Dhaulagiri

Join Expedition Base’s expedition to Dhaulagiri – to a mountain few have experienced, in an area less travelled, with inspiring views.

Trip Overview

Dhaulagiri is the 7th highest mountain in the world and is located in western Nepal, not far from Annapurna (the world’s 10th highest mountain).

Our route to the summit will be via the ‘normal’ north east route, which was first climbed in 1960. The climbing route is mostly of easy to moderate gradient. As we leave base camp, we cross a glacier to reach our crampon point, up a rock and ice pitch to a traverse. After a short traverse we find ourselves in a wide open col and we cross it and climb up to about 5,800m to set our Camp 1. Our Camp 2 is around 600m higher at 6,400m, after a gradual climb. The route to Camp 3 is a little steeper, with more rock generally, as we approach the north west ridge. We will climb up and beyond the ridge to reach our Camp 3 at about 7,050m.

Our summit day will involve an early start and we can expect to be climbing up for around 8 hours, subject to the conditions we experience. Where required, ropes will be fixed to the mountain, and you will follow the route set by climbing guides on the mountain.

After reaching the summit, we will clean the camps on the way down and take a well earned rest at our base camp. We will then pack up over the next day or so before we arrange our helicopter exit back to Pokhara and then onward to Kathmandu.

Why join with Expedition Base?

When it comes to mountaineering expeditions, for any peak, we are known for our sound strategy, strong leadership and well-resourced approach to our expeditions. The mountains are fun and full of wonderful experiences. But, we also recognise that they also carry with them risk. For that reason, we approach the mountains on the basis of ‘safety first’. With safety as our first focus, fun and amazing experiences will follow. Few companies offer logistics as good as ours for a reasonable price point. Our goal is to put our clients in the best position for success, whatever their personal goal in the mountains may be. Our guides are some of the best in the business, with experience on a wide range of peaks from small, right up to the 8,000m peaks, many with multiple summits on the 8,000m peaks. We see strong leadership as critical to success on the world’s highest peaks and we can offer that leadership here at Expedition Base – and not all companies can. We offer the level of services historically offered by leading western companies, but without costly western overheads. In the mountains, your safety is our prime importance. We know our clients value our commitment to them and with that flows a great experience.

Trip Highlights

  • Climb the 7th highest mountain in the world
  • Views across to Annapurna and beyond
  • Climb a lesser climbed 8,000m peak
  • A more remote climbing experience

Trip Facts

  • Price starts from

    USD 23,500

  • Advanced Mountaineering

    Difficulty

    Advanced Mountaineering

  • Duration

    35 Days, 34 Nights

  • Activity

    Expedition, 8,000m+

  • Max. Altitude

    8,167m

  • Destination

    Nepal

  • Trip Start

    Kathmandu

  • Trip End

    Kathmandu

FIXED DEPARTURES

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Apr 11, 2020 May 15, 2020 - Open Book Now

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Trip Map

Difficulty level

Advanced Mountaineering

Advanced Mountaineering

This trip is for experienced mountaineers. The trip will involve challenging trekking, advanced mountaineering, moving on snow, rock and ice, with technical tools, at reasonably high altitudes up to around 8,848m, depending on the mountain. You can expect to experience some serious heights, some ledges, and exposure to steep terrain. For this trip, you want to have an advanced level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own- body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 4-5 times per week for the period of around 6-12 months before this trip, building on your already sound fitness. Weight training is also strongly recommended. Training on uneven terrain is strongly recommended. By registering for this trip, you likely already know what you need to do but wherever we can help, we will.

Trip Notes

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2

In Kathmandu (Personal and team preparation, briefings)

Day 3

Fly to Pokhara and drive to Dabang

Day 4-10

Trek to base camp via Sibang, Jugapani and Italian camp

Day 11-32

Climbing period, pack up base camp

Day 33

Helicopter to Pokhara, Kathmandu

Day 34

In Kathmandu

Day 35

Depart Kathmandu

Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.

Package Details

Inclusions

Up to 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu eg. Hotel Radisson or Hotel Tibet, Lazimpat (or similar) based on twin share accommodation, airport transfers to hotel (and back to airport), welcome team dinner, all necessary climbing and trekking permits, team transport in Kathmandu, experienced expedition leader, government liaison officer fee, fixed wing flights to Pokhara, helicopter flight out of base camp to Pokhara and Kathmandu, all meals and accommodation (twin share) during trek to base camp and return, porter service to carry up to 50kg personal gear to base camp, fully serviced powered base
camp (including personal tent, heated dining tent and communication tent, satellite phone use (pay per use), all meals/snacks and hot showers), 2-way radio system for guides to communicate between camps, team of climbing guides to set up and stock higher camps, climbing guides to assist to carry personal gear to higher camps, all meals and tents above base camp, minimum 1:1 guide: client ratio on summit day, O2 allowance with quality delivery system, high altitude wilderness first aid kit, transport of group equipment to base camp, all group climbing equipment supplied, all other charges for route setting and two complimentary expedition duffels for client to use and keep.

Exclusions

International flights to and from Kathmandu, tips and summit bonuses for climbing guides, tourist visa fees, meals in Kathmandu (allow USD $10-15 per meal), aerated and alcoholic beverages, personal items (e.g. phone calls, laundry, internet), personal transport in and around Kathmandu, travel insurance (including early departure and mountain search/rescue) and personal climbing gear, helicopter flights not expressly included (at client option).

Meet Our Expert Team

No matter what the enquiry, our commitment to exceptional service ensures that a helpful and knowledgeable staff member is on hand to assist you whenever the need arises.

Lakpa Sherpa

Managing Director

Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa

Director

Chris Jensen Burke

Co-ordinator

Chhiring Sherpa

UIAGM / IFMGA Guide

Jangbu Sherpa

UIAGM / IFMGA Guide

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