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Tukuche Peak Expedition - 25 Days

Join Alpine Club of Himalaya's trekking expedition to the Tukuche peak in western Nepal between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. Although relatively less explored, Tukuche is one of most exotic mountain climbs in Nepal. The peak lies north of the exotic Hidden Valley and offers spectacular views of the surrounding Himalayas including the Annapurna Ranges, and Nilgiri

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Join Alpine Club of Himalaya's trekking expedition to the Tukuche peak in western Nepal between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. Although relatively less explored, Tukuche is one of most exotic mountain climbs in Nepal. The peak lies north of the exotic Hidden Valley and offers spectacular views of the surrounding Himalayas including the Annapurna Ranges, and Nilgiri

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek

Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and Pokhara Sightseeing

Day 04: Fly Jomsom / Trek to Marpha: 2.5 hrs

Day 05: Trek around, acclimatize and rest at Marpha

Day 06: Trek to Yak Kharka: 5 hrs

Day 07: Acclimatization at Yak Kharka

Day 08: Trek to Hidden Valley: 8-9 hrs

Day 09: Trek to and around Tukuche Peak BC

Day 10: Climbing Preparation & Hiking back to Base Camp

Day 11: Base Camp to Camp I back to Base Camp

Day 12: Base Camp to Camp I (overnight at High Camp)

Day 13: Camp I to Camp 2, back to Base Camp

Day 14 to 20: Route Fixing/ Summit Climb/Back to Base Camp

Day 21: Trek to Hidden Valley: 2 hrs

Day 22: Trek to Marpha: 7-8 hrs

Day 23: Trek to Jomsom: 2 hrs

Day 24: Fly Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Day 25: Fly Home

Day to Day Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

You will be welcomed by an amazing view of The Himalayas as you approach Kathmandu. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a representative of Alpine Club of Himalaya. In the evening, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: 

Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Preparation

We depart in the morning to the Pashupatinath temple, a famous 5th century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of the Bagmati River. We then tour Boudhanath, one of the holiest Buddhist stupas, and the Patan Darbar square that has heritage buildings representing the four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur) in Nepal. You can do your final preparations for the trek. In the evening, you will be introduced to the rest of the group, get your equipment checked by your climbing leader, and be briefed on the trip by a representative of Alpine Club of Himalaya. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and Pokhara Sightseeing

We take a flight to Pokhara;  the right side of the plane will offer the best views of The Himalayas. 

Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will pick-you up at the Pokhara airport. After check-in, you may rest and relax leisurely the rest of the day amidst the beautiful Pokhara valley. 

Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, and Annapurna. 

You may boat on the Fewa Lake, one of the biggest lakes in Nepal, and admire the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Mountain on the lake. You can also visit the World Peace Pagoda, and 

some of Pokhara's marketplaces, and old bazaars

. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 04: Fly Jomsom / Trek to Marpha: 2.5 hrs

We take a flight to

 Jomsom. After exploring  Jomsom, we head towards Marpha. We begin by trekking downhill through the valley with mountain peaks on both sides, cross the Syang Khola, pass by the Syang Village, and continue trekking to Marpha. 

Overnight in Marpha.

Day 05: Acclimatize in Marpha

We set aside today to help you acclimatize to the altitude. 

However, since it is always wise to stay active during acclimatization, you may explore the area. 

Marpha, 

a pretty stone lined village,

 is also the apple capital of Nepal that produces apple brandy and jams from locally grown apples. 

Dominating the village is the Nyingma monastery, from which there are good views of the village and the Gandaki River valley. Above the monastery is a chorten painted onto the cliff face and a number of small stone chortens on the ledges below.

 

Overnight in Marpha.

Day 06: Trek to Yak Kharka: 5 hrs

We begin the trek to Yak Kharka by crossing the thinning tree-line and terraced farms, and then ascend along the the mountain flank. 

Overnight in 

Yak Kharka.

Day 07: Acclimatization at Yak Kharka

We set aside today to help you acclimatize to the altitude. 

However, since it is always wise to stay active during acclimatization, you may explore the area

 or hike around Yak Kharka. 

Overnight in 

Yak Kharka.

Day 08: Trek to Hidden Valley: 8-9 hrs

We continue trekking to Hidden Valley, up an initial path carved by the Yaks into wilderness, cross the Thapa Pass, and continue further up to the Hidden Valley through snowy landscape. 

Overnight in 

Hidden Valley.

Day 09: Trek to and around Tukuche Peak Base Camp

We continue trekking to the

 Tukuche Peak Base Camp. When we reach the camp, we rest, explore, and acclimatize to the high altitude. 

Overnight in 

Tukuche Peak Base Camp.

Day 10: Hike to Camp | and back to Base Camp

From the 

Tukuche Peak Base Camp

, we continue hiking towards Camp I. Then we return to the Base Camp again. 

Overnight in 

Tukuche Peak Base Camp.

Day 11: Base Camp to Camp I back to Base Camp

Again, from the Tukuche Peak Base Camp

, we hike towards Camp I. Then we return to the Base Camp after

 making the necessary arrangements. This is necessary for proper acclimatization. 

Overnight in 

Tukuche Peak Base Camp.

Day 12: Base Camp to Camp I (overnight at High Camp)

Again, from the Tukuche Peak Base Camp

, we hike towards Camp I.

 But today, we stay overnight at Camp I. 

Overnight in

 Camp |.

Day 13: Camp I to Camp 2, back to Base Camp

From 

Camp I

, we hike towards Camp I|. Then we return to the 

Camp |

. This is necessary for proper acclimatization. 

Overnight in

 Camp |.

Day 14 to 20: Route Fixing/ Summit Climb/Back to Base Camp

During these days, we make all necessary arrangements for the summit climb such as route fixing among others.  Initially, we move between base camp, Camp I and Camp 2. Then we hike towards the summit, and back to our camp. With proper training, and acclimatization, and taking into consideration the weather conditions, we 

slowly and steadily 

summit the Tukuche Peak. After summiting the peak, we return to the Base Camp. 

Overnight in 

Tukuche Peak Base Camp.

Day 21: Trek to Hidden Valley: 2 hrs

Before we leave the Base Camp, we ensure to clean up the area. At Alpine Club of Himalaya, we are deeply committed to maintaining the ecosystems. We head to Hidden Valley today. Explore and relax. 

Overnight in 

Hidden Valley.

Day 22: Trek to Marpha: 7-8 hrs

Tackling along the cairns, we proceed along the snowy path. After a few hours of walking in the snow, we arrive at the top of the Thapa Pass. The descent from there is rather flat. Toward late afternoon, we arrive at Yak Kharka. From Yak Kharka, it is a steeper descent leading to Marpha.

Day 23: Trek to Jomsom: 2 hrs

From Marpha, we trek back to Jomsom arriving late afternoon. Due to the possibility of high winds in the afternoon, flights from Jomsom to Pokhara only depart in the mornings. Therefore, we stay overnight at Jomsom to catch the early morning flight.

Day 24: Fly Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will transport you to the airport for a a 30-minute flight to Pokhara, providing views of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. From Pokhara, we take another flight to Kathmandu. 

In Kathmandu, you may spend the day exploring more of Kathmandu, shop for souvenirs, lovely pashminas, or intricate art work. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate your successful summit. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 25: 

Departure

Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will transport you to the airport.

Important Note : 

Your safety is of paramount importance to us at Alpine Club of Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.

What Is Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off 
  • Twin sharing accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in trekking lodges/tents during camping as per itinerary 
  • All ground transportation by private vehicles as per the itinerary 
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Services of English speaking, trained, and experienced staff including trekking guide (leader), climbing guide (leader), assistant guides, and porters, including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • All domestic flights (Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu)
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals on the mountain
  • All necessary paper work including trekking and climbing permits
  • Tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
  • Medical kit
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Company services and all required government taxes/royalties

What Is Not Included

  • Nepalese visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport-sized photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain other than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Services not listed in the ‘What Is Included’ section
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