Mt Dhaulagiri Expedition – 8167 m – with Himalayan Alpine Adventure Trek
Mount Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world and is one of the most popular 8000m peaks. It lies to the north-west of Pokhara and south of the Nepal-Tibet Border. Dhaulagiri was first scaled in 1960 by a Swiss Team via the North-east Ridge. In fact, the North-east Ridge is the normal route for Dhaulagiri expeditions but ascents have been made from almost all directions. The popularity of Dhaulagiri has increased in recent years. The word ‘Dhaulagiri’ literally means The Beautiful (White/Dazzling) Mountain. The best seasons for the Dhaulagiri expeditions are spring and autumn.
Dhaulagiri along with Annapurna makes Kali Gandaki the deepest river gorge in the world. Mount Dhaulagiri is considered to be one of the most difficult mountains in the world. It is also considered an interesting peak with more than six different routes. In fact, the normal climbing route is considered a reasonable climb with only short technical climbing sections and moderate avalanche danger. The south and west faces of Dhaulagiri both feature massive drops and each rises over 4000 m from its base.
The Climbing Day:
Our climbing itinerary may vary according to the climbers’ personal experience. This day involves a steady climb for three to four hours in the morning. There is then a climb of two to three hours in the afternoon after taking a lunch rest. However, flexibility in the climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at their own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing.
Dhaulagiri is not only among the highest mountains in the world, but is also one of the toughest mountains. Our climb demands a very high level of physical fitness and the best quality technical equipment. The strong wind at high altitude makes climbing even more difficult. We have to cross some high passes such as French Pass and Dhampus Pass before reaching the Base Camp. We set our base camp 4740 m at Chhonbardan Glacier below the rocky knob. There will be Advanced Base Camp (ABC) and four more camps. We will set up ABC at 5300 m ; this will also be used for storing our equipment and other stuff. Then, we establish our Camp 1 at 5900 m, and Camp 2 at 6400 m. We then will set our Camp 3 at 7200 m and Camp 4 at 7500 m. The ascent from Camp 1 to Camp 2 requires stretches of steep climbing. We head towards the West Ridge with steep climbing and reach Camp 3. From Camp 3, we move to the East Ridge to reach Camp 4. We finally push to attempt the summit from Camp 4.
Note: This expedition price will vary depending on the group size, duration and services required. Please contact us with your details to obtain a quote.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Days 02-04: Expedition preparation and special official procedures/ briefing in Kathmandu
Day 05: Drive to Beni from Kathmandu
Day 06: Trek from Beni to Tatopani
Day 07: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa
Day 08: Trek from Ghasa to Marpha
Day 09: Rest at Marpha
Day 10: Trek from Marpha to Yak Kharka
Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to French Col
Day 12: Trek from French Col to Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Days 13-52: Climbing Period of Mount Dhaulagiri
Day 53: Trek from Dhampus Col
Day 54: Trek from Dhampus Col to Marpha
Day 55: Trek from Marpha to Jomsom
Day 56: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 57: Final Departure
All arrival and departure transfer services to and from airports, both Domestic and International, with other necessary surface transport (by A/C Vehicles) as per itinerary.
Assistance at the International Airport by Himalayan Alpine Adventure Trek representatives while arriving and departing.
Four nights’ accommodation at 5 star hotel in Kathmandu on B/B basis and two nights’ 4 star accommodation in Pokhara on B/B basis.
3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea and coffee, along with available accommodation at hotel/ lodge / guest house/ tent for members and staff during the trek and climbing, on a twin sharing basis.
One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Durbar Square).
Local English speaking Tour Guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
All necessary staff including experienced guide and porters during the trekking and climbing.
Flights Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu for all climbing members and staff.
All trekking and camping equipment such as camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tent, guest tents, etc.
Per person 60kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carried by porters or yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning from base camp after climbing Mt Dhaulagiri.
Trekking permit and Annapurna area conservation fee.
Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt Dhaulagiri.
One experienced, trained, Government licensed, and 1 time Dhaulagiri summiteer Climbing /Expedition Guide (Sherpa).
All wages, equipment, medical and accident insurance for all staff involved in the trek and expedition.
First aid medical kits for the group and staff.
Satellite phone carried by Guide / Sherpa for communication and available for climbing members with the cost of US$.3 per unit call.
Appropriate foods for high altitudes and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
Emergency Oxygen mask and regulator provided on requirement of climber with appropriate charge.
Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the base camp.
Solar panel for light and battery charger.
All tents for camps 1, 2, 3 and 4.
4 Oxygen bottles (3l) with mask and regulator (if requested by client).
Free assistance service for cargo clearance and duties.
Company service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and Visa extension procedure services (if necessary).
Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant.
International air ticket and airport tax.
Nepal Visa charge.
Personal climbing equipment.
Personal travel insurance.
Items of personal nature, Laundry expenses, Tips.
Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner).
Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobile, Walkie-talkies or satellite phone and internet expenses.
Any extra expenses arising out of various /unforeseen situations such as natural calamities, landslide, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulation etc.
Transportation is strictly as per the itinerary. Any extra distance travelled will be charged extra.
Any additional staff other than specified.
Rescue, Repatriation, Medicine, Medical test and hospitalization.
Emergency evacuation and Helicopter rescue.
Any extra services or products, offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
Jumar.( Ascender )
wind proof trousers.
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