About Himlung Expedition
Himlung Himal is one of the newly opened 7000 + meter peaks for climbing, nestled between magical Manaslu and Annapurna massifs. Although Mount Himlung is a gradual less technical climb at 7126 meters, it is a significant challenge in the Himalayas of Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks is gearing up for 2023 Autumn and 2024 Spring and Autumn Expeditions to the remote region of Mount Himlung. This Himalayan giant is perfect 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, 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). It 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 an extra day at Phu to acclimatize and explore this picturesque Buddhist settlement. On a grassy meadow high above Phu is the Himlung Himal Base Camp at 4900 meters.
We will set up three more camps, Camp I, Camp II and Camp III, at 5450m, 6000m and 6350m, respectively, before attempting 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 through a process of adequately paced ascents and descents, preparing your body physically fit to cope accordingly with the altitude.
From Camp III, we push for the summit. The strategy to summit will be waking up very early in the morning, re-checking all the climbing gears and equipment, and beginning our final climb to the summit of Himlung Himal at 7126 meters. Our Climbing Sherpa Guide will fix ropes, ensuring everyone's safe and sound ascent and descent. Expect the summit push day to be the longest and most challenging. The slope on the ridge's side is where the summit push's steepest climb begins, a 50° vertical climb gaining approximately 700 meters in altitude. This final part of the climb is straightforward but physically demanding. The route then reaches a less steep ridge and continues to a flatter section before the slight final slope. The summit ascent takes approx. 10 - 12 hours on average, but that, of course, will depend upon individual climbers. With our expert, Sherpa Climbing Guide leading the trail, the climb to the summit, for sure, will be a success. From the summit, you will eyewitness a surreal panorama of Mount Annapurna (8091 m), Manaslu (8156 m) massifs, and other neighbouring Himalayan Giants.
Helicopter options for Himlung Base Camp - Kathmandu
A quick helicopter flight from Himlung Himal Base Camp to Kathmandu is alluring after a long expedition. The climbers can choose to take a helicopter journey at their own cost. The number of visitors, space availability, amount of luggage, etc, determine the price. For this option, please notify us in advance.
Oxygen and Medical
We carry top-quality oxygen as well as oxygen mask and regulator for medical emergencies, ensuring our Team members' absolute safety. We also have a comprehensive first aid kit throughout the expedition. Our Guides are certified in providing first aid treatment for those in need at high altitudes.
In Kathmandu, there will be a detailed Trip Briefing and Gear Checking Session prior your departure for Himlung Himal Expedition. There are plenty of shops which supply a complete range of excellent quality Trekking / Climbing equipment for renting and buying purposes as well.
For most of your expedition, you will only need to carry the items you require during the day. During the Climbing period, your Sherpa Guide will carry loads (including your sleeping bag and a reasonable amount of your personal gear) between the camps. Please click our complete packing list for what to pack for your Himlung Himal Expedition.
Planning to climb Mount Himlung in 2023 and 2024
We have spaces available to join for our 2023 departures. We are looking forward to making 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 a significant saving.
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