About Himlung Expedition
Although Mount Himlung is a gradual less technical climb at 7126 meters it is a significant challenge in the Himalaya of Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks is gearing up for 2021 and 2022 spring and autumn expeditions to the remote region of Mount Himlung. This Himalayan giant is a perfect peak for someone with basic mountaineering experience and who is eager to try a high altitude mountain expedition in Nepal. This region ( Naar and Phu) was only opened for tourists in 2001 and until now few expeditions have discovered the majestic Mount Himlung. This is an expedition of stunning scenery, remote, pristine land and fascinating culture. You pass through evergreen forests, springs and cavernous rocky gorges while surrounded by high snow capped peaks and glaciers.The inhabitants of this remote area which reaches up to the border of Tibet have retained much of the traditional Tibetan culture and religious beliefs.
Our Himlung Himal Expedition starts west of Kathmandu at Beshishar, 840m and follows the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail up the Marshyangdi river valley to the village of Koto, before veering off into the Phu Valley of the remote Gandaki region. The ancient Tibetan settlements of Naar and Phu are nestled in the valley below the mighty Himlung Himal. You spend a day to acclimatize and explore this picturesque Buddhist settlement. On a grassy meadow high above Phu, is the Base Camp of Mount Himlung, at 4900m.
We will set three more camps Camp I, Camp II and Camp III at 5450m, 6000m and 6350m repectively before attempting for the summit of Mount Himlung. Although the ultimate goal is to reach the summit, our Sherpas' main priority is your comfort and safety.The itinerary is flexible to accommodate any health problems of the climbers and weather conditions on the mountain.
Our professional, experienced and competent Local Sherpa Guides will take you through acclimatization by a process of properly paced ascents and descents, preparing your body physiologically to adjust to the altitude.
Planning to climb Mount Himlung in Nepal in 2021 and 2022 !!
We are preparing for our October/November 2021 dates and groups for Himlung Himal Expediiton. Please get in touch for further details.
We have spaces available to join for our 2021 and 2022 departures. We are looking forward to make a small group. If you are interested in joining the group please let us know. This small group is sure to be a lot of fun and it is a great saving too. Please get in touch for further details.
Highlights of Himlung Expedition
- the trek to Himlung base camp passes villages with Tibetan villages of Naar and Phu.
- remote and culturally immersive trekking experience in Nepal
- technically straighforward ascent ideal for those wanting to discover how they perform on a 7000m peak.
- our experienced local Sherpa guides and support staff during the expedition.
- well managed support and logistics team in the mountain.
- base camp, Camp I , Camp II and Camp III is set before attempting the summit push.
- a perfect 7000m peak to add to your mountaineering list and set higher objectives
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Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped towering peaks. After completing the visa formalities in airport, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives carrying your name on our company’s’ signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. Moving forward, you’ll be taken to your hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Once you reach at hotel, you’ll be welcomed by them as well and after that you can relax in your room.
The Managing Director of our company will be there to meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip and make a final check of your climbing equipment. In case you need additional trekking equipment, you will have a chance to buy it today. Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley are also an option.
Driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then following the rough route by the Marsyangdi River, we pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields. After 8 hours long drive, we finally reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the capital of Lamjung District.
We will take a Jeep drive through the off beat road to Koto. We will pass through many beautiful villages along the road. Koto village is the junction point where we leave the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail and follow the Nar Phu trekking trail.
This morning we head out early, as we have a long and somewhat difficult day before us. Just past the checkpost, we cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valleys, and hike up through beautiful woods above the Phu Khola. The route takes us through some beautiful woods and past several small shelters and a pilgrims' 'dharmasala'. As we emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before the dharmasala, from which point the woods become thinner and the vistas wider. A steep climb up the valley along a small, scenic river brings us finally to high pastures on a plateau. We then reach the scenic kharka of Meta, 3560m, a non-permanent winter settlement of Nar.
An hour past Meta, Junam is the second semi-permanent settlement, one where "khampas" from Tibet sometimes sheltered. Above the kharka to the right looms a massive glacier, which falls jaggedly down to the high pastures above us. Across the river, the cliffs contort in swirls and waves, similar to Ladakhi landscapes. The next semi-permanent settlement is Chako, formerly a Khampa settlement, where grass lies tied in bunches to dry on all the rooftops and prayer flags flutter in the breeze. A scene from old Tibet! Many more ups and downs take us to tonight's village at Kyang, the extensive winter settlement of Phu, on a plateau high above the river.
Today, we really start to see some of the unique, colorful chortens for which Nar and Phu are justly famous. We have to rock-hop carefully across a small glacial stream before reaching a larger one with a bridge only half covered with large slabs of slate. Some large steps do the trick! Another hour and a half of trekking through scenic canyonlands and gorges, and the "leaning tower of Pisa" monolith guards the steep trail up to the Phu gate, called Pupigyal Kwe.
This ancient gate provides us with our first view of the three villages of Phu, as well as an old "dzong" and the remains of two forts, all now in ruins, but impressively situated atop the flatlands before Phu. Just before the bridge to Phu, a line of wonderful chortens color the landscape and lead the way to the main village of Phu, perched high up on a hill, amphitheater style.
We hike towards the east through a glacial valley leading to Himlung Himal base camp. A great place for camping and setting our base camp. The mountain views are tremendous!
We will allocate approx. 14 Days for the climbing duration. We will do one rotation climb up to Camp III before pushing for our summit of Himlung Himal. Health and safety, acclamatization, planning, team work is absolutely crucial. Of course we have to move with weather conditions on the mountain as well.
We retrace our way back to beautiful Phu village. After the experience of climbing a 7000m mountain and all the adventures throughout the climb with a lots of memories.
We follow the same trail to get back to Meta. Mostly we will be descending so it will take less time than earlier.
We then trek back to our base at Koto village. It will be our last trekking day for this Himlung Expedition. A small celebration awaits at Koto. Where we can celebrate with all of our staffs. Reward all of them for thier hard work and support during the entire expedition.
We will take a Jeep ride back to Besi Sahar where we will get into another vehicle that will take us back to Kathmandu.
After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities.
We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight
Himlung Himal Expedition 2021 and 2022:
1 Member: 1 Sherpa Cost: $ 8000 USD per person for service till summit
2 Members: 1 Sherpa Cost: $ 6500 USD per person for service till summit
Base Camp Services Only Cost: $ 3200 USD per person for service till Base Camp no services above Base Camp
- Airport – Hotel- Airport transportation.
- 4 nights hotel (3 star category) in Kathmandu on BB plan sharing basis (Twin Bed Room)
- National Park fees and Expedition permit.
- Annapurna Foothills Tshirt
- Camping equipment: sleeping tent and foam mattress, Dining tent, Kitchen tent and Toilet tent
- Dining Tables, Chairs and Kitchen equipments
- Three meals a day during the trek and camping (Morning tea or coffee, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
- Base Camp Manager, Cook, Kitchen boys and Porters for your trip.
- Camping and Kitchen equipment
- Heater will be provided at base camp for the dining tent
- Daily wages for Porters and all Nepali staff
- Insurance for Porters and all Nepali staff
- Equipment for Porters and Nepali staff
- Government Liaison officer, his all allowance, food, tent
- Nepali culture show with welocme and farewell dinner
- All the land transportation mentioned in the itinerary
- Gamow Bag or emergency oxygen
- Satellite phone service (pay calls)
- Celebration Dinner last night in Kathmandu
- Solar panel for batteries charges and lights
- Garbage Fee
- Annapurna Conservation Fee
(01 -22) Base Camp Services
(01-26) - for service till to summit
23. Above Base Camp,High Altitude Tents, High Altitude Meals, EP Gas burner and cooking pot for members
24. Himlung summiteers Climbing Sherpa
25. Walkie Talkie Permit
26. Group climbing gears, fixed and dynamic rope required during the climb.
- Your personal equipment for climbing and trekking.
- Your personal and medical insurance during the expedition.
- Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
- Emergency Rescue evacuation by helicopter if required
- Permits for Client's personal Radio set or Satellite phone
|start date22 Sep, 2021||end date19 Oct, 2021||Guaranteed||$6000|
Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group.
Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.
Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join.
Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates.
The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
We have set dates for departure to the Himlung Himal Expedition. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin.
If the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date.
We have listed the price up to 10 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 10 climbers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.
Private Trips to Himlung Expedition is possible. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones.
Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the climb. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking.
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Why Climb Mount Himlung with Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition?
- Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is a Nepal based owner operated company who can make your dream of reaching the summit of Mount Himlung a reality for a reasonable price.
- It is the perfect option for experienced, professional, competent climbers want high quality services without the pricey sophisticated and nonessentials offered by international operators.
- Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions does not compromise on safety.
- We use only the best quality equipment and logistics for our expeditions.
- Attention to details is given throughout your expedition, from planning via email, during the expedition and after your trip as well.
- One veteran Sherpa Climbing Guide accompanies climbers to allow maximum flexibility. Each climber can take advantage of a window of good weather.
- Our Sherpa Climbing Guides are veterans of multiple 8000 meter summits.
Return back to Kathmandu by Helicopter:
At the end of a long expedition, a quick flight by helicopter from Himlung Himal Base Camp to Kathmandu is quite appealing. Helicopter flights are available at the climbers own expense. The cost depends upon number of guests, availability, baggage load etc. Please contact us in advance for this option.
Oxygen and Medical:
We carry top quality oxygen as well as oxygen mask and regulator for medical emergencies. We carry a comprehensive first aid kit throughout the expedition. Our guides are certified in first aid for high altitude.
For the most part, you will only need to carry the items which you require during the day while climbing. Your Sherpa guide will carry loads (including your sleeping bag and a reasonable amount of your personal gear) between the camps.
Im Oktober 2018 habe ich zusammen mit meiner Lebenspartnerin eine Expedition zum 7126 Meter hohen Himlung Himal gemacht. Organisiert haben wir unsere Expedtion mit der nepalesischen Agentur Annapurna Foothills Trek & Expedition Agentur.Per E-Mail konnten wir vorab mit dem Inhaber Nigma Sherpa alle wichtigen Details klären, auch kurzfristige Probleme wurden perfekt gelöst (wir haben unseren Flug nach Nepal verpasst und waren somit erst zwei Tage später als geplant in Kathmandu). Als wir in Nepal ankamen, hatte die Agentur bereits alle Genehmigungen für unsere Besteigung organisiert.Auch den Weg zum Basislager konnten wir flexibel gestallten, das heißt wir haben in Phu auf einer Höhe von ca. 4000 Meter einen zusätzlichen Akklimatisierungstag gemacht. Das Basislager war bereits fertig eingerichtet, als wir dort ankamen. Im Basislager hatten wir ein Küchenteam, das uns hervorragend versorgt hat.Nach mehreren Akklimatisierungstouren konnten wir gut vorbereitet den Gipfel versuchen. Am 26.10.2018 haben meine Lebenspartnerin, unser Sherpa Rinji und ich den 7126 Meter hohen Gipfel des Himlung Himal erreicht. Für den Aufstieg haben wir zwei Hochlager genutzt.Insgesamt war das Wetter im Oktober 2018 sehr stabil. Es gab nur 3 Nächte mit leichtem Schneefall. Allerdings war es extrem kalt und sehr windig. Wir hatten eine persönliche Ausrüstung dabei, die normalerweise für Besteigungen von Bergen über 8000 Meter verwendet wird. Diese warme Ausrüstung war jedoch auch für den Himlung Himal notwendig, d.h. ohne diese hätten wir den Gipfel nicht erreicht.Insgesamt waren wir mit unserer Expedition zufrieden, nur manchmal hätte die Kommunikation mit den Sherpas vor Ort besser sein können, da die Sherpas nur sehr wenig Englisch gesprochen haben. Insgesamt waren die Sherpas aber sehr hilfsbereit und ich möchte mich hier auch nochmals für ihre Unterstützung bedanken.
I decided this expedition few days before they started....End it was good decision.My the best last minute trip ;-)) The small local company that offers a high standard of services.All team have done great job.The food was delicious.Climbing Sherpas were very helpful and they did hard work during peak attack.Finally I did not reached the summit. I was too slow...But I got more help from climbing Sherpa-Naong ,than I expected.Thank you once again for everyone.If you want to experience a beautiful time in Nepal just do it with Annapurna Foothills Trek & Expedition.You will not be dissapointed.
Great work by Annapurna Foothills team: master cook Pasan and his helpers prepared excellent food in BC; climbing Sherpas very helpfull at preparation and summit attack. Everything was OK except unusal cold weather :)Small group (4 members) much better than a big one. 2 poeple made the summit, 2 didn't (incl. myself - I gave up at 6920 due to extreme low temp. and wind).Hope to be again with the team in autumn 2019.Andrzej H. (Poland)