About Hiunchuli Peak Climbing
The Himalaya of Nepal are the world’s most exciting destination for climbing. 414 peaks are open to mountain climbing in Nepal and summiting a Himalayan peak can be an adventurous challenge and exhilarating experience of a lifetime.
Hiunchuli Peak (6,441mt / 21,132 ft) was first climbed by a team from the USA in 1971. It has a broad south facing wall and is sacred to the local Gurung ethnicity. Hiunchuli overlooks the entrance to one of the most magnificent areas of the Himalaya, the Annapurna Sanctuary. The isolated Annapurna Sanctuary has long been one of the favourite destinations of trekkers from all over the world.
Along the way to the Sanctuary and on to Base Camp you will experience magnificent scenery of the lush Modi River valley with bamboo and rhododendron groves up into the staggering mountain landscape of the Sanctuary. Relatively few people have attempted Hiunchuli and the route can be difficult to find with danger of rock fall. The summit offers astonishing views of the breathtakingly close surrounding peaks of the Annapurna Range and beyond into remote valleys in Nepal and Tibet. Hiunchuli Peak is one of the more technically challenging of the 33 Trekking Peaks. It would be best to have experience with ropes, crampons, ice axe and a harness, and we will refresh you on the use of equipment. Hiunchuli will be demanding and should be attempted only by people fit and acclimatized to high elevation.
The Annapurna Sanctuary is entered by an enchanting weeklong hike from the lowlands. Our team assembles in the charming village of Chomrong, and together we ascend through the Modi River valley on an unforgettable hike up to the Sanctuary and then on to base camp. We usually establish three camps after leaving the last collection of lodges known as Annapurna Base Camp. We climb steeply to establish our Base Camp in an open area with spectacular views at around 4,100 mt / 13,450. From here we continue steeply to Camp I at 4,900 mt / 16,075 ft with staggering views and Camp II at around 5,500 mt / 18,045 ft. From Camp II most people make it to the summit and return to Base Camp in a day. When the timing is right we push for the summit in the early morning and marvel at the magnificent panorama as we enjoy our achievement. Along the way up and on top of the mountain we can enjoy an unforgettable sunrise that lights up the Himalaya!
Annapurna Base Camp is across the valley and where expedition camps are set up for attempting a climb of the south face of Annapurna I, 10th highest peak in the world. Along the journey we include adequate rest days in the trek to ensure acclimatization. On these days, we take the chance to explore the beautiful surrounding area while we become accustomed to the altitude.
The Hiunchuli Peak Climbing timetable is planned by veteran climbers with special attention to season and safety. We always adhere to the highest safety standards and ensure that this trip is designed for comfort and well-being, especially following a graded ascent with proper acclimatization.
There are no set departure dates for Hiunchuli Peak Climbing although the best period for reliable weather and views is March through May followed by September through November.
Please contact us anytime with questions and concerns and for booking. Let us know your preferred schedule, and we can arrange a trip according to your timetable.
Hiunchuli Peak Climbing includes camping and is a fully supported trip. You carry only a light pack, and we will arrange a crew of porters to transport provisions and gear, including food and a dining tent, tables, chairs, a toilet tent and personal sleeping tents. Our skilled chef will provide the day’s meals and in the evening we will enjoy a magnificent camp under the stars, surrounded by the Himalaya and jaw-dropping surroundings while we enjoy a supper and a warm drink.
There is a lot to explore in the area that can be easily combined with Hiunchuli Peak climbing. Please let us know if you have the time and interest and would like to extend your journey in this area.
We look forward to guiding you on the adventure of a lifetime to the top of the Himalaya!