Mount Hiunchuli Peak (6441m) - 17 Days

One of the three major trekking peaks within the Annapurna Sanctuary, Hiunchuli (6,441m) forms a formidable south-facing wall together with Annapurna South. Its eastern face overlooks the Modi Khola and guards the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Climbing of Mount Hiunchuli Peak is considered one of the most complex of the trekking peaks to climb despite its relatively low altitude.

Though not technically difficult, the mountain has a reputation for being prone to avalanche, rock fall and route finding difficulty as avalanches swipe the old trail every season. There is no obvious ‘standard’ line up and the mountain which is best tackled in true expedition style. The most common approaches are via the Southeast Face or Northwest Face though the latter is seldom attempted. An American Peace Corps Expedition first climbed Hiunchuli in October 1971 via the Southeast Face.

Even though the mountain offers significant potential for new routes, Expedition of Mount Hiunchuli Peak has received little attention from mountaineers and is rarely climbed. But, easy to access and with limited altitude, the climb offers excellent Himalayan mountaineering in less than three weeks for experienced climbers.

DayActivities
Day 01Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02Rest/preparation
Day 03Fly Pokhara; drive Phedi; trek Tolka (1790m)
Day 04Trek Chhomrong (2210m)
Day 05Trek Bamboo (2310m)
Day 06Trek Himalayan Hotel (2840m)
Day 07Trek Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m)
Day 08Trek Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
Day 09Trek Hiunchuli Base Camp
Day 10Rest/preparation
Day 11Ascend High Camp
Day 12Summit Hiunchuli Peak (6441m); descend Annapurna Base Camp
Day 13Trek Bamboo (2310m)
Day 14Trek Chhomrong (2210m)
Day 15Trek Naya Pul (1070m); drive Pokhara
Day 16Fly Kathmandu
Day 17Depart Kathmandu

What is Included

  • Arrival & departure transfer from and to the airport & hotels
  • 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu (twin share)
  • 1 night bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Pokhara (twin share)
  • Tea house accommodation on full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trek
  • Tents/camping gear and food for Hiunchuli Base Camp
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu airfare
  • Surface transportation as per the itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Permits & other local taxes
  • Required number of porters
  • Climbing gear, transportation, accommodation, food, salary and insurance for guide and other staffs
  • Farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu

What is Excluded

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu & Nepal visa fee
  • Travel & medical insurance including insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, bottled water, bar bills, etc.
  • Trekking gear (also available on hire)
  • Tips for local staff
  • Any extra cost arising out of natural calamities or cancellation of the program
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Cost Includes’

Clothes Attributes

FabricBreathabilityWaterproofWind StopperStretchiness
FleeceExcellentPoorPoorExcellent
Laminated Soft-shell GoodGoodFairGood
Double weave softshellExcellentPoorFairExcellent
Waterproof breathable laminated softshellFairGoodExcellentFair
Waterproof breathableFairExcellentExcellentPoor

Footwear

  • Plastic mountaineering boots (B2 boots)
  • Water repellent boots with ankle support for walking
  • A pair of Gaiters.
  • Socks
  • Trainers which can be used in teahouses & camps

Clothing

  • Waterproof (trousers & jacket)
  • Trousers for trekking (Waterproof)
  • Long sleeve shirts/T-shirts (preferably non cotton)
  • Micro, Mid to heavyweight fleece & Fleece pants
  • Body warmer fleece
  • Thermals (top & bottom)
  • Down jacket

Climbing Equipment

  • Harness with 1m sling,
  • Screw gate carabiners
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Jumar
  • Mountaineering helmet

Head & Hand Gear

  • Hat (Woolen or fleece)
  • Sun hat
  • Bandana
  • Head-torch with extra btteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Mountaineering sunglasses
  • Fleece gloves.
  • Woolen gloves

Personal Equipment

  • Duffle bag (to be carried by porter)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat. We also provide everyone mats. Your extra mat will be helpful at the Base Camp
  • Backpack to carry water bottles, camera, lunch packs and personal clothing
  • Pee bottle
  • Sunscreen & Insect repellent
  • Water purification tablets
  • Snacks, books, MP3 players, cards etc
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Insurance certificate
  • Hand sanitizer & wipes
  • Toiletries

Personal first aid kit

  • Any personal medications.
  • Electrolytes
  • Analgesics & throat lozenges
  • Diamox (helps with acclimatization)

Tourist Visa Information

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.

Visa Charges

Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries

Multiple entries 15 days – US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 30 days – US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 90 days – US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension

If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu

  • Tourist visa extension is done for minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

For more information:

http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

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Trip Facts

  • 17 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 6,441 m
  • Strenuous, PD
  • Teahouse/Camping
  • March to May; September to November
  • Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
  • Hotel, Camping
  • Flights, private car or tourist bus
  • 12 pax Maximum