These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.
The Himlung Himal is a mountain located in the Manaslu region of Nepal, and it is becoming an increasingly popular destination for mountaineers seeking to climb a Himalayan peak. The mountain stands at a height of 7,126 meters (23,380 feet) and requires technical climbing skills and experience to reach the summit.
The Himlung Expedition is a great choice for climbers since it is a gradual climb and requires little technical skill. The summit of the mountain, at an altitude of 7126 meters, offers stunning views of the surrounding area. The climb is not difficult and can be completed in a reasonable amount of time. The Nepal Wilderness Trekking Company is preparing for spring and autumn expeditions to Mount Himlung. If you have some mountaineering experience and are eager to try a high-altitude mountain expedition in Nepal then Himlung Expedition is a perfect peak for you.
Himlung Himal is in the Nar and Phu region, and it was only opened to tourists in 2001 until now only a few expeditions have been able to discover the majestic Mount Himlung. There is no doubt that this journey is an expedition of stunning scenery, remote, pristine lands, and fascinating cultures. The journey takes you through evergreen forests, waterfalls, and cavernous rocky gorges, all surrounded by high mountains covered in snow and glaciers. The inhabitants of this remote region, which stretches up to the border of Tibet, have retained much of the traditional Tibetan culture and religious beliefs.
As part of the Himlung Himal Expedition, we begin our trek west of Kathmandu at Beshishar, at 840m, and follow the classic Annapurna Circuit Trekking route up the Marshyangdi river valley to the village of Koto before heading southwards into the Phu Valley of the remote Gandaki region. The ancient Tibetan settlements of Naar and Phu lie in the valley below the mighty Himlung Himal, just a short distance from the Tibetan border. It is advisable to take a day to acclimatize and explore this picturesque Buddhist settlement. The Base Camp of Mount Himlung, at 4900 meters above sea level, is located on a grassy meadow high above the village of Phu.
Until we attempt the summit of Mount Himlung, we will set up three more camps, Camp I, Camp II, and Camp III, at 5450m, 6000m, and 6350m respectively. It is our primary goal to reach the summit, however, our Sherpas’ main concern is your comfort and safety. For this reason, the itinerary can be adjusted according to any health problems of the climbers and the weather conditions on the mountain at the time. A professional, experienced, and competent Local Sherpa Guide will lead you through the process of acclimatization by introducing you to a process of properly paced ascents and descents, preparing your body physiologically for the altitude.
This new base camp, also known as the ‘French base camp,’ is comfortable, with plenty of water nearby, and has been sheltered from avalanches. It does appear to be a bit challenging to pitch the camp as it seems to be a bit complicated when you pass through the Pangir Glacier on gigantic boulders and the way up the moraine on the right bank is exposed to rock falls.
Getting to Himlung Expedition Base Camp from Camp 1 is quite simple and very quick (2 to 3 hours) on fairly easy trekking terrain, with some moraines and small valleys. The snow conditions may alter the progress, of course, but there is no slope on the way up that is prone to avalanches. In order to reach camp 2, you will have to pass across a perched scree slope that leads directly to the side of the glacier. The route follows the glacier side (crevasses and disturbed terrain, rocks, and snow) until the climbers are able to stand on the flatter glacier, with big steps; a few twists and turns are required as well. Depending on the season and the conditions of the snow, this part represents the most intimidating part of the ascent. Our journey up the glacier continues, avoiding a few crevasses along the way. In the ‘Glacier Camp’, we find suitable terrains to set up our camp. The setting is pleasant and spacious enough to accommodate groups of different sizes. The area seems to be subject to little if any, avalanche risk (to be verified depending on the conditions). On the glacier, we climb using ropes attached to each other, which present little danger of falling into crevasses.
The second and third camps
The route from Camp 2 to Camp 3 is quite easy. All we have to do is climb on the icy escarpment up to the last place before the ridge (a few ups and downs along the way). That should take us about 2 – 3 hours from camp 2. As a result, there is little or no risk of avalanches occurring from the slopes above (but should be double-checked under exceptional snow conditions).
Summit – Camp 2 or 1
During the Himlung Expedition, The climb can’t be shortened by adding an additional high camp. The first part of the ascent consists of reaching the pass across snowy slopes that are a bit steep (30°) and exposed. In some cases, fixed ropes are often installed by a lead guide, and once we are past that point, the slopes become less steep, with a few flat sections.
After the crevasse opens, which is generally not a problem, the slope on the side of the ridge becomes steeper. In fact, this is the steepest part of the whole climb: 400 meters at 30/35 degrees. 30/35 degrees. In hard/frozen snow conditions, there is a high risk of falling, so we install fixed ropes on this part as well. The route then reaches a less steep ridge, up to a flatter section before the small final slope. We descend down to camp 2 or camp 1. The following day we head to base camp, pack all our gear, celebrate our summit success, reflect, have a more joyful night, and prepare for the next day’s journey towards Kathmandu, which will conclude our journey.
The itinerary for the Himlung Expedition is 28 days from the date you arrive. Nepal wilderness trekking will take care of everything for Himlung Expedition from permits, fees, as well as all the accommodations on the trail for you. At Nepal wilderness trekking our main concern is always your safety and enjoyment. We are an experienced trekking and climbing company with more than 20 years of experience. We are able to distinguish between a good experience and a great experience. We take pride in our reputation.
The best time to climb Himlung is during the spring (April-May) and fall (October-November) seasons. During these seasons, the weather is stable, and the skies are clear, making it easier to navigate the mountain. The temperatures are also milder during these seasons, which makes it more comfortable for climbers to trek and climb.
The spring season is considered the best time to climb Himlung because it is the beginning of the climbing season in Nepal, and the mountain is less crowded. The weather is also stable, and the skies are usually clear. During this season, the temperatures are mild, and the mountain is covered with snow, making it easier to navigate.
The fall season is also a great time to climb Himlung because the monsoon season has ended, and the skies are clear. The temperatures are mild, and the mountain is usually dry, making it easier to climb. The fall season is also a popular time to climb in Nepal, so there may be more climbers on the mountain during this time.
It is important to note that the summer monsoon season (June-September) and winter (December-February) are not suitable for climbing Himlung due to heavy snow and unstable conditions. The monsoon season brings heavy rain and snow to the region, which can make the trek to the mountain difficult. Winter brings extreme cold and snow, making it challenging to climb the mountain.
Overall, a Himlung expedition can be a challenging and rewarding experience for experienced mountaineers seeking to climb a lesser-known Himalayan peak. However, it is important to be well-prepared and to approach the climb with caution and respect for the mountain and the environment.