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Himlung Expedition

Himlung Expedition

Himlung Expedition Overview

Key Information

Duration:

21 days

Grade:

Strenuous

Best Season:

March to May and October to November

Maximum altitude

7126

Accommodation

Tea house / Camping

Transportation

car / flight

Trip name

Himlung

Responsibilities:

Guide/Company

Embark on an extraordinary journey to conquer the majestic Himlung Himal (7126 meters), an emblem of classic Himalayan adventure. Renowned for its relative accessibility and remarkable safety profile among 7000-meter peaks, Himlung Himal beckons with promises of breathtaking vistas and unforgettable triumphs.

Expedition Essence: Himlung Himal stands tall, yet welcoming, offering a challenging yet manageable ascent. With the highest recorded summit success rate in its league, it stands testament to the spirit of human endeavor. Situated amidst the illustrious Himalayan belt alongside giants like Manaslu and Annapurna, it promises panoramic views of its illustrious neighbors from its summit.

The Expedition Unfolds: Your odyssey commences with a trek through the famed Annapurna trail, veering towards the pristine hamlets of Naar and Phu. Nestled at the upper fringes of Phu village, our base camp at 4900 meters awaits. Pioneered by the visionary Kari Kobler, a safer route, shorter and less arduous, now guides us to the pinnacle.

Pre-Requisites and Readiness: Elevate your aspirations with prerequisites including conquests of Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus, or expeditions to Lobuche East and Island Peak. These experiences lay the foundation for your rendezvous with Himlung Himal's grandeur.

Client Chronicles: Embark on a meticulously planned journey, marked by two high camps strategically positioned at 5430 meters and 6000 meters. While technically less demanding, the expedition exacts a toll, testing your resolve and mettle against the elements. Himlung's chill and elusive sunlight imbue the ascent with a unique character, demanding patience, fortitude, and unwavering determination.

Expedition Highlights:

  • Accessible Summit at 7126 meters
  • Personalized 1:1 Guide/Client Support
  • Proven Summit Success with 100% Safety Record
  • Scenic Route through Naar and Phu Villages
  • Post-Expedition Sojourn in Pokhara

Itinerary: Embark on a meticulously planned itinerary, navigating from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar, and onwards to the enchanting vistas of Phu-Gaon. Traverse through 15 days of intense climbing, culminating in a triumphant summit bid before retracing your steps amidst reflections of achievement.

Accommodations: Indulge in the comfort of 3-star accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara, juxtaposed with the rustic charm of tea houses and alpine camping amidst the Himalayan wilderness.

Expedition Strategy: Navigate the journey from Base Camp to Camp 1, meticulously charting a course toward the summit. Traverse through the perched scree slopes and glaciers, guided by seasoned experts, ensuring safety amidst the challenges.

Summit Triumph: The pinnacle beckons, marking the culmination of your arduous ascent. Embark on the final push, a testament to your endurance and resilience. With fixed ropes securing your path, conquer the summit, and descend, basking in the glory of your triumph.

In Conclusion: Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks invites you to script your Himalayan saga amidst the grandeur of Himlung Himal. Embark on a transformative journey, where every step echoes the triumph of the human spirit against the backdrop of nature's magnificence. Let's ascend together.

Himlung Expedition Itinerary

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Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll receive a warm Nepalese greeting from our team. We'll ensure your smooth transfer to your accommodation, where you can relax and rejuvenate after your journey.

 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Today is dedicated to acclimatizing to Nepal's altitude, an essential step for a successful trek. You'll have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu at your leisure, immerse yourself in its rich culture, and attend a comprehensive briefing session to prepare for your upcoming adventure.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
800

Embark on a mesmerizing 7-hour drive to Besi Sahar, where the majestic landscapes of Nepal begin to unfold before your eyes. Take in the beauty of the countryside as you journey towards the starting point of your trek.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2628

Enjoy a picturesque 5-hour drive to Koto, where the Himalayan vistas become even more enchanting. As you approach Koto, you'll feel the anticipation building for the adventure that lies ahead.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3200

Begin your trek towards Mehta, a journey filled with tranquil mountain trails and pristine natural beauty. Marvel at the surrounding landscapes as you make your way through this serene terrain.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge/Tent
Elevation
3800

Traverse through breathtaking landscapes as you trek to Phu-Khola, a stunning high-altitude destination. Each step brings you closer to the heart of the Himalayas, surrounded by awe-inspiring views.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3800

Take a well-deserved day to acclimatize to the altitude, ensuring your body is ready for the challenges ahead. Use this time to rest, relax, and soak in the majestic beauty of your surroundings.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
4850

Reach the base camp of Himlung Himal at an elevation of 4850m, marking the beginning of your journey towards the summit. Here, amidst the towering peaks, your adventure truly begins.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
7126

Over the next 15 days, embark on an exhilarating climb towards the summit of Himlung Himal (7,126m). This period includes acclimatization, traditional Puja rituals, contingency days, and rigorous training, culminating in your summit bid. Establishing Camp 1, Camp 2, and ultimately conquering the summit are the highlights of this challenging yet rewarding journey.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3200

Descend from the base camp to Mehta, reflecting on the incredible achievement of reaching the summit. Take a moment to appreciate the magnitude of your accomplishment amidst the serene mountain backdrop.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2730

Continue your descent towards Koto, cherishing the final moments amidst the awe-inspiring Himalayan landscapes. Each step brings you closer to the end of your unforgettable expedition.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
800

Embark on the journey back to Besi Sahar, reminiscing about the remarkable experiences and unforgettable memories created during your Himalayan adventure. Take one last look at the stunning scenery before bidding farewell to the mountains.

 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Travel to Kathmandu, a serene city nestled beside the Kathmandu Durbar Square, offering the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. Take some time to unwind and reflect on your journey amidst Kathmandu's wonderful surroundings.

 

Bid farewell to Nepal with cherished memories of your Himalayan adventure. Depart with a sense of accomplishment and awe-inspiring experiences, knowing that you've conquered the mighty Himalayas and forged lifelong memories along the way. Until we meet again amidst the peaks of Nepal, farewell and safe travels.

Himlung Expedition Cost Includes?

  • Porters or Donkey Porter: From Koto to Base Camp and back, our team will handle the logistics so you can focus on the adventure ahead.

  • Equipment Allowance: We provide daily allowances for liaison officers, climbing guides, and our dedicated expedition crew, ensuring everyone is well-equipped for the journey.

  • Insurance: Nepalese staff members including Climbing Sherpa guides, cooks, assistant cooks, and porters are all covered under our insurance policy for your peace of mind.

  • Local Transportation: We take care of your transportation needs in Kathmandu, from airport transfers to getting around the city.

  • Transportation to Koto: Travel hassle-free from Kathmandu to Koto and back via jeep or bus.

  • Emergency Supplies: Oxygen, masks, and regulators are on hand for emergencies, along with a satellite phone for immediate communication.

  • Climbing Essentials: Above Base Camp, we provide climbing food, gas, and stoves, along with group climbing equipment such as tents, ropes, and ice screws.

  • Garbage Deposit: We are committed to responsible tourism and include a garbage deposit to ensure the preservation of the natural environment.

  • Meals: Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout your 21-day journey from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.

  • Experienced Sherpa Guides: Our Sherpa guides are trained by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and some have even summited Everest, ensuring your safety and success on the expedition.

  • Power Supply: At Base Camp, we provide solar panels/generators and accessories for power supply and recharging purposes.

  • Permits and Fees: We take care of all necessary permits, including expedition permits and national park fees.

Himlung Expedition Cost Excludes?

  • Personal Equipment: Bring along your own climbing and trekking gear for a personalized experience.

  • Insurance: We recommend obtaining personal and medical insurance for the duration of your trip.

  • Meals in Kathmandu: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu are not included, allowing you to explore the local culinary scene at your leisure.

  • Emergency Rescue Evacuation: In the rare event of an emergency requiring helicopter rescue, this cost is not covered in the package.

  • Additional Lodge Charges: Any extra expenses incurred at lodges or tea houses, such as showers or internet access, are not included.

  • Personal Expenses: Plan for personal expenses such as souvenirs or additional activities not included in the itinerary.

  • Visa Fees: Entry visa and visa extension fees are the responsibility of the traveler.

  • Summit Bonuses: While we coordinate summit bonuses for Sherpa guides and local staff, these are not included in the package cost.

Himlung Expedition Altitude Profile

Himlung Expedition FAQs

The duration of the Himlung Expedition varies depending on various factors such as weather conditions, acclimatization needs, and individual climbing speed. However, a typical expedition lasts around 3-4 weeks, including trekking to base camp, acclimatization climbs, and summit attempt.

Safety measures during the Himlung Expedition include experienced guides and Sherpa support, medical kits, emergency evacuation procedures, and communication equipment such as satellite phones or radios. Additionally, climbers are briefed on altitude sickness prevention and response.

Yes, prior high-altitude climbing experience is highly recommended for the Himlung Expedition. Climbers should have experience with climbs above 6,000 meters and possess the necessary skills for glacier travel, ice climbing, and use of climbing equipment.

Climbers need to obtain climbing permits from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) to undertake the Himlung Expedition. Additionally, climbers must obtain trekking permits for the specific region they'll be passing through.

Accommodation during the Himlung Expedition typically involves tent camping at various high-altitude camps along the climbing route. Base camp facilities may include comfortable tents, dining tents, and toilet facilities.

The optimal climbing season for the Himlung Expedition is during the spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October) months when the weather conditions are relatively stable, with clear skies and less precipitation.

The Himlung Expedition is considered a challenging climb, suitable for experienced mountaineers. It requires technical skills in ice climbing, glacier travel, and high-altitude mountaineering.

Himlung Expedition Additional Information

Peak ID: HMLH

Status: Opened

Elevation: 7,126 M / 23,379 FT

Latitude: 28º 46' 18"

Longitude: 84º 25' 29"

History

First Ascent:

  • Date: October 3, 1992
  • Climbers: Osamu Hanai, Akio Koizumi, Nima Sherpa

Location

Himlung Himal is situated near the Tibetan border in the Manaslu region, northeast of the Annapurna range. This region, opened by the Nepal government in 1992, is a gem for adventurers seeking remote and untouched beauty. The expedition route follows the Annapurna Circuit to Koto and then veers towards Nar – Phu Gaon, passing through stunning landscapes including high peaks, narrow gullies, remote villages, dense forests, rocky terrains, and culturally rich Gompas.

Province: Gandaki Pradesh

Mountain Range: Peri

District: Manang

Municipality/Rural Municipality: Nashong/Nar Phu

Border: Tibet

Nearest Help Centers

  • Police Post: Dharapani (0.1 KM from base camp)
  • Army Post: Manang District (approximately 0 KM from base camp)
  • Health Centre/Post: Phugaon (approximately 0 KM from base camp)
  • Nearest Settlement: Phugaon (approximately 0 KM from base camp)

Royalty Fees

  • Nepalese (NRs):

    • Spring: Rs. 6,000.00
    • Autumn: Rs. 3,000.00
    • Winter/Summer: Rs. 1,500.00
  • Foreigners (USD):

    • Spring: $500.00
    • Autumn: $250.00
    • Winter/Summer: $125.00

How to Get There

  • From Kathmandu:
    • Drive to Besisahar
  • Caravan Route:
    • Besisahar -> Dharapani -> Kodo -> Meta -> Kyang -> Phu -> Base Camp
  • Caravan Route Length:
    • 97.1 KM via Besisahar
  • Climbing Route Length:
    • 6.9 KM
  • Duration:
    • 40 Days

Himlung Himal offers an unforgettable experience, blending challenging climbs with the serenity of untouched natural beauty. Join Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks for an exceptional journey to one of Nepal's most pristine peaks.

Nestled in the remote corners of the Annapurna region in Nepal, Himlung Himal stands tall as an enticing challenge for seasoned mountaineers. The Himlung Expedition offers a thrilling experience for those seeking to conquer a 7,126-meter peak, blending breathtaking landscapes with the adrenaline rush of high-altitude climbing. As you gear up for this extraordinary adventure, several crucial aspects demand attention, including climbing equipment, weather conditions, the best time for the expedition, permit costs, the role of climbing Sherpas, and the climbing route.

Climbing Equipment:

Conquering Himlung requires meticulous planning and the right gear. Here's a checklist of essential climbing equipment:

  • Climbing Boots: Opt for high-quality, insulated boots suitable for extreme cold conditions and crampon-compatible.

  • Climbing Harness and Helmet: Ensure a secure and comfortable harness, along with a durable helmet to protect against falling debris.

  • Ice Axe and Crampons: Vital for navigating icy terrains, a reliable ice axe, and crampons are non-negotiable.

  • Ropes: Dynamic and static ropes for different sections of the climb, including the ascent and descent.

  • Clothing: Layering is key. Pack thermal base layers, insulated jackets, waterproof shells, and moisture-wicking fabrics to adapt to changing weather conditions.

  • Sleeping Bag and Tent: Choose a high-altitude sleeping bag suitable for sub-zero temperatures and a sturdy, lightweight tent for base camp and higher altitudes.

  • Backpack: A durable, spacious backpack for carrying essentials during the climb.

  • Oxygen System: As the altitude increases, supplemental oxygen becomes crucial. Carry a reliable oxygen system and ensure you are well-versed in its usage.

Weather Conditions:

Himlung Expedition demands an understanding of the ever-changing weather conditions in the region. The climbing season typically spans from April to May and late September to October. During these periods, the weather is relatively stable, offering clear skies and milder temperatures. Monsoon season, from June to August, brings heavy rainfall and is not suitable for climbing due to increased avalanche and landslide risks.

Best Time for Expedition:

To maximize your chances of a successful ascent, plan your Himlung Expedition during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These periods provide a favorable climate, allowing for better visibility and safer climbing conditions.

Permit Costs for the Himlung Expedition:

Securing the necessary permits is a crucial step in planning your Himlung Expedition. As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, the cost of permits can vary but typically include fees for climbing permits, trekking permits, and conservation permits. It's advisable to check with the relevant authorities or a reputable trekking agency for the most up-to-date information on permit costs.

Climbing Sherpa to Lead the Himlung Expedition:

The role of a climbing Sherpa is pivotal in high-altitude expeditions like Himlung. These experienced guides possess invaluable knowledge of the terrain, weather patterns, and emergency procedures. When selecting a climbing Sherpa, prioritize experience, communication skills, and familiarity with the route. Collaborating with a reputable expedition agency can help in connecting with experienced climbing Sherpas.

Climbing Route:

The standard route for the Himlung Expedition typically involves establishing base camp, advanced base camp, and higher camps as you ascend. The route may vary based on weather conditions and the specific plan devised by your expedition team. Ensure you are well-acquainted with the chosen route and have contingency plans in place for unexpected challenges.

In conclusion, the Himlung Expedition in Nepal is a formidable undertaking that requires thorough preparation and respect for the unpredictable mountain environment. By investing in quality equipment, choosing the right time for the expedition, understanding permit requirements, selecting a competent climbing Sherpa, and familiarizing yourself with the climbing route, you can increase your chances of a successful ascent to the majestic summit of Himlung Himal. May your journey be filled with awe-inspiring vistas and the triumph of reaching new heights!

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