Singu Chuli Peak Climbing- 22 Days

Singu Chuli, 6501m, also known as 'Flute Peak', is situated in the Annapurna Sanctuary adjoined to Tharpu Chuli. The Annapurna Sanctuary refers to an area totally enclosed by a ring of peaks, a natural amphitheater of ice, snow, glacier and moraine. The circle of peaks is broken by a ridge stretching south from Tarke Kang and connecting it to Singu Chuli Peak, 6501m, and Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak).

Several routes have been used to ascend Singu Chuli, but none of them are straightforward.  One common route is from southern ridge connecting with Tharpu Chuli.  Another route is from a north-east face.  Upon reaching Base Camp it will be clearer to decide upon the best route, depending on the snow conditions. There is a nearly vertical snowy wall below its conical summit.  This wall, heavily fluted and corniced, makes this magnificent peak a serious but exciting challenge for adventurous mountaineers.   

The trail leading to Singu Chuli Peak is an extraordinary trek in itself.  The trek starts from Phedi, only a 45 minute drive from Pokhara and traces the classic stone-step trail of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek all the way to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). The first few days are spent on the south side of the Himalayas, the area of highest rainfall in Nepal, where there are   lush subtropical jungles and rhododendron forests.   Cozy lodges provide welcome resting places in the villages which are predominately of the Gurung ethnic group. There are amazing post-card scenes of mountains, glaciers, rock faces, and sharp ridges with the patchwork of terraced fields in the foreground.

Around four days into the trip, instead of lush jungles there are jagged walls of rock shooting into the sky and cold mountain air. The north side of the Annapurnas falls in the rain shadow and has a dry cold climate with little vegetation.  Since the climatic conditions on this trek change over such a short distance, it constantly provides a new environment to explore.

The Annapurna Massif stretches nearly 64 km between the Kali Gandaki and Marsgyangdi river valleys of central Nepal and boasts twelve peaks over 7000m besides endless smaller peaks. The Annapurna Sanctuary refers to an area totally enclosed by a ring of peaks, a natural amphitheater of ice, snow, glacier and moraine. Singu Chuli Peak lies in the center of this area on a ridge that stretches south from Tarke Kang, also called Glacier Dome.  

There are two more camps established above Base Camp, 4350m. Our schedule has been carefully planned to allow proper acclimatization and it is not recommended to shorten the ascent. 

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • no fixed route appeals to adventurous climbers
  • the beauty of the Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Gurung culture in the charming village guesthouses
  • camping at high altitude beyond the South Annapurna Glacier
  • exceptional views from Annapurna Base Camp, Tharpu Chuli Peak  and Poonhill
  • Stunning view from summit includes: Annapurna I, 8091m, Annapurna South, 7219m, Annapurna III, 7555m,  Hiunchuli, 6441m, Baraha Shikhar, 7647m, Khangsha Kang, 7485m, Tarke Kang, 7193m, Gangapurna,7454m, Tharpu Chuli ,5663m and Gandharba Chuli, 6250m

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Drive or fly to Pokhara 850m

Day 4 : Drive to Birethanti & trek to Hile 1400m

Day 5 : Trek to Ghorepani, 2855m, 6-7 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Tadapani, 2600m

Day 7 : Trek to Chumrung, 1950m

Day 8 : Trek to Dovan, 2720m

Day 9 : Trek to Machapuchre Base Camp, 3700m

Day 10 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, 4130m, 2-3 hrs

Day 11 : acclimatization

Day 12 : Trek to Singu Chuli Base Camp, 4350m

Day 13 : Climb to High Camp, 4900m

Day 14 : Climb to Higher Camp, 5500m

Day 15 : Climb to Summit, 6501m

Day 16 : Trek to Machapuchre B.C, 3700m

Day 17 : Trek to Dovan, 2720m

Day 18 : Trek to Jhino, 1600m

Day 19 : Jhino to Tolka, 1700m

Day 20 : Trek to Phedi, drive to Pokhara

Day 21 : Drive or fly to Kathmandu, 1350m

Day 22 : Departure from Kathmandu

Cost Include(s)

  •     Transportations from Airport – Hotel – Airport Car, Van, Heice and Coaster
  •     Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  •     Equipment: Trekking tents, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Mattresses during the trekking & Peak climbing period
  •    Accommodation in Kathmandu, 3 days (bed and breakfast and tax included)  Hotel Shakti or Hotel Holy Himalya
  •     Accommodation during  trek : local lodges 13 nights (12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms- beds   with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)
  •     Meals on the trail during 5 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  •     English Speaking experienced Sherpa, Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder guide
  •     Climbing Rope, Ice screws, Snow bars
  •     Staff: 1 Guide, 1 Cook, 1 Kitchen, 1 climbing guide & necessary porters
  •     Climbing peak permit
  •     Equipment Fees for climbing guide
  •     Garbage deposit
  •     Personal insurance for Nepalese staff
  •     Our service charge
  •     One Sherpa,(guide assistance) group size more than 4
  •     Annapurna conservation fee, TIMS permits & Any required permits or Official Documentation
  •     Accommodation in Pokhara, two night Hotel Meera or Lake Star
  •     Local Transportations Pokhara - Phedi – Nayapul – Pokhara drop and pick up
  •     Kathamndu – Pokhara – Kathamndu by best tourist Bus

Cost Exclude(s)

  •     Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu can be managed upon your request
  •     Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu can be arranged upon your request.
  •     Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal
  •     Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  •     Emergency Rescue evacuation
  •     Trekking Sleeping bag
  •     Personal expenses
  •     Tips for guide and support crew (customary)
  •     Bar bills & beverage
     
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
12 March, 2017 02 April, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
21 March, 2017 11 April, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
04 April, 2017 25 April, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
15 April, 2017 06 May, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
22 April, 2017 13 May, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
10 May, 2017 31 May, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
15 May, 2017 05 June, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
20 September, 2017 11 October, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
05 October, 2017 26 October, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
14 October, 2017 04 November, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
22 October, 2017 12 November, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
31 October, 2017 21 November, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
10 November, 2017 01 December, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
24 November, 2017 15 December, 2017 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
12 March, 2018 02 April, 2018 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
21 March, 2018 11 April, 2018 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
04 April, 2018 25 April, 2018 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
15 April, 2018 06 May, 2018 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
22 April, 2018 13 May, 2018 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
10 May, 2018 31 May, 2018 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
15 May, 2018 05 June, 2018 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
09 September, 2105 30 September, 2105 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
09 September, 2106 30 September, 2106 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now
09 September, 2107 30 September, 2107 $ 2300 per person Available Book Now

Singu Chuli Peak Climbing  Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion  for Singu Chuli Peak Climbing  . You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip.  Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.

Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.  

 

Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients.  The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg.  That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs).  You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.

Clothing

It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.

 

Climbing Gear

  •        Alpine climbing harness with adjustable leg loops- should fit over clothing
  •        2 locking screw gate carabiners- Large, pear-shaped carabiner  type recommended
  •        3 regular non-locking carabiners- Light weight Black Diamond Hot wire are recommended
  •        Ice axe with leash - Black Diamond, Raven, or Camp
  •        Plastic Mountaineering boots -La Sportiva, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha
  •        Crampons fit to plastic boots
  •        Adjustable trekking poles
  •        Belay\ rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)

 

Upper Body

  •        2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  •       3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  •       1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  •       1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  •       1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  •        1-Down parka with hood

 

Lower Body

  •        2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  •        1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  •       1-Light weight hiking trousers
  •       1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  •       1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  •       Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  •       *Under Garments

 

Feet

  •       4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       *4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  •       2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  •       *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  •       *Spare laces for hiking boots
  •       Snow Gaiters (optional)
  •       Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)

 

Hands

  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves

 

Head

  •         Warm beanie hat
  •        Tubular Headwear (buff)
  •         Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •        Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection

 

 

Accessories:

  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 30’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries


Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items)

  •         *Personal medication
  •         Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  •        Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  •        Rehydration salt sachets
  •        Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •        *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  •        Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  •       *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  •        *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  •       10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  •       4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  •        throat lozenges
  •        Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  •        Small whistle
  •        Diamox (consult your doctor about this)

 

Toiletries/hygiene:

  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  •  Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)

 

Extras/Luxuries:

 

  • *Lightweight reading material
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  •  *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  •  Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  •  *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  •  *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  •  A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter

The Best Time to Climb Singu Chuli Peak

The best seasons for Climbing Singu Chuli are from mid March to mid May and mid September to late November.

Why Climb Singu Chuli with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.

Why Climb with a Sherpa?

Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.

Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.

While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.

The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.

Sherpa Support Staff:

Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Logistics:

You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from Kathmandu.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives.

Altitude Advice:

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness.

Singu Chuli Trip Accommodation:

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

During the climbing period, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions supply all camping equipment and meals. Three hot meals per day will be served; breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee and boiled water. The meals will be tasty and hygienic. On summit day we provide a packed lunch of high calorie foods that are easily eaten at high altitude. As well as your Sherpa guide there will be a team of porters to carry the camping gear and set up tents and a well- trained cook.

Travel Insurance:

To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.
If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.
If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.

Safe Drinking Water:

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek:

You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.

Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.

Spending Money per Day:

Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 7 - 10 per meal in Kathamndu. On the trek, US$9 - 12 a day should be enough to buy chocolates, Coca Cola and a beer.

Safety for Singu Chuli Climb:
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.

How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?

Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition is a government licensed trekking and touring company in Nepal. On the following terms and conditions, we accept your bookings.

In order to confirm your bookings we require a non-refundable deposit US$ of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book the flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process too. Bookings must be done 60 days prior to your planned trekking date, to reserve a place. This amount can be sent by bank-to-bank transfer, Western Union, money grams, or credit card (telex transfer or wire transfer). And the rest of the money must be paid to us upon arrival.


 

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 22 Days

Price : US $2300 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 3D

Group Size:2 - 12 Persons

Maximum Height:6501m

Activities:Trekking / Climbing

Transport:By Air /Bus

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:2 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:local lodges 13 days (12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)

Camping services:Meals on the trail during 5 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)

Mountain Energy-supply:Chocolates: Snicker, Mars, Twix and Boundary and Biscuit

Quick Inquiry

1 + 9 =

What our clients say.

Read All Reviews Write a Review

    1. Trip Photos

  • Trip Video

    View more
  • From Our Blog

    1. Mera Peak Information in Detail:

        Highlight   Nepal’s highest trekking peak: a High altitude challenge gentle climb to the summit.  Ideal first Himalayan climb: Mera Peak is one…

      Read More
    View More