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Putha Hiunchuli Climbing

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July 17, 2018

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An exotic peak named Putha Hiuchuli 7246m is the part of the Dhaulagiri ranges; Dhaulagiri is ranked as the seventh highest mountain in the world. Putha Hiuchuli climbing is an exceptional climbing experience of 7000m plus mountain of Western Nepal.

 

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Putha Hiunchuli climbing is an exceptional climbing experience of 7000m plus mountain of Western Nepal. Putha Hiunchuli ‘The Mountain of Ski’ was first ascended in 1954 by a British team headed by Jimmy Roberts. An exotic peak named Putha Hiuchuli is the part of the Dhaulagiri ranges; Dhaulagiri is ranked as the seventh highest mountain in the world. The mountain is situated in the Dolpo, a remote valley which lies in the northwest of Nepal, Located at the west end of the Dhaulagiri II. Dolpo is located between the massif of Dhaulagiri and Kanjiroba Himal. The Mountain provides endeavor landscapes of the angelic scenic beauty. For the zestful mountaineer, this mountain would be best to trek and climb as the route is high but moderate terrain.

Surmounted by the trails of Himalayas, the region gets rain and the climate is arid. The region is quite similar to the Tibet. The peak is stated to be the trekking region by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Hiuchuli stands for; Hiun means Glittering snow and Chuli means gazing pinnacle at the region. The people found there are of mix ethnicity of the Tibetans and Magars. The living style of the people resembles the ancient Tibet culture and speaks Tibetan dialect.

Putha Hiunchuli has also been known as Dhaulagiri VII which is 7000 bastion of the mountain chain. The slopes are covered with snow and the peaks height is 7246m from the sea level. Putha Hiunchuli expedition or Putha Hiunchuli climbing is a rare opportunity to the Mountain above 7000m with no significant technical climbing and probably the easiest climbing in Nepal. In another sense it could be a wonderful training for those who want to climb 8000m above peaks.

Himalayan Companion’s Putha Hiunchuli climbing commences after a scenic mountain flight from Nepalgunj to Juphal then trek to Dunai descending through Juphal village and Thuli Bheri River bank. After Dunai we follow the bank of Thuli Bheri River all the way to Tarakot, Lasicap a confluence of Tarap Khola and Barbong Khola.From here we take the Barbung Khola valley along the Mushi Khola and Kakot village. Leaving the Kakot village, setting two camps at Yak Kharka, and Phedi to the next is base camp-I Panga.

Before moving to Putha Hiunchuli base camp-II 4950m, we will spend two nights at Panga. Beyond the Base camp, we further set three camps at C1- 5450m, C2- 6150m, C3-6500m and summit, which would make us enough time to acclimatize. After successfully attempting the summit on return, we follow the same route finally fly out from Juphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu.

Price Include following services;

+Airport pickup and drop

+3 Nights Hotel Accommodations in Kathmandu

+ One-night hotel accommodation and dinner in Nepalgunj

+ Domestic airfare; Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Dolpo and Dolpo – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu

+ All the government procedure

+ Trekking permits and National Park fee

+ Experience English speaking guide, Cook, Helpers and Porters/Mules

+ Trekking equipment (Mattresses, Member tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent and toilet tents),

+ Dining Table, Chairs and Kitchen utensils

+ Three-time meals during trek along with Tea/coffee and snacks

+ Staff’s salary, food, insurance and clothing

+ Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Price exclude

-International flights and visa fee
-Personal expenses and meals in Kathmandu
-Travel insurance, Rescue, and evacuation
-Tips and gratitude for staffs
-Donation and local entrance fee

 

Level of Participants

  • This is climbing trip though Putha Hiuchuli climbing is no technical but the Mountaineers with previous experience of 6000m peaks would be wonderful.
  • As this is peak climbing trip a physically sound and fit is an utmost requirement.
  • For some days, especially on summit day and on returning there will be a day to walk on steep so, a good dose of patience, tolerance, and humor are needed.

General Information

Our itinerary has been developed for gradual acclimatization to take place.

The following few points helps on acclimatization process

  • Walk slowly: Maintaining your own pace is very important rather than rush and hurry. There is a proverb ‘If you maintain snail’s pace you reach on sky’.
  • Drink lots of water- There is easier to acclimatize when your body hydrated. So, drink plenty of water and avoid tea, coffee, and alcohol.
  • If your condition is going very worse then you may have to go for Diamox.

Communication

We bring a satellite phone for safety, security and emergency use.

A Typical Day On Trek

The day starts with an early morning a mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the cook’s helper. Before going to mess tent for breakfast it is best to pack your night gear onto your duffle bag. During breakfast, the tents will be packed away and after porters have arranged their loads they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning.

After breakfast around 8 am we start walking. The pace of trek is leisure with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11 am at a spot by side of the trail and is prepare for us by the cook.

There is more walking after the lunch and normally you get into the camp by mid afternoon with the tents already puts up by the local staff. In the evening a three-course meal is served in the mess tent around 7 pm. After supper guide will discuss the plan for next day with the group. People may stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring their tent for the night.

Food

While on the trek cook will provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. For the breakfast, you make likely to get porridge or cereal, the toast of chapattis and range of hot drinks. On arrival to camp in the afternoon, you will be given tea/coffee and biscuits and three-course meal will follow later in the evening.

Climate

In terms of time of the year, our view is that the best time to do this trek is the during a month of May, this gives you best chances of a crossing of high passes. September is most popular with trekking group however often the passes are icy making travel impossible for pack animals.

This trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and time of the day. In the mountains over 3,000m the nights will be cool, normally 5 and during the day temperature sometimes rise to 25 C. At higher altitude temperature range from about 15C to -10 C.

Trekking Gear and Equipment

This is a guideline equipment list to help you pack for your adventure. The item listed here below may vary according to destination, season and the trek duration. The basic list of gear and equipment is as below;

Clothing

Other Essential Items

Trekking boot and spare laces

Light shoes/trainers

Down jacket

Fleece and sweaters

Shirts x 3

Trekking trousers x 2

Rain/wind jacket

Sun hat

Woolen hat/balaclava

Gloves

Uderwears incl. thermals

Socks x 3 pairs

Kitbag and padlock

Small rucksack/backpack

4to 5 season sleeping bag

Sleeping bag liner

Water bottle x 2 – 1 ltr. Capacity

Torch, batteries and bulbs

Medical kit/First aid kit

Small knife and sunglass/goggles

Suncream, lip guard

Towel and washing kit

Toilet paper and lighter

Passport and trek permit

Optional

Camara and binoculars

Books, notes and pen

altimeter

Gaiters

Trekking pole/walking sticks

 For more detail, please visit Trek Gear Info.

 

Mountaineering Equipment:

  • Mountaineering double boots – see below
  • Ice axe *
  • Crampons (preferably with ‘step-in’ bindings)*
  • Mountaineering or climbing harness*
  • Karabiners (4 x screwgate)*
  • A belay/abseiling device such as ATC or stitch plate (not a figure of 8)*
  • Climbing helmet*
  • Sling (120cm)*
  • Prussik loops X 2 (5m of 6mm cord makes 2)*
Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day 2: Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to Hotel

Day 3: Flight to Juphal, trek to Dunai (2,140m) 3 hours

Day 5: Dunai  to Tarakot (2,537m) 6 hours

The trail follows the Thulo Bheri river towards Tarakot (5 hours).

Day 6: Tarakot  to Musi Khola (2,875m) 6 hours

Day 7: Musi Khola to Kakkot (3,210m) 6 hours

Day 8:  Kakot to Yak Kharka (3700m) 6 hours

Day 9:  Yak Kharka to Phedi (4000m) 6 hours

Day 10:  Phedi to Panga Base Camp (4,480m) 5 hours

Day 13: Move to Putha Hiunchuli Base Camp (4,950m) 6 hours

Day 14 – 25: Climbing period Putha Hiunchuli (7,246m)

For simplicity we set three camps above base camp; at 5,450m, 6,150m and 6,500m, therefore we will have enough time to get acclimatized and make a summit in a decent weather. On the steeper sections of the route there will be fixed rope between Camp 1 and Camp 2, however most of the climbing will be done moving together in team.

Day 26: Return to Base camp

Day 27: Base camp to Yak Kharka (3700m) 6 hours

Day 28: Yak Kharka  to Kakot Village (3210m) 6 hours

Day 29: Kakot village to Musi Khola (2,875m) 6 hours

Day 30: Musi Khola to Tarakot (2537m) 6 hours

Day 31: Tarakot  to Dunai (2140m) 6 hours

Day 32: Dunai to Juphal (3700m) 6 hours

Day 33: Fly out from Juphal to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Day 34: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 35: Depart from Kathmandu to Home

Map

Putha Hiuchuli Climbing Map

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