Dhaulagiri Expedition

The White Mountain

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Trip Overview

Embark on an extraordinary adventure with Taktok Brothers to conquer the captivating Mt. Dhaulagiri, the seventh-highest mountain globally and a jewel of the Nepalese Himalayas standing proudly at 8,167m. Known as the “White Mountain,” Dhaulagiri is a coveted peak entirely situated within Nepal, extending towards the western part of the country and separated from the Annapurna massif by the Kaligandaki gorge, Nepal’s deepest gorge.

Historic Ascension: The inaugural ascent of this dazzling peak took place in 1960 through a Swiss/Nepali/Austrian expedition. Dhaulagiri rises majestically 7,000m from the Kaligandaki River, creating an unparalleled spectacle. While the northeast ridge is the most commonly used route, Dhaulagiri’s long ridges and glacial valleys allow access from various sides, making it a less-frequented yet equally enchanting climb.

Trekking Through Remote Valleys: The journey begins from Khara, leading into deep, remote valleys that offer a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in the wilderness and acclimatize for the expedition. Traversing temperate zones, we encounter culturally rich villages practicing traditional agriculture. Ascending from tropical to alpine zones, we explore the immense beauty of the Dhaulagiri region, witnessing the radiant peaks in the backdrop. Our highly skilled chefs prepare nourishing meals, energizing and building stamina for the climb.

Expedition Route: Reaching 4,700m, we establish a base camp to commence our climb. The route takes us through a wide glacier onto the broad north col, where we set up Camp 1. Progressing through broad snow slopes, we establish Camp 2 at 6,500m. Camp 3 involves a steep climb to the crest of the Northeast ridge. Summit day starts at midnight, a challenging endeavor rewarded with a glorious and magnificent view from the top, making every hardship worthwhile.

Best Season for Expedition: The best seasons for a Dhaulagiri expedition are spring and autumn, offering breathtaking sceneries of dazzling white mountains, lush green forests, and farmlands. The moderate weather during these seasons ensures a comfortable and memorable expedition.

Embark on this exhilarating journey with Taktok Brothers, where the beauty of nature meets the thrill of adventure.

  • Season
  • Destination
    Dhaulagiri Region
  • Duration
    46 Days
  • Altitude
    8,167m / 26,795ft
  • Groups
    2 - 15 Peoples
  • Walk per day
    5 - 6 Hours


Upon your airport arrival, necessary immigration processes await completion. Simultaneously, our team member will await your arrival at the gate, holding a personalized placard with your name. Subsequently, a safe transfer will be arranged to the pre-booked hotel in Kathmandu, ensuring a bed and breakfast arrangement for your stay

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals N/A
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

During the second day, our agenda encompasses the fulfillment of essential administrative procedures and the acquisition of required documentation. We may also engage in exploratory sightseeing activities while simultaneously preparing diligently for the forthcoming Dhaulagiri expedition.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

Following breakfast in the early hours, we'll proceed to the airport for a brief yet picturesque flight to the charming city of Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, we'll continue our journey by road to Beni Bazaar, where we'll spend the night to rest and prepare for the upcoming days.

  • Altitude 899m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation lodge / teahouses

Following a comfortable stay in Beni, our expedition continues with a drive to the picturesque village of Marpha. This marks the final destination accessible by roadways. While in Marpha, we'll immerse ourselves in the local ambiance, exploring the village and observing the daily life of its inhabitants. Particularly during the apple harvesting season, the village's apple farms present a stunning sight. Resting overnight in Marpha, we prepare for the commencement of our trek the following day.

  • Altitude 2650m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation lodge / teahouses

This phase revolves around acclimatization and ascending to various camps en route to the summit. Beginning with an ascent through an icefall leading to the expansive North Col at 5900 meters, we'll establish Camp 1 in a secure location devoid of avalanche and icefall risks. This initial part of the route isn't excessively steep due to lower elevations. Moving beyond Camp 1, the terrain gets steeper, necessitating the use of fixed ropes and technical gear. With the guidance of our Sherpa team, we'll ascend to 6400 meters and set up Camp 2. Progressing further above Camp 2, the route steepens notably toward the northwest ridge preceding the summit. Negotiating icy and snowy sections will demand caution and teamwork. The path alternates between ascents and descents. Approaching the East Ridge can be particularly challenging due to potential strong windstorms. Camp 3 will be established at 7400 meters, strategically positioned for the final push. The culmination of the ascent involves traversing a snowfield toward a narrow couloir at a 45-degree angle leading to the summit of the majestic Dhaulagiri. Summit day begins with an early start and a substantial breakfast. Ascending cautiously along the fixed ropes on the Northeast face of Dhaulagiri, we anticipate a successful summit within 6-8 hours if weather conditions permit. From this vantage point, a breathtaking panorama of peaks, including the Annapurna massif, Putha Hiunchuli, Churen range, and more, awaits our admiration. Throughout the climb, our dedicated team of Sherpas will offer unwavering support. Additionally, a fallback camp at 7900 meters will be established as a contingency in case of adverse weather conditions. Upon triumphantly conquering the summit of the world's seventh-highest peak, Mt. Dhaulagiri, we will descend along our established route, returning gradually to the lower camps, eventually reaching the base camp.

  • Altitude 8167m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Full board camp service

Following the triumphant summit, a well-deserved rest day awaits us at the base camp. This day serves a dual purpose: allowing us to recuperate and rejuvenate after the successful ascent and participating in a thorough cleanup of the base camp area. Our efforts will focus on ensuring the base camp area remains pristine as we ready ourselves for the forthcoming departure to Yak Kharka.

  • Altitude 4700m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Full board camp service

Our return journey commences from Dhaulagiri Base Camp, retracing the path we took earlier, leading us back to Yak Kharka. This leg of the journey will conclude with a well-deserved rest overnight in Yak Kharka.

  • Altitude 3680m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation camping

The trail slightly changes from Yak Kharka as we divert our path towards Jomsom, the beautiful town in the outskirts of the Mustang region. We spend our night at a cozy lodge in Jomsom and enjoy the local culture and traditions. The Kaligandaki river flows along the area which is beautiful and refreshing.

  • Altitude 2743m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation lodge / teahouses

Departing from Jomsom, we'll embark on a domestic flight heading to Pokhara. Upon arrival, our day will be dedicated to leisurely strolls around the Lakeside area, as well as exploring various renowned destinations scattered across the vibrant city of Pokhara.

  • Altitude 822m
  • Meals breakfast
  • Accomodation 3 star hotel

Following our delightful stay in Pokhara, we'll board a tourist bus bound for Kathmandu. The journey presents picturesque vistas of settlements along the Trishuli riverside, offering ample opportunities to revel in the scenic beauty en route. Ultimately, we'll arrive in Kathmandu, settling into the comfort of our cozy hotel for a well-deserved rest.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast & Lunch
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

Following an enriching day of sightseeing across the picturesque Kathmandu Valley, we'll unite for a heartfelt farewell dinner, graciously hosted by the company at an authentic Nepali restaurant.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast & Farewell dinner
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

As this remarkable journey to the colossal Dhaulagiri comes to an end, we extend our farewells. On this day, one of our representatives will accompany you to the airport for your scheduled departure. We eagerly anticipate the chance to embark on a fresh adventure with you in the near future.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation N / A


  • Private vehicle transfers from International and Domestic Airports to the hotel and vice versa.
  • 4 nights' accommodation in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara with breakfast provided.
  • A welcome dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Scheduled domestic flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to Beni as per the itinerary.
  • Flight from Jomsom/Pokhara to Kathmandu with expedition guide and necessary staff.
  • Transfer of personal climbing equipment (60 kg per member) from Kathmandu to Dhaulagiri Base Camp and back.
  • Dhaulagiri Expedition Climbing Royalty.
  • Full board accommodation during the trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp and return to Pokhara post Expedition.
  • Dhaulagiri Conservation Area Entry Fees.
  • One professional climbing Sherpa guide per member for climbing and summit attempts.
  • Provision of 3 Oxygen bottles (4 liters) per member with Top-Out brand Mask and Regulator.
  • 2 oxygen cylinders (4 liters) per Sherpa Climbing Sherpa guides.
  • Transportation for all staff from Kathmandu to Base Camp and back.
  • Common climbing equipment (such as ropes, ice bars, ice screws, etc.).
  • Solar Power at Base Camp for electricity needs.
  • Satellite Phone at Base Camp (with nominal usage charges).
  • Internet service and recharge cards available with nominal charges.
  • Daily weather forecast reports as needed.
  • Individual tents for each member at Base Camp.
  • Base Camp tents with mattresses and pillows for members, Climbing Sherpa, BC staff, and Liaison Officers.
  • High Altitude tents shared among 2-3 climbers.
  • Food and fuel provisions for Base Camp and higher camps as per the schedule.
  • Services of cooks and kitchen staff at Base Camp and higher Camps.
  • Kitchen, Stores, Dining, Toilet, and Shower Tents, with tables, chairs, and cooking utensils at Base Camp.
  • Insurance coverage for Climbing Sherpas, Cooks, Liaison Officers, local porters, and Equipment.
  • Allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpas, cooks, kitchen staff, and Government Liaison Officers.
  • Solar panels at Base Camp for lighting and charging electronics.
  • Personal solar-powered lights provided for each tent member at Base Camp.
  • Transportation of food and equipment supply from Kathmandu to Base Camp.
  • Heaters in the base camp dining tent.
  • Fresh vegetable supplies during the expedition.
  • Special high-altitude foods for members and Sherpas in Kathmandu as per choice.
  • Route Fix charges for Summit and Higher Camps.
  • Emergency oxygen supply at Base Camp and Higher Camps.
  • First Aid kits.
  • Walkie-talkies provided for climbers during the climb.
  • Garbage deposit charges as per Nepal Government regulations.
  • Official documentation for climbing Mt. Dhaulagiri.
  • Farewell dinner at 8K Bar & Restaurant in Kathmandu post-expedition.
  • Applicable fees, local taxes (VAT 13%), and Company service charges.


  • International flight tickets.
  • Nepal Entry visa fee (obtainable at the airport upon arrival).
  • Lunch and Dinner expenses in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extended hotel stays beyond 3 nights in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Climbing Equipment Expenses.
  • Personal nature expenses like drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Extra baggage costs exceeding 60 kilograms per member.
  • Special insurances (travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation by helicopter).
  • Charges for Commercial Filming, Drone Permit, Drone & Special filming permits.
  • Additional oxygen bottles beyond those mentioned in the inclusion section.
  • Climbing Sherpa summit bonus ($1500 in Spring, $1200 in Autumn), base camp cook tips ($250), and other staff tips.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the Cost Includes section.

Trip Notes

Trekking and mountain climbing in the Dhaulagiri region are closely tied to weather conditions. While we strive to schedule our trips during the most favorable times, in the event of extreme scenarios, domestic flights to Pokhara may experience delays or cancellations. In such cases, we would like to inform you that additional expenses for extra days, beyond the total number of days in the itinerary section, will be the responsibility of the client. However, Taktok Brothers will make the necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you wish to explore alternative arrangements, such as a helicopter flight to avoid potential flight delays, we can organize it at a nominal extra charge.

Furthermore, Taktok Brothers will not be liable for any compensation for losses incurred due to missed international flights. Nevertheless, we are committed to assisting you in making necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To mitigate the risk of missing flights, we recommend maintaining flexible time frames both before and after the scheduled trip departure.

Please be advised that, given our travel through remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and challenging geography, where trails may be distorted at times, there might be a need to adjust our itineraries as required. However, we assure you that the quality of service will not be compromised under any circumstances.

Cost of Expedition

Expedition costs are subject to variation based on factors such as group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, category of hotel accommodation, numbers of Sherpas allocated, and equipment. Additionally, the type of arrangement and package customization contribute to the overall cost. Therefore, we prefer discussing these details with our clients before providing a cost estimate. Feel free to contact Taktok Brothers for any information regarding your selected package.

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Our client reviews

Lisa Ligina

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers made my trek in Nepal an unforgettable experience. The entire trip, from planning to execution, was seamless. The team’s deep understanding of the local culture added a unique layer to the adventure. If you want an authentic trekking experience, Taktok Brothers are the ones to go with!

David De-Gia

November 5, 2023

My trek with Taktok Brothers was a dream come true. The staff’s passion for the mountains and their commitment to responsible tourism shone through at every step. I’ll cherish the memories of this journey, and I’m already planning my next adventure with them.

Maria D-Closk

November 5, 2023

I can’t say enough good things about Taktok Brothers! Their attention to safety and the overall well-being of their clients is commendable. The trek was challenging yet rewarding, and I always felt in good hands. If you’re looking for a trekking company in Nepal, these guys are the real deal.

James Cook

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers provided a well-organized and memorable trekking adventure in Nepal. Their guides are not only experts in the trails but also wonderful companions. We trekked through remote villages and breathtaking scenery, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. This company comes highly recommended!

Sarah James

November 5, 2023

I had an incredible trekking experience with Taktok Brothers! From the moment I arrived in Nepal, their team took care of every detail. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and made the trek enjoyable. The stunning landscapes and cultural experiences made this trip unforgettable. I highly recommend them for your next adventure!

Luis Stitzinger

November 5, 2023

I am aware that even though being a mere entity in this cosmic drama, I have braved plethora of hardships and have languished at the other side of the rainbows.

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