• Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Style: Expedition
  • Transport: As Per Itinerary
  • Food: As Per Itinerary
  • Accommodation: Lodge + Camping

Situated in the Manaslu Region near Tibet border, Mt. Himlung Expedition takes you through the Nar Phu valley along with stunning views of mountain peaks in Annapurna and Lamjung Himal ranges. The trail on the expedition gives you the pleasure of experiencing the wildlife, natural glory, and cultural diversity of the Tibetan-influenced culture.Although an expedition, the journey is nothing short of an insightful exploration of the discreet culture and pristine nature in the shadows of Mt. Manaslu (8163m).

After completion of climbing, document preparation, and sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, you’ll start your journey with a scenic drive to Besisahar. Along with the ever-present hills and Trishuli River, you’ll cross small towns of Malekhu and Muglin as you reach your destination. From Besisahar, the trail passes through Koto and proceeds towards the settlement of Meta. Moving on, beautifulwaterfalls, the forest of pine and rhododendron, sloppy landscapes, and mesmerizing viewssnow-capped mountain peakscertainly make your long walk a pleasant one. While moving towards the Village of Kyang via Chyakhu, you’ll cross Murju Khola. After arriving at Kyang, you’ll now ascend towards Phu village along with Phu Khola walking past the narrow and sloppy landscapes. The trail passes through yak pastures and chortens. Crossing basecamp, you'll now take steep to ascend towards Camp III via Camp I and Camp II as you walk past the snow covered areas making full use of climbing tools. From Camp III, you’ll climb towards the summit. From the top, you’ll be able to enjoy a sublime view of Annapurna II(7937m), Pisang Peak(6091m), Lamjung Himal(6983m), Manaslu(8163m), and Annapurna IV(7525m). Now, following back the same trail, you’ll return back to Kathmandu via Besisahar. April to May and October to November are the best time for this expedition.

We, at Himalaya Summit Club, are the best choice for the Himlung Expedition as we provide you the best transportation and accommodation services along with a great team of professional staffs and guides. We put our main concern on safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our valued clients. With us, you are guaranteed an unforgettable trekking experience.

Highlights

  • Mesmerizing view of mountain peaks from the top of Mt. Himlung (7126m)
  • Experience ancient culture and tradition of Nar Phu valley
  • Traverse through the Annapurna Conservation Area

Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel (1,300m).
  • Day 02Climbing preparation.
  • Day 03These two days are scheduled for climbing and document preparation. In these days, you will also prepare for the expedition and take sessions from experts about the usage of mountaineering equipment. Meanwhile, if time permits, you can also explore some of the UNESCO world heritage sites in the Valley. Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square are some of the prime destinations for sightseeing tours.Overnight stays at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 04Drive from Besisahar to Koto (2-3 hours) (2,600m)
  • Day 05Trek from Koto to Meta (3,560m) (7-8 hours).
  • Day 06Trek from Meta to Kyang (3,840m) (3-4 hours).
  • Day 07Trek from Kyang to Phu Gaon (3,900m) (3-4 hours).
  • Day 08Phu Gaon to Himlung Base Camp (4,900m) (4-5 hours).
  • Day 09-24Climbing period Himlung Summit (7,126m) and base camp.
  • Day 25Trek from basecamp from Phu Gaon (3,900m)(5-6 hours).
  • Day 26Trek from Phu Gaon to Meta (3,560m) (6-7 hours).
  • Day 27Trek from Meta to Koto (2,600m) (7-8 hours).
  • Day 28Trek from Koto to Besisahar (760m) (5-6 hours).
  • Day 29Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel (6-7 hours).
  • Day 30Final departure.

What's Included

  • All arrival and departure transfers to and from Airport both domestic and international.
  • 4 Nights 3 star category Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on BB Plan as per itinerary.
  • 1:1 experienced private climbing Sherpa guide during trek and climb (Everest Summiteers) (if more than 3 pax in the expedition will have 1 lead Guide of UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide in the Group)
  • Transportation: kathmandu to Besisahar to Koto and back to Kathmandu the climbing member, guides and Kitchen Crew.
  • Complete camping setup with dining & kitchen tents, chairs and tables in Advance Base Camp.
  • Necessary shower and toilet tents, individual member tents in BC.
  • One each tent for member & Sherpa sharing in Camp 1.2, & 3.
  • Solar panel/generator for light and battery charge in Base Camp.
  • Three meals a day (BLD-tea-coffee) and twin sharing teahouse accommodation during trek.
  • Freshly cooked hot meal and Base Camp, prepared by cook.
  • 40 kg personal baggage while trekking up and 30 kg while down carrying by porter.
  • Expedition royalty and climbing permit for climbing Mt. Himlung (7126m)
  • Fully paid government appointed liaison officer in the team.
  • Necessary kitchen staffs BC.
  • Medical, accidental, and search and rescue Insurance for all involved local staffs.
  • All rope fixing and icefall management charges levied in the Expedition.
  • Emergency oxygen mask and regulator in ABC for medical purpose only.
  • Satellite phone above Base Camp also available for members with the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information.
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Items of personal nature and laundry expenses.
  • Expenses by usage of landlines, mobiles, satellite phone and Internet.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, camera/video fees or trekking gears.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations, etc.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Summit bonus to climbing Sherpa/Guide (Minimum US$ 500.00)
  • Rescue, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses 
  • Medical and travel Insurance with helicopter search and rescue.
  • Permits for filming if special camera.
  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not mentioned in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” section

Useful Information

Equipment List

Climbing-

  • Mountaineering Harness
  • 3 meters 8mm Rope and 4 Meters 6-7mm Climbers accessory cord
  • Belay Device (anyone: figure of 8, ATC, ATC Guide)
  • Ascender (JUMAR)
  • 3 locking Carabiners
  • 2 Regular Carabiners
  • Mountaineering Ice Axe
  • Crampons-must fit boots perfectly; steel crampons with anti balling plates are the good.
  • Optional: adjustable trekking poles.

Upper Body-

  • 2 Cotton T-shirts
  • 1 polypropylene T-shirt
  • 2 long sleeve polypropylene Shirts, lightweight
  • 1 polar fleece pullovers, medium weight
  • 1 polar fleece jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacke with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • 1 very warm goose-Down (duvet) jacket with hood
  • Umbrella (optional)

Hands-

  • 1 lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
  • 1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner (For more about high altitude mitts

Head-

  • Helmet;
  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears;
  • Balaclava;
  • Face mask;
  • Ballcap or brimmed sun cap;
  • Glacier sunglass with side shields (you can purchase these inexpensively in Kathmandu, including prescription sunglasses
  • 1 pair ski goggles (Optional) with light and dark lens;
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs;
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions

Lower Body-

  • Cotton underwear briefs;1 pair walking shorts;
  • 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms;
  • 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms;
  • 1 pair polar fleece trousers;
  • 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
  • 1 Goose-down (duvet) trousers
  • Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. Feet-
  • 1 pair double plastic boots (koflach style) or 1 pair One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent,
  • 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (we mean leather trekking, not climbing boots) for the walk to advanced base camp;
  • 1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
  • 1 pair down booties (optional);
  • 2 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks;
  • 2 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool;
  • Cotton socks for in town.

Sleeping-

  • 1 high altitude, down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to – 30 Centigrade or -0 Fahrenheit). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down clothing inside the tent;
  • At least 3 closed cell foam kari-mats for use in base camp and high altitude, We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu?

Your sleeping bag should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.

Rucksack and Travel Bags-

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry);
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
  • 1 large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals;

Personal Hygiene-

  • female or male hygiene supplies;
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min. factor 15);
  • anti-mosquito cream;
  • 1 toothpaste/brush;
  • 1 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
  • hand wipes.

Medical-

Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription:

  • Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light), blister repair kit, waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, plasters, Band-Aids, personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
  • 10 anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium, Loperamide);
  • 10 anti-headache pills (Paracetamol, Tylenol);
  • 10 anti-inflammatory pills (Ibuprofen);
  • 20 cough lozenges, cough sweets, Strepsils, Halls;
  • 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetyzolamide;
  • 10 stomach antibiotic pills: (Ciprofloxacin, Norfloxacin);
  • 6 broad spectrum antiobiotic pills: (Azithromycin);
  • Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant
  • 1 Steripen, or bottle of water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set earplugs;
  • 1 small bottle of hand-sanitizer
  • Sun cream for skin and lips. minimum factor 20

Extra prescription of Glasses: contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, WARNING: your contact lenses might not work well on the mountain, please carry glasses at all times in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu around $45. Please order prior to arrival if you are interested. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu.

Personal Food-

Our skillful cooks prepare 3 delicious hot meals and plenty of drinks each day along the trek and in base camp.

On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our staffs will be carrying this food to the higher camps.

  • We ask each client to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We also ask clients to bring 3 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for their summit attempt. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2-5 kilos/4-10 pounds, is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our Clients, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.

Practical Item

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
  • 1 compass or GPS;
  • 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
  • 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
  • nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also;
  • 3 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle);
  • 1 plastic cup and spoon;
  • 1 small folding knife;
  • binoculars (optional);
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
  • passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
  • Separate Photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
  • Dollors, Pounds or Euros, Cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
  • Credit Cards, Bank/ATM/Cash Machine Cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.;
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • Base camp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, I pod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
  • travel clothes for base camp and in town;

Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment.