Chulu West Peak Climbing

Duration:
18 Days 17 Nights
Category:
Trip Region:
Annapurna
Grade:
Moderate to Difficult
Highest Altitude:
6419 m
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Description

The Chulu massif is a part of the Damodar Himal range that lies in the northern part of Manang valley. Chulu West Peak climbing trip provides you with an excellent view of the Annapurna massif as well as the region. In comparison to its cousin Chulu East, the Chulu West presents more difficulties and requires technical skills and thus, it is more favored by mountaineers who are enthusiastic about climbing. The Chulu West Peak Climbing trip offers travelers an opportunity to dwell deep into the wilderness of the Annapurna region and make a cultural journey to Muktinath.

The trip takes 18 days to complete and the first day you arrive at Kathmandu. From there you head towards Jagat via the Prithivi Highway. From Jagat, you make your way along the Marsayangdi River and walk uphill before stopping at Koto village. The first stop is Dharapani, a beautiful village where Gurung and Tibetan coexist. The road leads to Chame which is the headquarters of Manang district. You can observe mountains like Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, and Gangapurna from here. Spend a night in Chame before heading out to Upper Pisang. You will walk through Swarga Dwari which is an ancient village that is believed to be holy. We reach Manang after walking from Ngawal. A day will be spent on acclimatizing here. During that period, you can explore its Mani walls and Gangapurna Lake. Move through Yak Kharka to arrive at Ledar which is the final resting point below the Chulu west base camp. As we move ahead, we can see glimpses of snow. From the base camp, we proceed toward the high camp and finally to the summit of the Chulu West Peak. The view of the mountains of the Annapurna region is simply amazing from here. Proceed to the base camp once again and venture towards Thorung Phedi, which is a small settlement beside the Kone River. The next day, we move to Muktinath by crossing the dangerous Thorung La pass. The pass provides picturesque views of the surrounding ambiance. We spend the night at the holy Muktinath and bath in its many taps. The trail dwindles to Jomsom and after exploring the Lubra village, we fly to Pokhara. Do some last-minute shopping and fly to Kathmandu where this amazing trip shall end.

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Trip Facts
Geography : Mountain and Hills
Location : Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Lamjung
Level of Difficulty : Moderate-difficult
Duration of Trek : 18 days
Max Altitude : 6,419m
Religions : Buddhism, Hinduism
Ethnic People : Thakali, Gurung, Tibetan
Accommodation : Hotel, lodge, and tent
Transportation : Private vehicle (4WD) and plane
Minimum Pax : 1 person

Trip highlights
• Climbing the summit of Chulu West peak and admiring the gorgeous display of snow-laden mountains governing the Annapurna region like Annapurna and other snowy peaks
• Explore the unique culture of the people living in quaint settlements like Pisang, Manang, and Jomsom
• Visit Muktinath, one of the most sacred places for Buddhists as well as Hindus

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
You arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, located in Kathmandu and as per your flight. Our company’s staffs will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. You refresh and relax. You will be briefed about the trip during this time. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat 1300m by 4W private vehicle | 7-8 hrs.
You have an early breakfast and head to Jagat via the Prithivi Highway. En route, you admire beautiful hill sceneries and settlement areas. We take a quick break at Dumre and take the Besisahar-Chame Highway which later leads us north. You pass by villages like Purkot and Tarkughat on the way. You stop at Besisahar for lunch and after resting a while, you continue your journey to Jagat. This village is covered with small teahouses and lodges. Overnight in Jagat.

Day 03: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani 1860m | 5 hrs.
You have your breakfast and start the first day of the trek. You descend down to Marsayangdi River first and walk on the uphill trail which later descends to Tal, a village inhabited by Gurungs and Tibetans. You come across waterfalls and see beautiful sceneries of the rugged hills. As you continue along the banks of Marsayangdi River, you can meet horses, mules, and donkeys. After crossing Kotro village, you reach Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame 2670m | 5-6 hrs.
You ascend to higher elevations today. En route, you can see spectacular views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. You walk through forests filled with pines and oaks. After crossing it, you reach the location of natural hot springs in this region. You relax there for a while and resume your trek. By late afternoon you reach Chame, the headquarters of Manang.Overnight in Chame.

Day 05: Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang 3300m | 6-7 hrs.
Today you start the trek after having breakfast. You walk through dense forests and along the banks of Marsayangdi River. You also get to see glimpses of Annapurna range.Then, you reach Bhratang, where you rest for a while. You continue the trek along the river and enjoy the scenic view of the hills. Before you reach Upper Pisang for an overnight stay, you see the beautiful Swarga Dwari which is a sacred place for the local people here. Overnight in Upper Pisang.

Day 06: Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang 3540m via Ngawal | 6-7 hrs.
Today you follow the trail along Marsayangdi River after breakfast. The trail goes uphill through dense fir forests and you can see Mani walls as well. After crossing a suspension bridge, you do a steep zigzag climb to reach Gyaru. After reaching there, you have your lunch and descend to Ngawal. En route, you can see amazing views of Annapurna II, III and IV. After resting at Ngawal, you ascend to Manang. There is an ancient monastery called Barge, which is worth a visit. Overnight in Manang.

Day 07: Acclimatization Day
Since you’ll be going to elevations of more than 6,000m, you need to acclimatize. This day is separated for it and you can explore the beautiful Manang as well. A class is arranged for you at the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA). After that, you can explore the market area filled with teahouses and shops. You can also visit Buddhist monasteries and chortens. Before dinner, you hike to Milarepa Cave to explore its history.

Day 08: Trek from Manang to Ledar 4200m | 4-5 hrs.
After having breakfast, you hit the trail leading to Ledar. The trail heads north of the Marsayangdi River and we can see the vegetation getting sparse. You enjoy the mountain views and reach Gunung. From there, the trail to Yak Kharka is relatively flat. You get to see yaks, Himalayan goats, and Thar during this part of the trail. After crossing the pastureland, you ascend to a hill and reach Ledar for overnight stay.

Day 09: Trek from Ledar to Chulu West Base Camp 4900m | 5 hrs.
Today, after breakfast, you ascend to the Chulu West Base Camp. The trail goes along moraines and rocky terrain. At some parts, it might get difficult for you. The trail goes steeply till you reach the base camp. From the base camp, you can get breathtaking views of the Annapurna massif. Overnight in Chulu West Base Camp.

Day 10: Trek from Base Camp to High Camp 5600m | 5-6 hrs.
You wake up early and pack your belongings. The trail to High Camp goes along the ridges and gets narrow. The trail is more difficult than yesterday’s trail, so you need to follow your guides carefully. You pass by glaciers and moraines along the way. You get to see amazing views of Annapurna, Manaslu, and the neighboring peaks. Once you find a suitable area for camping, set up a tent. Overnight in High Camp.

Day 11: Summit Chulu West Peak 6419m and back to Base Camp 4900m
Today is the day that you will conquer the summit of Chulu West Peak. The midday winds are very strong so you have to avoid it while ascending. The climb goes through snowy ridges of the Chulu West peak. Once you reach the top, you can see panoramic views of Manaslu, Annapurna, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Pisang, Chulu East and many more. You enjoy the view for some time and descend back to Chulu West Base Camp. Overnight in Chulu West Base Camp.

Day 12: Contingency Day
Since the weather at the Himalayas can get very unpredictable within a few meters of elevation, one day is separated in case of delay. If the weather conditions are very bad at the High Camp, then you climb the summit the next day. If there are no problems with the weather, the climb goes on as scheduled.

Day 13: Trek from Base Camp to Thorung Phedi 4450m | 5-6 hrs.
After breakfast, you descend to Ledar and head to the banks of Kone River. You walk all throughout the riverbank to continue the trek to Thorung La Phedi. The trail passes through rugged landscapes and surreal views of the Kone River. As you descend, the trail gets relatively easier. After crossing a wooden bridge, you reach Thorung La Phedi. Overnight in Thorung La Phedi.

Day 14: Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath 3760m via Thorung La Pass 5416m | 7-8 hrs.
Today, you walk one of the difficult trails of this route. After breakfast, you head towards the Thorung La Pass, from where you can see spectacular views of the Annapurna massif, as well as the alluring Kali Gandaki Valley. The summit of the pass is beautifully decorated with prayer flags. Once you enjoy the view, you descend to Muktinath through trail filled with prayer flags and Mani walls. Overnight stay at Muktinath.

Day 15: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2720m via Lubra 2790m | 5-6 hrs.
Early morning, you visit the revered Muktinath Temple and take part in the daily rituals. You can even bathe in the holy water taps. After having breakfast at the hotel, we descend to Jomsom. You walk through barren landscapes and go uphill to Lubra, one of the many Thakali settlements of this region. You have your lunch there while enjoying the view of Tukuche, Nilgiri and the neighboring peaks. Then you resume your trek and walk to the Kali Gandaki Valley to reach Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 820m | 20 mins.
After having breakfast, you catch an early flight to Pokhara. Once you reach there, you head to the hotel and refresh. You head to Phewa Lake for boating and visit the Tal Barahi Temple on your free time. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus |5-6 hrs.
You have an early breakfast and head to the bus park to board the bus going to Kathmandu. You head along the Prithivi Highway and you get to see amazing views of Trishuli River. By late afternoon, you reach your hotel, where you refresh. You can do shopping or relax. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu
This is your last day at Kathmandu. Make sure that you have all your belongings with you. Our staffs are there to drop you off at the airport on time. Before you depart, we would like to know your experience with our package. Thank you for choosing Alpine Adventure Team and hope you have a safe journey back home.

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Cost Details

Our Peak Climbing Package Cost includes;
* Kathmandu Int’l Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per group size.
* 3 nights Accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Round trip flight ticket from Jomsom-Pokhara and airport tax.
* 3 Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trekking period.
* Best possible lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek and tented camp during the climbing period.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their foods, accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* All ground transportation by private vehicle and tourist bus.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
* Chulu West Peak Climbing Permit and Garbage Deposit.
* Climbing guide/Sherpa equipment charge.
* Camping Equipment (Tents, Mattress and kitchen utensils) during climbing period.
* All necessary other permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.

Our Peak Package Cost does not include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast in hotel.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver…

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