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Singu Chuli Peak (6501m) also known as Fluted Peak is an excellent expedition style trekking peak situated just west of Gangapurna in Annapurna Sanctuary affix to Tharpu Chuli Peak. The first ascent was completed in 1957 by Wilf Noyce and David Cox from the Northeast face. Singu Chuli is regarded as one of the hard 6000m peak. The Southeast face of this peak offers more technical climbing for and is perfect for those looking for technical climbing at 6000m. The standard route up the Northeast face fixes 2 camps above bc and still promises a lot of challenge for mountaineers. A good knowledge of the technical climbing really be useful for the final summit push. It would be better to familiarize yourself with crampons, Jumar, figure of eight to rappel down so it is preferable that you have used these previously.
The itinerary of Singu Chuli Peak climbing leads through beautiful Gurung village above the Modi upstream and this offers you to get experience with great cultural and natural sites. Get familiarize with many Annapurna Base Camp trekkers and might share the dinning with them until Machhapuchare Base Camp, via narrow gully to Singu Chuli climbing which is considered as most challenging segment.
All Great Nepal Treks & Expedition trips are lead by our professional and well- experienced climbing Sherpa guides, who are good in communication and High altitudes medical judgment, can also take the entire responsibility to complete the trip successful.
Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. You will have a brief explanation about the travel itinerary. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you will have a preparation and briefings at the Departments of Tourism (DOT). After you get your climbing permit you will get a free time for last minute shopping. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Early morning after your breakfast you will be going by bus to Pokhara (200kms/6 Hrs). Upon arrival in Pokhara you will be welcomed by Mountain Annapurna, Fish tail and other mountains. Pokhara is the city of lakes and mountains. Stay overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.
After breakfast you will drive to Nayapul in a Private Vehicle (90mins) Finally, your trek commence from this day to Ulleri. Overnight at Guest House Lodge.
The trails ascents bring us to reach Ulleri village after 2 hours steep up walk and continue the trail gently up until Banthanti which takes about 1 hour and will have lunch there. Now we can see the good view of Machhapuchre, Hiun Chuli and Annapurna South. After lunch, our trail gradually ascends until Ghorepani, a village of Magar peoples which takes about 2 hours to reach. The mountains are visible from our accommodation. Overnight at Guest House Lodge.
Poon hill, one of the most famous destinations for breathtaking sunrise view over Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machapuchere (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other numerous snow-capped mountain peaks. Return back to hotel for breakfast and continue your trek further to Tadapani. Overnight at Guest House Lodge.
The trail goes down through forests till Siprong this takes about 2 hours. We cross by suspension bridge and the trail ascends gently until Gurjung. After an hour we reach to Chhumrung village . The mountains are picturesque and closer. Overnight at Guest House Lodge.
We continue our trek from the village and climb down many steps until River and cross by suspension bridge then gently ascent brings us in Sinuwa village which takes 2 hours. Then the trail goes through the forests until Bamboo and will have lunch there. After lunch, again we continue our trek through the forest path and many small streams. Finally, we will reach Dovan after walking an hour from Bamboo. Overnight at Guest House Lodge.
After breakfast we leave Dovan and trek through lush Rhodendron trees before passing a small snow cave that has been slowly melting in recent years. After few hours of trekking we will arrive at the broad grassy slopes of Machhapuchre Base Camp. From here we can enjoy the views of Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail), Gangapurna and Annapurna South. Our trail from there climbs an ancient moraine all the way up to Annapurna Base Camp. Overnight at Guest House Lodge.
This day you will trek to Singu Chuli Base Camp. Our expert guide will suggest preparing your mind setup for the coming summit. Stay overnight at Tent camp.
We take acclimatizing rest at Base Camp and prepare yourself for Summit Push. Stay overnight at Tented Camp.
Our all field staffs will escort you towards High camp. Same day you will trek to Camp 1, where you can prepare all the arrangements for the next summit days. Stay overnight at tent camp.
Morning you setup the mind and arrangements for the climbing, you step forward to summit. After summiting, we will descend back to Base Camp and enjoy by our night with staff. Stay overnight at tent camp.
After Breakfast, you will descend the trip towards Machhapuchre Base Camp with the suite memory of Summit periods. You will reach at Machhapuchre Base Camp. Overnight at Guest House Lodge.
Bamboo itself a popular place to keep overnight the groups in the Annapurna region and the trek will take 5-6 hours for the Bamboo from Machhapuchre Base Camp. Overnight at Guest House Lodge.
After returning the trip from Bambo to Jhinudanda, our guide will explain you about the places you crossed. You have overnight in Jhinu Danda and guide will arrange accommodation in local lodges best available in routes. Overnight at Guest House Lodge.
After breakfast trek for 3-4 hours to reach Nayapul. Our representative along with the vehicle will be waiting for you and transfer you to Pokhara. Upon arrival transfer to your Hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
We take 6 hrs scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Alternatively you can take a 25 mins flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.
To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness
Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
– Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
– Sunblock SPF 30+
– Throat lozenges
– Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
– Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
– Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
– Dextrose glucose tablets
– Water treatment tablets
– Your prescription medications
– Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips
You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body’ metabolism.
Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone – there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day’s rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.
Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat.
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.
High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.
– A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
– Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
– Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
– Severe fatigue, progressing to coma
– Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
– Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
– Loss of balance or coordination
– Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage
Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness – it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
– Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
– Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
– Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
– Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
– Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
– Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
– Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS. Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.
Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.
You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition. So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.
On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.
Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.