Churen Himal is another hidden gem that glorifies the beauty of Nepal and its natural landscapes. The peak located in the Western part of the country with an altitude of 7371m/24183ft offers an awe-inspiring climbing experience in a magnificent setting with numerous cultural and scenic diversions.
Though the Churen Himal Expedition is not as popular as Everest and Manaslu
Expeditions, it presents you with the best opportunity to explore the unexplored trails of Nepal.
Churen Himal is among the seventh series’ mountains in the Dhaulagiri mountain range. It holds three summits; Churen West (7371m), Churen Central (7375m), and Churen North (7371m). It stands tall on the north of Beni and Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve and west of Dhaulagiri I (8163m).
You will embrace this amazing expedition that extends for around 37 days. The trekking caravan route goes from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Darbang via a tourist bus. Your trek starts from Darbang as you rest and walk for around 6 days to rest your head in the Churen Himal Base Camp (4600m).
In the way, you pass through Dharapani Village, Lumsang Village, Gurja Village, Darsinge Khark, Burjunga Khark— some of the breathtaking gems of the region. The journey takes you closer to several ethnic villages, rivers, and glacial streams and lakes.
The expedition finds its peak with a challenging but fantastic summit of the Churen Himal. You can sink in all the pleasures of the wonderful journey while feeling a crisp passing of air from the top of the snow-capped mountain.
The best season for you to take on this expedition is in late spring and autumn. During these seasons, you don’t have to encounter the possible threats that the high altitudes can bring in. Plus, the weather remains favorable for a long-day trek.
With Nepal Social Treks & Expedition, you can clinch this expedition and tick it out of your bucket list as we provide the best guidance possible. We have a team of expert climbers, who have the experience of completing the hardest of climbs with minimal or no risks.
If you want to discover Nepal from its core, this expedition is the perfect platform for you.
Short History of Churen Himal
The Churen Himal was first conquered by the Academic Alpine Club of the Shizuoka Expedition group on 24 October 1970. Individuals from the Academic Alpine Club of Shizuoka, Japan, summited the pinnacle (West peak) of Churen Himal (7371m) and the Central Peak (7375m) on 28 and 24 October respectively from the Southeast ridge.
Why You Will Love This Churen Himal Expedition:
- Indulge yourself into 37 days of adventurous and challenging technical climbing
- Magical views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
- Adventurous walk towards Gurja Khani, resting near the foot of Gurja Himal (7193m)
- Get acquainted with mystifying flora and faunas, rushing rivers, speedy streams of glaciers, and condensed forests along the trails
- Experience the heavenly feel while sleeping at the lap of Dhaulagiri
- Feel freshened up with serene, seamless and galvanizing natural magnificence
- Praise the well-placed hidden villages of sundry groups and their well-manner to the guests
- Explore the isolated trails, vibrant cultures, and habitats along the way
- Summit the beautiful Churen Himal 7371m (24,183ft)
Is This Churen Himal Expedition Right For You?
The weather can be unpredictable in the higher altitudes as it can also affect your expedition and put it to a halt. Make sure you carefully consider the time of the year you wish to take on the expedition as the scenery and conditions vary between seasons.
For about a week or more, you will have to walk for 5 to 7 hours, excluding the climb itself. So, make sure that you are up for the challenge. If you have been practicing some kind of climbing exercises prior to the expedition, it will be helpful.
You will be scaling the Churen Himal that lies about 7000 meters. The climb is somewhat challenging, so keep in check that you have proper climbing experience before taking on this expedition.
The expedition includes around five overnight stays over 3000 meters, where there is the risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may notice shortness of breath and mild headache, but your guide will make sure you walk slowly to let your body adjust to the thinning air.
Our guides and Sherpas are well trained in first aid and will be carrying emergency medicines to help you in the time of difficulty. In extreme cases, we will rescue you using a helicopter. If you are unsure about your physical ability, you need to seek some medical advice before booking this expedition.
37 Days Churen Himal Expedition Itinerary
|1-2||Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and Preparation for the Expedition||1350 m||N/A|
Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive)
|950 m||6 hours
Pokhara to Darbang (Drive)
|1110 m||5 hours|
|5||Darbang to Takum via Dharapani Village (Trek)||1670 m||5 hours|
|6||Takum to Lumsang Village (Trek)||2120 m||6 hours|
|7||Lumsang Village to Gurja Village (Trek)||2620 m||7 hours|
|8||Gurja Village to Darsinge Khark (Trek)||3600 m||6 hours|
|9||Darsinge Khark to Burjunga Khark (Trek)||3415 m||5 hours|
|10||Burjunga Khark to Churen Himal BC (Trek)||4600 m||3 hours|
|11-29||Climbing Churen Himal||7371 m||N/A|
|30||Cleaning up Base Camp and Trek from Churen BC to Burjunga Khark||3415 m||5 hours|
|31||Burjunga Khark to Gurja Village (Trek)||2620 m||6 hours|
|32||Gurja Village to Lulang Village (Trek)||2200 m||5 hours|
|33||Lulang Village to Dharapani to Darbang (Trek)||1670 m||5 hours|
|34||Darbang to Pokhara (Drive)||950 m||5 hours|
|35||Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)||1350 m||6 hours|
|36||Free and Rest Day at Kathmandu||1350 m||N/A|
|37||Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu for Final Departure||1350 m||0.5 hours|
This trip starts early in Kathmandu so that you get enough time for the briefing about the expedition.
You need to pay 500USD as a royalty fee to summit the Churen Himal in the spring season. Besides, the cost of ascending the peak in autumn and winter/summer seasons is 250USD and 125USD, respectively.
Note that while we endeavor to assist our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times your leader decides whether to delay or stop your ascent based on your medical conditions and AMS symptoms.
You may also be asked to carry some passport size photographs for your expedition permit.
Our representative will greet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival in Kathmandu. You will then move to your hotel where you can take rest and get rid of the jet lag. After some time, you will meet our representative, who will brief you about your daily activities. A warm and cozy rest in the hotel should energize you for what’s coming ahead.
- Short briefing about your daily activities after transferring to the hotel.
- Traditional Nepali welcome dinner and the chance to know each other.
Make sure you gather around for the quick meeting as we will be briefing you about your daily activities. The meeting will be kept short so that you get enough time to take rest and prepare for what’s coming up next.
Your second day in the country’s capital begins with some preparation and briefing about the expedition. Our guide will let you through all the small details that you should face during the journey. It’s an opportunity for you to learn about the expedition from the guide.
After the session, you can put the final touch on your journey with last-minute shopping. The list can include climbing packs and other climbing tools, as well as some medical supplies. Accordingly, you will get all the permit formalities done by the end of the day.
- Detailed briefing regarding the whole expedition.
- Some last-minute shopping to get fully prepared for the journey ahead.
- Getting acquainted with the permit formalities.
Today, we will organize another short meeting to provide you all the necessary details of the expedition. We will talk about the routes we will be taking and also inform you about the fooding and accomodation facilities that you will get on the expedition. Additionally, we will brief you about the permits that are compulsory for the expedition.
After breakfast in Kathmandu, you leave for Pokhara— the city of the famous Fewa Lake. You can take a direct bus at 7 or 7:30 am from the bus park. It takes about 6 hours until you reach Pokhara.
During the journey, you can see the beautiful Trishuli river flowing with its charm of freshness. The road has many twists and turns, and you can catch breathtaking views of the Himalayas and green fields, which soothes your eyes and freshens up your journey. Also, the alluring views of local villages put more life on your expedition.
After you arrive in Pokhara, you get escorted to a lodge where you can have a comfortable night stay.
- 6-hour long drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu.
- A mesmerizing view of green fields, Himalayas, and landscapes.
- A glance at the clean and fresh Trishuli River.
- Alluring view of the local villages along the way to the Lake city.
After breakfast in Pokhara, you will head towards Darbang, which is around a 5-hour drive from the city. In Darbang, you get to meet people who are engaged in making Khukuri, which is the curved Nepali weapon that has a great history.
Besides, you get the glance of the beautiful Dhaulagiri Himal (8167m) from the place. The fourth day ends with you resting in the tea house.
- 5-hour drive towards Darbang from Pokhara.
- Getting to know the locals who are skilled at making Khukuri, the traditional weapon of Nepal.
- A majestic view of the outstanding Dhaulagiri Himal (8167m).
The following day, you will get the real feel of an expedition with the walk past Dharapani Village to Takum. Dharapani is a small village located in Northern Nepal that is less populated.
Takum is another beautiful village home to people who share different cultures and religions in the Myagdi District of Western-Central Nepal. The day ends with accommodation amidst the serenity of Takum.
- Trek towards Takum village via Dharapani Village for about 5 hours
- Getting to know the locals of the village who possess different cultures, religions, and traditions.
The sixth day of your expedition gets off with a trek from Takum to Lumsang. Lumsang is yet another hidden-gem village in Nepal that homes people of different languages and religions. You can catch up with all the scenic beauty along the way.
Overnight tea house accommodation for a night in this cozy place should take away all of your fatigue.
- 6-hour walk towards the off-beaten trail to Lumsang Village.
- Catching up with the scenic beauty of the landscape.
A fantastic 7-hour trek to the isolated remote area leads you towards exploring the lonely and untouched hidden village, Gurja Khani. The spectacular village rests near the foot of Gurja Himal (7193m).
You can feast your eyes upon the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri Himal (8167m). The village is fanned around a steep stadium of terraced fields overlooking a broad range of colors with marigold flowers, rows of pumpkins and maize drying on the roof, and the houses decorated with splashes and stripes of colorful muds.
You can also catch the fields and temporary dwellings of the Gurja people who descend to live here when snow falls in the village.
In the evening, you can gather around the fireplace and also share your experiences with the locals before you rest your feet.
- 7-hour trek to the Gurja Village that rests at the foot of Gurja Himal (7193m).
- Fascinating view of Dhaulagiri Himal (8167m).
- Glimpses of houses decorated with splashes and stripes of colorful muds.
- A look at the fields and temporary dwellings of the Gurja people.
After the sun rises, you will have your breakfast and start the trek of the day. As you wave goodbye to the locals at Gurja, you take a steep walk towards the wood way to reach Darsinge Khark. Tea house accommodation at Darshinge Khark should beat off the tiredness from the 6 hours of walking.
- 6-hours of a wood-way walk to reach Darshinge Khark.
- Overnight in Darsinge Khark.
The next morning, you start fresh with a descent towards Burjunga Khark from Darsinge Khark. This part of the expedition is crucial as it gives you an ample amount of time to get used to altitude deference.
After descending from 3600 meters to 3415 meters, you will camp in Burjunga Khark, which is the gateway of Churen Himal Base Camp (4600m).
- Some 5 hours of trek to reach Burjunga Khark.
- Overnight in Burjunga Khark.
This day marks the moving day of your expedition. You plan your journey towards the Churen Himal Base Camp that rests in the foot of the magnificent Churen Himal. As you move towards the high altitude, you start to feel the unceasing aura of cold and fresh wind that strikes right away from the snow-capped mountain.
After some three hours of trekking, you land your feet on Churen Himal Base Camp. With camping in the high altitude, you get proper time for acclimatization.
- A three-hour walk to reach the gateway of Churen Himal, Churen Himal Base Camp.
- Camping in the Base Camp provides enough time for acclimatization.
For 18 days, you will be ascending and descending the beautiful Churen Himal, which lies 7371 meters above the sea level. Your adventure will get a new dimension as you step your feet closer to the surreal beauty of the magnificent Churen Himal.
The majestic mountain feeds you with the breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri I (8163m) in its east and the Putha Hiunchuli (7246m) in its west.
The snow-capped mountain takes your breath away as you will be reeling for more pleasure once you conquer the top of the Churen Himal. The oxygen level, given the altitude, will be low, but your passion and hunger to feel the soothing freshness from this height won’t waver. With the help of our guide, you will march your journey down to the base camp.
On the 18th day, you will reach back to the Churen Himal BC, still ecstatic from the challenging yet pleasing journey. Overnight in the base camp, and you can preserve all the lavishing memories and throw away fatigue and tiredness as you plan for the returning half of the expedition.
- Ascending the magnificent Churen Himal.
- Ecstatic views of Dhaulagiri I (8163m) in its east and the Putha Hiunchuli (7246m) in its west.
- Descending back to the Churen Himal Base Camp on the 18th day of the climb.
- Camping in Churen Himal Base Camp.
With this day, you will complete a month of this enticing adventure. Now you will have the chance to plan your return and end the expedition with all good memories. After a light breakfast, you will finish up cleaning base camp and plan your return trip towards the Burjunga Khark.
After a trek for 5 hours or so, you will land your feet in Burjunga Khark.
Overnight tea house accommodation in Burjunga Khark will give you the chance to gather your energy and plan steadily for your return home.
- Cleaning up the Churen Base Camp for environmental safety.
- 5-hour trek back to Burjunga Khark for the returning part of the expedition.
Before leaving the Base Camp, we will be carrying out the cleaning program around the camp area. We are always concerned about keeping our mountains free of pollutants.
Today’s trek is a little longer and more exciting! After breakfast, you will track your journey back to the Guraja Village, which rests on the foot of the Gurja Himal (7193m). A 6-hour walk can be tiresome, but you eventually have more resting time as we end this day here with a tea house accommodation in Gurja. Besides, it will be your opportunity to know more about the traditions and culture of people living here.
- 6 hours of some exciting walk back to the Gurja Village.
- Catching up with the locals to share the excitement of the climb.
- Overnight in Gurja Village.
After a good breakfast, you trek for approximately 5 hours to reach Lulang Village. It is another hidden-gem village in the Myagdi district in the Dhaulagiri zone of Western-Central Nepal. In the afternoon, you can explore Lulang and the surrounding areas and enjoy some breathtaking views. This day will also be relaxing before you enjoy your last walking-part of this wonderful expedition.
- Trek to the Lulang Village on a 5-hour-long trail.
- Exploring and interacting with the locals of Lulang.
- Catching up with some of the breathtaking views around the area.
The five-hour-long trail from Lulang Village to Darbang presents you the chance to enjoy your final trekking adventure of this expedition. Now on, you will drive back until you reach your departure.
On your journey back, you will pass through the small Dharapani Village, which is rich in its own culture, ethnicity, and traditions. Your feet might feel cramped with the walk, but you feel alright overnight in Darbang.
- Return to Darbang via the Dharapani Village trail that takes around 5 hours of walking.
- Getting acquainted with the culture and traditions of the people at Darbang and Dharapani.
Today you pack your bags and buckle up for the drive back to Pokhara. A 5-hour drive through Beni takes you back to the peaceful and clean city of Nepal. What awaits you in this majestic city is the alluring Fewa and Begnas Lakes. The fresh air and serenity of Pokhara should remind you of the time when you were on the top of the Churen Himal.
- Exactly 5-hour drive back to Pokhara via Beni road.
- A glimpse of the breathtaking Fewa and Begnas Lake.
- Overnight in Pokhara.
Today you will bid farewell to the spectacular view of Machhapuchchhre (6993m), mystifying the beauty of Pokhara. A 6-hour bus ride will take you back to Kathmandu. While on the road, you can glance at the photographs from the amazing expedition.
- 6-hour drive to return to the capital city.
- Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today marks as the rest day to let go of all your fatigues and tiredness from the long-haul expedition. You can go for a small shopping trip in the capital as your evening will be jam-packed tight with our small farewell celebration dinner. We will thank you for your cooperation and for believing in us for the sake of your expedition.
- Complete rest in the capital city to fade away all the fatigue and tiredness of the expedition.
- A lavishing farewell dinner organized by use for your long-haul co-ordination.
- Overnight in Kathmandu.
We will organize a quick farewell dinner to thank you for your time with us. You will have some of the country’s best dishes on the menu so that you can get a better taste of the city before you fly back home.
Our representative will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, where you will take a flight back to your home. During your way back, you can recollect all the thrills and chills that you had during your stay in Nepal for more than a month.
- Drive back to the Airport for your departure from the city.
- Arrival and departure cost on domestic and international flights
- 4 nights 3-star standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B plan
- 2 nights 3-star hotel accomodation in Pokhara in B/B Plan.
- All the meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast) During the Trekking and climbing of Churen Himal Summit and back
- All of the transportation service from initial and endpoints of Churen Himal Expedition
- Climbing Sherpa guide for the expedition
- Churen Himal Expedition Group climbing equipment like climbing rope, ice axe, ice screw, ice bar, etc
- All the required permits for Churen Himal Expedition
- High altitude meals for Churen Himal Base Camp, Camp I, Camp II and Camp III
- All of the insurance and expenses of Liaison officer (Government of Nepal)
- All necessary camping and kitchen equipment provided including base camp tents, dining tent with table and backrest chair, kitchen with all utensils, toilet with commode, etc
- High altitude tents and the crucial gadgets like EPI gas and burner for the high climb
- Warm clothes and trek gear for Nepali staffs including porters
- Life and medical insurance of all the staff and porters
- Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) and Gamow Bag along with the comprehensive first-aid kit
- Communication devices like a walkie talkie and satellite phone in case of emergency
- Emergency Oxygen with regulator and mask while climbing Churen Himal
- Agency service charge
- Farewell dinner with Nepali song and dance
- International airfare as well as airport tax
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Medical and personal high-risk insurance
- Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
- Bar and beverage bills
- Personal climbing gears and equipment
- Emergency rescue evacuation
- Climbing bonus and tips for Churen Base Camp staffs and personal expenses
- Permit fees and charge for satellite phone, communication gadget, and commercial filming while on Churen Himal Expedition.
- Garbage deposit USD3k (sharing of the total person), and the deposit fee won’t be refunded if the climbers don’t take back their garbage to Kathmandu.
Well Qualified Teams
With Nepal Social Trek, you get the most hardworking, dedicated, and well-organized team. We built a team of experts with years of experience in their respective fields. One of the primary reasons for our successful expedition year after another is our highly qualified guides who perform exceptionally as leaders.
Our guides have carried out more than 100 expeditions on the Himalayas, including Everest, Manaslu, Himlung, Barunste, Lhoste, Nuptse, Amadablam, Dhampus peak, and other 6000+ peaks over time. Our guides are professionals on mountaineering with extensive knowledge on the Himalayas, more than 5 years of experience with at least 3 times the summit of Mt. Everest.
They are trained and assessed by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) or Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) with many years of Mountaineering experience in the world’s highest mountains. With their expertise in mountaineering and summiting the highest peaks in the world, they will be responsible for your successful ascent.
Higher Success Rates
Nepal Social Trek has yielded higher success rates since the start, all thanks to our highly professional guides. Our well-experienced members have always used the tactical approach in any sort of the expedition which has gifted us with higher success rates over the years.
Our evolving success rate makes us your top pick in your quest for exploring the Churen Himal. Moreover, our 1:1 guide to climber ratio for this type of expedition over 7000 meters is better than most of our fellow agencies.
We are clear about our service, and we don’t make any false promises. Likewise, we are also highly concerned about providing all the things mentioned in the package. With us, you will get a better expedition experience as we do not risk any aspect of support or safety and ensure that everything is delivered as specified.
We use the most advanced technology for carrying out weather forecasting and communications. As the expedition involves you spending most of your time in higher altitudes, you need to be assured of what challenges you need to tackle weatherwise.
Also, communication becomes vital between different camps once the expedition starts, and we make sure there’s no breach. The accuracy of the weather forecast is undoubted with a dedicated team of veterans supporting meteorologists.
Excellent Food and Accommodation Facilities
We always keep your health and well-being at the top priority list and ensure you are no short of proper fooding throughout the expedition. Our Sherpa friends at the base camp will make you feel home with their delicious cooking. When you are ascending the Churen Himal, we make sure there are dedicated cooks and healthy ready-to-cook food available for your convenience.
As per the ascending course and the state of the mountain and climate figure, the best time to carry out this Churen Himal Expedition is between April and May in spring and October and November in the fall. The Southwest ridge is considered the best route for you to climb this spectacular mountain.
You should be aware. As the elevation on this expedition exceeds 7000m, the possibilities of getting altitude sickness are generally high. You will have less contact with oxygen as you summit the top of Churen Himal. However, we have designed the itinerary in a way that you get a proper time to acclimatize. Our guides have years and years of experience in handling this kind of situation as they are trained well in using first-aid kits.
Plus, our guides will carry emergency oxygen with a regulator and mask while climbing so that you can receive immediate help when you need it. In case your situation gets worse, we will carry out the emergency rescue evacuation as per the company’s rule.
We provide you local guides. On each expedition, our guides have been to the relevant areas many times. All the guides are experienced, flexible, and authorized by the Government of Nepal.
Our guides are professionals on mountaineering with extensive knowledge on the Himalayas, more than 5 years of experience with at least 3 times summit of Mt. Everest and are trained and assessed by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) or Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) with many years of Mountaineering experience in the world’s highest mountains.
We recommend you get full insurance that includes travel, medical, and emergency evacuation to avoid unnecessary expenses in case of any unfortunate incident. Choose your insurance wisely, and if you have trouble, we can direct you just to the right one.
Yes. At Nepal Social Treks & Expedition, we make sure all our guides are well insured.
As the expedition involves camping for a large part of the days, we will pack tents and mattresses for a well-organized rest.
For a better experience, you can pack a pair of climbing boots, thermal wear, down jacket, windproof jacket, down pants, waterproof pants, sun cap, balaclava, gloves, sleeping bag, climbing helmet, poles, and a first-aid kit. You can also add extras like a walking stick, pocket knife, and raincoat for extra safety.
You need to have established a proper level of fitness and need to have the prior climbing experience to take part in this Churen Himal Expedition. As you have to walk for 5-7 hours each day on undulating trails while gaining altitude, you should be physically prepared to overcome the challenges of the mountain.
You don’t need to worry! We will guide you thoroughly as to which physical exercise and technique you need to learn.
We are cautious about your health, so only safe water is provided for drinking throughout the expedition. You can purchase bottled water from the hotels and lodges where we stay. Moreover, it would be best if you can manage the water purifier with you. Besides, you can buy some tablets that help in the purification of water.
As a foreign climber, you have to pay 500USD as royalty to conquer the Churen Himal in spring. Besides, the costs for the expedition in autumn and winter/summer seasons are 250USD and 125USD, respectively.
Here are some of the personal trekking gear that you can carry during Curen Himal Expedition
Waterproof Stuff Sacks (large and small)
Trekking Shirt – Pack 4 to 5 breathable trekking shirts, balancing both half and full sleeves.
Thermal Layer – At least one pair of a thermal layer.
Fleece Jacket – Pack a light-weight fleece jacket for the lower region.
Trekking Trousers – Minimum 2 water and wind-resistant trekking pants.
Trekking Shorts – Pack a couple of trekking shorts for lower reaches of the trek.
Lightweight, long underpants- pack 2-3 pairs.
Mid-weight long underpants- pack 2-3 pairs.
Down Jacket – Carry a high-quality down jacket to keep you warm from the extreme weather in the upper reaches of the trek.
Waterproof Shell Jacket – One waterproof jacket to stay protected in the wet weather.
Breathable Underwear – Carry at least 4 to 5 pairs of breathable and comfortable underwear.
Gaiter (For Winter)
Sun Protection Hat
A Pair of Inner Gloves
A Pair of Outer Gloves
Heavy gloves (mitten)
Sleeping Bag for Base Camp
Down Sleeping Bag – 20 to -40 degree celsius for extreme conditions
Thermarest Mattress (Cell Foam and Inflatable)
UV Protection Sunglasses
Water Purification Tablets
Headlamp with Spare Batteries
These are some of the important climbing equipment that you should carry while taking on the Churen Himal Expedition: