A great trip around traditional villages, green hills, forest, landscapes, mountains and classic Tents Peak / Tharpu chuli climb, are the main attraction and highlights of this trip, however to stand beneath the world’s 10th highest Mt. Annapurna at 8,091 m is quite something, out of this world feeling, trekking in the heart of Annapurna massive mountain ranges, dramatic variation from sub-tropic – mediterranean to arctic climate temperature and landscapes, daily amazing panorama views with views of world’s 3highest mountains Annapurna-Dhaulagiri & Manaslu, fascinating traditional mid hills Gurung tribe villages.
Tent Peak is situated in the midst of amazing Annapurna Sanctuary and base camp with the encircled by giant snow capped peaks. Tent Peak climbing trip offers magnificent grandeur views of Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,684ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,459t) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft). Annapurna Sanctuary & Base Camp extending to Mt. Machhapuchhre ‘Fish-Tail’ 6,997 m-22,956 ft and beyond east worlds 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m-26,781 ft.
Tent Peak is also known as Tharpu Chuli starts and concludes from picturesque Pokhara valley one of the main touristic spot in all Himalaya, where the mountains reflects on its tranquil Phewa and Begnas lakes, walk leads to high mid green mid hills villages inhabited by Gurung tribes, traditionally a farmer and cattle herders and renown as Gorkha soldiers also in British and Indian battalion.
Walk leads through enchanting forest of rhododendron, oaks, pines and fir tree lines with great contrast over the high snow capped peaks, superb views during the trek and once in the Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary where you will be surrounded by tall mountains with breathtaking experience of a lifetime, this area was 1st explored by Col Jimmy Edward and Mike Cheney in the early 1960’s and christened this unique place as the Sanctuary, ‘the place of the Gods and nature spirits’. This is the trek and climb to Tent Peak Climbing, which follows the river Modi upstream all the way to its source at Annapurna base camp and the sanctuary.
As walk to Annapurna base camp is for few hours with enough rest for acclimatization, as this trek where chances of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is slim as it approaches only at 4,095 meters high at base camp, from here onwards with short day walks towards Tent peak base and high camp, with time to allow for proper acclimatization. So that everyone in the group will be fit for the climb to Tent Peak at 5,663 meters high, on leaving Annapurna base camp setting two camps with free afternoon and preparation for the tough climb of Tent Peak Tharpu Chuli. Our route leads by Annapurna I, Gangapurna glacier to set up 2 camps to make it more possible and safe climb to the summit, as the climb is straight forward with some technical difficulty in several sections, use of crampons with ice axe are necessary in the entire climb even up to high camp.
Tent Peak rated PD + ( Peu Difficile / with some technical difficult and walking on glaciers) the grade as per Swiss / French Alpine System which is widely used world over. From the summit awesome panorama of Annapurna Sanctuary, with Mt. Annapurna’s I, II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome as far to Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tilicho and Manaslu and mountain range in the distance. After a great experience of a life time with adrenaline adventure to Tent Peak return journey back to Pokhara by an alternative route with few ups and more downhill’s through farms lands and terraces, rural villages with ever present snow capped mountain views all the way to scenic Pokhara concluding this most unique trek with Trexmount Ventures to Tent Peak / Tharpu Chuli with Annapurna Base Camp & Sanctuary.
Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will make pre departure meeting in the Hotel or at our office. The meetings will covers trip related information’s & collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance).
After morning breakfast, free day for trek preparation. OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with visiting into fascinating heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Squire ( One is in Kathmandu, in patan and also in Bhaktapur), Museum, monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note: this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally.
As time set by our guide who accompanies you throughout this trip, depart from the hotel for an interesting drive on the busy road towards scenic Pokhara the drive leads through Himalayan foothills and green valley’s till Pokhara is reached for overnight stop in the comfort of excellent hotels by the lake Phewa with time for walks around the lake side.
(For people with flying option 30 minutes of scenic flight to Pokhara).
Morning after breakfast depart for the marvelous trekking a drive of few hours reaches to Nayapul on the Pokhara / Beni highway, the starting and ending point of many treks of this region, walk leads through the villages and farm fields following the Modi river to reach at Bhirethati one of the most charming villages of this area, walk continues to follow the river reaching at Syali Bazaar, and from here a long uphill climb on steps passing several farm villages on reaching at Kimche the walk gets better on the gradual winding path and with the last climb to Ghandruk village for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge with views of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and towering
Mt. Machhapuchhre “ The Fish Tail” Ghandruk a large village mainly inhabited by Gurung tribe, famous as Gorkha soldiers overseas, besides being in the army they are farmers and Sheppard’s of Tibetan Buddhist religion.
From Ghandruk an hour walk uphill and then reaching to a ridge of Kimrong and then heading downhill through the cool forest of rhododendron and pines trees to Kimrong valley, after reaching the Kimrong valley an uphill climb for another hour from here all the way to the top of Chomrong village, a short downhill walk to the overnight stop at Chomrong village, the last permanent village and the gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary.
Morning walk leads downhill to Chomrong khola (stream) and then with uphill climb most of the way towards Sinwa danda with couple nice lodges, with a break here overlooking tremendous views of surrounding landscapes and rolling green hills, walk leads through serene forest of rhododendron, pines, oaks, magnolia and pine trees on the winding up and down path, after an hour of good walk descend towards a small place called Bamboo with 5-6 lodges by the river Modi located in a gorge, from here walking into bamboo groove and cool shade of forest to reach our overnight halt at Dovan with few lodges by the river Modi located in the midst of tree lines.
After a wonderful stop here, morning walk leads in the cool shade of forest with steep ups towards Hinko area, beneath the Huinchuli peak an amazing spot with a huge cave of overhanging rock, from here a short downhill to Himalaya Hotel area for short break and refreshment, and then continue walk on the downhill path to reach by the raging Modi river, and then crossing a small stream with short steep uphill walk to Deurali the last place with lodges before Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
From this place onwards tree lines disappears with some high altitude alpine bush and shrubs, walk follows the river up streams with few ups and down and with some gradual path, and then on the path that climbs all the way to Maccahapuchare Base Camp for overnight stop, an amazing spot just beneath the towering Mt. Maccahapuchare North West Face, from here Annapurna Sanctuary starts, overnight in nice and cozy lodges with great views of Fish Tail peak and towards North West Mt. Annapurna, Huinchuli and Annapurna South.
With great views in the morning, today’s walk is for few hours to reach at Annapurna Base Camp our main highlights of this adventure and the highest point of this trek at 4,095 meters, walk starts with a gentle climb on the grassy slopes for an hour and then on the gradual winding trail most of the way with awesome panorama of peaks that surrounds this amazing place, after few hours of good walk reaching our goal at Annapurna Base Camp with mind blowing scenery of massive snow capped mountains and the glacier from Annapurna, Vara Shikar and Gangapurna mountains, afternoon free at leisure for short hikes or just relax and marvel the outstanding views.
Morning heading towards our main highlight and destination for the climb of Tent Peak, as the peak looking from the sanctuary and base camp certainly looks like a rocky tent with little snow on the top, due to its sheer rocky and ice slopes, this peak as well called Tharpu Chuli by the locals.
Walk leads towards the Annapurna glacier and heading with a climb over snow covered moraine rocky path, and climb on icy trail for few hours to Tent peak base camp, first night in tents with camping facilities of cook, kitchen staffs and guides, afternoon relax and enjoy the views with time to prepare for the next day climb of Tent peak.
It is always best to have one more extra camps, as this peak is quite technical although it is not a 6,000 meters high, but tough to tackle this peak, morning walk towards more rocky and glacier, and then a few short up to reach a small clearing beneath the towering Tent peak, after setting the camp join our expert guide to inspect the route of climb for neat early morning climb.
A Big Day! Our main target and destination starting before the crack of dawn as the climb leads over moraine and rubble of ice falls, following the route set by our lead guide reaching high above on an ill defined ridge towards last snow slope, most of the climb involves walking roped together, including the glacial crossings.
As everyone should be fit and have good attitude on this climb as it leads to a quite steep rock and ice ridge, with some technical sections on route to Tent Peak summit, after a final big haul with great help and support of our expert guide. On reaching the summit take a rest and admire the beautiful panorama of whole Annapurna Mountains and towards north and west Chulu range with Dhaulagiri peaks as well view of Manaslu towards east horizon, after a great moment in the highest spot of this adventure descent by same route to base camp.
Trexmount Ventures allows a spare as contingency / reserve day in case of bad unusual weather situations, an important to have extra day which helps to maintain the itinerary days and for safe climb, if all goes well as per the designated itinerary days our guide will make the decision after informing all, how and where this spare can be used before or after Chomrong on route Pokhara.
After an enjoyable time and great feeling to be here in the country of mountains and its spirit, return walk leads back on the same path to Bamboo and back to tree lines following the river Modi downstream.
Today’s walk leads on the same route till Chomrong for lunch time, after a nice break here a steep up to the top of Chomrong village, where our walk leads on the alternative trail with more downhill to reach at Jhimu danda ridge with 6-8 lodges, this place with hot spring located just 30 minutes descend by the river Modi, where you will have ample time to enjoy it.
With great time at Jhinu and the hot spring morning walk begins with downhill on the stone steps and then into a cool shade of forest passing several farm villages and hamlets reaching at New Bridge or Nayapul, from here crossing a long suspension bridge over Modi River and on the warm areas with paddy terraces, walk gets easier and with short uphill climb to reach another large village at Landruk, after a short rest here walk is more or less gradual on the winding path with few ups along the way passing several nice villages of Tolka and Bheda Kharka, and then 45 minutes climb in the shade of cool forest to Deurali at 2,150 meters high with great views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Huinchuli, Mt. Machhapuchhre and of Gandruk village towards west.
From Deurali an enjoyable walk through forest with superb views of
Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu all the way to Pothana village for overnight stop with fantastic views of Mt. Machhapuchhre at close distance.
Today the last walk of this adventure, morning walk leads to a short climb through cool forest to reach at Thulo Kharka also called Australian Camp a magnificent place located on a large meadows with parallel views of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains, from here an hour walk downhill leads to a road head at Pokhara / Beni highway for an hour drive back to Pokhara after a memorable and fascinating adventure to Tent Peak / Tharpu Chuli climb around Annapurna Base Camp & Sanctuary, afternoon in Pokhara with free time for individual activities around this beautiful place by the lake Phewa.
With great time up in the high hill, villages and at scenic Pokhara morning transfer for an interesting drive back to Kathmandu, after a wonderful experience up in the high green hill and mountains of Annapurna, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.
(For those who wish to fly to Kathmandu transfer to Pokhara airport with 30 minutes of scenic flight to Kathmandu).
Breakfast in the Hotel, Transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for departure towards your next destination.