Himlung Himal Expedition

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Himlung Himal Expedition
At a Glance
  • Duration33 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Places to Visit Manaslu and Nar-Phu
  • Max Altitude 7,126 m/ 23,379 ft
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Dharapani
  • Ends Besisahar
  • Activity Trekking/Mountain Climbing
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Himlung Himal Expedition Highlights:

  • Himlung Himal Expedition takes you through the raw beauty of the Manaslu region and the untouched Valley of Nar and Phu.
  • Opportunity to summit a popular 7000m peak that offers you a genuine climbing experience.
  • Grandiose summit views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Tibet, and Tibetan peaks.
  • Experience traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture.
  • Challenging high-altitude climbing with a true wilderness experience.
  • Enjoy solitude on this less-trodden route with fewer climbers.
  • Witness diverse landscapes from forests and alpine to glaciers.
  • Acclimatization in remote Himalayan villages

Himlung Himal Expedition Overview:

Himlung Himal Expedition has always gained popularity and preference due to its unique blend of challenge and satisfying climbing experience. Himlung Himal is less crowded and offers a technical climbing experience with stunning mountain vistas. What sets Mt. Himlung apart from the rest of the 7000-meter peaks in Nepal is its culturally rich region, well-established base camp, safer climbing routes, and relatively accessible.

Himlung Himal is located in the region of Manaslu near the Nepal-Tibetan border. The height of Himlung Himal is 7,126 meters / 23,379 feet and gives stunning views of Nepalese and Tibetan landscapes.

  • Height: Himlung Himal - 7,126 meters / 23,379 feet
  • Coordinates: 28°46'18” N - 84°25'21” E
  • First Ascent: October 3, 1992, by the Japanese Expedition led by Akio Koizumi.
  • Region: Manaslu Conservation Area, Gorkha District, Nepal.
  • Additional Details: Popular 7000 meters peak with a high success rate. The trail goes through the restricted area of Nar and Phu Valley offering significant cultural experience. Gives you a grandiose view of Tibet and Nepal.

The First Ascent of Himlung Himal: Popularity of the mountain:

The restricted area of Manaslu and Nar-Phu was opened to the outside world only in 1992. In the same year, Himlung was conquered by the Japanese Expedition led by Akio Koizumi and started attracting mountaineers from around the world. However, this mighty peak is still less explored which constructs solitude and peacefulness for the climbers.

These days Himlung Himal has become a very preferred climbing destination for climbers who want to push their limits beyond the 6000 meters peak. After summiting Island Peak, Mera Peak or Lobuche East Peak climbers seek to test their endurance in peaks like Ama Dablam or Himlung Himal. 

Now, Climbing Himlung Himal is an ideal stepping stone for climbers to prepare themselves for higher goals like the Mount Everest Expedition. It offers technical climbing grounds through moraines, ice, and glaciers that require technical skills. It will test your both mental and physical endurance and it is not for novices with trivial training. 

Himlung Himal Climbing Trip Profile:

Himlung Himal Expedition starts with a drive from Kathmandu to the Dharapani, a beautiful local settlement in the Annapurna Circuit trail. Shortly we will enter into the restricted area of Nar-Phu Valley. We will basically skip the Nar valley and enter the Phu valley and head towards the Himlung base camp.

Since Nar-Phu is seldom visited by tourists, it’s very untouched and delivers a real wilderness experience. The Valley is still unaffected by the outside world and gives you the appearance of a primitive setting devoid of now civilization. The culture, the traditional settlements, and the basicness of amenities all make your trip an enlightened adventure.

It also allows you to experience the traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture that still thrives with ample beliefs and mythologies. So to say, the Himlung Himal expedition is a rewarding journey that delivers a unique experience of both culture and mountaineering challenges.

Once we get to the base of the Himlung Peak we will take a break for acclimatization and climbing clinical course. A PUJA (ceremonial ritual) will be organized to please the mountain deity for protection and success. Gradually we will do a rotation among the set up camps. We will essentially have 3 camps and then finally attack the summit.

After the summit, we will retrace our trail back to Koto and then drive to Besisahar. The next day we will drive back to the city of Kathmandu and a celebration dinner will be organized.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu - The Capital City of Nepal (1400 m / 4593 feet)
  • Day 02:Briefing, preparation, equipment check and welcome dinner
  • Day 03:Drive to Dharapani (1,960 m / 6,430 feet): 8/9 hours
  • Day 04:Trek to Koto 5/6 hours (2600 m / 8530 feet)
  • Day 05:Trek to Meta 6/7 hours (3560 m / 11,679 feet)
  • Day 06:Trek to Kyang 5/6 hours (3820 m / 12,532 feet)
  • Day 07:Trek to Phu Village 4/5 hours (4080 m / 13,385 feet)
  • Day 08:Phu Village: Acclimatization day – side excursion
  • Day 09:Trek from Trek from Phu Gaun to Himlung base camp (4,920m / 16,141 feet)
  • Day 10 - 21:Rotation: Himlung Basecamp – Camp I and Camp II – Basecamp
  • Day 22 - 26:Summit Push: from Base Camp – Himlung Summit (7,126m) Return to Basecamp
  • Day 27:Trek from Base Camp to Phu Gaun (4080 m / 13,385 feet)
  • Day 28:Trek from Phu Gaun to Meta (3560 m / 11,679 feet)
  • Day 29:Trek from Meta to Koto (2600 m / 8530 feet)
  • Day 30:Drive from Koto to Besisahar (760m / 2,493 feet) - Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 31:Drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu - Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 32:Leisure day in Kathmandu City - Celebration Dinner
  • Day 33:Departure day - Transfer to International Airport

Himlung Himal Expedition Detailed Itinerary

                                      What's Included
                                      • PERMITS: All essential permits including ACAP, Nar-Phu Special Permit, and Nepal Government Himlung Himal Expedition Permit.
                                      • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities.
                                      • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: 4 nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a three-star twin-sharing hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
                                      • WELCOME DINNER: One Welcome Dinner in a high-standard tourist restaurant.
                                      • CARGO CLEARANCE: Assistance for cargo clearance in Nepal’s Customs, clearance cost is subject to a charge.
                                      • GARBAGE MANAGEMENT: Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees.
                                      • EQUIPMENT AND INSURANCE: All equipment and Insurance for all Nepalese staff.
                                      • COMPLIMENTARY STUFF: Nepal Pyramids Duffle Bag, T-shirt, Buff, and baseball hat.
                                      • FREE USE OF: Walking Stick, Sleeping Bag, Yak Trax, and basic down jacket.
                                      • TRANSPORTATION: All Ground Transportation in a PRIVATE VEHICLE for members, local staff, and all equipment.
                                      • LUGGAGE: Transfer of Personal baggage up to 60 Kg per member for personal baggage.
                                      • FOOD AND LODGING: All meals, teahouse accommodation, and tented camp till the duration of the trip.
                                      • STAFF: All ground staff like porters, kitchen crew, Base Camp Manager, and assistant guides + their allowances and insurance.
                                      • LIAISON OFFICER: 1 Government Liaison officer his/her daily wages, and accommodation.
                                      • CAMPING: Tent, mattresses. pillow, Dinning Tent, Kitchen Tent, Communication tent, Toilet, and Shower Tent all required accessories will be provided.
                                      • HEATER AND SOLAR LIGHTS: Heater and solar-generated lights at base camp with charging facility.
                                      • PROFESSIONAL CLIMBING SHERPA: Professional leaders and Climbing Sherpas with previous climbing experience.
                                      • CLIMBING SHERPA SALARY & ALLOWANCE: Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, allowance, and insurance.
                                      • OXYGEN: The required amount of oxygen with regulator and mask.
                                      • SATELLITE PHONE: Satellite phones will be provided for emergencies and access to Satellite phones for personal calls will be charged a minimal cost.
                                      • WALKIE-TALKIE: WalkieTalkie for communicating.
                                      • MEDICAL KIT: Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staff.
                                      • CERTIFICATE: Goverment certified Himlung Himal climbing certificate.
                                      What's Excluded
                                      • FLIGHTS: International airfare
                                      • LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
                                      • CARGO: Custom for import of any personal expedition items.
                                      • PERSONAL EXPENSES: Personal expenses like mineral water, alcohol, snacks, bakery, laundry, tips, etc
                                      • NEPAL ENTRY VISA: Nepal visa fees
                                      • PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: Personal clothing and climbing equipment.
                                      • RESCUE: Air evacuation or any medical examination.
                                      • INSURANCE: An all-inclusive medical Insurance including high altitude evacuation is Mandatory.
                                      • SUMMIT BONUS: Summit bonus of USD 600
                                      • TIPS: Gratuities for staff
                                      • EXTRA O2: Extra oxygen
                                      • EXTRAS: Any other items not mentioned in the package.


                                      Packing List for Himlung Himal Expedition:

                                      Below is the essential list of Packing for the Himlung Himal Expedition - it also gives you the details fo things we provide and a list of things you are to bring.

                                      WHAT WE (NEPAL PYRAMIDS) PROVIDE TO MAKE YOUR TRIP HASSLE-FREE:

                                      • Take Away Synthetic Duffel Bags 2 each (Water Proof) 
                                      • Down Sleeping Bag (-21 c) - as for the higher camps you are to bring your own that is of high quality.
                                      • Silk Liner
                                      • PrimaLoft fill Windproof Jackets
                                      • Rain Poncho
                                      • Yaktrax (Lightweight ice-traction device) - Where necessary.
                                      • Trekking Poles.
                                      • Toilet Rolls.
                                      • Complementary Tshirt,
                                      • Complementary Neck Gaiter (Buff),
                                      • Complementary Baseball Hat and Map
                                      • Bottle Oxygen - high-quality mask and regulator.
                                      • All tent facilities with air mattresses, air pillows, solar lights etc.
                                      • Comprehensive Medical Kit with medication and First Aid Supplies

                                      Clothing and Footwear

                                      WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:


                                      • Moisture-wicking base layers (long-sleeved tops and bottoms)
                                      • Insulating layers (fleece jacket, down jacket)
                                      • Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket
                                      • Waterproof and breathable pants
                                      • Trekking pants
                                      • T-shirts and lightweight shirts

                                      Head and Neck:

                                      • Balaclava or scarf for cold weather
                                      • Buff or neck gaiter for sun, wind, or cold
                                      • Fleece beanie or warm woolen Hat
                                      • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap.
                                      • Bandana

                                      Hands and Lower Body

                                      • Lightweight gloves and warm gloves
                                      • Thermal underwear
                                      • Underwear and sports bras
                                      • Hiking socks and liner socks
                                      • Gaiters (optional for snow or rain)


                                      • Sturdy and comfortable trekking boots
                                      • Camp shoes (e.g., sandals or sneakers)

                                      Gear and Accessories

                                      Climbing Equipment:

                                      • Down Suit
                                      • Helmet
                                      • Crampons
                                      • Ice Axe
                                      • Harness
                                      • Ascender and Decender
                                      • Lock Carabiner - 2 piece
                                      • Plain Carabiner - 2-piece
                                      • Tape Sling
                                      • Prusik Loops
                                      • Heavy Gloves + Heavy Mittens
                                      • Climbing Boot (La Sportiva or a similar brand)
                                      • Thermos, Mug, Spoon/Fork, and Bowl.


                                      • Backpack (45 - 50 liters)
                                      • Rain Cover for Your Backpack
                                      • Sunglasses with UV protection
                                      • Reusable Water Bottles (2+ Liters) like Nalgene
                                      • Rehydration Bladder (Camel Bag or Platypus)
                                      • Water purification tablets or a water filter
                                      • Headlamp with extra batteries
                                      • Personal FIRST AID KIT
                                      • Duct Tape
                                      • Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, etc.)
                                      • Quick-dry towel
                                      • Insect repellent
                                      • Sunscreen 50 + SPF
                                      • lip balm

                                      Gadgets and Supplements


                                      • Compass
                                      • Emergency Whistle
                                      • Map (physical or digital)
                                      • Altimeter Watch or Device.
                                      • GPS device or smartphone with GPS capabilities
                                      • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
                                      • Fully charged mobile phone (with offline maps and emergency numbers saved)
                                      • Tripods
                                      • Portable charger or power bank


                                      • Water filters or purification tablets
                                      • Protein Bars or Trail Mix.
                                      • Multivitamins
                                      • Vitamin C and Zinc Soluble Supplement Tablets.
                                      • Electrolyte supplements for hydration
                                      • Basic medical supplies (bandages, antiseptic, pain relievers)
                                      • Prescription medications
                                      • Fire starter (lighter, matches, fire starter kit)
                                      • Biodegradable soap
                                      • Hand sanitizer
                                      • Biodegradable wipes

                                      Optional Items

                                      Other Essentials.

                                      • Personal identification
                                      • Photo Copies of Passport
                                      • Passport-sized photos
                                      • Copies of your Insurance
                                      • Airline Tickets
                                      • Cash (in Nepalese Rupees and US Dollars)
                                      • Travel wallet or pouch
                                      • Electronics (camera, power bank, charging cables)
                                      • Journal and pen

                                      Optional Items:

                                      • Binoculars
                                      • Books or playing cards
                                      • Earplugs (useful in teahouse accommodations)
                                      • Ear Pods
                                      • Energy snacks and Rehydration drinks
                                      • Hiker Pocket Knife 
                                      • Whistle and multi-tool
                                      • Trash Bag
                                      • Sewing kit
                                      • Travel Pillow
                                      • Dry Bag.

                                      It's advisable to pack all essential items for Himlung Himal Expedition.

                                      Essential Trip Information

                                      Himlung Himal Expedition Route Profile:

                                      For proper acclimatization and a successful summit attempt, the Himlung Himal Expedition requires at least a month. Himlung Himal Expedition starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani. Once we enter the restricted area of Nar-Phu Valley, the gateway to Himlung Himal, we cruise through diverse landscapes and get to Himlung Base Camp situated at 4900 meters / 16,076 feet.

                                      At the base camp, you will have an already set up camp featuring a two-member tent, kitchen, dining, toilet, etc. Once again there will be an overall briefing from your team leader and the climbing guides on the planning of climbing route strategy. Before we start our climb to Camp I, a short Ceremonial PUJA will be organized to take the blessing from the mountain deity.

                                      Climbing Himlung Himal has three (3) strategic camps from the base camp as Camp I, Camp II, and Camp III.

                                      Base Camp to Camp I - (5,450 meters / 17,880 feet):

                                      Our climbing strategy for Himlung Himal is prioritized to balance safety, acclimatization, and summit success. Under weather conditions and climbers' performances, there shall be adjustments with flexibility that can shape the route planning.

                                      From the Base Camp, our Rotation Climb begins for acclimatization and mountain familiarization process. The rotation cycles between Base Camp, Camp 1 (5,450m), and Camp 2 (6,000m) will be conducted a few times. This rotation cycle is very crucial for several reasons:

                                      • Acclimatization: It allows your body to adapt to the environment with decreased oxygen levels.
                                      • Route Familiarization: This will help the climbers to become familiar with the terrain and challenges ahead.
                                      • Equipment Distribution: During this period we can transfer our supplies to the higher camps.
                                      • Climber Performance: It also helps to examine the climbers' performance for further adjustments to make for a successful ascent.

                                      We will try our best to summit Himlung Himal from Camp 2 depending on the overall risk assessments. This approach reduces and minimizes the risk of exposure to extreme altitude, harsh weather conditions, and other uncertain factors.

                                      However, we will definitely have Camp 3 (6,350m) as our potential alternative if it’s a must for safety and to foster summit success. The use of Camp 3 is quite technical and demanding our lead climbing guide will first assess the conditions, wind speed, weather forecast, and team performance and will decide on setting up Camp 3.

                                      Our primary goal while climbing Himlung Himal is to maximize safety and 100% summit success. During this rotation session, the climbers will encounter moraines, ice valleys, glaciers, etc.

                                      Camp I to Camp II - (6,000 meters / 19,685 feet):

                                      From Base Camp to Camp I and Camp II, we will still be maintaining a rotation cycle. However, from Camp 1 to Camp 2 on Himlung Himal presents a challenging terrain. There are sections that involves walking across rocky slopes with loose rock and unstable footing. Careful navigation is required where your assisting climbing Sherpas will support you.

                                      The difficulty of this section is largely influenced by the time of the year we are climbing Himlung Himal. Late autumn offers more stable conditions compared to spring. This part of the climb is considered the most technically demanding where safety becomes a paramount concern.

                                      However, our professional guides will scout you to a safe location where we will establish our Camp 2. Though Camp 2 has a very low chance of avalanche hazards yet thorough risk assessment is essential for safety.

                                      Camp II to Camp III - (6,350 meters / 20,833 feet):

                                      As said setting up Camp 3 is optional, an alternative that will be set up considering various factors from weather to group performances. The climb from Camp 2 to Camp 3 can be a testing venture yet manageable ascent. The climb involves a steep incline over a mixed terrain of snow and ice that will require the use of all climbing equipment including fixed and main ropes.

                                      Though it's only 350 meters of ascent from Camp 2, it demands intensity and focus. The final section of Camp 3 involves climbing the narrow ridge but offers the most brilliant view.

                                      While climbing this section your lead guide and your assistant climbing guides will ask you to be vigilant of potential rock falls. The climb from Camp 2 to Camp 3 is about 3 -4 hours and affords you ample time to acclimatize and prepare for the next day summit push. Camp 3 will give you the most overwhelming panoramic view which is simply divine.

                                      Summit Push – (7,126 meters / 23,379 feet):

                                      The summit push to Himlung Himal will be our big day, our mission. This 775-meter ascent to the summit from Camp 3 is certainly very challenging but at the same time is very rewarding. The satisfaction you get at the top of Himlung Himal can’t be compared with anything else.

                                      The summit push time will be decided by your lead climbing guide. Over the time allocated by your lead guide, there will be a final equipment inspection before we head out for the summit. Since our Himlung Himal Expedition is fully supported with a 1:1 ratio of Climbing Sherpas for each climber you will be well looked after.

                                      When you eventually reach the top of the Himlung you will be rewarded with the most blissful view. Besides, the cheerfulness of achieving success will make all your efforts worthwhile.

                                      After the summit, we will either get back to Camp 3 or further down to Camp 2 and the next day we will get back down to Base Camp.

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