Mountaineering and Expedition in Nepal

Dhaulagiri Expedition (8167m.)

Dhulagiri was first climbed by the swiss in 1960. Its name is derived from sanskrit; dhavala means 'white'and giri 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. In 2002 275 climbers had summited on 160 expeditions, and 55 climbers had died.

Expedition In Nepal
Mt. Everest
Mt. Kanchenjunga
Mt. Lhotse
Mt. Makalu
Mt. Dhaulagiri
Mt. Manaslu
Mt. Cho-oyu
Mt. Annapurna
Mt. Amadablam
Mt. Pumori
Expedition from Tibet
Mt. Everest
Mt. Cho-oyu
Everest Fly in Drive out
Mt. Shisha Pangma

The french Annapurna expedition in 1950 had permission to climb either Annapurna or Dhulagiri but decided on Annapurna after a reconnaissance of Dhulagiri. A Swiss party failed in 1953 as did a Argentinian group in 1954. 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 and French Col, to Approach the summit from the NorthEast 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 a avalanche killed seven members of a US expedition on the east Dhaulagiri Glacier.

The peak was climbed by the Japanese in 1970, the Americans in 1973 and the Italians in 1976. Captain Emil Wick airdropped Supplies to the US expedition from a pilatus porter aircraft.

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 wdas carried, snow-blind and crippled with frostbitten feet, to Marpha, where it finally ended up in the cooking pot.