Himlung Himal 7126 m, Nepal
The Phu valley (Phu Kola) is located north of the Annapurna massif, on the border with Tibet. The first part of the trek is shared with the classic Annapurna circuit, then at the village of Chame (2600 m), the itinerary continues north towards the front of the Pangri glacier.
This area is not as popular compared to classic destinations, but offers great possibilities for all lovers of glacier routes and ski touring. The summit of the Himlung is an ambitious goal but within the reach of the well trained skier and mountaineer with experience on the glacier climbing.
After passing a rather complex lower section, above 6000 m a spectacular glacial basin opens up, with a total view of the peaks of Tibet in the north, Annapurna in the south, and Manaslu in the east. The west side of the mountain features huge crevasses and a beautiful snowy shoulder, ideal for a brilliant ski descent when the perfect conditions are met.
*** OTHER PEAKS IN THE AREA ***
Other interesting peaks in the region, and valid alternatives to Himlung, are the neighboring Himjung 7092 m and Nemjung 7140 m (technically more demanding), or the Gyajikang 7074 m (easier and suitable for a first approach to high altitude ski-mountaineering).
At the head of the valley to the north, the Ratna Chuli 7035 m is also a recommendable target; for classic ski mountaineering we suggest the more gentle Pokhar Kang 6372 m, feasible from the base camp in a day or two.
Avalco Travel collaborates with a selection of local operators, specialized in an area, and chosen by us after more than 30 years of climbing the mountains of Nepal. Our local partners operate with all legal authorizations, pay taxes for the company and the staff, use certified local guides who know well the area, pay a reasonable salary to the staff and pay all health and pension contributions, use quality gear for the staff and the participants, guarantee the supply of abundant, varied and quality meals, observe the rules of hygiene in the kitchen and bathrooms, observe the good rules for the disposal of waste (which are entirely returned to town) and the best possible safety precautions.
BEWARE: there are hundreds of agencies in Kathmandu and Pokhara; however, many of them do not offer the sufficient service quality standards, some do not have the necessary authorizations and/or provide customers with falsified permits
day 1: Arrival a Kathmandu with international flight
day 2: Formalities and check of gear at Kathmandu.
day 3 – 4: Transfer by minibus to the village of Koto 2600 m in the Marsyangi valley (Annapurna area), with one intermediary step and overnight in hotel along the road.
day 5 -8: Trekking alongf the Naar and Phu valley till the village of Phu 4080 m and the “french” base camp 4925 m.
day 9 – 24: Period dedicated to the ascent to the summit, via east or south shoulder, and return to base camp, including contingency days for bad wheather. The normal route requires 2 or 3 high camps
day 25 – 28: Trek back to Koto.
day 29-30: Transfer by 4WD and minibus back to Kathmandu.
day 31: Reserve or relax day at Kathmandu; farewell dinner in town.
day 32: Transfer to airport for return flight.
Please note: as alternative to the normal route, on site it may be decided (according to the conditions) to take the route via Dharma Himal, starting from the Purano Himal base camp 5100 m, and so avoiding to cross the Pangri glacier. As a further alternative for a strong team: the north face of Himlung via the Phukang glacier with base camp at around 5000 m, next to the Ratna Chuli base camp. This route has never been attempted before. It is also possible to traverse between this and the other routes, in both ways, to be carefully evaluated on site.
Note: The definitive program will be established according to the needs of the group, and will be adapted to the environmental conditions found on site (snow on the mountains, state of the access paths).
Contact us to request a customized trip .
Trip dates, Duration, Departure
The period of time given in the trip description sheet is indicatively the most recommended for optimun conditions for the planned activities. Different periods are possible, especially during season with special climate situations. Duration is referred to the “standard” programme as per description sheet, however it could change according to the local conditions and/or the team’s requirements. If the trip is included in the Scheduled Trips list (yearly planner), the departure date is the one given in the planner; otherwise it will be decided according to the requests we have received. In any case we suggest to contact us for more precise information. In customized trips, departure date and duration are established according to customer’s request
By means of the scores given in the trip decsription sheet we wish to provide an indicative assessment of the challenges to be expected, divided in the following three categories:
Grade 1: adult performing a minimum sport activity (4-8 hours/week), or teenager in medium fitness conditions
Grade 2: adult performing sport activity (8-16 hours/week) or teenager in good fitness conditions
Grade 3: adult performing regular sport activity (16-20 hours/week) or teenager in very good fitness conditions
Grade 4: adult only, regularly performing sport activity and intense training (more than 20 hours/week)
Grade1: no prior experience in the activity is required, just a natural predisposition
Grade 2: prior experience in the activity as beginner to medium level
Grade 3: prior experience in the activity at medium to high level, with regular practice since min. 3-5 years
Grade 4: excellent technical skills with long experience in the activity (more than 5 years)
Grade 1: no prior experience in adventure travel id required, just a positive attitude to adapt
Grade 2: prior, yet limited, experience in adventure travel, with a strong attitude to adapt and determination
Grade 3: prior experience in adventure travel including remote area and wilderness, or extreme wheather, or uncertainty in route finding
Grade 4: prior experience in adventure travel including remote area and wilderness, or extreme wheather, or uncertainty in route finding, strong determination to overcome unforeseen events
The type of accomodation as planned is indicated in the trip sheet (hotel, lodge, tents, etc..).
The means of local transfers are indicated as planned (flight, bus, 4WD vehicle, ferry, etc.). Some changes are possible in relation to the actual availability on site and/or the terrain and wheather conditions.
Service included and Prices
We do not have a price list. Quotes are sent on request only. Details of services included, excluded, or optionally available, will be specified in the quote and confirmed at the time of booking. Prices depend on number of participants and on the specific requirements of the group. They will be definitely set at the time of booking after definiton of all trip details and confirmation of dates. Special prices can be granted according to number of participants, and/or for pre-established groups, clubs and associations, guides with own clients, active athletes, tour operators and travel agents, journalists, physicians, rescue operators, schools, staff of organization running an humanitarian or research project.