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.