Chulu West peak is situated in a small valley and lay north of Manang, away from the key track to the Thorong La. There are two Chulu Peaks- East and West. This package we are discussing here is for the Chulu West, which is more elevated than Chulu East. This peak offers an exciting peak climbing option for those trekkers who are looking for adventurous trip in Annapurna Region. Come and climb the Chulu West Peak (6419m/21,055ft) and make the dream of peak climbing in one of world’s most beautiful regions (the Annapurnas) come true. Many people consider the Chulu West Peak to be one of the best peaks in the Annapurna region. While climbing the peak, we will also be able to enjoy the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna, and other Himalaya peaks. However, climbing the Chulu West Peak requires a good physical condition and a high degree of stamina.
Chulu west peak journey begins from Beshi Sahar after driving for 5-6 hours from Kathmandu and from Beshi Sahar the way goes up slowly to Manang valley, one of the highest valleys in the world located at an elevation of 5000m. And, from Manang valley the path moves north to the Chulu West Base camp. The major highlights of the trek are passing through the Marsyangdi valley, which will mesmerize you with the views of Manaslu, Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, IV and Tilicho peak; exploring Gyaru and Pisang village and visiting Muktinath temple. Go for climbing the Chulu West Peak (6419m.) taking support from Unique Adventure and make the daydream of peak climbing experience at the regions of Annapurna come true. Spring and autumn are perfect seasons to go for climbing Chulu West Peak.
After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Adventure Ascent representative will be there to greet you and take you to the hotel. We will then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. Welcome dinner will be hosted in the evening.
After introduction with the city tour guide at the hotel you will begin your tour to Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa, which are all world heritage sites. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. After the tour you will meet with your trekking/ peak climbing guide, briefing about the trek and checking your trek gears will be done afterwards.
We begin our journey very early today as we need take a long drive to reach our trek starting point. Once we had breakfast we leave Kathmandu at around 7 am and nearly after 8-10 hours’ drive, we reach Syange or Jagat (as per situation) via Besishahar. Enroute, we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. However, the condition of road is not equally fine in all portion of our drive today. The road up to Besishahar is coal-tarred road, whereas after Besishahar the road is dusty and coarse though we can easily overlook it as we watch the outstanding sceneries through the window.
After breakfast, we start our today’s journey in a relax way. We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields and pine forests. After passing the village of Kodo we will be at Dharapani, which is one of the big villages in the Manang valley.
Today, we trek up a few steep forested ridges, along with several landslides on route to the West. On the way to Chame we encounter the most amazing views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). Small hot springs add relief on our long day trek. Chame is the administrative center of the Manang District.
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up mesmerizing Himalayan Peaks surrounds us. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. After walking through these wonderful sites we reach at Pisang.
There are two routes that we can follow today. If we take upper route, which we recommend, i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, the sceneries will be outstanding. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely attract us. We notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today onwards. The cold and dry climate creates a much harsher environment. We pay our memorable visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang.
Today is the scheduled for acclimatization day. We recommended not staying idle but a short walk to higher altitude will be better to get acclimatized with the altitude and Manang is a good place for that, as the next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. We make an easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery. At this point, we also make our short visit to the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness.
From Manang, we continue our journey through alpine landscapes with high altitude vegetation and forests. A gradual ascent takes us to Yak Kharka and then to our today’s camp. Our today’s camp area is most used as the alpine pasture by the local people.
Today, we continue our trekking from Leder to Chulu West Base Camp. From the Base Camp, we can enjoy the beautiful views of Annapurna Himalayas. We may also like to discover the surrounding areas. At this point, we will set up our camp for overnight stay.
From the Chulu Base Camp, we continue hiking towards Camp I. The route is not that technical but it would be better to remember that we are climbing on high altitude. At this point we relish the magnificent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains including Manaslu, Gangapurna and Lamjung Himal.
Today will be the rest and an acclimatization day at Camp I. While we rest at camp I, the climbing leaders and other staff make way to Camp II and supply the equipment for the camp. Later, they return back to Camp I. We may rest and if interested we can walk around Camp I.
Today, we leave camp I and continue climbing the rock band to Camp II. The route is not that technical but we may have to use ropes, crampon, and ice-axe. We set up Camp II at 5,530m /18,143ft. Some visitors also attempt the summit directly from Camp I. However, since the climb is relatively straightforward from the Camp II until the summit, we make an overnight stay at Camp II for proper rest and acclimatization.
It is our summit day, and it is going to be a long day for us. Therefore, we wake up bit early today. Each and every step through the icy high-altitude trail is not easy but the outstanding high Himalayan views are so tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. After summiting, we return back to Camp I.
From Camp we descend all the way to Leder. While marching down, we enjoy the panoramic views of the Annapurna’s and other peaks. We make our overnight stay at Leder and celebrate the successful summit of Chulu West Peak.
In the Mountains, there is no guarantee that we will have a favorable weather and everything goes according to our plan for the summit. So we keep one day extra and this day is used in case we are not able to summit the Chulu West Peak on the scheduled date due to bad weather condition or some other reasons. Sometimes somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing well enough to make the ascent. Since. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day.
Today, we clean up the base camp and head towards Thorong Phedi. It is going to be an easy downhill walk. However, we should keep in mind that we are still in high altitude area.
Today we cross the famous high pass of Thorong La. An early start is important to complete today’s journey. After crossing the pass, we reach Muktinath Temple, which is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. There are waterspouts channeled for the stream running above the temple. We enjoy the tremendous stunning views of Dhaulagiri peak from Muktinath. From Muktinath, we continue back to Jomsom in a local bus.
Once we had our breakfast, we check in to the airport to fly back to Pokhara, a 30-min flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport, we will head towars our hotel. We can utilize rest of the day by discovering the beautiful Pokhara valley. While walking along the bank of Fewa Lake, one of the biggest lake of Nepal, we cannot stop admiring the state of Fish -Tail Mountain reflecting in the lake. We can also take a boat around the Fewa Lake or just can take one hour hike to the World Peace Pagoda.
Soon after breakfast, we make a 200 kilometers road journey back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. It will be better to be on the left side of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. The rest of the day is on your own. You can just relax; go for massage, souvenir shopping etc. in the evening we celebrate farewell dinner together.
Our adventure in Nepal ends today. An Adventure Ascent representative will drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport a few hours before the scheduled flight for final departure towards your sweet home.