Tent peak or Tharpu Chuli is situated in the Annapurna region of Nepal, one of Nepal's most frequented trekking regions. You will be trekking past the famous Annapurna Base Camp on your way to Tent Peak. The tent peak is called Tharpu Chuli locally, and it is 5,695m/18,684ft in high. Tent Peak climb offers you one of the best opportunities to get a taste of mountaineering in the Himalayas. The top of the Tent Peak offers soul-stirring views of the mountains, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and others.
Tent Peak or Tharpu Chuli climb is among one of the easy peak climbings in Nepal. You will be maneuvering few technical sections while climbing the peak. This Himalayan adventure demands you to be physically fit. It is appropriate for novice as well as experienced trekkers. Previous experience of high-altitude trekking isn’t a requirement. However, it will be beneficial and will boost your confidence level. The trek allows you to experience both camping and tea house style of trekking.
The climbing days are one of the most memorable days of any peak climbing. The day 11 trek of this Tent Peak climbing itinerary is a hike to the Tent Peak Base Camp. You will be walking on rugged terrain and trekking past the glacier, followed by a grassy area to the Tent Peak Base Camp or Tharpu Chuli Base Camp. On day 12, you will be walking on an ascending terrain to the Tent Peak High Camp and will be maneuvering the technical section using mountaineering gears.
Day 13 will be special as you will be summiting the Tent Peak. You will be traversing a ridge followed by a technical climb up to the summit. The top of the Tent Peak will reward you with soul-stirring views of the Himalayas. Bask in the awe-inspiring views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli before descending to the High Camp.
Your Tent Peak Climbing itinerary commences and culminates in Kathmandu. A representative from ‘Third Rock Adventures’ will receive you at the airport and then drive you to your hotel. Check into your hotel and, in the evening, walk on the lively streets of Thamel. On the following day, you will meet your climbing guide, who will brief you about the trip. You will get to learn about the condition of the trekking trail and the challenges lying ahead. Also, you will get the answer to your queries from your guide.
Take a picturesque drive on the hilly highway from Kathmandu to Hile via Pokhara. Further, you will be trekking alongside Modi Khola to Thikhedhunga. Enjoy the mountain views and climb a lot of stone steps to Ghorepani via Ulleri. Leave the Magar village of Ghorepani early in the morning to catch the mesmerizing sunrise from the famous viewpoint of Poon Hill. Watch the sunrise over the Himalayas and make your way to Tadapani village residing on the lap of Fishtail Peak. Walk on the descending stone steps followed by a forested trail to Chomrong. You will be trekking through dense forest to Dovan and trek past the tumbling glacial river, and Hinku Cave will take you to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC).
Watch a breathtaking sunrise where mountains glow like sheer gold from MBC before trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp. The majestic views of the Himalayas and glaciers will overwhelm you. Spend a day acclimatizing at the Annapurna Base Camp, where you will be doing your pre-climb training and learning the techniques to use the mountaineering gears.
You will be walking on rugged terrain and maneuvering a technical section to Tent Peak Base Camp. On the next day, you will be summiting the Tent Peak, which will reward you with a stunning view of the Himalayas. Retrace your steps back to Bamboo, and on the following day, you will be trekking to Jhinu Danda. Take a dip in the natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda, which is known to relieve your aching muscles. Continue your trek to Matque, followed by a drive to Pokhara, famous as the city of lakes. Relax and indulge in the activity of your choice before leaving for the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. On the next day, you will be boarding an international flight and returning with everlasting memories.
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel|
|Day 2||Trip Preparation in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft)|
|Day 3||Drive from Kathmandu to Hile via Pokhara and trek to Thikhedhunga (1,750m/5,741ft) – 8 to 9 hours drive and 1 hour trek|
|Day 4||Trek to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,429ft) – 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 5||Morning Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft) and trek to Tadapani (2,600m/8,528ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 6||Trek to Chomrong (2,170m/7,118ft) – 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 7||Trek to Dovan (2,600m/8,530ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 8||Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m/12,136ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek|
|Day 9||Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,547ft) - 2 to 3 hours trek|
|Day 10||Acclimatization day at Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,547ft) and pre-climb training|
|Day 11||Trek to Tent Peak Base Camp (5,695m/18,684ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 12||Trek to High Camp (5,230m/17,159) - 3 to 4 hours trek|
|Day 13||Summit Tent Peak or Tharpu Chuli (5,695m/18,684ft) and back to Base Camp – 7 to 8 hours trek/climbing|
|Day 14||Trek to Bamboo (2,310m/7,577ft) – 6 to 7 hours trek|
|Day 15||Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,773ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek|
|Day 16||Trek to Matque (1,070m/3,510ft) and drive to Pokhara - 2 hours trek and 2 to 3 hour drive|
|Day 17||Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 6 to 7 hours drive|
|Day 18||Final Departure|
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Enjoy a scenic flight with a view of snow-clad Himalayan ranges before landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. A representative from ‘Third Rock Adventures’ will welcome you at the airport upon your arrival. He will be driving you to your hotel. Check into your hotel room and relax. In the evening, take a stroll on the lively streets of Thamel, which is also known as the tourist hub.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Today you will be meeting your climbing guide, and the guide will also be briefing you about the trip. You will get to know about the route, the trekking trail, and everyday progress on the trail. You will also get information on Dos and Don’ts while trekking and climbing. If you have any questions regarding the trip, then you can ask your guide. Tell your guide about the trekking and climbing gear and equipment if you have brought any. If you missed out on any climbing and trekking gear and equipment, you could easily buy or rent in Thamel.
If you don't want to bring any climbing and trekking gear and equipment and pay for the extra baggage, then you can rent those in Thamel as well. If your foot is larger than size 12, then it would be wise to bring your climbing boots to save you from the trouble of finding a pair of boost, which might prove to be a difficult task. Explore the streets of Thamel if you get some free time after the briefing.
Overnight in Kathmandu
You will be driving on the windy, hilly highway from Kathmandu to Hile via Pokhara. Drive past fast-flowing rivers, jade color hills, rural towns, small villages, and terraced farmlands along the way. Tune to your favorite playlist or download some movies to watch on your road journey. You will pass the popular touristy city of Nepal, Pokhara, before reaching Hile the trailhead of your trek.
Trek alongside the Modi Khola, a river is flowing from the Annapurna valley. Walk past small hillside villages, waterfall along with the scenic mountain views on your way to Thikhedhunga.
Overnight in Thikhedhunga.
Walk on an ascending trail enjoying the view of the snowy mountains on your way to Ghorepani. Climb up the path paved with stone steps on your way to Ulleri. Bask in the astounding views of the snowy mountain peaks like Fishtail Peak and Annapurna South. Further, you will be walking through the rhododendron forest and trekking through the hillside villages on your way to Ghorepani. The village of Ghorepani lies right below Poon Hill. Ghorepani was along the old trade route and used to be the stopover for horses and mule packs to drink water. Magar ethnic group dominates the region. Observe the rural Nepalese lifestyles and interact with the locals to know about their daily life.
Overnight in Ghorepani.
Get up early to catch a mesmerizing sunrise over the Himalayas from the popular vantage of Poon Hill. You will be surrounded by the Himalayas upon reaching the top of Poon Hill. Bask in the panoramic view of the mountains, including Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli. Watch the sun's rays touch the mountains turn them from red, pink, orange to golden. Trek on a descending path and enjoy the view of the Annapurna from Deurali Danda on your way to Tadapani. Colorful Buddhist prayer flags welcome you to the Tadapani village residing on the foothill of Fishtail Peak.
Overnight in Tadapani.
Wake up to the awe-inspiring views of mountains like Annapurna South, Fishtail, and Hiunchuli peaks and enjoy breakfast with the mountain view. Walk carefully on a steep and descending trail, followed by a hike through the rhododendron forest. Moreover, you will also be trekking past small settlements en route. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over a river, the trail will ascend gradually to Gurung village which is dominated by Gurung ethnic groups. A trek on an ascending but easy trail will lead you to Chhomrong.
Overnight in Chhomrong.
Today you will be trekking to Chhomrong leave behind the villages. You will be walking on a steep descending trail and crossing a suspension bridge over the Chhomrong Khoa, a river on your way to Upper Sinuwa. Trek through a dense forest filled with oak, bamboo, rhododendron trees. You will be descending on steep stone steps, and walking through ascending forested trail will take you to the village of Dovan.
Overnight in Dovan.
The trek begins with a walk on a rugged terrain besides Modi River and a hike past Himalaya Hotel. Enjoy the mesmerizing views of the glacial river tumbling down the valley from the viewpoint of the Himalaya Hotel. You will also be trekking past Hinku cave, where the first group of climbers ascending Annapurna I camped for the night. A hike on an undulating path takes you to Deurali featuring a small setting with some stone huts. Walkthrough, a narrow valley with steep mountainsides, takes you to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Savor the astounding views of mountains, including Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli. Machhapuchhre peak is a guardian deity of the locals, so climbing the peak is strictly forbidden. You will notice the vegetation getting sparser as you trek higher in altitude.
Overnight in Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
Catch a marvelous sunrise over the Himalayas from Machhapuchhre Base Camp before trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp. Walk leisurely to the nearby Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Trek past Annapurna Sanctuary, which is said to be the abode of gods as per local folklore, is an experience in itself. Walk on an ascending trail and trek past beautiful wildflowers and waterfalls. Glaciers and colossal Annapurna Massif circle Annapurna Base Camp; the soul-stirring sight will leave you mesmerized. Today you will be camping in Annapurna Base Camp, and your team will step up the camp. In the afternoon, you can explore the vicinity and bask in the grandeur of the Himalayas.
Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.
You will be spending the day acclimatizing at the Annapurna Base Camp situated at the height of 4,130m/13,547ft. Your climbing leader will tell you about the condition of the glacial trail and will be doing pre-climb training with your guide. Practice ascent and rappel down using ropes. You will be learning to ice axe, snow bar, ice screw, harness, jumar, crampons, and others. You will also be tying knots using main and fix ropes.
The pre-climb training will give you a rough idea about the summit the next day and boost your confidence level. Go on short hikes as an acclimatizing activity near the base camp in the afternoon and take a rest later.
Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp
Today you will be trekking to the Tent Peak Base Camp. Start the trek with a walk on the moraine cliffs and glacier-covered in rubble in the wilderness. You need to walk cautiously while crossing this path. You will see a trail marked with cairns on the northern side of the glacier. A trek further takes you on a flat boulder close to the icy stream, and upon crossing the stream, you will come across a flat grassy area of the Tharpu Chuli Base Camp. Enjoy the mountain views during the trek and do stargazing at night.
Overnight in Tent Peak Base Camp
Begin your trek towards the High Camp, walking on an ascending trail to the Tent Peak High Camp. It involves technical climbing, and your pre-climb session will turn out to be helpful. You will be using rope and helmet while climbing and traversing the steep section tilted around 50 to 60 degrees. Moreover, you will be walking upwards on the glacier of 30 degrees gradually. Savor the awe-inspiring views of mountains, including Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli. Your team will set up a camp at the High Camp and prepare hot lunch for you. Explore the vicinity and rest before the big day of summiting Tent Peak the next day.
Overnight in High Camp.
Wake up before dawn around 2 AM to summit Tent Peak. It is an exciting as well as rewarding day. Start walking on a wall rock followed by a walk on a steep slope of 70 degrees covered with snow. This is the tough and steep climb along the ridge, but the scenery waiting at the top is worth all your pain and effort. You will be walking on a flat section before making the final ascend.
The final ascend requires technical maneuver, and you will be using fixed ropes for the final summit of the Tent Peak. The apex of the peak rewards you with the soul-stirring views of mountains, including Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and others. Bask in the grandeur of the Himalayas and click lots of pictures before climbing down the same route back to the Base Camp.
Overnight in Base Camp.
Today you will be leaving the amphitheater of mountains behind and retracing your steps back to Bamboo. Trek past the cascading waterfalls and make your way through dense forest. Moreover, the gorgeous views of mountains like Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli will entertain you on the way.
Overnight in Bamboo.
Trek on an ascending trail to Kudi Ghar followed by a hike on a steep ascend to Sinuwa. You will be walking on a stone step alongside a river. Upon ascending thousands of stone steps, you will reach Upper Chomrong. A steep downhill trail runs to the Jhinu Danda, and you will be descending. Relax and rejuvenate yourself by soaking into the natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda. The natural hot spring, situated on the bank of Modi Khola, is known to have healing properties and relax paining muscles.
Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
A trek from Jhinu Danda to Matque marks the end of your trek. You will begin your trek after having your breakfast. Make your way downhill and walk on an undulating path up to the new bridge. Enjoy the scenic mountain view of Modi Khola valley from the top of a cliff. A walk further on a descending path will take you to Matque. Take a short drive from Matque to Pokhara, a famous touristy city in Nepal.
Sit by the serene Phewa Lake with colorful boats and watch the reflection of Fishtail Peak in the lake. The city also offers various recreational activities. You can indulge in the activity of your choice; go sightseeing, try local food, do shopping or just relax.
Overnight in Pokhara.
You will be driving back on the meandering hilly road to Kathmandu. Drive alongside the Trishuli River and driving past rural towns and small villages. Enjoy the view of snowy mountains, jade hills, and terraced farmlands en route. You can download some movies and your favorite shows to watch during this long bus ride. In Kathmandu, you can go sightseeing, stroll in the streets of Thamel and even do some souvenir shopping.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today you will be boarding an international flight back home, and you will be flying back with lots of wonderful memories to cherish for a lifetime. A representative from Third Rock Adventures will drop you at the airport a few hours before your scheduled flight.