Himchuli Peak Climbing

Himchuli Peak Climbing

Facts of the Trip

Elevation: 6441m

Location: Annapurna Himal range

Duration: 21 days (4 nights 5 days Climbing)

First Ascent: American Peace Corps Expedition under the leadership of Craig Anderson in October 1971 via its southeast face.

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

Accommodation: Guest house and Camping

Climbing Route: South-East Face and North-West Face Route

Grade: Mountaineering IV

Transportation: By Tourist bus and Jeep or flight

Group Size: O2 to 15 Pax

Major Activity: Trekking and Mountaineering

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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 summited 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 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.

Himchuli have two climbing routes; South-East Face Route and North-West Face Route. 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 requires more experience with judging snow level 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 another 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 bring you to Annapurna south Base Camp. We have one extra day for acclimitization in Annapurna base camp than we return to Deurali trun to right side from Hinko. We recommend to climb from south-east face, its takes two days extra but coparative easy way. From Hinko Camp climb to make High Camp, Camp I. We push summit from Camp I. If you want to summit from north-west face let us know. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1340m), Meet Asian Hiking Team staff, transfer to Hotel, overnight Hotel (B).
Day 02: 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 03: 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).

Start Trekking
Day 04: Pokhara drive to Nayapul 1.30 hours and trek to Tikhedhunga (1575m), 3/4 hours trekking, overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 05: Tikhedunga to Ghorepani (2850m), 5 hours trekking, overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 06: Ghorepani visit sunrise view from Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2680m), 5 hours trekking, overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 07: Tadapani to Chhomrong (1950m), 4.30 hours trekking, overnight Lodge (B/L/D).
Day 08: Chhomrong to Himalaya (3140m) 5-6 hours; lodge accommodation or camping (B/L/D).
Day 09: Himalaya trek to Annapurna South Base Camp (4130m) via Machhapuchhere Base Camp (3820m) 5-6 hours; overnight at lodge (B/L/D).
Day 10: 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).

Start Climbing 4 nights 5 days
Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp trek 6 hours to Hinko Cave Base Camp (3400m); overnight at camping (B/L/D).
Day 12: Trek from Hinko Cave to High Camp (4900m), overnight at Camp (B/L/D).
Day 13: High Camp to Camp I (5900m), 4-5 hours, overnight at Camping (B/L/D).
Day 14: We will push Hiunchuli Peak (6,441m) and then return to High Camp; overnight camping (B/L/D).
Day 15: Spare Day for climbing, if incase weather or any cause or rest (B/L/D).
End Climbing

Day 16: We trek 5 hours from High Camp to Dobhan (2630m); overnight at lodge accommodation (B/L/D).
Day 17: We trek 6 hours from Dobhan to Jhinudanda (1750m) descending through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants; overnight at lodge accommodation (B/L/D).
Day 18: We trek 5 hours from Jhinudanda to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara 1.30 hour’s overngiht at Hotel (BB).
End Trekking

Day 19: We take 6 hours a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Alternatively you can take a 25mins flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, overnight at Hotel (BB).
Day 20: Leisure day and shopping in Kathmandu. This is our climbing contingency day (BB).
Day 21: Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively trip (B).

Note: The trekking itinerary subject to chanage as your time frame but for climbing days you should require.