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40-day expedition Mt. Himlung, Nepal

Reach the summit of Mt. Himlung with Lakpa, an IFMGA certified guide. Discover one of the most remote and beautiful parts of the Nepalese Himalayas.

Mountain RangeHimalaya
Duration40 days
Offer periodMar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

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Come with me on this expedition to climb Mt. Himlung. This magnificent mountain stands at 7,126 meters. And it is one of the most impressive peaks in the Nepalese Himalayas. Over a period of 40 days, we will unveil all its beauty and discover all its secrets.

Don’t miss out the opportunity to enjoy unparalleled views from the summit of Himlung. Standing above 7,000 meters will make you feel like you can touch the sky. And indeed, you’ll be walking amongst clouds!

Mount Himlung is located in the northeast part of the Annapurna region. This region was a restricted area. The Government of Nepal recently opened it in 1992. Thus, very few people have had the chance to see it, let alone reach one of its summits.

Although Mt. Himlung lies in a remote area of Nepal, near the Tibet border, this is a fascinating place rich in history and traditions. Here you’ll find traditional villages all throughout the Annapurna circuit route, heading into Nar-Phu. Due to its location, most places remain untouched by modernity. And a very small amount of visitors have ventured here. Thus, you’ll get to immerse into the lifestyle and culture, and hear the stories and tales of the inhabitants of these mountains.

Our trip will begin in the lower Marshyangdi river valley. There, you’ll get some of the best views of Gompas and other unique places. Then, we’ll trek through lush and evergreen forests. And we’ll hike over many charming villages until we reach Phu valley and base camp (4,900). Upon reaching base camp, we’ll begin the preparation for the expedition. Thereupon, we’ll reach three more camps Advance Base Camp at (5,450 m), Camp 1 at (6,000 m) and Camp II at (6,350 m).

Do you want to join this amazing expedition? Send me a request and reach the summit of one of the most stunning mountains in the Himalayas, Himlung. Looking for  another challenge? I also guide this Mt. Everest ascent through the North Side.

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Day 1: Kathmandu - hotel

On the first day, we’ll pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu - sightseeing

The second day will be for sightseeing and learning about the local culture. So we’ll visit places like the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath and the world biggest Stupa: Boudhhanath, also known as little Tibet. Also, we’ll visit Swoyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple), Kathmandu Durbar Square, and the virgin Kumari known as Living Goddess in Basantapur.

Day 3: Kathmandu - preparation for expedition

Our third day will be designated for shopping and preparing all the equipment needed for the expedition. Meanwhile, our team will prepare all the permits and papers. And in the evening we’ll have a meeting to discuss all the details of the expedition.

Day 4: Jagat

Day four begins with a delicious breakfast. After that we’ll start driving on the Prithvi Highway, until we reach Dumre and Beshisahar. Also, we’ll pass by Bhalam Khola, Bhulbhule and Ngadi. Finally we’ll pass the Marsyandi River reaching the Jagat settlement.

Day 5: Dharapani (1,920m) - 5 hours trek

Our fifth day will start trekking through a beautiful trail through the Marsyandi River and a mesmerizing forest. And, we’ll pass villages like Tal Besi, Tal Karte until we arrive to Dharapani.

Day 6: Koto (2,670m) - 5 hours trek

The trek on day six will continue through charming forests and villages. Then we’ll head to Koto to spend there the night.

Day 7: Dharmashala (3,230m) 6 hours - trek

The trek on day seven will start in Koto and finish in Dharmashala, where you’ll find dazzling alpine vegetation. And you’ll get some of the best views of the route.

Day 8: Kyang (3,820m) 5 hours - trek

On this day’s trek we’ll head to Kyan, passing through more stunning forests. Also we’ll see some beautiful rivers.

Day 9: Phu valley (4,080m) 6 hours - trek

Day nine will start with a trek towards Phu Valley. And we’ll cross a river bank, a bridge and other marvellous places.

Day 10: Himlung base camp (4,900m) 4 hours - trek

On our tenth day, we’ll head towards base camp where we’ll spend the night.

Day 11: Himlung base camp - acclimatization

Day eleven is important since it will be for acclimatization. So we’ll spend the day preparing. Hence I’ll teach you some techniques and skills to get you ready for the adventure ahead.

Day 12 to 31: Climbing period

Due to unpredictable weather, we’ll stay at base camp as much as its needed. After the necessary time here, we’ll head to Advance Base Camp (5,450m). Then we’ll climb up Camp I located at an elevation of 6,000 meters. Thereupon, we’ll head to Camp II (6,350).

Day 32: Clean up Base Camp

Since more and more expeditions and treks occur in this region, more garbage and waste is produced. So as an effort to reduce contamination, we’ll use this day to clean base camp, and packing for our journey back.

Day 33: Phu valley

On this day we’ll start retracing our journey through the same trek that we came up. So we’ll head back to the Phu Valley to spend the night there.

Day 34: Dharmashala

We’ll descend through a gore, a bridge, a stream and a river bank. Finally we will reach Dharmashala for a good night sleep.

Day 35: Koto

We’ll trek towards Koto, which we will reach after 5 hours of hiking.

Day 36: Trek to Dharapani 05 hours

On this day we will head back to Dharapani. We will pass through beautiful villages. And we’ll see many places rich in history and culture.

Day 37: Jagat

After walking back through villages like Tal Besi and Tal Karte we’ll head to Jagat for an overnight stay.

Day 38: Drive to Kathmandu

Once we get a good last breakfast we’ll get on a vehicle and head towards Kathmandu.

Day 39: Free day in Kathmandu

This will be the last day of adventure. But you’ll still have some time to walk around Kathmandu and learn more about this magical place.

Day 40: Final departure

Finally, on day forty, we’ll take you to the airport so you can catch your flight back home.


About the guide

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I am an IFMGA/UIAGM certified mountain guide and an instructor guide. I started my career in the mountaineering and adventure sector in 1998 and since then I have been on the continuous journey of learning, training, exploring, and enjoying about the mountains.

I have guided several successful climbing expeditions in the Himalyas including Everest- 4 times, Makalu, Dawalagiri, Manaslu.... and other 7000 and 6000 m peaks. I am among the first batch of IFMGA/UIAGM guide from Nepal.

I'm an expert in high Altitude expeditions (Everest, Cho Oyu, Manaslu...). If one of these mountains is on your dreams' list...please get in touch with me and let's discuss about it together. I strongly believe that being guided by someone who comes from there provides a great added value to the journey.


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