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Chulu East Peak Climbing


Chulu- West is situated in the north of Manang District. The Nepal Mountaineering Association has listed Chulu West Peak Climbing is in the 5th position out of the 18 peaks. Chulu- West climbing is an opportunity for those seeking adventure around the Annapurna region. Astonishing views of the Manaslu, Tilicho, Annapurna II, III and IV, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, NIlgiri are visible from Chulu- West.

We pass through the Thorong- La pass and Muktinath temple on our way back.

The Thorong La Pass is also a part of the Annapurna Trekking Region. The Thorang- La Pass is demanding. However, if the weather supports it would be quite easier. The Muktinath Temple lies at the base of Thorang-La Pass. The temple is widely known among Hindus and the Tibetan Buddhists.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
Day 02: In Kathmandu withy optional tour and trek preparation.
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani 1,943m – 06 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,720 m – 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3,190 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Manang 3,540m – 04 hrs.
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Manang with short hikes.
Day 08:  Trek to Ledar 4,280 m past Yak Kharka 4,210m – 04 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Chulu West Base Camp 4,700 m – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Rest day at base camp acclimatization and preparation for the climb.
Day 11:  Trek and climb to High Camp at 5,100m -03 hrs.
Day 12: Climbing to the summit of Chulu West and back at base camp.
Day 13: Spare and Contingency day in case unfavorable bad weather conditions.
Day 14:  Trek to Thorang- La High Camp – 04 hrs.
Day 15: Cross Thorang La 5,416 m / 17,769 ft and trek to Muktinath 3,800m-06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Marpha 2,670 m via Jomsom – 05 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Lete 2,400 m – 06 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Tatopani (hot-spring) 1,190 m – 06 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Ghorepani 2,860 m – 04 hrs.
Day 20: Hike to Poon Hill and continue trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,440 m – 05 hrs.
Day 21: Trek to Nayapul / Bhirethati 1, 000 m and drive to Pokhara – 04 hrs.
Day 22: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 23: In Kathmandu with free day for optional tour at places of interest.
Day 24: International departure for home ward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Chulu West Peak Climbing. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02: In Kathmandu with trek preparation and optional tour.

    Today, allowing you much time to prepare for Chulu West Peak Climbing trek and climb with an optional tour around Kathmandu at places of interest with rest of the afternoon free for trek preparations and packing gear.

  3. Day 03: Drive to Dharapani (1,943 m) via Syange (1,140 m) via Besisar, 7 hrs.

    Starting wonderful Chulu West Peak Climbing with an interesting drive towards Nepal mid-west, leading to Besisar town (headquarter of Lamjung district). From here transfer to another vehicle and continue to drive on a dirt road passing villages of Khudi, Bulbule, and Ngadi following the Marshyangdi River upstream. Drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange a small village, and then drive climb on leaving Marshyangdi River behind reaching Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers. After Jagat drive leads on the winding path to Chamje, and back at Marshyangdi River crossing to the east side into a forested area, with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges. As the journey continues reaching a nice village at Tal Besi, from here another hour leads to our overnight stop at Dharapani village. Dharapani a nice village located on a junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

  4. Day 04: Trek to Chame (2,720 m), 5 hrs.

    After Dharapani walk leads into rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagarchap and Danque, then at Timang village with more Buddhist cultured village including views of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m/26,781ft). From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame town for an overnight stop, Chame a large major town of Manang area and a headquarter town of the district.

  5. Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3,190 m), 5 hrs.

    From Pisang onwards walk leads close to mountains through alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few teahouses and lodge overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, with a possible lunch stop, and then descends to lower Pisang village for an overnight stop.

  6. Day 06: Trek to Manang (3,540 m), 4 hrs.

    Morning views of mountains, from here onward altitude gains as the walk lead through a forest with short uphill and views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak. Walk downhill to reach flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree lines fades for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate. Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting, and frescos and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches Manang village.

  7. Day 07: Acclimatization day at Manang with short hikes.

    A necessary rest day at Manang for acclimatization before reaching higher areas and climb of Chulu West Peak and towards Thorang-la pass, in Manang short hike around Manang village, this is a large village situated on windswept valley by the bank of Marshyangdi River below Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and Manang glacial Lake.

  8. Day 08: Trek to Ledar (4,280 m) past Yak Kharka (4,210 m), 4 hrs.

    After a good rest at Manang, walk towards Ghunsang village with a short uphill to reach at Yak Kharka, an interesting walk with views of snowcapped mountains, on crossing a small stream reaching Yak Kharka for an overnight stop, a small settlement with views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks. From here walk for 45 minutes to reach Ledar, a small settlement with nice fine lodges, afternoon relax and enjoy views of Tilicho-Gangapurna and of Chulu West, after lunch, a short hike around can be done chances of viewing wildlife such as mountain goats and antelopes or snow leopard.

  9. Day 09: Trek to Chulu West Base Camp (4,700 m), 4 hrs.

    From Ledar leaving behind main Annapurna Circuit trail where our route leads towards complete wilderness to reach over a glacial stream past Yak herder's shades around Yak grazing fields heading up to a ridge within a well-hidden valley where our base camp is pitched at (4,700 m) high.

  10. Day 10: Rest day at Base Camp.

    An important with one more day before the climb, where proper acclimatization as well to check the climbing gear for the climb, here our guide will make sure that everyone is in top physical condition for next morning climb. At base camp, our guide will provide information for the climb including the use of equipment for Chulu West Peak Climbing.

  11. Day 11: Trek and climb to High Camp (5,100 m), 3 hrs.

    From Base Camp with pleasant rest on first day camping, morning walk heading up to a steep scree slopes at a col (ridge) and then reaching at north of the col, and then ascend the snow slopes for 200 m to the base of a band or rock at an altitude of (5,100 m) and where High Camp will be established for this great climb to the summit of Chulu West.

  12. Day 12: Climbing to the summit of Chulu West and back at base camp.

    One of the most technical effort climb, where our expert guide will lead you to a rock band with some difficulty to reach the North-West shoulder of Chulu West at (5,450 m) high, where another camp can be pitched on a snow plateau above (5,530 m). From the plateau continue the climb up the narrow ridge to the summit. A grand panoramic view awaits you scenery of all the snowcapped mountains and of all Chulu's and Pisang peak, after a fruitful and strenuous climb to the summit top at above (6,485 m) high with super views of Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu after a great climb descend safely back to base camp on the same route.

  13. Day 13: Spare and Contingency day in case unfavorable bad weather conditions.

    A spare extra day as a contingency, in case of bad and unfavorable weather, which can happen occasionally around high Himalaya, if all goes well according to our itinerary using this spare day on route to Jomsom and Pokhara having short day enjoying beautiful views along the walks.

  14. Day 14: Trek to Thorang- La High Camp or Phedi (4,450 m), 4 hrs.

    Morning walk lead to more high elevation getting closer at the base of Thorang-la after crossing a bridge with a climb along the river bank of Jarjung, finally walk leads at Thorung Phedi, here depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, if all goes well an hour steep climb to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.

  15. Day 15: Cross Thorang La (5,416 m/17,769 ft) and trek to Muktinath (3,800 m), 6 hrs.

    Our big day of this awesome adventure, after early breakfast walk leads to a long climb to Thorang-La on a steep winding path to reach Thorang La Pass at (5,416 m/17,769 ft). The highest point of the adventure with views of snowcapped peaks, and then with long descends to reach holy Muktinath around Lower Mustang area. On reaching Muktinath for an overnight stop, a scenic holy spot for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath means ‘Nirvana or Liberation’.

  16. Day 16: Trek to Marpha (2, 670 m) via Jomsom (2, 715 m), 6 hours.

    After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of (1,200 m) downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, where our pleasant walk leads you to near Kagbeni village the gateway to Upper Mustang and to Tibet border, an interesting place of Tibetan origin and culture. Morning walks lead around Kaligandaki river valley, and then to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. After Jomsom walk to Marpha, one of the most charming villages of white painted houses with neatly paved streets and well-kept lodges. At Marpha celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples.

  17. Day 17: Trek to Lete (2,480 m), 6 hrs.

    From Marpha onward, walk is enjoyable following Kaligandaki river downstream with views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri walk to Larjung village, after few hours walk getting back into tree lines of pine, oaks and rhododendron forest and then reaching Kalapani village, another lovely village with grand views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri, a short downhill brings at Lete village for overnight stop.

  18. Day 18: Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m), 6 hrs.

    Walk from Kalapani and Lete onward leads to a dramatic change in vegetation and climate, as walk leads between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna forming world deepest gorge. The first two hours of trek leads through Ghasa village with a view of snowcapped peaks into the forest. After Ghasa a southern end of Mustang area mostly dominated by Thakali people ethnic tribe till Tatopani village. This pleasant walk continues leading back to paddy fields in warm sub-tropical climate to Tatopani passing beautiful waterfalls of Rupsi. Tatopani (Hot Spring) village the valley is quite constricted and it is quite warm with sub-tropic climate and vegetation, Tatopani is another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.

  19. Day 19: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750 m), 6 hrs.

    After a refreshing and pleasant time at Tatopani, morning walks leads on winding trail for an hour, our route diverts heading uphill with steep climb than with gradual up all the way through dense forest to reach at Sikha a large Poon / Magar village full of cultivated neat terraces growing wheat, barley, and millets, here with time to enjoy the views of Dhaulagiri mountain range. From this traditional Poon / Magar village heading up past serene and cool forested areas with farm fields of Chitre village and then an hour climb to Ghorepani village with fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South with Vara-Shikar known as Annapurna Fang. Ghorepani famous and popular for a hike to Poon Hill a viewpoint offering super wide angle views of world’s three highest peaks and range of other mountains with striking sunrise and sunset.

  20. Day 20: Trek to Tirkhedhunga (1,500 m), 5 hrs.

    Morning an hour hike up to Poon-Hill at (3,210 m) for fabulous sunrise views over an array of mountains from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal in the far eastern horizon including the Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail”. From here walk through lovely rhododendron forest, and then with long descend from Ulleri village to Tirkhedhunga for last overnight stop in the hills of Annapurna Himalaya.

  21. Day 21: Trek to Nayapul / Bhirethati (1,000 m) and drive to Pokhara, 4 hrs.

    After a pleasant stop with overnight at Tirkhedhunga with the sound of marvelous cascading waterfalls, our last day of this great adventure leads you to much warmer areas of rice fields and terraces overlooking magnificent views of massive Himalayan range of mountains, an hour walk downhill to Bhirethati village and at Nayapul on the road head of Baglung-Pokhara, after getting into a vehicles few hour drive brings you beautiful and scenic Pokhara after a great and wonderful time up in the high mountains.

  22. Day 22: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

    Early morning transfer to bus or other smaller vehicle for the scenic and exciting drive to Kathmandu as the morning ride leads towards farm villages and towns and driving along the Marysangdi and Trisuli River toward Mugling Bazaar, and then after an interesting 5-6 hours journey reaching hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city life. (By Air options of 30 minutes of scenic flight to Kathmandu).

  23. Day 23: In Kathmandu with free day for optional tour at places of interest.

    After a long journey on the high mountains of Annapurna Himalaya, a rest day in Kathmandu for individual activities or book for another sightseeing tour at places of interest.

  24. Day 24: Transfer to International airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with a wonderful experience on Chulu West Peak Climbing with Annapurna Circuit Trek.

What's included !

  • Airport pickups and drops
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Climbing peak permit & other necessary permits (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, TIMS and Climbing Permit),
  • A professional English speaking trained trekking guide and a climbing guide
  • Climbing bonus for Sherpa climbers,
  • Daily wages, insurance, cloth, food, shelter of staffs and porters,
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek
  • Tent/camping accommodation during the climb
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during trek and climb,
  • Complete camping equipment & all common climbing equipment: snow-bar, ice-screw, ropes, snow shovel,
  • Transport of all food supply & equipment from the trip starting point to the ending point as per itinerary,
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping bag (should be returned after completion of the trip)
  • Trekking bag or duffel bag to keep your things
  • Good quality tents and kitchen equipment for camping
  • Farwell dinner
  • First Aid Medical Kit box
  • Trekking Map
  • Rescue arrangement only (must cover by your travel and rescue insurance)
  • All local and governmental taxes

What's not included !

  • International air fare
  • City sights entrance fees.
  • Bar bills & personal expenses.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency rescue charges if necessary.
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge fee, snacks, etc.
  • Personal clothing & gears.
  • Tips to guide and porter.
  • Cost raised by cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness which are not under our control.


The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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