Climb Mukot Peak in Dolpo, North of Dhaulagiri
Nepal, Climbing, 21 days - from £2,895 (land only) - from €4,055 (land only) - from $4,660 (land only)
Everything fine North of Dhaulagiri
We have heard from our local contacts in the regions of Dolpo and Dhauligiri that there has been little or no damage from the earthquake to the trails and villages in these areas. We fully expect our Mukot Peak expeditions to go ahead in October and prior to this, we will be sending a reconnaissance team to check on the route.
- Make a pioneering ascent of remote Mukot Peak in Dolpo
- Complete trekking traverse of Lower Dolpo from Jhupal to Jomsom
- Trek with an experienced KE climbing leader
- Spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and its `hidden` northern ranges
- Trek through `Hidden Valley` behind Dhaulagiri
This is a rare opportunity to make a pioneering ascent of Mukot Peak, a 6000 metre summit in the Nepal Himalaya. Led by our most experienced KE Climbing Leaders, this climbing and trekking holiday of a lifetime will start with a flight into the mountains to Jhupal where we begin a spectacular trek through the Tarap and Barbung Valleys, north of Dhaulagiri, to Mukot, one of the most remote villages in the region. After a programme of acclimatisation and skills training, our aim is to make a complete traverse of Mukot Peak (6087m) by its north and south ridges, descending into the ‘Hidden Valley' at the back of Dhaulagiri. Mukot Peak will be opened for climbing for the first time in 2015 and has never had a recorded ascent. We have three departures for this fantastic holiday. The first will be led by Ade Summers, the second by Tom Richardson and the third by Val Pitkethley. We end this unique adventure with a crossing of the Dhampus Pass to Jomsom in the Kali Gandakhi Valley thereby also completing a fantastic trekking traverse of Lower Dolpo.
Is this holiday for you?
Generally, the underfoot conditions during the trekking section of this trekking and climbing holiday are straightforward being mostly on established trails. Beyond Mukot Village, we expect to encounter sections of loose scree, rocky paths and glacial moraine. Due to the exploratory nature of the trip it is not possible to give precise description of the climbing involved but our reconaisance party into the region believes the climbing encountered will be mostly technically straightforward on snow slopes of less than 45 degrees where one axe is sufficient. During the traverse of Mukot Peak we will traverse snow-covered glaciers as a roped party and we may encounter steeper snow slopes where it will be necessary to use fixed lines to safeguard ascent and descent. Full instruction on the use of fixed lines and glacier crossing will be given during the trip and previous experience of these techniques is not a prerequisite. However, all participants should have previous experience of walking with crampons and should know how to self-arrest using an ice axe. Previous experience of trekking to altitudes of at least 5000 metres is highly recommended and clients should be physically fit and prepared for the rigours of climbing up to 6000 metres. This is an exploratory trek and a degree of flexibility towards the itinerary and objectives of the trip are essential. This holiday will appeal to experienced trekkers and mountaineers with a sense of adventure who enjoy getting off the beaten trail.