Dhampus pass is a long, technical & hard trekking pass beneath Mount Dhaulagiri and this is a camping trek and we need to bring everything with us, this trekking is loved by mountaineers as the best trekking of Nepal. Dhaulagiri ventures into a wild and remote area of Nepal Himalaya whereas Dhampus pass takes across Dhaulagiri all the way to Annapurna range and takes us out to Marpha village – Marpha is one of the trekking destinations of Annapurna circuit trek or Upper Mustang trekking trail. It also crosses some high passes with no easy escape route from them such as; FRENCH PASS AT 5,380M, DHAMPUS PASS 5,380M.
Behind the adventure there are many hardships but the beauty of this high pass trekking is never second. The Dhaulagiri trail is not very touristy, towering mountains in front of us in a shape of a perfect pyramid, multi-layered a few hundred meters high waterfalls along the way, tall waterfalls falling form icy block is very near (although invisible, the amount of water falling from them will make believe that they were quite huge), steeply climbing trail with hugging a vertical cliff and which dropped all the way down to the river below with a shaky walkway built from bamboo rods and branches adds thrilling joy while trekking. Even the large yellow boulders shaped by the force of the runoff of river are stunning.
But the steep and loose moraine to the glacier in small but steep drop offs to the river flowing under it needs gentle precautions. Before getting to the base camp of Dhaulagiri lots of adventure such as; the glacier flowing from the West side of Dhaulagiri, crossing a river that originated from under the ice before reaching the reach the Japanese base camp (Japanese basecamp is on the glacier itself at an altitude of 4,150 m), arrow exposed trail that provided the entrance to the valley leading to the Dhaulagiri basecamp proper is tricky and beautiful.
In this adventure over the Dhampus across Dhaulagiri we have to stay many nights in tented camp in many basecamps such as; JAPANESE BASECAMP 4150 M, DHAULAGIRI BASECAMP 4,600M, HIDDEN VALLEY CAMP 5,050M, Italian BC 4300M and Italian BC at an elevation of 3600M – most of these camps are where we will spent one night at least and are on the moraine.
The view of Eiger Wall of Dhaulagiri – a 5,900 m vertical wall of granite that rises straight up from the glacier, main bulk of Dhaulagiri which raises to the heaves above in a series of icefalls and ice fields and to the left of the Eiger Wall lies the main Dhaulagiri icefall which makes its way in form of broken ice towers to the main glacier below; all are wild and stunning landscape in Dhampus pass or Dhaulagiri base camp trekking.
Some of the major mountains we can see in the trekking over Dhampus pass are; Mt. Jirbang 6,062m at the beginning, Dhaulagiri II over 7,000 M, Mt Dhaulagiri itslef at 8167M and most of the mountain from its infinite range, Mt Annapurna at 8091 M and the most of the Annapurna Himalaya range, Mountain range from the Tilicho peak and surrounding from nearby Mesokanta pass.
Dhampus peak lies right before the Dhampus pass which stands at 6000 meters and is most climbed peak of the region.
After crossing Dhampus pass we will get on Annapurna side of the Himalaya with view of magnificent Annapurna Group with the Nilgiri Peaks and the Annapurna from the Dhampus pass itself. But right after crossing the pass from a viewpoint at 4,000m near the campsite of Yak Kharka has a great panorama extending from Tibet in the north to the Annapurna massif in the south, view of entire Mustang region, Thorong La, Mesokanta La, Tilicho Peak, Jomsom, and the peaks of Annapurna and also the scenery of small planes coming to land in Jomsom air strip.
After descent from Yakkharka to Marfa with 1,000 m steep downhill Dhampus pass concludes back to the easy trails which we have started at 800m, like a month ago.
Glacial lake Trek
Nepal is a Himalayan destination either for tour or trekking. 80 percent of the people traveling to Nepal come for mountain activities, whereas 50 percent of trekking destination in Nepal has Lakes. Most of those lakes are glacial lakes and few are freshwater lake as well. Beauty of lakes on the lap of Nepal Himalaya is flourished with reflection of white peaks on the blue water of those lakes.
Lakes like Gokyo, Rara and Tilicho are very big or close to the snowy peaks to give mirror image on the blue water of lake.
Most of the lakes in Nepal are assumed holy either in relation with god Shiva or Buddha. People who worship nature also pay respect to the lakes as holy place. All the lakes in Nepal have interesting features. Like Gokyo lakes of Everest region is famous for its cascade pattern on 6 different lakes of same valley. The valley is called Gokyo. Tilicho Lake is the highest altitude lake with beautiful mountain reflection on its blue water. Tilicho lies near by Annapurna circuit trek. Another interesting lake is Rara Lake, which can be trekked or people fly on helicopter to get to Rara Lake. Rara Lake is special because it changes its water into 7 different colors in a day. This natural phenomenon is because of its large size and reflection of mountains and skyline. Rara is the largest lake of Nepal.
Lakes in Nepal are in the cities as well. Phewa Lake in Pokhara has made Pokhara a precious place for tourist. This tourist destination of Nepal has beautiful reflection of wide Himalaya range on the water of Phewa Lake.
Apart from above discussed lakes there are 1000s’ of lake which are rarely discovered. Some of them are in the famous trekking routes like Annapurna or Everest or Manaslu whereas many of them are still unexplored and few of them are in the restricted trekking routes like Dolpo and Numbur cheese circuit. Naming few other lakes of Nepal are as – Gosaikunda lake, Dudhpokhari lake, Damodar kunda lake, Gangapurna lake, Phoksundo lake, Imja Lake, Chola lake, Ghodaghodi lake, Rupa lake, Begnas lake, Jattapokhari lake, Panchpokhari lake and many other. The list of the named lakes in nepal will be long whereas there are still 1000’s of them which are waiting their first visit.
High Pass Trek
Trekking over the high passes of Nepal has given beautiful memory to millions of nature lovers. Just basecamp trekking and few high passes are famous in Nepal but with wider Himalaya range in Nepal new passes like Mardi himal pass trekking are being discovered for those who love high passes trekking in the younger Himalayas of Nepal.
Snowline of Nepal starts from around 5000 meter that is why high passes of Nepal are above this 5k altitude. High passes means trekking through the mountain range to get in other side of the valley. It is basically crossing the range of the Himalaya from the narrow escape where it is accessible the best.
High pass hike are good for many reasons; the best view, circuit trekking trail, adventure, unforeseen condition to create thrill in the trip and many more. High pass of any Himalaya range of Nepal can never be underestimated. But in right time and favored weather conditions all those high passes trekking in any tops had never been issue.
In Everest- 3 high passes trek has been really famous as it nearly covers most of the Everest region including Everest base camp itself. But people love chola pass as it connects Everest base camp with Gokyo ri or the valley of Gokyo with numerous lakes and glacial walk.
Annapurna has famous Annapurna circuit over thorong la pass. Apart from thorong la pass in highlight, there are other trekking passes like Mesokanta pass, Kangla pass and many other. Manaslu and Annapurna are connected by larkey la pass. This pass is considered as one of the new and trending high pass of Nepal. Kang la pas of Narphu, selele pass of Kanchenjunga, saldnag pass of upper Dolpo, Kangla pass of Narphu are few high passes in the restricted region of Nepal.
There are technical high passes like Sherpini col, amapalpcha pass, Rubina la pass and many other – these passes are higher than 6k and connects not only the valley but the different Himalaya range. These high passes involves technical peak climbing as well.
Trekking is one of the major activities among many things to do in Nepal. Apart from hiking tours, there are many other sightseeing tour options in Nepal. However walking tour is a world admired as hiking to Everest or Annapurna region of Nepal Himalaya are famous around the world.
When someone talks about their holidays in Nepal, all imagine they are going to the mountains and it is all about trekking in the Nepal. Believe it, Everest base camp trek is one of the famous bucket list item.
However our trekking tour category has diversity of trekking trips in Nepal. New destination trek to hiking route finding trips in Nepal, are listed under the tour tag of trekking.
Again, as Nepal is a small country with tallest peak of the world Everest, she is famous among hike lovers & nature hikers. Mountainous terrain of Nepal makes lots of ups and down and hiking here is great adventure. Hike in Nepal starts from the altitude of 1100 meter or 1968 feet to 6500 meters or 21320 feet.
Nepal Hiking Altitude profile in general
Lowest altitude for the hiking is from Besisahar which is the gateway of Annapurna Region treks to Annapurna circuit or manalsu circuit hiking and highest altitude that takes you to the height of 6500 meter or 21320 feet to the famous trekking peak called Mera peak. Mera peak starts in Everest region but the peak is on the other side of Everest Base Camp hiking that is in Makalu Barun conservation area. Very few people go for this trekking peak in the Makalu Barun National park.
Trekking in Nepal is under the bucket list of all most the entire traveler around the world. Nepal is famous for trekking activity. But trip extension like Peak climbing, Rafting, Paragliding, Para Hawking, Kayaking, day tours are famous. Nepal has four seasons. All of them are suitable for any of the activity. But each activity needs to design the itinerary as per the season. For example hiking during monsoon in Nepal needs to be short and starts early for the day, like start early stop early. We have lots of hiking package in numerous trekking region of Nepal for all level of fitness. Hiking in Nepal can be short as 3 days and more than a month long.
Nepal conserves huge area of forest and helps in controlling global warming by cutting carbon production. Greenery in Nepal is conserved in the form of national parks, conservation area, wildlife reserves, community forest, hunting reserves and wetland areas. Trekking in those protected forest is a part of jungle trekking we do in packages of Nepalgram.
Apart from those conserved area there are other auto protected region which can be discovered along the trekking route of remote Himalayas in Nepal. While trekking in the remote trekking destinations of Nepal there are many villages with barren lands and those lands are private but after not farming there for years, these lands are now forest.
Trekking has always been through the jungle, in Nepal. If you want to trek all the time inside the jungle you can choose trekking like Mard himal trek or other new trekking routes. If you want to trek in the dense forest then you have to choose something similar to Jattapokhari camping trek or similar camping treks.
Either you trek to famous Annapurna base camp or Everest region trail – forest trekking is partially available in all the regions. The concern among most of the travelers coming to Nepal is either they will want to be in the jungle for most of time or they just want to experience the jungle trekking partially.
Trekking in Nepal has always been into the nature. And jungle has always been inseparable part of trekking activity. But in few cases, there are some trekking destinations like upper mustang and Upper Dolpo where all you see is deserted landscape. Those trekking trails are rain shadow zone and are not for jungle trekking.
In Nepal, Jungle trekking is not possible when you get above the altitude of 4000 meters. From this height no tree zone starts and all you see is bushes and the towering mountains.