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Overview

Elevation

6,441m (21,118ft)

Location

Annapurna region

Coordinates

28°30´37´´N, 83°51´02´´E

First Ascent

American Peace Corps Expedition, October 1971

Climbing Season

spring (April, May) and autumn (October, November)

Climbing duration

2 days (typically)

Group Size

2 – 12

Base Camp

Hinko Cave (3400m) 28°29'50.03"N 83°53'52.60"E

Normal Route

Southeast Face

Route Rating

YDS 3, mixed snow-ice-rock route, scrambling

Himchuli Peak (6,441 m) lies in the Annapurna range and connected to Annapurna South like its own part forming a massive south-facing wall. The Himchuli was first summited by an American Peace Corps Expedition under the leadership of Craig Anderson in October 1971 via its southeast face. Himchuli Peak always offers magnificent view to the every trekker those who are visiting Annapurna Base camp. Despite the relative ease to the access of the mountain by following popular Annapurna sanctuary trekking, the mountain seems to be ignored by climbers which may be due to being prone to avalanche and exposed to rock falling. The Himchuli Peak is not technically difficult to climb but is vulnerable to rock falls, and route finding may also be a problem. However it offers major new route potentials, it has received little attention from mountaineers and is rarely climbed.

For Himchuli Peak Climbing, we follow the Annapurna sanctuary trekking trail up to Hinko and climb a very steep hillside to grassy meadows to establish the base camp to climb the peak from the normal southeast face route. Three camps are set up for the approach to the summit of Himchuli in general. The other route is north – West Face for which the base camp is set up at Annapurna South base camp near the Annapurna base camp lodges.

Climbing Route:
South-East Face Route: The route to base camp starts from Hinko Cave on the Annapurna Sanctuary trail. After establishing the first camp somewhere above the valley floor a further 2 camps are necessary to make it to the top. Although not technically extreme this route is exposed to rockfall and is a complicated route-finding experience.

North-West Face Route: The ascent by the North-West Face has been attempted only by a very few climbers and not always successfully. The exact route is not well known. The approach is from the Annapurna Base Camp in the Sanctuary and a further 2 camps may be necessary to complete this not so well known ascent.

We offer a full board package for this Himchuli Peak climbing as a unique adventure including climbing permits from NMA and all other necessary logistics form arrival up to departure from Kathmandu. Upon your request we do also offer only base camp service of this peak climbing where the climber may arrange all required logistics for above the base camp. Yet, the company provides a peak permit. The route of this trekking and climbing lies in Annapurna Region is also known as Annapurna Conservation Area.

We invite both the climbers requiring full board service or base camp service for this Himchuli Peak Climbing. Our service includes the proper maps of the trekking and climbing route, hygienic high altitude food cooked freshly by our experienced cooks, experienced and professional trekking and climbing Sherpas and guides, sufficient and quality logistics, properly arranged arrival and departure transfers, well-managed accommodation and tours to Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley.

Itinerary

Upon your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and transfer you to the luxury hotel for the overnight stay. We will offer you a welcome dinner at typical Nepalese restaurants.

We will meet all other expedition members and the leader, conduct initial briefing and preparations and we will have an opportunity to do last-minute shopping in Kathmandu.

We will take 6 hours a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m). Alternatively you can take a 25 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Hotel accommodation

We will take 90 minutes of driving from Pokhara to the trailhead in Nayapool (1,050 m) and trek for 4 hours from Nayapul to Tikhedunga (1,577 m) via Birethanti (1,065 m) crossing the beautiful forests.
Lodge accommodation or camping

We will trek through numerous villages and walk through the dense forest of Rhododendron and pine to reach Ghorepani village.

Lodge accommodation or camping

After enjoying the early morning hike to Poon Hill (3,180 m) for the sunrise view we trek 5hrs to Tadapani (2,675 m). From Poon Hill, we will view the sunrise over Dhaulagiri (8,167vm), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Nilgiri (6,940 m), Varaha Shikhar (7,847 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Annapurna III (7,855 m), Machapuchere (6,993 m), Annapurna IV (7,525 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other numerous snow-capped mountain peaks.

Lodge accommodation or camping

We will start our descending trail early in the morning through the forested landscapes and crossing some mountain villages to reach Chomorong Village.

Lodge accommodation or camping

Today, the route will go straight most of the time but at the end of the day we will have to climb steeply to reach Bamboo Village. The village is very famous for its ethnic culture and unique behavior of people to their guests.

Lodge accommodation or camping

We will trek 5 hours from Bamboo to reach Deurali (3,230 m) ascending gently through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees.

Lodge accommodation or camping

We will trek 5 hours from Deurali to Annapurna South Base Camp (4,130 m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,820 m). The route provides a glimpse high Himalayas of the Annapurna region.

Camping.

We will take rest at Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m). We will scramble along the Northwest route on the 30-degree inclination to the base of the Northwest Face (5,300 m).

Camping.

We will trek 6 hours from Annapurna Base Camp to Hinko Cave Base Camp (3,400 m). Today, we will trek through rocky ridges of mountain which will be thrilling day for us.

Camping

We will climb through the quite challenging route that leads us to the High Camp. We will walk through the glacier and icy path almost every time.

Camping

We will start climbing early in the morning. The Himchuli Peak is not technically difficult to climb but is vulnerable to rock falls, and route finding may also be a problem. Depending on the weather conditions, there can also be significant avalanche risk.

After spending some quality time at the summit, we will descend back to Base Camp.

We will trek descending through hills for 5 hours to reach Dobhan.

Lodge accommodation or camping

We will trek 6 hours from Dobhan to Jhinudanda (1,750 m) descending through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants.

Lodge accommodation or camping

The trail continues descending through forested landscapes then crosses some villages to reach Poyhana village.

Accommodation Lodge/Camping

We will trek 3 hours from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi and after lunch, we will take 30 minutes of driving from Phedi to Pokhara.

We will take 6 hours a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Alternatively you can take a 25 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Hotel accommodation

We will go for Full-Day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath).

Farewell-Celebration dinner in the evening.

We will transfer you to the airport for final departure or alternatively join other activities.

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