For mountain expeditioners, Nepal is well and truly on map. With eight out of fourteen world’s highest peaks and numerous trekking peaks, there is no paucity of challenging and demanding peaks to summit in Nepal. Tent Peak climbing offered by Himalayan Joy offers unique opportunity to explore and experience the best and almost hidden beauty of spectacular Annapurna region.
Locally known as Tharpu Chuli, Tent expedition offers the best short peak climbing experience with beautiful trekking in Annapurna region- simply beyond trekking. Climbers ascend through the standard Northwest ridge, which is rated as alpine PD grade from Swiss/French Alpine grading system. It means climber will ascend on a straightforward route with some technical section on summit top.
Those intending to climb Tent peak need sound physical condition, positive attitude and strong determination to overcome elevated Himalayan conditions, while taking challenge to summit the Tent Peak. Our 18 days Tent peak climbing itinerary offers enough time to acclimatize and allows exhaustive exploration of Annapurna region. The trekking adventure winds through the magical vegetation of Annapurna Conservation Area with frequent discovery of cultural villages and heritage sites. The views from the summit of Tent peak are simply breathtaking. Summit features – the magnificent view of Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli, Baraha Shikhar, Khangshar Kang, Tarke Kang, Ganapurna – a truly inspiring and life-changing scenery.
Himalayan Joy offers full board package for Tent Peak Expedition including climbing permit from NMA and other essential logistics from the very day of arrival to your departure from Nepal. We also offer proper maps of the trekking and climbing route, expert cook and his helper, an experienced and government licensed trekking and climbing Sherpa guide and porters, high-quality logistics and comfortable accommodation throughout the entire trip.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our airport representative will receive you outside terminal hall and drop you off at our hotel. After hotel check-in and short refreshment, we make a short excursion to Thamel, the popular touristic destination.
Overnight in Kathmandu
After breakfast, our city guide will take you to various historical places and world heritage listed sites. These will include Pashupatinath (One of the greatest Hindu temples in Asia), Bouddhanath stupa (Buddhist stupa), Swayabhunath (Buddhist stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (home of the living goddess Kumari)). After sightseeing, you will be dropped at your hotel with time to prepare for your trek.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, we set for scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Our road journey will mostly goes along the Trishuli River. Pokhara, the lake city in Nepal, offers the views of great Himalayan peaks. We explore the Fewa Lake during late afternoon and enjoy a boat ride on its turquoise lake.
Overnight on Kathmandu
After breakfast, we drive from an hour to reach Nayapul, the starting point of the trek. We climb uphill to Ghandruk admiring the panoramic views of the mountains and cultural hamlets. We cross the suspension bridge over the Khumbu Khola before reaching the cultural village of Ghandruk. The village commands the best view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli mountains.
Overnight in Ghandruk
After breakfast, we climb for an hour to Ghandrukkot before making a steep descent to the Kimron Khola. We then make steep climb from Kimron Khola for sometimes and further make gradual walk on a easy trail. Further, we make a steep climb to the Chhomrong with the great views of Annapurna south and Machhapuchhre. Chhomrong is picturesque village located on the lap of Annapurna massive.
Overnight in Chhomrong
Today, we walk along the Modi Khola leaving behind the inhabited settlement. Crossing a suspension bridge over Chhomrong Khola, we reach Sinuwa and from Sinuwa, we walk through the flat trail in a forested route of rhododendron. We then reach Khuldighar and drop off through steep stone steps into the lush bamboo and rhododendron forests finally reaching Dobhan.
Overnight in Dobhan
From Dobhan, we continue along the Modi Khola and cross Himalayan hotel and Hinku Cave to reach Deurali. This short traverses through some sections which is prone to avalanches. We walk on a leisurely pace that allows us proper acclimatization the higher altitude.
Overnight in Deurali
After breakfast, we walk for half an hour to reach the river bed surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. The walking trail to Machapuchhre is quite strenuous but the exceptional view of glistering peak worth it. At Machhapuchhre Base Camp, we get the view of stunning Hiunchuli, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Machhapurchhre.
Overnight in Machhapuchhre
Today, our climbing leader will provide basic training on peak climbing technique and teach us the best way to use climbing gears like ice axe, climbing boots, crampons, ascender, descender, harness and more. This pre-climbing training will help boost the confidence ensuring a successful summit of the Tent peak.
Overnight in Machhapuchhre Base Camp
After breakfast, we continue alongside of Modi Khola and eventually find ourselves to the left of Annapurna Glacier. We walk straight ahead and cross the bridge to reach Cave camp.
Overnight in Cave Camp
Today, we climb on a steep trail to the Tent Peak (Tharpu Chuli) High Camp. We also use fixed rope and hamlet for climbing today. Climbing 50-60 degree steep path for 2-3 hours and walking across the 30 degree on a glacier moraine, we reach High Camp. From high camp, we are rewarded with the best view of Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7229m), Annapurna I (8091m), Machhapuchhre and others. We set up the high camp and spend our time discovering the surrounding areas and preparation for the summit.
Today, we begin our summit journey around 2-3 am in the morning. The first part of climb deals with wall rock for around 2 hours and afterward walk on flat snowy path for an hour. Next, we ascend on 70 degree steep slope (100m) and walk on flat trail to reach the summit of Tent Peak/Tharpu Chuli. Our climbing leader will fix the rope to reach the final summit. After summiting the peak, we climb down via same route to the high camp.
Overnight in high camp
From high camp, we descend down to Machhapuchhre Base Camp using the same trail route we used to climb.
Overnight in Machhapuchhre Base Camp
From the base camp, we climb down via same route to Bamboo. On the way, we get astounding views of waterfalls and magical forest of rhododendron with stunning views of Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli mountains.
Overnight in Bamboo
From Bamboo, we climb to Kuldi Ghar and Sinuwa via steep route. Next, we continue downward through stone steps that takes us to Lower Chomrong. Climbing over thousand stone stair, we reach Upper Chhomrong. From here, we climb down to Jhinu Danda where we soothe in natural hot spring to relax our tired muscles.
Overnight in Jhinu Danda
After breakfast, we walk along the Modi Khola and reach Kyumi village. Here we stop for lunch and walk further to Syauli Bazaar and then to Birethanti. From Birethanti, we descend for an hour to reach the Nayalpul, the concluding point of expedition. We take vehicle and reach Pokhara in one and half hour.
Overnight in Pokhara
After breakfast, we drive alongside the Tirshuli River admiring the view of countryside village and terrace farmlands. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, we take a rest at hotel and stroll around the Thamel city to catch last minute souvenir shopping. In the evening, we attend farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Joy to celebrate the successful completion of Tent peak climbing.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your 18 days Tent peak expedition comes to an end today. The representative from Himalayan Joy will drop you back to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.