Peak Climbing in Nepal

Overview

Dhampus Peak climbing (6012m) lies North-East of the big Dhaulagiri massif, this peak is also known as a Thapa Peak. The normal route to Dhampus Peak climbing follows the west-ridge, which connects Dhampus Pass (5200m), where our highest camp is placed, with the summit. This expedition exceeds the 6000 meter frontier; no technical climbing skills are required. The use of crampons depends on snow conditions. This means any experience in walking on snow/ice is advisable. During this trip you can enjoy the magnificent views of Summit offer the magnificent views of breathtaking scenery of Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna 1,2,3 & 4, Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri South & North, exploration beautiful hamlets around Kaligandaki valley and more snow capped mountains.

Our trek takes us across the kali Gandaki River and then north into the heart of the massif; from the base camp we come to the high point of our trek, the traverse of French Pass (5,360 m), the hidden Valley and Dhampus Pass (5182 m), a high level; route which brings us back to the upper Kali Gandaki Valley in Jomsom. From here we, either, fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara or we can continue from Jomsom till Birethanti or to Pokhara

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of historical, cultural, religious heritages sites of Kathmandu valley
  • Lake valley of Pokhara
  • Mid -hill cultural explore, Gurung, Magar, Brahmin, and Ksetri are the inhabitants mainly
  • Sunrise at Poonhill with magnificent mountain views and many more…
  • Traditional Magar village, Thakali, Gurungs and Magar cultures to explore
  • Natural Hot spring at Tatopani
  • Wide and colorful rhododendrons forest
  • The world deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley
  • Summit Dhampus Peak with eye-catching views of whole Annapurna, Dhaulagiri ranges

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Moderate to Adventures
Trip Duration 17 Nights/18 Days
Trip code NAP-DPK-117
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu-Pokhara/Jomsom-Pokhara
Maximum Altitude Dhampus Peak (6012m)
Trip Cost USD 2320 per passenger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passengers
Accessibillity Kathmandu 7-hrs drive to Pokharaand start the trek according to itinerary and drive back to Kathmandu
The Route Maximum altitude Dhampus Peak (6012m) and Poon Hill (3200m), 5/6-hrs average walking per day, easy to moderate trail and summit day can be long
Season Sept – Nov/March - April
Permit Fee Spring: (Mar-Apr-May) USD 250 – Autumn: (Sep-Oct-Nov) USD 125 – Winter: (Dec-Jan-Feb) USD 70 – Summer: (Jun-Jul-Aug) USD 70 per passenger and maximum number of members in a team is 15 people
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Standard hotel in city, teahouse/lodges and tented accommodation during the climbing period.

Itinerary

 Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre trip meeting and briefing will held all together with you at hotel about the daily program activities by company representative and your trip Leader/Guide where you can discuss your final questions all together.

After breakfast the day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual key attractions; including the historic Kathmndu Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and then finally visit to Patan Durbar square which is situated the heart of the city constitutes the focus of visitor's attraction. In the evening there will be pre-trip discussion where you can meet your group leader/guide then you can ask any questions you may have.

This day after breakfast being early in the morning we drive to Beni (850m) via Pokhara, approximately the drive should take 8/9 hours and you’ll find most of the part enjoyable, and offering good scenery. Beni is at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki. 

Now you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga (1577m) via Birethanti (1065m) which takes about four and half hours. After breakfast at hotel, you could drive for 1 and half hours to Nayapul. Then you start your trekking. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business. 

To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you could see good view of Machhapuchhare (6997m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and Annapurna (7219m) south. Now your trail is quite easier passing through rhododendron and shadowy trees and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds. 

Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3200m). This day you can enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek from Ghorepani we crossing Chitre (2420m)) the trail descends towards Phalate (2390m) and down to Shikha, you will meet another large Magar village. The trail makes a gentle descent to Tatopani (1183m). There you will be able to enjoy the natural hot spring at Tatopani (1189m.) It is believed that one who takes bath get rids of skin diseases. 

The followed route ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves. From autumn to winter, baskets of these oranges are offered for sale to passing travelers. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse Chhahara, the place famous for its beautiful waterfall. From here, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge, but the layered stone path is well-constructed and wide. When the rock cliffs end, we descend to the river before making the short climb back up to Ghasa (2010m). This is the first Thakali village we come across and the houses here are all built in the flat-roofed Tibetan style

The trail goes gentle uphill until you reach Lete (2480m.) crossing suspension bridge over Lete and then you will enter Kalopani (2560m).The trail goes to Larjung (2560m). The trail goes towards Khobang (2580m) and enters the large village of Tukuche (2580m) which is a large Thakali village. There are apple distilleries, apple orchard, Chortens, prayer flags, Mani walls and farming terraces then trails move through flat land till Marpha village.

From here we started our ascent to the Hidden Valley all the way to High Camp to summit. Our guide will give important and useful information about the situation on climbing Dhampus Peak and about next day’s activities. From today the accommodation will be tented camp for next two days and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional cook. 

We follow the trail leading to Dhampus peak high camp (5600m). Struggling against the glaciated mountain passes, we finally reach our target destination. There are other options for those who not wish to climb. Hiking from camp can be quite pleasurable and adventurous. Sightseeing exotic ecosystem and breathtaking vistas of Himalayan peaks of Nepal can be equally satisfying.

We follow the trail leading to Dhampus peak high camp (5600m). Struggling against the glaciated mountain passes, we finally reach our target destination. There are other options for those who not wish to climb. Hiking from camp can be quite pleasurable and adventurous. Sightseeing exotic ecosystem and breathtaking vistas of Himalayan peaks of Nepal can be equally satisfying.

Early in the morning we begin our ascent of the peak. After strenuous ascent, we finally scale the summit of Dhampus Peak (6012m) Summit offer the magnificent views of breathtaking scenery of Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna 1,2,3 & 4, Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri South & North, exploration beautiful hamlets around Kaligandaki valley. After safe trip to the summit we make our way safely down then day back to Dhampus Base Camp.

This day we reserve for the day for unforeseen condition as bad weather, climber sickness or other hidden condition. We can use this day for climb if the abnormal situation comes. 

After summit Dhampus Peak (6012m) Dhampus Pass, the trial descends into the valley of the Kali Gandaki meeting the main trial at village of Marpha, on the west bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Continue to north, up the river valley to the town of Jomsom.

This 22 minutes morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave etc. 

If you are interested in continuing on to the Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start this day.

This full day at leisure to rest, relax or explore the local area in Kathmandu or do a bit of last minute shopping. You also have the option of doing some sight-seeing. 

After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.

Cost Included

  • Documents: Dhampus Peak special permit, National Park entrance permit & TIMS card 
  • Activities: Sightseeing, trekking and climbing trip as per itinerary.
  • Equipment: All necessary camping equipments, kitchen utilizes and sleeping bag if necessary.
  • Accommodation: 4 night’s hotel in Kathmandu, 2 night hotel in Pokhara and 11 nights lodges/Tent during trekking. 
  • Food: Full board on teahouse/Camping [/lieakfast, lunch and dinner] during the trekking and 4 /lieakfasts and one farewell Dinner in Kathmandu. 
  • Staffs: Group Leader/Guide, Climbing Sherpa and necessary supporter
  • Transportation: Arrival/Departure transfer and surface road-head transportation.
  • Company & Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes & official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

  • International and domestic flight
  • Travel insurance covering with emergency Helicopter rescue
  • Personal travel, trekking and climbing equipments 
  • Lunch and Dinner while in City
  • Bar bills and Beverages
  • Tips/Gratuities for trekking crews
  • Temple and Monastery entrance fee while sightseeing in city
  • Optional activities
  • And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

Arrival Information: We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at nap@wlink.com.np or call us at +9779851050327 as emergency contact. Our airport representative will be waiting with your Name or Nepal Adventure Point sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival gate and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes , we recommend that you make your own way to the hotel and we will pay you back taxi cost if this occurs.

Pre-meeting & trip briefing: On this climbing and trek, we give a short brief about Dhampus Peak Climbing trip at hotel on the same day of your arrival and introduce by your group leader and team members. At the mean time, we will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trip. Pre-trip meeting covers the information regarding the personal equipment, acclimatization among others. We believe that pre-trip meeting is very important in order to better preparation of the trip.

Service Level: This trip is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.

Group Size & group joining: The minimum group size is 4 and the maximum is 16. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than that, we will be happy to arrange this for you. Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip.

Important Stuffs: Dhampus peak permits, National park permit and TIMS card required for Dhapus Peak Climbing trip so we suggest you to post us 4 passport-size photos copies of passport & visa (If you already have), insurance policy. You should also have contact numbers of next to kin, Bank and insurance company and your travel agent/ flight booking office.

Traveller Require: Traveller must carry a valid travel document i.e. Passport, visa, Re-entry Permit etc. Nepal Adventure Point is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items and also will not be responsible for any liability due to travel document. Once programmed is booked clients are requested to send us the following details 3 weeks before you arrival to Kathmandu.

Full Name as Passport:

Sex:

Passport Number:

Passport issue Date:

Passport Expiry Date:

Date of Birth:

Nationality:

Occupation:

Passport photo copy:

4 copy of passport size photos

Flight details:

Telephone No:

E-mail:

Accommodation: Dhampus peak climbing itinerary is a mixture of lodges and tents accommodations while you are on the mountain. Actually trek part we accommodate on teahouse lodges and has been chosen according their eco-friendliness, best location, hygiene and friendly nature. On climbing section will accommodate with comfortable two men camping tent, foam mattress. We maintain standard & comfort in every means with best of our knowledge, experiences and costs. All accommodations on trekking/climbing lodge & tent is based on twin share. We provide standard hotels in Kathmandu like hotel Manang/Marshyangdi or similar category with breakfast.

Meals: The meals are includes on this trip, mostly the buffet style breakfast will be provided in the Kathmandu hotel. Freshly cook food on full board basis will be provided both on trekking and climbing sections through the best provided lodges and during the climbing period, we provide basic Nepali dish but are high level of balance diet, hygiene and safety. Three meals will be provided both in lodges and during the camp. Each day dinner and breakfast will be provided in the same lodge/camp you spend the night. Lunch camp will be fixed on a pleasant surrounding…

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Breakfast during the trek consists of most typical items. Eggs, toast, hash browns, corn flakes, muesli, oatmeal, pancakes and the local specialties of chapatti and Tibetan bread are all common menu items. Breakfast is accompanied by juice, coffee, tea, cocoa and other hot drinks.

Lunch and dinner options in the teahouses include a variety of choices. Soups (commonly tomato, vegetable, noodle, or hearty "Sherpa stew") and momos are excellent starters. Main courses like chicken and yak dishes, pastas, pizzas, and even fries are served alongside vegetable fried rice or noodles and Nepali specialties such as Dal Bhat (Rice and lentils). Be sure to save room for a dessert such as apple pie, chocolate cake, or "snickers pie"! Soft drinks, beer, and wine are also widely available, although they are priced at a premium the higher you trek.

Snacks: While the food in the mountains is excellent, it is nice to bring along a few of your favorite snacks and drink mixes to enjoy after a long day. We recommend that climbers bring 2 - 3 lbs of their absolute favorite snacks and comfort foods to have throughout the expedition.

Recommended snack items: dry salami, smoked salmon, Jerky (turkey, beef, fish), small cans of tuna fish, individually wrapped cheeses such as Laughing Cow or Baby Bell, crackers, bagels, candy bars, hard candies (Jolly Ranchers, Toffees, Life Savers), Gummy Bears, Sour candies (Sweet Tarts), cookies, dried fruit, nuts, energy bars, GORP mixes, and drink mixes (Gatorade/Kool-Aid).

Staffs: Believing that every successful trip has been possible because of the team work, Nepal Adventure Point employs experienced and trained Nepalese trekking/climbing guide and other staffs. On this peak climbing trip there will be trekking and climbing Sherpa guide, assistant guide will provide group above 5 trekkers and Sherpa porters or pack animal for luggage carrying (Each Sherpa carry 2 person luggage’s, maximum weight 30kgs) and other staffs as per requirement for the climbing section. This arrangement ensures that if anybody in the group is getting sick; the trip can still continue as we already planned. Nepal Adventure Point arrange the any Peak climbing trip even for single person but the cost bit high rather than there is more people, and include maximum of 12 peoples only.

Good care of Porters: Believing that the porters are important and impossible to complete the trip. We do not allow porters to carry exceeding 20 kgs in tea-house and 30kgs weight in camping trek. It is because of human being respect, their rights and against any exploitation on its operation. We provide good health insurance, good equipments, working training and of course good pay with lots of encouragements. We are working with porters progress of Nepal and other organizations concerning about the porters.

Responsible Tourism Concept: Nepal Adventure Point is taking concern of economy, social, environment and culture while running its trips. Our staffs are trained on this and try for minimum impact on the natural environment and native peoples. We try to support local economy by using their products, making aware and our clients will have to respect the local culture and traditions. We always try to make the areas more cleaner and friendly environments after we travel. This is possible by your understanding and our trained crews.

Health & Experience Required: You need very good stamina for a long day and climbing effort while you are climbing any trekking peaks. You can climb some of trekking peak without any climbing training or course and skills of using climbing equipment but knowledge on using equipment and previous experience would be helpful although not compulsory because a pre-ice climbing training is provided to you by our climbing Sherpa guide in base camp to make you skillful on using mountain climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons. Normally, peak climbing usually requires normally 5-6 hours of walking everyday and some days even 8-10 hours- such as in summiting day. We suggest you to get prepared with about 10-12 kilometers of walking or jogging exercise every day before a month of your climbing trip, you are considering walking in high altitude and remote area for many days and around five hours most of the days. To join the any trekking peak climbing trip with a good chance of success, you must have: Lots of self-control, reasonable fitness and good stamina with sound health. It is very important that participants with pre-existing medical problems or conditions make these known to Nepal Adventure Point at the time of booking. Medical and evacuation expenses are the responsibility of her/him. It is also important that you better to consult with your doctor before you departure to your destination.

Acclimatization: Keep in mind that you will be passing above 5000m/16400ft and reaching at goal destination during the journey to the top of the desired Peak. Walking fast at such elevation could lead to medical complications (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be serious. There is less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places. The higher, altitude will be the less oxygen in air. Your body needs a days to acclimatize to this environment, which is why we will stop a day rest in trails-head destination and the base camp. Although we provide information regarding AMS insurance, the only option for treatment is descending (evacuation). We advise that clients with known heart, lung or blood diseases, or clients over the age of 60 to discuss with their doctor before traveling with us. Symptoms of AMS include mild to severe headaches, dizziness, fever, loss of appetite or stomach pain; it is important to alert our staff if you are feeling poorly to ensure that illness does not progress.

There are ways of helping the acclimatization process, as described below:

- Walk slowly: there is plenty of time included in the itinerary so there is no need to rush, go at your own pace and enjoy the incredible views!

- Drinks lots of water: it is easier for your body to acclimatize when hydrated so drink water and avoid coffee, tea and alcohol.

- Consider taking Diamox (acetazolamide): before using this drug we recommend consulting a doctor and thoroughly researching the pros and cons.

Climbing Preparation: For the trekking you do not need to be a super athlete nor a mountaineer but a few weeks of training, yours pre exercise or some hiking arriving in Nepal, will suffice for this trekking. But you need enough preparation for the peak climbing. The climbing period for most of the trekking peaks rarely exceeds more than a few days so large amounts of base camp equipment are not usually required. Also, due to their relatively low altitude, the amount of climbing equipment required is proportionally less. In general, preparation for climbing these peak is little different from preparing for a trek. It won’t be more enjoyable spending the trip of a lifetime struggling to walk the trails every day when a little sensible preparation before you arrive would make the trails so much more rewarding and entire life time experience. So, it is important to be in physical good condition and mentally preparation before you start peak climbing or other mountains activities in Nepal. Try to spend an hour a day hiking and batter to take alpine climbing course in ice and rock, even our climbing guide give training about how to climb and practical some climbing technique. Most of day’s running a few miles is probably the best single physical activity, which will hand for your trip. While on the training period you may also be breaking in those new trekking boats that may otherwise give you blisters on the first day out on the trail. Who are planning to climb trekking peaks need to be physically very fit.

It will be good if you try to find out as much as possible about Nepal’s customs especially about the particular trip that you have planned before arriving. We are always happy to give you information with updated facts.

Packing list: While packing for trekking and Climbing, warm clothing is important to ensure comfort and safety, while non-essential gear such as a knife may simply come in handy. Here we have a suggested packing list to guide you in preparation:

Suggested Clothing and Equipment List

Footwear:

Plastic mountaineering boots.

Walking boots. For the trek you will need a pair of water repellent boots with ankle support.

Gaiters. A pair used to keep boots dry if walking through deep snow or on wet ground.

Wool and liner socks.

Trainers/sneakers. Can be used in camp/lodge in the evenings.

Clothing:

Waterproof jacket and trousers (Goretex or similar).

Trekking trousers.

Long sleeve shirts (not cotton).

Micro fleece.

Mid to heavyweight fleece.

Sleevelessor body warmer type fleece.

Thermals or baselayer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic).

Fleece pants.

Medium weight down jacket (eg. Nuptse jacket by The North Face).

Handwear:

Fleece gloves.

Warms mittens and/or gloves.

Headwear:

Wool or fleece hat.

Sun hat.

Bandana or scarf.

Neoprene face mask.

Sunglasses.

Ski googles.

Climbing equipment: Climbing harness with two slings, four screw gate carabiners, belay plate and 3m of 5mm static cord for prussiks[we have a limited number of “Harness packs” for rent, this includes harness (medium size Black Diamond Alpine BOD), ATC belaydevice with large carabiner, three screwgate carabiners, Petzl handle ascender, two slings and prussik cord. Please contact TMC office for further prices and availability]

Jumar ascender (eg. Petzl handle ascender).

Crampons (10 or 12 point general mountaineering type are the best).

Mountaineering ice axe with leash.

Personal Equipment:

Sleeping bag.

Sleeping mat (eg. Thermarest). On trek we provide everyone with one foam mat however we recommend two layers for maximum insulation and comfort.

Backpack large enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing.

Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organized.

Headtorch. Bring extra batteries.

Two water bottles (Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best).

Sunscreen and lipsalve with a high SPF.

Insect repellent.

Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Acqua or Acqa Mira).

Trekking poles (Black Diamond with “Flick Lock” are best).

Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.

Insurance certificate.

Travelling: Duffle bag or large backpack for your personal gear on the trek (carried by a porter). Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag.

Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.

Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.

Personal first aid kit:

Note: we provide a comprehensive group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as:

Any personal medications.

Blister treatment (Compeed patches are the best).

Analgesics (paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin).

Plasters and zinc oxide tape.

Throat lozenges.

Diamox

Earplugs (optional).

Baby wipes (optional).

Hand sanitizer (optional).

Trip Members' Responsibility: Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. We are also happy to discuss the trip with you. Trip members are responsible for preparing for the trip by studying the detailed itinerary and for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised.

Travel Insurance: All participants in a Nepal Adventure Point trek must have travel insurance. This will protect you against the risk of comprehensive expenses which may result due to medical emergencies or accidents. This insurance should include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs.  Please be noted that we don't arrange or sell insurance and it is best to arrange this in your home country.

Rescue and Emergency Evacuation: In the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu. If you have no communication equipments, ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. While asking for the helicopter, you are required to send name of the sick person and exact location from where helicopter can airlift you.

Note: Do not leave the place although you are getting better once you have ordered helicopter.

Spending Money: Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.

Tipping: It's not compulsory but tipping the porters and guides is customary and always greatly appreciated. A rough guideline is US$ 5-7 per person a day for trekking and Climbing guide and US$ 4-6 per person a day for the team supporters, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.

Clients Feedback: We are not 100% but we do always committed to providing the best service to make complete satisfaction in order to maintain the best value what you have paid and expect. Your feedback are always welcome and appreciated; they provide valuable insight for us for future trips. We are happy to give you the opportunity to communicate openly about your thoughts and experiences with us. Please leave your feedback with us at the end the trip. Both your good and not so good comments will help us to make our service more effective and efficient in the future.

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