- Trip Duration : 15 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
- Highest Altitude : 5800 m
- Difficulty : Moderate to Strenous
- Season : Mar-May and September-November
- Activity : Peak Climbing
- Trip Grade :
Tharpu Chuli Peak
The trip includes the classic route to Annapurna base camp and then climbing to the most popular climbing peak in Annapurna region at the height of 5663 meter. Tharpu chuli offers an interesting climb to the top and spectacular 360 degree view of Mt. Annapurna and its surrounding mountain despite of it height. Technically not a difficult climbing peak but need to be good shape and acclimatize with the height.
During our trip we enjoy the lower section of annapuarna region and its beautiful view point, passing through rhododendron forest, rivers, stunning sunrise and gaining the height slowly up to the Annapurna base camp and we camp further up in the moraine and get prepare for our climb. We gain the ridge again to fix our high camp and further crossing the glacier we head for our steep climb to the top of tent peak.
|Day 01 :||Drive to Pokhara|
|Day 02 :||Drive to Nayapul& trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m)|
|Day 03 :||Trek to Ghorepani (2750m)|
|Day 04 :||Poon Hill sunrise, trek to Tadapani (2710m)|
|Day 05 :||Tadapani trek to Chhomrong (2100m)|
|Day 06 :||Trek to Dovan (2430m)|
|Day 07 :||Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700M)|
|Day 08 :||Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) (4130M)|
|Day 09 :||Trek to Tharpu Chuli Base camp (4300m)|
|Day 10 :||High camp (5100m)|
|Day 11 :||Summit - Tent peak 5663m- Base camp|
|Day 12 :||Base camp- Himalaya (2920m)|
|Day 13 :||Himalaya- Jhinu Danda (1700m)|
|Day 14 :||Jhinu- Nayapul- Pokhara|
Day 1: Drive to Pokhara
We leave early in the morning from Kathmandu and make our way along river valleys, past terraced fields to Pokhara and stay overnight.
Driving time: 7 hours
Day 2: Drive to Nayapul& trek to Tikhedhunga
After breakfast you drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1035m) by Local Bus. The drive is around 1 ½ hours by bus (around 46 kms). After the drive you cross the suspension bridge over the ModiKhola river and ascend slowly through terraced fields and classic mountain villages up from the river valley to Tikhedhunga.
Driving time: approx. 1 ½ hours
Trekking time: approx. 4-5 hours
Heights: Tikhedhunga 1540m
Day 3 : Trek to Ghorepani
You have a steep ascent to get you going and then a more gradual uphill walk takes you to your lodge at Ghorepani. You will pass through some delightful villages and the beautiful, dense rhododendron forest so characteristic of Nepal at these altitudes. If the weather is clear you will see stunning mountain views from Ghorepani, making the climb well worth it!
Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hours;
Heights: Ghorepani 2750m
Day 4 :Poon Hill sunrise, trek to Tadapani
You get up early to hike to Poon Hill (3210m) for sunrise; Approx. 1 ½ hour hike; Distance approx. 2 Kms. After breakfast back in Ghorepani you trek onwards to Tadapani through rhododendron forests. If you are lucky you will see some wild animals, such as langur monkeys climbing through the trees. There are excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and achhapuchhare from Tadapani.
Trekking time: approx. 4-5 hours to Tadapani
Heights: Poon Hill 3210m, Tadapani 2710m
Day 5 :Tadapani trek to Chhomrong
A short distance after Tadapani, the trail veers northwards and comes out into a small clearing before dropping sharply to Chiukle, where there are a few lodges. A maze of small paths leads down through terraced fields to a large suspension bridge over the KimringKhola. After the bridge, we climb up past a school and along the terraces to the small village of KlisigoChiukle. After a while we will see a succession of waterfalls. From here the trail climbs a little, continuing along the terraces to join the main Ghandrung - Chomrong route. Chomrong itself is a beautiful village, typically Gurung in style, situated in the lap of the great Annapurna massif. Chomrong has evolved into two separate settlements, new Chomrong at the top (2040m) and old Chomrong below (1950m), the main part of the village. Chomrong is the highest permanent settlement in the valley.
Trekking time: approx. 4 - 5 hours
Heights: Chhomrong 2100m
Day 6: Trek to Dovan
The trail descends from Chhomrong to cross ChhomrongKhola before climbing steeply through a rhododendron and bamboo forest, up the west bank of the ModiKhola. Immediately after leaving, you reach the small settlement of KhuldiGhat before another steep descent into the valley. The trial follows the river through another tiny settlement known as Bamboo which has some tea houses and crosses three streams before arriving at Dovan (2430m) and overnight.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Dovan 2430m
Day 7: Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700M)
This morning you start a long climb through intermittent bamboo forest. The valley becomes increasingly hemmed in by ever steeper slopes and there are regular streams crossing on the trial. You can also have some rest at Himalaya Hotel (2873m) before climbing to Hinko(3139m), a short path to Deurali(3231m) and on through Bagar to reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp.
Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hours
Heights: Machhapuchhare Base Camp 3700m
Day 8: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) (4130M)
This is a short a hike of around two hours following the left hand tributary of the Modikhola to reach the destination of the famous ABC.
Trekking time: approx. 2 hours
Heights: ABC 4130m,
Day 09: Trek to Tharpu Chuli Base camp
Crossing the South Annapurna Glacier we head through moraine to Tharpu chuli base camp.
Day 10: High camp
It is going to be tough days with steep climb up to high camp which offer a magnificent view over Annapurna range.
Time: 6 hrs
Day 11: Summit - Tent peak 5663m- Base camp
We get up midnight and ready for our final destination to the top of tent peak. We cross the glacier, take snow slope ridge and finally climb the steeply sharp ridge to reach the top of Tharpu chuli. All your hard work will be rewarded by the 360 degree view of the great Himalaya and we descend down to Base camp.
Time: 10 hrs
Day 12: Base camp- Himalaya
We retrace the way to Himalaya and stay overnight.
Trekking time: 6-7 hrs
Day 13: Himalaya- Jhinu Danda
Retracing our way mostly through forest we arrive at Jhinu Danda where you could enjoy the natural hot spring.
Trekking time: approx. 7 hours
Heights: JhinuDanda 1700m
Day 14: Jhinu- Nayapul- Pokhara
We can enjoy a final down hill walk through forests and villages for about 6 hours to Nayapul. From here we drive for about 1 hour back to Pokhara where our trek ends and we can enjoy a shower and relax on this stunning Lakeside town enjoying the memories!
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Driving time: approx 1 ½ hours
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Visa for Nepal
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.
You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.
1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.
2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.
3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.
4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.
Please Note: The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate.
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal/wind proof gloves
- Sun hat and sun/snow glasses
- Woolen and fleece hat
- Warm Down Jacket
- Warm Sleeping Bag
- Warm woolen and normal socks
- Comfortable and warm trekking boots
- Water proof Climbing Boot
- Eight Finger-1
- Ice Axe-1
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle ` boiling/hot water
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
- Walking sticks (if needed)
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask your tour leader if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!
The flight to Lukla are with small aircraft and the flight depends on the weather condition, so there are chances of flight being delays for hours or even cancelled due to the weather. You will only be allowed to carry 10kg as luggage and 5 kg as a hand bag and extra charge will be charge by airlines for excess baggage.
ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.
You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:
-Pick up any litter along the trail
-Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water source
-In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source
-Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests
-Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled
-Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora
-Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)