German

+977 9851017994

Call us, we're open 24/7

Dhaulagiri Trek (Swiss Base Camp) & Thapa Peak 24 days


Trip Overview

Duration: 24 days
Maximum altitude: 6’012 m
Trek Grade: Strenuous
Average walking time per day: 4 - 7 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse, Camping
Best season: March and April, September – December

Dhaulagiri – in Sanskrit means White Mountains - is one of the largest mountain ranges in the world.

In the year 1809 the Dhaulagiri was set with an altitude of 8'190 m. It was the first discovered eight thousand peaks and up to the year 1838, he was considered the highest mountain in the world.

The white mountains of the Dhaulagiri region, separated from Annapurna massif by the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, include a series of about fifteen peaks over 7'000 m altitude.

The Highlight of this Trekking is the summit of 6’012 m high Thapa Peak (Dhampus Peak); it is a technically easy peak and belongs to the most beautiful vantage points of Himalaya. Our Trek starts in Darbang, we walk along the Myagdi River, and we will pass Babichor and Dharapani. Muri is the last major settlement on the trekking route and is inhabited by members of the Magar. After awhile we finally reach a high alpine region, bypassing the Chhanbardan glaciers and climbing up to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, the French Pass and walking into the Hidden Valley, the trails starts to descent slowly until we reach Marpha from where we can decide if we fly back to Pokhara via Jomsom or we make the complete round which ends in Nayaphul.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Drive to Darbang

Day 04: Darbang - Sibang

Day 05: Sibang - Muri

Day 06: Muri - Boghara

Day 07: Boghara - Dobang

Day 08: Dobang - Choriban

Day 09: Choriban – Swiss Base Camp

Day 10: Swiss Base Camp – Dhaulagiri Base Camp

Day 11: Dhaulagiri Base Camp - Acclimatization day

Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp – Thapa High Camp (Dampsh Base Camp)

Day 13: Thapa Base Camp – Thapa Peak Summit 6’012 m – Thapa Base Camp

Day 14: Thapa Base Camp – Yak Kharka

Day 15: Yak Kharka – Tukuche

Day 16: Tukuche - Ghasa

Day 17: Ghasa - Tatopani

Day 18: Tatopani – Sikha

Day 19: Sika – Ghorepani – Poonhill Sunset

Day 20: Ghorepani - Tikedhunga

Day 21: Tikedhunga – Nayapul – drive to Pokhara

Day 22: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Day 23: Kathmandu, Extra Day

Day 24: Departure

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Enjoy a guided tour of the famous historical and cultural attractions Kathmandu's, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pashupatinath (holy Hindu Temple), Boudhanath (Buddhist Shrine) Swayembhunath (Monkey temple) etc. In the evening we meet our tour guide to prepare our trek.

Day 03: Drive to Darbang
A long bus drive brings us to Darbang

Day 04: Darbang – Sibang
After 2 hours climb we arrive in the valley of Darapani. It is the home of the Gurung and Thakali. High above the rice fields we can see for the first time Dhaulagiri I, II, and IV.

Day 05: Sibang – Muri
We climb down to the Dharang Khola and crossing the river on an impressive expansion bridge, afterwards it goes steeply up to the Magar and Kami Village Muri.

Day 06: Muri – Boghara
The trail brings us down to the Myagdi Khola and crosses the village Naura before we arrive in Boghara.

Day 07: Boghara – Dobang
We walk towards a jungle, after letting the rainforest behind us we arrive Dobang.

Day 08: Dobang – Choriban
After a few wooden bridges and a rhododendron and conifer forest we arrive in Choriban. Here you may see langurs jumping around in the trees.

Day 09: Choriban – Swiss Base Camp
The valley is getting more narrow, it is the source of the Myagdi Khola. We are crossing moraines and down the Glacier. A fixes line helps to pass the difficult rock face. We are heading towards the Swiss Base Camp where we got spectacular scenery.

Day 10: Swiss Base Camp – Dhaulagiri Base Camp
The trail leads us above the Chhonbardan Glacier. In front of us, we can see the Tukche Peak 6’837 m but more impressive is the north rock face of Dhaulagiri I. In the west we can see Dhaulagiri II 7’751 m, Dhaulagiri III 7’715 m, and Dhaulagiri V 7’618 m.

Day 11: Dhaulagiri Base Camp - Acclimatization day
Take your time and enjoy the fantastic view, maybe you can see an Expedition. In 1960 a Swiss expedition succeeded for the first time to climb the Dhaulagiri I.

Day 12: Dhaulagiri Base Camp – Thapa High Camp (Dampsh Base Camp)
After enjoying the view we set off on the short descent to the Hidden Valley, which lives up to its name. We climb up to the French Col 5’360 m, the thin air noticeable. The fantastic view to the mountain and glaciers is stunning. We continue on the same height till we arrive Dhampus Camp.

Day 13: Thapa Base Camp – Thapa Peak Summit 6’012 m – Thapa Base Camp
We start early in the morning. Technically the climb is easy but it shouldn’t be underestimated. We feel the high altitude and that’s why we should take our time to go up. After we climb up on a hill slope on the last 300 – 400 altitude meter, on a ridge, we arrive the summit, it feels indeed like the roof of the world. We enjoy the view to Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Annapurna and even Manaslu. Deeply down we can spot the Kali Gandakhi Valley. In the north we can see the kingdom of Mustang and the Tibetan plateau.

Day 14: Thapa Base Camp – Yak Kharka
Today we descend to Yak Kharka (Yak pasture Ground). From the camp there is a great view into the Kali Gandaki valley and to Nilgiri.

Day 15: Yak Kharka – Tukuche
The trail leads us towards Marpha, which is famous for his Apple Peach Farm and Distillery. From here we can go either to Jomsom and flying back to Pokhara or we hike to Tukuche. In case we didn’t have the chance to visit a distillery, here we get one more.

Day 16: Tukuche – Ghasa
The first village is Khobang. Some houses are build above the path, this construction protects against the wind and snow. The trails goes just slightly down, we pass Larjung from where we have again a fantastic view to Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak, between lies in a saddle of Dhaulagiri icefall. From Lete the path descends more steeper. After awhile we arrive in Ghasa.

Day 17: Ghasa - Tatopani

Day 18: Tatopani – Sikha
It is a steep walk up to Sikha

Day 19: Sika – Ghorepani – Poonhill Sunset
The way is still going up steeply. When we arrive in Ghorepani we enjoy the Poonhill sunset

Day 20: Ghorepani – Tikedhunga
The trail leads through wonderful oak and rhododendron forests

Day 21: Tikedhunga – Nayapul – drive to Pokhara

Day 22: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Day 23: Kathmandu, Extra Day

Day 24: Departure

 

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Climbing Permit
Accommodation during the trek and climb
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek and the climb with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Climbing Guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.