Chulu West Peak Climbing

Duration: 22 Days(5)of 3 reviews

Overview

  • Duration 22 Days
  • Difficulty Level Technical Challenging
  • Max. Altitude 6,419 m | 21,059 ft.
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Trip Area Annapurna Region
  • Best Season March - May, September - December.

Highlights

  • Chulu West Peak Climbing (6419m)
  • Crossing Thorong La Pass (5416m)
  • Breathtaking Himalayan view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range
  • Cultural wonders of the Annapurna region
  • Peaceful yet adventurous walk all throughout the trip
  • Cultural Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

Chulu West Peak lies as a part of the Annapurna Massif with a total height of 6419 meters. The peak climbing in this region offers options of two peaks, Chulu West and Chulu East. With both treks being graded PD as per the International French Adjectival System (IFAS), the trek requires some technical knowledge of using ropes and crampons. Himalayan Scenery Treks arranges both packages with experienced guides and porters at your service.

Chulu West Peak (6419m/21,055ft) Expedition in combination with the Annapurna trekking is an exciting journey in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Chulu West Peak expedition offers you a classic trekking route in Nepal, along with the stunning views of the Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri, Tlicho Peak, and Mt. Manaslu.  This trip also offers magnificent views of the beautiful landscapes as well as the mixed culture and lifestyle of the Nepalese people. In short, this whole trip will give you a thrilling climbing and trekking adventure of a lifetime with marvelous Himalayan Panoramas and breathtaking landscapes. Walking through the lush green forest and beautiful valley of Annapurna region with a unique settlement, which indeed looks like a slice of heaven on earth. The best season for summiting the Chulu West peak in March, April, September, October, and November. The trail to the summit is comparatively easy, however, one must have a high level of physical fitness and basic skill, and technical ideas to summit Chulu West Peak.

The peak climbing expedition to the Chulu West unfolds as we embark on a long drive to Syange. The trekking route crosses the popular trekking itinerary of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Starting our hike from the village of Syange. We get higher up past the villages of Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, and such other villages until Leder. We then enter the driest village of Manang and climb up to the base of the Chulu West. From there, we slowly rise to the first and second Camps. Once we reach the second we take a day off to acclimatize to the rapidly changing altitude and enjoy pre-climb training on the day. The summit involves a more technical climb. So, this climbing is recommended for a more experienced trekker with a physically fit condition.

Himalayan Scenery Treks offers you the full board package to summit the Chulu West Peak. From arrival to Kathmandu, getting a permit from NMA to your departure, you don’t have to worry about anything. We will likewise provide you with all the necessary things during your climbing period along with experienced and professional trekking and climbing guide who will assist you on the trek as well as summit the peak.

This 22-day Chulu West Peak Expedition has been adjusted in accordance with your prerequisites – don't hesitate to get in touch with us whenever for recommendations and counsel. We'd be upbeat to take you on this adventurous journey.

Itinerary

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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 to rest in your hotel room and remove jet lag or take a short walk around the ancient valley of Kathmandu.

In the second day of your arrival, we will be taking you on the historical and cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. We will take a tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple- Swoyambhunath Stupa – the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Pashupatinath Temple – the biggest Hindu Shrine, and Bouddhanath- a massive Buddhist Shrine. All these historical monuments are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site. You will be accompanied by a professional licensed guide during your city tour around the beautiful city of Temples.

Once you complete the day tour, you will be escorted to the 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. After the briefing is over, you will have time to do last-minute shopping for 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.

The first thing we'll do today is the drive to Dharapani early in the morning from Kathmandu. We follow the Trisuli Rver west, and then join the Pokhara highway north along the Marshyangdi River. As a rule, we arrive at Bahun Danda in the early afternoon, and then take a private jeep to Bahun Danda from there.  The Marshyangdi Valley will be our route for the day.

After spending an overnight at the beautiful village of Bahun Danda, we will prepare for the trekking journey up ahead. Leaving the Bahun Danda, after breakfast, we will start our adventurous trek on the trail that goes around the Annapurna Massif. The trail that we will be trekking today is the first road that has been constructed up to Manang. While trekking along the road trail, you can encounter the occasional motorcycles and jeeps. Following the winding road, with breathtaking scenery, we arrive at Jagat for lunch. After lunch, we will follow the less steep trail which is a good starting for the long trekking journey ahead of us.

Bagaarchhap via Dharapani today. From today our trekking journey gradually gains altitude. Commencing on our trek, we start off with an easy walk to the village of Tal. Tal is an amazing village with more than 20 guest houses. Moving further away from the village on a simple and easy trail through a forested area, we arrive first at the village of Karte and then at Dharapani. Dharapani is the junction point Manaslu circuit trek and Annapurna circuit trek. Once we have our lunch, we will continue our trek towards Bagarchap, following the Marshyangadi valley, with spectacular landscapes and view along the way. During the trek, we will be able to enjoy the rhododendron forest and high waterfall.

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 commence on our trek with an easy walk uphill to the village of Danaque. As the elevation is gradually increasing we will walk at a slower pace to adjust to the high altitude. Easy ascend with a slow pace give us the amply time to acclimatize along with enjoy the majestic views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal.

Walking out of the Danaque village, we walk along the jeep road until we cross the river to climb steep stone steps. Climbing the steep stone steps for a while, we reach the village of Timang. This village comes as one of the most scenic parts of the whole trek. Enjoy a short break at Timang to soak in all the scenes of the high Himalayas and the crystal-clear skies. Moving out of the village, we walk along the muddy path to first arrive at Koto and an easy walk from this village eventually reaches Chame. Once we reach this wonderful village we will have time to explore this beautiful settlement.

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 an alpine forest to reach a deserted village of Bhartang. From here we will follow the flat trail on a narrow hillside until we ascend a steep long journey through the forest. As we get out of the forest, the views of the mountains 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 be a bit rough for us so, we will spend the night at the lower part.

The hike today enters the Manang Valley. Today, we will take a longer and more beautiful route than the shorter and more 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 from 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. This fantastic spot offers an awesome 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 in the region, Manang. This village is also the headquarter of the Manang district. Manang with its partnership with Mustang is the driest valley in the country.

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. We will also go hiking trip to Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake. This hiking trip helps you to adjust to the high-altitude climate along with the opportunity to enjoy the charming views of the area.

After spending overnight at the heavenly village of Manang, we will walk out of the village after early breakfast. The morning walk starts with the descent walk up the hill which gradually gets steeper as we gain altitude. Continuing the walk through the alpine landscape with high-altitude vegetation and forest, we come across the summer pasture area of Yak Kharka. This village is a small settlement established as a stopover place for the Annapurna Circuit trekkers. An hour of uphill walk from Yak Kharka reaches our destination for today. Once we reach Leder, we set up the camp at this high-altitude pasture land for an overnight stay.

The hike today on the easy trail from Leader takes us to the Chulu West Base Camp elevated at 4900m from sea level. From Leder, around 5 hours of the trek through alpine forest and shrine landscapes, reaches the Base Camp. Once we reach the base camp we can enjoy the stunning views of the pristine Annapurna Ranges.

While our crew members are busy setting up the camps at the base camp we can walk around the base camp to explore the things base camp has to offer. We can explore the surrounding areas or also enjoy the magnificent scenery of the surrounding landscapes and the sky-towering Himalayas.

From Base Camp the hike to Camp I will be pretty challenging as we need to hike uphill in high altitude region. Although the route to the Camp I is not technically challenging we have to carefully place our footsteps as the trail is slippery and a small fault may result in serious casualties. Even though the trail is quite troublesome because of the high altitude, we can enjoy some overwhelming views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains including Manaslu, Gangapurna, and Lamjung Himal along the way to the base camp.  

Another day to rest. Today we will rest and acclimatize at the base camp. As we are at a high altitude, taking a break helps you to adjust to the climate of increasing altitude. Taking a day to acclimatize while going on a trip to a higher altitude minimizes the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well.

While we rest at camp I, our supporting crew members will make their way to camp II. The crew member also transfers all the necessary supplies and equipment to camp II and later, they return to Camp I. In the meantime, we can either sit at the camp resting for the whole day or take a short walk around the camp exploring the surrounding. 

After spending a day at camp I, today we will make our way towards camp II. The climb to camp II is sort of a rocky climb. Commencing on our trek for the day, we hike through the rock band to reach Camp II. Although the climb today doesn’t involve too much of a technical part, however, in some places we may have to use ropes, a crampon, and an ice axe. We stay at camp II and get prepared for the long-awaited moment i.e. summiting the Chulu West Peak on the next day. Some of the climbers even summit the Chulu West Peak directly from camp I. As the climb from camp II is straightforward until the summit, we take a time to rest and acclimatize at camp II.

After a long and tiring hike, the day to summit the glorious Chulu West Peak has finally arrived. On this main day, the summit push trek begins early in the morning. The trail towards the summit is a straight upward climb on the icy trail. Commencing our hike, we will make our way towards the summit of Chulu west peak through the icy high-altitude trail. Although the trail to the summit is a sleeper and gives you a hard time to climb, the high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail.

Once we reach the summit of the Chulu West peak we can enjoy the fabulous views of the surrounding Himalayas. We will rest for a while here enjoying the summit view and taking photographs. After a short rest, we will climb down to Camp II and rest for half an hour. After resting we will pack our bags and then make our way back to camp I for the overnight stay.

After a successful summit of the Chulu West peak, and a good overnight sleep at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, today we will walk back to Leder via Base Camp of the Chulu West. While returning to the Leder, we can enjoy the panoramic views of the Annapurna and other peaks. We relish the view and beautiful memory of the summit adventure of the beautiful Chulu West.

This is a separate reserved day for any contingency. This reserved day is used in case the weather gets bad or if any participant does need to prepare longer for any reason. It is essential to have this day as it quite a risks to try to summit Chulu West Peak while the weather is not favoring us. Regardless of whether to utilize this day relies upon how much the situation favors us for the adventure.

Today is the easy and short downhill walk until Thorang Phedi nestled at the bottom of the Throng La Pass. Once we clean the base camp area and have breakfast, we start our walk towards Thorong Phedi. At the beginning of our walk, we ascend steep downhill before we start our ascend up to the river. Along the trail, you can enjoy the stunning views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan. Once we reach Thorang Phedi, we will take a walk around the area. We spend overnight at the base of Throng Phedi today.

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 on the hill of 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 for the day. After Muktinath, we will take a short drive to Jomsom for an overnight stay.

Enjoying the view for one last time we will board 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 leisure time for the day. You are on your own here. You can either stay in 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 the side of the peaceful lake enjoying the magnificent scenery of Mt Fishtail mirroring the divine Phewa Lake. You might also go for adventurous activities such as paragliding, zip flying, bungee jumping, and many more.

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 for 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.

    On the last day of our trip, a 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 West 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.

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    Cost Details

    Included

    • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
    • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
    • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
    • Tented accommodation during the climb
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek and climb
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
    • English speaking, trained, and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader), and assistant guides
    • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
    • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
    • Down jacket  (to be returned after trip completion)
    • Himalayan Scenery’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking maps
    • All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Peak climbing permit
    • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
    • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
    • Medical kit (carried by your guide)
    • All government and local taxes

    Excluded

    • Nepalese visa fee
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet,  laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Personal climbing equipment
    • Personal climbing guide if requested
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
    • Tips for guides and porters

    Useful Info

    In Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, your safety precedes every other thing. As this adventure entrails traveling in the remote mountainous region, we are always at mercy of nature. During the trip, the factors such as weather, natural disaster, or a multitude of other factors which are beyond our control can subsequently bring changes in the itinerary. Although all the itinerary we provide to you is guided and standard; please note that your team leader has the authority to alter or even drop the planned itinerary of any part if it is necessary due to safety concerns. All the alternations or changes to the standard itinerary are made by the leader by taking into consideration the best interest of the whole group. We give our best effort to stick with the above-mentioned itinerary; however, in case of any unpredicted event which is beyond our control, you need to be flexible and take after the guideline as instructed by your leader.

    Note that, the company won’t be responsible for any result of alterations on itineraries or any delays due to resulting circumstances.

    Hotel and Accommodation on Chulu West Peak Climbing

    Trek to the Himalayas is one of the favorite destinations for travel enthusiasts and adventure seekers all around the globe. Although the Himalayan region of Nepal is the most popular trekking destination in the world; there are a lot of things people don’t have a clue about. While trekking to the high mountain region, you will not find the hotels and accommodation you see in the city areas. The hotels and accommodations around the high Himalayan have fewer services and facilities. The hot shower may turn out to be simply a bucket of lukewarm water and the toilet may be a latrine behind the hotel. The private room can be a wooden cell with no furniture except a bed, mattress, and curtain in place of the door. So, while trekking to the mountainous region of Nepal, you need to be ready to stay in the less fancy and minimum facilitated hotels.

    On the Journey to Chulu West Peak, we provide you with a 2 to 3-star standard hotel while you are in Kathmandu (i.e. for 3 Nights). During your journey to Chulu West Peak, we provide you with the basic lodges and tea houses for your accommodation. The room of these lodges and tea houses are less fancier with just a bed, a pillow, and a blanket.

    In Kathmandu besides the 2 / 3 stars hotel, some 4 / 5 - star luxury accommodation is also available. If you want to change the accommodation plan for the luxury, please do let us know so that we can arrange and book the hotel for you for your Kathmandu stay.

    Food and Beverages

    All the food and Beverages included on the package to Chulu West Peak Climbing are provided by the company itself. The food is provided in the tea houses or lodges on the trail. We will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where we stay overnight. On the everyday trek, our guide will decide the available place and stop for lunch. We highly recommend you bring the water purification pills, to cleanse the water and drink during the trek. During the trek, there are options for buying bottled water and boiled water as well.

    Upon your arrival at Kathmandu after the successful climbing, we will provide a farewell dinner consisting of authentic Nepalese cuisines.

    Transportation

    We at Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition provide all the necessary transportation facilities for your trip. We provide private vehicles for airport pick-up and sightseeing tours around Kathmandu. We likewise provide the Tourist Bust or private vehicle transportation to Jagat for your journey and a return flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

    Luggage and Backpack

    The main luggage of yours will be carried by your porters during the trek. For your personal things, we highly recommend you, carry a small handbag containing water bottles, cameras, sunscreen, and other things which you require daily during the trip. Making the backpack small and lighter will unquestionably assist you to enjoy the trip to its fullest. You should simply convey the thing which is basic for your outing and the rest of the garments and different things can be left in the locker room/safe store of hotels. The hotels provide the locker room / safe deposit for free. So, don’t hesitate to leave things that are redundant. While making the backpack or luggage for your trip ensure that the luggage doesn’t exceed more than 15 Kg. The weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg including your handbag. Excess weight is chargeable of USD 1.5 or more which will be the additional cost of our trip.

    Guide and Porters on Trek

    We provide you with a well-trained and experienced guide and porter for your trek. Our guide will assist you in every possible way to make your trips remarkable and memorable. Talking about the porter, we provide one porter for 2 trekkers each. The porters carry 20 Kg of total luggage (10 Kg from each trekker). We provide one guide for the smaller groups and if the group size surpasses 10 individuals; we will provide an additional guide for your trip.

    Leaders and Staff Management

    Climbing Leader and Staff Management are one of the most critical parts of the Expedition journey determining the success, enjoyability, and memorability of the trip. A highly experienced, skilled, and courteous climbing leader will make the expedition journey smooth and easy. At Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, all the expedition crew members along with the climbing leader are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region(s).

    Personnel Expenses

    Personnel Expenses are largely influenced by your habit of expenditure. We provide you with all the necessary food and accommodation facilities inside the cost of your Chulu West Peak Climbing package. So, you only need money to pay for your drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and snacks while strolling on the trail. You will get a significant number of smaller shops on the trail to buy drinks and snacks. Likewise, you can also use the money to buy souvenirs for the trip, entrance tickets, hot showers, tips, and many more. Note that, tips and gratuities are not mandatory, but it is fine if you wish to. If you feel like the service provided to you is excellent, then you can tip directly to the staff. Of course, there is no obligation to tip if you are disappointed with the service you receive. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate an amount of 5 - 10%of the total package price for tips. The amount you give depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.

    Rescue and Evacuation

    Nepal is a country full of heart-warming natural beauty and a magnificent travel destination for thrill and adventure seekers all around the globe. In spite of the fact that Nepal is an adventure paradise for the nature lover and thrill seeker. But in some cases, the thrilling experience comes up with a serious hazard. The most exciting, and joyful trip may backfire on us and we may have to be the victim of nature. Not only that while trekking in the high altitude rough terrains may also occur afflictions like a sprained ankle or even broken leg, appendix ruptures, hypothermia, skin infection, and respiratory infection. If any of this misfortune happens to you, then it should be treated on time. If left untreated then you may even lose your life. If any of the above-mentioned affliction happens during your trip, we at Himalayan scenery treks and expedition will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital ASAP. All the expenses made to rescue and evacuate you, are entirely liable to us. So, before departing on your trip, make sure that your travel insurance company has the policy to cover all the expenses in case of any misfortune arises during the trip so that you can enjoy the trip to the utmost. If not, be ready to pay on your own once you arrive in Kathmandu. To learn more about Travel Insurance for the Trip to Nepal, please do visit the Travel Insurance page in Nepal Travel Guide.

    Additional Information

    Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at +977 – 1 – 4438648 or +977 – 9851083619. We are available on Viber and WhatsApp.

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