Dhaulagiri Expedition

44 Days

Fixed Departure Date

September 23, 2024 - November 5, 2024 Guaranteed $12,500

Most mountaineers dream of reaching the summit of mount Everest during their lifetime. For many mountaineers a successful Everest expedition is the ultimate goal of climbing in the Nepals Himalaya. Everest expedtion via the South Face remain the most popular choice, as this route has the highest success rate.


The Dhaulagiri Expedition is a tough proposal for mountaineers at any time. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit ‘Dhaula’ meaning white and ‘giri’ meaning mountain. The mountain was sighted by British surveyors in India in the early 1800s and was mapped by one of the secret Indian surveyors, the pandits, in 1873. However, the region remained largely unknown until a Swiss aerial survey in 1949. The French Annapurna expedition in 1950 had permission to climb either Annapurna or Dhaulagiri, but decided on Annapurna after a reconnaissance of Dhaulagiri. A Swiss party failed in 1953, as did an Argentine group one year later.

Eight members of a Swiss expedition finally reached the summit in 1960, after four other attempts. The climbing route went around the mountain from Tukuche, over Dhampus pass and French Col, approaching the summit from the Northeast Col. The expedition was supplied by a Swiss Pilatus Porter aircraft, called the ‘Yeti’ which landed on the Northeast Col (5977m). Near the end of the expedition the plane crashed near Dhampus pass and the pilots, including the famous Emil Wick, walked down the mountain to Tukuche. In 1969 an avalanche killed seven members of a US expedition on the East Dhaulagiri Glacier. In 1973 the Americans were successful. Again Captain Emil Wick airdropped supplies to the expedition, including two bottles of wine and a live chicken. However, the Sherpas would not allow the chicken to be killed on the mountain. It became the expedition pet and was carried, snow-blind and crippled with frostbitten feet, to Marpha. It finally ended up in the cooking pot.

Trip Highlights

  • Conquer steep slopes, icy terrain, and extreme altitudes, pushing your physical and mental limits.
  • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan range from the summit and along the way.
  • Interact with the Sherpa people and learn about their unique culture and traditions.
  • Forge strong bonds with fellow climbers and Sherpa guides during the challenging journey.
  • Develop resilience, determination, and mental strength through this extraordinary adventure.
  • Create memories and stories that will last a lifetime, marked by your Dhaulagiri Expedition.


Today is the day of your arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal. As soon as you come out of the Kathmandu airport, you will find our representative waiting for you in the waiting area right outside the arrival lounge. You will be warmly greeted and welcomed by the representative and led to the vehicle. Our vehicle will take you to the trip hotel, most of the time in Thamel, that is 20-30 minutes drive, depending upon traffic, from the airport.

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The Trip Cost Includes

  • Transportation Arrival & Departure on domestic and international flights.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B plan.
  • All Domestic flights charges.
  • All Transportation service from starting and ending points of Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition.
  • Climbing Sherpa guide for Dhaulagiri Expedition.
  • Group climbing gears like rope, ice bar etc.
  • Permits for the Dhaulagiri Expedition.
  • High altitude meal (Full board) while Climbing Dhaulagiri.
  • All the expenses & insurance of Liaison officer (Govt. of Nepal).
  • Expedition manager, cook, support crew and porters with their equipments, daily wages, food & insurance etc.
  • Camping & Kitchen equipment like base camp tents, dining tent with table and chair, kitchen tent with all utensil and toilet tent.
  • High altitude tents and necessary gadgets like EPI gas and burner for high climb.
  • Warm clothing, trek gear for nepali staff including porters
  • Life & medical insurance for Nepali staff & porters.
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) & Gamow Bag along with the comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Communication device like Satellite Phone & Willkie-Talkie in case of emergency.(USE PAY)
  • Emergency Oxygen with regulator and mask while on Dhaulagiri Expeditions.(USE PAY)
  • Agency service charge.
  • Ample farewell dinner with Nepali song & dance.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and airport tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Medical and personal high risk insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bar & Beverage Bills
  • Personal equipment & climbing gears.
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation
  • Climbing Bonus for Dhaulagiri base camp staffs, tips and personal nature expenses.
  • Permit fees and customizetripom charge for Sat phone, communication gadget and commercial filming.
  • Garbage Deposit USD 3,000.00 (Sharing of the total person) and Deposit fee will be not refunded if the clients (climber) don't take back their garbage to Kathmandu.

Fixed Departure Date

September 23, 2024 - November 5, 2024 Guaranteed $12,500

Frequently asked Questions

What is Dhaulagiri Expedition?

An Dhaulagiri Expedition refers to the journey to climb Mount Dhaulagiri, the world’s highest peak, standing at 8,167 meters above sea level.

Where is Mount Dhaulagiri located?

Mount Everest is situated in the Himalayas, on the border between Nepal and Tibet (China).

How difficult is it to climb Dhaulagiri?

Climbing Dhaulagiri is extremely challenging due to its high altitude, severe weather conditions, and technical climbing requirements. It requires significant mountaineering skills, physical fitness, and mental resilience.

How long does it take to climb Dhaulagiri?

The entire expedition typically lasts around two months, including acclimatization, base camp setup, and the ascent. The actual climb to the summit can take a few weeks, depending on weather conditions.

How much does it cost to climb Dhaulagiri?

The cost varies widely, ranging from $13000 to over $16000. Factors influencing cost include the expedition organizer, services provided, permits, equipment, and logistical support.

What is the best time to climb Dhaulagiri?

The primary climbing season is during spring (April to June) and, to a lesser extent, during the autumn season (September to November). Spring is considered the best time due to milder weather conditions.

Do climbers need a permit to climb Dhaulagiri?

Yes, climbers must obtain a permit from the respective government authorities, from Nepal. The permits are expensive and contribute to conservation efforts.

What are the dangers of climbing Dhaulagiri?

Dhaulagiri presents various dangers, including avalanches, crevasses, extreme weather, high-altitude sickness, The risks make it crucial for climbers to be experienced and well-prepared.

How many people have successfully climbed Dhaulagiri?

Thousands of climbers have reached the summit.  However, the exact number changes each climbing season.

What is the death rate on Dhaulagiri?

The death rate on Everest varies each year but has historically been around 1-2% of climbers. Causes include altitude sickness, avalanches, falls, and other mountaineering hazards.

Is there any environmental impact of Dhaulagiri expeditions?

Yes, Dhaulagiri expeditions have raised concerns about environmental impact, including waste and pollution. Organizations and climbers are increasingly focused on “Leave No Trace” practices.

Do climbers need oxygen on Dhaulagiri?

Most climbers use supplemental oxygen above a certain altitude (usually above 26,000 feet or 8,000 meters) to cope with the thin air and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

Can anyone climb Dhaulagiri?

Climbing Dhaulagiri requires advanced mountaineering skills, physical fitness, and experience at high altitudes. Climbers often need to have successfully summited other peaks before attempting Dhaulagiri.

How do climbers acclimatize on Everest?

Acclimatization is a crucial process where climbers gradually expose themselves to higher altitudes to allow their bodies to adjust to reduced oxygen levels. This involves ascending to higher elevations and returning to lower altitudes for rest.

What equipment is essential for an Dhaulagiri Expedition?

Essential equipment includes specialized mountaineering gear, high-altitude clothing, a down suit, crampons, ice axes, ropes, and supplemental oxygen. Proper gear is crucial for safety and survival.

Are there age restrictions for climbing Everest?

There is no strict age limit, but climbers should be in excellent physical condition. Many expeditions have age restrictions, typically requiring climbers to be at least 18 years old.

How long do climbers stay at the summit?

Climbers spend only a short time at the summit, typically 15-30 minutes, due to the limited oxygen supply and harsh conditions. The descent is equally challenging and requires careful attention.

Are there communication facilities on Everest?

Communication at higher altitudes is challenging. Base camps are equipped with satellite phones and internet, but as climbers ascend, communication becomes limited. Some climbers use satellite phones or radios for emergencies.

How do climbers deal with waste on Everest?

Waste management is a significant concern. Climbers and expedition organizers are increasingly adopting responsible practices, such as carrying down their waste, including human waste, and participating in clean-up efforts.

Is climbing Everest dangerous for Sherpas?

Sherpas, the local guides and climbers, face significant risks during Everest expeditions. They are crucial to the success of climbs, often taking on roles like fixing ropes and carrying heavy loads through dangerous sections.

What are the environmental conservation efforts on Everest?

Organizations and climbers are working to minimize the environmental impact of Everest expeditions. This includes cleaning up litter, enforcing waste disposal regulations, and promoting sustainable practices.

Can climbers attempt Everest independently, without a guide or expedition company?

While it is theoretically possible, attempting Everest independently is highly discouraged due to the technical challenges, risks, and the complex logistics involved. Most climbers join organized expeditions for safety and support.

What is the success rate of Everest expeditions?

Success rates vary each season but typically range from 50% to 70%. Factors influencing success include weather conditions, climber experience, and the effectiveness of expedition planning and execution.

Are there records for the youngest and oldest climbers to summit Everest?

The youngest person to summit Everest is Jordan Romero at 13 years old, and the oldest is Yuichiro Miura at 80 years old. These records can change, so it’s essential to check the latest information.

How is Everest Expedition affected by weather conditions?

Weather on Everest can be extreme and unpredictable. Climbers need to navigate through windows of favorable weather for a safe ascent and descent. The jet stream and monsoon seasons can significantly impact climbing conditions.

What is the role of Sherpas in Everest Expeditions?

Sherpas play a critical role as guides, support staff, and climbers. They are essential for fixing ropes, carrying supplies, and providing crucial knowledge about the mountain. Many climbers rely on Sherpas for a successful ascent.

How do climbers train for Everest?

Climbers undergo intense physical training, including cardiovascular workouts, strength training, and high-altitude simulation. They also practice technical climbing skills, such as ice and rock climbing, to prepare for Everest’s challenges.

What are the symptoms of altitude sickness, and how is it treated?

Altitude sickness symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. The primary treatment is to descend to a lower altitude. Oxygen and medications may be used, but descent is the most effective solution.

How do climbers cope with the lack of oxygen at high altitudes?

Climbers use supplemental oxygen to compensate for the reduced oxygen levels at high altitudes. Oxygen is carried in tanks and is crucial for preventing altitude sickness and ensuring the safety of climbers.

Are there rescue services on Everest?

Rescue services are available, but they can be challenging due to the high altitude and extreme conditions. Helicopter rescues are limited at higher altitudes, and climbers must often rely on fellow climbers and Sherpas for assistance.

Can climbers stay overnight at the summit?

Staying overnight at the summit is highly discouraged due to the extreme conditions and limited resources. Climbers typically descend to lower camps after reaching the summit to ensure their safety.

What are the dangers of the Hillary Step?

The Hillary Step is a rocky outcrop near the summit that poses a technical climbing challenge. While it’s not the most dangerous part, climbers must navigate it carefully, especially during the crowded summit push.

How do climbers navigate crevasses in the Khumbu Icefall?

Climbers use ladders to traverse crevasses in the Khumbu Icefall. This section requires careful navigation, and climbers must move quickly due to the ever-changing nature of the icefall.

What is the role of base camp doctors in Everest Expeditions?

Base camp doctors are crucial for assessing climbers’ health, managing altitude-related issues, and providing medical support. They play a key role in ensuring climbers are fit for the ascent.

How do climbers prepare for the psychological challenges of Everest?

Mental resilience is vital for Everest climbers. They undergo psychological training to cope with stress, isolation, and the mental demands of high-altitude mountaineering. Positive mindset and mental preparedness are essential.

What is the impact of climate change on Everest?

Climate change has led to glacier retreat and changes in weather patterns on Everest. This can affect climbing conditions, increase the risk of avalanches, and impact the overall environment of the mountain.

What is the process of obtaining permits for Everest?

Climbers need to obtain permits from the respective government authorities (Nepal or China). The process involves submitting necessary documents, adhering to regulations, and paying fees, which contribute to conservation efforts.

How do climbers deal with the extreme cold on Everest?

Climbers face sub-zero temperatures, especially at higher altitudes. They use specialized cold-weather gear, including insulated clothing, boots, and gloves, to protect themselves from frostbite and hypothermia.

Are there communication challenges during the Everest Expedition?

Communication can be challenging due to the mountainous terrain. Climbers often use radio communication, satellite phones, or messaging devices. However, these can be affected by extreme weather and altitude.

What role do yaks and porters play in transporting supplies to higher camps?

Yaks and porters transport essential supplies, gear, and equipment from lower elevations to higher camps. They play a crucial role in supporting climbers by lightening their load and facilitating the logistics of the expedition.

How do climbers deal with fatigue and exhaustion during the ascent?

Rest days and acclimatization rotations help mitigate fatigue. Climbers pace themselves, stay hydrated, and consume high-calorie meals. Proper acclimatization is crucial for building endurance and reducing the risk of exhaustion.

What ethical considerations are important for Everest climbers?

Climbers are encouraged to follow ethical practices, including minimizing environmental impact, respecting local culture, and practicing responsible tourism. This includes proper waste disposal, supporting local communities, and respecting sacred sites.

How are emergency situations managed on Everest?

Emergency situations, such as medical issues or extreme weather events, require quick and coordinated responses. Expedition teams have emergency protocols in place, and communication with base camp is vital for swift assistance.

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Dhaulagiri Expedition
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  • 45 Days
  • Trekking, Cultural Excursions, Mountaineering
  • 8,167 Meters
  • Full Board
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