HIMLUNG

  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 30 Days
  • Region: Annapurna
  • Max Altitude: 7,216 meters / 23,675 feets
  • Group Size: 6 People
  • Grade: II
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu All meals during Expedition
  • Accommodation: 5* Hyatt Hotel / Camps
  • Prime Activity: MOUNTAINEERING
  • Minor Activity: Culture and Trekking
Trip Price:
USD 9480 per person
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Highlights of Trip

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS propose the climb of Himlung Himal with an interesting sightseeing of  Kathmandu and a majestic trekking into the Nar-Phu Valley

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and traditions
  • Guided sightseeing of the UNESCO world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • An un-crowded mountaineering experience above 7000 meters in a remote part of Nepal, with stunning views on the Tibetan Plateau
  • Experimented Team with UIAGM Mountain Guide besides the climbing Sherpa team
  • A fantastic journey in the wild and unexplored area of the Annapurna region: the Nar-Phu valley in the newly open trekking region close to the Tibetan border
  • Discovery of ancient Himalayan People settlements
  • Fabulous views of Manaslu Range, Annapurna Range, Lamjung Himal, Machapuchare Himal, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and many more beautiful mountains
  • Importance placed on high quality organization, staff, equipment and services to a small team of climbers

Trip Overview

Himlung, 7126 meters above sea level. Himlung Himal is situated near the Tibetan border in the Manaslu region, northeast of the Annapurna region, which is considered one of the remote corners of Nepal. It was previously a restricted region until the Nepal Government opened it to the tourism in 1992.

HIMLUNG HIMAL JOURNEY

Wild Yak Expeditions proposes to start this Expedition on the trekking route of the Annapurna Circuit until Koto and from there to follow the small path towards the spectacular valley of Nar-Phu Gaon. The trekking route from Manang to Phu Gaon is newly opened and has not been visited by many tourists so far. The landscape is mainly composed of high peaks, passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow gullies, forests, rocks, springs, Gompas and unique cultural settlements. Panoramic fabulous views on the Manaslu Range, the Annapurna Range, Gangapurna, Ratna Chuli and many other mountains are part of the Trip.

The ascent of Himlung Himal does not comport any particular technical difficulties but it does require a high level of fitness. It is a beautiful course of alpinism from its Base Camp to the Summit. The Base Camp is established at 4850 meters above sea level. It is boarded at the upper end by one of the pastures belonging to Phu. In principle, three high camps are established before reaching the Summit. Camp I at 5450 meters, Camp II at 5800 meters and Camp III at 6350 meters.

SAFETY FEATURES

For the safety, good ambience and flexibility, we focus on teams of 4 to 6 climbers (max. 8), as well as:

  • Supplementary 4-Litre Oxygen bottle with mask and regulator and oximeter are part of the emergency kit
  • 24-hrs medical emergency assistance by a doctor specialised in high altitude medicine for the emergency situations
  • Means of communication for the Emergency
  • Good connections with rescue airlines in high altitude emergency
  • Weather updates, in particular during the the climbing of Himlung Himal and in case of change of weather fronts
  • WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team consists of new generation Sherpa climbers who are highly trained and skilled in Alpine climbing, educated, numerous experiences of high altitude climbing, fluent in various languages and last but not least, kind and helpful
  • Warm down sleeping bag and down jacket are also available for each participant
  • All the climbing equipments can be hired from the Wild Yak Gear

WHY TO GO FOR AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE?

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS believe an adventure in the outdoors provides various health benefits ranging from physical to mental to spiritual. Himalaya is also the best place where we have enough time to discover oneself and rejuvenate our life by positive wellbeing. It is scientifically proved that it is essential to make some space from the worldly news, social media and busy life to be productive. Beside personal benefits, it contributes to helping the local economy by visiting the areas.

WHY WITH WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS?

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team is privileged to welcome you in the Himalaya. We are committed to organising small groups with high-quality services and security, that are essential for flexibility, contentment, good ambience and precious exchanges of cultures and traditions with our team and local guides. Hospitality to our guest and economy to locals is our inspiration.

Altitude Chart of Trip

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Day 2 : Visit of the UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu

  • Day 3 : Kathmandu to Bhulbule, (840m), 6-7 hours drive / Lodge

  • Day 4 : Bhulbule to Jagat (1300m) / Lodge

  • Day 5 : Jagat to Dharapani (1860m) / Lodge

  • Day 6 : Dharapani to Chame (2670m) /Lodge

  • Day 7 : Chame to Methang (3650m) / Tent

  • Day 8 : Methang to Phu (4400m) / Tent

  • Day 9 : Phu to Himlung Base camp (4850m) / Tent

  • Day 10 to 24 : Acclimatization and climbing period

  • Day 25 : Base Camp to Methang / Tent

  • Day 26 : Methang to Koto / Lodge

  • Day 27 : Koto to Bhulbule / Lodge

  • Day 28 : Bhulbule to Kathmandu

  • Day 29 : Kathmandu (shopping, rest)

  • Day 30 : International flight back

Date & Price

The present price includes namely, a highly qualified Climbing Sherpa Team with UIAGM Mountain Guide, perfect preparation and rest at the famous, with its authentic style,  5-star Hotel Hyatt in Kathmandu.

Please contact us for a customized Expedition on Himlung Himal. The WILD YAK Team

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Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ philosophy is: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that our Guest know the total costs of their adventure Trip in advance!

  • The organisation of the Expedition
  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • Accommodation in the famous 5-star Hyatt Hotel in Kathmandu on a sharing basis, including breakfasts (4 nights). Additional charges occur for single room, upon request
  • 4 dinners in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu
  • The ground transportation as per the itinerary 
  • All necessary trekking and climbing permits
  • Accommodation in lodges/campsite during the trekking, on a sharing basis
  • Tented accommodation at Base Camp (individual tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, store tent, shower tent, toilet tent)
  • All major meals during trekking and at Base Camp
  • Tents (with isolation mattress), cooking stove (primus), butane gas and food for the high camps
  • A well-experienced and trained Team: UIAGM mountain guide for the group, Climbing Sherpa Team (1 climbing Sherpa for 3 climbers), cook, kitchen boy(s), including their salary, summit bonus, insurances, equipment, transportation, food and lodging 
  • Material and luggage transportation until Base Camp, and back
  • Fee, salary and transportation of liaison officer
  • All climbing equipment to secure the Mountain on essential parts
  • Weather forecast
  • Handset radios for the communication in the Mountain
  • Satellite phone (for personal use on the participants' own charge)
  • Generator and solar equipment for light and charging of various electronic devices at Base Camp
  • Heater in the Mess Tent (at certain specific time of the day)
  • Oxygen, mask and regulator in case of emergency
  • Medical kit and 24-hour medical assistance by high altitude medical team
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • WYE postcards
  • Hot bags 
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • International flight*
  • Cargo fees, including local taxes
  • Nepal Visa
  • Excess of 40 kg of personal luggage for the transport to the Base Camp, and back
  • Extra night(s) accommodation in Kathmandu or on the way to/from Base Camp due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain due to any reason which is not decided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS and outside the scheduled itinerary, or in case of early summit success
  • Any extra night in lower altitude for personal reason (altitude sickness, etc)
  • Lunches in Kathmandu, as well as all meals related to the previous two points
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Individual beverages
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, satellite communications, Internet, laundry, extra porters and all other personal items)
  • Tips (Climbing Sherpa Team, Cook, Kitchen boys; porters/mule men/drivers/City and cultural guides, etc.)
  • Any other expense that is not included in the above quoted Expedition price. 

Logistics

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' PHILOSOPHY

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on group sizes of 4 to 6 participants (max. 8) for its Himlung Expedition because our experience have found this to be the best way to have a successful trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our team and the climbing partners (climbing Sherpa).

Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

Kathmandu: We stay at the famous 5-star Hyatt Hotel on a sharing basis, including breakfasts, in order to optimize the preparation for this present Himlung Expedition. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screened by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

The individual beverages, except at Base Camp, are on each participant's own charge.

During our Campsite Trekking: According to our itinerary, at some specific defined places, we settle a campsite and enjoy the meals prepared by our kitchen team. The tents are provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS on a sharing basis. Single tent can be requested but are charged extra cost (upon request at your booking). Each member has to bring his/her own sleeping bag, we provide you a thick mattress with a extra thin isolation tent mattress.
Considering the roughness of the landscape and the hygienic conditions, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS provides the team with its own cook, kitchen tent, sleeping tents, dining tent and toilet tent with the necessary staff to serve us delicious dishes and drinks. You can enjoy espresso coffee, a selection of teas, as well as Italian, Tibetan and local cuisines. Packages lunch are given on some days. 
For our clients’ convenience, considering the remoteness of the region, WILD YAK EXPEDITONS provides the lightening for the dining and kitchen tents and solar batteries charging facilities at disposal of the participants.

In some places, we stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouses) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. 
Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant’s own charge, except coffee and the selection of teas that are served for breakfast and in the afternoons upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. 

Base Camp: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Base Camp is comfortable, warm and well organised. Each participant has an individual extra double large tent where one can almost stand to change the clothes (about 165cm high). Light, insulation from ground and an extra large thick mattress with soft pillow are provided for each individual tent.

Our triple skin base Primaloft dining tent is heated at evening and the ground is insulated and topped up with a Tibetan carpet. Our kitchen is hygienic, clean and equipped with modern utensils and stoves. Likewise the shower tent is facilitated with hot gas system, shampoo, shower gel, body lotion and mirror. The toilet tent is big enough to render a high altitude toilet comfortable, equipped with toilet paper and fresh Odinel. A water bucket with soap and hand sanitizer is at your disposal besides the dining tent. Similarly, a store tent and communication tent will be set up, depending on the number of participants. 

During this Expedition, you can enjoy various kinds of food, from the typical Nepali food to all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, European, Indian, Japanese etc.) The Team can also enjoy cakes and cookies, along with varieties of drinks, among others, hot chocolate, coffee and fruit juice. Fresh vegetables, fruits and meat are supplied as regularly as possible from our Kitchen. On request, for higher camps, a freshly cooked hygienic food or a packed food (as per condition) can be provided from our Kitchen Team as well as drinks and snacks.

Lights and Generator: Base Camp is equipped with a powerful generator (with less noise but strong power for the high altitude) and a solar recharge system.

SAFETY FEATURES

Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. For safety our major aspects are:

  • 1 Nepali UIAGM Mountain guide for the Group 
  • 1 Climbing Sherpa for 3 participants 
  • WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' Team consists of strong new generation climbing Sherpas who are highly trained and skilled in  mountaineering, educated, have numerous experiences of high altitude climbing, are fluent in various languages and last but not least, friendly and supportive
  • Full time Base Camp Manager for the logistic
  • We are flexible and supportive being a small group of Mountaineers compared to other big outfitters which consist of more than 10 climbers in the team
  • A radio set per 3 participants during the ascent
  • First Aid medical box, including oxygen bottle with mask and regulator for emergency
  • 24/24 hours high altitude consultant in case of emergency
  • Satellite phone (personal communications on each participant's own charge)
  • A 24-hour service based radio station at Base Camp 
  • Weather forecast
  • Fixing lines by the Sherpa Team, where necessary
  • 1 day workshop at Base Camp
  • 1 day workshop before going to the final Summit push which consists mainly of giving advice for appropriate handling of the personal things which may be effective during the ascent and the way to cooperate with his/her own Sherpa on the ascending day
  • WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is associated with the local Helicopter Rescue companies
  • Last but not least, pre-expedition meeting in Switzerland and advise on how to prepare a 7000-meter Expedition

OUR TEAM

The success of this Expedition depends on both the personal condition of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ team has been carefully selected according to their experience in the specific environment and personal aptitudes. Our team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and helpful.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.

Our UIAGM Mountain Guide and his role: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ UIAGM Mountain Guide is a professional licensed mountain guide by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), along with mountaineering experience in guiding around the Himalaya. He is always ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the climbing and monitoring as well symptoms of high altitude sickness. Our Mountain Guide leads you to the mountain, giving you interesting information about mountains, technics, culture, traditions and landscapes. He is also helping as interpret with the local population. He plays a vital role in taking care of the clients’ needs, supervising the staffs/ porters and assuring the safety requirements. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the Group throughout the Climbing.

Our Climbing Sherpa Team: the number of Climbing Sherpas is depending on the size of the group of participants to this Expedition. Our climbing Sherpa team is a professional qualified team with great experience in guiding at high altitudes in the Himalaya especially on numerous high  mountains of the Himalaya and have deep knowledge about the culture and traditions of this part of the Himalaya. It is the Climbing Sherpas' role to fix all the tents and the rope at the necessary part of the mountain and, assist you all the way to the Summit.

Our Kitchen Team: plays a vital role during the entire Expedition. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' Cooks are specialized, experienced and trained in outdoor cooking at high altitudes, respecting the fundamental principles of hygiene and proper management of the base camp and its surroundings. The Cook's role is also to manage the Base Camp in the absence of the Leader/Sherpa Team. Different types of cuisine and bakeries are served during the climbing period. Our Kitchen Team ensures also that the garbage is properly managed and the campsite is kept clean after its use.

Grade

MOUNTAINEERING GRADES

Before we choose the mountain to scale, we want to know some important details about its climbing route. Considering the experience of the mountain guides and ascenders, we developed a simple system of grading, which may help you to choose the right Mountain to climb up depending on your aptitude.

HIMLUNG: Grade II

  • Fitness: very good body strength, endurance and stamina, high efficiency in the altitude, being mentally well-prepared to deal with the strenuous situations of the high altitude.
  • Technical Skill: advanced climbing skill, able to ascend and descend independently with technical devices and ice axe, good use of climbing gear, basic knowledge of high altitude medicine and crevasse rescue
  • Climbing Experience: at least a 5000 to 6000-meter peak climbing experience and some 4000-meter peaks in the Alps
  • Strength: ability to carry an 7-10 kg backpack in the high altitude environments
  • Climbing Distance between the Camps: 4-7 hrs
  • Summit Distance Overall: 8-11 hrs from the last High Camp, back to such Camp
  • Number of Higher Camps: 3 camps
  • Degree of Objective Danger: medium
  • Steep Sections: some long sections of nearly 10 to 100 meters with a steepness of 25-45 degrees
  • Ice Climbing Section: some parts of 10 to 15 meters and 25- 40 degrees
  • Mix of Ice and Rock Climbing: few small sections
  • Altitude: 5000 meters to 7126 meters above sea level
  • Oxygen Level in the Body: 55% to 36%

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