Chulu West Peak Climbing and Trekking (23 Days)

Chulu West Peak Climbing and Trekking. This is the 5th highest peak out of 18 the peaks under the Nepal Mountaineering Association and one of the least frequented by the expeditions.To attempt the mountain you need some mountaineering skill and relatively easy to get the climbing permission.
Chulu West is situated in a little valley, which is north of Manang. This is one of the Peaks can be seen from the major trail Thorong La. One should have a technical idea to climb this peak. North West Ridge is summit way. While climbing this peak, be prepared for steep scree to col a 4,900 m.North of the col ascend snow slopes for 200 meters to a rock band at5,100 m.Climb this difficult rock band to 5,450 m., cross on to a snow plateau at 5,530m and follow the progressively narrowing ridge to the summit (Chulu West).To climb Chulu Central, cross the snow plateau and then traverse onto the Chulu Glacier basin east of the ridge.
Ascend the broad glacier slopes avoiding serac obstacles. While not technically difficult, this area can be nasty in soft snow and is prone to avalanche under certain conditions.Continue toward the obvious Central summit on steeping snow until it is possible to gain the crest of the summit ridge, which may be corn iced.This leads directly to a small saddle and the final 15-meter pinnacle.
This trip sets out from Bensi Sahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung a neighboring district of Gorkha. From Bensi Sahar the trail leads up slowly to wards Manang, one of the highest valleys of the world situated at an altitude of 5000m. One-day rest will be set to explore the Manang Valley and for the acclimatization. From Manang the route heads north to lead and on to the Chulu West Base camp.Three days are set a side for the ascend of this peak and you head to Thorong-La and follow the same route come back to Katmandu as in the "Around Annapurna Trek"

Trekking Days: -› (20)
Total Days: -› (23)
Min. Altitude: -› (830m./2723ft.)
Max. Altitude: -› (6200m./20341ft.)
Walking Per Day: -› Approximately 4-9hrs
Route Nature: -› Lodge + Camping [TH or FOT]
Difficulty: -› Hard
Season: -› Automn/Spring ( Feb-May / Sept - Dec ).

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
You will be welcomed by the boss of company at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1300m).After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our company display board at the arrival gate. You will be transfer to Hotel. After check in, you will visit our office; meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. Later in the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent Touristic Restaurant where you will enjoy with a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing and Trek preparation.
Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital, Kathmandu. We will be visit the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu.
We will start from your hotel by a morning walk in the blocked alleyways of Kathmandu. Your first contact with the smiling Nepalese people. We begin to cross the nice area of Thamel, full of nice shops, bars and restaurants.
We will see during this walk many temples and stupas: it will be for you the beginning of religious lessons, making the difference between Buddhists stupas and Hindu temples. You will discover with a great surprise how these two religions live together.
We will make a stop at Thahiti Tole, then in front of Kathesimbhu stupa. Always meeting statues and local shops (suits, spices, incenses, and so on) and listening the noise of bells (and of horns), we will see Asan Tole with wonderful Hindu temples. Then Indra Chowk and Pyaphal Tole. After 2 hours of walk and of wonder, we will arrive at Durbar Square.

Kathmandu Durbar Square situated the center of Kathmandu where you can see the House of Living Goddess “KUMARI” Kasthamandup temple” Said that was built from single tree in 16th century, big bell-big drams, erotic carving in old temple, old palace etc. All the most important monuments of the city are in this area. You will be filled with wonder by all these numerous such majestic and so ancient temples registered in the Heritage of the UNESCO. It is possible to spend hours, sat on the walk of one of these monuments, admiring architecture, considering the animation of places, dreaming. We will take lunch at the top of a restaurant, with a great plunging view.
You will begin the afternoon by another walk in the streets of Kathmandu, to look at the real face of this city, with local buildings and narrow streets. Then we will arrive at Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). Swayambunath stupa has it that Manjushree, found of Kathmandu valley, and discovered the lotus of ancient valley lake on which site the great stupa of Swayambunath was later built. The omni sighted stare of Buddha greets visitors & residents alike compassion. This is one of the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world, which has been registered in UNESCO heritage side. It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. At the summit of this hill, the painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world.
From this place we can have a wonderful panoramic view on all the capital. So great at the end of the day, with the sunset. We will come back hotel by bus.
Evening: Time for you to prepare the trek and we introduce in front of you our crew members. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Shar
With high level of physical fitness, adequate acclimatization and good logistic support, we begin our Annapurna trekking. Driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then following the rough route by the Marsyangdi River, we pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields. After seven hours long drive, we finally reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the capital of Lamjung District. We stay overnight at guesthouse
Day 04: Besi Sahar to Ngadi. (1011m) 5 hrs walk
After breakfast.we walk for about five hours towards Nadi through narrow tracks, suspension bridges a deep river gorge and Himalayas Mt. Lamjung (22,291Ft.), Manaslu (26,760 Ft) We stay overnight at guesthouse
Day 05: Ngadi to Jagat (1314m) 6 hrs walk
After have a morning breakfast our trek start for Jagat. It takes six hours walk.Today, we will have to cross the Ngadi Khola by a long suspension bridge. From here on the trail moves gently upwards to Bahundanda, an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge at Bahundanda 1300m A steep trail descends from Bahundanda, through rice fields, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. Ahead, the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape. We follow the winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat, situated on a shelf, which juts out into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley. We stay overnight at guesthouse.
Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1920m) 6 hrs walk
After morning breakfast, The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. We stay overnight at guesthouse
Day 07: Dharapani To Chame (2675m) 5 hrs walk
After breakfast our trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) which takes five hours walk. As you cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marsyangdi then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, you pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which takes you to follow steep ascent path upto Timang. It lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal. The trail goes through flat level until you reach Chame where there are government offices, shops, and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. We stay overnight at guesthouse
Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3100m) 5 hrs walk
After morning breakfast our trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) which takes five hours walk. With Lamjung Himal [6893m] sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as you climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.).In the past this was the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution, but the dilapidated buildings are all that remain of that era. A short climb from the village brings you to a rock-strewn area where you cross a suspension bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before you. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing on, you come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. We stay overnight at guesthouse
Day 09: Pisang to Manang (3500m) 5 hrs walk
Today, the trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m.) It takes about five hours. Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Hongde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV [7525m] also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, you can see the village of Bryaga with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before you - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak [7145m].After a short steep climb you reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. We stay overnight at guesthouse
Day 10: Rest day in Manang [3500m]
After have a nice breakfast in Manang, we take a day off for complete rest and adequate acclimatization before crossing the Thorung La. We can spend this day strolling down the river to see the tremendous ice-fall cascading down from the glaciated mountain. We stay overnight at guesthouse
Day 11 : Manang to Yak Kharka [4050m]
After breakfast our trek start from Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m.). It takes about four hours walk. Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, you can see panoramic views all the day.n peaks or by simply take in the panoramic beauty of the Annapurna mountain range and the Manang Valley. We stay overnight at guesthouse
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Chulu west Base Camp (4,400m) 5 hrs walk
Today,the real expedition begins after the breakfast. We go towards the base camp with all crew members and then to the northern valley of leader. We walk over the grass line and ultimately we reach at the base camp. It takes five hours walk. We set up our camp there for a overnight stay.
Day 13: Acclimatization day at Chulu west base camp
Today, we sort out one day for acclimatization before climbing west Chulu. You are free to explore the surrounding. You can even take climbing practices. Our guide helps you in this regard. He will teach you few methods on climbing techniques and overnight stay.
Day 14: Chulu west Base camp to Chulu west High Camp (4,685m) 3 hrs walk
In the morning at tented camp, our Sherpa welcome you with the hot bed tea. After tea and breakfast, we have to pack up everything and move towards high camp. As this trail is quite rough, you may feel short breathing. It takes three hours to reach at high camp. Upon arrival at high camp, we set up our camp there.
Day 15: Move to camp 1 (5,300m) 4 hrs walk
Today, after morning hot breakfast we continue heading towards the camp 1. We continue walking over the glacier and rocky part. You need to fix the rope sometimes if the ice terrain around the camp. It takes about four hours walk.We stay overnight at camp 1.
Day 16: Summit day and back to camp 1 (6,419m) 6 hrs walk
Today, your guide will wake you up in the morning, probably around 2AM. After having breakfast and packing up the gear, guide evaluate the situation and risk to see if it is safe or not. We decide after the evaluation of the guide. If the day is clear, we start climbing the summit. The ridge takes us towards the final snow slope and that is very steep. Our guide fixes the rope and helps to make west Chulu climb a success. On the summit, you have very short time to take few snap shots and looking around. From the top, you can see the wonderful scenes of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Throng peak, Chulu east as well some Tibetan mountain ranges. After the successful climb, we return back to camp 1 and stay the whole night there in camp.
Day 17: Reserve day for unforeseen condition
This day is sorted out for the unpredictable condition of the bad weather, sickness and other hidden conditions. We keep on continue climbing if the abnormal situation appears. Otherwise, we can stay one more night at Kagbeni village. This village is the entrance gate of Manang.
Day 18: Camp 1 to Thorong Phedi (4550m) 5 hrs walk
After breakfast we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge amid tremendous views of Manaslu, the Annapurnas, Tilicho Peak and the Great Barrier. We head north-west up the Jarsang Khola, through scrub juniper and alpine grasses to arrive at Letdar for lunch. From Letdar, we continue on the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, before crossing on a covered bridge. The trail climbs on scree slopes high above the river to Thorong Phedi, a single stone building set among near vertical cliffs.
Day 19: Thorung Phedi –Muktinath (3694m) 6 hrs walk
After breakfast, we have an early start today for the crossing of Thorong La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp, but as local people have used this trail for hundreds of years, the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around four hours of steady climbing, we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. From the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang, which spread out before us, we are presented with a dramatic tableau. The descent to Muktinath is a 1600m trek. But the excellent views of Dhaulagiri, more then makes up for the tiring journey. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple.
Day 20 : Muktinath –Jomsom (2670m) 4 hrs walk
Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2670 m.) and it takes about four hours. You now begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures. People living there follow the Tibetan life style and culture. There is situated a monastery said to belong to 15th Century. Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang. Your trail passes through the bank of Kali Gandaki passing through the Eklebhatti. The trail is windy after late morning. The river flows through broader course. Jomsom is the headquarter of Mustang and it is split into two towns and between these two towns passes through Kali Gandaki river. There is access of internet and banking facilities. From Jomsom, you can enjoy the magnificent views of Nilgiri and Tilicho peak Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
Day 21 : Fly from Jomsom –Pokhara
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 30 minutes. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the after and frequent change of the weather prevent the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks.
Day 22: Drive to Kathmandu.
Morning-after having our breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu. It takes 6 hours by tourist bus. Transfer you to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 23: Last day of Yours Trip.
It's time to enjoy a bit of Kathmandu and the ultimate view of the great mountains! Free time in Kathmandu and transfer to the airport two hours before departure of your flight home, after a final goodbye! On the way back, you'll have time to plan a new adventure in Nepal, that country so magical!

"For a group size more than 10 persons, a group leader will be offered as complementary by company or if the group has own leader, he/she will be offered the trek free of cost."

Price Includes :

Welcome dinner and farewell dinner

Equipment: Trekking tents, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Mattresses during the trekking & Peak climbing period

Accommodation in lodge trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea coffee and Bed) and camping Trek meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) Tea coffee and seasonal fruits

English Speaking experienced Sherpa, Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder guide

Climbing Rope, Ice screws, Snow bars

Staff: 1 Guide, 1 Cook, 1 Kitchen, 1 climbing guide & necessary porters

Personal insurance for Nepalese staffs

Our service charge

One Sherpa,(guide assistance) group size more than 4

Annapurna conservation fee, TIMS permits & Any required permits or Official Documentation

Airfare Jomsom to Pokhara

Equipment Fees for climbing guide ( USA $ 300)

Climbing peak permit ( USA $ 350)

Garbage deposit ( USA $ 250)

Kathmandu to Besishahar by suitable private vehicle

Local Transportations Pokhara - Airport – Hotel Car, Van, Heice and Tourist bus for pick up

Pokhara to kathamndu by best tourist Bus Green land or Coaster
full days sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees

Price Excludes :
1. International flight & departure tax.
2. Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
3. Personal climbing gears & clothing, (available on hire).
4. Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance.

Note: All participants have to give a copy of their insurance, with the address, tel and fax number of insurance company. This insurance has to cover the helicopter rescue in case of accident or sickness. In case of your insurance don't cover helicopter rescue, you have to fill a form in Kathmandu and make agreement that you will pay yourself the amount of expenses paid by Nepal Assemble Treks for your helicopter rescue or research. Without this agreement, you cannot participate in trek.

In The trek the guide is allowed to change the itinerary, depending of the weather, climate and the physical condition of participants. Each participant who stop his trek or make change any form of program may not ask any money compensation to the agency.

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