Peak Climbing in Nepal

Overview

Tharpu Chuli peak climbing (5663m) also known as Tent Peak which is situated in the heart of Annapurna Sanctuary and is among the few snow-clad summits at this height range in Nepal. Tharpu Chuli Peak is technically easy, but challenging peak. The summit offers superb panorama of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Annapurna V, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli, Singu Chuli and Gangapurna. The peak can be approached from several routes: North-West Ridge, South – East Ridge and South – West Face.

North-West Ridge: For North – West ridge route we follow the trail from Annapurna South Base Camp to the east along the moraine ridge and set base camp in a grassy area above the moraine ( 4,115m. ). We will gain to a ridge and fix the high camp at 4, 870m. Which can be snow covered. From the high camp we climb easy slopes on the glacier below the west face of Tharpu Chuli. We further cross the glacier and reach the foot of the fluted wall, which separates Tharpu Chuli and Singu Chuli. We further climb easy snow slopes and then steeper climb requires gaining the board ridge. From the ridge we climb steeply on a knife-edged ridge, which finally leads to the summit.

This trip is beginning from either from Dhampus Phedi or Nayapul in Pokhara. As we trek along the rich and lush Modi Khola with its plummeting cascades and high waterfalls and through the colorful Gurung villages and rhododendrons forest on the trail. The trek goes further towards the Annapurna sanctuary. We see different landscapes expansive across the forest on the trail. You will also observe paddies, pleasant ridges, grassy farm land, bamboo forest and rhododendrons. The high camp is at an altitude of 5000m and is very near to the foot of the steep snow face that led to the summit ridge of Tharpu Chuli. It takes about 4 hours to climb from advance camp to high camp. Descend to base camp will take more than 7 hours in very slippery conditions. While returning from the sanctuary, we follow the alternative route that goes west, following a high ridge. It eventually leads us towards Ghorepani and Kaligandaki valley. The Poon hill is above Ghorepani and we witness breathtaking view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range from there. Finally, we either catch aflight for Kathmandu or board a bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of historical, cultural, religious heritages sites of Kathmandu valley
  • Opportunity to visiting the beautiful Lake valley of Pokhara
  • Typical Gurung village along the trekking route
  • Opportunity to see various flora and faunas in Annapurna area of Nepal
  • Visiting villages of ethnic groups, such as Gurung, Magar and other tribes as Brahmins, Chhetri & experience the cultures, religions & lifestyle of the people
  • Superb views of the mountains above 6000- 8167 m peaks including Annapurna I and Mt. Dhaulagiri.
  • Summit Tharpu Chuli peak with the eye-catching views of Annapurna panorama and Lamjung ranges.
  • Impressive Sunrise and mountain views from Ghorepani and Poon Hill

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Moderate toAdventures
Trip Duration 18 Nights/19 Days
Trip code NAP-TPK-113
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu-Pokhara/Nayapul-Pokhara
Maximum Altitude Tharpu Chuli Peak (5663m)
Trip Cost USD 2190 per passenger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passengers
Accessibillity Kathmandu 7-hrs drive to Pokharaand start the trek according to itinerary and drive back to Kathmandu
The Route Maximum altitude Tharpu Chuli Peak (5663m) about 5/7-hrs gentle walking per day, moderate to strenuous trail.
Season Sept – Dec/ Feb - May
Permit Fee Spring: (Mar-Apr-May) USD 250 – Autumn: (Sep-Oct-Nov) USD 125 – Winter: (Dec-Jan-Feb) USD 70 – Summer: (Jun-Jul-Aug) USD 70 per passenger and maximum number of members in a team is 15 people
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Standard hotel in city, teahouse/lodges and tented accommodation during the climbing period.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given in the evening at hotel about the daily program activities by your Group Leader/Guide.

After breakfast the day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual key attractions; including the historic Kathmndu Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and then finally visit to Patan Durbar square which is situated the heart of the city constitutes the focus of visitor's attraction. In the evening there will be pre-trip discussion where you can meet your group leader/guide then you can ask any questions you may have.

Our guide pick you up from your hotel and transfer to the tourist bus station and drive approximately 6/7 hours to Pokhara (200km) through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara. You will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara approximately 2:00 O’clock and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explores the surrounding lakeside areas. From the Pokhara valley you can see one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machhapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.

From Pokhara, we drive to Dhampus Phedi. From there onwards begins our trekking in Annapurna mountain range. As we climb uphill, we bask in the splendor of nature and the trails become more adventurous. Finally, after walking for 3 hours, we reach Pothana. 

We continue trekking for four hours until we reach picturesque Gurung settlement of Landrung. Spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli instill more zest and excitement into our adventure spirit. From Landrung, we march along the mountain path of stone steps, pass through a hamlet, cross a suspension bridge and then we come across dense forest of bamboo and we approach to Jhinu where we take our lunch. Thereafter, we walked for one hour to reach Chhomorong. From Chhomorong, we can have prominent and mesmerizing view of Machhapuchhare. 

Crossing Chhomorong Khola, we continue trekking along steep stone steps. The trail passes by rhododendron-covered ridge path, mountainous terrains and forests of bamboo. As we savor awe-inspiring views of Annapurna mountain ranges and Machhapuchhare, we gather more energy and enthusiasm to explore further. During our five-hour walking, you cross Modi Khola, pass through Khuldigar, Bamboo and Dovan and finally reach Himalaya Hotel where we wrap up our trip of the day.

As we climb steeply, we soon reach Hinku Cave where we find a fire-blackened overhang being walled-in to make a small lodge. Further ahead, the trail transverses several ascents eventually leading to the Sanctuary. After we pass lodges at Deurali and Bagar, we arrive at the level and grassy moraine platform known as Machhapuchhare Base Camp. It takes 3-4 hours of walking to reach up to base camp. Thereafter, we set a camp site at a suitable location.

This day the trail climbs on past the Machhapuchhare Base Camp, which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain, is not permitted. Since it is totally surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Two hours trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp takes you to the Annapurna Base Camp (4180m). There, you will view unobstructed views of mountain scenery, which is very spectacular. 

From here we will have short walking day as it is very important to avoid getting affected by the thinning of the air and get acclimatization to climb Tharpu Chuli Peak. Our guide will give important and useful information about the situation on climbing Tharpu Chuli Peak and about next day’s activities. From today the accommodation will be tented camp for next two days and you will be having camp food cooked by our professional cook. 

We follow the trail leading to Tent peak high camp. Struggling against the glaciated mountain passes, we finally reach our target destination. There are other options for those who not wish to climb. Hiking from camp can be quite pleasurable and adventurous. Sightseeing exotic ecosystem and breathtaking vistas of Himalayan peaks of Nepal can be equally satisfying.

Early in the morning we begin our ascent of the peak. After strenuous ascent, we finally scale the summit of Tharpu Chuli Peak (5663m), we savor mesmerizing views of Annapurna range. After safe trip to the summit we make our way safely down then day back to Base Camp.

his day we reserve for the day for unforeseen condition as bad weather, climber sickness or other hidden condition. We can use this day for climb if the abnormal situation comes. 

After relaxation, we head back to Himalaya Hotel. 4 hours of walking will eventually take us back to Himalaya Hotel.

We retreat back to Chomrong and from there we take an alternative route back to Pokhara, via Ghorepani. We follow the trail above the cultivated fields of potato and wheat before descending to the village of Khumnu above the Khumnu Khola. After crossing the river, the trail leads steeply uphill to Melanche before continuing through rhododendron forests to Tadapani, where we make our campsite. It takes 4-5 hours of walking to arrive at Tadapani. From our campsite, we can capture excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare.

The trail zigzags along the rock-strewn path to Banthanti. Walking past Banthanti, we proceed further along steep trails. Nature spreads exotic sight of majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, lush vegetation and rich plant life before us. We climb through rhododendron forest to Deorali [3100m] and reach a hamlet and cultivated fields. As we continue walking for 4 hours, we finally arrive at Ghorepani. Ghorepani also houses lodges to provide food and accommodation to travellers. We select a superb location to camp for the night.

After savoring the mesmerizing sight of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and other Himalayan giants from the popular vantage point of Poon Hill, we leave Ghorepani and March ahead for Nayapul. We further descend towards Birethanti. Birethanti lies stretched beside the Modi River and has resourceful town. Along the trails of stone steps, we pass through dense forest and a small village of Ulleri. From Ulleri, a very steep section [with 3767 steps!] leads down to Hille on the Bhurungdi Khola. Forty minutes beyond Birethanti, we come to the main road. Now we can easily access any means of transportation to drive to Pokhara. In the evening, we are free to wander by the lakes of Pokhara. [6 hrs walking]

 If you are interested in continuing on to the Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start this day. If not we will drive back through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7-hrs back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and evening we will pick up you from hotel for the farewell dinner. 

This full day at leisure to rest, relax or explore the local area in Kathmandu or do a bit of last minute shopping. You also have the option of doing some sightseeing. 

After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.

Cost Included

  • Documents Tharliu Chuli lieak sliecial liermit, National liark entrance liermit &amli; TIMS card 
  • Activities: Sightseeing, trekking and climbing trili as lier itinerary.
  • Equiliment: All necessary camliing equiliments, kitchen utilizes.
  • Accommodation: 4 night’s hotel in Kathmandu, 2 night hotel in liokhara and 12 nights lodges/Tent during trekking.
  • Food: Full board on teahouse/Camliing [/lieakfast, lunch and dinner] during the trekking and 6 /lieakfasts and one farewell Dinner in Kathmandu. 
  • Staffs: Grouli Leader/Guide, Climbing Sherlia and necessary suliliorter
  • Transliortation: Arrival/Deliarture transfer and surface road-head transliortation.
  • Comliany &amli; Government’s service charge: All alililicable Government taxes &amli; official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equiliment, air and road-head transliortation

Cost Excluded

  • International flight, departure taxes
  • Travel insurance covering with emergency Helicopter rescue
  • Personal travel, trekking and climbing equipments 
  • Lunch and dinner while in City
  • Bar bills and Beverages
  • Tips/Gratuities for trekking crews
  • Temple and Monastery entrance fee while sightseeing in city
  • Optional activities
  • And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

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