Chulu West Peak Climbing

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Located in a small valley north of Manang, away from the key track to Thorung La pass, chulu west peak is one of its types filled with blessing from the nature. As a matter of fact, there are two chulu peaks: Chulu east and Chulu west (6419 m). The Chulu west lies at a higher altitude than Chulu east, providing a mountaineering opportunity to trekkers who love to take safe risks under supervision. This is a unique opportunity to experience the glimpses of the Annapurna Sanctuary. While ascending the peak we will have an opportunity of witnessing magnificent peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri and others.

Chulu West peak is one of the parts of Manang Himal, which is a part of Damodar Himal. We will also view rivers like Nar Khola, Hunlung Khola and Phu Khola, Marsyangdi Khola and Mesokanta La.

Chulu west peak tour begins from Beshi Sahar after driving for 5-6 hours from Kathmandu and from Beshi Sahar the way goes up slowly to Manang valley, one of the highest valleys in the world located at an elevation of 5000m. And, from Manang valley the path moves north to the Chulu West Base camp. The major highlights of the trek are passing through the Marsyangdi valley which will mesmerize you with the views of Manaslu, Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, IV and Tilicho peak; exploring Gyaru and Pisang village and visiting Muktinath temple.

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team invites you to join Chulu West Peak Climbing. This peak climbing opportunity is certainly once in a life-time. Live in the Himalayas for 21 days, post something brave to your timeline.

ITINARARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu at the altitude of 1,300 meter &4,264 feet

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport our one of the representative from the GHHT- Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be there waiting for you at the terminal gate and after completing all the custom formalities of airport like visa, passport etc. you can directly head to the terminal gate where you will see our representative and our other staff carrying a signboard of GHHT. They will give you a warm welcome and drive you to the hotel in private vehicle. After checking in to the hotel you can take rest for awhile and freshen up or you can even stroll around some of the souvenir shop nearby or if you are interested to visit GHHT office you are very much welcome. In evening the GHHT will be hosting a welcome dinner in best Nepali restaurants which serve you scrumptious Nepali cuisine.

Dinner is included.


Day 02: sightseeing Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

After breakfast we will start our trip where we will be exploring some of the historical and spiritual heritage sites which are listed in UNESCO world heritage sites. The landmarks we will first began with ancient Kathmandu Durbar square- which is the attraction sites for tourists which showcases ancient’s arts and architectures and close to the Durbar- palace there is a Hindu temple built in Pagoda style. Next we will explore holiest shrine of Hindu named Pashupatinath temple and it is also the cremation sites of Hindus. After that we will head to Swambhunath temple simply known as monkey temple and lastly we will visit the most attraction site Boudhanath stupa which is the largest stupa in the whole world. In noon time we will be visiting GHHT office where we will discuss about the trip and our climbing expert will be arranging and checking all the climbing equipments. We will be introducing you to other fellow participants who will be joining you and our trek/ climbing leader. Today you can also ask any question or have any confuses related to this trek fell free to discuss with trek leader. We will spend our night at Kathmandu.

Breakfast is included.


Day 03: Drive Kathmandu toward Syange/Jagat (1100m/3608 ft): 8 - 10 hours.

Today early morning we will began our long hour approx 8-10 hours drive to Syange/ Jagat where we will start our trek. During a drive we will be passing by few settlements with stunning scenery like greenery hills, villages, farms fields, rivers and of course the mountain view. Our route towards Besishahar is coal tarred route and from Besishahar our route will be duty trails nonetheless we will be enjoying the scenery through windowpane. We will spend our night at Jagat or Syange guesthouse.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 04: Trek Syange/Jagat toward Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7 - 8 hours.

After breakfast we will begin our trek in relaxed way where we will first enter the Manang District and then cross the large bridge close to Tal. Continuing trekking via rice, potato, barley fields and pine forests and within a while we will reach at Kodo village. From kodo village we will head towards Dharapani which is the largest village of Manang valley. We will spend our night at Dharapani.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 6 - 7 hours.

Today we will start our day with few walk to wooded ridges alongside with numerous landslides. Continuing trekking towards Chame we will come across astounding view of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV and lamjung Himal. We will then reach at natural hot spring and enjoy the hot spring for awhile. Chame is the managerial center of Manang district.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours.

With narrow and steep trail via lush forests will lead us to remarkable curved rock which faces mounting 1500 meter from river. From here the trails widens surrounded by breathtaking Himalayan snowcapped peaks. Continuing trekking for awhile we will reach at Pisang. We will spend our night at Lower Pisang.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 07: Upper Pisang to Manang [3,500m/11,482ft]: 6 - 7 hours.

On the trails to Manang there are two route but we will be taking the upper route where the route offers stunning scenery. The route leads via upper pisang through Geru. We will feel like we are surrounded by magnificent mountain. The view of the mountain such as Pisang and Annapurna will absolutely fascinate us. From here we will notice the landscape and vegetation view are bit changed. We will also visit Barge monastery the largest monastery of the Manag district. We will spend our night in Manang.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 08: Manang: Rest and acclimatization day

Today we will spend our day acclimatizing the altitude but instead of spending whole day resting we will attempt a short hike for the proper acclimatization. Manang will be the perfect place for acclimatization as from tomorrow we will start gaining high altitude so we recommend to carefully adapt the altitude properly. We will hike to Bhojo Gompa or to Gangapurna Lake is a significant site for acclimatization. We can take an easy tour towards the Vraga village which is the ancient village of Manang and close to the village there is a monastery. On the way we will visit Himalayan Rescue Association where the rescuers will be briefing about the altitude sickness where we will get some information of altitude mountain sickness. We will spend our night in Manang.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 09: Manang toward Leder (4200m/13,776ft): 4 - 5 hours.

Today we will leave Manag and head toward Ledar via alpine landscapes with high elevation forests and vegetation. After that we will climb gradually that leads us to Yak Kharka and to our campsite.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. 


Day 10: Leder toward Chulu West Base Camp (4900m/16,072ft): 4 - 5 hours

From Ledar we will continue our trek towards Chulu west base camp and from the base camp one can enjoy captivating view of Himalayas including with the range of Annapurna. We will also wandering in some area close to base camp. We will be setting our camp at Chulu west base camp.

 Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 11: Chulu West base camp toward camp I (5100m/16,728ft): 4 - 5 hours.

Today we will be leaving Chulu base camp and hike to Camp I. The hike is not so challenging but we will be hiking to the high altitudes so make sure you are well hydrated. On the way we will enjoy outstanding view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna including with other peaks like Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Gangapurna.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 12: Rest & Acclimatization at Camp I

Today we will be spending our day acclimatizing the altitude at camp I. we will fully take rest as our climbing leader will head to camp II to make a way. After that they will retrace back to camp I. instead of taking fully rest you can walk around the camp I for the proper acclimatization.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 13: Camp I toward Camp II (5,530m/18,143ft): 4 - 5 hours

Today we will ascend towards camp II where the route is not so technical however we must use crampon, ice- axe and ropes. We will set our camp at camp II at the altitude of 5530 meter. Some of the climbers endeavor the summit from camp I but we will spend our night at camp II for the proper acclimatization so, that we are all set for tomorrow summit.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 14: Summit Chulu West (6419m/21,055ft) and back to Camp I: 9 - 10 hours.

Today is the day for summiting the Chulu west peak so; we will wake up early morning. The summit is quite challenging where we will be ascending via icy trail with high altitude nonetheless we will get breathtaking view of Himalayas which will definitely allure us. Reaching at the top of the summit and enjoy spending some time relishing the view of Himalayas and capturing the best pictures and then we will retrace back to camp I.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 15: Camp I towards Leder: 5 - 6 hours.

Today from camp I we will retrace our trail descending down to Ledar. Descending down to Ledar we will be relishing the picturesque view of mount Annapurna with other several peaks. We will spend our night at Ledar and celebrate for successfully summiting the Chulu west peak.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 16: Contingency Day

This contingency day is kept for such cases like if during the summit day there will be unforeseen situation like bad weather and in group some of the members might not be well adapted to high altitude or any other reasons so, this extra day is kept for such situation. If none of the above situation occurs then you can use this day exploring the area and take a rest.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 17: Leder toward Thorong Phedi (4450m/14,596ft): 3 - 4 hours.

Before heading towards Thorong Phedi we will clean the base camp. Today our trails will be easy where we will be trekking downhill but don’t take it lightly as you are still in high altitude.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 18: Thorong Phedi to Thorong Pass (5416m/17,765ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft)-Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 7 - 8 hrs treks and 2 hrs drive

Today we will began our day passing the well known high pass named Thorong La Pass and within awhile we will reach at Muktinath which is significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus. In Muktinath we will be visiting famous Vishnu temple and Buddhist monastery. We will not only exploring the Hindu temple and monasteries but from Muktinath one can also enjoy dazzling view of mount Dhaulagiri. After that we will head towards Jomsom through local vehicle.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.


Day 19: Jomsom toward Pokhara by flight

After breakfast we will take a flight to Pokhara where we will enjoy 30 minute flight where we will get to view mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Reaching at the Pokhara airport our guide will take us to the hotel close to lakeside. After freshening up we will stroll around the Pokhara city and wander around the Phewa Lake –largest Lake of Nepal which reflects the Machapuchre- fishtail mountain in the lake which will fascinate us. We will be also doing boating in Phewa Lake or we can even hike to world peace Pagodas. Evening we will enjoy walking around lakeside.

Breakfast is included.


Day 20: Drive back toward Kathmandu: 6 - 7 hours.

Today after having our breakfast we will drive towards Kathmandu city and make sure to grab left side window pane sit so, you can enjoy the splendid scenery during drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Within few hours’ drive we will reach at Kathmandu city and our guide will drop you at the hotel. You can start packing your baggage and then you can freshen up and do souvenir shopping if you like. In evening the GHHT- Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be hosting a farewell dinner as well as celebrating for successfully summiting the peak.

Breakfast and dinner are included.


Day 21: Final Departure

Today your journey Chulu west peak comes to an end and our representative from the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule. On the way you can plan for your next adventure in this Himalayan country and we are pleased to provide you the best services.

Breakfast is included.


 

 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard) with breakfast
  • standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking Mountaineering Leader and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • 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
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (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, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous. We have to stay a night in the camp or tent as we build when we are in such are and we are in camping or tented house

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 18 days which is main customary and pragmatic. In this 18 days itinerary it has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 21 Days

Difficulty: Strenous

Activities: Peak Climbing, Hiking, Sightseeing Trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Lodge-to-lodge & tented camp trip

Country: Nepal

Region: Annapurna

Price: USD 3,183

Group size: Minimum 2

Best Season: Mar to Jun & Sep to Nov