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Chulu West Peak Climbing - 27 days
Chulu West Peak Climbing

Of the two Chulus (East and West), Chulu West is the higher peak. It was first ascended in 1952 by a Japanese Expedition. The Base Camp of this peak is situated in a small valley north of Manang, off the main trail to the Thorang La. There is a controversy regarding the name and location of the Chulu peaks. There are several peaks close by and are also a part of Chulu massif but are not indicated in the map. Thus it is difficult to differentiate between the two Chulus. However, the Chulu group comprises of four peaks: two in the east and two in the west. Chulu West may also be called Chulu Central. There is no technical difficulty in ascending this peak but progress can be slow as the slopes are vulnerable to avalanches in certain conditions.

This trip sets out from Beshi Sahar, the most famous trek annapurna round trek starting point. From Beshi Sahar the trail leads up slowly to wards Manang valley, one of the highest valleys of the world situated at an altitude of 5000m. 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 a side for the ascent of this peak and you head to Thorong-La and follow the same route come back to Katmandu as in the "Annapurna Circuit Trek".

The view of entire slope of Annapurna II, IV, III, Gangapurna, Annapurna I, is outstanding from the top of Chulu West.

Trip Facts

Country: Nepal

Region: Annapurna Dhaulagiri

Activities: Peak Climbing

Duration: 27 Days

Max. Altitude: 6419 m.

Difficulty:

Group Size: 2-12

Season: April - Jun , Sept - Nov

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Day 01 - Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02 - Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
Day 03 - Drive to Beshisahar (823 m.) and trek to Khudi (790 m.)
Day 04 - Khudi to Bahundanda (1305 m.)
Day 05 - Trek to Chyamje (1410 m.) via Jagat (1290 m.)
Day 06 - Chyamje to Dharapani (1920 m.)
Day 07 - Dharapani to Chame (2630 m.)
Day 08 - Chame to Pisang (3100 m.)
Day 09 - Pisang to Manang (3520 m.)
Day 10 - Rest day in Manang (3520 m.)
Day 11 - Manang to Yak Kharka (4350 m.)
Day 12 - Yak Kharka to Chulu West Base Camp (4700 m.)
Day 13 - Chulu West Base Camp to Chulu West High Camp (5100 m.)
Day 14 - Chulu West High Camp to Climb Camp I (5400 m)
Day 15 - Summit Chulu West (6419 meters) and trek down to Letder (4250 m.)
Day 16 - Letdar to Thorong Phedi (4500 m.)
Day 17 - Cross Thorong La (5416 m.) and trek to Muktinath (3800 m.)
Day 18 - Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 m.)
Day 19 - Trek to Kalopani(2530 m.) or Fly out from Jomsom.
Day 20 - Kalopani to Tatopani (1160 m.)
Day 21 - Tatopani to Ghorepani (2775 m.)
Day 22 - Ghorepani -Hike to Poon Hill (3210 m.)-trek to Tadapani (2590 m.)
Day 23 - Tadapani- Ghandrung (1940 m) - Landrung (1640 m.)
Day 24 - Trek to Nayapul (960 m.) and drive to Pokhara (810 m.)
Day 25 - Pokhara City Sightseeing
Day 26 - Pokhara-Kathmandu
Day 27 - Departure Day
Day 01 - Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive to Kathmandu, an exciting and memorable experience with the panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan range greets your sight.

Independent Himalayan Adventure's Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.

Day 02 - Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley

Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley.

We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip. Final checking of your climbing equipments.

Day 03 - Drive to Beshisahar (823 m.) and trek to Khudi (790 m.)

We drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the rough road by the Marshyangdi River to Beshisahar [823m] approximately 6 to 7 hours drive.
We start our first day's short trek from Beshisahar, turning right at the canal on the outskirts of the village and descending the narrow path to the Pam Khola. We then cross the stream and climb to the village of Denauti with its striking red-walled houses. From here we descend to the banks of the Marshyangdi Khola and then follow the trail through rice paddies and subtropical forests to the Gurungs village of Khudi, our first night stop.

Day 04 - Khudi to Bahundanda (1305 m.)

Leaving Khudi we pass a school and a forest nursery as the trail continues northwards up the Marshyangdi Valley. After crossing a suspension bridge at Bhulbule, the trail passes a cascading waterfall and as we traverse the rice terraces the views of Manaslu are magnificent. Following a gentle incline we come to the village of Ngadi with its shops and teahouses. From here, the trail continues to ascend towards Bahundanda.
Bahundanda literally means "hill of the Brahmins" and it is the most northerly Brahmin settlement in the Marshyangdi Valley. It is situated on a long ridge and we camp in terraced fields near the village.

Day 05 - Trek to Chyamje (1410 m.) via Jagat (1290 m.)

A steep trail descends from Bahundanda, through rice terraces, 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, and 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 into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley. We continue our descends until it almost reaches the river and then begins to climb again through a forest. The sheer cliff on the opposite bank plunges downward but this side is also steep. When the climb ends, we follow a level track to Chyamje, which is marked by a magnificent waterfall on the opposite bank

Day 06 - Chyamje to Dharapani (1920 m.)

From the Chyamche, after descending to the river and crossing a suspension bridge, we begin a climb to Sattale on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley.
We 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, we see the level, plain of Tal before us. Though it is enclosed by cliffs, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just traveled on. We 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, there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. We cross a suspension bridge, and climb the short distance to the stone kani marking the entrance to Dharapani.

Day 07 - Dharapani to Chame (2630 m.)

After breakfast trekking trail leads you 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 a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continue climb through forests of pine and oak forest up to Timang village, lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal. The trail goes through flat level until you reach, is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district.

Day 08 - Chame to Pisang (3100 m.)

Early morning start trek after breakfast.With Lamjung Himal [6893m] sparkling in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We 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 we follow the path to Bratang. 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 us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. We 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 us. We can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak to the north-east. Continuing on, we come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.

Day 09 - Pisang to Manang (3520 m.)

Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak. Descending past Manang's airstrip at Hongde, we come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above us. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525 meters) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi 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, we 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 us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455 meters) and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7134 meters)
After a short steep climb we reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region.

Day 10 - Rest day in Manang (3520 m.)

Rest day at Manang, excursion around the Manang is wonderful. Climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley is a way to feel Mountains proximity. A visit of Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) - aid post in the village, makes an interesting and educational excursion. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a special memorable.

Day 11 - Manang to Yak Kharka (4350 m.)

After breakfast, trekking up to Yak Kharka takes about three and half hours. The trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960 m.) village. En route, you can see panoramic views sparkling on the day light.

Day 12 - Yak Kharka to Chulu West Base Camp (4700 m.)

Today our trekking trail leads to Chulu West Base Camp (4700 m.). Path ascends the rocky and dry land all the way. The panoramic views of Annapurna range compensate for the trekking through bare land.

Day 13 - Chulu West Base Camp to Chulu West High Camp (5100 m.)

Trekking trail leads to trekkers up to Chulu West High Camp (around 5100 meters). Short and exciting trekking path hike steep up all the way. En route you can enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna range and Chhulu West.

Day 14 - Chulu West High Camp to Climb Camp I (5400 m)

Climb up to CAMP I. This is the first day has to use Crampon, Ice Axe and rope but not complete technically. This day is special day and as prepare day to attempt Chulu WEst Peak next day.

Day 15 - Summit Chulu West (6419 meters) and trek down to Letder (4250 m.)

Very early in the morning start to climb CHULU WEST PEAK and attempt Peak Summit. This under full job has to complete before SUN heat. Excursion and Photos snapped on and from the top of CHULU WEST return back to Chulu West High Camp. Now trekking trail leads to Leder (4250 m.) which takes about four hours from Chulu West High Camp. Path descends all the way to Chulu Leder. Panorama is quite accompanied by the views of Annapurna range and Chulu Wes.
Celebrate and enjoy with the success of Climbing.

Day 16 - Letdar to Thorong Phedi (4500 m.)

Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable screen slope and then descend to Thorong Phedi.

Day 17 - Cross Thorong La (5416 m.) and trek to Muktinath (3800 m.)

An early start for our crossing of Thorong La (5416 meters). 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 we 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 us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600 meters 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 18 - Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 m.)

Descend gradually through fields and poplar groves, then into the Kali Gandaki river valley. Follow the valley southwards to Jomsom. The Kali Gandaki valley here is called the Thak Khola.
The dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through windswept valley in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. The driving path up to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Typical Habitation. People living here from the ethnic group the Thakalis, the main inhabitants of this area follow the Tibetan life style and culture.

Day 19 - Trek to Kalopani(2530 m.) or Fly out from Jomsom.

As you have got 2 choices on this trip. Either you can fly out from Jomsom (seats are tight, better to book in early from our office) or continue and enjoy your trek down to Kalopani.

Descend to Marpha, a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields. Continue down the Kali Gandaki reaching the old Thakali trading centre of Tukuche. As the trail continues, the Himalayan rainshadow end and open spaces make way for coniferous forest and Kalopani (2560 meters) From here there are spectacular 360 degree views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas high above.

Day 20 - Kalopani to Tatopani (1160 m.)

Our trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. We enter the steepest and narrowest part of the gorge shortly after Ghasa and at the hamlet of Rupse a magnificent waterfall tumbles down beside the trail. Continuing on we come to Dana, a Magar village from where the large peak of Annapurna South can be seen across the valley. The trail then descends to Tatopani where apple pie awaits and we can bathe in hot springs at the side of the river.

Day 21 - Tatopani to Ghorepani (2775 m.)

A short distance downstream from Tatopani, we cross the river on a large suspension bridge and leave the Kali Gandaki behind. After passing through the villages of Shikha and Chitre, we begin to climb through the forest to Deurali, a 2834m pass from which there are excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. Just 10 minutes beyond the pass is the village of Ghorepani.
Ghorepani-Ghode+pani literally means "horse water" and is a welcome watering spot for the teams of mules which ply the route between Pokhara and Jomsom.

Day 22 - Ghorepani -Hike to Poon Hill (3210 m.)-trek to Tadapani (2590 m.)

Early morning Hike to Poon Hill (3210 m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Tukuche Peak (6920 m), Nilgiri (6940 m), Varaha Shikhar (7847 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Annapurna III (7855 m), Machhapuchhre (6993 m), Annapurna IV (7525 m), Annapurna II (7937 m), Lamjung Himal (6931 m) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast, you again follow gradual descent path through the forests of rhododendron and oak forest. After cross DURALI trail terns steeply descanting and continue all the way up to Tandapani (altitude of 2590 meters).

Day 23 - Tadapani- Ghandrung (1940 m) - Landrung (1640 m.)

After breakfast at Tadapani, it is very gentle trek by descending all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forest. Throughout the trekking you could hear the chirping of the birds around of you. This trail is the popular destination for birdwatchers. We could reach Ghandrung (1940 meters) for Lunch.
Ghandrung is a really nice Gurungs Village. Most of houses are Ex Gurkhas. From Ghandrung you can trek down to Modi Khola and from the Khola trek to Landrung (1640 meters)

Day 24 - Trek to Nayapul (960 m.) and drive to Pokhara (810 m.)

After breakfast, start to trek and path leads gentle descending and some time zigzag up to Syauli Bazar. Rest of the Path flows the bank of MODI KHOLA up to BIRETHANTI and NAYAPUL. We meet our vehicle at Nayapul and drives to Pokhara.

Day 25 - Pokhara City Sightseeing

You can enjoy your trip with Pokhara valley sightseeing including; Bindyabasani temple, Seti Gorge, Regional Museum, International mountain museum, Devis fall, Gupteshwar cave.

Day 26 - Pokhara-Kathmandu

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist 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.

Day 27 - Departure Day

The trip ends.
our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

or if you have another joint program, proceeds for further program.>

Price List
  • Per person US$ 2210 (2 Persons in group)
  • Per person US$ 2090 (4 Persons in group)
  • Per person US$ 1990 (7+ Persons in group)
  • Garbage deposit : US$ 250 (cost per group, refundable after submit garbage clearance letter)
  • Climbing Sherpa Fee/Allowance : US$ 300 per climbing Sherpa.
Cost

Cost Includes :
  • Local transportation (Airport-Hotel-Airport)
  • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu bed & breakfast basis
  • 2 nights hotel in Pokhara bed & breakfast basis
  • Chulu West Peak permit fee.
  • Kathmandu to Beshisahar, Pokhara to Kathmandu Bus Transportation.
  • Insurance of Nepalese staffs
  • Necessary trekking and basecamp equipments
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner on trekking and into base camp
  • Teahouse Lodge during the trek in best available hotel
  • Base camp tents and equipments
  • Climbing guide/base camp guide, cook, kitchen-spare
  • Allowance and wages of Nepalese staffs
  • Our service charge
  • Farewell Dinner
Cost Excludes:
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
  • Extra nights Accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Trekking/climbing sleeping bag
  • Personal expenses, Bar bills & beverage
  • Departures taxes
  • Tips for Guide/Sherpa and porters
  • Emergency medical and rescue/evacuation insurance
  • Any extra cost arose due to natural calamities, political disturbance and delay arrival or departure etc.

 

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Dear Chandra,
I would like to thank You for preparing our himalayan aventure for us in october 2009. All was great organizated. Begining with picking up from the airport, taking us to hotel, giving us useful tips, managing all the necessary permits. Mountain Sherpa which was waiting for us in Chukung was our good guide. He helped us to cross Amphu Laptse saddle so the crossing was no more dangerous for us. He showed us the right way to Mera peak so the ascend was for us more comfortable. So Chandra thank You, that we could enjoy our adventure with no worries. And we hope that it was not our last visit in Nepal.

 Zdenek, George and Lucas

 from Czech Republic

 

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