Global Adventure - Nepal: Dhaulagiri Trek

Nepal: Dhaulagiri Trek

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  • Thu, Sep 30, 2010 — Sun, Oct 24, 2010
  • Adults
1:00 PM
About the trip: This outing combines spectacular mountain scenery, history, culture and diversity.

Until 1808 Ecuador’s Chimborazo was believed to be the highest mountain in the world. From 1808 to 1848, Dhaulagiri was thought to be the highest mountain in the world. Between 1848 and 1852, it was Kanchenjunga. Since 1852, it has been Mt. Everest. Dhaulagiri is now the seventh highest mountain in the world at 8,167 meters (26,795 ft.).

Dhaulagiri means 'white mountain' because of the continuous snow. Dhaulagiri is almost unequaled on earth in its rise above local terrain—7,000 meters over the Kali Gandaki Gorge in about 30 kilometers of horizontal distance. The Kali Gandaki is especially dramatic since Dhaulagiri and Annapurna both stand near the river, giving a unique example of two 8,000-meter peaks facing each other over a deep valley.

In 1950, the French, led by Maurice Herzog, trekked up the Kali Gandaki intent on climbing Dhaulagiri from the west, but they found it too difficult and instead climbed Annapurna on the east (the first 8,000-meter peak to be summited). Dhaulagiri was finally summited in 1960 by a Swiss-Austrian expedition. Our Dhaulagiri trek is one of the finest and most scenic in Nepal. Some people say this is their favorite route in Nepal. It is like the Annapurna Circuit but without the crowds. We will hike through many climatic, biologic and cultural zones; see some of the highest mountains in the world; trek from about 4,000 ft. altitude to Dhaulagiri Base Camp and over French Pass at 17,585 feet; meet friendly Nepali people; and visit Buddhist monasteries. This is a very strenuous hike because of the altitude, but porters will haul your overnight gear, so you carry only a daypack. This is a good time of year because there is usually excellent weather for views and photography.

Itinerary: Fly from the U.S. to Singapore to Kathmandu. Tour world heritage sites. Bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Darbang. The Dhaulagiri trek (14 days) is rated very strenuous, with two layover days and a high altitude of 17,585 ft. An optional climb to Dhampus/Thapa Peak (19,719 ft.) will be offered. The leader will environmentally clean the trail from the high pass down to Jomsom. Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Sightsee in Pokhara and shop in markets. Optional extension to raft the Kali Gandaki River (not sponsored by The Mountaineers). Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Fly from Kathmandu to Singapore to USA.

For a daily itinerary, please go to nepal_itin.html.

Lodging: Hotels in Singapore, Kathmandu and Pokhara. Camping tent on trek. Double occupancy, with optional single supplement.

Food: Most meals are provided. They are a nutritious variety of Nepali and Western cuisine. In Singapore and Kathmandu, some meals are on your own to give you the freedom to explore the delicious cuisines of Asia.

Limit: Minimum of two Mountaineers, maximum of 12 Mountaineers.

Leader: Craig Miller has led 11 different Himalayan treks in the last 11 years for The Mountaineers ( or 206-285-2399).

Price: The price includes almost everything: roundtrip airfare from Seattle, Singapore hotels, Nepal visa, airport transfers, Kathmandu hotels, buses, trek permit, ACAP fee, guide, porter, food, tent, peak climbing fee, Pokhara hotels, domestic flight, Nepal departure tax, two Singapore departure taxes, rescue insurance, The Mountaineers outing fee, and a portion of leader cost. Price excludes your valid passport, medical immunizations, some meals, personal items, and gratuities. Six or more people: $5,500; 3-5 people, $6,300; two people, $6,500.

Registration: Please download and complete the application form on the web, then e-mail it to the leader. After the leader’s approval, please telephone The Mountaineers; give them your credit card number and a $2,000 deposit. After your deposit is received, the leader will send you a series of three letters with information to help you prepare for this outing. Your balance is due July 1.

Cancellation: If you cancel because of an emergency, you may receive a refund less expenses incurred, and $100 administrative fee.

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