Starts from: Beshisahar
Best season: Spring and autumn
Trip duration: 44 days
Located in the Manaslu region, northeast of the Annapurna region, HimlungHimal, with an altitude of 7126 meters lies in the remote corner of Nepal near the Tibetan boarder. Previously a restricted region, the Nepali Government opened the region only in 1992. So far only a few expedition teams including the Japanese and French have summitted Mount Himlung. Expeditions for HimlungHimal follow the “Round Annapurna” route to Koto and from Koto towards Nar-Phu Gaon. The route passes through high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow gullies, forests, rocks, springs, Gompas and unique cultural settlements. The expedition also offers mysterious culture and panoramic mountain views of Nandadevi, Rajramba, Api Himal, Kappa Chuli Peak and many more.
We establish our basecamp at an altitude 4,850m on a grassy plane. While our strong team of Sherpas and staff set up camps, expedition members have the chance to hike up and back down for acclimatization. Three higher camps will be set up above the basecamp. Camp 1 at 5,450 meters. Camp 2 at 6150 meters. Camp 3 at 6375 meters. The last part of the summit involves steep and icy climb. After summiting we descend back to camp 3. The next day we descend to basecamp.
Detailed Expedition Itinerary:
Recommended Previous Experience:
Although a 7,000’er, Mt. Himlung requires both stamina and skill. Moreover, getting back from the summit is more important than getting there. The oxygen level over 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level. The weather is never fully predictable. The climbers must have years of prior experience on rock and ice climbing. You also need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along a steep technical terrain. Moreover, as Jon Krakauer says, while you’re Into the Thin Air up there, “The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator’s colleagues as the perpetrator.” Your actions affect not only your own, but welfare of the entire team.
We are climbing above 7,000 meter. Such an elevation could cause AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), which could be fatal. There is 40% less oxygen as compared to sea level above this elevation. The higher the altitude, the lessoxygen in the air. Our body needs a few days to acclimate as we reach certain elevations. All Trekkers Teamis constantly attentive for signs of AMS. If a climber shows milder symptoms of AMS, All trekkers Teamis able to provide a limited amount of medication or escort the climber to a lower elevation for a day or more. All Trekkers Teamadvises the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.
The climbing itinerary may vary according to the climber’s personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch, rest and relax, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. We ensure the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.
For this expedition extensive walking in snow and ice is necessary. Demonstrate a working knowledge of alpine rope technique, crampons and ice axes are basic requirements. For progressing through the glaciated regions of the ascent route complete roping and ice climbing gear and walking sticks as well as very wellinsulated shell mountaineering boots are required. The activities for the participants include walking into cliques, high camp setup, transport of equipment for the high camps etc. Passing by two interesting Tibetan villages of Nar and Phu, we establish base camp at the height of 4,850 meters. On the first day, make reconnaissance up to the height of 5,620 meters and determine the site of camp 1. The route from basecamp is on a moraine up to 5, 200 meters. Then the route passes on a stable glacier covered with snow. Set up camp 1 at the height of 5,450 meters on the glacier. Make a detour through a small icefall just above Camp 1 and reach the upper snow plateau. Then take a route on a snow slope to the northwest ridge. Fix ropes at the steep slope for the convenience of our descent. Set up camp 2 at 6000 meters on the northwest ridge. The route around camp 2 is a significantly wide and gentle slope covered with deep snow. Set up camp 3 at 6,250 meters at the foot of the slope to the summit. Leave camp 3 in the early morning and climb on snow slope to the summit.
The springtime from March to May and the autumn months from September to November is considered the favorable weather for Mt. Himlung climbing. However, the weather conditions in high mountains are never fully predictable. Temperatures may get as low as minus 20C in summer, but can drop to minus 60C or even lower during winter. The possibility of bad weather such as snow, wind, and cloud should also be taken into account. Similarly, the wind speeds may rise to 80Km/h (50mph). At the Base camp the temperature is about 15C warmer than at the summit. The oxygen level around 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level.
Our Himlung expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers and guides who have scaled the mountain several times. They are supported by other crewmembers and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. Not only in terms of qualification, but we also make it sure that our leaders have a proven track of record in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber’s chance of making it to the summit without compromising the safety. Our expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including acute mountain sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crewmembers are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.
Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. We observe high safety standards, therefore, for 2 International Climbers, we assign: All Trekkers Team accredited Climbing Leader, High Altitudes Assistance Sherpa, cook, cooks basecamp assistant, porters, yaks and yak man and all other necessary trek crew. Because of our high safety standards, team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.
The spring season of March to May and the autumn season of September to November are considered the best time for Himlung expedition. The months of April and May and then again October and November are the classic climbing period. The summer months of monsoon rains and the winter months from December to February are considered to be the most unfavorable time climbing.
Why Expedition with All Trekkers Team?
Going on any adventure trip will require a substantial sum of money be paid in advance. Yet trusting a company you have no prior experience with involves a risk. We, however, are a fully bonded trek operator authorized by Nepal Government, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Nepal Tourism Board, Industry Department, Company Registration Office, Nepal National Bank and the Taxation Office. We are also affiliated with such prestigious regulating bodies as NATTA, NMA, TAAN, and KEEP.
A detailed list of our registrations and licenses for operation:
Nepal Ministry of Industry, Office of Company Register
Nepal Ministry of Tourism, Department of Tourism
Nepal Department of Small Cottage and Industries
Nepal Ministry of Finance, Department of VAT/ PAN
Tax Clearance Certificate
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Fair Price with Quality:
Service, quality and fair prices – is the motto of our business. The packages we have offer unbeatable value for money. But you don’t have to take our word on it – we ask our clients shop around to other adventure companies to try to find a similar package at a better price. However, we do not compromise on quality to cut down the costs. Our edge over other international operators is that we are a Nepal based business that allows us to keep our overhead to a minimum. So we can offer the same facilities as those provided by a Western company at literally a fraction of the price. That about 40% of our bookings come from repeat business proves our performance when it comes to client satisfaction.
Sustainable Operation Policies:
All Trekkers Team (P) LTD observes responsible and sustainable tourism practices. The company works closely with all stakeholders including the local communities to protect and conserve natural environment. We ensure that all our adventure programs leave the least possible carbon footprint. We are also aware of the corporate social responsibility; hence we maintain highest ethical and professional standards as well as transparency in our business practices.
Local and Experienced Mountain Leaders:
All Trekkers Team (P) LTD employs and trains local staff so that the local communities benefit from our adventure operations. However, we never compromise on our high safety and quality standards. All of our leaders and guides are carefully selected based on their aptitude, experience, and leadership skills. Most of our guides have been continuously working with us for more than 10 years. Our guides are trained for remote emergencies and are well versed in local politics, culture and customs. Please check out the personal records of our guides who have scaled Mt. Everest several times (and hundreds of other lesser peaks). Thus, we guarantee that all our guides, cooks, and other crews members are qualified and experienced professionals who make it sure that you’re always safe, sound, and happy.
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All climbing permit, land, air transportation and accommodation in lodges/tent during the trek/climb, Food: three times meals in a day, necessary guides and required number of porter(s), other essential equipment.
Personal expenses, insurance, tips, emergency evacuation by helicopter, alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike and road blockade etc