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Chulu West Peak Climbing

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Chulu West Peak ClimbingChulu West peak climbing is one of the popular trekking in peak Annapurna Himalayan region. Chulu west peak 6419m is situated in a little valley, which is north of Manang. This is one of the Peak can be seen from the major trail Annapurna Thorung la pass. Trekkers or climbers should have a technical idea to climb Chulu west peak. North West Ridge is summit way. Chulu west peak climbing offer excellent Himalayan views of Annapurna range, the beautiful landscape and mixed culture. March - April and September, October, November is the best season for climbing the chulu west peak. As chulu west peak is very famous trekking peak of Annapurna region, many climbers already climbed this peak. We operate two different option for Chulu west peak climbing, the first option will be summit the Chulu west peak climbing and continue trek to Thorung-la pass trekking and 2nd option will be Chulu west peak climbing and return back to same way to Beshi shar and drive back to Kathmandu.

Chulu west peak climbing starts from Beshi Sahar after 5-6 hour drive from Kathmandu. The district headquarters of Lamjung. From Beshi Sahar the trail leads up slowly towards Manang valley, one of the highest valleys of the world situated at an elevation of 3500m. One-day rest will be set to explore the Manang Valley and for the acclimatization. From Manang valley the route heads north to lead and on to the Chulu West Base camp. Three days are set aside for the ascend of this peak and you head to Thorong-La and follow the same route come back to Katmandu as in the “Annapurna Circuit Trekking”.


 Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu,
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters). You will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel and a short brief about the trekking after refreshment.

 

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks (1350m)
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa.

 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar:
It takes about six hours. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besi Sahar . Beshishahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are there. From where you can see some of mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and you can the daily activities of local people.

 

Day 04: Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1305m.):
takes about six hours. The first part of the trekking passes thorough flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi River. You can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of Gurung people. After lunch, the trail goes steeply upwards to Bahundanda which takes about 2 hours. At this point, you can see the area surrounded by eye-catching scenarios with snow capped Himalayas.

 

Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m.):
It takes about six hours. A steep trail descends for early half an hour and then follows flat path through rice terraces, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall then it climbs again high above the river before reaching the village of Lali Gaon. Ahead, the Marsyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape, and you follow the winding mountain path down through Syange (1100m.) where there is a beautiful waterfall above it 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 you descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests.

 

Day 06: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.):
It takes about six hours. The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. You continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, you see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.). Though it is enclosed by cliffs, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just traveled on. You descend to a grassy riverbank which leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. You cross a suspension bridge, and climb the short distance to the stone kani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m.).

 

Day 07: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.):
It takes about five and half hours. As you cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu. The Marsyangdi River 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 village. 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 district headquarters for the Manang district.

 

Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.):
It takes about five hours. With Lamjung Himal (6893m) dazzling 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 wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. You now trek 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 . 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.

 

Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.):
It takes about five and half 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 Humde (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 Braga 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.

 

Day 10: Rest day at Manang:
Today, you hang around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes an interesting and educational visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one.

 

Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.):
It takes about three hours, 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.

 

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Chulu west base camp.

 

Day 13: Rest in Base Camp for acclimatization.

 

Day 14: Trek from base camp to Chulu west high camp.

 

Day 15: Trek from Chulu Base Camp to Chulu east High Camp (4955m.) & plan the climbing route.

 

Day 16: Summit the Chulu West Peak and return base camp.

 

Day 17: Spare day in case of bad weather.

 

Day 18: Trek from Chulu West High camp to Thorong Phedi (3560m.).

 

Day 19: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass:
It takes about eight hours. Today, you start early for your crossing of Thorung La (5416m.). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, you reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before you. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple.

 

Day 20: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2895 m.):
It takes about three and half 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.

 

Day 21: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2650m.):
It takes about five and half hours. Now, you begin the flat path along the bank of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet up to Marpha. Marpha is a big village enriched with a Buddhist Monastery in between the village which has its own cultural importance. It is rich in cultivating apples. The apple brandy available there is famous among the local people and travelers.

 

Day 22: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara:
Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. It takes around 20 minute and check into hotel. When you will be refresh after explore a day around Pokhara city.

 

Day 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathamndu and transfer to the hotel

 

Day 24: Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.



Cost Include(s)

1. Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
2. Standard twin sharing accommodation in star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
3. Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private car / van / bus.
4. Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
5. All your standard meals as per itinerary during the trek and climbing. Such as breakfast, lunch and dinners).
6. All hot drinks as per itinerary such as tea, coffee (3 times a day) during the trek.
7. Tea Houses / Lodges, Guesthouses and Tented accommodation during the trek & Climbing.
8. A government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek and climb.
9. The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
10. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all staff.
11. Annapurna Conservation Area project entry fee
12. Island Peak Permit fees.
13. Garbage Deposit Fee.
14. General Climbing equipment such as Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar etc.
15. Down jacket, 4 seasonal sleeping bags by Mosaic Adventure (which needs to be returned after the trek.)
16. Ecological treks duffel/kit bag, exclusive medical kit bag and T-shirt (yours to keep).
17. Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
18. Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
19. Travel & Rescue arrangements.
20. All our government taxes.
21. Official expense.

 

Cost Exclude(s)

1. Lunch and dinner whilst in cities.
2. Travel & rescue insurance (compulsory).
3. Excess baggage charges.
4. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry & hot shower.
5. Personal trekking and mountaineering gears.
6. Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected).
7. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
8. Nepal entry visa, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at TIA in Kathmandu.

(US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. You will also require 2 passport size photos.)