Himalayan 47


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Himalayan 47
Manufacturer The North Face
Page By bigwally
Page Type Feb 26, 2003 / Feb 26, 2003
Object ID 684
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Based on the previous Himalayan Hotel, this is the base camp tent of choice among mountaineers - a serious high altitude tent for expedition use and extreme winter conditions.

Capacity: 4-6

Standard Weight: 14 lbs 3 oz (6.44 kg)

Total Weight: 15 lbs 4 oz (6.93 kg)

Height: 58" (147cm)

Floor: 123" x 87" (312cm x 220cm)

Area: 65 ft² (6 m²)

Vestibule area: [Front] 15ft² (1.4 m²) [Rear] 8ft² (.7m²)

Number of Poles: 7

Stuffed Size: 26" x 9" (66 cm x 24 cm)

Summit Series, DAC Featherlite SL Poles, Continuous Pole Sleeves


Taped, nylon taffeta true bucket floor coated to 10,000 mm hydrostatic resistance

DAC Featherlite SL aluminum poles

Continuous pole sleeves

Color-coded canopy and flysheet webbing

Internally adjustable zippered top vents with mesh screens

Dual doors with dual vestibules

Multiple guy-points

Hoop vestibule pole for additional room in front vestibule

Reflective guyline loops, guylines and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls

Durable polyurethane windows, cold-crack tested to -60 degrees F

Fly-only pitching

Compatible with TNF #2 Gear Loft

Internal pockets

Compression stuffsack included

Download and read the tent pitching instructions (PDF Format).


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William Marler - Feb 26, 2003 12:46 pm - Voted 5/5

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This is an excellent tent. A close relative to the Himalyan Hotel. Better design in this version. The six poles of different lenghts are easy to use because of the coulr coding, and improvement on the older version. It says you can sleep 5 but use it for only 3 people. Then you can live very comfortably. When you squeeze in four it becomes tight. At 19,000 feet we put 4 in out of necessity and we all had a bad time of it. This is partly due to the fact we had a lot of gear to keep us warm and for our summit attempt, so we were packed pretty tight. The footprint is larger than most and is somewhat unusual which makes for more work making a tent platform. But for comfort and being able to sit up you can’t beat it. Heavy but since you can use it for 3 dividing up the gear three ways makes the weight not too much of an issue. Set up properly it is bombproof. On Mercedario it blew flat becasue we set it up angled wrong with the wide side to the wind. Part of the reason for it being set up this way is due to the unusual footprint which would have required a massive amount of digging to point it into the slope. And there were no rocks at the high camp to build a wall. Regardless I like this tent. If you are using this as a basecamp tent or like Big Wally on Kayak trips these are not issues. and it is a good investment.

bigwally - Feb 26, 2003 1:32 pm - Voted 5/5

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I was searching for a replacement for my now 20 year old Oval Intention. I stumbled on this Himalayan 47 tent in TNF web site. It seems to be a re-working of their Himalayan Hotel....It seems to have many of the positive aspects of the Oval Intention design; 6 structural poles, full coverage sleeves for the poles, relatively steep pitch on the sidewalls, full coverage fly, etc,etc. ....It also sems to include many of the great features of TNF Expedition 25; two doors, a very functional cooking vestibule, side zip doors(so that the flap tucks to the side instead of laying on the floor or outside to get trambled on), multiple, multiple tie downs and lots of storage pockets. It also includes some new features such as vents and the clear plastic "window".

That is really all that I know about it and am actively seeking information from any one who has had experience with it. We look to use this as our "BASE CAMP" tent for both mountaineering and winter sea kayak trips in Baja.....

bigwally - Jan 7, 2004 1:10 am - Voted 5/5

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Just took this tent to Baja, Mexico for a Sea Kayaking Trip. It is just excellent !! Even the carry sack has compressor straps on it (now why didn't I think of that????) It was very VERY windy on several days, but the tent held quite tight. The cooking vestibule is soo large that it could double as a bedroom. 3 Folks in that tent can play "hide-and-go-seek", Inside (You should come on one of these Sea Kayak Trips,,,they are a BLAST). The Ventillation System is Supurb and the self-equalizing tie-downs are GREAT!!!!


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