Dhaulagiri Expedition 8167m 45 Days

Trip Code : AHC/E-03
Destination : Dhaulagiri
Duration : 45 Days
Grading : Hard
Max Altitude : 8167m
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu
Activity : Peak Climbing


Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m.) was first climbed by the Swiss in 1960.  Its name is derived from Sanskrit " Dhavala means" means "White" and girl is "Mountain" The mountain was sighted by British surveyors in India in the early 1800s and was mapped by one of the secret Indian surveyors, the pundits, in 1873; but the region remained largely unknown until a Swiss aerial survey in 1949. 

The French mount Annapurna expedition in 1950 had permission to climb either Annapurna or Dhaulagiri but decided on Annapurna after a reconnaissance of Dhaulagiri . A Swiss party failed in 1953 as did an Argentine group one year later. 

After four more expeditions had failed, eight members of a Swiss expedition reached the summit in 1960. The climb followed a circuitous route around the mountain from Tukuche, over Dhampus pass.

As French Col, to approach the summit from the North-East Col., The expedition was supplied by a Swiss Pilatus Porter aircraft, the "Yeti" which landed on the North-East Col at 5977m. Near the end of the expedition the plane crashed near Dhampus pass and the pilots, including the famous Emil Wick, walked down the mountain to Tukuche

Tragedy struck in 1969 when an avalanche killed seven members of a US expedition on the East Dhaulagiri Glacier.   The peak was climbed by the Japanese in 1970s, the Americans in 1973 and the Italians in 1976. Captain Emil Wick airdropped supplies to the US expedition from a Pilatus Porter aircrafts. Among the delicacies he dropped were two bottles of wine and a live chicken. The Sherpas would not allow the chicken to be killed on the mountain, so it became the expedition pet. It was carried, snow-blind and crippled with frostbitten feet, to Marpha, where it was finally eaten up in the cooking pot.


Day 1 : Arrival and transfer to Hotel.


Day 2 : Preparing Expedition


Day 3 : Briefing in Ministry of Tourism


Day 4 : Drive by Bus to Beni & Galeshor Camp


Day 5 : Beni - Darban - Camp


Day 6 : Darbang - Baskot village


Day 7 : Baskot village - Bagar - Camp


Day 8 : Bagar - Dovan - Camp


Day 9 : Dovan - Pina (forest camp) sallaghari


Day 10 : Pina (forest) -Italian Base Camp - Camp


Day 11 : Italian Base Camp - Dhaulagiri Base camp - Camp


Day 12-39 : Climbing Period of Dhaulagiri 8167m. Expedition


Day 40 : Prepared for coming back


Day 41 : Dhaulagiri Base camp - Yak Khark


Day 42 : Yak Khark - Jomsom


Day 43 : Fly Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu


Day 44 : Kathmandu


Day 45 : Final Departure

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