- Summit of Himlung Himal at 7126 meters
- Panoramic views of Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range, Manaslu and other peaks
- Trekking through Naar Phu valley a restricted area
- An essence of being in Tibet due to Tibetan cultures and monuments
- Skiing and snowboarding opportunities to professional skier
- Easiest Seven-thunders Mountain for beginners aiming for Everest climb
Himlung Himal (7126M) lies in the secluded Mustang region close to the Tibet border. Himlung was allowed for climbing in the same year of the opening of Mustang valley for tourism in 1992. The same year the first ascent of the peak was made by a Japanese expedition team.
As the peak lies in the restricted area of Nar Phu valley, the trek to the base camp itself is a magnificent experience. As the valley is between the Annapurna and Manaslu region, it is a real gem that allows the trekkers to experience both raw Himalayan nature and ancient Buddhist culture.
The Himlung can be graded as less technical and ideally the best seven thousand meters peak for a beginner mountaineer who is looking forward to climbing eight thousand meters peak such as Everest. But one cannot underestimate the Himlung Himal because a large part of the ascent is covered at high altitudes around 6500 meters and required a high level of fitness. For climbing, we take the southern route and turn towards the northeastern ridge for the summit. We set our base camp at the elevation of around 4900 meters and the other two higher camps for the successful ascent. The expedition will be organized and escorted by our highly skilled/qualified climbing guides and kitchen team.
On reaching the summit, one can enjoy the 360° view of Dhaulagiri Range, Annapurna Range, Manaslu, and other peaks. Since we started operating the Himlung expedition, we have a 100% success rate till today.
- Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu
You will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel to relax.
- Day 2 In Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu for equipment preparation, attend government briefing, and arrangement of documentation needed for the expedition.
Welcome dinner will be at a Le Sherpa restaurant
- Day 3 Drive to Besisahar, change the vehicle from Besisahar to Dharapani
Today will be a long hour drive. After early breakfast at the hotel, we start our road adventure to Besishar which takes around 6 hours’ drive. Once we reach there, we will change our vehicle to local jeep – load all the expedition equipment and bags. Then we continue to Dharapani driving on a mountain road which takes another 4 hours off-road drive.
- Day 4 Trek to Koto (2600M) – 6/7 Hours Trek
Today we head towards West – setting off to a beautiful Buddhist village called Bagarchhap. As we further head-on, we pass through the scattered pine forest with a scenic view of Manaslu and Annapurna II on the left. Today we spend overnight at Koto.
- Day 5 Trek to Dharmashala (3230M) – 6/7 Hours Trek
After breakfast, we start our trek to Dharmashala leaving Annapurna Circuit trail. We then enter the Naar Phu Valley following the Naar Phu Khola. Gradually trekking up and down through coniferous forests with a beautiful view of Lamjung Himal on the south; we reach Dharamsala (3230m) where we will stay overnight.
- Day 6 Rest day inTrek to Kyang (3820M) – 6 Hours Trek Bhimthang
From Dharmashala, we trek towards Kyang passing through a small village called Meta. We follow the Phu Khola on a slightly ascending trail to Chyakhu. From here the terrain gets steeper as we head to ’Upper Chyakhu’ and then to Kyang (3800 m). Kyang, located above Phu Khola has the remains of the Khampa settlements and is the main winter settlement of the people of Phu
- Day 7 Trek to Phu Gaon (4200M) – 5 Hours Trek
Today we will trek to Phu Gaon one of the hidden villages of Nepal, which will take approx. 5 hours walk. Passang mani walls, stupas and prayers flags along the way with a gradual ascent we reach to Phu Gaon. Today is a half-day trek, so we have enough time to explore the Phu village in the afternoon.
- Day 8 Rest Day in Phu Gaon
Reserve day at Phu Village to acclimatized & rest your body. Re-energize your body as we will be going to Himlung Base Camp tomorrow.
- Day 9 Trek to Himlung Base Camp (4920M) – 5/6 Hours Trek
Today we head towards Himlung base Camp where we spend almost a couple of weeks. You will meet our other crew members at the basecamp.
- Day 10-24 At Base camp Climbing Period
- Rest day – Puja – climbing training
- First Rotation
- Touch Camp I and descend back to basecamp
- Second Rotation
- Climb to camp I (overnight)
- Touch Camp II (Overnight)
- Climb halfway to Camp III and descend back to basecamp
- Rest and prepare for the summit push
- Summit push
- Climb to camp II (overnight) – start at
- Climb to Camp III (overnight) – start at
- Summit – start at 4 am – reach by 1 pm – descend back to Camp III or Camp II
- Descend to base camp
- Reserve day at the base camp
- Packing and clearing the Base camp after the summit
Note – Be advised that the mentioned activities during the climbing period are a tentative plan. The actual planning of the summit is made at the base camp by your climbing guide. The activities may change because of the unstable weather conditions in the Himalayas and also your level of fitness. We advise you to book a Flexi flight and allow extra days in case if you need for the summit push.
- Day 25 Trek down to Meta (3560M) – 7/8 Hours Trek
Today we bid our farewell to our camping crew members. After breakfast, we descend to Meta that takes around 7/8 hours of trek.
- Day 26 Trek to Koto (2600M) – 7 Hours Trek
Today we trek down to Koto leaving Nar Phu valley behind.
- Day 27 Trek to Jagat (1300m) – 7 Hours Trek
After breakfast at the lodge, we further descent to Jagat where we meet a motor road.
- Day 28 Jeep drive to Besisahar and then to Kathmandu – 10/12 Hours Drive
From Jagat, we take a local jeep to Besisahar and change to a more comfortable bus to Kathmandu. Today is quite a long drive.
- Day 29 Free day in Kathmandu for official documentation and collect certificate
Free day in Kathmandu for official documentation, closing briefing by the government, and collecting certificate if successfully reached in the summit. Farewell dinner and celebration at Piano Piano restaurant at Nomad Hotel.
- Day 30 Final Departure
Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours before the departure time and the hotel checkout time is noon. In case your flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.
Government & Related charges
- Himlung Himal climbing royalty fee of US$ 250 (autumn)
- Special Restricted Area Permit for Nar Phu valley – $100 for 7 days and $15/day after
- Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP permit) – $35
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP permit) -$35
- TIMS Card -$10
- 1 X Government liaison officer with transfer, accommodation, meals and wages
- Garbage deposit fees of US$2000
- Route fixing charge higher camps and to the summit
- Summit certificate from Department of Tourism after the summit
- Weather forecast report
Service in Kathmandu
- International and domestic airport transfers
- A transfer from Kathmandu – Besishar and to Dharapani on day 3 & day 28
- 4 nights in a preferred hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- 2 X Thamserku Duffel bag per member
Service during Trekking
- 11 nights’ accommodation in a local lodge on full board (with breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Hot water for drinking purpose
- Medical Kit and oxygen during the trek
- Porters to carry trekking and expedition gears (1:1 ratio)
- Assistance of Guide and Sherpa during the trek
- Single tent per member with comfortable mattress & pillow
- Tent for climbing and Kitchen crew on twin sharing
- Kitchen, Dining, Shower and toilet tent (communication tent for 8 pax above)
- Solar panel/generator for light and battery charging
- Gas heater for the dining tent
- 3 meals a day, snacks and unlimited tea and coffee on request
- Internet facility depending upon the network provider & group size
Service at higher camp: CI, CII, CII & CIV
- Brand new tent North Face/Ozark/Red Fox on twin sharing for members and climbing crew
- One bottle of POISK oxygen for members
- Latest Mask and regulator for members
- High Altitude food (B, L&D) for members and climbing crew
- Enough Epi gas, gas stove and cooking pot set for CI, CII and CIII
- 1 satellite phone for emergency and walkie-talkie for a member, Sherpa and basecamp
- Group safety equipment, i.e. extra rope, carabiners, ice axe, ice screw
- Porterage of personal and group camping equipment
- Helicopter charge for supplying fresh meat, fruits and vegetables from Kathmandu
- Expedition Crew Allocation & Cost
- Climbing Crew: Expedition Manager/Climbing Guide and 1 Sherpa for 2 members (1:2 ratio) for the summit
- One Cook and required number of kitchen porters at the basecamp
- Porters to carry camping equipment’s and supply food from Kathmandu to Basecamp
- Equipment’s, daily wages, carrying bonus and medical insurance for climbing crew/Sherpa
- Equipment’s, daily wages, and medical insurance for Kitchen crew and porters
- Summit bonus of US$500 for climbing Sherpa once you make a summit attempt from Camp III or US$250 if dropped from Camp III
- Unexpected increment in the royalty fee/climbing permit
- International airfare and Nepal visa fee
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Extra hotel nights in Kathmandu
- Personal travel, medical and rescue insurance
- Medical evacuation charge if required
- Personal trekking and climbing gears
- Tips for climbing Sherpa and Kitchen team at basecamp
- Service besides mentioned in inclusions example – extra oxygen, Sherpa and porters
- Other personal nature expenses i.e. alcoholic beverages and self-ordered hot drinks during the trek
- MOUNTAINEERING GEARS CHECKLIST (7000m to 8848m) Bodywear
- Down Suit - Recommended Absolute Zero Over suit by Mountain Hardwear, or Ulvetanna Suit by Berghaus, or The Himalayan Suit by The North Face, or the Expedition Suit by Rab.
- Down Jacket and a pair of Down Salopettes - Recommended Absolute Zero Parka and Absolute Zero Pants by Mountain Hardwear, or by Rab. - not very bulky
- Waterproof Jacket and Over trousers that goes over your alpine boot
- Balaclava - Recommended The North Face A3543 Unisex Wool Balaclava or similar covering nose and face
- Long sleeve Thermal shirt and Trousers - Recommended anti-sweat
- Fleece Jacket and Trousers - Recommended Patagonia, or The North Face, or Mountain Hardwear
- Liner gloves - thin and warm
- Down mitts - Recommended The North Face, or Marmot Expedition mitt, or Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Mittand.
- Mountain Gloves - Recommended water & windproof
- Gore-Tex Primaloft Glove - Recommended the North Face, or Mountain Hardwear.
- Smartwool Mountaineering Socks (2 pairs - new)
- Ultra-Soft Running / Hiking Socks (2 pairs - new)
- Mountaineering boot Recommended La Sportiva Olympus Mons Evo or Millet Everest GTX
- Alpine boot - Recommended La Sportiva Men's Nepal EVO GTX Boot or similar
- Climbing helmet - Recommended Black Diamond
- Ski Goggles with UV protection and anti-fog system
- Headlamp - Recommended Black Diamond & Petzl
- Spare batteries - Recommended Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries
- Harness Set
- Lightweight Harness - Recommended DMM Super Couloir, or Black Diamond Couloir Harness, or Mammut Ophira 3 Side climbing harness
- Ascender (Jummer) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
- Abseiling device - Recommended Black Diamond ATC Guide Bley Device, or Petzl GRIGRI 2 Grey Belay, or Descent Device D14BG
- Screwgate Carabiners (2 X large, 2 X small sizes) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
- Bent Gate Carabiners (2 medium sizes) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
- 6 mm rope - Recommended 2 meters UIAA tested
- 6 mm rope - Recommended 5 meters UIAA tested
- 1 X tape sling - Recommended 120 cm UIAA tested
- Dynamic 8.9 mm rope (single rope) - Recommended 2 m UIAA tested
- Classical Alpine ice-axe - Recommended (70-90 cm) Petzl, or Grivel Air Tech, or Black Diamond
- Crampons that fits Mountaineering boots - Recommended Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons
- 55-65 Liter Rucksack - Recommended POD Black Ice, Crux AK47 (extendable) and Crux AK57
- Base Camp Duffel – XXL
- 2 X 5 season sleeping bag with compression bag - Recommended North Face and Mountain Hardwear
- 2 X 5 season foam sleeping mat - Recommended 72 x 20 inches (20 x 5 x 5.5 inches folded) and weigh around 14 ounces
- Swiss Army Knife with a multi-tools system or leathermen
- 1-litre stainless steel thermos - that works in extreme weather condition
- TREKKING GEARS CHECKLIST (2000m to 5000m) Headwear
- Sun Hat/Normal cap
- Fleece or woollen hat
- Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Buff Scarf / thin face mask
- Fleece or woollen thin gloves
- Gore-Tex mitten gloves
- Gore-Tex Jacket
- Gore-Tex Pant
- Hiking pant
- Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore-Tex pant
- Anti-sweat T-shirt
- Thermal inner trouser
- Down jacket with hoodie
- Trekking boots
- Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
- Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
- Snow Gaiter
- Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15 ºC)
- 30 Liter Rucksack with cover
- Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Water bottles 1 Liter
- Basic First Aid Kit including antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.
- Waterproof washing kit bag
- Towel - medium size
- Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, toothbrush etc.
- Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
- Handwash & sanitizer
- Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
- Wet tissues
- Trekking poles
- Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
- Baselayer leggings
- Sleeping bag liner
- Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
- Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
- Booking Deposit/Payment Once services are price have been agreed and a booking has been secured then a deposit of 25% of the tour cost is required. The deposit can be made in any one of the four currencies (US$, £ Sterling, € Euros or NPR). The deposit sum required is to be made by cash or Credit/Debit card and any Credit/Debit card payment will carry a service surcharge of 3.5%. The balance (full payment) of the cost of the services to be provided is to be paid two month prior to the departure date of the first service to be provided. Once the full payment is been made, below cancellation charge applies:
- From 45 to 30 days: 30% cancellation charge of the total cost.
- From 29 to 15 days: 70% cancellation charge of the total cost.
- Less than 14 days: 75% cancellation charge of the total cost.
- Cancellation/ Postponement The deposit is non-refundable except owing to cancellation by Thamserku Trekking in which case the deposit will be refunded in full. In the event of cancellation by the client/s, only in exceptional circumstances might the deposit, or a part of the deposit, be refunded on a ‘good-will’ basis. Under no other circumstances will the original deposit be refunded. In the event of postponement by a client/s once the deposit has been paid, the deposit paid can be reallocated to a subsequent date (fixed or unfixed) within a 12 month period from the date of postponement advice. In this case prices are subject to review. Once the contracted program has begun no refund will be made or any consideration can be made only under extreme circumstances.
- Tipping Tipping is generally expected by all the expedition staff at the end for the excellent service they had provided to make your expedition successful. Normally the tips are given at the end of the expedition and this is best done as a group. We recommend that each group member contributes around $1000 - $1500 for the expedition crew on the last evening at the base camp and part of the collection to the climbing guide/ leader in the last day dinner in Kathmandu. You are welcome to give away some of the equipment’s or clothing that you are not going to take back home, you can donate to the local staff, for this your group leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the crew.
- Visas on Arrival For the arrival visa in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, the immigration gets really busy during April, May, October and November; sometimes it takes hour to get the visa. Also, the wait is longer if you stand in the wrong queue. So below is the guideline for the visa on arrival and clearing the immigration at the airport. 1st Queue: Filling the application form. The clients can avoid this queue by filling the online application form (https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) in their home country. A sample of the online application form with the necessary details has been filled (see attached). The clients should put the exact information as seen in the attached file; the hotel name could be different. Once you fill up the form and submit, they will receive another slip (see attached) which they need to print it out and bring along with them. 2nd Queue: Cash Counter. If the clients have online slip beforehand, they can stand directly at the cash counter avoiding the 1st queue. It is advised for the clients to carry the exact visa fee amount (cash) either in US $ or Euro, but not in Nepalese Rupees. 3rd Queue: Immigration. Once the payment is done, the clients need to stand at the Immigration line with the receipt from the cash counter and necessary documents.
- Passport Please ensure that you have a current passport well before traveling. It also needs an accurate photo and should be valid for at least six months after you are scheduled to return home. Also, check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.
- Copies of key documents We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy and credit cards. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you.
- The Trekking Day The day usually begins between 6.30 am and 7.30 am. After you have packed all your gear into your kitbag, breakfast will be ready. While you are eating, the crew members will make up the loads for the porters. You will often be on the trail by 7.30 am, though at higher altitudes the start is usually later, as we wait for the sun to warm the air a little.
- Medical preparation/Travel Insurance and Safety Guidelines
- Every Thamserku Trekking traveller is required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalization, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. Remember to bring a copy of your insurance policy with you or send us the scanned copy.
- Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations and in some places anti-malarial medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.
- Acclimatization to high altitudes (generally for trips over 3500 meters): We take this very seriously, which is why we have one of the best safety records in the Himalaya. We have over 30 years of experience in the region and our success rates on high altitude treks are very high. Our itineraries allow for a safe approach to high altitudes, following the guidelines set out by the Himalayan Rescue Association. We even carry Oxygen, mask and regulator for your safety and peace of mind on all treks proceeding above 4000 meters.
- Our leaders are highly experienced mountain guides. Please follow their instructions very carefully as you ascend to high altitudes: walking slowly rather than hurrying, wearing sunglasses during the day, maintaining a high level of (non-alcoholic!) fluid consumption, not sleeping during the day, wearing adequate warm clothing are all factors of importance. Your leader will brief you fully on these considerations prior to the start of your trek.
- In addition, if you are taking any medications with you which may have been suggested as an aid to acclimatization - Diamox is quite commonly suggested - it is vital that you advise your leader in Kathmandu before you leave for the start of the trek. He will then discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of taking this medication, and in particular when you should consider starting it and the duration for which it should be taken. Be aware that many trekkers have no need for such medication.
- Money Matters
- The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali rupee (NPR). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs.
- Refer to https://www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php for current exchange rates.
- ATMs can only be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan (only outside the park) and Bhaktapur.
- The Government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal. You should ensure you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may be fined.
- Please note that most establishments in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
- On arrival If you have booked an arrival/departure transfer or is included in the program price. Please ensure that we have been advised of your correct flight details into Kathmandu by either yourself or your travel agent. Your Group Leader will be at Kathmandu airport to meet your flight and transfer you to your hotel.
- Emergency Contact If you encounter any problems or need any assistance, Contact our Emergency number below:
- 1st Contact: Dawa Sherpa (Expedition Manager): +977-9801333616
- 2nd Contact: Yalamber Rai (Operations Manager): +77-9851131344
- Office Hours only: Thamserku Office: 00977-1-4433886
- Responsible Travel We are a partner with Travelife – Sustainability in Tourism. We believe strongly in low impact or rather a positive impact on tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.