HIMLUNG

  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 30 Days
  • Region: Annapurna
  • Max Altitude: 7,216 meters / 23,675 feets
  • Group Size: 4-6 People
  • Grade: II
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu All meals during Expedition
  • Accommodation: 5* Hyatt Regency / Lodges / Campsite
  • Prime Activity: MOUNTAINEERING
  • Minor Activity: Culture and Trekking
Trip Price:
USD 10,680 (4-6 Pax) per person
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Highlights of Trip

A combination of cultural sightseeing and a majestic trekking into the Nar-Phu Valley as perfect appetiser for this Himlung Expedition

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and traditions
  • Guided sightseeing of the UNESCO world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Hyatt Regency, 5-star hotel 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 Sherpa Climbing Guides 
  • A fantastic acclimatisation trekking in the wild and unexplored area of the Annapurna region: the Nar-Phu valley
  • Stunning mountain 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 6 climbers maximum

Trip Overview

Himlung-Himal, popularly known as Himlung is 7126 m/23,380 ft. peak in Nepal. Himlung climbing is the most popular expedition among the 7000-meter peaks. It locates in Nar-Phu region which is the most isolated area in Nepal, frontier to Tibet. Thus, the explorer need a special trekking permit as region is under the restricted area of Nepal.

HIMLUNG EXPEDITION

After a constant successful Himlung expedition, Wild Yak Team confirms to depart this year on 14th October and last till 12 November 2019. Through our experience, we discover that the mentioned period is the appropriate time for Himlung climbing. The Mountain is suitable for the climbers who want to experience first time the high-altitude mountaineering or are preparing for the 8000-meter peaks. Himlung climbing is not that much technical besides few short steep sections which are mostly secured by the Wild Yak Team. But Himlung climbing 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 at 4850 meters above sea level. It is at the upper end of one of the pastures belonging to Phu village. In principle, three high camps need to fix before reaching the Summit. Camp I at 5450 meters, Camp II at 5800 meters and Camp III at 6350 meters. For more detail about Himlung climbing and the route follow the link.

Besides the high altitude mountaineering the regions ancient architecture, ancient custom, culture, and biological diversity is sure to amaze anyone. The high peaks, isolated Phu village, narrow gullies, forests, springs, old monasteries, and unique ancient settlements are a stunning part of the journey to Base Camp.

HIMLUNG EXPEDITION FEATURES

For Safety, Flexibility and Comfort we are focus on the small group of 4 to 6 climbers only, as well as:

  • Pre-meetings and high altitude consultancy
  • 4-liters Oxygen bottle with mask regulator for emergency purpose
  • also available High Altitude Chamber Bag for Base Camp
  • 24-hour medical emergency assistance by a doctor specialized in high altitude medicine
  • Communication devices such as Radios and Satellite phone
  • Weather reports by the Himalayan weather experts (not by internet)
  • Two climbers accompanied by one Climbing Sherpa guide
  • The team of Kind, Competent, and Strong Sherpa guides
  • Warm Sleeping bag and Down Jacket are also available for a use in Himlung Base Camp.
  • And Climbing gears such as down-suit, Big climbing shoes, jumar are also available to rent for Himlung climbing.

Altitude Chart of Trip

Himlung Expedition

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 :
Arrival in Kathmandu / Transfer to Hyatt Regency
Day 2 :
Visit of the UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu / Hyatt Regency
Day 3 :
Kathmandu to Bhulbule (840m), 6-7 hrs drive / Lodge
Day 4 :
Bhulbule to Jagat (1300m), 5-6 hrs / Lodge
Day 5 :
Jagat to Dharapani (1860m), 5-6 hrs / Lodge
Day 6 :
Dharapani to Chame (2670m), 5-6 hrs / Lodge
Day 7 :
Chame to Methang (3650m), 7-8 hrs / Campsite
Day 8 :
Methang to Phu (4400m), 5-6 hrs / Campsite
Day 9 :
Phu to Himlung Base Camp (4850m), 4-5 hrs / Campsite
Days 10-23 :
Acclimatization and climbing period (14 days)
Day 24 :
Base Camp to Methang (3650m), 6-7 hrs / Campsite
Day 25 :
Methang to Koto (2600m), 6-7 hrs / Lodge
Day 26 :
Koto to Syange (1100m), 5-6 hrs (by jeep) / Lodge
Day 27 :
Syange to Besisahar (760m), 4-5 hrs (by jeep) / Lodge
Day 28 :
Besisahar to Kathmandu (1350m), 6-7 hrs (by private car) / Hyatt Regency
Day 29 :
Leisure day in Kathmandu / Hyatt Regency
Day 30 :
Departure international flight

Date & Price

The present price includes namely, a highly qualified Climbing Sherpa Team, perfect preparation and rest at the famous 5-star Hotel Hyatt Regency  in Kathmandu.

Do not hesitate to contact us for a customized Himlung Expedition. The WILD YAK Team

Trip Start DateTrip End DatePrice (USD)ActivityBook NowFix Departure
14 Oct, 2020 12 Nov, 2020 USD ***** EXPEDITIONS Book Now

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 5-star Hyatt Regency 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
  • All 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 WYE Team: Climbing Sherpa Guides (1 Climbing Sherpa Guide for 3 climbers), Kitchen Team, 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 only 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 local Team.

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 Regency 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 Group with its own 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. 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. 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.) You 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 Team. 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  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 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 WILD YAK TEAM

The success of this Himlung 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 Climbing Sherpa Guides: 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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