Singu Chuli Peak (6501m.) is the 3rd highest amongst the all trekking peaks in Nepal. Singu Chuli, an attractive mountain for climbing, is also known as Fluted Peak . The mountain can be seen from Annapurna South base camp but the better shape of the mountain with pointed ridge of snow and ice is seen from the moraines above the lodges. The normal route for Singu Chuli climbing is from North-East Face.
This trek is strongly recommended for excellent mountain views. You will enjoy the great cultural diversity in the Ghandruk-Chhomorong, Ghorepani. Before entering the Fish Tail (Machhapuchhare Base Camp) and Annapurna Base Camp, you can enjoy the Panoramic views of the world's highest mountains. Trained guide is needed to climb these peaks. Otherwise peak permit is restricted. It is rule and regulation from Nepal Mountaineering Association.
Trekking uphill through Gurung villages and following the gorge of Modhi River we will arrive at the base camp of Singu Chuli. Base camp at 4350m. We establish two higher camps, one at 4,900m at the approach of North East Face and a higher one at 5,500m. on the North East Face of the mountain before the summit is scaled. A vertical wall near the summit poses some technical challenge on this climb. So, basic alpine and ice climbing experience is necessary. Itinerary
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about six hours.
You depart for a six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trishuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marshyangdi River. You then go on to follow the Marshyangdi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara., its a breezy scenic drive through a lush green belt, virtually, with pleasant weather, Pokhara is a tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites that covers lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with its glamorous mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty.
Day 02: Trek from Pokhara (915m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) by car which takes approximately one and half hours drive. You begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and a half hours. After breakfast at the hotel, you could drive for one and a half hours to Nayapul. This is where your start your trek starts. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority people here are Gurungs and they Buddhist by faith. Most of the folks here are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some are employed in the British and Indian armies.
Day 03: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.)which takes about six hours. To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you could see good views of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.) and Annapurna (7219m) South. Now, your trail gets easier passing through rhododendron and shadowy trees and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some wild life such as monkeys and various bird species.
Day 04: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) which takes about five and a half hours. the early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast, trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650m.). After walking for almost one and a half hours, you reach Gurung Hill which has splendid mountain views like the Poon Hill. From here you follow small forests with rhododendron, bamboos until you reach Deurali. The trail goes steeply down through deep forests all the way to Banthati. It takes one hour from here to reach Tadapanil After breakfast trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2731m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and lush green sceneries. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, Annapurna II and other smaller peaks.
Day 05: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) which takes about three hours. It's a cool and easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. A handicraft centre and Gurung museum can be found here. From this village you could get good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.
Day 06: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2040 m.) which takes approximately four hours. At the beginning of the day, you could ascend gently for an hour up to Ghandrukkot (2100m.) and descend steeply to the Kimron Khola (1700m.). Immediately, ascend steeply and walk at a level for an hour and still ascend gently to the final camp. Chhumrung is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurungs, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal.
Day 07: Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2340m.) which it takes about five hours. Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement of Tilicho in forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) you reach three hotels at Sinuwa, at 2350m. Climb in rhododendron forests to Kuldi, at 2520m. This was once a British sheep breeding project; now the stone houses are an ACAP visitor centre and check post. In winter, it's common to find snow anywhere from this point on. Descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge (2340m.).
Day 08: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.) which takes about five hours. You trek gently ascending through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Dovan (2630m.) where there are few lodges and camp sites. Now, you pass through a muddy trail which traverses high above the river. Debris from avalanches are seen here but not much during winter season. After a short trek, you reach at Himalayan Hotel (2900m.), the town named after the Himalayan Hotel. Beyond it, the trail is steeply ascent up to Hinko Cave (3160m.), which s named after as a huge overhanging rock provides some protection against rain and avalanches. It takes approximately twenty minutes through normally ascent path to reach Deorali (3230m.)
Day 09: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.) which takes about four hours. From here, the valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary. The trail is less steep. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After a short trek you will be at Bagar (3310m.), a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now, the trail appears gently ascending until you reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.). Here,you find almost 6 to 7 lodges. This is one of the places where you can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine meadows and after some distance your trail goes gently up. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.). From here, you can view several peaks at 360 degree.
Day 10: Rest at Annapurna Base Camp (4,100). This is an acclimatization day for preparation of the summit.
Day 11:Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Tent Peak Base Camp which takes about five hours. You cross Annapurna glacier to follow the steep ascent trail all the way to Tent Peak Base Camp. On the way you can enjoy the panoramic views of Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Fishtail Mountain, Barahashikhar Mountain and several other peaks.
Day 12: Trek from Ten Peak Base Camp (4,800m.) to High Camp (5,200m.) this takes about five hours. The trail is a steep ascent all the way to the High Camp. This day you can enjoy the panoramic views of Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Fishtail Mountain, Barahashikhar Mountain and other peaks.
Day 13: Rest at Tent Peak High Camp. This is an acclimatization day for the preparation of Singu Chuli summit.
Day 14: Climbing High Camp to Singu Chuli Camp I (5,500m.). The trail is rocky and covered by icy glaciers. The views to be enjoyed are of Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Fishtail Mountain, Barahashikhar Mountain and many others.
Day 15: Singu Chuli Camp I to Singu Chuli Camp II (5,800) which takes about five hours.
Day 16: Singu Chuli Camp II to summit (6,501m) and back to Singu Chuli Camp II
Day 17: Singu Chuli Camp II to Tent Peak Base Camp which takes about six hours. This day you descend all the way to Tent Peak Base Camp.
Day 18: Trek from Tent Peak Base Camp to Macchapucchre Base Campwhich takes about five hours. You descend all the way to Annapurna Glacier and after crossing it the trail is gradual down all the way to Macchapucchre Base Camp.
Day 19: Trek from Macchapucchre Base Camp to Sinuwa, which is about six hours. The trail moves downhill until you reach Bamboo. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. There are a few tea houses at Sinuwa.
Day 20: Trek from Sinuwa to Jhinudanda (1750m.) which takes about four hours.
You trek gradually, descending to the Chhomrong Khola and you have to follow a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong. The last part of the trail goes steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town you should walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can then relax at the Hot Spring.
Day 21: Trek from Jhinudanda to Pothana (1600m.) which takes about five hours. The first part of the trek is a descent and then appears through flat land until you reach Himal Pani. Here, you find a beautiful waterfall. Beyond this town, the trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After a short trek, you will be at Landruk (1640m.), a pretty big village inhabited by mixed community of Gurung, Magar and Brahmins as well. Now, the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m.) and then ascends a level path to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deorali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks in panorama. Now the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak forests. Pothana is a small town resided by Gurung, a ethnic community of Nepal. From here too, you can enjoy the splendid views of various mountain peaks.
Day 22: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi which takes approximately three hours and drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara by car. The trail is gently descending up to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurungs. Now, you trek through flat land for some distance and steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. You then take a drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara.
Day 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by a tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and the village folks engrossed in their daily chores. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu. Or, you can fly as an option from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Service Includes
- Conservation/national park fees and all govt. taxes
- Climbing peak permit of Singuchuli Peak
- Hotel in Kathmandu (***)on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
- Airport Pick & Drop.
- An Experience head Sardar/Guide
- Trained Cook and Kitchen boy(s)
- Required number of porters
- Accommodation at tented camp.
- High quality tents two men tent with sleeping mattress (All climbing gears if any requirements.)
- Group dinning tents with table and chairs
- Kitchen tents and Toilet tent
- EPI gas with stove for high camp
- All meals quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- All hot drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice)
- Available high altitude food
- All necessary Climbing hardware gears including Climbing ropes
- Complete first aid kits
- Oxygen with mask and regulator for emergency/medical purpose
- Insurance of all local team members
- Equipment for porters
- Half day world heritage sites tour
- Cultural celebration meal (Nepalese finest cuisine)
- PERSONAL equipment for climbing & trekking
- Personal & medical Insurance of expedition
- Climbing food, Gas & stove above Base camp
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter incase needed
- Walki Takie permit & Satellite phone permit
- Personal expenses
- Bar Bills & beverage
- Gratitude (tip) for staff
- Climbing harness;
- One 3 metre/10 foot sling and three 2 metre/6 foot slings.
- Figure 8/Abseil belay device;
- 1 large mitten sized ascender (most members use the large petzl) and arm length leash;
- 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small;
- 4 regular carabiners;
- Ice axe w/leash;
- Crampons - must fit boots perfectly. Steel crampons with anti-balling (anti-bot) plates are the best;
- Optional; Adjustable trekking poles;
- 2 cotton t-shirts;
- 1 polypropylene t-shirt;
- 1 long sleeve polypropylene shirts, lightweight;
- 1 polar fleece pullovers, medium weight;
- 1 polar fleece jacket.
- Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable;
- Lightweight down jacket for those chilly days in camp;
- 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts;
- 1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner
- Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears;
- Face mask;
- Ballcap or brimmed suncap;
- Glacier sunglasses with side shields (you can purchase these inexpensively in Kathmandu, including prescription sunglasses, which can be made for $20, it might take a week or two);
- 1 pair ski goggles (Optional) with light and dark lens;
- Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs;
- Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions.
- Cotton underwear briefs;
- 1 pair walking shorts;
- 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
- 1 pair lightweight thermal bottoms;
- 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms;
- 1 pair polar fleece trousers;
- 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
- 1 pair Double Plastic boots (Koflach);
- Modern single waterproof-leather climbing boots with special insulation for cold weather/winter climbing on 4000 metre/13,000 foot high peaks are OK, as long as they will fit comfortably with two thick pair of socks and a vapour barrier liner and the boot will fit the crampon perfectly.
- 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (we mean leather trekking, not climbing boots) for the trek;
- 1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp;
- 1 pair down booties (optional);
- 2 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks;
- 2- pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool;
- vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags;
- 2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool;
- Cotton socks for in town.
- 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
- At least 1 closed cell foam kari-mats. We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu?
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry);
- 1 or 2 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.
- female or male hygiene supplies;
- 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min.factor 15);
- anti-mosquito cream;
- 1 toothpaste/brush;
- 1 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
- hand wipes.
- small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
- 1 skin blister repair kit;
- medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription;
- 1 small bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
- 1 small bottle anti-headache pills;
- 1 small bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
- 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide.
- 1 course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor's prescription;
- 1 course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor's prescription;
- Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant;
- 1 small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter;
- 1 set earplugs;
- extra prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
- We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food,2-3 kilos/4-6 pounds is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country.Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.
- 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
- 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
- 1 compass or GPS;
- 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
- 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
- nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also;
- 3 Water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle);
- 1 plastic cup and spoon;
- 1 small folding knife;
- binoculars (optional);
- 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
- passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
- separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
- dollars, pounds or euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
- credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.;
- 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
- basecamp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
- travel clothes for basecamp and in town.