Situated in the Annapurna range, Mount Hiunchuli (6441m) is claimed as the fourth highest peak among the ' Trekking Peaks' in Nepal. It is one of the least difficult peaks for climbers in the Annapurna range but is vulnerable to rock falls. The peak has received little attention from mountaineers and is rarely climbed due to the lack of advertisement. It is best suited for the new climbers as it is technically easy to ascend. The peak was first climbed by the American Peace Corps Expedition, via the southeast face in October 1971. It forms a massive south-facing wall together with Annapurna South. Its eastern face overlooks the Modi Khola and guards the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary. The region is primarily dominated by the Gurung community.
Day 01: Kathmandu-Pokhara (914mt.)
We take our early drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) As we go away from Kathmandu valley, we start feeling rural. Pokhara is paradise for the tourists as it is full lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. Half day sightseeing around the valley, overnight in a hotel
Day 02: Pokhara -Nayapul (1050m.)
We start our early drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1050m.) by car and start trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga (1577 m.). via Birethanti (1065m.).The first part of our trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Majority of the people in this region are Gurung and follow Buddhism. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some are employed in Gorkha and Indian regiments as well
Day 03: Tirkhedhunga-Ghorepani (2675mt.)
Today, we trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 mt.) and it takes about six hours reach our today's destination. We could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, one could see good view of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m.) South. Now the trail is quite easier passing through rhododendron and shadowy trees and descends gently up to the final camp. We could also see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds.
Day 04: Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3180mt.)- Tadapani (2675mt.)
We start our trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) which takes about five and half hours. Early morning , we trek to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. Having breakfast, we trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.). After walking for almost one and half hour, we reach Gurung Hill which has the splendid mountain views as Poon Hill. We finally reach Tadapani which is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests that provides a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, Annapurna II and many more.
Day 05: Tadapani- Ghandruk (1950mt.)
From Tadapani (2675m.), we trek to Ghandruk (1950m.) and it takes about three hours normal walk. It is quite easy to trek in this section by descending gently all the way through the forest of rhododendron, oak and others. We are also fortunate enough to hear different kinds of birds chirping along the trail. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lover trekkers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. One can also observe the Gurung museum. We can view Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail from this village.
Day 06: Ghandruk –Chhomrong (2040mt.)
It is our turn to trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2040 m.).It takes approximately four hours to reach Chhomrong from Ghandruk. We could ascend gently for an hour up to Ghandrukkot (2100m.) and descend steeply to the Kimron Khola (1700m.). Chhumrung is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and the village is dominated by Gurung.
Day 07: Chhomrong-Bamboo (2340mt.)
We trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2340m.) and it takes about five hours to reach. Leaving Chhomrong behind, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola through a suspension bridge. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement of Tilicho in forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail we reach three hotels at Sinuwa, at 2350m. In winter, it's common to find snow elsewhere from this point. Descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests. Finally, we reach Bamboo Lodge (2340m.).
Day 08: Bamboo-Deurali (3230mt.)
Today, we trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.) which is about a five hours distance. We trek gently through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. We reach Dovan (2630m.) where there are few lodges and camp sites available. From Dovan, we pass through muddy trail which traverses high above the river. There is debris of avalanches except during winter season. After having walked a short distance, we reach at Himalayan Hotel (2900m.). Beyond it, the trail is steeply ascent up to Hinko Cave (3160m.) and after walking twenty minutes from Hinko Cave, we reach Deorali (3230m.)
Day 09: Deurali- Annapurna Base Camp (4170mt.)
After having lunch at Deurali, we trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.). From here, the valley widens and becomes less steep. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After a short trek we will be at Bagar (3310m.).The normal trail follows the left side of the valley and we reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.). One can view beautiful mountains such as Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.) from the BC. After a short trek, we approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.).
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp
We trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Annapurna South Base Camp. We enjoy the majestic views of Annapurna I, Fish tail, Singu Chuli, Tent peak and many more.
Day 11: Annapurna South Base Camp - Hiunchuli High Camp
Today trek from Annapurna South Base Camp to Hiunchuli High Camp enjoying the alpine vegetation and natural beauty
Day 12: Hiunchuli Camp I
We climb Hiunchuli Camp I and take rest
Day 13: Hiunchuli Camp II
It is our turn to climb Hiunchuli Camp II and take rest
Day 14: Hiunchuli Peak
We will summit Hiunchuli peak and back to Hiunchuli Camp II
Day 15: Annapurna South Base Camp
We slowly climb down to Annapurna South Base Camp
Day 16: Annapurna South Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp
After having lunch, we trek from Annapurna South Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp
Day 17: Annapurna Base Camp - Dovan (2630m.)
It is our turn to trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.). It is not a problem of reaching Sinuwa in a single day from Annapurna Base Camp. Hence, we trek through Himalayan Hotel to Dovan.
Day 18: Dovan - Jhinudanda (1750m.)
We trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) descending Bamboo passing through forests. After Bamboo, we go to Chhumrong Khola and almost after an hour, we reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From this place, we walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. We relax at Hot Spring.
Day 19: Jhinudanda - Pothana (1600m.)
It is our turn to trek from Jhinudanda to Pothana (1600m.) which is situated at a distance of five hours. The first part of the trek is descending to Himal Pani. Here one can enjoy the stunning waterfall. After a short trek, we will be at Landruk (1640m.), a pretty big village inhabited by mixed community of Gurung, Magar and Brahmin. Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m.) and then ascends and level path to Bherikharka. From Bherikharka, the trail goes steeply up to Deorali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks in panorama. Now the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak jungle. Pothana is a small village dominated by Gurung community.
Day 20: Pothana - Dhampus Phedi - Pokhara
Today, we trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi and drive to Pokhara by car. Sightseeing around Pokhara Valley.
Day 21: Pokhara - Kathmandu
We take our early drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are taken to the hotel, farewell dinner in the hotel.