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Himlung Himal Expedition

30 Days

Himlung Himal Expedition involves a challenging trek to the base camp and a technical ascent to the summit. The Himlung is situated in the Manaslu region north-east of Annapurna range of Nepal, near the border with Tibet, Himlung Himal stands at a height of 7,126 meters (23,380 feet) and is a popular climbing destination for those seeking a challenge or preparing for 8,000-meter mountain climbing. The expedition follows the Annapurna circuit from Koto to Nar-Phu Gaun, allowing climbers to experience Nepal’s Himalayan landscape and hints of Tibetan culture.

  • English
  • 3 star Hotels in KTM, Teahouse and Camping
  • ACAP Permit/ Naar Phu special permit and Himlung climbing permit
  • Mid-September to Mid-October and April to Mid-June
  • Bus/jeep
  • Intermediate level of fitness
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • 7126m
  • Adventure
  • 2-8
  • Experienced climbing leadership

Himlung Himal Overview

Himlung Himal Expedition offers a thrilling adventure admits the towering peaks of  Nepalese Himalayas. With its stunning vistas of snow-capped summits and dramatic landscapes, the expedition promises breathtaking views at every turn. With careful planning, preparation and teamwork, reaching the pinnacle of Himlung Himal is an accomplishment that leaves climbers with lasting memories and a profound sense of achievement.

Expeditions to Himlung Himal require permits from the Nepalese government, and climbers are expected to adhere to the regulations set by the local authorities. The journey usually starts with a trek to the base camp, which is located at a lower altitude. This trek involves passing through picturesque landscapes and local villages.
To acclimatize to the high altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness, climbers typically spend some time at intermediate camps, gradually ascending to higher altitudes before attempting the summit. High camps are established at strategic points on the mountain to facilitate the climb. Climbers move between these camps, progressively gaining altitude.
The ascent to the summit of Himlung Himal involves technical climbing, including negotiating steep slopes, ice walls, and crevasses. Climbers may need to use various mountaineering equipment such as ice axes, crampons, and ropes. The final push to the summit is typically the most challenging part of the expedition. Weather conditions, snow conditions, and the overall physical condition of the climbers play crucial roles in determining the success of the summit attempt.
Expedition teams usually include experienced guides, Sherpas, and support staff. Logistics such as transportation, accommodations, and equipment are coordinated to ensure the safety and success of the expedition.

7000m peaks in Nepal

There are plenty of 7000 meter peaks in Nepal. Among them, Himlung Himal stands as one of Nepal’s least technical and challenging 7000 meter mountain making it attractive destination for mountaineers seeking an expedition that balances adventure with accessibility. Situated near Tibetan Border the northeast of Annapurna region that offers a captivating journey through remote and pristine landscapes. 

Himlung Himal Difficulty

Himlung Himal is considered a moderately difficult peak to climb, with technical challenges such as steep snow and ice slopes, crevasses, and rock sections. Climbers need to have prior mountaineering experience and be physically fit to attempt this peak. The expedition also involves crossing a high-altitude pass, which adds to the difficulty level.

Himlung Himal Base Camp

The Himlung Himal Base Camp is located at an altitude of around 4,950 meters (16,240 feet) and is accessible via a trek that usually takes around 7-10 days from the town of Besisahar. The base camp is situated on a grassy plateau near the Himlung Glacier and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Brief of Himlung Himal Expedition

  • Our trek will begin from Koto after two days of travel by bus or jeep from Kathmandu. It takes usually 7 to 8 days to trek to the Naar and Phu and then to the Base Camp.
  • Our Camps are facilitated with all the required necessary services. However, we will continue to move slowly and not spend much time at the Base Camp.
  • The voyage’s strenuous climb will begin at Camp 1. Likewise, we will like to note that it is also an important base for us. The reason for this is due to the transition between rock and glacier is difficult and it changes from year to year.
  • Then comes Camp 2 and Camp 3. The climbers will have to brave the rocky slope to reach the summit. After the summit, the climbers will be brought back to Camp 3 to spend the night.
  • After a night’s rest, the climbers will be moved to the Kari Kobler Base Camp. The descending is comparatively quick and easy than the climb and soon enough, you will be making your way back to Kathmandu.

Why we are different from others?

  • We also would climb Himlung Himal in a continue style because after more than fifteen years of experiences we believe this is the less traumatic way to climb the Himalayan high summit, with a good opportunity to be well acclimatize and the pleasure of a deep immersion in high altitude.
  • Climbing with main rope on a glacier is also our credo in mountaineering as our culture is the alpine style with a real guiding relationship and a close proximity between the climbers, for more safety.
  • We organize this expedition on a basis of One by One: one Nepali climber for one foreign climber. For more pleasure and safety.
  • Normally we do not use fixed ropes but in case of necessity and emergency will be used and take off those ropes after used.
  • We also do not use same base camp (Kari Kobler) as other uses, instead we use French base camp.
  • Why we use French base camp?
    Because we do not have to face big and dangerous black glacier several times which are unpleasant to cross at the moraine passage, better water facility, better sunlight throughout the day and view, more safety place, near camp1, better acclimatization, less crowded.

Highlights of Himlung Himal Expedition 

  • Remote and Less-Crowded Destination: Himlung Himal is located in a less-visited region of Nepal. This allows for a more serene and pristine mountaineering experience, away from the hustle and bustle of busy climbing routes.
  • Stunning Himalayan Scenery: Breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, including Himlung Himal itself, as well as other nearby peaks such as Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. The panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and rugged landscapes are truly awe-inspiring.
  • Unique Cultural Experience: The Himlung Himal region is home to ethnic Tibetan communities with their distinct culture, traditions, and lifestyle. 
  • Challenging Climbing Experience: Himlung Himal is a technically challenging peak that requires previous mountaineering experience and skills such as ice climbing, glacier travel, and high altitude climbing. 
  • Adventure Trekking: The approach to Himlung Himal involves a trek through the beautiful Manaslu region, passing through remote villages, crossing suspension bridges, and traversing rugged landscapes. The trek offers an adventurous journey with diverse flora and fauna, and an opportunity to experience the raw natural beauty of the region.
  • Cultural Immersion and Interaction: The expedition provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the unique culture and lifestyle of the local communities in the region. This includes interacting with the friendly villagers, learning about their traditions, and gaining insights into their way of life, which adds a cultural dimension to the expedition.
  • Personal Growth and Achievement: Physically and mentally demanding endeavor that pushes climbers out of their comfort zones and challenges their limits. Successfully summiting this majestic peak can be a significant personal achievement, boosting self-confidence, resilience, and character development.

Itinerary

When you arrive in the airport, our staff will receive you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. He/ She will be displaying a placard with Himalayan Travelers written in it outside the airport terminal. He will meet, greet and welcome you with auspicious garland and escort you to your respective hotel by our private tourist vehicle. At the hotel, he will assist you to check in and do pre-trip meeting with you. Final altitude about 1,300m. Meals: lunch and dinner not included, welcome drink and bed and breakfast included. Accommodation: nights at the hotel.

An Expedition preparation day to rest and digest the journey, and enjoy the atmosphere of Boudhanath/Thamel. You can also do some last-minute shopping, and most importantly, optimize your luggage to a mountaineering bag and a trekking bag. Final altitude about 1,300m. Meals: lunch and dinner not included, bed and breakfast included. Accommodation: nights at the hotel.

Day 3: You will begin the trek by driving from Kathmandu to Besishahar, which is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Fortunately, the road improves year after year. Mode of transportation: Private vehicle, bus, and jeep (about 5-6 hours by bus and about 2/3 hours by jeep). Have lunch and continue to Syange.

Day 4: After breakfast, we drive to Koto, but if somebody wishes to stop at Timang and continue by foot, it is possible to walk a little to stretch your legs. Mode of transportation: Private jeep (about 4-5 hours by jeep). Final altitude about 2,600m. Accommodation: night in a lodge.

The trekking will begin with a long stage, and you will reach Meta after the end of the vehicle transfer. Camping in Dharamshala is also possible but not much suitable, so Meta is a much better option. End of the vehicle transfer and beginning of the trek. Early departure, optimization of the journey with some tea breaks and lunch; the objective is to not arrive too late in Meta. Duration of the trek: about 7 hours Elevations: +1000 m /-100 m Final altitude about 3,560m. Accommodation: overnight in a lodge or tent depending on weather, crowd, and mules.

The trek from Meta to Naar is an adventure that offers a unique blend of challenging terrain and cultural immersion. Along the way, we will come across several small bridge and monasteries. The traditional houses and monasteries that dot the landscape and stunning mountain views. This day is both a cultural detour to visit the village of Naar, a short stage, and an acclimatization phase that allows for a comfortable first night’s sleep at 4,000 m. Duration of the trek: about 5 hours Elevations: +590m /-210m Final altitude about 4,110m. Accommodation: overnight in a lodge.

Naar to Kyang. Return to the Khola and take a beautiful path to Kyang, the winter village of Phu. Lodge or camping in Kyang. Spend some time understanding acclimatization and exchange information on the hypoxic environment. The trek takes around 5:30 hours. Final altitude: approximately 3,820m. Accommodation: lodge or camping.

We trek from Kyang to Phu for about 4 hours, with an elevation gain of +300m/-100m, and reach a final altitude of about 4,080m. The arrival at the gate of Phu is a beautiful moment of emotions, and discovering Phu is always incredible. We will spend the night in a lodge or tent.

Today is a rest/hiking day to continue our acclimatization by sleeping at the same altitude. We can stay quietly in the surroundings of the village or hike towards the small summit of Gurusangbo. The view is superb, discovering all the peaks of Phu, and of course Himlung. We will spend the night in a lodge or tent.

Of our high-altitude adventure, we depart from Phu and after a half-day walk, we reach Kari Kobler Base Camp. Although it is a beautiful place, the water source is far for the kitchen team and it gets overcrowded due to other companies using it. Therefore, we decide to skip it and cross the Pangri glacier directly to set up camp at the French Base Camp. This is because it offers cleaner and nearer water and better sunlight throughout the day, with stunning mountain views and glaciers visible at all times. This marks the beginning of our high-altitude adventure as we will only return to Kari Kobler Base Camp at the end of our ascent or in case of necessity. It takes around 4 hours to reach Kari Kobler Base Camp with an altitude gain of 450m and descent of 150m, with a final altitude of approximately 3,950m.

French Base Camp is usually an advanced base camp for other companies, but we use it as our base camp. Our team staff sets up camp there, requiring extra porters to transport our expedition equipment and cross Pangri Glacier. This decision saves us from crossing the black glacier, which can be unpleasant and a bit dangerous at the moraine passage. Typically, all other teams stay at Kari Kobler Base Camp and follow a more traditional progression. The walking time to French Base Camp is around 2:30 hours with a final altitude of approximately 4,980m, and we spend the night in a tent.

Day 11 to 23: We will ascend Himlung Himal without returning to the base camp. It takes us two days to set up a higher camp and transport our equipment. The first day is a simple round trip to deposit our belongings, and the next day rest, and another day we transport sleeping bags, mattresses, and a few odds and ends to sleep there. The first three camps are very typical because we have used them for all our previous ascents. Our ascent is a continuous progression, and the descent is efficient, directly to the Base Camp where we find the entire kitchen team. The rating for the ascent is Himalayan grade IV (summit between 6,500m and 7,126m, several high-altitude camps) PD in snow. Himlung is not an easy summit, even though it remains accessible. We will have altitude meals prepared by the participants, and we will spend the nights in a tent.

We will spend the day cleaning and packing at the base camp, preparing to return home. The expedition is over, but the journey is not yet finished. We will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner and spend the night in a tent.

Days 25-27: We will trek from French Base Camp to Koto for three days and reach the Marsyangdi valley and the lodges of Koto, on the Annapurna Circuit. The path is now familiar, and the valley is still as beautiful. Summit celebration in Koto. We will have breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and spend the nights in lodges. We will reach a final altitude of about 2,600m.Accommodation overnight in a lodge.

Day 14 :
Day 28

Day 28: An early morning departure by jeep from Koto to Besisahar where we enjoy some dal bhat for lunch, and then a bus ride to Kathmandu, making for another productive day. Fortunately, the road is getting better and better, although the arrival in Kathmandu is always traumatic. Transfer/transport duration: about 10 hours. Final altitude: about 1,300m. Meals: breakfast in lodge, lunch at Besisahar. Meals: lunch and dinner not included, bed and breakfast included. Accommodation: nights at the hotel.

Day 15 :
Day 29

Day 29: A final free day in Kathmandu before departure the next day. Final altitude: about 1,300m. Meals: lunch and dinner not included, bed and breakfast included. Accommodation: overnight in hotel.

Day 16 :
Day 30

Departure from Nepal.

SUMMARY OF THE PROGRAM:

Due to unpredictable factors such as weather conditions, customs issues, road conditions, traffic, landslides, or force majeure events, your expedition leader may need to adjust the program as necessary for your safety and the smooth progress of your journey. They are the sole judge of your safety.

The activity times are only indicative and may vary from participant to participant. You must follow your guide’s recommendations, who may suggest canceling your expedition due to weather or safety concerns, or your physical condition.

The itinerary on our expedition programs or ascent program on high mountain expeditions is flexible enough to adapt to weather conditions. The expedition may be stopped at any time if deemed necessary by the expedition leader for the whole group or some participants.

Keep in mind that this project remains an autonomous expedition, and unforeseen events are possible. Himalayan Travellers, your expedition leader, your guide, or our local teams cannot be held responsible in any way.

Participants will bear all costs related to the postponement of the expedition schedule, including additional accommodation nights and airfare supplements. The “buffer” days are considered part of the expedition proper.

Any early return of the expedition or certain members, generating unforeseen expenses such as accommodation, meals, ticket modifications, or other activities not foreseen in this program, are entirely the responsibility of the participants.

We propose only full organize expedition, from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. And in an “ALL INCLUDE” mode. Even if some things are NOT include.

  • 1. Airport Transport and all other transport, by Buss and Jeeps.
  • Services of experienced trekking guides, Nepali leaders senior, Nepali leaders junior, Cook, Kitchen Boys and porters.
  • 2. All accommodation (twin share, 4 nights hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu).
  • 3. All meals on trek, and B.C.
  • 4. Naar phu Special Trekking Permit and Annapurna Conservation fees
  • Expedition permit and Liaison officer with all his expenses
  • 5. All camping equipment – 1 member, 1 tent…

The Cost Excludes:

  • 1.The Nepalese visa.
  • Insurance (compulsory on all trips – ensure you are adequately covered for emergency evacuation by helicopter).
  • 2. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • 3. Spending of a personal expenses, E.G. laundry, snacks and bottle drinks, souvenirs, etc.
  • 4. International flight.

Necessary Equipment:

Trekking and Climbing enough gears

How difficult is Himlung Himal Expedition?

The Himlung Himal expedition is considered to be much less arduous among the 7,000 meters’ mountains. Having said that, do not think it is an easy climb either. The trails will challenge you and test your mountaineering skills.

The climb will slowly become strenuous after Camp 1. The normal route from Camp 3 consists of a PD+ side in the snow. Similarly, it has a slope of 35/40 degrees with significant exposure to hard or icy snow.

Do anybody come to pick me up in the airport?

Yes, our team/representative will come to the airport to pick you up. He/she will be displaying a play card of Himalayan travellers trek & Expedition in the outside of airport Terminal Hall.

What gears are provided by the expedition organizers, and what do climbers do need to bring themselves?

Expedition organizers provide gears like tents, ropes, gas and stoves and cooking pots and rest, climbers should bring all the necessary climbing gears.

Does medical and doctors available in the base camp, and during expedition?

No, medical and doctor facilities are not available during the trek and expedition. We never prescribe medicines, so climbers should bring themselves.

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