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Dhaulagiri Expedition (8,167m) Autumn 2015

Mount Dhaulagiri massif, ‘White Mountain’ from Sanskrit, is a real giant among 8000m peaks consisting of 5 major peaks with prominence ranging from 135m to 3357m. Dhaulagiri I (8,167m) is the 7th highest mountain in the world and one of more formidable peaks to climb with the first successful summit only in 1960. In terms of rise above the terrain Dhaulagiri is unparallel as it rises 7000m over Kali Gandaki valley over horizontal length of 30km, which by any standard is an impressive statistic.

The vast majority of ascents to date have been via the first ascent route, which is the "Normal Route" on the mountain. However ascents have been made from almost every direction. Dhaulagiri has 5 ridges and south and west faces, which raise 4000m from their Base Camps, offering opportunities to develop many interesting routes from Italian, Swiss and French camps. As of 2007, there had been 358 summit ascents of Dhaulagiri and 58 climbing fatalities on the mountain. Due to its technically challenging routes, the lack of big commercial expeditions is one of the more alluring qualities of Dhaulagiri as only seasoned mountaineers seem to have interest in this formidable mountain.


Our Dhaulagiri Climbing Services

In the Base Camp:Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition provides very professional, supportive and friendly mountaineering logistic services from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to ensure a good quality, supportive, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.
We provide a comprehensive service organizing all necessary permits, and climbing documentation, travelling logistics including airfares, ground transportation, porters, and other individual services required by mountaineers. On the track to the ABC we organize logistics for provision of all required accommodation and food.
In the Base camp our cook and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In the base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.
In the Base Camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, and solar panels to charge your batteries
Full Board:For full board clients we provide personal tent and food, which will be prepared in high camps by their climbing Sherpa. We provide UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.
We provide a personal climbing Sherpa guide to help the clients to reach the summit. Personal climbing Sherpa will set up camp 1, camp 2, camp 3, camp 4 and the bivvy if required including food provisions, fuel and oxygen and will guide and assist the client on the summit day. There are no commercial expeditions on Dhaulagiri so your climbing Sherpa with cooperation of other clients climbing Sherpas will set-up fixed ropes.

Approaches to ABC

The approach to the Base Camp is from Pokhara, driving to Beni Bazaar and trekking from there along the Kali Gandaki Valley through Tatopani (1189m), Ghasa (2012m), and Marpha (2667m) before turning off to Yak Kharka (3680m) and the Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4700m). The trek to the Base Camp takes 5 days. On the way back we trek only 2 days to Jomsom (2710m) and take the flight back to Pokhara.

Climbing Routes

Normal route is via Northeast Ridge, the original route climbed by Swiss-Austrian expedition in 1960. Typically four camps will be set up for the climbing. The Advance Base Camp is established at 5,300m, just to deposit the gear but it will not be used as an overnight camp due to avalanche danger.
Camp 1 will be established at 5,900m on the Col east from the ABC.
Camp 2 will be established at 6,400m, which is reached from camp 1 with some steep climbing sections.
Camp 3 (7200m) will be located towards west with steep ice and snow climbing. From Camp 3 we climb towards the East Ridge, where we likely experience strong wind conditions before reaching camp 4 (7500m). This is the most difficult part of the climb.
From camp 4 we make direct push for the summit and return to camp 3 if the conditions will allow us. With difficult conditions the fallback is to setup bivvy at 7,900m in order to attempt another summit push next day.

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Itinerary Details of Dhaulagiri Expedition Autumn 2015

Day 01: Pick Up from Kathmandu Airport and transfer hotel.

Day 02: Official formalities, expedition preparation In Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Darbang (920m) which takes about five hours Overnight at Tent camp.

Day 04: Trek from Darbang to Dharapani Overnight at Tent camp.

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Muri Overnight at Tent camp.

Day 06: Trek from Muri to Bagar Overnight at Tent camp.

Day 07: Trek from Bagar to Doban overnight at tent camp

Day 08: Trek from Dovan to Sallaghari overnight at tent camp

Day 09: Trek from Sallaghari to Italy base Camp overnight at tent camp

Day 10: Trek from Italy base camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4700m).

Day 11-39: Climbing Period (Summit Period to Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m)

Day 40: Preparation to returning (Clean Base Camp)

Day 41: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to down Yak Kharka(3680m

Day 42: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom(2710m) ,Which Takes about six hours.

Day 43: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, which takes about 20 minutes.

Day 44: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.

Day 45: Leisure day and shopping in Kathmandu. Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 46: Final departure, or alternative Join other activities

Note:

  • the above itinerary is a guideline and standard suggested pattern chosen by majority of our customers. Your final itinerary will be customised according to your available time and requirements.
  • the final itinerary duration and schedule may be reduced or extend depending on your time, budget, your fitness, class of service or any other preferences. The quote will be provided for you initial requirements and can be adjusted with mutual agreement should you require modifying these requirements.
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Itinerary Details of Dhaulagiri Expedition - Autumn 2013

Sep02/Day 01: Pick Up from Kathmandu Airport and transfer hotel.

Sep03/Day 02: Official formalities, expedition preparation In Kathmandu.

Sep04/Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Darbang (920m) which takes about five hours Overnight at Tent camp.

Sep05/Day 04: Trek from Darbang to Dharapani Overnight at Tent camp.

Sep06/Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Muri Overnight at Tent camp.

Sep07/Day 06: Trek from Muri to Bagar Overnight at Tent camp.

Sep08/Day 07: Trek from Bagar to Doban overnight at tent camp

Sep09/Day 08: Trek from Dovan to Sallaghari overnight at tent camp

Sep10/Day 09: Trek from Sallaghari to Italy base Camp overnight at tent camp

Sep11/Day 10: Trek from Italy base camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4700m).

Sep12/Day 11-41: Climbing Period (Summit Period to Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m)

Oct13/Day 42: Preparation to returning (Clean Base Camp)

Oct14/Day 43: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to down Yak Kharka(3680m

Oct15/Day 44: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom(2710m) ,Which Takes about six hours.

Oct16/Day 45: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, which takes about 20 minutes.

Oct17/Day 46: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.

Oct18/Day 47: Leisure day and shopping in Kathmandu. Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.

Oct19/Day 48: Final departure, or alternative Join other activities

Itinerary Details of Dhaulagiri Expedition - Spring 2014

Apr02/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to Hotel (1350m)

Apr03/Day 02: Rest and prepare day for assignment & briefing.

Apr04/Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes approximately six hours. We can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which takes about 25 minutes.

Apr05/Day 04: Drive from Pokhara (915m.) to Beni(1050m) , which takes approximately one and half-hours. We may start your trek from Beni(830m) to Tatopani(1189m)which takes approximately six and half hours.

Apr/06Day 05: Trek from Tatopanito Ghasa(2012m.) which takes about four hours.

Apr07/Day 06: Trek from Ghase to Marpha(2667m),Which takes about about five hours.

Apr08/Day 07: Trek from Marpha to Yak Kharka(3680m)Which Takes about six hours.

Apr09/Day 08: Trek from Yak Kharka to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4700m), which takes about six hours.

Apr10/Day 09 - 40: Climbing Period (Summit Period to Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m)

May11/Day 41: Preparation to returning(Clean Base Camp)

May12/Day 42: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to down Yak Kharka(3680m),Which takes about six hours .

May13/Day 43: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom(2710m) ,Which Takes about six hours.

May14/Day 44: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, which takes about 20 minutes. The flights are available during the morning time.

May15/Day 45: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. Overnight at Hotel

May16/Day 46: Leisure day and shopping in Kathmandu.

May17/Day 47: Full Day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (DurbarSquare, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath) and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.

May18/Day 48: Final departure ,or alternative Join other activities

  • The price for your selected peak climbing/mountaineering expedition will vary depending on group size, trip category (full board/base camp service), your budget, individualised itinerary, accommodation (budget to 5 star), level of service above the base camp, the number of climbing guides and porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors. The price range for the same trip can vary widely so if you would like to discuss yourrequirements with us we will provide you a very competitive price

  • Please e-mail us for up-to-date prices for Trip

Full Board Service Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport (by Non A/C Vehicles) as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Snowy Horizon’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • 4 Nights accommodations at 4 Star hotels in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • 2 Nights 4 star accommodation in Pokhara on B/B basic
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Durbar Square).
  • Local English-speaking Tour Guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing.
  • All trekking and camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/ Lodge/ Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mt. Everest.
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Dhaulagiri
  • Nepalese Government Royalty;
  • One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and 03 Times Everest Summiteer Climbing/expedition Guide (Sherpa) per client.
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
  • Emergency Oxygen mask and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the base camp.
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger.
  • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3. Ice fall charges and Gamow Bags.
  • We provide Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance
  • high altitude food for member and sherpa including drinks and cooking crew
  • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.)

Full Board Service Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara (except for the farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars or any other food consumed beyond the prescribed breakfast, lunch and dinner, etc.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Transportation is not on disposal basis. It is strictly as per the itinerary. Any extra distance travelled will be charged extra.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Walkie-talkies & Filming permit (if special camera).
  • Personal climbing gears;
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” SECTION.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival)
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary

Base Camp Service Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Snowy Horizon’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • Six nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on B/B basis;
  • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp;
  • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Dhaulagiri
  • Nepalese Government Royalty;
  • Food during expedition period for expedition Members and Staff in Base camp
  • All staff during Expedition period with experienced Guide (Base Camp Manager)
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary;
  • Cargo clearance & Duties Assistance Service free;
  • Daily wages, equipment allowance & Insurance for expedition Staff;
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group;
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members;
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
  • All Necassary camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
  • Per person 40kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 30kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mountain.
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for climbing crew at base camp and chinese Base Camp.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.)
  • Our service Charges

Base Camp Service Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations,
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival) and re entry visa fee
  • Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Wake talkies & Filming permit.
  • Ice falls charges · All tent for camp 1, 2, 3
  • Personal climbing gears;
  • Climbing Guide(s)
  • Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator.
  • Snowy Horizon Service will be "Zero" above Advance Base Camp
  • High altitude food for sherpa and member
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods;
  • Emergency/Rescue Jeep cost US$700;
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” SECTION

Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition offers personal equipment rentals for clients, who have limited cargo allowance with their airfare or do not wish to purchase expensive expedition grade gear but rent it instead.
Clients purchasing Base Camp Services only may choose to hire or purchase high camp equipment.
Please let us know in advance prior to your arrival so that we can meet your needs on your arrival stress free.
The quoted prices are for the duration of the expedition and we provide original North Face, Ozark and Marmot Company Only.

Rental Price List

Item Rental Cost US$ Purchase Cost US$
Expedition Tent US$ 150.00 US$ 300.00
Rucksack (small) US$ 50.00 US$ 150.00
Rucksack (large) US$ 100.00 US$ 300.00
Gas Stove US$ 25.00 US$ 100.00
Oxygen bottle - US$ 500.00
Oxygen mask + Regulator US$ 250 (second Hend) US$ 900.00
Sleeping bag US$ 100.00 US$ 400.00
Down Jacket US$ 100.00 US$ 300.00
High Camp Goose Down Jacket US$ 200.00 US$ 500.00

 

Climbing Sherpa Fee U$3,500 (if required by client for base camp service user)