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Chulu West peak Climbing

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Chulu West is the highest among all the Chulu peaks with the height of 6419m which can also be called as Chulu Central. Chulu West Peak Climbing can be one of the greatest adventures for those extending their climbing experience beyond the trekking peaks of the Annapurna region. Being the challenging trekking, Chulu peak expeditions requires the greater personal commitment and ability or previous climbing experience. Climbing of Chulu West Peak with the Classical Annapurna circuit fulfills the desire of every amateur climber who wishes to have the thrilling experience of Himalayan summits.

Nepal Chulu East climbing begins from Besi Sahar after a 6-7 hours’ drive from Kathmandu, and the trail ascends gradually along the Marshyangdi river valley passing through rocky trail past the golden amphitheater-shaped rice terraces through the villages of Bahundanda, Chamje, Bagarchhap and Chame. On the way, there runs a slippery trail up and down through the paddy field then again through the stands of bamboo and rhododendron to an exposed trail that traverses high above the river banks. A steep narrow path with a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock facing Chame to Pisang. Similarly, the opportunity to have magnificent views of Himalayas lying around while Hiking such as Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Chulu East and the east-side Himlung Valley among others will be an amazing memory.

Conquering the Summit of Chulu West Peak is an awe-inspiring moment. You'll be astounded to witness the glory and have a close touch of the sky with the vistas of spectacular views. You will be observing the sacred Buddhist and Hindu Shrine "Muktinath" passing every type of vegetation zone from lush sub-tropical to harsh semi-desert in Jomsom. The picturesque Manang valley, magnificent KaliGandaki, and Marsyandi Rivers close up views of the Himalayas, varied ecosystems, green paddy fields and oak forests, arid deserts and the deepest gorge make this peak the most popular climbing peak along with the adventurous trekking.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu (The Capital City)

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (820m)

Day 04: Besisahar/Bhulbhule to Bahundanda (1270m)

Day 05: Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m)

Day 06: Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m)

Day 07: Bagarchhap to Chame (2710m)

Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3210m)

Day 09: Pisang to Manang

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka

Day 12: Trek to Chulu West Base Camp

Day 13: High Camp

Day 14: Rest for summit climb

Day 15: Trek to Summit and return to base camp

Day 16: Trek down to Yak Kharka

Day 17: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

Day 18: Thorong Phedi Trek to Muktinath (3800m)

Day 19: Muktinath Trek to Jomsom (2713m) 

Day 20: Jomsom flight to Pokhara

Day 21: Pokhara to Kathmandu, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.

Day 22: Kathmandu free day, evening culture show with Nepali dinner

Day 23: Final Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast. 

Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You will visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflects the ancient Nepalese culture. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (820m)
Take a vehicle or tourist bus to Besi Sahar, about 6 hours drive. If you reach Besi Sahar at lunch time, it's possible to take a bus or hike along the road to Bhulbule same day.

Day 4: Besisahar/Bhulbhule to Bahundanda (1270m)
Beyond Bhulule, the trail travels up the east bank of the river, past an impressive 60m waterfall that is surrounded by a tropical tree called a pandanus or screw pine. Watch the Langur monkeys playing in the treetops. The path wanders through extensive views of Mt. Manaslu and Ngadi Chuli. Cross the Sisneri khola and pass the unfinished base of a long-promised power plant to reach a tibtean settlement. A steep walk via subtropical forest and small hamlets to Bahundanda(1270m), an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge.

Day 5: Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m)
Descend on a steep, rocky trail past golden amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces. A climb over a ridge leads to the pleasant village of Kanigaon (1170m). The end of the town offers the best view of the huge waterfall across the Marsyangdi. A steep and slippery trail runs up and down through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Chamje.

Day 6: Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m)
Cross to the east bank of the Marsyangdi and follow the trail along the river embankment. A relatively long walk today, we cross barely and potato fields to reach Dharapani. An hour work to Bagarchhap through a forest of a blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple and oak, offers typical Tibetan architecture. The trail has entered the Manang region with site our first Tibetan Monastery and the occasional glimpses of Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6986m).

Day 7: Bagarchhap to Chame (2710m)
The trail stays on the south bank of the river, climbing through forests to Danaque (2210m), valley surrounded by apples orchards. The trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. At the entrance to Chame is along wall with many prayer wheels; the administrative headquarter of the Manang district. There are fine views of Lamjung, Annapurna II/IV (7525m).

Day 8: Chame to Pisang (3210m)
There's a long, peasant and mostly level walk in forests. The pine-scented trail rounds a bend to reveal the first views of dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curve slab of rock. The trail follows through the river valley with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna II at Pisang. Pisang marks the beginning of the region upper portion of the Manang district.

Day 9: Pisang to Manang
It's about 6-7 hours trail. From upper Pisang the high trail enters pine grooves to reveal views of the small turquoise lake. The trail does a dogleg through the charming village, passing with views of painted Mandalas and dragon mouth spouts. Hike through the fields of grazing yak and wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement provides good views of Annapurna II/III/IV, Gangapurna and Tarkekang. Stay at 3570m.

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Mannag
This day you spend a second night in the Manang region to acclimatize to the higher elevations you will encounter towards the Thorong La. Take advice from Himalayan Rescue Association and observe the spectacular views of the Himalaya nearby. There are fine views of the milky blue glacier lake at the foot of spectacular Gangapurna icefall and traditional stone buildings.

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka
The trail continues to climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley. After we reach Yak Kharka we will see herds of blue sheep grazing the steep slopes as well.

Day 12: Trek to Chulu West Base camp

Day 13: High Camp

Day 14: Rest for summit climb

Day 15: Trek to Summit and return to base camp

Day 16: Trek down to Yak Kharka
You have left the steeply and rocky mountain trail and join the large trees below; the vegetation now consists of scrub juniper and alpine grasses.

Day 17: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
From Yak Kharka, we will continue to climb along the east bank of the Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi; a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs at 4420 meter. 

Day 18: Thorung Phedi trek to Muktinath (3800m)
The trail becomes steep immediately after leaving Thorung Phedi, switch backing up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the Thorung La pass (5416m). You can see the long Great Barrier ridge, Tibet like region of Manang, as well as the Annapurnas, Gangapurna and the heavily glaciated peak of Khatung Kang (6484m). The trail descends crossing meadows steeply down to Muktinath. One of the most important pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Day 19: Muktinath Trek to Jomsom (2713m)       
The trial descends very quickly to the valley floor more than 5,000 ft. below through a dramatic arid landscape. From Muktinath to Jomsom, we see people from Mustang who comes to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among them merchandise is the highly revered mollusk fossil called Shaligram. We will pass some ancient caves and view the impressive white snow capped mountains. We transit at the significant town Kagbeni. Enjoying the plateau we will reach Jomsom by vehicle or walk to Jomsom and spent the night.

Day 20: Jomsom fight to Pokhara
We take our next flight back to pokhara and spent a day here. You're free here to feel the moderate climate and sceneries of this Magic land or Dream Land of Nepal. Explore the various interesting places like Mahendra Cave, David's fall and the various lakes of course. You can buy some special souvenirs and enjoy the valley. Spend your night on the beautiful beaches.  (You can stay longer for short tours such as drives at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).

Day 21: Pokhara to Kathmandu, Take a 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hour Drive.
Take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. Enjoy rest of the exploring the local areas and enjoying the streets freely.

Day 22: Kathmandu free day, evening culture show with Nepali dinner
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.

Day 23: Final Departure
We will take you to the International Airport for your convenience. Wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking/peak climbing guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid & altitude sickness) Cook, Sherpa, and Supporting Staffs with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • All meals during trekking/peak climbing 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners, Tea and coffee).
  • All necessary camping gears like two men tent, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment, mattress while climbing period. 
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
  • Climbing permit
  • Climbing equipment like ice axe, Ice crew, snow bar, climbing rope.
  • Travel& Rescue arrangement
  • All local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek by Tourist bus/Private car/Van.
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents &  Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
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Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 23 Days

Elevation: (6419m)

Trek Grade:Difficult

Joining in: Kathmandu Nepal

Location: Annapurna Trekking Regions

Best time: March to May and Sptember - November are the best seasons.

Guide: Government certified hiking/Trekking & Climbing Guide

Lodging: Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation private room. Tented camping will be done in the journey during the trek and climbing.

Food: Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (typical Nepali cuisine - vegetarian option usually available)

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Chulu East Peak Climbing

Trek Leader and Staffs:

Government certified hiking & trekking Guide

Accommodation/Lodging:

Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation

Daily Meals on the Trek:

Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (meals can be chosen from Menu, Vegetarian options available)