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Dhampus Peak Climbing

Dhampus Peak Climbing / Expedition
Dhampus Peak Climbing

 Situating between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range this trek provides you a great opportunity to explore Annapurna region, providing marvelous stunning views of mountains like: Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Nilgiri, Macchapuchrey, Lamjung Himal, Hiunchuli along with beautiful wildlife like: musk deer, spotted deer, red panda, pika, blue sheep etc. in enchanting rhododendron forest. This trek also provides you a great chance to closely observe the culture of Gurung, Rai, Magar etc. people following their own traditions, languages and customs. Being one of the challenging and technical climbing, Dhampus Peak Climbing requires useful equipment like: crampons, ropes, ice axes and other climbing gears.

Dhampus Peak is a popular peak for climbing in Annapurna region. It is also known as Thapa peak & situates between Annapurna range & Dhaularigi range. You can see as many as 30 different peaks from the top of the Dhampus peak 6019 m (19747 fit). This peak climbing is great to explore the Annapurna & Mustang region which is famous for rich floras & faunas. The climb requires the use of crampons, ropes, ice axes and other climbing gears although the peak is not categorized as technical. If you have hiking on snow experience then it is going to be easy for you but for beginners it may take time to get along. Climbing guides gives training to newbie’s and give you constant feedback about the trail and environment.

Similarly, our trip starts with drive from Kathmandu and we trek all the way to High Camp (or Thorang Pass (5416m)) before climbing Dhampus Peak. Along the trail you get to experience amazing environment and the amazing mountains like Annapurna I, II, III & IV, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri South & North, Tilicho Peak with other numerous snow topped peaks. Dhampus peak climb can be your first amazing peak climbing experience or you can relive the experience of peak climbing. Either way you should be able to experience the amazing Himalayas and feel the amazement of putting your feet on 6091m (Mt. Everest is just 2757m far away from there.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m)

Welcome to Kathmandu (1334), Sunrise Adventure Trek’s airport representative picks up you from Kathmandu International airport – transfer to hotel and Dhampus peak climbing briefing is done. You can also meet the climbing guides and other staffs to discuss about the upcoming adventure.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek Preparation

During this day, you can do excursion or sightseeing around Kathmandu valley and preparation for Dhampus peak climbing. Sightseeing includes tour around Swayambhunath (monkey temple), Bauddhanath (Buddhastupa), Pashupatinath/Biggest Hindu Temple & Patan Durbar Square.

Day 3
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) – 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, we take scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (915m) by tourist bus. Along the way you see rivers, villages and get glimpses of Nepali lifestyle. This is one of the highlight of the trip. Many tourists love the drive and for most of them it is a new experience to realize that the topography completely changes. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 4
Drive to Nayapul (1070m) & trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m) – 1 &1/2 hrs Drive – 5 hrs trek

From Pokhara we drive to Nayapul and you will start your trek to Tikedhunga. At a 30minutes walk from Nayapul you will reach to Birethati. After a short stops, and trail slightly goes hot sparing, follow the Modi Khola, village of syaulibazar, Kueme new bridge and finally crossing several rice field beautifully settled hamlets and reach to hot sparing, Jhinu Danda. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 5
Trek to Ghorepani (2855m) – 5-6 hrs

The trail goes steep up for 1.5 hours through stone steps where the trail leads through cultivated fields. The rest of the trail weaves through enchanting rhododendron and oak forest (blooms in March, April). Arriving at the top of the Ghorepani pass, you will be taken to your accommodation and have a chance to rest your feet. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 6
Hike to Poonhill (3210m) & Trek to Tatopani (1189m)

Early in the morning we hike to Poon Hill for superb Himalayan scenery including the Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7041m), Fishtail/Machhapuchhare (6998m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7939m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Lamjung Himal (6986m),Tukuche peak (6920m), etc. We take breakfast at Ghorepani & trek to Tatopani/Natural hot spring (1189m), Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 7
Trek to Ghasa (2110m). 5-6 hours.

Trek to Ghasa begins via Kali Gandaki George – world’s deepest George that situates between two 8,000m peaks (Annapurna & Dhaulagiri). We continuously ascend to Dana (1400m), Rupse Chhahara (1550m) – you can see waterfall here and Kopchepani (1935m) from where a short climb escorts us to Ghasa (2110m). Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 8
Trek to Marpha (2670m). 6-7 hours.

From Ghasa we trek to Marpha : this village is famous for Apple. You can find different variation of Apple product here. We reach Marpha for overnight. The surrounding is amazing and you can learn the local lifestyle as well as make some new friends while taking a sip of apple wine. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 9
Trek to Yak Kharka (3680m). 5-6 hours.

Our destination for today is to halt at Yak Kharka – you can see animals grazing here. The trail offers glazing views of Annapurna range (mostly Annapurna II, III & IV with Gangapurna) and you can see small colorful houses once you reach Yak Kharka. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 10
Trek to Dhampus Base Camp (5100m). 5-6 hours.

We trek to Dhampus Base Camp from Yak kharka. The trail is quite fascinating with amazing single landscape. We take breakfast in Yak Kharka and head toward base camp with our guide. The trail is full of mountains and amazing landscapes which is totally captivating and make you feel like you are in different planet. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 11
Trek to High Camp (5600m). – 4

Our trail follows through the glaciated mountain passes for today. After arriving we set up our camp and make preparation of ropes, crampons, harness, ice axes & other equipments for climbing. Our climbing guides give you training on climbing and ropes and you need to reserve as much energy as possible for successful summit of the Dhampus Peak. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 12
High Camp to Dhampus Peak Summit (6012m) – 8-9 hrs

Our ultimatum for today is to summit Dhampus Peak (6012m). We start fully prepared for the summit and follow the footsteps of expert and experienced climbing guides. Once we are in the top of the mountain, we can get quality view of mountain tops like Annapurna I, II, III & IV, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri South & North, Tilicho Peak with other numerous snow topped peaks. We spend some time at the top and descend back to High Camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 13
Trek to Yak Kharka (3680m) via Dhampus Pass (5240m). 7-8 hours.

Our trip continues with trek toward Dhanpus Pass. After crossing the pass we make steep descend to the world’s Deepest Gorge – Kali Gandaki Valley. And then we traverse across the snow which takes around four hours before descending all the way to Yak Kharka. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 14
Trek to Marpha (2670m). 5-6 hours.

We trek to Marpha- very famous village for apple. You can get apple ciders and drinks here. The trail is through sparse forest. Here, you can relive the moment you have spent in prevent journey. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 15
Trek to Jomsom (2710m). 4-5 hours.

We start our trek from Marpha and reach Jomsom to call it a day. Jomsom is the center hub of Mustang & Upper Mustang, having airstrip, lots of tea houses and better facilities. We celebrate our summit here and enjoy the trip. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 16
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

After breakfast, we take jeep/bus from Jomsom and enjoy the awe-inspiring views of mountains and rivers. We pass Magar, Gurung & Thakali villages and enjoy fresh as well as dry apples and apple products. Or we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara for faster arrival. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 17
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Pokhara to Kathmandu drive takes around 5/7 hours. It is a scenic drive along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers. After your arrival in Kathmandu, in the evening, you are treated with a special cultural dinner program as a complimentary commencement of Sunrise Adventure Trek. Meals included: Breakfast, and finally an overnight stay in hotel. Attend the evenning dinner and cultural program provided by the company.

Day 18
Farewell/Departure

After victorious ending of our trip, our representative drops you to the airport for your journey home. You are dropped off 3 hours earlier so that there is no any delay in flight. Or you can join another adventure and explore hidden gems of Nepal. Till then, have a safe journey to Home!

Cost included

  • Arrival & Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals on tented camping & Lodge expedition
  • Accommodation on tented camp
  • Half day guided city tour as listed in itinerary
  • Peak Climbing Permit Royalty and other government tax
  • Group Climbing gear including climbing rope, ice axe, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, carabineer etc.
  • All camping equipment - 2-person member tent, dinning tent, kitchen tent, staff & porter tent, toilet tent with commode, dining table with backrest chair etc.
  • Free use of quality trekking gear - sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, insulated mat, down jacket, duffel bag etc during the trip
  • Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
  • Insurance of all staff including porters
  • Adventure Treks T-shirts / other seasonal gifts as perks
  • 10 % VAT and 13% TSC Taxes.
  • High altitudes chamber bags (PAC) for very high altitudes

Cost excluded

  • Nepal entry Visa fees, your travel insurance of any kind (emergency evacuation insurance is recommended as this is an adventurous trip and evacuation by Helicopter may be necessary)
  • International Airfare
  • Lunch and Dinner except mentioned itinerary
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips items for trekking crew members personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, Telephone, laundry, beverage drinks etc.
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Useful information

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Kanchenjunga region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Kanchenjunga trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 5 – 7 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Kanchenjunga No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Kanchenjunga trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Kanchenjunga trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Kanchenjunga region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Kanchenjunga region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking, Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culure
  • Nepal
  • 6019 meter
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Moderate to Strenuous
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • March to May and September to December
  • Private vehicle, Tourist bus or flight
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • 18 Days
  • 1-18 Pax