View of the Annapurna range from trek out near Kang La
We had classified the 2009 expedition as exploratory as DCXP nor our Sherpas had been to the mountain before, AND importantly, only 2-3 teams had ever climbed the peak. The 2009 expedition was extremely successful, with a new route forged to the summit, so it is time to run this fantastic expedition again!
It is a non-technical peak, with one axe, glacier travel mode for the most part with a couple of sections of fixed line requiring the use of a jumar.
We will have with us a small sherpa team at a ratio of 1:3 to assist with fixed lines, camps and general mountain guiding. All members of the team will need to carry their own belongings and some food with them on the mountain. This will be a tough climb and require a VERY HIGH level of aerobic fitness. The sherpas will not be there to pack your bag and carry it for you, they will assist with melting snow when they can and preparing meals, but there is a good chance we will all be doing our own melting of snow and food production. The Sherpa team will be employed to get safety equipment in place, such as fixed lines, medical kits and emergency oxygen supplies. The sherpas will also set the camps and tents for the most part and if there is any extra energy, assist with other loads as possible. You will need your own LARGE backpack, 70L minimum or if it’s smaller, the ability to attach lots of things to the outside.
Day 1-2 Arrive in Kathmandu trip briefing and preparation
Day 3 Bus to start of trek
Day 4-11 Trek to base camp 4825m
Day 12-27 Climbing phase on Mt Himlung with four high camps
above BC and ABC
Day 28-30 Trek out to Humde via the Kanga La and fly Kathmandu
Day 31 Depart Kathmandu or optional stay on
On arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will meet you at the airport and take you to our hotel. We will have our mid-afternoon trip briefing at the hotel which is also a chance to meet your trekking crew. Your leader will explain where things are in Kathmandu, what will happen in the next couple of days in preparation for the trip, and check through your gear to ensure the smooth running of the trek and climb. We will spend one full day at the start in Kathmandu allowing for people to organise personal gear, slow down from the rest of life and get any rental gear from our store in Kathmandu sorted out.
Route map from ABC to C4 and summit Mt Himulng
Into the hills - getting to base camp
Leaving Kathmandu in our team bus we will drive 5-7 hours to the start point for the trek, where we will unload the bus and the Sherpas will prepare the loads and organise with the porters for all the equipment to go to base camp (BC).
We will be trekking on the first three days of the world famous Annapurna circuit to the village of Koto where we will turn North East towards the Tibetan border. Our trek begins at quite low altitude of only 840m above sea level in the village of Bhulbhule, so expect the trip to be one of contrasts, from warmer climes down low (shorts and light shirt) to very cold and high on the summit!
At the end of the expedition we walk back out the way we came, to avoid unpredictable long waits at nearby airstrips.
For those of you who have been on a full service Nepal style camping trek with DCXP before you will know what to expect, but for those new to us or the Himalayas, you will be amazed at work level of the local staff, cooking breakfasts and dinners if not lunches as well. Dining tents are provided to our climbers for eating, hot drinks, playing cards and a kitchen tent is used by our staff to prepare meals, hot drinks and wash up all the dishes. So the trek is the luxury part. This crew will accompany us to BC but no further and wait for us to return from the mountain. You will have a personal tent at BC which will remain standing for the whole climbing phase.
Trek out end of trip
We will trek out back the way we came, and head back to Kathmandu by vehicle.
We have 16 days to climb from BC at 4825m to the 7126m high summit (a 2301m vertical height gain).
This will need to be done in stages as we will need to firstly acclimatise ourselves to BC (phase one) then to about 6000m while climbing (phase two). Once we have completed our acclimatisation phases and rested for two days we should be ready to push through to the top in steady steps through our five camps above BC. As listed below from two previous teams who have made the ascent the camps are spread out evenly in altitude and distance as per the rough photograph of the route.
Climbing Camps Plan
The trekking route starting lower Annapurna circuit to BC near Phu
Climb to the summit of Mt Himlung 7126m
Trek part of the Annapurna circuit and the remote valleys between Annapurnas, Manaslu and the Tibet Border
Visit a peak without the crowds
An excellent preparation expedition for 8000m peaks such as Cho Oyu or Mt Everest
Is it right for me?
fantastic trek in & great final fitness training
This trip is aimed at the moderately experienced climber &/or very fit athlete wanting to test themselves at high altitude before attempting an 8000m peak. Suitable experience would be a Technical Mountaineering Course such as Chessell Adventures' H5P or Alpine Guides TMC10 in New Zealand or a good level of proficiency with leading rock climbs combined with cross country skiing experience in the back country. If you are fit and motivated but lack technical climbing skills or suitable experience we have options to keep you safe and get you high. This might be a personal Sherpa or a pre-trip training course in New Zealand or Nepal.
Any expedition that goes to 7000m requires a VERY HIGH level of aerobic fitness. Your resting heart rate should be below 60 but preferably below 50. You should be able to run 20km on flat ground in less than 2.5 hours and walk with a very light pack for 100km in less than 20 hours on a mixture of flat and hilly terrain. Endurance and the ability to carry a heavy pack of up to 25kg is more important than sprint ability. Upper body strength will not be a big factor in this climb, more legs and lungs.
Preparing for Everest or an 8000m peak?
This will be a great trip to test yourself at high altitude in preparation for a climb to 8000m or even the summit of Everest. This would be a great stepping stone that would give your body experience with adjusting to extreme altitude and give you the confidence of working with the Sherpa people who would be with you on Everest, Chessell Adventures and familiarity with the Himalayas that is vital to a successful summit bid on Everest.
Sherpa cruising at 7000m just below the summit of Himlung
If it all sounds like too much hard work, then you can employ a sherpa to assist you all the way to the summit. This is in addition to the assistance from the group sherpa team. A personal sherpa can help carry your personal gear and food and be a great help along the way. Not everyone will or would want a personal sherpa but it would be a worthwhile option if you are not very experienced or are new to altitude. This is optional for most people although we do reserve the right to insist you hire a personal sherpa depending on your climbing CV.
Dates, Prices & Includes
• All airport transfers in Nepal
• Three nights at the four star Hotel Shanker in Kathmandu, single room (shared available).
This charming historic palace has a peaceful garden with a pool and is just on the edge of the main tourist area, Thamel
• All meals on trek & climb, breakfasts in Kathmandu (Shanker Hotel is on BB basis (bed & breakfast))
• Land transport from Kathmandu to Jagat (trek start point) and back
• Trekking permits, special area permits and National Park fees
• Expedition climbing permit, liaison officer fees, rubbish deposit and levies
• Individual tents on trek and at BC (warmer shared tents are available also)
• Shared mountain tents and sleeping mats at high camps
• All meals, cooking and dining equipment on trek and climb, and full camping service on trek
• Expedition leader, sherpas, cooks, porters, all with local staff insurance, (1:3 sherpa ratio)
• Group climbing gear, tents, stoves, cooking pots, ropes, anchors
• Walkie talkies, base station radio
• Medical equipment, Gammov bag and emergency oxygen
• Down jacket and one sleeping bag each (suitable for base camp)
• Expedition blog will be updated live from the field to keep friends and family up to date
• 240V AC generator at BC for re-charging batteries (limited use) as per domestic Australian power point
• Domestic or international airfares to Kathmandu
• Excess baggage
• Nepal visa
• Excess baggage (allowance: 20kg /person to BC)
• Tips for trek crew USD $150 per person average
• Changes in itinerary, or break from the group
• Personal expenses such as gifts, phone calls, laundry and drinks (including alcohol)
• Meals and accommodation other than those specified, such as outside the trip dates or break from group
• Personal clothing and equipment for the expedition
• Summit bonuses for team climbing Sherpas USD $150 per climber
• Summit bonus for personal Sherpa USD $400 if required
• Medical evacuation
• Use of the satellite phone or email is extra!
Extra personal climbing Sherpa USD $2,300
Rental equipment price list on request
DCXP was started by Duncan Chessell and has been operating trips around the world for many years. The experience gained in expedition logistics and health, has been utilised in developing teams of talented staff that are the basis of DCXP's consistently high quality expeditions. DCXP is now owned and managed by Katie Sarah, who has been involved with this business since 2006, and has now gained her own experience both in the field - from the remote wilderness of Antarctica to the summit of Everest - and in operating expeditions.
Our adventures are to mountainous destinations worldwide including to the seven summits (Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mt El’brus in Russia and the extreme summit of Mt Everest to name a few). We arrange custom expeditions worldwide for groups who are looking for an experience that is both an adventure in remote and exciting destinations, but also has the infrastructure and support to help you achieve your goals.
Duncan Chessell in Antarctica 2008-09 leading a group of 8 climbers up new route on Mt Vinson, Antarctica's highest peak
An important part of any expedition is the teamwork of the climbers, guides and sherpas. At DCXP we have been successful in pulling it all together and keeping the team dynamics moving upward! Our awesome sherpa team has been working with us for years with some of our staff starting with us in 1995.
Some of the DCXP sherpa team on Mera in December 2007, all have summited Everest at least once if not 5 times!
Another successful team top out in the Himalayas
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Full expedition dining facilities at ABC on Everest 6400m - similar to Himlung BC (minus carpet)
Daw House Everest Base Camp Trek 2013
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