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Thapa Peak or Dhampus Peak Climbing

Trip Highlights

Duration: 23 Days

Type of Trek: Camping

Max Altitude: 5015 m

Minimum Person: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transport

Grade: Strenuous

Dhampus Peak (6012m) is a trekking peak located in Kaski district of north-central Nepal. The peak lies in the famous Annapurna trekking circuit and is clearly visible from Dhampus Village.

In fact Dhampus peak is part of the Dhaulagiri Range. From the summit climbers can catch a majestic glimpse of tallest Himalayan peaks including Annapurna, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri I, Mt. Fishtail among others.

The approach to Dhampus peak starts from Tukuche, a popular starting point for many Annapurna treks and passes through the Kali Gandaki Valley drained by Kali Gandaki River. The region is famous for Thakali community and their hospitality, milestones and rare wildlife and the temple of Chumig Gyatsa or Muktinath.

Climbing Dhampus peak is technically easier. So anyone inspiring to taste the Himalayan climbing can opt for this mountain. Crossing the Dhampus Pass (5200m), one of the highest passes in the Himalayas, is a major highlight of Dhampus peak climbing. The entire ordeal takes about two weeks.

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary
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Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni takes about eleven hours.

Day 04: Trek from Beni to Maldhunga (1300m.) which takes about six hours.

Day 05: Trek from Maldhunga to Darbang takes about five and a half hours.

Day 06: Trek from Darbang to Takum takes about 5 hours.

Day 07: Trek from Takum to Muri takes about 6 hours.

Day 08: Trek from Muri to Bagar (2080m.).

Day 09: Trek from Bagar to Dobang (2520m.).

Day 10: Trek from Dovan to Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) takes about 6 hours.

Day 11: Rest day for acclimatization.

Day 12: Trek from Upper Vugini (Italian Base Camp) to Glacier Camp and it takes about 4 hours.

Day 13: Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp which takes about 5 hours.

Day 14: Trek from Dhaulagiri base camp to French Col (5010m.)- Hidden valley takes about four hours.

Day 15: Trek from French Col to Thapa pass (5015m) takes about five hours.

Day 16: Rest at Thapa Peak Base Camp.

Day 17: Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m.) takes about five hours.

Day 18: Trek from Thapa Peak Base Camp to Yak Kharka takes about five hours.

Day 19: Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m.) takes about five hours.

Day 20: Drive from Marpha to Pokhara bye Jeep/Bus.

Day 21: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours.

Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour.

Day 23: Departure

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our airport representative. You will be greeted traditionally with flower garlands. The representative will then take you to your hotel where you will be served welcome drinks. In the afternoon, you can take a stroll around and visit shops, restaurants and bars. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip.

Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip. Checking your climbing equipment's, and discussing the climb with the climbing/trekking guide. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni takes about eleven hours.

Drive from Kathmandu to Beni takes about eleven hours. You follow the Marshyangdi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Pokhara is tourist's paradise with lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with beautiful mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The drive from here goes uphill all the way to Naudanda. It then descends to Nayapul with views of Annapurna South, Fish tail, green hills, terraces and villages. To reach Beni, your drive moves along the bank of the Mardi River. This is one of the most picturesque road journeys. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Beni to Maldhunga (1300m.) which takes about six hours.

Trek from Beni to Maldhunga (1300m.) which takes about six hours. You climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Maldhunga to Darbang takes about five and a half hours.

Trek from Maldhunga to Darbang takes about five and a half hours. This day you trek early for a one hour passing through jungles with varieties of oaks, rhododendron and so on. Your trail now follows flat land, passing through a stream at one place. Darbang is a small village mainly inhabited by Magar and Limbus. There is a beautiful camping site. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Darbang to Takum takes about 5 hours.

Trek from Darbang to Takum takes about 5 hours. This day your trek ascends through a narrow path for early one hour. Next, you go along the flat land passing through jungle with varieties of rhododendrons, oaks and Christmas trees at some distance. After you cross a small stream, your trail follows an ascending path until you reach Takum. Here, you camp behind the school located in central Takum. Here you will also find a Hindu temple where the villagers go to submit their offerings. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 07: Trek from Takum to Muri takes about 6 hours.

Trek from Takum to Muri takes about 6 hours. You start trekking on a descending trail for an early one hour passing through jungle. Then you follow an ascending path and before you approach Muri you pass along flat land until you reach Muri. This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and Rai, one of the ethnic communities of Nepal. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 08: Trek from Muri to Bagar (2080m.).

Trek from Muri to Bagar (2080m.). Descend a gentle slope and cross a rocky stream then descend a path amid terraced fields to Dhora Khola. Cross the river and climb to the right, up the mountainside to Ghorban dhara. The view from this pass is nice and for the first time you can see Ghustung south (6465m). Follow the right bank path past Naura where you begin to ascend the mountainside. After climbing for a short while, you will take a path that traverses the steep grass-covered hill. The Myagdi khola assumes a steep-walled V-shape as the traverse ends and a high, winding path climbs the steep, grassy slope. The steep slope will not tolerate any missteps but the path is well-constructed with a great number of zigzag stone step paths. At last the long climb ends, and you enter a traverse to the right. Here you must also beware of falling into the gorge of the Myagdi Khola. Soon you descend through a forested area, emerging to a ridge snout where Bagar (2080) is visible. Descend through terraced fields to this mountain village where you camp in people's yards or the terraced fields. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 09: Trek from Bagar to Dobang (2520m.).

Trek from Bagar to Dobang (2520m.). Here, you leave the villages behind and the trial becomes increasingly challenging. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 10: Trek from Dovan to Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) takes about 6 hours.

Trek from Dovan to Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) takes about 6 hours. Passing through the beautiful forest you rapidly gain altitude and mountains burst out all around. You camp for the night.

Day 11: Rest day for acclimatization.

Rest day for acclimatization. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 12: Trek from Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) to Glacier Camp and it takes about 4 hours.

Trek from Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp) to Glacier Camp and it takes about 4 hours. After crossing the first glacier, probably using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, you climb onto the main glacier. The surroundings are spectacular which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. We may also use a rope on this section. This is a particularly tough day. You camp on the glacier rubble. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 13: Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp which takes about 5 hours.

Trek from Glacier Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp which takes about 5 hours. Soon the rough rubble gives way to the smooth ice of the white part of the glacier. You climb steadily to the rough and chilling but spectacular Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 14: Trek from Dhaulagiri base camp to French Col (5010m.)- Hidden valley takes about four hours.

Trek from Dhaulagiri base camp to French Col (5010m.)- Hidden valley takes about four hours. You trek along trail covered with ice and soft snow. The stunning views of the Dhaulagiri range completely enchant you. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 15: Trek from French Col to Thapa pass (5015m) takes about five hours.

Trek from French Col to Thapa pass (5015m) takes about five hours. The views are the same as earlier in the day. This day you trek along a flat path covered with ice and snow. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 16: Rest at Thapa Peak Base Camp.

Rest at Thapa Peak Base Camp. This is an acclimatization day and you can make necessary preparation for Thapa peak summit. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 17: Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m.) takes about five hours.

Climb Thapa peak (6012m.) and back to Base Camp which takes about ten hours. At the summit you will be enclosed by the views of Dhaulagiri I, Nilgiri, and Annapurna and so on. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 18: Trek from Thapa Peak Base Camp to Yak Kharka takes about five hours.

Trek from Thapa Peak Base Camp to Yak Kharka takes about five hours. To reach your destination you trek leveled path all the way. En route you pass Battase Danda. The views of Tukuche peak, Thapa peak, Annapurna range mesmerize you. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 19: Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m.) takes about five hours.

Trek from Yak Kharka to Marpha (2670m.) takes about five hours. This day the trail moves downhill until Marpha. On the way you pass small forests of juniper and other local vegetation. You will be accompanied by the splendid views of Nilgiri, Annapurna and rocky hills. Stay overnight at camp/lodge.

Day 20: Drive from Marpha to Pokhara bye Jeep/Bus.

Drive from Marpha to Pokhara bye Jeep/Bus. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 21: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours.

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city of Kathmandu.

Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour.

Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 23: Departure

As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.

The price includes the following services:

  • Peak climbing permit
  • Climbing guide / Sirdar (One climbing guide for 4 climbers)
  • One trekking guide/leader
  • Necessary porters including a cook (some nights will be camping and will require cook and cooking utensils)
  • All meals three times a day during the trek/climb (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodations in tea houses (lodges) and some nights for camping
  • Necessary trekking/camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping    bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Entry permit for Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
  • All land transportation
  • Insurance and equipment for the climbing & trekking staff
  • First Aid kit
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Farewell dinner on the last day

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • All drinks & beverages
  • Hot shower
  • Battery charges
  • Tips
  • Climbing equipment's 
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu

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