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Mt. Gangapurna Expedition

Expedition to Mt. Gangapurna!

Mt. Gangapurna Expedition

‘adventure around north mid west Himalaya within massive Annapurna Mountains’

Highlights:

 

“An overwhelming experience with an adventure on most stunning mountains of Himalaya Glorious panorama from the summit of South and Northern side of Gangapurna and Annapurna
A great adventure with cultural exploration around interesting traditional mountain villages
Grand views of snow capped peaks on daily walks towards picturesque and high Manang Valley
Climb of great courage and skill to the top of stunning Mt. Gangapurna with its massive Ice Falls
Enchanting alpine forest of tall rhododendron-magnolia-pines and fir tree lines
From warm sub-tropic to cool alpine zone and ending at arctic zone of ice and glaciers”

 

Expedition Profile:

 

Mode of Expedition:   Hotel- Lodge with camping from Manang onward.
Trekking grade:           Moderate & Adventurous
Climbing grade:          A Mountaineering Expeditions
Activities:                    Exciting drive – cultural and scenic trek with adventurous climb.
Expedition duration:   31 Nights & 32 Days (Syange to Syange village).
Above Base Camp:      17 Nights & 18 Days
Total Trip:                   37 Nights & 38 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).
Best Season for Expdt: April to June (However can be climbed during September to
November months when day is mostly clear during early autumn / falls.

 

Introduction:

Mt. Gangapurna situated within massive range of Annapurna Himalaya which is more towards North from Annapurna Sanctuary and South of Manang scenic high valley.

Located at 28 36 18 Latitude & 83 57 00 Longitude, Mt. Gangapurna can be seen from the foothills of Annapurna range and as far from Pokhara, the mountain with white snow capped looks rather like a ridge than a peak from the southern face of Annapurna between Annapurna III and Tarke Kang peaks.

The most accessible route to its summit of Mt. Gangapurna is from Northern side at Manang Valley, from Manang village Mt. Gangapurna is quite close within a mere distance; Gangapurna glacier one of the main source of Marsyangdi River and lake of Manang.

Mt. Gangapurna at 7,455 m high rise high above Manang valley with marvelous views from the summit top across Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu.

Mt. Gangapurna Expedition a combined adventure with classic trek on Annapurna massif, ascending the Marsyangdi valley. The climb is technically straightforward where one should be familiar with the use of equipment, crampons, harness, ice axe, tying knots and handling climbing ropes. Where most of the climbing involves roped together, including the glacial crossings.

Marvelous adventure Mt. Gangapurna Expedition starting with exciting overland drive from Kathmandu heading towards Mid West Nepal to reach at Lamjung district in Besisar town, a headquarter of Lamjung areas.

From here following the Marsyangdi River to commence our trek from Syange village onward past lovely villages of Jagat-Chamje-Talbesi-Dharapani to reach at Manang areas at Chame the main administrative town of Manang district.

Walk leads past forested areas and Tibetan type traditional villages around Manang interwoven with Buddhism religion, where you can witness its rich colorful culture and visit of old monasteries, with excellent views of snow clad peaks along the walk.

Our fabulous adventure leads you at beautiful Manang village with rest days to capture its lovely surrounding of traditional and heritage life with grand views, and then our true adventure begins from here heading towards Mt. Gangapurna base camp high above Manang valley.

Taking more than two week duration for the climb on top Mt. Gangapurna at 7,455 m high with mind blowing panorama of peaks and then heading back safely towards road head for the drive back to Kathmandu, after a mesmerizing and most adventurous time on Mt. Gangapurna Expedition with full support of expert guides and staff of Sherpa Climbing.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01:            Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02-03:       In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Mt. Gangapurna Expeditions.
Day 04:            Drive to Syange 1,140m via Besisar – 06 hrs.
Day 05:            Trek to Dharapani 1,920m – 05 hours.
Day 06:            Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 06 hours.
Day 07:            Trek to Pisang village 3,300 m – 05 hrs.
Day 08:            Trek to Manang 3,520 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09:            Rest day in Manang for acclimatization and local hike.
Day 10:            Trek to Gangapurna Base Camp 4,500 m- 04 hrs.
Day 11-12:       At Gangapurna Base Camp for acclimatization.
Day 13:            Climb to Advance Camp 5,730 m – 05 hrs.
Day 14:            At Advance Base Camp preparation for the climb.
Day 15-28:       14 days climbing duration to the summit of Mt. Gangapurna.
Day 29:            At Base Camp packing and clean up of the Base Camp.
Day 30:            Return to Manang – 05 hrs.
Day 31:            Trek to Pisang village – 05 hrs
Day 32:            Trek to Chame – 05 hrs.
Day 33:            Trek to Dharapani – 05 hrs.
Day 34:            Trek down to Syange – 06 hrs.
Day 35:            Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 36- 37:      In Kathmandu free day with individual activities.
Day 38:            International departure for home ward bound.

Expedition -Equipment List:

  1. Sleeping Bag 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
  2. Mattress 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
  3. Ruck Sack 1
  4. Head Light (Torch) 1
  5. Koflach / One Sport Boot 1
  6. Gaiter 1 Pair
  7. Socks 10 Pairs
  8. Sun Glass 1
  9. Water Bottle & Thermas 1
  10. Swiss Knife 1
  11. Gloves Down & other for Climbing (5 – 6 Pairs)
  12. Down Suit 1 Set
  13. Gortex Suit 1 Set
  14. Crampons 1 Pair + 1 Pair spare
  15. Karabiner 4-5 Pcs (lockable  &  without lock)
  16. Jumar 1 Pcs
  17. Down Ripling (Descender) 1 Pcs (Air ring)
  18. Cap 1 for Climbing & 1 for Summit
  19. Ciling 1 Pcs.
  20. Inner clothing Trouser & Vests
  21. Batteries For Sherpa & members
  22. Oxygen, Regulator & Masks
  23. 4 + 2 Oxygen Bottles per member
  24. The Sherpa who would not use the Oxygen for Summit, the Group will need to pay the Oxygen equivalent money to him.
  25. Fixed Rope: 15,000 – 16,000 m, when not sharing with others 2,000 –   3,000 m. when sharing with others
    Main Rope: Thinner(6-7mm) for Summit  –  200m.
  26. 11 –  12mm.  for rest of climbing  –  100m.
  27. High Tent  Nothface, Salewa:
    1 per 2 pax – Separate for Sherpa
  28. Dining Tent for Camp 2
    EPI Gas 150 Pcs  –  250 gms.
  29. EPI Gas Stove 10 Pcs.
  30. Walkie Talkie
  31. Snow Shovel 4 Pcs.
  32. Ice Axe 1 Per pax
  33. Ice Hammer 2 Hammer per team
  34. Ice Screw 60 Pcs.
  35. Rock Pikdung 20 Pcs.
  36. Karabiner 50 Pcs.
  37. Snow Bar 100 Pcs.
  38. Medicines

Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.
On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, where you will be received with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after checking in getting refreshed rendezvous with other climbing members and staff.

Here our guide or group leader will brief you with information regarding trekking and Mt. Gangapurna Expedition, with welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese Restaurants includes Folk program of various parts of Nepal.

                                                      

Day 02-03:      In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Gangapurna Expeditions.

We have allowed and reserved Two days in Kathmandu for full preparations and packing as well to purchase necessary equipments, press meeting and to collect permits from concern Government department for the expeditions.

 

On this day where one can take an optional sightseeing tour at places of interest around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities, where you will be soaked within culture and historical sites most of the monuments listed as World Heritage Sites.

 

Day 04:            Drive to Syange 1,140m via Besisar – 06 hrs.
Morning overland journey on main busy highway of Nepal heading towards Mid West zone around Lamjung and Manang districts, drive leads through Himalayan foothills within warmer areas past many farm villages and town.

 

Day 05:            Trek to Dharapani 1,920m – 05 hours.

From Syange first day walk begins with a climb leaving behind Marshyangdi River to reach at Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers.

 

After Jagat walk on winding path to Chamje to join back at Marshyangdi River crossing the river heading into forested area, with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges.

As the walk continues reaching Tal Besi, from here another few hours walk leads to overnight stop at Dharapani village.

 

Dharapani a nice village located on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

 

Day 06:            Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hours.

With pleasant overnight stop in Dharapani morning walk into rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagarchap and Danque, then at Timang village with more Buddhist cultured village including views of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft. From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto close to Chame town.

 

After a refreshing stop at Koto where trail to Nar-Phu and towards Chame beyond joins, from here a short slow uphill walk brings you at Chame for the overnight stop, Chame a large major and headquarter town of Manang district.

 

Day 07:            Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.

From here onwards feel the cool and fresh mountain air, morning walk leads through enchanting alpine forests of rhododendron and pine tree lines following the Marshyangdi River upstream with several ups and downs to Bhratang village, after this small village walk follows uphill’s through the woodlands at Dukure Pokhari with couple of teahouses overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peak and of Pisang village, after a break here descending to reach the lower Pisang village for overnight stop.

 

Day 08:            Trek to Manang 3,450 m – 06 hrs.

After Pisang village morning walk along the bank of Marshyangdi River passing Humde village with a small airstrip. The environment around this area with arid and barren landscapes with cold, dry climate, walk along the bank of Marshyangdi River passing several village like Humde and Braga to reach at upper Manang village.

 

On route Manang village visit Braga monastery one of the oldest Gompa of the areas treasured with ancient idols and scriptures of Buddhism teaching, the monastery located on high hills above Braga village facing marvelous panorama of mountains with Annapurna II-III-IV, Gangapurna with Tilicho peaks.

 

Includes views of Pisang and Chulu peaks towards eastern side of above Manang valley, after few hours of good walk reaching at Manang for overnight stop, a large and prosperous village, where houses are built up in traditional Tibetans style with rich culture and traditional lifestyle.

 

Day 09:            At Manang Rest day for acclimatization.
A necessary rest day in Manang village for acclimatization before heading towards Gangapurna base camp and onward at Manang take a short hike and explore around nice Manang village and its scenic valley.

 

Main Manang a large village situated on wider windswept valley at the bank of Marsyangdi River beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk up for views of Gangapurna Ice Falls and Glacier with Manang Lake.

 

Day 10:            Trek to Gangapurna Base Camp 4, 500 m – 04 hrs.
From Manang view of Gangapurna-Annapurna III and II can be seen at close distance, walk towards Marsyangdi River close to Manang lake fed from the glacier of Gangapurna, from here climb on nice path towards Gangapurna and Annapurna III view points.

 

Located on top ridge above beautiful turquoise Manang Lake, walk continues past view point hill heading towards closer right at the bottom of Mt. Gangapurna after leaving tree-lines behind.

 

Base Camp is established on finding a nice and suitable spot with grand views of surrounding mountains with Manang village across.

 

Day 11-12:      At Base Camp for preparation and acclimatization.
These two days allows you full preparations for the climb and to scout suitable route of the climb to the summit of Gangapurna. Rest of the days relax and busy with packing and re-loading the loads with climbing equipments and high altitude foods for the climb to the summit.

 

Day 13:            Trek and climb to Advance Camp at 5, 130m.

Following a vague and ill define path up towards Gangapurna glacier close to its ice falls, which is directly above Manang Lake, and then finally reaching at a moraine below a Col after three to four hours of strenuous walk finding a suitable spot to establish our advance camp.

 

The Advanced Base Camp (ABC) located on the snowfield shelf 300 m above Base Camp, advance or high camp here forms starting point for the big haul and ascent to the top of Gangapurna summit.

 

Day 14:            Rest at Advance Camp.
Rest day for acclimatization and preparation for the climb, our climbing Sherpa will scout the area for possible and safe route of the climb and fixing ropes where necessary well in advance.

 

Day 15-28:      Climbing period to the summit of Gangapurna.
We have provided 14 days for this classic climb to the summit of Gangapurna, a straightforward climb, starting by crossing the Gangapurna Glacier and then climbing up 1,100 m North Face section followed by 400m East Ridge climb.

 

A low objective danger might occur due to potential of avalanche on the North Face section with crevasses crossing over Gangapurna glacier.

Camp I with set around 5,600 m high on a glacial plateau at the base of East Ridge with upper section of Gangapurna glacier and climb 600m on the glacier with 20 degree inclination to at Camp I.

 

From Camp I facing 50 degree of 1,100 m North Face within East Ridge, it is fairly steep but well protected.

 

Camp II at approx: 6, 360 m located half way towards North Face route, with snowfield climb.

 

Camp III at 6,935 m high at the top of North Face 50 degree with 1,100 meters long climbing route, from here begin the 400 meters to summit point, summit route which lies off the section reaching a narrow snow covered ridge with some cornices and hence it constitutes a considerable exposure.

 

Then finally reaching our highlight of the adventure on top Mt. Gangapurna at above 7,455 meters high, where feel in high spirit with breathtaking scenery of the mountains and landscapes of both sides of Annapurna areas.

 

Marveling spectacular view descend safely back to base camp using several previous camps.
Day 29:            Clean up the base camp and packing for return journey.
Where all team-members should reach at Base Camp for final re-grouping, includes guide and staff, to assist packing equipments and checking each member health condition after the great climb of a lifetime experience.

 

Start packing all climbing gears and disposing garbage in proper sites, where ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) will check the camp and depositing the litter to take away from the base camp to disposal sites or back to Kathmandu.

 

Day 30:            Return to Manang – 05 hrs.
Return journey heading back to Manang village after an adventurous climb on top Mt. Gangapurna, walking downhill can be quite arduous on steep icy slopes, taking care with support of ski poles reaching at Manang village in the comfort of nice and cozy lodge after being in tents for more than two weeks.


Day 31:            Trek to Pisang village – 05 hrs

From Manang walk is easier following a wide trail with grand views of peaks past Braga and Humdre village with last short climb which separates Pisang area and the valley of Manang, from the top ridge heading downhill into alpine forest reaching at Pisang for overnight stop.

 

Day 32:            Trek to Chame – 05 hrs.
With glorious time around Manang with pleasant stop at Pisang a short climb to Dukure Pokhari and then descend to cross a bridge over raging Marsyangdi River, and then a pleasant walk past Bratang village with apple orchard to reach at Chame town for overnight halt.

 

Day 33:            Trek to Dharapani – 05 hours.

Morning on downhill to Dharapani village following a nice trail past Timang village a vantage view point for views of Mt. Manaslu  8,163 m /26,781ft, The area around Manang rich with age old culture and traditional life.

 

From Timang, walk for few hours through forest of rhododendron, fir, pine, oak and maple to reach Dharapani for overnight stop.

Day 34:            Trek to Syange – 06 hrs.

Morning with interesting and scenic walk to Syange around lower areas of Lamjung district, after being around high Manang region, walk follows Marsyangdi River downstream, as our last day walk of the adventure continues through rice terraces fields and villages to reach back at Syange past Jagat village.

 

Day 35:            Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Morning drive leads past Besisar town with views of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalaya, an exciting overland journey to reach back into the hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu after a great experience and overwhelming time on Mt. Gangapurna Expedition.

 

Day 36-37:      In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Two days reserved as spare and free day in case of delay on climb due to bad weather conditions, with opportunity for sightseeing tour for few hours, on this day where our leader and guide will submit the reports on Mt. Gangapurna Expeditions at concern Nepal Government Tourism department.

 

After an interesting sightseeing back to hotel with afternoon free at leisure for individual activities, these two days

 

Day 38:            International departure for home ward bound.
After a great and grand experience around high hill and mountains of Annapurna with successful climb on top of stunning and beautiful Mt. Gangapurna one of the toughest peaks for mountaineers, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

 

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