Himlung Expedition

Himlung Expedition
Price inclusive $ 7500
26 days

“Himlung Expedition: An Adventure around far North West Himalaya between Manang and Manaslu region”

Highlights:

  • Incomplete wilderness away from mainstream trekking routes for many days
  • In remote and scenic trail, rural farm villages, excellent views of mountains
  • Adventure within dramatic landscapes of high peaks and rugged terrain,
  • Pristine areas around Nar and Phu villages of great cultural interest and traditional villages
  • Amazing feat and conquest on least climbed and less known Mt. Himlung

Expedition at a Glance:

Accommodations: Hotel / Lodge with camping on trek and climb.
Trekking Grade: Adventurous & Demanding
Climbing Grade: A full fledge Mountaineering Expeditions
Activities: Both ways scenic drive with trek and climb
Expeditions Durations: 26 Nights & 27 Days
Total Trip: 31 Nights & 32 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Seasons: April to June or from early September to Mid November

Introduction:

Himlung Expedition is popular expedition peak above 7,000m located at isolated Manaslu region, northwest of Annapurna region.

Rising to the aspiring height of 7,126m, Mt Himlung Himal lies on previously restricted region which was opened only in 1992. Very few expedition team including Japanese and French team have conquered the Mount Himlung Peak.

Himlung Expedition takes you through remote villages of Nepal-Tibet border – Nar and Phu. Here you will get the clear picture of Tibetan culture and tradition. Spend several walk trekking around the Gumpas, billowing prayer flags, lush forest and gigantic peaks and evening in local lodges offering intriguing hospitality and local dish.

We will walk on some of the most uneven parts of earth – high peaks and passes, glaciers, rugged terrain, narrow gullies, forest, springs and high settlements. Apart from closest views of Nandadevi, Rairamba, Api Himal and Kappa Chuli Peak, this expedition offers great cultural insight of people living in remote Himalayas.

Himlung Expedition Route

Himlung Expedition starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Chymje, 840m and follows the classic Annapurna Circuit Trail, high up the Marshyangdi village to Koto village before winding towards the Nar Phu valley of remote Gandaki region. The quaint and secluded Tibetan hamlets of Nar and Phu are nestled on a remote valley below the mighty Himlung Himal. We spend day here acclimatizing and exploring the timeless Buddhist settlement of the valley.

Next we climb to a grassy meadow high above the Phu at 4,900m which is also a base camp of Himlung Himal. We set two more camps: Camp I at 5450m and Camp II at 6,000m before making a final attempt to the summit.

Contact us for complete information about Himlung Expedition Cost, Difficulties, necessary gears and best seasons.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at TIA, Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley, Trek Preparation

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1410m) 8 hours’ drive

Day 04: Trek from Chyamje to Dharapani (1960m) 6 hours trek

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2600m) 6 hours trek

Day 06: Trek from Koto to Singenge (3200m) 7 hours trek

Day 07: Trek from Singenge to Kyang (4100m) 7 hours trek

Day 08: Trek from Kyang to Phu (4500m) 6 hours trek

Day 09: Exploration day at Phu Valley

Day 10: Trek from Phuto Himlung Base Camp (4850m) 4 hours trek

Day 11-21: Climbing HimlungHimal (7126m)

Day 22: Trek back to Phu village (4580m)

Day 23: Trek from Phu to Meta village (3560m)

Day 24: Trek to Koto (2,600m), 7-7 hours

Day 25: Trek to Dharapani, 5-6 hours

Day 26: Trek to Chamje, 4-5 hours

Day 27: Drive back to Kathmandu, 7-8 hours

Day 28: Rest in / Explore Kathmandu

Day 29: Final Departure

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at TIA, Kathmandu

A representative from High5 Adventures will be awaiting your arrival outside the terminal at Tribhuwan International Airport with placards. They will escort you to your hotel where you can rest after your flight. You will be served traditional Nepali cuisine as dinner in the evening along with some cultural performance.

Includes: Overnight stay at hotel, Dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley, Trek Preparation

After breakfast, we will leave for a one day cultural tour around Kathmandu valley today. You will be guided through various popular attractions including the world heritage sites like the Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and the Swayambhunath Stupa. We will also visit some of the old palaces (Durbar Squares) if we have enough time. Meanwhile, our staff members will be procuring all necessary permits and documents that you’ll need for the trek. You may spend the evening exploring the bustling streets of Thamel and shopping for any trekking essentials or souvenirs that you may want.

Includes: Overnight stay hotel, Breakfast and Dinner

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chyamje (1410m) 8 hours’ drive

Once all the equipment checks and preparations are complete, we will have a brief pre-trek meeting and introduce the crew with the rest of the group. Your trek leader will also provide you with any necessary information including the climb dos and don’ts. We will then catch a bus to Chamje after breakfast. During the drive, we will follow the Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers and make our way through the serpentine hillside roads. We will pass through Dumre, BesiSahar, Bulbule, Ngadi, Syange and Jagat to eventually arrive at our destination, Chyamje.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Chyamje to Dharapani (1960m) 6 hours trek

Our first day of trekking begins with a steep climb towards Sattale once we cross the suspension bridge. After a few hours trekking, we will arrive at the entry point to Manang, Tal Village. The hillsides are becoming more prominent with rhododendrons now as we gradually gain altitude. We will make a brief stop at Tal village for lunch and embark on the descent towards Marshyangdi River. After some more walking, we will eventually arrive at the Gurung village of Dharapani.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2600m) 6 hours trek

The trail today takes us through the pleasant forested paths to the village of Bagarchhap. Replacing the views of Annapurna and Manaslu today on our path is the LamjungHimal. We will pass through Dhanaqi, Tiplang and Thanchok, possibly coming across an apple orchard on our way before eventually arriving at Koto, a small village near Chame.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Koto to Singenge (3200m) 7 hours trek

We will have a quick permit check at Koto and register ourselves for further trekking. After all the registration procedures are complete, we will head towards the NaarPhukhola and cross a suspension bridge. Following the river upstream, we will cross another suspension bridge over the SetiKhola tributary. We climb our way up the now-steeper trail and cross a wooden bridge to finally arrive at stone-hutted settlement of Singenge.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Singenge to Kyang (4100m) 7 hours trek

Enjoying the views of Annapurna and Lamjung in the backdrop, we will set out early on the trail towards the temporary settlement of Meta. We will have a series of ascents and descents and eventually cross the MrujuKhola. After some further steep climbing, we will finally arrive at Kyang.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Kyang to Phu (4500m) 6 hours trek

Today we will head towards the beautiful valley of Phu; ancient stone village believed to be 800 years old. After breakfast we leaver Kyang entering the narrow George descending down to the river. We cross a wooden bridge over a small rier heading towards the north followed by the steep climb. Descending down to the large chortens and deserted building leads to the Phu Village. We stay for overnight at Phu Village.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09: Exploration day at Phu Valley

Today we will take a day break to explore around the Village. Taking a day to adjusting with the environment and altitude is a good idea for successful climbing to the summit. We will be ecploring and roaming around the village area. Short hike to the samdu Monastery and Choling Monastery can be a good plan for today. We might climb up to the Tashi Monastery as well. We stay for overnight at Phu Village.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Phu to Himlung Base Camp (4850m) 4 hours trek

Today we will have a short trek heading towards the Himlung Base Camp. After breakfast we leave the Phu Village and start our trekking. Following the slight rising paths through the ascend we make our way to the campsite for Himlung Base camp at 4842 m. We will set up the camps and stay there for overnight.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11-21: Climbing Himlung Himal (7126m) and descent back to basecamp

After we reach the base camp we spend several days adjusting ourselves with the climate and high altitudes. We will be practicing the climbing techniques to ascend the peak swiftly. Whereas our crew will ascend towards the peak to setup the additional basecamps and making our way up easier. We will spend these days having hygienic meals, finding route to the peaks and keeping record of the weathers. After some day we ascend towards the peak following the experienced climbing Sherpas with fully equipped climbing gears taking weather conditions into consideration. We will be following the footsteps of Sherpas tackling various technical climbing to reach the summit. On reaching the top of the peak we get to see the breathtaking view of the glorious peak Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayan range. After spending some time capturing the moments we head back to the base camp slowly retracing our steps. We stay for overnight at base camp.

Day 22: Trek back to Phu Village (4580m)

After enjoying the successful ascend to the peak we get read to head back from the base camp. We cleanup the area and have breakfast. Shortly after we head towards Phu Village retracing our steps. We will have a slow and easy descend down to the village. We stay for overnight at Phu Village.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 Day 23: Trek from Phu to Meta village (3560m)

After having our breakfast we head towards the Meta villages leaving behind the Phu Village. We will be retracing our steps towards the village crossing a suspension bridge and passing through the deserted buildings and chortens. We continue our trek which leads us towards the Kyang reaching the MrujuKhola. We get to experience the breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and LamjungHimal. We stay for overnight at Meta.

Includes: Overnight stay in tented camps, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner         

Day 24: Trek to Koto (2,600m), 7-8 hours

Right after taking warm breakfast, we will continue our returning trip to Chamje for overnight stay. Today’s walk starts with continuous descend to the bottom of the valley. Then the trail passes through stone huts of Singenge and finally through dense forests before crossing the steel suspension bridge over Seti Khola. From here, a short ascend takes us to Koto.

Overnight in Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 25: Trek to Dharapani, 5-6 hours

Leaving Koto in early morning, our trail approaches a steep uphill climb to Thanchok. Hrom here, the trail descends for a while and again climbs up to reach beautiful village Timang where you can see some quality tea houses with good services for trekkers. This village rewards us with breathtaking views of Lamjung Himal. Here we take a short break and again continue to Dharapani through dense pine and fir forest.

Overnight in Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 26: Trek to Chamje, 4-5 hours

After having breakfast at Dharapani, we will trek along the landslide affected area and cross a suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River. Then we follow gradual ascend to reach mystic Tal Village. About 4-5 hours of easy walk will take us to Chamje. On the way, we will witness the superb views of some mountain peaks and celebrate the successful Himlung Expedition with our climbing team member’s after accomplishing the challenging Himlung Himal Expedition with High 5 Adventures.

Overnight in Mountain Lodge, Meals Included- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 27: Drive back to Kathmandu, 7-8 hours

We will take a scenic drive from Chamje to Kathmandu right after having breakfast. Following the zigzag hilly roads through the lush forest areas, terraced farmlands, and small villages we will reach Kathmandu. On the way, the mesmerizing views of Mount Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges can also be explored. On reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to hotel in our private vehicle.

Overnight in Kathmandu, Meals Included- Breakfast and Lunch

Day 28: Rest in / Explore Kathmandu

After long days of trekking and expedition, you may get tired and need some rest. So, this day is for your quality time in Kathmandu with our team members, and fellow climbers. We will enjoy our successful expedition with an farewell dinner hosted by High 5 Adventure at Evening.

On the day time, you may like to explore the historical monuments and cultural heritages of Kathmandu that were missed during the first exploration day. Also, you can go for final hour souvenir shopping in Nepal. Otherwise you can rest all day in Hotel.

Overnight in 3 star rated Hotel, Meals Included- Breakfast and Farewell dinner

Day 29: Final Departure

Here ends the 28 days long Himlung Expedition Tour. We are sure, you are returning with the lifetime memories of Adventures in Nepal. On this day, a representative from High 5 Adventures will drop you to Tribhuwan International Airport at about 3 hours before your scheduled flight. With the hope of seeing you again, we will wish the safe flight for you.

Cost Details

  • Airport/Hotel/Airport Pickup and Drop Services via private vehicle
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu in B & B basis
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu city with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking and camping guide (professionally trained wilderness first aid & altitude sickness
  • An experienced local porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • An experienced high altitude cooks with helper
  • All the staffs salary, insurance, transportation and accommodation
  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Common climbing gear – Rope, ice bars, ice screws and snow bar
  • Full board meals (breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation at hotel/lodge/camp during the trek
  • All camping accommodation for staff
  • Daily weather report services from Seattle
  • Trekking Permit (Manaslu Conservation Area Permit)
  • TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Narphu Valley Restricted Area Trekking Permit during the expedition period
  • Climbing royalty and permits to climb Mt. Manaslu
  • One experienced, trained, government licensed and 3 or more time summiteer climbing guide per person.
  • Medical consultation service at the base camp with the HRA clinic at the base camp
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff
  • Satellite phone for communication
  • Oxygen cylinder for each members
  • Gamov Bags for high altitude sickness
  • EPI cooking gas and stove in camp one, two and three

Cost does not include on:

  • Lunch & Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (expect for welcome and farewell dinner)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fee and international flight
  • Personal nature expenses – any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolate bars, laundry, phone calls and more
  • Clothing, personal medical kit and trekking gear
  • Personal climbing gear

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