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We will be staying at Hotel Royal singi Hotel Manaslu or similar hotel 3 star in Kathmandu : and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. Discovery Mountain Trek will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.
PHYSICAL CONDITION & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Gokyo Lake & Gokyo Peak Trek- 14 days is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Annapurna trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is also important that we consult our doctor. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Discovery Mountai Trek before booking the trek.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to trek to the Everest 3 High Passes Trek is Spring (February to May) and Autumn (September to November). The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
LEADER(S) & STAFF ARRANGEMENTS
The most significant thing that makes this trek enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful leader(s) and crew members who have the ability of guiding our trek on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Discovery Mountain leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Discovery Mountain only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region(s). The trek and expedition leaders have undergone the following trainings:
We are firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. (International Porters Progress Group.
The Everest Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do. Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Discovery Mountain employs a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Discovery Mountain, therefore, enforces a number of do’s and don’ts. Please talk to your trek leader to avoid environmental impacts.
It is a condition upon joining any of Discovery Mountain’s trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.
EQUIPMENTS & PACKING LIST
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Discovery Mountain inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS
RUCKSACK AND TRAVEL BAGS
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions Company is a trustworthy and registered Company under the laws of Nepal Tourism Industry and accepts your bookings under the following terms and conditions.
All bookings are made with Discovery Mountain Trek & Expeditions P. Limited, Registered Company Number 161822/073/074 (hereinafter referred to as The Company) whose registered office is The Kapan 14, Kathmandu, Nepal. The Head of The Company is Ang Chhiri Sherpa.
Payments should be wired to one of my following banking Accounts
NCC BANK LIMITED
Current A/c No: 014000136121U
A/c Name: Discovery Mountain Trek & Expedition P.LTD
Bank wire service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of deposit.
RISK & RESPONSIBILITY
Your safety and enjoyment is my prime concern. I therefore carry out my responsibility honestly & sincerely to ensure your holiday trouble – free as well as you have desired. Nevertheless, unless stated otherwise, trip may be change under uncertain and inherent circumstances such as land-slides, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents etc. Any extra cost incurring there is your personal responsibility and should be borne on the spot.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Discovery Mountain. 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 travelling 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.Please note that often the Jomsom to Pokhara flight gets delayed by a few hours or may even be canceled for one, two, or more days due to unfavorable weather conditions. Such conditions may arise even in the best seasons. Hence, in such cases, you must be prepared for long waits either at Kathmandu or Lukla airports, as this can happen either at the start or end of the trek or even both! We will do our best to avoid such delays, and arrange the next flight for you. We also organize Helicopter rescue in such conditions, if it is available and upon request by our clients. we suggest you to be prepared for possible delays/cancellations, and if possible to come with some extra buffer days (1-2 days) at the end of the trip to accommodate such delays. If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few days of your buffer days left then you may even engage yourself in optional activities which can be arranged by Discovery Mountain upon request. The optional activities may include visiting places/landmarks of your choice, adventure sports, shopping, etc. In case the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Annapurna, Langtang, or any other region. If you lose time waiting at the airport and do not take an alternative tour or you only do a short trek later due to time limitation. If the cancellation happens before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu. In case of the flight delay/cancellation after finishing of the trek, you will be responsible for all your expenses. Please also note that you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.
THE TREKKING GROUP
For this trek there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twelve people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too.
And I big hope you will have very good trek with enjoyment and run smoothly in advance.
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This peak at the north-western region of Nepal is located in the giant Dhaulagiri massif. Some call it Dhampus Peak, others call it Dhambus Peak and sometimes it is also called Thapa Peak. Naming conventions aside, this peak at 6,012 meters is the one and only peak providing close-up views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges from a single and exposed viewpoint. Dhampus Peak is often climbed as a preparation and precursor for harder and more challenging climbs in Nepal.
Dhampus is a relatively easy climb when compared to other peaks in the country. However, you need to be in a good physical shape and have a certain level of fitness for this combined trekking and climbing experience. Although the climb might not be a difficult one in mountainous Nepal, it still demands some technical skills and a good teamwork. Besides, the striking variation of the peaks will readily inspire you to take on the challenge once you’re near the peak itself.
From the summit of the peak, you will have an incomparable vista of a huge range of mountains – including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho, Tukuche, and numerous other mountains and glaciers. Geographically, when you’re at the top of Dhampus Peak, you will be standing between two great ranges of the Himalayas and also be above Kali-Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the planet. Beneath this reddish gorge flows the gushing Kali-Gandaki River – the mighty river coming straight out of a Himalayan glacier!
The actual trek begins from Pokhara – passing through several villages and green valleys, deciduous forests of rhododendron and oak, and the evergreen forests of juniper. The trail takes you to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, Italian Base Camp, French Pass, and then on to Dhampus Pass at 5,200 meters and beyond.
For an unforgettable trip in the Dhaulagiri range in Nepal, book this trip with Discovery Mountain. With experienced and certified team leaders and guides, we assure you of a pleasurable trek in Nepal. The best times to climb this peak are March to May and September to November.
Upon landing at Kathmandu International Airport, our staff will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, and in the evening join us for a typical Nepalese dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.
If you choose to drive to Pokhara, you will be taking a scenic route along Trishuli River. The drive will take around seven hours through winding hilly roads. However, if you choose to fly to Pokhara, it takes a little under an hour. Enjoy the rest of the day around lake Fewa.
You start drive after your breakfast through uphill into zigzag road all the way to Naudanda. It then descends through zigzag road up to Nayapul with views of Annapurna South, Fish tail, green hills, terraces and villages. To reach Beni, your drive moves along the bank of Mardi river. This is one of the picturesque road journeys.
You begin the first day of the trek after breakfast at Darbang. At first the pace is slow where you can enjoy the views and some more along the way. Villages, farmlands, and terraces are found in the majority of the places throughout the day. We pass the village of Dharapani early on, and later the villages of Takum and Sibang. After a brief stopover, we trek via the village of Phalai Gaun and in the process cross several rivers such as Gatti river, Dhara river, and Myagdi river before arriving at Muri for the night.
Boghar, Boghara, or sometimes called Baghar, at 2,050 meters, is the village where we will reach today. Start early after a quick breakfast, descend the trail, and arrive at a suspension bridge over Muri river. The trail then turns uphill amid dense bamboo forests. Trek on, crossing a couple of sheds and farmhouses, and climb on until you reach an open grassy field before arriving at Baghar for an overnight stay in a tented camp.
After a quick breakfast, trek along the bank of Marsyangdi river, cross the forest and arrive at Lipshe. A brief stopover, and the trek continues through forests and time-worn villages. You might even encounter some local honey-collectors in one of the villages. The average walking duration today is around five to six hours from Baghar to Dovan, where we will stay for the night in a tent or a tea-house.
The average walking distance is four to five hours at a normal pace today. Sallgahari, at 3,020 meters, literally means a forest made of pines. The route today is lined with rows and rows of high-altitude forests of bamboo, rhododendron and pines. At night, we stay in a tent in Sallaghari.
After an early and quick breakfast, we head further into our journey. First crossing through pine forests, we continue our trek uphill at a slow and leisurely pace. Gradually the vegetation begins to subside and the landscape opens up to rugged moraines – the location of the Italian Base Camp. The walking distance is three to four hours today before reaching Italian Base Camp at 3,610 meters. Stay overnight at a tent with views of Mt. Dhaulagiri.
At this altitude it is imperative that you have a day of rest adapting to the environment. While it might sound like a lazy day, it is best spent on a couple of short hikes throughout the day. Sleep well to save up on energy for the climb ahead.
Today you will face some significant challenges in the trail ahead. First you might need to use a rope in a few places which can be done by closely following your team leader. He or she will guide you thoroughly. Further, the trail goes downhill and passing a moraine before arriving at Glacier Camp. The views are stunning and rewarding, but get to rest early as tomorrow you’ll be climbing higher to Dhaulagiri Base Camp.
Dhaulagiri Base Camp is located at an altitude of 4,725 meters. The track today begins with rough surface but soon turns slippery and icy. Tread carefully as the chances of slipping are high. Along the way the views are magnificent and more so at the Dhaulagiri Base Camp itself. Prominent peaks such as Dhaulagiri I, Dhaulagiri II, Dhaulagiri IV, and Tukuche are visible from the camp where you tent-in for the night.
Start early, climb over the Chhonbardan Glacier, and walk on along the landscape. The magnificent views certainly leave you spellbound but they come at the price of rugged terrain and hard climb bringing you to French Pass. After a brief stopover, we continue the descent along icy slopes and come to the aptly named Hidden Valley at 5,010 meters.
Start as dawn as you don’t want to miss the spectacular sunrise over the highest mountain range on Earth. The challenging trek is four to five hour or even more with stopovers. The views are great along the track before arriving at the Base Camp for the night.
While the peak itself is not difficult to climb, the day is full of walking along plain and comfortable terrain. Some sections might demand the use of ropes but you will be assisted by your team leader if needed. Once at the summit at 6,012 meters, you will have splendid panorama of mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho, Tukuche, Annapurna, and other peaks of Nepal.
This extra day is allocated in case of unfavorable weather conditions that might arise at this altitude and then climb has to be shifted for another day. Else, this day can be used resting at at the base camp and enjoying the experience.
Today you will have a moderate walk of around five to six hours. Start at leisure from the Base Camp, and trek down to Yak Kharka – a place that is used to keep yaks. Along the way you will encounter a windy pass called Batase Danda from where you can have one more view of the massif before heading downwards.
Jomsom used to be a trading town when business was flourishing between Tibet and Nepal in the middle ages. Today, it is a quiet village at the foot of the mountains. Before arriving at Jomsom we will pass through the village of Marpha, popular for the, you guessed it, “marpha” drink. Enjoy your stay at Jomsom tonight in the vicinity of the mountains before heading back to Pokhara tomorrow.
Catch an early-morning flight from Jomsom as later in the day flights are not operated due to high winds. It can get so windy in Jomsom that the locals have stories about flying boulders and sweeping stones! In Pokhara, you can enjoy the rest of day sipping beer by the lake or, if you feel like it, resting in the hotel room. In the evening though, do not miss the Thakali daal-bhaat in Pokhara.
Depending upon the schedule, you can drive or fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Once you are in the capital, have a free day enjoying shopping, hot-water bathing, relaxing in a sauna, or simply seeing around town. Stay overnight at the hotel.
According to your schedule, we will take you to the airport for your flight ahead.