Hiunchuli Peak |23 Days

Trip Highlights

Hiunchuli is considered one of the most complex of the trekking peaks to climb despite its relatively low altitude.

Trip Overview

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.

Hiunchuli 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, Hiunchuli 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.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival Kathmandu

Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03 Fly to Pokhara; drive to Nayapul & trek to Tirkhedhunga

Day 04 Trek to Ghorepani (2,775m)

Day 05 Trek to Tadapani (2,675m)

Day 06 Trek to Ghandruk (1,950m)

Day 07 Trek to Chhomrong (2,040m)

Day 08 Trek to Bamboo (2,340m)

Day 09 Trek to Deorali (3,230m)

Day 10 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,170m]) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,820m)

Day 11 Trek to Annapurna South Base Camp (4,170m)

Day 12 Trek to Hiunchuli High Camp

Day 13 Ascend to Hiunchuli Camp I

Day 14 Ascend to Hiunchuli Camp II

Day 15 Ascend summit of Hiunchuli Peak (6,441m)

Day 16 Descend to Annapurna South Base Camp (4,130m)

Day 17 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,170m)

Day 18 Trek to Dovan (2,630m)

Day 19 Trek to Jhinudanda (1,750m)

Day 20 Trek to Pothana (1,600m)

Day 21 Trek to Dhampus Phedi (1,580m); drive to Pokhara

Day 22 Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 23 Depart Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival Kathmandu

Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03 Fly to Pokhara; drive to Nayapul & trek to Tirkhedhunga

Day 04 Trek to Ghorepani (2,775m)

Day 05 Trek to Tadapani (2,675m)

Day 06 Trek to Ghandruk (1,950m)

Day 07 Trek to Chhomrong (2,040m)

Day 08 Trek to Bamboo (2,340m)

Day 09 Trek to Deorali (3,230m)

Day 10 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,170m]) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,820m)

Day 11 Trek to Annapurna South Base Camp (4,170m)

Day 12 Trek to Hiunchuli High Camp

Day 13 Ascend to Hiunchuli Camp I

Day 14 Ascend to Hiunchuli Camp II

Day 15 Ascend summit of Hiunchuli Peak (6,441m)

Day 16 Descend to Annapurna South Base Camp (4,130m)

Day 17 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,170m)

Day 18 Trek to Dovan (2,630m)

Day 19 Trek to Jhinudanda (1,750m)

Day 20 Trek to Pothana (1,600m)

Day 21 Trek to Dhampus Phedi (1,580m); drive to Pokhara

Day 22 Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 23 Depart Kathmandu

Equipment List

Footwear:

  1. Plastic mountaineering boots (B2 boots)
  2. Water repellent boots with ankle support for walking
  3. A pair of Gaiters.
  4. Socks
  5. 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)

Cost Included

  • Arrival & departure transfers by private vehicle
  • Twin share room (3 nights) with breakfast in a 3 star hotel
  •     Hotels can be arranged as per client’s choice which might incur extra cost
  • Domestic airplane flights strictly as per itinerary
  • Surface transportation
  • Fully organized camping
  • Tea House/tented accommodation during climb with meals (breakfast. Lunch & dinner) during trek
  • Necessary permits and fees, tents, English speaking guide, porters and cook
  • Necessary trekking and climbing gears
  •     1 climbing Sherpa for 2 climbing members
  • A dedicated Sherpa for each climber can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • Gamow Bag
  • Medical oxygen/Medical kit for staffs
  • Insurance of crew and climbing staffs as per the rules of Nepal Government
  • Staff salary, climbing bonus, performance bonus etc.
  • Staffs and equipment transfer

Cost not Include

  • International flights
  • Visa Fees
  • All type of insurance for clients (climbing members)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and other cities
  • Beverages and snacks during trek
  • Personal climbing gears and clothing (available on hire)
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Emergency rescue evacuation
  • Cargo/custom clearance fees
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, bar bills, hot showers, laundry etc.
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Includes’.

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Price from Ask
  • Trip Duration: 23 Days
  • Trip Grading: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 6,441m
  • Best Time: March to May; September to November
  • Trip Mode: Teahouse/Camping
  • Group Size: 2-10 People
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