful background of mountain desert, Dolpo range, and mix type of community with the majority of Brahmin, Magar and Thakali are the real highlights of this expedition.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu.

Day 3: Kathmandu

Day 4: Drive to Beni (830m-2723ft), arrange for porters.

Day 5: Trek to Tatopani (1189m-3901ft). Overnight in lodge.

Day 6: Trek to Ghasa (2012m-6631ft). Overnight in lodge.

Day 7: Trek to Tukuche (2591m-8501ft). Overnight in lodge.

Day 8: Trek to Marpha (2667m-8750ft). Change porters.

Day 9: Trek to Yak Kharka (3680m-12074ft).

Day 10: Trek to French Col (5360m-17586ft).

Day 11: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4700m-15420ft).

Day 12-39: Climbing Period Mt. Dhaulagiri

Day 40: Clean up Base Camp

Day 41: Trek to Dhampus Col

Day 42: Trek to Marpha. Overnight in lodge.

Day 43: Trek to Lete (2438m-7999ft). Overnight in lodge.

Day 44: Trek to Ghasa. Overnight in lodge.

Day 45: Trek to Tatopani. Overnight in lodge.

Day 46: Trek to Beni. Overnight in lodge..

Day 47: Drive to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 48: Kathmandu.

Day 49: Departure from Kathmandu.

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