Lying in the north-west side of Pokhara, this peak first attracted the French expedition that comes to Nepal in 1950. lead by Maurice Herzog, the Mountaineers looked up at this formidable peak and decide it was impossible to climb and turned their attention to Annapurna 1, which they subsequently climbed. It was the discovery of Dhaulagiri's height of 1809 that brought to light the fact that the Himalayan range of mountain was higher than the Andes in South America.
The Dhaulagiri also was known as "The white mountain" is quite easily recognized because of its unique, mound shape when can be seen from treks that leave from Pokhara.
At the time, the Europeans assumed Dhaulagiri as the highest mountain in the world. Numerous attempts were made at climbing this peak in the 1950s, but none were successful. Argenti, Swiss and German climbers were competing with each other to reach the summit but finally, on 13th May 1960, a Swiss Expedition lead by Max Eiselin succeeded and put six climbers on the summit and among the was Kurt Diemberger. This was the 13th eight-thousander to be climbed, there were 13 members on the expedition and they submitted on the 13th. Nawang Dorjee who was part of the expedition became the first Nepali to climb Dhaulagiri.
Highlights of Dhaulagiri Pass Trek
- Seventh highest mountain in the world 8,167m.
- Varied landscapes, from green farming villages to snowy glacier to barren, rocky mountain vistas.
- For an 'Expedition feel,' due to the remote and rugged nature of the Dhaulagiri Trek.
- Closed view of Dhaulagiri and several other 7000m plus peaks.
- As a circuit trek, there is no retracing of your footsteps in the second half.
- The Dhaulagiri Trek is not for beginners trekkers but those with more experience will find the rewards are high.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu preparation for the trek (1300m)
Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by Sherpa Expedition and trekking staff with a warm welcome and transfer to respective hotels with a briefing regarding Dhaulagiri trek, hotels, lodge on the route with doing and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Darbang (1100m)
We fly to Pokhara, then drive down into the Kali Gandaki Valley and up the tributary Myagdi Khola valley as far as Darbang situated at an altitude of approximately 1100 meters. We set up the first camp of the trip at Darbang.
Day 03: Trek from Darbang to Sibang (1770m, 6 to7 hours) Trekking
We set off trekking, passing through several villages en route to the ridge-top settlement of Dharapani. We have lunch here, then continue our trek via Takam to Sibang (1770m).
Day 04: Trek from Sibang to Naura Bhir (1450m,7/8 hours)
Today, we trek to the large village of Muri where we stop for lunch, before continuing our ascent of the Myagdi Khola valley to Naura Bhir (1450m).
Day 05: Trek to Lapche Kharka (2000m, 7/8 hours)
We trek northwards, still following the Myagdi Khola, to the village of Baghara. We descend to the river before climbing again to the herders camp at Lapche Kharka (2000m).
Day 06: Trek to Sallaghari (2500m, 6/7 hours)
The trail continues climbing through forest to the open grazing area of Dobang. After lunch, continue to Sallaghari (2500m) where we make camp.
Day 07: Trek to Italian Base Camp (3660m, 4/5 hours)
Today, we trek through a forested area and across moraine to reach the area known as the 'Italian Basecamp' (3660m) where we make our camp below the stupendous west face of Dhaulagiri.
Day 08: Trek to Japanese Camp (4200m, 3/4 hours, 4km)
Continuing our ascent of the Myangdi Khola, we make the short but steep climb to our next camp known as 'Japanese Camp' or Chhonbardan Glacier Camp (4200m). There are great views of the Dhaulagiri peaks.
Day 09: At Japanese Camp.
We are now above 4,000 meters and our next camp will be at 4700 meters so it is important that we include an acclimatization day prior to going higher. A good day for resting and catching up with the laundry.
Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4748m, 7/8 hours, 8km)
Today, we trek across moraine of the Dhaulagiri West Icefall to reach Dhaulagiri Basecamp (4748m) which we should reach in time for lunch. We set up camp here in a fantastic location completely surrounded by Himalayan peaks.
Day 11: Rest at Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
After our significant recent height gain, we take a rest day here to help with our acclimatization.
Day 12: Trek to Hidden Valley (5120m, 6/7 hours, 9km) via French Pass(5360m)
An early start, crossing moraine to eventually reach a ridge that takes us up to the easy-angled snow slopes leading to the French Pass (5360m). We cross the pass to reach the 'Hidden Valley' behind Dhaulagiri where we make camp at 5120 meters.
Day 13: At Hidden Valley.
The Hidden Valley is a great place for a spot of exploration. This day also serves as a spare or contingency day in the case of delays up to this point.
Day 14:Trek to Yak Kharaka (3837m, 8/9 hours,14km) via Dhampus Pass.
We climb back up to the level of the French Pass at the other end of the valley and then make the high traverse across to the slightly lower Dhampus Pass (5280m). Once over the pass, we descend steeply to our camp at Yak Kharka (3827m).
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2736m, 9km, 4/5 hours)
Today we descend 1000 meters to the floor of the Kali Gandaki Valley and the pretty village of Marpha (2667m) on the Annapurna Circuit. A short trek north then takes us to Jomsom (2736m), where we stay in a lodge.
Day 16: Jomsom to Pokhara.
We take the exciting flight to Pokhara, where we check in at a hotel and have the rest of the day to explore this picturesque lakeside town, with its spectacular Annapurna views.
Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu.
We have a morning flight to Kathmandu, where we check in at our hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 18: Transfer to International Airport.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking
will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- The warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
- Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
- Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
- Water purifying pills
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
Doing treks in Himalayas of Nepal is the distinct culture and environment. Trekkers need to consider on following do’s and don’ts.
- Do smile and greet the local people by saying “Namaste” and “Tashidelek” to show respect.
- Do walk in a group or keep a distance that you could see your front and behind fellow.
- Do consult with your trekking guide before trying anything new during the trek.
- Do ask a question to the guide for the next day trekking necessity, so that you could pack in your small backpack because rest baggage will carry by a porter and will get only in the evening.
- Do give the donation to the monastery in the trekking area where they don’t collect tickets from the visitors but there is a donation box.
- Do inform your trekking guide if you are not comfortable with your health while approaching higher altitude.
Note regarding itineraries.
- Don’t underestimate the local culture and belief even if you find uncomfortable with it.
- Don’t take a picture of the people without their permission during the trek because some individual doesn’t like that.
- Don’t be strange if local people stare at you because they are surprised to see you, not with a bad intention.
- Don’t expect too many facilities in the trekking areas, most places provide you only the basic facilities.
- Don’t harm wild animals, birds, and plants during the trek and take a global responsibility to save the environment.
- Don’t give money to the children and the beggars; it encourages them to beg from the visitors.
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa expedition & trekking Pvt. Ltd. Walkers have led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.