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Chulu East Peak Climbing

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Trip Highlights

Duration: 20 Days

Type of Trek: Tea house / Camping

Max Altitude: 4170 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation

Grade: Moderate

Chulu East Peak is one of the beautiful and popular Himalayan peaks situated high above the Manang valley. Nepal Mountaineering Association has categorized Chulu East as ‘trekking peak’. It has a long, defined North-East ridge which is considered a good route to approach its peak.

Chulu East offers breathtaking views of Annapurna I, II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho peak and Manaslu as well as into Tibet to the north.
The trekking part of our advance towards Chulu East takes us through Annapurna region to Marshyangdi Valley, experiencing a wonderful variety of landscape, from the lower subtropical reaches to the upper valley with its terraced fields and rhododendron and pine forests.

The summit was first climbed by a German expedition in 1955. The approach to base camp is from the village of Manang and the common route to the summit is via the North-East Ridge.  Most climbers make it to the top and back from Base Camp in one long day. Base Camp will be fixed on a high moraine at 5334m. The actually climbing involve glacial crossing, snow walking, and climbing steep scree slopes.

You should be physically fit and have some apline climbing experience to climb Chulu East. Skills in using crampons, harness, ice axe, tying knots and handling climbing ropes is and advantage. However, Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition will offer you a team of highly skilled and trained high altitude climbers and Sherpas to tackles this mountain.

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Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Besisahar, takes about eight hours.

Day 04: Trek from Bhulbhule to Chamje (1410m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 05: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) takes about six hours.

Day 06: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.

Day 07: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) takes about five hours.

Day 08: Trek from Pisang to Ngwal (3657m.) takes about six hours.

Day 09: Trek from Ngwal to Chulu East Base Camp (5140m) takes about five hours.

Day 10: Ascend High Camp to Summit Chulu East and back to high camp.

Day 11: Summit Chulu East (6558m.) and return the Base Camp takes about seven hours.

Day 12: Trek from Chulu East Base Camp to Manang (3540m) takes about five hours.

Day 13: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) takes about three and half hours.

Day 14: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) takes about 3 and half hours.

Day 15: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass and it takes about seven hours.

Day 16: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 m.) takes about 5 hours.

Day 17: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes.

Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.

Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour.

Day 20: Departure

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our airport representative. You will be greeted traditionally with flower garlands. The representative will then take you to your hotel where you will be served welcome drinks. In the afternoon, you can take a stroll around and visit shops, restaurants and bars. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip.

Free day in Kathmandu for preparation of the trip. Checking your climbing equipment's, and discussing the climb with the climbing/trekking guide. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Besisahar, takes about eight hours.

After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Besisahar, takes about eight hours. Stay overnight at lodge in Bhulbhule.

Day 04: Trek from Bhulbhule to Chamje (1410m.) takes about seven hours.

Trek from Bhulbhule to Chamje (1410m.) takes about seven hours. Ahead the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape and you follow the winding mountain path down through Syange (1100m.) where there is a beautiful waterfall above it and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed.. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and downs to Chamje through the forests. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) takes about six hours. The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. You continue on an undulating path above the river. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, we see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.) before us. You descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Here you can enjoy the exhilarating waterfalls .Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. You cross a suspension bridge and climb the short distance to the stone Mani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m.), and our camp for the night. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.

Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) takes about five and half hours. As you cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marshyangdi then veers to the left and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, you pass through Danaque (2210m.). The trail goes through flat level until you reach Chame where there are government offices, shops and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) takes about five hours.

Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) takes about five hours. With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as you climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.). You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing on, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Pisang to Ngwal (3657m.) takes about six hours.

Trek from Pisang to Ngwal (3657m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 09: Trek from Ngwal to Chulu East Base Camp (5140m) takes about five hours.

Trek from Ngwal to Chulu East Base Camp (5140m) takes about five hours. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 10: Ascend High Camp to Summit Chulu East and back to high camp.

Ascend High Camp to Summit Chulu East and back to high camp. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 11: Summit Chulu East (6558m.) and return the Base Camp takes about seven hours.

Summit Chulu East (6558m.) and return the Base Camp takes about seven hours. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 12: Trek from Chulu East Base Camp to Manang (3540m) takes about five hours.

Trek from Chulu East Base Camp to Manang (3540m) takes about five hours. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 13: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) takes about three and half hours.

Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) takes about three and half hours. Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, you can see panoramic views all the day. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) takes about 3 and half hours.

Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) takes about 3 and half hours. Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass and it takes about seven hours.

Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass and it takes about seven hours. You start early today for your crossing of Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing you reaches the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 m.) takes about 5 hours.

Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 m.) takes about 5 hours. Today we continue down for early two hours and then walk through the flat path till we reach Jomsom. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 17: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes.

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during and after and frequent change of the weather prevents the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city.

Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour.

Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Departure

As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.

The price includes the following services:

  • Peak climbing permit
  • Climbing guide / Sirdar (One climbing guide for 4 climbers)
  • One trekking guide/leader
  • Necessary porters including a cook (some nights will be camping and will require cook and cooking utensils)
  • All meals three times a day during the trek/climb (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodations in tea houses (lodges) and some nights for camping
  • Necessary trekking/camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping    bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Entry permit for Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
  • All land transportation
  • Insurance and equipment for the climbing & trekking staff
  • First Aid kit
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Farewell dinner on the last day

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • All drinks & beverages
  • Hot shower
  • Battery charges
  • Tips
  • Climbing equipment's 
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu

Clients Reviews

Chulu East climbing in Annapurna region.

(5/5)

The crews for the climbing were excellent. Especially Kancha, the guide is really exceptional ( friendly, knowledgable, and willing to give the best service ).
Pasang was really hard working and dedicated to the whole trip and always gave the best care. This climbing trip was really enjoyable and memorable.

Suhanto
San Diego, CA, USA
27/09/2009

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