Tharpu Chuli, situated at the heart of Annapurna Sanctury, is an attractive mountain which offers not only enjoyable climbing but also serves as one of the outstanding viewpoints of Annapurna massive. Despite its lowly magnitude, the summit offers superb panorama of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Annapurna V, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli, Singu Chuli and Gangapurna. The peak can be approached from several routes: North-West Ridge, South – East Ridge and South – West Face.
Tharpu Chuli also known as Tent peak offers a challenging and achievable two week expedition in the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary. It is the most popular of the three Sanctuary peaks and for good reason. Its lower altitude keeps itineraries short, the climbing reasonably straightforward and it enjoys a fabulous location, right in the centre of the Annapurna Sanctuary, giving an incredible panoramic view from its summit.
The expedition starts with a picturesque tea-house trek, through charming villages and rhododendron forests, into the glorious high amphitheatre of the Annapurna Sanctuary.
From a high camp placed below the mountain’s north-west ridge, a steep ascent leads to the easy summit ridge with its unimpeded views to Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna I and the magical Machhapuchhre (fish tail).
From Phedi the trail climbs (2 hrs) through Dhampus where you will start to get a splendid view of the Annapurma range, and then gradually ascend a forested trail paved with stones. There is a short steep climb to Pothana and this will be our first stop.
The trail climbs through forest to a clearing on top of the hill at 2,010m, where there are views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. From there make a steep descent, through forests alive with birds, ferns and orchids into a huge side canyon of the Modi Khola. From here it’s an easy walk, past fields and a school before the trail drops a bit to the flagstone streets of Landrung, a Gurung village at 1,550m. The narrow trail to the sanctuary turns north up the Modi Khola valley passing alongside rice terraces then through forests and a short walk up the river bed leads to New Bridge (1,340m).
A stiff climb leads to Jhine Danda (1,600m) and from the trail continues to climb steeply uphill along a treeless ridge to Taglung at 2,050m. A short distance from Taglung, the trail rounds a bend and enters the upper part of Chommrong at 2,040m. This is a 4 hr walk.
Leaving Chommrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chommrong Khola. Climbing high above the Modi Khoa on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement of Tilche in forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. The trail continues in rhododendron forests, climbing to Khuldi at 2,350m. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge at 2,190m.
The trail climbs steeply through stands of bamboo, then through rhododendron forest up the side of the canyon, occasionally dropping slightly to cross tributary streams, but ascending continuously to Hinko. The trail crosses a ravine and a major avalanche track just beyond Hinko, then climbs through large boulders. About half an hour beyond Hinko is Deorali at 3,000m.
Above Deorali, the valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two wide avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that huddles up against the cliffs. The trail then descends to meet the Modi Khola and follows the river to Bagar at 3110m. From Bagar, the trail crosses a moraine and a stream and finally reaches Machhapucharee Base Camp at 3,480m.
It’s an about two hour climb to Annapurna base camp 3,900m. We will move very slowly today as it is also important for your acclimatization as you will be crossing the 4,000m barrier.
We will drop down into the moraine coming from the Annapurna range and then follow the trail up towards the Tharpu Chuli base camp. It will take you 3-4 hrs to reach the base camp.
This is a long day, and we will start early from high camp to the summit.
There is 1 hr uphill to Chommrong, and it is 2 hrs down hill to Jhinu danda.
The trail follows the Modi Khola. Still from Saule Bazar, you will be able to view Machhapuchhere (fishtail) peak).
From Birethati, we will take a car to Pokhara (1½ hrs drive).
We can organise this trek on a private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may want a Climb High leader or have no ‘leader’ but sill use the help of one of our guides and/or porters. Costs for this option are available on demand but are often not a huge amount greater than joining one of our ‘fixed departures’. Please contact us with your referred dates and itinerary and we’ll give you a quote.
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Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. It is recommended that you use tried and tested kit on the trip rather than relying on brand new kit you’re not sure of.
A complete kit list is to be found on this website.
Climb High is a local Nepali company and as such we treat our own people with the respect and good conditions you would expect. Many team members are from our own families and you can be assured that the treatment they receive is second to none. All insurances and porter conditions are met, and more.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, please take the itinerary as a statement of intent rather than an absolute. Travel in Nepal can be dangerous, delayed and highly changeable. Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.
|1 person||US$ 3135 per person|
|2 to 3 persons||US$ 2935 per person|
|4 to 6 persons||US$ 2735 per person|
|7 and above||US$ 2535 per person|