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Mount Dhaulagiri Expedition (60 days)

Mount DhaulagiriDhaulagiri, the White Mountain was first climbed by the Swiss in 1960. Its name is derived from Sanskrit “Dhavala- meaning white” and Giri meaning mountain – The White Mountain. It is an enormous Himalaya massif located in the North Central Nepal. It was first sighted by the British surveyors in India in the early 1800s and it was considered as the highest peak in the world till 1848 AD. Later, it was mapped by one of the secret Indian surveyors in 1873 AD. But the region remained largely unknown until a Swiss aerial survey in 1949. The French Annapurna Expedition, led by Mr Herzog in 1950, had permission to climb either Dhaulagiri or Annapurna but decided on Annapurna after a reconnaissance of Dhaulagiri. A Swiss team failed to climb in 1953 as did an Argentine group one year later.

After four more expeditions, an eight member of a Swiss expedition reached the summit in 1960. The climb followed a circuitous route around the mountain from Tukuche, over Dhampus pass, French Col to approach the summit from the North – East Col. The peak was then climbed by two Japanese in 1970s, the American in 1973 and the Italians in 1976. There has been many attempts made by various mountaineering expedition team and recently an Italian team has successfully climbed the mountain during spring season 2006. The Indian climbers have many grand successful climbing to Nepal Himalayas peaks in the recent past but they have not climb Dhaulagiri as yet.

This is the perfect trip for those who want a more intense experience of the mountains. You will trek 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, you 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. You will walk along cobblestone paths, over suspensions bridges and through dense forests, taking in the vistas of some of the world’s most beautiful mountains. We will continue to explore and fully absorb the beauty of the surrounding peaks. We will climb over the glaciated French pass and Dhampus pass and then descend a winding trail to Yak Kharka. You will continue through mountain villages, enjoying the Hot Springs at the Tatopani and views of the majestic peaks of the Annapurna (26539?) and Machhapuchhare (22937?) as we make our way toward Pokhara, visiting several Monasteries and religious sites en route.

Trip Highlights

Duration: 59, 60 Days
Type of Trek : Camping
Max Altitude: 8167 m.
Minimum Pax: 1 +
Mode of travel: Flight
Grade: Strenous

Detail Itinerary of Mount Dhaulagiri Expedition:

Day 1     Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2     Preparation day for expedition. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3     Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 4     Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. Stay overnight in Jomsom
Day 5     Trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni. Stay overnight in tea house.
Day 6     Day hike to Muktinath, back to Jomsom. Stay overnight in tea house
Day 7     Trek to Yak Kharka/Alu bari. You camp for the night.
Day 8     Trek from Yak Kharka to Kalo pani. You camp for the night.
Day 9     Trek from Kalo Pani to Hidden Valley. You camp for the night.
Day 10   Trek from Hidden Valley to Dhauligir Base camp. You camp for the night.
Day 11- 13  Base camp. You camp for the night.
Day 14- 52 Mt. Dhaulagiri climbing period. You camp for the night.
Day 53   Trek back to Hidden Valley. You camp for the night.
Day 54   Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka. You camp for the night.
Day 55   Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom. You camp for the night.
Day 56   Fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
Day 57   Rest day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 58   Rest day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 59   Fly out from Kathmandu.

Option II

Day 1     Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2     Preparation day for expedition. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3     Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 4     Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. Stay overnight in Jomsom
Day 5     Trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni. Stay overnight in tea house.
Day 6     Day hike to Muktinath, back to Jomsom. Stay overnight in tea house
Day 7     Trek to Yak Kharka/Alu bari. You camp for the night.
Day 8     Trek from Yak Kharka to Kalo pani. You camp for the night.
Day 9     Trek from Kalo Pani to Hidden Valley. You camp for the night.
Day 10   Trek from Hidden Valley to Dhauligir Base camp. You camp for the night.
Day 11-Day 11- 13  Base camp. You camp for the night.
Day 14-Day 14- 52 Mt. Dhaulagiri climbing period. You camp for the night.
Day 53   Trek back to Hidden Valley. You camp for the night.
Day 54   Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka. You camp for the night.
Day 55   Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom. You camp for the night.
Day 56   Fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
Day 57   Rest day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 58   Rest day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 59   Fly out from Kathmandu.