It is not easy to find, in the rugged territory of Nepal, a 7000 m mountain well suited to the practice of ski mountaineering. With the Putha Hiunchuli, (north side), at the western end of the Dhaulagiri chain, the puzzle is solved.
The approach trek along the Dolpo valley takes several days, but has its advantages: a slow and progressive acclimatization, the beauty of the landscape, and the contact with the few villagers. The snow line normally starts just over 5000 m, so at least 2000 m of vertical are guaranteed with skis or snowboard, on the ideal slopes of the immense glacier of the north side of the mountain.
An adventure to live intensely, a dream for every skier who has the ambition to fly on the light snow of 7000 m…
A TRIP PROMOTED BY: Ivan Moshnikov (IFMGA mountain guide)
LOGISTICS BY: Avalco Travel www.avalcotravel.com
SUITABLE TO: well trained ski-mountaineers with some high altitude experience
DURATION: 30 days, contact your guide for exact dates
PRICE, OTHER DETAILS AND RESERVATIONS: please contact your guide.
Program dates for 2020:
13.09 - 10.10.2020
Logistics of expedition for guided groups 2020:
International flights to Kathmandu and return; two domestic flights in Nepal, to / from Nepalgunj and Juphal (2300 m). Here the trek begins, via Dunai, Tarakot and the Bharbun Khola valley, up to the base camp (4950 m), on the Ghandeu Glacier.
We foresee 13 net days for the ascent to the summit and return to base camp, with 2 or 3 camps at altitude, including the days of reserve for bad weather.
The trip was born from the collaboration with Avalco Travel and the Nepalese Ski and Snowboard Foundation. Both have been active for some years in the promotion of ski mountaineering in Nepal, also providing training to local instructors and guides.
The support of the local logistics organization is provided for the entire duration of the expedition, including transfers and trekking to the base camp and return. All standard base camp services are provided. For the progression on the mountain beyond the base camp, the participants will be assisted by Ivan Moshnikov (IFMGA mountain guide). The local staff will provide high altitude tents, cooking gear, food and gas.
Cost of the guided expedition is
6,495 EUR€ p/pax
The cost includes:
- hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (Thamel area), Nepalgunj, and Juphal in multiple room with breakfast;
- internal flights Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Juphal and return, and related airport transfers;
- transport of gear for the entire trek from Juphal to Base Camp and back (with yaks and porters);
- tents, cooking gear and all meals during the trek and stay at Base Camp and on high altitude camps;
- mandatory services and formalities according to the regulations in force in Nepal: sirdar and liaison officer assistance, trekking permit in the Dolpo, royalty for ascent to the summit, special permit and liasion officer for ski expedition, provincial tax, tourist tax;
- emergency communications by satellite phone or radio to Base Camp;
- first aid kit at Base Camp.
Extra services available on request:
- international flights to Kathmandu and return;
- airport transfers to Kathmandu on the first and last day;
- upgrade hotel in Kathmandu;
- hotels in Bhaktapur instead of Kathmandu;
- single tent;
- single room in hotels;
- supply of oxygen in cylinders with mask and regulator;
- supply of R / T radios.
The cost does not include:
- entry visa to Nepal;
- expenses for extra baggage allowance on domestic flights;
- expenses for extra baggage during the trekking;
- any meals not mentioned;
- personal equipment;
- summit bonus for Sherpa (if used);
- use of porters for personal gear;
- tips to local staff;
- possible permit for use of satellite and video;
- expenses for any medical assistance;
- expenses for any changes in the program;
- and anything else not mentioned as included.
In Nepal, independent climbing expeditions are not allowed. For logistic support it is mandatory to be assisted by a local agency certified and authorized by the Ministry of Tourism. The partners chosen by Avalco for all trips to Nepal:
- a) operate with all the authorizations and requisites established by the Government of Nepal;
- b) pay all due taxes for the company and the staff;
- c) use certified local guides, experts in trekking and climbing in the area;
- d) pay reasonable salaries to the staff and all related health and pension contributions;
- e) use quality gear for the staff and participants;
- f) provide abundant, varied, and tasty meals;
- g) observe the rules of hygiene at all times and particularly in the kitchen and bathrooms;
- h) observe the good rules for waste disposal (which are fully returned to the village);
- i) follow the best rules and precautions for the safety of the staff and participants.
Warning: there are hundreds of agencies in Kathmandu and Pokhara; however, many of them do not offer sufficient service quality standards, some do not have the necessary authorizations or work with falsified permits.