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Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak) Expedition

If you are contemplating the step up from trekking to mountaineering, then this is the perfect trip for you. Tharpu Chuli, also known as Tent Peak, is situated in the picturesque Annapurna Sanctuary. Our trek winds through beautiful old growth rhododendron forests, emerging periodically to explore the traditional Gurung villages dotted along the way as we ascend above the tree line. We pass through both Machapuchare and Annapurna South Base Camps, before setting our high camp on Tharpu Chuli. From here we make an exhilarating one day ascent on the North-West Ridge, returning to our base in one long day. The views from the summit are amongst the best in Nepal, with an impressive panorama of the Annapurna Massif. Although physically this expedition is not as challenging as our Mera or Island Peak expeditions, there are some steep sections high on the ridge making this slightly more technical than Mera Peak.

Inclusions

17 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$700
Flight Kathmandu/Pokhara return valued at US$266
World Expeditions accredited mountaineering leader
Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu
airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 18 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
Safety equipment including group medical kit, high altitude chamber and satellite phone
Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu on a twinshare basis
The use of a World Expeditions trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fibre filled jacket and insulated mat valued at $500
The use of a climbing pack including ice axe, crampons, harness and helmet
Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
Private vehicle transportation
All park entrance fees and trekking permits and site entry fees
Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter's insurance
accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
Hightlights
Experience the perfect introduction to Himalayan mountaineering and be rewarded with some of the best views in the Himalaya
Trek to Machapuchare and Annapurna South Base Camps before setting high camp on Tharpu Chuli, fully supported by an experienced local crew
Enjoy a complete expedition service including climbing sherpa assistance and 3 meals per day prepared by our cooks
Behold the deepest gorge in the world, set between 8000m peaks, Annapurna & Dhaulagiri in the Kali Gandaki Valley
Take a breathtaking Himalayan mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Take in the sights of Kathmandu including the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
18
Price From
AUD $5,130
Start Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
End Location
Nepal
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
6 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Cycling/Trekking
Physical Rating
Moderate to Challenging
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
20 Oct 201906 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $5,280
18 Oct 202004 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $5,280
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.
Day 2
This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Swayambhunath, Durbar Square, Patan or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.
Day 3
This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town (820 m). On arrival you are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna Range. The drive to the roadhead at Khara takes around one hour. Our trail then winds uphill through terraced fields and mixed oak and rhododendron forest. There is no need to rush. This is a short day with plenty of time to reach camp. Australia Camp is located on a grassy ridge that affords inspiring views of the huge snowy face of Annapurna South and the sacred peak of Machapuchare. At dusk we can appreciate the lights of Pokhara over a thousand metres below our camp.
Day 4
After a glorious mountain sunrise we follow the trail through rhododendron forest before continuing through a series of Gurung villages where lifestyles have not changed substantially over the centuries. After lunch we follow a well-marked trail to the prosperous village of Landruk where we camp for the night.
Day 5
High on the opposite side of the river, you can explore the village of Ghandruk. From this point, the trial descends along terraced slopes & forest down to the river. After crossing the river at New Bridge, the trail ascends steeply 500m tod join with the trial from Ghandruk. From here it is a short walk to Chomrong (1960m).Chomrong is a village which offers spectacular views of Annapurna South & Machapuchare..
Day 6
Here, the trail descends via a stone staircase, eventually crossing the Chhomrung Khola. We climb high above the Modi Khola, traveling its west bank, and pass through forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. This portion of the day's trek is followed by yet another ascent to Kuldi before finally descending a long, steep, stone staircase to Bamboo.
Day 7
Today's destination is Deurali (Hinku cave). We ascend and descend as the route opens up to new trails. We climb steeply on zig- zagging stone paths to eventually reach Deurali and our camp for the night.
Day 8
After walking for 3 to 4 hours, we enter the Annapurna circuit Sanctuary, a huge amphitheater enclosed by a solid wall of snow-capped peaks which include Annapurna I, Annapurna III and the impressive fish tail spire of Machapuchare. Finally, we reach Machapuchare Base Camp, a grassy moraine platform.
Day 16
Trek downhill through villages and terraced fields to Syauli Bazaar, then onto Nayapul before being transported back to Pokhara for an overnight stay.
Day 15
We descend a long, stone staircase through bamboo and rhododendrons forests to Kuldi. The trek continues through beautiful rhododendron forests and down to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa, the trail leads downhill to the Modi Khola, closing the day with a steep climb to Chomrong. From Chomrong, the trek heads back to Taglung descending gently through forests to Kummu. Once again, the journey passes Ghandruk offering, yet another, picturesque, panoramic view of Annapurna South before ending the long day's trek with an overnight stay in Ghandruk.
Day 14
The descent offers a different perspective of the mountain scenery we enjoyed on the ascent, and is made all the more enjoyable by the satisfaction of climbing a Himalayan peak.
Day 13
An early start in order for us to make the summit and descend to base camp. Our expedition leader and climbing Sherpas will ensure a good steady pace is set as we ascend the ridge that leads us to the summit. We are deep in the Himalaya and the views of the Annapurna Range with the surrounding peaks are just reward for our efforts. All going well we plan to be on top by mid morning, giving us ample time to descend to base camp. NB. This itinerary should be seen as a guide only, your leader may amend the itinerary based on weather or snow conditions, and the general progress of the group.
Day 9
On hiking the Annapurna circuit trail for 2 hours, you descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil meadows and lush fertile farming land. As you reach Annapurna South Base Camp, witness awesome picturesque landscapes, majestic panoramic view of snow-capped mountainous peaks and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massive. Thereafter, you head back down to Bambo.
Day 11
Sufficiently rested we traverse towards Tent Peak and set our base camp. Today is a good opportunity to make our last preparations for the climb.
Day 10
Today is set aside to relax and enjoy the surrounds. If you are feeling fit and acclimatised, you may wish to enjoy some sidewalks around the base camp.
Day 17
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our fight to Kathmandu, a spectacular mountain flight along the face of the Himalaya. On arrival we transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 12
Today we proceed
Day 18
After breakfast arrangements cease unless further arrangements have been made. Those people travelling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport.