Dhampus Peak (6012m) is situated North-east of the gigantic Dhaulagiri massif. The peak is easy to climb and does not require any technical climbing skills. Dhampus Peak is also known as a ‘Thapa Peak’. . Thapa peak climbing offers stunning Himalayan views of Annapurna region including Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Mt. Annapurna I 8091m, Annpurna II 7739m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna south 7219m, Hiunchuli 6441m, Mt,. Fishtail/ Machhapuchhare 6998m, Mt. Nilgiri 7040m, Lamjung Himal 6988m, Tukuche peak 6920m etc and mixed culture with beautiful landscape.
The Upper Kali Gandaki view is awesome while climbing up to the peak. Dhampus Peak is a non-technical peak and it has easy ascent. The trail to Dhampus Peak will follow the west edge which connects us to the Dhampus pass (5200m), where we will set our high camp. The next day we will summit Dhampus peak and thereby reach an altitude of 6,012 meters. Atop the summit we will get fantastic views of the Himalayas, and also feel the great achievement it is to have summitted a Himalayan peak.
The best season to go for this climbing expedition is Spring (Mar-May) and Autumn (mid Sep to Mid Nov). About thirty different peaks can be witnessed from the top of the peak, making it a unique vantage spot to take up mountain vistas.
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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1345m)
Our airport arrival and departure representative will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will then be transferred to the hotel and our staff will help you until check-in procedure ends at the Hotel. Either you can have rest at Hotel or visit some nearby places.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (5-6 hrs Drive)
Today we will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara over Prithvi Highway along the scenic zigzag hilly roads that take approximately five to six hours. Pokhara is a beautiful town set on the banks of the Fewa Lake. Pokhara is tourist’s paradise with full of natural wonders as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with the magnificent views of surrounding mountains. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Beni and Trek to Tatopani (3 Hrs Drive & 4 Hrs Trek)
From Pokhara, we will take another scenic drive towards Beni – the starting point of our trek. From here we start our trek following the trail that passes through beautifully terraced farmlands, several cultural and traditional villages before reaching Tatopani.
Day 04: Trek from Tatopani to Dharapani (1,470m)(5-7 hrs Trek)
From Tatopani, we will continue to follow the trail that goes along the Myagdi Khola and pass through many villages inhabited mainly by Chhetri and Gurung tribes communities of Nepal. We will continue on our route by crossing the suspension bridge before ascending gradually to reach Dharapani.
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1,850m) (6-7 hrs Trek)
From Dharapani we follow a rather easy trail passing through terraced fields of rice and wheat, traditional villages with scenic mountain views along the way. We continue our trek by soon crossing a suspension bridge above Dhara Khola, and from there we begin to climb towards Muri village – a Magar community-based village.
Day 06: Trek from Muri to Boghara (2,080m) (6-7 hrs Trek)
Leaving Muri, we will follow the trail that descends down a rather steep slope and then crossing the suspension bridge over the Muri Khola. From there we will continue to trek through the dense bamboo forest and typical farmhouses. We will follow the north route where the valley finally widens as we emerge to the open fields before reaching Boghara.
Day 07: Trek from Boghara to Dobang (2,500m) (6-7 hrs Trek)
From Boghara we will follow the trail that goes along the west bank of Myagdi Khola and through the lush subtropical forest towards Lipshe. From there, our trek continues passing through traditional villages where we can get a glimpse of villagers trying to collect honey from high above the trees and hills. We follow the trail through the forest to reach Dobang where there are several tea houses with good camping sites.
Day 08: Trek from Dobang to Sallaghari (2,820m) (5-7 hrs Trek)
From Dobang the route heads through dense rhododendron and bamboo filled the forest. We then cross Myagdi Khola over the bridge and follow the trail that goes along the east bank of the Myagdi Khola. Following the deep lush forest, we head gently towards Sallaghari.
Day 09: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp (3,660m) (5-6 hrs Trek)
We follow the trail through the dense rhododendron, pine and birch trees before climbing up to an open area on the lateral moraine. Heading little further we arrive at the Italian Base Camp from where we can see the up-close west view of Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m
Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day – free exploration
As acclimatization is very important in the higher altitudes, today we take a day rest for acclimatizing before climbing up to higher altitude towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Besides, exploration around Italian Base Camp can be of a good idea while we have a day off.
Day 11: Trek to Glacier Camp (4,200m) (6-7 hrs Trek)
Glacier camp is situated between Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Our trail descends steeply down towards the icy glacier. Following the trail here is very challenging and difficult, so we need to be well equipped with ropes, crampons and other equipment. After crossing the glacier we will continue our walk along the moraine on the left side of Chonbarden gorge. Following the narrow trail, we head towards Glacier Camp for the overnight camping.
Day 12: Rest and acclimatization day at Glacier Camp
Acclimatization is very crucial, especially when gaining higher altitudes. Today we will take a rest day at Glacier camp for acclimatization because ascending from Italian Base Camp 3660m to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4740m can result in altitude sickness and generate difficulty in health conditions. It is very necessary for us to keep ourselves healthy and fit before we continue further up in the high altitudes.
Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,700m) (5 hrs Trek)
From Glacier camp, we will follow a rough trail that along the moraine which is often snow covered and icy. Carefully moving our steps, one at a time slowly we continue our walk over the glacier and head towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Day 14: Rest and acclimatization day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp
Another day the rest is crucial at Dhaulagiri Base Camp for acclimatization before crossing the French Pass 5360m. Besides, Dhaulagiri Base Camp offers the best view of Dhaulagiri 8167m, Dhaulagiri II 7751m, Dhaulagiri IV 7618m, Tukuche Peak 6920m and other surrounding high peaks. Hence, exploration around the area can be worthwhile.
Day 15: Trek to Hidden Valley [5050m] via French pass (5,360m) (8-9 hrs Trek)
Today we start early following the trail that crosses over to the left of the upper Chonbarden glacier. We continue to climb a steep uphill towards the lateral moraine ridge with inspiring views of Dhaulagiri I and Tukuche Peak. Then we make a final ascent for the crossing of the challenging French Pass 5360m. We approach towards the top of the pass where multi-colored prayer flags dance with the wind. Stunning view of Dhaulagiri 8167m, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Mukut Himal 5970m, Sita Chuchura 6611m, Tashi Kang 6386m and other high peaks surely offers a lifetime achievement. After spending quality time at the French Pass we continue our trail by descending through moderate snow slopes. After a long descent, we follow our trail that leads to the hidden valley.
Day 16: Trek to Dhampus Peak Base Camp (5100m) (5-6 hrs Trek)
Leaving Hidden valley we follow our trail that heads through alpine vegetation and magnificent views of surrounding high peaks. We will continue our trek until we arrive at a good camping site which is considered as Dhampus Peak Base Camp. As soon as we arrive, we will set up our camps and make preparation for our further climb.
Day 17: Rest/Acclimatization day at Dhampus Peak Base Camp
Today we will spend our day at the base camp for acclimatization. Being physically fit and mentally well is the best way to achieve our target Dhamus Peak summit.
Day 18: Trek from Dhampus Base Camp to High Camp(5600m) (3-4 hrs Trek)
From here we continue to follow the trail that ascends gradually through and over glaciated mountain passes to finally arrive at High Camp. After arriving we will set up our camps and make the final preparation of ropes, crampons, harness, ice axes and other necessary climbing equipment before our final climb to the summit. We will have to restore as much energy as we can for the successful climb to the summit of Dhampus Peak.
Day 19: Summit Dhampus Peak (6012m)& back to Base Camp (8-9 hrs Climb)
Fully equipped and properly acclimatized we start early for the climbing of Dhampus Peak summit. With proper guidance we will follow in the footsteps of our experienced climbing experts and overcome several technical sections we head for the summit. Once at the summit we are rewarded with great views of Annapurna I, II, III and IV, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri South and North, Tilicho peak, Tukuche Peak and other snow-topped peaks. After spending quality time at the top we will gradually descend back to reach back to the base camp.
Day 20: Trek from Dhampus Base Camp to Yak Kharka (3680m) via Dhampus Pass (5,240m) (7-8 hrs)
Having achieved our target, we will follow the trail that climbs up a moderate snow slope towards the crossing of Dhampus Pass at 5240 meters. After successfully crossing the pass we will make a steep descend entering into the world’s deepest gorge – Kali Gandaki Valley. We will make a rather long traverse across the snow which usually takes around four hours before descending further down towards Yak Kharka.
Day 21: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2,670m) (5-6 hrs Trek)
Today we follow the trail that descends from Yak Kharka for a rather long time before reaching the village of Marpha – the Apple Garden. From Marpha we walk an easy trail heading towards Jomsom. Jomsom is an important hub for Mustang and Upper Mustang Treks with the airstrip, abundance of tea houses and services. This is a celebration day after successfully accomplish Dhaulagiri High Pass Trek with NGT Team. Evening enjoys with NGT Team.
Day 22: Morning flight to Pokhara; Free day – explore, sightseeing, boating, and personal activities.
We will take an early morning short and scenic flight from Jomsom to reach Pokhara. Pokhara is home to thick forest, emerald lakes and a place of remarkable natural beauty. The reflection of the Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail) Himal over the serene Fewa Lake makes this place truly magical. Besides, visiting sacred places and sightseeing around the city in Pokhara could be a good way to spend your day at Pokhara.
Day 23: Drive back to Kathmandu
It takes approximately four to five hours drive to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. We will drive along Prithvi Highway which offers scenic hilly zigzag roads while driving along the banks of Trishuli River. Green vegetation, the flowing river and the daily activities of the local people for daily survival can be observed during our drive journey as we pass through many villages and towns. We will celebrate the completion of the trip with a farewell dinner together.
Day 24: Final Departure
Finally it’s SEE OFF TIME. Today is free or last minute you have few hours unique shopping for your relatives. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
-Airport transfers – pick up and drop upon arrival and departure
-Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per package on bed and breakfast basis.
-Trek permit and climbing permit/ garbage deposit
-Necessary transportation for trip
-Tented camp support full board basis for climbing
-Guide, Cook, Kitchen staff, and necessary porters for climbing period.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
-If required to change from airplane to helicopter to/from Pokhara due to weather issues, the additional cost of the helicopter will be shared amongst clients.
-Personal trekking and climbing gear
-Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast and farewell dinner)
-Alcohol and Beverages during the trek and climbing season
-Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, shower etc.)
-Emergency Medical Evacuation & any medical costs.