Chulu East (6,584m) is situated high above the Manang valley with breathtaking views across to the Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho peak and Manaslu. The climb is combined with the classic trek around the Annapurna massif, ascending the Marshyangdi valley and crossing the Thorong La, before descending the Kali Gandaki valley to Pokhara. The climb is technically straightforward and you should be familiar with the use of your equipment, crampons, harness, ice axe, tying knots and handling climbing ropes. Most of the climbing will be involved walking roped together, including the glacial crossings. You should be very fit and have good experience of climbing.
The North-East ridge is considered the normal route to climb this peak from a Base Camp on the moraine at 5334m. Most climbers make it to the top and back from Base Camp in one long day although some have, in the past, established a higher camp some where below the peak. Another subsidiary peak called Chulu Far East (6059m) may also be attempted from this approach.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar (760m.) and it takes about seven hours and trek to Khudi (790m) takes about three hours.You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow paved road along the Marshyangdi River to Beshisahar (823m.). It takes almost seven hours. Beshishahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. From here, you can see some of mountain peaks, natural scenery surrounding the valley.
Day 02: Trek from Khudi to Bahundanda (1310m) which it takes about four hours.
Day 03: Trek from Bahundanda to Tal (1700 m) which takes about six hours.
Day 04: Trek from Tal to Bagarchap (2160m) which it takes about six hours.
Day 05: Trek from Bagarchap to Chame (2670m) which takes about seven hours.
We will pass through an oak and pine forest with some wonderful faunas and floras. Eventually, we can arrive at Chame (2675m) where there are many shops and hotels. We will stay overnight in Chame.
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m) which it takes about six hours.
From Chame, we head to Pisang today viewing the splendid Lamjung Himal. We will cross the longest suspension bridge over Marshyandi River. After walking for quite a few hours passing through an agricultural area, we arrive at Taleku ( 2775 m). Then, we pass through a thick forested area while viewing some stunning view of gigantic peaks and then finally reach Pisang (3300m).
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Yak Kharka (4210m) which takes about six hours.
Day 08: Trek from Yak Kharka to Chulu East Base Camp (5140m) which it takes about five hours.
We move along the trail through vertical pastures. Then, we reach the Chulu East base camp. Here we can witness fantastic views of Annapurna range that extends as far as our eyes can see. We then set our camp here for overnight stay.
Day 09: Rest day at Chulu East Base Camp to explore the surrounding
We have a day off today for proper acclimatization. This lets us prepare and arrange our trekking gear. Overnight stay at a tented camp in Chulu East base camp.
Day 10: Ascend High Camp of Chulu East (5600m).
We ascend to the high camp. As we continue climbing, more than a few peaks come to our view. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Rest at High Camp
Day 12: Summit Chulu East and return the Base Camp which takes about seven hours.
After we climb to the summit of Chulu East, we will descend down the vertical slopes to the high camp the same day. After relaxing for some time, we track back to the base camp. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Trek from Chulu East Base Camp to Manang (3540m) which it takes about five hours.
Day 14: Rest day at Manang and hang in and 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 ice-fall 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 15: Trek from Manang to Ledar (4200m) which takes about four hours.
Day 16: Trek from Ledar to Thorung Phedi (4450m) which it takes about six hours.
Day 17: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass and it takes about seven hours. It demands an early start for the 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. The views here 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 1600 m but it is compensated by 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 18: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800 m.) and 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 19: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2710m.) which takes about three and a half hours. 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 headquarters 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. Here you stay overnight at hotel.
Day 20: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 35 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 21: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.
Our airport representative will drop you to the airport and you will depart from Nepal.
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