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Dhaulagiri Expedition

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Starts from: Kaathmandu

Ending: Pokhara

Best season: Spring and autumn

Trip duration: 60 days

Trip Highlight:

The seventh highest, and one of the most popular 8000m Peaks, Dhaulagiri lies on the northwest of Pokhara in Western Nepal and south of the Tibet/Nepal border. Dhaulagiri was first climbed by the Swiss team in 1960 via the North East Ridge. Dhaulagiri, which means “Beautiful White Mountain”, in Sanskrit justifies its name with its enormous peak of shining ice and snow rising above the local terrain. The Dhaulagiri, along with the other eight thousand-plus meter summit of Annapurna makes Kali Gandaki the deepest gorge in the world. Dhaulagiri is also one of the most difficult mountains in the world.

Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world is considered an interesting peak with more than six different routes. The normal climbing route is considered a reasonable climb with only short technical climbing sections and moderate avalanche danger. The South and West faces of Dhaulagiri both feature massive drops; each rises over 4000 meters from its base, and each has been the site of epic climbs. The tangled topography of twisting ridges, glaciers, and icefalls is crested by a stretch of thirty miles. Several pyramid-shaped peaks rise along the main crest. Four of the summits, numbered from east to west, rise above 25,000 feet.

Detailed Expedition Itinerary:

Recommended Previous Experience:

Previous high altitude climbing experience is essential. The ability to work together as a team is essential so that all members reach the top safely.  Having the experience in being part of a team, working toward a common goal, and being ready to work with the groups a good team player is most important. The oxygen level over 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level. The weather is never fully predictable. The climbers must have years of prior experience on rock and ice climbing especially above 7,000m. You also need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along a steep technical terrain. Remember, your actions affect not only your own, but welfare of the entire team.

Climbing Day:

The climbing itinerary may vary according to the climber’s personal experience. A climbing day involves steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch, rest and relax, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. We ensure the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.

The Climb:

Since Dhaulagiri is not only among world’s highest but also the toughest mountains, the climb demands very high degree of physical fitness and the best quality technical equipment. The strong wind at high altitudes makes climbing even more difficult. Even before reaching the base camp, there are high passes to cross.  Such as French pass at 5360m and Dhampus pass at 5258m. We set our base camp at 4740m on the Chhonbardan Glacier below the rocky knob. Besides, the base camp, there will be Advanced Base camp (ABC) and four more camps. The ABC will be set up at 5,300m, which will also be used for storing our equipment and supplies. Establish camp I at 5900meter, camp II at 6400meter, camp III at 7200meter and camp IV at 7500meter. The ascent from camp I to camp II requires stretches of steep climbing. Head towards the west ridge with steeper climbing and reach camp III. From camp III, move to the East Ridge to reach camp IV. Push to attempt the summit from camp IV.

Weather Conditions:

Dhaulagiri Expedition has typical weather conditions that are very difficult to predict. The wind velocity is tremendous in this area, from the early afternoon to the dawn it is windy continuously. The springtime from March to May and the autumn season from September to November are considered the most favorable weather for Dhavalagiri and other Himalaya climbing. However, the weather conditions in the Himalayas are never fully predictable. In case you’re climbing in winter, the major problem would be the cold and high altitude. Temperatures may get as low as minus 20C in summer, but can drop to minus 60C or even lower during winter. The possibility of bad weather such as snow, wind, and cloud should also be taken into account. Similarly, the wind speeds may rise to more than 80Km/h (50mph). The oxygen level around 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level.

Leadership:

Our Dhaulagiri expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers and guides who have scaled the mountain several times. These leaders are supported by the other crewmembers and they have all of the necessary experience and equipment required for a successful completion of the expedition. All Trekkers Team also makes sure that it’s leaders have proven track records in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber’s chance of making it to the summit without compromising the safety aspect.  All Trekkers Team’s expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crewmembers are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.

Team Composition:

Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. All Trekkers pays high attention to the safety standards of the climbers. Hence, for two International Climbers, All Trekkers assigns its accredited climbing leader, high altitudes assistance Sherpa, and cook. For base camp assistance and other necessary trek support, All Trekkers Team supplies crews such as porters, yaks and yak man. Further, to maintain the high safety standard All Trekkers Team’s team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.

Trip Start Dates:

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date. The autumn months of October and November are the considered most favorable season for Dhaulagiri Expedition. The spring season from March to May is another option. However, the weather in Dhaulagiri is very unpredictable. The summer months of monsoon rains and the winter months from December to February are the most unfavorable time for Dhaulagiri Expedition. The temperatures can vary from 27°c to – 7°c at lower elevations, and at higher elevations, it can vary from 16°c to -23°c.

Why Expedition with All Trekkers Team?

Going on any adventure trip will require a substantial sum of money be paid in advance. Yet trusting a company you have no prior experience with involves a risk. We, however, are a fully bonded trek operator authorized by Nepal Government, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Nepal Tourism Board, Industry Department, Company Registration Office, Nepal National Bank and the Taxation Office. We are also affiliated with such prestigious regulating bodies as NATTA, NMA, TAAN, and KEEP.

A detailed list of our registrations and licenses for operation:

Nepal Ministry of Industry, Office of Company Register

Nepal Ministry of Tourism, Department of Tourism

Nepal Department of Small Cottage and Industries

Nepal Ministry of Finance, Department of VAT/ PAN

Tax Clearance Certificate

Central Bank of Nepal (Nepal Rastra Bank), Department of Foreign Currency Exchange:

Fair Price with Quality: 

Service, quality and fair prices – is the motto of our business. The packages we have offer unbeatable value for money. But you don’t have to take our word on it – we just ask our clients shop around to other adventure companies to try to find a similar package at a better price. However, we do not compromise on quality to cut down the costs. Our edge over other international operators is that we are a Nepal based business that allows us to keep our overhead to a minimum. So we can offer the same facilities as those provided by a Western company at literally a fraction of the price. That about 40% of our bookings come from repeat business proves our performance when it comes to client satisfaction.

Sustainable Operation Policies:

All Trekkers Team (P) LTD observes responsible and sustainable tourism practices. The company works closely with all stakeholders including the local communities to protect and conserve natural environment. We ensure that all our adventure programs leave the least possible carbon footprint. We are also aware of the corporate social responsibility; hence we maintain highest ethical and professional standards as well as transparency in our business practices.

Local and Experienced Mountain Leaders:

All Trekkers Team (P) LTD employs and trains local staff so that the local communities benefit from our adventure operations. However, we never compromise on our high safety and quality standards. All of our leaders and guides are carefully selected based on their aptitude, experience, and leadership skills. Most of our guides have been continuously working with us for more than 10 years. Our guides are trained for remote emergencies and are well versed in local politics, culture and customs. Please check out the personal records of our guides who have scaled Mt. Everest several times (and hundreds of other lesser peaks). Thus, we guarantee that all our guides, cooks, and other crews members are qualified and experienced professionals who make it sure that you’re always safe, sound, and happy.

Additional Information:

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it, please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly, feel free to call us at: +977-98510-78240, 98122-85346

Services Included:

All climbing permit, land, air transportation and accommodation in lodges/tent during the trek/climb, Food: three times meals in a day, necessary guides and required number of porter(s), other essential equipment.

Services Excluded:

Personal expenses, insurance, tips, emergency evacuation by helicopter, alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike and road blockade etc