Himchuli peak 6,441m is located in the western part of Nepal Annapurna region connected to Annapurna South forming a massive south facing wall.
The Himchuli was first submitted by an American Peace Corps Expedition under the leadership of Craig Anderson in October 1971 via its southeast face.
Himchuli peak climbing offers an outstanding view of the other neighboring peaks, meadows and traditional settlements. The mountain is classified as a trekking peak by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), but it is considered one of the more difficult trekking peaks to climb due to route finding difficulties and dangers from rock fall and seracs. Depending on the weather conditions, there can also be significant avalanche risk.
Himchuli has two climbing routes; South-East Face Route and North-West Face Route. The South-East face route is crossing the Hinko Cave. Establishing the first camp somewhere above the valley Hinko Valley, a further two camps are usually necessary to make it to the top. Although not technically extreme, that route is exposed to rock fall and is a complicated route finding experience. North-West Face Route; the base camp is set as Annapurna South Base camp. From the Annapurna Base Camp in the Sanctuary and a further two camps be necessary to complete this ascent. It is noticeable that it requires more experience with judging snow levels and general mountain conditions.
To entrée Himchuli base camp, we follow the Annapurna sanctuary trekking trail up to Hinko and climb a very steep hill side to grassy meadows where we establish the base camp to climb the peak via the South - East face (which is the normal route). In most cases, three camps are set up for the approach to the summit of Himchuli. The other route is via the North - West Face for which the base camp is set up at Annapurna South base camp near the Annapurna base camp lodges.
Asian Hiking Team's itinerary brings you to Annapurna South Base Camp. We have one extra day for acclimatization in Annapurna base camp then we return to Deurali and turn to the right side from Hinko. We recommend to climb from the south-east face, it takes two days extra but a comparative easy way. From Hinko Camp climb to make High Camp, Camp I. We push the summit from Camp I. If you want to summit from the north-west face let us know.
Day 1: Kathmandu 1340m
Arrive in Kathmandu (1340m), Meet Asian Hiking Team staff, transfer to Hotel, overnight Hotel (B).
Day 2: Kathmandu:
We 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 (BB).
Day 3: Pokhara 900m:
We take 6 hours a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m). Alternatively you can take a 25mins flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Hotel accommodation (BB).
Day 4: Tikhedhunga 1575m:
Pokhara drive to Nayapul 1.30 hours and trek to Tikhedhunga (1575m), 3/4 hours trekking, overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 5: Ghorepani 2850m:
Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2850m), 5 hours trekking, overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 6: PoonHill and trek to Tadapani 2680m:
Ghorepani visits sunrise view from Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2680m), 5 hours trekking, overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 7: Chhomrong (1950m):
Tadapani to Chhomrong (1950m), 4.30 hours trekking, overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 8: Himalaya (3140m) :
Chhomrong to Himalaya (3140m) 5-6 hours; lodge accommodation or camping (B/L/D).
Day 8: Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3820m):
Himalaya trek to Annapurna South Base Camp (4130m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3820m) 5-6 hours; overnight at lodge (B/L/D).
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp 4130m:
Acclimatization rest at Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), we will scramble along Northwest route on 30deg inclination to the base of the Northwest Face (5300m) (B/L/D).
Day 11: Hinko Cave Base Camp (3400m):
Annapurna Base Camp trek 6 hours to Hinko Cave Base Camp (3400m); overnight at camping (B/L/D).
Day 12: High Camp (4900m):
Trek from Hinko Cave to High Camp (4900m), overnight at Camp (B/L/D).
Day 13: Camp I (5900m):
High Camp to Camp I (5900m), 4-5 hours, overnight at Camping (B/L/D).
Day 14: Hiunchuli Peak (6,441m) summit day:
We will push Hiunchuli Peak (6,441m) and then return to High Camp; overnight camping (B/L/D).
Day 15: Spare Day for climbing:
Spare Day for climbing, if incase weather or any cause or rest (B/L/D).
Day 16: Dobhan (2630m):
We trek 5 hours from High Camp to Dobhan (2630m); overnight at lodge accommodation (B/L/D).
Day 17: Jhinu Danda (1750m):
We trek 6 hours from Dobhan to Jhinu Danda (1750m) descending through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants; overnight at lodge accommodation (B/L/D).
Day 18: Pokhara
We trek 5 hours from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara 1.30 hour’s overnight at Hotel (BB).
Day 19: Kathmandu:
We take a 6 hours scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Alternatively you can take a 25mins flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, overnight at Hotel (BB).
Day 20: Kathmandu:
Leisure day and shopping in Kathmandu. This is our climbing contingency day (BB).
Day 21: Final Departure:
Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively trip (B).
- All arrival and departure airport transfers with Asian Hiking Team Assistance.
- Hotel in Kathmandu as itinerary with breakfast (3/4 star hotel on request).
- Transport to/from trekking/trip starting and ending point (as itinerary by Land KTM to KTM).
- Accommodation during the trekking as best available Guest house / Hotel as itinerary.
- North face Tented Camp during the climbing/mountaineering as itinerary.
- Major Meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) by Guest house /Hotel menus.
- Camping / Upper camps’ meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with hot drinks.
- North face Dom Tent for clients, Kitchen/Dinning/Toilet Tents, mates, all kitchen camping equipment.
- Camping staffs; cook, kitchen staff, Sherpa, necessary porters.
- A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder professional equipped English Speaking trekking guide.
- A First Aid and Eco trained, Advance/Basic climbing trained & Government licensed holder professional equipped Climbing/Mountaineering guide.
- One Porter between each 2 members while on trek (Maximum weight for a porter is 25-30 Kg).
- Trekkers’ Information Management System “TIMS” (Trekking permit).
- National Park / Conservations fees or permission.
- Peak Climbing Permit from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
- Monasteries and Temple entrance fees during the trekking.
- Group Climbing equipment such as ropes, Ice tool, Ice screws, Ice Bar, Carabineers, Locking carabineers, Short-5- millimeter accessory cords, Slings etc.
- Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of Asian Hiking Team all staffs.
- First Aid Kit.
- Travel & Rescue arrangement.
- All government taxes/ service charges.
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- International airfare from / to your country.
- Nepal entry visa fee (can be obtained at the airport upon arrival).
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Hotel accommodation beyond 4 nights (as per itinerary) stay in Kathmandu.
- Personal climbing gear above Base Camp.
- Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation, and lost luggage.
- Expenses of a personal nature such as hard and soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, email, internet etc.
- Applicable customs duty and import license fees for all personal expedition goods arriving in Nepal by air/road as cargo.
- Personal solar pack (if any) for charging heavy electronics (laptops, professional camera, batteries, etc.).
- Summit bonus / Tips/ Donation.
- Gifts, souvenirs.
- Any other item not mentioned in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section.
well looked after and very safe in their care
I would definitely recommend Asian Hiking Team. I had a great time and not only enjoyed their company but appreciated their knowledge about the mountains and surrounding area.