Dhaulagiri (8167m.) was first climbed by the Swiss in 1960. Its name is
derived from Sanskrit "dhavala means" means "White" and girl is
"Mountain" The mountain was sighted by British surveyors in India in the
early 1800s and was mapped by one of the secret Indian surveyors, the
pundits, in 1873, but the region remained largely unknown until a Swiss
aerial survey in 1949.
The French Annapurna expedition in 1950 had permission to climb either
Annapurna or Dhaulagiri but decided on Annapurna after a reconnaissance
of Dhaulagiri . A Swiss party failed in 1953 as did an Argentine group
one year later.
After four more expeditions had failed, eight members of a Swiss
expedition reached the summit in 1960. The climb followed a circuitous
route around the mountain from Tukuche, over Dhampus pass as French Col,
to approach the summit from the North-East Col. The expedition was
supplied by a Swiss Pilatus Porter aircraft, the "Yeti" which landed on
the North-East Col at 5977m. Near the end of the expedition the plane
crashed near Dhampus pass and the pilots, including the famous Emil
Wick, walked down the mountain to Tukuche.
Tragedy struck in 1969 when an avalanche killed seven members of a US
expedition on the East Dhaulagiri Glacier. The peak was climbed by the
Japanese in 1970s, the Americans in 1973 and the Italians in 1976.
Captain Emil Wick airdropped supplies to the US expedition from a
Pilatus Porter aircrafts. Among the delicacies he dropped were two
bottles of wine and a live chicken. The Sherpas would not allow the
chicken to be killed on the mountain, so it became the expedition pet.
It was carried, snow-blind and crippled with frostbitten feet, to
Marpha, where it finally ended up in the cooking pot.
Day 1 : Arrival Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
Day 2-3 : Preparing Expedition & Briefing
Day 4 : Drive by Bus to Beni & Galeshor Camp
Day 5 : Galeshor - Tato Pani
Day 6 : Tatopani - Ghasa
Day 7 : Larjung - Marpha
Day 8 : Marpha - Yak Khark
Day 9 : Yak Khark - Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Day 10-40 : Climbing Period of Dhaulagiri 8167m.
Day 38 : Prepared for coming back
Day 39 : Dhaulagiri Base camp - Yak Khark
Day 40 : Yak Khark - Jomsom
Day 41 : Jomsom - Pokhara
Day 42 : Pokhara - Kathmandu
Day 43-44 : Kathmandu
Day 45 : Final Departure