Hiunchuli Peak

Hiunchuli PeakDuration: 20 Days
Max. Altitude: 6441 m
Grade: D
Region: Annapurna

Hiunchuli lies in the Annapurna range and it is connected to Annapurna South. Discovered by Col. Jimmy Roberts, it is one of the three major trekking peaks within the "Annapurna Sancturary", to be named by Roberts. The mountains of this area are considered the sacred by the Gurungs who inhabit the region. The other two peaks within the sanctuary are Tharpu Chuli ( Tent Peak ) and Singu Chuli ( Fluted Peak ).

Hiunchuli was first summited by an American Peace Corps Expedition under the leadership of Craig Anderson in October 1971. Although it is easy to reach the mountain and the popularity of the Annapurna Sancutary with trekkers and climbers, the actual ascent of Hinuchuli is considered one of the most difficult among the trekking peaks. South-East Face Route : The route to base camp starts from Hinko Cave on the Annapurna Sanctuari trail. After establishing the first camp somewhere above the valley floor a further 2 camps are neccessary to make it to the top. Although not technically extreme this route is exposed to rockfall and serac dangers and is a complicated route-finding experience.

North-West Face Route : The ascent by the North-West Face has been attempted only by a very few climbers and not always successfully. The exact route is not well known. The approach is from the Annapurna Base Camp in the Sanctuary and a further 2 camps may be necessary to complet this not so well known ascent.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu; transfer to the Hotel
Day 2 Sight seeing around Kathmandu valley
Day 3 Departure to Bensisahar
Day 4 Trek to Bahundanda
Day 5 Trek to Chamje
Day 6 Trek to Dharapani
Day 7 Trek to Chame
Day 8 Trek to Pisang
Day 9 Trek to Manang
Day 10 Acclimatization at Manang
Day 11 Trek to Chulu base camp
Day 12 Rest at Chulu base camp
Day 13 High camp
Day 14 Summit Chulu East (6,358-meter) or West (6,420-meter) and return back to base camp.
Day 15 Trek to Thorong high camp
Day 16 Trek to Muktinath after crossing Thorong La pass (5,416m.)
Day 17 Trek to Jomsom
Day 18 Fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom
Day 19 Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 20 Rest at Kathmandu

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