Duration: 17 Days
Starts In: Kathmandu
Ends In: Kathmandu
Maximum altitude: 6,441 m
Grade: Strenuous, PD
Trekking Type: Teahouse/Camping
Best Season: March to May; September to November
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
Accommodation: Hotel, Camping
Transportation: Flights, private car or tourist bus
Group Size: 12 pax Maximum
One of the three major trekking peaks within the Annapurna Sanctuary, Hiunchuli (6,441m) forms a formidable south-facing wall together with Annapurna South. Its eastern face overlooks the Modi Khola and guards the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary.
Hiunchuli is considered one of the most complex of the trekking peaks to climb despite its relatively low altitude. Though not technically difficult, the mountain has a reputation for being prone to avalanche, rock fall and route finding difficulty as avalanches swipe the old trail every season.
There is no obvious ‘standard’ line up and the mountain which is best tackled in true expedition style. The most common approaches are via the Southeast Face or Northwest Face though the latter is seldom attempted. An American Peace Corps Expedition first climbed Hiunchuli in October 1971 via the Southeast Face.
Even though the mountain offers significant potential for new routes, Hiunchuli has received little attention from mountaineers and is rarely climbed. But, easy to access and with limited altitude, the climb offers excellent Himalayan mountaineering in less than three weeks for experienced climbers.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Rest/preparation
Day 03: Fly Pokhara; drive Phedi; trek Tolka (1790m)
Day 04: Trek Chhomrong (2210m)
Day 05: Trek Bamboo (2310m)
Day 06: Trek Himalayan Hotel (2840m)
Day 07: Trek Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m)
Day 08: Trek Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
Day 09: Trek Hiunchuli Base Camp
Day 10: Rest/preparation
Day 11: Ascend High Camp
Day 12: Summit Hiunchuli Peak (6441m); descend Annapurna Base Camp
Day 13: Trek Bamboo (2310m)
Day 14: Trek Chhomrong (2210m)
Day 15: Trek Naya Pul (1070m); drive Pokhara
Day 16: Fly Kathmandu
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu
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