Highlights of Dhaulagiri Expedition
- 10 days back and forth trek to Dhaulagiri base camp on full board
- Benefits of 30 days logistic arrangement at base camp and rotations to Camp I, II, III & IV
- Safe climb and descend with the assistance of an experienced climbing crew
- A Pooja ceremony and technical climbing skill training
- A summit certificate from the Government of Nepal, upon reaching the summit.
Dhaulagiri Expedition Overview
Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world lying approximately 8,167 meters above sea level. The word Dhaulagiri derived from the Sanskrit word “Dhawla” and “Giri” which means “The Great White Mountain”. It is one of the most interesting to climb mountains among 14 eight thousand meters peak as it has five ridges plus south and west faces. All the summit routes are challenging, and only experienced veterans have the interest to approach climbing this mountain. The Northeast route is the easiest route also known as “the normal” climbing route.
We set up our base camp at the elevation of 4,759 meters, and another three higher camps at the altitude of 5,850m, 6,400m, and 7,400m respectively for the summit attempt.
Arrive in Kathmandu
You will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel to relax.
Free day in Kathmandu for equipment preparation, attend government briefing and arrangement of documentation needed for the expedition.
Welcome dinner will be at a Le Sherpa restaurant
Fly to Pokhara .
After breakfast, depending on the flight timing, you are transferred to the Domestic terminal for a short 25 minutes flight to Pokhara. At Pokhara, you have a free day to explore the city and the lakeside.
Drive from Pokhara to Beni and then to Sibang (1780m).
Today we have a long hour drive on a curving mountain off-road drive. The roaring Kali Gandaki river followed to Beni and further to Sibang.
Trek to Muri (1850m).
After breakfast, we start our trek from Shibang following the deeply buried canyon of the Myagdi River over imposing suspension bridges and airy stairs up to the Magar Village – Muri. On a clear day, you can have a majestic view of Dhaulagiri massif on the horizon.
Trek to Boghara (2100m).
From Muri, we trek through the hilly landscape and partly dense jungle to Boghara. Enroute enjoy the view of the long chain of the white snow-covered Dhaulagiri Himal.
Trek to Dobang (2600m).
Today we follow the Myagdi Khola up the valley until we reach Dobang. We will pass through the primaeval rainforest and a waterfall almost 70 m high is a highlight of today’s trek.
Trek to Jungle Camp (3100m).
We continue climbing through the dense, impressive rainforest. You can see hundreds of parasite plants grow over the mighty trunks and treetops of the fir and pine trees. Along the way, we walk on several shaky wooden bridges to cross the Myagdi Khola. We will halt for today’s overnight at the Jungle Camp.
Trek to Itilian Basecamp (3700m).
From Jungle Camp, we head towards the Italian Base Camp. We will be trekking initially on moraine and then enter the forest area with a picturesque bamboo jungle. Today we have a stunning view of Tsaurabong Peak (6395M) and the imposing west wall of Dhaulagiri I, which rises just above us.
Trek to Dhaulagiri Basecamp (4750 m).
Today will be a long walk from the Italian Base camp to Dhaulagiri BC, passing through the Japanese BC. From Italian BC the trail crosses a rocky area, traversing a steep slope and climbing abruptly to cross the glacier moraine. From Japanese BC, we follow the northside of the glacier sometimes walking on the lateral moraine and undulating glacier surface; we finally reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4750m. From the Camp, you can have a majestic view of the Dhaulagiri range – I / II / III / IV and Tukuche Peak.
Day 11 to Day 39
At Base camp Climbing Period
- Rest day – Puja – climbing training
- First Rotation
- Climb to camp I (spend overnight)
- Touch Camp II and descend to Base camp
- Rest day at Base camp
- Second Rotation
- Climb to camp II (spend overnight)
- Touch camp III and descend to Camp II (overnight) or Camp III (overnight)
- Descend to Base camp
- Rest and prepare for the summit push
- Summit Push
- Climb to camp II (overnight) – start at 5 am
- Climb to Camp III (overnight) – start at 9 am
- Climb to Camp IV – start at 4 am – reach by 1 pm – rest for 6 hours – start for summit at 8 pm
- Climb overnight at reach summit around 6-7 am and descend to Camp IV
- Descend to Camp II
- Descend to base camp
- Packing and clearing the Base camp after summit
Note – Be advised that the mentioned activities during the climbing period are a tentative plan. The actual planning of the summit is made at the base camp by your climbing guide. The activities may change because of the unstable weather conditions in the Himalayas and also your level of fitness. We advise you to book a Flexi flight and allow extra days in case if you need for the summit push.
Trek to Hidden Valley crossing the French Pass (5370m).
From base camp, we walk towards Hidden Valley. We climb steep hillside above the glacier with a zig-zag trail across the screes and moraine which leads up to French Pass. From the top, you can have a 360-degree panorama view of surrounding Mountain ranges. From the pass, we descend to Hidden Valley.
Trek to Yak Kharka (3900m) via Dhampus Pass (5280m).
From Hidden Valley, the trail begins with a short climb of Dhampus Pass, having a wonderful panorama of the Annapurna massif and the Nilgiri sector. We then follow a high-level alpine-style traverse descending towards the Kaligandaki valley and camp at Yak Kharka.
Trek to Marpha and drive to Jomsom.
After a month, we finally see the human settlement at Marpha. It is a gem village with whitewashed houses, stone-paved streets. From Marpha we take a local bus or jeep to Jomsom.
Final Depart Fly to Pokhara and connecting flight to Kathamdnu.ure
Today morning we take a 25 mins flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, we connect the flight to Kathmandu. You are transferred to the same hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is on your own.
Free day in Kathmandu for official documentation and collect certificate
Free day in Kathmandu for official documentation, closing briefing by the government, and collecting certificate if successfully reached the summit. Farewell dinner and celebration at Piano Piano restaurant at Nomad Hotel.
Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours before the departure time and the hotel checkout time is noon. In case your flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.
Government & Related charges
- Dhaulagiri climbing royalty fee of US$ 1,800
- 1 X Government liaison officer with flight, accommodation, meals and wages
- Garbage deposit fees of US$3000
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) & TIMS card fee
- Route fixing charge for Icefall and higher camps to the summit
- Summit certificate from Department of Tourism after the summit
- Weather forecast report
Service in Kathmandu
- International and domestic airport transfers
- 4 nights in a preferred hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 1 night in a preferred hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Return flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
- 2 X Thamserku Duffel bag per member
Service during Trekking
- 8 nights’ accommodation in a tented camp on full board (breakfast, lunch & dinners)
- Hot water for drinking purpose
- Medical Kit and oxygen during the trek
- Porters to carry trekking and expedition gears (1:1 ratio)
- Assistance of Guide and Sherpa during the trek
- Single tent per member with comfortable mattress & pillow
- Tent for climbing and Kitchen crew on twin sharing
- Kitchen, Dining, Shower and toilet tent (communication tent for 8 pax above)
- Solar panel/generator for light and battery charging
- Gas heater for the dining tent
- 3 meals a day, snacks and unlimited tea and coffee on request
- Internet facility depending upon the network provider & group size
Service at higher camp: ABC, CI, CII, CII & CIV
- Brand new tent North Face/Ozark/Red Fox on twin sharing for members and climbing crew
- Total 7 bottles of POISK oxygen – 4 for members, 2 for Sherpa & 1 for emergency
- Latest Mask and regulator for members and Sherpa & one extra for emergency
- Kitchen tent for Advanced Basecamp (ABC)
- High Altitude food (B, L&D) for members and climbing crew
- Enough Epi gas, gas stove and cooking pot set for CI, CIII and CIV
- 1 satellite for emergency and walkie-talkie for a member, Sherpa and basecamp
- Group safety equipment, i.e. extra rope, carabiners, ice axe, ice screw
- Porterage of personal and group camping equipment
- Expedition Crew Allocation & Cost
- Climbing Crew: Expedition Manager/Climbing Guide and 1 personal Sherpa (1:1 ratio) for the summit
- One High Altitude Cook for ABC for a group size 6 or above
- One Cook and required number of kitchen porters at the basecamp
- Porters to carry camping equipment’s and supply food from Lukla to Basecamp
- Equipment’s, daily wages, carrying bonus and medical insurance for climbing crew/Sherpa
- Equipment’s, daily wages, and medical insurance for Kitchen crew and porters
- Summit bonus of US$1000 for climbing Sherpa once you make a summit attempt from Camp IV or US$600 if dropped from Camp IV
- Unexpected increment in the royalty fee/climbing permit
- International airfare and Nepal visa fee
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Extra hotel nights in Kathmandu
- Personal travel, medical and rescue insurance
- Medical evacuation charge if required
- Personal trekking and climbing gears
- Tips for climbing Sherpa and Kitchen team at basecamp
- Service besides mentioned in inclusions example – extra oxygen, Sherpa and porters
MOUNTAINEERING GEARS CHECKLIST (7000m to 8848m)
- Down Suit - Recommended Absolute Zero Over suit by Mountain Hardwear, or Ulvetanna Suit by Berghaus, or The Himalayan Suit by The North Face, or the Expedition Suit by Rab.
- Down Jacket and a pair of Down Salopettes - Recommended Absolute Zero Parka and Absolute Zero Pants by Mountain Hardwear, or by Rab. - not very bulky
- Waterproof Jacket and Over trousers that goes over your alpine boot
- Balaclava - Recommended The North Face A3543 Unisex Wool Balaclava or similar covering nose and face
- Long sleeve Thermal shirt and Trousers - Recommended anti-sweat
- Fleece Jacket and Trousers - Recommended Patagonia, or The North Face, or Mountain Hardwear
- Liner gloves - thin and warm
- Down mitts - Recommended The North Face, or Marmot Expedition mitt, or Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Mittand.
- Mountain Gloves - Recommended water & windproof
- Gore-Tex Primaloft Glove - Recommended the North Face, or Mountain Hardwear.
- Smartwool Mountaineering Socks (2 pairs - new)
- Ultra-Soft Running / Hiking Socks (2 pairs - new)
- Mountaineering boot Recommended La Sportiva Olympus Mons Evo or Millet Everest GTX
- Alpine boot - Recommended La Sportiva Men's Nepal EVO GTX Boot or similar
- Climbing helmet - Recommended Black Diamond
- Ski Goggles with UV protection and anti-fog system
- Headlamp - Recommended Black Diamond &Petzl
- Spare batteries - Recommended Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries
- Harness Set
- Lightweight Harness - Recommended DMM Super Couloir, or Black Diamond Couloir Harness, or MammutOphira 3 Side climbing harness
- Ascender (Jummer) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
- Abseiling device - Recommended Black Diamond ATC Guide Bley Device, or Petzl GRIGRI 2 Grey Belay, or Descent Device D14BG
- Screwgate Carabiners (2 X large, 2 X small sizes) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
- Bent Gate Carabiners (2 medium sizes) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
- 6 mm rope - Recommended 2 meters UIAA tested
- 6 mm rope - Recommended 5 meters UIAA tested
- 1 X tape sling - Recommended 120 cm UIAA tested
- Dynamic 8.9 mm rope (single rope) - Recommended 2 m UIAA tested
- Classical Alpine ice-axe - Recommended (70-90 cm) Petzl, or Grivel Air Tech, or Black Diamond
- Crampons that fits Mountaineering boots - Recommended Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons
- 55-65 Liter Rucksack - Recommended POD Black Ice, Crux AK47 (extendable) and Crux AK57
- Base Camp Duffel – XXL
- 2 X 5 season sleeping bag with compression bag - Recommended North Face and Mountain Hardwear
- 2 X 5 season foam sleeping mat - Recommended 72 x 20 inches (20 x 5 x 5.5 inches folded) and weigh around 14 ounces
- Swiss Army Knife with a multi-tools system or leathermen
TREKKING GEARS CHECKLIST (2000m to 5000m)
- Sun Hat/Normal cap
- Fleece or woollen hat
- Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Buff Scarf / thin face mask
- Fleece or woollen thin gloves
- Gore-Tex mitten gloves
- Gore-Tex Jacket
- Gore-Tex Pant
- Hiking pant
- Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore-Tex pant
- Anti-sweat T-shirt
- Thermal inner trouser
- Down jacket with hoodie
- Trekking boots
- Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
- Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
- Snow Gaiter
- Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15 ºC)
- 30 Liter Rucksack with cover
- Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Water bottles 1 Liter
- Basic First Aid Kit including antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.
- Waterproof washing kit bag
- Towel - medium size
- Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, toothbrush etc.
- Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
- Handwash& sanitizer
- Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
- Wet tissues
- Trekking poles
- Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
- Baselayer leggings
- Sleeping bag liner
- Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
- Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
- Repair kit – (e.g. needle, thread, duct tape)
Once services are price have been agreed and a booking has been secured then a deposit of 25% of the tour cost is required. The deposit can be made in any one of the four currencies (US$, £ Sterling, € Euros or NPR). The deposit sum required is to be made by cash or Credit/Debit card and any Credit/Debit card payment will carry a service surcharge of 3.5%. The balance (full payment) of the cost of the services to be provided is to be paid two month prior to the departure date of the first service to be provided. Once the full payment is been made, below cancellation charge applies:
- From 45 to 30 days: 30% cancellation charge of the total cost.
- From 29 to 15 days: 70% cancellation charge of the total cost.
- Less than 14 days: 75% cancellation charge of the total cost.
The deposit is non-refundable except owing to cancellation by Thamserku Trekking in which case the deposit will be refunded in full. In the event of cancellation by the client/s, only in exceptional circumstances might the deposit, or a part of the deposit, be refunded on a ‘good-will’ basis. Under no other circumstances will the original deposit be refunded. In the event of postponement by a client/s once the deposit has been paid, the deposit paid can be reallocated to a subsequent date (fixed or unfixed) within a 12 month period from the date of postponement advice. In this case prices are subject to review. Once the contracted program has begun no refund will be made or any consideration can be made only under extreme circumstances.
Tipping is generally expected by all the expedition staff at the end for the excellent service they had provided to make your expedition successful. Normally the tips are given at the end of the expedition and this is best done as a group. We recommend that each group member contributes around $600 - $1000 for the expedition crew on the last evening at the base camp and part of the collection to the climbing guide/ leader on the last day dinner in Kathmandu. You are welcome to give away some of the equipment’s or clothing that you are not going to take back home, you can donate to the local staff, for this your group leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the crew.
Visas on Arrival
For the arrival visa in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, the immigration gets really busy during April, May, October and November; sometimes it takes hour to get the visa. Also, the wait is longer if you stand in the wrong queue. So below is the guideline for the visa on arrival and clearing the immigration at the airport. 1st Queue: Filling the application form. The clients can avoid this queue by filling the online application form (https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) in their home country. A sample of the online application form with the necessary details has been filled (see attached). The clients should put the exact information as seen in the attached file; the hotel name could be different. Once you fill up the form and submit, they will receive another slip (see attached) which they need to print it out and bring along with them. 2nd Queue: Cash Counter. If the clients have online slip beforehand, they can stand directly at the cash counter avoiding the 1st queue. It is advised for the clients to carry the exact visa fee amount (cash) either in US $ or Euro, but not in Nepalese Rupees. 3rd Queue: Immigration. Once the payment is done, the clients need to stand at the Immigration line with the receipt from the cash counter and necessary documents.
Please ensure that you have a current passport well before travelling. It also needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.
Copies of key documents
We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy and credit cards. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you.
The Trekking Day
The day usually begins between 6.30 am and 7.30 am. After you have packed all your gear into your kitbag, breakfast will be ready. While you are eating, the crew members will make up the loads for the porters. You will often be on the trail by 7.30 am, though at higher altitudes the start is usually later, as we wait for the sun to warm the air a little.
Medical preparation/Travel Insurance and Safety Guidelines
- Every Thamserku Trekking traveller is required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalization, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. Remember to bring a copy of your insurance policy with you or send us the scanned copy.
- Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations and in some places anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.
- Acclimatization to high altitudes (generally for trips over 3500 meters): We take this very seriously, which is why we have one of the best safety records in the Himalaya. We have over 30 years of experience in the region and our success rates on high altitude treks are very high. Our itineraries allow for a safe approach to high altitudes, following the guidelines set out by the Himalayan Rescue Association. We even carry Oxygen, mask and regulator for your safety and peace of mind on all treks proceeding above 4000 meters.
- Our leaders are highly experienced mountain guides. Please follow their instructions very carefully as you ascend to high altitudes: walking slowly rather than hurrying, wearing sunglasses during the day, maintaining a high level of (non-alcoholic!) fluid consumption, not sleeping during the day, wearing adequate warm clothing are all factors of importance. Your leader will brief you fully on these considerations prior to the start of your trek.
- In addition, if you are taking any medications with you which may have been suggested as an aid to acclimatization - Diamox is quite commonly suggested - it is vital that you advise your leader in Kathmandu before you leave for the start of the trek. He will then discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of taking this medication, and in particular when you should consider starting it and the duration for which it should be taken. Be aware that many trekkers have no need for such medication.
- The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali rupee (NPR). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs.
- Refer to https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php for current exchange rates.
- ATMs can only be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan (only outside the park) and Bhaktapur.
- The Government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal. You should ensure you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may be fined.
- Please note that most establishments in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
If you have booked an arrival/departure transfer or is included in the program price. Please ensure that we have been advised of your correct flight details into Kathmandu by either yourself or your travel agent. Your Group Leader will be at Kathmandu airport to meet your flight and transfer you to your hotel.
If you encounter any problems on or need any assistance, please Contact our Emergency number below:
- 1st Contact: Dawa Sherpa (Expedition Manager): +977-9801333616
- 2nd Contact: Yalamber Rai (Operations Manager): +77-9851131344
- Office Hours only: Thamserku Office: 00977-1-4433886
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