• Country Nepal
  • Duration 30 Days
  • Region Dolpo Region
  • Max Altitude 7,246 meters / 23,773 feets
  • Grade II
  • Prime Activity MOUNTAINEERING
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Trip Overview

“Skiing in the Himalayas”

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is introducing Skiing Mountain in the Himalayas popularly known as Putha Himchuli 7246 meters. Putha Himchuli is located far west of Nepal’s trans Himalaya in the wild, mysterious and considered as one of the most magical region called Dolpo, This region lies among the high peaks, on the roof top of the world, boasting extra-ordinary biodiversity and cultures with its environmentally sensitive and fragile region. Trekking here is very different from much of Nepal, oasis-like villages, and raven landscape, scarred with deep Canyons and all beneath velvet blue skies. It also offers to discover the rich ecological diversity of the different vegetation and the colourful monastic artistic treasures and traditions of the various ethnical local groups of the Dolpopa, and Lopa people. Also can see the famous Himalayan yak herds, the traditional mountain blue sheep, and last but not least, with some chance the snow leopard.

Putha Himchuli also known as Dhaulagiri VII was first summit in 1954 by British legendary explorer Jimmy Robert via Northeast ridge during the survey expedition to the Dhaulagiri massif. Wild Yak Expeditions propose to climb via normal Northeast ridge, which is not technically challenging and appropriate conditions for high altitude skiing, with setting up 3 camps above Base camp. Putha Himchuli is also always compare with Mustag atta mountain of China because of its perfect slove and snow conditions for 7000 meter skiing. 

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes Putha Himchuli expedition in the famous Dolpo region with experienced staff, good food, the appropriate medical and emergency aid, regular weather updates, means of communication and the necessary safety and climbing gear.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS welcomes you to Dream, Explore and Discover the ascent the Ski mountain  Putha Himchuli and the famous and exotic Dolpo region with us. 

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Highlights of Trip

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS propose a Ski expedition in Dolpo region of Nepal

  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO World heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Flight to Nepalgunj and to remote Juphal and back
  • A newly open trekking route, close to the Tibetan border
  • A fantastic journey in the wild, mysterious and unexplored area located in the Dolpo region
  • Discovery of ancient Himalaya people settlements
  • View of Massive Dhaulagiri Ranges
  • Lodges (typical mountain hostels) and multi-camp style ascent experiences
  • An un-crowded mountaineering experience in a remote part of Nepal, with stunning views on the Tibetan Plateau
  • Importance placed on high quality organization, staff, equipment and services to a small team of climbers
  • Spa and shopping in Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Departure from Europe
  • Day 2 : Arrival Kathmandu
  • Day 3 : Flight to Nepalgunj
  • Day 4 : Flight Nepalgunj to Juphal, hike to Dunai
  • Day 5 : Dunai to Tarakot
  • Day 6 : Tarakot to Khani Goan
  • Day 7 : Khani Goan to Kakot
  • Day 8 : Kakot, Porter arrangment
  • Day 9 : Kakot to German Base Camp
  • Day 10 : German B.C to Putha Base Camp
  • Day 11-24 : Climbing Period (13 days)
  • Day 25 : Back to Kakot
  • Day 26 : Kakot to Kani Goan
  • Day 27 : Kani Goan to Dunai
  • Day 28 : Dunai to Juphal
  • Day 29 : Flight to Nepalgunj (possible fly to Kathmandu)
  • Day 30 : Flight to Kathmandu/Sightseeing Day
  • Days 31-32 : International flight back

Date & Price

The given prices are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

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Logistics

EXPEDITIONS PHILOSOPHY

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on group sizes of 6 to 8 participants for Putha Himchuli expedition because our experience have found this to be the best way to have a successful trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our team and the local guides.

Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.

ACCOMMODATION & MEAL

Kathmandu: We stay at a high standard hotel (Shambala Boutique Hotel or similar) on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Depending on availability, single rooms can be booked upon request at an additional cost. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screened by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

During our Campsite Trekking: According to our itinerary, at some specific defined places, we settle a campsite and enjoy the meals prepared by our kitchen team. The tents are provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS on a sharing basis. Single tent can be requested but are charged extra cost (upon request at your booking). Each member has to bring his/her own sleeping bag, we provide you with a thin isolation mattress.
Considering the roughness of the landscape and the hygienic conditions, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS provides the team with its own cook, kitchen tent, sleeping tents, dining tent and toilet tent with the necessary staff to serve us delicious dishes and drinks. You can enjoy espresso coffee, a selection of teas, as well as Italian, Tibetan and local cuisines except while crossing the passes. Packages lunch are given on some days.
For our clients’ convenience, considering the remoteness of the region, WILD YAK EXPEDITONS provides the lightening for the dining and kitchen tents and solar batteries charging facilities at disposal of the participants.

In some places, we stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouses) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. Though there are blankets available at the lodges, we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag as the sleeping rooms are not heated. Showers are available at the majority of lodges at an extra cost (3-5 USD).
Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant’s own charge, except coffee and the selection of teas that are served for breakfast and in the afternoons upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. Lunch packages are also available some days.

SAFETY

Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. In case of emergency, the group has a four (4)-litre oxygen bottle with a mask and regulator, along with a first aid kit and a 24-hour medical assistance by a high altitude medical team of doctors.
The Guide is also equipped with communication means, only to be used in emergencies. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is associate with the Himalayan Rescue Association and also works with the national helicopter rescue airlines.
In order to minimize risks, in particular during the crossing of the higher passes, weather forecasts are provided to the Guide on a regularly basis.

Depending on the difficulty of some itineraries, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will secure the route using the necessary technical gear, if needed.

Please note that the above-mentioned itinerary information is purely indicative and can likely be modified during the course of the trekking by your Guide, who has the authority to make such changes if it is deemed necessary (due to safety concerns, etc.). Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled itinerary; however, as this is an adventure travel in remote mountain regions and at high altitude, we are not able to fully guarantee it as it is necessary to take into consideration each situation as it occurs and consequently to adapt the program in its best way. Elements such as weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, among others, can all contribute to changes in the scheduled itinerary.

The Guide will try to ensure that the trekking runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all the participants, but we thank you to be prepared to some flexibility and comprehension if so required.

Please check the degrees of difficulty while choosing a trekking trip with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. The majority of the itineraries proposed in our trekking programs are in remote areas of the Himalaya and at high altitude, mostly higher than the Alps. A good physical condition is necessary to appreciate the whole richness of this adventure.

TEAM

Guide: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Trekking Guide is a professional government-trained guide with experience in guiding and trekking around the Himalaya, including first aid training and deep knowledge about the local flora, fauna and general environment preservation. Our Guide leads you all the way through the trekking and across the passes, while giving you interesting information about the mountains, culture, traditions and landscapes. He will help as an interpreter with the local populations. He is ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the trail, and to the top of the pass, monitoring symptoms of high altitude sickness. The Guide plays a vital role in taking care of our clients’ needs, supervising the team and porters, and assuring the safety requirements. He also makes sure that the rubbish is properly managed and the trail/campsite is kept clean throughout the whole trekking trip. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the group during the entire trekking experience.

Assistant guide: Our assistant guide has also a government licence but must work as an assistant guide during some time in order to become a company approved Guide. He assists the Guide with all major duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the group runs smoothly. He is equipped with an emergency first aid kit and walks along with the clients to monitor the group.

Cook: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ cook is a government trained and licensed trekking cook who plays a vital role during the entire Trekking. He has the necessary experience to provide you with different cuisine and bakery. He is highly focusing on hygienic food, clean and best utensils, proper management of the camp and its surroundings. As the Guide, he makes sure that the garbage is properly managed and the camping site is clean after our use. Last but not least, he is providing you as often as possible with fresh vegetables and meat.

Kitchen Boy(s): depending on the number of participants, our kitchen boy(s), assist the cook in his main duties: in the kitchen, by serving and cleaning the dishes, managing the water and taking care of the maintenance of the campsite.

Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has it own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking with proper handling standards.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is very concerned about the porters. We support and respect the porters’ rights and have high standards to make sure that they are treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses, rescue and medical insurances. We also support the work of the International Porter Protection Group and assist them to improve the working conditions of the porters.

In some places where the porters are usually replaced by mules, it is the responsibility of the mule driver (“mule man”) to ensure that the transportation of your material is done in an appropriate manner.

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Grade

MOUNTAINEERING GRADES

Before we choose the mountain to scale, we want to know some important details about its climbing route. Considering the experience of the mountain guides and ascenders, we developed a simple system of grading, which may help you to choose the right Mountain to climb up depending on your aptitude. Our grading system consists of 3 levels, which are I, II and III. Following points are highly considered while climbing Putha Himchuli.

GRADE II

  • Fitness: very good body strength, endurance and stamina, high efficiency in the altitude, being mentally very-well prepared to deal with the strenuous situations of the high altitude.
  • Technical Skill: advanced climbing skill, able to ascend and descend independently with technical devices and ice axe, good use of climbing gear, basic knowledge of high altitude medicine and crevasse rescue.  
  • Climbing Experience: at least a 5000 to 6000  -meter peak climbing experience and some 4000-meter peaks in theAlps.
  • Strength: ability to carry an 8-15 kg backpack in the high altitude environments.
  • Climbing Distance between the Camps: 4-9 hrs
  • Summit Distance Overall: 10-15 hrs from the last High Camp, back to such Camp.
  • Number of Higher Camps: 2 camps
  • Degree of Objective Danger: medium
  • Steep Sections: very small few sections
  • Ice Climbing Section: Nil
  • Mix of Ice and Rock Climbing: few small sections.
  • Climbing Altitude: 4500 meters to 7246 meters.
  • Oxygen Level in the Body: 55% to 36%
  • Ski Skill: able to Sky confidently in the mix snow conditions. (crush, deep, soft layers, hard and could be some place soft icy)

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