Altitude: 5,663M/18,480ft Location: Annapurna Sanctuary, Nepal
Set in the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary, Tharpu Chuli offers moderate technical climbing and superior views of Annapurna, Machapucharre and more – a great first Himalayan peak!
Dates:Sept 15 - Oct 10, 2013 & 2014
Oct 10 to Nov 4, 2013 & 2014
April 4 - Apr 30, 2013 & 2014
May 4 - June 30, 2013 & 2014
BC services only USD$please contact us
Base camp support, medical and approach support (with or without permit inclusion) is also available as a separate option for experienced (only) independent teams – pls contact us for details.
All services Kathmandu – Kathmandu
12 per trip
Also known as “Tent Peak”, Tharpu Chuli is a gem in the heart of the Annapurna range with stunning views of Annapurna’s south-west face and of famed Machapucharre. The trek alone is provides a lifetime of memories as we pass through important agricultural areas and wind our way up through bamboo rhododendron forests and enter the enormous cleft which allows passage to the Annapurna Sanctuary proper. We will spend a few days establishing a high camp and then climb moderate snow slopes to reach a steeper climb to gain the broad summit ridge. The final stretch follows a knife edge to the top and from here we will have a 360° view that few have seen.
If we are able to summit Tharpu Chuli and time permits we will remain at high camp and attempt Singhu Chuli (6501m) and simply share the additional costs when we return to Kathmandu (approximately 300-400usd).
While the route requires knowledge of rope work and technical climbing techniques, it is suitable for climbers with previous technical ice and snow experience on much smaller objectives. Exposure to heights above 5,000m would be ideal, but not mandatory for members who can display previous solid technical ability on mixed ground.The style of our expedition will provide for our lead guides to fix and maintain the route for the climbing party, with opportunities available for members to assist in the route fixing.
Our expedition is priced to provide quality leadership on the hill, and support a significant safety net for each member. Our local staff qualify with the best available in Nepal, and base camp services and equipment are of the highest order.
The Climbing Team
In recent years we have found an increasing trend for our climbing teams to be composed of independent styled and self sufficient adventurers. The benefit of joining a like-minded group of climbers with a common goal goes beyond the savings found in just sharing expedition and permit costs. Our 2005 Ama Dablam team, for example, included members with climbs of Denali (Mt. McKinley), Mt. Logan, Chimborazo, Cerro Aconcagua, Mt. Kilimajaro, Mount Cook, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. In general our team members come from USA, Europe, and Australia but we have enjoyed the company of people from more than 20 nations on our trips.
Our expeditions are great learning opportunities, from both your trip managers and the other climbers around you. Typically half of our team will be setting out on their first major expedition attempt, while the other half could have an experience that spans the globe and includes several 8000m peaks.
We do not take applicants from travel agencies, or completely inexperienced people who don’t know a crampon from a ruck-sack, you can be assured the people whom you will be climbing with are competent, have prepared themselves for the expedition, and will be there to share with you the excitement of a major life adventure.
If you have been planning a Himalayan expedition, and are possessed of the necessary but moderate technical skills, and are looking for a professionally led and organized team at a realistic price, we invite your application or expression of interest on our expedition.