Overview

Dhampus Peak (6012m) lies to the north-east of the Dhaulagiri massif within the Annapurna Conservation Area. The peak climbing journey runs along the Kali Gandaki River between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Moreover, the trip also has views of the Dhaulagiri I (8167 m), Tilicho Peak (7134 m), Thorung Peak (6144 m), and other mountains.

The peak climbing trip explores the Gurung villages to the south of the Annapurna range. Similarly, Poonhill is a major highlight of the entire trip. Dhampus peak climbing offers stunning Himalayan views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri mountain ranges. Lastly, the Dhampus Peak (6012m) is itself an attraction on the trip.

The trip begins with a drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Another short drive will lead to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek. You will then trek to Ghorepani passing the Magar village of Ulleri. Thereafter, you hike to Poonhill viewpoint where you get splendid views of Annapurna I (8091m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Dhaulagiri range. Then, you will head to Ghasa passing Tatopani along the Kali Gandaki River. The trek continues towards Tukuche from where you trek to the Dhampus Peak Base Camp. In the same way, you head up to the high camp and make a climb to the top of the Dhampus Peak (6012m). The summit of the Dhampus Peak (6012m) welcomes the climbers with great views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Eventually, you’ll return to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara. Ultimately, a drive back to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Climb the Dhampus Peak (6012m), one of the lesser-traveled peaks in the Annapurna region
  • Observe the magnificent mountains like Nilgiri (7061m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Annapurna (8091m)
  • Explore the major natural landmarks of the Pokhara Valley
  • Trek through the Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Visit the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki Gorge

Itinerary

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Day 1:Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

You will arrive in Kathmandu and our correspondent will greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to your hotel. You can spend the day resting or exploring the city. Meanwhile, you can also prepare for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Maximum Altitude1350m

Today, we shall explore the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu valley which include Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath. These sites have hundreds of years of history associated with them. If time permits, then we can even visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. Meanwhile, do not forget to make the necessary preparations for the trek including shopping or renting equipment. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    The objective of the day is to reach Pokhara. We have the option of traveling either by bus or by airplane. The journey takes a maximum of 7 hours on the bus and it goes through the Prithvi highway. However, the flight is considerably shorter and takes only around 30 minutes. In Pokhara, you can explore the Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, and even visit the World Peace Pagoda. Overnight in Pokhara.

    • Maximum Altitude827m

    The trekking commences from today. We shall find ourselves walking on the banks of the Modi River and then taking a quick breather at the beautiful Lumle village. Walk past blooming rhododendron forests and buy some souvenirs at Birethanti. Tikhedhunga is an hour away from here as the trails take us through the lush forests. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.

    • Maximum Altitude1540m

    The trail from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani provides an excellent view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. An initial climb takes us to Ulleri and we shall take a breather at Banthanti. Admire the view of Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Hiunchuli (6441m) from here. After we cross a small river, we climb to Nangethanti and then reach Ghorepani. This Gurung village is a famous stop among travelers and offers mesmerizing hospitality along with scenic mountain views. Overnight in Ghorepani.

    • Maximum Altitude2760m

    Today, we shall head to the vantage point of Poon Hill to catch amazing views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. The vistas are even amazing if we time the hike when the sun rises. The journey to Poon hill involves waking up early and walking on steep paths. After observing the sunrise, we shall head back to Ghorepani. Head to the natural springs of Tatopani and relax there. Overnight in Tatopani.

    • Maximum Altitude1180m

    From Tatopani, we shall head to Ghasa. It is the first Thakali village in the Annapurna Conservation area and the locals here practice Tibetan Buddhism. The trail to Ghasa is rugged and barren with the scenic display of waterfalls along the way. There is an ACAP checkpoint in Ghasa where your permits will be checked. Overnight in Ghasa.

    • Maximum Altitude2000m

    The road to Tukuche is barren and prone to landslides. It is a VDC in the Mustang district and resides in the Kali Gandaki Gorge. The people here are mostly Thakali and have a pretty unique culture and lifestyle. You can visit sights like the Qpar Gomba, Rani Gompa, and the Sambha Gompa. Overnight in Tukuche.

    • Maximum Altitude2560m

    The trail for the day sees a drastic rise in altitude. We cross the Thapa River as we head out of Tukuche and head further north along the Thalingthala Danda. The trail transcends from green slightly forested paths to bland and at some parts snowy as well to reach the First Camp. We shall set our camp here and rest for the day. Overnight in First Camp.

    • Maximum Altitude4000m

    The climb from First Camp sees a gradual increase in elevation of up to 4900 meters. The trail from the first camp heads northwest along the Pharam River and passes Yak Kharka to reach the Second Camp. The climb to the Second Camp takes roughly 4 hours. Set your camp here and spend the day here. Overnight in Second Camp.

    • Maximum Altitude4900m

    We shall make our climb to the high camp today. The high camp stands at an elevation of 5200 meters and the winds here are strong and there are high chances of snowfall. Spend the remaining day by learning the proper usage of trekking equipment. You can also use the rest of the day by exploring around and relishing the scenery. Overnight in High Camp.

    • Maximum Altitude5200m

    Today, we shall conquer the summit of the Dhampus Peak (6012m). Navigate through narrow passes and crevasses as we leave the High Camp. Closely follow our head guide and you will arrive at the summit during the day. The summit of the peak offers mesmerizing views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri mountain ranges. After conquering the summit, head back to the High Camp. Overnight in High Camp.

    • Maximum Altitude6012m

    From the High Camp, we shall slowly make our way to the Second Camp. The path is pretty steep so be careful. On the second camp, gather all your necessities and prepare for the return. The views of the mountains in the Nilgiri, Tukuche, and Dhaulagiri ranges will keep us entertained as we follow the snowy trail to the Second Camp. Overnight in Second Camp.

      From the Second Camp, we shall retrace our steps back to the First Camp of the Dhampus Peak (6012m). The trail slowly transforms from icy slopes to green fields. We need to walk along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River in order to reach Tukuche. Overnight in Tukuche.

      • Maximum Altitude2560m

      The road for the day leads us to Jomsom. The trail to Jomsom is pretty windy so, you will have to be careful. Trekking along the sandy banks of the Kali Gandaki River, you can settle down at Jomsom. Jomsom is a major town in the Annapurna region and it is famous for its apple orchards and other Apple products. Here, you can see old Thakali settlements and enjoy the lifestyle of the people. Overnight in Jomsom.

      • Maximum Altitude2720m

      Enjoy a short and discreet flight that takes you from Jomsom to Pokhara. The picturesque flight shows you the panorama of the Annapurna region in the form of colossal sky-piercing mountains like Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Machhapuchhre (6997m). Upon arrival in Pokhara, go for some souvenir shopping or enjoy the rest of the day at the Lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.

      • Maximum Altitude827m

      Gather all your necessities and then get on a bus that leads you directly to Kathmandu. The drive will most probably start in the morning. Enjoy the amazing view of the Prithvi highway while you travel. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, head to the hotel where the company will host a farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

        We will bid you farewell with the best of wishes. A representative will come and pick you from your hotel and make sure you reach the airport on time. Your journey ends today as you fly to your next destination.

          Cost Details

          • 3 Nights stay in Kathmandu & 2 Nights stay in Pokhara with BB Plan
          • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport arrival and departure transfer
          • Climbing permits for Dhampus Peak
          • All essential trekking permits and conservation area free
          • Tea House + Camping combined accommodation during trek & Climb – as per itinerary
          • All meals during trek & climb– Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
          • Experienced trekking & climbing guide
          • Required number of porters
          • All necessary climbing gears
          • Kitchen equipment and camping equipment during climbing period
          • General first aid kids
          • Insurance, clothing, and salary for staffs
          • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
          • All government taxes and necessary paperwork
          • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
          • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment
          • Travel insurance
          • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
          • International Airfare and Airport Departure Tax
          • Tips for trekking staffs
          • Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
          • Personal shopping and laundry, Personal trekking equipment, Gifts, and souvenirs
          • All items not listed in Cost included the section

          Useful Info

          Similar to other adventures in Nepal, autumn and spring are the best times for Dhampus Peak Climbing. Although Dhampus is not a technically difficult peak to climb, climbers have to be physically fit to complete the journey.

          At Eternal Himalaya, we have trip packages all over Nepal. We provide transportation, accommodation, expert guides, and porters for the trip. Likewise, we also allow you to make changes to your trips.