Dhaulagiri, the seventh-highest mountain in the world, lies at an altitude of 8,167m (26,795 ft) above sea level. Situated on the western side of Kali Gandaki river gorge, about 40 miles (65km) northwest of Annapurna, this majestic heights attract the hearts of adventurers, explorers, and nature enthusiasts from all around the globe. Unlike several mountains that extend borders, it lies completely within a single country. This makes it extra special and gives it a unique identity.
Nestled in the heart of Nepal lies a mesmerizing beauty of Dhaulagiri, poetically known as THE White Mountain. The name Dhaulagiri breaks down into Dhaula (dazzling, white, and beautiful) and giri (mountains). Together, they form a beautiful mountain that captures the charm of the great Himalayas. Mount Dhaulagiri is pronounced as ‘Dhaula-Giri’.
How difficult is Dhaulagiri to climb
Mountains at high altitudes are difficult to climb. As one of the 8000ers it is an extremely dangerous and difficult mountain that needs highly experienced and technical guides. Among the available route, northwest ridge is the most accessible, popular, and favorable route to climb due to avoidance of treacherous icefall and seracs. Several factors make Dhaulagiri difficult to climb and they are:
- Extreme altitude
- remote location
- Technical climbing
- avalanche risk
- Unpredictable weather
- Risk of landslides
- unstable snow
- requires a high level of physical fitness
Dhaulagiri I was successfully climbed on 13th May 1960, by a Swiss-Austrian-Nepali expedition.
Popular Dhaulagiri trekking routes
Dhaulagiri circuit trek
The circuit trek is a long trek. It is a challenging and rewarding journey that bounds the entire Dhaulagiri massif. The trail trekkers pass through high alpine pastures, picturesque landscapes, and hidden valleys of Kaligandaki and Myagdi rivers. This trek provides an astonishing view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri range, Tukucha Peak, and other surrounding peaks. No wonder this trek is rewarding at the summit!
Dhaulagiri base camp trek
For those seeking for short trek, embarking on a journey to the base camp can be a fulfilling experience. This trek guides you to terrace field and delightful rhododendron forests as you approach the base camp. The awe inspiring views of dhaulagiri glacier and the majestic south face of the mountain promise an unforgettable and truly memorable journey.
Best time to visit
Climbing Dhaulagiri is best to visit during Pre-monsoon (spring) and Post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These season offers the most favorable weather conditions for trekking and mountain climbing.
Spring(March to May): The weather is generally stable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures during the day. The trails are beautified with rhododendron blooms, adding scenic beauty throughout the trek.
Autumn(September to November): As the monsoon ends, the weather becomes more stable, and the clear skies provide breathtaking views of the mountains.
Hence, these both seasons are perfect for the Dhaulagiri expedition. However, it’s essential to be prepared for varying weather conditions, as high-altitude climbing can be unpredictable regardless of the season.
Popular ski destination in Nepal
The Everest region, Annapurna region, Kanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, Mera peak, and Cho Oyu are the Himalayan areas that hold great potential for skiing. The favorable times for skiing in Nepal are April and October, when there are plenty of snow. However, winter is also a great time for skiing. Other popular destination for skiing in Nepal include Kalinchowk, Langtang, Humla, Manang etc.
To sum up,
A trek to Mount Dhaulagiri is a lifetime memory, which offers mesmerizing beauty, cultural richness, and a sense of accomplishment .Whether you are an intrepid mountaineer or an adventurous trekker hungering for the Himalayan experience, this white mountain promises to give unforgettable memories throughout your journey.