Hiunchuli Peak Climbing is one of the most preferred climbing routes among the Annapurna region. It is located at the south face of Annapurna South and is regarded as one of the adventures filled and challenging treks in the region.
This peak as first climbed by the American Peace Corps Expedition under the leadership of Jimmy Roberts in 1971 through the southeast face, and hence the peak is also known by the name of ‘Roberts’. During the trek, we gradually get to observe a range of mountains like Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Tukuche peak, etc.
Hiunchuli peak is located at an altitude of 6441 meters above sea level. It is a lightweight climbing trekking peak in Annapurna which is considered comparatively difficult within its class. And, therefore is less preferred in comparison to Mera Peak or Island Peak.
There are two routes: the South-East race route and North-West Face Route. There are various traditional tribal cultures, a range of wild animals and birds that we get within during the trek. We also get to overcome Thorang La pass, deepest gorge of the world during the trek.
This trek starts from Pokhara valley, and the trail will lead us up slowly towards Annapurna Base Camp. We visit places like Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Ghandruk, Machhapuchre Base Camp, etc during this trek. Apart, we also get to explore places of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and Pokhara.
Green vegetation and dense forest of rhododendron, pine, etc will be around our trail. We then come through the lower sub-tropic to arctic zones and observe complete views of snow-capped peaks thereby. The trek is about walking, but AirNet travel will manage vehicles up to the place from where we begin the trek. You don’t need to be some experienced trekker to opt for the Hiunchuli Trekking package, as it can be done by any beginner too.
Spring and Autumn are regarded as the best time for Hiunchuli Peak Climbing. The time between March and May or October and November would be perfect. These are the times of longer days and stable weather. AirNet travel has designed the itinerary in such a manner that you won’t feel hectic, and the cost is affordable enough.
One of our teammates will be waiting to receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport. So, once you drop down to the airport, our team member will take you to star hotel in Kathmandu and let you get fresh and overcome through your jet lag.
Once you are done with your refreshment, we can take a short trip around and observe the evening life of Thamel. During the evening, a brief introduction about Hiunchuli Peak Climbing will be explained. We get ourselves ready for the trip and pack our luggage accordingly.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Having our breakfast, we depart from Kathmandu and head towards Pokhara. Overcoming the crazy traffic jam of Kathmandu, our driver will take you towards the Lake City of Nepal. You get to see amazing views of the river, hills, and mountains on the way.
Having our lunch on the way itself, we first check into a hotel and get a fresh shower. Taking rest, we then take a short walk around Lake Side of Pokhara. It is okay to opt for boating in Phewa Lake too. Overnight in Pokhara.
On this day of Tharpu Chuli adventure, we explore Pokhara. Having our breakfast we travel around Davis Fall at first. This is an amazing waterfall to get ourselves pleasured. Just opposite to Davis Fall, there is Gupteswor Cave to be around.
Having our lunch we head towards Bat Cave and Mahendra Cave. These are natural caves that you get to explore. We then head towards Lake Side, and relax observing the evening view of the lake. Overnight at Pokhara.
Having our breakfast, we now gradually get into our Hiunchuli Peak Expedition. First, we have our breakfast and then drive towards Naya Pul. This will be around an hour of drive; after which our trekking formally begins.
We first cross Modi Khola and then walk through the path across Burundi Khola. Gently ascending through farmlands, we cross various traditional villages. After walking for around 5 hours, we then reach our destination point – Hille, located at an altitude of 1430 meters. Overnight at Hille.
Continuing our Hiunchuli Peak Climbing, on this day we start our trek by initially ascending our trail towards Tikhedhunga. We further walk uphill tell we reach Ulleri. Having some rest at Ulleri, we climb the next couple of hours towards large Magar settlement.
The trail will keep ascending and we walk through rhododendron and oak forest. Crossing Banthanti, we finally reach our day’s destination – Ghorepani. Overnight at the lodge of Ghorepani.
What makes Poon Hill special is a spectacular view of sunrise right from the mountains. So, we wake up before sunrise and make sure we walk for an hour before sunrise up to Poon Hill to see an amazing view of the sun rising from mountains. Poon Hill is an amazing place at the top letting you see wide mountain ranges like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Annapurna ranges, Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchre, etc.
We get back to Ghandruk, have breakfast and then set for the next level of the journey. We descend through the peaceful and dense forest till Banthanti and continue our trail towards Tadapani. Overnight at lodge in Tadapani.
We start this day of Hiunchuli Peak Climbing departing from Tadapani. Leaving Tadapani, we start uphill trek gradually towards Ghandruk following the trail that will take us to Ghandrukkot. We then walk through the trail that goes downhill gradually till the suspension bridge over Kimrung Khola.
The trail will then ascend upwards to Chhomrong, a gateway for all Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. We walk for around 5 to 6 hours this day in total and then reach Chhomrong. Overnight at Chhomrong.
As we already have entered into Hiunchuli expedition, our Tent Peak expedition will get wild gradually. This day we trek for around 6 hours. We cross a suspension bridge over Chhomrong Khola and then reach Sinuwa at first.
Our path from Sinuwa will be flat trail and then we pass through thick rhododendron forest till Khuldighar. After that, we descend through steep stone steps into lush bamboo and rhododendron forests and then finally reach Dobhan. Overnight will be spent in Dobhan.
After reaching Dobhan, we start walking through the trail alongside Modi Khola. We first pass through Himalaya Hotel and then Hinku Cave before reaching Deurali. Today will be a real short trip as we will walk only around one and a half hours through a small trail. This would be prone to avalanche.
We get to acclimatize to high altitude and get set for the next day’s trip. Upon reaching Deurali we take enough rest and let our body acclimatize around. Overnight at Deurali.
This would be a memorable day during the Hiunchuli Peak Climbing expedition. We first walk for around half an hour and reach into the place between the river bed surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. Our hiking trail towards Machhapuchre Base Camp would be stressful, but amazing views would be worth it.
Although we walk for around 4 hours this day, we get tired as e start gaining altitude. We get to enjoy Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Mt. Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and Machhapuchre from here. Overnight at cool weather in Machhapuchre Base Camp.
Having our breakfast, we get set for the next amazing day in Hiunchuli Peak Climbing. It would take only a couple of hours for us to reach Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchre Base Camp. We walk through rocky ridgeline observing amazing mountain ranges during the trek.
We experience amazing experience being at a height of 4130 meters. Overnight at Lodge in Annapurna Base Camp.
This day, we set our destiny to our epicenter – Hiunchuli Base Camp. We start our trek climbing through a rocky glacier path. We walk through the trail surrounded by views of high peaks.
We trek for around five hours this day to reach Hiunchuli Base Camp. There, we observe beautiful views of major mountains lie Machhapuchre, Annapurna ranges and several other peaks. Overnight will be spent at tented camp there.
As we are gradually getting closer towards the objective of why we opted for Hiunchuli Peak Climbing. This day, we start our trek taking steep trail heading upwards to High Camp. We observe the views of high mountains, which are similar and we also practice using equipment upon reaching High Camp.
It is okay to explore in nearby areas to acclimatize ourselves to the climate. Overnight at the tented house of Hiunchuli.
This will be an important day for us, as the primary objective of Hiunchuli Peak Expedition was about climbing Hiunchuli Peak. This would be the day, where we begin with ascending along the ice-filled rocky trails heading Hiunchuli. We make the best use of equipment that we have and take enough help from our guide to reach Hiunchuli Peak.
Once we make it to the peak, we observe beautiful views of Annapurna and Nilgiri ranges along with many other peaks. We then collect snaps and then gradually descend back towards Deurali. We trek for around 6 to 7 hours this day. Overnight at Deurali.
Mountains have unpredictable weather. And hence weight not know how will weather treat us. So, it’s wise to keep a spare day just in case if we could not make it to summit the previous day. Or, even if we did, we can stay at the base camp with enough rest that our body would require.
You can read books, or watch movies if you have your charged laptop from the base camp itself. A coffee with it, and a sip of it right below the mountain would be a different experience anyway.
After we take our breakfast, we now move towards the place from where we came through. This day, we start our trail descending downhill towards the suspension bridge over Chhomrong River and then climb the next 2200 stone steps that will take us to Chhomrong village.
Observing the beautiful landscape, we then descend gradually to Taulung Danda and then cross the suspension bridge right over Kimrong Khola. The trail from here will take us to dense rhododendron forest, which will ultimately take us to Ghandruk Village.
Waking up in the morning, we have our typical Gurung’s cuisine as our breakfast and begin our last day of the trek. We initially pass through Kimche followed by Syauli Bazar and reach Nayapul. We trek for around 4 to 5 hours this day.
The trek will be steeply declined at first followed by a flat path. It will take us the next hour of the drive for us to reach Pokhara. We take a big rest and a shower. Overnight at Pokhara.
Having our breakfast, we then head towards Kathmandu through the same route we came. Before departing from Pokhara we visit Begnas Lake, where we can spend around an hour. On the way we can spend some time heading towards Bandipur including lunch. We pass through places like Abu Khaireni, Muglin, Malekhu, Naubise and reach Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Visiting Nepal, and without even visiting places around in Kathmandu would not be fair. We, therefore, set this day to visit places of Kathmandu’s neighbor – Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. They are amazing places enlisted under UNESCO’s world heritage site, and you will love it. Overnight at the hotel of Kathmandu.
We will try our best to manage time to visit Pashupatinath, the holy place of Hindu this day. Overnight at Kathmandu’s hotel.
Gathering all the memories and adventure, we then set to depart. Our team member of AirNet Travel will bid you farewell from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Hiunchuli is located inside the Annapurna trekking region and is connected to Annapurna south. It lies in north-central of Nepal in Gandaki province. The coordinates for Hiunchuli is Latitude: 28° 30′ 59.99″ N and Longitude: 83° 52′ 59.99″ E.
Hiunchuli Expedition Peak is one of the most famous climbing peaks of Annapurna region, This peak expedition takes out of your comfort zone and challenges you to your limit. Hiuunchuli peak standing tall at 6,441 meters offers you the maleficent views of the mountain ranges and glaciers.
Some of the attractions of Hiunchuli peak are:
Hiunchuli peak is very strenuous and challenging peak. This peak is one of the famous peaks inside Annapurna sanctuary. Compared to other trekking peaks Hiunchuli peak is more technical one needs mountaineering skills in order to summit this peak. The routes also make this peak challenges we have to find the routes according to the season, there is no standard route up to the summit all the routes are challenging and technical. Before committing to this peak you need to have a perfect physical condition and knowledge about the mountains and basic skills about mountaineering as you need to use different equipments and gears while climbing.
Climbing any peak over 6000m is a challenging task. Training depends upon your present physical and mental condition. If you have been climbing, hiking, Trekking and are familiar with mountaineering then you can continue your training as normal. If not then you need to focus on specific training which will help you on climbing Hiunchuli peak. If you have been exercising regularly then you need to add some more sets to your daily exercise. You should start your training for one month before climbing. This expedition requires a hike of 6 to 7 hours in a rugged and rocky terrain covered with snows. You need to have previous experiences of high altitude and non-technical peaks. You can start your training with 5 km of running at a slow pace for 7 days and then slightly increase the pace and distance Then you can add some weights to your backpack like 5 to 6 kilos and increase the distance to 10 km. If there are hills near your home town then go hiking for 2 3 days a week with 8 to 10 kilos of a backpack which will build your endurance and strength. Cycling uphill is also a good idea. Never underestimate the mountains you will be climbing in high altitudes with a minimum of 10 kgs of a backpack at a low level of oxygen. You can also do aerobics and breathing exercises which will make your core and lungs strong. Focus on increasing endurance, stamina, and strength You need to have a strong commitment for this peak climbing with no Give UP Attitude.
Well, you don’t exactly need mountaineering courses for this peak as mountaineering courses are highly expensive and is specially designed for mountaineers. Mountaineering courses will take a long time to complete but you need to have previous experiences of trekking in high altitudes, climbing peaks below 6000 and have basic skill in using gears and equipment like Harness, Crampons, ice axes, ropes etc. This experiences will make your climb easy and comfortable. If you have no knowledge of Climbing gears and equipment’s then don’t worry, we can arrange a special session for you once you arrive in Nepal the sessions will be given by our experienced climbing guides.
Yes, we provide climbing guides and staff. Our Guides are professional climbers and have received the certification from the International Federation of mountain guide Association(IMFGA). IMFGA guides are the top-level guides and only a few people have been qualified for this post. The IMFGA guides have committed their life for mountains and are trained for more than 10 years with decades of experiences in mountaineering. Our guides have all the skills needed for climbing and they also hold a Guinness world record for summiting the 8000m mountain with no oxygen. They also have summitted many 8000m mountains like K2, Manaslu, Mount Everest, Makalu, Kanchanjunga, and many more peak
Well joining a peak expedition is a big challenge to itself, since you have already committed to it this shows your dedication and will power. Only a few people are willing for peak expedition and you are one of them. You already have accepted the first challenges and we can be sure that you are one of the few people who love challenges. In expedition, some of the challenges can be the Harsh weather, hiking in steep and rocky terrain, Glacier walking. Crossing over the unknown crevasses, Camping over 5000m, and Using the mountaineering gears and equipment’s which require a certain level of skills. One of the most challenging factors would be altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is a nightmare to every climber but this can be avoided with proper acclimatization, right food and proper layering.
All the meals are included in the package. We provide the Breakfast, Lunch, snack and dinner. In the tea houses and lodges, you can select the food as per the menu. However, the Menus will not be luxuries but basic foods like Simple European and Chinese Foods and typical Nepali Meal. All the foods meet the standard quality and are prepared in a clean and hygienic environment. And in tented camps, the foods will be prepared by our high altitude chefs who have years of experience in cooking and climbing. The food will be prepared according to the body needs by balancing the right carbs, Proteins, and nutrients.
We do not recommend drinking untreated water. Our staff will treat the water and make it ready for you. We recommend drinking 3 to 4 litres of water as you are likely to get dehydrated by the high altitude. You can always bring your favourite snack and water flavours.
Altitude illness or High altitude illness is a spectrum of medical conditions resulting from pathophysiological changes in the human body caused by hypobaric hypoxia at high altitudes. When extremes of cold temperature, ultraviolet radiation, low air pressure and low humidity are all potentially dangerous, Hypoxia poses the greatest threat. AMS is one of the most common forms of mountain sickness which includes the symptom like headache, loss of appetite, nausea/vomiting or insomnia. Sometime AMS can get severe take form of HACE and HAPE. AMS can be prevented by following measures
As climbers will be spending long hours camping and climbing there is a chance that they may feel sick during their expedition. The sickness can occur from various causes like quick changes in weather, environment, Foods, Water, Accidents and altitude. We will provide the basic techniques which you should strictly follow in order to prevent this sickness. In case of emergency and sickness our guides are First Aid responder also they will provide the basic first aid treatment to minimize and eliminate the sickness. If the first Aid treatment doesn’t minimize the symptoms and the sickness worsens then our guide will arrange an emergency rescue and may call for a helicopter rescue.
Our guides and company will be responsible for your safety. Our guides will also be responsible for the safety of the team members and staff.
The best time for Hiunchuli expedition is in the month of April, May, October and November. But if you are experienced mountaineer and want to take your mountaineering to next level then we can also arrange the expedition in the winter season.