Mount Churen Himal 7371m (24,183ft) was first climbed on the 24th of October by the Academic Alpine Club of Shizuoka Expedition team in 1970 by Mr. Kr. Fukui and K. Hasegawa. Mr. Ryozo Yamamoto and his group had planned to climb since 1963 but the expedition unfortunately did not materialize until 1970. Members of the Academic Alpine Club of Shizuoka, Japan climbed the main peak (West Peak) of Churen Himal (7371m) and the Central Peak (about 7371m) on 28 and 24October, 1970 from the Southeast ridge which was lead by Takashi Serizawa. Mount Churen is among the seventh series mountain in the Dhaulgiri range. It has three pinnacles which are called: Churen West 7371m/24,183ft. Churen Central 7375m/24,196ft and Churen North 7371m/24,183ft. Due to many reasons the government of Nepal and the Ministry of Tourism did not open the peak for climbing. With many requests by several expedition teams the ban was eventually lifted on mountaineering in the Himalaya and officially announced that they would re-open their doors to the mountaineers of the world. As a result, the permission for the Churen Himal was granted in August. In 1954, Mr. James Robert first approached the group from the North face of Kaya Khola and a Japanese expedition team also tried to climb in 1954. After the end of the Nepal Government ban, the first party to Churen Himal was an Italian expedition led by Paolo Consiglio in the post-monsoon of 1969. They tried to take a steep western ridge to the main peak, but only reached 6500 m, because of insufficient time.
The trekking caravan route goes from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Darbang by tourist bus and jeep. The trekking starts from Darbang. Normally it takes 5 days to reach the Churen Himal South base camp via Dharpatan, Takum, Lumsung, Gurja, Burjung Kharkaand Darsing Kharka. The base camp is located at 4800m/15,748ft. Satori Adventures will fix three high camps: Camp I(5700m/17,700ft)Camp II (6200M/20341ft)Camp III(6700m/21,981ft). As per the climbing route and the condition of the mountain and weather forecast the best season is April, May in spring and October, November in the autumn season.
The Churen caravan route is a less touristic trekking trail in the Dhaulagiri region. This trek and expedition route is for those trekkers who love to explore beautiful nature and wild valleys. The exotic, breathtaking Himalayas and take you out of the beaten tracks, inside a region where very few foreigners are traveling. The Churen Himal is a moderate climbing challenge.This mountain is suitable for those climbers who want to climb a less crowed 7000m peak and prepare for the next step which is an 8000m expedition to Shishapangma, Cho-oyu or Manaslu expedition. On this route there is 30% rock climbing 50% snow and 20% ice climbing. The peak located at Coordinates of 28°44′06″N Latitude and 83°12′58″E longitude. Its technical grade classification is Scottish Grade III.
Highest access: 7371m (24,183ft)
First Ascent: Japanese Nihon University expedition, October 24, 1970
Duration: 37 Days
Group Size: 2-10 people per group
Co-ordinates: 28°44′06″N 83°12′58″E
Location: Dhaulagiri Himal
Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)
Departure From: Kathmandu (KTM)
Grade: AD/Scottish Grade III
Accommodation: Three star to five stars as request
Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu & B,L,D in during Driving and climbing period
Transportation: Car, Flight, Tourist bus
Best season: Late spring (traditionally less hazardous) and autumn
Major Activity: Trekking/Mountaineering
Include Activity: Side tour to Pokhara & Kathmandu
Culture: Gurung, Thakali, Magar
Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping
Climbing route: South & Southeast Ridge
Himalayan sights: Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Putha Hunchuli,
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1350m/4,429ft). Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Preparation, briefings, last minute shopping and permit formalities.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m/3,116ft) 6hrs.Lodge accommodation.
Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Darbang (1110m/3,641ft) 5 hrs. Lodge accommodation.
Day 05: Trek from Darbang to Takum via Dharapani village (1670m/5,479ft.) 5 hrs. Camping accommodation.
Day 06: Trek from Takum to Lumsang village (2120m/6,955ft.)6 hrs. Camping accommodation.
Day 07: Trek from Lumsang to Gurja Village (2620m/8,595ft.) 7 hrs.Camping accommodation.
Day 08: Trek Gurja village to Darsinge Khark (3600m/11,811ft) 6 hrs.Camping accommodation.
Day 09: Trek from Darsinge Khark to Burjunga Khark (3415m/11,204ft.)5 hrs.Camping accommodation.
Day 10: Trek from Burjunga Kharka to Churen Himal BC (4600m/15,091ft.) 3 hrs.Camping accommodation.
Day 11-29: Climbing Period Churen Himal. (7371m/24,183ft)
Day 30: Clean up base camp and trek fromChuren BC to Burjunga Khark(3415m/11,204ft.)5 hrs.Camping accommodation.
Day 31: Trek from Burjunga Khark- Gurja Village (2620m/8,595ft) 6 hrs.Camping accommodation.
Day 32: Trek from Gurjagoan village to Lulang village(2200m/7,218ft.) 5 hrs. Camping accommodation.
Day 33: Trek from Lulang to Dharapani to Darbang (1670m/5,479ft.) 5 hrs. Tea house accommodation.
Day 34: Drive from Darbang to Pokhara via Beni overnight at hotel accommodation.
Day 35: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m/4,429ft) 6 hrs. Transportation provided by tourist mini bus. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
Day 36: Free and rest day at Kathmandu. Farewell celebration dinner with cultural program in the evening.
Day 37: Transfer to Kathmandu airport for final departure.
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In Full board service
Satori Adventures offers Full Board Service for our entire range of flagship mountaineering expeditions to all 7000m peaks. Full Board service means that we will provide a Trekking service, base camp service and high camp service executed by your Sherpa climbing guide. All of our full board clients will have a personal Sherpa climbing guide exclusively dedicated to the client for the duration of the climb.
Our climbing Sherpa guide team will establish and secure climbing route in collaboration with other climbing teams participating on the route. Establish all high camps with camping equipment, provisions, oxygen and prepare high altitude food for the client. Full board also indistinguishable client on the route while ensuring their safety and well being.We move at the clients preferred pace and ensure total commitment to the client in case of emergency with the clients safety and well being being the overriding priority.
High camp service for the Full Board Service will consist of all of the equipment necessary to fix the route, all camping equipment, fuel and food for high camps.
In Base Camp
Satori Adventures provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize your summit opportunity.
In the base camp our chefs and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious, freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day. We will also ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24 hrs a day. In the base camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.
In base camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.
Our camp manager as well as guides and climbing Sherpa’s have an extensive experience on multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and organize base camp operations. In base camp our guides will work with other teams to ensure contribution from all operators for tasks such as route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.
It is important for each climber to choose the right expedition guide service that not only suites their needs, but provides the best safely and secure mountaineering experience possible. There are more than 1,700 trekking companies in Nepal who offer 8,000 meter expeditions including Everest, but only about 30 companies who operate 8,000 meter peaks on a regular basis. We are proud to be one of these 30 companies and consistently offer, run and succeed at these types of expeditions year after year.
It is very important that the climbers who choose Satori Adventures for this trip of a lifetime experience have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition Satori Adventures runs. We do not want to simply “fill our expedition”, but instead we want to comprise a team of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit with the highest level of support and safety standards that can be provided by a guiding service on Mt Everest. We team this with the best standards of food and quality equipment to further assist each client reach their full potential. We feel that we offer the best environment and opportunity for you to be successful on the world’s highest mountain.
We are always developing and growing our operational systems to ensure you participate will provide as much as facilities provided. We figure our expedition members do not deserve anything less during the trekking and climbing! In the interests of giving you the most optimal chance to summit, we limit our team size to ensure the group summits on the best weather day; sometimes there are less window days for summit in Everest. In big size of group offering cheap climbs often miss out as they split their groups over several potential summit days. We feel like our climbing members are feeling that they are climbing as a family and friends team even on international people. We accept maximum 08 people in a group and if we have more than that we always split in two groups. So that our base camp staff cooks, climbing Sherpa guide will fully taking care about you and provide service as per your desire.
The Satori Adventures methodology and tactical approach to climbing Mt Everest has seen us achieve the highest success rates and our extensive experience gives us the edge when it comes to making the right decisions. We provide a consistently higher Sherpa and Guide ratio than any other operator, resulting in more support and backup for your summit attempt and therefore a greater safety margin and chance of success. There is always a 1:1 ratio of the climbing Sherpa/guide and client. We always use professional and experienced climbing Sherpa or guides who have all reached the summit of Everest.
Our guides are professionals who are trained and assessed either via the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) resulting in a greater repertoire of skills that enables them to provide a dedicated level of security to you during the expedition, or many years of mountaineering experience on the world’s biggest peaks. Our guides are experience in both advanced and basic rescue courses and all have a minimum of 3 years guiding on Everest.
Satori Adventures Everest expeditions have been at the forefront of providing top communications for our Everest expeditions. This allows us to obtain and deliver comprehensive weather forecasts via U.S., European and Kathmandu weather forecasting. Our lead guide is always equipped with a satellite phone during the climbing and at base camp. Two way radio communications between climbing members, guides, Sherpa and base camp staff is also provided. There is also local mobile network available at base camp that provides easy connection with your family during your stay at base camp.
Satori Adventure focuses on comfortable conditions at base camp, including good quality food and other services.We find this helps clients with their overall success rate on the mountain. Our cooks are regarded as the best in the business, providing wholesome and appetizing meals with an agreeable array of menus to suit all your food requirements. The meals you are served on the mountain are also of the highest standard and designed to sustain you for the rigorous ascent. We offer various choices that will suit any diet plan, including vegetarian, Vegan, continental, Indian and others. If you have special food consideration, please provide this to us 60 days prior to the expedition so we can plan the best meals for your trip.