The name of this mountain is derived from Sanskrit word, “Dhavala” meaning white and “Giri” meaning mountain, which combines to become ‘White Mountain’. British surveyors sighted this mountain in India in early 1800s and one of the Indian surveyors, the pundits mapped it in 1873. However, the mountain became popular only after a Swiss aerial survey made in 1949.
When French got permission to climb either Annapurna or Dhaulagiri, they choose Annapurna after making a reconnaissance of Dhaulagiri in 1950. In 1953, a Swiss party failed then an Argentine group tried but failed one year later. And finally, Swiss expedition reached the summit in 1960, following a circuitous route around the mountain from Tukuche, over the Dhampus pass.
French failed to climb the summit from the North-East Col so their expedition was supported by a Swiss Pilatus Porter aircraft, the “Yeti” which landed on the North-East Col at 5977m. But the plane crashed just before the end of the expedition near Dhampus pass. The pilots, including the famous Emil Wick, walked down the mountain to Tukuche.
In 1969 seven members of U.S expedition team were killed in an avalanche on the eastern Dhaulagiri Glacier. Later, Japanese climbed this mountain in 1970. The Americans and Italians climbed in 1973 and 1976 respectively. Captain Emil Wick airdropped two bottles of wine and a live chicken to the US expedition team from a Pilatus Porter aircrafts. That chicken became the expedition pet, were carried, snow-blind and crippled with frostbitten feet, to Marpha, where it was finally eaten up in the cooking pot as Sherpa’s would not allow the chicken to be killed on the mountain.
Meaning of Dhaulagiri is white-mountain which is the seventh highest Mountain in the world. It is located at 28 41′ 46’N latitude and 83 29′ 43’E longitude and is measured at 8,167 meters above sea level. After its discovery in 1808, it replaced Ecuader’s Chimborazo as the postulated highest mountain in the world. It Maintainet this standing for nearly 30 years, until the discovery of Kanchenjunga, which was then falsely believed to be the world’s highest mountain Dhaulagir’s crest stretches for 30 miles, lending structure to an otherwise tangled topography of twissting ridges, glaciers, and ice falls. In 1960. the swiss/Austran expedition team first reached the Summit, despite their aeroplane having crashed durung the approach and this was the first Himalayan climb supported by an aeroplane. The Climbing Months for the summit are April May, late September and October. It can be reached from Pokhara
01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
02: Kathmandu leisure time.
03: Kathmandu-Official formalities and briefing for Expedition.
04: Kathmandu-Baglung by private coach.
05: Trek to Beni.
06: Trek to Babi Chor.
07: Trek to Dharapani.
08: Trek to Mudi.
09: Trek to Boghara.
10: Trek to Dabang.
11: Trek to Pine Forest.
12: Trek to Italian Base Camp.
13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
14-33: Dhaulagiri Expedition-Climbing period.
34: Trek to Tukuche.
35: Trek to Yak Kharka.
36: Trek to Marpha.
37: Trek to Ghasa.
38: Trek to Tatopani.
39: Trek to Ghorepani.
40: Trek to Birethanti.
41: Transfer to Pokhara, stay in hotel.
42: Pokhara-Kathmandu by private transportation.
43: Kathmandu full city sightseeing tour.
44: Leisure day for self shopping and relaxation.
45: Final Departure.