Churen Himal Expedition

Дхаулагири (8167 м)
Price inclusive $ 12000
30 days

“adventure on the hidden trails of North West Himalaya to Churen Himal”

Highlights:

“Around absolute wilderness away from mainstream trekking routes
In remote and scenic trail, rural farm villages, excellent views of mountains
Adventure within dramatic landscapes of high peaks and rugged terrain,
Pristine forest and traditional villages around hidden corners of North West Himalaya
Amazing feat and conquest on least climbed and less known Churen Himal”

Expedition at a Glance:

Accommodations:                   Hotel / Lodge with camping on trek and climb.
Trekking Grade:                      Moderate to Adventurous
Climbing Grade:                      A full fledge Mountaineering Expeditions
Activities:                                Both ways scenic drive with trek and climb
Expeditions Durations:            32 Nights & 33 Days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Total Trip:                               40 Nights & 41 Days ( Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Seasons:                                  April to June or in early September to Mid October

Introduction:

Churen Himal Expedition one of the least and toughest peak to encounter, although many mountaineering party have successfully acclaimed victor on top of this high technical effort climb, but still this stunning Churen Himal beckons adventurer and mountaineers to visit for the climb to its 7, 370 m / 24, 180 ft summit top.

Churen Himal located on the Mid West Nepal Himalaya and it is a part of Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve area at Jaljala range of high ridges. The area is completely apart from the mainstream path offering super breathtaking view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Gurja Himal, Churen Himal and its wild valley.

On this Churen Himal Expedition provides you with an opportunity to explore the pristine area of Churen Himal, where you will have chance to visit into massif and beautiful Dhorpatan hills and valley.

Our expedition’s route encounters nice and traditional farming villages of Chhetri, Magar and Chhantyal villages, where Gurjagaon has majority of Chhantyal a near extinct tribe of Nepal.

Drive from Pokhara to Beni Bazaar our staff will lead you to the foot of Churen Himal Base Camp for the classic and technical climb on top of this striking peak.

This is a mesmerizing and fascinating adventure which involves a taste of almost all of the expeditions trekking environments which Nepal has to offer.

The trek is even more special culturally. The villages and the valleys are particularly memorable, being picturesque examples of the less frequented settlements with its charming inhabitants that are still pristine and unspoiled to the spectacle of the passing by trekking groups.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to your hotels.
Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Churen Himal with optional tour.
Day 04: Drive or fly to Pokhara 950m (35 mins flight & 6 hrs drive)
Day 05: Drive to Darbang 1,200 m via Beni 900 m -06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Dharapani 1,560m -05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Mure 1,700m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Mattim 1,560m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Lumsung 1,676m -06 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Gurjagoan 1,840m -06 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Darsinge Kharka 2,550m -05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Bundzunge Kharka 2,940m – 05 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Churen Himal Base Camp 3,675m -04 hrs.
Day 14: At Base Camp acclimatization and preparation for the climb.
Day 15: Trek and climb to High Camp or Advance Camp 4,160 m – 04 hrs.
Day 16-30: Reserved 15 days for the ascent of Churen Himal and back to base camp.
Day 31: At Base Camp clean up and packing for departure.
Day 32: Trek back to Darsing Kharka – 07 hrs.
Day 33: Trek to Gurjagaon – 05 hrs.
Day 34: Trek to Lumsung – 05 hrs.
Day 35: Trek to Mattim – 05 hrs.
Day 36: Trek beyond Dharapani – 06 hrs.
Day 37: Trek back to Darbang and drive back to Pokhara -07 hrs.
Day 38: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 39-40: In Kathmandu free day with optional tour and to submit reports.
Day 41: International departure homeward bound.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Reach at Kathmandu via airlines and transfer to respective hotels.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airport where you will be greeted with warm welcome by High Five Adventure staff and guides, and then transfer to your hotel where you will be joined with other members of Churen Himal expedition, here our guide and group leader will information and brief with wide information regarding the trek and climb of Churen Himal.

Day 02-03: In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Churen Himal.

With free days in Kathmandu for necessary preparations where you will be busy packing and purchasing necessary required equipments for the expeditions, on last final day in Kathmandu with final briefing regarding the climb including do’s and don’ts, where our expert climbing guide will provide much information and items required for the climb.

For interested people can join in city tour around Kathmandu at places of interest, as Kathmandu valley full of world heritage sites of impressive historical and cultural monuments.

Day 04: Drive to Pokhara 950m - 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.
Morning travel by tourist coach or in private vehicle over the busy scenic highway towards amazing picturesque Pokhara valley driving through the Himalayan foothills, on arrival at Pokhara transfer to respective hotels nearby beautiful Phewa Lake with afternoon free for short walks.
Flying options 30 minutes of scenic flight to Pokhara.

Day 05: Drive to Darbang via Beni 900 m - 06 hrs.
From Pokhara, our journey continues on drive to Beni town and beyond to a farming town at Darbang after driving past Kusma and Beni town and following Mygdi River all along to reach Darbang, a busy market village and a starting point of Churen Himal, Dhaulagiri-Dhorpatan and Dolpo trekking.

Darbang a small farm village slowly turning into a town, after motor road has been completed from Beni and Pokhara, at Darbang for overnight stop by the Mygdi River in a local simple lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Dharapani 1,560m - 05 hrs.
The trail along the Mygdi River is prone to landslides during the monsoon season and there is much up and on to bi-pass sections of path that have been disrupted.
Walk continues to follow the river upstream passing through several small settlements after 3 hours or less of good walk arriving at a large interesting village of Darbang, where we might stop for lunch depending upon the time of our walk.

After lunch, cross the Mygdi river over the suspension bridge,  as our trails winds up gradually  for an hour up to Phedi meaning bottom of the hills or pass, after leaving the river behind a steep climb of  one and half hour reaches us to the cooler region at the ridge, then a short easy walk will brings us to the village at Dharapani, a stunning views of  Churen, Putali and Ghurja the western  peaks adjoining Dhaulagiri massif.

Day 07: Trek to Mure 1,700m. 5-6 hrs walks.
From Dharapani, walk follows through farm lands and to the snout of a ridge where Dhaulagiri Himal is visible. Then our walk descend towards Gatti Khola, and then two hours of steady climb leads to a large  Magar tribe village at Mure for overnight camp, located at the confluence of Mygdi and Dhara rivers.

Day 08: Trek to Mattim 1,560m - 05 hrs.

Our route skirts around and descends to the warm areas of paddy fields on a partially penetrated by the tributary Dhora Khola. After crossing Dhora Khola, the main path ascends the hill side, passing the rural farm houses, and goes through a hamlet to an up and down mountain path then skirt around the ridge. The path continues winding steep uphill for two hours and coming at the top of the ridge, the path descends gradually to a small farm village at Mattim after 4-5 hours of good walk.

Day 09: Trek to Lumsung 1,676m -06 hrs.

From this small village walk leads to higher area passing farm terraces with grand views of Churen and Puttali Himal, the walk is on gradual path for sometime leading into a forested areas with occasional sight of Languor monkeys, walk leads past Cattle herders shades till our walk ends at a small farm village in Lumsung for overnight stop.

Day 10: Trek to Gurjagoan 1,840m - 06 hrs.

After a nice and pleasant morning, our walk starts with uphill climb passing past farmers and Sheppard’s shades as the walk leads through millet grown terrace the air gets cooler as the altitude gain into forest with great views of the Churen Himal and Dhaulagiri I.

After a nice trek of more than five hours reaching at a small farm village which is the last village towards Churen Himal base camp area.

Day 11: Trek to Darsing Kharka 2,550m - 05 hrs.

On leaving the last village towards Darsing Kharka, walk leads with uphill climb on a narrow path, this area is seldom visited by trekkers and by climbing expeditions, this area used only by Sheppard’s and local wild-life hunters, around this wilderness chances of spotting some wild animals like Himalayan Thar, Blue Sheep and other wild life with Danfe (Impeyan Pheasant) National bird of Nepal, walk leads to on rocky ledges and forest till Darsing Kharka is reached to set overnight camp.

Day 12: Trek to Bundzunge Kharka 2,940m - 05 hrs.

The path climbs for few hours then reaching a gorge with deep valley into patch of tree lines and then reaching a open wide area, from here onward tree line disappears for rhododendron bushes with few small birch and juniper trees.

Walk leads to an open field near a small stream fed by Churen Himal glaciers where we will set camp.

Day 13: Trek to Churen Himal Base Camp 3,675m - 04 hrs.

The walk leads to an open area at the foot of Churen Himal and from this angle the mountain looks marvelous and stunning with other peaks of Puttali and Dhaulagiri towards east side, our walks continues with steep climb for a while till

It ends at the base of Churen Himal, afternoon free for excursion around this unexplored area of pure wilderness.
Day 14: At Base Camp acclimatization and preparation for the climb.

A free day for necessary preparation for the climb to the summit of Churen Himal, from here an hour walk leads towards the glacier of Churen Himal where our Advance and High Camp will be pitched little further above the glacier.

Day 15: Trek to Advance or High Camp 4,160m -04 hrs.

The advance party can proceed towards high camp as the climb leads towards moraine and glacier to cross few frozen streams, climb leads towards rock and ice boulders on reaching a clear space where we will set Advance Camp for this classic and technical climb to the summit of Churen Himal at 7, 370 m high.

Day 16-30: Reserved 15 days for ascent of Churen Himal and back to base camp.

Churen Himal from the West Face has been climbed by Japanese climbers since then there have been several expeditions from this route, where some has acclaimed success and most climbers found this peak as a killer mountain just like Annapurna I, Nanga Parbat in Kharakorum Himalayan range, due to this reason as well for safety measure we have reserved 15 days for the climb.

The first camp will be set around 2 or 3 days and the next camp II and III between weeks; remaining days will be used for proper preparation to summit on this tough Churen Himal ascent.

Day 31: Back at Base Camp.

Where all party should reach at base camp by today, and as well for cleaning up the camp and surrounding area, and with packing all the gear, equipments for return journey.

Day 32: Trek back to Darsing Kharka - 07 hrs.
Today a long walk downhill with few ups and back into tree lines after a successful ascent on top Churen Himal, one of the most toughest and technical peak climb.

Walk leads into lovely forested area with views of peaks as the day ends back at Darsing Kharka.

Day 33-36: Trek to Dharapani via Gurjagaon and Mattim.
We have allowed four days to reach back at Dharapani on return journey with overnights in Gurhagaon-Mattim-Lumsang on downhill walks through farm villages and forest area to reach at Dharapani or little further to make next day journey shorter.

Day 37: Trek back to Darbang and drive back to Pokhara -07 hrs.

After a great overwhelming adventure on top of Churen Himal and around complete wilderness of mountains and glacier, today will be pleasant short walk back at Darbang where our trekking ends with a drive back to scenic Pokhara past Beni town. 
On reaching at Pokhara transfer to respective nice hotels for overnight stop by the Phewa Lake.

Day 38: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable adventure around North West Himalaya with successful Churen Himal Expeditions, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.
(option by air 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu)

Day 39-40: In Kathmandu for individual activities.
Two days as contingency or spare days in case of delay on climb due to bad weather and other technical difficulties, today enjoy the free day relaxing and busy sorting out climbing equipment, where our leader and guide will submit expedition’s reports to concern Nepal Government department.

On this free day, you can join in our guided tour where you can witness ancient culture and heritage sites around Kathmandu valley.

Day 41: International departure for home ward bound.
Churen Himal Expeditions completes today in Kathmandu, as per the time for your international flight homeward bound or to next respective countries and port of call, transfer to airport with mesmerizing and exciting adventure with High Five Adventure and its cheerful friendly guides and staff.

Cost Details

  • Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car/van/Bus. Hotel in Kathmandu: Two night's tourist standard Hotel in Katmandu with breakfast basis. Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Meals During Trek: Your standard meals in mountain (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking. Tea or coffee four times a day in cup during the trek
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing (Kathmandu Darbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashipati Temple
  • Accommodation In Trekking: All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking permit: 'Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit. And Everest National park permits Toilet paper during the trek
  • All necessary paper works.
  • Domestic airport pick up and drop by car or Van.
  • Guide: An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, Porters: Experience Trekking Porters (1 porter for 2 clients). And all Their well-paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Adventure Certificate: Our Company provides Adventure Certificate.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company. Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge
  • Drop to airport by car/van/Bus

Cost does not include on:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Katmandu). Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from mountain (due to any reason) Than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight) Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than schedule Itinerary.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, bottle of water, hot water, shower.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

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