Annapurna Sanctuary in the Annapurna Himal.
Hiunchuli lies in the Annapurna range and it is connected
to Annapurna South. Discovered by Col. Jimmy Roberts,
it is one of the three major trekking
peaks within the "Annapurna Sancturary", to
be named by Roberts. The mountains of this area are considered
the sacred by the Gurungs who inhabit the region. The
other two peaks within the sanctuary are Tharpu Chuli
(Tent Peak) and Singu Chuli (Fluted Peak).
Hiunchuli was first summited by an American Peace Corps
Expedition under the leadership of Craig Anderson in October
1971. Although it is easy to reach the mountain and the
popularity of the Annapurna Sancutary with trekkers and
climbers, the actual ascent of Hinuchuli is considered
one of the most difficult among the trekking peaks.
The route to base camp starts from Hinko Cave on
the Annapurna Sanctuar trail. After establishing the
first camp somewhere above the valley floor a further
2 camps are neccessary to make it to the top. Although
not technically extreme this route is exposed to rockfall
and serac dangers and is a complicated route-finding
The ascent by the North-West Face has been attempted
only by a very few climbers and not always successfully.
The exact route is not well known. The approach is from
the Annapurna Base Camp in the Sanctuary and a further
2 camps may be necessary to complet this not so well
Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul.
Days 02-05: Trek Poon Hill and Chomrong.
Days 06-07: Trek to Annapurna Sanctuary.
Day 08: Rest and exploration day.
Day 09: Trek back to Hinko Cave.
Days 10-14: Climbing.
Days 15-18: Return trek to Pokhara.
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