Chulu Far East Climbing with Tilicho Lake - 20 Days

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Group size: 2-12 people Max-Altitude: 6,059m/14,420ft
Destination: Nepal
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals: Breakfasts in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All meals during trek & climb
Accommodation: 3- star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, guesthouse during trekking and tented camps during climbing

Trip Introduction

The Chulu Far East peak (6,059m) first climbed in 1955 by a German expedition lies to the north of the main Annapurna Himal. This relatively moderate peak climbing adventure passing through the tranquil landscapes, lush vegetations, and traditional cultural heritages dominated by Gurung people in the Annapurna region brings you to the apex of Chulu Far East peak. In its course, the expedition sets its base camp and then passes on to high camp to conquer the zenith of the peak. The top of the peak rewards the unrivaled views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, and Chulu West Peak. Together with peak climbing, the trip also encompasses world’s highest Tilicho Lake (4,949m) which holds especial position among the Hindu followers. Once covering the signature destinations, the adventure trip crosses Mesokanta La Pass to bring you at Jomsom and then to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel [1,300m]
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier. After the completion of custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up our luggage and look for the representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to our hotel. 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 on 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 meals:D
Day 2: 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. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Included meals:B
Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Chame [2,710m]: 9 - 10 hrs
We have to begin the trip 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 9 -10 hours' drive we reach at Chame. Enroute, we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, terraced rice fields and beautiful mountain sceneries. Overnight at Chame.
Included meals:BLD
Day 4: Chame to Pisang [3,300m]: 5 - 6 hrs
This will be the beginning point of trekking section of this trip. A steep and narrow trail through a very dense forest brings us to the dramatic curved rock face of Paungda Danda. 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.
Included meals:BLD
Day 5: Pisang to Humde Village [3,330m]: 3 - 4 hrs
After having breakfast in the morning the trip commences towards Humde village. As you commence the short trek today you can see in the distance the only airport on the east side of the trail. After reaching at Humde, you can find the Manang airstrip and a few houses and lodges in a small spread out settlement. One of the longest prayer wheels in the region, consisting of 266 wheels, runs through the center of this village. Overnight at Humde.
Included meals:BLD
Day 6: Humde to Julu Khola [3,500m]: 3 - 4 hrs
This section of the trip today follows thinly forested trail to bring us at Julu Khola. While following through the level trail on the route to the today’s overnight destination, we can capture the Annapurna Valley Himalayan views. The trail today also offers the sight of Pissang peak. Tented Camp Overnight at Julu Khola.
Included meals:BLD
Day 7: Acclimatization Day at Julu Khola
This will be the day for proper acclamation.  Today we will engage on hiking activities in the surrounding areas. Hence, following through a forested trail along the river we hike up to Julu Peak Base Camp. The summit of the base camp rewards us almost all the views of Annapurna Himalaya range including the sight of Pisang Peak. After enjoying Annapurna Valley Himalayan views, we will retrace back to Julu Khola. Camping Overnight at Julu Khola.
Included meals:BLD
Day 8: Julu Khola to Chulu Far East Base Camp [5,000m]: 5 - 6 hrs
Today, we will follow a steeply climbing trail to reach at Chulu Far East Base Camp.  The climbing trail at times crosses rocks as well. During the trek, our journey will be accompanied with Annapurna Valley Himalayan views. Camping Overnight at Base Camp.
Included meals:BLD
Day 9: Acclimatization Day at Chulu Far East Base Camp
It will be another acclimatization day for us at a high altitude. Today, we involve on peak climbing training with our guides. Besides practicing peak climbing, we also hike to nearest glacier on the base camp. In over all, all these sorts of activities let us to prepare and arrange our trekking gear at the one hand and on the other side it will boost our confidence to conquer the upcoming peak. Tented Camp Overnight at Chulu Base Camp.
Included meals:BLD
Day 10: Base Camp to Chulu Far East High Camp [5,500m]: 3 - 4 hrs
Today we follow a steep climbing trail through snow slopes. As we continue climbing, we can see amazing vistas of Annapurna Valley Himalayas including the views of Chulu East, Chulu West, and the Chulu Far East. To the most, the trip today offers you the crystal clear views of Pisang Peak. After reaching at today’s overnight site, we will set the High Camp on a rocky platform near a small lake.  Tented Camp Overnight at High Camp.
Included meals:BLD
Day 11: High Camp to Chulu Far East Peak [6,059m] to Base Camp: 8 - 9 hrs
The peak climbing trip today brings us to the glorious point of this adventure in the Himalayas as we conquer the top of Chulu Far East. Hence, today we will begin the peak climbing trip around 2 – 3AM in the dark morning. Initially, we will follow a level trail. The next section of the trail gradually becomes steeper and even crosses rocks in the mountain tracks. The demanding trek eventually brings to the point of climax of this section of the trip that is the top of Chulu Far East. From the top of the peak, we can enjoy the incredible views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Chulu west and the Himlung Valley at the north side. After capturing the captivating views from the top of the peak, we will descend all along the vertical slopes to the high camp at first and then again follow a descending trail to reach at the base camp of Chulu Far East. Tented Camp Overnight at Base Camp.
Included meals:BLD
Day 12: Chulu Far East Base Camp to Manang [3,35m]: 5 - 6 hrs
This section of the trail at first brings us at Julu Khola from where we follow a level trail along the forests to reach at Manang - a beautiful village just below the Thorong La Pass situated within the Annapurna conservation area. Gurung, Ghale, and Lamas are the inhabitants of this Trans-Himalayan village. Overnight at Manang.
Included meals:BLD
Day 13: Manang to Siri Kharka [4,060m]: 4 - 5 hrs
From Manang we head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on the south side of the river through coniferous forest towards Khangsar village. From Khangsar we move further towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep our company. Overnight at Siri Kharka.
Included meals:BLD
Day 14: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp [4,140m]: 5 - 6 hrs
From Siri Kharka to the Tilicho Base Camp, it is mostly going downhill, but it has landslide areas that can be dangerous. They are not difficult to walk, but the trails are very narrow. The trail goes through the middle of the landslide area. The rock formations along the trail are very impressive. Tented Camp Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp.
Included meals:BLD
Day 15: Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake [4,949m]
From Tilicho Base Camp the path continues up along moraine ridges and grassy slopes to some large switch backs carved out of the slope. We then reach the watershed. On the other side is Tilicho Lake, a large spectacularly set lake nestled at the foot of the north face of Tilicho Peak, part of the snowy wall that the 1950 French expedition team referred it as “The Great Barrier”. The leader of the French team, Maurice Herzog referred to Tilicho Lake as “The Great Ice Lake”. The Lake also holds an important place for the Hindus as this sacred lake features in one of the holiest texts of the Hindus – “The Ramayan”. Tented Camp Overnight at Tilicho Lake.
Included meals:BLD
Day 16: Tilicho Lake to Mesokanta La Pass to Yak Kharka [4,200m]: 7 - 8 hrs
Today’ at first we will follow a climbing trail till to arrive at Eastern Pass ( 5,340m) from where we can enjoy the captivating views of Annapuran, Gangapurna and Tilicho Himal. Then we will pass through a descending trail at first till to Mesokanta La Pass (5,121m) at where we can enjoy the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho Himal, and Tukuche Peak. Keeping the mesmerizing views of chain of Himalayas, we will again continue the descending trail at some distance. The end of the descending trail paves the way forward a level trail to connect us with Yak Kharka. Tented Camp Overnight at at Yak Kharka.
Included meals:BLD
Day 17: Yak kharka to Jomsom: [2,743m]: 5 - 6 hrs
The descending trail today ahead at first brings us at Thinigaon. After crossing the village we will follow a level trail which will eventually lead us to Jomsom. This section of the trip will be backed by the arresting views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche Peak. Overnight at Jomsom.
Included meals:BLD
Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara [820m]: 25 minutes by flight
Today we say goodbye to the trekking section of the trip in the Himalaya. Hence, our representative in Jomsom will make all the arrangements for your scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The scenic flight passes through between two high peaks Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri till to land in Pokhara. Upon reaching in Pokhara, we will have to check in at the hotel. Then, we can either take a rest or stroll in the beautiful streets of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara .
Included meals:B
Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 – 7 hrs
Early morning drive to Kathmandu in a tourist bus where you get to enjoy the river side scenery garnished with terraced farms and some local villages along the way. Upon reaching in Kathmandu we check in at our hotel. Then, we can spend the rest of the day taking rest or perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or even explore any landmarks in Kathmandu that we may want to visit. In the evening, we will join the trip celebration dinner with the adventure team. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals:BD
Day 20: Final Departure
Our journey in the Himalayas comes to an end today! Hence, 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.
Included meals:B

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.

Included in the Cost

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
  • 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • 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 and  climbing permits
  • 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

Not Included in the Cost

  • 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

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Accommodations

We will be staying at Hotel Moonlight in Kathmandu,  Mt. Kailash Resort in Pokhara, teahouses (guesthouses) during the trek and camping (in tents) during the climb.

Best Time to Travel

Best seasons for Chulu Far East Peak Climbing are spring (Mid March to May) and Autumn (mid September to November.)

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for trekking and peak climbing. Also, please understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Himalayan Glacier inclusive in the service. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter, but you are required to carry a daypack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items
  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
  • Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards)
Personal Climbing Gears:
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings (2)
  • Screwgate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
  • Descender/eight figure
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Ascender/Jhumar
  • Helmet
Group Climbing Gears:
  • Snow bar*
  • Rope*
  • Ice hammer*
  • Ice screw*
Head
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens; consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched, waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner
 Lower Body
  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks
  • Gaiters
Sleeping
  • 1 sleeping bag 30 degree DC
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner
Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack or 1 large duffel bag *
  • Daypack/backpack of 35 to 50 liters for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
  • Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Note: Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant!
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • Large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110 ampere)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684

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