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Putha Hiunchuli Expedition

Overview

Trip Highlights;

  • Summit Mount Putha Hiunchuli at 7,246 meters
  • Exploration of traditional villages that are influenced by Bon-po and Tibetan Buddhism
  • Trekking in the world’s isolated Himalayan region – Dolpo,  chance to encounter endangered wild animals such as Snow Leopard, Blue sheep, and Himalayan Thar.
  • Scenic Flight: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Jhupal – Kathmandu

Trip Introduction;
Putha Hiunchuli is an attractive mountain that is located in the magical and mysterious land of Dolpo. This fascinating mountain rises in the north-west part of Nepal between the massifs of Dhaulagiri and Kanjiroba Himal. As the mountain forms a part of Dhaulagiri Himalayan Ranges,  Putha Hiunchuli is also referred as Dhaulagiri VI. Putha Hiunchuli is a solitary and distinct mountain that is rarely climbed. The mountain comprises of relatively less technical difficulties compared to other technical mountain expeditions.

However, good physical condition and previous peak climbing experience is highly recommended for Putha Hiunchuli Expedition. The summit of Mt. Putha Hiunchuli was first ascended by a British Expedition team, led by Jimmy Roberts in 1954. Putha Hiunchuli Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition is a perfect opportunity for enthusiastic climbers to explore the less beaten region of Dolpo while gaining a life time experience of reaching the summit of Mt. Putha Hiunchuli.

Putha Hiunchuli Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks starts at Kathmandu. After spending a full day sightseeing around Kathmandu, we will take a short flight towards Nepalgunj –  a southern town city in western Nepal. From Nepalgunj we will take another scenic flight towards Jhupal at lower Dolpo. From Jhupal we start our trek by following the trail that passes through cultural villages and dense forested area to arrive at Dunai. Dunai is the administrative center as well as the main trading centre of lower Dolpo. We continue to follow the trail for some days, passing through the villages of Tarakot, Musikhola, Kakot, Phedi to reach Putha Hiunchuli Base Camp.

As soon as we arrive at the base camp, our Sherpa crew will make necessary checks on climbing gears and health condition. Fully equipped and properly acclimatized we will follow the instructions given by our experienced climbing experts and head towards the summit of Mount Putha Hiunchuli. Our tiring and exhausting climb to the summit is rewarded with breathtaking views of the valleys and high peaks within Dolpo region. After achieving the summit of Mount Hiunchuli, we will retrace our steps following the same trail back to the base camp. From there our trail is a moderate downhill trekking all the way to Jhupal. Our memorable Putha Hiunchuli Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions ends with a scenic flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj, and connecting flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.

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

Itinerary

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

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu & Climbing Preparations.
Click here for detailed information about World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu 
We will spend our day sightseeing around some of the attractive world heritage sites within Kathmandu valley. Also, today we will complete all the necessary paper works and other preparations required for Putha Hiunchuli 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: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj [30 min flight]
Today we take a flight from Kathmandu and fly towards Nepalganj. Nepalgunj is located in the southwestern part of the Terai region near to the border of India. After landing at Nepalgunj, you will be transferred to the hotel. We will visit the holy Bageshwari Temple and spend our time wandering around the busy market ‘bazaar’. Here we can see people from every corner of Nepal, including people from Tibet and India. They gather here for trading goods and services.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal [2475m/8118ft] & Trek to Dunai [2140m/7019ft] [3 hrs Trek]
We start early for taking a morning flight from Nepalgunj to the dirt airstrip of Juphal. After safely landing at Juphal airport, we gather our gears and start trekking on a broad trail that descends passing through beautiful terraced fields. Our trail goes along a small group of buildings before crossing the Thuli Bheri Khola (river). After crossing the river we continue our trek on a broad dirt track trail that brings us to Dunai for the overnight stay. Dunai is the administrative center as well as main trading centre of the whole Dolpo Region.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Dunai to Tarakot [2850m/9348ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Dunai and follow the trail that goes along the Thuli Bheri river towards Tarakot. We will trek on a broad trail with less steep sections. Tarakot is a cluster of rural settlements which is nestled at the river’s confluence and offers best camping grounds. It is an old fortress town built by the local people as Dzong or fortress. Once we reach the campsite, our crew will set up the camps and make preparations for further trekking.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Tarakot to Musikhola [2875m/9430ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
All set to go, we leave Tarakot and follow the trail that heads along the right bank of the river. A rather easy trek will bring us to Lesicap at 2,772 meters. We continue our trek with great views of nearby valleys and gorges. After few hours of trekking from Lesicap, we approach towards Musi Khola for our overnight camping. Our campsite is situated in the forest with a few homesteads scattered around us. It is most likely that you will be greeted by local childrens who are always happy to see strangers from foreign lands.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Musikhola to Kakot [3250m/10660ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Musikhola our trail becomes more challenging as we trek towards Kakot. Our trail follows the path where the route has collapsed and been rebuilt for allowing the passage of pack animals. After some time of trekking the trail crosses a bridge across the narrowest part of the river. Soon we will follow a broad trail and path hewn into the rock and built on a marvelous descending staircase engineered by the locals  to finally reach our campsite at Kakot.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Kakot to German Base Camp [4400m/14432ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Kakot we will follow the rising trail heading towards the base camp which is closed off by deep and impassable ravines that can only be reached after crossing two high altitude passes. We will follow the trail that heads for the crossing of first pass at 4,160 meters. From there we will continue our trek to reach our campsite near German Base Camp at 4,400 meters. Our crew will set up the camp as soon as we reach the campsite. Resting after a long day’s trek is surely worth.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek to Putha Hiunchuli Base Camp [4915m/16121ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave German Base Camp and follow the trail that is a steep ascend over the second and much more challenging pass. The climbing of Putha Hiunchuli is considered much less technical, however the ascending trail to reach the base camp is considered much more difficult. Trekking in higher altitude can be very tiring so resting every now and then helps in restoring energy much needed for a fruitful trekking. Our base camp will be set over moraine plateau at 4,915 meters. Our crew will make necessary preparations for climbing Putha Hiunchuli.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10-28: Climbing Putha Hiunchuli [7246m/23766ft] and descend back to Base Camp.
We will spend several days doing climbing training practices with adequate days for acclimatization. Fully equipped with all the climbing gears, we will follow the footsteps and instructions given by our experienced climbing experts. Overcoming several technical climbing sections and taking weather conditions into consideration we climb towards the summit of Putha Hiunchuli. Once at the top we are rewarded with breathtaking views of high valleys and peaks within Dolpo region. We will spend short quality time at the summit and descend back to base camp following the same route.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 29: Trek from Putha Hiunchuli B.C. to German Base Camp [5-6 hrs Trek]
Having achieved our target – summit of Putha Hiunchuli, we will make a relaxed start and prepare for the return journey. After cleaning up the base camp, we will retrace our steps on the same trail that passes through crossing a pass to reach our campsite at German Base Camp. On our way back we will explore the beautiful landscapes of Dolpo region.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 30: Trek from German Base Camp to Kakot [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we pack our gears and leave our camp at the German Base Camp. We continue to retrace our steps that heads back for the crossing of another pass. Our trail after crossing the pass is a pleasant walk as we descend to reach back to Kakot for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 31: Trek from Kakot to Dunai [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Kakot we continue to retrace our steps on the same trail that passes through Musi Khola. Our trail heads back through Tarakot as we trek to reach all the way back to Dunai for our overnight stay. Today is a rather long but pleasant day of trekking. We will celebrate the evening with all the climbing crew members at Dunai.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 32: Trek from Dunai to Jhupal [2-3 hrs Trek]
After breakfast at Dunai, we will make a relaxed start and begin our trek on a broad trail that crosses Thulo Bheri River before climbing through terraced farmlands to arrive back to Jhupal – where our trek ends technically. We will spend the rest of our day exploring around Jhupal before taking a flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, the following day.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 33: Fly from Jhupal to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
Since there are no direct flights from Jhupal to Kathmandu, we will have our breakfast and take an early morning flight from Jhupal to Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj we will take another connecting flight that will take us back to Kathmandu. After landing at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. You can either have rest at the hotel or take a walk around the busy streets of Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: Breakfast + Lunch

Day 34: Leisure day at Kathmandu
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. The world heritage sites of UNESCO sites that weren’t possible on the second day of the trip can be visited on this day. Also, walking around the shopping streets of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will celebrate the successful completion of Putha Hiunchuli Expedition and have a final meal together in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 35: Transfer to International Airport for Departure.
Our Airport Representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

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Your Program Duration = 36 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 with BB Plan
  • A day sightseeing in Kathmandu with experienced city guide, all entrance fees and private vehicle
  • All essential ground transportation by Private Vehicle – as mentioned in Itinerary
  • Climbing permit for Mt. Putha Hiunchuli
  • All essential Trekking permits and national park fees
  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Juphal Round Trip flight
  • Tea House and camping accommodation during Trekking and Climbing
  • 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 equipment – 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 gears
  • Your Personal Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Cost of personal nature expenses
  • Tips & Summit Bonus for staffs

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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Reviews

Had an amazing experience @ Putha Hiunchuli

Wow !! We just don’t have much words to explain the beauty and wilderness of the Dolpo region trekking combined with the successful climb of Putha Hiunchuli. Everything prior and after the trip was well organized. We have absolutely no complains about the staff performance and ability to provide best service. Many thanks to our guide, Ang-Dawa Sherpa who guided us all the way to the summit. His wise decisions and leadership made our summit climb memorable experience of our lives. In our heart we will always remember the incredible effort, from everyone in the team which were equally important for our successful summit climb of Putha Hiunchuli. Besides, exploration of Dolpo region had long been in our important list. We are very satisfied with the whole NGT team and hopefully come back soon to do some more climbing in future.

Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition !!! Highly Recommended for adventure related activities !!!

Cheers !! 😀

Jérémie and group – Switzerland   

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