Dhampus Peak Climbing

Ascend Dhampus: Offering quite a challenging peak to reach

Duration Duration 18 Days
Meals Meals
  • 17 Breakfast
  • 14 Lunch
  • 15 Dinner
Accommodation Accommodation
  • The Everest Hotel
  • Local Lodge
  • Tented Camp
Activites Activities
  • Climbing
  • Trekking
  • Sightseeing
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Destination Destination
Difficulty Difficulty
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
6012 Meter
Activities Activity
Start and Point Start/End Point
Best Season Best Season
March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
Group Size Group Size
Minimum 2
Transportation Transportation
Private Vehicle
Activity Per Day Activity Per Day
7-8 Hours

Overview of Dhampus Peak Climbing

Dhampus Peak Climbing takes you to the thrilling height of 6,012 meters on Thapa Peak, nestled in the Himalayas. This adventure lies northeast of the Dhaulagiri Mountain range and northwest of Pokhara, a beautiful city in Nepal. This climb goes beyond physical challenges, leading you into the Himalayan wilderness with its varied plants and stunning natural scenery.

As you climb Dhampus Peak, you’ll see breathtaking views of Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Tukuche Peak (6,902m), and the vast Kali Gandaki valley. You will tackle the challenging French Col (5,360m) and Dhampus Pass (5,220m), making the trek diverse and exciting. The journey to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, filled with beautiful landscapes and rich cultural experiences, is part of the adventure.

Trip Highlights

  • Reaching Dhampus Peak’s Summit: At 6,012 meters, the top of Dhampus Peak offers amazing panoramic views and a great feeling of achievement.
  • Himalayan Views: The summit provides incredible views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Mountain ranges, including close looks at Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Tukuche Peak (6,902m).
  • Crossing High Mountain Passes: On this journey, you’ll cross the French Col (5,360m) and Dhampus Pass (5,220m), offering exciting experiences in high-altitude trekking.
  • Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp: Climbers trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, encountering beautiful scenery and high-altitude trekking experiences along the way, as part of the path to Dhampus Peak.
  • Experiencing Local Culture: You’ll get to immerse yourself in the rich culture of Dhampus Village, Nepal, and meet the local Magar people and other ethnic groups.
  • Exploring Flora and Fauna: The trek takes you through different landscapes, like forests and valleys, where you can see the area’s unique plants and animals.
  • Seeing Kali Gandaki Valley: Enjoy the stunning Kali Gandaki Valley, famous for its deep gorges and unique geographical features.

Dhampus Village Nepal, near Dhampus Peak, shows Nepal’s lasting rural culture. This village offers a peaceful contrast to the fast pace of modern life. Dhampus Nepal provides calm and stunning views of the Annapurna range, attracting climbers and trekkers alike.

Dhampus Peak Climbing combines cultural experiences with physical challenges. It’s suitable for all levels of climbers. The path to the summit takes you through green forests and charming villages, giving you a glimpse into local life. This climb to Dhampus Peak is more than just a physical journey; it’s an unforgettable experience that blends the beauty of nature with Nepalese culture, making it a unique adventure in the Himalayas.

Historical Significance of Dhampus Peak Climbing

Austrian mountaineer Kurt Diemberger first climbed Dhampus Peak in 1960, marking a notable chapter in mountaineering history. Nestled within the famous Annapurna Range, Dhampus Peak Climbing has become a favored activity for its comparatively easier ascent since that pioneering climb.

The peak attracts climbers of varying skill levels due to its easy access and the breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan giants it offers. Climbing Dhampus Peak combines adventure with the chance to witness the Annapurna region’s splendid beauty, establishing it as a prime destination for mountaineers in search of both a challenge and picturesque landscapes.

Dhampus Peak Climbing Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft)

    Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, the lively capital of Nepal, our team will give you a warm welcome. After a long journey, we will transfer you to your hotel, where you can relax and recharge.

    Kathmandu is a city rich in culture and history, with a captivating mix of ancient temples, bustling markets, and a vibrant atmosphere.

    Use this time to unwind, adjust to the local time zone, and get excited about the upcoming adventure as you prepare to start your Dhampus Peak Climbing journey in the stunning Himalayas of Nepal.

    Accommodation: The Everest Hotel
    Meals: Not Included

  • Day 2: Kathmandu - Preparation day for the expedition

    On this day, you’ll actively prepare for the trek, ensuring you have all the necessary gear and essentials for the upcoming adventure. You’ll check your equipment, pack your essentials, and get ready for the journey.

    Additionally, you will participate in a briefing session where you’ll receive crucial information about the trek, safety guidelines, and itinerary.

    During this session, you will also acquire the required permits for the Dhampus Peak Climbing expedition, ensuring a well-organized and smooth start to your Himalayan adventure.

    Accommodation: The Everest Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani (1,860m/6102ft-7 Hrs. drive) - Beginning of the journey

    The drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani ushers you into an adventure, moving you from the capital’s bustling streets to the Himalayas’ serene landscapes. Covering this 7-hour drive, you witness Nepal’s diverse geography and vibrant cultures firsthand.

    As the journey ascends to Dharapani, located at 1,860 meters, it takes you through lush green valleys, beside flowing rivers, and by quaint villages. This route offers a captivating glimpse into the natural beauty and rural lifestyle of the areas flanking the majestic Himalayas.

    Moving from Kathmandu’s urban hustle to Dharapani’s tranquil environment, the drive sets the stage for the forthcoming exploration and challenges in the Himalayan wilderness.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4: Trek from Dharapani to Muri (1,850m/6,069ft) - 6 hours of trekking

    While trekking through dense forests and varied terrains, you’ll have the privilege of enjoying breathtaking mountain views that grace the horizon. The Himalayas’ beauty will gradually unfold before your eyes, presenting awe-inspiring scenery that remains a constant companion throughout your journey.

    The ever-changing landscape, transitioning from lush forests to expansive vistas, heightens the adventure’s excitement. Your trek will guide you to the tranquil village of Muri, offering a peaceful interlude during your expedition.

    Situated in the Himalayan landscape, Muri offers a calm atmosphere that beckons you to unwind and relish the unspoiled peace.

    Take the opportunity to explore the village’s charm, engage with the friendly locals, and cherish the peacefulness as you progress through your Dhampus Peak Climbing adventure in the Himalayas.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5: Trek from Muri to Boghara (2,080m/6,824ft) - 6 hours of trekking

    As you hike through these stunning landscapes, you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty, with picturesque streams adding to the adventure.

    Navigating this diverse terrain, you’ll find yourself captivated by the breathtaking Himalayan scenery at every turn, creating a visually delightful journey. Eventually, your path will lead you to Boghara, a charming village known for its serenity and allure.

    In this welcoming village, you can take a break, immerse yourself in the unique local culture, and enjoy the peacefulness of the Himalayan foothills, all of which enhance your experience in Nepal.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6: Trek from Boghara to Dobang (2,250m/7,381ft) - 5 hours of trekking

    As your trek progresses, you’ll climb through dense and verdant forests, fully immersing yourself in the beauty of the natural surroundings. The vibrant greenery and diverse flora of the forest create a serene and rejuvenating atmosphere as you progress upward.

    The trail will guide you to Dobang, a small settlement nestled in a scenic location, surrounded by breathtaking Himalayan landscapes. Here, you can admire the picturesque views, take a well-deserved rest, and recharge, all while embracing the tranquility of this charming Himalayan outpost.

    Dobang offers a serene respite from your travels, allowing you to take in the natural beauty of the area and interact with the locals.

    This quaint settlement contributes to the distinctive allure of your Dhampus Peak Climbing adventure, granting you a moment of relaxation and a chance to absorb the serene Himalayan ambiance.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7: Trek from Dobang to Choriban Khola (3,110m/10,203ft) - 5 hours of trekking

    While trekking along the trail, you’ll encounter stunning river views and lush vegetation lining your path. The serene flow of the river and the vibrant greenery that surrounds it create a picturesque backdrop for your journey.

    This scenic route leads you to Choriban Khola, a high-altitude campsite nestled amidst the breathtaking Himalayan landscape. Here, you can set up camp, immerse yourself in the pristine surroundings, and savor the unique experience of staying at high altitudes.

    Choriban Khola acts as a high-altitude haven throughout your trek, allowing you to connect with the natural beauty of the Himalayas and embrace the tranquil atmosphere.

    This campsite adds a special dimension to your Dhampus Peak Climbing adventure, providing a remarkable setting for your journey into the heart of the mountains.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8: Trek from Choriban Khola to Italian Base Camp (3,600m/11,811ft) - 7 hours of trekking

    While ascending to the Italian Base Camp, you’ll have the privilege of savoring breathtaking views of the majestic Dhaulagiri Mountain. This journey will lead you deep into the heart of the alpine environment, providing firsthand experience of the rugged and pristine landscapes of the Himalayas.

    The Italian Base Camp presents a distinctive chance to fully immerse yourself in the high-altitude surroundings, enabling you to thoroughly appreciate the raw and untouched beauty of this remarkable region.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 9: Acclimatization Day at Italian Base Camp - Adapting to the altitude

    At the Italian Base Camp, take a well-deserved rest and acclimatize as you prepare for the higher altitudes of your trek. This break allows your body to adapt to the lower oxygen levels at greater heights, ensuring a safer and more comfortable ascent.

    Utilize this time to recharge, adjust to the demanding conditions, and prepare for the next phase of your Dhampus Peak Climbing adventure.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 10: Trek from the Italian Base Camp to the Japanese base camp (4,150m/13615 ft) - 6 hours of trekking

    The 6-hour trek from the Italian Base Camp to the Japanese Base Camp deepens your journey into the Himalayas, lifting you to an elevation of 4,150 meters (13,615 feet). This expedition phase presents trekkers with a mix of rugged trails and panoramic views of the peaks, challenging yet rewarding them.

    As you move through the pristine environment, the mountain’s raw beauty unfolds, granting moments of tranquility and awe. This trek not only pushes your endurance but also forges a deep connection with the Himalayan landscape’s splendor, marking your arrival at the Japanese Base Camp as a significant achievement in your adventure.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 11: Trek from the Japanese base camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4,740m/15,551ft) - 6 hours of trekking

    Over 6 hours, the trek from the Japanese Base Camp to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp takes adventurers up to 4,740 meters (15,551 feet), weaving an exhilarating path through the Himalayan heart. This stretch confronts trekkers with a mixture of challenges and breathtaking sights as they move through landscapes that shift beneath their feet.

    Rugged terrain and icy glaciers chart the course under the watchful presence of the majestic Dhaulagiri massif. The journey to the base camp rewards trekkers with stunning views of the peaks around, making the demanding climb a vivid tribute to the Himalayas’ beauty and grandeur and marking the arrival at the Dhaulagiri Base Camp as a momentous achievement.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 12: Acclimatization Day in Hidden Valley

    Take a day to acclimatize in Hidden Valley, allowing your body to adjust to the high-altitude environment and prepare for the challenging climb ahead. This rest day is crucial for ensuring your safety and well-being as you acclimate to the reduced oxygen levels in the Himalayan region.

    Use this time to relax, hydrate, and mentally prepare for the upcoming ascent, which will take you to the summit of Dhampus Peak. It’s a strategic pause that enhances your chances of a successful climb in the breathtaking Himalayas.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 13: Trek from Hidden Valley to Dhampus Peak High Camp (5,420m/17,782ft) - 7 hours of trekking

    As you ascend to the Dhampus Peak High Camp, you’re getting closer to the culmination of your journey. This stage is crucial for preparing for the summit attempt, where you’ll make final arrangements and gear up for the challenging climb ahead.

    The high camp serves as a strategic location for acclimatization and readiness, ensuring that you’re physically and mentally prepared for the demanding ascent to Dhampus Peak’s summit.

    At the Dhampus Peak High Camp, you’ll fine-tune your equipment, assess the weather conditions, and receive guidance from your experienced guides.

    It’s a time to strengthen your determination and focus because you’ll soon embark on the summit day, which is a pivotal moment in your Dhampus Peak Climbing adventure.

    Accommodation: Tented Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 14: Summit Dhampus Peak and Descend to KaloPani (Summit Day) - The climax of the expedition

    Reaching the summit of Dhampus Peak and the descent to KaloPani represent the expedition’s pinnacle, a day brimming with challenges and victories. Climbers set out early in the morning for the summit’s final ascent, facing a rigorous climb that challenges their strength, endurance, and willpower. At the summit, breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan range reward them, offering a moment of profound achievement and contemplation.

    The journey down to KaloPani, with its steep slopes and rugged terrain, poses its challenges, yet the overwhelming sense of accomplishment propels them onwards. This crucial day signifies a shift from the exhilarating heights of Dhampus Peak to KaloPani’s tranquil beauty, capturing the quintessence of Himalayan adventure.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 15: Trek from Kalo Pani to Marpha (2,650m/8,694 ft)

    Descending to an elevation of 2650 meters, the trek from Kalo Pani to Marpha threads through the Annapurna region’s enthralling landscapes. This journey segment unveils a vivid contrast between the rugged mountain terrains and the lush, fertile valleys dotted with traditional Nepalese villages.

    Verdant orchards and the sweet aroma of apple blossoms welcome trekkers as they approach Marpha, Nepal’s renowned apple capital. The trail grants tranquil views of the snow-capped Himalayas against a backdrop of majestic beauty.

    Upon reaching Marpha, trekkers encounter a quaint, stone-laid village celebrated for its succulent apples, ancient monasteries, and warm-hearted locals, rendering this part of the trek a delightfully picturesque experience.

    Accommodation: Local Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 16: Drive from Marpha to Pokhara via Beni - 8 hours of travel

    The drive from Marpha to Pokhara via Beni takes around 8 hours, providing travelers with an expansive journey through Nepal’s diverse landscapes. This route shifts from the arid terrains of the Mustang region to the lush, green valleys of the Annapurna range, presenting a striking change in scenery.

    Along the way, travelers witness a vibrant tapestry of Nepalese countryside life, with terraced farming, bustling local villages, and the towering Himalayas serving as a constant backdrop. The journey concludes in Pokhara, a serene lakeside city renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere, offering a calming end to the adventurous drive from Marpha’s highlands.

    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 17: Drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft) - 8 hours of travel

    You’ll start your scenic journey back to Kathmandu, leaving behind the tranquil countryside beauty. Take in the breathtaking scenery of Nepal’s lush valleys and quaint villages as you drive through the country.

    Upon your return, you’ll find yourself back in the bustling capital city of Kathmandu, where your Dhampus Peak Climbing adventure first began. It is the last part of your journey, and it’s a time to take stock of all the amazing things you’ve accomplished and experienced.

    Kathmandu, with its vibrant culture and rich history, welcomes you once again, offering a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional charm to conclude your Himalayan journey.

    Accommodation: The Everest Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu - Ending your journey

    As you depart from Kathmandu, carry cherished memories of your Dhampus Peak Climbing adventure. This journey led you through stunning landscapes, picturesque villages, and challenging ascents.

    Bid farewell to Nepal’s vibrant capital with a sense of accomplishment, breathtaking views, and the cultural richness that defined your Himalayan expedition.

    Your experience in the heart of the mountains will leave an indelible mark, and the memories of this adventure will stay with you long after you’ve left the majestic Himalayas behind.

    Meals: Breakfast


What's included

  • Airport pick up and drop and transfer to hotel
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, teahouses for trekking, and tented accommodation during Dhampus Peak Climbing
  • Three times meals during the Trekking and Dhampus Peak Climbing period
  • All ground transportation as per our itinerary
  • Kathmandu Pokhara Flight
  • All necessary staff with experienced English-speaking climbing guide, cook, assistant climbing leader (5trekkers 1 assistant guide), and Sherpa porters
  • All necessary paperwork like trekking permits and Dhampus Peak Climbing permit
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag have to return after trip completion)
  • Mountaineering camping and Dhampus Peak Climbing equipment high-quality equipment like North Face or Mountain Hardwar tents, mattresses, and kitchen equipment
  • Travel and rescue arrangements provide
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes

What is excluded

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fee
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the Dhampus Peak Climbing
  • Altitude chambers or oxygen
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide on your request
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills, mineral/boiled water, shower, etc
  • Tips for your crews


During the Dhampus Peak Climbing expedition, meals and accommodations play pivotal roles in ensuring a comfortable and successful journey. In the lower altitudes and villages along the trekking route, trekkers can anticipate encountering a variety of teahouses and lodges.

These establishments offer basic yet cozy accommodation, featuring rooms typically equipped with twin beds and shared bathrooms. The teahouses serve hearty meals, encompassing both Nepali and international cuisines, enabling climbers to replenish their energy and relish a warm and welcoming atmosphere during their trek.

As the journey progresses to higher altitudes, accommodation options become scarcer, and teahouses may give way to tented camps. These camps provide a sheltered space for relaxation and dining while ensuring that trekkers remain immersed in the breathtaking natural surroundings.


In the high-altitude camps situated closer to the peak, climbers will depend on expedition-style camping arrangements, where seasoned cooks meticulously prepare meals within a communal dining tent. The menu emphasizes carbohydrates and proteins to provide the necessary energy for the climb. It includes dishes such as pasta, rice, lentils, and nourishing soups.

As climbers ascend to even greater elevations, food choices become more limited, underscoring the importance of carrying supplemental energy snacks like energy bars and nutrient-rich nuts.

The thoughtfully organized food and accommodation provisions guarantee that climbers remain well-nourished and sufficiently rested throughout the expedition, ultimately contributing to their overall success in conquering the summit of Dhampus Peak.

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    Climbing Gear:

    • Helmet
    • Harness
    • Crampons
    • Ice axe
    • Climbing boots
    • Ascender
    • Carabiners
    • Prusik cords
    • Rappel device
    • Slings
    • Alpine climbing harness


    • Base layers (moisture-wicking)
    • Insulated jacket
    • Waterproof and windproof jacket
    • Waterproof and windproof pants
    • Fleece or softshell jacket
    • Down jacket
    • Trekking pants
    • Trekking shirts
    • Thermal gloves
    • Warm hat
    • Balaclava
    • Gaiters
    • Socks (wool or synthetic)
    • Underwear


    • Mountaineering boots
    • Gaiters
    • Trekking shoes or approach shoes
    • Warm socks

    Camping Equipment:

    • Sleeping bag (down or synthetic)
    • Sleeping pad
    • Tent (if not using teahouses)


    • Climbing pack
    • Daypack

    Technical Equipment:

    • Rope
    • Snow pickets
    • Snow flukes
    • Ice screws
    • Avalanche probe
    • Avalanche beacon
    • GPS device
    • Altimeter
    • Map and compass

    Personal Items:

    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip balm
    • Water bottles or hydration system
    • Toiletries
    • First aid kit
    • Headlamp with extra batteries
    • Multi-tool or knife

    Food and Nutrition:

    • High-energy snacks
    • Energy bars
    • Electrolyte tablets
    • Dehydrated meals


    • Satellite phone or communication device
    • Two-way radios (if in a group)


    • Climbing permit and trekking permit
    • Money and identification
    • Camera and accessories
    • Repair kits for gear
    • Trash bags (pack out all waste)

    Essential Information

    Best Season to Climb Dhampus Peak

    Spring (March to May): The best time to embark on a Dhampus Peak climbing adventure is during the spring season, which extends from March to May. This period boasts ideal weather conditions for climbing, featuring stable weather patterns, clear skies, and mild temperatures. A highlight of trekking during spring is the vibrant spectacle of rhododendron forests in full bloom along the trekking routes. These colorful blossoms create a breathtaking natural backdrop, enhancing the visual appeal of the journey.

    Autumn (September to November): Another excellent window for Dhampus Peak Climbing falls in autumn, from September to November. During this time, the weather remains consistently pleasant, characterized by clear skies that provide stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. A significant advantage of opting for an autumn trek is the reduced number of fellow trekkers on the trails compared to the spring season.

    Difficulty Level of Dhampus Peak Climbing

    Moderate Trekking and Climbing Difficulty: Dhampus Peak offers a moderately challenging trekking and climbing experience. The journey starts with an enjoyable trek through lush forests, terraced fields, and picturesque villages, making for a relatively straightforward beginning. However, as climbers ascend higher into the Himalayas, the terrain becomes steeper and more demanding. While not excessively strenuous, climbers should possess a certain level of fitness and trekking experience to cope with the evolving challenges of the ascent.

    Technical Climbing Skills: While Dhampus Peak does not rank among the most technically demanding peaks in the Himalayas, climbers should possess a fundamental understanding of climbing techniques. The final stages of the ascent involve navigating crevassed glaciers and ascending steep ice slopes. Proficiency in these skills ensures safety during the more technical sections of the climb. Climbing experience, including prior exposure to high-altitude environments, proves highly beneficial.

    High-Altitude Challenges: One of the primary difficulties in Dhampus Peak Climbing is dealing with high altitudes. The summit of Dhampus Peak reaches an impressive 6,012 meters (19,724 feet) above sea level. As climbers ascend to these heights, they contend with the effects of reduced oxygen levels, resulting in symptoms of altitude sickness such as headaches, nausea, and fatigue. A well-structured acclimatization plan is crucial to mitigate these risks.

    Weather and Climate: The Himalayan region is notorious for its unpredictable and rapidly changing weather conditions. Climbers must be prepared to encounter extreme cold, strong winds, and sudden snowfall, even during the designated climbing season. Adequate clothing and gear, including cold-weather and waterproof equipment, are essential to cope with the challenging weather conditions encountered during the climb.

    Physical Endurance: Dhampus Peak Climbing demands a high level of physical fitness. Climbers should be ready for long trekking days that encompass varying terrain, including steep ascents and descents. Cardiovascular fitness and strong leg muscles are essential to endure the physical challenges of the climb. Regular physical training and conditioning before the expedition significantly contribute to a climber’s ability to navigate the demanding trekking and climbing aspects of Dhampus Peak.

    Obtaining Permits and Guides

    Obtaining the necessary permits and hiring experienced guides are vital steps in preparing for a Dhampus Peak Climbing expedition. To begin with, climbers must secure a climbing permit for Dhampus Peak from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Additionally, a trekking permit for the Annapurna Conservation Area is mandatory, as the journey involves trekking through this protected region. These permits not only grant climbers authorization to access and climb in designated areas but also contribute to the conservation initiatives of the region.

    Also, it is highly important to enlist the services of experienced and certified guides for Dhampus Peak Climbing. These guides possess invaluable knowledge about the terrain, weather conditions, and technical aspects of the climb. They play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety of climbers and guiding them through challenging sections of the expedition. In conclusion, the acquisition of necessary permits and the engagement of seasoned guides are essential elements for a secure and successful Dhampus Peak Climbing adventure.

    The Best Route to Climb Dhampus Peak

    Climbing Dhampus Peak offers two standard routes. The first route commences at Dhampus Pass, while the second begins from the Kali Gandaki valley side of the mountain. The journey from Dhampus Pass involves a challenging ascent of 1,000 meters from Hidden Valley, making it a demanding day for climbers.

    On the following day, the entire group, including both trekkers and climbers, crosses the pass to reach Kali Gandaki. Depending on the current conditions, the climbing route atop Dhampus Peak varies in difficulty. In some years, especially in early or mid-October, there may be little to no snow on the route, making the climb relatively straightforward.

    This route primarily follows a rocky trail with some scrambling involved higher up. Snow and ice covering the route transforms it into a challenging task that demands diverse climbing skills at high altitudes. In European Alpine grading, the route would be classified as “Peu Difficult” (PD), which translates to slightly difficult in English.


    Climbers should strongly consider getting comprehensive travel insurance that covers emergency evacuations, medical expenses, and trip cancellations when planning a Dhampus Peak Climbing expedition. The remote and high-altitude environment of the climb highlights the importance of having insurance that offers sufficient coverage for potential risks and unforeseen emergencies.

    This insurance guarantees access to essential medical aid and evacuation services in situations like altitude sickness, ensuring safety and providing a sense of security during the journey.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Spring (March to May): Spring offers stable weather conditions with clear skies and mild temperatures. The added beauty of rhododendron forests in full bloom enhances the trek’s visual appeal.

    Autumn (September to November): Autumn provides clear skies and breathtaking views of surrounding peaks. It’s less crowded, offering a quieter trekking experience.

    Dhampus Peak is moderately challenging. The journey begins with enjoyable trekking through lush forests and picturesque villages.

    However, as climbers ascend higher into the Himalayas, the terrain becomes steeper and more challenging. Climbers should have a good level of fitness and trekking experience.

    Yes, climbing permits for Dhampus Peak are mandatory. You can obtain these permits from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) in Kathmandu.

    Additionally, a trekking permit for the Annapurna Conservation Area is necessary. These permits authorize climbers to access and climb in designated areas while supporting conservation efforts.

    Risks include altitude sickness, unpredictable weather changes, crevasses, and avalanches. Proper acclimatization, weather monitoring, and adherence to safety guidelines are essential. Experienced guides help manage these risks effectively.

    While not mandatory, hiring an experienced guide is highly recommended, especially for climbers with limited regional experience. Guides provide local expertise, terrain knowledge, navigation skills, and emergency support, enhancing safety and the overall experience.

    Accommodation varies by altitude. Lower altitudes offer teahouses and lodges with basic yet comfortable rooms and hearty meals. At higher altitudes, teahouses may be replaced by tented camps, providing shelter while staying connected to nature.

    Food options are diverse, catering to nutritional needs. Teahouses offer a variety of meals, including Nepali and international dishes. High-altitude camps provide carefully designed meals focused on carbohydrates and proteins. Energy snacks like bars and nuts are essential at higher elevations.

    Altitude sickness is a concern as climbers ascend. A structured acclimatization plan involves gradual ascent, rest days, and hydration to adapt to reduced oxygen levels. Guides monitor symptoms and offer assistance.

    Essential gear includes climbing equipment, weather-appropriate clothing, trekking and camping gear, personal items, and first aid supplies. Adequate preparation for cold conditions and technical climbing is crucial.

    The expedition typically spans 20 to 24 days, allowing for acclimatization and potential weather delays. It offers a mix of trekking through picturesque landscapes and climbing experiences, ensuring a well-rounded adventure.


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    The best experience we had with Peregrine was the whole tour of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek was tailor-made for our requirements; all our requests were reviewed, discussed, and accepted and, in some instances, with a better recommendation.

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