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Situated in the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary, Tharpuchuli is an attractive mountain. It is a part of the ridgeline and is located south from the glacier dome. It includes Singu Chuli and acts as a central divider between the semicircles of peaks enclosing the Sanctuary. Tharpuchuli offers an interesting climb to the top and also offers a spectacular view of the Annapurna mountains. The peak was nicknamed ?Tent Peak ? by Jimmy Roberts in 1956.

This peak offers an ideal opportunity for those who want to summit a Himalayan peak, but who may otherwise be hesitant to try a higher peak as a Himalayan debut. Besides providing an interesting climb combining glacier travel, face climbing and tiptoeing on knife ridges, a climb on this mountain offers an unparalleled view of the entire Annapurna Sanctuary a breathtaking circle of hanging glaciers and moraines surrounded by some of the highest peaks on earth. The normal route follows the North-West Ridge to the summit although the mountain has been climbed via the South-East Ridge as well as South-West Face.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara. You depart for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trishuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marshyangdi River. You follow the Marshyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) by car, which takes approximately one and half hours drive. Now you begin your trek from Nayapul
(1050m.) to Tikhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about 4 hours. After breakfast at hotel, you could drive by car or van for one and a half hours to Nayapul. Then, you start your trekking. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some of them are in Gorkha and Indian regiments.

Day 05: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) which takes about 6 hours. To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you could see good view of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m.) South. Now your trail is quite easier passing through forest and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds.

Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) which takes about 5 and a half hours. Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.).

Day 07: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) which it takes about 3 hours. It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you could see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.

Day 08: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2050 m.) which takes about 4 and a half hours. At the beginning of the day, you could ascend gently for an hour up to Ghandrukkot (2100m.) and descend steeply to the Kimron Khola (1700m.). Immediately, ascend steeply and walk at a level for an hour and still ascend gently to the final camp. Chhumrong is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major Ethnic group of Nepal.

Day 09: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2540m.) which takes about 6 hours. Leaving Chhomrong the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola (1860m.) then climbs out of the valley through the tiny settlements of Tilche through forests of Bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail, you reach Bhanuwa and still gently climbing to Sinuwa (2340m.). Afterwards the trail is quite easier than previous hours. After you reach Kuldi Ghar the trail descends steeply to the Bamboo village (2310m.). If you are lucky enough, you could encounter a leopard, jackal and monkeys in and around the area. Now path gently ascends for next one and half hours to Dovan (2540m.).

Day 10: Trek from Dovan (2540m.) to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m.) which takes about 6 hours. Your trail ascends gently all the way up to Machhapuchhre Base Camp passing the Himalaya (2840m.), Hinko (3100m.), Deurali (3140m.) and Bagar (3270m.). You travel through bamboo forests as well as many avalanches track. There is no dense forest in and around Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Due to the increasing elevation the size of the vegetation decreases. You can only small bushes all the way up to base camp. From Machhapuchhre Base Camp you see the splendid view of the mountain at very close distance.

Day 11: Trek from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m.) which takes about four and a half hours. Now, the trail descends gently all the way to Annapurna Base Camp welcoming you into panoramic view of Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail Mountain (6997m.) and so on. Annapurna Base Camp is the end point for the trekkers and start point for climbing different peaks such as Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7219m.) and Tent Peak (5000m.).

Day 12: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Tent Peak Base Camp which takes about five hours. You cross Annapurna glacier to follow the steep ascent trail all the way to Ten Peak Base Camp. On the way you can enjoy the panoramic views of Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Fishtail Mountain, Barahashikhar Mountain and many others.

Day 13: Trek from Tent Peak Base Camp (4,800m.) to High Camp (5,200m.) which takes about five hours. The trail is steep ascent all the way to High Camp. This day you can enjoy the panoramic views of Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Fishtail Mountain, Barahashikhar Mountain and many others.

Day 14: Rest at Tent Peak High Camp. This is an acclimatization day for the preparation of Singu Chuli summit.

Day 15: Climb Tent Peak Camp I.

Day 16: Summit the Tharpu peak (Tent peak) and back to high camp

Day 17: Trek from High Camp to Annapurna Base Camp which takes about six hours. The trail moves steep down until you reach Annapurna Glacier and after crossing it you reach Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 18: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) which takes about 5 and a half hours. It's much easier going down. You should have no problem reaching Sinuwa in a single day from Annapurna Base Camp. Now you trek through Himalayan Hotel to Doban.

Day 19: Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) which takes about 5 and a half hours. The path is descent up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododerndron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descend to the Chhumrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town you should walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can relax at Hot Spring.

Day 20: Trek from Jhinudanda to Pothana (1600m.) which takes about 6 hours.
The first part of the trek is descent and then appears through flat land until you reach Himal Pani. Here, you find beautiful waterfall. Beyond this town, the trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After short trek, you will be at Landruk (1640m.), a pretty big village inhabited by mixed community of Gurung, Magar and Brahmin as well. Now, the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m.) and then ascent and level path to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deurali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks in panorama. Now, the trail gradually descends to Pothana passisng through different oak forests. Pothana is a small town resided by Gurung, a ethnic community of Nepal. From here too, you can enjoy the splendid views of various mountain peaks.

Day 21: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi and drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara by car, overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara
The trail is gently descent up to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurung. Now, you trek through flat land for some distance and steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. Now, you take vehicle to drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara.

Day 22: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. Or, you can fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu and it takes about 25 minutes.

Service Includes

  • All meals (B/L/D) & accommodation (Lodge/Tented camp) during the trekking & climbing period
  • National park permit & peak climbing permit
  • Climbing Equipments
  • Domestic airfare
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  • English speaking climbing sherpa.
  • Highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary
  • Staffs insurance
  • Rescue Help
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Airport pick up & drop

Service Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff
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