Himlung Expedition - 28 Days

Expedition to Himlung

Trip Info

Trip Duration

28 Days

Max Altitude

7126 m

Difficulty

difficult

Start From

Kathmandu

Trip Ends At

Kathmandu

Himlung Expedition Overview

Nepal, situated in the heart of the majestic Himalayas, is a paradise for adventure seekers. Among its many peaks, Himlung Himal (7,126m) stands tall as one of the awe-inspiring and lesser-known summits in the Manaslu region northeast of the Annapurna range. The Himlung Expedition in Nepal offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to embark on an epic journey through rugged terrain, dense forests, and remote villages, all leading up to the summit of this majestic mountain. 

The expedition will begin in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where you'll have the chance to explore the rich cultural heritage of Nepal. Along the way, you'll pass through traditional villages and ancient monasteries, soaking up the local culture and immersing yourself in the region's natural beauty. As you make your way toward the base camp, you'll gradually acclimatize to the high altitude, preparing yourself for the ultimate challenge of reaching the summit of Himlung Peak. En route, expert guides and support staff will accompany you to ensure your safety. They will also provide invaluable knowledge and support throughout the journey. 

Moreover, Himlung Peak climbing is a moderate climb for a mountain above 7000 meters. However, it is crucial to be physically and mentally fit and prepared to face trekking at a high altitude. But the rewards of climbing are immeasurable. From the summit, you can witness marvelous mountain views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and other Himalayan peaks. This Himlung Expedition is an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. 

Major Highlights During Himlung Expedition

  • Summit the majestic Mt. Himlung, standing tall at 7,126m above sea level.
  • Trek through remote and picturesque villages like Nar and Phu, where ancient Tibetan culture still thrives. 
  • Marvel at stunning Himalayan vistas, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges and dramatic valleys. 
  • Experience the rich Nepali culture and gain a deeper appreciation for their way of life. 
  • Challenge yourself physically and mentally while navigating rugged terrain and high-altitude conditions. 
  • Create memories and bonds with your team and support staff that will last a lifetime. 
  • Embark on a journey of self-discovery as you'll push yourself beyond your limits and achieve an incredible feat. 

A Typical Day During Himlung Expedition

  • A typical day during Himlung Expedition may vary depending on the stage of the climb, but generally, it follows a similar routine: 
  • Wake up early, around 5-6 am, and have breakfast.
  • Start the day's trek or climb, ranging from a few hours to a full day, depending on the distance and altitude gain. 
  • Take frequent breaks for snacks and water to catch your breath as you acclimate to the altitude. 
  • Arrive at the campsite or tea house in the afternoon or early evening, where you'll rest and have dinner. 
  • Spend the evening socializing with your climbing team, reviewing the next day's plan, and preparing your gear for the climb. 
  • Go to bed early, around 8-9 pm, to ensure you get enough rest for the next day's challenge. 

During the acclimatization phase, rest days are essential to help you adjust to the altitude and avoid altitude sickness. On summit day, the routine may be different, with an early start in the middle of the night to reach the summit before the weather deteriorates. Overall, a typical day during the Himlung Expedition is physically demanding but rewarding, with gorgeous views and a great sense of accomplishment as you progress toward the summit.

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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Hotel
Max Altitude: 1350 M

A representative from Himalayan Trekkers will be waiting to greet you at the airport. They will guide you through the busy airport and transport you to the respective hotel in the city. Once you settle in, you can stroll around nearby places and enjoy the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. Additionally, you can use this day to acclimatize to the altitude and weather of Nepal. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full Day
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Today, you will get an entire day to explore the city of Kathmandu and visit some of its famous landmarks. Kathmandu is a city steeped in history and culture, with many fascinating sights to explore. Some must-see landmarks include the Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) with its panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley, the Boudhanath Stupa (world's largest stupa), and the Pashupatinath Temple (an important pilgrimage site for Hindus). You can witness cremation ceremonies along the holy Bagmati River and explore the temple complex's many shrines, temples, and encounter Sadhus. You will be captivated by this ancient city's rich culture and history. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 3: Leisure and Trip Preparation in Kathmandu
Full Day
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Today, you will prepare for your upcoming expedition by renting or buying gear and equipment or by double-checking your itinerary with your expedition team. You will have time to relax and explore the city at your own pace. You can visit local markets, cafes, or restaurants to try delicious Nepali cuisines.

Likewise, one of your expedition team will provide a briefing on the upcoming trip, including the itinerary, gear, and safety procedures. After that, take a rest and get ready for the adventure that lies ahead.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 4: Drive to Besisahar
6/7 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 800 M

We will start early, around 6-7 am, to avoid traffic and reach Besisahar before sunset. The route passes through scenic landscapes, small towns, and villages. We will also cross the Trishuli River and drive through the Marshyangdi River valley. Upon arrival in Besisahar, check into your hotel and rest for the night. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 5: Drive to Koto
5 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 2610 M

You will drive through the Marshyangdi River valley and cross several suspension bridges. The road is narrow, with steep drops on one side and mountain cliffs on the other. Along the way, you will pass through several villages, including Chamje, Tal, Dharapani, and Chame. Once you reach Koto, check into a teahouse and rest for the night. Koto is the starting point for the trek to the Nar Phu Valley, a remote and less-traveled region in the Annapurna Conservation Area. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 6: Trek to Meta
7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3560 M

Begin your trek early in the morning after breakfast. The trail follows the Nar Phu Khola (river), passing through dense forests and scenic landscapes. You will cross several suspension bridges and climb steep hills. After passing through several small villages, including Dharamsala, you'll reach Meta. It is a small village that serves as a gateway to the Nar Phu Valley. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 7: Trek to Chyaku
3/4 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3700 M

The trek from Meta to Chyaku is a challenging journey through the Himalayas, offering breathtaking views of snowy peaks and glaciers. You will pass through high-altitude pastures, encountering yaks and other wildlife. The trek involves steep ascents and descents, so be prepared for a physically demanding journey. However, the spectacular scenery and the sense of accomplishment upon reaching Chyaku make it all worth it. Chyaku is a small village and serves as a base for exploring the Nar Phu Valley

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 8: Trek to Kyang
2/3 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3560 M

The trail from Chyaku to Kyang goes through the remote terrain of the Himalayas. The trail winds through deep valleys and high mountain passes, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks and glaciers. Along the way, you will pass through small settlements and experience an insight into the daily lives of the local people. Once you reach Kyang, you will behold panoramic vistas of the surrounding peaks. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 9: Trek to Phu Gaon
4/5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 4250 M

The trek from Kyang to Phu Gaon is a scenic journey through the rugged terrain of the Himalayas. The trail winds through steep ridges and narrow valleys, offering spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains and ancient villages. En route, you will cross several suspension bridges over roaring rivers and pass by colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. As you make your way toward Phu Gaon, you'll have a chance to interact with friendly locals.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 10: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
Full Day
Max Altitude: 4250 M

An acclimatization day in Phu Gaon is an opportunity to rest and adapt to the high altitude before continuing the Himlung Expedition. The village's serene atmosphere and beautiful surroundings make it an ideal relaxing place. Spend the day exploring the ancient monasteries, chatting with the friendly locals, or simply enjoying the lovely mountain views. If you're up for the challenge, you can take a short hike to nearby viewpoints for even more breathtaking vistas. Stay hydrated and take it easy, as acclimatization is vital to a successful and safe expedition.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day11: Trek to Himlung Base Camp
4/5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 4900 M

Today, you will continue your trek to Himlung Base Camp. The trail takes you through remote villages and across rugged terrain. As you approach Himlung Base Camp, anticipation builds, and the dramatic scenery intensifies. Setting up camp under the shadow of Himlung Peak is a humbling experience, and the challenge of summiting the mountain lies ahead. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Base Camp Camping
Day 12: Acclimatization at Himlung Base Camp
Full Day
Max Altitude: 4900 M

Acclimatization day at Himlung Base Camp is essential to the climbing expedition. At an altitude of over 4,900m, allowing your body to adjust to the oxygen levels is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. On this day, you'll stay at base camp and engage in light activity, such as short walks or gentle stretching exercises. You’ll prepare for the upcoming ascent, make necessary gear adjustments and plan your route.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Base Camp Camping
Day 13: Trek from Himlung Base Camp to Camp 1
4/5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 5450 M

The trek from Himlung Base Camp to Camp One is a challenging climb through glacial moraines and rocky terrain, with amazing sights of the surrounding peaks. You must be physically and mentally prepared for steep ascents and challenging terrain. The camp offers awe-inspiring views of the mountains and glaciers, allowing you to rest and recharge before continuing the expedition.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Day 14: Trek from Camp 1 to Camp 2 & Return to Base Camp
5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 4900 M

Today is another challenging climb through steep, icy terrain with fantastic Himalayan vistas. You will need to be well-prepared, physically fit, and mentally strong to tackle this part of the expedition. After reaching Camp Two, you will return to Camp One and return to Himlung Base Camp. The descent can be as challenging as the ascent, so taking time and following safety protocols is essential. Upon reaching the base camp, you'll have a chance to rest, recover, and reflect on your incredible journey. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Day 15: Acclimatization at the Himlung Base Camp
Full Day
Max Altitude: 4900 M

This is the second acclimatization day at the base camp, a vital part of the expedition, allowing you to further acclimatize to the high altitude and prepare for the final push towards the summit. During this day, you will have plenty of time to rest and recuperate after the challenging climb to Camp Two. Your guides will closely monitor your physical condition and guide any necessary adjustments to gear and equipment.

Further, you will participate in brief training sessions to refresh your climbing skills and techniques. Additionally, you can take short hikes around the base camp area to further acclimatize and explore the region. The base camp is beautiful and peaceful, with charming views of mighty peaks and glaciers. As you rest and recharge for the final stages of the expedition, you will feel a sense of excitement and anticipation building, knowing that the summit of Himlung Peak is within reach. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Day 16: Trek from Himlung Base Camp to Camp One
3/4 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 5450 M

Today, you will retrace your steps back to Camp One, enjoying the alluring Himalayan panorama. Taking the time and following safety protocols is essential, as the descent can be as challenging as the ascent.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Day 17: Trek from Camp One to Camp Two
2/3 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 6000 M

Today, you will again trek from Camp One to Camp Two. Once again, you will relish the views of peaks and glaciers. Reaching Camp Two is a significant accomplishment, but it's essential to acclimatize and rest before proceeding to the summit. Your guides will support and monitor your physical condition to ensure your safety. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Day 18: Trek from Camp Two to Camp Three
2/3 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 6350 M

The trek from Camp Two to Camp Three is a demanding climb through steep and icy terrain, requiring you to be physically fit and mentally strong. The ascent provides spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Camp Three resides at a high altitude, so it's essential to rest and acclimatize before proceeding to the summit. The anticipation and excitement will build with each step closer to the summit. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Day 19: Acclimatization at Camp Three
Full Day
Max Altitude: 6350 M

After reaching Camp Three, it's essential to rest and acclimate to the high altitude. You will spend the day exploring the area around the campsite, taking in the magical scene of snowy peaks and adjusting to the thin air. It's essential to stay hydrated and well-fed to maintain your strength and energy levels for the final push to the summit. The acclimatization day at Camp Three is crucial to the expedition, preparing you for the challenging climb ahead. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Day 20: Summit from Camp 3- Himlung Summit and return to Camp Three
7/8 Hours Climb
Max Altitude: 7126 M

Summit Day is the culmination of the expedition, and it's an early start from Camp Three. The climb to the summit is a demanding and exhilarating ascent through icy and steep terrain, and you'll need to be physically and mentally prepared for the arduous climb. As you climb higher, the Himalayan peaks and glaciers scene becomes more breathtaking. Reaching the summit is a momentous achievement, and you will celebrate the accomplishment before beginning the descent back to Camp Three. After reaching Camp Three, you'll rest and recover before continuing the decline toward Base Camp. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Day 21: Trek from Camp Three to Himlung Base Camp
7/8 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 4900 M

After a successful summit of Mt. Himlung, you will descend from Camp Three back to the base camp, taking in the splendid scenery and reflecting on reaching the summit. The descent requires careful footing and pacing. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Day 22: Trek from Himlung Base Camp to Phu Gaon
4/5 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 4250 M

After returning to base camp from the summit, you will begin the trek back towards Phu Gaon, retracing your path on the ascent. The descent is gradual, and you'll take your time to avoid any injuries. The route passes through astonishing alpine landscapes and small settlements before reaching Phu Gaon. The retracing path back to Phu Gaon provides a chance to contemplate the accomplishment of scaling the peak and cherish the unforgettable memories made during the expedition. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea house
Day 23: Trek from Phu Gaon to Meta
6/7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 3560 M

You will trek back along the same path from Phu Gaon to Meta, retracing your route on the ascent. The descent requires careful footing, and you'll take your time to avoid any injuries. The trail passes through rugged terrain and forests before finally reaching Meta. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea house
Day 24: Trek from Meta to Koto
5/6 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 2610 M

The trek from Meta to Koto is relatively easy, taking you through lush forests and small settlements. You will retrace your steps from the ascent, taking in the exquisite scenery as you approach Koto. Finally, you'll reach Koto, where you can relax. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea house
Day 25: Drive from Koto to Besisahar
5/6 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 800 M

After completing the trek, you will drive from Koto to Besisahar. As you go through winding mountain roads, you'll relish the breathtaking sights of the surrounding landscapes. Along the way, you will pass through small towns and villages, providing a glimpse into the local culture and way of life. Once you reach Besisahar, you can relax and celebrate the expedition's completion. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea house
Day 26: Drive to Kathmandu From Besisahar
6/7 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Today, you will continue your scenic drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu. The drive takes through small towns, lush forests, and rolling hills. You will have ample opportunities to take in the stunning scenery along the way, including the Trishuli River and terraced rice paddies. Finally, you will arrive in Kathmandu, where you can rest and reflect on the fantastic journey you've just completed.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 27: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Full Day
Max Altitude: 1350 M

A leisure day in Kathmandu is a welcome break from the rigors of trekking and climbing. It's an opportunity to rest and recover, explore the city, and immerse yourself in the city's local culture. You can visit famous cultural and historical sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can also try delicious local cuisines, shop for souvenirs, or relax and enjoy the atmosphere. A leisure day in Kathmandu is a great way to recharge and prepare for the rest of your journey. 

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 28: Departure from Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Airport

On your final day, a representative from Himalayan Trekkers will transfer you to the airport for your departure. We'll ensure you have a hassle-free experience, and one of our team will happily assist you with the check-in process. Before you leave, you'll have a chance to participate in a traditional closing ceremony with your guide and support staff, where you can share your experiences and offer gratitude for the journey. 

Meals: Breakfast

What is included / not included

Include

  • Arrival& Departure Transfer as per Itinerary
  • Standard Twin/Double Sharing Accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Daily Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Heritage & monuments Entrance fees as per Itinerary
  • Himlung Expedition Fees/Royalty
  • All Necessary Paperworks and Documentation
  • Other Necessary Entrance Permit and Documantation
  • Private Transfer to Besisahar and Return to Kathmandu
  • Expedition Sherpa Porters & mulesas per needs
  • Expedition Sherp Guide
  • Daily Meals- Breakfast Lunch & Dinner During the trip
  • Drinking Water/Hot Drinksas per Need during the trip
  • Common/Fixed Expedition Gears
  • Twin Sharing Tented Room During the Trip
  • Nepal GOvernment Liason Officer ( Mandatory)
  • Medical Equipments and Necessary Medicines
  • Emergency Oxygen Bottles, Mask & regulator at ABC( Use & Pay)
  • Satellite Phone on Pay Call
  • Generator/Solar Panel for Power and Charging Purpose
  • Rescue and Medical Evacusion Arrangement for Incase of Needs
  • Nar and Phu Permits
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • Service charge for Trip Arrangments
  • All Taxes

 

 

Exclude

  • Nepal Visa Fees
  • International Airfare and Taxes to/from Kathmandu
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Clothing & Climbing Gears
  • Excess Baggage and Transport
  • Personal Expenses such as WIFI, Calls, Beverage, Laundery, Shower etc
  • Fees for Custom, Satellite phone, Flming Camera, Communication Equipments etc
  • Expedition Guide - Summit Bonus
  • Tipping for Sherpa and Porters and Entire Team
  • Any other Services and Cost which is not included
  • Your Travel Insurance

Accommodation

Accommodation during Himlung Expedition 

During the Himlung Expedition, accommodation varied depending on the location and altitude of the trek. Here's a breakdown: 

Kathmandu 

You could find various accommodation options for all budgets and facilities. There is the availability of a wide variety, from budget guesthouses and hostels to luxurious five-star hotels. 

During the Trek to Himlung Base Camp

Accommodation during the trek will be in teahouses or lodges in the villages along the way. These basic teahouses are clean and comfortable, with attached bathrooms in most of the places and shared in a few. 

At Himlung Base Camp

Accommodation will be in tents set up by the support crew. Each tent can accommodate two people and will have a foam mattress, sleeping bag, and pillow. The tents are safe and provide you with adequate heating with the help of good-quality sleeping bags. 

During the Climb

Accommodation will be in high-altitude tents designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. These tents are much more essential than the tents at the base camp and will only have room for one person. 

It's important to note that while the accommodations are essential, the support staff works hard to ensure that they are clean and comfortable. Additionally, the marvelous mountain views and unique cultural experiences make up for any lack of luxury. 

Meals during Himlung Expedition

In Kathmandu, many restaurants and cafes cater to different tastes and budgets. Visitors can choose from local Nepali cuisine, international dishes, or a fusion of both. Meals for vegetarians and vegans are also available. 

Typical meals provided by teahouses during the trekking portion of the expedition include porridge, eggs, bread, pancakes, fruits, and tea or coffee for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, typical Nepalese dishes such as dal bhat (lentil soup with rice and vegetables) and momo (dumplings) will be served, along with pasta, noodles, potatoes, and some Indian as well as continental cuisine.  

During the climbing portion of the expedition, meals will be more basic and consist of high-energy foods such as porridge, oatmeal, energy bars, and canned fruits and vegetables. You can also carry snacks and drinks to maintain energy levels during the climb. 

Drinking water during Himlung Expedition

In the lower regions, bottled mineral water, natural Himalayan Spring water, and boiled and filtered spring water are available. However, once you move forward with the trek, only boiled and filtered spring water and natural spring water from the rivers, taps, and streams can be found. The travelers could purchase the boiled and filtered water from the locals at a minimal price or they could carry chlorine drops and UV water purifiers and purify the water themselves. 

During the expedition, the options for drinking water were limited to natural spring water present in a frozen state. Our crew members will melt the ice by boiling it at a certain temperature that kills any bacteria present and will again filter the water following the proper procedure. This method is completely safe. 

Likewise, we suggest travelers carry a non-plastic water bottle and purchase the water from the locals in the available places as it helps in maintaining sustainability, and eco-tourism and also promotes local income generation.  

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