Mt. Dhaulagiri is the 5th highest mountain in Nepal and the 7th highest in the world. Situated in the northwest region in the Myagdi District, this peak stands tall at an altitude of 8167 m. The peak was climbed first in 1960 and many successful as well as unsuccessful attempts have been made since then. Considered to be an extremely interesting climb, Dhaulagiri is climbed by lesser mountaineers than other mountain peaks are, due to the technical difficulty it possesses. Dhaulagiri is climbed basically from the northeast ridge but can be climbed from any other direction as well, due to the many ascendable facets it possesses.
The Dhaulagiri expedition starts from Pokhara and a drive to Beni Bazar followed by trekking along the Kali Gandaki Valley. The trail heads next towards Tatopani, Ghasa and ascends up to Marpha before finally reaching Yak Kharka. The Dhaulagiri Base Camp is situated at a height of 4700 m and can be reached via Yak Kharka.
The climb up this wonderful mastiff is done via the northeast ridge by setting up four camps. The Advance Base Camp is established at 5300 m but is used only for depositing gear due to the fear of imminent danger of avalanches. Camp 1 is established at 5900 m east of ABC which is followed by a steep rocky climb to Camp 2 at 6400 m. Camp 3 lies east to Camp 2 at a height of 7200 m and is reached by climbing through steep snow. Camp 3 to Camp 4 at 7500 m is considered to be typically dangerous and technically difficult. Camp can also be set at 7900 m to facilitate the peak climbing easily. Upon reaching the summit, a wave of pride and well being will certainly overwhelm climbers for having climbed one of the most technically difficult peaks. The view is absolutely breathtaking from the top and shows the topographic beauty of Nepal.
Returning via the same route brings an end to this absolutely beautiful experience through the beautiful regions of Nepal.
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