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Mt. Himlung Expedition(7,126 M)

Mt. Himlung Himal is one of the recently opened peaks for climbing and is located between Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. Himlung expedition takes you through remote villages Nepal and Tibet border. Passing through two interesting Tibetian villages of Nar and Phu. Base camp will be established at the height of 4900m. which is located at the upper border of one of pastures belong to Phu. Normally three high camps will be established to reach the Summit. Camp I at the height of 5450m, Camp II at 6000m and Camp III at 6350m.

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. Himlung Himal isn’t of particularly difficult it is a very beautiful course of alpinism in altitude from its Base Camp to the summit. The route to Phu Gaon from Manang is newly opened and fewer tourists have visited, so far. These routes are combined with high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow gullies, lovely forests, amazing rock and spring formations, Gompas and unique varied cultures.

Expedition Highlights:

• Climb to the summit of Mt Himlung 7126m
• Trek part of the Annapurna circuit and the remote valleys between Annapurnas, Manaslu and the Tibet Border
• Visit a peak without the crowds
• Be part of an expedition visiting a rarely visited area
• An excellent preparation expedition for 8000m such as Cho Oyu or Mt Everest

Is it right for me?

To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Fitness

To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Experience

Previous mountaineering experience is required to at least 6000m. You will also need to be very determined. Himlung is a non-technical peak with the possibility of a ski descent for VERY strong skiers. Ski touring in the area near ABC is also possible (and a fun way to acclimatize).

To succeed you will need to be extremely fit and have a high level of endurance. You don't need to be fast but you need to be steady and strong. Mental toughness plays a large role as does the ability to relax and let your body acclimatise.

When to go?

Autumn season (Sept-Nov) being the best season for climbing Mt. Dhaulagiri, offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views, and also best season for peak climbing. Perfect season to climb Mt. Himlung

Summer months (June-September) of the year which coincides with monsoon begins in mid-June and drains in mid-September making travel wet and warm. The mountain views may not be at their best as rain clouds and haze over hang the mountains occasionally obscuring the enchanting views. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.

Spring season (March-May) is the expedition season and the best time for climbing the high peaks. It is mildly warm at lower elevations but occasional haze mars beautiful view of mountains. At higher elevations over 4,000 meters the mountain views are excellent and the temperature is quite moderate even at night.

Winter season (December-February) is noted for cold weather with occasional snowfall at higher elevations. Again, excellent views are common. These months are popular and ideal for trekking for those who are well equipped or who remain at lower elevations below 3,000 meters. Most of the hotel owners will come to the lower altitude cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara

 

Altitude:7,126m

Grade: strenuous

Activities:7,000m Expeditions

Trip Duration:29 days

Hotels:nights single (share available)

Group Size:6 to 12 ((12 Maximum) (Flexible for private groups))

Start & Finish at:Kathmandu, Nepal

Destination:Nepal

Day1    Arrival Kathmandu

Day2    Gear preparations briefing at Ministry of Tourism

Day3    Drive to BesiSahar by local bus

Day4    Drive to Koto by local Jeep

Day5    Trek to Darmasala

Day6    Trek to Kyang

Day7    Trek to Phugaon

Day8    Acclimatization Day

Day9    Trek to Himlung BC

Day10?Day24    Climbing Period (15days)

Day25   Trek to Kyang

Day26   Trek to Chame

Day27   Drive to BesiSahar by Local Jeep

Day28   Drive to KTM by local bus

Day29   Departure day

 Price Detail: on request

 THE FULL BOARD PRICE INCLUDES THE FOLLIWING SERVICES:

  • Mt. Lhotse Climbing Permit
  • 5 (five) nights hotel in Kathmandu twin sharing on BB basis.
  • KTM – Lukla- KTM by regular normal with departure taxes
  • Tea House trek arrangement to BC & return
  • Excess baggage and necessary cargo for expedition loads
  • Necessary number of porters to carry expedition loads
  • Liaison officer charge
  • One head Climbing Expedition Sardar
  • Experienced Climbing Sherpas (2: 1 sherpa) 1 sherpa between 2 clients
  • Cooks and Kitchen boys.
  • Private tent at Base camp with mattress
  • Sleeping bag & Down jacket for BC purpose
  • Dinning tent at BC with necessary arrangements
  • All necessary kitchen gears
  • High quality high Altitude tents.
  • Toilet & shower tent at base camp
  • Communication and Store tent
  • Medical purpose tent
  • All necessary climbing hardware gears except the personal items
  • Meals at Base Camp & above the Base Camp
  • Quality high altitude freeze dried food & individual packet food
  • EPI gas with burner for high camps
  • Walkie-talkie set with radio base
  • Satellite phone in payable basis (per minute $ 3)
  • Solar panel/Generator with accessories at base camp for Power Supply and Charging purpose
  • Gamow/PAC bag at base camp
  • Oxygen with mask set for medical purpose
  • Daily wages, equipment bonus of staff + LO
  • Insurance of local team members + LO
  • All local transportation
  • Celebration meal in Kathmandu

THE PRICE EXCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICES: 

  • Personal insurance of climbing members
  • Personal climbing equipments
  • Cost of emergency evacuation
  • Summit bonus of Climbing Sherpa
  • Tips to the Sherpa staffs
  • Personal natures expenses (Telephone, Laundry etc)
  • Main meals during KTM stay

FEW MAJOR POINTS TO REMIND:

  1. The total duration of expedition is 60-65 days, no refund is made for any unused services
  2. Summit bonus is required to pay minimum US $ 800/-  per summiteers
  3. All the emergency evacuation on the mountain will be by Sherpas and group assistance, the helicopter service is available from close to Base camp & cost of evacuation is extra chargeable. 
  4. The group should trek in and out at same date/if otherwise arranged.

 

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Q) Can I really climb a mountain? Do I need to have climbing experience? How can I climb Mount Everest? Can I climb the seven summits?

A) The level of experience and skills required depends on your particular goal (search for your adventure here). We suggest that people undertaking a first climb should have had at least overnight trekking experience. For those who wish to take on a technically difficult, remote or extreme altitude mountain we'd expect participants to have appropriate experience and skills.

Q) Why go on a guided expedition?

A) There are many reasons that might make a guided expedition attractive even for experienced climbers. These include someone else taking care of all those details (including thing as diverse as booking and confirming hotels, checking the number of evening snacks, ensuring reliable support, transport, permits, visas, team members, gear, etc etc etc etc). This saves your time and energy for the part that really matters - working on achieving your goal. The high levels of support and experience aim to give you the best possible opportunity to succeed, a high level of risk management, and the Alfresco leaders and staff are there for YOU!

Q) What type of people comes along?

A) Climbing expeditions usually attract people in their twenties to fifties. Participants tend to be seeking a good quality, safe, well supported, good value and enjoyable adventure rather than the lowest cost.

Q) How fit do I need to be? Will I have to carry a lot of weight? Should I be able to do 100 chin ups?

A) The fitter you are, the more fun you (and your companions) will have. You will find guidance on preparing for your expedition on each adventure's web page (search here), our info packs and trip dossiers. A minimum level of fitness would have you being able to walk all day on uneven, hilly ground, carrying your day pack, and be able to get up again the next day. Many climbs will require a higher level of fitness and strength so you can carry heavy gear to high camps and really exert yourself on summit day.

Q) What gear is provided?

A) Included are individual sleeping tents for the trekking phase of most climbing expeditions, with dining and kitchen tents. On the mountain participants share serious, proven mountain tents. Climbing teams are equipped with emergency communications and first aid equipment as well as more prosaic things like climbing and cooking gear. There is a detailed gear list for each adventure which outlines what we provide as well as what you should bring. (Search here for specific adventures and download the info pack.)

Q) What's the food like?

A) Food arrangements are specific to each adventure, but you get three meals a day while on the track. In cities included is breakfast and, depending on the trip and the nature of the activities may also cater for lunch and dinner for the group. In the Himalayas the kitchen staffs have been training for years and work magic over gas or kero stoves in their kitchen tent.

While trekking the cooks prepare a varied menu of wholesome, tasty and plentiful food using fresh ingredients where possible. A trekking breakfast in the Himalayas usually includes cooked foods e.g. eggs, tomatoes, cereal or porridge, toast & spreads and fruit and a selection of hot drinks.

Lunch is often soup and a packed lunch, or a cooked lunch. Dinners are generally soup, a main meal (one of many Asian or European style dishes) veges, and a dessert (fruit to custard to baked apple pie!) Drinking water: will be provided at camps (collected with care, filtered, treated with chemicals and/or boiled), and at lunch time where possible. It is wise to carry a small amount of purifying chemicals (e.g. Iodine or chlorine) with you, in case you happen to need water at an odd time. In the developing world care should be taken to avoid untreated water and potentially contaminated foods like uncooked salads and some fruit. Bottled water is available in cities, but of course you can treat tap water in your own bottle too.

On the hill we eat easy to prepare food, often prepared by the team with assistance from guides and staff: freeze-dried foods, crackers, soups, snacks etc. On big mountains it is often a challenge to eat, so we provide foods to tempt your appetite and give you sustenance.

Q) Who will be responsible for my safety?

A) The short answer - you! All participants are expected to behave in a responsible manner, taking due care of themselves and others. Your expedition leader is responsible for the group including participants and staff. He or she will advise, manage and assist everyone, sometimes with the support of an expedition first aider or doctor, and will be assisted by guides, sherpas, and you and your climbing colleagues, all of whom will have roles to play.

Q) What if I get sick or have an accident?

A) Despite the best precautions, people do sometimes fall ill, sprain something or develop symptoms of AMS. Our expedition leaders will manage your care keeping in mind what's best for you and the rest of the group. Precautions include first aid qualifications and kits, emergency communications, evacuation plans, your travel insurance cover and our pre-preparation and medical advisors.

Q) What about altitude sickness?

A) AMS Acute Mountain Sickness (or altitude sickness) is the body reacting to the stress of high altitude. It is a concern for trekkers in the Himalayas and elsewhere above about approximately; say (is that enough vagueness!) 3,000m. Exposure to high altitude can lead to a number of 'normal' physiological reactions as well as mild to extremely serious illness and even death. The treks are designed with relatively slow acclimatisation schedules, rest days and alternative options. And there are medications and a number of management strategies in place should they be required. Don't be unduly concerned, but please talk to us if you have questions.

Q) I don't have much time, can't we do it quicker?

A) The adventures are designed around what we feel is the optimum itinerary, which incorporates adequate time for the suitably fit participant to do the climb comfortably; flexibility for weather, illness, unforeseen delays; time to enjoy the experience, your climbing colleagues and staff; learn about your surroundings if you wish; and, for altitude adventures, a fairly slow acclimatisation regime to minimise the risk of altitude sickness and maximise your chance of reaching your goals. All while also trying to minimise your time away from home. We would generally not recommend shorter itineraries (such as those used by less scrupulous operators) unless you were genuinely prepared to turn back if you (or your travel companion) becomes affected by AMS. If you really don't have the time available, we can perhaps suggest an alternative itinerary or goal that will work for you.

Q) My friend would like to visit, but isn't really interested in climbing..

A) Your friend, spouse, family, colleagues may like to join you on the trekking phases of the expedition, and could stay in Base Camp or Advanced Base Camp, depending on the trip, when you are on the hill. If they want to accompany you to our base city (e.g. Kathmandu) we can easily arrange extra accommodation, and places on our day tours, but we may also be able to arrange a series of day trips, a short relaxing trip into the country-side, scenic flights above the Himalayas, wildlife safaris and so on. Ask us for ideas, or suggest your own.