Tharpu Chuli Peak Climbing (5663m) - 17 days

Mount Tharpu Chuli (5663m) known as Tent Peak is located at the heart of Annapurna Sanctuary. This peak is among the few snow-covered summits at this height in Nepal. Tharpu Chuli peak offers an ideal opportunity for the peak climbers who want to try Himalayan peaks. From Tharpu Chuli, one can have an unparalleled view of the entire Annapurna Sanctuary, a wonderful circle of hanging glaciers and moraines surrounded by higher Annapurna mountains. Tharpu Chuli climbing is the best peak-climbing trip in the Himalayas if you have a short timeframe. The climbing can be completed within 17 days. Considered as the shortest and most affordable way to obtain high-altitude experience, the trip also offers a wonderful close-up view of the high peaks including Annapurna (8000m), Machhapuchhre (6993m) known as “Fishtail” mountain and the other famous peaks of Annapurna range. Our proposed schedule allows for proper acclimatization, training, practice and rest. As client’s safety and satisfaction is our prime concern, we follow every safety measure and use the best equipment and expert professionals.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Briefing and Preparation
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
Day 04: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana
Day 05: Trek to Jhinu Dada
Day 06: Trek to Bamboo
Day 07: Trek to Deurali
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
Day 09: Trek to Tharpu-Chuli Base Camp
Day 10: Climb to Tharpu-Chuli High Camp
Day 11: Climb to the summit and back to Base Camp
Day 12: Trek back to Deurali
Day 13: Trek to Chhumrung
Day 14: Trek to Ghadruk Gurung Village
Day 15: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final departure to home

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

As the wide array of silvery Himalayas is visible from the window pane of your plane, you will know that you are flying above Nepal. Nepal unfolds its treasure before your actual landing in Nepal. After a few minutes of hide and seek with Himalayas, you will land in Kathmandu. You will be warmly welcomed as per Nepali culture with garland at the airport terminal by a company representative and a driver. A private vehicle will escort you through the vibrant streets of Kathmandu to your designated hotel. Our representative will help you in your check-in procedure and will brief you about the trip beginning the next day.

Day 02: Briefing and Preparation

You will be briefed by your climbing guide on the technicalities, gears, equipment, shopping, legal formality, health precautions, safety tips and other last hour preparations. After briefing, you can spend the rest of your day in last hour shopping and preparation.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (915m)

After your breakfast, you will be driven to Pokhara (200 km far), via Prithivi Highway. The journey will lead you through the winding road, valleys, rivers and sporadic settlements typical of any hilly region of Nepal. After 5-6 hours’ drive, you will finally reach Pokhara, “the City of Lakes”. You will release all the exhaustion of a daylong travel by boating in Phewa Lake and basking in the spectacular view of legendary Mt. Machhapuchre, “Fishtail”.

Day 04: Drive to Phedi and trek to Pothana (1600m)

Drive to Phedi takes about half an hour. After reaching there, your trek starts which will last for about 5 hours. Today’s trek is most of the time uphill, steep in the beginning and gradual afterwards. Passing through beautiful community forest, sparse villages and paddy fields, you will pass through Dhampus and finally reach Pothana. While on the trek, you can have rewarding views of Annapurna and other ranges.

Day 05: Trek to Jhinu Dada (1646m)

The trail continues uphill through beautiful forest of oak and rhododendron. After about an hour, you will come across a pass (2150m) from where you can see the views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. You will continue to descend through Modi Khola canyon till you reach Landrung, a beautiful village inhabited by Gurungs and Magars. You will continue past the village through rice terraces and forests. Near Kimru river, you have to descend to a suspension bridge over the river. After crossing the bridge, you will walk gradually uphill till you reach Jhinu Dada. You can also relax in a natural hot spring by the riverside after walking about 15 minutes down to the river.

Day 06: Trek to Bamboo (2340m)

From Jhinu Dada, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours till you reach Chhomrung, a beautiful village spread over a hillside with incredible views of the Annapurnas and Machhapuchre. Once you reach the top, you will start descending into a small canyon till you come across a suspension bridge over Chhomrung River. Then you will start climbing uphill again towards Sinuwa Dada. After walking ahead through bamboo and rhododendron forests, you will finally come to Bamboo.

Day 07: Trek to Deurali (3200m)

After gentle climb of about one and half hour from Bamboo, you will reach Dovan. You will still continue through bamboo bushes and thick rhododendron forests up the side of a gorge and cross small wooden bridges. Passing through forests with chance of spotting some wildlife, you will climb further to the Hinko cave (3100m). After passing the cave, you will reach Deurali.

Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)

The trail though flat with some gradual ascents, passes through rugged path and moraine. Enjoying the wilderness, you will reach Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m). From there, you will continue to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). After about 2 hours of gentle ascending, you will reach the camp from where you can savor the unobstructed mountainous panorama of Annapurna, Himchuli and Machhapuchhre.

Day 09: Trek to Tharpu-Chuli Base Camp (4400m)

From ABC, you will move ahead through glaciated mountain passes descending onto Annapurna South Glacier. Throughout the trail, you will find cairns. Enjoying the views of Annapurna range, you will arrive at the Tharpu Chuli Base Camp, where you will pitch your tent. At the camp, you will be provided training on climbing techniques and the use of gears like ice axe, climbing boots, harness, jummer, ropes etc. There is also an alternate activity of exploring the area for those unwilling to climb the peak.

Day 10: Climb to Tharpu Chuli High Camp (5000m approximately)

Enjoying the panoramic views of Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7229m), Annapurna I (8091m), Fishtail Mountain, you will start the ascent. After climbing some steep faces, you will reach to a glacial bowl where you will set up the high camp.

Day 11: Climb to the summit (5663m) and back to Base Camp

Today is the summit day. You will start at midnight and climb through fixed ropes to the summit. Finally, the conical summit appears in front of you at 5663m. After celebrating your success and relishing the panoramic range, you will climb down to the Base Camp.

Day 12: Trek back to Deurali (3200m)

Now you will retrace your journey through Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre Base Camp via same route to Deurali.

Day 13: Trek to Chhumrung (2050m)

To reach Chhumrung, you continue the same trail through forest, paddy fields, streams along the majestic backdrop of Annapurna range.

Day 14: Trek to Ghadruk Gurung Village (1951m)

Today’s trail is both up and down. You will descend to Jhinu Dada but have to walk steep uphill till you reach Ghandruk. Once you reach Ghandruk, you can explore the village which is a populated settlement of Gurung people. A tour to the village can give you some cultural insights of a traditional Himalayan community.

Day 15: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

As you proceed ahead, you will leave the mountainous range far behind. And the presence of restaurants, guesthouses, tea houses and even bars will give you the sense that you are near to the bustle of the city once again. After passing through farms and fields and Kymche waterfall, you will arrive at Nayapul from where you will drive to Pokhara.

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu and sightseeing

A thirty-minute flight will bring you back to Kathmandu. The flight might be your best moment in the air with savoring views of mesmerizing Manaslu and snowcapped Annapurna mountain range. At Kathmandu airport, you will once again enjoy the cordial welcome by our representative. In the afternoon, you will stroll to Kathmandu Darbar Square via Ason tole, a busy and fascinating square of the city. Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the three medieval palace squares of the Kathmandu valley enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Square treasures the art and architecture that date back to 500 years. As the place vividly presents the magnificent repertoire of craftsmanship, it is rightly called as the most impressive landmark of Kathmandu.

Day 17: Final departure to home

Your tour officer and a driver will be at your hotel reception to pick you up three hours prior to your departure. You will be transferred to the airport in a private vehicle. Our tour officer and driver will see you off. Have a safe flight back home!