Chulu West Peak Expedition Nepal
Chulu West Peak (6,419m) is situated above the Manang valley with breathtaking views across to the Annapurna Himalayan range specially Annapurna II, Annapurna III and Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu. Standing at a height of 6419m, the Chulu West Peak expedition offers an interesting peak climbing opportunity for those looking for an adventure in the Annapurna Region. The climb is combined with the classic trek around the Annapurna massif, ascending the Marshyangdi valley and crossing the Thorong La Pass (5416m).
Some consider the Chulu West Peak expeditions to be one of the best peaks in the Annapurna region. However, climbing the Chulu West Peak Climbing Mountaineering requires a good physical condition and a high degree of stamina. Most of the climbing will be involved walking roped together, including the glacial crossings. You should be fit and have good experience of climbing. Most of the climbers make it to the top and back from the Base Camp in a long day. Although some in the past have established a higher camp somewhere below the peak.
Chulu West Peak Expedition
Our Chulu West Peak Expedition itinerary is carefully planned aiming to provide your the satisfaction of mountaineering thrust as well as observation of Himalayan ecological interest. Join us and have both of the benefit in one trip: Chulu West Peak Expedition! The caravan route to Chulu West Peak Expedition encounters different local villages with their rich cultural as well as mainly the Buddhism based religious and traditional practices since history. So the hiking to and from the Chulu West Peak Expedition base camp provide you an opportunity to observe local cultures and practices in the villages there you encounter through hiking.
Our itinerary for Chulu West Peak Expedition generally planned inside Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA). During your trip you have wonderful natural beauties, flora and faunas inside the conservation area. Have enjoy!
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350M/4425FT) (A)
Showing your name board, our airport representative waits in Kathmandu International Airport (TIA). You transfer to hotel, check in and free time. Have enjoy!
Day 2-3: Trip Final Preperation in Kathmandu (A,B)
In the morning, generally at 8 am, Eco-friendly Treks staff come to meet you at your hotel. Please manage to be there at lobby with:
(a) your original passport to prepare necessary adventure eco holiday permit/s from the concerned authority,
(b) a couple of same passport size photos for permit/s and,
(c) Trip final full payment. The staff introduce you with your trip guide at the same time. You have time to interact with your guide, he may check and suggest your trip equipmment and packing for the trip on your interest, please tell us if you like this. The rest of the day, you may buy or hire additional equipment and packing (if necessary). Then, you rest for acclimatization and final preperation for the trip. If you like any additional program for the day, please inform us at the time of mail corresponding.
Day 4: Drive Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat (1100M/3608 FT):(8-10 HRS) (A,B,L,D)
We have to begin very early today as we need to go a long drive to reach at our trek starting point. After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu at around 7 am and nearly after 8-10 hours drive we reach Syange or Jagat (as per situation) via Besishahar. Enroute, we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. However, the condition of road is not equally fine in all portion of our drive today. The road up to Besishahar is coal-tarred road, whereas after Besishahar the road is dusty and coarse though we can easily overlook it as we watch the outstanding sceneries through the windowpane. Overnight stay at Guesthouse.
Day 5: Trek Syange/Jagat to Dharapani (1,960M/6,430FT): (7-8 HRS) (A,B,L,D)
Upon our breakfast, we start our journey today in a relax way. We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields and pine forests. After passing the village of Kodo we will be at Dharapani, one of the big villages in the Manang valley. Overnight at Dharapani.
Day 6: Dharapani-Chame (2,710M/8,891FT): (6-7 HRS) (A,B,L,D)
Today, we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route on the west. On the way to Chame, we encounter with the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525M/24,688FT). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek. Chame is the administrative centre of the Manang District.
Day 7: Chame- Pisang (3,300M/10824FT): (5-6 HRS) (A,B,L,D)
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. After walking through these wonderful sites we reach at Pisang. Overnight at Lower Pisang.
Day 8: Upper Pisang-Manang (3,500M/11,482FT): (6-7 HRS) (A,B,L,D)
There are two routes that we can follow today. If taken upper route the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, the sceneries will be outstanding. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely allure us. We notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today onwards. The cold and dry climate create a much harsher environment. We pay our memorable visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang. Overnight in Manang.
Day 9: Manang: Rest (A,B,L,D)
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day. It is not recommended to stay idle but a short walk to higher altitude will be better to get acclimatized with the altitude. Manang is a good place to do that as the next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. We make an easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery. At this juncture, we also make our short visit to the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness. Overnight at Manang.
Day 10: Manang to Leder (4200M/13,776FT): (4-5 HRS) (A,B,L,D)
From Manang, we continue through alpine landscapes with high altitude vegetation and forests. A gradual ascent takes us to Yak Kharka and then to our today’s camp. Our today’s camp area is most used as the alpine pasture by the local people.
Day 11: Leder to Chulu West Base Camp (4900M/16,072FT): (4-5 HRS) (A,B,L,D)
Today, we continue our trekking from Leder to Chulu West Base Camp. From the Base Camp, we can enjoy the views of Annapurna Himalayas. We may also like to discover the surrounding areas. At this point, we will set up our camp for overnight stay.
Day 12: Chulu West Base Camp to Camp I (5100M/16,728fFT): (4-5 HRS) (A,B,L,D)
From the Chulu Base Camp, we continue hiking towards Camp I. The route is not that technical. But it would be better to remember that we are climbing on high altitudes. At this juncture we relish the magnificent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains including Manaslu, Gangapurna and Lamjung Himal.
Day 13: Rest & Acclimatization at Camp I (A,B,L,D)
Today will be the rest and acclimatization day at Camp I. While we rest at camp I, the climbing leaders and other staffs make way to Camp II and supply the equipments for the camp. Later, they return back to Camp I. We may rest and if interested walk around Camp I.
Day 14: Camp I to Camp II (5,530M/18,143FT): (4-5 HRS) (A,B,L,D)
Today, we leave camp I and continue climbing the rock band to Camp II. The route is not that technical but we may have to use ropes, crampon, and ice-axe. We set up Camp II at 5,530m /18,143ft. Some visitors also attempt the summit directly from Camp I. However, since the climb is relatively straightforward from the Camp II until the summit, we make an overnight stay at Camp II for proper rest and acclimatization.
Day 15: Summit Chulu West (6419M/21,055FT) and back to Camp I: (9-10 HRS) (A,B,L,D)
It is our summit day, and it is going to be long day. Therefore, we would wake up much earlier today. Each moment we have to work hard through the icy high-altitude trail but the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. After summiting, we return back to Camp I.
Day 16: Camp I to Leder: (5-6 HRS) (A,B,L,D)
From Camp I, our return path descends all the way to Leder. While descending, we enjoy the panoramic views of the Annapurnas and other peaks. We make our overnight stay at Leder and celebrate the summiting of Chulu West Peak.
Day 17: Contingency Day (A,B,L,D)
There is no such guarantee that we can get quite a favorable weather on our planned day for the summit. So this day is used as a contingency in case if we are unable to summit the Chulu West Peak on the scheduled date due to bad weather condition or some other reasons. Sometimes somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing well enough to make the ascent. Since. the day can be used in that condition too. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day.
Day 18: Leder to Thorong Phedi (4450M/14,596FT): (3-4 HRS) (A,B,L,D)
Today, we clean up the base camp and head for Thorong Phedi. It is going to be mostly an easy way walk downhill. However, we do not forget that we are still in high altitude area.
Day 19: Thorong Phedi – Thorong Pass (5416M/17,765FT) – Muktinath (3,800/12,467FT)-Jomsom (2,715M/8,910FT): (7-8 HRS). trek and 2 HRS. drive (A,B,L,D)
At the beginning, we cross the famous high pass of Thorong La today. An early start is important to complete the mission. We reach Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist after crossing the pass. Muktinath hosts a Vishnu temple and a monastery nearby demonstrating the religions harmony in Nepal. For the Hindus, the region is a “Muktikhsetra” or the region of liberation or salvation. There are water spouts channeled for the stream running above the temple. We enjoy the tremendous stunning views of Dhaulagiri peak from Muktinath. From Muktinath, we continue back to Jomsom on a local bus.
Day 20: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.(A,B,L,D)
Upon the completion of morning breakfast, we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara, a 30-min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport, our guide will escort us to the lakeside hotel. We utilize the rest afternoon for discovering the beautiful Pokhara valley leisurely. While walking along the bank of Fewa Lake one of the biggest lake of Nepal, we cannot stop admiring the state of Fish Tail Mountain reflecting in the lake. We can also take a boat around the Fewa Lake or just can take an hours’ walk to the World Peace Pagoda. At the evening, we engage on exploring around the lakeside.
Day 21: Drive back to Kathmandu. (A,B,L,D)
(Flights also available) After our breakfast, we take a drive to Kathmandu or take a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 22: Spare day in Kathmandu. (A,B)
Day 23: Departure to your destination (B)
Today is your departure day, we will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and pray for your Safe journey.
(Abbreviation: A = Accommodation, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Guide & Logistics
- We meet you at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel
- Double room in sharing basis with breakfast at 5 star hotel in Kathmandu
- Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as per itinerary at main trip duration
- Required permit/s for the trip
- Experienced trip guide and his daily expenses (meals, transport, tent, insurance)
- Land transfer to and from trip starting and ending points as per itinerary
- Domestic Airfare if needed (confirm this at the time of trip booking with us) and 100 kg cargo each
- All taxes (Value Added Tax and income tax if/when apply)
- We transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for onward flight as per itinerary
- Agency service charges
- Supporters (Porters) during the trip
- Kitchen utensils required, during the trip
- Kitchen tent / Kitchen (camping) charge at base camp during the trip
- Toilet tent and pitchment charge at base camp during the trip
- Double tent for each of you up to base camp
- Tent grounding service to be paid at local
- Sleeping bag service during trip
- Peak Climbing royalty and permit for Nepal Government
- Staffs ( Cook and Kitchen) charges
- Other supports: first aid kit during main trip
Price NOT Included:
- Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
- Hot and cold drinks are not available except mineral water
- All above “Cost Include” mentioned above
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