Tent Peak (5, 633m) (also known as Tharpu Chuli) is gloriously situated within the Annapurna Sanctuary, providing a great objective for a short trekking peak expedition, offering magnificent views of the Annapurna massif from the summit combined with spectacular trekking to and from base camp and the opportunity to summit your first Himalayan peak in a little more than two weeks.
The beautiful landscape at the trekking part adds another reason for choosing a climb to this spectacular Tent Peak. While you trek along the fertile Modi Khola River belt, you will enjoy the natural glory as well as the cultural magnificence of most popular trekking region of Nepal. The alpine plants, lush forests, colorful flowers, culturally rich local people, snow-covered mountains would surely mesmerize you with their serene beauty. Path to the beginning of the route runs along a steep serpentine road with amazingly beautiful sceneries. During the spring season, you will see the mountains tinged with red or pink. As you trek higher, you will experience why the buffer zone near the Annapurna massif is considered the most picturesque in Nepal. Moreover, the easy accessibility of the Tent Peak makes it an ideal destination for those wishing for a short trekking plus peak climbing expedition.
The Tent Peak Climbing trek begins from the Lake City of Pokhara in the Annapurna region. During the initial days, while trekking via Dhampus, Landruk, Chomrong and Dobhan, enjoy the mountainous environment marveling at colorful flora and clear views of the marvelous high mountains including the two eight-thousanders: Mt. Annapurna (8091m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). Enjoy the ethnic hospitality along with the cultural magnificence of Nepal’s ethnic mountain people. Trekking further we reach MBC and ABC. The climb for Tent Peak or Tharpu Chuli starts further from ABC after reaching the Tent Peak Base Camp. After summiting the peak, return from the same route until ABC. From ABC, we trek down to Bamboo, Jhinudada, and Nayapul, passing by waterfalls, villages & settlements, and the rhododendron forest that bloom with red flowers during the springtime. From Naya Pul, we drive to Pokhara which indicates the end of this amazing adventure.
After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Adventure Ascent representative will be there to greet you and take you to the hotel. We will then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. Welcome dinner will be hosted in the evening.
After introduction with the city tour guide at the hotel you will begin your tour to Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa, which are all world heritage sites. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. After the tour you will meet with your trekking/ peak climbing guide, briefing about the trek/climb and checking your trek gears will be done afterwards.
After breakfast we drive or take flight to Pokhara. If taking a drive we can catch an amazing view of the Himalayas, enjoying the landscape driving through Nepalese highway. We stop for lunch after 4 hours of drive. After lunch it’s another 2 hours’ drive to Pokhara. Once we reach Pokhara, we drive to Kaare for another hour. We start our real trek journey from Kaare walking through a small village via australian Camp making a gradual climb and slowly descend down to a village of Dampus.
After finishing breakfast we start to ascend gradually through dense forest to Deurali. Making a stop in deurali,then we start to descend down through rhododendron forest to Baise Kharka and then to Tolka. We stop for lunch here in Tolka enjoying the amazing view of giants Annapurna south (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). After the lunch we take an easy walk to the village of Landruk and spend the night there.
As we descend from Landruk through stair cases we pass along the trail through a dense rhododendron forest. The narrow trail for sometimes opens up to perfectly manicured terraced fields. Next, we ascend steadily and pass a few surging waterfalls before reaching a suspension bridge. A few more miles of uphill trek and we reach Jhinu Danda and stop there for lunch. After lunch we start to climb the steep section of the day for couple of hours and finally arrive to Chhomrong. It is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive. You can also enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna lll, Ganggapurna, Gandarvachuli from your tea house.
The trail from Chhomrong descends first on stone staircases to cross the Chhomrong khola and then we climb very steep all the way to Sinuwa. Beyond Sinuwa, the trails enters into the forests and it goes up and down all the way to Dovan. There are only few lodges from now onwards at every night stop. It can be cold in the late afternoon as the sun hides behind the big hill before getting dark.
Soon after breakfast we hit the trail passing through the bamboo forest which is damp and cold then ascend steadily with fewer steep sections. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with phenomenal views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here we can see the trail drop closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is scanty, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. And then we stop for lunch in Deurali. After lunch we start ascending gently thorough a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The hike to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp we get an excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Ganggapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience.
Today we are above the tree line. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get breath taking views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp we again get to enjoy magnificent views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and many other peaks.
Today is set for acclimatization. Your guide will brief you about the climb, feel free to ask any questions to your team leader or guides that you may have regarding the climb. After lunch, our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and on using climbing gears such as ice axe, climbing boot, harness, jummer, and how to ascend and descend using ropes. There will also be training on how to fix the ropes, climbing technique, and about the knot and gears. We believe that some training experience will boost up your confidence and climbing skills, thus increasing the chances of scaling the summit as well as fully enjoy the experience. For those who aren’t willing to climb the peak, there are plenty of options like walking and exploring in the area including a trip to discover the South Face of Annapurna I.
We cross the glacier and Moraine Mountain passes descending onto Annapurna South Glacier. Follow the cairned trail across the surface on the ice. Climb the moraine on the opposite bank of the glacier. Enjoy the views of the high mountains from 6000ers to 8000ers. Finally arrive at the Tent Peak Base Camp which is a flat camping area.
Today, we make a steep ascent to the Tent Peak High Camp. Enjoy the panoramic views of Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna I (8091m), Fishtail Mountain, and other snow-capped high mountains. Climb the hill to a glacial bowl. After setting up the high camp, we spend the remainder of the day discovering and preparing for the final summit.
Around midnight, we get ready for the final push. We cross the short glacier to reach the base of several snow flutings. Climb fixed ropes to the final summit ridge. As we get nearer the summit, a sharp top of Tent Peak (5663m / 18,580 ft) unfolds. After summiting, we take the same route to return back to high camp.
We continue our journey descending to the glacier and to Tent Peak Base Camp. From there we trek further down to the Annapurna Base Camp
Today we retrace our steps towards Bamboo. Today’s trek is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up.
From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be staying for the night. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy hot springs just 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to soothe our aching body.
On our way to Naya Pul from Jhinu danda we get to enjoy the mesmerizing hill landscape of western Nepal. Our trek will end at Naya Pul where we board our vehicle to Pokhara.
Today we fly to Kathmandu in the morning. The left side seat of the airplane offers some amazing views of the Himalayas. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. We enjoy rest of the day just relaxing or you catch up on some last minute shopping. In the evening, we will attend a celebration as well as farewell dinner together.
Our adventure in Nepal ends today. An Adventure Ascent representative will drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight for final departure towards your sweet home.