Chulu West Peak Climbing
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1 350m).
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will receive you there and transfer you to the hotel. In the evening, we will have a short orientation meeting about the trip information and we will let you see your guide and porter or the climbing leader. At the same time, you are expected to settle all dues amount and also be with passport, travel insurance and 2 passport size photographs.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation
This sightseeing tour commences after breakfast at around 7:00 hours in the morning. You will have lunch during the tour in the afternoon. So, you have better have some money, Nepali currency is expected. For the whole day You will be exploring Kathmandu valley, a valley of temples, major historical cultural heritages like Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath which are enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The tour ends at around 3 pm and after preparation for treks-Overnight in the Hotel. in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Beshisahar
After Breakfast, Our trekking guide will come to the hotel at 07:00 hrs to pick you with private transport to leave for Besi Shahar (185km) and will take us about 6 hours. Along the journey you will witness some spectacular scenery of White Mountains, green hills, rivers and hamlets. We stayed overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 04: Drive Besisahar To Tall (1700m).
We take Local jeep to drive up to Tal. The newly built road allows us to drive by Local jeep. However, the conditions of the road are not good as Besisahar. We can see wonderful views of waterfalls, villages, rivers and Marshyangdi Valley along the way to Tal. Around 5-6 hours drive and overnight at a Lodge.
Day 05: Tall to Bagarchap (2080m)
We will pass the village of Tall at 1700mtrs. which lies at the foot of a large waterfall. The trail crosses a broad, flat valley that was once a lake (Tal means lake) after which we will cross the Marsyangdi by a 60mtrs long suspension bridge. The trail will climb up from a second suspension bridge to a stone kani (an arch over the trail) which marks the entrance to Dharapani at 1900mtrs. All old villages from here to Kagbeni have these arches and they become more elaborate and picturesque as the Tibetan influence becomes stronger. The trail slowly climbs from here on through a forest of blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple and Oak to Bagarchhap. This is the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture: closely spaced stone houses, with flat roofs piled high with firewood. Around 5-6 hours walk.
Day 06: Bagarchap to Chame (2 670m).
We will first follow the south bank of the river climbing to Syal Khola (the river of jackals) at 2210 meter, after which we will cross the river over a cement bridge near a spectacular waterfall. The route crosses several landslides as it works its way uphill through a walnut tree forest and aside apple orchards until we arrive at Chame. At the entrance of the village is a long wall with many prayer wheels. Throughout the day there are nice views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7525m) Around 5-6 hours walk.
Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3 250m).
We will first pass the older part of Chame and climb up to Talekhu at 2850mtrs. and continue with a long pleasant and mostly level walk through the forest to Brathang, which lies at 2950mtrs. After the trail rounds a bend here we will see the first view of the dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curved slab of rock rising more than 1500 meter from the river. We will cross back to the south bank of the Marsyangdi on a suspension bridge at 3070mtrs. and then make a long gentle climb over a ridge through blue pine forests. After this the trek will be reasonably level as it heads to the upper part of Manang valley to Pisang and the upper portion of the Manang district. Around 4 - 5 hours walk.
Day 08: Pisang to Manang (3 540m).
Our treks will slowly climb up to the Tibetan-style village of Bhraka (3 480m). following the valley floor. At Bhraka we will see houses stacked one atop the other, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbour’s rooftop. The Monastery, perched on a high crag overlooking the village, is the largest in the district and has an outstanding display of statues. We then continue through a very arid countryside, dominated by weird cliffs of yellow rock, eroded into dramatic pillars alongside the trail to reach today’s destination, the village of Manang, where the shops are surprisingly well stocked with all the things you might want to refuel on Around 6 -7 hours walk.
Day 09: Manang- Acclimatization
We stay in Manang where we can do a short hike to ascend slightly higher to for instance Khangsar, which is a 200 meter ascend. It is important to have a relatively restful day today, to allow your body to acclimatize to the higher altitudes and thinning air. It also gives us the possibility to wash some of our clothing.
Day 10: Manang to Leder (4 200m).
From Manang, we continue through alpine landscapes with high altitude vegetation and forests. A gradual ascent takes us to Yak Kharka and then to our camp today's camp. Our today's camp area is most used as the alpine pasture by the local people. Around 4 hours walk.
Day 11: Leder to Chulu West Base Camp (4 950m).
oday, we continue our trekking from Leder to Chulu West Base Camp. From the Base Camp, we can enjoy the views of Annapurna Himalayas. We may also like to discover the surrounding areas. At this point, we will set up our camp for overnight stay. Around 4 -5 hours walk.
Day 12: Acclimatization; At Chulu West Base Camp (Climbing Training)
Today is our acclimatization day for a successful summit. Our Sherpa Climbing guide will give you the instruction about the route, safety precaution and necessary training for climbing. Overnight tented Camp;
Day 13: Chulu West Base Camp to High Camp (5 500m).
From the Chulu Base Camp, we continue hiking towards high Camp. The route is not that technical. But it would be better to remember that we are climbing on high altitudes. At this juncture we relish the magnificent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains including Manaslu, Gangapurna and Lamjung Himal. Around 4 -5 hours Climb.
Day 14: Climb Chulu Camp I (5750m).
From the Chulu high Camp, we continue hiking towards Camp I. The route is not that technical. But it would be better to remember that we are climbing on high altitudes. At this juncture we relish the magnificent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains including Manaslu, Gangapurna and Lamjung Himal. Around 4 hours Climb.
Day 15: Summit Chulu West (6 420m). And Back decent to Chulu West Base
It is our summit day, and it is going to be a long day. Therefore, we would wake up much earlier today. Each moment we have to work hard through the icy high-altitude trail but the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are so tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. After summiting, we return back to Base Camp.Around 8 - 9hours decent.
Day 16: Base Camp to Thorong Phedi (4450m).
From Base Camp, our return path descends all the way to Leder. While descending, we enjoy the panoramic views of the Annapurnas and other peaks. From Ledar we will continue to climb along the east bank of the Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi, a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs at 4,450 meter. Blue sheep and even snow leopards can be sometimes seen in this valley. High in the skies above us we can see lammergeiers and Himalayan griffons circling around (3-4 hrs). We made our overnight stay at Thorong Phedi and celebrated the summit of Chulu West Peak Climbing.
Day 17: Thorong Phedi/Thorong La Pass (5 416m). toMuktinath (3 800m).
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at maybe 04:00 hours early in morning to reach the pass by 09:00/10:00 hours at the latest, as otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416m so can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. Local people have used this trail for hundreds of years to bring herds of sheep and yaks in and out of Manang. Thus the trail, while often steep, is well defined and easy to follow. Snow can block the pass at any time of the year if there has been an unseasonable storm. It takes from four to six hours from Thorung Phedi to the pass, but the many false summits mean the climb seems to go on forever.
At the Thorung La pass, with its traditional prayer flags and stone cairn we will have outstanding views. You can see the Annapunas, Gangapurna and Khatung Kang, a heavily glaciated Peak. Amazingly there is a tea shop here on top of the Thorong La pass 5416mtrs. From here we start a long descent of about 1 600mtrs. with outstanding views of Dhaulagiri mountain standing alone in the distance across the valley. After the trail becomes less steep we will enter grassy fields and cross meadows to our final destination of Muktinath, which means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a sacred pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 water spots around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple and this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural Gas underground of Monastery. Around 8 -9 hours walk.
Day 18: From Muktinath Drive to Jomsom (2 720m).
We now begin the descent down the dramatic Valley of the Kali Gandaki, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom and are rewarded with tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and it is here we will spend the final night of our trek. Around 2 - 3 hours drive slowly.
Day 19: Jomsom to Pokhara (8 20m).
After breakfast, we will fly to Pokhara (One of the best flights for real mountain scenery, just 20 min flight) then we will drive to Hotel in Pokhara by Private Vehicles. After sometime, Sightseeing tour of Devi’s fall, Gupteshwor Cave, Bats Cave, Mahendra cave, Seti River Gorge, Bindhyabasini temple. This is about 2-3 hours short tour in Pokhara city. Overnight Stay at Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 20: Fly/Drive From Pokhara to Kathmandu (1 350m).
Drive to Sarangkot hill for sunrise tour and fly back to Kathmandu. Free in afternoon for Last Minute shopping or remaining day for Relax at hotel.
Day 21: Departure
Morning free for last Minute shopping or time as your own. Our driver and airport representative drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home. We ensure that you leave Kathmandu with Cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime.
Of the two Chulu (east and west) Chulu west is the highest peak. The first ascent took place in 1952 by a Japanese expedition. It is difficult to differentiate the two Chulu because there are several peaks in the Chulu massif and the chain of Damodar himal which are not noted on the Nepalese maps. However, the Chulu has four peaks, two in the east and two in the west. Chulu west can also be called central Chulu.
The ascent of Chulu West is done from the base camp in the valley north of Manang. The track leads to the Thorong la pass (5416m) from where you have a beautiful view of the Himalayan peaks. From the base camp, the path follows a steep, scree ridge to a pass at 4900m. Then, you follow a snow-covered slope for 200m. The ascent continues on a rocky ridge northwest of Chulu at 5450m. An altitude camp can be placed on a snow plateau at 5550m. A fixed rope is placed to reach the summit at 6250m via an aerial ridge.