Climb the Chulu West Peak (6419m/21,055ft) and make the dream of peak climbing in one of world’s most beautiful regions (the Annapurnas) come true. There are two Chulu Peaks, East and West. This package is for the Chulu West Peak Climbing. Standing at a height of 6419m, the Chulu West Peak offers an interesting peak climbing opportunity for those looking for an adventure in the Annapurna Region.
Some consider the Chulu West Peak to be one of the best peaks in the Annapurna region. While climbing the peak, we will also be able to enjoy magnifiscent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna, and other Himalaya peaks. However, climbing the Chulu West Peak requires a good physical condition and a high degree of stamina.
After initial preparations and sightseeing in Kathmandu, we drive to Khudi from where we begin our trek. The trail leads slowly to the Manang Valley, one of the highest valleys of the world. We set up two camps above the Base Camp.After summitting the Chulu West, we return via the Thorong-La Pass and Muktinath to Jomsom. From Jomsom, we fly to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.Best Time for Chulu West Peak Climbing The best seasons for Chulu West Peak Climbing are Spring(Mid March to May) and Autumn (mid September to November).
For this trip, there will be one climbing leader for climbing trips, and one trekking leader for trekking trips, an assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant leader), Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) and other helpers as per requirement in the climbing section. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group fall sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trip with a minimum of two people, and a maximum of twelve. However, if you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people, please contact us.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount importance to us at Alpine Club of Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu – 1,300m/4,264 ft
You will be welcomed by an amazing view of The Himalayas as you approach Kathmandu. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a representative of Alpine Club of Himalaya. In the evening, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Preparation
We depart in the morning to the Pashupatinath temple, a famous 5th century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of the Bagmati River. We then tour Boudhnath, one of the holiest Buddhist stupas, and the Patan Darbar square that has heritage buildings representing the four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur) in Nepal. You can do your final preparations for the trek. In the evening, you will be introduced to the rest of the group, get your equipment checked by your climbing leader, and be briefed on the trip by a representative of Alpine Club of Himalaya. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Syange/Jagat [1100m/3608 ft]: 8 – 10 hrs
We leave early on a 8-10 hour drive to Syange or Jagat (as per situation) via Besishahar through vast valleys, beautiful mountain ranges, scenic rivers, cattle farms, and lovely villages. Overnight in Syange or Jagat.
Day 04: Trek from Syange/Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
We begin a relaxing journey through Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail continues through barley, rice, and potato fields, and pine forests. After passing the village of Kodo, we will reach Dharapani, one of the big villages in Manang Valley. Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 05: Dharapani – Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Today, we negotiate a few steep forested ridges, and on the way to Chame, you will encounter spectacular views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft), and tiny hot springs. Chame is the administrative centre of the Manang District.
Overnight in Chame.
Day 06: Chame – Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
We trek through a steep and narrow trail through a very dense forest, reaching a curved rock face that rises 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up you will be greeted by the surrounding majestic peaks of The Himalayas and find yourselves in a U-shaped valley between two giant snow peaks. We continue trekking to Pisang. Overnight at Lower Pisang.
Day 07: Upper Pisang – Manang [3,500m/11,482ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
We trek through the Upper Pisang route
via Geru, for outstanding views
of the majestic peaks such as the Annapurna, and Pisang. You will notice a change in the landscape and vegetation moving forward; the cold and dry climate creates a harsher environment. We then visit the Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the district of Manang. Overnight in Manang.
Day 08: Acclimatization in Manang
We set aside today to help you acclimatize to the altitude, as the next two days include challenging trekking up higher altitudes.
However, since it is always wise to stay active during acclimatization, you can take short walks up to higher altitudes around Manang, visit the
Bhojo Gompa, the Gangapurna Lake, a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery and the Himalayan Rescue Association for information on mountain sickness. Overnight in Manang.
Day 09: Manang to Leder [4200m/13,776ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
From Manang, we continue through alpine landscapes, vegetation, and forests, at a high altitude. A gradual ascent takes us to Yak Kharka and then to our camp for the day. Overnight in Leder camp.
Day 10: Leder to Chulu West Base Camp [4900m/16,072ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
We continue trekking from Leder to the Chulu West Base Camp. You can enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna and explore the surrounding areas. At this point, we will set up our camp. Overnight in Chulu camp.
Day 11: Chulu West Base Camp to Camp I [5100m/16,728ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
From the Chulu Base Camp, we continue hiking towards Camp I. The route is not that technical but we gain altitude as we climb. At this juncture we relish the magnificent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains including Manaslu, Gangapurna, and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in Camp |.
Day 12: Acclimatization at Camp I
We set aside today to help you acclimatize to the altitude before summiting to Camp ||. However, since it is always wise to stay active during acclimatization, you may explore the area. Meanwhile, the climbing leaders and other staffs will make way to Camp II to supply the equipments for the camp and return to Camp I. Overnight in Camp |.
Day 13: Camp I to Camp II [5,530m/18,143ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
We continue climbing up the rock band to Camp II. The route is not heavily technical but we may have to use ropes, crampon, and ice-axe. We set up Camp II at 5,530m/18,143ft. Overnight in Camp ||.
Day 14: Chulu West Summit [6419m/21,055ft] and back to Camp I: 9 – 10 hrs
We begin climbing early today, through the icy high-altitude trail. The hard work will be paid off when you conquer the summit and are welcomed by magnificent views of the icy, snow capped Himalayan mountain ranges. We return to Camp I. Overnight in Camp |.
Day 15: Camp I to Leder: 5 – 6 hrs
From Camp I we descend all the way to Leder. Overnight in Leder camp.
Day 16: Contingency Day
This is an extra buffer day, in cases where our climb earlier is delayed due to weather conditions, altitude sickness, or injuries. If there was no delay, the buffer day can be used to return to Thorong Phedi.
Day 17: Leder to Thorong Phedi [4450m/14,596ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
Before we leave the Base Camp, we ensure to clean up the area. At Alpine Club of Himalaya, we are deeply committed to maintaining the ecosystems. We head for Thorong Phedi, which is an easy way walk downhill. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.
Day 18: Thorong Phedi to Thorong Pass [5 416m/17,765ft], Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft], and Jomsom [2,715m/8,910ft]: 7 – 8 hrs trek and 2 hrs drive
We begin the day by crossing the famous high pass of Thorong La today. When we reach Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists, we explore the Vishnu temple and monastery, and enjoy the stunning views of Dhaulagiri peak. From Muktinath, we continue to Jomsom on a local bus. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 19: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will transport you to the airport for a a 30-minute flight to Pokhara, providing views of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will pick-you up at the Pokhara airport. After check-in, you may rest and relax leisurely the rest of the day amidst the beautiful Pokhara valley. You may boat on the Fewa Lake, one of the biggest lakes in Nepal, and admire the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Mountain on the lake.You can also visit the World Peace Pagoda. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu: 6 – 7 hrs
We take a 200-kilometer drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara, while enjoying the spectacular scenery throughout. In Kathmandu, you may spend the day exploring more of Kathmandu, shop for souvenirs, lovely pashminas, or intricate art work. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate your successful summit. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Final Departure – Home Sweet Home
Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will transport you to the airport.
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