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Overview

“Discover the world’s 7th highest mountain located on Western Nepal with the exclusive arrangements of team Snowy Horizon, professional climbing Sherpa and basecamp staffs in Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m).”

Mt. Dhaulagiri is the 7th highest mountain in the world and 5th in Nepal which is located in the Northwest of Myagdi District in Nepal. “Dhavala” means “White” and “Giri” means “Mountain peak” from Sanskrit is a real giant, which endorse to say the range of White Mountains as Dhavala+giri hereafter called Mt. Dhaulagiri in combined. The real altitude of Mt Dhaulagiri is (8,167m) from sea level. Mt. Dhaulagiri is one of the most formidable peaks to climb.The first successful summit was possible only in 1960 by the Swiss following from the Northeast ridge. This mountain was first sighted by the British surveyors in India in the early 1800s but remained virtually unknown until a Swiss aerial survey in 1949. Five ridges buttress Dhaulagiri l and even up until the early 1980's however only the Northeast ridge had been successfully climbed. Dhaulagiri is considered the most interesting peak among the eight thousand meters mountains in Nepal. In terms of rise above the terrain Mt. Dhaulagiri is unparalleled as it rises 7000m over Kali Gandaki valley with horizontal length of 30km, which by any standard is an impressive statistic. 

Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition:

The vast majority of ascents to date have been via the first ascent route, which is the "Normal Route" on the Expedition of Dhaulagiri. However ascents have been made from almost every direction in this mountain. Dhaulagiri has 5 ridges and south and west faces, which raise about 4000m from their Base Camps, offering opportunities to develop many interesting routes from Italian, Swiss and French camps. There had been over 500 summit ascents and about 70 climbing fatalities on the mountain until 2019 through an unofficial record.One can find the Dhaulagiri Expedition to approach to the summit on its first elevation 8167m, due to its technically challenging routes and lack of big commercial expeditions, one of the most attractive climbing destinations. The expedition can only organized for the seasoned mountaineers who have interest on this formidable mountain. 

Snowy Horizon is pleased to offer for our beloved Expedition members to this unforgettable and highly exciting mountain expedition in Mt. Dhaulagiri with the world-class equipped and managed project. We provide a comprehensive service organizing all necessary permits, and climbing documentation, travelling logistics including airfares, ground transportation, porters, and other individual services required by mountaineers. On the track to the ABC we organize logistics for provision of all required accommodation and food. Upon request or if previously confirmed we are ready to supply all necessary logistics, rescues, supports etc. to the climbers included in the Expedition.  

Dhaulagiri Expedition Base Camp Service: 

  • Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition provides very professional, supportive and friendly mountaineering logistic services from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to ensure a good quality, supportive, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity. 
  • We provide a comprehensive service organizing all necessary permits, and climbing documentation, travelling logistics including airfares, ground transportation, porters, and other individual services required by mountaineers. On the track to the ABC we organize logistics for provision of all required accommodation and food.
  • Our cook and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24hrs a day.
  • We provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. 
  • We also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.
  • We provide access to communication including satellite telephone and solar panels to charge your batteries.

Dhaulagiri Expedition Full Board Service:

  • Snowy Horizon provides personal tent and food, which will be prepared in high camps by their climbing Sherpa. We provide UHF/VHF handheld radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.
  • We provide a personal climbing Sherpa guide to help the clients to reach the summit. Personal climbing Sherpa will set up camp 1, camp 2 and camp 3 including food provisions, fuel and oxygen and will guide and assist the client on the summit day. There are no commercial expeditions on Dhaulagiri so your climbing Sherpa with cooperation of other clients climbing Sherpa will set-up fixed ropes.

Approaches to ABC (Advance Base Camp):

The approach to the Base Camp is from Pokhara, driving to Beni Bazaar and trekking from there along the Myagdi Khola valley to Darbang and via Bagar, Italy Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp in Spring and driving from Pokhara to Beni and along Kali Gandaki Valley through Tatopani (1189m), Ghasa (2012m) and Marpha (2667m). After Marpha we start trekking to Yak Kharka (3680m) and the Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4700m) via hidden valley in autumn. The trek to the Base Camp takes 4 days with an acclimatization day in Hidden Valley. On the way back we trek only 2-3 days to Jomsom (2710m) and take the flight back to Pokhara for in both seasons.

Climbing Routes:

  • Normal route is via Northeast Ridge, the original route climbed by Swiss-Austrian expedition in 1960. Typically 4 camps will be set up for the climbing. The Advance Base Camp is established at 5,300m, just to deposit the gear but it will not be used as an overnight camp due to avalanche danger. Hence the Base Camp 4750m will be used as Advance Base Camp for Accommodation and meal purpose.
  • Camp 1 will be established at 5,900m on the Col east from the ABC. Along this trail you will suffer for some avalanche risk as well as crevasses danger. You must be aware of risk and difficulties.
  • Camp 2 will be established at 6,400m, which is reached from camp 1 with some steep climbing sections. The ropes shall be fixed and you need some technical climbing experience with the support of your climbing Sherpa. You need 1 technical Ice Axe as usual. When you have private Sherpa it is not mandatory to take 2 technical Ice Axes. One will work.
  • Camp 3 (7400m) will be located towards west with steep ice and snow climbing along the ridge of Mountain. Gradually ups and down will be done several times. You climb towards the East Ridge, where you likely experience strong wind conditions before reaching camp 3. This is the most difficult part of the climb.
  • From camp 3 we make direct push for the summit and return to camp 3 if the conditions will allow us. With difficult conditions the fallback is to setup bevy at 7,900m in order to attempt another summit push next day.

Day-to-Day Itinerary:

09 Sep: Day 01: Pick up from Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel (1350m).

10 Sep: Day 02: Official formalities and expedition preparation in Kathmandu.

11 Sep: Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m-6 Hrs.); hotel.

12 Sep: Day 04:Drive from Pokhara to Marpha (2670m-8 Hrs.); lodge.

13 Sep: Day 05:Rest and acclimatization (Marpha-Muktinath-Marpha Tour); lodge.

14 Sep: Day 06: Trek from Marpha to Yak Kharka (3680m-7 Hrs.); camping.

15 Sep: Day 07: Trek to Hidden Valley (5080m-6 Hrs.) via Thapa pass; camping.

16 Sep: Day 08: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4700m-5 Hrs.) via French pass; camping.

17 Sep-17 Oct: Days 09-39: Climbing Period (Summit Period to Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m).

18 Oct: Day 40: Dismantling ABC,preparation to returning (Clean Base Camp).

19 Oct: Day 41: Trek to Hidden valley (5080m- 4 Hrs.) via French pass; camping.

20 Oct: Day 42: Trek down Yak Kharka (3680m- 7 Hrs.) via Dhampus pass; camping.

21 Oct: Day 43: Trek to Jomsom (2710m-6 Hrs.) via Marpha; lodge.

22 Oct: Day 44: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, (20 minutes,)transfer hotel.

23 Oct: Day 45: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus (7 Hrs.); hotel.

24 Oct: Day 46: D-Briefing and leisure day in Kathmandu; evening farewell dinner.

25 Oct: Day 47: Final departure to your port of destination.

Day-to-Day Itinerary:

15 April: Day 01: Pick up from Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.

16 April: Day 02: Official formalities, expedition preparation in Kathmandu.

17 April: Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Darbang (920m) about five hours, camping.

18 April: Day 04: Trek from Darbang to Dharapani, camping.

19 April: Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Muri, camping.

20 April: Day 06: Trek from Muri to Bagar, camping.

21 April: Day 07: Trek from Bagar to Doban, camping.

22 April: Day 08: Trek from Doban to Sallaghari, camping.

23 April: Day 09: Trek from Sallaghari to Italy base Camp overnight at tent camp.

24 April: Day 10: Trek from Italy base camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4700m).

25 April-25 May: Days 11-39: Climbing Period (Summit Period to Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m).

26 May: Day 40: Preparation to returning (Clean Base Camp).

27 May: Day 41: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to down Yak Kharka (3680m).

26 May: Day 42: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2710m), about six hours, teahouse.

27 May: Day 43: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, about 20 minutes, overnight hotel on BB Plan.

28 May: Day 44: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus that takes about seven hours.

29 May: Day 45: D-Briefing, Leisure day and shopping in Kathmandu; evening farewell dinner.

30 May: Day 46: Final departure, or alternative Join other activities.

Full Board Service Cost : Please contact us by email or call us 

Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu.
  • 4 Nights in Kathmandu & 2 Nights in Pokhara hotel accommodations on BB Plan.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Takam/Marpha and Pokhara Kathmandu land transfers.
  • Jomsom-Pokhara flight transfers for climbing members.
  • Mt. Dhaulagiri expedition permit (Royalty; US$ 1800/900 for member).
  • Government official Liaison Officer for Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition. 
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry permit and TIMs card for members.
  • All camping equipment in Advance Base Camp and other camps.
  • Food, accommodation and guide during trekking in teahouse/lodge/camp.
  • Food during expedition period cooked by our experienced cook at ABC.
  • 1:1 experienced private climbing Sherpa guide for climbing support.
  • 2 Oxygen (4 Ltrs.) bottles for climbing member and 1 for Sherpa.
  • Mask & regulators 1-set for climbing member and Sherpa.
  • Gamow bag at EBC for emergency rescue purpose.
  • Baggage allowance carrying by mules/porters up and down to BC: 50 kg.
  • Required high altitude food for climbing member and Sherpa.
  • Insurance, wages, meal and allowances for climbing Sherpa and BC staffs.
  • Solar panels for light and battery charging in base camp.
  • Icefall and rope fixing charges, tents at high camps C1, C2, and C3.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Walkie-talkies & satellite phone for communication (uses charge $ 5 per unit for Sat).
  • Office service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Farewell Dinner & Snowy Horizon Special Gifts.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu except farewell dinner.
  • Items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls and Internet uses.
  • Clothing, packing items, personal medical kit, personal trekking/climbing gears. 
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations etc.
  • Any additional staff (s) specially required by the climbing member.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical-travel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Airfare of international and domestic flights other than specified.
  • Nepal custom duty fees for import of expedition goods if required.
  • Summit bonus to the personal climbing Sherpa (Beginning from minimum US$ 1200 per summit per Sherpa).
  • Tips to base camp staffs (Per climbing member beginning from minimum US$ 200.00 in total for all)
  • Any other item not mentioned in “The Service Package Excludes” Section.

Base Camp Service Cost : Please contact us by email or call us 

Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu.
  • Snowy Horizon’s assistance in airport with its representative.
  • 4 Nights hotel accommodations in Kathmandu 1 Night in Pokhara on BB Plan.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Takam/Marpha and Pokhara Kathmandu land transfers.
  • Jomsom-Pokhara flight transfers for climbing members.
  • Mt. Dhaulagiri expedition permit (Royalty; US$ 1800/900 for member).
  • Government official Liaison Officer for Mt. Dhaulagiri Expedition. 
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry permit.
  • All camping equipment in Advance Base Camp and other camps.
  • Food and accommodation during trekking in teahouse or camping.
  • Food during camping at ABC (3 Meals a day-tea and coffee) by expedition cook.
  • Baggage allowance for trekking to members up and down is 40kg: 30kg by mules.
  • TIMS card (Trekker’s Information Management System).
  • Wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for Sherpa guide and other staffs.
  • Required base camp food for climbing member and all involved staffs.
  • Insurance, wages, meal and allowances for the Base Camp staffs.
  • Solar panels for light and battery charging in Base Camp.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone for communication (uses charge $ 5 per unit).
  • Office service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Farewell Dinner & Snowy Horizon Special Gifts.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu except farewell dinner.
  • Items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls and Internet uses.
  • Clothing, packing items, personal medical kit, personal trekking/climbing gears. 
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations etc.
  • Climbing Sherpa Guide, high altitude food and tents above ABC (Camp: 1-2- & 3).
  • Oxygen bottles and mask and regulators for climbing member.
  • Any additional staff (s) specially required by the climbing member.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses
  • Medical-travel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Permits for walkie-talkies & filming if special camera is using.
  • Airfare of international and domestic flights other than specified.
  • Nepal custom duty fees for import of expedition goods if required.
  • Tips to base camp staffs (Per climbing member beginning from minimum US$ 200.00 in total for all)
  • Any other item not mentioned in “The Service Package Excludes” Section.

Notes

  • Cost defers on Hotel Category for Hotels in Kathmandu.
  • The itinerary is changeable and modifiable as per needs and time frame of the clients.
  • Cost will be re calculated if the itinerary is changed or modified.
  • Additional activities may be added as per request with nominal additional cost.
  • For any kind of changes please contact us by email or call to us.
Trip Facts
  • Grade: Mountaineering
  • Elevation: 8,167m (26,795ft)
  • Location: Dhaulagiri Himal
  • Coordinates: 27°53′0″ N 87°05′00″ E
  • First Ascent: Swiss-Australian team, May 13, 1960
  • Season: Late spring (traditionally less hazardous) and autumn
  • Duration: 47 days (typically)
  • Group Size: 02-15 person per Group
Expedition FAQs

It all depends on the area. With most of the trekking routes having local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phones. Above the back and one climber to another we always provide radio set for expeditions.

Snowy horizon will provide thick quality base mat in the base camp and advance base camp but we request you to curry down filled Thermal rest style of airbed for the high camps.

The Advance Base Camp is always located at the glacier moraine and it is protected from landslides and avalanches. Camp 1 and 2 are also very safe location however camp 1 location has to be chosen wisely because some parts are prone to heavy snow accumulation during heavy snowfalls. Camp 3 is located below yellow bands and on a steep slope potentially prone to micro avalanches and sloth with fresh snow conditions.

8000m Expedition is the highest mountain expedition in the world. There are 17 mountains found located in Nepal. These mountain can be approached in a month to 45 days to summit from their base camp including return to the base camp. Generally 8000m mountains are between 8001m to below 8848.86m. The climbing permits for these peaks can be obtained from Department of Tourism in Nepal and Tibet Mountaineering Association in Tibet in co-ordination with Trekking and Mountaineering agencies like us.

It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of 8000 m peaks require 25-30 days to summit from the advance base camp summit and return. The access time varies also and depends on mountain location and elevation. The weather condition in the mean time will also allow taking few more days or less.

Yes, all climbers are required to purchase adequate Travel Insurance, which include helicopter emergency evacuation. Insurance is not expensive comparing to the cost of expedition and potential cost of evacuation. Please contact or search the proper international insurance companies which are authorized and offer the required insurance policy.

A licensed, trained and experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide will lead you while climbing 8000 m mountain above Base camp. Below base camp and on trekking route will be lead by licensed Sardar or professional mountaineering/trekking guide.

In high camps we use freeze dry packet food from USA, UK or different countries. They offer variety of flavors, good quality and tasty meals. Your personal climbing Sherpa climbing guide will also melt sufficient ice for hot water, tea, coffee and verity of juice. In camp one, it is also possible to supply food from base camp. Just warm it and can eat.

Yes you require Tibet Permit to enter Tibet and we will arrange that with Chinese Embassy during your preparation period in Kathmandu. So we are collecting your visa with assistance of climbing permit. So you do not need main land china visa which does not work in Tibet. So, this visa only issue when you have climbing/travel permit authorization in Kathmandu.

There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit. Anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt an 8000m mountain. However we require accepting the booking for 8000 m climbing, who have at list 6000m – 7000m previous climbing experience. The climbers have Basic training & knowledge about ice and rock climbing, can ascent and decent in fixed line and proper use of Ice axe and crampons. For adventure climbing always require good physical fitness and not suffering with existence patients. Here we have to say for 8000 m climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience. So climbing permit are the legal document and authorization to climb mountain from government of the particulars countries.

We employ trained high altitude expedition cook. In the kitchen we attempt to provide tasty, nutritious and healthy food. There will be lots of emphasis on carbohydrates, which is needed as a source of energy and they are also much easier to digest. We will attempt to provide fresh vegetable as much as possible. Cook will have a wide range of culinary repertoire and expedition members are encouraged to request their personal favorites to promote good appetite and consumption of adequate amount calories despite general high altitude lack of appetite. Different flavors of tea as well as coffee, snacks, juice and hot water will be available 24 hours.

Complete the booking form on the related and desired trip book page, select size of your group and required services and find out price for your group. Simply click on Make Inquiry/Book This Trip button and give us required details. We appreciate and value your business In order to secure your booking we require some deposit to be transfer to our bank account, scanned page of your passports, JPG format of your passport photos suitable for printing and your arriving flight details. Please do not forget to visit the link of our Terms and Conditions on this page.

At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sun block. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.

There are few options to acclimatize some 6000 m trekking peak before departure for 8000 m expedition. Some of our clients take advantage of our Mera peak, Lobuche peak, Island peak and Pisang peak climb scheduled in spring and autumn just before departure for the expedition. This will give you acclimatization to 6000 m peak, which is equivalent to the altitude between camp 1 and camp 2 on most of the 8000 m peak. If you don't have time or resources you will acclimatize during the trip from the border to the base camp. Most of the 8000 m expedition, you will be ascend and descend several time to camp 1, 2 & 3 before summit. So you will have auto 6000 m and 7000 m experience of same mountain before summit. We “Team Snowy Horizon” always provide services as per the requirements of our clients and suitable for their experience.

Our climbing Sherpa guides are experienced and highly qualified live in high mountain region and growing above 4000 m elevation. We provide extensive training to our staff in technical climbing as well as little spoken English, customer relationships and Mountaineering Outdoor First Aid. So apart of professionalism you can expect warmth and genuine hospitality of Sherpa and Nepali culture. The expedition going to be lead by professional and government license holder high mountaineering qualified guide who have previous summit success of particular 8000 m expedition and 3 attempts.

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by: • Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body • Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates • Drinking plenty of water; the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine • Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion • Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600 m above 2,400 m • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness WHAT IS THE TREATMENT? Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for AMS is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. Our guides have training and experience in AMS symptoms recognition, prevention and treatment. The guide will monitor your all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS. We ask you to cooperate with the guide by reporting any above described symptoms and allow your guide to undertake appropriate and timely action such as take a rest and have a drink or snack, help you to carry your day pack or change a pace, take extra day rest or descent if necessary. Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug. With severe cases of AMS our guide will contact our Kathmandu office and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

Yes the climbing permit is included in the package and we will organize the permit, visa and transport service from border to the base camp provided by CTMA (China Tibet Mountaineering Association). CTMA has the monopoly for the service as the Chinese government imposes strict control over foreigners travelling through Tibet.

The risks during the 8000 m climb are potential to develop AMS, gastric problems or physical injury such as bleeding or frostbites. Team Snowy Horizon maintains programs and procedures to prevent and avoid all the above. We always have appropriately equipped and up-to-date First Aid Kit with trained staff who knows how to use it effectively. We require each group member have valid Travel Insurance, which allows Medievac in case of emergency. We treat AMS, gastric issues, bleeding and frostbite. If required we activate emergency evacuation. There is no helicopter rescue available in Tibet and all rescues are to be done by Jeep and Manpower and by Manpower and Helicopters are used in Nepal. There are some risks associated with nature’s disaster such as snowfall, landslide blocking the path and potential earthquake. We have developed western style and quality emergency and evacuation procedures to ensure safety on our expedition, which includes double back-up communication-channels to our office in Kathmandu to assists you with any emergency. In case of road block during to massive landslide or earthquake we will evacuate the expedition members via plane through Lhasa and helicopter from Nepal Himalaya. Such a case is considered emergency evacuation due to natural disaster and the price of airfare or helicopter should be covered by your travel insurance.

There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group to climb mountain but Tibet mountaineering association generally require minimum 4 person to issue the climbing permit. However, climbing solo is an expensive as well as unsafe practice in 8000 m mountain. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes and join with group is more safe, secure and have better summit opportunity.

On popular trekking trails we will stay in lodges/ guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with menu meals often available including soups, noodles, rice, and chosen dishes. Some 8000 m trekking routes are with limited tea house and limited choice. Similarly, some remote trekking routes are without tea houses and thus our staff will provide you camping accommodation with 3 meals. In the expeditions our professional cooking team will prepare all 3 meals for you in Advance base camps. Above the base camp our climbing Sherpa guide will prepare you high altitude prepared meal with soups and hot drinks.

In the 8000 peak expedition, equipment, food, and climbing and personal gear will be delivered by jeep, truck and flight till available place and height. Afterwards, we will use Yaks/porters or mules to reach at base camp or high camp. When you use full board service with us, we provide personal climbing Sherpa guide (1:1 ratio or as per demand) your personal climbing Sherpa guide will take your camping gears and food to camps 1, 2, 3 and 4 (as required), setup your tents and prepare your high altitude food. If you share climbing Sherpa service you will be expected to contribute by carrying light load to high camps. If you use base camp logistic service only, then you have to manage and carry the food, equipment, tents, climbing gear by your own and open the route too. There will be zero responsibility with us for above Base Camp if you are using our base camp service facility only.

All foreign visitors except Indian nationals are requiring Nepalese visa. We have on arrival visa service for most of the countries except, Some African country, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These years, Nepalese Immigration has introduced online computerized automated visa system making arrival Immigration process fast and convenient. You can go to the link https://www.immigration.gov.np/ and get updated visa granting policy information.

Acute Altitude Sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen is available for the body to carry on normal functions. This is caused by decreased partial pressure of Oxygen, a difference between external and inter cellular pressures. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 3000 m meters (9,842 ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at the altitude thus it is vital you monitor your own health. In principle, higher cardiovascular fitness decreases susceptibility to AMS. Symptoms of AMS may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it ignored it could lead to serious health issues including death. All biking adventure participants are required to purchase adequate Travel Insurance, which doesn't exclude helicopter emergency evacuation. Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following: • Headache • Difficulty sleeping • Shortness of breath • Loss of appetite • Disturbed sleep or drowsiness • Irritability • Fatigue • Nausea/vomiting • Dizziness • Rapid pulse • Swelling of hands, feet & face Symptoms generally associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness include: • Bluish discoloration of the skin (cyanosis) • Chest tightness or congestion • Confusion • Cough • Coughing up blood • Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction • Grey or pale complexion • Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all • Shortness of breath at rest At high altitude all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and, if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)? • Breathlessness • A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva • Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue • Low fever up to 38°C/100°F • Severe fatigue, progressing to coma WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)? • Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down • Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness • Nausea/vomiting • Loss of balance or coordination • Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

We will take a jeep to Kerung the Tibetan boarder, from where our partner the Tibet Mountain Association (TMA) will provide transportation by jeep and hotel accommodation in Kerung and Tingri on the way to the Chinese base camp and back to the border. After 2 days acclimatization rest it will take 2 days trekking to arrive to the advanced base camp with the luggage carried by yaks to and from the ABC.

Please click on climbing equipment list, where you will find recommended climbing Gear List. If this information is not sufficient for you please e-mail us info@snowyhorizon.com We recommend you to purchasing down gear as well as fleece and Gore-Tex jackets from the brand quality such as North face, Ozark, Marmot. In 8000 m expedition we advice to use One sport millet or La-sportive climbing boots, personal gear is one of the major factor for mountaineering for successful summit opportunity. in personal gear for trekking, climbing and mountaineering due to innovative design and high quality manufacturing equivalent or better, for Himalayan use, to leading western brands. You will also require basic climbing gear such as helmet, Ice-axes, crampons, climbing and trekking boots and following climbing hardware: alpine style of harness (Black Diamond Alpine Bode), ascender device, rappel device, minimum 4 karabiners (2 locking and 2 non-locking) and 4 Prussic loops (2 long and 2 short). Your info pack will contain details.

Spring and autumn are the best seasons in Nepal, and in general September/October and April/ May are the best months among the year in Himalaya. However, in Pakistan Mountains are always open for climbing in rainy season like June, July and August.

To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to 8000 m elevation and route difficulty and length.

Yes, Snowy Horizon representative will waiting for you in International airport with your name card. Once you arrive in Kathmandu we will transfer you to the hotel. We monitor time of your arrival and we will be there on-time. All you need to do is to collect your luggage, clear customs and proceed to the outside of the terminal. Kathmandu International terminal is very small. Once you come outside the building you see your name displayed by our representative, who will transfer you to the hotel.

In Kathmandu we provide required category hotel accommodation which may locate in quiet part of city center Thamel. In Tibet CTMA provides transport and accommodation service between the border and the base camp. The accommodation in Tibet is better than in Nepal. However, due to CTMA monopoly we have absolutely no control and choice over that. As part of the service they will provide only bed and breakfast on Chinese style. During the travel you may have to pay the bill of your lunch and dinner as well as beverages you used.

Snowy Horizon Treks and Expedition operates 8000 m expedition in spring and autumn seasons exceptionally we may operate such expeditions in winter too. We operate mountaineering expedition offers a great introduction to 8000 m climbing in a quality and safe environment. 8000 m climb is a serious physiological undertaking with snow ridge climb and some simple ice-climbing. It is considered by many 8000 m climbing enthusiasts a pre-requisite for attempting Everest expedition. There is no other 8000 m climbing or mountaineering experience required, but high level of endurance fitness will be require to start 8000 m expedition. Previous 6000 m or 7000 m experience is fully supportive and confidence you for climb. Snowy Horizon will provide guided preparations for you. So, if you have good health, physical fitness and ice and rock climbing experience this will work.

As per our previous experience, we advise you to have 2 sleeping bags during expedition, eligible for -20-25°C in ABC and one is for high camps -30-40°C. There are blankets available at trekking trail however you may use -20°C sleeping bag in the lodges at Kerung and Tingri if you feel uncomfortable with blankest provided by the hotel.

Cho Oyu expedition is a very serious physiological undertaking with some technical aspect. You should be in general good physical shape to start with. Generally our customers for Cho Oyu expedition are bike riders or recreational runners and many test themselves with occasional 10 km city fun runs or 50 km mountain bike rides or 100 km road rides. Considerable number of clients have at some stage completed marathon run. You don't need to be competitive just to be able to complete run or ride within average event time. If you completed one of the above within last 6 months you are well pre-qualifying and ready for Cho Oyu expedition. If you are in a good shape, the only thing you have to do now is 3 month ramp-up before the adventure. You should aim to jog three to four times weekly trying to get your 10 km within 1 hour or 100 km road ride within 5 hours, which will mean that you can sustain continuous exercise. To prepare for that you should preference outdoor step training or riding hills minimum twice a week. The more hills and steps you manage to get in, the more enjoyable the ride will be and you will also get more benefits out of the adventure. There is section of 10 m ice cliffs from where you need to be able to rappel with confidence. We offer rappel clinics in Australia, so please contact us about it. Q. What weather should I expect during the trip? The adventure is scheduled during spring and autumn with the climbing window scheduled for monsoon change period, where wind stops at 8000 m for a week or so before the monsoon changes direction. Please check average temperature and precipitation in Tingri here. The difference between spring and autumn expedition is change of temperatures from cold to warmer and from warmer to cold respectively.

You need to obtain your travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover adequate search & rescue and evacuation cost for mountaineering in particular elevation where you go with necessary medication. Please contact or search the proper international insurance companies which are authorized and offer the required insurance policy.

Children below 15 Years are Restricted for 8000 m climbing in Himalaya from Nepal. Similarly it is not allowed to climb Tibet Mountain below 18 years. Above that age can climb without limitation.

Our high altitude Sherpa climbing guides are qualified through training with NMA, TAAN or NATHAM and have many years of experience and are highly skilled in all aspects of Mountaineering in Nepal and hold a Nepal Government License and Mountaineering Association Accreditation and Summit Certificates for Nepal Himalayan peaks. Government Licenses are displayed in our office. Our main objective is to provide quality of service with experience climbing staff where you have maximum enjoyable and unforgettable trips. Our first priority is for safety and secure Mountaineering. For that you always need experience climbing Sherpa guide. With our background in climbing and mountaineering logistics services, we understand requirements of independent climbers and employ climbing guides. Everest Submitter certified by Nepal Mountaineering Association and have certified skills in First Aid, Altitude/Mountain Sickness prevention, treatment training and Rescue Protocol training.

When you arrive at base camp, our staff set up the camp and you will be resting and prepare for proper acclimatization. Once all of the climbers, climbing Sherpa guide and base camp staff have worship (Pooja) at base camp, our Climbing Sherpa guide will open the route and proceed for fixing the Camp one. After supply the food and needed equipment by Sherpa guide you will be taken to acclimate at camp 1 for overnight. According to your physical fitness and reaction of your body our Sherpa guide may hold another night at camp one and next day hike up to camp 2 and descend down to base camp. Similarly, our high altitude Sherpa guide will open the route fix the camp 2 and then supply gears, equipment and meals. Afterwards you will be acclimatized likewise. If it requires and weather condition seems good, they will allow you to sleep one more night at camp 2 and return back to base camp via camp one right for rest. Similarly during your rest and recovering time at Base camp, our Sherpa guide will open the route for camp 3; fix the camp/line and supply food, oxygen, equipment they will come back to base camp and waiting for summit push. After your camp 1 and 2 acclimatization, our climbing Sherpa guide will check the weather forecast, group fitness and recovery condition. If upcoming weather reports, your physical fitness and Sherpa guide condition allow them to decide for summit push then, they start and planning for summit push. On the summit plan, you will be going to sleep camp 1, 2 and 3 before summit days. In the last night you will be resting till 01:00 am at camp 3. Your climbing Sherpa guide will prepare Dinner before sleep. Early in the morning our staff going to boil the water, prepare light breakfast and starting your mission of the summit. Some strong climbers start to summit push from camp 2 and may plan to return at camp 2, however we will not advice you to plan to summit form camp 2 in general. Hence, Team Snowy Horizon always fixes camp 3 at Cho-Oyu before summit unless you deny by your own. After the summit, we plan to come down at camp 2 but if you are unable to continue our climbing Sherpa prepare food and water for you at Camp 3.. Next morning clean the camp 3 and 2 and descend down to camp 1 and next day at Advance base camp. In case of some unforeseen circumstances due to any reason like bad weather, group physical fitness, accident, incidence we have to return back at base camp before summit push and cancel the summit plan. If we still have climbing duration, better weather condition and climbers are interested for re-try, we will provide you for one more opportunity to attempt the summit push. However, in our previous experience, more than 98% climbers are either success or give up the trip after first try.