Churen Himal Expedition

Facts of the Trip

Elevation: 7371m

Location: Western Nepal

Duration: 38 days

First Ascent: On the 24th of October by the Academic Alpine Club of Shizuoka Expedition team in 1970 by Mr. Kr. Fukui and K. Hasegawa.

Best Season: Autumn and Spring (fair weather in Nepal)

Accommodation: Guest house and Camping

Climbing Route: North-east

Grade: Mountaineering IV

Transportation: By Land

Group Size: minimum 02

Major Activity: Trekking and Climbing

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Churen Himal 7371m is among the mountains in the Dhawalagiri mountain range. It has three pinnacles which are called: Churen West 7371m/24,183ft. Churen Central 7375m/24,196ft and Churen North 7371m/24,183ft.

Mount Churen Himal 7371m (24,183ft) was first climbed on the 24th of October by the Academic Alpine Club of Shizuoka Expedition team in 1970 by Mr. Kr. Fukui and K. Hasegawa. Mr. Ryozo Yamamoto and his group had planned to climb since 1963 but the expedition unfortunately did not materialize until 1970. Members of the Academic Alpine Club of Shizuoka, Japan climbed the main peak (West Peak) of Churen Himal (7371m) and the Central Peak (about 7371m) on 28 and 24 October, 1970 from the Southeast ridge which was lead by Takashi Serizawa.

The Churen Himal is a moderate climbing challenge. This mountain is suitable for those climbers who want to climb a less crowded 7000m peak and prepare for the next step which is an 8000m expedition to Shishapangma, Cho-oyu or Manaslu expedition. On this route there is 30% rock climbing 50% snow and 20% ice climbing. Its technical grade classification is Scottish Grade III.

The Churen caravan route is a less touristic trekking trail in the Dhaulagiri region. We will travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Beni by bus. Continuing we drive to Darbang then we start 5/6 days trekking into Dhaopatan, Takum, Lumsung and Gurja Gau then two days to reach Churen Himal base camp.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1350m/4,429ft). Transfer to hotel, overnight at hotel.

Day 02- Day 03: Preparation, briefings, last minute shopping and permit formalities, overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m/3,116ft) 6hrs, overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Drive from Pokhara to Darbang (1110m/3,641ft) 5 hrs, overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Trek from Darbang to Takum (1670m/5,479ft.) 5 hrs, overnight at camping.

Day 07: Trek from Takum to Lumsang village (2120m/6,955ft.) 6 hrs, overnight at camping.

Day 08: Trek from Lumsang to Gurja Village (2620m/8,595ft.) 7 hrs, overnight at camping.

Day 09: Trek Gurja village to Darsinge Khark (3600m/11,811ft) 6 hrs, overnight at camping.

Day 10: Trek from Darsinge Khark to Burjunga Khark (3415m/11,204ft.)5 hrs, overnight at camping.

Day 11: Trek from Burjunga Kharka to Churen Himal BC (4600m/15,091ft.) 3 hrs, overnight at camping.

Day 12-30: Climbing Period Churen Himal. (7371m/24,183ft)

Day 31: Clean up base camp and trek from Churen BC to Burjunga Khark(3415m/11,204ft.)5 hrs, overnight at camping.

Day 32: Trek from Burjunga Khark- Gurja Village (2620m/8,595ft) 6 hrs, overnight at camping.

Day 33: Trek from Gurjagoan village to Lulang village(2200m/7,218ft.) 5 hrs, overnight at camping.

Day 34: Trek from Lulang to Darbang (1670m/5,479ft.) 5 hrs, overnight at hotel/lodge.

Day 35: Drive from Darbang to Pokhara via Beni overnight at hotel.

Day 36: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m/4,429ft) 6 hrs, by tourist bus, transfer to Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.

Day 37: Free and rest day at Kathmandu. Farewell celebration dinner with cultural program in the evening.

Day 38: Transfer to Kathmandu airport for final departure.