Ratna Chuli Expedition

Facts of the Trip

Elevation: 7128m

Location: North from Kathmandu

Duration: 30 days

First Ascent: In 1996 a Japanese-Nepalese expedition (Santa Bahadur Ale, Durga Bahadur Tamang, Tul Bahadur Tamang, Katsuhiko Sawada and Osamu Tanabe) successfully climbed Ratna Chuli over the west rid.

Best Season: Autumn and Spring (fair weather in Nepal) - Autumn is the best

Accommodation: Guest house and Camping

Climbing Route: west route

Grade: Mountaineering IV

Transportation: By Land

Group Size: minimum 02

Major Activity: Trekking and Climbing

Trip Map: Click Here

Ratna Chuli 7128 m lies between the border of Nepal and Tibet in the north of the Annapurna and Manaslu, majestically situated above the Tibetan village of Fu in the western region of Nepal. Ratna Chuli is the highest peak in the Peri Himal. Ratna Chulu Expedition officially opened for mountaineering expeditions ever since the first opening of the Nar Phu region of western Nepal in 2000, there have been very little mountaineering expedition teams to this mountain.

Ratna Chuli Mountain lies in a ridge running in a west-east direction, which forms the state border and the watershed between Yarlung Tsangpo in the north and Marsyangdi in the south. 11.83 km to the west is the 6889 m high Lugula Himal. The next highest mountain, the 7126 m high Himlung Himal , is 11.27 km southeast.

In 1996 a Japanese-Nepalese expedition (Santa Bahadur Ale, Durga Bahadur Tamang, Tul Bahadur Tamang, Katsuhiko Sawada and Osamu Tanabe) successfully climbed Ratna Chuli over the west.

Mount Ratna Chuli expedition starts from Kathmandu, five-hour scenic drive takes us to BesiSahar where we stop for overnight. Our trek commences from the classic Annapurna circuit route till Koto by local Jeep or Bus and then leaves towards the route Dharmasala/Meta, then to Nar Phu Valley, where we spend one day extra for proper acclimatization and local exploration. Next day we reached Ratna Chuli Base Camp. After setting up the Base Camp our strong Sherpa team of staff set up various upper camps, members have the chance to go up and down for proper acclimatization, and we attempt a summit on a favourable day for everyone.

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1350m.), meet our staff then transfers to Hotel.

Day 02: Official work for expedition and briefing at Ministry of Tourism.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Besihahar (823m) continues drive to Koto (2600m), 10-12 hours, overnight at Lodge.

Day 04: Koto – Meta (3,560m), 5-6 hours overnight at Lodge.

Day 05: Meta – Kyang village, 3820m. 5 hours, overnight at Lodge.

Day 06: Kyang – Fu Gaon (4030m), 4-6 hours, overnight at Lodge.

Day 07: Fu Gaon rest for explore and acclimatization.

Day 08: Phu Gaon – Ratna Chuli Base Camp (4842m), 5-6 hours, Tented Camp.

Day 09 – 23: Climbing periods for Mount Ratna Chuli (7128m), overnight at camp.

Day 24: Clean up Base Camp and Preparation backpacking.

Day 25: Trek back from Ratna Chuli BC to Fu Village, overnight at Lodge.

Day 26: Fu Gaon – Meta village, overnight at Lodge.

Day 27: Meta – Koto, overnight at Lodge.

Day 28: Drive back to Besishahar continues to Kathmandu 10-12 hours, then transfers to Hotel.

Day 29: Free in Kathmandu, D-briefing and rest, farewell dinner at evening, overnight at Hotel.

Day 30: Last minute, transfers to airport for onward journey or next trip.