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Dhaulagiri Expedition Information

Mt. Dhaulagiri, the White Mountain was first climbed by the Swiss in 1960. its name is derived from Sanskrit 'dhavala- means white' and giri is mountain' The White Mountain. It is an enormous Himalaya massif located in the North Central Nepal. It was first sighted by the British surveyors in India in the early 1800s and it remained as highest peak in the world till 1848 AD. Later it was mapped by one of the secret Indian surveyors in 1873 AD. But the 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 a circuitous route around the mountain from Tukuche, over Dhampus pass, French col to approach the summit from the North' East col. The peak was then climbed by two Japanese in 1970s, the American in 1973 and the Italians in 1976. There has been many attempts made by various mountaineering expedition team and recently an Italian team has successfully climbed the mountain during spring season 2006.

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 climber's 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.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 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.

Dhaulagiri Climbing Itierary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu. Briefing and shopping.
Day 03: Kathmandu- Pokhara
Day 04: Drive to Baglung, trek to Beni, arrange for porters.
Day 05: Tatopani (1189m). Overnight in lodge.
Day 06: Ghasa (2012m). Overnight in lodge.
Day 07: Tukuche (2591m). Overnight in lodge.
Day 08: Marpha (2667m). Change porters.
Day 09: Yak Kharka
Day 10: French Col
Day 11: Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Day 12-49: Climbing Period Mt. Dhaulagiri
Day 50: Clean up Base Camp
Day 51: Dhampus Col
Day 52: Marpha. Overnight in lodge.
Day 53: Jomsom. Overnight in lodge.
Day 54: Fly Jomsom / Pokhara / Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 55: Kathmandu. Sight seeing & farewell Diner
Day 56: Return in your Hometown

Service Cost Includes:

  1. Mt. Dhaulagiri climbing permit from South-west ridge
  2. Hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis
  3. Domestic custom clearances,
  4. Excess baggage and domestic airport taxes
  5. Necessary number of porters/yak to carry load
  6. Liaison officer wages & allowances
  7. One head Sardar
  8. Cooks and Kitchen boys.
  9. Climbing Sherpa (01 Sherpa between 02 clients)
  10. Tent and mattress at Base camp
  11. All necessary kitchen gears
  12. All necessary climbing hardware gears
  13. Meals at Base camp & high altitude
  14. EPI gas with burner for high camps
  15. Oxygen with mask set for medical purpose
  16. All airport transport
  17. Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Service Cost excludes:

  1. Medical and personal high risk insurance
  2. Nepal visa
  3. Major meals in Kathmandu.
  4. Personal climbing gears.
  5. Personal nature's expenses.
  6. Cost of emergency evacuation.
  7. Summit bonus & Tips.
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