Trip Factors

Trip Duration : 22N / 23D

Peak Climbing Code: STE/PC/10

Trek/climb duration: 18 days on ill-defined trails that pose challenges in several areas, especially on trails during climbing period

Grade: Strenuous…requires technical approach with good experience of alpine climbing…

Activity: A cultural tour and Trekking/climbing in absolute wild terrain

Starts/ends in: Kathmandu

Trek type: Hotels and camping [FOT]

Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara

Meals: Hygienic meals are provided on the trail throughout your trek

Transportation: Flight, private car or tourist bus

Maximum altitude: 6441m…at Hiunchuli peak – this peak can get under your skin but the wonders of natural beauty are sweet and gratifying when you summit.

Price per person [Min. 2 PAX required]

This is expedition unknown – But This Venture Could Take Hope From The Fact That You Are Onto Discovering The Unknown…From The KNOWN. Living life without adventure would all seem like living a life without any purpose…

Hiunchuli is the fourth highest peak among Nepal’s famous 'Trekking Peaks'. The gorgeous peak is geographically situated in the Annapurna South area and rises to a staggering altitude of 6,441 meters. Climbing the peak is not much of a technical hurdle, but getting there is a notorious proposition as this zone is prone to rock falls and determining proper routes can be complex in nature; as a result, this offers mountain daredevils a crowd free route in this less preferred area that poses challenges to all. 

Hiunchuli peak graced the limelight after Col. Jimmy Roberts first explored the mountain; followed by An American Peace Corps Expedition led by volunteer Craig Anderson, via the southeast face when they first successfully climbed Hiunchuli in the month of October, 1971. Hiunchuli is among three central trekking peaks that make up the Annapurna Sanctuary. The eastern face of this peak hovers over the Modi Khola and seems to stand like a sentinel at the entrance to the fascinating Annapurna Sanctuary. 

Our trekking trails wade through steep and thick bamboo forests while facing the threat of unpredictable risks of hanging glaciers from the north with a chain of ragged ramparts and an unsure complex North Ridge. The summit is encircled on the east by a ridge that goes up in an icy flat shaped cone that rises, from which a steep couloirs runs down towards the moraines just over the lodges at base camp.

The rewarding returns for a journey of this kind are just massive as we get so close-up to view some of the most famous peaks in the Annapurna region, your palms will sweat just looking at these beauties.This remote peak poses a whole lot of challenges in the route to summit – but this can be done. For this is where the thrill gains momentum and makes for a great escape deep inside one of the most far-flung regions of Annapurna’s Himalayas. The odyssey includes a lot of arduous climbs through icy trails, glaciers and steep slopes and you must be really fit and ‘up to it’’ with some previous trekking and mountaineering experience.

Day 1

Arrival Kathmandu

Day 2

Free at your own leisure

Day 3

Fly to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapul & Trek to Tirkhedhunga

Day 4

Trek to Ghorepani [2775m]

Day 5

Trek to Tadapani [2675m]

Day 6

Trek to Ghandruk [1950m]

Day 7

Trek to Chhomrong [2040m]

Day 8

Trek to Bamboo [2340m]

Day 9

Trek to Deorali [3230m]

Day 10

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp [4170m] via Machhapuchhre Base Camp [3820m]

Day 11

Trek to Annapurna South Base Camp [4170m]

Day 12

Trek to Hiunchuli High Camp

Day 13

Ascend of Hiunchuli Camp I

Day 14

Ascend of Hiunchuli Camp II

Day 15

Trek to Summit of Hiunchuli Peak [6441m]

Day 16

Descend to Annapurna South Base Camp [4130m]

Day 17

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp [4170m]

Day 18

Trek to Dovan [2630m]

Day 19

Trek to Jhinudanda [1750m]

Day 20

Trek to Pothana [1600m]

Day 21

Trek to Dhampus Phedi [1580m] and Drive to Pokhara

Day 22

Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 23

Depart Kathmandu

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

It is fantastic flying into Kathmandu on a day with clear blue skies. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks spread down below you are almost rapturous, and begins a whole sequence of memorable experiences that stay with you for a real long time. 

An escort from our office will meet you at the airport and reach you to your hotel. Our representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be oriented about your daily activities. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples, probably the most in the world – Breakfast

Day 02:Free at your own leisure

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about what to do in your next free day.

The choice is yours: either you can stroll around the nearby market on your own or you can opt for a half/full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. The cost for this extra tour is not added in the trek cost and you have to pay extra depending on the places you choose to visit. This extra tour gives you deep insights into Nepal’s iconic monuments that have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites.  Sansui Treks will give you an orientation on your program & you will also get the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have regarding our upcoming adventure. When this is done, you might find time to shop around the city in the evening time if you need any gears for the trek. Overnight at your hotel.


Day 03: Fly to Pokhara [915m], Drive to Nayapul [1050m] & Trek to Tirkhedhunga [1577m] – 4-5 Hrs

It takes around 30 minutes to fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. While flying to Pokhara, we can enjoy the wonderful views of glistening mountain ranges and stunning landscapes below you. We will be met at Pokhara airport by your trekking crew. A short drive of about 45 minutes brings us to a trailhead at Birethanti, a bustling village of lodges, shops and houses. We commence your trek with a gradual ascent along the left bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. We then move away from the river and follow a trail along the upper edge of terraced fields through Hille to Tirkhedungha for your first overnight camp – B. L. D

Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani [2775m] – 6-7 hrs

On ascending along a route that brings us to a forest, we will find Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron. After crossing several crystal-clear mountain streams, we arrive at the village of Nangathanti. After a few hours of trekking through the forest, we enter Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means "horse water" and is a popular watering spot for mules, which have plied this route for centuries from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. A short hike takes us to a small pass and further to the village of Deurali. To get us acclimatized with our surroundings, we haul up at Ghorepani for the night – B. L. D

Day 05: Ghorepani to Tadapani [2700m] - 5-6 Hrs

Today is a special day because we surmount Poon Hill- an icon of the Annapurna region. We climb the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3200mtrs). The efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views of Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and the Annapurnas. After taking photos and having some coffee, tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forest, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani for our overnight halt - B. L. D

Day 06: Trek to Ghandruk [1940m] – 3-4 Hrs

As we quit Tadapani, we hike along terraced fields below the wonderful panorama of awe-inspiring glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges. As the trail moves across a group of flatlands, forest, cultivated lands and a suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we arrive at the scenic & beautiful village of Ghandruk after hiking for 3 to 4 hours. A supreme vantage point in this pristine & serene village offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli. Several hotels and teahouses at the village give us a warm welcome with sincere Nepalese hospitality while catering to the requirements of all trekkers’ who hit the trail through this village. Camping in its terraced fields give you the open wild feelings of adventure! – B. L. D

Day 07: Trek Tadapani to Chhomrong [2170m] - 6 Hrs

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through dense and dark forest. The route passes through the west bank of the Modi Khola. We then descend steeply down the village of Chuile coming over to the Kimrong Khola {stream in English}. We then do a steep climb continuing up to Chhomrong. Just above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhare) facing the Annapurna just across the valley which is in the shape of an amphitheater and exciting to explore. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located in the lap of the giant Annapurna massif. Overnight in our tented camps at Chhomrong – B. L. D

Day 08: Trek to Bamboo [2340m] – 4-5 Hrs

After we check out from Chhomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on an airy swaying suspension bridge, and then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement of Tilicho in forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) we reach three hotels at Sinuwa, at 2350m. Climb the rhododendron forests to Kuldi, at 2520m. This was once a British sheep breeding project; now the stone houses are an ACAP visitor centre and check post. In winter, from this point on we can commonly find snow along the way. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge [2340m]. We crash out at Bamboo for the night – B. L. D

Day 09: Bamboo to Deurali [3230m] - 4 Hrs

The day starts with a gentle gradual ascending following the trail above the river through a thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests up the side of the canyon. We cross two streams over small bridges. The trail passes through solitary places. The natural beauty of our surroundings in the wilderness gives a special peace to our mind. There is also the possibility of seeing a variety of species of wildlife such as wild pig, deer, snow leopard, etc. we bunk out in Deurali – B. L. D

Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp [4170m] via Machhapuchhre Base Camp [3820m] – 4-5 Hrs

Heading out from Deurali, we trek for several hours to Annapurna Base Camp [4170m] via Machhapuchhre Base Camp [3820m]. From Deurali, the valley widens and becomes less steep and we can see the gates to the sanctuary. The trail at this part is less steep. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After a short trek we reach Bagar [3310m], a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now the trail ascends gently until we reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp [3820m]. Here we find almost 6 to 7 lodges. This is one of the places where we can enjoy the views of several magnificent mountains. The path follows through alpine meadow and after some distance our trail goes gently up. After a short trek, we begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp [4170m]. From here, we can see the views of several peaks at 360 degrees. We set up our camps at base camp for the night – B. L. D

Day 11: Trek to Annapurna South Base Camp [4130m] – 4-5 Hrs

From MBC, we descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to the mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil meadows and lush fertile farming land. As we reach Annapurna South Base Camp, we get to witness some awesome picturesque landscapes, majestic panoramic views of snowcapped mountainous peaks and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massif. We set up camp at the ASBC for the night in preparation for the big days ahead – B. L. D

Day 12: Trek to Hiunchuli High Camp – 5-6 Hrs

Today, we get set for the big climbs from Annapurna South Base Camp to Hiunchuli High Camp. The rocky trail goes straight up to High Camp. As we walk up, we get to gape at the majestic views of Annapurna I, Fishtail peak, Singu Chuli and Tent Peak etcetera. We can also use this day to get familiar with our equipments with the help of our guide; this will ensure we are confident and comfortable for the challenges in the days ahead. We set up camp for the night at High Camp – B. L. D

Day 13: Ascent of Hiunchuli Camp I

After breakfast, we make a break out to climb the ascending path towards Hiunchuli Camp I. reaching this summit is a arduous task but we get to view Annapurna’s magnificent peaks as mentioned on day 12, but this time real close-up; its real worth the sweat. We get to see these towering peaks from different vantage points in this sublime region. We set up camp and settle down for the night – B. L. D

Day 14: Ascent of Hiunchuli Camp II

Just like our approach to yesterdays climb, we continue uphill to reach a higher access point where the views get even more breathless as we see the lovely landscapes in this region as we ascend – B. L. D

Day 15: Plod to Summit of Hiunchuli Peak at [6441m] 

Today is going to be one of those days as we climb to the peak of Hiunchuli with the help of our mountaineering equipment to wade through the difficult ice filled trails to the peak. On making it to the summit, we will take time to admire the jaw-dropping views from one of the area’s most scenic spots before slowly backtracking our previous footfalls to Camp II for some much needed rest and some hot liquids before hitting the sack for a blissful sleep – B. L. D

Day 16: Descend to Annapurna South Base Camp [4170m]

We bid farewell to Hiunchuli Camp II which has been home to us for most of two days and make our way down to the Annapurna South Base Camp at an easygoing pace. The route while descending is relatively softer than when going up – B. L. D

Day 17: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

After a hot breakfast, we begin a slow stroll, probably whistling our favorite songs as we hike back to the Annapurna Base Camp taking time to rendezvous with a wonderful Himalayan sunset at dusk from a strategic vantage point before resting at eventide – B. L. D

Day 18: Trek to Dovan [2630m] – 4-5 Hrs

We continue descending towards the village of Dovan passing through the village town known as Himalayan Hotel as the terrain slowly begins to transform itself due to the change in altitude. On arrival at Dovan, we will interact with the local folks with our guide who will do the interpreting and learn more about the lifestyles of the local hill people before relishing a traditional dinner during the evening – B. L. D

Day 19: Trek to Jhinudanda [1750m] – 5-6 Hrs

We hit the trails today with a Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda. The path descends up to Bamboo, as it passes through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After reaching Bamboo, the trail steeply goes up to the Kuldi Ghar and then the trail is pretty flat for some miles. Gradually descending to Chhomrong Khola, we need to follow a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong village. The last part of the trail today goes steeply down to Jhinudanda. Walking down from the town for about 20 minutes, we reach a natural Hot springs at the bank of the Modi Khola. We haul up hereabouts to spend some time pampering our tired bodies at the Hot Spring – B. L. D

Day 20: Trek to Pothana [1600m] – 4-5 Hrs

We begin our day with a gentle decline before continuing along a flat trail leading to a stunning waterfall near the town of Himal Pani. We then pass through numerous terraces and streams before passing through traditional Burung and Magar villages that bring us to Bherikharka. We then hike through several scenic locations to enjoy the mountain views before passing through oak forest to the village of Pothana – B. L. D

Day 21: Trek to Dhampus Phedi [1580m] and drive to Pokhara. Approx - 4-5 hrs walk and 1/2 hr drive

From Pothana, after some two hours of good hiking, the trail leads us to the last uphill of this venture, the climb takes an hour up to a small pass at Deurali ridge at 2,250 meters. Deurali, a nice spot with 2-3 teahouses, offers great views of landscapes with snow capped peaks from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna range, a nice walk from here lead us through lovely forest with more brilliant scenery of the Annapurnas and Mt. Manaslu range. As we hike a high ridge, we get majestic views of Annapurna and Manaslu range and superb scenery of green fertile valleys and the lakes at Pokhara in the distance. An easy downhill walk through the forest and meadows brings us to Dhampus with constant views of the central western and eastern Himalayas; from Dhampus village our hike takes us to about two hours of descents at Dhampus phedi on the motor able Pokhara-Baglung highway which is also the start and ending point of various trekking routes in the Annapurna region. From Phedi, an hour drive brings us to our hotel site near the Shore of Phewa Lake in Pokhara – Breakfast + lunch

Day 22: Fly/drive to Kathmandu [optional]

We catch a morning tourist coach from Pokhara to Kathmandu. From Pokhara we have the options to either fly or drive to Kathmandu. The flight is for about 30 minutes and the drive takes approx 6-7 hours. This is a highly scenic drive through lush rural countryside via the main highway to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, our day is free to do what we would like to do best. Maybe we could go in for some last minute shopping to pick up some souvenirs for the loved ones at home, or maybe we could just chill out with a few beers at our hotel. At eventide, we visit an upscale Nepalese restaurant for a delicious Nepalese supper to celebrate a trip well enjoyed. While savoring our meal, we will be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles, we are going to enjoy this evening to the hilt in celebration of a successful summit of Hiunchuli peak - Overnight at our hotel – Breakfast + Dinner

Day 23: Departure for that lovely place we call ‘home’ – Farewell Friends!

Today is free to relax and do your own things; perhaps some last minute shopping or pen a few post cards to the loved ones at home, until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home. Meeting you has been a wonderful experience that Incentive Holidays will cherish for a long, long time; & on your way home, you’ll be thinking of a trip that will linger in your memories for a whole lifetime which we are sure will become fireside stories to be told to your loved ones on a cold winter night for the generations to come. Till we meet again one day…its bye for now. Breakfast

Accommodation

A ‘Camping trek’ is a term used for sleeping in tents. The tents we provide are ‘Two men or couple domes’ or ‘A’ shaped. A foam mattress with insulation underneath is used for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, and this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better.

We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this program, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a choice of their own. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.
                                                                

Dining

At Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we ensure that the lodges provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king-size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
 
After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites.

Cost Inclusion

  • 3N Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis at KTM                                 
  • Normal hotel or lodge / Tented camp during trekking and climbing
  • One English speaking climbing guide
  • Porter (1Porter for 2Pax)
  • Climbing Permit for Himchulu peak
  • All meals during the trek that includes breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • Climbing tents at base camp
  • Climbing food
  • Climbing rope
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu flight tickets with 15kg baggage allowance
  • Farewell dinner with Nepali cultural program
  • National park fees
  • Airport pick up and drop
  • All ground transfers as per itinerary

Cost Exclusion

  • Personal equipment’s for climbing
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • International Air Fare
  • Daily Meals (Lunch & Dinner) while staying in Kathmandu
  • Tips to Guide & Driver
  • Bar Expenses
  • Telephone, Laundry and Internet
  • Personal Expenses
  • Emergency Evacuation
  • Nepal visa fees 
  • Entrance Fees

Note: All our Nepali staffs [guides and porters] are insured [life and medical].

Please feel free to call us or write to us if you require any further assistance.

 

Popular Sightseeing places in Kathmandu:

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Swayambhunath Stupa

Half day sightseeing includes visit two of these places and full day sightseeing includes three of these places inside the ring-road of Kathmandu. Besides the above mentioned places, the charges will apply depending on the distance accordingly.

Trekking and climbing in Nepal offers different geographical conditions, some are more challenging than others. Some of our expeditions have determined objectives or goals that require teamwork, being helpful and an optimistic spirit for all members to make the trip successful, eventually rewarding and a journey enjoyed by all. Being very fit and healthy enables participants to cope with the rigours of the trip through all conditions as members hike through difficult geographic territory throughout the odyssey; being mentally prepared for different experiences on some of the most rugged terrain on earth is also just as important. We strongly suggest that those enlisting for this venture correspond with us to make sure you’ve made the right choice to do this trip and that you are confident and physically fit enough for a journey into the true wilderness of the Himalayas. Its only you that knows your body better than anyone else.