Around Dhaulagiri Trek and Climb

  • Difficulty: 2 Scrambling on low angled terrain of a low technical nature, on snow or rock. Ropes may occasionally be used. Climbers do not need previous experience but do need an ability to move over rough ground. Short steep sections that will require a rope. Basic snow/ice/rock climbing. We recommend that climbers are familiar with ice axe and crampon techniques and/or basic rock climbing techniques although this can often be taught during the trip. Steep terrain that requires moderate level climbing skills on snow/ice/rock. Emphasis on good cramponing skills. Will need experience with rope techniques including rappelling/abseiling and snow camping techniques. Extensive steep terrain. Climber to be capable of following multi pitch climbs and have rope management skills, belay techniques, climbing calls, rappelling/abseiling skills and alpine bivouac and snow camping techniques. Extreme terrain. Climber will have extensive experience on rock or ice and a complete understanding of anchors and protection techniques and a high degree of comfort following longer difficult sections of ice and/or rock in alpine gear with a pack.

    Fitness: B A level of fitness sufficient to carry a light pack (10kg/22lb) and be capable of moving for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Training would include regular walking on hills and gym work to develop strength: light running, swimming and biking. Defined as one who exercises regularly although not necessarily to a really high level, capable of carrying a pack weighing 18kg/40lb for several hours. Regular cardiovascular exercise (3-4 times a week gym/bike/stairs) and include pack carrying on rough ground once a week. A high standard of fitness. Capable of climbing with a heavy pack (25kg/55lb) for extended periods in mountain conditions. High level of training specific to climbing that would include heavy pack carrying over rough terrain and other preparation such as regular gym/pool/bike training. Excellent level of fitness from participants who would have an ongoing commitment to training and maintaining fitness specific to climbing. Expect long days in extreme conditions. Preparation would include heavy pack carrying, specific conditioning through rock and/or ice climbing and habitual cardio vascular exercise.

    Duration

    19 Days

    Elevation

    6,012m / 19,724ft

 

Around Dhaulagiri Trek Lydia on Trail
14 August 2017
14 August 2017
  • A challenging and adventurous camping based trek
  • Explore a remote and rugged part of Nepal
  • Climb the 6,012m Dhampus Peak


The 'Around Dhaulagiri Trek and Climb’ is a challenging and adventurous camping-based trek into a remote and unspoilt corner of Nepal. Dhaulagiri is the highest mountain completely within Nepal hence the circumnavigation delivers an all-encompassing perspective of the environment and those who live around it.

We initiate the journey at low altitude then ascend through a wide range of cultural and temperate zones in a region that sees minimal contact with the outside world. Agriculture and horticulture give way to dense untouched forests through to extreme mountain-scape as we travel around the mighty behemoth of Dhaulagiri, the 'White Mountain'.

After several days negotiating steep and exposed trails connecting small hamlets of the authentic Nepal, we are confronted by the bulk of Dhaulagiri and we continue onwards to Dhaulagiri Base Camp where expedition climbers position themselves to tackle this peak that is the world’s seventh highest. The trekking route then takes us higher still, over the 5,300 metre French Pass where the uphill journey culminates in an ascent of the 6,012 metre Dhampus Peak.

There is much that is compelling about this trek that qualifies it as one of the most fascinating and rewarding in the Himalaya.

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