Hiunchuli Peak Climbing
Hiunchuli Peak Climbing (6441m) A Hiunchuli Peak climbing trip offers a thrilling and rewarding adventure in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Standing at an elevation of 6,441 meters, Hiunchuli is a challenging peak that requires technical mountaineering skills and a strong physical condition. 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…
Hiunchuli Peak Climbing (6441m)
A Hiunchuli Peak climbing trip offers a thrilling and rewarding adventure in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Standing at an elevation of 6,441 meters, Hiunchuli is a challenging peak that requires technical mountaineering skills and a strong physical condition.
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 for Hiunchuli Peak Climbing:
The route to base camp starts from Hinko Cave on the Annapurna Sanctuar 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 rockfall and serac dangers and is a complicated route-finding experience.
North-West Face Route for Hiunchuli Peak expedition:
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 complet this not so well known ascent.
Hiunchuli Peak Route
The 20 days Hiunchuli peak route follows the classic Annapurna Base Camp trail, thus, this allows you to visit one of the world’s most famous trekking trails as a side conquest! Your journey starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which takes about 6 hours. From Pokhara, you drive to Nayapul and start your trekking from here. Within the next few days of trekking, you pass by Tadapani, Chhomrong, Dovan, and Deurali and finally reach Annapurna Base Camp.
We have made sure to add in many acclimatization days as possible. From the base camp of Annapurna, we trek towards Hiunchuli Base Camp and have an overnight at the tented camp there. From the Hiunchuli base camp, we move towards the high camp. You summit Hiunchuli from the high camp and return to the Annapurna Base Camp. Now, the journey descends you to Dovan, then Jhinudanda, Pothana and Dhampus Phedi respectively. From Dhampus Phedi, you have a short drive to Pokhara and then you get back to Kathmandu. This way, your Hiunchuli Peak expedition is accomplished.
Hiunchuli Peak Grade
Hiunchuli Peak is the trekking peak enlisted on the NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association). The French/ Swiss Alpine Climbing System rates the ascent to Hiunchuli Peak as PD + (Per Difficulty). Climbing on ice and snow is also a straight ascent that involves some technical labor, with a sharp rise to the summit.
Hiunchuli Peak in Autumn and Spring
Hiunchuli Peak is also best explored in the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) (September-November). Because of the mild temperatures, clear skies, and little snowfall, the summit is a lovely place to visit. In addition, during the post- and pre-monsoon seasons, Annapurna’s rain-free days are ideal for day treks and sightseeing.
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters) and you will be met by our airport representative and transferred to hotel, Evening free and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
After having Breakfast we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa.
We drive along the Trisuli and Mashyangdi River to reach Pokhara, we will see the beautiful river view and the view of Ganesh Himal and Mountain Manaslu as well During the Driving. 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, after 6 hours of driving; we will arrive in Pokhara and overnight at hotel.
After having breakfast at hotel we start our driving to Nayapul which takes approximately one and half hours. Then we start out to Tikhedhunga (1577M) Via Birethanti (1065m.) it is easy trekking passing through several small villages and settlements. Afterwards we will ascend gently to the final destination of the day, overnight at Lodge.
Today, we ascend steeply for the first 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti. We will see good view of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m) south on the way. Now, our trail is quite easier passing through rhododendron and shadowy trees and ascends gently up to the final camp, overnight at Lodge.
Today, we hike to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over 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.) and other numerous snowcapped mountains in the morning then Hike down to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast at Lodge and trek to Tadapani (2650 m.). Most part of the trail we trek through rhododendron forest, the beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring when they bloom, overnight at Lodge.
It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. We will hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way to Kimrung Khola. Immediately, ascend steeply and walk at a level for 45 minutes and gently steeps and flat to Chomrong which the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp, overnight at Lodge.
The trail descends on a stone staircase for the first one and half hour and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky we will reach at Sinuwa, at 2350m then we trek gently through the forest and descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach Bamboo and walk gently walking to Dovan, Overnight at Loage.
We will gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Himalaya Hotel (2900m.). Beyond it, the trail is steeply ascent up to Hinko Cave (3160m.), this named as a huge overhanging rock provides some protection against rain and avalanches. It takes approximately twenty five minutes through normally ascent path to reach Deorali (3230m.), overnight at Lodge.
The valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary from here. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After short trek we will be at Bagar (3310m.), a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now the trail appears gently ascent until Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.) Which is one of the place, we will enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine meadow and after some distance our trails go gently up. After a short trek, we begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.), Overnight at Lodge.
Day 11:Trek from Annapurna base camp to Hiunchuli Base Camp, overnight at tented camp.
Day 12:Trek from base camp to High Camp, overnight at tented camp.
Day 13:Summit Hiunchuli and back to Annapurna Base Camp, overnight at lodge.
Day 14:Spare day in case of the bad weather- overnight at lodge.
It’s much easier going down. We will have no problem reaching Sinuwa from Annapurna Base Camp in a single day however we have chosen this place as some of trekkers may have problem on going down, overnight at Lodge.
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 an hour and the trail is quite flat until Sinuwa. We trek gradually descend to the Chhumrong Khola and we have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda, chick in to the room at guest house then we may go t the Hot Spring to take bath and Relax, overnight at Lodge.
The first part of the trek is descent and then appears through flat land until Himal Pani where we will find beautiful waterfall. Beyond this town, the trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After short trek, we will reach at Landruk (1640m.), a pretty big village inhabited by mixed community of Gurung, Magar and Brahmin as well. Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m.) and then ascent and level path to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deurali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks then the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak forests, Overnight at Lodge.
Today is the last day of our 2 week long trekking and it is easy trekking, after about hours of walking, we will reach at Phedi where Car/Van is waiting for us to drive to pokhara, overnight at hotel.
We take tourist bus at 7 AM to drive to Kathmandu and the driving will be fantastic along with many towns and we are able to see the settlements, Rivers, terraces and landscapes, after 6 hours driving we will arrive Kathmandu and overnight at Hotel.
Note: If you are interested on other activities in Nepal such as Chitwan Jungle Safari, Seti River Rafting, pokhara Tour, Lumbini, Paragliding, Scenic Everest Mountain Flight and Ultra Flight then you can start now.
Day 20:Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.
- Airport pick up and drop off by private car/Jeep
- Three night’s Kathmandu hotel accommodation with breakfast.
- Two Night’s Pokhara hotel accommodation with breakfast.
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- Tented accommodation during the climbing period
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) throughout the trek and climb
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Both way transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist Bus.
- Pokhara to Nayapul and back to Pokhara transportation by private car/Jeep
- English speaking, trained and full-fledged trekking guide(leader), climb guide (leader) and assistant guides
- Porter service (2 trekkers: one porter)
- Staff prices as well as their wage, insurance, equipment, domestic transportation, food, and accommodation
- Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag(to come once trip completion)
- Sherpa Expedition and Trekking’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map are yours to require
- All necessary paperwork; Annapurna conservation area permit and Tharpu Chuli peak climbing permit.
- Good quality tents and room utensils for bivouacking
- Group mountain climbing (climbing) instrumentation
- Medical kit (carried by your guide)
- All government and native taxes
- Nepalese visa fee (bring correct USD money and 2 passport photographs)
- International transportation to and from Katmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Katmandu owing to early arrival, late departure, early come from
- Altitude chamber (PAC) or gas
- Lunch and evening meals in Katmandu (and additionally within the case of early come from a mountain
- then the regular itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, further porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Personal climb instrumentation
- Personal climb guide if requested
- Optional visits and looking if extended
- Tips for guides and porters
- Services unlisted within the ‘What Is Included’ section
Hiunchuli Peak Climbing Cost
The cost of Outfitter Nepal’s 20 days Hiunchuli Peak Climbing package ranges from US$ 1900 to US$ 2500 depending upon the number of people going on the excursion. If you are a group of 9 to 12, then the cost can get as low as US$1900, while for a group of 5 to 8 and 2 to 4, the cost goes to be around US$ 2100 and US$ 2300 respectively. Similarly, if you are a solo trekker, your package cost is around US$ 2500. Please note that the cost of the itinerary can be customized to fit your needs, however, these are the standard cost to maintain modest hospitality during your food and accommodation. If you want to extend your length of stay, we can easily manage it. Please know that any alteration in the itinerary would also change the cost of the package.
Difficulty in climbing the Hiunchuli Peak
The Hiunchuli Peak is rated to be strenuous, thus, you require some level of fitness and experience for climbing this peak. Climbing up through the foot of the headwall will be the most difficult portion. However, you will be safe if you make the necessary preparations and draw safety lines. You can reach the summit ridge if you have a strong enough determination. From there, the ascent is simple and quick to the peak.
If you do not maintain proper hygiene and safety, climbing will not be suitable for you. Thus, you must be responsible for your safety while mountaineering. Planning more days on this expedition will make the ascent simpler. In addition, this excursion will include 2-3 days of acclimatization.
Altitude Sickness during Hiunchuli Peak Ascent
The deficiency of oxygen in the blood and tissues at a high altitude causes altitude sickness, which is a common health impact. It happens when you travel at a high rate at a high altitude. It occurs due to low oxygen levels in the air and your blood. Altitude sickness can cause nosebleeds and nausea. Headaches, vomiting, exhaustion, insomnia, and dizziness are among the symptoms.
Food and Accommodation
You get to stay in tourist-friendly hotels and tea-houses during the trek. The rooms are smaller than you are typically used to, yet cozy! You get to use WI-FI services wherever possible. There are basic attached washroom facilities with hot shower services as well. You also get to experience what it is like to live inside a tent in the middle of the Himalayas, so that’s something to look forward to!
In the hotels and teahouses through the trail, you get a variety of dishes on the menu! There are noodles, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and many more. However, we encourage you to try local Nepali cuisines such as “Dal Bhat” as it is a balanced diet full of nutrients!
Most of the dangers involved with trekking in Nepal can be covered by travel insurance. Travel insurance not only protects you against the risks of traveling in any country but also ensures that you have a stress-free trip to Nepal. Emergency medical evacuations, baggage loss, and travel cancellations are all covered under the coverage. Make sure that you get travel insurance that covers more than 6000m for your climb in Hiunchuli Peak.
Essential Gears for your Hiunchuli Peak Climb
This is the list you particularly require for the Hiunchuli Peak Ascent.
- Hand Wears: Gloves and Hand warmers
- Footwear: Trekking Shoes, Altitude Liner, Woolen socks, Trekking Socks
- Personal Equipment: Trekking Backpacks, Toiletry Bags, Gears
- Climbing Gears: Ice Ax, Climbing Harness, Crampons, Karabiners, Belay Device, Ascender
- Mountaineering Boots and Helmet
- Ice Crews
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