Best Time For Himlung Expedition

Best Time For Himlung Expedition

Himlung Expedition is a demanding adventure that takes you to the summit of Mt. Himlung (7,126m) in about a month of climbing journey. It is one of the 7000-ers that undertakes sheer dedication, technical skills, physical and mental preparation, and much more to accomplish the expedition successfully. Mt. Himlung Expedition is about 27 days long and takes you through a cluster of sightseeing places like Chamje, Dharapani, Koto, Singenge, Kyang, Phu Valley, Base Camp, and High Camps. The action-packed journey to the top of Himlung Himal is a lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. This mesmerizing journey presents you with an incredible opportunity to enjoy the magical beauty of the Himalayas and creates space for Himalayan exploration.

Himlung Himal being one of the seven thousanders, is located in the western part of Nepal between the Manaslu and Annapurna massifs. The majestic peaks of Himlung Himal captivate your attention and reward your weeks-long journey with stunning mountainous beauty and snowy landscapes. This region is untouched by modernization and developed urban influences, which makes this journey more interesting and remarkable.

Compared to other eight-thousanders expeditions, the Himlung Expedition is way safer and easier as it is less technical. While the success rate of the Himlung Expedition is high, one should not underestimate the challenging parts of the high Himalayan climbing. This is a wonderful and rip-roaring adventure as summiting the seven thousanders takes you through a cluster of sightseeing places that present you with spectacular views and reaching the summit of the mountain through surpassing forthcoming challenges rewards you with a great sense of achievement.

This journey creates opportunities to walk along the trails of distinct Himalayan settlements, where you’ll be exploring local culture, traditions, and Himalayan lifestyle. The journey is exciting and amusing and the magnificent experience to the surface of Himlung Himal can be magnified thrice if this journey is planned during a suitable time. It is crucial to plan for this trek by looking after the climatic and environmental conditions. The best time for Himlung Expedition is during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November).

During this time, the climatic conditions of this region tend to remain stable and ensure a safe and amusing journey. Planning Himlung Expedition during Spring and Autumn alleviates majorities of forthcoming challenges like rainfall, snowfall, extreme coldness, frostbite, and hypothermia. This ultimately presents you with a secure route, and on top of that, the stable weather conditions and a clear day during Spring and Autumn present you with the unobstructed beauty of the Himalayan vistas.

Highlights of Himlung Expedition during Spring and Autumn

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  • Mesmerizing journey to the summit of Himlung Himal (7,126m) and magical glimpses of Annapurna massifs and Manaslu
  • Exciting camping under the bright full of stars from Himlung Himal Base Camp (4920m)
  • Rip-roaring adventure through off-beaten trails
  • Get insights into Tibetan culture and Himalayan lifestyle
  • Catch glimpses of Himalayan wild species like Himalayan Tahr, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Monkeys and many more
  • Breathtaking views and epic adventure through renowned stopovers like Besi Sahar, Koto, Meta, and Phu-Gaon
  • Charming village settlements and warm hospitality
  • Stable climatic conditions and less forthcoming challenges due to weather fluctuations
  • Clear and unobstructed beauty of the Himalayan vistas
  • Breathtaking sunrise view glancing at the mountainous peaks
  • Insights into local settlements, spirituality, and Buddhist practices

Overview of the Himlung Expedition

Packing for Himlung Expedition in Spring

The adventurous journey of the Himlung Expedition begins with a scenic drive-through from Kathmandu Valley to Chamje. Along the way, the drive-through will provide you with the scenic beauty of the elevated hills, local settlements, thundering rivers, gushing waterfalls, and distant Himalayan landscapes. After 7-8 hours of drive, you’ll reach Chamje, where you’ll spend the night. The journey continues the next day after early morning breakfast. This takes you through a cluster of diverse terrain and lush green forests.

You’ll walk through rhododendron forests and Tal village and cross the thundering Marsyandi River through a sweeping suspension bridge. Then, you’ll arrive at Dharapani (1960m), where you’ll spend the night. The journey further takes you through pine forests and Timang village. From the Timang village, you’ll catch the magical beauty of the Lamjung Himal (5587m). Then, the journey stops at Koto for the night, and the next day, you’ll transverse through gorges and canyons, finally arriving at Singenge (3230m). After early morning breakfast at Singenge, you’ll pass through a seasonal settlement of Meta (3560m).

Then, the journey continues through Junam Goth and Murju Khola (an outflow of Lyapche Glacier). After 6-7 hours of walking, you’ll reach Kyang and the journey further follows towards Phu (4580m). After proper acclimatization at Phu and exploring nearby settlements and monasteries like Samdu Monastery and Choling Monastery, the journey takes you to Himlung Himal Base Camp (4920m). You’ll set up a camp and acclimatize properly for a day at Himlung Himal Base Camp before heading for Himlung Expedition.

The path follows towards Camp I (5450m) from Himlung Himal Base Camp and further takes you to Camp II (6000m) of Himlung expedition. You’ll take a rest, and after enough acclimatization, you’ll start your journey towards Camp III (6250m). The next day marks an important day as you’ll be summiting the Himlung Himal with proper mountaineering gear and relish the naked picturesque views of the Himalayan range. After that, you’ll start descending to Himlung Himal Base Camp and to Phu village. The journey further follows from Phu to Meta and from Meta to Koto. You’ll descend from there to Dharapani and finally to Chamje, where you’ll catch a drive back to Kathmandu.

Himlung Expedition during Spring

Difficulties of Himlung Expedition

Himlung Expedition is an amazing journey to the surface of Himlung Himal through a cluster of villages and sightseeing places. The Himlung Expedition in Spring is a stirring and amusing adventure. This adventure during Spring summons a clear and transparent beauty of the Himalayan range and opens multiple possible doors to Himalayan exploration. The Himlung Expedition is a demanding journey as it demands strong physical strength and mental resilience. The journey tests your potential and prior mountaineering experiences through numerous challenges along the way.

While the Himlung Expedition is a riveting journey, embarking on this adventure during Spring will provide you with a safe and enjoyable experience. Rainfall, snowfall, and heavy windstorms usually pose challenges to trekkers and mountain climbers during the journey, but the Himlung Expedition during Spring keeps you safe from those obstacles. Furthermore, the stable weather conditions during Spring reduce fluctuation in temperature and create a warm and vibrant environment. This reduces the risk of extreme coldness and its effects like Hypothermia and Frostbite. These all maintain a secure route while also alleviating high mountainous challenges like crevasses, melting ice, and ice fall, ultimately providing you with an enjoyable experience.

Regarding the journey, you’ll have a peaceful and silent time in nature. Though Spring is a favorable season, the number of people heading for the Himlung Expedition in Spring is relatively lower than in Autumn. This results in providing you with quality time in the presence of the Himalayas and creates more space for Himalayan exploration and cultural immersion. This, in turn, builds a genuine connection with nature itself and lets you relish the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas in a tranquil state.

Himlung Expedition during Autumn

Permits for Himlung Expedition

Autumn is another perfect time for you to plan for Himlung Expedition. Autumn arrives by bidding farewell to the monsoon and brings along a pleasing and vibrant atmosphere along with it. With the arrival of September, autumn begins, and the climatic conditions tend to calm and stabilize. The sky will generally be clear with a moderate temperature and this presents you with the transparent beauty of the mountainous landscapes. The stable weather conditions summon a pleasing atmosphere which will boost your trekking experience with less chance of facing forthcoming challenges. There’s extremely little chance of snowstorms or rain. Also, the trails are rather dry. As a result, the likelihood of accidents is greatly reduced. Plus, it will be enjoyable to just hike and climb.

While there can still be post-monsoon effects in the early half of September and effects of windstorms in late November, this will gradually start to settle into stable climatic conditions with time. In addition to weather-related considerations, autumn in Nepal also means celebrations. This is a great season to travel and go trekking in Nepal as it’s the perfect time to embark on cultural and festive exploration. Two of the main festivals of Nepal, Dashain, and Tihar (also a festival of lights), come along with the autumn and invite grand celebrations and smiles in each and every Nepalese home. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in such grand festivals, see cultural dances performed to traditional music and engage yourself in local rituals. Furthermore, you shall also get insights into Tibetan culture, Buddhist practices, and Spirituality.

Moreover, the peak climbing season in the autumn draws mountaineers from all around the world. Guides have observed that October and early November are the busiest months for expeditors. As a result, you will get to experience sharing various cultures. If you go on the excursion this season, you will create a more exceptional mountaineering fraternity. On top of that, as the monsoon starts to settle, it invites Himalayan wild species to wander, and you shall catch glimpses of distinct Himalayan species.

Temperature of Himlung Expedition during Spring and Autumn

Temperature of Himlung Expedition during Spring and Autumn

The temperature of the high Himalayan region fluctuates as altitudes ascend. The temperature of this region during Spring and Autumn tends to be warm and dry in the lower region while it gradually decreases as ascending with altitude. The temperature in the Base Camp of Himlung Himal ranges from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius during daytime and -5 degrees Celsius during nighttime. As you ascend in altitude, the temperature fluctuates and ranges around -5 to -10 degrees Celsius during the daytime in High Camps, while it can reach upto -15 to -20 degrees Celsius during nighttime. The temperature further drops at the summit of Himlung Himal and can reach upto -15 to -25 degrees Celsius.

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Difference in Spring and Autumn for Himlung Expedition

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Though the climatic conditions tend to be the same and stable during both Spring and Autumn, there are a few points that divide the differences whether in pursuing the Himlung Expedition in Spring or Autumn. The difference in Spring and Autumn for Himlung Expedition can be pointed out as:

  • The Himlung Expedition in Spring is less crowded compared to the Himlung Expedition in Autumn. Therefore, if you want to seek a safe and silent mountain climbing adventure, Spring will be the best time for you. If you want to immerse in groups of people, autumn can be the ideal option for you.
  • While the Spring summons stable weather, it still poses some impacts of post-winter. You can experience coldness and snowy trails in early Spring, which further can lead to risks of avalanches and icefalls. If you don’t have experience in climbing or trekking in snow, its better to head for Himlung Expedition in Autumn.
  • Both Spring and Autumn pose stable weather conditions, but the late autumn may impose early winter effects and extreme coldness, while the late Spring can summon monsoon effects. Similarly, early autumn can bring post-monsoon effects, and early spring comes along with post-winter effects. You may also face heavy windstorms during late autumn. Both seasons are ideal, but both have a few cons.
  • The days of Spring are relatively longer than the days of autumn. This will give you enough time to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and explore more Himalayan sites. This also further reduces the risks of postponing or canceling the trip.
  • The autumn season is ideal due to its vibrant atmosphere Lush green forests prolong with majestic greenery, and the stunning, vibrant glow of the mountainous landscapes will keep you stunned. On top of that, the festive atmosphere of Dashain and Tihar in autumn will keep you occupied and contribute to overall enjoyable experiences.

Permits for Himlung Expedition

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The Himlung Expedition takes you through restricted areas, and it requires permits. Here are the lists of required permits for the Himlung Expedition.

Himlung Climbing Permit

You’ll need a Himlung Climbing Permit for Himlung Expedition. This permit will be issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). The price of this permit can vary depending on the season. It is around US$ 500 in Spring, US$ 250 in autumn, and US$ 150 in winter and monsoon.

Restricted Area Permit

You’ll need Narpa Rural Municipality and Nasho Rural Municipality as you’ll be transversing through Nar Phu Valley. It costs around USD 100 for Narpa Rural Municipality and USD 75 for Nasho Rural Municipality per person per week. The price will be increased by USD 75 each day after a week. This permit can be issued through the Nepal Immigration Department in Kathmandu.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

As the Himlung Himal is located within the Annapurna Conservation Area, the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is required for the Himlung Expedition. It costs around US$ 30.

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)

It is another required permit for the Himlung Expedition and can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu. It costs around US$ 10-20.

Necessary Preparations for Himlung Expedition

The Himlung Expedition is a challenging journey and it demands strong physical strength, sheer determination, and mental resilience. The journey can impose numerous challenges along the way that require a sharp mind, good strength, and strong willpower. Therefore, to cope with such obstacles or to reach the summit of Himlung Himal by conquering such challenges, necessary preparations should be taken. Necessary preparation involves lightweight training and honing flexibility.

Exercises like squats, deadlifts, pushups, pullups, crunches, and planks will help build strength and train muscles. In the same way, other cardiovascular exercises like running, swimming, jogging, walking and cycling will help in developing your endurance. This will help a lot during your strenuous journey to the summit of Himlung Himal. Furthermore, flexibility exercises and yoga shall help in maintaining good body posture and reduce the risks of facing minor injuries along the way. These exercises shall help in prolonging your stamina, which will be useful during the Himlung Expedition adventure. It enhances your strength, boosts your personal reflections, and rewards you with a great sense of achievement. This will also protect you from injuries like back pain, leg pain, and joint pain, along with other minor accidents and extreme tiredness.

Some helpful tips for Himlung Expedition in Spring and Autumn

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  • Maintain a steady pace during your journey and walk alongside the group and experienced guides
  • Stay hydrated and consume a nutrient diet
  • Acclimatize properly to avoid the risks of altitude sickness
  • Don’t rush anywhere alone
  • Start your journey in the early morning
  • Quit smoking and drinking during the trek
  • Though the journey is in Spring or Autumn, be mindful of packing winter clothes.
  • Be equipped with necessary gear and mountaineering equipment like axes, crampons, mountaineering boots, climbing helmets, etc.
  • Be prepared with physical fitness, sheer determination, and mental resilience.
  • Although the climatic conditions tend to remain stable, carry along waterproof jackets and windproof jackets
  • Be alert to high mountainous risks like avalanches, ice falls, crevasses, and technical challenges.
  • Respect the restricted area, local culture, and charming village
  • Immerse yourself in local culture and enjoy the thrilling adventure to the summit of Himlung Expedition

FAQs

Do I need mountaineering experience for the Himlung Expedition?

The Himlung Expedition leads you to the summit of Mt. Himlung, which takes you above 7000m in altitude. You do require mountaineering experience to summit the Himlung Himal. Along the way, you’ll go through challenging terrains, and there are possibilities of facing high mountainous challenges like snowy trails, icefalls, and avalanches. This is a technical climbing and proper knowledge of using the mountaineering tools is essential.

Which mountains can I see through Himlung Expedition?

The list of mountains you can see during this riveting journey are Manaslu, Himlung, Gangapurna, Kang Guru, Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna IV, and Pisang Peak.

Does your company provide an experienced guide?

We indeed provide an excellent and experienced guide for your adventure to the summit of Himlung Himal. Our licensed guide will help you in navigating the challenging paths and their valuable experience shall help in exploring Himalayan settlements. You’ll be presented with fluent guides, and you won’t have any communication barriers.

What happens in the event that I catch altitude sickness while hiking and climbing?

A journey to a high-altitude region can impose altitude-related challenges. Our well-planned itinerary includes proper acclimatization that lets your body adapt to the surroundings and will keep you safe from acute mountain sickness. In case you catch altitude sickness, you’ll rest for a time and descend to the lower altitude region. Our guide will be equipped with a first aid kit, and a dose of Diamox will help you overcome the altitude sickness. In case the sickness worsens, you’ll be evacuated by an emergency helicopter. Remember, your safety is our foremost priority, and ensuring you a safe and amusing experience is our responsibility.

What will the accommodation be like?

Accommodation during the Himlung Expedition mainly consisted of teahouses and lodges. The teahouses were well-facilitated, and you’ll be served warm sleeping nights and delectable cuisine during your journey. As you ascend to the base camp of Himlung Himal, you’ll be camping under the bright light of the stars.

Should I hire guides for the Himlung Expedition?

While it is not mandatory, it’s important to hire guides during Himlung Expedition. This journey is a challenging one, which is why hiring guides can lead to a safe and less fatigued adventure. It will relieve you from stress, strenuous journeys, fatigue, leg pain, and back pain.

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