Chulu west and Chulu central are linked with a base camp which lies in a small valley north of Manang and subsequently Chulu west climbing route joins with the main trail to Throng La. From this pass, you will notice some of the breathtaking views of peaks. You should be little careful while climbing the peak, particularly from Scree to Col. At the north of the Col, You will notice the slope of the snow up to 200m to a rock band at 5100m. After crossing a snow pleatue 5530m, it is difficult to climb from rock band to 5450m. Then we follow the narrow ridge to Chulu west summit.
We will have to cross the snow pleatue and then traverse onto the Chulu glacier basin, lies at the east of the ridge, while climbing Chulu central. Then we climb up to the broad glacier facing many obstacles. This area is not difficult technically, however. Under certain condition, this area is prone to sudden avalanche. We keep on walking towards the central summit on a steeping snow until we get the crest of the ridge of the summit. This trail leads us towards a small encumber and finally at 20 meter pinnacle.
Why Climbing Chulu West with Annapurna Foothills Treks
Experience: Annapurna Foothills Treks has the revered team of outstanding mountaineers, instructors and cultural enthusiast. Climbing and trekking in the Himalayan region requires staffs with expertise in the related field. The passionate staffs are also equally crucial to add the profound richness in the expedition. We feel proud to say that our staffs are passionate to their chosen profession. Thus, our expertise in this region is simply unsurpassed. We have been working in this field for the last four years now. Since then, we are running expeditions consistently every year. We are quite familiar with the region, combined with our expertise and knowledge.
Why Sherpas climber guide? Annapurna Foothills Treks always puts safety in high priority. Our guides are experienced climber and mountaineering license holder.
If the climbing trek is headed by a climbing guide, we use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Nepali guides help you to fix the rope. However, we also teach the climbers how to fix the rope for glacier travel or to set up a belay using climbing rope. The guide will do it for demonstration only.
You should acknowledge your personal limits while climbing without guide. After all, this is a Himalayan region, and peaks are straightforward. To be safe, you don’t need shop’s worth of Karabiners, ice-screw, snow stakes and rock racks- just a partner, rope, few bits of protection, experience using this gear, good weather and overriding urge to die of senility.
The routes mentioned below cover the least difficult way up some of the main trekking peaks in the region. Under good condition, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateur have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without more danger. Ask the trekking company if all staffs are insured for their appropriate roles. Many cut corners here.
Sherpa Staffs: The trek will be supported by the experienced team of Sherpa. We are working with the team for many years. And the relationship we developed among us for so many years makes wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will also be carried by the porters. This will give you enough time to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.
Logistics: We have chosen the Chulu west peak as a part of the expedition because of the sheer beauty and location of the peak in the Buddhist influence region. You will fully enjoy the world of mountains and we hope that your travel will be unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Nevertheless, Annapurna Foothills treks offers most comprehensive program available, utilizing a distinguished staff of Sherpa, huge 4 season tents and a diverse assortment of quality meals. (Most of the food is flown in from the Kathmandu. Although the local food is a part of our diet, we find a wide variety of food helps keep climbers and trekkers, healthy and strong.)
Facts of Chulu West Peak Climbing
|Destinatin:||Chulu West Peak Climbing|
|Peak Climbing Starts in:||Besi Shar|
|Peak Climbing Ends in:||Jomsom|
|Peak Climbing Duration:||24 Days|
|Activities:||Tours & Sightseeing, Trekking & Walking, Peak Climbing|
|Culture:||Different Community with majority of Sherpa, Tamang, Chhetri, Brahamn & Tibetan.|
|Transportation:||Private vehicle as per itinerary | Kathmandu - Besi Shar & Pokhara - Kathmandu by bus, Jomsom - Pokhara by plane|
|Max. Altitude:||6419m (Chulu West Peak)|
|Best season in Nepal:||Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct & Nov|
|Mode of Trekking:||Camping|
|Group Size:||Min 02 PAX, Max 12 PAX|
|Cost starts:||US$ 1400 - US$ 1900 per person|
Chulu West Peak Climbing
|Days||Day to Day Activities|
|01||Arrival in kathmandu:
Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. As you fly, the panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range greets your sight. After the completion of Visa formalities, you have to come downstairs to collect Luggage and proceed to outside from terminal Building. Please look at your Printed Name and Our Company Signboard Annapurna Foothills Treks & Exp and follow them. Meet our representative and then you will be transferred to hotel. You will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice at the time of check in.
The Managing Director or The Manager of company will meet you in hotel and will brief about the trip. You should clear your dues before we proceed for the trip. You are free to relax or explore around the city in the very first day. We stay overnight at Hotel
|02||Sight seeing Kathmandu
After the breakfast in the morning, our city guide will come to the hotel with vehicles and then we leave hotel to visit Kathmandu Darbar Square, the house of living Goddess Kumari, the ferocious Kal Bhairab, The Red Monkey God and hundreds of erotic carvings. Swayambhunath is the worlds most glorious Buddhist Chaityas.It is said to be 2000 years old.
Boudhanath is a huge Buddhist stupa located about 7 km east of Thamel. It stands on a massive mandala style platform and has features similar to the Swayambhunath, though it is bigger than Swayambhunath in size. It is said that this stupa was built during the 5th Century. Every year, Thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and neighboring countries visit Boudhanath, particularly in winter and Pashupatinath temple. Pashupatinath temple is one of the biggest Hindu temples. We stay overnight at Hotel
|03||Drive Kathmandu to Besi Shar
With high level of physical fitness, adequate acclimatization and good logistic support, we begin our Annapurna trekking. Driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then following the rough route by the Marsyangdi River, we pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields. After 6 hours long drive, we finally reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the capital of Lamjung District. We stay overnight at guesthouse
|04||Besi Sahar to Ngadi. (1011m)
We walk for about 5 hours towards Nadi through narrow tracks, suspension bridges a deep river gorge and Himalayas Mt. Lamjung (22,291Ft.), Manaslu (26,760 Ft) We stay overnight at guesthouse
|05||Ngadi to Jagat (1314m)
Ngadi, here we will have to cross the Ngadi Khola by a long suspension bridge. From here on the trail moves gently upwards to Bahundanda, an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge at Bahundanda 1300m A steep trail descends from Bahundanda, through rice fields, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. Ahead, the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape. We follow the winding mountain path down through Syange 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 we descend to the stone village of Jagat, situated on a shelf, which juts out into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley. We stay overnight at guesthouse.
|06||Jagat to Dharapani [1920m]
The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. We stay overnight at guesthouse
|07||Dharapani To Chame (2675m)
Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) which takes about six hours. As you cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marsyangdi 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. 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 administrative headquarters for the Manang district. We stay overnight at guesthouse
|08||Chame to Pisang (3100M)
Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) which takes about five hours. With Lamjung Himal [6893m] sparkling 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 suspension bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. You now walk 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 before you. 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. We stay overnight at guesthouse
|09||Pisang to Manang (3500m)
Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m.) and it takes about five 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 Hongde (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 Bryaga 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. We stay overnight at guesthouse
|10||Rest day in Manang [3500m]
After reaching Manang, we take a day off for complete rest and adequate acclimatization before crossing the Thorung La. We can spend this day strolling down the river to see the tremendous ice-fall cascading down from the glaciated mountain. We stay overnight at guesthouse
|11||Manang to Yak Kharka [ 4050m]
Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m.) and it takes about three and half 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.n peaks or by simply take in the panoramic beauty of the Annapurna mountain range and the Manang Valley. We stay overnight at guesthouse
|12||Yak Kharka to Base Camp (4,400m)
The real expedition begins after the breakfast. We go towards the base camp with all crew members and then to the northern valley of leader. We walk over the grass line and ultimately we reach at the base camp. We set up our camp there for a overnight stay.
|13||Acclimatization day at base camp
We sort out one day for acclimatization before climbing west Chulu. You are free to explore the surrounding. You can even take climbing practices. Our guard helps you in this regard. He will teach you few methods on climbing techniques and overnight stay.
|14||Base camp to High Camp (4,685m)
In the morning at tented camp, our Sherpa welcome you with the hot bed tea. After tea and breakfast, we have to pack up everything and move towards high camp. As this trail is quite rough, you may feel short breathing. It takes three hours to reach at high camp. Upon arrival at high camp, we set up our camp there.
|15||Move to camp 1 (5,300m)
After reaching at high camp, we continue heading towards the camp 1. We continue walking over the glacier and rocky part. You need to fix the rope sometimes if the ice terrain around the camp. We stay overnight at camp 1.
|16||Summit day and back to camp 1 (6,419m)
Our guide will wake you up in the morning, probably around 2AM. After having breakfast and packing up the gear, guide evaluate the situation and risk to see if it is safe or not. We decide after the evaluation of the guide. If the day is clear, we start climbing the summit. The ridge takes us towards the final snow slope and that is very steep. Our guide fixes the rope and helps to make west Chulu climb a success. On the summit, you have very short time to take few snap shots and looking around. From the top, you can see the wonderful scenes of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Throng peak, Chulu east as well some Tibetan mountain ranges. After the successful climb, we return back to camp 1 and stay the whole night there in camp.
|17||Reserve day for unforeseen condition
This day is sorted out for the unpredictable condition of the bad weather, sickness and other hidden conditions. We keep on continue climbing if the abnormal situation appears. Otherwise, we can stay one more night at Kagbeni village. This village is the entrance gate of Manang.
|18||Base Camp to Thorung Phedi
Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4550m.) which takes about 3 and half hours. Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.
|19||Thorung Phedi –Muktinath
We have an early start today for the crossing of Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp, but as local people have used this trail for hundreds of years, the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. From the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang, which spread out before us, we are presented with a dramatic tableau. The descent to Muktinath is a 1600m trek. But the excellent views of Dhaulagiri, more then makes up for the tiring journey. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple.
Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2670 m.) and it takes about five 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. 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 headquarter 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 Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
|21||Fly from Jomsom –Pokhara
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 30 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
|22||Drive back to Kathmandu: (1345 meters)
Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu . If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.
|23||City Tours in Kathmandu
After breakfast, our city guide reaches in Hotel with Vehicles, then we drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square . Bhaktapur is one of the oldest cities in Kathmandu valley. It is well known as Living Museum . Old brick paved enclave of old Royal palace, Nyathapola Temple , Datatriya temple, exquisite artwork offers a picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal . And Patan is located 7 km away from Kathmandu , this city has many 15th to 17th century, Hindu and Buddhist, monuments built during the Malla dynasty. The most important area with many monuments is the Patan Durbar Square . (Culture program) Over night stay at Hotel.
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight back to home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).
|January:||February: 15th, 28th|
|March: 10 st , 18 th, 29th||April: 7th, 18th, 21st, 28th|
|May: 10th, 17th, 25th||June: 10 st 25th|
|July: 15 th, 26||August: 2nd, 9th, 19th, 27th|
|September: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 28th||October: 6rd, 13th, 20th, 29th|
|November: 8th, 16th, 22nd||December: 1st|
Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation or Delayed, Sick in Trek, and Helicopter rescue in Trek, Cost due to bad weather etc which is out of our control.
The safety and security of clients is a matter of great importance for us. All of our trips are led by qualified professional government license holder guides and they have received adequate training from the government of Nepal. We always carry first aid kits in our trip. Out duty is to work hard for you safety and comfort, no matter where we go. Therefore, we work very honestly to provide you the Himalayan experience that suits your needs. Please feel free to put forward your queries for making your trip more significant and memorable.
|Group Size||1 pax||2-4 pax||5-8 pax||9-12 pax|
|USD (US$) per person||Inquiry||1900||1500||1400|
- Climbing boots, Crampons
- Ice axe, Harness
- Rock pegs, Helmet (crash hat)
- Warm climbing trousers, Long cotton hiking shirts
- Waterproof climbing jacket, Gaiters,
- Sun hat, Light cotton athletic socks and wool,
- climbing socks, Long sleeved cotton/woolen shirts,
- T-shirts, Wool long underwear
- Down high altitude, Sleeping bag
- Down jacket/ trousers/vest, Climbing sunglasses
- Sunscreen, Lip salve
- Lightweight fleece, Fleece/wool for climbing
- Head torch /batteries/bulbs, Lightweight thermal/ insulated ski gloves
Equipments are available in Kathmandu on sale and parts of this equipment can be rented too.
While doing trek in the khumbu region, we will witness the different views of mountains such as Kwangde, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, the "horse saddle" of Kanteiga and of course the summit of Everest itself. We take a short rest for a while and it allows us little time for acclimatization. Here, you prepare yourself to explore the ascent of kalapatthar which is an altitude of 5545m. While climbing down from Lobuche, you will see some glacial moraine until the peak comes into view. Finally, you will be witnessing the north face of Mt. Everest . We return through a different route through Panboche to Lukla. We catch a flight for Kathmandu from Lukla.