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Tharpu Chuli peak climbing is an ideal opportunity for those who want to climb a high mountain peak but are still reluctant to attempt a higher peak as a Himalayan entry. Tharpu Chuli peak climbing is an interesting combination of ascent with glacier trekking, snow wall climbing, and a razor-sharp ridge at the summit. A climb up this mountain offers an unrivaled view of the entire Annapurna Sanctuary with the stunning circle of hanging glaciers and moraines surrounded by some of the highest peaks on earth. 

It was nicknamed “tent peak” by Jimmy Roberts in 1956. Tharpu Chuli peak lies in the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary and is among the few snow-capped peaks in this altitude range in Nepal. With an altitude of 5695 m, Tharpu Chuli Peak is a trekking peak suitable for beginner climbers. This is a relatively simple, low climbing peak. The approach is carried out along the trekking path to the Annapurna Sanctuary and takes no more than 5 days. The ascent is not difficult with good weather, ice, and snow conditions. 

From the peak, magnificent views of the entire Annapurna amphitheater and Machhapuchhre open up. The peak is clearly visible from the “original” Annapurna base camp used by the expeditions of Maurice Herzog in 1950 and Chris Bonnington in 1970. For the first time, this mountain, without climbing to the top, was explored by Colonel Jimmy Roberts, in 1956, during the reconnaissance of the area, before the British expedition to Machhapuchhre. The first ascent was made in 1957 by a Japanese expedition to Annapurna South, led by Dr. Haruo Higuchi. They climbed the southeast ridge. An easier route follows the northwest ridge. For the first time, this route was climbed by the German expedition Gunter Hauser in 1965.

The trek to Tharpu CHuli is a must which allows you to walk along the path of the famous track – to the Annapurna Base Camp, see the majestic panoramas of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Him Chuli, Fish Tale, and Gangapurna. Moreover, you don’t need any trekking permit for this region except for the National park Entrance Fee of around $10, which you can pay either in Kathmandu or at the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit office on the outskirts of Pokhara. 

Like any high mountain in Nepal, the best season to climb this summit is in the Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( October to December). The hike during these seasons can offer you clear visible skies, cool daytime and nighttime temperatures, accompaniment of other climbers, and lush views of green rhododendron forests. The summer season (June to August) is often followed by heavy rainfall, and days will often be crowded with cloudy days. The Winter season ( January and February), characterized by snowy and bone-chilling temperatures both day and night, can undoubtedly make your trip less suitable. 

The trek altogether has three main stages: Base Camp, High Camp, and the Climb, which is done in two parts. From Annapurna Base Camp, you will follow the trail east along the moraine towards a large cairn / chorten, which marks the descent route onto Annapurna South Glacier on the right. You will then descend a fairly steep path onto the glacial moraine. You will cross the glacier; there are several cairns, sometimes flags, that lead you to the boulder moraine on the other side. You will climb the cliffs and then walk down a dry ditch on the left to the grassy area and choose your base camp location (4115 m). 

To get to the high camp from here, you have to follow the crest of the moraine northwest until you reach a deep gorge with a stream. After turning sharp right and following a path towards Tharpu Chuli, the trail levels off. You will cross the creek and traverse to a clear flat at 4420m as the first high camp option. If you want to camp further up, there is another option at 4880m by following a ridge above this point until you reach the next level.

You will follow the slopes towards Rakshi Peak from your high camp on the left. At 5330m, you will cross the glacier heading straight towards the fantastic-looking wall of Singu Chuli / Fluted Peak separating Tharpu Chuli and Singu Chuli. According to most climbing guides, the right end of the wall is the easiest way to climb. The slope of the wall here is between 45 and 55 degrees.

Upon reaching the northwest ridge, you have to turn right and then begin your ascent on a broad ridge that narrows to a narrow, razor-sharp ridge with a 50-degree incline on the final 50m climb to the summit. 

How difficult is Tharpu Chuli Peak to climb?

Tharpu Chuli peak is a relatively simple and convenient peak for climbing, suitable for beginner climbers and those who want to experience the adventure and rush of climbing but hesitate to hike high altitude mountains. The trek can be done within two weeks. With good weather, ice, and snow conditions, the ascent is not difficult, at a relatively low altitude of 5000 m. this five thousand peak provides an interesting combination of glacier ascent driving, climbing and tiptoeing on knife ridges, unparalleled views of the entire Annapurna Sanctuary, a stunning circle of hanging icecaps and moraines surrounded by some of the highest peaks. To make your trip even simpler and easier, you can trek via the northwest ridge; although the mountain has been climbed via the southeast ridge and the southwest face, they are relatively harder.

Trip Details

  Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Kathmandu - Nayapul - Ghandruk - Kyumi
  • Day 3: Kyumi - Chhomrong- lower Sinua
  • Day 4: To Deurali
  • Day 5: Deurali - Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Radial hike to Annapurna base camp
  • Day 6: Machhapuchhre Base Camp- Tharpu Chuli Base Camp
  • Day 7: Tharpu Chuli base camp
  • Day 8: To Tharpu Chuli high camp
  • Day 9: Tharpu Chuli Peak - Machapuchare Base Camp
  • Day 10: Machapuchare Base Camp - Bamboo village
  • Day 11: Bamboo - Chhomrong - Jinu
  • Day 12: Jinu - Ghandruk, moving to Pokhara
  • Day 13: Return to Kathmandu
  • Day 14: Depart Home


    • After arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to a comfortable hotel where you can relax after the flight. In the evening, you will have introductory information about the coming days.

    • Early in the morning, you will leave Kathmandu to drive to the village of Nayapul. The road begins with a dizzying serpentine descent, with stunning views of the terraced fields scattered along the steep slopes. Along the way, there are stops for refreshments. Upon reaching Ghandruk, you will have a walk (about 2 hours) to Kyumi.


    • After an early breakfast, you will set off on a trail that crosses the Kimrong Khola, a tributary of the Modi Khola, over a suspension bridge.

      Then you take  a short rest in the village of Jinu, there will be a steep climb to Chhomrong – the largest and most prosperous settlement in the Annapurna reserve. After passing Chhomrong through, you will find a steep descent down the stairs to the river, and after it – a long gentle ascent to the place of spending the night, to the village of Sinua. After Sinua, the trail will become easier, and there will be no such drops in the terrain ahead.

    • After an early rise, you will start on the route. The landscape around is noticeably changing, the slopes of the mountains are getting closer, and the scale of the relief is sharper. There is a section with a steep stone staircase leading to the village of Bamboo on the trail. And before reaching Deurali, the trail passes by the Hinku Cave – a prominent stone peak where herds of goats sometimes spend the night. Deurali is located on the steep bank of Modi Khola. In Deurali, you can take hot showers and enjoy freshly brewed coffee from the coffee machine.

    • On this day, you will go to the Machhapuchhre base camp. You will climb up the trail, where the forest gives way to shrubs and soon disappears completely. The formidable river below suddenly turns into a peaceful wide stream. Then the trail levels off and winds for several kilometers along the low coast, along a flat valley sandwiched between steep stone slopes. Small buildings can be seen ahead – this is the Machhapuchhre Base Camp rising majestically on the right. After settling in and a light snack, you will have an acclimatization hike to the Annapurna base camp (ABC). If the climate is clear, you will have the amazing view of sunset in the panorama of the Himalayan peaks in ABC for a lifetime: around you will be the peaks of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre. Return to Machapuchare base camp in the dark with flashlights.

    • An eventful day awaits you. After breakfast, you will slowly climb the already familiar path towards ABC. Before reaching the base camp, you will go down the crumbling moraine bank. If necessary, the guide will install a fixed rope; crampons may be needed. Crossing the glacier to the place of ascent to Tharpu Chuli base camp will take at least three hours. The place for camp is located on a cozy clearing next to the stream. 

    • After an early rise and breakfast, an acclimatization radial hike to a height of 4900 m will take place. The trail climbs up a steep grassy slope; crampons may be needed. You will reach the site of the high-altitude camp and descend back.

    • You will have an early breakfast and go on a leisurely transition to the high-altitude camp. 


    • You will go to the glacier, which you will cross with a bunch and crampons. The path to the top begins with climbing the ridge wall, with a fairly steep slope. The guide will install a fixed rope; you will need a jumar. From the top of Tharpu Chuli, a stunning panorama of the Annapurna Circus opens up. After returning to the high-altitude camp – have a quick snack and fold the tents, then descend to the Machhapuchhre base camp, where you will rest and have lunch.

    • After a leisurely rise and breakfast, you will head back to the village of Bamboo.

    • After an early breakfast, you will go to the village of Sinua. Ahead is a panorama of Chhomrong spreading along the slope. After a short rest at the observation deck of Chhomrong, you will go down to the village of Jinu. A pleasant surprise awaits you – rest at the thermal spring, relax in a hot pool on the banks of a mountain river overlooking the snow-capped peaks, and then have a hot dinner and sound sleep.


    • After an early morning breakfast, you will make a vigorous 3-hour drive to Ghandruk, from where you will get to Nayapul. Then you have to move to Pokhara.

    • After breakfast, you will drive to Kathmandu. You can also fly to Kathmandu by domestic airlines. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will have free time in the afternoon.

    • You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International airport to depart for your home.

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