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Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition

“a great classic mountaineering adventure on top world 7th highest Mountain”

Activity
Expedition
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Dhaulagiri Summit
Trip Basis
On Camping with Lodge from Marpha onwards
Trip Grade
Moderate to Adventurous & Demanding, A complete mountaineering adventure
Highest Elevation
8,167 meters
Total Trip
39 Nights & 40 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season
April to June and September to November.
Highlights
Trek and climb on top world’s 07th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri at 8,167 m Leading on both side of Dhaulagiri mountainous region from North & South Walking from warm semi-tropic - cooler alpine region to arctic zone of ice and snow, Amazing trekking with daily views of world highest peaks Dhaulagiri & Annapurna range. On the least traveled region by other trekkers around North West Himalaya.
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition invites interested climbers and mountaineers and hard core trekker for the classic and adventurous climb on top Mt. Dhaulagiri at 8,167 meters high, stands as world 7th highest peaks a challenging mountain to encounter to its summit.
  
Mt. Dhaulagiri a great massive mountains that extends from near Annapurna range towards Dolpo in the west, best views of Dhaulagiri from Kaligandaki River valley or from the high hills of Annapurna area, located on Nepal North West at 28 41 46 Latitude and 83 29 43 Longitude.
 
From the summit of Mt. Dhaulagiri and on trek grand vista of Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) Tukuche Peak (6,920 m) Nilgiri Peaks (7,061m) Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft) to Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish-tail) as far to eastern horizon looking at Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m with Lamjung Himal.
 
Adventure leads past Pokhara valley heading towards west at Beni and leaving the human settlement and villages for many weeks in pure isolation and absolute wilderness in the harmony of nature and High Mountains surrounding of ice and glaciers.
 
Climb to the summit is undertaken after enough exercise-practices and acclimatization days with perfect planning and excellent logistic support of Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition lead by expert team of veteran Sherpa climbers.
On this climb we will have maximum of 3 higher camps after base and advance camps to make the climb more accessible.
 
After the great climb of much mountaineering skills and technique then heading back to base camp, then continue walk by alternative route through Hidden Valley after French Pass.
 
A long descend leads to Kaligandaki valley reaching at charming village of Marpha where our adventure completes with an overland drive back Kathmandu after an overnight at scenic Pokhara valley.
Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02-03:       In Kathmandu preparation for Mt. Dhaulagiri Expeditions.
Day 04:            Drive to Beni 830m via Pokhara 860m 275 km - 07 hrs.
Day 05:            Drive to Darbang 1,200 m and trek to Riverside 1,700 m - 04 hrs.
Day 06:            Trek on route Jugepani 1,700m - 06 hrs.
Day 07:            Trek to Bagar 2,375m - 06 hrs.

Day 08:            Trek to Dovan 2,600m - 06 hours.
Day 09:            Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.
Day 10:            Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,750 m - 05 hrs.
Day 11:            Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m - 06 hrs.

Day 12:            At Dhaulagiri BC rest day for acclimatization.
Day 13:            Rest day preparation for the climb.
Day 14:            Climb to ABC.
Day 15:            At ABC preparations for the climb.
Day 16-30:      Expedition to the summit for 15 days.
Day 31-32:       Return to Base Camp.
Day 33:            At Base Camp clean-up day.
Day 34:            Trek to Hidden Valley 5,140m via French Pass 5,360m.
Day 35:            Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m - 05 hrs.
Day 36:            Trek to Marpha 2, 670 - 04 hours.
Day 37:            Drive back to Pokhara via Beni (option by air from Jomsom).
Day 38:            Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 39:            In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 40:            International departure homeward bound.
Personal mountaineering Gear For DHAULAGIRI Expedition & Equipment list
 
S. No. PARTICULARS Q, T.
  1. Sleeping Bag (-30*)training (-40*) Expedition 1
  2. Sleeping Bag Liner) 1
  3. Down or Feather Jacket  (training) (Father suit) expedition 1+1
  4. Gore-Tex Suit 1
  5. Personal First Aid Kit 1
  6. Woolen Hat 1
  7. Fleece Hat 1
  8. Gore-Tex Gloves Down globe 1+1
  9. Thin  Gloves (With Goretax and Fleece) 3
10. Fleece Jacket 1
11. Fleece Trouser 1
12. Rock Climbing Trouser (Flexible) 1
13. Trekking Boot 1
14. Camp Shoe (Sport Shoe) 1
15. Sandal 1
16. Woolen Shocks (Thick) 2 Pair
17. T-Shirt 3
18. High neck 2
19. Rain Punch 1
20. Carry Mattress 1
21. Snow Gaiter 1
22. Thermos 1
23. Snow Glass (100 % UV Protect) Show googols expedition 1
24. Sun Glass (UV Protect) 1
25. Head Torch 1
26. Battery Enough for 30 days – Extra Bulb  
27. Water Bottle 1 Lt.
28. Pocket Knife 1
29. Washing Soap, Towel, Tooth pest, Tooth Brush etc.  
30. Sun Lotion Enough + 30 -40 SPF  
31. Lip Guard sun blog  
                                 
Expedition -Equipment List:
Sleeping Bag 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Mattress 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Ruck Sack 1
Head Light (Torch) 1
Koflach / One Sport Boot 1
Gaiter 1 Pair
Socks 10 Pairs
Sun Glass 1
Water Bottle & Thermas 1
Swiss Knife 1
Gloves Down & other for Climbing (5 - 6 Pairs)
Down Suit 1 Set
Gortex Suit 1 Set
Crampons 1 Pair + 1 Pair spare
Karabiner 4-5 Pcs (lockable  &  without lock)
Jumar 1 Pcs
Down Ripling (Descender) 1 Pcs (Air ring)
Cap 1 for Climbing & 1 for Summit
Ciling 1 Pcs.
Inner clothing Trouser & Vests
Batteries For Sherpa & members
Oxygen, Regulator & Masks

 
Day 01:            Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding Dhaulagiri Expeditions with welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurant includes culture program.
 
Day 02-03:      In Kathmandu tour and preparation for Dhaulagiri expeditions.
Two days in Kathmandu for Dhaulagiri expeditions preparations packing and buying necessary equipments and high altitude foods, final meeting and collecting permits and other documents related with the expeditions. On this day interested people can book for a tour around Kathmandu at places of interest, Kathmandu valley steeped with historical / cultural monuments and world heritage sites.
 
Day 04:            Drive to Beni 830m via Pokhara 860m 275 km - 07 hrs.
Starting this wonderful adventure with a morning drive through many interesting towns and farm country on the main Nepal’s highway following the river Trisuli for some time and then heading west towards the famous touristic destination at Pokhara, from here our journey continues further west to reach at a large town of Beni for overnight stop.
 
Day 05:            Drive to Darbang and trek to Riverside 1,560 m - 05 hrs.
From Beni another short drive on the rough jeep road following Myagdi river passing several small rural farm villages and farm fields to Darbang village, located on route to Dhaulagiri base camp and Dhorpatan to Dolpo area, on reaching at this warm place at Darbang, our  trekking starts from here walking for 3-4  hours following the raging Myagdi river past farm areas to reach our first overnight camp on the grassy field by the river.
 
 Day 06:           Trek on route Jugepani 1,700m - 06 hrs.
After this quaint camping area, morning walk following the river upstream most of the way reaching patch of forest and back on the farm terraces through several isolated farm villages and finally reaching our 2nd campsite near Jugepani where the trail from Mure a big Magar tribe village joins on this remote small village with afternoon free to explore the surrounding area.
 
Day 07:            Trek to Bagar 2,375m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk leads to winding path through farm terraces following Dhora Khola (stream), on leaving Dhora Khola, a steep climb for few hours with few stops to admire the surrounding landscapes view, and then finally reaching to the top of the ridge, where it leads to a descend through woodlands to reach at Bagar for overnight camp, this will be the last human settlement for many days till Marpha village is reached on the Kaligandaki river valley after a week time.
 
Day 08:            Trek to Dovan 2,600m – 06 hours.
Today leaving the last village for many days on the trail to complete wilderness in between high snow capped mountains of Dhaulagiri range, morning walk leads past the outskirt of farm land and into forested area, and then with climb for few hours above the Myagdi River, after completing the uphill walk, then a long descend to reach at a lonely hut at Dovan  for overnight camp in the middle of a lovely forest of rhododendron, oaks, magnolia and pines trees.


Day 09:            Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.
From this isolated place of Dovan with few shades as huts a temporary settlement of cow herders and serving as tea shops for trekkers and porters, morning walk leads to cross an unstable wooden bridge and then on the upper winding path through the dense forest for whole day till Chartare is reached for the overnight camp in the middle of forest in a nice clearing on grassy meadow.
 
Day 10:            Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,750 m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk begins with views of Dhaulagiri South West Face and then through the woodlands for few hours reaching an open area of Myagdi valley beneath the towering South West Face of huge peak of Dhaulagiri I, from here onwards end of the vegetation and tree lines heading to remorseless ice fields and glacier with a short climb on the clearing in between snow capped peaks for overnight camp with Myagdi River flowing down below the glacier of Dhaulagiri I and of Tukuche peak, this camp also named after Japanese Expedition camp to Dhaulagiri, from this camp overlooking gorgeous view of Dhaulagiri I West Wall and of Tsaurabong Peak.
 
Day 11:            Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m - 06 hrs.
After a scenic camp morning walk starts with a slow climb towards Dhaulagiri massive glaciers and moraine of huge rocks and boulders with ice, the path is quite difficult to trace so follow our expert guide who have walked this area many times, this strenuous walk leads for few hours in between the huge mountains on both side of this glacial valley, and finally reaching at Dhaulagiri base camp at 4,750 meter for overnight camp, this is one of the highlight of this awesome journey. From the camp world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri looks at a mere distance from the camp and views of adjoining west peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m.), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m.) and Dhaulagiri IV  (7,618 m.) and Dhaulagiri Ice Fall..
 
Day 12-13:      At Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Two days at leisure free with optional local hike and preparation for the climb to the summit of Dhaulagiri.
 
Day 14:            Climb to Advance Camp. Approx: 5,600m.
The walk leads to a descent to the Dhaulagiri glacier for a while on the rumble of moraine rocks and with a slow climb towards the Dhaulagiri’s icefall then scouting the area to establish Advance Camp on the safe sheltered spot free from the danger of avalanche and rock fall.
From base camp walk and cross a high plateau and then skirt around a ridge of lateral moraine heading towards at the foot of Mt. Dhaulagiri, then after 4 hours of good walk with steep climb reaching high areas where a suitable camp site to set our Advance Camp.
 
Day 15:            At Advance Camp.
Today a free day to practice the climb and for the final preparations for the great ascent and ferrying gear to higher camp  
 
Day 16-30: Ascent to the summit of Dhaulagiri of 15 days climb and preparations.
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition reserves 15 days for ascent to the summit of Dhaulagiri with much preparations and ferrying load to higher camps.
 
After Advance Camp taking maximum 2 or 3 camps, as this North West Route is the most accessible way to the summit than any other route on this world’s seventh highest Mountain.
 
From ABC with final preparation to Dhaulagiri summit after much preparation, where our expedition leader will control the daily routine of the expedition, normally establish camp I, at above 5,350 meters and camp II, at above 6,800 m before returning to Advance Base Camp for rest and final bid to the summit top.
 
Our team of climbing Sherpa will establish camp III, at above 7,200 meters with members sleeping only one night at this top camp before heading to the summit top.            


From Advance Base Camp walk and climb through moraine covered glacier with climb and to Camp I at 5,350 meters, after climbing on boulders of rocks and ice with scree slope to reach the required Camp I.
 
The camp is located on a broad snow field at the foot of the ridge leading up to a serac barrier which is one of the few technical sections on route.
 
At about 7,200 meters the ridge is a line of ice cliffs here fixing ropes and snow bars.  Normally we will have one rope for the ascent and another for descent on this pitch, which is about 80 meters high. 
 
This is the toughest part of the climb but with less difficulty, high above the serac climb out onto a plateau cut by huge crevasses, a winding path between to pitch Camp II at about 6, 800 meters.
 
Above Camp II broad snow slopes lead more easily to Camp III at 7,200 meters.  This is the highest camp and make the summit bid from here.  Summit day as always involves an early start.  Depending on snow conditions might encounter some easy scrambling as the climb gets in progress making way up and across the low angled North Face.
 
The top of the summit a small plateau offering views of Annapurna-Mustang Himal with adjoining peaks of Dhaulagiri range with Lamjung and Manaslu towards eastern horizon.  After a successful climb feeling high on top of the world, and then head back to ABC depending upon fitness of the members on descend after a vigorous to reach world 7th highest summit.
 
Day 31-32:      Return to Base Camp.
After a triumph and success we have reserved to reach at base camp with two days, as well clearing up above camps, on these two days all the climbing members and staffs should be at the Base Camp for the return trip and packing.

Day 33:            At Base Camp clean-up day.
At base camp with final packing and checking on members health and fitness, a necessary day for the clean up at the Base Camp.
 
Day 34:            Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m with French Pass 5,360m.
Camping at base camp feeling high spirit in the midst of ice, glaciers and giant peaks, from base camp walk leads to the highest point of this adventure at French pass 5,360 meters before to camp at Hidden Valley, morning walk follows the moraine and ice fields close to the peak of Tukuche, and then with a steep climb on the gravel path at French Col at 5,360 meters, the pass is festooned with many Buddhist prayer flags with views of Sita Chuchura, the mountains of Mukut Himal, and Tashi Kang 5,386 m, Tukuche West Peak and massif Dhaulagiri I. After the great unmatched scenery heading downhill towards the wide open Hidden Valley for overnight camp, this valley remained enclosed behind Dhaulagiri Massif Mountains undiscovered and unexplored till last 30 years.

Day 35:            Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m via Thapa / Dhampus pass 5,250 m - 05 hrs.
From this remote and isolated Hidden Valley, morning walk on the gentle path for a while to reach the end of this glacial valley, walking on stone gravel path for a while and then with a climb for few hours reaching the last pass of this adventure at Thapa / Dhampus pass beneath the peak of the same name of this pass at 5,250 meters with awesome panorama of surrounding mountains and of Kaligandaki valley down below, after a brief moment here on the downhill walk reaching at Yak Kharka for last camping before Marpha village.

 
Day 36:            Trek to Marpha 2,630 m - 04 hrs.
Today morning walk leads back to villages and to forested area with beautiful tall rhododendron, pines and juniper trees, walk leads to a long winding descend with fabulous views of Annapurna and Nilgiris peaks, after hours of good walk on the easy trail reaching back to human life at the most charming village of this trip at Marpha famous for its delicious apples, apricot and the apple product like cider, juice, dry apples and apricot and the potent brandy, a nice place to end the day on this white washed color village with a nice old monastery close by.
 
Day 37:            Drive back to Pokhara via Beni.
After packing all the stuff and equipment board on the Jeep or Bus for the long scenic drive of 6-7 hours to Pokhara on arrival check into respective Hotel by the Lake Phewa.
(Option by air from Jomsom to Pokhara and Kathmandu)

Day 38:            Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable adventure on world 7th  highest mountains expeditions to Mt. Dhaulagiri,  on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.
(option by air 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu)
 
Day 39:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
A free day with optional sightseeing tour in our interesting cultural tour of Kathmandu valley with world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
 
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.

This day also to submit reports of the expeditions at concern Nepal Government Tourism department.
 
Day 40:            International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience on Mt. Dhaulagiri Expeditions with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.
 

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