Tent Peak (Tharpu Chuli) is a popular trekking peak located in the north-western region of Nepal. The top of the mountain resembles a shape of a Tent, due to this formation it is commonly known as Tent Peak. Situated in the Annapurna Sanctuary, north of the Annapurna Base Camp, Tent Peak is one of the mountains in the Annapurna Himalayan Range.
Tent peak is relatively a low altitude peak with the height of 5663 m or 18580 ft. Tent Peak Climbing is suitable for those climbers who want to challenge themselves into amateur mountaineering. This smaller peak is not as challenging as the Island peak, Mera peaks, or the Yala peak. Tent peak offers excellent short trekking and peak climbing experience, which aids in your further higher mountain climb expedition.
The view from the summit of the Tent Peak is awe-inspiring. The trail moves through delightful terraced farms, green hills, and Himalayan water streams. The Tent peak is just 40 km aeronautical distance away from the tourist town of Pokhara. Expert trekking guides and veteran climbers with much experience assist you on the climb.
Are you an avid trekker who wants to push their limits? Do you want to go beyond trekking and challenge yourself further into mountaineering? If your answer is yes, then Tent peak climbing is an ideal choice for you. We have a special 19-day package available at a reasonable cost. Hurry up! And book your trip now. Here are the detailed itineraries.
Tent Peak Climbing Highlights
- Breathtaking view of sunrise from the Poon Hill viewpoint
- Summiting the Tharpu Chuli or Tent Peak
- Strolling around and observing exuberant nightlife of Lakeside in Pokhara
- Up close view of the Machhapuchhre and Annapurna I
- Relaxing in the hot springs at Jhinu Danda
- Exploring the rich cultural heritage of Gurung and Magar villages
Best Time For Tent Peak Climbing
The autumn months of September to November are the best time to trek in the Annapurna region and climb the Tent Peak or Tharpu Chuli. The temperature is moderate and favorable for trekking and mountaineering in the autumn season. The autumn season comes after monsoon so the clouds will have entirely disappeared by then. The bright blue skies provide an excellent view of the mountains. Many tourists come to Nepal for travel, trekking, and mountaineering in autumn as it is the peak season. Hence, it might be a little more crowded than usual. You might need to Book in advance for safety.
The spring months of March to May are when the flowers bloom, and the hills turn red with rhododendron trees. The best time to climb the Tent peak for a first-time mountaineer would be the spring season because it offers spectacular views of the region. The summers in Nepal are wet. There is danger of avalanches and landslides, so it is not favorable for trekking or mountaineering in the summers. Winters are cold with heavy snowfall. The tea houses also shut shop. Hence, the best season for climbing is autumn and spring.
The Difficulty Level of Tent Peak Climbing
The Tent peak or Tharpu Chuli is graded as 2C by the Nepal Mountaineering Association You will be using ropes, ice axe and crampons for climbing the Tent peak. We will provide you the necessary training of the climbing techniques and the use of mountaineering equipment.
The technical grade of level 2 is defined as” mountain climbing with occasional use of hands, chains or ropes.” Fitness level C is defined as “moderate: reasonably fit hikers who hike at least once a month elevation gain of 800-1500 m and distance of 15 km in a day.”
A basic level of fitness has to be maintained by trekkers and climbers. No climbing experience is required, but previous high-altitude trekking experience is always a plus.
We will be trekking 6-7 hours daily for 19 days in high altitude. The climbers must mention their pre-existing medical conditions if any to our team beforehand.
Outline Itinerary for Tent Peak Climbing
Day 01: Pick up from the Int’L Airport, transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Preparation day.
Day 03: Drive 7 hours or fly 30 minutes to Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tirkhedhunga, (1577m) 5 hrs Lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m) (6 hr) Lodge.
Day 06 :Excursion Poon-hill(3200m) & trek Tadapani (2540m) 6 hrs Lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Chhumrong (1950m) 6 hrs Lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2430m) 7 hrs Lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Deurali (3000m) 5 hrs Lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4000m) 5 hrs Lodge.
Day 11: Excursion around Annapurna Base Cam Lodge.
Day 12: Trek to Tharpuchuli Base Camp (4600m) 5 hrs Camp.
Day 13: Trek to High Camp (4900m) 3 hrs Camp.
Day 14: Tharpuchuli Summit (5663m) overnight in High Camp.
Day 15: Trek back to Machapuchre Base Camp (3700m) Lodge.
Day 16: Trek to Dovan Lodge.
Day 17: Trek to Chumrung Lodge
Day 18: Trek down to Jhinu (hot spring)
Day 19: Trek to Nayapool and drive to Pokhara.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Pick up from the Airport, transfer to Hotel
Our representative staff will pick you up from the Airport and transfer you to the Hotel. We will brief you about the trip in advance. You can relax prepare for the journey.
Day 02: Preparation day
We will organize a meeting with team leaders and fellow climbers. The session will focus on the trip, and we will get your climbing equipment checked. The climbing gear will get checked by the experts. If the equipments are not found to be in good condition, you might need to replace it with new ones. We rest in the evening and pack for the trip. We will stay the night at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive or fly half an hour to Pokhara.
We travel to Pokhara on a tourist coach. The drive passes through scenic routes following the Trishuli river. You could also catch an early flight to Pokhara, which takes about 30 minutes. Pokhara is a charming town that boasts of numerous lakes. We can view of Machhapuchhre Himal from Pokhara in a stunning closeup. We will explore the Lakeside area on the beach of Lake Phewa. The Lakeside area of Pokhara is a tourist hub and has a vibrant nightlife.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhedhunga, (1577m), Duration:5 hrs, Lodge.
We will travel 42km form Prithvi chowk and pass through the charming village of Lumle to reach Nayapul (1050m). The trek officially starts from Nayapul as we trek along the Modi river passing through rhododendron trees and small streams. We will reach Tikhedhunga after a trek about half an hour after crossing Birethanti.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m), Duration: 6 hrs, Lodge
We will reach Ulleri (2070m) after a steep trek of about 2 hours. We will then cross the Magar village of Banthanti from where we get a spectacular view of the Machapuchare mountain(6997m), Himchuli (6441m), and the Annapurna south (7219m). After crossing a water bazar stream, we will ascend to Nangethanti. We will finally arrive at Ghorepani after a 6hr long trek to see the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Annapurna I and others.
Day 06: Excursion Poon-hill (3200m) & trek Tadapani (2540m), Duration: 6 hrs, Lodge
We rise early to trek to the base of Poon Hill. The climb of about an hour will take us to the viewpoint. The view of sunrise from the viewpoint is truly magical. The sunrise on the backdrop of mountains like the Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7855m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7290m), Nilgiri (6940m), Tukuche (6920m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and others.
After that glorious sunrise, we will return to Ghorepani and take the trail descending to the Tadapani. From Tadapani, we can enjoy the view of Annapurna II, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre Himal and others.
Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (1950m), Duration: 6 hrs, Lodge
The trek from Tadapani Chhomrong is an easy trail with a gradual ascent. The natural scenery of the green hills and rhododendron trees make the trek pleasant. The settlement of Gurung and Magar villages on the way gives us a fascinating opportunity for cultural exploration. You can enjoy the views of the mountain peaks like Annapurna South. Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, and others along the way. After reaching Chhomrong, you will relax and stay overnight in a lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2430m), Duration: 7 hrs, Lodge
The trail leaves behind barren foothills to move forward along the Modi Khola. We then cross a suspension bridge over Chhomrong Khola and walk for a while to reach the Sinuwa. From Sinuwa the trail goes flat and comfortable. The trail enters a rhododendron forest up to Kuldahar. From the forest we descend on steep stone steps to a bamboo forest. We finally reach Dovan after 7 hours of trek. We stay the night at a lodge in Dovan.
Day 09: Trek to Deurali (3000m), Duration: 5 hrs, Lodge
The total distance covered in the trek on this day is 7.7km, and it takes about 4-5 hours to arrive in Deurali from Dovan. The trekkers will find the forest growing thinner as they move along until they reach a barren land.
You will pass through the Himalaya hotel (2940m) and Hinku cave (3170m). From Deurali, you can observe the statue of sitting Buddha on a cliff opposite Deurali Bhanjyang. There is avalanche area close to the village that looks quite dramatic with the mountain, clouds and rocky slopes. You can visit the Annapurna sanctuary during the trek. You will stay at a lodge in Deurali.
Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4000m), Duration:5 hrs, Lodge
We climb gently over a steep trail on the mountainside through a river bed. The trek from Bagar to Machhapuchhre base camp is challenging. We can observe the majestic mountains of Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharva Chuli, Ganga Purna among others. The vegetation slowly disappears, and the trail widens as we make our way to ABC sanctuary. We can enjoy the vertical south face of the Annapurna above us. The 360-degree view of the snow-capped mountains from the sanctuary is sensational. We stay overnight at Annapurna base camp.
Day 11: Excursion around Annapurna Base Camp Lodge
On day 11, we acclimatize at Annapurna base camp and prepare for the tent peak climb. Our expert climbing will guide you in essential skills required to climb the peak. The proper training using ice axe, crampons, tying knots with main and fix ropes will aid you in climbing the mountain. The climbing technique and skills and good practice will ensure your success.
Besides these, the use of ice screw, snow bar, and making a path on the route is also essential. We can loosen up and relax and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Base Camp in the afternoon. We will start at a lodge in Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 12: Trek to Tharpu Chuli Base Camp (4600m), Duration: 5 hrs, Camp
We trek from Annapurna base camp to the Tharpu Chuli base camp. We walk through a rubble-covered glacier and moraine cliffs in the wilderness. Cairns north of the glacier marks the path. The trail then leads to a flat boulder near an icy stream, after crossing the stream we reach a flat grassy area of the Tharpu Chuli Base Camp. We scout the area and prepare for the climb of the Tent peak.
Day 13: Trek to High Camp (4900m), Duration:3 hrs, Camp
A trek to one other Camp is necessary to prepare for the peak climb. The climb is technical in various sections. Hence a further trek to high Camp is essential to prepare for the successful peak climb.
We walk towards the northwest on a deep-cut gully. A trail leads to climbing on top of the gully. We pass the hills reaching a ridge above and then a final climb to a spot at 4877 m. after reaching the high Camp we set up our Tents and spend the night looking at the gorgeous night sky.
Day 14: Tharpu Chuli Summit (5663m) overnight in High Camp
This is a big day of our trek as we will climb the Tharpu Chuli summit on this day. Our expert will guide you from the High Camp. The trail first moves on a flat glacier below the west side of Tharpu Chuli for an hour without any difficulty. The route turns into a moderate slope towards Rakshi peak on the left-hand side of the glacier. There are steps possible crevasses and then walking to cross at the below of fluted wall which separates Tharpu Chuli and Singu Chuli.
The route of the climb turns right with a natural snow slope at the foot of a gully. We then cross a hill on ravine between flutings at 60 meters angle with 45 degrees. The climbing requires great effort as it is steep 55 degrees up to the last 90 meters ridge. The ridge top is broad, but it soon steeps as the climb progresses. We reach the top of the peak with the help of support fixed rope. After reaching the top of the summit, we can see the breathtaking panorama of the Annapurna range of mountains.
Himchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna Fang (7,647m), Annapurna I (8091m), Gangapurna (7455m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna V (7525m), Mt Machhapuchhre (6993m), and Singu Chuli or Fluted Peak (6501m) are some of the mountains in the Annapurna range. The twin peak climb is an experience of a lifetime. We return to the base camp through the same route we made it to the top.
Day 15: Trek back to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) Lodge
After the successful summit of the Tharpu Chuli or Tent peak, we head back to Machhapuchhre base camp via Annapurna base camp. We descend back the same route that took us up. The views are quite different but equally amazing. The exquisite view of the mountains will be getting further away from us as we reach the Machapuchare Base Camp, where we spend the night in a lodge.
Day 16: Trek to Dovan Lodge
We follow the same trail as we traveled up. We descend back from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Dovan passing by Deurali and Himalaya hotel with woodlands tree lines Modi river. We reach Dovan after a trek of 6-7 hours at stay at the Lodge.
Day 17: Trek to Chommrong Lodge
An early morning walk will lead to a bamboo forest after an hour walk. Then we will climb to reach a gradual path in the middle of the forest area. The trail is pleasant till we pass through Sinuwa Danda. We enter the Chhomrong Khola stream heading downhill. After crossing the bridge, we have a slow uphill walk to the Lodge. We stroll around in the area and stay overnight.
Day 18: Trek down to Jhinu (hot spring)
After an early breakfast, we start our trek to Jhinu hot spring. We climb down Jhinu danda with a scenic downhill trek with lots of ups and downs. We need to climb down further 25 minutes along the bank of Modi river to reach the hot springs. You can release all the exhaustion of the trek by splashing in the two hot springs and water taps. You can further explore the Jhinu danda on your own and stay overnight at Jhinu Danda.
Day 19: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
After breakfast, we climb downhill to cross the Kumnu Khola and continue to hike. The ups and downs will lead us to the new bridge at 1500m, which takes an hour or so. We can enjoy the view of Modi Khola valley on top of a cliff. We walk almost ninety minutes to get to Kyumi and another one and a half hours to get to Syauli bazar. We pass through Syauli bazar to reach Nayapul. The trek comes to an official end here. We will drive to Pokhara from Nayapul.