If you are looking for a 7,000m peak to experience in Nepal, we think Mt Himlung is a great option for many reasons. It will give you the altitude experience that you want, plus the level of technical difficulty is easy to medium for a peak of this kind, giving clients the opportunity to test themselves at this altitude before moving onto other, higher and more technical, peaks.
Mt Himlung lies to the northeast of Annapurna Range at a height of 7,126m above sea level. To reach this peak, we follow the Annapurna trekking route to Koto. Then, we trek from Koto to Na- phu Gaun, and our trekking becomes more remote, day by day. The trail will present you with views of many surrounding peaks of Api Himal, Kappa Chuli, Nanda Devi and more, plus glaciers, valleys, and through remote villages close to the border of Nepal and Tibet (China).
Our base camp for this expedition is at a height of approximately 4,900m. We will establish 3 higher camps for this expedition in order to garner the best acclimatisation opportunities, to see great views and to be able to launch our summit attempt from a reasonably high altitude for the best chances of success.
Mt Himlung was not opened to climbing until 1992, so relative to many other of Nepal’s mountaineering peaks, Mt Himlung is a peak less climbed in an area less travelled, adding to the excitement and intrigue of climbing on Mt Himlung’s slopes, in an area more remote than many others of the more well known peaks of the Nepalese Himalaya. Mt Himlung was first climbed by a Japanese team in the year it became available for climbing so 1992 was a special year for this peak.
(At Expedition Base, we offer this peak for expedition climbing in lieu of Baruntse as a 7,000m peak for our clients to climb on our annual timetable. However, we will offer Baruntse by special request.)
This trip will introduce you to the introductory mountaineering skills that you need for this trip. The trip will involve challenging trekking and introductory mountaineering, moving on snow, rock and ice, with technical tools, at reasonably high altitudes up to around 6,500m, depending on the trip. For this trip, you want to have a sound level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own-body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 4 times per week for the period of around 4-6 months before this trip. Weight training is also recommended to build up your strength. Training on uneven terrain is recommended.
View the printable version of the short itinerary and detailed trip notes here.
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 2In Kathmandu
Day 3Drive to Beshishar-Bulbule (840m) ~6-7hrs
Day 4Trek to Syanje (1,100m) – ~5-6hrs
Day 5Trek to Tal (1,700m) ~5-6hrs
Day 6Trek to Danakyu (2,300m) ~5-6hrs
Day 7Trek to Koto (2,600m) ~5hrs
Day 8Trek to Dharamsala (3,230m) ~5-6hrs
Day 9Trek to Kyang (3,820m) ~6hrs
Day 10Trek to Phu Gaun (4,080m) ~6-7hrs
Day 11Rest for acclimatisation
Day 12Trek to Base Camp (4,540m) ~6hrs
Day 13-26Trek to Base Camp (4,540m)
Day 27Trek base camp to Phu-Gaon (4,200m) ~6hrs
Day 28Trek from Phu-Gaon to Meta (3,560m) ~5hrs
Day 29Trek from Meta to Koto (2,610m) ~5hrs
Day 30Drive from Koto to Besisahar (823m) ~8hrs
Day 31Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu (1,300m) ~7 hrs
Day 32In Kathmandu
Day 33Depart Kathmandu
Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.