Trip Overview

Himlung Himal at 7,126 m is one of the aspiring 7000 m peaks residing in the Northern Annapurna Region of Nepal also close to Tibet. It lies among those remote destinations between the Annapurna and Manasalu region attracting few climbers every year despite its tremendous mountaineering scope. The first ascent to Himlung Himal was made in 1992 by a Japanese expedition team setting up a route for other climbers. 

 

Besides being a perfect preliminary peak to climb before heading to 8000 m peaks, Himlung Himal also offers a classic experience of trekking through the serene Nar Phu and Manang valleys. In addition to the thrilling adventure, it is an opportunity to assess one’s endurance and strength to be in the Himalayas. This isolated tranquil peak is a perfect blend of beauty, adventure, and learning experience for aspiring mountaineers. 

 

The climb to the Himlung Himal is not very demanding compared to other peaks above 7000 m but it surely requires caution and preparation. We usually set up three more camps above the base camp. Base Camp is set up at 4925 m, Camp 1 at 5435 m,  Camp 2 at around 5800 m, and Camp 3 at 6210 m. Then crossing the steep crevasses, ridges, and slopes, we finally conquer the summit and return back to the base camp and prepare to return. 

 

Best Season for Himlung Himal Expedition

 

The best season to go on the expedition to Himlung Himal is between March to May when winds are calmer, the days are sunny, temperatures are mild and the trail is gorgeous with green dense forests, raging rivers and streams, the soothing sounds of the birds and animals and the uninterrupted views of the grand massifs throughout the trail. The people in the Nar-Phu villages stay in their settlements with the herd of livestock which will be beautiful to explore.

 

Check out the list of Gears and Equipment for the Himlung Himal Expedition 2021.

 

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Max. Altitude 7126 m
Trip Grade Difficult
Best Seasons Spring , Autumn
Group Size 1-12 Persons Person

Trip Itinerary

DAY
  • 1
    Arrival In Kathmandu  And Transfer To The Hotel (1,350 M)

    Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, one of the 8K Expedition team representatives will be waiting for you at the airport. As soon as you complete your Nepal Entry Visa obtaining procedure, we will have a meet and greet and you will be transferred to the hotel (3-star to 5-star as per request) where you can rest and relax for the day.

    Altitude 1350 m
    Meals N/A
    Accommodation 3-star Hotel
  • 2
    Official Procedures, Preparation, And Briefing At The Department Of Tourism

    The second day is allocated for official purposes to obtain necessary documents, permits, and conduct a briefing about the expedition we are heading towards. You may also go on shopping for some important items that you may need during the trip. Pack your bags well as we leave early the next morning.

    Altitude 1350 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation 3-star Hotel
  • 3
    Drive From Kathmandu To Besisahar (823 M)

    The next day, we will take a private jeep to drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway until we reach Dumre, then following the rough rocky road witnessing the paddy fields and beautiful villages to reach our stop at Besisahar, the main city of Lamjung District. It takes us about 8 hours to reach our destination from Kathmandu.    

    Altitude 1350 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • 4
    Drive From Besisahar To Koto (2610 M)

    The road from Besisahar to Koto is adventurous and rugged as well. We will take a ride on a Jeep for 5-6 hours on the off-road, watching the picturesque villages in the backgrounds, the farmlands, and forests until we reach Koto, the point where Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail and Nar Phu Trekking Trail are distinguished. We enjoy some hot dinner and rest for the day.

    Altitude 2610 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge/Teahouses
  • 5
    Trek From Koto To Meta (3560 M)

    The adventure begins as we start our trek from Koto. We start by crossing the river that leads to the Nar-Phu valley and hiking up through dense, lush forests, crossing small settlements and ‘Dharamshala’, a place for pilgrims. Then passing through a narrow canyon leads us to a wide waterfall which is exotic and mesmerizing. The density of trees starts getting lesser while opening up the background pictures of other natural sceneries. After a steep climb, we finally reach Meta, a place where people from Nar come over to stay during winter.

    Altitude 3560 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge/Teahouses
  • 6-7
    Trek From Meta To Phu Gaon And Acclimatize (4200 M)

    This day’s trek is going to be strenuous as we will be covering a significant amount of elevation. We move forward walking on the rugged terrain through small settlements that resemble those of Tibetans, with small houses, pastures with vibrant flowers, crossing the rivers through suspension bridges, witnessing the prayer flags. We will be amazed by some unique and colorful Chhortens which are the assets of Nar and Phu villages. We will even need to cross small glacial streams, scenic gorges, and canyonlands finally leading to the Phu gate, called the Pupigyal Kwe. It opens up the scene of the first village of Phu with the view of two forts that only remain in ruins. Then, awaits our destination for the day, the Phu Village.

    We will stay in the Phu Gaun for the next day to explore the surrounding areas and acclimate ourselves to the decreasing air pressure and oxygen level.

    Altitude 4200 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 8
    Trek From Phu Gaun To The Himlung Himal Base Camp (4850 M)

    After exploring the beautiful and mesmerizing Phu Gaun, we slowly head up towards the Himlung Himal Base Camp. We will cross the Pangri Glacier through big boulders and walk up the moraine until we reach the base camp at 4850 m. The Base Camp is situated at a relatively comfortable location with availability of water nearby and the least risk of avalanches. We relax at the Base Camp and rest overnight.

    Altitude 4850 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Camping
  • 9-24
    Climbing Period For Himlung Himal 

    The 16 days have been allocated for the rotation around the camps, the final Summit push, and time to return to the Himlung Himal Base Camp.

    Base Camp to Camp 1: From the Base Camp, we will have easy access to Camp 1 with 2-3 hours of the trek on trekking terrains with moraines and small valleys. Camp 1 is set up at 5435 m with our extremely efficient and experienced team members with full board service.

    Camp 1 to Camp 2: Camp 2 also called the Glacier Camp is set up on a flatter glacier which is led by the twisted turns on the side of the glacier that we follow after a perched scree slope. It needs extra caution while climbing in these scree though. 

    Camp 2 to Camp 3: Camp 3 is set up at a convenient location at an altitude of 6210 m where there is very little risk of avalanches. As we continue on an icy escarpment up to the last point before the ridge, we reach Camp 3. 

    Camp 3 to Summit: The climb from Camp 3 to the summit is a long one. It requires reaching the pass across the snowy slopes through 30 degrees steep slopes which gradually becomes less steep with few flat surfaces. The following crevasse gets even steeper, up to 35 degrees slope then crossing a lesser steep ridge up to a flat surface leads us to the final slope before the summit.

    Altitude 7126 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Full Board Camping Service
  • 25
    Rest And Preparation For Departure 

    After the successful ascent to the Himlung Himal Peak, we set our foot to retrace the trail back to Base Camp. After enough rest, we will clean up the area at the Base Camp, pay the tips and gratuities, and pack up our stuff as we prepare to leave for Phu Gaon.

    Altitude 4850 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Camping
  • 26
    Trek Back From Base Camp To Phu Gaon (4200 M)

    It is time to say goodbye to the beautiful Himlung Himal. We will get up early and start our trek to Phu Gaon where we will rest overnight.

    Altitude 4200 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Teahouse
  • 27
    Trek From Phu Gaon To Meta (3560 M)

    After Phu Gaon, we retrace our steps back to Meta and rest overnight. We enjoy the same sceneries that we encountered on our way earlier.

    Altitude 4200 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouse
  • 28
    Trek From Meta To Koto (2610 M)

    Passing through the same beautiful villages, lush green forests, walking along the river, and crossing them through suspension bridges at times, we trek back to Koto and rest overnight.

    Altitude 3560 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Teahouse
  • 29
    Drive From Koto To Besisahar (823 M)

    Our Trek ends at Koto. We will then take a private jeep back to Besisahar. The rugged path, dense forests, waterfalls, and small villages will make your trip memorable. 

    Altitude 2610 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • 30
    Drive From Besisahar To Kathmandu (1350 M)

    From Besisahar, we head back to Kathmandu where we will spend our remaining time relaxing. As we reach Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel to rest and relax.

    Altitude 1350 m
    Meals Breakfast And Lunch
    Accommodation 3-star Hotel
  • 31
    Free Day For Sightseeing Around Kathmandu 

    When you are in Nepal, there is no way you miss those beautiful places. Several World Heritage sites reside in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Patan, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Pashupatinath Temple to name but a few. In the evening, we will all join together for a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant.

    Altitude 1350 m
    Meals Breakfast And Dinner
    Accommodation 3-star Hotel
  • 32
     Final Departure

    The sad part of vacations is they end! With lots of best wishes and gratitude, we will drop you off at the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight for your final departure home. We hope to see you soon on your next adventure.

    Altitude 1350 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation N/A
Himlung Himal Expedition (7,126 M)

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Includes

  • Airport Transfer Costs (Pickup and Drop-off)
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in 5-star or similar category hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Experienced and Government Authorized (License Holder) High Altitude Trekking/Climbing Sherpa Guide during the Trekking and Climbing
  • Domestic Transportation costs during the scheduled itinerary for both client and other members
  • 3-time meals and tea-house accommodation during the trip and camping accommodation at the base camp and high camps during the ascent of Himlung Himal
  • All food and fuel for the base camp and higher camps during the Himlung Himal expedition for all members and expedition crews
  • All essentials for trekking and climbing including heating stoves, high nutrition foods and water, EPI Cooking Gas, waterproof tents, warm tents for sleeping, kitchen tents, stores tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils, and many more for your comfort and convenience
  • Chef Cook, cook assistant, helper, and base camp manager to take care of food, drink, and other necessary services
  • Carriage cost of Personal baggage and climbing equipment up to 30 kg during trekking to be carried by porter/yak/mules
  • Climbing Route Royalty and Climbing Permit from Nepal Government
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit
  • Continuous monitoring and update of the weather forecast for Ascent push
  • All wages, clinical, equipment, and accidental insurance for all elaborate staff in the journey and climbing
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your climbing and health safety.
  • Satellite phones, walkie-talkies (radio set) with the expedition team leader, and your Climbing Sherpa guide. Satellite phones are available for members at the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.
  • Dynamic/static rope, ice screws, snow bar, and rock piton locked unlocked Carabineers to open the route and for safe and successful climbing
  • Generator for backup lighting power and charge electronic tools if solar panels are not enough for light and charge the battery.
  • Transportation, service of food, all needed expedition, content supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu and return to Kathmandu (Cargo to Koto  and then by porter/ Yaks to base camp and return
  • Emergency oxygen, mask, and regulator provided to guests and expedition staff requirements (Nominal Charge Applicable)
  • There is no available alternative to electricity or lighting at the Himlung Himal Base Camps until the date, so 8K EXPEDITIONS provides solar panels or generators for lighting, battery, and mobile charging at the base camp.
  • Clean, nutritious, and fresh foods at the base camp and  higher camps
  • One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed Sherpa Guide per client during summit day with the idea of making your ascent safe and successful.
  • One experience and professional Leader for management of climbing 
  • Wages, equipment, medical and accidental insurances for the liaison officer.
  • Medical insurance, helicopter evacuation insurance, and treatment insurance for all involved staff with a reputed insurance company.
  • Maps of related trekking and trekking peak climbing.
  • Souvenir from 8K before departure
  • Official service charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat.
  • Farewell Dinner at a typical Nepali Restaurant

Excludes

  • International Airfares and Nepal Entry Visa Fees
  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Expenses of Personal Nature including personal trekking and climbing equipment, laundry expenses, mobile phone bills, bar bills, satellite phones, and Internet Services
  • Travel and medical insurance to cover the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization in case of need
  • Any extra expenses incurred due to unforeseeable events like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government rules, or any events out of our control
  • Additional costs if needed extra workers, than what we have included in the package.
  • Summit Bonus to the Climbing Sherpa Guides of $600 as set by the Mountaineering Association and Department of Tourism Rules
  • Tips for guides, chef cook, cook, cook assistance, base camp manager. Normally US$ 250 per person is collected by the team leader and divided among all involved base camp staff except the climbing Sherpa guide. 
  • All the services not mentioned in the above package (cost includes parts) are excluded

Departures

08 Oct 2021 TO 06 Nov 2021

Trip Notes

Please do remember these things.

 

Trekking and mountain climbing in the Himalayas are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, the roadways may be blocked. In cases as such, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. 

 

Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure. 

 

Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required.  But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.

 

Thank you for joining us on our Expedition!!

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