Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition

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  • Duration 60 Days
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
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About Trip

Mt. Dhaulagiri, the White Mountain was first climbed by the Swiss in 1960. It’s name is derived from Sanskrit“dhavala- means white” and giri is mountain – The White Mountain. It is an enormous Himalaya massif located in theNorth Central Nepal. It was first sighted by the British surveyors in India in the early 1800s and it remained ashighest peak in the world till 1848 AD. Later it was mapped by one of the secret Indian surveyors in 1873 AD. Butthe region remained largely unknown until a Swiss aerial survey in 1949. The French Annapurna Expedition , led by Mr Herzog in 1950, had permission to climb either Dhaulagiri or Annapurna but decided on Annapurna after a reconnaissance of Dhaulagiri. A Swiss team failed to climb in 1953 as did an Argentine group one year later. After four more expeditions, an eight member of a Swiss expedition reached the summit in 1960. 

The climb followed acircuitous route around the mountain from Tukuche, over Dhampus pass, French col to approach the summit from theNorth – East col. The peak was then climbed by two Japanese in 1970s, the American in 1973 and the Italians in1976. There has been many attempts made by various mountaineering expedition team and recently an Italian team hassuccessfully climbed the mountain during spring season 2006. The Indian climbers has many grand successful climbingto Nepal Himalayas peaks in the recent past but they have not climb Dhaulagiri as yet. There was a tragedy struck in 1969 when an avalanche swept away and killed seven members of an American expedition on the East Dhaulagiri glacier. Captain Emil Wick airdropped supplies to the US expedition from a Pilatus Porter aircraft, and among the delicacies he dropped were two bottles of wine and a live chicken. The Sherpas would not allow the chicken to be killed on the mountain, so it became the expedition pet. It was carried, snow-blindness and crippled with frostbitten feet, to Marpha, where it finally ended up in the cooking pot.

This is the perfect trip for those who want a more intense experience of the mountains. We will trekking deep into the dhaulagiri region, providing more spectacular views of Mt Dhaulagiri, Throng Peak, Annapurna I and Kali Gandaki, the world?s deepest gorge. We may encounter semi wild yak herds, Mountain sheep or the elusive snow leopard in the remote valleys of this region.

After a short flight from Kathmandu ? Pokhara & Jomsom, we will spend the first few days of our walking through cultivated fields connecting mountain villages, enjoying the shops, tea houses and lifetime of the Gurung, Chhetri, Magar peoples. We will walk alone cobblestone paths, over suspensions bridges and through dense forests, taking in the vistas of some of the world?s most beautiful mountains. We will continue to explore and fully absorb the beauty of the surrounding peaks. We will climb over the glaciated French pass and Dhampus pass and then descend a winding trail to Yak Kharka. We will continue through mountain villages, enjoying the Hot Springs at the Tatopani and views of the majestic peaks of the Annapurna (26539?) and Machhapuchhare (22937?) as we make our way toward Pokhara, visiting several Monasteries and religious sites en route.    
Technical :- This mountain is being one of the world’s 14 above 8000der high mountains, demands the best quality of technical equipments and highly motivated technically sound climbers team. It has typical weather conditions which is very difficult to predict. The wind velocity is tremendous in this area, almost from afternoon to the dawn it is windy continuously .There are high passes to cross like French pass ht, 5360m. and Dhampus pass 5258m to reach  Base Camp. The Base Camp is located at the height of 4740m. on Chhonbardan glacier below rocky knob.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu - hotel
  • Day 02:Sightseeing, preparation for expedition - hotel
  • Day 03:Morning preparation; late afternoon fly to Pokhara- hotel
  • Day 04:Fly to Jomsom. Rest for acclimatization - tea house
  • Day 05:Trek to Kagbeni - tea house
  • Day 06:Day hike to Muktinath, back to Jomsom - tea house
  • Day 07:Trek to Yak Kharka/Alu bari - camping
  • Day 08:Trek to Kalo pani - camping
  • Day 09:Trek to Hidden Valley - camping
  • Day 10:Trek to Dhauligir Base camp - camping
  • Day 11:Base camp
  • Day 12:Day 52 : Mt. Dhaulagiri climbing period
  • Day 53:Trek back to Hidden Valley - camping
  • Day 54:Trek to Yak Kharka - camping
  • Day 55:Trek to Jomsom - camping
  • Day 56:Fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara
  • Day 57:Kathmandu - Rest
  • Day 58:Kathmandu. Evening celebration meal
  • Day 59:Final departure to airport

Detail Itinerary

What's Includes:

  • Mt. Dhaulagiri climbing permit from South-west ridge.
  • 5 (five) nights hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis.
  • Overnigh hotel in Pokhara on BB basis.
  • Flight to and from Pokhara.
  • Flight to and from Jomsom.
  • Acclimatise trek to Muktinath (3 days),
  • Domestic custom clearances,
  • Excess baggage and domestic airport taxes.
  • Necessary number of porters/yak to carry load.
  • Liaison officer wages & allowances.
  • One head Sardar.
  • Cooks and Kitchen boys.
  • Climbing Sherpa (01 Sherpa between 02 clients),
  • Tent at Base camp with mattress.
  • Dinning tent at BC with heater.
  • All necessary kitchen gears.
  • High quality high Altitude tents.
  • All necessary climbing hardware gears.
  • Meals at Base camp & high altitude.
  • Quality high altitude freeze dried food & individual packet food.
  • EPI gas with burner for high camps.
  • Walkie-talkie set with radio base.
  • Satellite phone in payable basis (per minute $ 4),
  • Solar panel/generator at base camp for recharging.
  • Gamow/PAC bag at base camp for medical propose.
  • Oxygen with mask set for medical purpose.
  • Daily wages, equipment bonus of local staff.
  • Insurance of local team members + LO,
  • All airport transport.
  • Celebration meal in Kathmandu.

What's Excludes:

  • Insurance of member.
  • Visa & visa extension fees .
  • Personal climbing equipment .
  • Cost of emergency evacuation .
  • Summit bonus of Climbing Sherpa.
  • Tips .

 POISK 4 liter Oxygen : US $ 430 per tube 
Mask & Regulator Set : US $ 550 purchase USD 200 for rent   
Satellite phone : per minute US $ 4 call
The total duration of expedition is 55- 60 days, no refund is made for any unused service. 

Summit bonus is minimum US $ 500 .
All the emergency evacuation on the mountain will be by Sherpas and group assistance, the helicopter service is available from near the base of Tukche peak only.