THAPA / DHAMPUS PEAK CLIMB

‘Trek and climb around world’s 7th highest mountains within amazing dramatic landscapes’

Highlights:

“An adventurous climb of Thapa / Dhampus peak within magnificent Dhaulagiri area
Views of high snow clad mountains on daily walks with dramatic landscapes scenery
Visiting Gurung-Magar and Thakali villages of immense Buddhist culture and custom
Enchanting lovely alpine woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and fir trees
Walking on both sides of Dhaulagiri range of peaks with incredible and massive views
Following Mygdi River right to its glacial source at base camp of Mt. Dhaulagiri
Crossing of high and scenic French pass to beautiful hidden valley with grand panorama’

Trip Profile:

Trip Mode:                  Hotels and Lodge with camping basis on trek and climb.
Trek Grade:                 Adventurous and Challenging (in snow conditions)
Climbing Grade:          PD + (French and Swiss alpine climbing systems)
Highest point:              On top Thapa / Dhampus Peak 6,012 m and at French Pass 5,360 m.
Trek & Climb:              14 nights & 15 days (With drive both ways and flight from Jomsom)
Total Trip:                   19 nights & 20 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Activities:                    Cultural tour – exciting drive with scenic trek and climb.
Season:                        April to June and September to November.

Introduction:

Thapa Peak also known as Dhampus peak located Nepal Far North West close to Mustang and Dolpo areas, within massive bulk of world 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri at 8,167 m high, as the area also touches the scenic Kaligandaki River valley near Marpha and Jomsom around lower Mustang region.

Thapa / Dhampus Peak towers above hidden valley at 6,012 meter high, offering exceptional panorama from Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167m and its massive range with Tukuche Peak 7,123 m, Nilgiris of over 6,000 m, Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft) to Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish-tail) 6,997 m with 08th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m, range of mountains with Lamjung Himal towards far eastern horizon.

Thapa / Dhampus Peak Climb adventure starting with a drive to low warm areas of Pokhara and Beni and heading towards cooler alpine zone of thick alpine forest of tall pines-oaks-rhododendron and fir tree lines and heading for some day in pure wilderness within pure wilderness of moraine-ice and glaciers beneath towering North Face of Mt. Dhaulagiri at 8,167 m high with tumbling Ice Falls.

One of the few treks in the Himalaya region where you can follow the river right to its glacial source within massive glaciers of Dhaulagiri and adjoining satellite peaks from I –II – III to Dhaulagiri groups of peaks which extends towards Mustang and Dolpo regions.

Our fascinating adventure leads over a high French Pass to reach at beautiful hidden valley, wide pasture areas for yaks and other cattails, with enough rest and acclimatization our actual adventure begins from here for the climb of Thapa / Dhampus Peak a stunning peak located at the edge of hidden valley towering at 6,012 m high.

The climb is graded PD + using from French and Swiss alpine climbing system and classifications, a straightforward climb with some technical effort in few sections to its summit top, where our expert guide will lead you to the summit and back safe and sound.

After an exciting climb with awesome panorama from the top, heading downhill towards Kaligandaki river valley at lower Mustang areas around charming Marpha village and Jomsom town for scenic short flight back to Pokhara and then an interesting drive to Kathmandu, where our magnificent and memorable adventure Thapa / Dhampus Peak Climb concludes.

Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03:            Drive or fly to Pokhara 860 m (30 mins flight & 6 hrs drive)
Day 04:            Drive to Darbang 1,200 m via Beni 900 m -06 hrs.
Day 05:            Trek to Riverside 1,700 m – 04 hrs.
Day 06:            Trek to Bagar 2,375m -05 hrs.
Day 07:            Trek to Dovan 2,600m-06 hours.
Day 08:            Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m -05 hrs.
Day 09:            Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp.) 3,750m -05 hrs.
Day 10:            Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750m – 06 hrs.
Day 11:            Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m via French Pass 5,360m.
Day 12:            At Hidden Valley preparation for the climb of Dhampus / Thapa peak.
Day 13:            Trek to Thapa / Dhampus Peak High Camp – 04 hrs.
Day 14:            Climb Thapa / Dhampus peak and return to base camp at hidden valley.
Day 15:            Contingency and reserve day in case of bad weather.
Day 16:            Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m -06 hrs.
Day 17:            Trek to Marpha 2, 670 – 04 hours and drive to Jomsom 2,715 m- 30 mins.
Day 18:            Fly or drive back to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
Day 19:            Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 20:            International departure for home ward bound.