Dhaulagiri; the name is derivative from Sanskrit “Dhavala” means “White” and giri is “Mountain”. The Mountain was displayed by British surveyors in India in the early 1800s and was mapped by one of the secret Indian evaluators.
After four more expeditions failed, eight members of a Swiss expedition conquered the summit in 1960. The Swiss expeditor first ascended Dhaulagiri in 1960. The climb followed a roundabout route around the mountain from Tukuche, over Dhampus pass as French Col, to approach the summit from the North-East Col.
Tragedy struck in 1969 when an avalanche killed seven members of a US expedition on the East Dhaulagiri Glacier. The Japanese in the 1970s, the Americans in 1973 and the Italians in 1976 summited
Welcome to Nepal. You will receive on your arrival by one of our representatives at Kathmandu airport. You will be transported to your hotel, check into the room and spend relaxing time until we meet again in the evening for the ‘Gurla Mandata Expedition’ Journey short briefing. Overnight at the hotel.
From day two to four we stay at Kathmandu for sightseeing and to complete the formal process for the expedition. We explore some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and many other beautiful places. We also go for preparation of official documents, do shopping for climbing gears and more. Overnight at the hotel of Kathmandu.
Today, we head onwards towards our journey with a drive to Beni. We first drive via scenic Prithvi Highway for about 6-7 hours to get to Pokhara, and from there we ride again to Beni relishing the gorgeous views of Annapurna ranges. Beni is a lively town just above the junction of beautiful Kali Gandaki and Myagdi Rivers. Overnight at Beni.
After breakfast, today we officially begin the expedition on foot trekking towards Tatopani. At first, the trail descends steeply through dense rhododendron forest occupied by rich animals and birds. Passing through some small villages, we eventually reach Tatopani famous for natural hot springs where you can have a soothing bath.
From Tatopani, today we head onwards towards Ghasa following the road. Hiking alongside the graceful Kali Gandaki is a fantastic feeling. We gradually ascend through the subtropical vegetation and even cross suspension bridges through the narrow gorge. Slowly we reach Ghasa, a village that portrays a cultural and ecological milestone. We rest for the night at Ghasa.
Today, we follow the trail alongside Kali Gandaki River through the narrow gorge and cross via traditional Thakali villages. Along, the way, we can visit the red-roofed Taglung Gompa sited on a hillside. After hours of trek, we eventually reach Marpha village, inhabited by Thakali ethnic group. It’s the perfect place for an overnight.
Today, we take a day off from trekking and spend the whole day exploring the historic and beautiful town of Marpha huddled behind a ridge. It’s also the delightful Apple capital nestled into picturesque hills. Overnight at Marpha.
Following the unmarked trail, we head towards Yak Kharka. The safe path we follow today is impressive and also provides excellent trekking experience. Trekking around and down and then crossing the river on an old long bridge between Gungsang and Yak Kharka, we get to the beautiful village of Yak Kharka. We get to witness the magnificent views of Annapurna III. Overnight at Yak Kharka.
Today, we trek further up to French Col via Kalopani trailing through the steep paths and also enjoying the magnificent views of soaring Himalayas. We pass through Dhampus Pass at 5200 meters and even cross several other passes to get to French Col. Overnight at tented camp.
After breakfast, today we do a gentle climb to the French Pass (5360 m) from where we can get the view of Mukut Himal, (6328 m), Tashi Kang (6386 m) and Sita Chuchura (6611 ms), all of which encircle the beautiful Hidden Valley. To the south is Tukuche Peak and beyond that is our ultimate destination, the towering peak of Dhaulagiri. Eventually, after an adventurous trek, we reach Dhaulagiri base camp where we look up to at the impressive Dhaulagiri ranges. Overnight at tented camp.
The climbing phase starts from the 13th day. We head onwards to the ultimate adventure of life, Dhaulagiri expedition. We set various camps along the way, rest and acclimatize at several spots, attempt climb and ultimately summit one of the most majestic peaks of the Nepal Himalayas, Mount Dhaulagiri. After a successful summit, we descend to Dhaulagiri Base Camp and follow the same way back Kathmandu to end the incredible voyage ‘Dhaulagiri Expedition.’
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