Himchuli Peak Climbing 2024

Himchuli Peak Climbing 2024

Facts of the Trip

Elevation: 6441m

Location: Annapurna Himal range

Duration: 20 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 6,441 m 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 neighbouring 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 climbing from the southeast 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 by day itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1340 m), 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 (914 m). Alternatively you can take a 25mins flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Hotel accommodation (BB).

Start Trekking
Day 04: Pokhara drive to Tikhedhunga (1575 m), 3/4 hours and trek to Ghorepani (2850 m), 5 hours trekking, overnight Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 05: Ghorepani visit sunrise view from Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani (2680 m), 5 hours trekking, overnight Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 06: Tadapani to Chhomrong (1950 m), 4.30 hours trekking, overnight Lodge (B/L/D).

Day 07: Chhomrong to Himalaya (3140 m) 5–6 hours; lodge accommodation or camping (B/L/D).

Day 08: Himalaya trekked to Annapurna South Base Camp (4130 m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3820 m) 5–6 hours; overnight at lodge (B/L/D).

Day 09: Acclimatization rest at Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m), we will scramble along Northwest route on 30deg inclination to the base of the Northwest Face (5300 m) (B/L/D).

Start Climbing 4 nights 5 days

Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp trek 6 hours to Hinko Cave Base Camp (3400 m); overnight at camping (B/L/D).

Day 11: Trek from Hinko Cave to High Camp (4900 m), overnight at Camp (B/L/D).

Day 12: High Camp to Camp I (5900 m), 4–5 hours, overnight at Camping (B/L/D).

Day 13: The climbing day, so start early morning to reach the top of Hiunchuli Peak (6,441 m) and then return to High Camp, overnight camping (B/L/D).

Day 14: Spare Day for climbing, if in case of weather or any cause or rest (B/L/D).
End Climbing

Day 15: We trek 5 hours from High Camp to Dobhan (2630 m), overnight at lodge accommodation (B/L/D).

Day 16: We trek 6 hours from Dobhan to Jhinu Danda (1750 m) descending through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants; overnight at lodge accommodation (B/L/D).

Day 17: We trek 5 hours from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara 1.30 hours' overnight at Hotel (BB).
End Trekking

Day 18: 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 19: Leisure day and shopping in Kathmandu. This is our climbing contingency day (BB).

Day 20: Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively trip (B).

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