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Located towards the west of Annapurna and south of Ganesh Himal, Putha Hiunchuli also called the Dhaulagiri VII is one of the attractive and beautiful 7000 m peaks in the Dhaulagiri range. The first ascent to this stunning peak was made in 1954 by J.O.M. Roberts and Ang Nyima Sherpa via the Northeast route.
Putha Hiunchuli situated in the isolated region of Dolpo marks the end of the Dhaulagiri chain towards the west. The route passes through the lesser-known areas with scarce population and more wilderness. Along the trek, you will see an amazing diversity of landscapes, ecosystems as well as lifestyles. Rural and remote but worth giving a try to experience the beauty, the tranquility, and peacefulness in the lap of nature. And as a bonus, Putha Hiunchuli is an absolutely perfect choice for skiers too. So, if you are a ski lover, Putha Hiunchuli is a must-go destination for you!!
Putha Hiunchuli poses some significant level of challenge to the climbers but is not categorized as a difficult peak probably because the slopes rise relatively lesser than 35 degrees in the whole climb. Hence, it is an absolutely perfect choice for those willing to head for higher 7000ers as well as 8000ers. This expedition is an ideal preparation and a perfect step into the high altitude mountaineering. Our highly experienced and professional Sherpas will facilitate you in all aspects during the expedition.
We will set up three higher camps above the Base Camp before we go for the summit push. Base camp will be set up at 4900 m while Camp I will be established at 5500m followed by Camp II at 6150 m and Camp 3 at 6350 m above the glacier. All camps will be properly established by our experienced and professional Sherpas while you will be served high-quality food prepared freshly by our High Camp cooks. We do not cut any corners in our service, so be prepared for a first-class expedition journey to Putha Hiunchuli, the Dhaulagiri VII.
Who can go on Putha Hiunchuli Expedition?
One must have a sound physical fitness and endurance ability to go on any expedition above 7000 m including Putha Hiunchuli. Although it is not a challenging climb, it is still a high-altitude mountaineering activity demanding a high level of stamina and strength. Also, the trek will be strenuous as we will be walking on a rugged and rocky path for hours. Hence, prepare yourself mentally and train your body physically if you plan to go on an Expedition to Putha Hiunchuli.
Best season for Putha Hiunchuli Expedition
The best seasons to go on Putha Hiunchuli Expedition are Spring, Summer, and Autumn as the sky is much clear giving surreal views of the landscapes and glimpses of Dhaulagiri Ranges throughout the trek. The weather is moderate and the temperature is neither too cold nor too hot making it comfortable to walk on the trail.
The team at Eight K Expeditions will be tracking your flight to receive you at the airport. As soon as you land and complete the immigration procedures, one of our representatives will escort you to the hotel room booked for you. You may take your time to rest and relax to get rid of the jetlag. Meanwhile, we will prepare the documents and pack the stuff for our expedition.
After a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, we will meet up for a briefing and then depart to the airport to catch a flight to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is a beautiful city at the border of Nepal and India and is the gateway to beautiful treks like Rara, Dolpa, and Expedition to Putha Hiunchuli as well. We will stay overnight in a hotel.
We will take a short scenic flight to Juphal from Nepalgunj airport. Enjoying the aerial view of majestic mountains, beautiful scattered settlements, lush green hills, we land at Juphal and have our lunch. Then, we trek to Dunai to catch up with our porters and other staff. Dunai is a popular village in the Dolpo area. We stay overnight in a lodge.
Our trek starts from Dunai following the Barbung river. On the way, we will pass through picturesque villages decorated with terraced farmlands resided by ethnic groups living a rural and basic lifestyle. The trail is scented by the aroma of corn and buckwheat fields in the peak season. We will set up our camp amidst these farmlands and enjoy our night in Nando.
The trail on this day goes up and down through the forest areas. We pass through Laisicap at 2615 m and walk along the path eroded by landslides. We set up our camp at a feasible location near Musikhola.
The trekking trail to Kagkot passes through dense forests of pine and cypress gradually taking us over numerous suspension bridges. We slowly gain some altitude with lesser trees and more barren lands. We rest here the next day for acclimatization.
The trek to Pangzi is an interesting one presenting admirable views of the surrounding landscape. The trail proceeds towards the green pastureland and remote villages. The overall trek lasts for about 6 hours on a well-set route leading to a beautiful rural village at Pangzi.
We will be trekking to the German Base Camp on this day. We will ascend a steep hill that requires crossing two high passes (4390 m and 4490 m) before we reach the German Base Camp. Witnessing the beautiful panoramic view throughout the trek, we reach our destination for the night where our Sherpa team will fix the tents for us to camp.
The trek to the base camp is a bit challenging as the trail goes through many difficult passes uphill. We walk slowly and steadily to maintain our pace and avoid getting energy drained. During the trek to Putha Hiunchuli Base Camp, we will be able to witness marvelous vistas of surrounding peaks. As we reach the base camp, we will enjoy the beautiful dinner prepared by our competent team and rest at the campsite.
The 12 day period has been allocated for climbing the peak of Putha Hiunchuli. We and our team will ensure proper training, preparation and acclimatization before heading to the summit. During our stay at the base camp, we will conduct all required preliminary training and briefing. We will conduct rotations as required and then ascend to higher camps. Our camps will be set up at 5480 m, 6,150 m, and 6350 m before the summit push.
The summit offers splendid views of the mountains in the Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal as well. After spending some great time at the summit, we will prepare to descend to the lower camps.
By day 22, we will reach the base camp and clean it up.
We will retrace our path back to the German Base Camp but with a different perspective. We will see luring valleys and dense forest in the backdrop. Rest overnight in the camp.
We will further traverse the pass that comes along the way and steadily descend to Kagkot to rest overnight in a lodge.
After a fulfilling breakfast at Kagkot, we will trek towards Musikhola. Walking down the hills, passing through beautiful villages with ethnic culture and traditions, and enjoying the views of lush forests, we will reach Musikhola to rest in the tented camp.
On our return, we will trek to Khanigaon that is led by the trail alongside the Barbung river. The trail mostly goes downhill and leads to the bridge which marks the entrance to the valley. From the Barbung river, we take a short hike to reach Khanigaon our stop for the night.
On this day, we trek to Tarakot via beautiful forests that house various kinds of wildlife. We pass through several villages which are rich in culture and traditions and there lifestyle is admirable. Finally, after trekking for about 4 hours we will reach Tarakot.
Trek to Juphal will be a bit longer as we will need to walk for about 8-9 hours on sloping hills and ridges. On the way, we will visit the Sandul Gompa, the monastery with ancient chhortens which are marvelous. Later, we will walk on a plain trail through terraced farmlands until we reach Juphal.
After a night's stay at Juphal, we wake up early for a wonderful breakfast. Then we take a short scenic flight back to Nepalgunj. As we land at Nepalgunj, we can explore the city and try some delicious cuisine that the city is famous for.
We will have a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel in Nepalgunj and head to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu. As we land in Kathmandu, you can go sightseeing with our experienced city tour guide and enjoy your time. In the evening we will all get together for a farewell dinner.
With gratitude and respect in our hearts, we will bid you farewell thanking you for the opportunity. One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled departure.
Climbers are advised to prepare and train their bodies and mind in a perfect way to adapt to the remoteness, high altitude, and distance from the families. It is also advised to carry lesser amounts of valuable belongings. Also, pack in some cotton clothes for your stay in Kathmandu while some warm ones for the Himalayas. Always keep a copy of your passport and photos with you.
Trekking and mountain climbing in the Mountain Region are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, domestic flights to Nepalgunj and Juphal may be delayed or canceled. In cases as such, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, we can arrange it at a nominal extra charge.
Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure.
Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required. But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.
Expedition costs vary depending on factors including: group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, category of hotel accommodation, numbers of Sherpa’s allocated and equipment, type of arrangement and package customization. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact 8K Expedition for any information about in your selected package.
Thank you for joining us on our Expedition!!