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Chulu West Peak Climbing

Chulu West Peak Climbing

Chulu West Peak Climbing

Chulu west peak climbing is one another one of the famous climbing peaks located in Annapurna region. The first ascent to Chulu West in 1952 by a Japanese Expedition team, Chulu West lies to the north of Annapurna above the Manang Valley and is the highest of the peaks. The Chulu west peak base camp is situated in a small valley north of Manang, off the main trail to the Thorang La pass.

Alliance Adventure has designed the trekking to west Chulu in such way that during the trekking it will provide not only the first hand climbing experience but also an opportunity to have magnificent views of Himalayas lying around such as Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Chulu east and the east-side Himlung valley among others. There are several peaks lying around the areas forming a part of Chulu. Sometimes difficult to differentiate between the two trekking Chulus (East and West) as the group comprises of four peaks, two to the east and two to the west. To add further confusion, Chulu West may also be called Chulu Central. Chulu West lies to the north of Annapurna above the Manang Valley and is the highest of the peaks. The Base Camp for the climb is situated in a small valley north of Manang, off the main trail to the Thorang La. At Chauri Lather we take a narrow, steep trail up to a Base Camp at 4800m. From there we climb steep, rocky ground to a high camp at about 5300m. There is no technical difficulty involved in reaching the summit, but progress can be slow as the slopes are vulnerable to avalanches in certain conditions.

The trekking to this peak climbing begins from Besishahar, Bulbule whereby you will reach by some 8-hour drive from Kathmandu, then head up to Chamche, Pisang and reach to Yak Kharka and then continue to base camp and finally reach to Chulu West, you will set up the tents and acclimatize. Once we are ready, you precede a head and make summit and then you will return back from Manang valley and continue to Yak Kharka, Thorong La pass, Muktinath, Jomsom and finally reach at Pokhara.

Chulu West Peak Climbing / 22 Days - Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m).

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbule (850m) 7-8 hrs.

Day 04: Trek Bhulbule to Jagat (1330m) 7-8 hrs.

Day 05: Trek Jagat to Dharapani (2160m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 06: Trek Dharapani to Chame (2670m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 07: Trek Chame to Pisang (3200m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 08: Trek Pisang to Manang (3540m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Manang village (3540m).

Day 10: Trek Manang to Leather (4200m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 11: Trek Leather to Chulu West Base Camp (4400m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 12: Acclimatization day at base camp.

Day 13: Base camp to High Camp (4685m) 3-4 hr.

Day 14: Summit Chulu West Peak (6419m) and back to Base Camp (4400m) 10-11 hrs.

Day 15: Reserve day for unforeseen condition.

Day 16: Trek back Chulu West Base Camp to Leather 5-6 hrs.

Day 17: Leather / Yak Kharka to Thorong La high camp (4800m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 18: High Camp to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La passes, 7-8 hrs.

Day 19: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2500m) 5-6 hrs.

Day 20: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (8 20m) 20 min.

Day 21: Pokhara to Kathmandu fly 25 min. / drive 6-7 hrs.

Day 22: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination).

Chulu West Peak Climbing / 22 Days - Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m).
Namaste & welcome to Mountain Guide Trek of Nepal. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mountain guide Treks (MGT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mountain Guide Treks and Expedition with Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After check in, if time allows, you will visit MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and for final preparation for the trip. It all depends upon your arrival time. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation. 
Normally, you need to be trained for rock climbing a day course before start your trek, so you will be taken to a natural rock climbing spot Balaju which is 3 Km drive from Thamel. We will offer excellent opportunities to learn how to use climbing equipments like; rope, harness, Ice axe, crampons although maintain your physically fitness. Alternatively we will start half day sightseeing tour with our professional tour guide to the several of most historical and spiritual Place in Kathmandu. Some of this place is considered the World Heritage historic Sites such as Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. After come back from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek guide and other team members. Mountain Guide Trek will brief you regarding your trek as well as we may have an opportunity to discuss about any difficulties regarding our upcoming adventure. Rest of the time you could use for travelling around the Thamel and shopping of needed equipments and other necessaries. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbule (850m) 7-8 hrs.
This morning after breakfast we will start our journeys with drive through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach at Bhulbule (850m), a countryside hill on the footsteps of Annapurna & Manasalu. (Overnight at tea house or tented camp on full board basis)

Day 04: Trek Bhulbule to Jagat (1330m) 7-8 hrs.
Our adventure begin after breakfast, we pack up the gears and wear suitable dressed as below section and walk through the trail where new road is constructing leading to the Manang village. We follow the Marsyangdi River crossing a few local wooden and suspension bridges, passing waterfalls, several ups and downs hill sections, across rice paddies and subtropical forest to reach Bahundanda (1310m) and stop for lunch then we descend through amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages. We start gradually walking up after crossing suspension bridge in the Mayshyangdi River and get Jagat. (Overnight at tea house or tented camp on full board basis)

Day 05: Trek Jagat to Dharapani (2160m) 6-7 hrs.
After breakfast we will have one and half an hour rocky trail walk to reach at Chamje village, which is a small village settlement with primary school surrounding by bamboo bushes. Our continuing journey leads with crossing a suspension bridge in Marshyangdi river just right after you left Chamje and you will see the waterfall, rocky lands and trails with passes a small teashop and enter to Manang district just before the Tal village. This is the beautiful village situated on river bank with beautiful waterfall view. You will across the river and continue walking through the cliff way right above the river and reach our overnight camp at Dharapani village. (Overnight at tea house or tented camp on full board basis)

Day 06: Trek Dharapani to Chame (2670m) 5-6 hrs.
From Dharapani an hour walk will reach at Bagarchhap. The first view of Mt. Annapurna II can be visible closely from this beautiful town. This day you will negotiate a few steep forested landscapes, along with several landslides on route, remember to look up though, as you will receive some sensational views of major Himalayan peaks. This day you will encounter some typical Tibetan village's en-route before to reach at Chame (2670m). Chame is districts headquarter of Manang and it is one of the beautiful Himalayan towns with views of the Mt. Lamjung and Annapurna II can be seen closely. (Overnight at tea house or tented camp on full board basis)

Day 07: Trek Chame to Pisang (3200m) 6-7 hrs.
Another pleasant walk through the narrow steep path with a very dense pine forest follow the river bank will lead you village of Bratang with Apple garden for the tea stop. After here we follow the forested path and rocky trails before crossing the suspension bridge and climb an hour to get to lunch spot at Dhukur Pokhari. From this small settlement we will see the first view of Pisang peak and surrounding other Himalayan ranges. After lunch we will walk an hour to get to next stop at Pisang village. (Overnight at tea house or tented camp on full board basis)

Day 08: Trek Pisang to Manang (3540m) 5-6 hrs. 
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip (3325m) which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga (3475m) to nearby Manang (3540m). (Overnight at tea house or tented camp on full board basis)

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Manang village (3540m).
Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. There are many places to visit around. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) to the South - Tilicho (7132m) and the Grand Barrier to the West - Chulu West (6583m) and Chulu East (6059m) to the North. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. (Overnight at tea house or tented camp on full board basis)

Day 10: Trek Manang to Leather (4200m) 5-6 hrs.
After a wonderful exploration at Manang village this morning we heads towards the Yak Kharka leaving the trail off to Tilicho Lake on the left corner and continue a short walk up to Yak Kharka, a small settlement set at 4110m. We will have a gradual ascent towards a little hill and way goes more right behind the hill and reach Yak Kharka for the Lunch and an hour further walk will reach at Leather. Reminder time may hike up to little hill for the good give of surrounding mountain and from here you can see the good view of Chulu. (Overnight at tea house or tented camp on full board basis)

Day 11: Trek Leather to Chulu West Base Camp (4400m) 5-6 hrs.
We start our real expedition day after breakfast and we head up to Base Camp with all our crews to the northern valley of Leader. We walk though in the grass line and from the scenic ridge and reach at base camp.  (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 12: Acclimatization day at base camp.
Before we climb to Chulu West we require one day acclimatization. This day you can explore surrounding areas and take climbing practice in base camp and your guide will teach some technique and brief about the climbing methods. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 13: Base Camp to High Camp (4685m) 3-4 hrs.
This day, after breakfast we'll pack up our all gears and head to high camp for the overnight. Walking with rough trails up to high camp and definitely feel the sort breathing to get here take 3-4 hrs walk and we set up our camp to high camp. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 14: Summit Chulu West Peak (6419m) and back to Base Camp (4400m) 10-11 hrs.
As our planned climbing guide wake up you early morning around 2:00 am and peak up gears and breakfast,  guide will see the situation and risk condition. If the day is good, we start to climb to summit. The guide will give you support by fixed the rope and lead you to the successful summit of the Chulu west peak. You will have time to take pictures of success and to look around the Himalayan world in surrounding views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Throng peak, Chulu east as well some Tibetan mountain ranges and the below valley of Manang and Throng top. After a successful summit, you will down to base camp. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 15: Reserve day for unforeseen condition.
This day we reserve for the day for unforeseen condition as bad weather, climber sickness or other hidden condition. We can use this day for climb if the abnormal situation comes. If this day we don't need we can use this day to stay one more night in Kagbeni village the entry gate of upper Mustang. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 16: Trek back Chulu West Base Camp to Leather 5-6 hrs.
Today, we stroll back to Leader and rest of the time you may relax (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 17: Leather/Yak Kharka to Thorong La high camp (4800m) 6-7 hrs.
Another short day with high above makes your way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi for the lunch stop. A small places although busy settlement catering to the needs of trekkers and climbers. It is situated at the bottom of the Throng la and the trails continually step up to Thorong la afterwards. After a lunch at here we trek an hours to get a high camp. (Overnight at tented camp on full board basis)

Day 18: High Camp to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La passes, 7-8 hrs.
Wake up early morning and you will have light breakfast with hot tea after that pack up your luggage. We will start our climbing up to Throng top with a stopping frequent on the way. Finally reaches at Throng la take your memorable picture but can't stay longer due to wind. Throng La pass (5416m) will be an unforgettable experience in your lifetime. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. The views from the trail and from the pass itself are outstanding high Himalayan scenes. Start a long descent to another part of the Annapurna and reach at Muktinath. (Overnight at tea house or tented camp on full board basis)

Day 19: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2500m) 5-6 hrs.
Today, we wake up early to the marvelous sounds of temple bells and visit the famous pilgrimage center to Muktinath Temple area. After breakfast it is an easy trek down to Kagbeni. The trail descends through a dramatic, arid landscape all the way to Kagbeni. To reach Kagbeni one must travel on either side of the Kaligandaki River. The left fork continues up the river to Kagbeni. Perhaps you lunch spot will be at Kagbeni. After few hours walking from Kagbeni we reach at Jomsom, a large town and the headquarters of the Mustang region. It has an airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River and is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. (Overnight at tea house or tented camp on full board basis)

Day 20: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (8 20m) 20 min.
This morning we pack our bags and get ready for the exciting mountain scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight transit through between two high peaks Mt. Annapurna (8091m and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m and give us an opportunity to enjoy with best views of surrounding Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. We have full day at Pokhara to enjoy with its natures.
Our guide will take you for sightseeing in Pokhara valley and visit the highlights of Pokhara and the surrounding areas. The place to visit pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Bindabashini, which one most important popular Hindu temple in Pokhara. Two hour boating in Phewa Lake and visit the Barahi temple which one in island in Phewa Lake and others popular place David fall (Water fall), Ghupteshower cave etc. (Over night at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 21: Pokhara to Kathmandu fly 25 min. /drive 6-7 hrs.
You could choose afternoon flight to Kathmandu, till some hours before flight; you may take an optional sightseeing tour around Pokhara or enjoy adventure activities such as boat riding, paragliding, etc. While returning to Kathmandu from Pokhara, be sure to catch the left side of airplane for the best views of Himalayas. Or if you would like to choose by bus, we will arrange ticket in tourist coach at river side seat and start your journey at 7:30 am from Pokhara. Left site's seats of vehicles are nice to enjoy the scenery; the road follows by Trisuli River where you see many people rafting on the river. After 6/7 hours you will arrive at Kathmandu (beside Thamel) and transfer to your hotel. The day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. ! Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner" at traditional Nepalese restaurant together with Mountain Guide Trek staffs for successful completion of Chulu west Peak Climbing! (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)

Day 22: Farewell Friend (Final departure to your onward destination).
Today is last day in Nepal for this trip; you are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal, comes to an end today, There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will take you to the airport.

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up drop service
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • One day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with license holder tour guide
  • 3 night's hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in deluxe hotel on BB basis.
  • 1 night's hotel accommodation at Pokhara in tourist standard hotel on BB basis.
  • "Farewell dinner" before a day your departure from Nepal.
  • Guest house/tented accommodation according to given itinerary (sharing in 2 bed-room) and 3 meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Domestic flights; Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Domestic air fare Tax
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Down jacket, for seasonal sleeping bag, Mountain Guide treks & Expedition kit bag/duffel bag,  trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entree visa: you can get a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by Paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos)
  • International airfare
  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, water bottle, hot shower during the trekking etc.)
  • Personal trekking equipments & clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fee

Note:- Cost includes and exclude section may give you better idea on how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested traveler and departure date we would get back to you with actual cost for the trip.

The following is a list of equipments, clothing and accessories that we recommend for Chulu West Peak Climbing in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we are feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for equipments and clothing which may be equally as suitable.

Head

  • Light or warm fleece hat.
  • Watch with light & alarm
  • Sun hat and scrap
  • Sunglasses

Upper Body

  • T-shirts (4)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and / or jacket (optional)
  • Body lotion / Anti-sunlight cream

Hands

  • Playing cards
  • Lightweight gloves (water / wind proof)
  • Trail map and guide book
  • Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body

  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (4)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4-pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4-pairs)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and / or sandals)

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent and all necessary camping equipments
  • Money belt
  • Head touch and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel

Optional Items

  • Swiss Knife
  • Playing cards / backgammon / chess set
  • Trekking map
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Reading books
  • Journal & pen
  • Photos of home / family
  • Energy / protein bars (optional)
  • Walkman

Mountaineering Kit

  • Plastic or leather mountaineering climbing boot (one Pair)
  • Crampons (one pairs each)
  • Ice Axe (one each)
  • Harness (one each)
  • Carabineer / Three (2 screw gate, 1 plain)
  • Rope (50-60m)
  • Prussic Loops (3 meters)
  • Helmet (one each)
  • Snow Gaiter (one pairs each)
  • Jumer / Ascender (one each)
  • Gear tape Seattle
  • Figure 8 / Decender (one each)

Note: If the above schedule does not meet your requirements, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

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