Himlung Himal is one of the easiest mountains to climb among 7000m, recently opened for climbers in 2001 that lies in the northeast of Annapurna Range with an aspiring height of 7126m. This expedition leads to the remote village area of Nepal offering the fascinating panoramic views of Annapurna Range, Mount Fishtail, Mount Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Nandadevi, Rajramba, Api Himal, Kappa Chuli Peak and many more snow-covered peaks along with the Himalayan sights of Annapurna, Machhapuchre, and Mardi.
The trail passes through Tibetan villages, countless Buddhist Mani walls and steadily to height. The trail to Himlung Himal passes through many high passes along with amazing landscapes, glaciers, dense forests, rocks, springs, gompas and ancient monasteries with unique cultural settlements.
The Base Camp of Himlung Himal lies in the altitude of 4900m. There are three other higher campsites established in the trekking route of Himlung Himal with the height of Camp I (5450m), Camp II (6000m) and Camp III (6350m). We can also find Kalidhunga Lake on our way to Himlung Himal after crossing the Base Camp. The last part of pinnacle includes step and the icy way that is quite difficult to walk through but excites us much.
Although it is quite easy compared to other 7000 above peaks, ascending to Himlung Himal requires a high fitness level, strong dedication, and mental health. Himlung Himal gives each of its trekkers an unforgettable mesmerizing memory to treasure throughout their entire life. Himlung Himal is a magnificent peak with an awesome trekking route.
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7126 m/ 23379.3ft
Recently opened for mountaineering by Nepal Government in 2001 A.D.
Virgin Nature with off the beaten path with mysterious culture and traditions.
Explore the route passes through two attractive Tibetan influenced cultural villages of Nar and Phu.
Panoramic views of Annapurna range, Mount Fishtail, Mount Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Nandadevi, Rajramba, Api Himal, Kappa Chuli peak and many more snowy peaks.
The peak gained more popularity when Mr. Akio Koizumi from Japan reached the summit of Himlung Himal on 3rd October 1992.
Why this Trip
Located in the remote and untouched northeast region of the Annapurna range, Himlung Himal Expedition is a wild and extremely beautiful trekking route that is full of alluring views of Mount Fishtail, Mount Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Api Himal, Kappa Chuli Peak, and many other snow-covered peaks. The virgin land of Himlung Himal is captivating and thus proffers unforgettable memory that is soul satisfying.
•We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C
•What follows is a general flow of events. Except for the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
•A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit
•5% of the total cost of the package will be allocated for the benefits of local people in Himlung region.
As soon as you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will already be there to pick you up and transfer you from airport to hotel and also help you check-in the hotel without any problem. In the afternoon, we will discuss about the detail trip itinerary, trekking permits and TIMS.
This day, we will explore Kathmandu Valley and its important places. We will go for sightseeing around Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur area. The major attractions of these areas are Durbar Squares of all three places, UNESCO enlisted world heritage sites: Swayambhunath Temple (also known as Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Temple (one of the largest Buddhist Stupa), Pashupatinath Temple and Budanilkantha. Necessary shopping is done in the afternoon and other formalities of permits will be finalized today.
Today, our real journey begins. We will walk from today. We leave the trails of the classic Annapurna Circuit behind us into far remote part of Himalaya. The trail passes through the beautiful woods and unique landscapes. After 3-4 hours of walk, we reach Nar Phu Campsite. We spend our night there at Nar Phu Campsite.
From Nar Phu Campsite, we leave the beautiful wood trails behind and head towards Meta which is also known as Methang. The trails are full of pine forests and we walk through that trail with narrow and steep sided walls of Nar Phu Khola. The snow covered Pisang Peak and Kang Guru Peak is clearly seen by the trekking route to Meta. After 3-4 hours of active walk, we reach to Methang where we spend our night that day.
Today, we walk through the undisturbed settlements and shelters. We leave behind Methang and continue towards Kyang, situated along a high plateau. We can enjoy the splendid views of Kangaru Himal on our right and Pisang Peak on the way. The abandoned village Kyang is where we stay for this night which will take 5-6 hours of walk from Meta.
This day, we will descend down to explore the Phu Village. The trail is full of Prayer flags, Chortens and Mani walls along the Phu Gate. The Phu Gate is the entrance to Phu Gaun. We have to walk for 5-6 hours to reach Phu Gaun from Kyang passing through beautiful nature on our way.
Today is the acclimatization day. We have enough time to explore Phu Gaun this day. The stone village of Phu is believed to be 800 years old. The Phu Gaun is covered with the beautiful ancient settlement surrounded with wild, barren landscapes and Tibetan influence can be seen in the architecture of their homes and Gompas. We will visit Samdu Monastery and Choling Monastery there at Phu Gaun and many other small stupas and monasteries. Also climbing up to Tashi Monastery is considered best for acclimatization. We can also roam around the streets of Phu Gaun in the evening.
After all the exploration of Phu Gaun, today, we will leave behind Phu Gaun and continue further to our journey to Himlung Base Camp. Passing through barren terrain, we reach to Pangri Glacier Valley where we can rest for a while and explore its beauty. After crossing the valley, we ascend to the base camp of Himlung Himal which is at the height of 4900m. The trail to the base camp is icy and snowy but it will take less than 4 hours to reach at the base camp from Phu Gaun.
Our Sherpa crew will go in advance to set up campsite at the Base Camp
The following two weeks will be our climbing days. We will spend several days doing climbing training practices and rest for few days for proper acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness and bad health conditions and ensure our climbing to the summit of Himlung Himal. To reach the summit of the Himal, a warehouse chain is built up of 3 high camps (Camp I in the altitude of 5450m, Camp II in the altitude of 6000m and Camp III in the altitude of 6350m). Our Sherpas will help us in our hygiene and carrying the camp equipments to ease our trip. We follow the footstep of fully experienced climbing Sherpa guides and head to the summit of the Himal. Once we reach the summit, we are rewarded with the spectacular views of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayan Ranges. We follow the same path to descend to the base camp from where we started our climbing.
After the target to reach the Himlung Himal Summit is accomplished, we will lighten up our journey and prepare for a proper return. After breakfast in the morning, we leave Base Camp and walk back to Phu Gaun and rest there for overnight stay.
The same trail is walked by us. After wrapping up with our morning breakfast, we then leave Phu Gaun and descend down to Methang with the breathtaking views of Annapurna II and Lamjung. We reach Meta in 5-6 hours after leaving Phu Gaun and will stay there at Meta that night.
After the wonderful night at Meta, today, we will be back again to Koto. After breakfast, we descend steeply to the bottom of the valley. Our trek will cross the beautiful terrain and mesmerizing views of the nature, mountains and landscapes. We reach Koto after 6-7 hours of walk from Meta.
Today, we will end our walking journey and leave for Besi Sahar from Koto on private vehicle. The drive will take us about 7-8 hours and reach Besi Sahar in the evening. We will rest in the evening and stay there at Besi Sahar that night.
After breakfast, we leave back for Kathmandu. Our drive is a scenic journey with alluring views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal ranges while our drive goes along the zigzag road of hilly region before arriving Kathmandu. We will reach Kathmandu by 8 hours drive from Besi Sahar.
This day will be your last day here in Kathmandu. You will probably have time to pack up your things. We will eat together and drop you off in typical Nepali Farewell Mode. We will accompany you till the last minute of the departure and wish you warm farewell.
Yes, we will invite you for dinner in a cultural restaurant on the night of your arrival for briefing the itinerary and small orientation program will be held by the tour leader and guides before we embark on our adventure.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek, we use lodges/tea houses/camping/guesthouses/homestay for our clients or whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, as per their request.
We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized Guides/Sherpas to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the guide’s instruction with utmost care.
During Camping, our expert camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are totally insured. In case of emergencies like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions, let your Guide know about your problem and subsequently. As soon as we are informed of a situation, we'll send an emergency helicopter rescue team. You will be transferred to the hospital for the treatment.
Climbing is a hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable, so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for climbing in rough and snowy terrain, so invest in good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. For mountaineering, you will require special clothes that can be bought or hired from us.
In cases emergency, you can change the day trips but it’s better to not change it. Still, we customize the trip according to your preference, but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide and company.
Yes, Our Sherpas/Guides are trekking experts and also authorized license holders from Nepal Government. The Sherpas know the climbing route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
Yes, for the first few days, it's possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly. For higher altitude climbing, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpas.
If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
To confirm your booking, a non-refundable deposit of minimum of 15% of total trip amount is required, which can be made by bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or card.