Mt. Tukuche Peak Climbing

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Mt. Tukuche crest is one of the outstanding peaks that towers in Annapurna region in front of the enormous 8000m Dhaulagiri Peak. Climbing the Tukuche Peak is regarded as less dangerous climb in a technical way. It was first climbed in 1969 by a Swiss team. We will explore old monasteries, Thakali Villages, Apple orchards, etc. during the days of the peak climb.

The great paranoma starts from the French pass and you will be able to notice Tashi Kang (6386 m.), Mukut Himal (6328 m) and Sita Chuchura (6920 m) infront of the enormous peak of Dhaulagiri- I. Our base camp will be settled at an altitude of 4740 m at the Chhonbardan glacier beneath the rocky lump. From our base camp to the west are the mountains like Dhaulagiri II (7751 m), Dhaulagiri III (7715 m), and Dhaulagiri IV(7618 m). Tikuche Peak ascend will be followed by setting up Advance base camp (5100 m). After that our Sherpa guides will set our camp-I at an altitude of 5600 m. Moving forward we will set up camp II at an altitude of 6100 m and then wait for the perfect day to create history by foot-stepping the tukuche peak.

This 34-days Tukuche Peak designed by Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will let you have the best experience ever. The best season to go for the expedition is spring and autumn. Although comparatively less visited, Tukuche is one of most striking peaks climbing in Nepal. In spite of being a demanding ascends, it's nevertheless a favorite choice for 8,000m peak mountaineers.

ITINARARY

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

Upon you arrival at Tribhuvan International airport our one of representative from GHHT- Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will welcome you and drive you to hotel. After checking in into the hotel you can freshen up and relax for a while. Later you can visit GHHT office where we will be introducing you to our trek leader and our guide and other fellow participants who will be joining you along. In evening the GHHT will welcome you by organizing a welcome dinner in fine Nepali restaurants which serves you mouthwatering Nepali cuisine including with brief cultural dance program.

Dinner is included.


Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu & trek preparation

On the second day we will start our trip where will explore some of the heritage sites which is the famous and most visited sites which is listed in UNESCO world heritage sites. Our guide will first take you to Kathmandu Durbar square –the ancient palace surrounded by several temple which is beautifully built with ancient arts and architectures. After that you will be taken to sacred Hindu temple named Pashupatinath temple where lots of Hindu devotees come to worship this temple and in this temple you will get to explore a lot of Hindu religion and their spiritual practices as the site is also the place for cremation site of Hindus. Next will be Swambhunath temple simply called as monkey temple which is situated at the hillock and lastly we will head to Boudhanath stupa which is the largest stupa in south Asia. Later we will have a small meeting where we will be discussing about the trip and our trek experts will be arranging the climbing gears and make sure all are well equipped. Today is the last day where you can buy your personal stuff as tomorrow we will be flying to the high Himalayas.

Breakfast is provided.


Day 03: Fly toward Pokhara and Pokhara sightseeing

Today after breakfast we will take an airstrip towards Pokhara and make sure to catch the right side window pane where one get perfect view of Himalayas. Reaching at the Pokhara we will be rewarded with captivating view of Himalayas including with Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchre and range of Annapurna. Pokhara is the beautiful lake city where we will stroll around the Pokhara city and visit some of the landmarks. We will be also doing boating in tranquil Phewa Lake. 

Breakfast is provided.


Day 04: Fly Jomsom and trek toward Marpha: 2.5 hrs.

Early morning after breakfast we will take flight towards Jomsom. Reaching Jomsom we will explore Jomsom and then head to Marpha. Firstly we will trek downhill via valley with striking peaks on both sides. After that we will be crossing the Syang Khola and then hike to the Syang village and from here we continue our trek towards Marpha.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 05: Trek nearby, acclimatization and relax at Marpha

Today we will be acclimatizing at Marpha region which is well known for apple farming where you can enjoy fresh apple and other products made from apple like apple wine, dried apple and many more varieties of apple are found in Marpha region. The apple brandy is known all over the Nepal country. The Marpha region with unfertile landscapes look like a Tibet landscapes.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 06: Trek toward Yak Kharka: 5 hrs.

Today we will be trekking towards Yak Kharka where we will be leaving Marpha by crossing the tiny terraced fields. After that we will ascend alongside the edge of mountain towards Yak Kharka.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 07: Acclimatization day at Yak Kharka

Today also we will be acclimatizing the altitude as tomorrow we will start heading to high elevation and explore around the Yak Kharka.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 08: Trek towards Hidden Valley: 8-9 hrs.

With two days proper acclimatizing the altitude, we will hike towards Hidden valley. We will start our trek where we will be cross the Yak Kharka where one the trail we might get to spot yaks. After that we will be crossing the Thapa Pass and from here you will notice that our trail has turned into a snowline path. Continuing trekking further we will reach at hidden valley.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 09: Trek towards and take a round to Tukuche Peak base camp

Today finally we will be reaching at Tukuche Base camp. Reaching at the base camp you can wander around and take a rest as well as also adapt the high altitude.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 10: Climbing Preparation and Hiking back to Base Camp

Today we will start preparing our climbing expedition where we will firstly hike to camp I and retrace back to base camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 11: Base Camp toward Camp I back toward Base Camp

We will hike to camp I and reaching at camp I and arranging our climbing gears and then we will retrace back once again to base camp as this upwards and downwards will help us for proper acclimatization.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 12: Base Camp toward Camp I

Today again we will hike towards Camp I. However today, we will be spending our night at Camp I.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


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

Today for training as well as for proper acclimatizing we will first hike to camp I and then to camp 2. Reaching at camp 2 we will retrace back to base camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


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

With hiking continually to camp 1 and camp 2 and retracing back to base camp we had arrange our climbing route by fixing the ropes and all.  After that we will be summiting the peak where we will first hike to camp 1 from base camp and hike towards camp 2 and with properly acclimating we will summit the Tukuche Peak and reaching at the top of the summit we will spend some time relishing the view of the mountains. After that we will retrace back to base camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 21: Trek toward Hidden Valley: 2 hrs.

Today before leaving the base camp we will clean the base camp which we had create a mess so, make sure to clean the base camp. We will also explore and then we will head back to Hidden valley and relax or can explore the area nearby.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 22: Trek towards Marpha: 7-8 hrs.

We will be embarking alongside the cairns and then continue trekking beside the snowy trail. With few hours’ of trekking on snow trail we will arrive ta Thapa pass and then we will descend down to flat land.  In late afternoon we will reach at Yak Kharka where the trail is more step and descending further will leads us towards Marpha.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 23: Trek toward Jomsom: 2 hrs.

Today we will be leaving Marpha and head towards Jomsom where we will be hiking for few hours and then we will arrive at Jomsom in afternoon. So today we will not take a flight as in late afternoon the winds blows very strongly so, we will take flight early morning. We will be spending our night in Jomsom.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 24: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu

After breakfast we will head to the airport and take a flight to Pokhara where one can enjoy splendid view of mountain including with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. And from Pokhara we will take another airstrip towards Kathmandu. Reaching at the Kathmandu airport our guide will drop you at the hotel and then you can relax and refreshed up. In evening the GHHT will be hosting a farewell dinner as well as also celebrate for successfully summiting the Tukuche peak.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 25: Fly Home

Today you adventurous expedition Tukuche peak climbing finally comes to an end. It is time to say goodbye as our representative will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.

Breakfast is included.


 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

TRIP INFO

TRIP GRADE:

Strenuous trek. There will be trekking for 6-8 hrs a day in high altitude including with the challenging climb to peak of Mt. Tukuche. Previous experience might be helpful, you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.

CLIMATE AND BEST TIME FOR THE PEAK CLIMBING:

The best seasons for this trek are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day. The nights are chilly cold but the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 30C). Trekking during the monsoon and winter is also possible; please contact us for weather condition on those months. The weather is clear and views are breathtaking. Winter obviously is a good choice but you need to withstand strong colds. Summer or Monsoon will be affected by rainfalls but a good choice if you are into botany.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE TREK:

3 star hotels in Kathmandu will be provided and in days during the trek you will have standard tea houses as accommodations. Rooms will be on twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you need a single room. Cases may be different for solo travelers and odd numbered groups or genetically different peoples travelling together.

During the days of climb you will be staying in local tea houses or tented camps as available. In tented camps you will be provided with a team of local chefs and Sherpa helpers. Meals available will be local Nepali meals.Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type or the western version. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them have hot water available for bathing at additional cost. Solar heaters depend on day's weather. But we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood, as lack of firewood in most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal. It is advisable to carry wet wipes as an alternative.

TRANSPORTATION:

We will provide private vehicles for the airport transfers and sightseeing tour. Tourist bus from Kathmandu-Beni, Pokhara-Kathmandu and flight from Jomsom-Pokhara.

ELECTRICITY BATTREY RE-CHARGE:

There are electricity in many of the villages during trek where you can re- charges your camera batteries and there is solar power in some villages and you can recharges your batteries in those places. If they have enough power, you can charge your spare batteries as well.

FOOD ON TREK:

In tented camps, you will have a team of local porters, helpers and chefs and will assist you in the cooking process. You will be served with Nepali Meals during the trek. Tented camps can be wonderful experience and opportunity for you to enjoy the trek. During a Tea House trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House; lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants. And of course Nepali milk tea is served everywhere. 

WATER ON TREK:

All tea houses have boiled water for trekkers. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem. We recommend you to bring water purification pills since you will have normal water for free. You have option of buying bottled water or boiled water. You can find safe drinking water at safe drinking water stations along the trail.

LUGGAGE:

During the trek your main luggage will be carried by porters. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. A small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotels locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepals domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.

GROUP LEADER AND CREW FOR THE TREK:

We provide Trained Mountaineering Leader (handles the logistics and guides you and your team during trek and climbing) and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members.

JOIN A GROUP OR PRIVATE TRIP:

Trek is available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our fixed departures dates link for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families colleagues, you are invited to choose any date at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 maximum 100 at a time).

If you want to do something that is not included in our package then we are ready to tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements.

PERSONAL EXPENSES DURING TREK:

Personal expenses depend largely on your habit and as all the meals are included, you only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (some smaller shops are available along the trail in the areas), tips, souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in some places), if you do not drink alcohol and do sopping then 12-15 USD per day should be enough for the hot drinks, shower and snacks.

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate 10 - 15% of the total tour cost as tips. You can do this if you feel the services have been good.

COMMUNICATION SERVICES DURING TREK:

While trekking in the remote parts of the Himalayas you may not have an access to telephone facility for some days. However, en route there may be few places where telephone facilities are available and there are internet facilities in some villages as well.

GEARS AVAILABLE IN KATHMANDU:

Its not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

A TYPICAL DAY ON A TREK:

Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast, we set off on the days walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoons walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the days adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.

OUR MEETING AND GREETING IN KATHMANDU:

You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a meeting and greeting service at the airport. You just pass through the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either GHH Team or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and transfer you to the hotel.

ITINERARY CHANGES:

The itinerary for the trek should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions on earth, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.

TREK DURATION:

We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the trek is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon clients wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

HEALTH ISSUES (important for you):

As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trek. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio. The main health consideration in high altitude is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as a headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called Diamox. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and to handle the low oxygen rate. For your service, out guide will have Diamox and basic medicine as well- We do not take any medical liability since our staffs are not qualified to prescribe medicines. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for traveling to this area before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly be of help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions. Please visit Acute Mountain sickness page for more info about health issues.

INSURANCE / RESCUE / EVACUATIONS:

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip. Common sense dictates this. Its good for you and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL:

The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Outfitter Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face, we do not encourage camp fires and use kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.

TRIP EXTENSIONS:

In addition to this trek, we can organize extensions your Trip both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. Pokhara, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, it would be nice and relaxing for you to spend a day or two taking in the sights and sounds of this scenic City of Lakes or you may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari or Lumbini Tour or do a Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well want take a trip to Tibet or Bhutan, whichever appeals more to you. We have several adventurous, beautiful, luxurious and relaxing packages which we can recommend you for your trip extensions. Contact us for the trip extensions.

BOOKING PAYMENTS:

You are required to make 20% payment in advance in order to book this trek along with your passport copy and the flight Detail (Arrival Detail) and the remaining 80% balance is payable when you arrive in Nepal. You have options of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card, so, do let us know which modes of payment is convenient for you then we will forward the detail.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • These trip notes represent the most current information for this itinerary however there might be changes recently so, contact us for the up to date information.
  • Note: A- Accommodation, B- Breakfast, L- Lunch and D- Dinner
  • Itinerary- The above itinerary should be taken only as a guideline; it could change due to fluctuating weather patterns, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions related to the environment. In case of any trek Itinerary alteration or if it needs to be re-routed to other areas, your Group Leader or senior Sherpa Guide will make the final decision after consulting the group.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 34 Days

Difficulty: Strenous

Activities: Peak Climbing, Hiking, Sightseeing Trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Lodge-to-lodge & tented camp trip

Country: Nepal

Price: USD 10,500

Group size: Minimum 2

Best Season: Mar to Jun & Sep to Nov

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