Chulu West Peak Climbing

Introduction

Chulu West Peak Climbing | Outdoor Himalayan Treks

Chulu West (6419m) is one of very popular “trekking peaks” of Nepal, which normally are not technically demanding and do not pose serious challenges in their ascent. This is true to Chulu West, a beautiful peak in the Manang Himal that makes the northern border of a small valley north of Manang Village, a popular stopover in the Annapurna Circuit Trek. In fact, what makes Chulu West so popular is also its location along the Annapurna Circuit, near the famed Thorung La Pass. You just add some four days to the legendary Annapurna trek, and you come back not only with the experience of world’s one of the famous trekking trails with one of Nepal’s highest passes, but also with the tantalizing taste of mountaineering.

The approach trek to the base camp of Chulu West follows the Annapurna Circuit trail from Beshihar up naturally and culturally beautiful and variegated Marsyandi valley as far as the village Manang, two days’ ahead of the headquarters of Manang district. Then we make a detour for just three days after a day of acclimatization at the village. We proceed to the base camp the following day, the high camp on the next day and to the summit on the third day. Head to Thorung Phedi after coming down and climb to Thorung La the next day—the combination is simply awesomely adventurous, although demanding efforts. At the end of this trekking-cum-climbing trip, you return with the rewards of cross-adventure experiences, mixed with the superb trek and a short climbing. Whenever you make up your mind to embark on the Annapurna round trek, go for a fling of Chulu climb if you are fond of something special, something out of the ordinary!

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 18 nights and 19 days

Trip Grade: Moderately strenuous

Minimum Altitude: 1300 m, Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: 6419 m, Chulu West Summit

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Beshi Sahar (823m)
Day 4: Trek from Beshi Sahar to Bahundanda (1311m)
Day 5: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m)
Day 6: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2164m)
Day 7: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2713)
Day 8: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3185m)
Day 9: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3351m)
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang
Day 11: Manang to Chulu West Base Camp (4950m)
Day 12: Chulu West Base Camp to High Camp (5600m)
Day 13: High Camp to the Summit and back to the Base Camp
Day 14: Trek from Base Camp to Thorung La High Camp (4700m) or Thorung Phedi (4480m)
Day 15: Trek over Thorung La (5416m) to Muktinath (3802m)
Day 16: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m)
Day 17: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m) and sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 18: Return from Pokhara to Kathmandu (flight or drive)
Day 19: international Departure

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Beshi Sahar (823m)
Day 4: Trek from Beshi Sahar to Bahundanda (1311m)
Day 5: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m)
Day 6: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2164m)
Day 7: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2713)
Day 8: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3185m)
Day 9: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3351m)
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang
Day 11: Manang to Chulu West Base Camp (4950m)
Day 12: Chulu West Base Camp to High Camp (5600m)
Day 13: High Camp to the Summit and back to the Base Camp
Day 14: Trek from Base Camp to Thorung La High Camp (4700m) or Thorung Phedi (4480m)
Day 15: Trek over Thorung La (5416m) to Muktinath (3802m)
Day 16: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m)
Day 17: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m) and sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 18: Return from Pokhara to Kathmandu (flight or drive)
Day 19: international Departure

Guidelines

Health & Fitness Requirement:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:

Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • TIMS Card
  • Climbing Permit
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance

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