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!
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02Climbing preparation day (Sightseeing Optional). Overnight at hotel.
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Driving 7 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04One hour drive to Nayapul by car/van, trek to Tikhedhunga (1577 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2835mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210 mt.) to see 220 degree panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range and sunrise, trek to Tadapani (2520 mt.). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07Tadapani to Sinuwa (2300 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08Sinuwa to Deurali (3300 mt.). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09Deurali to ABC (4130 mt.). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10Rest day for acclimatization at ABC. Overnight at guest house.
Day 11ABC to Hiunchuli Base Camp (4600 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12Hiunchuli Base Camp to High Camp (5500 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13High Camp to Hiunchulu Summit (6441 mt.) and back to Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14Hiunchuli Base Camp to Bamboo (2300 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 15Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1600 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 16Jhinu Danda to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara. Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18Leisure day in Kathmandu (Sightseeing optional). Overnight at hotel.
Day 19Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
Essential Gears from Climbing
Climbing Boots, Harness, Jumar, Crampons, Ice Axe, Tapes / Sling, Karabiners, Ice Screws, Gaiters, Snow Bars, Deadmen, Ascenders, Descenders, Figure Eight, Rope for Climbing, Snow Hammer, Helmet (Crash Hat), Sleeping Bag, Head lamp, Swiss Army Knife etc.
All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking/climbing in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the climbing days. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.
Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst fare well dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.
Trekking and Climbing Crew
An experienced and government licensed climbing guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 4 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. Generally one porter is provided for every two clients who carries between 15 to 20 kg. However in a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipments such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipments, fuel and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you dont' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.
Physical Fitness and Experience
Hiunchuli Peak Climbing is a technical challenging activity which is fit for those who has ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking up hill and down hill in a day carrying personal day pack. Climbing days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Hiunchuli Peak Climbing is high altitude adventure which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trip. Some time mental aspect also play vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise few weeks prior to the trip is better and some technical skill is required for this climbing. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.
This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Hiunchuli Peak Climbing. Where normally days are sunny, temperature is perfect, sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. Winter (December to February) is not recommended for this trip.
Highway in Nepal are safe, however sometime transport can be halted due to landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We therefore advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.