Hiunchuli (6441m) is the fourth highest peak among the ‘Trekking Peaks’. It is one of the least difficult by expedition which lies in the Annapurna range and it is connected to Annapurna South discovered by Col. Jimmy Roberts. It is one of the three major trekking peaks within the Annapurna Sanctuary to be named by Roberts.
An American Peace Corps Expedition, via the southeast face, first climbed Hiunchuli in October 1971. Hiunchuli 6441m lies in the Annapurna range like two other peaks Tharpu Chuli and Singu Chuli.
Hiunchuli, at a height of 6,441 meters, forms a massive south-facing wall together with Annapurna South. Its eastern face overlooks the Modi Khola and guards the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary. This part is mainly dominated by Gurung and the mountains of this area are sacred to them.
Duration: 21 Days
Type of Trek: Camping
Max Altitude: 6441 m.
Minimum Pax: 1 +
Mode of travel: Land Transportation/Flight
Day 1 – Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about six hours.
You depart for the six hour drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist’s paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindu along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty.
You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.
Day 2 – Trek from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) by car, which takes approximately one and half hours drive. Now you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga (1577 m.). via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. After breakfast at hotel, you drive for 1 and half hours to Nayapul where you begin your trekking. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you can ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some are employed in Gorkha and Indian regiments.
Day 3 – Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) and it takes about six hours. To begin your trek, you ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you have a 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 to the final camp. Here, you can see some of the area’s wild life such as monkeys and various species of birds.
Day 4 – 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 splendid mountain views like Poon Hill. From here you follow small forests with rhododendron and bamboo 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 Tadapani. After breakfast trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2731m.) through the deep forests of rhododendron, bamboo and oak. 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, Annapurna II and so on.
Day 5 – 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 can hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is a popular destination for the bird lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft center and Gurung museum. From this village you can see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.
Day 6 – Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2040 m.) which takes approximately four hours. At the beginning of the day, you ascend gently for an hour up to Ghandrukkot (2100m.) and then 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 the Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major Ethnic groups of Nepal.
Day 7 – 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 8 – Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.) which takes about five hours. You trek gently ascends through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Dovan (2630m.) where there are a few lodges and camp sites. Now you pass through muddy trail which traverses high above the river. There is debris of avalanches except during the winter season. After a short trek, you reach the Himalayan Hotel (2900m.), the town named after the Himalayan Hotel. Beyond it, the trail steeply ascends up to Hinko Cave (3160m.) This is named due to a huge overhanging rock provides some protection against rain and avalanches. It takes approximately twenty minutes through normal ascending path to reach Deorali (3230m.)
Day 9 – 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 a 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 gently ascends 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 trail goes 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 degrees.
Day 10 – Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Annapurna South Base Camp which takes about five hours. This day you trek along a 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 to 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 – Rest at Ten Peak High Camp. This is an acclimatization day for the preparation of Singu Chuli summit.
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 descending to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar where the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. Your trail gradually descends to the Chhumrong Khola and you have to follow a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town you 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 a descent and then continues through flat land until you reach Himal Pani. Here you find a beautiful waterfall. Beyond this town, the trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After a short trek, you will be at Landruk (1640m.), a pretty big village inhabited by a mixed community of Gurung, Magar and Brahmin. Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m.) and then ascends on a 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, an 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 then drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara by car. The trail gently descends to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurung. Now you trek through flat land for some distance to steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. From here, you take vehicle to drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara.
Day 21 – Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.
- HOTEL ACCOMMODATION in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the programme.
- Airport / Hotel transfers.
- Three meals in a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with hot beverage and snacks whilst on trekking.
- Cosy guesthouse & Tented camp accommodation whilst on trekking.
- Annapurna Conservation Area permit and trekking peak royalty fees.
- All necessary staff with an experienced fluent English speaking trekking and expedition guide trained and licenced by Nepal Mountainering Association (NMA), cook and assistant expedition guide.
- Highly experienced trekking porters to carry luggage (1porter per 2 trekkers).
- Staff food, accommodation, clothing, salary & insurance.
- All necessary ground transportation.
- All governmental paper works and procedures.
- All government and local taxes.
- Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.
- Visa fee for Nepal.
- International airfares, extra baggage and cargo charges
- Meals and extra night (more than stated in itinerary) accomodation in Kathmandu.
- Personal expenses
- Personal expedition equipment.
- Bar and beverage bills.
- Your Travel and rescue Insurance.
- Rescue & Evacuation costs.
- Your optional and extended trips e.g. sightseeing, rafting etc. (other than the negotiated)
- Gratitude (tip) for staff.
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