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 Dhaulagiri Autumn 2002

Two French climbers Ludovic CHALLEAT and Jean-Marc VENGEON are planning to attempt Dhaulagiri in Autumn 2002 as a commercial expedition.


Situated in central-western Nepal, Dhaulagiri is one of the eight summits in the country above 8000 meters high. Standing at 8167 meters, it is the seventh highest mountain in the world. Before reaching the base camp, they plan to  climb the Thapa Peak, a 6000 meter summit. This assent will help them with a good acclimatisation.

Who are Ludovic CHALLEAT and Jean-Marc VENGEON? 

Ludovic CHALLEAT's resume:

Europe: climbing in the Dolomites (Italy), climbing and canyoning in Corsica (France). Ski touring (mountaineering skiing) in France, Switzerland and Italy.

Nepal : three months in 1999. Expedition on Kang Guru (7010 m) between the Annapurnas and Manaslu in a unspoiled part of Nepal. Trekking in the eastern part of the country between Makalu and Kangchenjunga, in the Annapurnas range and in the Everest area.

South America: one year (1994) in the Andes cordillera. Many climbs including: Aconcagua by the Polish route (6959 m), Ojos del Salado (6891 m), Parinacota (6320 m), Huascaran (6768 m), Cotopaxi (5897 m), several volcanoes in the lake district. Trekking in Patagonia (Argentina and Chile), in the lake district, in the Huayhuash range (Peru)... Equestrian excursion through the Colombian coffee plantations. Return to Peru, to the White Cordillera (1995). United States: four months (1991) across the western part of the country visiting the national parks between the Rocky mountains and California. Antillas : four months (1990). Maroc : Ski touring (mountaineering skiing) in the high Atlas . Toubkal, 4167 m (2000).

Jean-Marc VENGEON's resume: Europe: climbing and via ferrata in the Dolomites, climbing and canyonning in Spain. Ski touring (mountaineering skiing) in Switzerland (Chamonix - Zermatt, 4000 of Zermatt, Zinalrothorn...), Oberland, Italian Mercantour.

South America : expedition lasting three months in Peru (1988), followed by a one year trip through the Andes Cordillera (1995). Production of photographic reports and a slide show: "The call of the Cordillera". 

Numerous treks and climbs: Cayambe (5790 m), Artesonraju (6025 m), Huayna Potosi (6063 m), Ollague (6021 m), Polish route in Aconcagua (6959 m), Osorno (2661 m), ski touring (mountaineering skiing) around Fitz Roy by the "Hielo Continental". Return to  Chile (1998): volcano Llaima (3124 m) and Chilean Patagonia. Climb of Cerro Castillo (2675 m) and several others close summits. Descents of river, trek and equestrian excursion close to San Lorenzo.

India-Nepal: two months working on a report on the Springs of Gange, from its source to Bιnarθs  (1991), followed by one month in Nepal. Trekking in the area of Langtang and climbing of Naya Kanga (5895 m). Publication of an article on Trekking Peaks in "Montagne Magazine". Africa: eight months crossing by car from Lyon to Kilimanjaro (1989). Climbing in Morocco and in Algeria, climbs in Ruwenzori (Uganda) and of Kilimanjaro. Return to East Africa  (1993): Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania. Climbing Meru and Kilimanjaro volcanoes (Heim Glacier). Sahara: three trips (from three weeks to three months) climbing and exploring in Hoggar, Tassilis and Tenere. Morocco : Climbing in the Atlas (Throats of Todra, Azilal...) (1989),  ski touring (mountaineering skiing) in the high Atlas (Toubkal, 4167 m) and an excursion for children, with mules, in Djbel Sarrho (1999).

These two climbers run a company called Alpes Exploration in Chamonix, FRANCE. Look for more on them and their expedition is the coming weeks. 

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