Tent Peak (Tharpu Chuli) Climbing - 18 Days

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An exciting trek in the Annapurna region culminating on an incredible climb of Tent Peak or Tharpu Chuli in Nepal
Destination: Nepal Trip Cost: $2480 USD
Group size: 2-12 people Max-Altitude: 5,663m/18,575 ft
Fitness Level: 2C
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals: All meals during trekking and climbing; and breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Accommodation: 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, teahouses for trekking and tents for climbing

Trip Introduction

Tent Peak (5663m/18,575 ft), known as Tharpu Chuli in Nepali, is located towards the south of the Annapurna Base Camp. We trek in the Annapurna region admiring the diverse flora, fauna and culture of Nepal. Our ultimate goal which is summiting the Tent Peak or Tharpu Chuli offers us panoramic views of the Himalayas including Annapurna, Hiunchuli and others. The 18-day trip begins and ends in Kathmandu but the real trek starts from Naya Pul located near Pokhara, the beautiful ‘Lake City’. Reaching the base camp of Mt.Machapuchhre gives us another good reason to choose the Tent Peak (Tharpu Chuli) Climbing trip.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

A Himalayan Glacier representative will pick us up from the airport and drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we can take a rest or tour the Thamel area which is a popular tourist hub. We try out Nepalese cuisine in the evening at a welcome dinner held in our honor. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Included meals:D
Day 2: Kathmandu: sightseeing and preparation

We visit Himalayan Glacier’s office in the afternoon and meet our climbing leaders as well as fellow participants. At our meeting, we discuss about what we can look forward to on our trip and get our set of climbing equipment checked. If the climbing leaders decide that the climbing gears we are going to use on our trip are not in perfect condition, we might need to get new ones in Kathmandu. We rest in the evening and pack for the next day’s journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:B
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft): 6 hours drive

We set off for Pokhara early in the morning on a tourist bus. Our journey will mostly be along the Trishuli River. Pokhara is popularly dubbed as “the lake city” owing to the large number of lakes the city boasts. In addition, the views of the Himalayan peaks from Pokhara are astounding. We can explore the Fewa Lake during the late afternoon and enjoy a boat ride on its serene waters. Overnight in Pokhara. 

Included meals:B
Day 4:  Drive to Naya Pul and trek to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft): 5-6 hours trek

We drive for about an hour to reach Naya Pul from where we start our trek. Upon reaching Birethanti, we trek uphill on the trail to Ghandruk enjoying panoramic views of the mountains. We pass by beautiful villages and admire the rural lifestyle of western Nepal. We cross the suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola and finally reach Ghandruk. From the village, we get a good view of Machapuchhre, Annaurna South, and Hiunchuli mountians.  Overnight in Ghandruk.

Included meals:BLD
Day 5: Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 6 hours

We climb for an hour up to Ghandrukkot and then a steep descent takes us to the Kimron Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimron Khola, we walk about an hour on an easy trail. Then we take a steep climb continuing up to Chhomrong. Towering above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South with Machhapuchhre facing it across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong.

Included meals:BLD
Day 6: Chhomrong to Dobhan (2,600m/8,530ft): 5-6 hours

The trail moves along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills. We cross a suspension bridge over Chhomrong Khola and reach Sinuwa after walking for a while. From here, our path is on a relatively flat trail. We pass through a thick rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar.  Then we descend on steep stone steps into lush bamboo and rhododendron forests, finally reaching Dobhan. Overnight in Dobhan.

Included meals:BLD
Day 7: Dobhan to Deurali (3,230m/10,597ft): 1 hour 30 mins

From Dobhan we walk on a trail alongside Modi Khola. We pass through Himalaya hotel and Hinku Cave before reaching Deurali. On today’s short trip we also have to walk on a small section which is prone to avalanche. The short trek will allow us to acclimatize to the high altitude and prepare for the next day’s trip. Overnight in Deurali.

Included meals:BLD
Day 8: Deurali to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 3-4 hours

After about a half an hour walk from Deurali, we will find ourselves in the middle of a river bed surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. The hike to Machhapuchre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding views of the majestic Machhapuchre is certainly worth it.  We enjoy looking at Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and, of course, the Fishtail or Machhapuchhare itself. Overnight in Machhapuchre Base Camp. 

Included meals:BLD
Day 9: Acclimatization and preparation

There will be a short briefing today. Our climbing leader will talk about what we can look forward to during the Tent Peak climbing. There will also be a basic training on peak climbing techniques and the best ways to utilize the climbing gears such as ice axe, climbing boot, harness, jumar, and to go up and down using ropes. Additionally, we also learn about knots and gears.  Himalayan Glacier believes that the training will help boost our confidence ensuring a successful summit of the Tent Peak. We can spend the rest of the afternoon going for short hikes nearby and resting. Overnight at Machhapurchre Base Camp.

Included meals:BLD
Day 10: Machhapuchre Base Camp to Cave Camp (4,250m/13,943ft): 5-6 hours

We move ahead on a trail alongside the Modi Khola. After walking for some time, we see the South Annapurna Glacier to our right. The trail from the glacier leads up to the base camp of Annapurna South. However, we move straight ahead and cross a bridge and continue further up until we reach the Cave camp. Overnight in Cave Camp. 

Included meals:BLD
Day 11: Cave Camp to High Camp (5,200m/17,056 ft): 4-5 hours

We ascend on a steep trail to the Tent Peak (Tharpu Chuli) High Camp. We are most likely to use fix rope and helmet while climbing today. We ascend on a 50-60 degree steep path for around 2-3 hours and walk on a glacier of 30 degrees. From the high camp we get panoramic views of Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7229m), Annapurna I (8091m), Machapuchhre and others. After setting up the high camp, we spend the remainder of the day discovering the surrounding areas and preparing for the summit.

Included meals:BLD
Day 12: Summit Tent Peak (Tharpu Chuli), return to high camp: 9-10 hours

We begin our journey to the summit around 2-3 am in the morning. We walk on a wall rock for around 2 hours and then we walk on flat snow for around an hour. Next, we climb on a steep slope of 70 degrees (100m). Then we walk on a flat trail for around 30 minutes and reach the summit of Tent Peak/ Tharpu Chuli. We climb on fix ropes to reach the final summit. After conquering Tharpu Chuli, we return by the same route to the high camp. Overnight in High Camp.

Included meals:BLD
Day 13: Tent Peak High Camp to Machapuchhre Base Camp: 4-5 hours

From the high camp of Tent peak we descend to Machapuchhre base camp. We use the same trail that we had used previously. After reaching Machapuchhre base camp, we take a much needed rest. Overnight in Machapuchhre base camp.

Included meals:BLD
Day 14: Machapuchhre Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m/7575ft): 6-7 hours

From the base camp we descend on the same trail we used coming up to Bamboo. We can enjoy views of waterfalls and pass through forests soaking in great views of Machapuchhre and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight in Bamboo. 

Included meals:BLD
Day 15: Bamboo to Jhinu Dada (1760m/5770 ft): 6-7 hours trek

From Bamboo we ascend to Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa on a sharp trail. We follow the stone steps that lead to Lower Chomrong. Then we ascend on the thousand stone steps that will take us to Upper Chomrong. From Chomrong we descend to Jhinu Danda. While here we can relax on a natural hot spring which is only 15 minutes away from where we are staying. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Included meals:BLD
Day 16: Jhinu Dada to Naya Pul, drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

We begin our trek after breakfast and walk on a trail nearby the Modi Khola. We stop for lunch in Kyumi village. After lunch we trek to Syauli bazaar and then down to Birethanti. From Birethanti, we trek for about an hour's trek and reach Naya Pul. The trek ends at Naya Pul. From Naya Pul we take a vehicle and reach Pokhara in about an hour. Overnight in Pokhara. 

Included meals:BD
Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hours

After breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu. Most of our trip will be alongside the Trishuli River. After reaching Kathmandu, we can a take rest or catch up on last minute souvenir shopping. We attend a farewell dinner hosted to celebrate our successful climb of the Tent Peak, also known as Tharpu Chuli, in Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:BD
Day 18: Final departure

Our Tent Peak/Tharpu Chuli Climbing trip ends today. A company representative will come to pick us up from our hotel three hours before our scheduled flight time. He/she will drop us off at the airport. 

Included meals:B

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Tented accommodation during the climb
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Himalayan Glacier’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Tent Peak climbing permit
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipments
  • Medical kit (carried by your guide)
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International and domestic airfare
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet,  laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Services not listed in the ‘What Is Included’ section

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Accommodations

All accommodations for Tent Peak (Tharpu Chuli) trekking and climbing are chosen based on the standard of hygiene, services, food options and location. We will be accommodated at Hotel Moonlight, a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Mt. Kailash Resort, another 3-star hotel in Pokhara.  For trekking, teahouses will be used whereas we will sleep in tents (camping) during the climbing section of the Tent Peak. All accommodations in Kathmandu and on teahouses are on  a twin-shared basis whereas we will be provided an individual tent on the climbing section. Single supplement is available with an additional cost of USD 350. 

Meals

Breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara whereas all means (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided during trekking and climbing. Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian and the common continental cuisines will be on the menu throughout the trip. During trekking, we eat breakfast and lunch at the teahouse we spend the night whereas lunch will be provided on the way to the next destination. For climbing, we have either freshly cooked food by our chef or canned food.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements

The most significant thing that makes your Annapurna Base Camp trek and Tent peak (Tharpu Chuli) climbing trip successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and climb leader and the crew members who have the ability of operating your trek on the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of our trekking/climbing leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Himalayan Glacier Trekking employs Nepalese staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and the history of Nepal. Trek/climb leaders of HGT are also trained with the following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Government's Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal.
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet - TAAN (Trekking Agents Association Of Nepal)
  • English Language - KEEP
  • Conservation and Biodiversity - KEEP
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering - Nepal Mountaineering Association

Porter Care

We ensure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. 

Responsible Tourism Practice

Himalayan Region of Nepal is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of right to appreciate it as we do. So the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment read more...

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Tent Peak also called Tharpu Chuli is graded as 2C in Himalayan Glacier’s grading for mountain climbing and expedition. This means that we will be required to use ropes, ice axe and crampons. We also need to have a high level of fitness. There will be a basic training on the climbing techniques and proper usage of the aforementioned set of equipment. Therefore, we are not required to have previous climbing experience to summit Tharpu Chuli. However, previous high altitude trekking experience will be an asset. We have to be physically fit and able to endure an average of 6-7 hours of trekking in a high-altitude environment. It is vital that participants with pre-existing medical problems or conditions make these known to Himalayan Glacier at the time of booking.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and Spring (March to May) are the best time to trek in the Himalayas and summit Tent Peak. During these seasons the sky is clear which means that we can fully enjoy remarkable views of the mighty Himalayan vista.

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for trekking and peak climbing. Also, please understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Himalayan Glacier inclusive in the service. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter, but you are required to carry a daypack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items
  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
  • Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards)
Personal Climbing Gears:
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings (2)
  • Screwgate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
  • Descender/eight figure
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Ascender/Jhumar
  • Helmet
Group Climbing Gears:
  • Snow bar*
  • Rope*
  • Ice hammer*
  • Ice screw*
Head
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens; consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched, waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner
 Lower Body
  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks
  • Gaiters
Sleeping
  • 1 sleeping bag 30 degree DC
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner
Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack or 1 large duffel bag *
  • Daypack/backpack of 35 to 50 liters for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
  • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Note: Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant!
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • Large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110 ampere)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684

Source:www.himalayanglacier.com