Tharpu Chuli (5,663m) is more commonly known as Tent Peak and is situated in the Annapurna region of Nepal at the head of the Annapurna Sanctuary. It was first climbed on (but not summited) by Col. Jimmy Roberts in 1956 during an exploration of the area prior to a British expedition to Machapuchare in 1957. The peak was first summited in 1964 by a Japanese group on an expedition to Annapurna South led by Dr Haruo Higuchi. They climbed the South East Ridge, Alpine Grade AD and this is the sloping skyline to the right of the main photo. The easier North West Ridge, Alpine Grade PD, is to the left of the main photo and was first climbed by Gunter Hauser and a German party in 1965.
The peak is easy to get to, and gives good/easy snow and ice climbing at a relatively low altitude. It is renowned for its views of the whole Annapurna range and Machapuchare. The peak is initially viewed from the original Annapurna Base Camp famously used by the two expeditions of Maurice Herzog in 1950 and Chris Bonnington in 1970.
This route is graded as Alpine PD and is essentially in three stages, first stage to establish a base camp, second to a high camp, third the climb which is in two parts. From Annapurna base camp follow the trail east along the moraine towards a large cairn/chorten marking the descent path onto the South Annapurna glacier on your right. Descend a fairly steep trail onto the glacier/moraine helping your porters. There is a line of cairns, sometimes flags, crossing this glacier which will take you to the boulder moraine on the far side. Ascend the cliffs and go to the left of a dry gully up onto the grassy area and choose your site for a base camp. (13,500ft). To get to your high camp from here, follow the edge of the moraine North West until you reach a deep cut gully with a stream. Turn sharp right and follow a path heading towards Tharpu Chuli keeping the gully on your left. When the path flattens off, cross the stream and contour to an obvious flat area at 14,500ft as the first option for a high camp. If you want to go higher, there is a further option at 16,000ft gained by following a ridge above the site at 14,500ft to another level area. From your high camp follow the slopes towards Rakshi Peak on your left and keeping to the left of the glacier and crevasses. At 17,500ft cross the glacier heading directly towards the fantastic looking fluted wall which separates Tharpu Chuli and Singu Chuli. The right hand end of the wall is the easiest angle for climbing with a gain of between 400ft and 600ft to climb. The angle is between 45 and 55 degrees, the best part of the peak once you have crossed the bergschrund!
On reaching the NW ridge turn right and begin your ascent up a wide ridge which narrows to a knife edge for the final 150ft at 50 degrees. You made it, enjoy one of the best views in Nepal.
As you are picked from Tribhuwan International Airpot, Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a three-star level Hotel with Bed and Breakfast. We accommodate on the basis of twin shared room. A single room can be also accommodated upon your request. Your room will be facilitated with attached restrooms in the Kathmandu. During the Trekking premises, in some places, they only have a shared washroom and restroom. As you reach higher elevation single rooms may be difficult to manage.
During our Trek Authentic Nepali food is available and more common. You will also get international Cuisine such as Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Breakfast-Dinner will be served as per lodge menu where we stay overnight. Lunch will be served on the trail of Next destination. During Trek, all meals will be provided whereas, only breakfast is served in Kathmandu. Sherpa Himalaya will serve you special last day dinner.
Best Time to Climb
Weather in Nepal is quite a favorable. For trekking we have two peak season; Spring & Autumn. Autumn season starts from September to November whereas Spring season starts from March to May. Beside this two season, you can Climb in Nepal in other months too but it is quite cold in January and rainy in the month of July & August.
We will provide an experienced Climbing guide having fluency in English or any other language. 1 Climbing Sherpa Guide is entitled to every 3 members and 1 porter as per required. In every group, 1 Climbing guide is provided whereas Climbing Sherpa guide (assistant) is provided as per the size of the group. The proper management of Sherpa guides help in safety and make convenient while climbing. Even though if any member gets sick on the way to peak it will not affect the whole team and the rest team can successfully reach the peak.
Climbing individual Gears
When it comes to summiting a Peak Climbing Gears plays a very vital role and it is very important. It is the main thing that helps you to determine whether you can make the peak success or not. Proper quality to Gears makes you very easy in climbing whereas it also helps you stay away from cold and prevents frostbite and other problems.
Fixed rope, Tent, Kitchen stuff, Main rope, Snow bar, Ice screw, Rock pittan, and Ice hammer, etc are the gear which is provided by the Company.
Personal Climbing Gear you should bring
These are the gear that you should purchase:
Climbing boot, Crampons, Harness (safety belt), sunglasses, Jumar, Figure of eight, Helmet, Ice axe, Carabiner (2 lock/ 2 unlock), Gloves, Windproof Gortex, Sleeping Bag Jackets, Pants, Water bottles, Thermos, Sun cream, Hat, Down jackets, Inner thermal coat, some prusik, warm Socks (New), water bottle, Tape slings (2)
Frequently Asked Questions
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon arrival at Nepal’s heart, the capital known as Kathmandu, via Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you warmly and take you to the hotel where you will stay overnight. We will brief you shortly on your upcoming Trek with us after refreshment. We will also introduce you to your trekking guide and team guide. We will take you on a short visit of local area and one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance, if there is enough time assuming your flight is on time. This will give you a glimpse into the uniqueness of our country. If you arrive late in the evening or even night, there is always the next day.
Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation
After breakfast, we will head out for city tour of Kathmandu valley and visit the Durbar Square of Kathmandu, Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Swyambhunath Stupa. After the tour is over, we will gather to discuss in brief, the tour itinerary and other information. We will then check clothing and trekking equipment you will require during our travel.
Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft.) 30 minutes and Drive to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 feet), 5 - 6 hours
We will take early breakfast and reach Tribhuvan International Airport’s domestic terminal. We will then fly to Pokhara as we need to get Ghandruk on this Day, driving is not feasible way to travel. We will drive to Ghandruk and probably reach there on evening. Ghandruk is situated at an altitude of 1940m. We will stay overnight at Ghandruk. (If any member prefers to travel by road then we will add an extra Day as driving to Pokhara and then to Ghandruk on a single Day is not possible)
Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2170m/7120feet.), 5 - 6 hours
Aft.er breakfast we will start our trek towards Chhomrong (2170m). We will have lunch at Kimrungdanda on our travel. During our trek we will be continuously below the shadow of Annapurna. We will also enjoy Annapurna South, Himchuli, and Fishtail. Overnight stay at Chhomrong.
Trek to Dobhan [2840m/9318feet.], 6 hours
We will trek along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of Himalayas. We will then cross a suspension bridge and trek uphill to Sinuwa Danda. Our trail will pass through thick & dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar after we descend from Sinuwa Danda. Then we will eventually descend a long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests. We will cross a dark & deep bamboo forest as well as a beautiful rhododendron forest to the village of Doban. Overnight at Doban.
Trek to Macchapuchre Base Camp (MBC) [3700m/12135feet.], 3-4 hours trek
Aft.er early morning breakfast, we will cross two streams over small wooden bridges and an exciting Day will begin. The trail will pass through solitary and peaceful places with only sounds of local flora and fauna which we will encounter en route. We will climb up to the Hinko Cave, rest and further climb to Deorali. The hike to MBC will be strenuous surely, but the unfolding views of the majestic Machhapuchre will be a rewarding experience of joy and happiness. Overnight at MBC.
MBC to Annapurna Base Camp [4,130m/13,545feet.], 2-3 hours trek
We will start late as there will be less walking and only for a short distance. We will trek to Annapurna Base camp and stay overnight there. The base camp offers excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. The green vegetation disappears on our way to Annapurna Base Camp and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
Acclimatization & Climbing Preparation
This is a Day set aside to prepare for high altitude travel as health experts suggest one should prepare well for uphill trek. We can roam around the base camp and surrounding locality to experience local Sherpa people and their rich culture, or we can hike up the hill and view the mighty Annapurna unfolding its beauty. Our team guide will also provide a last minute preparatory training. We will learn how to use gears properly and rest for tomorrow. Overnight at base camp.
Trek to Tent peak Base Camp [4450m/14,600feet.], 5 hours
We will start early morning aft.er having a warm breakfast. We will cross the glaciated mountain passes descending onto Annapurna South Galcier. We will then follow the cairned trail across the surface on the ice. Further, we will climb the moraine on the opposite bank of the glacier and enjoy the views of the high mountains from 6000ers to 8000ers from top of the moraine. Aft.er a long climb we will finally arrive at the Tent Peak Base Camp. We will set up our camp and rest.
Trek to High Camp [5,200m/17,056 feet.], 5 hours
On this Day, we will make a steep ascent to the Tent Peak High Camp while enjoying the panoramic views of Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7229m), Annapurna I (8091m), Fishtail Mountain, and other snow-capped high mountains along our trail. We will also climb a hill to a glacial bowl and establish our high camp at suitable place. Overnight at High camp.
Summit Tent Peak, Return to High Camp, 6 hours
We will start early in order to avoid noon Day winds. We will initiate ascending at around 1 am in the morning. We will cross the short glacier to reach the base of several snow flutings from where we will climb up via fixed ropes to the final summit ridge. The top of the summit will be sharp and situated at an elevation of 5663m / 18,580 ft. Aft.er a successful conquest of the summit, we will return back to high camp. Overnight at high camp.
Descent to Tent Peak Base Camp then to ABC, 4-5 hours
We will descend back to ABC on this Day. We will start aft.er initial breakfast and our trail will descend to the glacier and to Tent Peak Base Camp. From Tent Peal base camp it will be a couple of hours walk to ABC. We will reach ABC aft.er noon so we will have enough time to rest and enjoy our successful conquest of summit. Overnight at ABC.
ABC to Bamboo [2310m/7575ft.], 6 hours trek
On this Day, we will travel towards Bamboo from ABC via Deurali and Doban village. This trail is perfect to view natural beauty witnessing Behemoth Mountains above us. En route we will pass via few villages and rest accordingly. We will have lunch on the way. There will be a medium sized waterfall where we will rest and relax. We will reach bamboo before evening. Overnight stay at Bamboo.
Bamboo to New Bridge/Jhinu Dada [1760m/5770 ft.], 6 hours trek
Jhinu Danda is situated at 1760m which is uphill climb from Bamboo and but downhill walk via Chhomrong Khola route. This trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. We can also enjoy hot springs just 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to soothe our aching body. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6-8 hours by Drive
We will start our road trip early morning or we shall fly back to Kathmandu via early flight. Flight will cost you supplement money. Aft.er reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Kathmandu and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Free Day in Kathmandu
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day. Overnight at Kathmandu.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.
Included in the Cost