THARPU CHULI PEAK CLIMBING / TENT PEAK CLIMBING
THARPU CHULI PEAK CLIMBING / TENT PEAK CLIMBING
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Tharpu Chuli Peak Climbing, also known as Tent Peak Climbing is a beautiful mountain peak situated in the Annapurna Region at an altitude of 5,695 meters above sea level. Many people say that this route is best suited for the people who are intending to step up from trekking to amateur mountaineering.
The journey is going to be of about two and a half weeks of exploring a variety of landscapes and people of different races in the Annapurna Region. The peak climbing which is itself not extremely difficult, but requires the use of some basic mountaineering gears. The whole journey of trekking and peak climbing offers the best views and experiences one will cherish for the rest of his/her life.
The journey begins as we start walking from Nayapul. Passing through the popular hill station of Poon Hill and the famous Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp we make our way towards Tharpu Chuli Peak. We will set up two different camps at the Tharpu Chuli Peak Base Camp and the High Camp. During this period we also learn basic skills in practical life. On our returning leg, the stay in the village of Ghandruk is going to be memorable. The place offers a perfect blend of natural exquisiteness and cultural diversity. Everyone wishes to stay some more days in this beautiful village which is situated in the lap of Himalayas. We make our final descent to Nayapul before driving out to Pokhara and then flying out to Kathmandu.
The trek is going to be strenuous. If we believe in teamwork and always try to help each other, it gets very easy during the entire trip. We will need some basic mountaineering gear and some basic training to use them. The best seasons are going to be spring and autumn to complete this trek. The lush forests of rhododendron will escort you during most of your trail walking.
Day 01: Airport pickup and hotel transferOur Representative will be waiting for you at the airport and welcome you in our typical Nepali culture. You will be quickly arriving at the hotel afterward where you can expect luxurious accommodation. There will be a welcome dinner tonight and afterward a proper sleep which is much needed after the long trip from home.
Day 02: Rest and Tour Day at KathmanduToday we will discuss our trekking and make necessary preparations and we will take a quick city tour of Kathmandu as well. After all the briefings regarding the trek and acquiring necessary permits, we will arrange a short trip to a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and so on. A quick stroll in the streets of Kathmandu and last minute gear shopping is a perfect thing to do in the evening.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapul and Trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1,540m) – 30 min flight, 2 hrs drive, 5 hrs trekEarly in the morning, we fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara with a scenic view of the Himalayas as seen out of your window if you sit in the right-hand side seat of the aircraft. We even try to catch the first flight of the route in order to reserve more time for the latter part of our day. From Pokhara, we take a private four-wheel-drive to travel to Nayapul, which is roughly a 2-hour drive. On the final leg of our day, after we reach Nayapul, we begin our trek towards Tikhedhunga through the lush landscape. The trail passes along the small cute wooden houses and various settlement areas. We stayed overnight at Tikhedhunga.
Day 04: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,860m) – 7 hrsOur path continues to be steep. We pass Ulleri and then head towards Banthanti through forested areas of rhododendron. We will also encounter small streams and waterfalls along the way. As we pave our way along Bhurungdi River, we reach the outskirts of Ghorepani. We stayed overnight at Ghorepani in a teahouse (lodge).
Day 05: Morning excursion to Poon Hill (3,193m) and Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,630m) – 1hr + 7 hrsToday we must start quite early in the morning to set off on a fairly strenuous trail to observe the sunrise from Poon Hill. As we reach the top of Poon Hill the views of majestic mountains and the sun coming up through them are memorable. We will also be able to see the magnificent snow-covered mountains of Dhaulagiri range to the west and Manaslu Range to the east. The view also consisted of secret Machhapuchre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annpurna III, Gangapurna, and many other peaks in the area. Then, we descend and set our path towards Tadapani. We follow the ridge south of Poon Hill on our track to Poon Hill which is a beautiful Hamlet with a close view of Mt. Fishtail. We stayed overnight at Tadapani.
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2,170m) – 6 hrsThe trail for today is fairly easy. We start making an uphill walk through Gurung and Magar villages. We then cross the Kimrong River and Chhomrong pass to arrive at Chhomrong. Chommrong is an exquisite village situated in the lap of the giant Annapurna massif, Mt. Fishtail facing it across the valley. We stayed overnight at Chhomrong.
Day 07: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2,600m) – 6 hrsLeaving behind inhabited foothills we make our way towards Dovan. We cross a suspension bridge over Chhomrong Khola and then walk for another hour and a half to reach upper Sinuwa. The track from Sinuwa becomes relatively flat and passes through bamboo and rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then we descend to bamboo village and again start climbing through bamboo and rhododendron forests to eventually reach Dovan. We stayed overnight at Dovan.
Day 08: Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m) – 6 hrsWe walk on a strenuous trail with astounding views of the Machhapuchhre peak (6,997m) and its neighboring peaks. The trail passes along Himalayan hotel and Hinku cave before reaching lunch place in Deurali. We then make a final climb to reach the Machhapuchhre Base camp with the magnificent views of snow-capped mountains in the backdrop. We stayed overnight at MBC.
Day 09: Trek from MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) – 2 hrsThe view from MBC as the first rays of sunlight fall on the area is absolutely pristine. As we set our path from MBC to the Annapurna Base camp, we will mostly be walking on snow. As we reach ABC, the views of mountains like Hiunchuli (6,441m), Machhapuchre (6,997m), and other gigantic peaks are just astounding. We reach ABC after just 2 hours of walking, therefore we can utilize the rest of the day to explore the area, acclimatize ourselves and make planning for the final climb to Tharpu Chuli Peak. We stayed overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 10: Trek from ABC to Tharpu Chuli Base Camp (4,400m) via MBC – 5 hrsWe retrace our track initially to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp and divert towards the Tharpu Chuli Base Camp. Tharpu Chuli base camp is a flat rocky camping area. We will walk on moraines of the Annapurna Glacier to reach the base camp of Tharpu Chuli. We can also expect to meet some trekkers on the expedition in this popular area. We stayed overnight at Tharpu Chuli Base Camp.
Day 11: Climb from Tharpu Chuli Base Camp to High Camp (4,800m) – 4 hrsThe trail to Tharpu Chuli High Camp from the base camp is going to be a steep ascent. The path is rocky and trekkers are advised to take much caution when trailing on this route. We might be required to make use of ropes and helmets on several occasions. On reaching the high camp, we can have a beautiful panoramic view of Annapurna I (8,091m), Fishtail, Annapurna South (7,119m), and other peaks. As we can complete this section in a short amount of time, the rest of the day can be used to learn the technicalities of climbing which could stand fruitful on the summit day. We stayed overnight at the High Camp.
Day 12: Climb to the summit of Tharpu Chuli (5,695m) and trek back to Tharpu Chuli Base Camp – 7 hrsThe big day of climbing to the summit of Tharpu Chuli Peak begins around midnight. We need to get to the peak early because once day begins, the wind becomes stronger and stronger making it nasty for us during the afternoon. So, by that time we must be returning to the base camp. The ropes that have been pre-fixed will assist us in our climb. After we reach the top of the Tharpu Chuli, the feeling and view that we get is beyond describable. After spending some quality time at the top, we head back towards the base camp avoiding the nasty windy situations. We stayed overnight at the Tharpu Chuli Base Camp.
Day 13: Trek from Tharpu Chuli Base Camp to Deurali (3,200m) – 6 hrsToday as well we retrace our path towards Deurali. The familiar scenery of dense forests and lush landscapes escort us to our destination. We finally reached Deurali and stayed overnight there.
Day 14: Trek from Deurali to Sinuwa (2,360m) – 7 hoursWalking down the descending trail, we make our way further down to Sinuwa. The trail is paved with varieties of flora and fauna and beautiful forests of blooming rhododendron. Passing through several small villages, we reach our destination and stay overnight there at Sinuwa.
Day 15: Trek from Sinuwa to Ghandruk Village (1,940m) – 7 hrsToday’s destination is a place which is quite popular among international as well as domestic tourists. We will be walking along today’s trail to reach Ghandruk village. A lot of people make short treks from Pokhara to Ghandruk and they find it an amazing adventure. Ghandruk village is known for its Gurung and Thakali residents. With the views of Annapurna and Hiunchuli at the backdrop, this village is a perfect destination to embrace ourselves into the lap of nature. We stayed overnight at Ghandruk and enjoyed local dance and musical performances.
Day 16: Trek from Ghandruk Village to Nayapul (1,070m) and drive back to Pokhara – 5 hrs + 2 hrsOn our final day of trekking, we walked along a familiar landscape of lush green and bounty of nature. A downhill trek of about 5 hours will take us form Ghandruk village to Nayapul. From Nayapul, we take a vehicle and retrace the highway to reach Pokhara. We enjoy the night life of Pokhara and spend some quality time in the lakeside area before getting some sleep. We stayed overnight in Pokhara.
Day 17: Fly back to KathmanduWe can either drive back or fly back to Kathmandu. If you choose to take a cheaper option, driving would be preferential. But it takes a lot of time to drive. A 30 minute flight seems to be a good option. We can reach Kathmandu early and take rest. There will be a farewell dinner program in Kathmandu.
- Trek Duration : 17 Days
- Difficulty : Strenuous
- Highest Elevation : 5,695 (Tharpu Chuli Peak)
- Accommodation : Teahouses(Lodges)/Tented Camps
- Transportation : By land/By Air
- Group Size : 4-16 pax
- Best Season : Spring (March-May) and Autumn (Sept.-Nov.))
- Walk Duration : 6 hours Daily (Average)
- Trek Cost
- Trekking a famous trail section in the Annapurna Region
- Explore Machhapuchhre Base Camp
- Explore Annapurna Base Camp
- Make a thrilling climb to Tharpu Chuli Peak Climbing
- Excursion to Poon Hill
- Enjoy the culture, traditions and natural serenity of Ghandruk Village
- Enjoy a scenic flight in Kathmandu-Pokhara route
- Explore the beautiful city of Pokhara
WHAT IS INCLUDED
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
Here are some necessary trekking apparatus that can be required for accomplishing your trek effortlessly. They are shortlisted below.