Mt Dhaulagiri (8167m), standing conspicuously tall in a 30-mile long massif, draws climbers with its special attractions and with its challenges that test the acumen and the endurance of even the most inveterate climbers. Mt Dhaulagiri rises very high from its low-surroundings that makes its majestic standing clearly noticeable. In clear weather, it is said to be visible from northern Bihar and even as far south as Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. In contrast, the other 8 thousanders in Nepal are often overshadowed by their surrounding peaks. Besides, Mt Dhaulagiri’s gentle slopes carry a lot of ice, making it Nepal’s greatest White Mountain. But the other 8 thousanders in Nepal do display bare rocks and cliffs because snow does not accumulate in their steep slopes. Mt Dhualagiri also makes the world’s deepest gorge, cut by the Kali Gandaki River, with Mt Annapurna in the east. Lastly, it is Nepal’s first discovered tallest mountain, followed by Kanchenjunga and then Mt Everest.
Climbers usually follow the northeastern ridge to conquer Mt Dhaulagiri, although some climbers have used other routes as well. Even before reaching the base camp at about 4700 meters, the climbers need to traverse the challenging French Pass (5360m). But you can kiss the mountain top only after establishing five other camps at different altitudes.
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2-3: Preparations
Day 4: Drive from Kathmandu to Baglung/Beni
Day 5: Trek form Beni to Tatopani
Day 6: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa
Day 7: Trek from Ghase to Tukuche/Marpha
Day 8: Rest day at Marpha.
Day 9: Trek from Marpha to Yak Kharka
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to French Col.
Day 11: Trek from French Col. to Base Camp
Day 12 - 47: Climbing Period
Day 48: Trek to Dhampus Pass
Day 49: Trek to Tukuche/Marpha
Day 50: Trek to Jomsom
Day 51: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 52: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 53: International departure