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Starts at: Jhupal Ends at: Jhupal
Trek Region: Dolpo Transport: Flight
Duration: 28 days Trip Grade: Extreme
Max Altitude: 7246 m / 23 772 ft Accommodation: Camping

Putha Hiunchuli Expedition Highlights

  • Trek through a remote and pristine area of north-west area of Nepal
  • See the beautiful Dhaulagiri range close up
  • Challenging expedition adventure
  • Trek through Tibet-like landscape and culture
  • Great as preparation for a future 8,000m climb
  • Fly in and out from the lowlands of Nepal, a very different landscape

This climb begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in the steamy lowlands of the country. From here take a short flight to Juphal in Dolpo where the trek to the peak begins. We will spend 14 days climbing before trekking back to Juphal and onwards to Kathmandu.

There is no denying the days are long between camps (approximately 6 hours but remember you are trekking in thin air) so a great level of fitness is required to both complete and enjoy this adventure. The trek to base camp will take 6 days up to the altitude of 4,575m. This gives plenty of time to acclimatize.

Above base camp we will establish two camps. Up here the route is snow and ice so previous experience with crampons and ice axe is recommended. Known as the easiest of the 7,000m peaks this is a 28 day trek and climb at constant high altitude, which should be taken into consideration when deciding whether this climb is for you.

After our successful climb we trek back to Juphal and fly back to Nepalgunj and on to Kathmandu.

Putha Hiunchuli Expedition Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (Flight)

Nepalgunj – 150 m / 492 ft – 50 minutes

Day 2: Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Flight) to Dunai

Dunai – 2850 m / 9350 ft – 4 hrs

Day 3: Dunai to Tarakot

Tarakot – 2543 m / 8343 ft – 6 hrs

Day 4: Tarakot to Musi Khola

Mushi Khola – 2875 m / ft – 6 hrs

Day 5: Mushi Khola to Kagkot

Kagkot – 3200 m / ft – 5 hrs

Day 6: Acclimatization day

Kagkot – 3200 m / ft – 3 hrs

Day 7: Kagkot to Panjing

Panjing – 4200 m / ft – 6 hrs

Day 8: Acclimatization day

Panjing – 4200 m / ft – 6 hrs

Day 9: Panjing to German Base Camp

German Base Camp – 4500 m / ft – 5 hrs

Day 10: German Base Camp to Putha Hiunchuli Base Camp

Putha Hiunchuli Base Camp – 4910 m / ft – 6 hrs

Day 11 to Day 27: Climbing Period

Putha Hiunchuli

Day 28: Putha Hiunchuli Base Camp to Kagkot

Kagkot – 3200 m / ft – 9 hrs

Day 29: Kagkot to Lashicap

Lashicap – 2785 m / ft – 7 hrs

Day 30: Lashicap to Dunai

Dunai – m / ft – 6 hrs

Day 31: Dunai to Jhupal

Jhupal – m / ft – hrs

Day 32: Jhupal to Nepalgunj (Flight) to Kathmandu (Flight)

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 2 hrs

Arrival Day: Kathmandu  check into your hotel and pre-trip meeting

We have you covered for the hotel accommodation the night before your trip.

We also have you covered if you need information regarding buying/ hiring any equipment you require for this expedition.

You will have the opportunity today to meet your guide and ask any questions. 

Overnight in Kathmandu – hotel.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (Flight)

  • Flight time: 50 minutes
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 150 m / 492 ft

After being collected from your hotel, your guide will go with you to the airport for your domestic flight to Nepalgunj. 

Nepalgunj is in the Terai, as the lowland area of the country is known.   There is a border crossing to India, and as a result, this town feels a mix of Nepali and Indian. With its predominantly Hindu culture, it is very different from the places you will see on this expedition into the mountains. 

Spend a little time exploring the city, maybe by rickshaw, before dinner.

Overnight at Nepalganj – hotel.

Highlights and Challenges

  • Birds-eye views of the mountains and foothills from the plane.
  • Nepalgunj has an open border (for Nepalis and Indians) with India.     
  • Nepalganj is noisy, busy, and exciting.

Day 2: Nepalgunj to Jhupal (Flight) to Dunai

  • Flight time: 45 minutes
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 2850 m / 9,350 ft

After breakfast return to the airport for the short flight to Jhupal.

Your porters and camping crew will meet you at Jhupal.  While they organise your gear and get instructions from your guide,  grab a cup of tea and a snack before heading off on the trail.

Your first day on the trail involves an ascent above the Thulo Bheri Valley  and through cultivated fields to the village of Kalagaunda.  Continue past Roop Ghar village, notable with its traditional water mill, and follow the river to Dunai.

Overnight at Dunai – teahouse. 


  • More mountain views from the plane window.
  • Your trek starts in a gentle manner. But its good to stretch your legs after the flights.
  • Leave Nepalgunj with its lively Indian vibe behind.

Day 3: Dunai to Tarakot

  • Trek time: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 2,543 m / 8,343 ft

Follow the banks of the Thulo Bheri river until you reach a point where you cross the river as the trail continues on the other side. There is a gorge to trek through, and a hill to climb over as you continue by crossing the river again at the settlement of Lawan. 

You will camp at Tarakot village with its cultivated fields and nearby an ancient fortress.

Overnight at Tarakot – camping.

Highlights and Challenges

  • This is the first full day on the trail.
  • Meeting the locals of Tarakot.·      
  • Your first-night camping on this long expedition.

Day 4: Tarakot to Musi Khola

  • Trek time: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 2,875 m / 9,432.4  ft

The early morning trail then becomes rugged and more narrow as you traverse gorges and hike through cedar trees.  At the confluence of the Barbung Khola (river) and Tarap Chu river is a gompa, one of just many you will encounter on this expedition.  Passing through the village of Khanigaun, again take note of the culture and lifestyle of the locals.   Following the Barbung river you pass through another small settlement until you reach Musi Khola where you will stop for the night.

Overnight at Musi Khola – camping.


  • The mountain peaks overhead, and so many more to come.
  • Crossing rivers and hiking through villages.

Day 4: Musi Khola to Kagkot

  • Trek time: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 3,200 m /  10,498.6 ft

The altitude is starting to rise today as you walk through a gorge and a narrow path and on to a man-made stone staircase.

With the peaks of Putha Hiunchuli, Kangmara and the Dhaulagiri range above you, not only the altitude, but the excitement is rising.

Overnight at Musi Khola – camping.


  • The hiking is getting a bit more difficult today – just to get you used to what is to come! 
  • Enjoy the views of the mountains.

Day 6: Acclimatization day – Kagkot

Today is your chance to become acclimatized to the rising altitude. You can explore around the village area or simply relax.

Overnight at Kagkot – camping.


  • Prepare mentally and physically for what is to come.

Day 7: Kagkot to Panjing

  • Trek time: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 4,200 m /  13,779.5 ft

Each day the trail is becoming harder and today ascending a steep hill first thing in the morning is quite tough.  Crossing the villages of Pimri and Dhukot you reach  Panjing.

Overnight at Panjing – camping.


  • You are beginning to feel that this is really an expedition, not a trek.
  • Challenging your body.

Day 8: Acclimatization day Panjing

  • Trek time: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 4,200 m /  13,779.5 ft

As you prepare for your shot at the summit of Putha Hiunchuli, you need to acclimatize and rest somewhat.  This is what today is all about.

Overnight at Panjing – camping.


  • Do some hiking nearby or gentle exercise. 

Day 9: Panjing to German Base Camp

  • Trek time: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 4,500 m /  14,763.7 ft

There are two mountain passes to reach the German Base Camp, making this a tiring day. 

Overnight at German Base Camp – camping,


  • The high mountain passes are the best way to get your body used to what will come on the climb.

Day 10: German Base Camp to Putha Hiunchuli Base Camp

  • Trek time: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

The day starts off with a steep ascent over sandy and rocky terrain. This trail is considered almost as difficult as climbing   to the peak so be prepared for a hard day in the mountains. 

The views from this altitude are astounding as if to make up for the difficult terrain under your feet.  Putha Hiunchuli, Churen Himal and the Dhaulagiri range are there before you.

The camp is set up on a desolate moraine plateau from where your summit attempt will take place.

Overnight Putha Hiunchuli Base Camp – camping.


  • A day to challenge your abilities and celebrate your success on reaching base camp.
  • The stunning mountain views.

Day 11 to Day 27: Climbing Period

  • Including:·   
  • Preparing the gear and puja.  
  • Rotation to Camp I, II, III and Base Camp – actual route to be decided on the mountain based on weather and climbers ability.
  • Contingency day in case of bad weather. ·   Packing / cleaning up base camp and equipment.

Day 28: Putha Hiunchuli Base Camp to Kagkot

  • Trek time: 9 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 3,200 m / 10,498.6  ft

After successfully reaching the summit, retrace your steps back to Kagkot.

Overnight at Kagkot – camping.


  • A feeling of accomplishment.
  • Breathing more easily in the lower altitude.

Day 29: Kagkot to Lashicap

  • Trek time: 7 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 2,785 m / 9,137.1 ft

Today you will go from Kagkot to Lashicap. It is 7 hours hike.

Day 30: Lashicap to Dunai

  • Trek time: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 2,850 m / 9,350 ft

After breakfast head out across green pastures and terraced fields.  Pass through the some villages now familiar in their style and architecture.   Enjoy the mountains overhead and the forests and rivers of this wonderful district called Dolpo.

Say goodbye to your wonderful camp crew and porters before exploring Dunai and spoiling yourself with a drink or two in the evening.

Overnight at Dunai – teahouse.


  • Your final full day of the expedition – enjoy the landscape to the fullest.
  • Bittersweet moments as you say goodbye to your crew.

Day 31: Dunai to Jhupal

  • Trek time: 3 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 2,320 m / 7,611 ft

This is the final day of  trekking on this expedition, and it’s a short one.  Have a leisurely breakfast and set off towards the Thulo Bheri river and climb through terraced fields to reach Jhupal.

Jhupal is the gateway to Dolpo district and the starting and ending point of many trek.  With its few small shops and teahouses you can celebrate your wonderful trek with a few soft drinks or a beer.  

Overnight at Jhupal– teahouse.


  • Having wonderful memories and photographs to take away.

Day 32: Dunai to Jhupal

  • Trek time: 2 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Elevation: 1,300 m / 4,265 ft

In the morning take a flight into Nepalgunj then another flight on to Kathmandu. We will take you from the airport to the hotel that is included in the cost of the expedition.   

Now it’s time to celebrate your success! 

Overnight in Kathmandu – hotel. 

Highlights and Challenges

  • Another birds-eye view of the mountains.
  • Heading back into Kathmandu with its comfortable beds and good expresso! 

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Plan Your Trip


  • 30 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses and tents
  • 1 night accommodation in Nepalgunj (Hotel Sneha or similar)
  • Guide for 32 days
  • Cook for 32 days
  • Guide for 32 days
  • Required number of porters for 32 days
  • Kathmandu Nepalgunj Kathmandu flight
  • Nepalgunj Jhupal Nepalgunj flight
  • Shey Phoksundo national park permit
  • Restricted area permit
  • Expedition permit
  • Liaison officer expenses
  • Group climbing gears
  • 32 x set breakfasts, 31 x set lunches and 31 x set dinners while on the trek
  • Lunch and dinner in Nepalgunj
  • Personal climbing gears

Location of Putha Hiunchuli

Putha Hiunchuli at 7,246 m / 23,772 ft, is situated in the Dhaulagiri Himal in the district of Dolpo.  Dolpo being in the north-west region of Nepal.

Best Seasons Climb Putha Hiunchuli

 Spring and autumn are the climbing seasons in Nepal when the winds are less and the weather more reliable. There is also less chance of snowfall at these times.  We have a contingency day scheduled into this itinerary in case of bad weather.

Overall, we would say spring is the best time for this climb.

Experience and Physical Demands of  the Putha Hiunchuli Expedition 

The whole expedition takes almost one month with around 17 days of  preparing at Base Camp and climbing.  This is not a climb for beginners. If you have Alpine PD+/ AD route experience (or have climbed Scottish Grade I/II winter routes) you will enjoy this climb confidently. 

Ideally, if you have climbed Lobuche East and Island Peak, Chulu West or Khumbu 3 Peak in Nepal or the likes of  Kilimanjaro or Mt Blanc, you are ready for Putha Hiunchuli.

For those who have this type of climbing experience, Putha Hiunchuli  is not an overly demanding climb. With our experienced climbing guide assisting you as required, and with the right previous experience, you can achieve this climb.  We do suggest, however, that you refresh your climbing skills before you come as there are some demanding and technical sections on the climb.

Being that Himlung is 7,246 m / 16,404 ft  high and that you will be sleeping at altitudes over 5,000 m / 16,404 ft  it is preferable that you have experienced high altitude before, as on the aforementioned mountains.   It takes over a week to trek to Base Camp.  Although that trek in is not arduous, there are a couple of acclimatization days built in to allow your body to adjust.

If you are planning on climbing an 8-thousander in the near future, climbing Putha Hiunchuli provides great experience and practice.

Physical Fitness – What You Need to Know

In a nutshell: this is a 7-thousanders.  It is the ideal mountain to get you prepared for tackling an 8-thousander.  Great fitness, great stamina and great enthusiasm and determination is required to summit this mountain.

If you are considering this climbing expedition you should have a great level of fitness and know what you have to do to increase / build on it before you come.

Questions Answered Before You Ask Them

  • Yes, Putha Hiunchuli is among the 7-thousanders in Nepal. It is the last 7-thousander in the western section of the Dhaulagiri mountain range.
  • Yes, you will need to have previous climbing experience for this expedition.
  • Yes, our climbing guides are fully experienced.
  • Yes, it will be a fully equipped Base Camp with all the necessary facilities.
  • Yes, altitude related problems are real and are something to be aware of.  Our guides are trained in dealing with altitude problems and our expedition takes in acclimatization days in order to mitigate the possibility of illness. 
  • Yes, we are ready if you require emergency evacuation while on this trip, the guide is knowledgeable about what to do in this situation. 
  • Yes, there will be a satellite phone for emergencies.
  • Yes, you need insurance to cover you on this climb and it should cover helicopter evacuation should it be necessary.
  • Yes, we insure all our staff in case of accidents/ illness among them.
  • And, yes, it’s an awesome climb!

Minimum Number of Climbers 

It is normal to have a minimum of two climbers for this expedition, for logistics and to obtain the permits.


We have a general list of  trekking equipment/ gear you can look at here.

Additionally, for the climbing part of the expedition, we  will provide the group gear such as ropes, but please bring your own climbing equipment.  Equipment is available for rent or to buy in Kathmandu and this is something we can advise you on.

Basic list of climbing equipment:  

  • Trekking equipment (a per our standard list)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing boots
  • Crampons
  • Climbing harness
  • Ascending device
  • Descending device
  • Ice axe
  • Carabiners
  • Prusik loop
  • Tape sling
  • Gloves
  • Down jacket (can be hired in Kathmandu)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Sunglasses

In addition:-

  • Bring clothes that you can layer up as it will be extremely cold at higher altitudes but at lower elevations  during the trek in it may be warm.
  • Pack light.
  • Portable solar panel (one which hooks onto your day pack) to recharge equipment. We do not have a power source at base camp.
  • Headtorch with batteries and extra batteries.
  • Medicines – any you take regularly plus items such as headache tablets, stomach tablets etc.  And a small first aid kit.
  • Four-season sleeping bag.
  • Toiletries in small, travel sized containers.
  • Snacks such as dried nuts and fruit, chocolate bars and power bars.

A Day on the Putha Hiunchuli Expedition

This expedition is basically broken down into two sections: trekking in and climbing.

You will be camping except for three nights where you stay in local teahouses (trekking lodges) and one night in a hotel in Nepalgunj.  In Kathmandu the night before and the night you fly back into Kathmandu are included.

A day on the trek:

You will be trekking for an average of 6 hours a day through forest, dry lands, rivers and pastures.  A real mix of biodiversity inside the Shey Phoksundo National Park which covers this area.  After breakfast the crew will break up the camp to establish it at the next overnight stop.  Lunch will be taken on the go (perhaps a packed one or from a small tea hut), and snacks will be available at the new campsite as dinner is being prepared.

A day on the climb:

At Base Camp staff will set up the tents – sleeping, dining, kitchen and toilet tents.

You will head up to each camp – there are three camps on this climb and return in rotation to Base Camp each night.  

Packaged ready meals will be made available to you on the climb.  Otherwise, our fantastic camping chef will prepare the meals at Base Camp.  Tea/ coffee and boiled drinking water are available as required.  You may want to bring some snacks from home –  a bit of comfort food.

Possible Menu at Camp Sites   

  • Breakfast may be porridge with a freshly cooked flatbread / Nepali roti, or it may be dal bhat (that staple of Nepali diets).  
  • Lunch and dinner can be pasta, noodles, Nepali vegetable curry and rice, pizza, dal soup, etc.  
  • Snacks may consist of fried potatoes and popcorn.
  • We will carry some canned meat and tuna fish for protein.   If you have a particular preference, let us know and we will try to accommodate. Vegetarian food is always available.
  • Tea/ coffee/ hot water is unlimited at Base Camp.  There will  be powdered milk and sugar for the tea/coffee.

Food at the Higher Camps

At the higher camps the food will be reconstituted dried food / ready to eat meals. 

Drinking Water While Camping and in Teahouses

At the camp sites you will be provided with boiled water for drinking.    

Sterilizing water with drops or tablets at teahouses will make it drinkable.  Or you can buy boiled drinking water from them.

Teahouse Accommodation 

 You will only spend three nights in a teahouse.  Although they are quite basic, normally with shared toilet facilities, they may have hot water showers, electricity and WiFi.  All of which you will have to pay for (USD2-5 each, per time).

 Since you are going to be camping for a considerable time on this expedition, we feel you will be able to cope with the basic facilities of a Nepali trekking teahouse.

Overall, Nepali, Chinese, Tibetan and some western dishes such as eggs, toast and soups.

Typical Menus in Teahouses

  • Tea and coffee are included in the breakfast and dinner. 
  • Nepali tea or Tibetan butter tea, when it is available, coffee. Nescafe or similar.
  • Soft drinks, beer and drinking water must be paid for yourself directly to the teahouse.


One of the main concerns is altitude related illness.  Take care to avoid altitude sickness by staying hydrated, not going too fast and taking acclimatization breaks.  By alerting your guide if you feel unwell, he can determine whether it is something related to altitude and needs to be taken very seriously, or something else.

The other safety concerns are accidents during the climb and getting lost on the mountain.

Do not go off alone.  Always tell the guide where you are going and when you expect to come back (in case you want to explore during acclimatization days). On the climb, pay close attention to the climbing guide.  You may be very experienced, but it is most likely he knows this particular mountain well.

Our climbing guide will be carrying a walkie-talkie/ satellite phone.

Tips for Safety on the Expedition:

  • Do not go off on your own at the rest/ overnight stops without telling your guide.
  • Drink at least 4 ltrs of water per day to stay hydrated.
  • Eat – we all know you need more calories when climbing at altitude.
  • Do tell your guide if you feel unwell. Even an upset stomach can impact on the safety of the team when on the mountain. 
  • Have the correct insurance.
  • Wear the correct gear.
  • Bring your own regular medicines and a medical kit.
  • Pay attention to the guide in tricky or dangerous areas. In particular, listen to the climbing guide.

Permits You Need for the Putha Hiunchuli Expedition  WHICH ONES

Climbing Permit  –  a climbing permit is required for any climb in Nepal.  These are issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).  Cost depends on the season, the peak, and team size.

Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for Upper Dolpo:  USD 500 per person for 10 days.  USD50 per person per day for any additional days.

Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for Lower Dolpo: USD 20 per person for one week, US5 per day for an additional days.

Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit: USD 30 per person for the duration of your trek.

Why You Need These Permits

Climbing permits: A permit is required to climb any mountain in Nepal. 

Regulating climbing activities: climbing permits are required to allow the government to regulate climbing activities and ensure no one attempts to climb unprepared.  Permits must be issued through a registered Nepali company, such as Magical Nepal.

Protect the unique environment of the mountains and helps fund conservation efforts in the region. 

For your own safety  – when you apply for the permit, the route you are planning to take is noted, helping if there is any need for search and rescue.

The other permits go back into conservation of the biodiversity of the area.

Before the Expedition

Your First Days in Nepal  

If you would like us to meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your hotel, please let us know. It will save you a lot of hassle at the airport trying to organize taxis.

Hotels in Kathmandu:

There are a wide range of hotels and hostels in Kathmandu to suit everyone.  We suggest Thamel as a great place to stay as it is the tourist hotspot with many restaurants, bars, shops etc.  You can check on booking.com and hostelworld.com for a suitable hotel.  If you would like to stay nearby Thamel, but not exactly in it, then hotels such as the Radisson, Kathmandu Marriott, and Shankar are all within about 15 minutes’ walk of Thamel. 

BTW – our office is also in Thamel.

Please note, we provide you with a hotel in Kathmandu the night before the expedition and the night you return to Kathmandu. 

Explore Kathmandu:

If you would like to see something of the city before (or after) your expedition, we have a half or full day tour that might suit you.  Just ask us.

Kathmandu is a very interesting city although it’s a bit of a maze if you are trying to locate places yourself.

Visa on Arrival 

Visa on arrival is available for people from most countries, via the Immigration Department of Nepal’s on-line site.   Complete the form, print it out and bring it with you.  Bring USD cash (exact money) to make payment on arrival at the airport. 

 Visa on arrival is valid for 15 days, 30 days or 3 months and costs: 

15 Days – 30 USD

30 Days – 50 USD

90 Days – 125 USD

Landscape, Culture, and Wildlife You Will Experience on This Expedition 

Landscapes: You will be trekking through the remote and beautiful Dolpo region in the north west of the country.  Being that Dolpo is sheltered from monsoon rains, the land is dry and lunar like in places, with patches of cultivated land and forests.  The mountains that can be seen from this area include the  Dhaulagiri Himal,  Churen Himal and Kanjiroba Himal.

Peoples:  In this area the people are mainly followers of Tibetan Buddhism.  There are remains of old Khampa forts and settlements indicating people migrated from Kham in Tibet many centuries ago.  There is ancient and more recent history of trade along this salt route between Tibet, India and Nepal.

Wildlife: You might see small mammals  such as Himalayan Tahr (a wild goat), goral (another type of wild goat), pika (a rabbit like rodent), and Himalayan marmots as well as domesticated yaks and sheep.  Within this area are some unique mammals, which are shy and hard to see.  These include Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda and the stunning Snow Leopard.   

Expenses You Should Calculate For

For clients on a regular trekking trip, we advise them to bring a certain amount of local currency to spend in the teahouses on the trail and for any souvenirs they might find in the larger market towns. 

But you are on a climbing expedition and as yet, we have not established any cafes at the top of Himalayan mountains!

But seriously, do bring a few rupees for those days you will be staying in teahouses as they charge for hot showers, charging equipment, and for WiFi access.  Plus, any soft or hard drinks, you consume.  Maybe bring around USD 12 a day on those days. 

You should give a donation to any gompa (monastery) you visit of around Rs150-500. 

Tipping the guide and porters is also something you need to carry money for.  Although you can give them foreign currency too. 

What is Included and Not Included in the Cost of Your Expedition 

Transport: Four domestic flights are included in the cost of the expedition. 

Climbing gear:   We will supply the basic group gear such as ropes.  It is expected that you will bring your own personal climbing gear.  Should you not have your own equipment, it can be hired when you arrive in Kathmandu.  Please discuss this with us. 

Accommodation: Tented accommodation is provided on the trail and at Base Camp.  Three nights in  teahouses are provided where indicated.  One night in a hotel in Nepalgunj is also included. In Kathmandu, we provide a hotel the night before the expedition, and the night after. 

Food: When you are camping you will get breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon snacks made by our chef.  In teahouses you will get dinner and breakfast. Also included is lunch which may be a packed lunch or in a small eatery.   On the climb you will get special packet food. 

While tea and coffee are included at the teahouses, should you wish to have any soft drinks etc this is paid by yourself.

Tips: Tips for your guides and porters are not included in the trek.  Tips can be in Nepali rupees or other currencies.


The porters will carry your gear as well as the camping equipment and climbing gear.  Please be considerate when packing and bring only the essentials to keep the weight down.

Tipping the Guide, Camp Chef, and Porters

Porters are hired to carry the camping and climbing equipment and as you can imagine, this is extremely hard work. Your guide and/or climbing guide are there to keep you safe and secure as well as fixing the ropes etc. Please show your appreciation for your porters and guides by tipping them.

 And let’s not forget the chef, without whom we would soon turn round and head down the mountains to the nearest café!  

100% of your tips go to the staff.  We do not deduct anything from these hard working, deserving people.

We suggest the following tips:

The guide /  climbing guide is usually tipped around $250 – $300 on this type of expedition.   This is divided by the number of climbers on the expedition. On top of this, the climbing guide normally receives a summit bonus from us directly. Extra incentive to give you the best climbing experience possible!

 Porters should be tipped US150 each, divided by the number of climbers.

The chef should be tipped around US200.

Being generous is always appreciated, especially by the porters, whose work is more seasonal. Do remember you are also helping to support the staff’s families and communities, particularly the porters who are usually from the area they are working in.  In this case Dolpo.

Communication on the Expedition

  • While on the mountain, it is unlikely there will be any signal for phone or internet. 
  • Your guide will be carrying a satellite phone in case of emergencies.
  • In order to charge your equipment, we suggest you bring a portable solar panel. 
  • There will be WiFi and  electricity for charging at the teahouses you stay in at the beginning and end of the expedition.  You will be expected to pay for that (around USD2-5 per time).

Trip Extensions 

This expedition ends in Kathmandu but it does pass through Nepalgunj on the way back to Kathmandu.  

Should you like to visit Bardia National Park (2 hours drive from Nepalgunj) please let us know.

We can also arrange for you to hike/ climb/ visit other areas of Nepal.  Just ask us!

Why Book with Magical Nepal

Diversity – Equality – Inclusion: Keys to a Great Experience

 We at Magical Nepal are a team of highly trained travel enthusiasts.  

We started Magical Nepal in 2017 and pride ourselves in growing a great team. From our climbing guides, trek guides, and liaison staff to our camp staff, porters, and camp chefs, we all love to explore and travel in the Nepal Himalayas. We also love to introduce foreign clients to our beautiful country and mountains.

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Putha Hiunchuli Expedition Map

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FAQs For Putha Hiunchuli Expedition:

General Information

What is the Putha Hiunchuli Expedition?

The Putha Hiunchuli Expedition is a 28-day adventure to summit Putha Hiunchuli, a peak in the Dhaulagiri range, standing at 7246 meters.

Where is Putha Hiunchuli located?

Putha Hiunchuli is located in the Dolpo region of north-western Nepal.

What makes Putha Hiunchuli unique?

It offers a pristine trekking experience through remote areas, combining challenging climbs with breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri range and Tibetan-like landscapes.

How difficult is the Putha Hiunchuli Expedition?

The expedition is considered extreme, requiring a high level of physical fitness and previous climbing experience.

What are the main highlights of the expedition?

Highlights include trekking through the remote Dolpo region, acclimatization days, establishing high camps, and the ultimate summit climb.

When is the best time to undertake the Putha Hiunchuli Expedition?

The best time for this expedition is during the pre-monsoon (April to May) and post-monsoon (September to October) seasons.

What kind of scenery can I expect during the trek?

Expect stunning mountain views, lush valleys, and unique cultural encounters with local Tibetan-influenced communities.

How long does the entire expedition take?

The expedition takes 28 days from start to finish, including acclimatization and climbing days.

What is the maximum altitude reached during the expedition?

The highest altitude reached is 7246 meters at the summit of Putha Hiunchuli.

How does the expedition start and end?

The expedition starts and ends with flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal in the Dolpo region.

Preparation and Requirements

What physical fitness level is required for the Putha Hiunchuli Expedition?

High physical fitness is required due to the long days of trekking and high-altitude climbing.

Do I need previous climbing experience for this expedition?

Yes, experience with crampons and ice axes is recommended as the climb involves snow and ice routes.

What equipment is necessary for the climb?

Essential equipment includes personal climbing gear like crampons, ice axe, harness, and appropriate clothing for high-altitude conditions.

Cardiovascular training, strength conditioning, and practice with climbing gear are recommended.

What permits are required for the expedition?

Necessary permits include Shey Phoksundo National Park permit, restricted area permit, and an expedition permit.

Will there be a guide and support team?

Yes, the expedition includes a guide, cook, and necessary porters for the entire duration.

What kind of accommodation is provided?

Accommodation includes mountain teahouses and tents during the trek, with a hotel stay in Nepalgunj.

What medical precautions should I take before joining the expedition?

It is advised to undergo a thorough medical check-up and ensure you are vaccinated against common diseases.

How do I acclimatize during the trek?

The itinerary includes acclimatization days at key points to help your body adjust to the altitude.

What should I pack for the expedition?

Essential items include warm clothing, climbing gear, personal hygiene products, and a first-aid kit.

Itinerary Details

What is the starting point of the trek?

The trek starts from Juphal after a flight from Nepalgunj.

How many days are dedicated to the actual climb?

The climbing period spans from Day 11 to Day 27 of the itinerary.

What are the key locations along the trek route?

Key locations include Dunai, Tarakot, Musi Khola, Kagkot, Panjing, and various base camps.

Are there rest days included in the itinerary?

Yes, there are acclimatization days in Kagkot and Panjing.

What is the daily trekking duration?

Daily trekking duration ranges from 4 to 9 hours, depending on the segment.

What are the highest camps established during the climb?

Two high camps are established above the base camp to assist with the final ascent.

How do we return to Kathmandu after the expedition?

After descending to Juphal, you fly back to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu.

What challenges can be expected during the climb?

Challenges include long trekking days, thin air, and technical climbing on snow and ice.

Is the itinerary flexible for changes?

While there is a structured plan, minor adjustments can be made based on weather and group needs.

How are meals managed during the expedition?

Set meals are provided throughout the trek, including 32 breakfasts, 31 lunches, and 31 dinners.

Health and Safety

What measures are in place for altitude sickness?

Acclimatization days and a gradual ascent help prevent altitude sickness, along with medical support from guides.

What medical facilities are available during the trek?

Basic first-aid facilities are available, and guides are trained to handle altitude-related issues.

How is communication managed in case of emergencies?

Communication devices are carried by the guides to contact emergency services if needed.

What safety equipment is provided?

Group climbing gear is provided, and personal safety equipment like helmets and harnesses are required.

Are there any risks associated with the expedition?

Risks include altitude sickness, harsh weather conditions, and physical strain from long trekking days.

How do you ensure food safety during the trek?

Meals are prepared by experienced cooks, ensuring hygiene and nutritional needs are met.

What is the role of the liaison officer?

The liaison officer ensures compliance with expedition regulations and assists in emergency situations.

How do you handle severe weather conditions?

The itinerary includes buffer days to accommodate weather delays, and guides make safety decisions based on conditions.

Is insurance mandatory for the expedition?

Yes, comprehensive travel insurance covering high-altitude climbing is mandatory.

What should I do if I feel unwell during the trek?

Inform your guide immediately; they will assess the situation and take appropriate actions, including descent if necessary.

Cost and Inclusions

What is included in the expedition cost?

The cost includes flights, accommodation, guide, cook, porters, permits, and meals during the trek.

Are there any additional costs not covered in the package?

Additional costs may include personal climbing gear, meals in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, and personal expenses.

How much does the Putha Hiunchuli Expedition cost?

The cost is detailed on the Magical Nepal website and can be requested via a quote.

What is the payment schedule for the expedition?

A deposit is required to secure your booking, with the balance payable before the expedition starts.

Are there any discounts available?

Magical Nepal may offer seasonal discounts or group rates; it’s best to inquire directly.

What kind of meals are provided during the trek?

Set breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are provided, with options for vegetarians and vegans.

What permits are included in the cost?

Permits included are for Shey Phoksundo National Park, restricted areas, and the expedition itself.

Is tipping expected for the guide and porters?

Tipping is customary and appreciated, though it is at the discretion of the trekker.

What happens if the expedition is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances?

Refund and cancellation policies are outlined on the Magical Nepal website and can be discussed at booking.

Are there any hidden costs?

There is no hidden cost. Magical Nepal always provide you transparency.

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