PUTHA HIMCHULI

  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 30 Days
  • Region: Dolpo Region
  • Max Altitude: 7,246 meters / 23,773 feet
  • Group Size: 4 to 6 People
  • Grade: II
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu / Full board during Expedition
  • Accommodation: 5* Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu / Hotel in Nepalgunj / WYE campsites
  • Prime Activity: Mountaineering
  • Minor Activity: Trekking
Trip Price:
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Highlights of Trip

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

  • Introduction to the culture and traditions of the Himalaya
  • Guided sightseeing of the UNESCO World heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in the 5* Hotel Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu
  • A fantastic journey in the wild, mysterious and remote area located in the Dolpo region
  • Stunning views of theDhaulagiri massive
  • Fabulous skiing experience on an uncrowded 7000-meter summit in the Himalaya
  • Importance placed on a professional high quality organization, equipment and services to a small team of maximum 6 participants

Trip Overview

Wild Yak Expeditions is introducing the Skiing Mountain in the Himalayas popularly known as Putha Himchuli. 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 other parts in 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. Discover  the famous Himalayan yak herds, the traditional mountain blue sheep, and last but not least, with some chance the snow leopard!

Putha Himchuli the ski Mountain: 7246 meters / 23,773 feet

Putha Himchuli, also known as Dhaulagiri VII, was first summitted in 1954 by the British legendary explorer Jimmy Robert via the Northeast ridge during the survey expedition to the Dhaulagiri massif. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes the ascent via the normal Northeast ridge, which is technically not so challenging and sets 3 camps above the Base Camp. The conditions are usually great for high altitude skiing. Putha Himchuli is often compared with Muztagh Ata in China for the perfect slope and snow conditions for a skiing experience at 7000 meters. 

SAFETY FEATURES

For the safety, good ambience and flexibility, we focus on teams of 4 to 6 climbers only, as well as:

  • Emergency kit with a supplementary 4-Litre Oxygen bottle with mask and regulator
  • 24-hrs medical emergency assistance by a doctor specialised in high altitude medicine 
  • Means of communication for the Emergency
  • Good connections with rescue airlines in high altitude emergency
  • Weather updates, in particular for the the climbing of Putha Himchuli and in case of change of weather fronts
  • WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Team consists of highly trained and skilled new generation climbing Sherpa’s. There are familiar with Alpine climbing techniques, educated and have numerous experiences of high altitude climbing. They are also fluent in various languages and last but not least, kind and helpful
  • Warm down sleeping bag and down jacket are also available for each participant during the time of the Expedition
  •  Wild Yak Gear provides all climbing Equipment

WHY TO GO FOR SUCH AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE?

The WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Team is convinced of an adventure in the outdoors provides various health benefits. Ranging from physical to mental to spiritual. Himalaya is the best place where we have enough time to rejuvenate our life by positive well being. It is essential to make some space from the worldly news, social media and busy life to be productive. Besides personal benefits, it contributes to helping the local economy by visiting the areas.

WHY WITH WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS?

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Team welcomes you in the Himalaya. We commit to organise small groups with high-quality services and security focus. We believe these are essential for flexibility and precious exchanges of cultures and traditions with our Team and local guides. Finally, hospitality to our Guests and economy to locals are part of our aspirations.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) / Transfer to Hyatt Regency

  • Day 2 : Flight to Nepalgunj / Hotel

  • Day 3 : Flight Nepalgunj to Juphal; hike to Dunai / WYE Tent

  • Day 4 : Dunai to Tarakot / WYE Tent

  • Day 5 : Tarakot to Khani Goan / WYE Tent

  • Day 6 : Khani Goan to Kakot / WYE Tent

  • Day 7 : Kakot, Porter arrangment / WYE Tent

  • Day 8 : Kakot to German Base Camp / WYE Tent

  • Day 9 : German BC to Putha Base Camp / WYE Tent

  • Day 10-23 : Climbing Period (13 days) / WYE Tent

  • Day 24 : Back to Kakot / WYE Tent

  • Day 25 : Kakot to Kani Goan / WYE Tent

  • Day 26 : Kani Goan to Dunai / WYE Tent

  • Day 27 : Dunai to Juphal / WYE Tent

  • Day 28 : Flight to Nepalgunj (if possible fly till Kathmandu) / Hotel

  • Day 29 : Flight to Kathmandu / Leisure day / Transfer to Hyatt Regency

  • Days 30 : Departure international flight

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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Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that each participant knows the total costs of his/her Putha Himchuli Expedition in advance!

  • The organization of your Journey (from Kathmandu)
  • All airports/ hotels transfers in Nepal
  • 2 nights in the 5* Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu, double room, including breakfasts
  • Welcome and farewell dinners with the WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ representatives
  • Guided sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, including the entry fees
  • Flights Kathmandu– Nepalgunj– Juphal, and back (in plane), incl. local taxes * (max. 20kg)
  • All trekking and climbing permits
  • Individual tent until BC / double tent for the high camps
  • All necessary infrastructure for the campsites
  • Full board during trekking and expedition
  • Experienced and well-trained WILD YAK Team: climbing Sherpa Guide Team, Kitchen Team and porters, including their salary, insurance, equipment, transport, food and lodging
  • The technical material for securing some parts of the mountain, if necessary
  • Liaison officer (salary, transport and food included)
  • The transport of the luggage and collective material from Kathmandu and back
  • First aid kit, with oxygen, mask and regulator for emergency
  • Communication means in case of emergency
  • Possibility of hiring material (thanks to contact us early before)
  • All governmental and local taxes
  • *Thanks to note that WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS reserves its right to adapt its prices in case of major changes in the price of the flights.

Price Excludes

  • International flight (please contact us)
  • Excess baggage charge and cargo fees, including local taxes
  • Visa entry fee (USD 40)
  • Dinners and Lunches in Kathmandu, (except, see above)
  • Individual beverages and personal expenses
  • Personal equipment (see above)
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Optional sightseeing / trip
  • Tips
  • Any other expense that is not included in the price.

Logistics

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' PHILOSOPHY

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on small groups of 4 to 6 participants only for its 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 5-star Hyatt Regency 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 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 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 Sirdar is also equipped with communication means, only to be used in emergencies. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is associated 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 Sirdar 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 Expedition by our Sirdar, 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 Sirdar will try to ensure that this Expedition runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all 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 Trip with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. The majority of the itineraries proposed in our 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!

OUR TEAM

The success of this Expedition depends on both the personal condition of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ team has been carefully selected according to their experience in the specific environment and personal aptitudes. Our team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and helpful.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.

Our Climbing Sherpas: is a professional qualified Team with great mountaineering experience and guiding at high altitude in the Himalaya. It is our Climbing Sherpas' role to fix the tents, the ropes, where necessary and assist you all the way to the Summit.  It is always ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the climbing and monitoring as well as symptoms of high altitude sickness. Our Team has deep knowledge about the culture and traditions of this part of the Himalaya. It is giving you interesting information about mountains, technics, culture and traditions. It plays a vital role in taking care of the clients' needs, supervising the staff/porters and assuring the safety requirements. It is also helping as interpret with the local population. The Sirdar of WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the progression of the Group throughout the Trip.

Our Kitchen Team: it plays a vital role during the entire Expedition. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Cooks are specialized, experienced and trained in outdoor cooking at high altitudes, respecting the fundamental principles of hygiene and proper management of the base camp and its surroundings. The Cook role is also to manage the base camp in the absence of the Sirdar/Climbing Sherpa Team. Different types of cuisine and bakeries are served during the climbing period. Our Kitchen Team ensures also that the garbage is properly managed and the campsite is kept clean after its use.

Our Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has its 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 faire salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses, rescue and medical insurance. 

 

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.

PUTHA HIMCHULI: 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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