Himlung Himal Expedition

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.
Trip Code: HHE63
Starts: Besi Sahar
Finishes: Koto
Duration: 32 Days
Difficulty: Severe
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Apr-May,Sep-Oct
Elevation: 7126m/ 23379.3ft
Trip Views: 747
Activities: Mountaineering
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Breakfast: 17
Lunch: 14
Dinner: 15
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Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Lodge: 3 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 10 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • 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.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • 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.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    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.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick-up and Private transfer to Hotel
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING AND FINAL PREPARATION
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Half day sight seeing around Kathmandu
    • Food and wine tour(optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO BESI SAHAR (760M)
    In the morning after breakfast, we head towards Besi Sahar from Kathmandu. It will take about 8-9 hours drive. We stay at the local lodge in Besi Sahar that night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Lodge

    Activities:

    • Private transfer from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar
  • placeDAY 4 : DRIVE FROM BESI SAHAR TO KOTO (2600M)
    The journey further continues from Besi Sahar to Koto. After done with our breakfast in the morning, we leave for Koto which will take us about 7-8 hours of drive.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Lodge

    Activities:

    • Private transfer from Besi Sahar to Koto
  • placeDAY 5 : TREK FROM KOTO TO NAR PHU CAMPSITE (2980M)
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK FROM NAR PHU CAMPSITE TO META (3560M)
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK FROM META TO KYANG (3820M)
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : TREK FROM KYANG TO PHU GAUN (4080M)
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : REST DAY
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Tour around Phu Gaun
  • placeDAY 10 : TREK FROM PHU GAUN TO HIMLUNG BASE CAMP (4900M)
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Our Sherpa crew will go in advance to set up campsite at the Base Camp
  • placeDAY 11 : 11-25 CLIMBING PERIOD
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 26 : TREK FROM HIMLUNG BASE CAMP TO PHU GAUN (4080M)
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 27 : TREK FROM PHU GAUN TO META (3560M)
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 28 : TREK FROM META TO KOTO (2600M)
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 29 : DRIVE FROM KOTO TO BESI SAHAR (760M)
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Lodge

    Activities:

    • Privatye transfer to Besi Sahar
  • placeDAY 30 : DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transfer to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 31 : SPARE DAY
    This is your spare day. You can visit the places you want to visit on your own or we can visit together. You can go shopping around Thamel area and try Nepalese cuisine and taste the difference. You can also relax in Hotel and get trekker’s massage around the city area. You can also add up the memory of evening chanting of Pashupatinath.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Yoga retreat(Optional)
  • placeDAY 32 : DEPARTURE
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport Drop by Private Vehicle
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Transfer services to and from the Airport on arrival and departure
    • Assistance at the International Airport by Swotah representative while arriving and departing
    • Standard/Deluxe room in Kathmandu on BB basis
    • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Durbar Square)
    • Local English-speaking Guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Necessary staffs, including experienced guides and porters during trekking and climbing
    • All trekking and camping equipment like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc
    • 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Guest House or tents for members and staffs during trekking and climbing on twin sharing basis
    • Per person 30 kg baggage allowance during the upward trek (carried by a porter) and 20 kg baggage allowance while returning from the Base Camp 
    • Trekking Permit and Local permit
    • Climbing permit for Himlung Himal Expedition
    • Experienced sherpa guide
    • Oxygen for climber and sherpa with mask and regulator
    • Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s) during Climbing Period as per the group size as required
    • Wages, equipment, medical and accidental insurances for all involved staffs
    • First aid medical kit for the Group and staffs
    • Appropriate food for high altitude for all climbing crew at the base camp and above as required
    • Fix and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required
    • All necessary paper works, office service charge, and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
    • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation, and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Himlung Region
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Sim service
    • Photos and videoes of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation

     

  • Exclusions
    • Lunch is not included for Kathmandu
    • Emergency rescue evacuation if required
    • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue (it will be covered by insurance company)
    • International flights
    • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos)
    • Any kind of hot and cold drinks, hot shower
    • Alcoholic beverages, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internet
    • Personal climbing equipment;
    • All kind of Personal Expenses;
    • Ice fall fees and Garbage Deposit fees (Shared with other member) if applicable;
    • Wake talkies &Filming permit;
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Includes section;
    • Personal climbing guide if requested;
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended;
    • Tips for guides and porters;
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg);


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will already be there to receive you at the airport and you will be directly transferred to the hotel.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    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.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    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.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    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.
  • 5. How do you rate the difficulty for this mountain, on a scale of 1 to 10, compared to other mountains over 7000 m ?
    This is certainly one of the highest mountains in the world. In terms of technical difficulty, we'd rate 'Himlung Himal' as 6.
  • 6. Who can climb Himlung Himal ?
    Only mountaineers who have adept mountaineering skills, adequate strength and previous experience in high mountains can climb this mountain.
  • 7. What about security during climbing ?
    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.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect during this expedition ?
    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.
  • 9. Can we get drinking water during climbing ?
    Yes, you will get purified, filtered water in many tea houses. You can also get a hot water during camping.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use a private vehicle for sightseeing inside Kathmandu Valley and to drive to Besi Sahar we use car, van, Mini Bus etc. depending on the number of traveller.
  • 11. What is the best season for Himlung Himal expedition ?
    September to October and April to May are best seasons to climb Himlung Himal.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    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.
  • 13. What are the appropriate outfits we should possess ?
    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.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    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.
  • 15. How long will it take to complete the expedition ?
    It will take almost 1 month to climb it and to return only a few days, so to complete this mountaineering you need at least 30-35 days in total, to finish this trip.
  • 16. Are your Sherpas/Guides reliable and certified ?
    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.
  • 17. Do I need climbing permit ?
    Yes, you need climbing permit. It's not legal to climb without it.
  • 18. Is there any possibility of telephonic - communication while we are on this expedition ?
    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.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trip ?
    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.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    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.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    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.
  • 22. Can we use the credit card during the climbing ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the climbing. You have to exchange the money in Nepali Rupees before you start the trip. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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