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Dormo Peak Climbing (33 days)

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Trip Duration: 33 days  

Trip Type: Camping  

Trip Grade: Difficult  

Min. Group Size: 1+  

Max Altitude: 6855 m.  

Trip Start: Kathmandu  

Trip Ends: Kathmandu  

Best Season:

Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV

Spring: MAR-APR-MAY  

Transportation: Land  

Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)  

Accommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu. Camping Accommodation during Trek

Dormo Peak is located in Taplejung district in the eastern region of Nepal, near the world’s third highest mountain, Mt. Kanchendzonga range. The peak straddles the border between Tibet, Sikkim and Nepal.  Although it is 6855m tall, it has not be categorized as an expedition peak, not a trekking peak.

The permit for climbing the Dormo peak is administered by the Nepalese government. Expedition groups are required to take a liaison officer along as part of the regulations.

The journey to Dormo peak is a long one, requiring bus rides from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and then to Basantpur from where the trek begins. The treks is mostly through sparsely settlements of villages that are home to Rai and Limbu people or Kirat people. Kirat people are renowned for their unique culture and cuisine. Much of the trek route passes through Kanchendzonga National Reserve replete with alpine shrubs, meadows, grassland and forests that are home to such endangered species as Red Panda, Black Bear, wolves and mountain goats.

The base camp is set up at Pang Pema from where it is just a few hours climb to the summit. The mountain  itself is a mass of snow, ice and rock. Climbing the mountain will require skillful use of ropes, ice axe and walking through glaciers.

The Peak offers a magnificent panorama of eastern Himalayan ranges including khumbakarna(7711m), Kanchunjunga(8586m), Yalung kag(8055m) and Kirat Chuli(7362m)

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Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

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

Day 03-04: Drive from Kathmandu to Basantpur via Dharan(428m.), Dhankuta (1158m.) and Hille(1822m.) by bus.

Day 05: Trek from Basantpur to Chauki (2400m.) takes about six hours.

Day 06: Trek from Chauki to Gupha Pokhari (2940m.) to Gurja Gaon (2145m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 07: Trek from Gurja Goan to Dovan (730 m.) takes approximately five and half hours.

Day 08: Trek from Dovan to Mitlung (921m.) takes approximately six hours.

Day 09: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa (1171m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 10: Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (1635m.) takes about six hours.

Day 11: Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2510m.) takes about five hours.

Day 12: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyable takes about seven hours.

Day 13: Trek from Gyable to Ghunsa (3468m.) takes about six hours.

Day 14: Rest day at Ghunsa for acclimatization.

Day 15: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4124m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 16: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 17: Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema (5152m.) takes about four hours.

Day 18: Trek from Pangpema to Kanchanjunga (North) Base Camp (5280m.)

Day 19: Trek/climb from Lhonak to Dromo Sporn and back to Lhopnak.

Day 20: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa via Khambachen takes about seven hours.

Day 21: Trek from Ghunsa to Mirgin La (4583m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 22: Trek from Mirgin La to Tseram (3725m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 23: Trek from Tseram to Oktang (5225m.) takes about eight hours.

Day 24: Excursion to Kanchanjunga Base Camp (South) takes about six hours.

Day 25: Trek from Oktang to Tseram (3725m.) takes approximately seven hours.

Day 26: Trek from Tseram to Yamphudin (2090m.) takes about nine hours.

Day 27: Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang (1740m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 28: Trek from Khebang to Thorpu (1500m.) takes approximately nine hours.

Day 29: Trek from Thorpu to Gopetar (2250m.) takes about six hours.

Day 30-31: Drive from Gopetar to Kathmandu

Day 32: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour.

Day 33: 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, and discussing the climb with the climbing/trekking guide. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03-04: Drive from Kathmandu to Basantpur via Dharan (428m.), Dhankuta (1158m.) and Hille (1822m.) by bus.

Drive from Kathmandu to Basantpur via Dharan(428m.), Dhankuta (1158m.) and Hille (1822m.) by bus. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 05: Trek from Basantpur to Chauki (2400m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Basantpur to Chauki (2400m.) takes about six hours. The trail follows an uneven path. The path is covered by rhododendron forests. If the sky is clear, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Mount Makalu and Kanchenjunga Himal. You can also view villages at a distance from your hiking point. Chauki is a small village with a few lodges and Nepali tea shops. You camp for the night.

Day 06: Trek from Chauki to Gupha Pokhari (2940m.) to Gurja Gaon (2145m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Chauki to Gupha Pokhari (2940m.) to Gurja Gaon (2145m.) takes about seven hours. While trekking through this way, you pass through rhododendron forests. On the way from Gupha Pokhari to Gurja Gaon, you can see yaks and mountain sheep grazing in the jungle. You will also observe some villages at a far distance. Gurja Gaon is inhabited by Buddhist and Hindus. It is situated at a low elevation. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 07:Trek from Gurja Goan to Dovan (730 m.) takes approximately five and half hours.

Trek from Gurja Goan to Dovan (730 m.) takes approximately five and half hours. The trails descend up to Dovan. En route you pass through jungle and villages. You trek through terraces where crops such as wheat, maize, rice, millet and potatoes are grown here. Dovan is a village situated at low elevation between two streams. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 08: Trek from Dovan to Mitlung (921m.) takes approximately six hours.

Trek from Dovan to Mitlung (921m.) takes approximately six hours. Crossing a suspension bridge over Tamur River you follow quite a flat route. Your hike continues along the bank of Tamur Koshi through paddy fields. You frequently cross through small jungles of cardamom plants and other natural vegetation. You can see some small village stretching at a far distance. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 09: Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa (1171m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa (1171m.) takes about seven hours. The path to follow is quite narrow and passes through jungle mainly covered with cardamom plants and other vegetation. You can also see small gardens of oranges on your way. You cross through some small streams while trekking. Your trek leads through undulating path. Chirwa is a small town where you find small lodges and camping site with local shops. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 10: Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (1635m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Chirwa to Sekathum (1635m.) takes about six hours. Your trek passes through a small jungle along the bank of a river. You find the plants of cardamom and other different vegetation. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 11: Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2510m.) takes about five hours.

Trek from Sekathum to Amjilosa (2510m.) takes about five hours. The first one and half-hour you trek through normally flat land. Then your trail is a steep ascent up to Amjilasa. Amjilassa is a small village with a few houses and yak herds with local shops where you find minimal supplies.  Stay overnight in camp.

Day 12: Trek from Amjilosa to Gyable takes about seven hours.

Trek from Amjilosa to Gyable takes about seven hours. The trail is quite flat in the beginning and gently ascends to Gyable passing through the jungle. Human settlements are visible at Gyable.  People living here follow the Buddhist culture. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 13: Trek from Gyable to Ghunsa (3468m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Gyable to Ghunsa (3468m.) takes about six hours. Your trail passes through a dense green jungle. You can see Gunsa River down the trail. The trail passes through a few human settlements and it is clearly visible that their life style and culture has been inherited from Tibet. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 14: Rest day at Ghunsa for acclimatization.

Rest day at Ghunsa for acclimatization. This is a day to rest to acclimatize and do some excursions in and around Ghunsa. Ghunsa is a relatively larger town and inhabited by Tibetan people. The trekkers come across a few check points at Ghunsa. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 15: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4124m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4124m.) takes about seven hours. The trail makes a gradual ascent along the south bank of the Gunsa Khola, then crosses a boulder strewn flood plain and cross back to Rambuk Kharka on the north side of the river. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 16: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m.) takes about seven hours. The trail climbs gradually through open rocky fields to Ramtang at 4240m, then across moraines north-west of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Lhonak, at 4790m, is near a dry lake bed on an open, sandy plain; water is scarce here. There are no houses, but you can camp among the large boulders to get out of the wind. Terrific mountain views abound in all directions. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 17: Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema (5152m.) takes about four hours.

Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema (5152m.) takes about four hours. From Lhonak, the trail ascends gradually across the plain, and then gets a bit steeper as it follows the moraine. The views are dramatic, but you cannot see Kanchenjunga or Wedge Peak until you are near Peng Pema. The spectacular main peak of Kanchenjunga, and a panorama of other peaks that make up one of the largest mountain masses in the world, tower over the single roofless hut at Pang Pema. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 18: Trek from Pangpema to Kanchanjunga (North) Base Camp (5280m.)

Trek from Pangpema to Kanchanjunga (North) Base Camp (5280m.) and then to Lhonak takes approximately six hours. Here you can enjoy the snow capped mountains and the Kanchenjunga glacier. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 19: Trek/climb from Lhonak to Dromo Sporn and back to Lhopnak.

Trek/climb from Lhonak to Dromo Sporn and back to Lhopnak. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 20: Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa via Khambachen takes about seven hours.

Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa via Khambachen takes about seven hours. Now you trek to a descending path crossing the jungle along the Khambachen River. Somewhere you can see the Mani walls and prayer flags hanging over the trees. At a point, you have to cross a wooden bridge. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 21: Trek from Ghunsa to Mirgin La (4583m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Ghunsa to Mirgin La (4583m.) takes about seven hours. By ascending, you pass through a jungle. Here also you can see mani walls and prayer flags hanging over the trees. While trekking, you can also catch glimpses of the various mountains. You can spot various animals like mountain goats and yaks grazing over the green hills. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 22: Trek from Mirgin La to Tseram (3725m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Mirgin La to Tseram (3725m.) takes about seven hours. You trek through almost desert like areas and in some places you cross the trail is stony. The path ascends from Mirgin La to Tseram. On the path, you can see Lapsang La glacier, Mirgin La glacier and snow-capped mountains. There are very few stone roof houses at Tseram and also some yak huts. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 23: Trek from Tseram to Oktang (5225m.) takes about eight hours.

Trek from Tseram to Oktang (5225m.) takes about eight hours. You trek through moraines. On the trail, you can see the Yalung glacier and Lapsang glacier. You can also see mountain goats as you cross through a desert like area. The view of snow-covered mountains and Kanchenjunga is absolutely magnificent. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 24: Excursion to Kanchanjunga Base Camp (South) takes about six hours.

Excursion to Kanchanjunga Base Camp (South) takes about six hours. The trekkers have to walk through moraines and strenuous rocky path. Trekking this day is pretty adventurous as you have to walk along the glaciers. Today you cross the jOktang glacier. The panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and Mount Jannu will mesmerize you. Some parts of the area touch the neighboring India. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 25: Trek from Oktang to Tseram (3725m.) takes approximately seven hours.

Trek from Oktang to Tseram (3725m.) takes approximately seven hours. You trek following a stream alongside the moraines of Yalung Glacier. The path is quite loose and rocky. Mani walls and prayer flags will be seen hanging over the trees. Along the way, you will see the difficult route of Lapsang La pass at a distance. There are very few stone roof houses at Tseram and some yak huts. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 26: Trek from Tseram to Yamphudin (2090m.) takes about nine hours.

Trek from Tseram to Yamphudin (2090m.) takes about nine hours. The first part of the trail goes along the bank of the river Simbua Khola. You have to walk through a dense jungle. On the way, you can see the effects of a landslide at some places. The trails normally ascend up to Lamite Bhanjyang and then descend to Yamphudin crossing a small river. Yamphudin is a mixed community of Sherpas, Limbus, Rais and Gurungs. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 27: Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang (1740m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Yamphudin to Khebang (1740m.) takes about seven hours. In the beginning, you descend to cross the Omje Khola up to halfway. Now you ascend through a jungle of cardamom and orchid plants. You pass a small village where you can find different human settlements, small thatched roof houses and local shops with minimal supplies. From here, the trail is ascends up to Khebang Danda and then you descend to Khebang village. Khabang is a comparatively big village where the local people follow the Hindu and Buddhism faiths. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 28: Trek from Khebang to Thorpu (1500m.) takes approximately nine hours.

Trek from Khebang to Thorpu (1500m.) takes approximately nine hours. The trail starts descending to Jorepul and then begins to ascend. You also trek along the flat and low land crossing paddy fields and thatched roof houses. There are many villages on the way where you can buy things you may require from the shops in these villages. Thorpu is a town where transportation facilities are available. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 29: Trek from Thorpu to Gopetar (2250m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Thorpu to Gopetar (2250m.) takes about six hours. First of all, you ascend through the small villages up to the last destination, Gopetar. It is a town with a few small restaurants, teashops and other some local bars. From here, you get on your bus to reach Phidim and finally on to Ilam. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 30-31: Drive from Gopetar to Kathmandu

Drive from Gopetar to Kathmandu via Phidim (1264m.) and Ilam.

Day 32: 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 33: Departure

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

The Trip includes following services:

a) Kathmandu

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private car
  • 4 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

b) Trekking/Climbing

  • Peak permits for Dormo Peak
  • Entry permit for National Park/Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Climbing guide/s (Sirdar) and Trekking guide/s
  • Trekking Cooks and Kitchen Helpers
  • Necessary porters (one porter carries 25 kilograms)
  • Coverage of insurance and rescue for climbing guides, cooks and porters
  • All meals three times a day during the trek/climb
  • Accommodation in tea-houses (lodges) for some nights and some nights camping
  • Necessary trekking/camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipment for guide and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost include required.)

The Trip does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • All drinks & beverages
  • Hot shower
  • Battery charges
  • Tips
  • Personal Climbing equipment
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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