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Singu Chuli Peak Climb

Abhishek Subedi June 14, 2020

Singu Chuli Peak is one of the first summits on the long ridge thrown down from Tarke Kang ( Glacier Dome), which separates the South and West Annapurna Glaciers. It is one of the trekking peaks in the Nepali Himalayan range. The peak is located just west of Ganggapurna in the Annapurna Himal. This peak was formerly known as Fluted Peak at stand at the altitude of 6501 metre above sea level.  The first ascent of this peak was made by Wilf Noyce and David Cox on its North East Face and the top section of the East Ridge. Singu Chuli Peak Climb has proven to be very difficult to climb for most commercial climbing groups who have tried to concentrate on Tent Peak. The peak is extremely technical and difficult to climb as well as the trekking trail is a stone falling prone area due to which you need to be careful all the time.

Singu Chuli Peak Climb

Singu Chuli Peak Climbing leads you up to Singu Chuli Peak (6,501m) which is the third-highest amongst the Trekking Peaks in Nepal. It brings you across lowland to the arid Trans- Himalayan Region which offers you an incredible range of landscape, climate, wildlife, and vegetation. Trekking towards the Singu Chuli Peak provides you with a great chance to explore the marvelous views of the stunning Himalayas like Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m) and many other mountains across the range. Besides that, you can have real-life experience of the culture and lifestyle of the people of the Annapurna Region along with many endangered wildlife habitats like Red Panda, Spotted Deer, Musk Deer, and Wild Yaks, etc. Singu Chuli Peak Climbing is much stiffer than Tented Peak and is the highest of all the trekking peaks of that region. The route is not straight forward and you have to get past various ice slopes, steep rocks, and other technical sections.

Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

The journey starts from the Kathmandu valley from where the bus ride of about 5 to 6 hours will take you to the beautiful city of Pokhara. Through this ride travellers can enjoy the scenic views of beautiful river valleys, alongside terraced fields of barley and rice and over green hills blanketed with lush vegetation. When you arrive at the Pokhara valley there you will witness the beautiful lakes, hills and mountain ranges. The travellers will enjoy the evening here and stay here for a night. 

Day 2  Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga

The travellers will begin their day with the ride from Pokhara to Nayapul. After a short walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, you will reach Birethanti, a large village with many shops and teahouses. From here, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Burundi Khola. The path climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1495 metres and after a short climb you will reach Tikhedhunga at 1570 metres. This trek is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region.

Day 3 Trek to Ghorepani

From Tikhedhunga the trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge near the campsite at Tikhedhunga. The trail ascends a steep stone staircase (which has about 3300 steps) to the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2080m. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. The trail crosses two beautiful and clear streams before making a short and final climb to the Nangethanti. Thanthi is the Nepali word meaning ”rest house”. During the winter season you can experience the trail covered with the white and soft snow. From Nangethanti you will continue your climb towards the Ghorepani at 2850 meters from here you can indulge yourself in the spectacular panoramic views of Dhaulagiri I, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Himchuli and more. 

Singu Chuli Peak Climb

Day 4 Hike up to Poon Hill and onto Tatopani

The trek starts early in the morning and you will continue to hike towards the Poon Hill 3210 metres. From here you will see a superb view of the sunrise and panoramic view of the Himalaya, including Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Annapurna South, Mt Fishtail and others. You will continue to descend to Ghorepani and trek towards Tatopani. 

Day 5  Trek to Chhomrong

The day starts with a steep downhill. After leaving the hot spring valley Tatopani you have to ascend steeply through forests and then trail eases as you reach Gurung which is the village of the Gurung people. Here you will be welcomed with the big smile by the humble and polite Gurung people.

Day 6 Chhomrong to Bamboo

You will start your trek by descending down to cross a suspension bridge over Chhomrong Khola. You will cross the bridge and hike along the left bank of the river to reach the last permanent settlement of Sinuwa. The trek continues through dense rhododendron, oak and Bamboo woods. Langur Monkeys are often spotted around the forest area while jumping from one tree to another.

Day 7 Bamboo to Deurali

From Bamboo, the trail descends steeply along the bank of rocks. The trek continues in a leveled path at first and then makes steep uphill trekking through dense bamboo and rhododendron filled forest to reach Doban. From there a mixture of both downhill and uphill trekking will lead you through Himalaya to a large rock overhang called Hinku Cave. From here you will hike for about an hour to reach Deurali.

Day 8 Trek to Annapurna Base camp

The hike to the Annapurna Base Camp takes approximately 5 hours. You have to climb the trails past the Machhapuchhre Base Camp to the Annapurna Base Camp. Since it is totally surrounded by mountains. This area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. From here you can indulge yourself in the stunning views of the mountain scenery.

Day 9 Annapurna Base Camp to Tent Peak Base Camp

You will gently descend to the Annapurna Glacier. The trail goes over the glacier and crosses it before following a difficult trail that climbs to Tent Peak Base Camp. It can be very tiring so resting every now and then helps in restoring energy. 

Day 10 Tent Peak Camp to High Camp

From the Tent Peak Camp you will continue to follow trails that ascend uphill all the way to High Camp. The uphill journey can be tiring, so resting while trekking is a must for restoring energy.

Day 11 Climbing from High Camp to Singu Chuli Camp I

The trekkers will proceed through the trail which is often snow covered or icy. If necessary you should use crampons and make an uphill journey to reach Singu Chuli Camp I.

Day 12 Climbing from Singu Chuli I to Singu Chuli Camp II

This route contains a tough ascent passing along an icy and snow covered trail that heads towards Singu Chuli Camp II. As soon as you reach Singu Chuli Camp II, you will set up your camps and make necessary arrangements for climbing.

Day 13 Ascend from Singu Chuli Camp II to Singu Chuli Peak Summit and Descend Back to Singu Chuli Camp II

It is the most exciting journey of the whole trip as you will summit the Singu Chuli Peak. The directions are given by the experienced climbing experts using ropes, ice axes and other equipment . Once you reach the summit, you will get the magnificent and rewarding views of gigantic mountains within the Annapurna Sanctuary, a natural amphitheatre.

Day 14 Descend from Singu Chuli Camp II to Tent Peak Base Camp

 From Singu Chuli Camp II, you will  descend by retracing our steps and following the same trails back to reach the Tent Peak Base.

Day 15 Tent Base Camp to Machhapuchhre Base Camp

The trail  continues to descend downhill from Tent Peak Base Camp following the same trails back. Passing through Annapurna Base Camp you will head towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp for overnight stay. An up-close view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish-tail) from here is surely magnificent.  

Day 16 Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Sinuwa

You will make a gradual descent along the same trail passing through Deurali, Himalayan Doban, Bamboo and finally to Sinuwa.

Singu Chuli Peak Climb

Day 17 Sinuwa to Jhinu Danda

From Sinuwa you will descend down to Choomrong Khola before climbing up to the Chhomrong Village. Then you will continue your trail which descends steeply towards Jhinu Danda. Here at Jhinu Danda, you can visit a hot spring for relaxing and washing away our tiredness.

Day 18 Jhinu Danda to Pothana

You will leave Jhinu Danda and follow the trail that descends and then levels out before reaching Himal Pani. From here your trails ascend gently crossing several streams and terraced fields to reach Landruk. Landruk is a big village that is inhabited by Gurung, Magar and Brahmin ethnic tribe communities of Nepal. The  trek continues until you arrive at the Gurung village of Pothana.

Day 19 Pothana to Dhampus Phedi

The last day of your trek heads from Pothana and the trail descends for an hour and then follows a gravel road for two hours. After a while, the trail descends more steeply through paddy fields and forest areas to reach Dhampus Phedi. From Dhampus Phedi you will take a drive back to Pokhara. The remaining afternoon can be spent exploring the beautiful landscapes, lakes and hills of the city. You can also roam around the market area of the Pokhara in the night and get yourself immersed in the limelight of the city.

Day 20 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu Valley

It is time to bid farewell to the Pokhara valley and take a bus ride back to the Kathmandu valley. You can enjoy the beautiful landscapes, river valleys and clear sky through the window of the bus before reaching the city. 

This is the best trip for you to enjoy the excitement and fear of climbing the snowy capped peaks of Nepal.

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