Chulu West Peak Climbing and Trekking. This is the 5th highest peak out of 18 the peaks under the Nepal Mountaineering Association and one of the least frequented by the expeditions.To attempt the mountain you need some mountaineering skill and relatively easy to get the climbing permission. Chulu West is situated in a little valley, which is north of Manang. This is one of the Peaks can be seen from the major trail Thorong La. One should have a technical idea to climb this peak. North West Ridge is summit way. While climbing this peak, be prepared for steep scree to col a 4,900 m.North of the col ascend snow slopes for 200 meters to a rock band at5,100 m.Climb this difficult rock band to 5,450 m., cross on to a snow plateau at 5,530m and follow the progressively narrowing ridge to the summit (Chulu West).To climb Chulu Central, cross the snow plateau and then traverse onto the Chulu Glacier basin east of the ridge. Ascend the broad glacier slopes avoiding serac obstacles. While not technically difficult, this area can be nasty in soft snow and is prone to avalanche under certain conditions.Continue toward the obvious Central summit on steeping snow until it is possible to gain the crest of the summit ridge, which may be corn iced.This leads directly to a small saddle and the final 15-meter pinnacle. This trip sets out from Bensi Sahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung a neighboring district of Gorkha. From Bensi Sahar the trail leads up slowly to wards Manang, 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 the route heads north to lead and on to the Chulu West Base camp.Three days are set a side for the ascend of this peak and you head to Thorong-La and follow the same route come back to Katmandu as in the "Around Annapurna Trek"
One Sherpa,(guide assistance) group size more than 4
Annapurna conservation fee, TIMS permits & Any required
permits or Official Documentation
Airfare Jomsom to Pokhara
Equipment Fees for climbing guide ( USA $ 300)
Climbing peak permit ( USA $ 350)
Garbage deposit ( USA $ 250)
Kathmandu to Besishahar by suitable private vehicle
Local Transportations Pokhara - Airport – Hotel Car, Van,
Heice and Tourist bus for pick up
Pokhara to kathamndu by best tourist Bus Green land or
full days sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley
including tour guide and entrance fees
Price Excludes :
1. International flight & departure tax. 2. Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu. 3. Personal climbing gears & clothing, (available on hire). 4. Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance.
Note: All participants have to give a copy of their insurance, with the address, tel and fax number of insurance company. This insurance has to cover the helicopter rescue in case of accident or sickness. In case of your insurance don't cover helicopter rescue, you have to fill a form in Kathmandu and make agreement that you will pay yourself the amount of expenses paid by Nepal Assemble Treks for your helicopter rescue or research. Without this agreement, you cannot participate in trek.
In The trek the guide is allowed to change the itinerary, depending of the weather, climate and the physical condition of participants. Each participant who stop his trek or make change any form of program may not ask any money compensation to the agency.
Arrival Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
You will be welcomed by the boss ofcompany
at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1300m).After completing your
custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our company
display board at the arrival gate. You will be transfer to Hotel. After check
in, you will visit our office; meet your trekking guide as well as other
participants. Later in the evening we will organize a "Welcome
Dinner" at an excellent Touristic Restaurant where you will enjoywith a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Kathmandu
sightseeing and Trek preparation.
Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital,
Kathmandu. We will be visit the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu.
We will start from your hotel by a morning walk in the
blocked alleyways of Kathmandu. Your first contact with the smiling Nepalese
people. We begin to cross the nice area of Thamel, full of nice shops, bars and
We will see during this walk many temples and stupas: it
will be for you the beginning of religious lessons, making the difference between
Buddhists stupas and Hindu temples. You will discover with a great surprise how
these two religions live together.
We will make a stop at Thahiti Tole, then in front of
Kathesimbhu stupa. Always meeting statues and local shops (suits, spices,
incenses, and so on) and listening the noise of bells (and of horns), we will
see Asan Tole with wonderful Hindu temples. Then Indra Chowk and Pyaphal Tole.
After 2 hours of walk and of wonder, we will arrive at Durbar Square.
Kathmandu Durbar Square situated the center of Kathmandu
where you can see the House of Living Goddess “KUMARI” Kasthamandup temple”
Said that was built from single tree in 16th century, big bell-big drams,
erotic carving in old temple, old palace etc. All the most important monuments
of the city are in this area. You will be filled with wonder by all these
numerous such majestic and so ancient temples registered in the Heritage of the
UNESCO. It is possible to spend hours, sat on the walk of one of these
monuments, admiring architecture, considering the animation of places,
dreaming. We will take lunch at the top of a restaurant, with a great plunging
You will begin the afternoon by another walk in the
streets of Kathmandu, to look at the real face of this city, with local buildings
and narrow streets. Then we will arrive at Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple).
Swayambunath stupa has it that Manjushree, found of Kathmandu valley, and
discovered the lotus of ancient valley lake on which site the great stupa of
Swayambunath was later built. The omni sighted stare of Buddha greets visitors
& residents alike compassion. This is one of the oldest Buddhist stupa in
the world, which has been registered in UNESCO heritage side.It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more
than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. At the summit of this hill,
the painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It
is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world.
From this place we can have a wonderful panoramic view on
all the capital. So great at the end of the day, with the sunset. We will come
back hotel by bus.
Evening: Time for you to prepare the trek and we
introduce in front of you our crew members. Overnight at hotel.
Day 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 seven hours long drive, we finally reach Besi Sahar. Besi
Sahar is the capital of Lamjung District. We stay overnight at guesthouse
Day 04: Besi Sahar
to Ngadi. (1011m) 5 hrs walk
After breakfast.we walk for about five 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
Day 05: Ngadi to
Jagat (1314m) 6 hrs walk
After have a morning breakfast our trek start for Jagat.
It takes six hours walk.Today, 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.
Day 06: Jagat to
Dharapani (1920m) 6 hrs walk
After morning breakfast, 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
Day 07: Dharapani
To Chame (2675m) 5 hrs walk
After breakfast our trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.)
which takes five hours walk. 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
Day 08: Chame to
Pisang (3100m) 5 hrs walk
After morning breakfast our trek from Chame to Pisang
(3100m.) which takes five hours walk. 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
Day 09: Pisang to
Manang (3500m) 5 hrs walk
Today, the trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m.)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
Day 10: Rest day
in Manang [3500m]
After have a nice breakfast in 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
Day 11 : Manang to
Yak Kharka [4050m]
After breakfast our trek start from Manang to Yak Kharka
(4050m.).It takes about fourhours walk. 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
Day 12: Yak Kharka
to Chulu west Base Camp (4,400m) 5 hrs walk
Today,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. It takes five hours walk. We set up our camp there for a overnight stay.
Acclimatization day at Chulu west base camp
Today, 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 guide helps you in this regard. He will teach you few
methods on climbing techniques and overnight stay.
Day 14: Chulu west
Base camp to Chulu west High Camp (4,685m) 3 hrs walk
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.
Day 15: Move to
camp 1 (5,300m) 4 hrs walk
Today, after morning hot breakfast 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. It takes
about four hours walk.We stay overnight at camp 1.
Day 16: Summit day
and back to camp 1 (6,419m) 6 hrs walk
Today, your 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
Day 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.
Day 18: Camp 1 to
Thorong Phedi (4550m) 5 hrs walk
After breakfast we climb gradually to a ridge before
descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered
wooden bridge amid tremendous views of Manaslu, the Annapurnas, Tilicho Peak
and the Great Barrier. We head north-west up the Jarsang Khola, through scrub
juniper and alpine grasses to arrive at Letdar for lunch. From Letdar, we
continue on the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, before crossing on a covered
bridge. The trail climbs on scree slopes high above the river to Thorong Phedi,
a single stone building set among near vertical cliffs.
Day 19: Thorung
Phedi –Muktinath (3694m) 6 hrs walk
After breakfast, we have an early start today for the
crossing of Thorong 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 four 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.
Day 20 : Muktinath
–Jomsom (2670m) 4 hrs walk
Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2670 m.) and it takes
about four 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.
Day 21 : Fly from
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
Day 22: Drive to
Morning-after having our breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu. It takes 6 hours by
tourist bus. Transfer you to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 23: Last
day of Yours Trip.
It's time to enjoy a bit of Kathmandu and the ultimate view
of the great mountains! Free time in Kathmandu and transfer to the airport two
hours before departure of your flight home, after a final goodbye! On the way
back, you'll have time to plan a new adventure in Nepal, that country so