About Dhaulagiri

The Himalayas are beautiful, austere, breath taking. Nepal is diverse in environment and population, yet friendly and welcomes adventurers from across the globe. In 2016 memebrs of the British Services Dhaulagiri Medical Research Expedition (BSDMRE) will travel to the Southern region of Nepal. They will carry out medical research into how the human body reacts at altitude and attempt a range of montaineering objectives.

No 8000m peak can be called easy. There is always the threat of bad weather and avalanche. Rescue is difficult or often impossible and altitude sickness can affect anyone, necessitating descent. Climbing these huge mountains requires dedication in terms of training and perseverance when on an expedition. Every 4 years there is a Joint Service Expedition with the purpose of attempting a difficult yet achievable mountaineering goal. This brings together mountaineers from across the three single Service mountaineering communities, at every level and of all ranks.

In 2012 the British Services Antartic Expedition commemorated the 100th anniversary of Scott’s expedition to the South Pole. The team explored previously unvisited areas of the Antarctic Peninsula, made ascents of unclimbed mountains, and carried out scientific research. 24 service personnel were able to explore one of the wildest places on the planet, while developing as a team and expanding the capabilities of mountaineering in the Armed Forces.
In 2008 the British Services Makalu Expedition took 41 expedition members to the Himalayas. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain at 8463m, and the main team succeeded in putting 3 mountaineers on the summit via the North East Ridge. Another experienced team attempted the Makalu South East Ridge, while a High Altitude Development Team and Junior Team climbed peaks over 6000m. These expeditions allow mountaineers at every level to participate, either on a high mountaineering objective, building on existing skills or experiencing the Himalayas for the first time.

Dhaulagiri 2016

Dhaulagiri, at 8167m, is the 7th highest point on Earth. Dhaulagiri means dazzling, white, beautiful mountain. It was first climbed in 1960 via the North East ridge by a Swiss, Austrian and Nepali team. In 2016, this is the route the main team of the Joint Service Expedition will be attempting.

BSDMRE 2016’s aim is to promote and develop mountaineering within the Military and carry out medical research on the effects of altitude. The expedition has the support of influential patrons; His Royal Highness the Duke of York, Anna Soubry MP, the Second Sea Lord, Adjutant General and Air Member for Personnel with the Surgeon General acting as Patron for the scientific programme.

The expedition will allow mountaineers of all abilities and ranks to take part. The main team will attempt the NE ridge of Dhaulagiri without oxygen in Alpine style (Link). The High Altitude Development Team (HADT) will aim to climb Tukuche Peak (6980m), a subsidiary peak of Dhaulagiri (Link). The development team will be mentored by the main team, who will climb Tukuche Peak with them during acclimatisation. Trekking teams will explore lower aspects of the Himalayas on the Dhaulagiri Circuit (Link). All trekking participants will be able to take part in the medical research program (Link).

BSDMRE 2016 is an opportunity for travel and adventure, friendship and self-discovery, exhilaration and challenge. Participants will meet people from across the three Services from diverse backgrounds, learn new skills and come home with memories they will not forget.
The expedition will allow mountaineers of all abilities and ranks to take part. The main team will attempt the NE ridge of Dhaulagiri without oxygen in Alpine style (Link). The High Altitude Development Team (HADT) will aim to climb Tukuche Peak (6980m), a subsidiary peak of Dhaulagiri (Link). The development team will be mentored by the main team, who will climb Tukuche Peak with them during acclimatisation. Trekking teams will explore lower aspects of the Himalayas on the Dhaulagiri Circuit (Link). All trekking participants will be able to take part in the medical research program (Link).

BSDMRE 2016 is an opportunity for travel and adventure, friendship and self-discovery, exhilaration and challenge. Participants will meet people from across the three Services from diverse backgrounds, learn new skills and come home with memories they will not forget.

Expedition Sponsors

RNRMC
INMARSAT
BBRAUN
BRIGANTESCONSULTING
MONTANE
DMM
ULYSSES
ROYAL AIR FORCE CHARITABLE TRUST
CRANLEA
LIFESYSTEMS
HUEL
SILVA
GROWERS CUP
ARMADILLO
RNRMMC
AMA
rafma
DEXSHELL
SiS
ITHLETE
INSIGNIA
summit oxygen
TSG
action cases
solarpod
powertraveller