Ratna Chuli Climb


Ratna Chuli is one of the AD graded Himalayan peaks that lies between the border of Nepal and Tibet in north of the Annapurna and Manaslu, majestically situated above the Tibetan village of Phu in the western region of Nepal. Ratna Chuli was officially open for mountaineering expeditions ever since the first opening of the Nar Phu region of western Nepal in 2000, there has been very few mountaineering expedition teams to thismountain.

Our Ratna Chuli Climb expedition starts from Kathmandu after 6 hours drive to Beshishar then commence trekking through the classic Annapurna circuit route till Koto and then leaves towards the route Dharmasala, then to Tibetan village, Kyang, Phugaon where we spend one day extra for proper acclimatization and local exploration, soon reach to the Ratna Chuli Base Camp. After setting up the Base Camp our strong team of staffs set up various camps, members have the chance to going up and down for proper acclimatization and we attempt summit on a favorable day for everyone.

Why should you choose Mountain Climb for your Ratna Chuli Expedition

Ratna Chuli Climb fixed departure expedition 2018/2019
Days Spring Autumn Outlined itinerary Overnight
1 15-Apr 3-Oct  Arrive Katmandou and transfer to hotel. Hotel
2 16-Apr 4-Oct Kathmandu at leisure/administrative formality. Hotel
3 17-Apr 5-Oct  Drive Kathmandu to Beshishar (833m / 2732ft.) by bus.  lodge
4 18-Apr 6-Oct  Trék to Ngadi (931m / 3054ft.). lodge
5 19-Apr 7-Oct  Trék to Jagat (1,291m / 4235ft).  lodge
6 20-Apr 8-Oct  Trék to Dharapani (1848m /6063ft.).  Camp
7 21-Apr 9-Oct  Trék to Koto (2628m / 8622ft.).  Camp
8 22-Apr 10-Oct  Trék to Dharmasala (3164m / 10380ft.).  Camp
9 23-Apr 11-Oct  Trék to Kyang (3,886m / 12749ft.).  Camp
10 24-Apr 12-Oct  Trék to Phugaon (4131m /13553ft. ).  Camp
11 25-Apr 13-Oct  At rest/acclimatization day.  Camp
12 26-Apr 14-Oct  Trek a Yak Kharka.  Camp
13 27-Apr 15-Oct  Trék to Ratna Chuli Base Camp (4,842m / 15885ft.).  Camp
14 28-Apr 16-Oct Climb Ratna Chuli using 3 camps above Base Camp.  Camp
15-24 29-Apr-8-May 17-Oct-26-Oct
Ratna Chuli Climbing period
25 9-May 27-Oct Trek down to Phugaon (4131m / 13550ft.). Camp
26 10-May 28-Oct Trek to Kyang (3,886m / 12746ft.). Camp
27 11-May 29-Oct Trek to Dharmasala (3164m / 10,380ft.). Camp
28 12-May 30-Oct Trek to Koto (2628m / 8,620ft.). lodge
29 13-May 31-Oct Trek to Tal (1653m). lodge
30 14-May 1-Nov Trek to Shyange (1136m).  lodge
31 15-May 2-Nov Trek to Beshisahar (890m).  lodge
32 16-May 3-Nov Drive Beshishar/Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel.  Hotel
33 17-May 4-Nov Kathmandu at leisure.  Hotel
34 18-May 5-Nov Departure from Kathmandu. Hotel

We have noted few points related to Baruntse Climb expedition whether they might be helpful to better prepare the expedition:

Length of Ratna Chuli Climbing Expedition
Our Ratna Chuli Climb Expedition total duration is 34 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu), this duration is planned for the overall expedition including for administrative formalities, approach to Ratna Chuli Base Camp / fro Base Camp, acclimatization at Base camp, and above Base camp for the summit attempt etc….The daily waling /climbing / ascent duration depends on each camp basis, such as during duration for approach to Baruntse Base camp in average is 5-6 hours, whereas from Base camp to Camp different camps is 4-5 hours in average. We set up 3 Camps above Base Camp and from Camp 3 we ascend to the Ratna Chuli Summit and return back to Base Camp or Camp one and the duration is 9+ hours depending on each climber. The above average duration is just generalized, but the actual climbing duration depends on each climber.

Administrative Formality / climbing permit
We have to obtain a special Climbing permit for Ratna Chuli Climb expedition through the government, and as a professional Mountaineering expedition organizer company we take every administrative formalities for Climbing Ratna Chuli seriously so that the member/client could enjoy a hassle free Ratna Chuli Climbing. We process the permits 3 months in advance, therefore you are requested to send the relevant documents (please print them, fill up, scan them & send us by e-mail along with a scan passport photograph):
If you are a member of the Ratna Chuli Expedition userfiles/Member Bio-data(9).doc

For Leader of the Ratna Chuli Climb Expedition need extra doc
userfiles/Leader doc-Mountain Climb(9).doc
Risk & Release for each Ratna Chuli Expedition member
userfiles/Assumption of Risk & Release(8).doc

Difficulty of Ratna Chuli Climb

This is another major question frequently asked. And the answer to this is rather simple; the difficulty of any mountaineering depends on your previous climbing experience, physical fitness, mental preparedness etc… Ratna Chuli climbing is of course not technically difficult but due to its harsh weather conditions, altitudes etc, can affect the climber and our team of climbing sherpas fix ropes at difficult sections of the climb and if you be bit careful about using your personal equipments such as you must not forget to cliff on your safety karabiners on fixed lines, step up your crampons carefully etc, the climb is not difficult, but for altitudinal adaptation, though the expedition is well planned in terms of proper acclimatization, at the same time we advise you have some previous climbing experience or use of technical climbing equipments and do some training before you come on the expedition such as jogging, running, long walking, cardio vascular exercises etc. It is also important that you have general check up with your doctor before coming on the expedition.

At an Emergency
MOUNTAIN CLIMB prides itself on being prepared for any emergency situation. Our guides / Sirdars are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that are associated with the Ratna Chuli Climbing / mountaineering. When a serious emergency does occur, then outside help is needed and such rescues are expensive therefore every climber should have his or her own insurance arranged before coming to Nepal. It is advised that you buy the Insurance Policy right from the home Country through a reliable Insurance company covering medical, accidental and rescue evacuation. Please ensure with your insurance company whether they really cover the risk for such high altitude mountaineering expeditions.

Food safety & the types of food

Food safety to keep our expedition members will be always a priority for us, therefore we brief you about the food safety before departure on an expedition. All food we take for Base camp use are freshly bought from the market, properly checked the date validity or freshness before we dispatch for the expedition and all our cooks and kitchen staffs are trained in cooking varieties of hygienically prepared foods and good taste.

During approach to/fro Base camp you will have your breakfast and dinner at your teahouse. We stop for lunch at one of the various trailside restaurants. And snacks are always easy to find. During your stay at Base Camp our well trained and experienced cook will prepare fresh and tasty meals and snacks. We will have plenty of food including the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice, curry, and lentils), noodles, rice, potatoes, vegetables and soup and Nepalese versions of western food such as pizza and French fries too. There will be also various types of snacks such as biscuits, chocolates, nuts etc also special cakes prepared by our cook with plenty of drinks such as tea, hot chocolates, coffee, juice etc… And for the Full board expedition service food for higher camps above base camp will be various types of light / energy foods such as chocolate bars, dry fruits, biscuits, tea, coffee, sugar, whole meal packed food etc….

Drinking water during expedition

During approach from the expedition starting point to Base camp and Back to the finishing point your guide will provide you with all the water you need during your trek to Base Camp, though you may also buy bottled water on the trail, but we do not encourage much on this as the plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem. During your stay at Base camp the water source is either from a small stream or snow melting that our cooks boil and 100% safe to drink or cooking. Above Base camp in the mountains the water source is from snow melting which is safe for drinking as well.

Equipment you should bring

Choosing the right equipment is very important especially for climbing. All group climbing equipments such as ropes, tents, snow bars, ice-screws, shovel, cooking pots are provided from Mountain Climb for full board expedition service, whereas you need to have enough personal clothes to stay warm and good gears for climbing or cool yet not over packed. Usually you will have warm days and very cold nights. Detailed information about the personal gear are available on request or briefly explained about the gear list section of the page.

Extra money to bring

Without knowing your proper service selection of the expedition either Full Board expedition service, Base camp service or any other services, it is next to impossible to justify the correct amount you would need to bring, but there will be always only little money that you can bring for personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, personal equipment etc... Therefore, we advise you on this after your chosen expedition service.

Experience of our guides / staffs

MOUNTAIN CLIMB has some of the most dependable and experienced guides / Climbing Sherpas. All of our guides / Climbing Sherpas have spent years climbing mountains and Ratna Chuli Climbing experience with several times to the Summit, so you can be confident in our staffs.

Accommodations & toilet facility

The hotel accommodation in Kathmandu will be a single room for Ratna Chuli Climb expedition. During your approach to Ratna Chuli Base Camp one tent for 2 members will be provided whereas at  Base camp you will be provided a single tent with thick mattress and pillow to make your sleep comfortable and at Camp I and above you need to share tent with another member which will be also warmer. There will be also a separate toilet and shower tent facility at Base Camp.

Environmental Responsibility

Our approach is to raise environmental awareness among Climbers making the Ratna Chuli Climb expedition an Eco-Ratna Chuli Expedition. We also give information to our valued clients on how to minimize maximum damage on the environment. We clean up and bring all our garbage back from Ratna Base Camp and from the mountain as far as possible produced during the expedition. Yearly we invest 3% of our net profit for the above purpose and furthermore, in participating in various social works in Nepal. We always heartily welcome and enchant your comments and suggestions for a better way to serve our customers, environment and nature.

Apart from above if you have any further comments or suggestion, please write us: info@mountain-climbs.com

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Trip Facts

Mount Ratna Chuli Climb

Elevation: 7,128m/23,345ft)
Activity: Mountaineering expedition
Coordinates: 84° 29' 36''E- 28° 44' 38''N
Duration: 34 days
Grade: 2 (needs good level of physical fitness & climbing experience at least above 7000m)
Highest access of the expedition: Mt. Ratna Chuli summit (7,128m)
Himalayan sights: Lamjung Himal, Kanguru, Dhaulgiri, Annapura range, Manaslu, the Tibetan Plateau etc...
Most attraction of the expedition: Explore the least explored Kyang, Naar, Phugaon villages, myths, ascent of mountain located just between the frontier of Tibet & Nepal and magnificent views of the Tibetan plateaus
Starting from: Beshishahar     Ending at: Beshishahar

Ratna Chuli Climb fixed departure expedition 2018/2019








Outlined itinerary






 Arrive Katmandou and transfer to hotel.





Kathmandu at leisure/administrative formality.





 Drive Kathmandu to Beshishar (833m) by bus.





 Trék to Ngadi (931m).





 Trék to Jagat (1,291m).





 Trék to Dharapani (1848m).





 Trék to Koto (2628m).





 Trék to Dharmasala(3164m).





 Trék to Kyang (3,886m).





 Trék to Phugaon (4131m).





 At rest/acclimatization day.





 Trek a Yak Kharka.





 Trék to Ratna Chuli Base Camp (4,842m).





Climb Ratna Chuli using 3 camps above Base Camp.






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Ratna Chuli Climbing






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Ratna Chuli Climbing






Ratna Chuli Climbing




Ratna Chuli Climb Full Board expedition includes:
•    Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on single bed & breakfast basis,
•    Airport-hotel-airport transports,
•    Ratna Chuli climbing permit fee & all other applicable permits,
•    Cargo clearance & duties fees,
•    Professional High altitude climbing Sherpa depending on number of members in group, 1 Government liaison officer backed by full BC cook, kitchen helpers,
•    Equipment allowance, daily wages, insurance, food and shelter for above mentioned staff, porters and Liaison officer,
•    All food, fuel and accommodation for member and Sherpa staffs throughout the expedition period at Base Camp & while approaching to/from Base Camp,
•    Complete Base Camp camping equipments,
•    Garbage shipped off charges from Base Camp,
•    All  overland transfers,
•    Agency service charge and related administrative fees,
•    Complete camping & group equipments above Base camp: tents, ropes, snow bar, rock piton, shovel, ice-screws etc…
•    Food & fuel above Base camp for member & climbing Sherpas,
•    1 Gamow bag / O2 for emergency use,
•    Solar panel for power supply,
•    Emergency Helicopter rescue arrangements,

Cost excludes:

•    Air travel to/from Nepal,
•    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu,
•    Drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, tips, all items of personal nature,
•    Extra high altitude Sherpa if needed,
•    Personal travel, high risk, accidental and medical insurance of member,
•    Emergency rescue evacuations,
•    Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the expedition due to sickness or emergency purpose.
•    Any extra service not mentioned herein cost inclusion.

Group climbing equipment, including fuel, stoves, ropes, fixings, tents, snow bars is supplied from Mountain Climb for Full Board expedition service whereas Climbers will need to provide their own personal equipment.

Ratna Chuli Climb Suggested Personal Gear List
•    1 Climbing Harness
•    1 pair of climbing boot.
•    1 pair of Gaiter
•    1 pair of Strong Crampon
•    Perlon. 6 mm, 40ft long.
•    1 Daypack (approx 45 lit)
•    1 Ice-Axe with leash (60 cm)
•    1 Jumar (Ascender)
•    1 Belay device: ATC or figure 8.
•    Carabiners: 4 Screw-gate (locking) and 6 regular twist-lock.

•    1 High Altitude Sleeping Bag (Expedition quality minus 20° C)
•    1 B.C. Sleeping Bag (minus 20° C)
•    1 Therma-Rest foam pad.

•    1 Woolen warm hat that fully covers your ears
•    1 Good sun hat or baseball cap
•    1 Bandanas or Neck gaiter
•    Thick balaclava, very thin balaclava or face mask
•    Sun cream (2 small tubes).
•    Balaclava: 1 heavyweight & 1 lightweight
•    Lips cream (2 sticks).

•    1 pr polypro gloves.
•    1 pr over mitts (Gore-tex) double liners
•    1 pair of fleece/ wind stopper glove

•    1 Thick fleece pant
•    1 Fleece jacket
•    4 T-shirts
•    2 Cotton pants or trekking pants
•    2 expedition T-shirts
•    1 wind proof jacket (Gore-tex)
•    1 Pile jacket: 1 Heavyweight pile
•    1 Pile pant
•    2-3 pieces of regular lightweight underwear. Synthetic or wool, but no cotton!
•    1 Long underwear
•    1 Long-sleeved shirts
•    1 Down Jacket
•    1 Down Pant.
•    1 Down parka
•    Gore-Tex Shell Pants & Shell Jacket with hood.

•    1 Light hiking boots or trekking shoes
•    1 pair of sandle or Sport shoes or low top shoes
•    2 pair brand new wool or Pile Climbing socks
•    2 pair brand new liner socks. Thin wool, nylon
•    Vapor barrier socks(Optional)
•    Some lightweight socks

•    Plastic bags
•    2 lighters
•    Notebook/pens/pencil
•    Reading material
•    Music player and tapes (if prefer music)
•    2 Locks
•    Games- if you prefer(cards, dice, mastermind, rumicub, uno, frisbee, small ball etc.
•    Money pouch/belt/inside pocket
•    Clothes peg
•    Ear plugs     PRIMARY ESSENTIALS
•    Passport and some copies
•    2x Passport photos
•    Credit card
•    Traveller's cheques
•    $ cash, some in small bills
•    Important addresses and phone numbers
•    Airline Tickets

•    A good quality small Camera (Optional)
•    1 Water bottle.
•    1 Liter Thermos Flask
•    1 Pee bottle
•    Two sets of high quality Sunglasses (100% UV, IR)
•    1 Swiss Army knife
•    Compressions stuff sacks
•    1 Headlamp with spare batteries and bulbs
•    1 Large good quality duffle bags with lock.
•    Cup:
•    Bowl
•    Spoon

•    Lip salve, Razor, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Moisturizer, Shaving cream, Liquid soap (biodegradable). There should be sufficient throughout the duration of your expedition.
•    Small towels (2) Nail clipper, Mirror, Scissors

Acute Mountain Sickness (if going above 2500m)
Diamox (Acetazolamite) 250mg

Ciproloxacin 500mg or norfloxacin 400mg

Antibiotic/anti-fungal skin application
Antibiotic (mupirocin 2%) ointment (15gm tube), Antifungal (clotrimazole or miconazole) cream

Allergy Inflammation & Itch
Anti-inflammatory cream/ointment/gel, hydrocortisone cream 1%

Povi-Iodine (Betadine), Savlon or Dettol soap, burn cream silver sulphadiazine (20 gm tube)

Disinfectant for water
Iodine tabs or iodine solution eg. Lugol's or iodine crystals (25ml with dropper)

Imodium or Lomotil caps

Eye and Ear infection
Antibiotic drops or ointment for eye and ear

Antacid tabs

Nausea and Vomitting
Maxolon or Stemetil

Painkillers (Analgesics)
Paracetamol, ibuprofen 400mg
Oral Rehydration Solution
Oralyte, Gastrolyte, or Electrobion (2 pacs)

Bandaids, Cotton buds, gauze squares, Sterile non stick dressing 10 cm, small roll of 10 cm adhesive tape bandage, elastic bandage 10 cm, closures eg. Steristrips 6 mm wide


Tweezers, scissors, sewing needle, safety pins, latex gloves


At least six weeks before the departure you will need to consult your doctor to work out an immunization schedules relevant to the Himalayas. You should normally be immunized against Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, Cholera, though you must also contact your doctor for necessary immunization details.

Vaccinations against the following diseases may be useful, although they might be difficult or expensive to obtain. Your doctor will let you know if they are appropriate:
-Japanese Encephalitis.

It is most important that you have a through dental examination before the expedition and have any necessary treatment carried out. Dental treatment on the mountain is likely to be drastic and traumatic!

All our Climbing Sherpas, kitchen staffs and porters are insured through a reputed Insurance company covering accidental, rescue as well as medical whereas All climbing members must be insured before commencing on an Expedition. It is advised that you buy the Insurance Policy right from the home Country through a reliable Insurance company covering medical, accidental and rescue evacuation. Please ensure with your insurance company whether they really cover the risk for such high altitude mountaineering expedition.

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Payment to Mountain Climb

An advance of 25% of the total cost is required when booking expedition, to be paid at least three month before departure to Mountain Climb.

The balance must reach us at least two months prior to expedition date to confirm a place/s. It can also be paid in Kathmandu before expedition departure on mutual agreement but on certain special condition only.

Mountain Climb reserve the right not to operate expedition without FULL payment receipt before departure for an expedition.

 We do accept last minute bookings if places are open for any departure (up to three weeks before trip date) in a first come, first served basis.

A group / individual participant must arrive Kathmandu at least two days in advance (4 days for Tibet expedition) in order to process your expedition or Tibet permits.

Mountain Climb Cancellation policy

In event of cancellation of your expedition the following charges will be made:
-More than 7 weeks before departure - Deposit amount
-6 weeks before departure date - 25% of total cost
-4 weeks before departure date - 50% of total cost
-Less than 3 weeks before departure date - No Refund.

Please provide us your bank transferred receipt, after the transfer of payment to our account.

We regret to inform you that we do not accept personal cheques or credit cards due to complicated bank procedures and delays.

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Being a reputed and responsible Climbing Expedition organizer company, you can book your trip with Mountain Climb in complete confidence that all monies you deposit / pay for a trip are fully protected.

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