Chulu West Peak

Trip Overview

There is controversy regarding the name and location of the Chulu peaks. There are several peaks forming part of Chulu massif but these are not always indicated on maps. It is therefore 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. It was first climbed in 1952 by a Japanese Expedition. 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 4800 m. From there we climb steep, rocky ground to a high camp at about 5300 m. 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.

Ascent of Chulu West and Chulu Central are best made from a base camp in a small valley north of Manang situated off the main trail to Thorong La pass 5416 m. Indeed some of the best views of this peak can be had from that pass.

Climb the rock band with some difficulty to the north-west shoulder of Chulu west 5450 meters/17,880 feets, where another camp can be established or alter-native a camp can be placed on a snow plateau above 5,530 meters/18,143 feets. On the first ascent and several subsequent ascents rope was fixed on the rock band. From the plateau continue up the progressively narrowing ridge to the summit 6,250 meters /20,505 feets. Descend by the some route.

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu & transfer hotel

You will be met by our representative at the airport and taken to the hotel where you can rest and relax for the day. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Preparation for permit & trekking

On the second day, we will prepare for the trek and get our permits.

Day 03: From Kathmandu drive to Besi Sahar(760 m )

We will drive on Pokhara highway all the way to reach Besisahar, the headquarters of Lamjung district . It will take about 6 hours to get there.

Day 04: Besi Sahar – Nyagdi

Trek beside the Marsyandi river and view the natural beauty all around you.

Day 05:Nyagdi -Jagat

Discover many villages along the way. You will find that the majority of inhabitants here are the Gurungs.

Day 06:Jagat -Dharapani(1900 m)

Find splendid views of mountains. See magnificent views of waterfalls and springs. Traverse many bridges with high elevation. Overnight stay at Dharapani.

Day 07: Dharapani -Chame(2675 m)

From Dharapani, it takes around 5 to 6 hours to reach Chame. We will pass through the oak and pine forest along with some wonderful faunas and floras.  Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 08: Chame -Pisang Village(3300 m)

We head to Pisang while viewing the majestic Langtang Himal. On the way, we need to cross a a bridge suspended over the Marshyandi river. Further, we walk through thick forests and get to view huge peaks before finally reaching Pisang. Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 09: Pisang – Manang

Day 10: Rest in Manang  to acclimatize

We can go around Manang and vistit the monastery there. Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 11: Manang – Chulu west Base Camp

We carry on trekking to the Yak kharka from Manang. We can see wonderful view of tall peaks while trekking. We trek around 4-5 hours today to arrive at Yak Kharka, situated at the height of 4200 m. It will take around 4 to 5 hours for us to arrive at Chulu West Base Camp from Leder.
Day 12: Chulu west high camp

We will continue to ascend to the high camp. Expect to see stunning view of peaks. We will spend the night at the high camp.

Day 13: High camp – Summit and back BC

We will begin our summit climb early in the morning. It takes around 9 -10 hours to reach our destination. The summit is at 6419 m. After reaching the summit, we return to the base camp to stay overnight.

Day 14: Base Camp – Thorung Base camp

We move down t o Leder where we can observe magnificent scenery of Annapurna. We have to trek for about 5 to 6 hours downhill. Then, we move towards Thorung Phedi which is located at an altitude of 4450 m. We will walk for 3-4 hours to reach Thorung High Camp.

Day 15: Base Camp – Thorung Pass – Muktinath

After passing the Thorung la pass, we walk towards Muktinath. This is one of the most holy sites for Hindus. Sanctified water flows from the 108 taps nearby the Vishnu temple. Muktinath is also home to many tribal Tibetans and Buddhists, who visit the temple. You can also see eternal fire burning by natural gas underground. Overnight stay in Muktinath.

Day 16: Muktinath – Jomsom

It takes around 5 hours to reach Jomsom (2720m.) from Muktinath (3800m.). You start the trek moving down the Kali Gandaki ravine. After passing Jharkot and Khingar settlements, you down a path to Kagbeni, a prehistoric village renowned for Tibetan art. The trail passes all the way through the shore of Kali Gandaki and comes across the Eklebhatti.  In Jomsom, you can enjoy the splendid views of Nilgiri, Tilicho peaks. Overnight at stay in Jomsom.

Day 17: Jomsom – Kalopani

Day 18: Kalopani – Tatopani

Day 19: Tatopani – Ghorepani

Day 20: Ghorepani – Tirkhedunga(1535 m)

Day 21: Tirkhedunga – Birethati, Nayapul & drive to Pokhara

We drive back to Pokhara after our long return trek.

Day 22: Drive to Kathmandu

On arrival at Kathmandu you will be transfered to the hotel. There you can relax and recuperate. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 23: Leisure day in Kathmandu

You are free to explore Kathmandu. Go shopping in Thamel or visit any popular sites you might have missed.

Day 24: Final Departures.

You will be driven to the International Airport for final departure by flight.

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration:24 Days
  • Trip Grading: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 6419 m
  • Group Size: 2-10pax

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