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Trip Facts
Activity Level
Strenuous
Maximum Elevation
6273m
Trip Length
20 Days
Trip Mode
Tea House + Camping
Minimum Pax
2+
Best Time
Apr - May & Oct - Nov

Overview

6,485m is situated at above the Manang valley just out off trails of Annapurna circuit trek with amazing views across to the Annapurna’s Range, including Manaslu, Annapurna I, II, III Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak.

The climb of Chulu–West is complete from base camp in a small valley north of Ledar above Manag situated side of the main trail to Thorang–La Pass. First ascent was on 04th November 1978 by Lakpa Nuru Sherpa,Ang Jambo Sherpa Dr. Larry Zaroff and Peter Lev.

The Chulu west peaks are included in the larger Damodar Himal range but also part of the Manang Himal range too.This peak climb is combined with the standard trek Annapurna circuit, ascending beautiful Marshyangdi river valley and crossing the world highest trekking pass Thorong–La, before descending the Kali Gandaki valley with a flight to Pokhara or long drive Jomsom to Pokharaand and also it can be possible to continue your trek along the Kaligandaki valley though the dippiest Gorge and famous trek through Poonhill to Pokhara. The Chulu west climb is technical in some of the section with straightforward and better to be familiar with the use of your gear, Tying Knots, Crampons, Harness, Ice-axe, and Handling Climbing ropes etc. Most of the climbing will be involved walking roped together, including like glacier crossings.

Short Itinerary

  • Day 01: KTM Arrival pick up from Airport and welcoming by garland and transfer to Hotel, trek briefing and welcome dinner.
    O/ N Hotel – (BDB)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu – Besi Sahar drive by car 6 hrs (823m) to Jagat by local jeep even further up you can drive on your request
    O/ N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 03: Jagat – Dharapani (1,870m) 5/6hrs
    O/ N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 04: Dharapani – Chame (2,550m) 6hrs
    O/ N Lodge –BLD
  • Day 05: Chame - Pisang (3,030m) 5hrs
    O/ N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 06: Pisang - Manang, (3,440m) 4hrs
    O/ N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 07: Manang – Explore Acclimatization
    O/ N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 08: Manang – Lader (4210m) 4hrs
    O/ N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 09: Leder – Chulu West Base Camp (4,900m) 4 -5hrs
    O/ N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 10: Chulu West Base Camp – Camp I (5,100m) 4 - 5hrs
    O/ N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 11: Rest & Acclimatization at Camp I O/ N Tent –BLD
  • Day 12: Camp I – Camp II (5,530m) 4 - 5hrs
    O/ N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 13: Summit Chulu West (6419m) and back to Camp I: 9 - 10hrs
    O/ N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 14: Camp I – Leder (4210m) 5-6hrs
    O/ N Tent – (BLD)
  • Day 15: Contingency Day
    O/ N lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 16: Yak Kharka – Thorung Phedi (4,450m) 4 hrs
    O/ N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 17: Thorung Phedi – Muktinath (3,802m) Via Thorung La (5,416m) 8/9hrs and 2 hours drive to Jomsom (2,720m)
    O/ N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 18: Jomsom – Pokhara fly (820m) 30mints
    O/ N Hotel – (BLD)
  • Day 19: Pokhara – Kathmandu drives or fly
    O/ N Hotel – (BB)
  • Day 20: Free day in Kathamndu and Farewell dinner
    O/ N Hotel – (BB)
  • Day 21: Final departure back to home, Share experience with family unforgettable memory of Annapurna circuit trek and Chulu west peak climbing.

Important Note

On the Annapurna Circuit route with Thorong–La, enchanting forest of Rhododendrons forest and Hemlocks Traditional antique villages, Hindu and Buddhist culture, the Trans-Himalayan trade route remarkable landscape and snow capped mountain range from sub-tropical-alpine to arctic topography

Itinerary

On your arrival day in Kathmandu, You will be received by the representative staff from Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing P Ltd with proper greeting. You will be taken to the hotel where you have your time to settle in and freshen up. In the afternoon, you will visit our office there will be short trip briefing and introduction with your trekking guide. After short briefing you can hang out to the necessary places you might need to go before trekking like, Money changer, ATM, Market ETC. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing. For dinner, you will be served excellent cuisine.

Overnight at Hotel – (BDB)

After breakfast, early in the morning we will drive to Jagat via Beshisahar and Chamje. Drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach Bhesisar, a large town headquarters of Lamjung district. After Bhesisar we will be taking an off-road vehicle for the rough and interesting ride following Marsyangdi River past Khudi, Bulbule, Nagdi villages to reach Syange village. From here, we will leave the river behind and the drive will climb up on the steep road to reach Jagat.

Overnight at lodge –BLD

After having breakfast we start our journey towards Dharapani. We have to cross the River much time. We walk through beautiful green jungle plats with waterfalls. After walking up and down for sometimes we reach a beautiful village Tal. The way from Jagat to Dharapani is so simple. We passed another two smaol village, Kortro and Karte before reaching Dharapani.

Overnight at lodge –BLD

After having breakfast we start our trek towards Chame. We walk leaving Bagarchhap, a village where we can see long mani walls with prayer wheels. We walk through a beautiful pine and oak forest with occasional views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal & Annapurna II which definitely graced our climb. After walking in nice and flat path and sometimes rocky steps uphill we reach a beautiful village Timang. From here we can see Green pastures with grazing animals against a backdrop of magnificent snow-capped mountain peaks. The trails became easier from here we started seeing more pine trees and trails carpeted with pine needles until you reach Chame where there are government offices, shops and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district.

Overnight at lodge –BLD

After breakfast, the trail passes through pine forests, over fairly level ground, through the village of Taleku to Bhratang. Like all vilages since Dharapani these predominantly Buddhist villages have an entrance chorten and an exit chorten. Annapurna II can be seen to the south and you are now behind the main Himalaya peaks in their rain shadow area. After crossing a series of wooden cantilever bridges you enter a spruce and fir forest that eventually gives way to a pine forest. After days in the gorge the forests provide a welcome change. Crossing the river to its left bank you reach your lodge at the village of Pisang.

Overnight at lodge –BLD

After breakfast, the trail continues throughout the upper part of the Manang District where the Tibetan/Buddhist influence can be seen throughout. People in this region herd yaks and raise crops such as maize. Leaving Pisang, there are two options that follow the Marsyangdi River both of which meet up again in the village of Mungji and Braga, with its beautiful monastery – the southern route or the northern route.The southern route involves a gentle climb following alongside the river. The northern route is a bit more demanding and strenuous, climbing up the north ridge of the valley. The views along the upper northern route of the Annapurna’s are stunning.

Overnight at lodge –BLD

Today is a rest and acclimatization day. Manang is a fascinating village, the chief Buddhist village that gives its name to the area. As such it’s ideal for our essential acclimatization rest day before taking on the Thorong La. There are excellent side trips such as the short climb to the Cliffside Bod-zo Gompa where the lama performs a blessing ceremony to protect us on our journey. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. An easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery is also possible.

Overnight at lodge -BLD

After having breakfast we trek towards Lader. The trail is slowly uphill to Gunsang via Tengi. From Gunsang, the trail is nice and easy to Lader via Yak Kharka. Trek from Manang to i Lader takes 4 hours. During the hike, you will see a nice view of Annapurna III, Gangapurna , Glacier Dom, Tilicho Peak, Chulu west and Manaslu range etc.

Overnight at lodge -BLD

After having breakfast we start our trek towards Chulu Base camp. We need to trek through the steep trail which is about 4 to 5 hours long. Chulu West Base Camp offers great view of the mountain peaks in the Annapurna range.

Overnight at Tent –BLD

From the base camp we will continue our trek to reach Camp I. Every step of us will lead us much closer to the summits of beautiful Chulu west. We can see best views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges including Manaslu and Lamjung Himal, we continue to follow the trail that leads to Camp I.

Overnight at Tent –BLD

As we are gaining altitudes day by day, we need to have proper acclimatization to avoid mental and physical sickness. In order to ensure the successful climb to the summit of Chulu West Peak, we will spend a day here at Camp I for resting and acclimatization before heading on to higher altitudes.

Overnight at Tent –BLD

We will hike towards the camp II. Our trial goes through the snowy path to the Camp II. The camp is at the height of 5530m. We need to use ropes, crampons, ice axes for today’s climb to reach Camp II.

Overnight at Tent –BLD

We wake up early morning about 2 am and after pack up gears and breakfast guide observe the situation and risk condition as if it is safe and good day then we start to climb to summit. guide will fixed the rope and lead you to the successful summit of the Chulu west peak Each moment we have to work hard through the icy high-altitude trail. From the top can be seen the wonderful Himalayan range as Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Throng peak, Chulu east as well some Tibetan mountain ranges and the below valley of Manang and Throng top. After a successful summit, you will down to camp I.

Overnight at Tent –BLD

From the camp I, we will return back same trails towards Leder. While returning on the way will get the glorious view of the Annapurna mountain ranges.

Overnight at Tent –BLD

We might need this due to the weather conditions also we need to keep up with the altitude gain and let our body adjust to the thinner air pressure.

Overnight in Tent –BLD

After Breakfast the trail Continue through pastures, which eventually give way to high arid desert at Phedi, at the base of Thorung La.

Overnight at lodge –BLD

After breakfast From Phedi ascend to a notch and turning left head for the Thorung La. A chain of rocks marks the pass, which might not be visible if there is snow. Beyond the pass you enter the river valley of the Kali Gandaki River. The descent is long, starting gently, but increasing in steepness, following a series of switchbacks leading to the grassy slopes and holy town of Muktinath (3800m). Muktinath is surrounded by rugged mountain landscapes and with unparalleled views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), the world’s 7th highest mountain and will further catch the vehicle to Jomsom.

Overnight at lodge –BLD

Early breakfast and transfer to Jomsom airport for short flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara, We can observe spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna range of mountains with rolling hills dotted with farm villages, On reaching Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by the serene lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Himalaya.

Overnight at Hotel BLD

After Breakfast, transfer to airport and fly back to Kathmandu or we can also drive back via Tourist bus. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping.

Overnight at Hotel (B B)

You are free to spend the day at your leisure to relax, refresh, and perhaps take a trip to explore more of the city, before the group’s final evening celebrating huge achievement with a special dinner. Around the evening, we will take you for a farewell dinner. While having dinner, we will also discuss your trip and take feedback.

Overnight at Hotel – (BB)

Final Departure One of our company representatives will assist you to get to the airport by privet vehicle as per your flight departure time and back to home share experiences with family and friends unforgettable memory of Chulu west peak climbing.

Dates & Cost

Inclusive

Cost Includes

  • Arrival airport pick up and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Accommodation 2-3 stars Hotel in Kathmandu on a twin share bed with B/B plan
  • According to CHOICE of menu 3 times meal B/F, Lunch & Dinner with 2cups of tea or coffee in breakfast and every meals a cup of while the trekking.
  • Responsible trekking policy of two Trekkers: One porter.
  • Accommodations at clean and comfortable local Tea House – lodge during the trek.
  • English speaking guided half day city tour with world heritage sites.
  • All domestic flight, Airport taxes, private transportations starting & ending points of trek.
  • English Speaking Experience local Mountain Guide – by Himalayan Trails trained and Nepal government licensed holder as well as First Aid Eco trained.
  • Along the trek basic complete First Aid Kit.
  • Assistants Guide and other support staff if indeed.
  • Trekking Map.
  • Insurance of all staffs Guide, Assistants, porters and Accommodations, food and reasonable salary during the treks.
  • All necessary officials pepper work.
  • Peak Permit, TIMS, Annapurna conservations entry fee
  • Warm clothing and required trekking gear for porters
  • Travel and Rescue arrangements
  • All the Government Taxes
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner as per itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fees (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • International Airfare
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Lunch, Dinner & Drinks in the cities.
  • Any kind of drinks & personal expenses on trek.
  • Hot shower, Electricity Bills during trek
  • Personal gear & clothing
  • Medical evacuation encase of Emergency
  • Tips and Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry
  • Expenses deserve due to Natural or man made hazards like landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. will be charge extra as per actual and anything not specify on the cost

Fitness

Fitness

Chulu West Peak Climbing

TRAIN AND FITNESS 

Physical fitness is one of the most key elements on the trek. The trekking in the Himalayan is not forced on it and pacing is always slow, most of the days generally being shorter than a hiking day at your home country. We believe that should be you’re imaginable of its kind of holiday trip literally than a contest to provide evidence of the travelers. We maintain situated so as to allow easy access to your trip can be demanding but not a difficult. You can make your own speed and enjoy your trip stunning atmosphere rather than following to other to catch. Himalayan Trails, recommend that you assume on a good fitness agenda proceeding to your trip although and one that builds up general strength and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a bag pack to train for trek in Himalaya. So our best advice is to get out into the Hills or Alps as often as you can. You better ware your hiking boots and carry about 5-6 kg in your day bag-pack; this is a good weight to walk with it.

If you are doing Gym then which can be helpful and work on the thigh and calf muscles but better to build your heart rate over 50%. Any kind of heart breed activities are good but swimming will not add it doesn’t train right muscles groups better added other exercise to be effective. Hiking in Hills, Alps would be the best preparation for a trek in Nepal.

EXPERIENCE FOR THE NEPAL TREK

The trekking trail and area of Nepal mostly well trodden and natural path most of the regions, even though it can be rocky and rough in some parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or Mountaineering which is requiring equipments. It is hike most of the way in Himalaya, but some parts of the hills can be steep up and down and can be longer!

On the way you may meet many people along the trails as well as Donkeys, Yaks and heavy load porters. Walking in the Himalaya there is rule of the way when meet an approaching Donkeys, Yaks and porters always make sure you step to always on side where wide enough to passes through each other,( towards slopes side of the hill or inside of the Trail). Note: never ever stand ridged sides of the trail. If you stand, it means, we call (outside standing is suicide and inside is safe site) because it can be push by them down to mountains or rivers.

The trekking poles are very useful, if you have problems with knees, depending on weather or personal choice for using them. Even though higher up, ice path, moraine, open slopes may give you extra support from it, also quite easy to follow the path.
Always final sections are can be Glacier itself and high elevation, it is bit difficult and occasionally slippery under trails. The ice is covered in water stones and dirt, so where a coolant produces cold temperatures in the surface below.

Comfortable, good sole, ankle support (4 seasons) trekking boots water proof are recommended for the high passes trek but for the lower trek light weight hiking boots are fine to protect you beside, probably going over an ankle, low altitude trek heavy boots will be hot and unwieldy.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE TREK AND WHILE PEAK CLIMBING 

Tea house trek accommodation will be in comfortable tea houses and lodges run most of the area by local families, except people specify a preference for tents. Every tea house or lodge has a common heated Chimney in the dining hall, although the bedrooms are not heated with mattresses, pillows and two beds in a room. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bag (3 seasons in normally fine) but possibility is also you can buy and hire in Kathmandu.

Generally most of the tea houses have hot showers by gas gizzards and they have squire toilets but some area have and use drop toilets with flush systems.

For the Tent Camp/ Tent trekking we use branded company tents which are for two persons comfortably can sleep and can put your luggage on side, and we provide you the mattresses. Tents are fixed always near the guest house and eating in our own dining tent, sometimes eating can be indoors, depends on possibility. So toilets sometimes you will use from the lodge but obvious we will have our privet toilet tents too.

Himalayan Trails support 

Our main back bones of the trek are porters, will carry your main duffle bag up to a maximum weight of 12-14 kg per guest and supply for all the groups needs, if you need to go back down to the valley together with assisting you. Apart from specially camping, all the accommodations are in local lodge or Tea houses which are well prepared, warm and friendly environment.

Our entire trip we run by permanently Guides or Leaders, who have been employed over ten years with us and been training personally high standard leadership and first aid by our company. They know how to deal with emergencies and speak fluently English. They are always helpful and look after you so many years have been working with tourist and westerns, they know the westerns needs and understanding. Our porters are always who works with us forever all our teams are dedicated and they will provide high standards services.