Chulu East Peak Climbing Detail Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel:
As per your flight plan, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to stretch out a warm welcome to you in our wonderful nation for the lovely outing. As you fly towards the International Terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport on a clear sunny day, you can see the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks spread in distance. Once you land, a representative from Himalayan Scenery Treks will escort you to your hotel. The day is complete leisure. You can either choose rest at your hotel room and remove jet lag or take a short walk around in the ancient valley of Kathmandu.
Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu and preparation for trekking and climbing:
In the second day of your arrival, we will be taking you to the historical and cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. We will take a tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple- Swoyambhunath Stupa – oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath Temple – biggest Hindu Shrine and Bouddhanath- a massive Buddhist Shrine. All these historical monuments are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site. You will be accompanied by the professional licensed guide during your city tour around the beautiful city of Temples.
Once you complete the day tour, you will be escorted to Himalayan Scenery Treks office. In the office, you will meet up with the climbing leader who will brief you about the nature of an expedition, required equipment, and the team formation. You will also have a pre-trek discussion. After the briefing is over, you will have time to do last minute shopping of the personal items that you need. In the afternoon, before we take a flight, the team leader will check everyone’s equipment, to make sure that everything is right.
Day 3: Drive to Jagat via Besisahar (800 meter):
Once we finish gathering and packing of the essential materials in the earlier night, we are all set for our trip in the morning. We will begin our journey for the idyllic and thrilling experience of peak climbing early in the morning. We will begin our day with 8-hour long drive to Jagat from Kathmandu via Besisahar town. On the way to Jagat situated in Lamjung, you will have a great time enjoying the stunning views of the Himalayas. Driving on Prithvi highway, you pass through beautiful Nepalese townships which will be showing you the basic glimpses pure countryside of Nepal. We follow the winding Trishuli river and then follows the Marshyangdi river till Besi Sahar. From here we follow the Bhalam Khola pass Khudi, Bhulbhule and then walk side by side with quite a few settlements of Syange. Leaving the Marshyangadi river, we ascend uphill to reach a small community of Jagat.
Day 4: Trek to Dharapani:
Leaving Jagat behind, we will walk for approximately 5 hours to reach Dharapani. Commencing on our trek, we start off with the downhill walk to the Marshyangdi River and then hike through a verdant forest. The trekking route to Dharapani offers the attention-grabbing view of lofty Himalayan ranges. Enjoying the beautiful scenery, we continue our hike on a slippery trail to Sattale. Beyond Sattale the trail continues on cliff side until we arrive at Tal Beshi. Walking on a zigzag path on a steep uphill for 20 minutes will takes you to the small settlement of Tal (1700 m). This amazing village offers you the beautiful scenery of several waterfalls in and around the area. Hiking out of this village after lunch, we take a gentle walk on the straight path to reach the Karte (1900 m) and then continue to Dharapani in the flat motorable road. Dharapani is the junction point Manaslu circuit trek and Annapurna circuit trek.
Day 5: Trek From Dharapani to Chame:
Today is the interesting part of the trek as the hike brings some spectacular views of the mountains massif. The trek today begins with a heavenly sunrise view over the high hills. After enjoying the sunrise, we will begin our morning walk through a densely wooded area of oak and pine. While walking on a slow pace through the forest you will also be accompanied by the south face of Mt. Manaslu (8163 m). After a short walk, the eye-catching view of the Annapurna II also becomes visible. As we are moving towards the high altitude, we will take a slow pace and enough resting time to adjust with the high altitude surrounding. Easy ascend with slow pace give us ample time to acclimatize along with enjoying the majestic views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. After a while of walking and observing the ever-changing landscape, we will reach the district headquarter of Manang District- Chame. Chame is a wonderful village lying on the shore of the river. Once we reach Chame, we will have enough time to explore this beautiful settlement.
Day 6: Trek to Pisang:
The trek today will take us to the elevation of 3,300 meters above sea level. As we ascend towards the high altitude today, you will see the change in landscapes. We will start our morning hike today, passing through alpine forest to reach a deserted village of Bhartang. From here we will follow the flat trail in a narrow hillside until we ascend on a steep long journey through the forest. As we get out of the forest, the mountains views slowly appear and also the path widens. As you hike closer to the destination, you will have some magnificent views of the giant peaks of Annapurna and Pisang Peak. Traversing the trail for a couple of hours gives you a beautiful walking experience until you reach the village of lower Pisang. Although we can trek up to the upper part of Pisang, it will a bit rough for us so, we will spend the night at the lower part.
Day 7: Trek to Julu:
The hike today enters the beautiful Manang Valley. Today, we will take a longer and more beautiful route than the shorter and dangerous route to Manang. The route passes through Upper Pisang via Geru village. Hiking on this trail brings you some spectacular views of the Himalayas. Beginning our hike form Pisang, we climb on an uphill trail for half an hour for reaching the top. Once we reach the top, we will stop at the ridge to get our first view of Manang Valley. Climbing downhill and then walk-in upstream all along the Marshyangdi River reaches Julu Village.
Day 8: Rest day at Julu for acclimatization and local hike.
Today we will take a day off from our hiking schedule to acclimatize and make ourselves ready to go further up in the high-altitude region. On this acclimatization day, we will all spend the whole day resting and exploring the village. Exploring the village area and interacting with the local individuals provides you a better glimpse of the local lifestyle of Nepalese people. You could also enjoy the stunning views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Tilicho, throughout the day.
Day 9: Trek to Chulu East Base Camp:
Today we will leave the classic Annapurna Circuit trek and walk towards the Chulu East Base Camp. We will begin our hike for the day with a walk through vertical grazing land to a vacant set where the pasture fuses with a rock. A slow ascend uphill accompanied by magnificent views of the pristine snow-topped Himalayas ranges reaches Chulu East Base Camp. Chulu East Base Camp is flanked by the Far East and East Peaks of Chulu. Reaching the Base Camp, you will be spellbound seeing the magnificent views of the Annapurna Himalayan Range standing so close to you.
Day 10: Trek and climb to Chulu High Camp:
Today is the most challenging part of the trek as the hike today follows the snow slopes. We start our morning walk with a decent uphill climb towards the north. During our uphill climb, we will follow the Chegaji River. After a while of an exhausting uphill climb, we arrive at moraines beneath the col. We then walk on snowy slopes in order to reach the High Camp. You need to place your footstep very carefully as the trail is slippery. As we are in high altitude, a small mistake can bring serious injury and may cost your life as well. After a slow and easy walk on a snowy slope, we reach the Chulu East High Camp. Reaching here gives you the feeling of reaching the apex of the world. As we reach the High Camp, we will rest at the camp to rest for acclimatization.
Day 11: Rest Day at High Camp:
Another day to rest. Today we will rest and acclimatize at the high camp. As we are in a high altitude, taking a break helps you to adjust with the climate of increasing altitude. Taking a day to acclimatize while going on a trip to higher altitude minimizes the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well. During our rest time at High Camp, our guide will help you to explore the area. In the meantime, our crew members will fix the ropes where needed and make everything ready to summit the Chulu East Peak, the next day.
Day 12: Climb of Chulu East and Descend to Base Camp:
After a long and tiring hike, the day to summit the glorious Chulu East Peak has finally arrived. On this main day, the summit push trek begins in pre-dawn. On this significant day of summiting the Chulu East Peak, we begin our morning walk on the snow ridge which is quite challenging. At some points, we may have to use the climbing gears. Once we summit the Chulu East Peak you can witness the great panoramic vistas of the adjacent snow-topped mountains. You can also view the breathtaking landscape of the valley below. We will rest for a while here enjoying the summit view and taking photographs. After a short rest, we will climb down to the high camp where we will take a short rest and have our share of celebrating this glorious victory. After rest and packing things up, we descend to the base camp.
Day 13: Trek back to Julu from Base Camp:
After a successful summit of the Chulu East Peak and spending overnight at the base camp, today we retrace our trail back to Julu. From Base Camp about 5 hours of downhill walk reaches Julu. Once we reach Julu we will celebrate our successful summit of the Chulu East peak.
Day 14: Trek from Julu to Manang(3,520 meter):
After having breakfast at Julu, we will start our hike to the beautiful village of Manang. This village seems like a pace of heaven on earth. Beginning our trek, we hike on a gentle trail observing the majestic views of high snow-topped peaks. Along the trail, you can also observe the stunning perspective of the valleys, Humde town with its short airstrip and the considerable peak of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilicho and on the privilege Chulu east, on the back Pisang top. Along the way, we can also visit the Bearge Monastery- the largest monastery in the region. A great mixture of nature and spirituality will make our walk a wonderful one. Continuing our hike, we will pass through several wonderful villages before we reach the biggest village of the region, Manang. This village is also the headquarters of headquarter of Manang district. Manang with its partnership with Mustang is the driest valleys of the country.
Day 15: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka:
This is the short day walk to Yak Kharka which last for 4 hours. However, the four hours walk on high altitude trail will give you enough challenges to traverse the high-altitude trail. Moving out of Manang village, our trail crosses a stream, climbs to the village of Tenki and then climb out of the Marshyangdi valley to reach the valley of Jarsang Khola. From here our trail follows northward valleys passing through few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees. Walking furthermore, the trail passes through the small village of Ghunsa. Crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trails pass ancient old Mani wall before reaching the small village of Yak Kharka. This village is a small settlement established as a stopover place for the Annapurna Circuit trekkers.
Day 16: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi:
Another short yet spectacular trekking day today takes us to Thorong Phedi nestled at the bottom of Thorong La pass. During the hike to the beautiful village of Thorong Phedi, you will be rewarded with one of the stunning views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Starting our walk early morning, we will walk on a steep trail before ascending up to the river. We will walk on a slow pace enjoying the glimpses of sunrise over the mountains. Crossing the river our trek ascends further uphill and passes through towering cliff eventually reaching Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is the last village of the region before Throng La.
Day 17: Cross Thorung-La(5,416 meter) and to Muktinath:
Today is a big day for all of us. Today, we climb the Thorung La Pass towering up to the height of 5416 meters. Wake up early to climb out steeply to the first settlement of High Camp. The camp is made in the hill of the Thorung La. After a few hours, we will arrive at the top of the Thorung La. The pass lies above 5416 meters in the Damodar Himal. Prayer flags, memorials, and a tea house comprise the top. The top offers us great views of the surrounding peaks of Annapurna and Gangapurna. After a while, we follow a steep path down to the sacred land of Muktinath. The place is also known to many as the Mukti Kshetra, the land of salvation. Bathe in the 108 waterspouts present in the Muktinath and also enjoy the never-ending flame in front of the temple. Enjoy the cool and dry weather of the Muktinath(3,800 meters) for the day.
Day 18: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom:
An easy trekking day today as we visit the Jwala Mai Temple and Mharme Lha Khang in the morning. After breakfast, we will trek downhill and get to the Kagbeni village of Mustang district. Visit Dhumba Lake before finally arriving at the village of Jomsom. Jomsom(2,715 meters) is a famous destination for apple lovers. Jomsom and Marpha is a similar village, so we could stay wherever we want to. The villages are the apple capital of Nepal. We can also try out a local apple brandy called Marpha.
Day 19: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara:
Enjoying the view for one last time we will board on a morning flight from the Jomsom airstrip. Flying southward we pass through several gigantic snow-capped mountains. The 20 minutes mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara will be an incredible memory you won’t forget for lifelong. Once we land at the beautiful lake city Pokhara, we will have the leisure time for the day. You are on your own here. You can either stay at your luxurious hotel room or go to explore the town of Pokhara. Here, you can find massage to relieve the tiredness or just walk around peaceful lakes side enjoying the magnificent scenery of Mt Fishtail mirroring on the divine Phewa Lake. You might also go for adventurous activities such as paragliding, zip flying, bungee jumping and many more.
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu:
We take a drive back to Kathmandu via the same highway we took earlier to go there. Once in Kathmandu, we spend leisurely time back in the chaos of the city after so many days of serene mountain air and incredible adventure. You will have the full day to rest and acclimatize or explore the valley before we join you to the farewell dinner. Walking around the streets of Kathmandu; souvenir shopping; finding a massage or relaxing at the hotel can be easy ways to spend time.
Day 21: Departure - See You Again
On the last day of our trip, representative of Himalayan Scenery Treks will drive you to the airport according to your flight schedule back to home or onward destination.
Meeting you has been such a wonderful experience, and we do hope our relationship will keep going long.
We hope that you enjoyed the Chulu East Peak Climbing and hope to see you for another adventure soon. We will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements so that you can explore other parts of Nepal.