Dhampus Peak

Trexmount Ventures welcomes you in our remarkable, adventurous and challenging trip to Dhampus Peak climb & Hidden Valley, walking beneath worlds 7th highest mountain range, on this awesome journey where you can experience an adventure of a life time, listed as challenging and picturesque trekking in whole Himalaya region.

Dhampus Peak climb & Hidden Valley adventure offers magnificent grandeur close views of massive world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 meters with adjoining Dhampus / Thapa, Mukut Himal, Nilgiri’s, Tukuche peaks, Vara Shikar / Annapurna Fang Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,684ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,459ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft) Lamjung Himal 6,931 m-22,740 ft, towards east worlds 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m-26,781 ft, and t Mt. Machhapuchare ‘Fish-Tail’ 6,997 m-22,956 ft.

Trexmount Ventures fascinating adventure to Dhampus Peak climb at 6,012 meters high, as listed in NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Associations) This remote isolated peak also called Thapa, located eastern rim of Hidden Valley and above the high pass of Dhampus / Thapa pass offering tremendous views of towering Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri’s and as far to Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang and Sita Chuchura adjoining peaks of Dhaulagiri range of mountains towards Dolpo area. The grade for the climb rated as PD + taken from French / Swiss international alpine and mountaineering, this grading system is widely used world over.

This awesome adventure starts further from scenic Pokhara valley towards Beni town and beyond around warm sub tropic climate area within verdant valleys and hills with outstanding views, walking through friendly traditional hill villages in the land of legendry Gurung, , Thakali and Magar tribe’s renowned as Gorkha soldiers in various countries, on the leaving the last village of Bagar into remote wilderness around complete isolation in the harmony of rugged towering mountain range of massive Dhaulagiri base camp, adventure continues to cross the highest point of this trek over French Pass 5,360 meters high and into scenic Hidden Valley surrounded by high mountains, a summer pasture area for Yaks.

At Hidden valley setting base camp for the climb of Dhampus peak which is necessary for acclimatization before the climb, as our guide will scout the area for safe and successful climbing route.

The climb is somewhat straight forward with some technical difficulty near the summit; however any strong trekkers and adventurer can climb with determination taking careful steps, where our expert climbing guide will accompany and support you all the way to top summit after full acclimatization and preparation and gaining information of the route from our guides.

Returning journey leads to our main highlight and aim of this awesome adventure climb of Dhampus Peak also known as Thapa Peak which is located above the end east of Hidden valley and scenic pass of Dhampus / Thapa at around 5,250 meters high, with rare views of Annapurna I and its adjoin peaks with Tukuche and Dhaulagiri close by.

After a great adventure on top of Dhampus peak and over the high pass, heading downhill towards human settlement at Marpha village famous for apples and its products located at Kalignadaki River valley on the Annapurna Circuit route and Old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route to Tibet through upper Mustang area.

Completing the most adventurous walk and climb of Dhampus Peak with life time experience ending at charming Marpha village, neat and well maintained place with nice lodge and guest houses, from here taking a drive to picturesque Pokhara city passing interesting villages Tukuche, Larjung and Kalapani, back into green forested area with awesome views of both Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range of mountains on both side of this Kaligandaki valley turning into world’s deepest gorge.

Journey continues back in warm paddy fields area at Tatopani ‘hot spring’ and then on the road to Pokhara through Beni town, where this circuit around Dhaulagiri and Dhampus Peak climb and Hidden Valley adventure completes, on reaching scenic Pokhara valley with time to enjoy relax with the views of mountains and serene lake Phewa.

After a great time high up in the mountains and valleys completing this wonderful adventure Dhampus Peak climb & Hidden Valley, back to hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu with great services of Trexmount Ventures with its friendly expert staff and guides.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu received by our Representative and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu free day for trek preparations or Sightseeing tour on your interest, pay locally for sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive to Beni 830m-2,723 ft via Pokhara 860m-2,821 ft 275 km – 07 hrs.
Day 04: Drive to Darbang and trek to Riverside 1,560 m-5,118 ft – 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek on route Jugepani1, 700 m-2,296 ft – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Bagar 2,375 m-7,791 ft – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,600m-8,530 ft – 06 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m-9,842 ft -05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,750 m-12,303 ft – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4, 750m-15,583 ft – 06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900 m-16,076 ft with French Pass 5,360 m-17,585 ft.
Day 12: Free and rest day for acclimatization and preparation for the climb.
Day 13: Trek to Thapa / Dhampus Peak High Camp  6012m-19,724 ft – 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-16,125 ft via Thapa pass 5,250 m-17,224 ft – 05 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Marpha 2,630 m-8,628 ft – 04 hrs.
Day 18: Drive to Pokhara 860 m-2,821 ft through Beni – 06hrs.
Day 19: In Pokhara at leisure with options sightseeing tour.
Day 20: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 21: Departure from Nepal.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will make pre departure meeting in the Hotel or at our office. The meetings will covers trip related information’s & collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance).

Day 02:   Kathmandu: Free day or City Sightseeing (pay Locally for sightseeing)
After morning breakfast, free day for trek preparation. OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with visiting into fascinating heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Squire ( One is in Kathmandu, in patan and also in Bhaktapur), Museum,  monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note:  this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally.

Day 03: Drive to Beni 830m-2,723 ft via Pokhara 860m-2,821 ft 275 km – 07 hrs.
As time set by our guide who accompanies you throughout this trip, depart from the hotel for an interesting drive on the busy road towards Beni via Pokhara, drive leads through Himalayan foothills and green valley’s till Pokhara valley and town, and leaving the main Kathmandu / Pokhara highway towards Beni a large town and headquarter of Myagdi district, located on the confluence of Kaligandaki and Myagdi River. Overnight at Beni in the comfort of nice hotels / lodge with time to browse this interesting town, the temperature is warm of sub tropical climate with plenty of rice growing fields around this low land of Himalaya.

Day 04: Drive to Darbang and trek to Riverside 1,560 m-5,118 ft – 05 hrs.
Starting this wonderful adventure, morning little hour drive to the starting point in Darbang village, ride leads through many farm villages following the Myagdi River upstream in this nice river valley area, on reaching at Darbang a small village, slowly turning into a town due to accessibility of motor road. From this warm area following the river for sometimes to set the first camp of this river around rural farm areas with few smaller villages after a nice walk of few hours.

Day 05: Trek on route Jugepani 1,700m-5,577 ft – 06 hrs.
Morning walk leads following the river for sometimes, and then heading higher above the river with a gradual climb through patch of rain forested area and farm lands, on reaching the higher side of the farm area another hour of good walk brings at Jugepani village a small farming valley. Afternoon time for a splash in nearby clear streams around this isolated village area.

Day 06:   Trek to Bagar 2,375m-7,791 ft – 06 hrs.
Today’s walk leads to the last permanent human settlement and villages at Bagar, walk from this remote little farm area leads to through more farm terraces and then following Dhora Khola (stream), after Dhora Khola, leaving the lush valley, starting climb on a steep hill side through small forested area to reach the ridge top. With few stops to catch the surrounding views, from the top a downhill walk all the way to Bagar a small farm village of Magar people. Overnight camp near a primary school premises with time to explore the last village on route Dhaulagiri base camp and Hidden valley till Marpha is reached.

Day 07:   Trek to Dovan 2,600m-8,530 ft – 06 hours.
From Bagar onwards heading towards complete wilderness on leaving the villages, morning walk towards forested area with an uphill climb, looking the Myagdi River below from the trail towards Dovan, after few hours steep ascent, then downhill to Dovan a small place with a small shelters serving as tea shop, in the middle of woodland of dense rhododendron, oaks, pines and magnolia trees.

Day 08:   Trek to Chartare / Bhainsi Kharka 3,000m-9,842 ft -05 hrs.
Morning starts crossing a small shaky wooden bridge over a tributary rivers that joins with raging Myagdi, then walking through forested area on the pleasant path with dense vegetation of tall trees and slowly reaching at Chartare for overnight camp, this small clearing also called as Bhainse Kharka (buffalo shelters).

Day 09:   Trek to Pakhaban (Japanese Camp) 3,750 m-12,303 ft – 05 hrs.
From this camp with serene forested surrounding, morning walk follows North leaving the tree lines and vegetation towards glacier, moraine of ice fields to reach a clearing as the valley opens at Italian Camp beneath the massive bulk of South West Face of Dhaulagiri.

Walk continues over the glacier area with a small climb to reach a grassy path and then reaching at Pakhaban also called as Japanese Camp, above the glacier that feeds Myagdi River source, the camp on a nice field with views of Mana Patti overhead campsite and Dhaulagiri South West Face on the opposite.

Day 10:   Trek to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4,750 m-15,584 ft – 06 hrs.
Today, reaching towards one of our main highlights of this trip as the morning walk starts with pure adventure walking uphill over glaciers and moraine the trek is quite tough in between to find the right path around huge icebergs and glaciers, and then finally ending the strenuous reaching on the base of world’s 7th high Mt. Dhaulagiri, camp is set on available space after clearing rocks and ice to pitch tents with awesome views of Dhaulagiri I (8,167 m-26,795 ft) tumbling icefalls and glaciers adjoining west peaks of Dhaulagiri II (7,751 m-25,430 ft.), Dhaulagiri III (7,715 m-25,312 ft.) and Dhaulagiri IV (7,618 m-24,993 ft.).

Day 11:   Trek to Hidden Valley 4,900m-16,076 ft with French Pass 5,360m-17,585 ft.
From this picturesque camp, morning leads over glacier and moraine past Tukuche peak base camp and then a climb leads to the highest French Pass of this trip, where the top festooned with Buddhist prayer flags and monuments of piles of rocks, offering super views of Sita Chuchura, Mukut Himal, Tashi Kang 5,386 m-17,670 ft, Tukuche West Peak and massif Dhaulagiri I.
After a great moment on the top heading down hill to the camp in the huge grassy filed in Hidden Valley, another highlight of this awesome adventure.

Day 12:   At Hidden Valley for acclimatization and local hike.
A nice and ideal spot for rest day in Hidden Valley on this high altitude, an important for better acclimatization before Dhampus / Thapa Peak climb, on this day with free morning take a short hike around, as walking higher and sleeping at low elevation is the art of getting acclimatized. This rest day also helps to plan the climb where our guide will offer necessary information of the area, culture, religion and of the climbing technique as well.

Day 13:   Trek and climb to high camp at 5, 560m-18,241 ft – 04 hrs.
Morning leisure and slow walk with steep climb to reach the high camp, setting up one more extra camp helps for safe and to make the climb a success, on the walk to high camp, offering grand vista, on reaching the high camp in moraine, ice and glaciers finding a suitable spot for the camp, as this area is less visited and seldom climbed peak, afternoon our guide will survey the route and fix ropes where necessary.

Day 14:            Climb of Thapa / Dhampus Peak and return to base camp.
A Big Day! Our main target and destination starting before the crack of dawn as the climb leads over moraine and rubble of ice falls, following the route set by our lead guide reaching high above on an ill defined ridge towards last snow slope, most of the climb involves walking roped together, including the glacial crossings. As everyone should be careful and follow our guide instructions and then climb quite steeply without any difficulty but with some technical sections on route to Dhampus / Thapa Peak summit, after a final big haul with great help and support of our expert guide. On reaching the summit take a rest and admire the beautiful panorama of whole Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Mountains as far to snow capped mountains of Dolpo and Mustang region in far horizon, after a successful and safe climb on the highest spot of this adventure descent by same route to base camp and rest.

Day 15:   Reserve / Contingency day in case of bad weather condition Our itinerary allows a spare as contingency / reserve day in case of bad unusual weather situations, if all goes well as per the designated itinerary days our guide will make the decision after informing all, how and where this spare can be used before or after walking over the last Dhampus / Thapa pass before and after Marpha village on route Beni and Pokhara.

Day 16:   Trek to Yak Kharka 4,915m-16,125 ft via Thapa / Dhampus pass 5,250 m-17,224 ft – 05 hrs.
Morning walk starts after having a lovely time in this scenic Hidden Valley, heading back to villages and human civilization after being in complete wilderness for many days, as the walk progress leaving the valley behind to reach at another last pass of Thapa / Dhampus with amazing views of Nilgiri’s, Annapurna I. A Fang (Vara Shikar) with Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peaks.

From this pass on the long downhill to reach at Yak Kharka for overnight and last night in tents with camping facilities, as from here in the comfort of lodge and hotels.

On reaching at Yak Kharka rest of the afternoon at leisure, on this grazing pasture land for Yaks and other domesticated animals of the villages of Jomsom, Marpha and Tukuche.

Day 17:   Trek to Marpha 2,630 m-8,628 ft – 04 hrs.
After being in remote and isolation in the high mountains of Dhaulagiri and hidden valley, today will be a dramatic change as the morning walk leads back to tree lines on a long winding downhill with fantastic views of Annapurna and Nilgiri’s peaks, after few hours of nice trekking on easy path reaching at Marpha, one of the most charming village probably in whole Himalaya region.

Marpha the country of Thakali people located close on route Jomsom and its small airstrip, a marvelous village with white washed houses, lodge and famous for its delicious apples, apricot and apple product like cider, juice, dry apples, potent brandy, a wonderful place to be on completing the last leg of this amazing adventure.

Day 18: Drive to Pokhara 860 m-2,821 ft through Beni – 06hrs.
After an enjoyable time in Marpha and ending the trekking, from here taking a jeep or other options for a drive towards back to Beni, ride leads past Tukuche, Kobang and Larjung beneath Tukuche peak, from Larjung crossing the wide Kaligandaki river valley reaching to green vegetations and tree lines of pines and rhododendrons, with few short ups and on the gradual road to Kalopani another nice village beneath Mt. Dhaulagiri and its tumbling ice falls and glaciers, and with views of Annapurna I with Nilgiri’s peaks, which makes this area as world’s deepest gorge of Kaligandaki river valley.Drive gets better on good road overlooking waterfalls of Rupsi reaching back on rice growing warmer area at Tatopani, a nice village with a hot spring by the bank of Kali Gandaki River. From here following the river to Beni where Around Dhaulagiri & Hidden Valley circuit completes, at Beni transfer to another vehicle for few hours’ drive back to Pokhara on the scenic Pokhara / Beni and Baglung highway. Finally this scenic journey ends at Pokhara for overnight stop by the serene Lake Phewa

Day 19: Pokhara at leisure with options sightseeing tour.
A great place in Pokhara for extra free and leisure day, one can relax and marvel the views of snow capped peaks with majestic Mt. Machhapuchare and take boat on the lake Phewa, option hike to Peace Stupa on a hill top opposite to the lake, Pokhara has many options to spend the day, a tour of International Mountaineering Museum, Devis or Pathele Chjhago waterfalls, Gupteswor Cave or take Paragliding, Ultralight flights.

Day 20: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
With great time up in the high hills and mountains, morning an interesting drive back to Kathmandu, after a wonderful experience up in the high green hill and mountains of Dhaulagiri, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.

(For those who wish to fly to Kathmandu transfer to Pokhara airport with 30 minutes of scenic flight to Kathmandu).

Day 21: Departure
Breakfast, transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for departing from Nepal.

Includes and Excludes

Equipments and Packing

EQUIPMENT: Since you are traveling here and there and through the country side, consider carrying warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes.

FOOT WEAR:
Trekking Boots (One Pair), Light Soaks (3 Pairs), Thick Socks (4 pairs), Camp Shoes (1 pair), and Sandals (1 pair).

CLOTHING:
Warm Cotton Trousers (2 pairs), Fleece Jacket or Pullover (1), Down or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket and Trousers (1), Shirts and T-Shirts (4 pieces), Long Under Wear (2 pieces), Lightweight Cotton Long Pants, Short Under Wear (4 pieces), Sunglasses (1), Sun Hat or Scarf (1) and Woolen Hat (1), Lightweight Gloves (1), Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens With a Waterproof (1), Rain Coat (1).

OTHER EQUIPMENT:
Daypack (1), Down Jacket (1), Sleeping Bag (4 seasons-1), Water Bottle (1), Sunglasses, Flashlight with Spare Bulbs, Sun Cream, Batteriesm Gaiters, Lip Salve.

OPTIONAL:
Toilet Articles, Insect Repellent, Notebook and Pen, Laundry Soap, Toilet Roll, Pocket Knife, Binoculars, Sewing Kit, Soap, Camera, GPS, Cards and Personal Medical Kit and items of your personal interest.

Note: 
If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair. If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.

For Water Purification: You should not drink the water from the tap in Nepal because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a days, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.
Bottled mineral water and boiled water are available for purchase throughout Trekking.  However, water purification tablets or your own filter can be useful with your interest.

  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets

Checklist for Documents:
The Following documents listed below are a must and should be with you at all times.

  • Valid Passport
  • Medical Insurance card(s)
  • Address book | Our Company contact details (for any emergency)
  • Flight tickets (e-tickets).
  • Passport size photos ( At least 4)

Note: We do recommend you to make copies of passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule and so on. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

 

Trip Map

Trip Fact

Trip accommodation:               Hotels & Lodge camping on trek / climb
Trek grade:                                  Adventurous
Climbing grade:                        PD + (French / Swiss alpine system)
Trek / Climb duration:           14 / 15 days
Total Trip:                                 20 / 21 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu.
Seasons:                                    All season except mid June to August.

Trip Highlights

Full of excitement throughout this trip from traditional farm villages, green hills, forest, landscapes and mountains and the climb of remote Dhampus Peak at 6.012 meters high, are the main attraction and highlights of this trip, beneath world’s 07th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri at 8,167 m and, trekking around Dhaulagiri massive mountain range, dramatic variation from sub-tropic -Mediterranean, alpine to arctic climatic zone, daily amazing views of world’s 3highest mountains Annapurna-Dhaulagiri & Manaslu, fascinating traditional mid hills Gurung, Thakali & Magar tribe villages, super mountain panorama with and trekking in world’s deepest gorge of Kali-Gandaki River.

Trip Information's

Nepal the Land of Eight Thousander:
Nepal a unique country due to its different topography in just mere miles away from the low lands of tropical Terai, to the mid hills meditarrean climate of Churia to the alpine mid hills and arctic zone of High mountains, all these fascinating weather, sceneries varied tribes with different ancient culture only to be found in this Himalaya country Nepal.
Nepal captures 8th of the 14th Eight Thousander Mountains from Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Mt. Kanchenjunga 8,586 m, Mt. Lhotse 8,516 m, Mt. Makalu 8,463 m, Mt. Cho Oyu 8,201 m, Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, Mt. Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m and world 10th highest Mt. Annapurna 8,091 meters high, all these great massive mountains are the life line of Nepal and beyond South East Asia which is the strong river source.
All the picturesque scenery makes Nepal one of the most sought destinations for any types of leisure holidays to extreme adventure, as Nepal is rich in culture, historical places and its old traditions in daily life.
Information for travelers while in Nepal with Trexmount Ventures:
While on booking with us we will provide with much essential information as per the trip chosen.

Arriving in Nepal & Transfers:  Before you depart for Nepal please send us your flight details so that we can arrange a complementary transport from the airport to the hotel in Kathmandu. Our staff and representative will have a sign-board with “Trexmount Ventures”, please look for it when reaching outside the main terminal. Please note our phone numbers if in-case of flight delay and change in time & schedule or if you don’t see our Sign Board on your arrival in case of emergency:
Please notify on these + 977- 1- 4701237, 4701238, 4701239 or Cell: 9851058054

Please be aware of hawkers at the airport will try to carry your bags for you and direct you to specific guesthouses.  Please carry your own luggage and don’t give any money who ever asks for it. Luggage

Standard commercial airline baggage restrictions apply. Usually this is 20 kg for economy passengers and one piece of carry-on luggage. It is advisable to check with your airline before traveling.

Passport: Your passport is a valuable document and you should exercise extreme care in keeping it safe. We recommend that you keep your passport on you at all times, preferably in a money belt that is worn under your clothing. We advise that you take copies of relevant pages in your passport and any visas that you may purchase in case of loss or damage. Your tour leader will require your passport details at the pre-departure meeting. Again, we recommend that you have a photocopy of your passport details, kept separate. Your passport must be valid for six months after the END of your tour, and must have one blank page for each country to be visited.

Visa Requirements: You can either processed tourist visas from any Nepalese Embassy or via the web or you upon arrival in Nepal. Please note that once the visa is issued, it may not be amended or re-validated and visa fees will not be refunded. USD cash or Visa and Master Card credit cards are accepted for visa fees. Visitors who wanted to get tourist visa at arrival, they can obtain into following arrival points in Nepal:
Tribhubhan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu| Kodari| Kakarbhitta| Birgunj| Belhiya Bhairahawa | Nepalgunj |Dhangadi | Mahendranagar.

REQUIREMENTS for Visa is as following:
Valid Passport (with a validity of a minimum period of six months) duly completed Visa application form.
Visa fees easier to be paid in cash.
Visa fees at arrival points in Nepal: Visa for 15 days = $25, For 30 days = $40, For 90 days = $100.
Please also note that: Nationals of the following countries must apply for a tourist visa through Nepalese Embassies as they do not get visas on arrival at the entry points of Nepal.

Note: Nigeria | Ghana | Zimbabwe | Swaziland | Cameroon | Somalia | Liberia| Ethiopia| Iraq| Palestine and Afghanistan’s Travel Document holders (Passport holder) should apply for a tourist visa at the Nepalese Embassy. Entry validity: The validity of visa dates is counted from the date of arrival in Nepal which is Six months from the date of issue.

Visa Extension: A tourist visa can be extended from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara Immigration Office for a total of 120 days. Over the course of a visa year, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal more than cumulative 150 days.

EACH CLIENT IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING ALL NECESSARY VISAS.
Country entry regulations can be changed, Unique Path Travels does not accept responsibility for changes in regulations or requirements for visas. The information provided is given in good faith.

Currency: The official currency in Nepal is Rupee. The most commonly use symbol for Rupee is NPR or Rs. One Rupee is made up of 100 Paisa, a smaller unit.  There are coins  for denominations of one, two, five and ten rupees and bank notes in denominations of 1,2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency or travelers checks brought into Nepal.

Money Exchange: Nepal Rastra Bank (National Bank)  sets the exchange rate and lists rate in daily news paper. There are many money changer counters and Banks in the cities at where you can change your cash money. When you are changing money officially, you need to show your passport and get receipt with your identity.  The Hotels do change the money however they do have lower rate.

There are various ATM Machines in main cities and towns like Kathmandu, Pokhara and so on. Where you can get cash (only Nepalese Rupee) on both Visa and Master Card’s 24 hours a day. Usually you can draw Maximum 30,000 NPR a day from your Card.

Accommodations: In Nepal most places have tourist standard facilities depending upon the choices, as we have put a lot of effort into locating the most appropriate type of accommodation for each tour.

It will always be clean and hygienic, comfortable and of a very high standard. Accommodation for Nepal trips is in a combination of good standard tourist class hotels and Guest Houses in the Treks operated by the local people, which offer Twin Sharing accommodations, please be prepared for the common Bathrooms.

If you wish to spend a few additional days in your start city before the departure of your tour, then we can arrange accommodation for you. On the last day of the tour we usually arrive at our final destination in the late afternoon, when the tour ends. If you would like to book accommodation for that night or even stay additional nights, we will be more than happy to arrange this for you as well. All our accommodation is carefully chosen, conveniently located, clean and comfortable.

Travel / Medical Insurance: Travel / Medical insurance a compulsory in all Trexmount Ventures trips, all clients MUST be insured to cover personal accident, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment and repatriation. Please Note you should check that your insurance policy is adequate for Trexmount Ventures .

Vaccinations: Your doctor might suggest you while traveling in Asia or any 3rd world countries, as in Nepal vaccinations are not compulsory unless coming from a yellow fever infected region but we do recommend you are covered for: *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. NB* a Yellow Fever certificate is required if arriving from infected areas.

For traveling in the countryside and remote areas, immune globulin is also recommended to combat hepatitis A. We advise you to bring along a supply of antibiotics, an anti-diarrhea agent, and any other prescription drugs required by your current medical conditions.

Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.You may need additional inoculations so please contact your GP or a travel medical center for further information. Please consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling into Asia.

Note: Please don’t forget check up with your Doctor & get advice whether your health permit or not to go into the region.

We also recommend: A dental check-up prior to traveling, you know your blood group in case of emergency and to send your medical / dietary lists. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your Travel Agent at the time of your booking

Medical Supplies: In every trip we do provide with essential comprehensive medical kits however you may carry your own medical kits as per your doctor’s recommendations.

List of some recommended items: Band Aids / bandages, laxatives, upset stomach remedy, anti-diarrhea remedy, Panadol /Aspirin, rehydration remedy, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile dressings, any relevant course of medication such as contraceptive pills.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): Depending upon the zone of trekking, AMS might occur if one does not acclimatize well while trekking in the high Himalayan region. Usually the symptom of AMS can be felt above 3,000 m with thin air, lack of oxygen from low air pressure. The Rapid Ascend, dehydration and Hypothermia are the cause of the symptom. We have rated three different level of the Altitude Sickness:

  1.  AMS – Acute Mountain Sickness: 
    The initial symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness starts with headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue / tiredness, Loss of appetite, disturbance in sleep which is mild a symptoms that will make like hangover / not feeling well.  You don’t need to worry much this will take time to heal after a good acclamatsation, this can be avoided after slow ascend or resting into the same elevation.
  2. HAPE – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema:
    This second level of the sickness may get water in the lungs with the symptoms of increasing Headache, wish to vomiting or vomiting, diarrhea, Dizziness’, Breathing hard, severe cough (dry or Productive), increasing tiredness/weakness, high pulse, Fatigue while walking, Blueness of the face, Lips, Fingers nails which means inability to circulate the Oxygen into the blood. If these symptoms occur, you shouldn’t ascend higher, take medicine & rest/stay into the same altitude for extra night, if it does not improves, you need to descend into lower elevation.
  3. Hace – High Altitude Cerebral Edema
    The final level is a extreme stage of altitude sickness with the symptoms of worsening headache & Vomiting, mental confusion, swelling hand & face, walking like drunk, irritable, unconsciousness or coma. If these serious symptoms appear, you need to get into the hospital as soon as possible either by heli-copter or by other possible arrangements.

Decision Making: All the decision is made by the victims and by leader or guide for
evacuation by any means of quick transportation and in helicopter.

  1. Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise. 
  2. If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, descend into the lower.

Prevention is better than cure. A proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, not to make Rapid Ascent; not to walk faster and drink plenty of fluid like water.

  • Listen your body & Let them more comfortable & rest more than usual. 
  • Avoid alcohol, Narcotic Drugs, sleeping pills and smoking. 
    Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc. 
  • Do not carry heavy packs, 10 – 12 Kilograms is ok. 
  • Climb higher sleep lower.
    Above 3000m, a 300m ascent a day if possible and walk with someone.

Treatment: The main healer and treatment is Descent, Descent, Descent, the best way of recovering. However, there are few medicine which maybe helpful when suffering: Oxygen, Diamox (Acetomolide) for AMS 125 mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated, Nafedipine for HAPE, Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE, Hyperbolic Bag – Gamow Bag

Important: Go up slowly with take your own pace. Do not let your body get cold. Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter. Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day). Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Tipping & Bargaining: Tipping in Nepal is not mandatory. It is now a traditional way, asset by earlier visitors, to tip guides, porters and Tour Driver, who now expect a tip. Any gratuity for good service will be gratefully accepted at the end of the tour.

Bargaining is part of Nepalese culture, especially in markets when hiring the local vehicles, buying the jewelery and local clothing.

Travel Tip: You might be tempted to buy a few souvenirs here and there, so leave a little room for those extra purchases!

Safe Travel:

  • Do not take unnecessary valuables with you, a money belt, or similar, worn close to your body is the best way to carry passports, airline tickets, money and other Valuables.
  • Do Not leave any valuables in hotel rooms, please use SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES in the Hotel. Items are left at the individual’s risk.
  • Pickpockets are not common in Nepal but it can happen, especially in tourist areas and in crowded markets; you must always exercise care.
  • Be aware that anything left lying around will also be liable to theft.

Departure Tax: International Flight departure taxes are included in your flight ticket.

Time Zone: Nepal Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 5:45 Hours).

Climate: Nowhere in the world is the climate so distinct and poles apart. The long stretch of the northern frontier, which is mostly rugged terrain, towered by the mighty Himalayas experiences arctic type of climate and a few hours down south at the fringes of the Indian borderlands the landscape and climate changes dramatically as the elevation decreases. With lush green tropical forests and vast stretches of plains one can encounter hot humid climate.

The year is divided into 4 different seasons in Nepal – winter, spring, monsoon and autumn.
The best period to visit the country for plant lovers is during spring when the flowers are in full bloom. The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers. Spring season commences from early March and continues until late May. Even though the days are clear haze disturbs the mountain views. Late May, and the downpour begins. It continues till late August. Come September and the autumn season begins. It continues till late November. With temperate climate, clear blue skies and extraordinary mountain views it is the best season to visit the country. Winter begins in late November and continues till late February.

Himalayan region climate varies as per the altitude wise from the low southern land of Gangetic plains of Terai at 60meters above sea level to the mid hills-valleys at 9,00m, 1500-200m and to the high mountain settlement at 3000-4000m and above. From over 40oC warm sub-tropic, to the arctic climate of -0oC to -20oC conditions exists. Here’s our Climate Guide that can help you with your selection of treks in the Himalayan region and Good Luck! Nepal and its Himalayan range have a typical monsoonal two season a year. There’s the dry season from October to May and the wet season, the monsoon, from June to September. September-November, the start of the dry season, is in many ways the best time in Nepal and around the Himalaya. As the Himalayan regions have low precipitations, the snow fall is limited depending upon the region, season and elevation. The main trekking area of Annapurna Region will be as follows.

From 800m-1200m quite subtropical climate with hot and humidity in summer and at end of spring till starting of autumn, however in winter the temperature drops down almost 0 degree Celsius with mild sunshine of 15-18 degree Celsius.

From 2000m in summer it will be quite warm with minimum of 5-8 degree Celsius

Maximum of 18-20 degree Celsius.

Spring from mid Feb to April the temperatures are as follows.
Minimum -4 to -5 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.

Autumn from October to mid November.
Minimum -5 to -8 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.

From 3000m-4000m. minimum of 0-5 degree Celsius and maximum of 15-18 degree Celsius. Above 5000m it can snow even summer, while it rains below but the snow melts quickly as it reaches the ground at this time of the year in summer and monsoon. (The wind chill factor above 3000m-4000m can be quite freezing bringing the temperatures down. In the Everest Region and as at other High Himalayan region the temperatures are as follows from 2000m on-wards.

From 2000m in summer it will be quite warm with minimum of 5-8 degree Celsius

Maximum of 18-20 degree Celsius.
Spring from mid Feb to April the temperatures are as follows.
Minimum -4 to -5 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.
Autumn from October to mid November.
Minimum -5 to -8 degree Celsius with Maximum of 12-18 degree Celsius.
With chances of snow at some areas with high wind chill factor.

In winter Dec to mid Feb this place can be very cold at sometimes in places like Loboche on-wards with minimum of -15-20 degree Celsius and maximum of 12-15 degree Celsius.

Above 3000m on-wards the afternoon sun will be brilliant with much glare and  strong UV (Ultra Violet Ray) while in the sun, however the temperatures drops down dramatically while in the shade.

Temperatures Chart

(In Celsius)  

                    1,330m                  850m                     200-300m (above sea level)

Months        Kathmandu            Pokhara                 Chitwan

                    max min                max min                max min

Jan               19     2                   20     8                    24   7
Feb              20      4                  21     8                    26   8                  
Mar              25      8                  27   11                   33   12       
Apr              30     11                 33   12                   35   18
May             30     16                 30   19                   35   20
Jun               30     20                 30   20                  35   23
Jul                29      21                30   21                   33   24
Aug              29      20                30   21                   33   24
Sep              27     19                29   20                   32   22
Oct               23      15                27   18                   31   18
Nov             23      4                 23     11                  29   12
Dec              20       2                  20     8                   24     8                           

Rainfall Chart (in mm.)                                 

Months        Kathmandu            Pokhara                 Chitwan                

Jan               25                         15                          10

Feb              25                         15                          10

Mar              75                         30                          10

Apr              50                         50                          15

May             100                         300                         200

Jun               225                         575                         300

Jul                375                         800                         500

Aug              360                         700                         450

Sep              175                         575                         400

Oct               50                         220                         100

Nov             10                         20                           5   

Dec              10                            5                            5                                

Climate Chart:   Kathmandu. Chances of dry day & Hours of Sunshine

Jan     Feb    Mar    Apr    May   June   July    Aug    Sept   Oct     Nov   Dec

95%   91%   93%   85%   74%   54%   33%   37%   62%   88%   98%   99%

5:54    5:39    7:37    9:30    5:43    4:54    2:37    2:23    3:18    5:12    5:12    5:06

Pokhara. Chances of dry day & Hours of Sunshine

Jan     Feb    Mar    Apr    May   June   July    Aug    Sept   Oct     Nov   Dec

94%   94%   89%   80%   53%   5%     3%     3%     7%     64%   96%   99%

5:49    6:23    7:19    8:59    5:17    4:02    2:04    1:34    1:44    4:30    4:51    5:12

Voltage:  Electricity in Nepal is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better to have two Pin travel plug adapter which will be useful to charge your batteries.

Drug Policy: Under no circumstances are any illegal drugs allowed on any part of the trip. Anyone discovered in possession of any such drugs, will be asked to leave the tour immediately without question or refund.

Water:  You should not drink the water from the tap in Nepal because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a days, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.

Bottled mineral water and boiled water are available for purchase throughout Trekking.  However, water purification tablets or your own filter can be useful with your interest.

  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets

Photography: Photography is important part of the holiday that carries the memory of holiday in the photos.  Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offense by taking photographs without first asking permission. It is absolutely forbidden by law to take photos at any borders, as they are all active military installation.

Contact details: 
Trexmount Ventures:
Ciltron Garden 495, Thamel Kathmandu, Nepal Phone: +977-1-4701238 | 4701239 |  Cell : +977-9851058054 | Fax : +977-1-4701237 Email :uniquepath@mail.com.np | Url : http://www.nepalholidayinfo.com

Note: 
This tour is operated by Trexmount Ventures. Information provided in all brochures, leaflets and dossiers is offered in good faith by the company, based on the latest information available with update while in publication.

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We will be able to organize operate this tour one month prior to the tour start. Please write to us for further informations: contact@nepalholidayinfo.com

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