Himlung Expedition is popular climbing peak above 7000 meter in western part of Nepal. The mountain is best for preparation of 8000 meter peak climbing in future.
Himlung Himal (7,126m/23,345ft) is a 7000m peak that is located in the western region of Nepal. Situated just above the ancient Tibetan village of Phu, Himlung lies in the Naar-Phu region in the northeast of Annapurna and northwest of Manaslu. Naar-Phu region was officially opened in 1992 for foreign expeditions and trekkers. This region is still a restricted area, for this reason all climbers are required to get a special restricted area and climbing permit to enter. The peak gained more popularity when Mr. Akio Koizumi from Japan reached the summit of Himlung Himal on 3 October 1992.
This region sees fewer expeditions than any other mountains in other regions such as the Khumbu. In terms of popularity, the climbing in Naar-Phu is not comparable with the Khumbu. The valley rivals in beauty to the more popular Khumbu, offering magnificent views of Manaslu, Annapurna, Fishtail and Gangapurna. The second ascent of the peak was made ten years after the first ascent by a French expedition team in 2002. According to the summiteers experience this 7000m peak is one of the safest and largely uncomplicated projects in the Himalaya. The ascent of Himlung Himal via the normal route poses no technical problems. The route leads through snow and ice without any rock climbing passages. The climbing season is in the fall and spring.
During the Himlung Himal expedition Satori Adventure will always focus on our client’s success, ensuring safety, comfort and an enjoyable experience. Our strategy has been designed by an exercise physiologist and experienced climbing Sherpa guides who have high altitude training. We try our best to be as efficient as possible with our itineraries, ensuring that there is not a lot of wasted time. We consider the fact that our clients might have only a short time off of work, rest assured that your time and money will be well spent with Satori. This 7000m peak is technically moderate and a good preparation for upcoming expeditions like Manaslu, Cho-Oyu or Shishapgnama.
Previously a restricted region, Nepal government opened the region after 2001.So far as of this writing, only a few expedition teams including the Japanese and French have summited Mount Himlung. After 2013 the 7000m peak becomes a more recognized alternative in preparing for Baruntse, Churen Himal, Putha Hunchuli or Pumori.
The walk-in along Phu River is a unique experience even for Nepal, the pristine beauty is really a sight to see. Being that the villages in this valley are so close to Tibet they are heavily influenced by Tibetan culture. The journey begins with a scenic drive to Besisahar by private jeep. Here you will stay overnight at this modern village, the next day you will switch to a local jeep and continue 6 hours to reach Koto (2600m/8,530ft).You will have one acclimatization day at this historical village. Feel free to explore this village or rest. From Koto it is a 5 day trek to the Himlung Himal base camp (4850m/15,912ft).The trail turns toward the East and passes through Dharmasala, Meta, Kyang and Phugaon, which is the largest ancient Buddhist settlement in the region. The base camp is in a subalpine zone with grass and other greenery; it is very comfortable and accommodating. There are approximately 3-5 climbing teams each spring and autumn season.
Highest access: 7,126m (23,379ft)
First Ascent: 03 October 1992. Akio Koizumi from Japan
Duration: 36 days(typically) Days
Group Size: 2 - 10 Persons
Co-ordinates: 28°44′06″N 84°25′00″E
Location: Nepal/Annapurna Region
Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)
Departure From: Kathmandu Airport
Grade: Moderate Climb (PD++)
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, Jeep, Mini Bus
Best season: Spring (April, May) and autumn (October, November)
Major Activity: trekking/climbing
Culture: Gurung, Thakali, Magar
Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping
Climbing route: South west(normal route)
Himalayan sights: Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Mardi
03 October/Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to a hotel in Kathmandu (1350M/4,430ft).
04 October/Day 02: Preparation, briefings at Department of Tourism, last minute shopping and office formalities.
05 October/Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m/27,000ft).8hrs.Overnight at lodge.
06 October/Day 04: Drive from Besisahar to Koto (2610m/8,563ft).5-6hrs.Lodge/camping accommodation.
07 October/Day 05: Trek from Koto to Meta(3560m/11,680ft). 7hrs.Lodge/camping overnight.
08 October/Day 06: Trek Meta to Phu-Gaon (4200m/13,780ft).7hrs.Lodge/camping overnight.
09 October /Day 07: Rest and acclimatization day at Phu-Gaun (4080m/13,382ft).
10 October/Day 08: Trek from Phu-Gaon to Himlung base camp (4850m/15,912ft). camping.
11-26Oct/Day 09-24: Climbing period for Himlung Himal (7126m//23,345ft) camping.
27 October/Day 25: Preparation and packing for departure.
28 October/ Day 26: Trek back from base camp to Phu-Gaon(4200m/13,780ft) 6hrs.Tea house accommodation
29 October/Day 27: Trek from Phu-Gaon to Meta (3560m/11,680ft) 5hrs.Tea house accommodation.
30 October/Day 28: Trek from Meta to Koto (2610m/8,563ft) 05hrs.Camping.
31 October/Day 29: Drive from Koto to Besisahar (823m/27,00ft) 8hrs. Transportation provided by jeep.
01 Novemb/Day 30: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu (1350/4,429ft) 7 hrs. Transportation provided by tourist mini bus. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
02 Novemb/Day 31: Free day in Kathmandu. Farewell celebration dinner with cultural program in the evening.
03 Novemb/Day 32: Transfer to International airport for final departure.
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Satori Adventures offers Full Board Service for our entire range of flagship Mountaineering Expeditions to all 8000m peaks. Our Full Board service means that we will provide a Trekking service, an in-Base camp service and High camp service executed by your Sherpa Climbing Guide. All 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 and oxygen and prepare high altitude food for his client; Assist his client on the route and ensure client safety and wellbeing on the route through guiding and negotiating the route access priorities at pace and schedule determined by clients’ physical condition and preferred pace; Ensure total commitment to the client in case of emergency with clients’ safety and wellbeing as overriding priority.
High camp service for Full Board Service clients will consist of provision of all equipment necessary to fix the route, all camping equipment, fuel and food for high camps as well as oxygen provision, including mask and regulator and latest model of Poisk oxygen, Summit system of Mask regulators in quantities specified in your climbing itinerary as per height of Mountain.
In the Base Camp: Satori Adventure provides very professional, supportive and friendly mountaineering logistic services. The approach from Kathmandu to the Sama Gaun village takes roughly 10 days. From Sama Gaun you climb up to Manaslu Base camp. Throughout your approach and climbing period Satori provides a high quality, supportive, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize your summit opportunity.
We provide a comprehensive service organizing all necessary permits, climbing documentation, travelling logistics (including airfares), ground transportation, porters, and other individual services required by mountaineers. On the trek to the ABC we organize all required accommodation and food.
In the Base camp our cooks and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked meals a day. Satori also ensures that hot and cold drinks as well as healthy snacks are available 24hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious and durable 4 season personal tents for all of our clients. This comes with full board or base-camp services only. In the base camp we also provide a dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities as well as tent accommodation for our staff. In the Base Camp we provide access to communication including a satellite telephone, internet access, and solar panels to charge your batteries.
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.
From Southwest: It takes typically 8 days to reach ABC from Kathmandu.Approach to the Base camp is short, sweet and beautiful beginning with the amazing flight to Lukla and following Everest Base camp trail through Namcha Bazaar to Pengboche and peeling off it just past Pangboche
We climbed Himlung Himal few years ago at spring period. This mountain, more 7000 m is quite accessible. The major interest is the full trail . The "Phu" vallay is so nice and people are very friendly. After Phu, you are in the "wild" only with ibex. The advanced base camp is very nice to have a rest in a gorgeous landscape. When we climbed this mountain, there was only one other group which didn t succeed. With our team, we had to find the good way in big crevasses. There are no major danger (crevasses or avalanche). On short difficult passage is nearly 6000 m, there is a big crevasse. Above this part, there are regular and gentle slopes. Camp Nr 3 is approximatively 6400m. Don t under estimate the last day to reach the summit. It is not difficult, but a long way and the final slope is in good condition. From the top the view is extraordinary on Manaslu and Annapurna and Tibet. At spring season, you need to start from camp 3 at 2 or 3:00 am, because it is very usual that the clouds come at the end of the morning. I encourage all of you the climb this mountain with Satori and Rishi Bandari. His team is very professionnal and efficient. We did many trek and summit (like Mera Peak). This summit is realy appropriated for not experineced climbers. A good step before going higher and further on the more difficult summits. And top of all, the palce is wild and not crowded! I encourage everybody to do this ascent (with a little bit training before).
This was my first time using Satori and what a faultless experience it was. Everything was very well organised. The Sherpas were amazing with a huge amount of experience between them. The food was great, they managed to cater for my vegan diet extremely well. All the equipment was of a very high standard. They are very passionate about improving their service as much as they can and when asked for feedback I couldn't think of a single thing I'd change. Looking forward to the next trip already!