Wilderness Excursion operates the Chulu West Peak Climbing Expedition combined with Annapurna Circuit Trek, a classic and legendary trekking route in Nepal. This Chulu Trip is suitable for experienced trekkers and amateur climbers who wish to summit a seriously thrilling trekking peak in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The view from the summit is simply breath- stopping. The whole trip will give you a thrilling climbing and trekking adventure of a lifetime with marvelous Himalayan panoramas and to see the Tibet plateau so close to you on the northern side.
Unquestionably Chulu west is one of the physically challenging trekking peak climbs in Nepal so to join on this expedition, you require greater personal commitment and previous trekking or climbing experience is preferable. Our experienced climbing guide trains you before you start your Chulu West Expedition, you will learn and practice all the climbing techniques you will need including – the practical use of crampons, ice axes, ropes etc. to make sure that you master all the required skills and to boost your confidence which will ensure that you have a challenging but safe and successful climbing experience to climb the summit an unforgettable experience.
Day 01: International Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel - 1,300m/4,264 ft
Day 02: Get permits, preparation or visit ancient old Buddhist and Hindu temples
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Jagat (1100m/3608 ft), 8 - 10 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft) 7 - 8 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft) 6 - 7 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft), 5 - 6 hrs
Day 07: Trek Upper Pisang-Manang (3,500m/11,482ft), 6 - 7 hrs
Day 08: Rest and acclimatization day in Manang
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m/13,776ft), 4 - 5 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Chulu West Base Camp (4900m/16,072ft), 4 - 5 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Chulu West Camp I (5100m/16,728ft), 4 - 5 hrs
Day 12: Rest & Acclimatization at Camp I
Day 13: Camp I to Camp II (5,530m/18,143ft), 4 - 5 hrs
Day 14: Summit Chulu West (6419m/21,055ft) and back to Camp I: 9 - 10 hrs
Day 15: Camp I to Leder: 5 - 6 hrs
Day 16: Spar day if just in case we need it
Day 17: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m/14,596ft) 3 - 4 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) via Thorong Pass (5416m/17,765ft), 7-8 hrs
Day 19: Trek to Jomsom via Lupra Village.
Day 20: Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom
Day 21: Drive back to Kathmandu: 6 - 7 hrs
Day 22: Final Departure
Day 01: International Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel (1,300m/4,264 ft)
International Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel - 1,300m/4,264 ft Join Kathmandu, after completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc.), meet and greet at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu at the arrival point, warmly welcome by a Wilderness Excursion representative, pick you up. We will be then escorted to our hotel in Kathmandu. After check in, we can either take a rest or hang around in the city or relax in Hotel. It all depends upon your interests and condition. Stay overnight in Kathmandu Guest House.
Day 02: In Kathmandu, Preparation or Sightsseing
Today; we will prepare permits and other formalities. You have choice to go sightseeing, we can arrange 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 Pashupatinath, 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. Wilderness Excursion briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu Guest House.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Jagat (1100m/3608 ft), 9 - 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 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 black on top, 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 Jagat in lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 7 - 8 hrs
After the 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 in lodge.
Day 05: Trek to 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. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3,300m/10824 ft), 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. Overnight in lodge
Day 07: Trek to 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.
Day 08: Trek Upper Pisang-Manang (3,500m/11,482ft), 6 - 7 hrs
There are two routes that we can follow today. If taken upper route (Wilderness Excursion suggests), 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 creates a much harsher environment. We pay our memorable visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang. Overnight in Manang.
Day 09: Rest and acclimatization day in Manang
As acclimatization is very essential, today we schedule for rest 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 day excursion 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.
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m/13,776ft), 4 - 5 hrs
From Manang, we continue through alpine landscapes with high altitude vegetation and forests. A gradual climb takes us to Yak Kharka and then to our todays camp. Our today's camp area is most used as the alpine pasture by the local people.
Day 11: Trek 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. Overnight in tented camp
Day 12: Trek to Chulu West Camp I (5100m/16,728ft), 4 - 5 hrs
We continue hiking towards Camp I from the Chulu West Base Camp. 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. Overnight in Tented camp.
Day 13: 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.
Day 14: 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.
Day 15: 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.
Day 16: Camp I to Leddar, 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 Ledar and celebrate the summiting of Chulu West Peak. Overnight in lodge
Day 17: Spare day
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. Overnight in lodge.
Day 18: Trek 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.
Day 19: Trek to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5416m/17765 ft), 8-9 hrs trek.
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. Overnight in lodge.
Day 20: Trek to Jomsom (2740m/8987ft), via Lupra Village 5-6 hours trek
Morning after breakfast, the trail gently climbing up until reaching on the ridge from where you can see the Lupra Village which takes about 2 hours. The views from the ridge are very awesome. You can see the Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri Peak, Tilicho Peak and beautiful landscapes. Then trail descends very steeply to Panda Khola which takes about an hour of walking. We walk on the river bank of Panda Khola for a while and arrive in Lupra Village, One of the oldest settlements of the region. Highlight of the day is a visit to the Lupra monastery which was founded in the 11th century by Lupragpa, a famous Bon master. It is very seldom that tourists or as a matter of fact even locals visit this place. We visit one of the oldest Bon-Po Monastery in Annapurna Region. Bon is the ancient shamanist faith once prevalent in Tibet and adjoining Himalayan territory which later got incorporated into the mainstream Tibetan Buddhism. Lupra (2790m) is an interesting offbeat side-trip; few trekkers make it here but the village, with its adobe houses and traditionally clad inhabitants is worth a visit. We will have lunch there. After lunch, the trail is descending along the river until reaching the trail coming from Eklebatti which takes about 1 hour. Then, all the same way back to main trail which takes about 1 and half hour and we keep walking along the Kaligandaki River until Jomsom which takes about 1 and half hour. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 21: 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.
Day 22: Drive back to Kathmandu: 6 - 7 hrs
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 Wilderness Excursion's trekking staff. Overnight in Kathmandu Guest House.
Day 23: Final Departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today, Wilderness Excursion see you off at the airport for our flight time. Approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Wilderness Excursion 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.
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Trekking and climbing gear for Chulu West expedition
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialist items which are required for the trekking peaks.
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