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Dhampus Peak Climb

Abhishek Subedi June 21, 2020

Dhampus Peak Climb is also known as ‘Thapa Peak Climbing’. It lies between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain massif. The Dhampus peak rises to the north-east side of the great Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range and the north-west from the beautiful Pokhara city. Dhampus Peak Mountaineering is suitable for climbers seeking to gain an adventurous trek. The less beaten trail of Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek combined with Dhampus Peak Climbing adventure is easy and less technical than other peaks.  It is a perfect viewpoint for absorbing the mother of nature at its best. It provides awe-inspiring vistas of the snow-capped mountains. Dhaulagiri circuit with Dhampus peak is 6012 meters high. Although the mountain is technically easy, it does not require any technical peak climbing skills. it goes through the quaint villages, forests rich in exotic flora and fauna ,even more exciting places and connects us at Hidden Valley after the French pass.

Dhampus Peak Climb

The trail leads to base camp at 5600 meters a few hours away from Hidden Valley. It requires only one day to reach a summit.  Apart from natural beauty, you will get to experience different cultures and traditions during the journey which is simply wonderful. Dhampus Peak is perfect for beginners who are wanting to get hands-on experience for their first ever mountain climbing.  Although no skills are needed, you need to be physically and mentally fit to overcome the challenges during peak climbing. Dhampus peak tour is one of the most demanded peaks for climbing. 

Dhampus Peak Climbing starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we take another drive to reach Beni ,the starting point of our trek. You will begin our trek following the trail that goes along the remote and less developed part of Nepal. You will also pass through several cultural villages, beautiful valleys and mountain glaciers. The key point is that it has an excellent view of the Annapurna ranges. Annapurna South, Nilgiri Peak, Tilicho Peak, and many other snow-covered peaks which are the main attraction in this region

Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu Valley to Pokhara

 The journey starts from the Kathmandu valley from where the bus ride of about 5 to 6 hours will take you to the beautiful city of Pokhara. Through this ride travellers can enjoy the scenic views of beautiful river valleys, alongside terraced fields of barley and rice and over green hills blanketed with lush vegetation. When you arrive at the Pokhara valley there you will witness the beautiful lakes, hills and mountain ranges. The travellers will enjoy the evening here and stay here for a night.  

Day 2 Drive to Beni and trek to Tatopani

From Pokhara, you will take another drive which takes about three hours to arrive at Beni – the starting point of our trek. From Beni, you will start your trek following the trail that passes through cultural and traditional villages before reaching Tatopani. Tatopani literally means ‘ Hot Water ‘, there is a natural Hot Spring at Tatopani where you can relax and have a great time. It is believed that the natural hot springs have the potential to heal body aches and pains.

Day 3 Tatopani to Dharapani

The trail leads you Dharapani along the bank of Myagdi Khola. There might be a disturbance in the path in several places during the monsoon season due to landslides that lead to several ups and downs. The trail passes by several settlements along the trail to Dharapani. 

Day 4 Dharapani to Muri

You will leave Dharapani and then follow a rather easy trail that passes through beautiful terraced fields of rice and wheat. During the trek today, you will  enter and exit through many traditional villages with a magnificent view of high mountains along the way. The travelers will continue their trek by crossing a suspension bridge above Dhara river and make an ascend from there to reach a Magar ethnic tribe community-based village of Muri.

Day 5 Muri to Boghara

From Muri the trial descends down a rather steep slope down towards a suspension bridge. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Muri Khola you will continue trekking that passes through dense bamboo filled forest and farmhouses. You will head north and after a short period of trekking, the valley widens. You will emerge to the open fields before arriving at Boghara for your overnight camping.

Day 6 Boghara to Dobang

Leaving Boghara you will follow the trail that goes along the west bank of Myagdi Khola through the lush subtropical forest to reach Lipshe. From there, your trek continues passing through traditional villages where you can get a glimpse of villagers trying to collect honey from high above the trees and hills. You will continue to follow the trail through dense forest areas to arrive at Dobang. Dobang comprises several tea houses with good camping sites.

Day 7 Dobang to Sallaghari

You  will leave Dobang and follow the route that heads through dense rhododendron and bamboo filled forest. The trail descends for a while to cross Myagdi Khola over the bridge, and from there continue trekking on the trail that goes along the east bank of the Myagdi Khola. It goes through deep lush forest as you head towards Sallaghari for your overnight camping.

Day 8 Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp

From Sallaghari, you will follow the trail that passes through the dense rhododendron, pine and birch filled forest before climbing up to an open area. The trail from there goes over the lateral moraine. After some time of trekking, you will arrive at the Italian Base Camp. From the Italian Base Camp, you can enjoy a magnificent and up-close west view of Mt. Dhaulagiri at 8,167 meters. 

Day 9 Trek to Glacier Camp

Glacier camp is situated between the Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri Base Camp. The trail descends steeply down towards a glacier. From there, it is difficult and so you need to be very aware as you trek over the glacier. After crossing the glacier, the trail goes along the moraine on the left side of Chonbarden Gorge. From there you will follow a narrow trail that heads towards Glacier

Day 10 Acclimatization day at Glacier Camp

You have reached over 4,000 meters above sea level. So, today you will take a day rest at Glacier Camp for acclimatization and exploring around Glacier Camp. You will have great views of surrounding mountains valleys and snow-capped high peaks from Glacier Camp.

Day 11 Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp

After spending a full day resting at Glacier Camp, you will continue on your trek following a trail that is gradual uphill trekking all the way to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. The trail is often snow-covered and icy, in such conditions, you will use our crampons and head towards Dhaulagiri Base Camp from where you can enjoy great views of Dhaulagiri Mountain Ranges.

Day 12 Trek to Hidden Valley via French Pass

You will continue your adventure journey along the Chhondarban Glacier on the north side and continue climbing the stairs above the glacier with zigzag trails across the moraine of the glacier to the easy snow slope which leads up to French Pass (5360 m). You can see 360 degree stunning mountains that range pretty decent across the easy snow slope that takes you to the Hidden Valley.

Dhampus Peak Climb

Day 13 Trek to Dhampus Peak Base Camp

From Hidden Valley, the trail heads through harsh alpine vegetation and magnificent views of surrounding high peaks towards Dhampus Peak Base Camp. Today’s trek is a gradual ascend journey all the way to Dhampus Base Camp. The trek continues until you arrive at a good camping site considered best for setting up our base camp. As soon as you arrive at the base camp, the team will set up the camps and make the necessary preparation for climbing further into higher altitudes. 

Dhampus Peak Climb

Day 14 Dhampus Peak Base Camp to High Camp

You will continue to follow the trail that ascends gradually through and over glaciated mountain passes to finally arrive at the High Camp. The climb can be very tiring, so resting every now and then helps in restoring energy. After arriving at the campsite, the Sherpa crew will quickly set up the camps and make final checks on  climbing gears before attempting a final climb of Dhampus Peak summit, the following day.

Day 15 Summit Dhampus Peak

Today is the day you have been desperately waiting for. Fully equipped with all the climbing gears and properly acclimatized you will start early with the aim to reach the summit before midday, as the strong winds in the afternoon can create obstacles in reaching the summit. Following the guidance and instructions of experienced climbing experts, you will tackle several technical sections and head towards the summit of Dhampus Peak. Your tiring climb to the summit is rewarded with breathtaking views of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri South and North, Tilicho peak, Tukuche Peak and other snow-capped peaks.  After spending short and quality time at the top,  you will have to descend following the same route and head back to base camp.

Dhampus Peak Climb

Day 16 Trek to Yak Kharka via Dhampus Pass

After successfully achieving the summit of Dhampus Peak, you will return following the trail that climbs up a moderate snow slope towards Dhampus Pass at 5,240 meters. After successfully crossing the pass you will make a steep descent entering into the Kali Gandaki Valley – World’s Deepest Gorge. You will make a rather long traverse across the snow which usually takes around four hours before descending further down to arrive at Yak Kharka.

Day 17 Yak Kharka to Jomsom

The last day of  trek starts from Yak Kharka and descends for a few hours to reach the village Marpha, also known as the Apple Garden. From Marpha you will follow a rather easy trail all the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is the main administrative centre of Mustang and is an important hub for Upper Mustang Treks with the airstrip and abundance of tea houses and services. After arriving at Jomsom you will celebrate the completion of your successful Dhampus Peak Climbing with the team.

Day 18 Jomsom to Pokhara

The travelers will take a flight back to Pokhara.  The remaining afternoon can be spent exploring the beautiful landscapes, lakes and hills of the city. You can also roam around the market area of the Pokhara in the night and get yourself immersed in the limelight of the city.

Day 19 Pokhara to Kathmandu

It is time to bid farewell to the Pokhara valley and take a bus ride back to the Kathmandu valley. You can enjoy the beautiful landscapes, river valleys and clear sky through the window of the bus before reaching the city.  

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