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. There are two Chulu Peaks, East and West. This package is for the Chulu West Peak Climbing. Standing at a height of 6419m, the Chulu West Peak offers an interesting peak climbing opportunity for those looking for an adventure in the Annapurna Region.
Some 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 magnifiscent 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.
After initial preparations and sightseeing in Kathmandu, we drive to Khudi from where we begin our trek. The trail leads slowly to the Manang Valley, one of the highest valleys of the world. We set up two camps above the Base Camp. After summitting the Chulu West, we return via the Thorong-La Pass and Muktinath to Jomsom. From Jomsom, we fly to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
What Is Included
Himalayan Glacier Trekking has a philosophy with trip inclusions: as much as possible expenses is included so that Visitors know the total cost of the adventure trip up front
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with temple/monuments entrance fee
- Kathmandu Besishahar -Syange transport in private vehicle
- Jomsom to Pokhara flight with airport departure tax
- Pokhara to Kathmandu transport in tourist bus
- Three nights in 4-star hotel (Hotel Shanker or similar category hotel) in Kathmandu
- Teahouse/Lodge and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals in mountain
- All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles (except Muktinath to Jomsom transport in local bus)
- All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide), cook, assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Chulu West climbing permit
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Glacier Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part -very high quality North Face or Mountain Hardware tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, kitchen equipments
- Travel and rescue arrangements
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
- All government and local taxes
What Is Not Included
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
- Personal climbing equipments
- Personal climbing guide if requested
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- Tips for guides and porters
The Climbing Group
For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). Other helpers will be served as per necessity depending upon the group size. This arrangement ensures that anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run this trip for at least a group of two to maximum of twelve people only, as Himalayan Glacier has found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if we would like to make a group booking for more than twelve visitors together, Himalayan Glacier can arrange this too.
Accommodations are included in the trip cost. Himalayan Glacier has chosen the best deluxe accommodation for 3 nights in Kathmandu in a 4-star Hotel, and 1 night in Pokhara in 2-3 star hotel. Further, 13/14 nights will be at standard guesthouses or lodge and 5/6 nights in two-men camping tent. Only few guesthouses have attached bathrooms. Guesthouses or lodges in most of the places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. To sleep in tent, 4 seasons sleeping bag and foam mattress will be served. Himalayan Glacier maintains standard comfort in every matter based on the enforceable conditions such as weather calamities. In climbing section, toilet facilities will be provided with necessary natural preservation. If we are a solo traveler, we will share a room or tent with someone else of same sex of our group. If we prefer a single room, we may indicate our preference and get single rooms on request by paying single supplement USD 350. However, it is better to understand the fact that there are several places that do not allow single room accommodation. On paying single supplement, we will get single room in Kathmandu but sometimes it is not feasible in mountains during the trek. However, Himalayan Glacier tries its best to provide single rooms in all places as much as possible.
Day to Day Itinerary
International Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel - 1,300m/4,264 ft
Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be warmly greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier. After completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up our luggage and look for our representative with Himalayan Glacier Trekking display board at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to Hotel Shanker or a similar rating hotels in kathmandu. After check in, we can either take a rest or hang around in the city or visit Himalayan Glacier's office site. It all depends upon our interests and condition. At the evening upon our reception, Himalayan Glacier will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner (D)
Note: B refers to Breakfast, L refers to Lunch and D refers to Dinner
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Preparation
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. At the noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Himalayan Glacier briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight at Kathmandu. Included meal: Breakfast (B)
Drive Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat [1100m/3608 ft]: 8 - 10 hrs
We have to begin very early today as we need to go a long drive to reach at our trek starting point. After 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 windowpane. Overnight stay at Syange or Jagat Guesthouse. (B, L, D)
Trek Syange/Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 7 - 8 hrs
Upon our breakfast, we start our journey today 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, one of the big villages in the Manang valley. Overnight at Dharapani. (B, L, D)
Dharapani-Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
Today, we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route on the west. On the way to Chame, we encounter with the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek. Chame is the administrative centre of the Manang District. (B,L,D)
Chame- Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
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 we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. 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. Overnight at Lower Pisang. (B, L, D)
Upper Pisang-Manang [3,500m/11,482ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
There are two routes that we can follow today. If taken upper route (Himalayan Glacier recommends), 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 allure us. We notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today onwards. The cold and dry climate create a much harsher environment. We pay our memorable visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang. Overnight in Manang.(B, L, D)
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day. It is not recommended to stay idle but a short walk to higher altitude will be better to get acclimatized with the altitude. Manang is a good place to do that as the next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. 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 juncture, we also make our short visit to the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness. Overnight at Manang. (B, L, D)
Manang to Leder [4200m/13,776ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
From Manang, we continue 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. (B,L,D)
Leder to Chulu West Base Camp [4900m/16,072ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
Today, we continue our trekking from Leder to Chulu West Base Camp. From the Base Camp, we can enjoy the 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. (B,L,D)
Chulu West Bbase Camp to Camp I [5100m/16,728ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
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 altitudes. At this juncture we relish the magnificent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains including Manaslu, Gangapurna and Lamjung Himal. (B,L,D)
Rest & Acclimatization at Camp I
Today will be the rest and acclimatization day at Camp I. While we rest at camp I, the climbing leaders and other staffs make way to Camp II and supply the equipments for the camp. Later, they return back to Camp I. We may rest and if interested walk around Camp I. (B,L,D)
Camp I to Camp II [5,530m/18,143ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
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. (B,L,D)
Summit Chulu West [6419m/21,055ft] and back to Camp I: 9 - 10 hrs
It is our summit day, and it is going to be long day. Therefore, we would wake up much earlier today. Each moment we have to work hard through the icy high-altitude trail but the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. After summiting, we return back to Camp I. (B,L,D)
Camp I to Leder: 5 - 6 hrs
From Camp I, our return path descends all the way to Leder. While descending, we enjoy the panoramic views of the Annapurnas and other peaks. We make our overnight stay at Leder and celebrate the summiting of Chulu West Peak. (B,L,D)
There is no such guarantee that we can get quite a favorable weather on our planned day for the summit. So this day is used as a contingency in case if we are unable 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. the day can be used in that condition too. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day. (B,L,D)
Leder to Thorong Phedi [4450m/14,596ft]: 3 - 4 hrs
Today, we clean up the base camp and head for Thorong Phedi. It is going to be mostly an easy way walk downhill. However, we do not forget that we are still in high altitude area. (B,L,D)
Thorong Phedi - Thorong Pass [5416m/17,765ft] - Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft]-Jomsom [2,715m/8,910ft]: 7 - 8 hrs trek and 2 hrs drive
At the beginning, we cross the famous high pass of Thorong La today. An early start is important to complete the mission. We reach Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist after crossing the pass. Muktinath hosts a Vishnu temple and a monastery nearby demonstrating the religions harmony in Nepal. For the Hindus, the region is a "Muktikhsetra" or the region of liberation or salvation. There are water spouts 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 on a local bus. (B,L,D)
Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
Upon the completion of morning breakfast, we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara, a 30-min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport, our guide will escort us to the lakeside hotel. We utilize the rest afternoon for discovering the beautiful Pokhara valley leisurely. 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 an hours' walk to the World Peace Pagoda. At the evening, we engageg on exploring around the lakeside. (B)
Drive back to Kathmandu: 6 - 7 hrs
Today upon our breakfast, we make a 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. It will be better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. We can spend the evening either leisurely or perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping. Finally, we celebrate dinner together with Himalayan Glacier's trekking staffs. (B,D)
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Himalayan Glacier escorts us to the airport for our flight time. Approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will escort us to the airport and bid farewell greetings. On our way to home, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country like Nepal. (B)
Health and Experience Requirements
Chulu West is not a technical peak but we need good stamina for a long day effort while climbing it. We can climb Chulu West peak without any previous climbing experience and skills of using climbing equipments. But knowledge on using equipment and previous experience would be beneficial although not mandatory because a pre-ice climbing training will be provided to us in Base Camp to make us skillful on using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons. The climbing usually requires normally 5-6 hours of walking everyday and some days even 8-10 hours- such as in summitting day. Himalayan Glacier suggests us to get prepared with about 12 Km of walking or jugging exercise everyday before 3 months of our Chulu West Peak trip because on choosing Chulu West Peak climbing trip, we are considering to walk in high altitude and remote area for many days. To join the trip with a good chance of success, we must have lots of willpower, ability to tolerate harsh conditions, reasonable fitness and stamina with sound health. It is vital that participants with pre-existing medical problems or conditions make these known to Himalayan Glacier at the time of booking. Medical and evacuation expenses are the responsibility of the participant. It is also important that we consult our doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements for our trip. Himalayan Glacier reserves the right to require a medical certificate prior to booking our trip.
A Typical day in Trekking and Climbing ...
At dawn, Sherpa wakes us up and offers a cup of warm tea with a smile. After freshening and finishing up our tea, we will have hearty breakfast before setting off. After approximately 3 or more hours of trekking we take a break for lunch at a tea house in the trail. Throughout the day, we will take frequent rest breaks and take time to admire and take pictures of the fascinating scenery. After a relaxing lunch, we typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching our tea house or lodge. Once we arrive at tea house, we take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack with tea or coffee. If we are so inclined, we may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhood. After checking into our room we have time to read or chat with fellow trekkers and our Himalayan Glacier crew members. Following a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall our trek leader briefs us on the next day's itinerary. We place our order for breakfast which allows our guide to have everything ready for us for the next morning. Extra time can be spent reading, enjoying some drinks or playing cards. Further, Himalayan Glacier crew members love to teach various Nepali card games as well as learning new Western games. Finally, it is off to bed for a well earned night's rest before starting all over again the next day.
Our schedule of climbing day (esp., summit day) is different than other days. Our crew will wake up around 1 am to prepare. They prepare breakfast and pack some food for lunch. We also wake up around 2-3 am and will have an early breakfast. After packing and putting on the gears, we set on for the journey to summit. After summiting, we get back to our camp where the cook and helpers prepare food for us. We will find the food more delicious today after the toughest day of our adventure. We get back to sleep very tranquilly as we strike goal of our adventure today.
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Equipment and Packing List
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Himalayan Glacier's Chulu West Peak climbing itinerary is planned with high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to death. The higher the altitude the lesser will be the oxygen in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Since, our body needs many days to adapt the less-oxygen environment. Our itineraries generally allow sufficient time to acclimatize. So, for a safe trek it is absolutely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. Himalayan Glacier advises especially the guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff. Himalayan Glacier's itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some visitors are more vulnerable than others.
Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements
The most significant thing that makes our Chulu West Peak Climbing trip successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and climb leader and the crew members who have ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Himalayan Glacier's trekking or climbing leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Himalayan Glacier employs Nepalese staffs who have adequate knowledgeable about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking or climbing leaders of Himalayan Glacier are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues, biodiversity and environmental issues, and English language issues during the trek. :
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
- Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Government's Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Center of Nepal.
- Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet - TAAN (Trekking Agents Association Of Nepal)
- English Language - KEEP
- Conservation and Biodiversity - KEEP
- Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering - Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trekking and climbing Leaders obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate. But it is better to consider English language is not Nepalese's mother toounge. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand. They practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
Though often overlooked, it is no exaggeration to say the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the back of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts carrying supplies, equipment and baggage that make journeying to these remote areas possible. So it is very unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, Himalayan Glacier is firmly committed to porter rights. Himalayan Glacier ensures all our porters are well treated, well paid. We further provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters at company's expense to rescue porters from dangerous situations. Himalayan Glacier supports the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions. (International Porters Progress Group)
Responsible Tourism Practice:
Himalayan Region of Nepal is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of right to appreciate it as we do. So, the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Since, Himalayan Glacier employs a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment read more...
Best Time for Chulu West Peak Climbing
The best seasons for Chulu West Peak Climbing are Spring(Mid March to May) and Autumn (mid September to November).
During our Chulu West Peak expedition, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian) from pizza and Chips to apple pie. We can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be served from the tea house or lodge menu where we spent night. Lunch will be served on the way to destination, dinner and breakfast in the tea house or lodge where we spend the night. During climbing session, a freshly cooked hygienic food or a packed food (as per cohttp://himalayanglacier.com/cms/admin.php?page=product&act=edit&pId=216#ndition) will be served. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
Trip Start Dates and Price
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