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Chulu West Peak Climbing

Trip Code
BNTNP-014
Starting From
USD 2575
Duration
23 days
Group Size
02-15 person
Max. Altitude
6419m
Trip starting point
Besisahar
Trip ending point
Pokhara
Accommodation
3 star hotel, lodge & tent
Transportation
Private vehicles & flights
Challenge
Strenuous
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The Chulu West Peak is a traveler's favorite climbing destination that lies in the north of the spectacular Annapurna Himalayan ranges. Among these rock massifs, the Chulu West stands higher when compared to Chulu East and Chulu Central.

The view from the top of the Chulu West summit is known for its spectacular view that covers the Annapurna I, II, III, IV, and the Gangapurna. In fact, the beauty that you can experience in this trip is remarkable.
The first ascent to the Chulu West was undertaken by a Japanese Expedition in the year 1952. The Base Camp of the Chulu West Peak lies in a small valley to the north of the Manang that is off the main trail that leads to the Thorong La Pass. The trip to the Chulu Mountain starts from Chamje and continues slowly towards the Manang Valley.

The Manang Valley is of the highest valleys of the world and is situated at an altitude of more than 3500 m above the sea level. Travelers will get a one-day rest for exploring the Manang Valley and for proper acclimatization. The route to the Chulu Mountain Base Camp starts from the Manang valley and heads towards the North, ultimately leading to the base camp.

Before the ascent to the peak, a total of three days is set aside before one head towards the Thorong-La and flies out from Jomsom. Do not forget to visit the Kali Gandaki Valley – the deepest gorge in the world.

The Chulu West Peak climbing is the best for both the experienced and the amateur climber. Thought East is said to be technically very straightforward and has a steep slope summit, the Chulu West comparatively has a tougher slope that requires the traveler to slog before one can reach the summit.

The total time that is required for a traveler to reach the summit is approximately 2 nights and is only appropriate for the one who can acclimatize with the change of environment. The final climb to the summit will seem to become long and gradual since the snow becomes softer.
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What's Included?

  • Airport transfers to/from by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu, 3 star hotel(twin sharing deluxe room) with breakfast and all govt. taxes.
  • Airfare Jomsom to Pokhara by scheduled flight including airport taxes.
  • All meals and all drinks(Tea/coffee/Chocolate) during the trek and climbing period.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit fee.
  • Service of Guide, Climbing sherpa and porters during the trek and also their wages, foods ,insurance.
  • All necessary climbing equipment (tents, mattress and cooking/eating utensils.
  • Transportation cost for the trek staffs.
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar and Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Climbing sherpa's equipment charges.
  • All necessary equipment for climbing such as ropes, Snow bars, Epi gas, Ice screws etc.
  • Tims cards arrangement.
  • one nights accommodation at 3 star hotel in pokhara(twin sharing deluxe room) with breakfast and all govt. taxes.
  • Agency service charges and all govt. applicable fees.

What's not Included?

  • All meals (lunch/Dinner) during staying in Kathmandu.
  • Air travels to and from Nepal.
  • Visa fee US$ 40.00 per person.
  • All personal expenses, travel insurance, rescue charge in emergency.
  • Extra cost due to flight cancellation/road conditions.
  • Purchases of bottled water while on the trek, gifts and alcohols.
  • All personal clothing and climbing equipments including sleeping bag.
  • Tips for trekking staffs.

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1340m)

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel, which is close to the multitude of shopping centers and restaurants.

Day 02 Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar and then to Jagat.

Drive by private car to Besisahar following the Prithvi Highway until Dumre and then following wild hairpin bends to reach Besisahar. Drive to Jagat by local jeep. Overnight in lodge/Guesthouse. (7-8 hrs drive).

 

Day 03 Jagat to Dharapani (1960M) 6-7 hrs walking

The trail goes around the mountain to Chamje and descent to the suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River on the left bank, then begin the climb to Sattare on a steep path. The path passing by several houses continues an up and down mountain trail, and when a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the mainstream covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climb the zigzag path to the top where you can see the Tal village with many teahouses. Stop there for lunch and then continue to walk to the riverbed and arrive at Dharapani. Overnight in Guest House. 

Day 04 Dharapani to Chame(2670M) 5-6 hrs walking

The trail now leads to gently climbing through Bagarchhap and Danaque villages. After crossing the river it gets steep climb to Timang village; from where we can see the Manaslu mountain ranges to the eastern valley above. Then the trail is normally level to Chame where the view of a splendid backdrop of Annapurna II appearing occasionally. Chame is the big town which is the center of the Manang district with many government offices, Shopping places, and schools (Overnight at Chame)

Day 05 Chame to Pisang (3195M) 5-6 hrs walking.

Walking by the side of the river through pine forests about 2 hours cross the suspension bridge and climb up to Dikurpokhari; stop for lunch. The Manang Valley getting wider (a wide U shaped valley) and the path is getting flat to Pisang. Overnight in Guest House. 

Day 06 Pisang to Manang (3540M) 5-6 hrs walking.

After walking one and half hour through trails and broad forested valley floor we reach at Humde village a small airstrip and a village of about   100 houses. Crossing the wooden bridge over Marsyangdi River, continue walking to Braga village; Tibetan style picturesque Braga village at the foot of the hill, stop here for lunch and visit the very old monastery. Walk another hour to reach Manang village. Overnight in Lodges. (5-6 hrs walking)

Day 08 Rest day at Manang for acclimatization.

A necessary day to rest for acclimatization. Explore Manang, the village of about 500 flat-roofed houses. A short hike up to the Monastery below the mountain or hike up to Gangpurna Glacier Lake. Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and Chulu East to the north can be well viewed from here.

Day 09 Trek to Khangsar village (4-5 hrs walking)

After breakfast, our trek continues up to the village of Khangsar. As we walk ahead, the trail cuts down through a gorge and the Tilicho Peak can be spotted far above. We get to appreciate the natural beauty of the Annapurna range all along the way. We also pass through small scenic settlements and the Tore monastery and get to enjoy the breathtaking Khangsar River and the grand barrier before reaching Khangsar. Overnight in Lodge at Khangsar. 

Day 10 Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m) 5-6 hrs walking.

As we begin the trek from Kangsar to Tilicho Lake Base Camp, we come across wide grassy fields and, after making a slight climb up a small hill, witness the glorious views of the entire valley. After trudging down a steep inclination, you now enter the Tilicho Base Camp. Camping is the only option as there are not many lodges out here. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp.

 

Day 11 Visit Tilicho Lake (4949m) then trek back to base camp. 7-8 hrs walking.

After the initial tough ascent, our trail traverses onto a moraine and then cuts along the side of the mountain. However, the spectacular views of Tilicho, Nilgiri, Khangsar and Muktinath peaks are always close by to cheer us up. Upon reaching Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, we get to admire its tranquil beauty. Sometimes reflections of the surrounding peaks are seen on its turquoise waters, at other times the lake remains frozen. We take a break beside the calm waters and soak-in the astounding views before heading back to the base camp. Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp. 

Day 12 Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4040m) 6-7 hrs walking.

When returning from the Tilicho Base Camp, the trail leads out of the Marsyangdi valley and the abrupt change in surroundings can be noticed as the trees are left behind and replaced with more alpine vegetation. Our trail continues through the ruins of the old Khangsar village until we cross a long bridge over the river between Gunsang and Yak Kharka. From here we get breathtaking views of Annapurna III. Overnight in the lodge at Yak Kharka.

 

Day 13 Trek to Chulu West BC (5-6 hrs walking)

Trek to Chulu West BC (5-6 hrs walking) 

Day 14 Trek to Chulu West High Camp (5-6 hrs walking)

Trek to Chulu West high camp then we do some training for the climbing. 

Day 15 Summit Chulu west and back to Base camp (10-12 hrs walking)

Start the climbing very early in the morning and once we get to the of Summit Chulu west, the view will be amazing with 360-degree panorama. We will come back to Base camp.

 

Day 16 Extra day

Extra day for climbing if incase of bad weather or health issues.

Day 17 Base camp to Thorong Phedi (4450m) 4-5 hrs walking.

Today walk down to Leddar then continues into a quite distinct alpine area. Crossing the Jarsang Khola we climb to a small grassy valley and level trail passing a landslide area. Then we reach at Thorong Phedi. Overnight in Lodge.

 

Day 18 Drive back to Kathmandu(1340m) 6-7 hrs walking.

Early morning transfer to bus park for your journey back to Kathmandu which will take 6-7 hrs.  Then transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19 Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3780m) 7-8hrs walking

This is the day when you will cross Thorong La pass. There is a possibility of the strong wind at the pass so we start to climb very early in the morning passing the moraines slowly reach the top of Thorong Pass (5416m) and enjoy some absolutely stunning high Himalayan scenery both side of the valley. There are hanging Prayer flags at the pass and also a small teashop for hot tea or Coffee. Soon as we reach the pass we descend to the western valley enjoying the view of the Mukut Himal and Mustang Himal to the west. We descend more than 1600m and reach Muktinath village. Overnight in Lodge. 

Day 20 Muktinath to Jomsom (2680M) 5-6 hrs walking.

After breakfast proceeds to Kagbeni, a brisk ride downhill with a view of the dramatic landscape and the Snowy peaks. Walk passing the small village known as EkleBhatti, with an outstanding view of Nilgiri on the south along the Kaligandaki riverbed and reach the big town of Jomsom; the center of Mustang district. There is many Hotels, shopping centers, and an airstrip. 

Day 21 Jomsom To Pokhara by flight.

We fly to Pokhara early morning and take a short sightseeing tour in Pokhara Overnight stay in Pokhara

Day 22 Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon for shopping etc.

Day 23 Transfer to the Kathmandu airport and departure back to home.

Transfer to the Kathmandu airport and departure back to home.

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  1. Snow Goggles
  2. Warm hat (Either wool or synthetic)
  3. Liner Gloves (wool or Synthetic)
  4. Over Gloves (Gore-Tex
  5. Long underwear (Lightweight or mid weight tops and bottoms made of synthetic material)
  6. Warm insulating Upper and Lower body Layers (fleece)
  7. Gore Tex Suit
  8. Heavy Socks
  9. Climbing boots (Plastic boots/leather boots with Water proof or snow seal)
  10. Snow gaiters
  11. Crampons
  12. Ice Axe
  13. Jumor
  14. Figure 8(Descender)
  15. Harness
  16. 02 Lock Carabinars (Similar size)
  17. 02 Snap Carabinars(Non Locking)
  18. 6 mm Rope (Prussic slings and safety ropes)  
  19. Pocket Knife

The gears we can rent from Kathmandu are as following…

  1. Climbing boots (Plastic boots)
  2. Crampons
  3. Ice Axe
  4. Jomor
  5. Figure 8(Descender)
  6. Harness
  7. 02 Lock Carabinars and
  8. 02 Snap Carabinars(Non Locking)
  9. 6 mm Rope (Prussic slings and safety ropes)  

Nepal Entry Visa Procedures

Foreigners who intend to visit Nepal must hold valid Passport (6 months) or any travel documents equivalent to a passport issued by the government for visiting a foreign country.

You can obtain the Nepal visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. And you can apply for the Nepal visa online now. The application for the tourist visa has to be filled and submitted through this link of Nepal Immigration, www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa.

Please bring the printed copy and show them at the immigration in Kathmandu with the visa fees and 2 copies of passport sized photos. US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days multiple entry visa, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days multiple entry visas. We suggest you take cash in hand. If you haven’t applied for the online visa then visa form will be provided during your flight to Nepal.

Note: Free Visa for Chinese citizens including HKSAR Passport holders.

Nepal Trekking Season’s

The two most pleasant seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. The spring season is considered to be March to May. During the spring months, flowers are in bloom in the forests so it can be quite beautiful though it can also be a bit cloudy, especially in the afternoon.  Autumn season is considered September through November. In autumn season you will get the best mountain views, with clear skies usually all day long. The fall season is slightly cooler with average temperatures. December is also generally the driest month of the year. Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year.

It is worth remembering that we will get 75 percent of annual rainfall from the mid-June through August. This period is considered as the monsoon season. Winter in Nepal is considered December through February. These months are the coldest in temperatures depending on where you are. At higher altitudes in the Himalayas temperatures will drop below freezing and it can be extremely cold at night.

A Typical Day of the Trekking

The trekking day begins early at around 6.30AM in the morning with a cup of wakeup tea. Before breakfast, pack your duffel bag which is carried by porters by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually starting a good morning walk. After 3-4 hrs walking, we stop for lunch. Allowing about 1 - 2 hours for lunch break then we continue the walk to the destination where we stay overnight.

We reach the teahouse/camp by afternoon, as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Check in the room and having afternoon tea, side trips or other activities are generally organized. You can spend the afternoon as you wish then meet for dinner around 7 PM and sleep.

Geography of Nepal

Nepal covers the land area of 147,181 sqkm, stretching 800 km from east to west and 90 to 230 km from north to south. Nepal is land-locked between China (including the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet) and India. Nepal has three geographic regions; the mountainous Himalayan belt (including 8 of the 14 highest mountain peaks in the world), the hill region and the plains region.

Nepal contains the greatest altitude variation on earth, from the lowland Terai, at almost sea-level to Mount Everest at 8848 meters. Nepal is divided into seven states and seventy-seven districts. Where the high Himalayas occupy 16% of the total land area of Nepal with elevation ranging from 4,000 m to above 8,848 m. This region accommodates the eight of the highest peaks in the world; Mt. Everest (8848 m), Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Cho You (8201 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Makalu (8463 m), Manaslu (8163 m) and Annapurna I (8091 m).

Currency in Nepal

Nepali Rupee notes come in Rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rs. 1, 2 and 5 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. Banks are usually open from 09.30 am to 3:00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 1:00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are closed.

Credit Cards: All major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 4% mark-up on top of the price.

Effects of Global Warming & Climate Change

Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in South Asia to climate change, yet it has limited capacity to address the impacts of climate change or to take advantage of the opportunities. It has a highly variable climate and fragile ecosystems. The Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than any other major body of ice.

With climate change, climate variability, a driver of poverty in a country where 60% of the population is reliant on agriculture, will only increase. The monsoon rains are already more intense, but of shorter duration, and are arriving later, which has a devastating impact on the rice fields.

The Greater Himalaya region is the water tower of Asia. Nepal sits at a strategic point, in the headwaters of the Ganges basin. 500 million people live in this basin, which is one of the most flood-prone in the world. Currently, Nepal's Himalayan Rivers supply 70% of the dry season water in the Ganges and 30% of the peak flood waters.

Nepal's potential for hydropower is 100 times its existing energy use. Current development of rivers is sub-optimal, focusing solely on hydro rather than also storing water in the summer to use for irrigation during the rest of the year and reduce flooding.

Clothing in Nepal

From April to the end of September, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for traveling purpose should be comfortable and lightweight. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather-friendly. In the months of October to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night, it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like down jackets, sweaters, trousers etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance with Nepali weather, you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Kathmandu.

Health Issues Regarding Altitude Sickness

Those in good health should have no difficulty traveling to Nepal. But people with health conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy, and cardiac problems should seek a doctor’s approval before planning a trip to Nepal.

Trekking and Climbing in Nepal involve high altitude and can be strenuous. A simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Altitude sickness, if not treated when symptoms first appear, can lead to death. Often known as AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness, it can ruin a Treks and Climbings and should be treated very seriously.

The Himalayan Mountains begin where other mountain ranges end.  As altitude increases, especially above 3,000 meters, the air becomes thinner, creating certain difficulties for the human body. Youth, strength, and fitness make no difference here. The only prevention is to give ones body time to adjust to high altitude. Those who go too high too fast are liable to be victims of Acute Mountain Sickness.  To minimize its threat, we recommend following this advice:

01. Drink adequate fluids.  At 4,300 meters, for example, the body requires 3 to 4 liters of liquid a day.  At low altitudes try to drink at least 1 liter a day.

02. Accept the fact that you cannot go very high if your time is short.

03. Learn to recognize the symptoms of AMS: a headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, fluid retention and/or swelling of the body.  The cure is to climb no higher until the symptoms have disappeared.

04. Do not expect everyone in your group to acclimatize at the same rate.  If you experience such discomforts, tell the accompanying Best Nepal Trekking facilitators immediately.

05. For the sake of safety, if the trek leader deems it necessary to ask a participant who is suffering from AMS to descend, he will have the authority to do so even though it may go against the will of that participant.

People and Religions of Nepal

Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Since 2008AD, Nepal has been declared a secular country. The Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Herald of Peace, The Light of Asia. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians live together in harmony. And other nature worshippers, too, exist here.

Ethnic diversity and custom of Nepal make Nepal the most fascinating tourist destination in the world. Official statistics indicate that the Nepali population of around 35 million includes more than 90 ethnic groups speaking 100 different languages and dialects.

History of Nepal

Nepal has witnessed many rulers and dynasties play contributing roles in molding Nepal to present day’s Modern Nepal. Karin's ruled Nepal from 9th century BC to 1st century AD Later Lichchhavis took over Karin from 3rd to 13th century and then were followed by Thakuri belonging to Malla dynasty.

Then Shah Dynasty held the reign. Prithvi Narayan Shah is solely responsible for today’s modern day Nepal for he is the one who united different kingdoms into one single nation in 1769. In 1846, the Kot massacre led by Jung Bahadur Rana back seated the power of the monarchy and made Rana regime more powerful. In 1950 Tribhuvan with the support from India restored monarchy.

A coalition government comprising the Nepali Congress party and the Ranas was thereafter installed with the promise of free elections in 1952. In 1960, Mahindra, son of Tribhuvan tactically established Panchayat system, meaning ‘five councils system,' by engineering a coup, declaring a new constitution, imprisoning all the leaders of the then government and enforcing a ban on all political activities.

People’s movement of 1990 opened up a new chapter for a decade of democracy in Nepal which led to multiparty democracy with a constitutional monarchy. Democracy came with heavy price leading to incompetent political leaders, political conflicts, Maoist insurgency, corruptions and downfall in the national economy. Royal family massacre in 2001 left the whole world in complete shock. Gyanendra was crowned Nepal’s king after his brother, Birendra’s assassination.

With the advent of 2006, all major political parties committed to reform their past mistakes and Maoist rebels came together with the support from Nepali people and jointly went on several days strikes to restore democracy. Finally, Gyanendra Shah handed over the political power to Nepali people and democracy was once again restored in Nepal. Then Maoists has been the biggest political party of Nepal 2008 election. Nepal recently(September 2015) declared the new constitution for the country.

Shopping in Nepal

In the major cities of Nepal, like Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, you will find well-resourced shopping malls. From clothes, shoes, accessories, sportswear, electronic goods, cosmetics, food and decoration items to kitchen wares you can purchase any goods. In Nepal shopping of both local and imported goods are possible. Most shops and clothing stores have fixed price tagged along with their goods.

But in the case of small shops, you can bargain the prices for purchasing goods. While shopping in Nepal it is advisable to carry Nepali currency in cash as most of the shops only accept cash. In Kathmandu, Thamel, New-road, and Durbar-Marg are the most popular Shopping centers.

What Foods You Will Expect In Nepal

Kathmandu is a paradise for food lovers. Besides Nepali food, Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, Mexican, Thai etc to continental at the remarkably reasonable price. If you desire to lead a Nepali lifestyle during your stay in Nepal, then there are also some restaurants serving pure Nepali cuisine (Dal Bhat) which comprises of steamed rice, lentil soup and varieties of vegetable/non-vegetable curries.

Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, is well known for many excellent restaurants, cafés, and pubs. Pokhara also has numerous restaurants that serve every kind of delicacies complementing your taste. The foods in the mountains (trekking routes) also fresh, hygienic and delicious.

Travel Insurance For Traveling in Nepal

Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation (including helicopter rescue) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover trip cancellation and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Hotels in Nepal

Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5-star luxury hotels to budget-priced guesthouses. Top hotel in Nepal gives you high-quality services. Whatever your requirements are, Nepal hotels can meet them all.

Best Nepal Trekking P(LTD), is always recommend the best Hotels in Nepal for your holidays.

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Challenges

Generally short treks of duration not more than 10 days with average walking of 4-6 hours a day with maximum altitude gain of 3500m. Suitable for those people who do not have any previous trekking experience, but still want to see the country side, himalayan scenery, meet and interact with local culture.
The treks covering altitude of 4500m with some longer and shorter walks of 6-7 hrs a day. Moderate treks are with duration of 10 days to 2 weeks in the mountains, suits for people of all ages with good physical fitness.
The trek involves some steep ascents and descents, throughout high passes and involving glacier crossings. Usually you will trek 6 to 8 hours a day. The highest elevation reached is around 5500m & trekking duration can be 2-3 weeks.
This grade will involves the altitude ranges above 5500m to 6000m plus with 7 hrs of walking a day. It covering very remote areas, walking over snow covered high passes with the need of climbing equipment.

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