Himlung Himal Expedition

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Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 34 days
  • Trekking Duration: 32 days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Max Elevation: 7112m
  • Best Season: Autumn and Spring
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Styles: Lodge And Tent Camping
  • Starting point of trek: Besi shar
  • Finishing point of trek: Besi shar
  • Meals and Drinks: Lodges/ camping

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  • Destination:Nepal

Himlung Himal Expedition is popular in Nepal above 7000m meters though Nepal has many peaks from east to west region of Nepal. Himalung Himal stands with 7126m is located in the western Manaslu range and west north of Annapurna range.

This expedition was first time opened by the government of Nepal in 1992 and the same year Japanese expedition Mr. Akito Koizumi was the first human to put a foot on Himlung on 3 October 1992. The himlung climbing route requires less climbing techniques and skills to summit comparatively from other peaks which are above 7000m because of this reason the expedition team is increasing every year. There are two routes to summit the mountain through west face route requires camp I and Camp ii and south face route requires camp I camp ii and camp iii. The expedition acquires a minimum a month. Annapurna Discovery Treks and Expedition organizes the summit from west face route is the most of expedition group climb through it.

To access Himlung Himal, transport by land from Kathmandu to Besi Shar. From Besi Shar trekking route to popular Annapurna Circuit trek that offers and exposes forest of tropical and subtropical, diversity villages, awesome landscapes, devoted religion and culture of Buddhist, and swinging suspension bridges and views of mountains are spectacular and majestic. Above Dharpani villages and local people remind us of Tibetan plateau and people. These people migrated their descendants from Tibet passing through mountain border points. After 4 day trek, we reach at Koto is a trekking intersection point to Annapurna Circuit trail and Nar –Phu valley – Himlung Himal Base Camp. Entering into Nar-Phu –Himlung Himal trail is an opportunity to observe closely Buddhist culture, religion, customs, day to day their life and ancient monasteries and chortens. This region is declared as a restricted area by the government of Nepal. Phu village is the last settlement to Himlung Himal.

Annapurna Discovery Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd is always ready with qualified, professional, skillful techniques, long experienced climbing mountains Sherpas for who are interested and loving to summit Himlung Himal (7126m) in Spring and Autumn season.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02 Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha and Durbarsquare
  • Day 03 Drive to Besi Shar (760m) by car or van (5hrs)
  • Day 04 Bhulbhule to Jagat (6-7hrs) (1360m)
  • Day 05 Jagat to Dharapani (6-7hrs) (1900m)
  • Day 06 Dharapani to Koto 2600m) ((5-6hrs)
  • Day 07 Koto to Dharmasala (3220m) (5-6hrs)
  • Day 08 Dharmasala to Kyang (3820m (5-6hrs)
  • Day 09 Kyang to Phu Gaon (4240m) (max.5hrs)
  • Day 10 Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
  • Day 11 Phu Gaon to Himlung Base Camp (4920m) (max. 4hrs)
  • Day 12-26 Himlung Himal cimbing period.
  • Day 27 Cleaning the Base Camp
  • Day 28 Revers to Phugaon
  • Day 29 Retrace to Dharmasala
  • Day 30 Return to Koto
  • Day 31 Koto to Dharapni
  • Day 32 Dharapni to Kathmandu via Besi Shar by vehicle
  • Day 33 Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 34 Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

When you arrive at Katmandu International Airport then transfer to your hotel. A short briefing is given concerning trekking itinerary.

Day 02 Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha and Durbarsquare

Day 03 Drive to Besi Shar (760m) by car or van (5hrs)

Besi Shar to Bhulbhule (3hrs) (840m) from upper at the end of Besi Shar, the route to Bhulbhule descends and follows along the road to Bhulbhule. Two hours walk to Khudi viallage has 2 simple lodges. From Khudi cross a side-stream and continues to Bhulbhule at the bank of the river. There are some common lodges available.

Day 04 Bhulbhule to Jagat (6-7hrs) (1360m)

The trail to Jagat diverts to right east bank of the river. Route wanders through impressive waterfall and rice fields. 90 minutes distance Nagdi village where there are few numbers of lodges. The flat road to Lampata then a few minutes a head the route climbs up to Bahundanda (1270m) (hill of Brahmin) on the right side of the river. The police check post asks you to register. Descending to the rice fields and then walking flat to just before Lili Bhir.The trail with railing through rocky area leads to village of Khani gaon. From here 20 minutes distance to Ghermu village which offers views of the long waterfall on the other side. From Ghermu the trail to Marsyangdi on a long suspension bridge at Syange. The riverside trail along the road side climbs to the steep uphill a short trail climbing and then down to Jagat (1330m). Jagat has many more lodges with nice dining room. People are mixed Gurung and Tibetan.

Day 05 Jagat to Dharapani (6-7hrs) (1900m)

From Jagat the trail leads to Ghatte Kholla then a stiff climb right side an amazing waterfall. Ten minutes away is Chamje has half dozen lodges along the road. From the main road the trail sets to the bank of the river then climbs a rocky path that leads through fields and bamboo. A short descent then climb steep about 30 minutes to entering gate of Tal (1700m) means ‘lake’. Tal is a beautiful town has 25 lodges well managed them. Shops and teahouses are along the path. The flat trail continues to a suspension bridge across the Marsyangdi then gently climb up past Karte. Across a bridge then on the left side enters to bamboo bush along the river. Just before reach down Dharapani again cross a bridge. Dharapani has a police check post, ACAP permit and several lodges. Manaslu Larke Pass route joins in Dharapni.

Day 06 Dharapani to Koto 2600m) ((5-6hrs)

Beyond Dharapani the trail gradually climbs over in partly forests. One hour away is Bagarchap has 4 lodges. If weather is clear views of Lamjung Himal (6986m) Annapurna ii (7935m) and Manaslu Himal are seen. The trail continues to Danaque has a dozen lodges. From Danaque the trail climbs steeply through rhododendron and maple forests to a stream hydropower and then climb up to big settlement Timang village (2630m). It is excellent views of Manaslu. The route leads north side to Thanchowk is a most traditional village with typical Tibetan architecture. The flat trail past through pine forests to Koto where there is a police check post to register permit. The main Manang tail set off to west bank of the river and Nar Phu Valley trail crosses on suspension bridge over the bridge.

Day 07 Koto to Dharmasala (3220m) (5-6hrs)

From Koto the trail to Dharmasla drops steeply down to suspension bridge over Marshyangdi River then heading to the north direction through the River bank of Phu Khola past wonderful pine forests, streams, gorge and suspension bridge. There is a wooden bridge to cross and then finally at Dharmasala (3220m).

Day 08 Dharmasala to Kyang (3820m (5-6hrs)

Following the trail up and down path arrives at white chorten then a slightly walking up through barley fields reaches at Meta village of Tibetan Plateau which offers a grand view of Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6983m) to the east direction. The winding trail past two trail branches off to Nar but we follow left side up to Jhuman in 1960 Tibetan Khampas settled to fight against China. Above Jhuman the trail climbs through glacier moraine. Further walking passing chorten along the path drops to Kyang.

Day 09 Kyang to Phu Gaon (4240m) (max.5hrs)

Day 9 trekking starts along narrow gorge beyond it walking on tenuous trail on rocky side further few distance cross on scary bridge to continue heading north direction passing many chortens and soon after eventually Phu Gaon village of Tibetan who migrated from Tibet. It is the last settlement of Narphu Valley and Himlung Himal.

Day 10 Acclimatization at Phu Gaon

Today is the first day scheduled acclimatization the second is in Nar and third is in Mang. Acclimatization is better to avoid from high altitude problem. As we are in the Lost/Hidden Valley, we can explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale in here. We get to know how people make their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations in such remote location or in the hidden valley. Tashi Lakhang Monastery is popular an old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries. Local people use to tell about monastery it is the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Apart from exploring the cultural avenues of the lost valley, the valley also offers us a great view of Himlung Himal and valley view and landscape.

Day 11 Phu Gaon to Himlung Base Camp (4920m) (max. 4hrs)

A gradual climbing path heading north east passes through open meadows. More than one hour walking up meets the Pangri Glacier. From the glacier on the left side, the trail reaches at Himlung Base Camp where we can see many tents set up for the expedition.

Day 12-26 Himlung Himal cimbing period.

Day 27 Cleaning the Base Camp

Day 28 Revers to Phugaon

Day 29 Retrace to Dharmasala

Day 30 Return to Koto

Day 31 Koto to Dharapni

Day 32 Dharapni to Kathmandu via Besi Shar by vehicle

Day 33 Free day in Kathmandu

Day 34 Departure from Kathmandu

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off.
  • 4-night hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Licensed trained trekking guide
  • Experienced climbing guide and porters
  • Porters to carry bag pack/good
  • Accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner) included coffee & tea.
  • Transportation by land and air
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit
  • Himlung climbing royalty permit
  • Restricted Narphu permit
  • Peak climbing Permit
  • TIMS card

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel trekking insurance
  • Major meals, lunch, dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge more than airlines allowed both domestic and international
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, drinks, phone & laundry
  • Visa fee (easily get on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Sightseeing tour guide
  • Personal climbing gears and clothes
  • Tips and gratuities for staffs and climbing bonus for climber sherpa
  • Emergency Rescue
  • Travel insurance
  • Trips cancellation costs
  • Accident or health emergency
  • Lost theft and damage to baggage
  • Garbage deposit USD 3000 for a team. After the expedition the deposit is refundable.

Equipments & Gears

Climbing Gears (personal)

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings (2)
  • Screwgate karabiners (2 locks, 2 unlock)
  • Descender/eight figure
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Ascender/ Jumar
  • Helmet

Group Climbing Gears:

  • Ice crew
  • Snow bar
  • Rope
  • Ice hammer

Head clothes

  • Light balaclava
  • Sun hat
  • Neck cover
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection minimum 50+sun block lotion

Clothing lower Body

Hiking shorts

  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Polypropylene shirts
  • Light expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof shell pant

Clothes upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof breathable fabric shell jacket
  • Down vest/jacket     

Feet clothes

  • Thick warm wool socks
  • Thin lightweight inner socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Light camp shoes or sandals
  • Gaiters

Hands clothes

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  •  Mittens waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated -30 degrees (extra sleeping bag rated -15-20 for base camp)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Large plastic to keep clothes dry
  • Daypack/backpack waterproof of 35to 50kg
  • Large waterproof rucksack/ duffel bag
  • Trekking Poles
  • 2 water bottle contains more than 1 ltr for cold and hot water
  • Toilet papers
  • Earplugs
  • Electronic charging devices

Medical

  • Basic first aid kit
  • Pills Anti-headache
  • Pills anti-diarrhea
  • Water purification tablets
  • Aspirin
  • Diamox
  • Cough and cold medicine
  • First-aid tape
  • Sunscreen

Free time (your choice)

  • Binocular, camera
  • Pen and notebook
  • Reading books
  • Indoor games

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