Hiunchuli Peak Climbing Overview
Hiunchuli Peak - located on the south face of Annapurna South (7,219m/23,684) is one of the most preferred hiking peaks in the Anapurna region. The peak stands at a height of 6,441 meters/21,132 feet in between Mt. Machhapuchchhre (6,993m/22,943) and Annapurna South. Hiunchuli Peak climbing is the most popular peak-climbing trip that offers magnificent views of the Himalayas including a brief introduction to the Gurung community, their cultures, and arid pictures.
There are two routes for Hiunchuli Peak Climbing: the South-East face route and the North-West route. The route of the South-East face starts from Hinko Cave on the Annapurna Sanctuary or Base Camp trail whereas the North-West face starts from the Annapurna Base Camp trekking trail. The North-West face route is considered a technical route and only a few climbers attempted the route. From the summit of Hiunchuli Himal, climbers can enjoy the most beautiful and panoramic views of the mountains like Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545ft), Annapurna II (7,937m/26,040ft), Annapurna III (7,555m/24,786ft), Annapurna IV( 7,525m/24,688ft), Annapurna south (7,219m/23,684ft), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Hiunchuli (6,434m/21,108ft), Mt Fishtail/ Machhapuchhre (6,997m/22,956ft), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m/23,166ft), Lamjung Himal (6,983m/22,910ft), Tukuche peak (6,920m/22,703ft) and so on are visible clearly.
Trek along the Annapurna Sanctuary trail
Magical sunrise view from
On the first day of the Hiunchuli Peak climbing tour, the journey starts after a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the beautiful city of Lakes, Pokhara. The journey offers beautiful views of hills, rivers, and cities to observe on the way. The distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara is around 200 kilometers and it will take around 7 hours to reach Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, the exploration of Pokhara in the evening and the beautiful views of the sunrise will refresh your mind. Overnight stay at the Hotel of Pokhara.
On the second day, the drive starts from Pokhara to the northwest area of Nepal. The trails have very beautiful scenery so you can observe the view of Annapurna mountain and other neighboring mountains. The distance is around 41 kilometers from the center of Pokhara to Nayapul which takes approximately 1 hour to reach there.
From Nayapul, the trekking starts toward Tikhedhunga at a height of 1,577 meters above sea level. The trekking trails are covered with forests so you may encounter various wildlife in the jungle. The trek to Tikhedhunga takes around 4-5 hours, passing through cultivated farmland and over the odd suspension bridge along the way. If the weather is clear, you observe good views of Macchapucchare (Fishtail) from here, one of the most distinctive peaks in the area. Overnight stay at Tikhedhunga town.
On the third day, you will wake up early in the morning to observe the magical view of the sunrise in the mountains. The trekking journey will start after having lunch at Tikhedhunga to reach Ghorepani. .
Trekking to the Ghorepani Poonhill has a beautiful short introduction to both Annapurna and Dhaulagiri trekking regions. The trails leads to icy waterfalls and historical old patchwork valleys full of dense mossy forests to reach Ghorepani -Poonhill. Ye will get to behold glimpses of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain), Annapurna Mountain Range, the great Dhaulagiri, and the spectacular villages inhabited by the Gurkha tribes of Gurungs and Magars. Ghorepani as in ancient times was the place where the traders in this zone found water for their horses (“Ghore” meaning horse and “Pani” meaning, water in Nepalese language.) It’s also a major midpoint linking major trekking and travel routes of Annapurna, Hiunchli, and Dhaulagiri region treks.
After 6-7 hours of trekking, you will finally reach Ghorepani for taking a rest. Sat overnight at Ghorepani.
In the morning, you can have a great view of the sunrise and the golden-red color at the peak of the mountain. The journey to Poonhill starts after leaving Ghandruk in the early morning to behold a truly mesmerizing view of the early morning. The marvelous view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Tukuche Peak (6,920m), Nilgiri (6,940m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Lamjung Himal (6,983m) and so forth can be observed. After capturing the mesmerizing views of the sunrise, you will leave Poon Hill and retrace the path up to Ghandruk. After having breakfast, The further trek starts towards Tadapani leaving the Ghandruk village.
The trail has a grassy path and the peaceful dense forests of pine and rhododendron up to Banthanti and continues along the trail to Tadapani. You will have an enjoyable hike for 6-7 hrs to reach Tadapani. Overnight stay at a lodge in Tadapani.
In the early morning, after enjoying breakfast with the beautiful view of mountains like Annapurna South, Fishtail, and Hiunchuli from Tadapani. Later, leaving Tadapani, the trail starts descending through the dense forests to Ghandruk and the trail ascends gently to Ghandrukkot. From here, the trail continues to the suspension bridge over the Kimrung Khola.
The final destination of the trail is much flatter, actually a gradual uphill before reaching Chhomrong village, it is a typical Gurung village in the region. The trail ascends up to Chhomrong which is the gateway for all Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Overnight stay at the lodge in Chhomrong.
The journey to Dovan at an elevation of 2,600 meters began after 5 to 6 hours of walking from Chhomrong. The trail steeply descends to a local small bridge. On crossing the bridge the trail gently ascends to a small settlement in Sinuwa. The trail passes through the bamboo forest and goes higher but with frequent involvement of ascent and descent. The trail follows Modi Khola to reach Dovan and stay overnight at a lodge in Dovan.
After having breakfast, and enjoying the great morning view of the Dovan, the journey starts for Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trail is very interesting and very enjoyable as the trekkers are rewarded with a great view of the snow caps mountain. The trail is very peaceful and silent as you climb to reach the Machhapuchchhre Base Camp passing Pujinim Barahi temple along the way. Trekkers then reach Hinku cave where the trail goes along the Modi Khola. You will pass through Deurali and finally reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp, after 5-6 hours of a hike from Dovan. You can feel the fresh air in that area and stay overnight at Machhapuchchhre Base Camp.
In the morning you can feel the true meaning of natural beauty from here. Close views of Machhapuchhre in front of the Machhapuchhre base camp and the natural color of sunrise in the mountain, turning it into golden red is the best thing you can see from here. You will explore the Machhapuchhre Base Camp and start a hike to Annapurna Base Camp.
The trail is short to the Annapurna Base Camp which will take around 2 hours to reach the ABC. The trail climbs along the rocky ridgeline to Annapurna Base Camp with beautiful views of the mountains like Mount Hiunchuli (6,441m), Annapurna South (7,229m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Gangapurna (7,454m) and Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6,997m) and numerous other peaks.
After reaching the Annapurna Base Camp, you will have a lovely view of the sunset from Annapurna Camp. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
In the morning you can have a memorable view of snow Capped mountain. The panoramic Himalayan views on the trail and the world’s 7th highest peak Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) range, the 8th highest peak Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m) range, and the 10th highest peak Mt. Annapurna-I (8,091 m) range can be seen.
After enjoying the ABC, you will start your trek to Hiunchuli Base Camp at an altitude of 4600m from sea level. The trail is mostly surrounded by the views of high peaks and it will almost take five hours to reach the Base Camp. After reaching the Hiunchuli Base Camp stay overnight there.
In the morning, after having a great view of sunrise from the base of Annapurna and snow all over the place in the base camp in the snowing season. On this day the practice and the basic knowledge of mountaineering is provided by our trek guide. It is a day to explore the camp and acclimatize to adjust to the environment.
After getting the basic knowledge of mountaineering, the climbing journey to the high camp of the peak begins. On your climb to the high camp, you can enjoy the majestic surroundings that will help to move higher and spend overnight at the elevation of 5,500 meters above sea level. You spend quite an easy and relaxing time at the high camp to adjust to the climate once you reach there.
After reaching the high camp. you will stay overnight at a tented camp in High Camp.
It is the special day of the journey as you will climb to the top of Hiunchuli Peak. The trek starts before the break of dawn and climbs towards the top. Climbers will need to go through some technical climbing stuff while attempting the summit. Once you reach the top, the feeling of achieving the goal of summiting the peak is incredible. Capturing and enjoying the panoramic views of the mountains in the Annapurna region and collecting lifelong memory at the top, you will descend all the way back to the Deurali to stay overnight.
This day is a reserve day to read the weather condition in the high altitudes that can get worse at any minute. This day is considered a rest day after descending back to Hiunchuli Base Camp or can be used as descending back to Deurali.
On this day we will completely return from the snow land area. We will be hiking a downhill hike from Deurali to Sinuwa. The trail continues along the bank of the rivers and streams. We will cross many rivers and descend steeply downhill. The downhill trail will be easier than up the climbing hill. The trail also leads us to the dense forest with oak and rhododendron tree. We will also reach through the Bamboo. And from there we will reach Sinuwa in 6-7 hours of hike, where we can stay overnight.
After spending a night's rest at Sinuwa the journey will continue through a downhill hike. After having lunch, the journey will start by crossing the path of the Chhomrong River and climbing the 2,200 stone steps to reach Chhomrong village. The beautiful view of Mt. Annapurna South (7,219m) and Mt. Fishtail (6,997m) all along the way. From Chhomrong village, you will steeply descend to Taulung Danda and cross a suspension bridge over Kimrong Khola. From here the trail passes through the dense forest full of rhododendron to the Ghandruk Village. It will take around 7-6 hours of downhill hiking to reach Ghandruk.
After exploring the Ghandruk in the evening you will stay overnight in the hotel/log of Ghandruk.
On this morning we will take a breathtaking view of mountains and green hills. We will be hiking from Ghandruk to Nayapul. We will walk past New Bridge, Kyumi, and eventually reach Birethanti to check out at the Annapurna Conservation Area. The settlements get thicker as we head toward our destination. On reaching Nayapul, we will drive back to Pokhara which will nearly take two hours. After reaching Pokhara, we will transfer you to the hotel. We will stay overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.
This is the last day of the journey which starts with some exploration around Pokhara Valley one last time before driving back to Kathmandu. You will go for a morning walk on the side of the Lake to take the fresh morning air and return to Kathmandu by driving after having lunch. From Pokhara to Kathmandu it will take around 6-7 hours on the bus. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will move to the hotel and spend the whole day at leisure on your own. We will have a small farewell program with dinner and the memorable Hiunchuli Peak Climbing journey ends here.
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Best time to do Hiunchuli Peak Climbing
Normally, for climbing expeditions two seasons Autumn (September, October, and November) and Spring (March, April, and May) are considered to be the peak seasons in Nepal.
The Spring season is the best season for Hiunchuli peak climbing when the weather is stable and dry making the trail perfect for high altitude trekking and peak climbing. The entire route is filled with blooming rhododendron, clear skies, and panoramic views of the mountains making the journey delightful.
The Autumn season is another best season for Hiunchuli peak climbing when the weather and temperature are stable providing clear visibility to the surroundings. Along the way, you can enjoy breathtaking natural views and cultural insights, before undertaking the climb up to the peak of Hiunchuli.
Physical Fitness and Experience
Hiunchuli Peak Climbing is a technically challenging activity that is suitable for those who have the ability to walk for 5-6 hours uphill and downhill. Climbing days involve 7 to 8 hours of walking which demand more physical, a strong determination, and a positive vibe to complete this climbing. It is recommended for trekkers to involve in physical exercises like running, swimming, long-day hiking, or joining gym classes. To be successful in summiting the Hiunchuli Peak, it is important to be prepared and knowledgeable about the necessary mountaineering equipment such as crampons, ice-axes, ropes, and jumar ascenders. It is advantageous if the trekkers or climbers have past mountaineering experiences.
Obtaining travel insurance is compulsory before participating in a climbing expedition in Nepal. It is recommended to secure travel insurance that covers trekking or climbing activities up to an altitude of 6,200 meters. For a worry-free climbing, journey make sure the insurance covers all the essential situations such as helicopter evacuation, medical treatment and expenses, repatriation, trekking, and climbing.
Guide and Porters
Concerning your safety and support, Bold Himalaya provides knowledgeable and experienced mountaineering guides for your climbing journey.
Guides are there to provide you with enormous support and assistance and help set ropes making the mountaineers easy to navigate using ice axes and crampons. At the base camp, they will provide training on how to use mountaineering equipment.
Hiring porters is also important as they assure you of having free from constrain and unburdened journey to the summit of the peak. They can carry up to a maximum weight of 20 kg of luggage so that you can complete the climbing journey comfortably.
A brimmed hat or suncap
Bandana or head scarf
Lightweight thermal tops
Fleece pullover or Jacket
Windproof or waterproof Jacket
Sports bras (for women) and underwear
Soft Jacket or insulated jacket
GlovesHiking pants or fleece pants
Hiking thermal trouser
Ascenders or descenders
Personal Gears and Accessories
Expedition backpack 30L-40L
Head torch and extra batteries
Water bottles and face mask
First Aid and Medicine
Antibiotics and painkiller
Plasters and Bandages
Earplugs and eyedrops
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Contact lenses or power glasses
To stay hydrated and save energy, drinking water is the most essential factor while trekking at higher altitudes or climbing peaks. Teahouses or lodges offer boiled water, mineral water, or bottled water which is safe for drinking. Drinking water is available from water sources such as water taps or springs but it is recommended to use water purification pills or a water filter before drinking and carry a 3 or 4 water bottle for refilling purposes.
The facilities to electricity are available in all the tea houses and hotels throughout the entire journey. Charging the electronic appliances requires some additional charges at the teahouses. The electrical facilities are not available at the base camps or high camps so be prepared for the day by carrying fully charged powerbanks.
Mobile Networking and Internet
There is good access to internal and mobile networking facilities at lower altitudes but the availability of mobile networks or the internet might be limited at higher altitudes. Teahouses provide access to the internet facilities through WiFi and a connection to the internet makes the journey blissful.
We heartily request all our clients make a successful journey by focusing on the preservation of nature and the well-being of the local community. Respect the local culture, customs, rules, and regulations, and leave nothing except the footprints assuring we leave the pristine untouched and unharmed.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
Normally, issues related to altitudes come into existence once trekkers or climbers reach an elevation higher than 3,000 meters. Climbing Hiunchuli Peak at an elevation of 6,441 meters, trekkers or climbers may suffer from altitude sickness. To prevent altitude sickness, schedule an acclimatization day and walk no more than 500 meters per day.
Intaking more water, consuming high-carbohydrate foods, ascending slowly, and avoiding smoking and alcohol can also help to prevent altitude sickness.
Normally, we arrange 3-star hotels with all types of facilities and luxurious services.
While trekking, mostly hygienic and safe teahouses provide basic accommodations for trekkers. Even though the teahouses or lodges at higher altitudes do not provide modern facilities but offer comfortable rooms which include twin-sharing beds, pillows, mattresses, blankets, and bed sheets.
The travel schedule includes camping so on the day at Base Camp or High camp accommodation takes place at tents.
While in Kathmandu or Pokhara, numerous food items are available, so you will be served various types of delicious meals according to your selections.
While trekking, well-prepared and hygienic foods are served even though the options for food items are limited. Hotels and teahouses offer three types of meals throughout the trekking trail according to your preferences.
For breakfast, the food items available are pancakes, baked bread, eggs (fried, scrambled, or boiled), porridge, Muesli, Tibetan bread, toast, and hot beverages like tea, coffee, and hot chocolates.
For Lunch and Dinner, warm dishes like Dal, Bhat, Curry, noodles, vegetables, meat, MoMo (dumplings), Meat, sandwiches, pasta, Macaroni, Pizza, spaghetti, fried rice, or crispy fried noodles are served. Fresh fruits and vegetables are served as desserts.
At Hiunchuli Base Camp, meals are prepared by staff or cooks hired by a company focusing on providing nutritious food items to sustain climbers. It is advisable to carry your own food or snacks during the day of ascending.
The best time for climbing Hiunchuli Peak is during the month of April, May, September, October, and November. The night is less windy and the days are sunny. The temperature is favorable and the weather is neither cold nor hot making the perfect time for Hiunchuli Peak Climbing.
For Hiunchuli Peak, you will have to walk or climb for around 6-8 hours per day depending on landscapes and destinations.
Like all climbing peaks, you will require a special permit for Hiunchuli Peak Climbing. The special permits you need to acquire for climbing Hiunchuli are a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, and a permit from NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association).
Hiunchuli Peak Climbing is a technical journey that demands good physical fitness and endurance. You need to train your body and be prepared to embrace yourself for 8-10 hours a day in all weather conditions. Training and preparing well make the journey less complicated, safer, and more pleasant. You can do cycling, running, hill climbing, or any kind of aerobic exercise for around 3 months before starting a journey of Hiunchuli Peak Climbing.
Yes, we at Bold Himalaya provide all the essential climbing gear such as tents, climbing boots, crampons, climbing ropes, ice-axe, jumar, harness, and carabineer which you have to return back after the end of the journey.
The elevation at the summit of Hiunchuli Peak is 6,441 meters/21,131 feet.
Hiunchuli Peak is situated in the Annapurna massif of the Gandaki Province in north-central Nepal. The mountain is an extension of the Annapurna South.
The duration to complete the Hiunchuli Peak depends on the weather conditions and the physical strength of trekkers or climbers. According to the planned itinerary, it will take around 18 days to complete the Hiunchuli Peak climbing journey starting from Nayapul along the Annapurna Sanctuary including acclimatization day and reserve day for weather.
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