Situated in the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary, Tharpuchuli is an attractive mountain. It is a part of the ridgeline and is located south from the glacier dome. It includes Singu Chuli and acts as a central divider between the semicircles of peaks enclosing the Sanctuary. Tharpuchuli offers an interesting climb to the top and also offers a spectacular view of the Annapurna Mountains. The peak was nicknamed “Tent Peak “by Jimmy Roberts in 1956.
This peak offers an ideal opportunity for those who want to summit a Himalayan peak, but who may otherwise be hesitant to try a higher peak as a Himalayan debut. Besides providing an interesting climb combining glacier travel, face climbing and tiptoeing on knife ridges, a climb on this mountain offers an unparalleled view of the entire Annapurna Sanctuary a breathtaking circle of hanging glaciers and moraines surrounded by some of the highest peaks on earth. The normal route follows the North-West Ridge to the summit although the mountain has been climbed via the South-East Ridge as well as South-West Face.
Note: If you are interested we can drive to trekking starting point and make 4 days short.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by car and overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara. You depart for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. You climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, and then follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River which takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is a tourist’s paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus, along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which takes about 25 minutes.
Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) by car, which takes approximately one and half hours drive. Now you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tikhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.), which takes about 4 hours. After breakfast at hotel, you could drive by car or van for one and a half hour to Nayapul. Then you start your trekking. The first part of your trek is easy, passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some of them are in Gorkha and Indian regiments.
Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) It takes about 6 hours. To begin your trek, you ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you get a beautiful view of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m.) South. Now your trail is quite easy, passing through forest and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some of the wildlife such as monkey and various species of birds.
Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.), which takes about 5 and a half hour. Early morning trip 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.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast, trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m).
Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Chhumrung (2050 m.), which takes about 6 hours. Immediately, ascend steeply and walk at a level for an hour and still ascend gently to the final camp. Chhumrung is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal.
Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2540m.). It takes about 6 hours. Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola (1860m.), then climbs out of the valley through the tiny settlements of Tilche through forests of Bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail, you reach Bhanuwa, still gently climbing to Sinuwa (2340m.). Afterwards, the kilometres is easier than previous ones. After you reach Kuldi Ghar the trail descends steeply to the Bamboo village (2310m.). If you are lucky enough, you could encounter leopards, jackals and monkeys in and around the area. Now the path gently ascends for the next one and a half hour to Dovan (2540m.).
Trek from Dovan (2540m.) to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m.), which takes about 6 hours. Your trail ascends gently all the way up to Machhapuchhre Base Camp passing the Himalaya (2840m.), Hinko (3100m.), Deurali (3140m.) and Bagar (3270m.). You travel through bamboo forests as well as many avalanches track. There is no dense forest in and around Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Due to the increasing elevation the size of the vegetation decreases. You can only see small bushes all the way up to base camp. From Machhapuchhre Base Camp you see the splendid view of the mountain at very close distance.
Rest at Machhapuchhre Base Camp. This is an acclimatization day for the preparation of Tharpu peak (Tent peak) summit.
Trek from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m.) It takes about 4 and a half hours. Now the trail descends gently all the way to Annapurna Base Camp welcoming you into the panoramic view of Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail Mountain (6997m.) and so on. Annapurna Base Camp is the end point for the trekkers and the start point for climbing different peaks such as Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7219m.) and Tent Peak (5000m.).
Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Ten Peak Base Camp, which takes about six hours. You cross Annapurna glacier to follow the steep ascent trail all the way to Tent Peak Base Camp. On the way, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Fishtail Mountain, Barahashikhar Mountain and many others.
Trek from Tent Peak Base Camp (4,800m.) to High Camp (5,200m.) It takes about four hours. The trail is steep ascent all the way to High Camp. This day you can enjoy the panoramic views of Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Fishtail Mountain, Barahashikhar Mountain and many others.
Summit the Tharpu peak (Tent peak) (5695 m) and back to Annapurna Base Camp.
Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.), which takes about 5 and a half hours. It’s much easier going down. You should have no problem reaching Sinuwa in a single day from Annapurna Base Camp. Now you trek through Himalayan Hotel to Doban.
Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) and it takes about 5 and a half hours. The path is descent up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the kilometres is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descend to the Chhumrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town, you should walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can relax at Hot Spring.
Trek from Jhinudanda to Birethanti via Sauli bazar. It takes around 5 hours and drive from Nayapul to Pokhara it takes around 1 and a half hours.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus, which takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal’s first cable car is operated to reach 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 the capital city. Or you can fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, which it takes about 25 minutes.