|Duration:||18 days||Group Size:||Minimum 02|
|Max Altitude:||6012 meters||Difficulty:||Moderate|
Dhampus Peak Climbing journey is larger than life experience to one of the most understated destinations in the Annapurnas. Flirting on the outskirts of Annapurna region, the journey heads to the Dhampus Peak (6012m), northwest of the far-famed Annapurna massif. While the journey poses quite a challenge, it is also generous to offer mesmerizing sceneries and ethnic culture present along the routes. A lesser-known destination this, you will get plenty of opportunities to revel in the Himalayan majesty of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Your arrival in Nepal marks the start of a grand adventure, Dhampus peak climbing is beginning with a sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu Valley. The valley, home to seven UNESCO world heritage sites, offers you to explore the sites oozing of cultural and religious magnificence. Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath are the prime destinations on the tour. You get on a road trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the City of Lakes. You can also reach Pokhara on a scenic flight. From Pokhara, a short drive leads you to Nayapul, followed by a pleasant walk to Ghorepani. The Gurung village is also the trail-head to Poonhill, one of the finest vantage points of Annapurna ranges. From Poonhill, you savor the views of the Annapurna vistas drenched in the morning sunrise. You then trek before officially beginning the Dhampus Peak Climbing and reach Tatopani. After soothing yourself in the natural hot springs of Tatopani, you head to Tukuche via Ghasa. Further ahead, steep trails welcome you as you head to the First Base Camp. Treading through snowy paths, you reach Second Base Camp and finally the High Camp of the Dhampus Peak (6012m). Upon reaching the top of the peak, you can relish the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and the arid lands of Mustang. Descending from the peak, you head to Jomsom and get on a scenic flight to Pokhara. Finally returning to Kathmandu marks the end of the Dhampus Peak Climbing journey.
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When you land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal, we’ll be there to welcome you to the land of mountains. Next, you’ll be transferred to a hotel in Kathmandu for refreshments and a welcome dinner in the evening. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
On this day, you must acquire all the equipment and the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System Card) for a trip to Dhampus Peak. You can spend the remaining time visiting beautiful historic monuments here such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Swayambhunath stupa. These sites are also enlisted as world heritage sites by UNESCO and boast great affinity to the culture and lifestyle of the people in the valley. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Leaving the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, you’ll ride towards a considerably smaller and a lot more scenic city called Pokhara. As you move towards Pokhara, you’ll notice the traffic and chaos being replaced by peaceful villages, farmlands, and rivers. Alternatively, you can also choose to fly o the city allowing you to explore the city for a longer time.Annapurna I (8091m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m) will greet you as you near Pokhara. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
As you wake up, you can see the gorgeous white caps of mountains from Tikhedhunga. After breakfast, you'll go to a riverside village called Nayapul on a tourist bus. From there you walk about 10 kilometers to Tikhedhunga. With the inspiring scenery along the way, the path is wide and easygoing. After walking for about 6 hours, you can see some blue guest houses from a distance in the village of Tikhedhunga.Overnight stay at Tikhedhunga.
From Tikhedhunga you’ll start your morning with a climb up a 3200 stone-steps to reach Ulleri. After conquering the steps and staying at Ulleri for an hour or so, relaxing, enjoying and eating lunch you’ll continue your way towards Ghorepani. As you rise out of the valley, the views are so incredible that it will distract you by energizing you and filling you with a sense of wonder until you reach Ghorepani. Overnight stay at Ghorepani.
Waking up at Ghorepani, you’ll see the sun casting its light to various effect and the dancing clouds upon the Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) Mountain Range. For the wonderful sunrise view, you’ll climb to Poon Hill (3210m) from where you can see a wide range of mountains lined up including Machhapuchhre (6997m), Nilgiri (7041m) and LamjungHimal (6983m). Next, the trail descends to Sikha village and finally to Tatopani where you can relax in the natural hot springs. Overnight stay at Tatopani.
After a hearty breakfast, you’ll set off to Ghasa. Much of this day’s route will be along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River.On the way, you’ll walk past a beautiful waterfall called RupseChhahara and a couple of suspension bridges over the Gandaki River. On a trail that runs parallel to the river, you can see a view of Annapurna Mountains on the east, Dhaulagiri Mountains on the west, and the gorge between the two. Overnight stay at Ghasa.
You’ll continue to follow Gandaki North surrounded by huge mountain ranges of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna appearing and disappearing behind the bends in the trail. During your journey to Tukuche, you'll pass across some uneven boulders, the forest of fir, juniper, and cypress, surrounded by cultivated fields. An hour after you reach Larjung, you reach Tukuche.Overnight stay at Tukuche.
Tukuche is the valley that splits the Dhaulagiri massif with huge Dhaulagiri on one side and Annapurna massif on the other. From there, you climb towards the west face of Dhaulagiri enjoying the spectacular views of other mountains across the valley. At this camp of Dhampus peak, the temperature can get as low as -3 degrees C inside the tent and about -18 degrees C outside. Overnight in a tented camp at first camp.
This day’s walk will take you to a camp 900 meters higher. Climbing up from the first camp, you’ll pass a set of memorials dedicated to climbers who had died on the mountains. The trek today involves walking along frozen paths, unstable gullies and climbing frozen moraines at the side of gash made by glaciers. Overnight in a tented camp at second camp.
In these areas, cold and uncomfortable nights mean a beautiful warm day with clear blue skies. As soon as the sun comes out, it goes from freezing to warm. With the snowy paths and steep terrain leading the trails, we follow them to reach the high camp.The location of this base camp is stunning because it is right underneath Dhaulagiri on one side and the Tukuche peak on the other up close and personal. Overnight in a tented camp at High Camp.
In the morning, before the climb begins, you can observe the summits of the mountains glowing due to the dawn light. As soon as you start climbing you’ll be in deep snow and walk on a trail across a beautiful snowfield heading across Dhampus Pass and a branch heading east up the mountain. After you reach Dhampus Pass, it takes about an hour to reach the summit. This one hour route takes you over and then alongside a rocky ridge which has snowfield to the right and vertical drop to the left. The views can't get any better with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges decorating the horizon. Coming down from the summit can be emotional with a sense of accomplishment and relief. Overnight stay at Dhampus High Camp.
With massive crevasses on the sides, you are encouraged to hurry near the rim where the risk of avalanche is high. Things get a little more comfortable at camp 2. While descending through Dhampus pass you can observe unobstructed views of majestic Himalayan peaks surrounding you from all sides. Overnight stay at second base camp.
Descending from the second base camp you drop into a different warmer climate zone. The snowy land comes to an end on the upper edge of the gorge from where you move downwards steeply. The descending trail soon meets patches of forests and farmlands as you reach Tukuche. Upon reaching the village, you can enjoy the lifestyle of the people and interact with them. Overnight stay at Tukuche.
Today, you follow the trail that goes through a wonderful little town of Marpha where you can find stone buildings running alongside the high paved street. From there, you march towards a more populated area called Jomsom where people come to settle down and celebrate the achievement of completing journeys in the Annapurna region. Overnight stay at Jomsom.
We arrange a direct one-way flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Over this 20 minutes journey, the huge gorgeous mountains that you can see from the plane will make you want to stay there forever. When you reach Pokhara, you can spend your remaining time doing various entertaining activities available there. You can explore the sites like Davis Falls, Mahendra Cave, and Peace Pagoda and end the day with a boat ride on the Phewa Lake. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.
From Pokhara, you will get on aride to Kathmandu on the same path that you used to go to Pokhara. After spending about seven hours on the road,we will transfer you to a hotel in Kathmandu. You can head out to explore the Kathmandu Valley after you receive ample rest.While doing so, you can also shop for gifts and souvenirs. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
When all the required procedures are complete, we drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you farewell. We hope to see you soon on your next journey to Nepal.
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