Overview of Himlung Expedition
The Mount Himlung Expedition is an enthralling opportunity for mountaineers who possess foundational climbing skills and are eager to embark on a high-altitude expedition in the enchanting landscapes of Nepal. Nestled in the relatively uncharted region of Naar and Phu, Mount Himlung stands as a beacon for adventurers seeking a less-trodden path. This area was opened to tourists only in 2001, and it retains an aura of mystery and pristine beauty, offering a unique experience far from the more frequented Himalayan trails.
A Hidden Gem in the Himalayas
Mount Himlung, located in a remote part of the Himalayas, is an ideal destination for climbers looking to experience the raw and untouched beauty of Nepal’s mountains. The region of Naar and Phu provides a backdrop of stunning landscapes and cultural richness, making the journey to Mount Himlung as rewarding as the climb.
Tailored for the Aspiring High-Altitude Climber
This expedition is ideally suited for those with essential mountaineering experience who aspire to scale higher peaks. Mount Himlung, with its considerable altitude but less technical challenges than other 8000-meter giants, is an excellent mountain for climbers looking to step up their high-altitude climbing skills.
The Journey through Naar and Phu
The trek to Mount Himlung is an adventure, taking climbers through the hidden valleys of Naar and Phu. These areas, with their unspoiled natural beauty and traditional Tibetan culture, offer a glimpse into a world that has remained unchanged for centuries. The isolation of these regions means that climbers will experience a sense of solitude and connection with nature that is hard to find in more popular destinations.
The Climbing Experience
Climbing Mount Himlung involves a journey through diverse terrains, from lush forests and quaint villages to rugged landscapes and icy slopes. While less technical, the climb demands good physical fitness, acclimatization to high altitudes, and basic mountaineering skills. The expedition provides an excellent opportunity to hone these skills in a high-altitude environment.
Sustainable and Responsible Trekking
As the region of Naar and Phu is relatively new to tourism, it is crucial for expeditions to practice sustainable and responsible trekking. This includes respecting local customs, minimizing environmental impact, and supporting local communities. Such practices ensure that the beauty and culture of the region are preserved for future generations of trekkers and climbers.
Itinerary of Himlung Expedition
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, one of our representatives will greet you and help you transfer to the hotel. In your free time, you can rest well to get refreshed from the jet lag. Later in the evening, you can stroll around the streets of Thamel.
We will arrange the hotel inside Thamel, where you can get good restaurants to have good food and shops around to buy the necessary stuff.
Kathmandu Valley sightseeing is dedicated to introducing four of the UNESCO World Heritage zones of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed site of Kathmandu Valley. The four places you will be exploring are:-
Soyambhunath– A Buddhist pilgrimage site widely famous as “The Monkey Temple”, it also offers picturesque views of Kathmandu Valley.
Pashupatinath- Hindu Pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath is widely famous as “The Crematorium”, where you can see the rituals of Hindu cremation. Also, the temple and surrounding hold great attachment to the Hindus, especially the “Shaivha Sect” of Hindus.
Boudhanath– Another pilgrimage site for Buddhists, Boudhanath Stupa is among the most significant monasteries in South Asia. The mammoth Stupa is a beautiful place to visit.
Kathmandu Durbar Square– An ancient palace that carries the history of Nepal. Most of the palace square was built by the Malla and Shah Kings (14th to 18th century) and was used by the kings’ as their residence. Kumari- the living goddess, is another attraction of Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Also, your climbing crews will be preparing for the gears and the documentation of the trip. In the evening, you will enjoy the local food with the cultural program at a traditional Nepali restaurant.
Note: If you are not able to see the cremation at Pashupatinath, then please inform your guide who can skip the attraction.
Take your breakfast, and get ready for the adventure. You will be starting your journey to Besisahar. It will be approx. Eight hours drive to Besisahar. You will take your lunch on the way. Away from the busy city, Besisahar is a small town where you will spend your night.
From Besishar, you will further drive to Koto. The drive is something extraordinary as you will travel on the rough road to Koto. The landscapes of the local settlements will add excitement to the trip. In Koto, you will spend your night at a local lodge.
The trek from Koto to Meta is mostly uphill where you can collect the incredible landscapes and views of Mountain as well.
The trail from Meta to Phu-Gaun is mostly uphill. Phu-Gaon is a typical local settlement which looks similar to Tibet. The culture, tradition and living style are more connected to the Tibetan lifestyle. Overnight at a local lodge.
A free day at Phu-Gaun will allow you to stroll around the village and visit Tashi Lakhang Gompa. Also, the free day will help you to adapt to the thin air.
Leave the lodge and get ready to spend your coming two weeks in a tented camp. Hike up to the base camp.
During this period, you will be climbing the peak. The guide will train you on climbing, share your skills, and you get the best day for the summit.
After completing the climbing, today you will get back to Phu-Gaon for the overnight.
You will retrace back to Meta from Phu-Gaun following the same route back.
Retrace the same way back to Koto for the overnight.
From Koto, you will drive back to Besisahar with the Jeep. The ride will be an exciting one.
After the successful climbing, today you will drive back to Kathmandu.
You will spend an extra day in Kathmandu. In the free time, you can buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home. In the evening, you will be enjoying a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant with a cultural program as the celebration of the successful summit.
After a beautiful month in Nepal, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu International Airport to catch your return flight back home, with the hope of seeing you again in Nepal.
- Airport pick up and drop off with private AC vehicle.
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a 3-star category hotel with breakfast on a sharing basis
- Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with private tour guide and private transportation.
- Transportation to Besisahar with a private vehicle
- All the papers and the documentation of the trip
- An experienced trekking and climbing guide, including all his expenses and insurance
- Porter for carrying the stuff and all their expenses, including insurance- Porter will be going up to the base camp only.
- All the necessary equipment for camping during the climbing
- Food and accommodation during the trip (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
- All the base camp staff who are experienced and trained
- All the materials in the base camp, including member tent, staff tent, kitchen tent, dining tent and mattresses
- Comprehensive Medical kit.
- Trek and Climbing Route map
- Satellite phone for communication
- International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
- Visa Fee
- Travel Insurance
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Extra nights in Kathmandu accommodation in case of early arrival from the trip.
- Emergency Evacuation
- Personal Expenses: Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any
- Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu, but we will serve soft drinks for members in base camp).
- Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking /Climbing Gears.
- Internet Service and other personal expenses
- Anything not include in the inclusion list
Essential Information - Himlung Expedition
The climb offers stunning scenery, a chance to experience remote and pristine land, and an opportunity to learn about a fascinating culture. The trek begins in Beshishar, 840 meters above sea level. It follows the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail up the Marshyangdi River valley to the village of Koto before branching off into the Phu Valley in the Gandaki region. Here, you will find the ancient Tibetan settlements of Naar and Phu nestled in the valley beneath the majestic Mount Himlung.
You will have a day to acclimatize and explore these beautiful Buddhist settlements before making your way to the base camp of Mount Himlung at 4900 meters above sea level. From the base camp, you will set up three more centres at 5450 meters, 6000 meters, and 6350 meters before attempting to reach the summit of Mount Himlung at 7126 meters. Although the ultimate goal is to get to the summit, the safety and comfort of the climbers are the main priority for our Sherpa guides.
The itinerary is flexible to accommodate any health problems of the climbers and to respond to changing weather conditions on the mountain. Our professional, experienced, and competent Local Sherpa Guides will help you acclimate through appropriately paced ascents and descents, preparing your body to adjust to the altitude.
Trek Nepal Himalayas Pvt Ltd is gearing up for spring and autumn expeditions to Mount Himlung in 2023 and 2024. We have spaces for our 2023 departures and want to form a small group. This is an excellent opportunity to save money and have a great experience with a small group of like-minded individuals. If you are interested in group joining, please get in touch for further details.
The Mount Himlung expedition offers Nepal’s unique and culturally immersive trekking experience. The trek to the base camp passes through the Tibetan villages of Naar and Phu, and the ascent is technically straightforward, making it an ideal peak for those looking to test their abilities on a 7000-meter mountain.
Our experienced local Sherpa guides and support staff will accompany you throughout the expedition, providing well-managed support and logistics. This is the perfect 7000-meter peak to add to your mountaineering list and set your sights on even higher objectives.
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