Chulu West Peak Climbing

Standing above the Manang valley, Chulu is one of the technical climbing peak containing three parts: Chulu West, Chulu East, and Chulu Central. Between Chulu West and Chulu East, we can see a Chulu Central and it’s rarely ever been climbed. Chulu West is situated in the Annapurna region of Nepal at an altitude of 6,419m.

It is one of the most challenging peaks to be climbed and therefore previous climbing experience is needed to know the use of climbing equipment such as Crampons, Harness, Ice Axe, Tying Knots and Handling Climbing Ropes. It gives an adrenaline rush to the climbers due to its splendid view from the peak. Enjoying the scenic beauty of mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna, and other peaks we will conquer the summit. After the summit, passing through the Thorang La pass (considered as the highest pass of the world), Muktinath, Jomsom we will fly back to Kathmandu.
Trip Code: CWPC22
Starts: Besisahar
Finishes: Pokhara
Duration: 23 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 6419m/ 21059.7ft
Trip Views: 651
Activities: Peak Climbing
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Breakfast: 22
Lunch: 20
Dinner: 20
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Bus
Jeep
Flight
Hotel: 6 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 4 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 12 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Best Season is Sep-Nov & Mar-May.
  • It is graded as Strenuous.
  • Highest Elevation reaches up to 6,419m.
  • This trek contains Highest pass of the world (Thorong la pass 5,416 meters).
  • Chulu west is an alternative of Mera Peak.
  • First climbed by a Japanese Expedition in 1952.

Why this Trip

  • Chulu west peak climbing goes through the Manang valley and the highest pass (Thorang La pass). During this trip, we can experience the culture and tradition of the people of Manang and observe the spectacular views from the base camp and Chulu itself.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    Namaste, Welcome to Nepal. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, Our representative will meet you at the airport and from there you will directly transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a free evening to explore local culture or rest as you have epic adventure ahead of you.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport pick up
    • Local Culture
  • placeDAY 2 : FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU
    Today we will go for the visit of traditional places and temples surrounding around Kathmandu, which includes Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square, which provides free time to shopping and other facilities needed by the guest.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Kathmandu Sightseeing
    • Food and wine tour(optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO BESI SAHAR
    We’ll leave Kathmandu for two weeks or more. We’ll make sure a private Jeep is ready to take us to Jagat which is situated at an altitude of 760 m and it should take us around 7-8 hours. Throughout the day, we’ll observe big rivers, curvy roads, local shops, local life, local bazaars and small hydropower dams. We’ll get one more step closer to the mountains.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Besisahar
  • placeDAY 4 : BESISAHAR TO BAHUNDANDA
    Today we will start our trek through bamboo forests to reach Bahundanda which might take 5-6 hour walk .We would walk on the trekking trails enjoying the beauty of nature.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : BAHUNDANDA TO CHAMJE
    Passing through the Syange village today we will go towards the Chamje village. Chamje village is famous among the people and tourist for its waterfall.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : CHAMJE TO DHARAPANI
    After breakfast, crossing through a suspension bridge of Marsyangdi River we go towards the Dharapani, with beautiful view of Taal village on the way.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : DHARAPANI TO CHAME
    Today we leave Dharapani and head towards Chame. Our trail approaches gentle ascent till we reach the beautiful village of Chame. The people of Chame followed the Nepal-Tibet trade route a long time ago and settled here. They brought with them the customs and building style of the Tibetans, and have upheld the culture through the centuries. Chame has lovely views of Annapurna II, and is crossed by a pair of burbling hot springs.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : CHAME TO PISANG
    On this day we will be reaching the elevation of 3333 meters above the sea level, walking through the narrow steep path with a very dense pine forest follow the river bank will lead you to village where you might find fresh apples and settlements.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : PISANG TO MANANG
    From Pisang, the high trails enter pine groves and reveal the view of the small turquoise lake of Mring Tso. From Ghyaru trail, now trail enters well-cultivated barley and buckwheat before we reach Ngawal. Ngawal is one the most picturesque village in Annapurna. From Ngawal we head towards the Manage valley. Manang is just a few hours walk far from Ngawal. We pass through deep forest and monastery to reach Manang. It's basically the capital of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Gangapurna Lake adds beauty to already beautiful Manang village.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
    On this day you can do a local sightseeing on your own to capture the beauty of nature and the people of Manang. If you are lucky you might get to see Ice Lake situated on Manang.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : MANANG TO YAK KHARKHA
    From Manang, we resume our trek towards Yak Kharka which ascends by nearly 500 m. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000 m. Herds of yaks and vegetation appear to thin out.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : YAK KHARKHA TO CHULU WEST BASE CAMP
    Leaving behind the Manage valley today we go towards the Chulu west base camp. Observing the amazing views of mountain from base camp today we stay here.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    Another day to rest at the base camp to prevent altitude sickness and other problems while climbing the peak of Chulu West.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : CHULU WEST BASE CAMP TO HIGH CAMP
    On this day the walk might get tough due to harsh environment which might take up to 5 -6 hours.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : HIGH CAMP TO SUMMIT TO BASE CAMP/HIGH CAMP
    This is the day where we will be rewarded with the amazing view and the top of Chulu West, which might be difficult but worth it, and will be heading down to base camp or high camp

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 16 : EXTRA DAY IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER TO CLIMB SUMMIT
    This day is to make sure the guest reaches the top of the Chulu West, if they had a hard time due to weather

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 17 : CHULU WEST BASE CAMP TO THORANG PHEDI
    Today we come back towards the Thorang La Phedi. “Phedi” means foot of the mountain in Nepali language. About 4-5 hours from the base camp we will reach our destination.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 18 : THORONG PHEDI TO THORONG LA TO MUKTINATH
    This day we will go for downwards passing the highest pass elevation of 5416 m to reach Muktinath (Desert of Nepal)

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 19 : JOMSOM SIGHTSEEING AND FLIGHT TO POKHARA
    This day include local sightseeing around Jomsom and a flight leading to Pokhara where you can visit local lakes and buy postcards.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • sightseeing
    • Flight to Pokhara
  • placeDAY 20 : POKHARA REST DAY
    This day needs your celebration of peak climbing as you can shop roam around and have a free time on your own.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • DInner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
  • placeDAY 21 : POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
    Today you will be transferred to Kathmandu in tourist bus which might take 5-6 hours. you will be directly transferred to the hotel for rest.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 22 : FREE DAY SHOPPING DAY IN KATHMANDU
    A free day which can be spent sight-seeing, evening ceremony of chanting at Pashupatinath or, alternately, a relaxing massage. We can arrange anything for you on this day or you can spend your free day independently.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
    • Massage
    • Shopping
    • yoga retreat(optional)
  • placeDAY 23 : DEPARTURE
    Today is the last day of the trip when you will leave Nepal and head back to your homeland. Since you have very less time we will make the shopping arrangements for you and we will have lunch together. Our representative will escort you to the airport on time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport drop
    • Shopping arrangement
    • Souvenir
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle.
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis with breakfast.
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with ticket fees. 
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need).
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • Authorized English-speaking guide along with required Porters for the trek.
    • Kathmandu to Besisahar and Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by private transportation.
    • Equipment clothing for porters including their insurance. 
    • All applicable government tax.
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation. 
    • All necessary paperwork and climbing permit.
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Map of Chulu Peak.
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek.
    • Sim card service.
    • Souvenir from Nepal.
    • Photos and videoes of the trip.
    • Certificate of appreciation.
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee.
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Lukla because of early arrival, late departure or early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary.
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Tips for Porter(s),Driver(s) and Guide(s).


FAQS

  • 1. What are the physical requirements for this trip ?
    Chulu West Peak is one of the tough and challenging peaks to climb, so you need good stamina and energy to climb it. You need to know how to use the climbing equipment and gears. At Base Camp, our guide also helps you how to use that equipment so you don’t need to worry about that.
  • 2. Will your company representative come to receive us upon arrival at arrival ?
    Yes, you shouldn’t worry about this. As you arrive, our representative will be standing outside the airport terminal. You'll be directly transferred to the hotel.
  • 3. What type of accommodation will you use at the Kathmandu and during the trek ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/homestay/camping for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request. For this expedition, accommodation will be tented camp.
  • 4. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of $200 or 15% of total trip cost is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made less than 100 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip, if before two months, 25% of the total trip cost will need to be paid and if booked between 30-60 days, 50% of the total trip cost needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 30 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer or Western Union Money transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 5. How can I pay the remaining payment after arriving at Kathmandu ?
    You have to pay the remaining balance after arriving in Kathmandu either by cash or through credit card, before we start our adventure.
  • 6. What type of food can I get during the trek and is it healthy ?
    During the trek, you will get clean and hygienic food. Our cooks and helpers will cook the special meals.
  • 7. Is safe drinking water available while climbing ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 8. What type of transportation do you use ?
    We mostly use the comfortable and efficient vehicle so that you may not get a problem during the ride. We use private or tourist vehicle for sightseeing in the Kathmandu. Depending on the nature or group sized, we use cars, minibus, vans or jeep for travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. Mostly we use AC vehicles for your comfort.
  • 9. What is the best season for the trekking ?
    September to November and March to May are the best season to climb Chulu West Peak.
  • 10. How far do I have to trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 6-8 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because the walking hour really depend on client's speed. So it's really relative.
  • 11. Do your trekking guides have license and certificates in the tourism sector and have they received first aid training for the high altitude ?
    Yes, the trekking guides working in our company are the certified license holders and they also have received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).
  • 12. What safety measures can your guides do during the emergency like high altitude sickness, accidents and dehydration ?
    Our guides are well trained; they carry the first aid box for emergency. You also take some medicine box for your personal use.
  • 13. Are climbing guides well trained and have they already climbed this summit before ?
    Yes, our climbing guides are well trained and have got the license from the Nepal Mountaineering Association. They are experienced with many mountains above 6000 m to 7000 m and also some of them have experienced the 8000 m peaks.
  • 14. Do we need to book our own international flights to and from Nepal ?
    It's always a good idea to book on your own. But we can also help you booking your flight in case of request.
  • 15. During the trek, can we charge the camera and other equipments ?
    In some villages, it is possible to charge the devices, but it costs extra to charge the camera and other electronic equipments. It usually costs between $3-$6 per hour. So it's expensive. The best idea is to bring a power bank.
  • 16. Is there any communication system during the trek ?
    Yes, for the first few days, it's possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly to them. In higher altitude regions, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpas or Guides.
  • 17. Can I use credit card during this trip ?
    You can use a credit card only at Kathmandu. As outside the Kathmandu valley, you have to use the cash so change your currency into the Nepalese Rupees before the trekking.
  • 18. How much additional money do I need to carry with me during the trek ?
    There are no hidden costs in our itineraries. Therefore you don't need to carry much, but everything that's not mentioned on itinerary for example extra cup of tea, coffee, charging electrical appliances, can cost you extra. Therefore, we recommend you to keep at least $20-$50 per day for your personal expenses.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    Yes, you can add the extra days as per your wish, but for the extra day, you will have to pay the additional cost to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.
  • 20. Do you prefer yak or porter on the trek or should we need to carry by ourselves ?
    Definitely we will provide you porter, or yak as per the condition. Besides your personal bag and the water bottle which will be frequently needed for you, they must be carried by you and remaining will be carried by our porter or yak.
  • 21. Can we store our clothes which are not necessary for the trek ?
    The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave the clothes which are not necessary for the trekking. The best way is to save it in our office store room which is equally safe.
  • 22. What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend of trekkers ?
    Usually, we rent a sleeping bag which is good for -10 degree Celsius or -20 degree Celsius. In case the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you, we'll also provide you the extra blanket.
  • 23. How should I dress during the trek ?
    During trek, please use comfortable and flexible dress. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you though as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. For the cold nights, thermal underwear, a warm fleece jacket and even a down jacket will help to keep you warm. Good shoes are of great importance. They must be comfortable. For higher altitude treks where you may have to tread snow for long hours, good boots are available for rent in Kathmandu. For mountaineering, you will require special clothes that can be bought or hired from us.
  • 24. Is it possible to change the lodge if it is not in order ?
    Yes, of course you can change the lodge if you don’t feel comfortable at one place, but it really depends on the availability of the lodges. During the peak season, the possibilities of changing the lodges are low.
  • 25. Do you reserve rooms at the lodges before or during the trek ?
    We will send our potters to reserve the lodges before we reach there.
  • 26. What immunization will I need ?
    No vaccinations are compulsory in the Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria & TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also recommend: •A dental check-up prior to traveling that you know your blood group in case of emergency. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Swotah travelers at the time of your booking.
  • 27. What about the security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized Guides/Sherpa's to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the guide’s instruction with utmost care.
  • 28. Will there be a problem for a vegetarian ?
    No, there will not be any problem as mostly at the high altitude, we prefer vegetarian food to avoid the food poisoning.

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