Thapa peak 6000 m

Trip Overview

Thapa Peak, also popularly known as Dhampus Peak, is situated on the North-east side of the Dhaulagiri region in western Nepal. It is a conical peak that lies in the northern part of the Dhampus pass and is a neighboring peak to the several Himalayan ranges as well as the Annapurna range. Ecstatic views of these two mountains segregated by the Kali Gandaki River, which is a sacred river in Hindu philosophy, can be spotted.

There are various ways to reach the thapa peak base camp. One of the conventional routes start from Beni, the trail starts from Pokhara, passes Tatopani, Kalopani, and Martha respectively and reaches the thapa peak base camp.  Another way is by taking a direct flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek all the way to Marpha,  passing the yak kharka to reach the base camp.

Another option starts with a scenic drive to Darbang from where you initiate your actual trekking journey. You pass the warm and vibrant villages of Muri, and Chariban to the Italian and Dhaulagiri Base camp. On the route, you pass the high mountain passes like French pass and Dhampus pass from where you descend down to thapa peak base camp.

 

High Altitude Sherpa can organize your all-inclusive 13/15 days thapa/dampush peak Peak Climbing  and Dhaulagiri circuit trek with Ghorepani poon hill trek. You will be required to get a Peak Climbing permit and Annapurna conservation Area  Project entrance permit, Trekking Management System Card before departing on trek. all mountaineering permits need to be arranged through a travel or trekking agency. it is not allowed to apply individually for peak climbing.


BEST SESSION TO VISIT NEPAL

 

Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December – February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

 Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June – August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas. Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.


Training and Climbing Approach

We spend couple of  nights at base camp for proper acclimatization before we head to the higher camps. Upon arrival at base camp, we organize climbing training covering climbing techniques, glacier travel, rope fixing, ascending, descending, safety techniques, abseiling, belaying. We climb couple of times on our acclimatization hike to test your climbing skills before we head out on our attempt to Dhampus  peak.


Climbing and Team composition

The expedition leads by an English Speaking high altitude experience guide. All climbing Sherpa guide have inclusive knowledge of wilderness medical training and they are competent to deal with the normal medical issues. This arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. In a group size of 4-5 people, two assistant guides, it is depend number of client  where and  how difficult  you climbing peak.


Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Previous rock and ice climbing, high altitude over 5000 m experiences will be an asset. Experience of walking on Glacier with crampon and using ascending, descending device in mountain. on the day of summit will be required to walk 6-7 hours ascending  and descending. The climbers need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along the steep technical terrain. It is important for medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctors before taking the trip.

Detail Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the  each day program.O/n at hotel.

 

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to Darbang (1150m): 6-7 hours.

We fly or drive to Pokhara catching our early morning beautiful flight from Kathmandu. After a 45-minute flight to Pokhara, we drive to Darbang via Beni on jeep relishing the view of lush hills and snow-capped mountains. Following the flow of Kali Gandaki River, we pass the town of Beni and then follow Myagdi Khola to arrive in Darbang. O/n in  tented.

 

Day 3: Trek from Darbang to Sibang (1780m): 6-7 hours.

Today, we head towards Sibang ascending to the ridge-top village of Dharapani from where we can get a beautiful view of the Dhaulagiri massif, Gurja Himal (7193m), and Putha Hiunchuli (7246m). We continue our trek walking along the ridge on the path above the river to reach Sibang. O/n in tented.

 

Day 4: Trek from Sibang to Naura 1570m/4-5 hours or Bagar (2080m): 7-8 hours

Leaving behind Sibang, we descend to Gatti Khola then climb up to the village of Muri where Myagdi and Dhara rivers meet. We continue to trek crossing the bridge over Dhola Khola and descend through the terraced farm fields and sparse settlements before arriving in Naura village. O/n in tent.

 

Day 5: Trek from Naura OR Bagar to Dobhan (2520m): 5-7 hours.

Moving alongside the bank of Myagdi Khola through a grassy hill and a steep slope, we arrive in Bagar. We then follow the up and down trail to Dobhan. We continue to descend through a forest to Jyardan before climbing uphill to Lipshe. The route then enters the forested area before ascending up to Dobhan. O/n in tent.

 

Day 6: Trek from Dobhan to Italian Base Camp (3660m): 7-8 hours

Leaving the last village of Dobhan, we trek towards Italian Base Camp. Today we pass through the forested trail filled with oaks, bamboo, and pines trees. As we move further and gain altitude, We can get the best view of Tukuche Peak  and Dhaulagiri Range, and other mountains from Italian Base Camp. O/n in tented.

 

Day 7: Acclimatization Day  to Adjust your body with height.

We take this day for acclimatization. We can explore the base camp area or spend the day relishing the spectacular view of surrounding mountains. O/n in tent.

 

Day 8: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri base camp (4750m): 9-10 hours.

Leaving behind Italian Base Camp, we trek through the rocky area on a steep slope before crossing the glacial moraines. We then reach a wide grassy area in a shallow ablation valley known as “Japanese camp. Walking on the glacier, sometimes on the lateral moraine and undulating surface of the glacie on way up to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Upon reaching, we can see the stunning view of all the peaks of Dhaulagiri range along with an amazing icefall descending from the Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak ridgeline. O/n in tent.

 

Day 9: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5140m): 6-7 hours. walking via French Pass 5360m.

We continue to trek on the north side of Chhondarban Glacier, and gradually climb the steep hillside above the glacier. Following the turning trail across moraines, we make our way up to French Pass which gives view of surrounding mountain ranges. We then gently descend through snow slopes to finally reach the Hidden Valley. O/n  in tent.

 

Day 10: Trek from Hidden valley to Thapa pass (5015m) and it takes about five hours.

The views are same as earlier day. This day you trek along flat path covered with ice and snow. O/n in tented.

 

 Half day Rest at Thapa Peak Base Camp.

This is an acclimatization day and you can make necessary preparation for Thapa peak summit. O/n in tented.

 

Day 11: Climb Thapa peak and back to Base Camp which takes about: 10 hours.

At the summit you will be enclosed by the views of Dhaulagiri I, Nilgiri, and Annapurna and so on. O/n in hotel.

 

Day 12: Trek from Thapa Peak Base Camp to Yak Kharka and it takes about five hours.

To reach your destination you trek leveled trail all the way. En route you pass Battase Danda. The views of Tukuche peak, Thapa peak, Annapurna range mesmerize you.

We keep the extra day in case the weather condition becomes bad. We can also use this day to explore the outskirts of Hidden Valley. O/n in tentend.

 

Day 13: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2720m): 4-5 hours walking via Marpha.

We continue to descend steeply from Yak Kharka towards Marpha which is also known as the apple garden. We move towards the windy town of Jomsom. O/n in hotel.

 

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.

We fly back to Pokhara, early in the morning, enjoying an aerial view of the mountains. Later in the afternoon, we explore the beautiful Pokhara city boating in the Phewa Lake and visiting the famous places of Pokhara. O/n in hotel.

 

Day 15: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

We catch tourist bus or flight early morning back to the capital. After landing, we transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. O/n in hotel

 

Day 16: sightseeing :

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites.Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. O/n in hotel.

 

Day 17: Final departure:  

Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal. So you transfer you to Kathmandu airport for your own destination.

Equipment List

Member Personal Equipment

S.No:  Particular.  Qty

(1)  : Summit shoe La Sportiva  – 1

(2)  : Crampon – 1

(3)  : Summit Glove (Mitten) – 1

(4)  : Normal gloves – 2

(5)  : Summit Snow goggles – 1

(6)  : Glacier glasses – 1

(7)  : Ice axe – 1

(8) : Harness & tapsling – 1

(9) : Jumer 1

(10) :  Carabiners (normal) – 3

(11) : Down filled Mattress – 1

(12) : Summit socks – 2

(13) : Normal socks – 6

(14) : Climbing bag (40 ltr) – 1

(15) : Helmet – 1

(16) : Down jacket – 1

(17) : Down trouser – 1

(18) : 8 finger / descender – 1

(19) : Headlamp (Icon or Spot) – 1

(20) : Gore-tex jacket – 1

(21) : Gore-tex trouser – 1

(22) : Fleece liner gloves – 3

(23) : Screw Gate Carabiner – 2

(24) : Balaclava (windstopper) – 1

(25) : Thermos bottle – 1

(26) : Base layer – 2

(27) : Swise Knife -1

FAQ

What is the best season for this trekking/peak Climbing ?

  • Peak climbing and trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoon rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do peak climbing and trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal.

 

Do we require peak climbing and mountaineering permit ?

  • Yes you obtain the climbing permit, all mountaineering permits need to be arranged through a travel or trekking agency; it is not allowed to apply individually for peak climbing. You will need to fill in a bio-data form and pass this to your agency. You can do this online and add your signature and photograph to the form when you are in Kathmandu. The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is authorized to issue a trekking peak climbing permit for 33 peaks up to 6500 m and climbing permits for other peaks are obtained from Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

 

Do I need any prior climbing experience?

  •  Peak climbing involves trekking as well as climbing with all the expedition equipment. Previous rock climbing and high altitude trekking experiences will still be an asset.Though previous. High altitude sherpa guide will organize a basic climbing training in every base camp of mountain. Training will mostly be about using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampon and climbing equipment.

 

How long do we walk and climb each day ?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length. We wake up early today at around 1 to 2 am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. Summit day normally 4/5 hours climbing and It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the high lands might become a barrier for a successful summit.

 

Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups ?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience high altitude Sherpa guide.

 

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport ?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US100.

 

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours ?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

 

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival ?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. high altitude sherpa will be displaying high altitude sherpa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.

 

Are the food and water safe to eat and drink? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.

 

How much additional money do I need per day ?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.

 

What mode of transportation do you use ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.

 

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal ?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.

 

Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee.

 

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit ?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. Especially in the Everest trail, ATM would be available only in jomsom and relying on it is not a better idea as you never know when things stops working. Also, if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.

 

Can I add extra days to my trip ?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

 

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be ?

This is a difficult thing to scale. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However peak bonus normally $.200 $.300 for high altitude sherps guide.

Cost Included

  • Airports pick and drop by private Car
  • flight jomsom to pokhara
  • Accommodation Kathmandu with bed and break fast
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with guide by privet car
  • Thapa peak climbing permit
  • Annapurna conservation Area entry Permit and Tims card
  • All accommodation in Tea houses and tented camps as per the itinerary
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trip
  • Experienced high altitude guide and staff and porters services
  • Transportation, meals, accommodation, allowance, equipment and insurance for all the staff including climbing guide
  • Trekking camping equipment
  • Fixed rope for climbing
  • Certificate of peak
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali culture

Cost Not Include

  • International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepali Visa fee US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
  • Lunch & dinner In during the stay in Kathmandu city (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.)
  • Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  •  Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required.
  • Personal Expenses Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, beer, coke, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears & Equipment.
  •  internet Service during the trek in not included.
  •  $20/$25 used for extra porter per day (If extra porter demanded).
  • Tips:  Tips for Guide, porters and staffs.
  • Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.

 

1. Povidone-iodine cream –1 tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton- 1 roll.

– For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze – 5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage – 2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid – 10.

6. Dressing tape – 1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin- 1 packet:

 Great for treating chaffing and blisters.


Finger Pulse Oximeter:

1.Normal arterial oxygen is Approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mmHg).

2.Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

4.Values under 90 percent are considered low.

 

 

 


Medication:

8. Paracetamole 300mg -20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg -10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges -20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11. Decongestant -10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine -10 tablets:

– For allergies.

13. Antiemetic -10 tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg –10 tablet:

– For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg -10 tablets:

– For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg -3 taplats(500mg -12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg -20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg -10 tablets:

– To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg – 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Round Dhaulagiri
  •  Activities: Trekking- Mountaineering
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Best Seasons: Spring - Autumn
  •   Accomodation: B/B plan in Kathmandu
  •   Transportation: Bus-flight

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