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Chulu West Peak Climbing

Trip Highlights:

Duration: 23 Days

Type of Trek: Tea house / Camping

Max Altitude: 6420 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation / Flight

Grade: Moderate

Chulu peaks, which constitute three distinct peaks, namely Chulu West, Chulu East and Chulu Central, lie in the Annapurna Region, north of Manang. In fact it is part of the Manang Himal. Chulu West peak is often the most climbed after Chulu East, and is about 200m higher in altitude. Designated as the ‘trekking peak’ by Nepal Mountaineering Association, Chulu West Peak is one of the popular trekking peaks in Nepal.

Chulu West Peak climb offers beautiful Himalayan views Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu as well as the entire Annapurna region with lush valleys and beautiful landscape. The panorama even stretches beyond the Himalayas across the plains of Tibet (China) to the north.

Chulu West was first climbed in 1952 by a Japanese Expedition. The peak offers a challenge for any climbers and is truly an adventure. The normal route to approach the peak is via North-West ridge. It will take a total of three days to climb the peak and be back at Base Camp.

Our journey to Chulu West begins with a trek up from Beshi Sahar towards Manang valley, one of the highest valleys of the world situated at an altitude of 5000m. We will acclimatize in  Manang Valley exploring the colorful culture of Manangis.

There is no real technical difficulty in reaching the summit but progress can be slow depending on snow conditions. This climbing expedition is suitable to both experienced and novice climbers who wish to summit and experience a Himalayan peak.

Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition organizes the climbing of Chulu West during September-October and February-April seasons. Our expert mountaineers and Sherpas will accompany in this beautiful journey to the Himalayas.

  • Outline Itinerary
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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 Manang (3440m.) takes about five and half hours.

Day 09: Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town.

Day 10: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) and it takes about three and half hours.

Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Chulu West Base Camp (4700m) takes about four hours.

Day 12: Trek from Chulu West Base Camp to Chulu West High Camp takes about three hours.

Day 13: Climb Camp I (5400m).

Day 14: Climb Chulu West (6420m.) and return to Chulu West High Camp.

Day 15: Trek from Chulu West High Camp to Chulu Lettar (4200m.) takes about four hours.

Day 16: Trek from Chulu Lettar to Thorong High Camp (4800m.) takes about five hours.

Day 17: Trek from Thorong High Camp to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.)

Day 18: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.)

Day 19: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 m.) takes about 5 hours.

Day 20: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes.

Day 21: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.

Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping or you can go for city tour

Day 23: 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 Manang (3440m.) takes about five and half hours.

Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) takes about five and half hours. Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge that affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Hungde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Large Chortens and Mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m.) and to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7145m.). After a short steep climb you reach Manang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town.

Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day today before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous ice-fall coming down from the Annapurna, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) and it takes about three and half hours.

Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) and it 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 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Chulu West Base Camp (4700m) takes about four hours.

Trek from Yak Kharka to Chulu West Base Camp (4700m) takes about four hours. You ascend the rocky and dry land all the way. The panoramic views of Annapurna range compensate for the trekking through bare land. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 12: Trek from Chulu West Base Camp to Chulu West High Camp takes about three hours.

Trek from Chulu West Base Camp to Chulu West High Camp takes about three hours. The path is steep up all the way. En route you can enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna range and Chulu West. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 13: Climb Camp I (5400m).

Climb Camp I (5400m). Stay overnight in camp.

Day 14: Climb Chulu West (6420m.) and return to Chulu West High Camp.

Climb Chulu West (6420m.) and return to Chulu West High Camp. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 15: Trek from Chulu West High Camp to Chulu Lettar (4200m.) takes about four hours.

Trek from Chulu West High Camp to Chulu Lettar (4200m.) takes about four hours. You descend all the way to Chulu Lettar. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 16: Trek from Chulu Lettar to Thorong High Camp (4800m.) takes about five hours.

Trek from Chulu Lettar to Thorong High Camp (4800m.) takes about five hours. Till Thorong Base camp the path is rocky and you trek through gradual ascending path. Afterwards the path is steep up to Thorong High Camp. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 17: Trek from Thorong High Camp to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.)

Trek from Thorong High Camp to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass takes about eight hours. You start early today to cross the 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 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 18: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.)

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 19: 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 20: 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 21: 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 22: 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 23: 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

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