Tukuche Peak Climbing (6920m) - Spring 2014
Tukuche peak (6920m) is an interesting climbing objective. It is a very picturesque almost symmetrical 3 ridge pyramid with Northwest, Southeast and South ridges radiating from the summit. The obvious and safe climb is along the Northwest ridge, which is the most often climbed as it presents very low objective danger. Although the ridge itself is not steep but it is considered a technical climb and with the elevation close to 7000m there is the need to acclimatize and the elevation exposes climbers to a cold and windy weather conditions. The climb is usually done using two camps at 5600m and at 6100m.
Tukuche is located in Dhaulgiri region 10.5km Northeast of Dhaulagiri I. The Tukuche Base Camp (5100m) for the North Ridge climb is located in Hidden Valley midway between French and Dhampus passes. The standard 9 days access trek to the Base Camp follows a classic section of Annapurna Circuit via Poon Hill and Kali Gangaki Valley to Maphra and Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek via Yak Kharka allowing a solid acclimatization. Return trek from the Base Camp to Jomsom takes only 2 days followed by 20mins flight to Pokhara. Alternative approach is via Myagdi Khola Valley separating Dhaulagiri I from the rest of Dhaulagiri peaks Dhaulagiri II, III, IVand V, via Italian Base Camp offering slightly different trekking aesthetics.
First Tukuche ascent was in 1969 by Swiss team and till 2007 a total 38 expeditions attempted the climb and 19 teams including 72 climbers were successful. After aesthetically satisfying climb the reward of the summit is an absolutely stunning vista on a whole range of massive and famous 6000m, 7000m and 8000m peaks: Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Dhaulagiri III (7715m), Dhaulagiri V (7618m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Bhartha Chuli (6839m), Nilgiri North (7061m), Nilgiri Center (6940m) and Nilgiri South (6839m).
Our Tukuche Peak Climbing Services
In the Base Camp: Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.
In the Base camp our cooks and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In the base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.
In the Base Camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.
Our Leader and camp manager as well as climbing Sherpas have an extensive experience of multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and Base Camp organization. The Base Camp is a cooperative to ensure contribution from all operators to the task of route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.
Full Board: For our full board climbers we set up intermediate facility at camp 2 (6750m); this will include personal tents for full board clients, kitchen and dining tents and the toilet facility. We provide a personal climbing Sherpa guide to help the clients to reach the summit. Personal climbing Sherpa will set up camp 1, 2 o three as necessary including food provisions, fuel and oxygen and will guide and assist the client on the summit day. We provide the climbing Sherpa with appropriate radio communication to the climbing route.
Approach to Base Camp
There are 2 approaches to the Base Camp: standard approach via Ghorapani and Kali Gandaki Valley from the trailhead in in Nayapul, 90mins drive from Pokhara, and alternative approach via Myagdi Khola Valley with the trailhead at Darbang, 4hrs drive from Pokhara. Our climbing package is based on a standard approach however we can arrange the alternative approach on request.
We take 90mins drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghorapani and Poon Hill, from where we catch a magnificent views on Annapurna massif and Dhaulagiri. We down climb to Totopani at the bottom of the Kali Gandaki, the deepest valley in the world, which separates Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs.
We follow Kali Gandaki Valley through Ghasa, Larjung to Maphra through beautiful and charming villages with diverse cultures and ever friendly people. At Maphra we turn west on Dhaulagiri Base Camp trail via Yak Kharka and Dhampus pass (5258m). From Dhampus pass we descend to Hidden Valley, Nepal’s wildest valley, where we setup Base Camp (5100m) for our climb.
There are two ways to climb Tukuche: a normal route via Northwest Ridge and alternative route via Southeast Ridge, which is logistically difficult and hence not often done.
The Northwest route is a very interesting and spectacular Ridge route. It is a technical snow and ice route and with Tukuche being almost 7000m high it adds high elevation flavour to its technical qualities.
The Base Camp is located on the top of Hidden Valley down from Dhampus and French passes, roughly half way from each and at the base of the Northwest Ridge. The climb is done with two intermediate camps located at 5600m and 6200m on a very broad and safe snow shelves.
The section from Base Camp to Camp 1 (5600m; elevation gain 500m; distance 2.3km) is a 20deg snow-field. The snow-field continues from Camp 1 to Camp 2 (6200m; elevation gain 600m; distance 1.7km) but average slope increases to 32deg.
From Camp 2 to summit (6920m; elevation gain 780m; Distance 2.6km) there are two steep sections with average slope of 40deg over 450m elevation gain followed by 30deg over 330m elevation gain to the summit.
With almost 7000m peak one has to allow time for acclimatization and weather window for the summit. We allow 11 days in the Base Camp for to execute the climb.
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Itinerary A : 28 March Departure Schedule - Spring 2014
Mar28/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and Hotel transfer;
Mar29/Day 02: We meet all other expedition members and the leader, conduct initial briefing and preparations and we will have an opportunity to do last minute shopping in Kathmandu
Mar30/Day 03: We take 6hrs a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m). Alternatively you can take a 25mins flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara; hotel accommodation
Mar31/Day 04: We take 90mins drive from Pokhara to the trailhead in Nayapool (1050m) and trek 4hrs from Nayapul to Tikhedunga (1577m) via Birethanti (1065m); lodge accommodation or camping
Apr01/Day 05: We trek 6hrs from Tikhedunga to Ghorepani (2675m); lodge accommodation or camping
Apr02/Day 06: After enjoying early morning hike to Poon Hill (3180m) for sunrise view, we trek 5hrs to Tatopani (2520m). From Poon Hill we will view the sunrise over Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machapuchere (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other numerous snow-capped mountain peaks; lodge accommodation or camping
Apr03/Day 07: We trek 6hrs from Tatopani to Ghasa (2010m); the trek follows the Kali Gandaki valley; we will walk along the Kali Gandaki riverside, slowly climbing into sub-tropical flora areas; lodge accommodation or camping
Apr04/Day 08: We trek 5hrs from Ghasa to Larjung (2550m); We will walk along the narrow ravine of Kali Gandaki River, and we will passing through Thakali traditional villages; lodge accommodation or camping
Apr05/Day 09: We trek 4hrs from Larjung to Maphra (2670m); we will continue along the Kali Gandaki River; we will pass Khobang village with the with quaint allies and tunnels connecting the houses; lodge accommodation or camping
Apr06/Day 10: We trek 5hrs from Marpha to Yak Kharka (3680m) via Alubari; camping.
Apr07/Day 11: We trek 6hrs from Yak Kharka to Tukuche Base Camp (5100m); camping.
Apr08/Day 12-20: Climbing Period; summit Tukuche (6920m);
Apr09/Day 21: We trek 4hrs from Tukuche Base Camp to Yak Kharka (3680m); camping
Apr10/Day 22: We trek 6hrs from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2720m); lodge accommodation or camping.
Apr11/Day 23: We take 25mins flight to Pokhara (915m); leisure time in Pokhara; hotel accommodation.
Apr12/Day 24: We take 6hrs a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Alternatively you can take a 25mins flight to Kathmandu; hotel accommodation
Apr13/Day 25: We trek 3hrs from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi and take 30mins drive to Pokhara.
Apr14/Day 26: We take 6hrs a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Alternatively you can take a 25mins flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu; hotel accommodation
Apr15/Day 27: Full Day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath); Farewell-Celebration dinner in the evening.
Apr16/Day 28: Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively join other activities
Spring 2014 Fixed Departures Date for Tukuche Peak:
|Day||Itinerary Activities||Itinerary "B"||Itinerary "C"||Itinerary "D"|
|01:||Arrival/Hotel Transfer||APR 10||APR 25||MAY 01|
|02:||Briefings, Preparations||APR 11||APR 26||MAY 02|
|03-13:||Trek/Climbing Period||APR 12- MAY 04||APR 27 - MAY 18||MAY 03- MAY 24|
|14:||Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu||MAY 05||MAY 19||MAY 25|
|15:||Sightseeing/Leisure KTM||MAY 06||MAY 20||MAY 26|
|16:||Final departure||MAY 07||MAY 21||MAY 27|
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- The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern, which we provide you. This Climbing/Expedition itinerary can be modified according to your time and requirements.
- The Itinerary may be changed after understanding by both agency and client. Additional activities could be added or reduce as per client's request before confirming the trip. Price for reduced activities (service) could be deducted and additional activities (service) could be added as per mutual understanding.
- Please Read Our Conditions: How to Book Tukuche Peak Climbing?
Price For the Trip:
- The cost of the peak/mountain Expedition depend group size, Category of the trip (full board / base camp Service), your desire (budget), Duration of the trip, categories of Hotel accommodation (budget to 5 star) in Capital city and parts of mountain, Climbing service above the base camp, the number of climbing guides and porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer will direct affect and same peak/ mountain climbing expedition can be higher and lower prices.
- For those reason Please mail us for up to date prices for Tukuche Peak Climbing
- All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
- Assistance at the International airport by Snowy Horizon’s representative while arriving and departing.
- 4 Nights accommodations at 3/4 Star hotels in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
- 2 Nights accommodations at 3/4 Star hotels in Pokhara on B/B basis.
- One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Durbar Square).
- Local English-speaking Guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
- Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing.
Private Tourist vehicles will be available for transportation as per Itinerary.
- All trekking and camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
- 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
- Per person 30kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 20kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the peak.
- Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee) and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
- Climbing permit for Tukuche peak (6920m).
- Required Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s) during Climbing Period as per the size of group.
- All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.
- First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
- Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
- Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
- Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
- Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator.
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
- Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
- Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
- Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.)
- Our service Charges
- Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
- Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars
- Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips
- Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses
- Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears
- Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
- Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations,
- Any additional staff other than specified.
- Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
- Oxygen Cylinders, Masks, Hoses and Regulators. Though Snowy will provide the same, usage of Oxygen Cylinders, Masks, Hoses and Regulators will be charged extra
- Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
- Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
- Airfare of international flights.
- Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival)
- Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
- Wake talkies & Filming permit.
- Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
- Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” SECTION