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Himlung Himal

A breathtaking treat in an only recently accessible region of Nepal.

It’s hard to believe but this beautiful mountain was first climbed in 1992. This is partly due to the fact that this region, which borders with Tibet, has not been easily accessible for tourists. The road to the mountain is a journey of contrasts. The first few days along the perfectly developed Annapurna Trek are dotted with Internet cafes, shops and all sorts of amenities that trekking tourists have apparently created a demand for during the last decade.

And then you turn into a different, calmer world. A rather barren landscape, strongly influenced by the Tibetan Khampa people, which also has a lot to offer culturally. This is primarily because of the very few tourists who have visited here, apart from the rare expedition groups. This is precisely why the expedition to Himlung Himal is so appealing, because the overall experience is entirely fulfilling.

The mountain itself… is simply beautiful, with its equally noble and graceful summit shape. A mountain which you can spend hours watching. Technically it does not demand too much. One can fully focus on the altitude, the rhythm and the view. And along the way you will pass the magical “seven thousand mark” almost without noticing.

But beware, after this expedition, you will want more…Technically simple, objectively safe and an ideal preparation for the first eight thousander!

Adventure Factor courageous
Experience / Emotion thrilling
Fitness / Struggle workout
Risk low objective hazards
Comfort expedition style

Highlights:

  • High success rate
  • Ideal preparation for a eight-thausander
  • 1 sherpa each 2 members
  • UIAGM Guide
  • High camp equipment
  • Small group

Trip dates:

Booking code:-
Minimum members:-
Price per person: 0

The exact schedule depends on weather and snow conditions as well as on the progress of the group on the respective mountain. In addition, keep in mind that we are in a very remote and politically sensitive area where our freedom of movement may be limited at any time due to governmental or environmental restrictions.

The following schedule is planned:

1. Day: Arrival and get-together at the hotel in Kathmandu.

2. Day: Free day in Kathmandu. Those who do not yet know Kathmandu will love it. Relax, shop in Thamel, enjoy the cultural program, or simply soak up the atmosphere. To each his own.

3. Day: Drive to Bulbule or Syange 1100m, depending on road condition.

4. Day: Trek to Jagat 1350m on the classic Annapurna trek.

5. Day: Trek to Bagarchap 2160m.

6. Day: Trek to interim camp at 2750m. In Koto we leave the classic Annapurna trek and it`s getting quiet from now on.

7. Day: Trek to Daramsala (3250m).

8. Day: Trek to Junam Goth (3600m).

9. Day: Trek to the traditional Tibetan village Phugaon (4150m).

10. Day: Rest day for acclimatization. Visit the monastery and explore the valley.

11. Day: We reach basecamp at 4850m.

12.-24. Day: Climbing period Himlung Himal. Time enough to acclimatize, establish all camps and fix the route. Camp 1 at 5400m, camp 2 at 6100m and camp 3 at 6400. No technical obstacles. Glacier slopes up to 30-35°. Only the last part of the north-west ridge to the summit steepens up to 40°. We will fix ropes on this section if necessary. From summit the next goal can be seen: Manaslu 8163m – just opposite us!

24. Day: Clean up, get all gear down the mountain and pack.

25.-28. Day: Trek back to our start point, where our shuttle is waiting.

29. Day: Drive to Kathmandu.

30. Day: Kathmandu or spare day.

31. Day: Flight home.

check_circle_outline  Included:

  • Organisation of the expedition
  • UIAGM certified mountain guide
  • 4 nights upscale hotel in Kathmandu on double occupancy, single room optional
  • All transfers (jeep / private shuttle)
  • Fullboard during whole expedition (in Kathmandu only breakfast)
  • Drinks at shared meals (no alcoholic drinks)
  • Double occupancy in hotels during journey to the mountain
  • Porter / Yak to basecamp and back (30kg personal gear / member)
  • 1 tent each member in basecamp
  • 1 tent each 2 members for approach and high camps
  • Mat for apporach and basecamp
  • High camp equipment (North Face VE25 tents or similar, stove, cooking gear, gas, meals)
  • Fixed ropes, fixing material
  • 1 Sherpa each 2 members
  • Gear, Insurance and helicopter rescue for all staff members
  • Medical emergency oxygen
  • Emergency medicine, pulseoxymeter
  • Kitchen staff
  • Comfortable, heated Dome tent in basecamp, shower tent
  • Satellite communication (WIFI, notebook, solar charging)
  • Radios
  • All fees and permits
  • weather forecast
  • Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator

 

highlight_off  Not included:

  • International Airfare to Kathmandu (ask for an offer – for now it is approx. € 700 ex Europe)
  • Lunch in Kathmandu
  • Personal insurance
  • Visum for Nepal (available at the airport aftre arrival, take a passport photo!)
  • Personal medicine
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Personal climbing gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • High camp mat
  • Fees for satellite communication

info  General Infos

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

An expedition to high altitudes still presents an enormous challenge despite modern equipment and tactics. Besides technical and fitness requirements, the high altitude still poses the largest hurdle. That is why we place great emphasis on prudent, slow acclimatization, and recommend our eight thousander expedition participants the possibility of pre-acclimatization in a high altitude tent at home (see also FAQ).

Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in the expedition lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.

If you are not sure whether taking part in an expedition is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per email [email protected] for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

 

https  Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) For this journey, the Global Rescue Signature Travel Insurance is suitable. The price of the insurance depends on the trip and the personal data of the traveller. We happily make you an offer after booking or upon request.

To cover search and rescue costs in the mountains, we ask our expedition participants to take out a “medical only”-membership at Global Rescue. This membership can be concluded here before departure: https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/furtenbach/. Further information are provided after your booking.

 

 

language  Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Requirements

Swiss or EU citizens: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 more months and a visa (available at the airport upon arrival, depending on the duration of your stay from 25 to 100 USD, bring a passport photo)

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

 

work  Equipment

Unless specified otherwise in the detailled program, all high camp equipment will be provided by us. You need to bring your own personal equipment such as down clothing, expedition shoes, an isolated sleeping mat and a sleeping bag with a comfort range of – 20 to -25 degrees celsius for the high camp.

Following your booking we will send you a detailed equipment list. We will be happy to advise you personally during the selection and purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what not.

perm_identity  Physical Fitness

A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain, unless an optional personal Sherpa is booked. The porters are available for the group and set up the high camp and insure the route. We will gladly provide individual advice on how to best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

 

check_box  Experience

We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of an eight-thousander! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in our eight-thousander expeditions, you must already have collected some experience at high altitudes and mountaineering. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.

In order to participate in our seven-and six-thousander expeditions, you should have at least some experience on the four-thousander peaks of the Alps or other mountain ranges. Our offer for newcomers applies here as well, we can train you to become prudent and safe high altitude climbers!

We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about – or refresh their knowledge of – all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More info here.

 

local_hospital  Health

We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

 

insert_chart_outlined  Difficulty/ Technique

The ascent always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide and expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and – if required – independently build rope teams under the guidance of the mountain guide. Cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for all. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

For expeditions offered by us, unless otherwise specified in the detailed program, the following is required of participants: independent getting on and off the fixed ropes on cliffs, snow, ice and firn snow slopes, as well as the independent use of crampons and ice axes in mixed terrain. On climbing passages, as well as very dangerous and exposed places, fixed ropes are attached by mountain guides and by the Sherpa team.

payment Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC

 

directions_run Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).

For expeditions to 7000 and 8000 meter peaks the following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel: until 3 months prior to departure 50%, within 3 months prior departure 100%.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to Departure.