Himlung Expedition

Himlung Expedition 2021

Classic 7000m expedition in the northern Annapurna region

  • Group Size:Min 1 Max 10
  • Duration:30 Days
  • Max Altitude:7126m/23,380ft
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Camping
  • Activity:High Altitude Expeditions
  • Meal:Meals Included
  • Trip Grade:Strenuous+
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
Package difficulty Strenuous+
All inclusive cost $ 7,999.00
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Trip Overview

Highlights

  • Classic 7000m expedition in the northern Annapurna region
  • An excellent preliminary peak for 8000m expeditions
  • Fully guided expedition in a remote part of Nepal
  • Less technical climb with 7000m altitude mark

Himlung Expedition is a classic 7000m expedition in the northern Annapurna region of Nepal that was first climbed only in 1992 A.D. At 7126m, Himlung Himal Expedition serves as an excellent preliminary peak for 8000m climbs.

The mountain receives fewer climbers even till date and is not technically difficult. Due to its remote location and in close proximity with Tibet border, Himlung sees fewer climbers summiting every year. This is a perfect peak for those with previous experience of 6000m climb and is looking to push their altitude experience to the next level.  

The climb of Himlung involves ascending of three high camps above the base camp to the summit following low objective hazards over rock, moraine and snow slopes. Most section of the Himlung climbing route involves 30 degrees of steepness and only the final section near the summit steepens up to 40 degrees. The route up to camp 2 consists more of a rock and moraine. From Camp 2 onwards, the route consists of snow slopes. 

Our Himlung Himal Expedition is a fully guided and supported expedition. We provide 2 climbing sherpa for every 3 members. 

Himlung Expedition Itinerary Overview

Our expedition begins with a journey to the base camp of Mount Himlung following a classic trek through Nar and Phu Valley. The trekking route itself is not very popular but this region holds a rich history, scenery and diverse views. After a few days of the trek at lower Annapurna region, we are welcomed into a completely different world at Nar Phu valley, barren land and untouched beauty. From here a day trek will bring us to the base camp of Mt. Himlung. 

Himlung base camp is situated at 4900m/16,080ft. From the base camp to the summit, three higher camps are placed. Camp I is situated at an elevation of 5350m, Camp II at 6000m and Camp III at 6350m. A rotation of higher camps (Camp I, Camp II and Camp III) are scheduled for an acclimatization purpose before the actual summit push. As part of our acclimatization plan, we climb up to Camp III and descend all the way back to base camp. Once this is done, we begin our actual summit push. 

Why join us on Himlung Expedition?

  • Experienced team of guides with 1:2 sherpa guide to client ratio
  • Well devised itinerary keeping ensuring safety first and service paramount
  • Comprehensive medical kit with oxygen for emergency purpose
  • A cohesive team of climbers
  • A long history of high altitude expeditions

Trip Itinerary

Dates & Price

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private group basis.

If you are looking for a group to join this trip please click the Fixed Departures tab for more information on departure dates, availability and price. All our fixed departures are guaranteed to run. Or, if you would like to do this trip alone, or with your friends, families & colleagues in a private group style, please fill out the contact form in Private Group tab and send us your message. We will organize a private trip for you at your preferred dates catering any request you may have.

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Trip Start Date03 Oct, 2021
Trip End Date01 Nov, 2021
PriceUSD 7,999
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Cost Inclusion

  • Guided climb with 1:2 sherpa guide to climber ratio and 1:4 leader to client ratio
  • Nepalese government royalty fees for Himlung Expedition.
  • All expedition organizational requirements
  • Meals and accommodation at base camp and higher camps during expedition
  • 4 nights accommodation at Kathmandu Guest House with breakfast on deluxe room
  • Meals and accommodation during the trekking period
  • Individual tent at the base camp and more for your comfort
  • Twin sharing tent (North Face VE25 or similar) for higher camps
  • Satellite communication system at base camp but nominal charge for use
  • Radio set for communication between camps
  • Ground transfers as per mentioned in the itinerary on private vehicle
  • Staffs wages, allowances with their insurance
  • Common climbing equipment and route fixing gears
  • Comprehensive medical supplies with oxygen for emergency use
  • Porterage of climbing equipment up to base camp and back after the expedition
  • Liaison officer daily wages and fees
  • Applicable national park fees and local taxes

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Custom for bringing any expedition goods
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Insurance (Mandatory)
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Personal expenses

Essential Information

Expedition Difficulty

Himlung is not a technically difficult mountain to climb but it involves multiple days of climbing at high altitude on mixed terrain. The high altitude reaching 7000m mark makes this expedition a challenging climb. Climbers are required to move independently in mixed terrain(Rock, Ice and Snow) with the use of Crampons and Ice-Axe. You are also expected to carry your personal climbing gears which can weight 10-15 kgs. 

If you have bagged 6000m peaks and are comfortable with the usage of Crampons and Ice-Axe then Himlung maybe your new mountaineering adventure to push your altitude experience to a new level. Our climbing itinerary has been devised keeping every aspect in mind in order to ensure maximum success chances. 

Level of Experienced Required

To partake in Himlung Expedition, one needs to have a previous climbing experience of at least 6000m. A basic climbing experience with the previous usage of climbing equipment such as Crampons and Ice-Axe are required since this climb involves usage of Crampons, Ice-Axe and rope work. 

The climb is not very technical but it demands climbers to be in excellent physical shape. The base camp sits at an elevation of 4850m and the summit at 7126m. Climbing days are 6-7 hrs on average and the summit day will be 10-14 hrs long. You should also be comfortable carrying your climbing and personal equipment required during the climb. During the trekking period to and off the base camp, we provide porterage support to transfer your gears and equipment. 

We offer a guided expedition to Himlung with 1:2 sherpa to client ratio but it is imperative that you come fully prepared and trained. The more fitter you are, the more enjoyable the experience will be. Most people will find it difficult to climb at this altitude so be prepared physically and mentally. 

Climbing Route

Himlung expedition climbing route progresses through mixed terrain on 30 degrees steepness on most section. From base camp to Camp II, the route passes through mostly rock and moraine. From Camp II to the summit, the route passes through mostly snow steep section with some mixed ice climbing. The steepness on this mountain doesn't exceed 40 degrees. 

Guides

Our Himlung Expedition 2021 will be managed by Kunga Sherpa, an Everest summiteer himself. With over 35 years of experience in the climbing industry, he has managed over forty above 8000m expeditions till date. 

On summit push, We provide 1:2 sherpa guide to client ratio. Most of our Sherpa guides come from Rolwaling village, a hidden gem in foothills of Mt. Gaurishankar. All our Sherpa guides are previous Everest summiteer with detailed experience on high altitude expeditions. Each of our Sherpa guides has tons of experience in climbing high altitude peaks. 

Meals

We consider delicious and nutritious food to be a key component to the overall success of our expeditions. We take the utmost care in quality and hygienic preparation. Our High Altitude Chef will be with us for all meals at Base Camp. During the trek, your meals will be served at the teahouse/lodge you will stay and in Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to cater to your needs.

Accommodation

We provide each climber with an individual tent at the base camp during an entire expedition. Each tent will have spacious space, comfortable mattresses, carpeted floor and more for your comfort. Higher above from base camp, a high-quality extreme weather tent will be provided for every 2 climbers. It’s also a lot warmer and safer when you can keep an eye on each other. 

Communication

Our Himlung Expedition group will be equipped with a satellite phone for emergency purpose throughout the expedition duration. The cell phone network is available during the trekking section but the service is not reliable and may fluctuate depending on weather conditions. In case you need to make a personal call, you can use the satelite phone at $3 per minute. 

We also provide a radio communication system to communicate between the camps. 

Group Size

Min 1, Max 10

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other especially in high altitude expeditions like Himlung. You will get to know your Sherpa guide and team member personally. Being a small group is always efficient on a bigger mountain. Our group size is small and your Sherpa guides will not only assist you at the summit push but will also assist you in the rotation of higher camps.

Insurance

It’s mandatory to get rescue insurance before embarking on any adventurous activities like high altitude expeditions. We advise all our clients to get an insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. Medical expenses, Baggage lost, Delays and Cancellation, Death & Repatriation are also other important factors to include when purchasing your Insurance.

It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision.

Payment

To reserve your spot on the expedition, a nonrefundable deposit (20% of total cost) is due at the time of registration. Your booking will be confirmed by an email after we have received the booking form together with the initial deposits. For payment method, we accept wire transfer and card payment. Please note that an additional 3.5% charge will be levied (as imposed by the bank) on the total amount if you are paying via card.

Balance payment must be made 30 days prior to the expedition start date. 

View our payment information page for more details on payment. 

Refund policy:

The trip deposit is non-refundable and will be forfeited in the event of any cancellation, as such we strongly recommend you to include Trip cancellation coverage on your insurance policy. The reason for the non-refundable policy is due to the great expenses incurred in such an expedition. The expeditions are planned and prepared months before your arrival in Kathmandu. 

Equipment List

The gear listed below is required for the expedition. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Head:
- Warm Hat and Bandana/Scarf
- Baseball cap
- Thermal Balaclava / Buff
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Ski goggles (Anti-fog and good ventilation)
- Headlight X 2 with spare batteries
- Climbing helmet

Upper body:
- Long-sleeved shirts
- T-Shirts
- Baselayers
- Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
- Waterproof jackets
- Down Jacket with hood (800m fill)
- Primaloft or light down jacket
- Down Suit (Lightweight, comfortable fit and 800m fill) (For Summit Climb Only)

Lower body:
- Thermal
- Inner wears / Baselayers
- Undergarments
- Waterproof trousers
- Trekking trousers
- Down or Primaloft pants

Feet:
- Warm socks (4 pair thin socks and 4 pair thick socks)
- Trekking shoes (Preferably full to protect/support your ankle)
- 8000m Mountaineering boots (Lightweight and comfortable size)
- Camp Shoes
- Gaiters
- Down shoe

Hands
- Gloves
- Primaloft Mitten
- Down Mitten

Climbing equipment:
- Backpack 55-65 litres (for trekking and climbing period)
- A pair of trekking poles
- Harness
- Ascender/Jumar (Large handle)
- Descender /Figure 8
- ATC Guide
- Carabiners (4 screw gate and 4 snap gate)
- Prussik cord X 2
- Slings X 2
- Ice Axe
- 12-points steel crampons
- Inflatable sleeping mattress
- Sleeping bag X 2 (One for base camp and one for higher camps)

Others:
- Trekking poles
- Water bottle one (1) litre X 2 with an insulated cover
- Thermos
- Multi-tool knife
- Pee bottle
- Laundry bag to keep dirty clothes
- Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
- Padlock
- Binoculars
- Sewing kit
- Duct tape
- Reading materials, notebooks and pens
- Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from the expedition.
- Camera with charger or spare batteries

Toiletries and hygiene
- Quick-drying towel
- Small face towel
- Toothbrush &Toothpaste
- Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
- Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen and lip balm
- Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
- Hygiene products
- Basic first aid kit

Documents
- Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
- 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
- Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
- Flight tickets
- Credit cards in case of emergencies
- Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photocopy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Other Information

Other information such as (Flights, Arrival Instructions, Visa and Passport etc) required for the trip will be provided after you have signed up for the expedition. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you require more information about the trip.

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