Breath the Thin Air on Peaks from 6000M to 8000M
Because the Himalayas are not only Everest, our expeditions are focused on not-so-famous mountains that remain largely ignored by climbers — and it's a shame because some of them are actually more interesting than the overcrowded ones !
In order to minimise our impacts on the fragile Himalayan ecosystem and to give you the oppoortunity to fully immerse yourself within the cultures and environments that you visit, the trekking groups will always be small.
Himlung Himal Expedition
Duration : 28 days
Difficulty : Medium
Max Altitude : 7126m
Accomodation : Hotel & Camping
Start Date: 8 & 22 October 2023
Price per Person: 6695€
Overview of Himlung Himal Expedition
The Himlung Himal is a classic summit located in the northeast of the Annapurna Range of Nepal. It is a popular climbing destination for those looking to challenge themselves or prepare for the 8,000-meter mountain climbing. The mountain stands at an impressive height of 7,126 meters above sea level and is relatively easy to climb. The Himal is sheltered between the Nepal and Tibetan borders and takes 30 days overall for the expedition, which includes acclimatization days. Post-monsoon (September to November) and spring (March to May) is the climbing seasons for expedition. The Himlung Himal Expedition follows the Annapurna circuit from Koto to Nar-Phu Gaun. The climbers can enjoy the perfect blend of Nepal’s Himalayan landscape along with hints of Tibetan culture.
Brief of Himlung Himal Expedition
- Our trek will begin from Koto after two days of travel by bus or jeep from Kathmandu. It takes usually 7 to 8 days to trek to the Naar and Phu and then to the Base Camp.
- Our Camps are facilitated with all the required necessary services. However, we will continue to move slowly and not spend much time at the Base Camp.
- The voyage’s strenuous climb will begin at Camp 1. Likewise, we will like to note that it is also an important base for us. The reason for this is due to the transition between rock and glacier is difficult and it changes from year to year.
- Then comes Camp 2 and Camp 3. The climbers will have to brave the rocky slope to reach the summit. After the summit, the climbers will be brought back to Camp 3 to spend the night.
- After a night’s rest, the climbers will be moved to the Kari Kobler Base Camp. The descending is comparatively quick and easy than the climb and soon enough, you will be making your way back to Kathmandu.
Why we are different from others?
- We also would climb Himlung Himal in a continue style because after more than fifteen years of experiences we believe this is the less traumatic way to climb the Himalayan high summit, with a good opportunity to be well acclimatize and the pleasure of a deep immersion in high altitude.
- Climbing with main rope on a glacier is also our credo in mountaineering as our culture is the alpine style with a real guiding relationship and a close proximity between the climbers, for more safety.
- We organize this expedition on a basis of One by One: one Nepali climber for one foreign climber. For more pleasure and safety.
- Normally we do not use fixed ropes but in case of necessity and emergency will be used and take off those ropes after used.
- We also do not use same base camp (Kari Kobler) as other uses, instead we use French base camp.
- Why we use French base camp?
Because we do not have to face big and dangerous black glacier several times which are unpleasant to cross at the moraine passage, better water facility, better sunlight throughout the day and view, more safety place, near camp1, better acclimatization, less crowded.
Highlights of Himlung Himal Expedition
- Remote and Less-Crowded Destination: Himlung Himal is located in a less-visited region of Nepal. This allows for a more serene and pristine mountaineering experience, away from the hustle and bustle of busy climbing routes.
- Stunning Himalayan Scenery: Breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, including Himlung Himal itself, as well as other nearby peaks such as Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. The panoramic vistas of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and rugged landscapes are truly awe-inspiring.
- Unique Cultural Experience: The Himlung Himal region is home to ethnic Tibetan communities with their distinct culture, traditions, and lifestyle. Climbers have the opportunity to interact with local villagers and learn about their way of life, visit ancient monasteries, and experience the rich cultural heritage of the region.
- Challenging Climbing Experience: Himlung Himal is a technically challenging peak that requires previous mountaineering experience and skills such as ice climbing, glacier travel, and high altitude climbing. Climbers face various challenges, including steep snow and ice slopes, crevasses, and adverse weather conditions, making it a thrilling and rewarding climb.
- Adventure Trekking: The approach to Himlung Himal involves a trek through the beautiful Manaslu region, passing through remote villages, crossing suspension bridges, and traversing rugged landscapes. The trek offers an adventurous journey with diverse flora and fauna, and an opportunity to experience the raw natural beauty of the region.
- Cultural Immersion and Interaction: The expedition provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the unique culture and lifestyle of the local communities in the region. This includes interacting with the friendly villagers, learning about their traditions, and gaining insights into their way of life, which adds a cultural dimension to the expedition.
- Personal Growth and Achievement: Climbing Himlung Himal is a physically and mentally demanding endeavor that pushes climbers out of their comfort zones and challenges their limits. Successfully summiting this majestic peak can be a significant personal achievement, boosting self-confidence, resilience, and character development.
Lobuche & Island Peak climbing
Duration : 28 days
Difficulty : Medium
Max Altitude : 6189m
Accomodation : Hotel & Camping
Start Date : 17th Sep/8th Oct 2023
Price per Person: 3995€
Overview of Lobuche & Island PeakIts ascent takes us to the heart of the Himalayas, as close as possible to the highest peaks on the planet. In Sherpa Country, all the myths of the Himalayas are present in a postcard setting.
Yaks and mani walls, banners flapping in the wind, llamas muttering mantras, hordes of breathless tourists and the most beautiful mountain in the world
If you want to discover Nepal and Sagarmatha, make a big trek but also climb your first Himalayan summit, immerse yourself in Sherpa and Buddhist culture, this small Lobuche Peak is a godsend.
It offers a loop route that begins with a trek to Gokyo, makes a detour to the top of Gokyo Ri then crosses the Cho La pass to allow us to perfect our acclimatization. Before joining our altitude camp, near a small, well-hidden lake.
The altitude is important without being extreme and the difficulty of the ascent is very affordable (PD in snow). We just need to be comfortable on the crampons and learn to use our ropes well.
The Lobuche is intended for hikers with a little experience of mountaineering or for mountaineers wishing to make their first ascent at high altitude.
The Nepalese team of Himalayan Travelers will be very close to us and particularly attentive because it is for our friends mountain guides also a technical training course Learning by Doing (The third part of “To be guide…?”).
And especially with the Island Peak extension …
It is also a project in two parts , with first the ascent of Lobuche in 3 weeks, then for those who wish to continue their discovery of Khumbu, one more week to climb Island Peak , but by “fair means », In an alpine rope and without a fixed rope with one of the Himalayan Travelers guides.
I will devote myself exclusively to the ascent of Lobuche and Deepen will be my assistant for this first part and then the leader of the Island Peak expedition.
The progression style.
It is a continuous progression with maybe 1 altitude camps on the ridge.
We will always progress roped, in ropes of two people, some will evolve in autonomy and the roped parties can be Franco-Nepalese.
For the Lobuche there will definitely be some fixed ropes in place, but we’ll try not to overuse them. Not easy…
For Island Peak, almost all groups use the fixed ropes in place (and pay a fee for it). will we be able to do differently? In any case, we will take the necessary equipment (two technical ice axes, pins and a rappelling rope).
The management team.
We’ve been climbing together for a very long time.
And you will find them in the last reports, as for the Himlung… (Link but franch) in the fall of 2015 , in the spring of 2016 and for the Traversée de l’Himlung in 2017. But also for internal training at the Himalayan Travelers agency such as the most recent at the Loha Pass. And for over 10 years, we explored Mustang together. It is therefore a well-established and stable team.
And with Bishal, I have been traveling Nepal with him since the fall of 2002!