Chulu West Peak

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Trip Facts

  • Destinations: Nepal
  • Total Duration: 22 days
  • Trekking Duration: 16 days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Max Elevation: 6419m
  • Best Season: October to November, and March, April
  • Walking Hours: 5-6hrs
  • Styles: Tea House+ (camping )
  • Starting point of trek: Bhulbhule
  • Finishing point of trek: Jomsom
  • Meals and Drinks: Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner (tea and coffee)

Trip Map

  • Destination:Nepal

Chulu west Peak (6419m) climbing is one of the popular in Annapurna area with around Annapurna trekking. This peak is suitable for experienced trekkers and amateur climbers who like to summit with trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The view from the summit is simply breathtaking. The whole trip offers you a thrilling climbing and trekking adventure of a lifetime with marvelous Himalayan panoramas and also the peak trip offers various landscapes, culture, religion, with flora and fauna. The trip tarts from Kathmandu to Beshisahar by car 6 to 7hrs. The trekking begins at Bhulbhule following the Marshyangdi River till Thorong Phedi before descending the Kali Gandaki valley The trip from the beginning to Throng Phedi is along the Marshyandi Khola re-cross left to right and right to left. Habitants people are dominated by Gurung who are look like similar to Tibetan whose area is above Dharapani. As we cross the Throng La (5416m) then other ethnics Thakali people area appears. Muktinath, Jomsom and Marpha region is populated by Thakali.

To climb the Chulu west is physically and mentality required. As you reach at the Base Camp a special climbing training how to use climbing gears proper way such techniques and kills are taught and practiced by our climbing guides There are Chulu West, East Chulu Central. Among them Chulu west is attempted by groups, the West peak is situated above the Manang region. From the top of the peak views of the Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu with its panoramic mountain views. Most of the climbing will be involved walking roped together, including the glacial crossings to the top on it then back to the Base Camp. Chulu West Peak climbing is one of the popular in Annapurna area with around Annapurna trekking. This peak is suitable for experienced trekkers and amateur climbers who like to summit with trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The view from the summit is simply breathtaking. The whole trip offers you a thrilling climbing and trekking adventure of a lifetime with marvelous Himalayan panoramas.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02 Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha and Durbar square
  • Day 03 Drive to Besi Shar (760m) by car or van (5hrs) Besi Shar to Bhulbhule (3hrs) (840m)
  • Day 04 Bhulbhule to Jagat (6-7hrs) (1360m)
  • Day 05 Jagat to Dharapani (6-7hrs) (1900m)
  • Day 06 Dharapani to Chame ( 5-6hrs) (1900m)
  • Day 07 Chame to Upper Pisang( 4-5hrs) (3300)
  • Day 08 Upper Pisang to Manang (6-7hrs) (3540m)
  • Day 09 Acclimatization day in Manang
  • Day 10 Manang to Ledar (4- 5hrs) (4200m)
  • Day 11 Leddar to Chulu West Base Camp (4900m) (3-4hrs)
  • Day 12 A day reserve in case unforeseen weather
  • Day 13/14 Chulu Base Camp to Camp 1 (5500m) (4-5hrs)(2 days)
  • Day 15 Camp 1 to Leddar(4-5hrs)
  • Day 16 Ledar to Thorung Phedi (3 hrs) (4550m)
  • Day 17 Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (7-8hrs) (3800m)
  • Day 18 Muktinath to Jomsom (4-5hrs) (2600m)
  • Day 19 Jomsom to Pokhara by plane
  • Day 20 Rest day in Pokhara
  • Day 21 Pokhara to Kathmandu by plane
  • Day 22 Rest day in Kathmandu
  • Day 23 Departure From Kathmandu

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

When you arrive at Katmandu International Airport then transfer to your hotel. A short briefing is given concerning trekking itinerary.

Day 02 Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha and Durbar square

Day 03 Drive to Besi Shar (760m) by car or van (5hrs) Besi Shar to Bhulbhule (3hrs) (840m)

From upper at the end of Besi Shar, the route to Bhulbhule descends and follows along the road to Bhulbhule. Two hours walk to Khudi village has 2 simple lodges. From Khudi cross a side-stream and continues to Bhulbhule at the bank of the river. There are some common lodges available.

Day 04 Bhulbhule to Jagat (6-7hrs) (1360m)

The trail to Jagat diverts to the right east bank of the river. The route wanders through an impressive waterfall and rice fields. 90 minutes distance Nagdi village where there are few numbers of lodges. The flat road to Lampata then a few minutes ahead the route climbs up to Bahundanda (1270m) (hill of Brahmin) on the right side of the river. The police check post asks you to register. Descending to the rice fields and then walking flat to just before Lili Bhir. The trail with railing through rocky area leads to the village of Khani gaon. From here 20 minutes distance to Ghermu village which offers views of the long waterfall on the other side. From Ghermu the trail to Marsyangdi on a long suspension bridge at Syange. The riverside trail along the roadside climbs to the steep uphill a short trail climbing and then down to Jagat (1330m). Jagat has many more lodges with a nice dining room. People are mixed Gurung and Tibetan.

Day 05 Jagat to Dharapani (6-7hrs) (1900m)

From Jagat, the trail leads to Ghatte Kholla then a stiff climb right side an amazing waterfall. Ten minutes away is Chamje has half dozen lodges along the road. From the main road, the trail sets to the bank of the river then climb a rocky path that leads through fields and bamboo. A short descent then climbs steep about 30 minutes to entering the gate of Tal (1700m) means ‘lake’. Tal is a beautiful town has 25 lodges well managed them. Shops and teahouses are along the path. The flat trail continues to a suspension bridge across the Marsyangdi then gently climb up past Karte. Across a bridge then on the left side enters to the bamboo bush along the river. Just before reaching down Dharapani again cross a bridge. Dharapani has a police check post, ACAP permit, and several lodges. Manaslu Larke Pass route joins in Dharapani.

Day 06 Dharapani to Chame ( 5-6hrs) (1900m)

Beyond Dharapani the trail gradually climbs over in partly forests. One hour away is Bagarchap has 4 lodges. If the weather is clear views of Lamjung Himal (6986m) Annapurna ii (7935m) and Manaslu Himal are seen. The trail continues to Danaque has a dozen lodges. From Danaque the trail climbs steeply through rhododendron and maple forests to stream hydropower and then climb up to big settlement Timang village (2630m). It is excellent views of Manaslu. The route leads north side to Thanchowk is a most traditional village with typical Tibetan architecture. The flat trail past through pine forests to Koto where there is a police check post to register permit. It is the gateway to Nar-Phu valley trek. Thirty minutes distance is Chame is district headquarter of Manang. There are banking service, internet service and varieties of shops. Big number of lodges is along with the town. Lamjung Himal appears just above Chame.

Day 07 Chame to Upper Pisang( 4-5hrs) (3300)

Further Chame a bridge is a cross on the river then on the left north impressive Kani (gate). Climb gently trail looking back is to see views of Manaslu. Telku a tiny village comes on the way from here further walk through pine trees to Bhratang where a teahouse and apple orchard one of the biggest in Nepal. The trail climbs along the bank of the river which is crossed then a short steep walk to a resting place. Just the north right side stands Paungda Danda (hill) rock face with an amazing curved slab of rock in black. About 40 minutes distance is Dhukur Pokhari (dove pond) mainly for lunch place. The flat trail to the Marsyandi Khola over it a bridge and then right side up through groves of pine leads to Upper Pisang is a traditional village of Manangi. Monasteries, a row of chortens, prayer wheels and village are nice to visit them.

Day 08 Upper Pisang to Manang (6-7hrs) (3540m)

To go to Manang there are two routes lower and upper routes. The lower one is easier and faster via Humde upper is better views and three hours long. From Upper Pisang, the trail enters to groves of pine to a suspension bridge. From the bridge winding trail steep up to Gyaru (3670m) village with a white chorten. The views of Annapurna ii and Annapurna iii are superb. Pisang peak and Chulu east are seen. From Gyaru the trail past Kani (gate) gradually up the hilly landscape for a long walk the finally Ngawal (3660m). Nar-Phu valley trek route joins here. From Ngwal the trail hill down through groves of pine to Julu. On the right side, up eroded cliffs look amazing. The flat trail leads to Mugje (3500m) then 30 minutes away is Bragha (3470m) one of the most picturesque villages with Bragha monastery 500 years old. The flat path leads to Manang where WEL-COME TO Manang written on a big gate.

Day 09 Acclimatization day in Manang

Extra day acclimatization in Manang for the higher elevation. Manang is a big village has several lodges and guesthouses are throughout the village. There are 500 to 600 flat-roofed traditional houses separated by narrow alleys. People of the village are Manangi similar to Tibetan. Chongar View Point, Praken Gompa, Manang Museum, Himalaya Rescue Association, and Gangapurna Glacier make you busy. For hiking to Chongar View Point, one of the easier trips is to descend to the bridge from Manang and climb the spine of glacial moraine to the Chongar View Point top a hill festooned with prayer flags. There are nice views of the Gangapurna icefall, Manang village, and valley. Praken Gompa meditation retreat on the hillside above Manang. An old Lama lives in the Gompa who bless your success Throng La Pass.

Day 10 Manang to Ledar (4- 5hrs) (4200m)

The route to Ledar enters alleyways to the Kani (gate) then ascends to the Ledar path. The trail climbs to a chorten then continues to Tengi is a last permanent inhabited village. Again continues climbing the trail to the north side, Manang valley is left behind. View of Annapurna iii (7555m), Gangapurna (7434m), and Tilicho peak (7134m) are superb. On the floor vegetations are juniper and alpine bush, passing these a small village of Ghusang (3950m) comes. From Ghusang beyond is Yak Kharka 2 hours away through yak pasture, scrub juniper and to see yaks grazing on the hillside. There are 6 lodges in lower and upper Yak Kharka. Further climbing up about 40 minutes walk to Ledar (4200m). Just before Ledar across a suspension bridge. There are 4 lodges along the trail.

Day 11 Leddar to Chulu West Base Camp (4900m) (3-4hrs)

After breakfast, we head to the north trail daily used by trekkers as hiking. The steep trail zigzag through alpine trees climbs on the meadow. On the way, blue sheep are found grazing on open fields. After two hours walking steep there, we meet a stream crossing it Just before the base camp walking on a flat path. Finally, we reach the base camp Our cook prepare food. Our mountain guide instructs you on how to use proper and safety mountain gear. It is a general training. Overnight in a tent.

Day 12 A day reserve in case unforeseen weather

Day 13/14 Chulu Base Camp to Camp 1 (5500m) (4-5hrs)(2 days)

From BaseCamp to High Camp walking on pebble stones. It is steep up. As we arrive at High Camp where appear nice views of mountains to the south and west direction. The route is different now on rock and more steep to reach on Camp 1. Overnight in tented camp. The next day early morning start to climb on ice to summit along the slippery icy ridges using the trekking gears with our climbing guide. The views from the summit are panoramic in Annapurna Circuit and also the longest walk-in during the trek. Overnight in tented camp.

Day 15 Camp 1 to Leddar(4-5hrs)

All the way descend to Leddar. Overnight in a guest house

Day 16 Ledar to Thorung Phedi (3 hrs) (4550m)

Throng Phedi trail continues to climb along the right side of Kane Khola. Blue sheep in the group appear on the hill side and yaks are grazing on the grassy land. Then the route descends to the Khola. Two trails separate left side down is suspension bridge and the other one right side one wooden bridge. From the bridges climb up to a teashop and then flat route through landslide stone falling zone to Throng Phedi means (foot of the hill). There are 2 lodges named Throng Base Camp and Hotel New Phedi. The lodges have enough rooms. There is another lodge Throng High Camp (4835m) an hour steep up. This evening most of the trekkers go to bed early for the next day Throng La Pass (5416m). Horse riding hire over Thorunng La Pass available at Throng Phedi.

Day 17 Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (7-8hrs) (3800m)

On this day, most of the trekkers start to walk early morning at 4 to 5 to avoid strong wind and bad weather to reach on top of the pas on expected time. From Thorung Phedi the trail is steep to the High Camp then up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the pass. The route is usually snow-covered in the main winter. From High Camp, the trail climbs through in and out of canyons formed by moraines. Poles mark the trail. About an hour above the High Camp there is a small teahouse at 5030m. Abut twenty minutes before the teashop there is a bridge to cross. From the teahouse, it takes 2 hours to Thorung La Pass (5416m) with traditional Chorten, prayer flags and stone cairn. The pas separates Manang and Mustang. The views from the pass are excellent in every direction. On the right side Yakawang (6482m) and on the left side Thorung Peak (6201m). From the pass, the descent 1216m to Chabaru (4200m). It takes 3 hours to descend to Chabaru where there are 4 lodges mainly for lunch place. From Chabaru the route through meadows to Muktinath. Muktinath is now a day ruined by modern houses. Muktinath is a temple religious shrine for both Hindu and Buddhist. Because of this temple whole village named Muktinath means (salvation). The temple has 108 brass waterspouts. A short walk down left side there is Dhola Mebar Gompa or Goddess of fire Temple where natural flame burns. Banking service and transportations like a motorbike, jeep, bus and pony services are available.

Day 18 Muktinath to Jomsom (4-5hrs) (2600m)

Today’s descending 1100m through Jharkot, Khingar and Ekle Bhanti villages. Excellent view of North Nilgiri (7061m) and barrel brown desert hills and meadows make you happy. After midday, a strong wind blows between Eklle Bhanti and Jomsom. Jomsom is district headquarter of Mustang. People of Jomsom are Thakali who are Buddhist and their income source is business and tourism. These ethnics are believed Mongolian race. There is an airport which is one of the busiest in the hilly region flights from Pokhara to Jomsom. In Jomsom, every day after twelve o’clock a strong wind blows due to it no flight after it.

Day 19 Jomsom to Pokhara by plane

Day 20 Rest day in Pokhara

Day 21 Pokhara to Kathmandu by plane

Day 22 Rest day in Kathmandu

Day 23 Departure From Kathmandu

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop off.
  • Three night hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Licensed trained trekking guide
  • Experienced climbing guide and porters
  • Porters to carry bag pack/good
  • Accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner) included coffee & tea.
  • Transportation by land and air
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit
  • National park/ conservation area entry permit
  • Peak climbing Permit
  • TIMS card
  • Pokhara Hotel 2 nights in B/B plan

Cost Excludes

  • International air fare
  • Travel trekking insurance
  • Major meals, lunch, dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge more than air lines allowed both domestic and international
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, drinks, phone & laundry
  • Visa fee (easily get on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport)
  • Sightseeing tour guide
  • Climbing gears and equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for staffs
  • Travel insurance
  • Trips cancellation costs
  • Accident or health emergency
  • Lost theft and damage to baggage

Additional Info

Climbing Gears (personal)

Ice axe

Crampons

Harness

Tape slings (2)

Screwgate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)

Descender/eight figure

Plastic mountaineering boots

Ascender/ Jumar

Helmet

Group Climbing Gears:

Ice crew

Snow bar

Rope

Ice hammer

Head clothes

Light balaclava

Sun hat

Neck cover

Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)

Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs

Sunglasses with UV protection minimum 50+sun block lotion

Clothing lower Body

Hiking shorts

Light weight cotton long pants

Polypropylene shirts

Light expedition weight thermal bottoms

Fleece or wood pants

Waterproof shell pant

Clothes upper body

T-shirts

Light expedition weight thermal tops

Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover

Waterproof breathable fabric shell jacket

Down vest / jacket

Feet clothes

Thick warm wool socks

Thin lightweight inner socks

Hiking boots

Light camp shoes or sandals

Gaiters

Hands clothes

Lightweight poly-liner gloves

Lightweight wool or fleece gloves

Mittens waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner

Accessories

Sleeping bag rated -30 degree

Fleece sleeping bag liner

Headlamp with spare batteries

Large plastic to keep clothes dry

Daypack/backpack waterproof of 35to 50kg

Large waterproof rucksack/ duffel bag

Trekking poles

2 water bottle contain more than 1 ltr for cold and hot water

Toilet papers

Ear plugs

Electronic charging devices

Medical

Basic first aid kit

Pills Anti-headache

Pills anti –diarrhea

Water purification tablets

Aspirin

Diamox

Cough and cold medicine

First-aid tape

Sun screen

Free time (your choice)

Binocular, camera

Pen and note book

Reading books

Indoor games

Day pack weight should be maximum 17 kg. One porter carries two persons’ day pack. We recommend you to carry only necessary trekking and climbing things. Unnecessary clothes are stored in hotel in Kathmandu.

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