The teams will be part of the overall expedition in terms of JSATFA but the administration will be devolved at unit level and they will be self-funding. The itinerary below is designed to provide some initial planning guidance to units, in order to generate the interest of potential trekkers, as well as obtain initial support from the Chain of Command.
Applications from potential trek leaders are invited for teams of 10 + 2 leaders (MLS or equivalent). The trek itself will:
Unfortunately individual applications cannot be made but places may be advertised on the website over future months.
It is regarded as one of the toughest treks in Nepal, and has a much more remote expedition feel than other Nepal treks.
Expressions of interest should be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
After a short admin stopover in Kathmandu, we will travel to Pokarah and advance towards the start of the trek by vehicle. The village of Beni will be the launch point for the trekking phase. Over the next few days we will trek through Tatopani, Dharapani, Muri and Boghara, which are all lowland villages surrounded by lush forest. Dhaulagiri (8167m) will appear in our view through the trees on day 2 and will loom ever larger as we ascend. Our other constant companion for the trek will be the Kali Ghandaki river, and we will cross it and its tributaries on numerous occasions in the first few days.
We will reach the high altitude boundary on Day 6 of the trek, achieving 2700m before descending into Dobang (2500m). The arrival at high altitude will see a purposeful slowing in the rate of our ascent and the next two days see us continue our climb to arrive at the Italian Base Camp (3660m). Here we will have rest day and take a short acclimatisation walk above the camp. Continuing up the trail, our steady ascent will see us pass through Glacier Base Camp (4200m), arriving at Dhalaugiri Base Camp (4700m) on day 12 of the trip. A further acclimatization day will allow for some exploration above BC. We will now be on beautiful terrain packed with glaciated features that will certainly add to the expeditionary feel.
Our departure from BC will see us reach the high point of the trek, as we cross the French Col (5360m) between Tukuche Peak (6920m) (the High Altitude Development Team objective) and Sita Chuchura (6611m). We then descend into the mysterious hidden valley (5050m). Famous, for its wind and low temperatures, the hidden valley will be the point for a further rest day, during which we can take an exploratory walk.
After a rest day and some local exploration in the Hidden Valley enjoying incredible views of the world’s deepest gorge and three 8000m peaks (Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu). From the Hidden valley it’s a two day descent to Marpha and drive to Pokhara. At the close of the expedition there will be time for R&R before flying back to the UK. In all we will have covered approximately 120km (75 miles), ascended in excess of 4300m over the duration of the trek and spent 20 nights under canvas.
Those taking part in the trek will have the opportunity to volunteer for several research projects being conducted by researchers from Leeds Beckett University or the MoD. These projects will all have been scrutinised by the MoD Research Ethics committee and involve some time for participation during rest days.
The team is made up of 12 ranks from across the five Royal Marines Bands. The Band provides musical support to the Naval service and the wider public. This ranges from pass out parades and mess functions to performances in the Royal Albert Hall and on Horseguards Parade in London. The Band also travel abroad with recent trips to the USA, India, Australia and New Zealand. The Band also has the secondary military role as stretcher bearers, ambulance drivers and in a chemical decontamination role in support of the Royal Navy and 3 Commando Brigade RM. http://www.royalmarinesbands.co.uk/
The DMRC trekking team is comprised of a full range of health care professionals working at the centre of excellence, DMRC Headley Court. The team includes Doctors, Physiotherapists and Nurses. There is mixed trekking experience within the team and now with some group training under our belt the DMRC trekking team are fully prepared for the adventure of the Dhaulagiri Circuit.