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Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition(8,201 M)

Dhaulagiri, the White Mountain was first climbed by the Swiss in 1960 via North East Col and it’s located in the North Central of Nepal.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 continue to explore and fully absorb the beauty of the surrounding peaks,Mt Annapurna (26539’’) and Mt. Machhapuchhare (22937’’) as we make our way toward Pokhara, visiting several Monasteries and religious sites en route.   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. 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

Expedition Highlights

  • Experience 8th highest peak and technically easy but physiologically challenging climb
  • Stunning views of the Dhaulagiri massif.
  • Accessible 8000m climb Himalayan climb and test of skills and physiology for Everest attempt
  • Experience your first 8000m climb on relatively safe route
  • Test for mountaineering isolation and psychological endurance
  • Exploring Thakali village and old monasteries, Apple orchards, observing beautiful background of mountain desert (Mustang) and Dolpo range, different community with majority of Magar, Bramhin and Thakali.

The Approach: On arrival in Kathmandu, the team will be taken to Pokhara from where the pristine beauty of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains could be viewed. After four hours drive the road head town Beni is reached from where a 4 days strenuous approach march starts to reach Tukeche/Marpha or fly Jomsom trek to Muktinath for acclimatization and reach Marpha. To reach Dhaulagiri Base Camp it will take another four days hike over Alpine heights, French pass 5360m into the hidden valley then to glacier camp. There are two approaches being taken to reach Dhaulagiri summit and they are North East and East route. TechnicalThis 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. 

Is it right for me?

Fitness

To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Experience

Previous mountaineering experience is required to at least 6000m. You will also need to be very determined. Dhaulagiri is a non-technical peak with the possibility of a ski descent for VERY strong skiers. Ski touring in the area near ABC is also possible (and a fun way to acclimatise).

To succeed you will need to be extremely fit and have a high level of endurance. You don't need to be fast but you need to be steady and strong. Mental toughness plays a large role as does the ability to relax and let your body acclimatise.

When to Go?

Autumn season (Sept-Nov) being the best season for climbing Mt. Dhaulagiri, offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views, and also best season for peak climbing.

Summer months (June-September) of the year which coincides with monsoon begins in mid-June and drains in mid-September making travel wet and warm. The mountain views may not be at their best as rain clouds and haze over hang the mountains occasionally obscuring the enchanting views. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.

Spring season (March-May) is the expedition season and the best time for climbing the high peaks. It is mildly warm at lower elevations but occasional haze mars beautiful view of mountains. At higher elevations over 4,000 meters the mountain views are excellent and the temperature is quite moderate even at night.

Winter season (December-February) is noted for cold weather with occasional snowfall at higher elevations. Again, excellent views are common. These months are popular and ideal for trekking for those who are well equipped or who remain at lower elevations below 3,000 meters. Most of the hotel owners will come to the lower altitude cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara

 

Trip facts:                                                                Mountain info:

Duration:60 Days                                                     Name:Mt. Dhaulagiri

Grade:Difficult                                                          Height: 8,167 m , 26,796 ft

Activity :Mountaineering Expedition                            Location: Dhaulagiri Zone

Max. Altitude: 8,167m                                               Range: Daulagiri Range

                                                                                 Rank: Seventh Highest Peak

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel

Day 02: Shorting out expedition store and preparation for the expedition- O/N hotel 

Day 03: Morning preparation; late afternoon fly to Pokhara- O/N hotel

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom. Rest for acclimatization – O/N Lodge

Day 05: Trek to Kagbeni – O/N Lodge

Day 06: Day hike to Muktinath, back to Jomsom - Lodge

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 11-13: Base camp, Sorting of expedition in order to prepared for the higher camp

Day 14 – Day 53: Climbing period (acclimatization, load ferry, establishment of camps & route opening)

Day 54: Concentration at the Base Camp

Day 55: Trek to Yak Kharka - camping

Day 56: Trek to Jomsom - camping

Day 57: Fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara

Day 58: Kathmandu - Rest day, Leader to visit Govt. office to brief

Day 59: Kathmandu. Evening celebration meal

Day 60: Final departure

Cost Starts from:Contact us

Price Includes: 

  • Expedition climbing permit fee and necessary park fees  
  • Government Liaison officer wages and allowances
  • 4 (Four) nights hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis.
  • Internal flight and land transport as necessary
  • Excess baggage/Cargo and domestic airport taxes
  • Necessary number of porters/yak to carry full expedition loads
  • Cook and Kitchen boys.
  • Experiences & Professional Climbing Sherpas (02 persons)
  • Private tent at base camp (BC) with mattress
  •  Sleeping bags & Down jacket for BC purpose
  • Dinning tent at BC with gas heaters where possible
  • All necessary kitchen gears
  • Toilet & shower tent at base camp
  • All meals at base camp, during trekking in & out from BC
  •  Duffel bags to each member of the expedition
  • High quality high Altitude tents
  • All necessary climbing hardware gears
  • Quality high altitude freeze dried food & individual packet food
  • EPI gas with burner for high camps
  • Satellite phone and payable for personal (per minute $ 3)
  • Gamow/PAC bag at base camp for medical purpose
  • Oxygen with mask set for medical purpose at base camp
  • Daily wages, equipment bonus of staff + Liaison Officer
  • Insurance of local team members + Liaison Officer
  • All airport/hotel transportation  
  • Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Celebration meal in Kathmandu after expedition

 Price Excludes:

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa & visa extension fees
  • Personal climbing equipments
  • Main meals in KTM( Lunch& Dinner)
  • Cost of emergency evacuation
  • Summit bonus of Climbing Sherpa
  • Tips to the local staff

Useful info

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 Q)Can I really climb a mountain? Do I need to have climbing experience? How can I climb Mount Everest? Can I climb the seven summits?

A) The level of experience and skills required depends on your particular goal (search for your adventure here). We suggest that people undertaking a first climb should have had at least overnight trekking experience. For those who wish to take on a technically difficult, remote or extreme altitude mountain we'd expect participants to have appropriate experience and skills. Some ideas for preparing for climbing goals are given at the bottom of this page.

Q) Why go on a guided expedition?

A) There are many reasons that might make a guided expedition attractive even for experienced climbers. These include someone else taking care of all those details (including thing as diverse as booking and confirming hotels, checking the number of evening snacks, ensuring reliable support, transport, permits, visas, team members, gear, etc etc etc etc). This saves your time and energy for the part that really matters - working on achieving your goal. The high levels of support and experience aim to give you the best possible opportunity to succeed, a high level of risk management, and the Arun leaders and staff are there for YOU!

Q) What type of people comes along?

A) Climbing expeditions usually attract people in their twenties to fifties. Participants tend to be seeking a good quality, safe, well supported, good value and enjoyable adventure rather than the lowest cost.

Q) How fit do I need to be? Will I have to carry a lot of weight? Should I be able to do 100 chin ups?

A) The fitter you are, the more fun you (and your companions) will have. You will find guidance on preparing for your expedition on each adventure's web page (search here), our info packs and trip dossiers. A minimum level of fitness would have you being able to walk all day on uneven, hilly ground, carrying your day pack, and be able to get up again the next day. Many climbs will require a higher level of fitness and strength so you can carry heavy gear to high camps and really exert yourself on summit day.

Q) What gear is provided?

A) Included are individual sleeping tents for the trekking phase of most climbing expeditions, with dining and kitchen tents. On the mountain participants share serious, proven mountain tents. Climbing teams are equipped with emergency communications and first aid equipment as well as more prosaic things like climbing and cooking gear. There is a detailed gear list for each adventure which outlines what we provide as well as what you should bring. (Search here for specific adventures and download the info pack.)

Q) What's the food like?

A) Food arrangements are specific to each adventure, but you get three meals a day while on the track. In cities included is breakfast and, depending on the trip and the nature of the activities may also cater for lunch and dinner for the group. In the Himalayas the kitchen staffs have been training for years and work magic over gas or kero stoves in their kitchen tent.

While trekking the cooks prepare a varied menu of wholesome, tasty and plentiful food using fresh ingredients where possible. A trekking breakfast in the Himalayas usually includes cooked foods e.g. eggs, tomatoes, cereal or porridge, toast & spreads and fruit and a selection of hot drinks.

Lunch is often soup and a packed lunch, or a cooked lunch. Dinners are generally soup, a main meal (one of many Asian or European style dishes) veges, and a dessert (fruit to custard to baked apple pie!) Drinking water: will be provided at camps (collected with care, filtered, treated with chemicals and/or boiled), and at lunch time where possible. It is wise to carry a small amount of purifying chemicals (e.g. Iodine or chlorine) with you, in case you happen to need water at an odd time. In the developing world care should be taken to avoid untreated water and potentially contaminated foods like uncooked salads and some fruit. Bottled water is available in cities, but of course you can treat tap water in your own bottle too.

On the hill we eat easy to prepare food, often prepared by the team with assistance from guides and staff: freeze-dried foods, crackers, soups, snacks etc. On big mountains it is often a challenge to eat, so we provide foods to tempt your appetite and give you sustenance.

Q) Who will be responsible for my safety?

A) The short answer - you! All participants are expected to behave in a responsible manner, taking due care of themselves and others. Your expedition leader is responsible for the group including participants and staff. He or she will advise, manage and assist everyone, sometimes with the support of an expedition first aider or doctor, and will be assisted by guides, sherpas, and you and your climbing colleagues, all of whom will have roles to play.

Q) What if I get sick or have an accident?

A) Despite the best precautions, people do sometimes fall ill, sprain something or develop symptoms of AMS. Our expedition leaders will manage your care keeping in mind what's best for you and the rest of the group. Precautions include first aid qualifications and kits, emergency communications, evacuation plans, your travel insurance cover and our pre-preparation and medical advisors.

Q) What about altitude sickness?

A) AMS Acute Mountain Sickness (or altitude sickness) is the body reacting to the stress of high altitude. It is a concern for trekkers in the Himalayas and elsewhere above about approximately; say (is that enough vagueness!) 3,000m. Exposure to high altitude can lead to a number of 'normal' physiological reactions as well as mild to extremely serious illness and even death. The treks are designed with relatively slow acclimatisation schedules, rest days and alternative options. And there are medications and a number of management strategies in place should they be required. Don't be unduly concerned, but please talk to us if you have questions.

Q) I don't have much time, can't we do it quicker?

A) The adventures are designed around what we feel is the optimum itinerary, which incorporates adequate time for the suitably fit participant to do the climb comfortably; flexibility for weather, illness, unforeseen delays; time to enjoy the experience, your climbing colleagues and staff; learn about your surroundings if you wish; and, for altitude adventures, a fairly slow acclimatisation regime to minimise the risk of altitude sickness and maximise your chance of reaching your goals. All while also trying to minimise your time away from home. We would generally not recommend shorter itineraries (such as those used by less scrupulous operators) unless you were genuinely prepared to turn back if you (or your travel companion) becomes affected by AMS. If you really don't have the time available, we can perhaps suggest an alternative itinerary or goal that will work for you.

Q) My friend would like to visit, but isn't really interested in climbing...

A) Your friend, spouse, family, colleagues may like to join you on the trekking phases of the expedition, and could stay in Base Camp or Advanced Base Camp, depending on the trip, when you are on the hill. If they want to accompany you to our base city (e.g. Kathmandu) we can easily arrange extra accommodation, and places on our day tours, but we may also be able to arrange a series of day trips, a short relaxing trip into the country-side, scenic flights above the Himalayas, wildlife safaris and so on. Ask us for ideas, or suggest your own.

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