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Highest access: 7371m (24,183ft)
First Ascent: Japanese Nihon University expedition, October 24, 1970
Duration: 37 Days
Group Size: 2-10 people per group
Co-ordinates: 28°44′06″N 83°12′58″E
Location: Dhaulagiri Himal
Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)
Departure From: Kathmandu (KTM)
Grade: AD/Scottish Grade III
Meals: B,L,D in during Driving and climbing period
Transportation: Car, Flight, Tourist bus
Best season: Late spring (traditionally less hazardous) and autumn
Major Activity: Trekking/Mountaineering
Culture: Gurung, Thakali, Magar
Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping
Climbing route: South & Southeast Ridge
Himalayan sights: Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Putha Hunchuli,
Churen Himal Expedition (7371m/24,183ft) is a part of Jaljala area lying towards the
west of Dhaulagiri range. Expedition of the Churen Himal offers an opportunity to
experience undisturbed and tranquil nature full of wild valleys, fast glacial streams,
beautiful forest with spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Gurja Himal and
Churen Himal. The trail to Churen Himal passes through well-known Dhorpatan Hunting
The Churen caravan route is a less touristic trekking trail in the Dhaulagiri region. This
trek and expedition route is for those trekkers who love to explore beautiful nature and
wild valleys. The exotic, breathtaking Himalayas and take you out of the beaten tracks,
inside a region where very few trekkers are traveling. Churen Himal is a moderate
climbing challenge. This mountain is suitable for those climbers who want to climb a less
crowed 7000m peak and prepare for the next step which is an 8000m expedition. On
this route there is 30% rock climbing 50% snow and 20% ice climbing. Its technical grade
classification is Scottish Grade III.
Mount Churen Himal was first climbed on the 24th of October by the Academic Alpine
Club of Shizuoka Expedition team in 1970 by Mr. Kr. Fukui and K. Hasegawa. Mr. Ryozo
Yamamoto and his group had planned to climb since 1963 but the expedition
unfortunately did not materialize until 1970. Members of the Academic Alpine Club of
Shizuoka, Japan climbed the main peak (West Peak) of Churen Himal (7371m) and the
Central Peak (about 7371m) on 28 and 24October, 1970 from the Southeast ridge which
was lead by Takashi Serizawa. Mount Churen is among the seventh series mountain in
the Dhaulgiri range. It has three pinnacles which are called: Churen West
7371m/24,183ft. Churen Central (7375m/24,196ft) and Churen North (7371m/24,183ft.)
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m/3,116ft) 6hrs. Lodge
Drive from Pokhara to Darbang (1110m/3,641ft) 5 hrs. Lodge
Trek from Darbang to Takum via Dharapani village (1670m/5,479ft.) 5
hrs. Camping accommodation.
Trek from Takum to Lumsang village (2120m/6,955ft.) 6hrs. Camping
Trek from Lumsang to Gurja Village (2620m/8,595ft.) 7 hrs.Camping
Trek Gurja village to Darsinge Khark (3600m/11,811ft) 6 hrs.Camping
Trek from Darsinge Khark to Burjunga Khark (3415m/11,204ft.) 5hrs.
Trek from Burjunga Kharka to Churen Himal BC (4600m/15,091ft.) 3 hrs.
Climbing Period Churen Himal. (7371m/24,183ft)
Clean up base camp and trek from Churen Base Camp to Burjunga
Khark(3415m/11,204ft.)5hrs. Camping accommodation.
Trek from Burjunga Khark- Gurja Village (2620m/8,595ft) 6 hrs.Camping
Trek from Gurjagoan village to Lulang village(2200m/7,218ft.) 5 hrs.
Trek from Lulang to Dharapani to Darbang (1670m/5,479ft.) 5 hrs. Tea
Drive from Darbang to Pokhara via Beni overnight at hotel
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m/4,429ft) 6 hrs.
Free and rest day at Kathmandu. Farewell celebration dinner with
cultural program in the evening.
Drop off at the airport 3 hours before our scheduled