Expedition Group Size
We organize expedition on Dhaulagiri for any number of people. The cost of the expedition for the logistic support will be high if the group consists of less than four climbing members. The maximum number will consist of 15 climbing members in one group.
Experience and Health Requirements
Dhaulagiri is one of the popular mountains and the climbing is moderately technical with average success rates. Weather and snow condition play vital role for the success of climbing on Dhaulagiri. The climbers must have prior experience of rock and ice climbing. As it is a 8000m. peak, the climbers must feel comfortable with ascending and descending on the fixed lines along the steep technical snow slops and ridges. .It is highly recommended for the climbing members to consult with the doctors before coming for the expedition. Members who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution during the expedition.
Climbing members need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the climbers need to get the travelling insurance from one of theinternational insurance companies. Ang Rita Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking and expedition staff.
Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the expedition. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at tents with fully equipped camping arrangement.
Members are provided with three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking to base camp. Our trained and experienced expedition cook prepares varieties of fresh and nutritious food from local to continental, Chinese, Indian food at the base camp during the expedition. Our cook will make sure that the members get high energy food required for the climbing.
Base Camp Arrangement
We arrange fully equipped base camp setting including spacious dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, member tents, chairs, tables, kitchen equipments including all cooking and catering utensils. We provide individual member tents at the base camp with mattress for comfort of the members. We provide high tents as required to use above base camp if the arrangement is made for the group for the guided expedition. Our trained and experienced expedition cook prepares varieties of fresh and nutritious food from local to continental, Chinese, Indian food at the base camp during the expedition. Our cook will make sure that the members get high energy food required for the climbing.
Equipment and Packing List
A variety of clothing and climbing gears are necessary for trekking and expedition While choosing the equipment we need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking and climbing gears that you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain.
1. Two sets polyprop shirts.
2. Two sets light weight shirts.
3. One heavy weight shirt.
4. One fleece jacket.
5. One wind jacket.
6. One down jacket.
7. One pair down pants.
8. One pair light weight trousers.
9. One pair heavy weight trousers.
10. One pair fleece trousers.
11. One pair of wind pants.
12. Two sets polprop longjohns.
14. One pair shorts.
15. Two pairs light weight gloves.
16. One pair heavy mitts.
17. One pair down mits.
18. One pair ski gloves.
19. One sun hat.
20. One heavy weight warm hat.
21. One head band.
22. 4 pairs light weight walking socks.
23. 6 pairs climbing socks.
1. One pair plastic climbing boots.
2. One pair sport boots.
3. One pair gaiters.
4. One pair super gaiters.
2. Two plain karabiners.
3. Two screw lock karabiners.
4. One descender .
5. One pairs ascenders.
6. Two tape slings.
7. One ice axe.
8. One pair of crampons.
9. One head-lamp with spare bulbs.
10. One pocket knife.
11. A pair of sun glasses.
12. One pair ski goggles.
13. One pee bottle.
14. A large pack.
15. A day pack
1. Two sleeping bags ( one for Base Camp and other for high camps).
2. One foam mat.
2. One repair kit.
3. One personal first aid kit.
4. Two sun and lip creams.
5. Two water bottles.
6. Head lamp batteries.
Trek and Climbing Leader(s) and Staff
Most of the leaders who lead trekking and climbing on Dhaulagiri through Ang Rita Trek are the Sherpas from Khumbu region. Their in-depth knowledge about local culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality contribute to the success of the trip. Although our Sherpa leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. All climbing guides of Ang Rita Trek are locally employed and are mostly trained by legendary Everest hero, Mr. Ang Rita Sherpa who climbed Everest for ten times without supplemental oxygen. All our climbing guides have gained extensive experience by successfully summiting Everest and other mountains. Safety is the prime concern in the expedition and all our climbing Sherpas give high priority for the safe climbing.
Ang Rita Trek is firmly believes that roles of porters are significant in arranging the trip smoothly and successfully. We are strongly committed to the porters’ rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.
The best season for climbing Dhaulagiri is from mid August till the end of September in post monsoon season and from April to end of May in the spring season. This is the only 8000m. peak in Nepal which is equally ideal for climbing in both the seasons.