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    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Duration
      46 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
      Trek and Climbing
    • Accommodation
      3 star standard hotel in Cities, Guest house during trekking and tent during climbing
    • Meals
      All Standard Meals throughout the trip
    • Mx.altitude
    • Vehicle
      Private Luxury Tourist Vehicles and Aeroplane
    • Max. People

    About - Dhaulagiri Expedition (8,167 m)

    Dhaulagiri standing at an astounding elevation of 8167 is the world's seven highest peaks lying on the Dhaulagiri Mountain range. The primary survey of Dhauligiri in the 1800s named Dhauligiri as the highest peak in the world and it continued as it did for nearly 30 years. The name Dhaulagiri is derived from Sanskrit which means “White Mountain”. Dhaulagiri is one of the less-visited mountains but has to offer adventure, natural beauty, cultures, and tradition, unlike any other eight-thousanders. 

    The common route to the summit is from Northeast Ridge although there are possible six routes to the summit, which was the route used by the Swiss expedition team in 1960 which successfully climbed to the summit, the route is also considered the easiest route from others. The mountain was surveyed in the early 1800s but was not popularly known among mountaineers until 1960 the successful expedition was carried out in 1960. Mt. Dhaulagiri is considered the most interesting mountain among the eight-thousanders. 

    Things to do before Dhaulagiri Expedition

    Often people think expeditions are done in months and summits are successfully done within it, but that’s exactly the opposite in real life. Before any expedition, the preparation for it must be started at least a year or so. For any expedition to a mountain peak, especially in the case of the Dhaulagiri Expedition, you are required to maintain your physical and mental status the most, because climbing a peak is the ultimate test of your physical and mental status. It's highly recommended to start a physical and mental fitness activity program at least before a year of climbing. The more physically and mentally stable you are the possibility of climbing the summit. Nobody wants to end the summit because of your physical or mental state, at the end of the day it’s about reaching the top. Nevertheless, it may require constant hard work and dedication for a long period of time. 

    Best time for Dhaulagiri Expedition

    The climbing window period is said as the perfect time for expeditions, which goes from May-July. This time of the year comes under the Spring season although the expeditions are carried out through Sep-Dec which is an autumn season and last but not least comes the winter season which is the time of least expeditions although it can be the real deal for extreme adventure enthusiasts. The period of Spring or climbing window season has probably the best climate of the year with calmer air, clearer visibility, and more peacefulness. 

    Major Highlights of the Dhaulagiri Expedition

    Panoramic views of the Dhaulagiri Mountain Range

    The expedition of Dhaulagiri is not about the mountain itself but also about the panoramic mountains that you can see namely Machhapuchhre, Dhampus, Mt Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, and Mt Tukuche. These panoramic views of the mountain are worthy to see from the summit of Dhaulagiri which is also some of the highest peaks in the world itself. 

    Ethnic Thakali, Gurung, and Magar Rituals and Cultures

    You will pass through numerous ethnic hamlet settlements on your trek toward the base camp of the seventh-highest mountain in the world, where you will be greeted with warm & friendly hospitality by the locals. Some of the most amazing communities in the world are home to these ethnic groups. Their culture and traditions are some of the things you would wanna witness during your trek to base camp. The local cuisine, attire, and way of life in those places are all rather fascinating to explore.

    Abundant flora and fauna

    Dhaulagiri is one of the least visited places in the Himalayan range which makes it a perfect destination for someone wanting to experience true nature. The lesser crowd means the perseverance of diverse flora and fauna. The flora and fauna of the Dhaulagiri range are some of the rarest on the planet. You can expect to see some wild snow leopards, red pandas, and many more but remember to respect the natural ecosystem. 

    More HIghlights of the Dhaulagiri Expedition

    • The base camp of the world's seven highest mountains and its monstrous scope of pinnacles
    • Subalpine and Alpine zona's vegetation
    • Navigate from the Mygdi locale to arrive at beautiful Lower Mustang at Kaligandaki River valley
    • Two high passes: French High pass and Dhampus pass.
    • Machhapuchhre, Dhampus , Mt Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal , Annapurna , Mt Tukuche (6837m).
    • Off-beaten course and an audacious experience.
    • Traditional and local lifestyle.
    • Abundant trials and more of nature.

    For the complete guide on peak climbing and expedition in Nepal, please click here.

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    Dhaulagiri Expedition (8,167 m) Itinerary

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    What's Included

      All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport and hotel transfers
      Four nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
      Assistance for cargo clearance in Nepal’s Customs, clearance cost is subject to a charge.\
      2 nights Hotel in Pokhara City (3-star category) – Sharing room on Bed and breakfast plan.
      Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Dhaulagiri, Conservation area entry permits and fee.
      1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment, salary, and accommodation.
      Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees.
      Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and expedition.
    • MAP
      Trekking and climbing map.
      One Luxury Holidays Duffle Bag.
      (Domestic Flight): Fly from Kathmandu – Pokhara and drive from Pokhara to Marpha. (by jeep) While returning; Drive from Marpha to Pokhara (by jeep) and fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, as per the itinerary.
      Transportation of all necessary equipment for all Members and Staff from Kathmandu to Marpha (by Truck) and from Marpha to Base camp (By Heli /mules /porters – depending upon condition) – While returning; Base camp to Marpha (By Heli/mules /porters– depending upon condition) and Marpha to Kathmandu (by Truck).
      Up to 60 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by porters or mules.
      3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek and at the Basecamp. Hygienic and fresh green vegetables, fresh meat, fruits, soft drinks, and juice will be served regularly during the entire expedition using helicopter flights. Well-managed base camp set up for members & Staff.
      All necessary logistic arrangements for camping during the trek.
    • PORTER
      Porter per member up to and from Base camp (both ways).
      Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen Helpers as required.
      All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
      Each member will have an individual box tent in Base Camp.
      Single Tent, foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning Tent, 1 Kitchen Tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower Tent, 1 Staffs Tent, 1 Tent for Nepalese base camp staff, Store tents, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
    • HEATER
      Heater at base camp in each Dining and other necessary camps.
      1 Solar panel and Generator for lights at base camp, for the battery charges, laptop, and other electronic devices.
      Oxygen, Mask Regulator, Ice wall, and Ladder training at basecamp by a professional guide.
      1 veteran and government-licensed climbing Sherpa per member (1 Member: 1 Sherpa), during the entire climb from Basecamp to the summit and back, and on each rotation.
      Climbing Sherpa to assist in carrying your gear to the high camps.
      Climbing Sherpa's Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
      Summit Oxygen: 3 oxygen bottles (4 ltrs.) for each member and 1 oxygen bottle for each high-altitude Sherpa. **
      1 Set of Summit Oxygen masks and regulator for each member and high-altitude Sherpa, which has to be returned after the expedition. **
      Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask, and regulator (with appropriate charge).
      High Altitude Tent, Necessary cooking EPI gas, cooking pot, High food for a member, Sherpa, and other crews at (C1) (C2) and (C3). Group climbing gears, and fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
      Members will share tents in high camps (2 members: 1 tent).
      The team of experienced Sherpas (including personal Sherpa) will fix the route in Dhaulagiri (no extra charge will be applied to members).
      A Satellite Phone for emergency communication carried by Sherpa is also available for members at the appropriate charge.
      Walkie–Talkie for communicating from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp.
      Satellite Phone/Walkie-talkie permit for all members and staff.
      Internet facility will be available at the Base Camp (subject to a charge).
      Weather forecast reports regularly from Meteotest, Bern (Switzerland) during the entire expedition.
      Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staff.
      Mt. Dhaulagiri climbing certificate issued by MoCTCA (after climbing Mt. Dhaulagiri successfully).

    What's Excluded

      International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
      The Nepali Visa fee is US$ 60 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 120).
      Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu & Pokhara (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
      Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition, domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
      Insurance covering both medical and high-altitude evacuation costs (for the trip cancellation, interruption, high-altitude rescue & air evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.) *Mandatory
      Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will have soft drinks for members at base camp).
      Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical kits, and all kinds of Personal Trekking / Climbing Gear.
      Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
      Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
      Not included during the trek.
      Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa- Minimum 1500 USD.
    • TIPS
      Calculate some tips for Basecamp staff – Minimum 400 USD.
    • EXTRA
      Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and other items not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.

    Dates & Availability

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      Mr. Maximilian
      United States of America (the), New York

      It was a good and excellent trip

      My family and I have been interested in climbing peaks for a long time. It was a good and excellent trip. The guides were professional and knowledgeable. They took care and gave some motivation while climbing the peak. The director of the company is responsible. They provide better service on the trip. It was amazing and more durable while climbing the peak. I feel more comfortable and have proper guidance on the trip. I will travel for upcoming years and we feel the best-experienced trek in this company. 

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      Mr. Jonas
      United States of America (the), New York

      We chose the best company,

      We recently completed the peak climbing in Nepal. The view  is genuinely breathtaking.We chose the best company, Luxury Holidays Nepal. Our guide Ram is the best guide and he made a wonderful trip while climbing the peak. Our team completed moderate climbing and hiking experience. It was a wonderful experience. We were provided with good food, comfortable accommodation and excellent guidance. Hopefully, we will do the next trip with the company as soon as possible.


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      Ms. Clara
      United States of America (the), California

      Thank you Resham and the entire LHN Team

      Thank you Resham and the entire LHN Team for the wonderful trip. We had memorable peak climbing. Everything was managed properly from start to end. The trip offered me an incredible view of the mountain and sunrise-sunset from the row of the Himalayas. They made me really comfortable as it was my first trip to the mountain. One of the best experiences ever! Everything was perfectly managed according to the itinerary! It was the best decision to choose Luxury Holidays Nepal as a travel company. I will do another trek in future with this company.

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    Dhaulagiri Expedition (8,167 m) FAQs

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    Essential Information

    Tourist Visa
    Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing visas on Arrival. To obtain a visa upon arrival by air in Nepal you must fill in an application form and provide a passport copy. Visa application forms are available at the arrival hall, though some airlines provide this form on the flight. There are now visa registration machines in the immigration hall for people with electronic passports, which will automatically fill out the visa form for you after inserting your passport. Or, you can get a visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed in your own country before your arrival.

    On-Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points
    15 Days – 30 USD
    30 Days – 50 USD
    90 Days – 125 USD

    Getting in Nepal
    There are many entry points in Nepal but most of you will take a flight to Kathmandu which is the only entry point for travelers who are entering by air. Your expedition will officially begin after flying to Kathmandu where you will be picked up by a Luxury Holidays Nepal representative at the airport, so you need to provide your arrival details in advance. And also lets us know if your flight gets delayed right away so we can manage everything accordingly.

    Domestic Flights
    Domestic flights in Nepal are the main intercommunication to reach the region where you are going for your expedition as most of these regions are disconnected by road transport. Your flights into the Khumbu and any other region that are mentioned in your trip program will be reserved by us on your behalf. Due to the terrain and landscapes of Nepal domestic flights might get caught in weather delays which is why we recommend your return flight back home be changeable at any time.

    Altitude Sickness
    Altitude Sickness is an effect of high-altitude atmospheric pressure that results in a quick change in oxygen level and air pressure of the human body. The symptoms will arise while walking at a high altitude without properly acclimatizing the body. It can happen to anyone even if they have great physical fitness if they climb faster at a higher altitude. It is better to ascend gradually to prevent altitude sickness.

    There is good access to ATMs anywhere in most city areas, however, you will find it hard in rural areas. Different banks have their maximum withdrawal amount limit. Most hotels, restaurants, airlines, and travel agents accept cards as well. It is more important to have enough cash as there will be very limited or no ATM access in trekking areas and also some reserve cash for emergencies. USD is selectively acceptable in Nepal but still, you need to make sure you have Nepalese currency on hand during the expedition.

    There is no significant rule about tipping your guide or porter but it has been more common in Nepal. It is on you to decide whether to thank the guide and porter with tips or not. But in most cases, guides and porters expect tips from you though they don’t ask for tips verbally.

    The water quality in Nepal isn’t the greatest so it is better to use a water filtration or purification tablet. You can also drink boiled water if you like. Make sure to drink a lot of water during the expedition as your body requires more at a higher altitude.

    Nepal is a heaven for adventures and is comparatively a safe destination for those adventures. There is a low rate of serious crime however you should still take sensible safety measures. Keep an eye on pick-pocketers and snatchers in buses and tourist areas. You can avoid walking with a large amount of cash on your own. Always let your guide know if you’re going out during the trip.

    Internet and SIM Card
    Most cities have extensive access to the internet, also hotels, restaurants, and cafes that offer free WIFI. But outside the cities, in the remote trekking areas, it’s fair to non-existent. During the expedition, the internet is available at the base camp for a certain amount of cost. You can easily purchase a SIM card at an affordable cost. You can use the data package using the SIM card as well.

    Vaccinations & Immunization
    Before traveling to Nepal, please consult your travel clinic for updated information on vaccinations and immunizations. The commonly recommended vaccinations are Chickenpox, Diphtheria-Tetanus, Polio, Shingles, Covid-19, Hepatitis A & B, Encephalitis, Malaria, Measles, Rabies, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever.

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