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.
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