Hiunchuli Peak Climbing-16 Days

Hiunchuli Peak Climbing-16 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Accomodation

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Meals

  • 16 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 15 Dinners

Trip Introduction

Hiunchuli peak is located in the Annapurna range of the Gandaki Province of Nepal’s north central region. It is situated between Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South. It is located at an elevation of 6,441 meters. Between Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli, the Modi Khola has a narrow section. We can see the Annapurna Range, Nilgiri Range, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre and Tharpa Chuli from here.

The path to Hiunchuli passes through a magical land of snow and ice. It is a classic combination of teahouse trek and climbing that takes you to the foothills of the Annapurna range. This region is rich in biodiversity. As you travel around the paths, you will come across Thakali and Loba people. There are also small Buddhist shrines and Ghumbas to be found. Along the way, you can enjoy and learn about local ethnic Gurung and Magar customs in small settlements and villages. The trail winds through a green forest of rhododendrons, rice paddies, and terraced fields, providing unparalleled mountain views and an inside look at Nepalese life and culture.

The 15-day journey begins with a flight to Pokhara, which takes about 25 minutes. We will then drive to Kimchi village, where you will begin your hike to Ghandruk, the home of the courageous Gurkha soldiers. We will be treated to breathtaking views of mountains, sunrises, and sunsets throughout the trip. We will also pass through several villages, including Chhomrong, Dobhan, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna Base Camp to acclimate. From there, we will trek to the Hiunchuli base camp. We’ll continue to High Camp. Finally, on the final day, we will summit Hiunchuli and descend to base camp. Finally, descend to Nayapul, the trek’s end.

Trip Facts 

Country Nepal
Duration 16 Days
Maximum Altitude 6,441m /21,033ft
Region Annapurna
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation Hotel, Lodge, Teahouses, Camp
Grade Challenging
Best season Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

Trip Highlights 

  • Enjoy the wonderful views of Annapurna Range, Nilgiri Range, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre and Tharpa Chuli.
  • Trek through Gurung villages to get a taste of Nepali life.
  • Summit to Hiunchuli peak at the elevation of 6,441m
  • Enjoy the Flora and Fauna of the Annapurna region.
  • We will trek to Three Base Camp i.e., Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, and Hiunchuli Base Camp.
  • Relax at Jhinu Danda hot spring.

Is this trek appropriate for you?

  • This trek includes 13 days of strenuous climbing. You’ll be trekking for a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 10 hours per day, reaching elevations of over 5000 meters at times. We cannot overestimate the importance of being in excellent physical shape and health, which requires training before your trip to ensure that you are properly prepared.
  • This is the trek for you if you have previous rock climbing or wall climbing experience. It is recommended that you have prior experience with high-altitude trekking.
  • The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, you must plan and prepare accordingly, as well as stay up to date on the weather forecast.
  • The teahouses, or trekking lodges, where we stay on the trek are very basic, with just basic services. Hot water may not be accessible at all times and may be charged extra, as will access to electrical outlets for charging electronics. Wi-Fi is available in some areas, although the quality of the connection may be poor.
  • The path twists and turns through challenging terrain. At 6,441 meters, you’ll reach the highest peak. Because of the weather, isolation, and high altitude of this walk, it’s critical to take it carefully and stay hydrated.

Itinerary 

Days                                                 Activities  Durations
1. Arrival at TIA Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft)
2. Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ghandruk (1,940m/ 6,365ft) 1-2hrs
3. Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2,170m/ 7,120ft) 5-6hrs
4. Trek from Chhomrong to Dobhan (2,600m/8,530ft) 5-6hrs
5. Trek from Dobhan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m/12,136ft) 5-6hrs
6. Trek from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,547ft) 4-5hrs
7. Acclimatization Day
8. Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Hiunchuli Base Camp (4,600m/15,091ft) 4-5hrs
9. Trek from Hiunchuli Base Camp to High Camp (4,920m/16,141ft) 3-4hrs
10. Summit Day to Hiunchuli Peak (6,501m /21,328ft) and descend back to Base Camp 9-10
11. Contingency Day for Summit
12. Trek from Hiunchuli Base Camp to Bamboo (2, 310m/ 7,578ft) 6-7hrs
13.  Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1,760m/ 5,775ft)  5-6hrs
14. Trek from Jhinu Danda (1,070m/ 3,510ft) to Naya pul and drive to Pokhara (800m/ 2,624ft)   5-6hrs
15. Fly to Kathmandu (1,400m/ 4,592ft)
16. Departure

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Day To Day Itinerary

  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Arrival On: Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1

When you arrive at TIA Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a friendly face. Our representative will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. Arrive at the hotel and finish the check-in process. In the evening, our guide will meet you and give you a quick overview of the adventure. 

The hotel will be our home for dinner and the night. 

Day 2

After enjoying your breakfast, your guide will assist you in checking out and transferring to the airport for your flight to Pokhara. The flight takes around 25 minutes, during which you will be exposed to a scenic view of Pokhara, a lovely lakeside city. After arriving in Pokhara, take a vehicle and drive for two and a half hours up to kimchi village, where you will begin your hike to Gandruk, a traditional Gurung village. It will take around 2 hours of walking from Kimchi village to Gandruk. On arrival to Gandruk village check in to the lodge, get fresh up, and have some rest. In the evening visit, a nearby Gurung museum and Buddhist monastery.

Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 3

After your breakfast. Begin your hike to Chhomrong, which is 10 km from Ghandruk and takes about 5 to 6 hours of walk. You’ll eat lunch on the way. Enjoy the trek down to Kimrong Khola through the cultivated farms. Enjoy the scenery from your today’s destination, where Annapurna South and Fishtail Peak appear to be very close.

 

Dinner and overnight stay at tea house. 

Day 4

We’ll leave for Dobhan after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 5 to 6 hours. We will first descend to the Chhomrong Khola and then climb uphill to Sinuwa. We’ll walk along the Forested Bamboo Trail. We’ll stop for lunch on the way. We’ll go through a lot of small streams and dense forests. We’ll continue on our way to Dobhan.

Dinner and overnight stay at tea house. 

Day 5

We will depart for Machhapuchhre Base Camp after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 5 to 6 hours. We’ll take it slowly as we make our way toward the bamboo forest. We’ll go for a hike in the Annapurna Conservation Area. We will pass through the village of Deurali. We’ll stop for lunch on the way. We will be crossing the Avalanche area soon, so we must proceed with caution until we reach base camp.

Dinner and overnight stay at tea house. 

Day 6

After breakfast, we will leave for Annapurna Base Camp. We will walk for 4 to 5 hours.  There will be less vegetation as you get higher. The breathtaking views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Himchuli can be seen on the way. Then climb higher till you reach ABC camp. It is located in a valley surrounded by glaciers and the Annapurna ranges.

 Dinner and overnight at tea house.

Day 7

As we move to a higher altitude, the altitude will hit you. We need to take a break and restore our energy. We will explore the Annapurna Base Camp. We will go for a hike over Base Camp. We will let our bodies acclimate properly by resting.  

Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.

Day 8

We will depart for Hiunchuli Base Camp after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 4 to 5 hours. We’ll make our way through the rocky Glacier As we climb higher, we must ascend gradually. Higher altitudes will have less vegetation. On the way, we’ll take in the scenery of the mountains. We’ll stop for lunch on the way. Once we reach the Camp, we will set the tent and rest and drink lots of water. 

Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.

Day 9

We will depart for High Camp after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 3 to 4 hours. As we gain altitude, we will gradually make our way through the narrow path. There will be very little greenery. We will be walking on a snowy path, so we must proceed with caution. We will set up camp and freshen up after arriving at Base Camp before enjoying hot drinks and lunch, after that you will have a training period during which your guide will teach you how to use climbing equipment such as an ice ax, jumar, and crampon, as well as some other basic skills. We will become familiar with the necessary equipment and learn basic rope skills. You’ll need to practice to get it right. 

Dinner and overnight at High Camp.

Day 10

After breakfast, we’ll set out for the summit of Hiunchuli Peak. We’ll be walking for 9 to 10 hours. Today, we must begin our day at a very early hour. We need to climb on the Rugged Path.  To get to the top, we need to properly equip ourselves and follow the instructions. We’ll have to walk on ice and snow. After reaching the summit, we will have a spectacular view of Annapurna Range, Nilgiri Range, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Machapuchhre, and Tharpa Chuli. We will explore and enjoy the peace at the top before descending back to Base Camp, where we will enjoy hot drinks and enjoy the achievement. 

Dinner and overnight at Camp.

Day 11

An additional day in case severe weather prevents you from summiting on time. This day can also be used in the event of an emergency, such as canceled or missed flights, delays due to minor injuries or weather conditions, and so on. If you keep to your timetable and everything goes according to plan, you can spend the extra day exploring a Sherpa village along the way.

Day 12

We’ll leave for Bamboo after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 6 to 7 hours. As the first rays of the sun hit the snowy summits of the Annapurna Himal, enjoy breathtaking views of Annapurna I and IV. We’ll walk along a forested path. We’ll stop for lunch on the way. Further, we will proceed toward Bamboo.

 

Dinner and overnight stay at tea house. 

Day 13

After a hearty breakfast, make your way down to Jhinu danda (Tatopani), a renowned hot spring. Before reaching Jhinu danda, walk via Chhormorng. Today you must walk for 5 to 6 hours and cover 9 kilometers. Check out at tea house and walk down to the river to stretch your legs and relax.

Dinner and overnight at tea house.

Day 14

Today is the final day of your trek, following a filling breakfast. You will enjoy your final down a steep hike to Nayapul, which will take about 6 hours through forest and villages. From there, it’s a one-hour drive to Pokhara. Check into your hotel, wander around Phewa Lake, or go cycling.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 15

After breakfast, you can go sightseeing in Pokhara or try paragliding. After that, have lunch and then fly back to Kathmandu. The flight lasts approximately 25 minutes. You will be escorted to the hotel and assisted with check-in. Get fresh up. You can go shopping or stroll around the Kathmandu valley if you want. You will have the farewell dinner on the last day.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 16

The 15-day journey has concluded. Today is your last day in Kathmandu. Our representative will have a short discussion on the trip and take your feedback after a hearty breakfast. Following this session, he will drive you to the airport in our private transportation 3 hours before your trip.

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Route Map

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Altitude Map

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What's Included

  • Arrival and Departure: Airport – Hotel – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 2 nights in a star category hotel on a twin sharing and BB basis.

Hotel Accommodation in Pokhara: 1 night in a star category hotel on twin sharing and BB Basis.

  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner at Nepali culture restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along with accessible accommodation sharing during the trek.
  • Permit: All required documents: ACAP Permit, TIMS card charge, and NMS Hinuchuli Peak Climbing Permit.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Member transportation: – Air Transportation– Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back.Road Transportation: Drive from Pokhara – Kimchi village and Nayapul to Pokhara.
  • Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
  • Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek
  • Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) up to 15kg during the trek.
  • Insurance: Insurance of all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
  • Comprehensive Medical kit.

What's Not Included

  • Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ expenses in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal Insurance: Travel and high-altitude insurance. *Mandatory
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking equipment.
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs).

Equipment List

What to bring ?
  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • 3-star Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)

General
  • Trekking sticks

  • Quick-drying pants and shorts

  • Rainwear (jacket and pants)

  • Airport pick up & drop off

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking,


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The ideal season to travel

Spring

March: The month of March is ideal for trekking and admiring the spectacular mountain peaks. The Annapurna Region trekking trail will be crowded with hikers beginning in March. In the Annapurna Region, the spring season begins in March, the month of the Rhododendron. Trekking in March will provide you with the most memorable experiences in a pleasant and mild climate. At lower altitudes, the weather is not particularly hot, and at higher altitudes, it is not particularly cold. The views of the mountains are spectacular, and the trail is excellent. Nature can be experienced at its most beautiful.

April: April is the beginning of spring in Nepal, and the weather is ideal for trekking to Annapurna Region. The views are bright and clear at this time of year, and everyone enjoys spring. The surroundings are vibrant and colorful, with rhododendrons in bloom. It is the best time of year to see various bird and butterfly species. During your April trip to Annapurna Region, the weather is completely in your favor. The moderate heat of the sun, combined with the lack of wind, makes it ideal for trekking. Furthermore, the amount of rain and snow is insignificant.

May: May, the final month of the spring season in Nepal, is much hotter. Annapurna Region trek in May has the highest temperature of the year. Temperature and weather will vary depending on the altitude throughout the trek. During the day, the weather in the lower sections will be extremely hot. The nights, on the other hand, are tolerable.

Summer 

June: June is the coldest time of the summer and has the least amount of rainfall.  The month of June is the offseason and therefore less popular for trekking. In the region, June marks the start of the wet monsoon season. The weather is slightly humid, and you can enjoy nature while it is wet and cool. If you enjoy the rain, rainbows, and less crowded trails, this is the month for you. During this month, the air begins to become humid due to continuous rain.

July: Trekking in Nepal in July isn’t always joyful because the heavy rains can block your view of the beautiful mountains you’ll pass through. In July, you will notice that the temperature is not as chilly in the Annapurna Region. As the rain washes away the dust and pollution, the environment opens up and becomes very fresh, and you will be able to enjoy nature despite the chilly weather.

August: In the Annapurna Region, August is the off-season for trekking. In August, the monsoon season produces strong rains, especially in lower places. Due to weather-related concerns, most hikers avoid this month. The summer monsoon season comes to an end in August. It rains regularly, and you may feel a little chilly as a result. You should also be cautious because the trails are slippery and the possibility of landslides and avalanches is considerable.

Autumn

September: The monsoon season finishes in September, marking the start of the fall season. The optimum time to trek to Annapurna Region is in September. The weather and temperature for the Annapurna Region Trek are ideal. The temperature is pleasant during the day, but it is extremely chilly at night.

October: October is the month that falls between September and November. As a result, it keeps both monsoon rain and winter’s biting cold at distance. The weather is warm and pleasant in October, with clear skies and fresh air. The nights, on the other hand, are a little chilly, with a brisk breeze coming from the campsite. Throughout October, the weather is pleasant, allowing people to enjoy an unobstructed view of the snow-capped peaks. They can also visit bright valleys and interesting scenery of various colors.

November: The last declared peak season for trekking in Nepal is November. Bright, sunny days and beautiful skies characterize November. On the treks, these provide breathtaking, crystal-clear vistas of the mountains. The days are bright and sunny in November. The sky is clear, with perhaps a few stray clouds possible.

Winter

December: In the Annapurna Region, December is a rather dry month. It receives fewer than 25 millimeters of rain every year. The Annapurna Region is in the shadow of the Himalayas. As a result, December has a lower chance of rain. It is also possible to walk the Annapurna Region Trek in December. In December, hikers will get a unique perspective of the region.

January:  In Nepal, January is in the midst of winter. The higher elevation receives moderate snowfall, whereas the lower elevation is ideal for trekking. During the day, you will feel warm, but as night falls, you will feel cold. In January, these areas receive little to no rainfall. As a result, the skies remain clear and the surroundings appear even sharper. The trails will be covered in snow, so you may need crampons to cross the pass.

February: The Annapurna Region trek in February is an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a place where all you can see are mountains and scenery. It’s peaceful because February is the coldest month of the year. Most people dislike trekking in the winter because they believe it is extremely difficult. 


Flight to Pokhara

Trekking to Annapurna Region is one of the most exciting adventures you can have. Almost every journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara Airport, in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. It lies 200 kilometers from Kathmandu, at an elevation of 2711 feet. Flight to Pokhara is also called Mountain View flight.

 

  • Every day, many flights depart from Tribhuvan Airport’s domestic terminal for Pokhara.

 

  • You can book tickets online as well as through any travel agency.

 

  • The flight to Pokhara is about 25 minutes from Kathmandu. It’s a beautiful flight, especially if you sit on the right side of the plane and look out the window towards the Himalayas.

 

  • The free Baggage allowance of the Pokhara flight is 25kg for the normal fare. Extra baggage cost 1$ per kg.

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is a sneaky monster that may attack even the fittest trekkers. These demands do everything in your power to prepare for altitude trekking and take things carefully throughout your journey. With increasing altitude, the amount of available oxygen decreases, which is the primary cause of high-altitude sickness.

The Hiunchuli Peak climbing is a high-altitude trek that needs proper acclimatization. Your body requires time to adjust to thin air, so start at a lower altitude and work your way up. Some of the symptoms of Altitude sickness are:

Early symptoms of altitude sickness

  • Increased breathing.
  • Increased urination.
  • Headache and Restless sleep.
  • Periodic breathing at night as a result of altitude.

Later symptoms

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Respiratory failure.
  • Cerebral edema.

Certain care should be made to ensure that the situation does not worsen. However, if the symptoms worsen, you may need to return to a lower height and seek medical help. There are, however, several other precautions you may take while trekking to lessen your risk of altitude sickness.

  • Trekkers can change their bodies by slowly and gradually climbing, as our bodies require time to adjust to the oxygen level. At least one day of acclimatization rest is required for high altitude trekking, and you should go as high as possible before returning to a lower height for the night.
  • You should do various strength training exercises such as running, cycling, jogging, push-ups, and going to the gym to acquire strength and stamina for your adventure.
  • As the air gets increasingly thin, an increase in elevation reduces oxygen levels, and in the Annapurna region trek, an increase in altitude also means less vegetation. The consumption of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and tobacco decreases the body’s water content.
  • The greatest remedy is to stay hydrated at all times. On your walk, instead of drinking cooled water, drink warm water.
  • Diamox is the most effective altitude sickness medication; thus, you should bring a subscription with you on the trek. However, you should consult with your physician to see whether it is advantageous.

Things to know before traveling to Annapurna Region.

Drinking-Water

Especially for trekkers, it is very necessary to hydrate your body at a higher altitude than in lower elevations to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. Lack of fluid can be the main hindrance during the trek. You should hydrate your body with at least 3-4 liters of water daily (Tea, soup, or normal drinking water).

Annapurna region does not have a water shortage. You can get tap water, river water throughout the region but is not safe to drink without purifying it. So, use purifying tablets or water filters to treat water before drinking. Besides that, the other places to get drinking water are local teahouses/guesthouses and lodges, but it is also unsafe to drink without being purified or boiled. The teahouse also provides boiled drinking water. Coldwater is provided free of charge, but for boiled water, you have to pay a certain amount. The sale of plastic water bottles is banned in Annapurna Region since 2015. You will not get to buy plastic water bottles throughout the trek. Therefore, you need to bring your water bottle.

Every day, carry enough water for the day before beginning the trek. In and beyond the Hiunchuli Base Camp there are no water resources. So that, from the base camp to summit peak you have to melt the snow for water and treat it to make it drinkable. But not to worry, if you are traveling from any agency like us, you’ll be provided hot water 2-3 liter per day. We recommend you use a Reusable water bottle or water pouch favorable for both hot and cold water. You can also use a filtration system like LifeStraw.

 

Here are some ways that you can use to make the water drinkable.

 

  1. Boiled water

Boiling water is the best way to purify the water. As we are climbing to a higher altitude you need to boil the water for about 3-minute and season it with a pinch of salt before drinking. You can get free cold water in the teahouse but for boiled water, it cost around 1USD per liter.

 

  1. Purification tablets or electrolyte powder.

Purification tablets like chlorine or iodine tablets are commonly used tablets by trekkers to disinfect the water. 1 tablet is enough for a liter of water. It takes around 30 min for the tablets to dissolve and become drinkable. Water, purified by tablets may leave a taste in your mouth.

Electrolyte powder is another option. Electrolyte powder is a better way to purify water than tablets because electrolyte powder contains minerals such as salt, Potassium, Magnesium, which are important for your body during the trek.

  1. UV Light water purifier/ SteriPEN.

It is a simple, effective, and environment-friendly way to purify water. It kills the bacteria and virus within 10 sec by exposing them to ultraviolet light using Steripen, without changing the flavor of the water. This is a highly recommended method of purifying water (a one-time investment).


Electricity and Internet facility in Annapurna Region.

Electricity facility.

 

Despite the challenging geography and weather conditions, the Annapurna region has been providing electricity and access to the Internet.

Electricity in Annapurna Region is powered by hydroelectricity so you can get free access to electricity throughout the trek. But to charge your device will cost you an extra charge. There is a commonplace for charging usually in the dining area, and you will be charged extra for the use of electricity for charging devices on a different basis (Per device and voltage of your device).

Charging mobile phones costs 1.5$- 2$ per device.

 

Internet Facility and Service

Internet and network facility is must need to contact your family, friends, employee, to post updates and upload photos during the trek.

 

Internet access is available throughout the Annapurna Region, but in some areas, WI-FI might become slow due to the lack of reach of signal to the tower of difficult topography.

At higher altitudes, you will have access to the internet, but have to pay extra.

Cost of WI-FI service in higher altitude- NPR 300/USD 2.5

 

Both NTC and NCell cellular service has been providing the network in Annapurna Region. You can buy the NCell or NTC sim card from the stores in Kathmandu for 1USD. By taking data packages you can use the internet service throughout the Annapurna region.

NTC cellular service is most preferred over NCell. NTC provides good service and signals connectivity throughout the Annapurna region, in comparison to NCell.

Buy NTC data package

Dial*1415#

Cost of data package in NTC:

-14GB=7$

(Valid up to 28days

-30GB=15$

(Valid up to 90 days)

Check balance

Dial *1415#

 

Buy NCell data package

Dial *17123# and select.

Cost of data package in NCell:

-15GB=10$

-25GB= 12$

(Valid up to 30 days)

Check balance

Dial*101#

 

Document needed to buy a sim card.

For foreigner = 1 passport size photo, Passport photocopy, or valid identity card.

For Nepali = 1 Passport size Photo, Photocopy of Citizenship.

 

Some useful tips to reduce the use of electricity.

  • Extra batteries for the camera.
  • Power bank with 5000-10000mAh.
  • The solar charger and solar lamp (LuminAID lamp).

If possible, less usage of a device with low brightness, GPS, and WI-FI off


Essential Backpack items for climbing Hinuchuli Peak.

The bag of a trekker also reveals the trekker’s level of experience. A good trekker should be a smart backpacker. You should be pre-prepared for the things that you need in the trek.

Here are some of the things that you need to take with you for the trek.

Travel documents

  • Airline tickets with the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance policy documents.
  • Valid passport.
  • Copies of passport.
  • Passport-sized photos.
  • Nepalese cash.
  • Travel and climbing permits.

 

Clothing

  • A pair of waterproof trekking shoes or hiking boots.
  • A pair of flip flop slippers or running shoes.
  • A pair of mountaineering boots for climbing.
  • 2-3 sets of thermals (leggings and tops)
  • 4-5 pairs of hiking long sleeve shirts or tops.
  • Pairs of trekking shorts and down pants.
  • Fleece jumpers or a set of tracksuits.
  • Good quality windproof down jacket.
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket with large hood and pants.
  • Insulated hard-shell jacket.
  • Neck gaiter, leg warmer, and packet of pocket hand warmers.
  • 5-6 pairs of quick-dry wool socks/liner socks, underwear, sports bra.
  • Pair of inner and outer gloves.
  • Knitted Hat, sun cap, beanie, or bandana.
  • Glacier Sunglasses/ eyeshade for trekking and full coverage eyewear for climbing (Eye and nose).

 

Trekking equipment

  • Waterproof trekking bag of 40-50liter and Rucksack of duffel bag (if your backpack is not enough for all your item and need a potter).
  • Reusable water bottle (both hot and cold) of at least 2-3litre.
  • A sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner.
  • Trekking stick/ poles.
  • Pair of crampons.
  • Route Map to Hinuchuli Peak (Annapurna Region).
  • LED Headtorch or solar lamp (LuminAID Nepal lamp is best as it is solar-charged and very much portable)
  • Plug adapter, Charging appliances, power bank, batteries.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Travel Wallet.

 

Peak Climbing equipment

  • Ice Axe.
  • Pair of ice/mountaineering crampons.
  • Screw gate Carabiners (2lock, 2 unlock).
  • Ascender (jumar)and Descender (figure of 8).
  • Plastic mountaineering boots.
  • Snow bar.
  • Climbing Rope.
  • Ice hammer.
  • Ice screw.

 

Toiletries

  • Rolls of Toilet paper, wet wipes, and tissue.
  • Medium-sized quick-drying towel.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, body lotions.
  • Portable mirror.
  • Shampoo and soap.

 

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers, Paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, Nicole
  • Sanitary pads
  • Anti-inflammatory spray.
  • Anti-Nausea tablets.
  • Anti-diarrhea pills or power.
  • Altitude sickness tablets.
  • Water purifying tablets or electrolyte powder.
  • Mosquito and Insect Repellent
  • Earplugs

You can buy or hire trekking/climbing clothes and equipment in Kathmandu. If you are buying it, you have to allow an extra day for shopping; however, if you are hiring it, you must inform us in advance so that we can arrange it before you arrive in Kathmandu. This way you can reduce the weight of your luggage and save time and money.

Branded trekking clothes and equipment are available around the Thamel area at a reasonable price.


Accommodation, Meal, and Transportation

Accommodation

We will accommodate in star hotel during our stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

During the trek, we will accommodate in hotel/lodges/teahouses or Camp.

 

Meal

During the trek, we will provide you three-time meals. You can choose from the given menu.

Breakfast– French toast, cornflakes, cereal, pancakes, Bread butter, eggs, oatmeal, porridge, tea, etc.

Lunch– Dal Bhaat set (Rice, vegetable curry, meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad) vegetable noodle soup, chicken noodles soup, Mushroom garlic soup, Fried noodles, Mo: Mo (dumplings), Thukpa, Fried cheese Potato, etc.

Dinner– Dal Bhaat set (Rice, vegetable curry, meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad), Mo: Mo (dumplings), Fried noodles, Spaghetti, Thukpa, Broths, Fried Potato, etc.

Besides these, there are a variety of other options of food. You can buy it from your pocket.

 

Transportation

By Air- Flight to Nepal.

Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back.

By Bus- From Kathmandu airport to Hotel at Kathmandu and vice-versa.

From Pokhara to Kimchi Village.

From Nayapul to Pokhara.


Guide and Staff Arrangements

Our well-qualified and professional staff will handle all your activities throughout your trek. They will do all the escorting. We are providing you with a highly experienced and licensed guide with fluent English speaking and has excellent communication as well as navigation skills. They will accompany you from Kathmandu and guide you throughout your Hiunchuli Peak climbing journey. Each group of 4-5 trekkers will be assigned an assistant guide, as well as a porter for two trekkers (2*15kg =30kg). If your luggage weighs more than 15kg you will be provided a porter individually but you will be charged for 2 people.

All our lead guides, assistant guides, and potters are well professional and experienced. So, we hope for your respect and cooperation with them throughout the trek.


A typical day on the Hiunchuli Peak Climbing.

Every day will begin with the ringing of your alarm clock at 6 a.m. and a knock on your door from your guide with the invitation of breakfast. Get up, have breakfast, pack your backpack and get ready to start your day’s walk by 7 a.m. You need to start your trek early to avoid the scorching sun and to reach your overnight destination on time/ before dawn.  

You will walk through the lush forests of Rhododendron and Oaks, enjoying the scenery, crossing numerous suspension bridges, clicking photos, creating memories, passing by other travelers, interacting with your guide, hearing each other’s stories. Lunch will be served at a local teahouse in the late afternoon (1-2 am). Having lunch and an hour of rest, we will proceed to the overnight destination as per the itinerary. 

On arrival at the destination, check in at your accommodation. Get freshen up and some rest. As every teahouse where we stay has a large common dining area with a wood-burning stove in the center, there you will get to meet many travelers. You can sit there, laugh at each other stories, play cards, sing songs, play music, and have a good time. This will help you forget all the tiredness of the day. Later in the evening, you will have your dinner together. Enjoy the flavorful Nepalese Dal Bhat. There is this saying Dal Bhat power 24 hr. After dinner, your guide will give a short briefing about the next day’s trek regarding when you must get up, when we have to start our trek the next day, where we will stay the next day, how many hours we have to walk and so on.

During this 13-day journey to Hinuchuli peak, you’ll walk for a minimum of 2 hrs to a maximum of 10 hrs per day.  You will get to experience a glimpse of many cultures such as Gurung, Tamang, Chettri, Brahmin, and their authentic village lifestyle. Annapurna region (Ghandruk) is the home of many Gurkha soldiers. You will do 3 Base Camp Trek in this journey i.e., MBC, ABC, and Hinuchuli Base camp.  During the acclimatization day, hike around the small peaks/viewpoints and prepare your body to deal with any difficult walk. Before climbing the peak, you will be taught how to walk/how we have to move while climbing the peak. You have to study and practice well because your life and success depend upon your skill, knowledge, and endurance.  At night enjoy the view of sparkling stars floating in the clear sky above the cold wind. The most difficult day of the trek will be the summit day. But, the success of the summit and the panorama views of the gigantic mountains from the top are jaw-dropping. The natural beauty of the Annapurna region will be your motivation to trek for 15 days. Staying a few nights under the shadow of Mt. Machhapuchre (MBC), Mt. Annapurna (ABC), and Hinuchuli (Hinuchuli Base camp) you will complete this journey. Your hard walk will be paid off on the successful summit of Hinuchuli Peak with lifelong memories. 


Nepal Tourist Visa and permits details

Visa procedure.

To travel to Nepal, you’ll need a tourist visa that is valid for the period of your stay in Nepal. Better, if you have a tourist visa valid for at least 1 month because anything can happen during the trip, and staying in Nepal after your visa expires would result in you paying a penalty.  Apply for a visa at your nearest Embassy of Nepal or obtain an On-Arrival visa at immigration in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. But it’s better to contact your nearest Nepalese Embassy.

Here are the documents that you need, to apply for the tourist visa.

  • The Tourist Visa Application Form for Nepal (Fully completed online and printed)
  • Original Passport with at least 2 blank pages and validity of at least 6 months.
  • Photocopies of your passport’s information page.
  • At least 2 recent passport-sized photos of yourself with white background.
  • Proof of accommodation in Nepal.
  • Valid travel and return flight tickets.
  • A bank statement from the last 3 months with a minimum closing balance of NPR2,00,000.
  • Receipt of the visa fee for Nepal.

Note: 15 days tourist visa costs USD 30. Our trip is of 16 days so, apply for 30 days tourist visa that costs around USD 50.

 

Entry permits and Requirements

 

Annapurna Region is a Conservation Area. To travel over the Annapurna region, the trekkers need to get permits from the Government of Nepal. The entry permits that you need for the trekking and climbing the Hinuchuli peak are-

Trekking permits  Foreign Nationals SAARC nationals Nepali Citizens
1 Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit.

(ACAP entry permit)

NPR 3,000 per person per entry. NPR 1,000 per person per entry. NPR 100 per person per entry.
2 Tourist Information Management System card.

(TIMS Card)

NPR 1,000 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 2,000 for solo trekkers (FIT). NPR 300 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 600 for solo trekkers (FIT). -N/A
3. NMA Hinuchuli Peak Climbing Permit Spring (Mar-May)-USD 250.

Autumn (Sep- Nov)- USD 125

Off Season (Jun- Aug, Dec- Feb)- USD 70.

Spring (Mar-May)-USD 250.

Autumn (Sep- Nov)- USD 125

Off Season (Jun- Aug, Dec- Feb)- USD 70.

Spring (Mar-May)-NPR 4,000.

Autumn (Sep- Nov)- NPR 2,000.

Off Season (Jun- Aug, Dec- Feb)- NPR 1,000.

 

Note: You can get both the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit and TIMS Card from Nepal Tourism Board in Bhirkuti Mandap, Kathmandu, or Tourist Information Centre in Pokhara.

NMA Hinuchuli Peak Climbing Permit has to be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nagpokhari, Naxal, Kathmandu.

For more information about TIMS Card here is the link.

(If you are traveling from a travel/trekking agency your agency will arrange all the Permits.)

 

Documents required to get these permits.

  • Complete the permit form with your passport details and tour details (Trekking area, Entry and Exit date, and point, Route of Trekking, Emergency contact information for Nepal and your Home country).
  • Passport size photo.
  • Original passport with a valid visa.
  • Photocopies of passport personal information page.
  • Photocopy of Travel Insurance policy to obtain TIMS card.

For more information contact us.


Travel Insurance

Peak Climbing and trekking in Nepal is adventurous and occasionally dangerous activity, especially at high altitudes. Trekkers/Climbers must have travel insurance before visiting Nepal for trekking. During these 16 days journey to Hinuchuli Peak, you may encounter several unexpected incidents, physical injury, illness, and losses and all the medical expenses and losses have to be borne by yourself.

Choose an insurance policy that will cover all the possible risks that you may come across from the start of your journey to your final destination. The following threats should be covered by your travel insurance.

  • Cancellation of Domestic and International flights.
  • Lost and stolen baggage and passport.
  • Hospital and Medical expenses (Physical injury, Acute Mountain sickness, Altitude sickness, sudden accident)
  • Emergency rescue such as Helicopter.
  • All high-altitude trek risk factors up to 6,500m.

You need to choose your travel insurance wisely so that, in the case of such an incident, your travel insurance will cover the costs.

You can get your travel insurance in either your home country or in Nepal.


Responsible Travel

Annapurna region is a region with numerous trekking trails. Annapurna region is the most popular trekking region in Nepal. This region is also known for its typical Gurung culture and Gurung villages. Throughout the trek, you will encounter many traditional villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar. All travelers should travel responsibly in these regions. You must respect the local people, their culture, religion and try to limit any negative activities that will impact their local culture and environment. As Plastic water bottles is banned in the Annapurna region in 2015, we expect you not to bring any plastic wastage and properly dispose of the plastic garbage (food warmers, plastic water bottles). You might encounter rare species on the way, rather not disturb them. You can support them by adapting yourself to their lifestyle. Your small act of neglect and disrespect can cause a major problem in the future.

Your responsible travel will help Nepal achieve long-term sustainable tourism.


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