16 +
Age
Nepal
Country
March to Nov
Dates
25 Days
Duration
Climbing
Activities

Hiunchuli Peak Climbing:
Hiunchuli (6441m) is the fourth highest peak among the ‘trekking peaks’. Hiunchuli peak climbing is one of the least difficult by expedition which lies in the Annapurna range and it is connected to Annapurna South. Hiunchuli is one of the three major trekking peaks within the Annapurna Sanctuary to be named by Roberts.

An American Peace Corps Expedition, via the southeast face, first climbed Hiunchuli in October 1971 then climber begins to climb Hiunchuli. Hiunchuli 6441m lies in the Annapurna range like two other peaks Tharpu Chuli and Singu Chuli.

Hiunchuli, at a height of 6,441 meters, forms a massive south-facing wall together with Annapurna South. Hiunchuli Peak eastern face overlooks the Modi Khola and guards the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary. This part is mainly dominated by Gurung and the mountains of this area are sacred to them.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kathmandu
JOIN GROUP 1 before departure from Kathmandu.
SERVICE INCLUDES
Transportation to starting point and from ending point
Lodge trek with all meals during normal trekking days, and full-support camping trek with meals prepared by cook, and accommodation in sleeping tent during climbing days
National park Conservation fees
TIMS fee (Trekkers Information Management System fee)
Services of an experienced English speaking trekking-cum-climbing guide, cook, and porters.
Sleeping bag and down jacket (if necessary).
Accommodation, meals, insurance, equipment, and allowances of guide and staff.
Climbing special permit fee.
Climbing guide fee.
All applicable taxes and service charges.
SERVICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Any international and domestic airfare
Any accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks).
Personal travel insurance.
Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, telephone calls etc.
Medical and emergency evacuation charges.
Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents and other occurrence beyond our control
Garbage disposal charge (which is refundable after your climb)
Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.
Personal equipment for climbing such as Harness, Jumer, Carbine’s, Crampons, Ice axe (1 per person), Gaiters, Rope (Minimum 50 meters), Water proof down Jacket, Down pants (water proof), Sunglasses, Sun hat, normal trekking booth, plastic trekking booth for climbing etc.
Any other services or optional activities not mentioned above in the included list.

Hiunchuli Peak is a technically challenging climb. A climber has to be well aware in the use of ropes and ice axes. The risks of climbing the peak are presented by the occasional rock slides, wind and seracs. A special permit is required for climbing the peak which is issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).Hiunchuli Peak lies in the Annapurna I of the Annapurna ranges and is distinctly visible as an extension of Annapurna South. Along with the Macchapuchre, the peak provides a passage for Modi Khola which drains much of the Annapurna sanctuary.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) one and half hours.
Day 05: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) takes approximately 5 hours.
Day 06: Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3232 m.) then trek to Tadapani.
Day 07: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (2950m) takes about 3 h
Day 08: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong takes approximately 4 hours.
Day 09: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2600m) takes approximately 5 hours.
Day 10: Trek from Dovan to Macchapuchre Base Camp (3700m) takes about five hours.
Day 11: Trek from Macchauchre Base Camp (3720m) to Annapurna Base Camp (4170m) 2 hrs.
Day 12: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Annapurna South Base Camp – 5 hrs
Day 13: Trek from Annapurna South Base Camp to Hiunchuli High Camp -5hrs
Day 14: Climb Hiunchuli Camp I.
Day 15: Climb Hiunchuli Camp II.
Day 16: Summit Hiunchuli peak and back to Hiunchuli Camp II.
Day 17: Walk down to Annapurna South Base Camp.
Day 18: Trek from Annapurna South Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 19: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) takes about five hours.
Day 20: Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) takes about six hours.
Day 21: Trek from Jhinudanda to Pothana (1600m.) takes about five hours.
Day 22: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi -3hrs, and drive to Pokhara.
Day 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours.
Day 24: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour.
Day 25: Departure

1

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be meeting Nature Trail airport representative and welcomed by him. Nature  Trail would greet you by traditional flower garlands.  Further you will  drive to your hotel where you will be served welcome drinks. In the afternoon, or depend on your arrival time, if time allow, you will visit Nature Trail office, or you  stroll around and visit shops, restaurants and bars. Stay overnight at the hotel.
2

Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip.

Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip. Visit Nature Trail Office. Checking your climbing equipment’s, and discussing the climb with the climbing/trekking guide. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
3

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours.

After early morning breakfast, our guide will pick you-up from your hotel to bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to explore the various sites of Pokhara.

Pokhara is tourist’s paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with 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. Stay overnight at hotel.

4

Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) takes approximately one and half hours.

Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) takes approximately one and half hours. Now you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. Stay overnight at lodge.
5

Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) takes approximately 5 hours.

Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) takes approximately 5 hours. The trail this day will be fairly tough. The first 2 hours of the trail steeply ascends up to Birethanthi and then levels up till Ghorepani. The section from Ulleri to Birethanthi provides spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, especially Machapuchre (Mt. Fishtail). You can also enjoy the beautiful rhododendron flowers during March and April along the trail between Birethanthi and Ghorepani. Stay overnight in Ghorepani.
6

Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3232 m.) takes about one hour and then to Tadapani.

Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3232 m.) takes about one hour and then to Tadapani. You can have the majestic views of 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.)

You will descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Afterwards you will trek towards Tadapani (2630m) largely through forests. Stay overnight at lodge in Tadapani. You can clearly see the Himalayas such as Annapurna South, Himchuli and Macchapuchre.

7

Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (2950m) takes about 3 hours.

Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (2950m) takes about 3 hours. It is a very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds’ lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. From this village you can see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Stay overnight at lodge.
8

Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong takes approximately 4 hours.

Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong takes approximately 4 hours. At the beginning of the day, you ascend gently for an hour up to Ghandrukkot (2100m.) and descend steeply to the Kimrung Khola (1700m.). Chhomrong is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal. Stay overnight at lodge.
9

Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2600m) takes approximately 5 hours.

Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2600m) takes approximately 5 hours. The train in the beginning descends until you cross a small bridge. From here it’s a long steep ascent up to Sinuwa. Enjoy local farming in terraced landscapes all around. Stay overnight in lodge.
10

Trek from Dovan to Macchapuchre Base Camp (3700m) takes about five hours.

Trek from Dovan to Macchapuchre Base Camp (3700m) takes about five hours. The trail ahead is devoid of any villages until we reach Sinuwa, where there used to be a check post, the last village of the trail. You trek gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees up to Macchapuchre Base Camp. Stay overnight at lodge.
11

Trek from Macchauchre Base Camp (3720m) to Annapurna Base Camp (4170m) takes about two hours.

Trek from Macchauchre Base Camp (3720m) to Annapurna Base Camp (4170m) takes about two hours. It is further 2 hours walk to reach Annapurna Base Camp. Annapurna Base Camp is a vantage point to see the Himalayas at a 360 degree turn. Some of the impressive ones include Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.) etc. You can explore Annapurna South Glaciers in detail. Stay overnight at lodge.
12

Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Annapurna South Base Camp which takes about five hours.

Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Annapurna South Base Camp which takes about five hours. This day you trek along rocky glacier path. You can enjoy the majestic views of Annapurna I, Fish tail, Singu Chuli, Tent peak and many more. Stay overnight at camp.
13

Trek from Annapurna South Base Camp to Hiunchuli High Camp which takes about five hours.

Trek from Annapurna South Base Camp to Hiunchuli High Camp which takes about five hours. The rocky trail goes straight up to High Camp. You can enjoy the same views of earlier day. Stay overnight at camp.
14

Climb Hiunchuli Camp I.

Climb Hiunchuli Camp I. At the summit you can have closer panoramic views of Annapurna I, Fish tail, Singu Chuli, Tent peak and many more. Stay overnight at camp.
15

Climb Hiunchuli Camp II.

Climb Hiunchuli Camp II. This day you will enjoy the same views of earlier days. Stay overnight at camp.
16

Summit Hiunchuli peak and back to Hiunchuli Camp II.

Summit Hiunchuli peak and back to Hiunchuli Camp II. Stay overnight at camp.
17

Walk down to Annapurna South Base Camp.

Walk down to Annapurna South Base Camp. Stay overnight at camp.
18

Trek from Annapurna South Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp.

Trek from Annapurna South Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp. Stay overnight at lodge.
19

Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) takes about five hours.

Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) takes about five hours. Now you trek through Himalayan Hotel to Dovan. Stay overnight at lodge.
20

Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) takes about six hours. The path is descent up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descends to the Chhomrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town you walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can unwind yourself at the hot springs. Stay overnight at lodge.
21

Trek from Jhinudanda to Pothana (1600m.) takes about five hours.

Trek from Jhinudanda to Pothana (1600m.) takes about five hours. For the first part of the trek is a descent. Here you find beautiful waterfalls. Beyond this town, the trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After short trek, you will be at Landruk (1640m.). Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m.) and then ascends to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deurali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks in panorama. Now, the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak forests. Stay overnight at lodge.
22

Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi takes approximately three hours and drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara by car.

Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi takes approximately three hours and drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara by car. The trail gently descends to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurungs. Now you trek through flat land for some distance and steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. Now you drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
23

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours.

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city of Kathmandu.
24

Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour.

Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
25

Departure

As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.

Hiunchuli lies in the Annapurna range and it is connected to Annapurna South. Discovered by Col. Jimmy Roberts, it is one of the three major trekking peaks within the “Annapurna Sancturary”, to be named by Roberts. The mountains of this area are considered the sacred by the Gurungs who inhabit the region. The other two peaks within the sanctuary are Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak) and Singu Chuli (Fluted Peak).

Hiunchuli was first summited by an American Peace Corps Expedition under the leadership of Craig Anderson in October 1971. Although it is easy to reach the mountain and the popularity of the Annapurna Sancutary with trekkers and climbers, the actual ascent of Hinuchuli is considered one of the most difficult among the trekking peaks. South-East Face Route: The route to base camp starts from Hinko Cave on the Annapurna Sanctuary trail. After establishing the first camp somewhere above the valley floor a further 2 camps are necessary to make it to the top. Although not technically extreme this route is exposed to rock fall and is a complicated route-finding experience. North-West Face Route: The ascent by the North-West Face has been attempted only by a very few climbers and not always successfully. The exact route is not well known. The approach is from the Annapurna Base Camp in the Sanctuary and a further 2 camps may be necessary to complete this not so well known ascent.

Hiunchuli Peak Climbing
Hiunchuli Peak Climbing
Hiunchuli Peak Climbing

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