PRICE

$2000 (4-day climb extension)
See ABC trek pricing

SCHEDULE

Fall
November 17 – December 4, 2019
Lead Guide: Dennis Broadwell
ABC & Tent Peak Climb

DETAILS

18 days in Nepal
Grade: Beginner

 
 
 
 
 

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OVERVIEW

Situated above Annapurna Base Camp, Tent Peak known by the Nepalese as Tharpu Chuli sits at 18,684 ft (5663m). The summit offers magnificent panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna region. Mountain Gurus offers a four-day expedition extension during our sanctuary trek. Tent Peak presents a challenging yet truly spectacular expedition experience.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and Island Peak Climb • 18 Days

This adventure combines a climb of Tent Peak with a trek to Annapurna Sanctuary. Our journey begins in the historic city of Kathmandu. We quickly fly to Pokhara and trek into Annapurna Sanctuary via Poon Hill and the village of Chhomrong. Once at Annapurna Basecamp, we spend the next four days attempting Tharpu Chuli. We trek to Camp I, then hike a steep ravine to high camp and prepare for our final ascent. Above high camp, we ascend to the summit, gaining a steep section using fixed lines (up to 50 degrees), the ridge, then flattens. The final section of the Northwest Ridge then narrows to a knife edge for a short climb to the top. From the summit we get 360-degree views of Annapurna South (7229m), Annapurna I (8091m) and Machhapuchare and the sanctuary amphitheater.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-8 • Kathmandu – Annapurna Base Camp
Day 9 • Cave Camp
Day 10 • Tent Peak High Camp • 17,056 ft
Day 11 • Summit Day • Tharpu Chuli • 18,684 ft
Day 12 • Contingency Day
Day 13 • Deurali
Day 14 – 18 • Landruk – Kathmandu

ITINERARY

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and Tent Peak Climb

Begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1-7 • Arrive Kathmandu – Machhapuchhre Base Camp • 12,139 ft

Please refer to our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek itinerary for the approach to ABC and Tent Peak.

Day 8 • Annapurna Base Camp • 13,550 ft (4130m)

Much of the day is spent enjoying the spectacular scenery that surrounds us. The huge south face of Annapurna I (8,091m) provides an impressive backdrop, while the closeness of 10 peaks over 6,000m, including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre, is simply awe inspiring. Sunrise is particularly special as the rising sun slowly illuminates the snow-capped Peaks. Walking through the sanctuary, the views are spectacular as you feel almost completely surrounded by the nearby mountains. The silence is crushing and only occasionally broken by the distant roar of avalanches.

Accommodations:  Lodge in Annapurna Base Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Cave Camp

After breakfast, the trail leads us alongside the Modi Khola river. On our right, the South Annapurna Glacier comes into view. A trail from the glacier leads to Annapurna South basecamp. Our trail moves straight ahead and crosses a bridge. We continue upward until reaching the Cave camp.

Accommodations: Tented Camp at Cave Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 10 • Tent Peak High Camp • 17,056 ft

We break camp and ascend on a steep trail to the Tent Peak (Tharpu Chuli) High Camp. We climb using a fixed line and helmet. Our team continues to ascend a 40-50 degree steep path for around 2-3 hours and until reaching the glacier. From the high camp we get panoramic views of Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7229m), Annapurna I (8091m), Machhapuchhre. After setting up high camp, we spend the day relaxing and discovering the surrounding area. Before nightfall we prepare for our summit ascent the next morning.

Accommodations: Tented Camp at High Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 11 • Summit Day • Tharpu Chuli • 18,684 ft

Summit day starts early. We navigate and climb rock ledges for about two hours and until reaching a flat section of glacier gaining the Northwest Ridge. Our team ascends a steep slope of 70 degrees (300 feet). Then walk on a flat trail for around thirty minutes. The guide ascends fixed ropes, leading the team and reaching the final narrow summit of Tharpu Chuli also known as Tent Peak. From the summit we enjoy the breathtaking views of the Annapurna sanctuary amphitheater. Descend to the high camp.

Accommodations: Tented Camp at High Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 12 • Contingency Day

Today is an extra contingency day if needed for acclimatization, weather or delay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 13 – 17 • Deurali – Kathmandu

If we arrive early in Pokhara, we can enjoy the day exploring the city. Over the next five days we descend to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B, L, D)

Day 18 • Depart Kathmandu

Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.

Meals Included: Breakfast (B)

Itinerary Notes
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

DETAILS

Price

$2000 (4-day climb extension)
See ABC trek pricing

Deposit and Payments

$700.00 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application
Balance due 90 days prior to departure

Price Includes

  • Park fees and climbing permit
  • Lodges during the trek
  • Tented accommodations
  • Scheduled meals during the expedition
  • Professional mountain guide
  • Scheduled porter service based on itinerary
  • Baggage transport (limited to 30kg – 66lbs)
  • All group equipment for the expedition (including tents, stoves, group climbing gear, fixed ropes, emergency oxygen)

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare and meals during travel
  • Visa fees
  • Non-scheduled airport transfers
  • Non-scheduled meals
  • Personal gear
  • Non-scheduled porter service
  • Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
  • Single room supplement (hotels only)
  • Medical and evacuation coverage
  • Helicopter flights due to delays
  • Early departure fees
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Tips and gratuities

GEAR LIST

A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in the PreClimb information upon reservation.

Head and Face

  • Warm Hat: Wool/ synthetic, one that covers the ears.
  • Buff or Neck Gaitor
  • Heavyweight Balaclava
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap
  • Glacier Glasses: Essential eye protection at altitude. Wrap around style or side shields.
  • Goggles: Dark lenses to help with snow and wind.
  • Sunscreen: SPF 30+
  • Lip Balm: SPF 30+
  • Climbing LED Headlamp: Bring one extra set of batteries.

Upper Body

  • Baselayer Tops: One synthetic long-sleeve shirt.
  • Mid-layer Top: This is a synthetic or fleece top.
  • Softshell Jacket: This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Hardshell Jacket: GORE-TEX© or a fully waterproof shell. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Insulated Jacket: Heavyweight 700+ fill down.

Handwear

  • Lightweight Gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)
  • Softshell Gloves: One pair. Leather palms offer durability and grip.
  • Heavyweight Gloves: Insulated glove with GORE-TEX© or waterproof outer.
  • Handwarmers: 1 set

Lower Body

  • Baselayer Bottom: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
  • Softshell Pants: One pair. Synthetic, stretchy, non-insulated
  • Hardshell Pants: One pair of GORE-TEX© pants full-length side zips are required; you may need to take off your Hardshell pants without removing your boots.
  • Insulated Pants: One pair of synthetic insulated pants with full side zips.
  • Gaiters: Full-sized waterproof gaiters that must fit snugly over your mountaineering boots.

Footwear

  • Mountaineering Boots: Full shank crampon compatible. Heavy weight synthetic/ hybrid mountaineering boots.
  • Mediumweight Socks: Two pair of wool or synthetic socks.
  • Heavyweight Socks: Two pair of wool or synthetic socks for sleeping in and for summit day.

Note: Please read our Mountaineering Boot and Crampon guide for more information.

Sleeping

  • Sleeping Bag: Bring a warm bag (rated to 0ᵒ fahrenheit).
  • Sleeping Pads: A full-length closed-cell foam pad and inflatable pad.

Packing and Backpack

  • Backpack: One 70L pack with good support, adequate to carry personal, and group gear. The pack should fit properly, have a good waist belt, and be able to carry gear between 30-40 lbs.
  • Duffle/zip Bag: one large size, transporting gear to basecamp via mules.
  • Liner Bags: 2 Large plastic contractor bags.

Climbing Gear

  • Ice axe: 55-65cm mountaineering axe.
  • Crampons: 12-point steel with anti-balling plates.
  • Climbing Helmet: Lightweight
  • Alpine Harness: Lightweight alpine harness with adjustable leg loops.
  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and collapsible with snow baskets.
  • Locking Carabiners: (4) Large pear-shaped, screw gate locking carabiners.
  • Non-locking Carabiners: (2) Wire gate non-locking carabiners.
  • Ascender: Left or right handed
  • Rappel/Delay device: Figure 8 recommended
  • Prussik Cord: 40 feet, 6mm perlon
  • Nylon Sling: (2) 60cm nylon slings

Hydration

  • Water Bottle: Two, 1L wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©

Personal Health and First Aid

  • Snacks and drinks
  • Small personal first-aid kit and medications
  • Plastic bowl, insulated mug, and spoon
  • Toilet paper, blue bag or wag bag
  • Earplugs

TRAVEL & FITNESS

Travel

Program Location:
Begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal

Visa/Entry Information:
Passport must have six months or more validity remaining at the time of entry. American citizens may obtain a visa prior to travel or upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. 30 day multiple-entry visa ($40), or 90 day multiple-entry visa ($100)

Health & Immunizations:
Immunizations are not required for entry into Nepal

Flight Travel Information:
Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), Kathmandu, Nepal

International Departures:
Itineraries reflect the date and time you will need to arrive in country for a program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries destination city. When booking your flight, you will need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It is easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you will need to arrive.

Meals and Food:
All meals are provided as per meal schedule. See itinerary.

Gear:
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Tent Peak Fitness & Training

Climbing Grade: Beginner

Tent Peak is usually climbed after an acclimatization trek to Annapurna Base Camp. This is highly recommended as altitude can be a determining factor on success on this climb. We recommend climbers to have basic snow and climbing skills before attempting this peak. Good physical conditioning is required, with pack weights ranging between 30-40 lbs. to high camp.

Prior to the expedition we recommend taking at minimum a mountaineering course and spending time at altitude.

Here’s a suggested progression of climbs before attempting Tent Peak.

  • Northwest Climb (Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, Mount Shuksan)
  • Mount Elbrus
  • Mexican Volcanoes, Ecuador Volcanoes, Peaks of Bolivia

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the physical requirements needed for this trek and climb?

The trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a 20 lbs. pack. The climb requires 10-14 hours of climbing with a 25 lbs. pack. Elevation gains of 3000-4000+ feet per day. Strong hiking skills and excellent physical conditioning are required.

Who will be guiding?

Our Nepal climbs are led by a Nepalese (Sherpa) mountain guides or an American mountain guide with extensive experience leading our climbing teams. They will be accompanied by assistant Sherpa guides and porters. Many of these guides are native to the Khumbu (Everest) region of Nepal.

What are the Nepal climbing seasons?

The best time to trek is in the pre-monsoon Spring season, March-April-May and the post-monsoon Fall season, October-November. Nepal experiences the monsoon (heavy rains and snow) from June to September. Winter is very cold in the high mountains (December-February).

How much will my pack weigh?

During the trek you will only carry the gear you’ll use for each day. Porters will carry all your extra clothing items and overnight gear. At no point will you carry camping gear or equipment for overnight. Daypacks should not weigh more than 15-20 lbs. for your comfort. On summit day we will be breathing heavy, moving slowly, and carrying our 25 lbs. summit packs. Being in top physical and mental condition is key to succeeding on this climb.

Where will we be staying?

In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay at clean and comfortable hotels, during the trek we utilize mountain lodges owned and operated by the local people. During the climbing portions of the trip and in remote areas with overnight in mountain tents.