Dhaulagiri Expedition

Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m) is coined from the Sanskrit word ' Dhavala Giri', meaning White Mountain. Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest peak in the world with most snow on all face making it really white and shining mountain peak. This mountain is one of the true jewels of the Himalayas. While Cho Oyu is touted by many as an easy 8000 - er, the "White Mountain" has a reputation of being one of the technically challenging 8000  - meter peaks in the Himalayas. Lack of big commercial expeditions is one of alluring qualities of Dhaulagiri as only seasoned mountaineers seem to have interest in this formidable mountain. Babu Chiri Sherpa of Nepal has climbed Mount Dhaulagiri several times. Some of Babu’s more notable accomplishments were his speed ascent of Everest in 16 hours 56 minutes and his 21 hour 30 minute stay on the summit, without supplemental oxygen. The climb requires many days of trying on inhospitable landscapes, on perpendicular planes, on frozen sides, on planes swept by lethal avalanches. The unstable weather conditions, with fearsome winds and, way below zero temperatures, plus the perilous sicknesses of the mountain, will constitute one more obstacle in the way of the expedition's attempt.

It was in 1949, for the first time, the photos of the mountain by air were taken. French, Swiss, Argentineans and Austrians made attempts to ascend the peak from 1950 till 1959; however, all attempts on the north side were failed at around the 8000 m. mark. The first successful ascent on the mountain was on May 13 and 23, 1960, by the Swiss mountaineer E. Forrer and his team

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu - Transfer to the Hotel
Arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport and then transfer to the Hotel. You will be transferred by our representative. You can enjoy the rest time on your own socializing in new city and environment.

Day 02 : Full day sightseeing Tour
After breakfast in the Hotel we set for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley’s most impressive and historic monuments. The tour includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath stupa.
After tour, arrive hotel and rest of the day on own.

Day 03 : In kathmandu - final preparation
Today, we go for preparation of official documents. If you need to purchase any climbing gears you can purchase them in Kathmandu. Kathmandu can offer the best quality equipments for climbing.

Day 04 : Drive to trailhead to Beni & Galeshor, overnight in the camp
We drive to Beni and Galeshor which is a long drive in a curved mountainous highway. Arrive Galeshor and overnight stay in the tented camp.

Day 05 : Trek to Tatopani
After breakfast in Galeshor, we trek to Tatopani . Overnight in the tented camp

Day 06 : Trek to Ghasa
We trek to Ghasa from Tatopani . Overnight stay in the tented camp.

Day 07 : Trek to Larjung and then to Marpha
Today we trek from Larjung to Marpha. Overnight in the camp

Day 08:Trek from Marpha to Yak Kharka
We trek from Marpha to Yak Kharka. Overnight in the camp

Day 09 : Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp
We trek from the camp at Yak Kharka to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, overnight in the camp

Day 10-40 : Climbing Period
This is climbing period. We set up various camps, acclimatize and attempt climbing. Summit the most majestic peak of the Himalayas and then climb down.

Day 41 : Preparation to returning
Now we are ready to climb down and return

Day 42 : Climb down to Yak Kharka from Base Camp
We climb down now to Yak Kharka from the Base Camp.

Day 43 : Trek to Jomsom from Yak Kharka
We trek to Jomsom from Yak Kharka from where we can fly back to Pokhara.

Day 44 : Fly back to Pokhara
We take early flight to Pokhara from Jomsom, overnight in a hotel in Pokhara and celebrate the adventurous climbing trip of Dhaulagiri.

Day 45 : Drive back to Kathmandu
We drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. It is about 7 hours drive to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to your Hotel and free time for the rest of the day.

Day 46 : Leisure day in Kathmandu
It is the day of rest or leisure for shopping, farewell dinner in the hotel and overnight in the hotel

Day 47 : Departure transfer
We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to your home country or other destination

Cost Includes

1.    Airport pick up & Drop.
2.    Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs.
3.    All food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
4.    Accommodation. (Tents / tea houses as per Itinerary )
5.    All Camping Gears (Two men tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, down jacket,
        sleeping bag, matrices, torch light, water bottle etc)
6.    Hot & Cold drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate & Juice.).
7.    All transportation
8.    Flight ticket to Pokhara from Jomsom
9.    Trekking permit.
10.  Climbing permit
11.  TIMS Permit
12.  Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara with breakfast.
13.  Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
14.  All temples Entry Permit in kathmandu.
15.  All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear,
       transport etc for Nepalese staff.
16.    All taxes.

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind
        of unforeseen & personal expenses
2.    Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu / Pokhara
3.    Tips for staffs
4.    Others not mentioned above in inclusion

Boots, Crampons, Gaiters

1.   Light hiking boots
2.   8000m climbing boots
3.   Gaiters
4.   Crampons (step-in bindings preferred)

Climbing Tools

1.   Ice Axe: (standard; around 65-70 cm, depending on height)
2.   Seat harness
3.   Locking carabineers : 6 (Automatic locking type with large pear shape)
4.   2 folding- ski pole

Technical Clothings

1.   Polypro or Capaline long underwear (4sets)
2.   Pile jacket and pants (pants must have full separating side zips)
3.   GoreTex shells (top and bottoms, bottoms must have full separating side zips)
4.   Down jacket (medium & heavy weight)

Mitts & Gloves

1.   Light synthetic gloves - 3pr (Capaline or polypropaline)
2.   Wool (or pile) mitts and Gor-Tex overmitts

Socks

1.   Wool or pile socks (6pr light liners, 4pr heavy liners)
                
Headgear

1.   Head lamp (spare bulbs and batteries)
2.   Glacier - sun glasses
3.   Wool or pile hat

Sleeping

1.   Sleeping bag (expedition quality, rated to  -15 & 40F)
2.   Sleeping pads (2)

Camping

1.   Backpack: Internal frame pack 5,000 cu.in.
2.   Pee bottle (one-liter large mouth)
3.   Water bottles (2 one-liter large mouth)
4.   Sunscreen (maximum block)
5.   Lip sunscreen

Traveling

1.   Large duffel bag for transporting all your gear at airports and on pack animals.
2.   Toiletry bag        
3.   Travel clothes
4.   Personal first aid kit
5.   Small day pack: for trekking days (optional)

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