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Dhaulagiri Expedition 2002

Expedition Itinerary

1) Depart US from LAX. Fly to Tokyo, then onto Bangkok. In Bangkok, we clear customs with our luggage. A short walk takes us over the sky bridge to the Amari Hotel. We have an overnight stay in the Amari, a first-rate hotel with all the amenities including a pool.

2) Day two vanished while flying over the international dateline.

3) After an early breakfast, we return to the airport to recheck our luggage. Upon departure, we pay the departure tax at a separate booth and proceed through customs with our documents. No visa is required here, just your ticket and passport. We take the outbound flight to Kathmandu for an early afternoon arrival. After clearing customs we will be met by our local liaisons and transported to the hotel.

4) Day of sightseeing in Kathmandu (2,427 ft) with a local guide. Sights include Pashupati and Boudhnath. Sightseeing is optional; you may choose to relax at the hotel.

Dhaulagiri Expedition Itinerary

5) Expedition team members will finalize their equipment checks. Trekkers may enjoy more of the sights and sounds of the Tamel district.

6) Depart Kathmandu in the early morning for a 30-minute flight to Pokhra. Then drive to Beni (2788 ft.) to spend the night.

7) Trek to Babi Chaur (3116 ft.) along the Mayagdi Khola River.

8) The route ascends away from the river through lush forests to Darapani (5783 ft.)

9) As we gain altitude towards Jugepani (8150 ft.), we leave the forest region for ridge tops.

10) We descend into the river valley to cross the Mayagdi Khola River, then we make a gradual ascent to our camp at Baisi Kharka (9450 ft.)

11) Today the trek travels along the river to its headwaters near the mountain and to the glacial region on the west side of Dhaulagiri. We spend the night at the Italian Base camp (11,750 ft.)

12) We trek through glacial moraine to Dhaulagiri Base camp for much needed rest and celebration (15,447 ft.)

13) A rest day for the group. Expedition team members work on completing the construction of base camp. An evening celebration will be held for everyone.

14) Time is spent exploring and acclimatizing for both trekkers and expedition members.

15) Relaxation and acclimatization.

16) Loads will be carried to Camp 1 to establish Camp 1 (19,300 ft.).

17) Continue to establish Camp 1 (19,300 ft.).

18) Continue to establish Camp 1 (19,300 ft.).

19) Continue to establish Camp 1 (19,300 ft.).

20) Rest day.

21) Move to Camp 1.

22) Route work and carries to Camp 2 (21,500 ft.)

23) Route work and carries to Camp 2 (21,500 ft.)

24) Route work and carries to Camp 2 (21,500 ft.)

25) Route work and carries to Camp 2 (21,500 ft.)

26) Rest day.

27) Move to Camp 2 for acclimatization.

28) Route work and carries to Camp 3 (23,600 ft.)

29) Route work and carries to Camp 3 (23,600 ft.)

30) Route work and carries to Camp 3 (23,600 ft.)

31) Move to Camp 3 for acclimatization.

32) Members and Sherpa descend to base camp.

33) Rest Days for members. Some route work continues on Upper Mountain.

34) Rest Days for members. Some route work continues on Upper Mountain.

35) Rest Days for members. Some route work continues on Upper Mountain.

36) Rest Days for members. Some route work continues on Upper Mountain.

37) Move to Camp 1.

38) Rest day. Sherpa establish Camp 4 (24,500 ft.) high camp.

Dhaulagiri Expedition Itinerary (continued)

39) Move to Camp 2.

40) Move to Camp 3.

41) Move to Camp 4 and prepare for Summit Day.

42) With good weather and luck we summit! Return to Camp 4 or 3—this depends on group strength and mountain conditions. On 8000-meter peaks, descending lower is usually better post summit.

43) Descend to base camp for well deserved celebration.

44) Break down base camp and prepare for trek out.

45) The expedition heads out for the Hidden Valley.

46) Descent down to Kali Gandiki Gorge (second deepest gorge in the world) and camp at Jomsom (old

trading station between Tibet and Nepal).

47) Fly to Pokhra.

48) Return to KTM to sign a foot at the Rum Doodle and PARTY HARD!

49) Recover and buy gifts for loved ones.

50) Outbound flights for the U.S.

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