Dhampus Peak Trek with Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Code: NPL-TRK-DAM-DHU
24 Days 23 Nights

Description

Dhampus Peak Trek with Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an adventure for experienced trekkers who want to explore the wild, remote, and off-the-beaten tracks of the Himalayas. This trek takes you through semitropical forests to the boulders of ice and glaciers and provides stunning views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan Ranges. En route, you pass through two high mountain passes and encounter the beautiful Hidden Valley and Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.

Dhampus Peak Trek with Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek starts from Beni after a scenic drive from Kathmandu. You pass through jungles, traditional villages, and terraced fields, and cross suspension bridges to make your way through the grassy area on a moraine to reach Italian Base Camp. Italian Base Camp is located at the snout of Chhongardan Glacier and is a great vantage point to witness the majesty of the Dhaulagiri massif. The trek then moves on a glacial trail to reach the foot of the gorgeous Dhaulagiri I (8167m), which serves outstanding views of the whole Dhaulagiri mountain range. A challenge in this trek is the traverse across the frozen French Pass (5360m), from where you reach the beautiful Hidden Valley. Then you conquer the biggest challenge of this trek, the summit to Dhampus Peak (6012m). A tough ascent through ice and snow on a slippery and rocky trail takes you to the top of Dhampus Peak (6012m), from where a mesmerizing panorama of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges smile back at you for your accomplishment. On your way back, you cross the isolated Dhampus Pass (5244m) and make your way downhill through meadows and later on the banks of Kali Gandaki River to reach the windy town of Jomsom via the apple capital—Marpha. The best seasons for this trek are September-November & March-May.

Traveling with Epic Adventures provides you with the best trekking experience as all your worries are taken care of by the company, giving you complete freedom to immerse in your trip. Epic Adventures has repeatedly outstood its work and is highly valued by its clients. We take care of your accommodation, transport, permits, and equipment’s while providing you with the highest quality of service.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION TIA Kathmandu
DIFFICULTY LEVEL Medium/Hard
HIGHEST ALTITUDE 4600 m
COST INCLUDES
  • All the airport and hotel transfer as per the itinerary.
  • All the required domestic flights as per the itinerary.
  • Special trekking permits of Makalu region.
  • All the necessary trekking permits and official paper works.
  • All the surface transportation as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city inclusive bed and breakfast.
  • Full board meals prepared by our expert cook during the trekking period.
  • Tented accommodation during the trek.
  • Nepal government license holder local trekking guide.
  • Required supporting porters and mules to carry your luggage, foods and camping equipments.
  • Government trained  guide  necessary no.of porters with their insurance,salary and  meals
  • National park entry fees and TIMS permit card
  • All Domestic Flights according to the itinerary in fixed wing aircraft
  • Foods, Salary, accommodation and accidental insurance of all the trekking staffs.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • A comprehensive medical kit box
COST EXCLUDES
  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottle mineral water, soft drinks and snack foods
  • Extra porter for the personal day bag pack
  • Monument fees of Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Riding horse along the trek
  • Restaurant food bills, if the client decide to go other restaurant during the trek
  • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu due to bad weather and earlier back to Kathmandu
  • Helicopter charter and all accommodation on flight cancellation due to bad weather
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation,emergency rescue charges,landslide,weather,political unrest,illness,re-routing etc which are not within our control
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips to staffs

Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu |1350m

The trip begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. Our company representative will welcome you at the airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel by our company van. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

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Day 2: Drive to Pokhara |800m|5-6 Hrs

Today you will take a scenic drive to Pokhara, the lake city. You follow Trishuli and Marsayangdi Rivers gently through the small towns and terraced fields to meet the trail above Seti River that takes you to Pokhara. Pokhara is the trekking gateway to the Annapurna Region and is a natural paradise on its own. You can spend the evening strolling on the banks of Phewa Lake. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 3: Drive to Beni and Trek to Tatopani |1190m|3 Hrs Drive| 4 Hrs Trek

From Pokhara, you take another scenic drive towards Beni and begin the trek from there. Follow the trail that passes through the terraced farmlands and traditional villages to arrive in Tatopani. If you want to, you can take a dip in the natural hot spring in Tatopani which is said to be relieving for strained muscles. Overnight at tented camp.

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Day 4: Trek from Tatopani to Dharapani |1,470m| |5-7 Hrs  

Cross the bridge over Myagdi Khola and walk on a leveled trail to Phedi. Then slowly ascend for about 30 minutes to the top of a hill. From here, you can get wonderful views of Dhaulagiri Mountain Range. A gentle uphill trek will take you to Dharapani. Overnight at tented camp.

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Day 5: Trek from Dharapani to Muri |1,850m |6-7 Hrs

It will be a long trek today. You follow a rather easy trail through the terraced fields and traditional villages before crossing the suspension bridge over Dhara Khola. From there, you ascend through lush forests to reach the Magar village of Muri. Overnight at tented camp.

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Day 6: Trek from Muri to Boghara |2,080m |6-7 Hrs

Descend steeply through the terraced fields and cross the bridge over Mudi River. From there, you make a steep ascent to a ridge and descend to the village of Jugepani. Then ascend steeply through the deep forest above the gorge of Myagdi Khola to reach Boghara. Overnight at tented camp.

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Day 7: Trek from Boghara to Dobang |2,500m| 6-7 Hrs

The trail from Boghara descends to a small ridge and then crosses a forest to reach Jyardan. Then you ascend on a rocky terrain to reach Dobang. Dobang is a large clearing in the forest with two huts and wide areas for tents. You can get the views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Manapathi (6380m) from Dobang. Overnight at tented camp.

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Day 8: Trek from Dobang to Sallaghari |2,820m |5-7

You pass through the rhododendron and bamboo forests while continuing to trek alongside Myagdi Khola. Cross the bridge over Myagdi Khola and follow the trail which heads east with the Dhaulagiri massif on the backdrop. Passing through the deep forest, you arrive at Sallaghari. Overnight at tented camp.

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Day 9: Trek from Sallaghari to Italian Base Camp |3,660m| 5-6 hrs Trek

Walk through the pleasant pine, rhododendron and juniper forest, and then ascend to a grassy area on a moraine trail. The gradual climb brings you to Italian Base Camp via Puchhar Base Camp and American Base Camp. From here, you can see the close-up view of the western side of Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m) along with the snowy peaks of Tsaurabong (6395m), Dhaulagiri V (7816m), and Dhaulagiri III (7715m). Overnight at tented camp.

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Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day – free exploration

Spend the day for acclimatization before heading to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. It is essential to remain fit and get adjusted to the higher altitude. You can, however, take a hike to a higher elevation and explore the valley for a couple of hours. Overnight in Italian Base Camp.

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Day 11: Trek to Glacier Camp 4,200m|6-7 hrs

Today you trek to the Glacier Camp which is situated between Italian Base Camp and Dhaulagiri Base Camp. You descend steeply towards the icy glacier, crossing which, you ascend along the moraine on the left side of Chhongardan gorge and eventually reach Glacier Camp. Enjoy the alluring view of different peaks of the Dhaulagiri Mountain Range from the Glacier Camp. Overnight at tented camp.

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Day 12: Rest and acclimatization day at Glacier Camp – exploration

This will be another day for acclimatization as you want to be completely fit and properly rested before walking to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. You can just relax at the camp or go for a day walk to a higher altitude. Overnight at Glacier Camp.

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Day 13: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp |4,700m|5 Hrs

Today you will head to the base of the gorgeous Dhaulagiri I (8167m). The trail to Dhaulagiri Base Camp is rough and slippery. You follow the trail along the moraine which is often icy and covered with snow. After reaching Dhaulagiri Base Camp, you can get an amazing view of Tukuche Peak (6920m) and the west side of Dhaulagiri massif (8167m). Overnight at tented camp.

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Day 14: Rest and acclimatization day at Dhaulagiri Base Camp

It is essential to take some rest before you cross the French Pass (5360m). Dhaulagiri Base Camp offers great views of snowcapped mountain peaks like Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), and other surrounding peaks. Have an amazing time relishing the view of snowy mountains while sipping a warm cup of tea or coffee while resting amid the snow. Overnight in Dhaulagiri Base Camp.

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Day 15: Trek to Hidden Valley |5050m| via French pass |5,360m|8-9 Hrs

The trail crosses over to the left side of upper Chhongardan Glacier and climbs steeply towards the lateral moraine ridge. Then you make a final ascend to cross the French Pass (5360m). After the climb to the top, the views of the valley open up. You can see Tukuche Peak (6920m) in the west and Dhaulagiri I (8167m) behind it along with the glimpses of Annapurna massif. The view of the Hidden Valley is amazing from the top of French Pass (5360m). After enjoying the view for a while, you hike down to reach the beautiful Hidden Valley for the overnight stay.

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Day 16: Trek to Dhampus Peak Base Camp |5100m|5-6 Hrs.

You leave the hidden valley and follow the trail that heads through the alpine vegetation surrounded by mountains in all directions. You can encounter blue sheep on the way as you trek through pastures on rocky terrain to arrive in Dhampus Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.

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Day 17: Rest/Acclimatization day at Dhampus Base Camp.

Take this day off trekking for some rest and to adjust to the high altitude. You will be spending the day at the base of the camp exploring the nearby areas and relishing the scenic views. It is necessary to be mentally and physically fit before you begin the climb to the high camp. Overnight in Dhampus Base Camp.

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Day 18: Trek from Dhampus Base Camp to High Camp |5600m|3-4 Hrs

Follow the ascending trail gradually through and over the glaciated mountains to arrive at the High Camp.  Take some rest at the high camp and get ready to use your equipment. The climbing leader will guide you during the climb, and if necessary, you will be provided with some extra training before you move ahead. Overnight at tented camp.

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Day 19: Summit Dhampus Peak |6012m/19719ft| & back to Base Camp |8-9 hrs Climb|

Today is summit day as you head-on with a determined heart towards the top of Dhampus Peak (6012m). Your climbing leader will assist you through today’s journey. You put on the safety ropes on the ice bar and gently ascend towards the summit of Dhampus Peak (6012m). From the summit, you can get an astonishing view of the mountain chain from Annapurna to Dhaulagiri ranges and the Kali Gandaki Valley. After enjoying the views from the top, you head back to Dhampus Base Camp for the overnight stay.

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Day 20: Trek from Dhampus Base Camp to Yak Kharka |3680m|| via Dhampus Pass |5,240m|7-8 Hrs

It will be a long trek today. You follow the trail that climbs up the moderate slope towards Dhampus Pass (5244m). After crossing the pass, you make a steep descend and enter Kali Gandaki Valley, which is the deepest gorge in the world. Then descend further through pastures to reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at tented camp.

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Day 21: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom |2,670m|5-6 Hrs

This is the last day of the trek. Today’s trail leads to a long descend back into villages. Then you walk through the pine, fir and rhododendron forests and descend to the apple orchards of Marpha village. From Marpha, you take the easy walking trail alongside Kali Gandaki River to reach the windy town of Jomsom. Overnight at the teahouse.

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Day 22: Morning flight to Pokhara; free day – explore, sightseeing, boating, personal activities etc…

Take an early morning flight to Pokhara and explore the beautiful city. There are so many things to do in Pokhara. You can do boating in Phewa Lake, go for paragliding, or just explore the temples and stupas in Pokhara. In the evening, you can enjoy the peaceful view of Phewa Lake or hang out at the live music bars near the lake. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 23: Drive back to Kathmandu|7 Hrs drive

Today, you take a pleasant drive back to Kathmandu from the lake city. Drive through curvy roads and pass through rural settlements to arrive in Kathmandu. In the evening, you can either go shopping or explore the tourist attractions in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 24: Depature

After a fulfilling breakfast at the hotel, our company representative will drive you to the airport from where you take the flight back home.

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