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Chulu West Climbing

Duration
21 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Chulu West Peak climbing is a popular peak in Nepal and fascinating peak climbing in the popular Annapurna Region of Nepal located in the western part of the country. The popularity of Annapurna Region of Nepal is not hidden to anybody as it happens to be the ultimate sport for both Peak Climbing and trekking in Nepal. Annapurna Circuit and the Base Camp trekking is one of the most popular and widely followed trekking destinations in the entire world. Similarly, peak climbing in the Annapurna region is also equally popular among the visiting tourists and the adventure seekers. Chulu West is situated nearby the popular Thorong-La Pass which originates from the Base Camp of Northern Manag. Chulu West is located at an altitude of 6419 meters. To reach the Base Camp of Chulu West, the trekkers will have to hike from Manag to the Yak herder’s hut. From this spot, one can easily view the South view of the Chulu Center, among other mountain peaks including Mount Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Mount Machhapuchhre
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If we are to go back into history, we see that Chulu West Peak was first successfully climbed in 1952 by a team of Japanese mountaineers and trekkers. The Base Camp of peak Chulu West is located on a tiny valley towards the northern side of Manang Valley. There is some controversy regarding the name of Chulu West and also its precise location. As it happens, there are several mountain peaks which are close to Chulu Peak and hence confusion remains regarding the exact and precise location of the Chulu Peak.
Chulu West Peak Climbing begins with a scenic drive from the Capital City of Kathmandu to Besisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district. In the first part of the drive, you will drive until Besisahar along the Prithvi Highway. It will take around 6 to 7 hours of drive from Kathmandu to reach Besisahar. The official peak climbing begins from the town of Besisahar as you start hiking on the trail along the Marshyangdi River. The trail then leads to the Pisang Village. From Pisang Village, the trekkers will then arrive at the Base Camp of the Chulu West Peak. Climbing Chulu West Peak is a moderate type of Peak Climbing and the trekkers can enjoy every bit of it while also exploring the mountains of the region.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (760m)
Day 04: Trek to Bahun Dada (1398m)
Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1410m)
Day 06: Trek to Bagarchhap (2080m)
Day 07: Trek to Chame (2720m)
Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3060m)
Day 09: Trek to Manang (3440m)
Day 10: Acclimatization Day in Manang
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m)
Day 12: Trek to Chulu West Base Camp
Day 13: Acclimatization day at Base Camp
Day 14: Trek to Chulu West High Camp
Day 15: Summit Chulu West Peak (6419m)
Day 16: Trek to Throng Phedi (4450m)
Day 17: Trek to Throng La Pass (5416m) and Muktinath (3460m)
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom (2750m)
Day 19: Flight to Pokhara
Day 20: Flight to Kathmandu
Day 21: Departure!!!!
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at the International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representatives at the Airport and then be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu. You will be briefed about the travel itinerary in short and then spend the rest of the time at the Hotel.

Day 02: Preparation for climbing and sightseeing in Kathmandu
Next day, you will be preparing for the peak climbing which will start from the next day onwards. You will arrange the necessary equipments that are needed for peak climbing and the documents regarding the permission of peak climbing will be arranged by us. You don’t need to worry about that. After that you will sightsee around Kathmandu for the rest of the time. You will visit the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur and also visit Swyambhunath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, among other temples and monuments for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m)
On the third day of the itinerary, you will have breakfast in the morning at the hotel and then drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. It will be around 6-7 hours of journey from Kathmandu during which you will enjoy the picturesque and scenic drive along Trishuli River. Besisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung, is a small and beautiful town located along the shores of Marshyangdi River. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1398m)
Your official peak climbing itinerary starts from the fourth day onwards when you will trek from Besisahar to Bahundanda. The trek is gentle and slowly gains altitude as you climb up the trail. Bahundanda is a small and beautiful village in Lamjung and you will stay at a guesthouse overnight after reaching the village.

Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1410m)
On the 5th day of the itinerary, you will hike further up from Bahundanda to Chamje which is located at 1410 meters of altitude. It will be a short and comfortable walk on this day and you will also get the chance to mingle with the local villagers of the region during the course of trek. In between, you will also cross past a suspension bridge over Marshyangdi River. After that you will ascend to Jagat crossing waterfalls on the way. Then, continuing an hour’s of walk you will arrive at Chamje. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek to Bagarchhap (2080m)
Next day, you will resume your trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2080m). You will ascend from Chamje after taking breakfast in the morning at the guesthouse. After continuing along the trail for hours, you will then take your lunch on the way. Bagarchhap is a typical Tibetan village where you can see rich ancient architectural carvings and monuments. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 07: Trek to Chame (2720m)
The altitude continually increases as you further walk from Bagarchhap. You will ascend as the altitude increase from Bagarchhap to Chame. You will cover around 700 meters on the day and you will have to walk for several hours before you reach village of Chame. Before reaching Chame, you will have to cross pass thick forest and a suspension bridge. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3060m)
Continuing along the trail on the 8th day, you will cross several rivers and settlement areas of the local villagers. After following the trail along the banks of Marshyangdi in Bartang, you will cross Manang Valley and head towards Pisang. In Pisang (3060m), you will get to see incredible rock walls and also various landscapes including hills and the mountains. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 09: Trek Manang (3440m)
On the ninth day of the peak climbing itinerary, you will climb further up from Pisang and make your way towards the Valley of Manang. From Pisang, there are two routes which take you to Manang. You can choose either one. Then you cross Jharsang Khola on the way where you find a Gurung village named as Khangsar. Khangsar has a small monastery and prayer flags. On your way to Manang, you will also be blessed with the panoramic views of the mountains including Mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 10: Acclimatization Day in Manang
The next day, you will be resting and also acclimatizing to the increasing altitude and the changing conditions. Acclimatization is very important when it comes to high altitude trekking and peak climbing in Nepal. If you don’t acclimatize well to the conditions, then problem of high altitude sickness might arise. In the afternoon, you can stroll around the local villages in and around Manang and talk with the villagers, and also learn about their culture and their way of life. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m)
The next day, you will start your journey from Manang to Yak Kharka. You will take a walk throughout the shady colored settlement of Manang following the path of stone walls and sandy path. You will arrive to Yak Kharka or Koche village. Koche is famous for grazing animals. In the pasture land grasses and varieties of seasonal flowers are found. It has glaciers and other water resources. It makes this place very attractive. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek to Chulu West Base Camp
On the 12th day, you will resume your walk from Yak Kharka to the Chulu West Base Camp. It is going to be a long day of walking and hiking and you need to be careful while walking down the trail. The day’s hike might also be exhaustive and hence you need to be careful while planning the hiking for the day. You will, however, get to experience the real adventure of trekking in Nepal on the 12th day of the Chulu West Peak Climbing. Overnight stay at the tented camp on the Base Camp.

Day 13: Acclimatization day at Base Camp
On the 13th day you will further acclimatize to the changing conditions at the Base Camp. You will drink hot fluid there at the tented camp and eat breakfast and relax. Also, you will make the necessary preparations for the peak climbing for the next day. Likewise, you can take photographs of the natural landscapes and of the mountain views seen from the Base Camp. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 14: Trek to Chulu West High Camp
On the 14th day you will ascend to the High Camp from the Base Camp. Trekking to High Camp is a challenging activity and hence you will climb and trek slowly keeping in mind the problem that might arise due to high altitude sickness. The panoramic view of the mountains including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, among others, can be seen in an amazing manner from the High Camp. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 15: Summit Chulu West Peak (6419m)
On the 15th day you are close to your dream of ascending Chulu West Peak, after waiting for almost two weeks. You will start from the High Camp early in the morning and set off on your journey to climbing the peak. After several hours of climbing, amidst difficulties and also thrill and adventure, you will finally arrive at the summit of the Chulu West peak. After enjoying the amazing view from the top and spending some time there, you will return towards the Base Camp. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 16: Trek to Throng Phedi (4450m)
Today you will carry on to the direction to Thorong Phedi (4450m)After reaching there you would not be able to view any trees. Then, you will ascend to the Base Camp. Throng Phedi is popular as a tiny village situated near the Marshandi River. Below the river there is a huge meadow land. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 17: Trek to Throng La Pass (5416m)
On the 17th day you will trek to Throng La Pass (5416m) from Throng Phedi. Comparatively trek to Throng La Pass is a tough and difficult trek. The total duration to ascend the Throng La Pass takes 7 hours. Then, you will descend towards Muktinath, a holy pilgrim place. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 18: Trek to Jomsom (2750m)
On the 18th day of the itinerary, you will trek to Jomsom (2750m) from Throng-La Pass. It will be an amazing down climbing from the Pass, and you will arrive at Jomsom after several hours of climbing down the trail, enjoying the trek along the barren landscape. Jomsom is a popular small town in Mustang which is crowded round the year by the tourists and travelers. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Jomsom.

Day 19: Flight to Pokhara
The next day, you will have breakfast in the morning at the guesthouse and then catch a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The 30-minute mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara will be a memorable one as you will enjoy the scenic view of the mountains and the neighboring landscapes. After your landing at the Pokhara Airport, you will then be transferred back to the hotel. You can then rest for the rest of the time, or else sightsee around the Pokhara Valley, visiting the popular places and sites inside the lake city. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 20: Flight to Kathmandu
On the second last day of the itinerary, you will catch a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. In about less than an hour, you will reach the Capital city and then you will be transferred back to the hotel in Kathmandu. You can rest for the remaining time at the hotel. However, if you feel like travelling, you can stroll around the streets of Thamel in the evening and buy souvenirs to your loved ones back home. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 21: Departure!!!
On the last day of the itinerary, you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from the hotel from where you will catch a flight to your home country or to your next desired destination.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Flight ticket for guide Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Flight ticket for Clients Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 21 Days
Accomodation: Camping and Tent/ Guesthouse
Type: Modarate
Activities : Climbing
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Chulu West Peak climbing is a popular peak in Nepal and fascinating peak climbing in the popular Annapurna Region of Nepal located in the western part of the country.
  • Chulu West Peak was first successfully climbed in 1952 by a team of Japanese mountaineers and trekkers.
  • Climbing Chulu West Peak is a moderate type of Peak Climbing and the trekkers can enjoy every bit of it while also exploring the mountains of the region.
     
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