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Himlung Expedition

Overview

Trip Highlights;

  • Summit Himlung Himal at 7,126 meters.
  • Excursion around Tibetan influenced village of ‘Phu’ – Visit Samdu, Choling and Tashi Monastery.
  • Magnificent views of Manaslu Himalayan Range, Annapurna Himalayan Range and other surrounding high peaks.
  • Gain experience of climbing over 7000 meters altitude.

Trip Introduction;
Himlung Himal is an attractive mountain that is located in Manaslu region, North-East of Annapurna Mountain Ranges, in the remote corner of Nepal – Tibet border. Situated above the Tibetan influenced village of ‘Phu’ – Himlung Himal expedition is opened for climbers only after 1992. However, the climb of Himlung Himal is considered less technical compared to other technical trekking peaks of Nepal. Additionally, the route passes through several remote villages, dense forested areas, narrow gullies, impressive Gompas and high passes before making the adventurous climb of Himlung Himal above 7000 meters altitutde for stunning views of Manaslu Himalayan ranges, Annapurna Himalayan ranges and other surrounding snow capped peaks including breathtaking alpine valleys. Himlung Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition is an excellent opportunity for adventure seeking climbers to explore the rich, natural and cultural diversity of the trekking region while gaining a lifetime experience of climbing the summit of Himlung Himal.

Himlung Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition starts at Kathmandu. After spending a full day sightseeing around Kathmandu, we will take a drive from Kathmandu towards Chamje – the starting point of the trek. From Chamje, we start our trek by crossing overe a suspension bridge then climb towards the village of Tal. Our trail follows the west bank of the river as we approach towards Dharapani. Our trek continues through the forest section before climbing to the stone huts of Singenge and continue trekking until we arrive at Kyang. The valley opens up and the trail winds around and above a deep gorge before descending down to the village of Phu. A dry stone walled village of Phu is believed to be as old as 800 years ago. We will spend a day here at Phu for excursion and exploration around fascinating monasteries and traditional village streets.

From Phu we will follow the trail that leads to Himlung Himal Base Camp. Once at the base camp our Sherpa crew will make necessary preparations for setting up additional camps above base camp for successful summit climb of Himlung Himal. Following the guidance and instructions of our experienced climbing experts, we will spend several days ascending and descending between the higher camps before finally heading towards the summit of Himlung Himal. Once at the top we are rewarded with stunning views of Manaslu range, Annapurna range and other surrounding snow capped peaks. After spending quality time at the summit, we descend following the same route back to base camp. Having achieved our target summit of Himlung Himal we will retrace our steps on the same trail passing through Koto, Dharapani and back to Chamje. The adventurous and exciting Himlung Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition ends with a drive from Chamje back to Kathmandu.

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Find our day to day Itinerary of Mt. Himlung Expedition through Google Map;

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel.
Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will greet you at Tribhuwan International Airport on your arrival schedule. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Our staff will help you until the check-in procedure ends at the Hotel. You can either have a rest at the Hotel or visit NGT’s office for gathering information about the trip. In the evening, please join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu & Climbing Preparations.
Click here for detailed information about World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu 
Today we will spend most of our day sightseeing around some of the world heritage sites of UNESCO inside Kathmandu valley. Most importantly we will complete all the necessary paper works and make other preparations required for Himlung Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje [1410m/4626ft] [7-8 hrs Drive]
After breakfast we prepare for a drive from Kathmandu along the banks of Trishuli River for couple of hours up to Dumre and then along the banks of Marsyangdi River. Our drive goes over scenic zigzag hilly roads passing through Besisahar and drive towards Chamje. Before we could drive up to Besisahar and trek from there, but now the expansion of motor road has made it possible to drive further to Chamje – the starting point of the trek.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 04: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani [1960m/6430ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Chamje and start our trek on the trail that crosses a suspension bridge and then climbs steeply to reach Sattale where the valley becomes narrow. After some time of trekking we will arrive at the village of Tal, which marks the entry to Manang district. From Tal village our trail descends down to cross a suspension bridge over Marsyangdi river. After crossing the river our trail is a fairly moderate trek all the way to the Gurung village of Dharapani.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Koto [2600m/8528ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Today we leave Dharapani and follow the trail that is a moderate trek towards the village of Bagarchhap. After crossing the village, our trail climbs steeply through dense forest filled with fir and pine trees as we approach Timang. Great views of Lamjung Himal can be seen from here. Our trek continues on a flat trail and then descend before climbing again to reach Thanchok. From there we will gently descend to reach Koto for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Koto to Singenge [3230m/10594ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
There is a permit check-post at Koto where we must register before trekking any further. After completing the registration process at Koto checkpost our trail descends down to cross a suspension bridge over Naar Phu Khola and heads upstream to cross another suspension bridge over Seti Khola tributary. From there our trail becomes steeper as the gorge closes in forming a canyon. We continue to trek with thrilling experience of crossing a wooden bridge before making a final climb to arrive at the stone huts of Singenge for overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Singenge to Kyang [4100m/13448ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
From Singenge we will follow the trail that passes through the seasonal settlement of Meta. During our trek we will get stunning views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. From here we will traverse around the hillside to a board clearing of Junam Goth. Our trail from here climbs a little before dropping down to cross Mruju Khola which is the outflow of Lyapche Glacier. From there we will climb steeply and cross an eroded section of moraine  to reach our camp site at Kyang.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Kyang to Phu [4580m/15022ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Kyang and follow the trail that enters a narrow gorge before descending down to the river. Once at the river bed – we will see a wooden bridge over the river.  Instead of crossing the wooden bridge, we will trek along the trail that heads north. Our trail climbs steeply for some time before descending gently towards a series of deserted buildings and large chortens. From there our trek heads for the crossing of a suspension bridge to arrive at the village of Phu. Here we will spend an additional day for exploration around Phu village.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Exploration day at Phu Valley; Visit Samdu, Choling and Tashi Monastery.
Today we will spend our day exploring around the village of Phu. The stone village of Phu is believed to be as old as 800 years. We spend our day visiting Samdu Monastery and Choling Monastery. Walking around the small streets will give us the feeling of stepping back in time. Also, climbing up to Tashi Monastery is considered best from acclimatization point of view. Overnight at Phu village.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Trek from Phu to Himlung Himal Base Camp [4842m/15881ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
Today is a rather short day of trekking. After breakfast we leave Phu and follow slightly rising trail that heads all the way to a good campsite at 4842 meters. Once we reach our campsite, our climbing Sherpa crew will set up the base camp and start making preparations from setting up additional camps at higher altitudes above the base camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11-21: Climbing Himlung Himal [7126m/23345ft] and descend back to base camp.
We will spend several days doing climbing training practices and take adequate days for proper acclimatization. Our Sherpa crew in the mean time will do all the hard works of setting up additional camps above the base camp, provide healthy and hygienic meals and finding routes to reach the summit of Himlung Himal. Fully equipped with all the climbing gears and taking weather conditions into consideration we follow the footsteps of experienced climbing Sherpa guides and tackle several technical climbing sections to reach the summit. Once at the summit we are rewarded with stunning views of Manaslu & Annapurna Himalayan Ranges. We will spend short quality time at the summit and descend following the same route back to base camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 22: Trek back to Phu village [4580m/15022ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Having achieved our target – summit of Himlung Himal, we make a relaxed start and clean up around the base camp. After breakfast we leave base camp and start retracing our steps on the same trail that descends down to Phu village. We will stop at Phu for our overnight stay. Enjoy the rest of the evening exploring around the small streets of Phu. The environment around here is truly magical.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 23: Trek from Phu to Meta [3560m/11676ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave  Phu village and follow the same trail that crosses a suspension bridge and goes along a series of deserted buildings and chorten. We continue to follow the trail that descends towards Kyang. From there our trail descends and crosses an eroded section of moraine before crossing the Mruju Khola. Our trek continues with breathtaking views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal we will arrive at the seasonal settlement of Meta.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 24: Trek from Meta to Koto [2600m/8528ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
From Meta our trek continues on the same trail that descends rather steeply to reach the bottom of the valley. Our trail passes through the stone huts of Singenge before descending down through dense forested section. After some time of downhill trekking, we will approach a suspension bridge over Seti Khola tributary. We will cross the bridge and then climb fo   Then we cross a suspension bridge over Seti Khola tributary before climbing a short ascend to reach Koto village.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 25: Trek from Koto to Dharapani  [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we pack our gears and leave Koto. Our trail climbs steeply as we approach towards the village of Thanchok. From there we will descend for a while before climbing a short switchback  to reach Timang. At Timang there are few tea houses with good services for trekkers. Also, from here we can get mind capturing views of Lamjung Himal. After a small rest we continue our trek on the trail that descends passing through thick pine and fir forest towards the village of Bagarchhap. A short trek from Bagarchhap will leads us to Dharapani for the overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 26: Trek from Dharapani to Chamje  [4-5 hrs Trek]
Today we leave Dharapani  and trek along the landslide affected area before descending to cross a suspension bridge over Marsyangdi river. Our trail ascends gradually to reach Tal village. From there we trek towards the narrow section of the valley and eventually arrive at Sattale. A fairly moderate trek from there will bring us back to Chamje for our overnight stay. We will celebrate the evening with our climbing team members after accomplishing the challenging and adventurous – Expedition of Himlung Himal with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 27: Drive back to Kathmandu from Chamje [7-8 hrs Drive]
After breakfast we will take a drive Chamje back to Kathmandu. Our drive is a scenic journey that goes over the scenic zigzag hilly roads and through the terraced farmlands, and dense forest areas with good views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges. The daily activities of the local people can be observed while our drive passes through numerous roadside villages and towns before arriving back to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to the hotel after arriving at Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: Breakfast + Lunch

Day 28: Leisure day in Kathmandu
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. The world heritage sites of UNESCO inside Kathmandu, if not visited on the second day of the trip can be visited on this day. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. Also, walking around the shopping area of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will celebrate the successful completion of Himlung Expedition and have a final meal together in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 29: International Departure as per flight schedule
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

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Your Program Duration = 29 days Days
All the Prices are in USD ($) Per Person.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Arrival Departure transfer as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • 4 nights stay in Kathmandu and 2 nights stay in Pokhara with BB Plan
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including city guide, all entrance fees and private vehicle
  • All essential ground transportation by Private Vehicle – as mentioned in Itinerary
  • Climbing permit for mount Himlung Expedition
  • Essential trekking permits and national park/conservation area fees
  • Tea House accommodation during pre-climbing & Post- Climbing journey [Day 03-09 & Day 22-27]
  • Camping accommodation during climbing from Day 10 to Day 21.
  • All meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trekking and climbing period
  • Trekking Guide and well experienced climbing guide
  • Required number of porters, and kitchen staff for camping
  • All essential camping equipments – Dining tent, toilet tent, store tent, table – chair for expedition
  • Liaison officer
  • All staffs salary, foods, clothing and insurance
  • All essential climbing gears
  • Emergency oxygen-mask & regulator (need to pay as per usages)
  • Solar panel for batteries charging & lighting in base camp
  • Satellite Phone (Need to pay as per usages per minute)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All applicable TAX, VAT and necessary paperwork

Cost Excludes

  • Personal Climbing gear
  • Your climbing insurance
  • Bar and Beverage bills
  • All personal nature expanses
  • TIPS & Climbing Bonus for staffs
  • Refundable garbage deposit

Important Info

Essential Personal Climbing Gears:

  • Alpine Climbing Harness; It should be simple designed, light and easy to carry with positively foolproof features.
  • Crampons; It should be fit with boots perfectly, still crampons with anti-balling and safely into ice.
  • Ice Axe; used to cut off the ice during climbing should be versatile light.
  • Ascender; also known as Jamar, used for ascending on rope, should be flexible to use with gloves or mittens.
  • Head Lamp; multi led head lamp with spare batteries are essential.
  • Karabiners; requires minimum 2 locking carabineers (1 large & 1 small) and 4 regular.
  • Rappel Device; includes Figure eight, ATC device or similar.
  • Ski Poles; Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best and are recommended type
  • Slings; requires one 3m/10ft and three 2m/6ft
  • Masks, Hoses and Regulators; recommended good quality for your safety.
  • Altimeter Watch;
  • Climbing Helmets; It is an essential gear to be safe from possible ice falls and rock falls, should be light and comfortable.

Clothing:

Upper Body:

  • One T-shirt Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200.
  • Two long Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 shirts.
  • One polar fleece pullovers, medium weight.
  • One polar fleece jacket.
  • One Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jacket with large hood to accommodate climbing helmet.
  • Lightweight down jacket for chilly days in base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
  • One very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit if you prefer, for high altitude use.

Hands:

  • One pair lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
  • One pair mittens, consists of 1 Goretex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner

Heads:

  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Scarf or neck sleeve
  • Face mask
  • Ball cap or brimmed sun cap
  • Glacier Sunglass with side shields
  • One pair ski goggles (optional with light and dark lens)
  • Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions

Lower Body:

  • Icebreaker Merino 150 underwear briefs
  • One pair walking shorts
  • One pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp
  • Two pair Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 thermal bottoms
  • One pair Icebreaker Merino 200 weight thermal bottoms
  • One pair polar fleece trousers
  • One pair Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • One pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet)

Feet:

  • One pair One-Sport Millet Everest Overboots or equivalent (with Aveolite liners; good quality plastic shells with inner boots; avoid tight fit with heavy socks.)
  • One pair sturdy leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp
  • One pair cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
  • One pair down booties (optional)
  • Two pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • Two Pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
  • Vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags
  • Two pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
  • Light Icebreaker Merino wool or cotton socks for in town.

Travel and Sleeping Gear

  • Rucksacks and Travel Bags; One medium rucksack (50-70 litters / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry).
  • Two large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals.
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Medical & Personal:

  • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or Terrapin)
  • Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher, any brand
  • Toiletry kits: toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, alcohol-based anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial soap, comb/brush, shave kit, lighter, small long-burning candle, needle/thread, throat lozenges (bring travel size bottles to keep you kit small)
  • First-aid kits: Ibuprofen/aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, little of hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin-type suave, Nu-skin spray, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins, small bottle of water purification tablets. Include any prescription travel meds that might prescribed by your doctor. (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids)
  • Zip-loc bags: Always useful Baby wipes
  • Ear plugs: Very useful in noisy lodges and tents. Available in most hardware stores.
  • Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek and climb, but one bottle of backup purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on you way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water in some rare cases might not be available.

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Wonderful Trekking & Successful Climb of  ' Himlung Himal ' with NGT !!

We have recently completed our Himlung Expedition with NGT team. Top level of service and excellent team work is how we describe Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition. Everything prior and after the trip was taken well of. We always felt safe and accompanied with loyal and hardworking members. Amazing trek around Phu valley !! Very impressive monasteries and religion. Our climbing guide was Ang-Dawa Sherpa, very wise skillful climber. He always made decisions only after making discussions with us. So, there was no problem with anything. Everyone was friendly and we had a great time during the whole trip. Although we had less technical section, reaching the summit was a dream come true experience. We are all very happy and satisfied with the team’s performance.

Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition !! Highly Recommended !!

Visited March 2011

Fabian and Group – Germany 

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