Dhaulagiri Expedition

Dhaulagiri Expedition

Dhaulagiri, translated from Sanskrit as “white mountain” was originally summited by a Swiss team in 1960. Dhaulagiri is one of only 14 mountains in the world above 8000 meters. Typical weather conditions on the mountain are unpredictable and high winds are common, necessitating an experienced climbing team and good equipment. We approach the mountain via Yak Kharka, passing through the apple orchards of Marpha on the way. Two high passes over the French pass (5360m) and the Dhampus pass (5258m) will take us to our base camp on the Chhonbarden glacier at 4740 meters. We will ascend Dhaulagiri along the steep west ridge, crossing over to the east ridge at around 7500 meters for the final push to the summit.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2: Trip preparations

Day 3: Drive to Beni. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 4: Trek to Tatopani. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 5: Trek to Ghasa. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 6: Trek to Marpha. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 7: Trek to Yak Kharka. Overnight in tents.

Day 8: Rest day at Marpha.

Day 9: Trek to French Col. Overnight in tents.

Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri base camp. Overnight in tents.

Day 11 – 50: Climbing period

Day 51: Trek to Dhampus Col. Overnight in tents.

Day 52: Trek to Marpha. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 53: Trek to Jomsom. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 54: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.

Days 55 – 57: Leisure time in Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel.

Day 58: Depart Kathmandu

Cost Includes

  • Equipment allowance, daily allowance & insurance for base camp staff (sirdar, cook, kitchen boy and liaison officer).
  • Food and fuel at the base camp.
  • All camping equipment at the base camp such as tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, chairs, tables.
  • Trek support for climbing members from road head – base camp - road head.
  • Porters to carry loads from road head – base camp - road head.
  • Royalty and peak permit
  • Kathmandu – road head – Kathmandu land transportation
  • Airport arrival and departure pickup
  • Shared accommodation at 3 or 4 star hotels in Kathmandu before and after the expedition on bed and Breakfast plan

Cost Excludes

  • High altitude food and fuel above base camp.
  • Climbing equipment, tents and personal equipment above base camp (though available at extra cost).
  • Personal accident insurance and emergency rescue operation.
  • Tips for expedition staff and porters after the trip.