Hiunchuli Peak 22 Days [6300 m]
Near to the Annapurna South is the beautiful Hiunchuli Peak, lying at an altitude of 6,441 meters. Though climbing this peak is not technically difficult, there are other drawbacks of this trekking route such as its vulnerability to rock falls and complexity in route finding, that make it a less preferred trekking option.

Discovered by Col. Jimmy Roberts, Hiunchuli is one of the three major trekking peaks within the Annapurna Sanctuary. Its eastern face overlooks the Modi Khola and guards the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary. An American Peace Corps Expedition, via the southeast face, first climbed Hiunchuli in October 1971.

Lying at a remote location, Hiunchuli, still remains an unknown route approached by only a few trekkers. The trekking trail passes through steep and dense bamboo forest, menaced by unseen dangers of the hanging glaciers. From the north, the mountain rises steeply above the moraines of the Annapurna South Glacier in a series of shabby buttresses and an ill-defined and complicated North Ridge. These in turn lead to a final triangle of fluted ice that forms the summit. The summit is bounded on the east by a ridge that rises in an icy parabola, from which a steep couloirs descends towards the moraines above the lodges at base camp. Considered as one of the most complex climbs, the trek to the Hiunchuli Peak requires technicality and experience.

Fact of the Trek

 

Hiunchuli Peak Climbing Map

 

Trekking Related Info

Place Covers

Pokhara/ Nayapul/Ghorepani/ABC/Annapurna South Base Camp/ Hiunchuli HighCamp/Dovan/Jhinudanda/
Pokhara

Min. altitude

1050 m

Max. altitude

6300 m

Grade info

Strenuous

Transportation

Tourist bus and flights

Trek Duration

24 Days

Age Limit

17 to 65



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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.  Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02:
Flight to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tirkhedhunga. Your trip starts with a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During the flight, you will get to view the most magnificent and sensational sights of Himalayan range. As the flight lands in Pokhara, you will be mesmerized by the irresistible visual treat of Manaslu and other enchanting Himalayan peaks of Nepal. On reaching Pokhara, you will take a one and half hours drive to Nayapul, the starting point of your trek. From Nayapul you will start your trek to Tirkhedhunga via Birethanti. The first part of your trek is easy as you pass through numerous small villages and settlements. Later you ascend gently to Tirkhedhunga. The majority of people here are Gurungs, who have been serving for Gorkha and Indian regiments for generations. Today you trek for approximately five hours.

Day 03:
Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) and it takes about six hours. To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you could see good view of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m.) South. Now your trail is quite easier passing through rhododendron and shadowy trees and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds.  

Day 04:
Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) which takes about five and half hours. Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.). After walking for almost one and half hour you reach Gurung Hill which has the splendid mountain views as Poon Hill. From here you follow small forests with rhododendron, bamboos until you reach Deurali. The trail goes steeply down through deep forests all the way to Banthati. It takes one hour from here to reach Tadapanil After breakfast trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2731m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on.  

Day 05:
Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) and it takes about three hours. It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you could see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.
Day 06: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2040 m.) which takes approximately four hours. At the beginning of the day, you could ascend gently for an hour up to Ghandrukkot (2100m.) and descend steeply to the Kimron Khola (1700m.). Immediately, ascend steeply and walk at a level for an hour and still ascend gently to the final camp. Chhumrung is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major Ethnic group of Nepal.                                                                                                        

Day 07:
Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2340m.) and it takes about five hours. Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement of Tilicho in forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) you reach three hotels at Sinuwa, at 2350m. Climb in rhododendron forests to Kuldi, at 2520m. This was once a British sheep breeding project; now the stone houses are an ACAP visitor centre and check post. In winter, it's common to find snow anywhere from this point on. Descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge (2340m.).

Day 08:
Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.) which takes about five hours. You trek gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Dovan (2630m.) where there are few lodges and camp sites. Now you pass through muddy trail which traverses high above the river. There are debris of avalanches except during winter season. After short trek, you reach at Himalayan Hotel (2900m.), the town named after the Himalayan Hotel. Beyond it , the trail is steeply ascent up to Hinko Cave (3160m.), this named as a huge overhanging rock provides some protection against rain and avalanches. It takes approximately twenty minutes through normally ascent path to reach Deorali (3230m.)  

Day 09:
Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.) and it takes about four hours.
From here, the valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary. The trail is less steep. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After short trek you will be at Bagar (3310m.), a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now the trail appears gently ascent until you reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.). Here you find almost 6 to 7 lodges. This is one of the places, where you can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine meadow and after some distance your trails go gently up. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.). From here, you can see the views of several peaks at 360 degree.  

Day 10:
Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Annapurna South Base Camp which takes about five hours. This day you trek along rocky glacier path. You can enjoy the majestic views of Annapurna I, Fish tail, Singu Chuli, Tent peak and many more.

Day 11:
Trek from Annapurna South Base Camp to Hiunchuli High Camp and it takes about five hours. The rocky trail goes straight up to High Camp. You can enjoy the same views of earlier day.

Day 12:
Climb Hiunchuli Camp I. At the summit you can have closer panoramic views of Annapurna I, Fish tail, Singu Chuli, Tent peak and many more.

Day 13:
Climb Hiunchuli Camp II. This day you will enjoy the same views of earlier days.

Day 14:
Summit Hiunchuli peak and back to Hiunchuli Camp II.

Day 15:
Climb down Annapurna South Base Camp.

Day 16:
Trek from Annapurna South Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 17:
Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) which takes about five hours. It's much easier going down. You should have no problem reaching Sinuwa in a single day from Annapurna Base Camp. Now you trek through Himalayan Hotel to Dovan.

Day 18:
Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) and it takes about six hours. The path is descent up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descend to the Chhumrong Khola  and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town you should walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can relax at Hot Spring.

Day 19:
Trek from Jhinudanda to Pothana (1600m.) which takes about five hours. The first part of the trek is descent and then appears through flat land until you reach Himal Pani. Here you find beautiful waterfall. Beyond this town, the trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After short trek, you will be at Landruk (1640m.), a pretty big village inhabited by mixed community of Gurung, Magar and Brahmin as well. Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m.) and then ascent and level path to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deorali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks in panorama. Now the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak forests. Pothana is a small town resided by Gurung, a ethnic community of Nepal. From here too, you can enjoy the splendid views of various mountain peaks.

Day 20:
Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi and it takes approximately three hours and drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara by car. The trail is gently descent up to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurung. Now you trek through flat land for some distance and steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. Now you take vehicle to drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara.

Day 21:
Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu on breakfast basis.

Day 22:
Departure from Kathmandu. Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

Cost includes:

Camping Trek
1. Airport pick up and drop off services
2. 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu with 3 star bed & breakfast
3. Permit fee of Mera Peak 6654 m
4. Equipment: Trekking tents, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Table and chairs, Mattresses during the trekking & Peak climbing period
5. Food: Food for trekking & Peak climbing (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
6. Staff: 1 Base Camp Guide, 1 Cook, 1 Kitchen, 1 climbing guide & necessary porters
7. Local transportation
8. Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight
9. Park fees of Everest region
10. Trekking crews of insurance
11. Trekking allowance, food allowance for trekking crews
12. Our service charge
Lodge Trek (Tea House)
1. Airport pick up and drop off services
2. 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu with 3 star bed & breakfast
3. Permit fee of Mera Peak 6654 m
4. Meal: All meal during the trek best available hotel/lodges or teahouse
5. One experience trekking guide/Climbing Guide & necessary porters
6. Park fees for Everest conservation
7. Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight
8. Insurance for Guide & Porters
9. All accommodation during the trek best available hotel/guesthouses
10. All land transportation
11. Our service charge

Cost does not includes:

1. PERSONAL equipment for climbing
2. Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal
3. Climbing food
4. Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
5. Emergency Rescue evacuation
6. Trekking Sleeping bag
7. Personal expenses
8. Tipping (Tips)
9. Bar bills and Beverage
10. Departures taxes

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