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.
2 - 14
6419 m/ 21059.7ft
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.
•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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.