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Chulu East Peak Climbing

Chulu East Peak Climbing

Chulu East Peak is one of the popular trekking peaks in Annapurna region of Nepal. Chulu East Peak (6584m) is situated high above Manang valley and offers a great trekking experience. The summit of the peak offers magnificent views of Annapurna mountain range, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho and Manaslu peaks. One needs to have some amount of trekking experience and physical caliber to successfully summit the Chulu East Peak. It is regarded as a technical peak only experienced climbers are encouraged to sign up for this adventure. Annapurna region is one of the most happening region for the trekkers from around the world. The Annapurna trekking was opened for foreign trekkers in 1977. Since then Annapurna region has become one of the most renowned and spectacular trekking routes that glorifies trekkers with its alluring beauty and mystifying trekking trails. The trail is filled with lush green valleys and fascinating villages that offers breathtaking views of high raising Himalayas. Breakfree Adventures invite you to book with us to experience once in a life time adventure of ascending of the most famous trekking peaks of Nepal.

Breakfree Adventures’ 23-days Chulu East Peak Climbing begins with a day full of sightseeing tour in Kathmandu where we will visit some of the major attraction of Kathmandu. Next day we will drive to Khundi to start our trekking adventure. It will take approximately seven hours to reach Khudi by bus. From Khudi we will trek to reach Ghermu and then to Dharapani. We will then trek to Chame, Pisang and Ngwal. We then continue our expedition to reach Chulu East Base Camp. We will spend a day at the base camp for acclimatization. Next day we will ascend to High camp and stay overnight at the camp. From High camp we will ascend the Chulu East Peak and then trace back to the base camp. We then begin our return endeavor trekking down to Hunde, Bhratang, bagarchhap, jagat Ngadi and Besisahar. We will terminate our trekking upon reaching Besisahar and drive back to Kathmandu. Breakfree Adventures’ professionally designed itinerary and trek plan ensure high level of safety and security during your expedition. Our trained guides and trekking experts guide you to the best of their ability right from the starting till the end of your trip. 

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Visit traditional Buddhist Monasteries, stupas and monuments
  • Explore wide variety of floras and faunas
  • Discover unique culture and tradition of local people
  • Walk through world’s deepest gorge and Kali Gandaki valley
  • Witness magnificent views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhere and Dhaulagiri massifs
  • Ascend Chulu East Peak
  • Explore Pisang and Gyaru village
  • Explore numerous natural/cultural/historical/traditional monuments 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Khudi (790m)

Day 04 : Khudi to Ghermu (1200m)

Day 05 : Ghermu to Chamje (1430m)

Day 06 : Chamje to Dharapani (1433m)

Day 07 : Dharapani to Chame (2620m)

Day 08 : Chame to Pisang (3190m)

Day 09 : Pisang to Ngwal (3305m)

Day 10 : Ngwal to Chulu East Base Camp (3910m)

Day 11 : Chulu East Base Camp Rest Day

Day 12 : Base Camp to High Camp (4950m)

Day 13 : Summit Chulu East (6584m) and back to base camp

Day 14 : Day reserved for contingency

Day 15 : Chulu East base camp to Hunde (2995m)

Day 16 : Hunde to Bhratang (2825m)

Day 17 : Bhratang to Bagarchhap (2160m)

Day 18 : Bagarchap to Jagat (1300m)

Day 19 : Jagat to Ngadi (930m)

Day 20 : Ngadi to Besisahar (760m)

Day 21 : Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu (7-8 Hours)

Day 22 : Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Day 23 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination.

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Accommodation during the trek in camp/tents with all supporting camping equipment.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide, cook and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers), during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge.

 

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide, driver and porter

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later transfer you to the hotel. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around the streets of Kathmandu (If you have leisure time). You will be briefed about our trekking plan by our company representative. O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Today after breakfast we will set out for a guided city tour where you get to discover several historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. You will be seeing the world heritage sites like historical Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of lord Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists), Boudhanath Shrine and many more cultural and natural monuments. The Kathmandu City tour will more or less familiarize you with Nepalese urban lifestyle. Later we will have a discussion session where we discuss about our trek plan and preparation. Our trek leader would be obliged to brief you about our expedition and answer your queries. O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Khudi (790m)

We will be setting off for the trek starting point today. Our representatives will pick you from the hotel and later drive to Besisahar on a private vehicle. Besisahar is approximately 185km away from Kathmandu and it will take us 7 hours to reach there by bus. Upon reaching Besisahar, we will check to the pre-booked hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 04 : Khudi to Ghermu (1200m)

We will trek to reach Ghermu Phant today. We walk along the river side, cross several suspension bridge and reach Bahundanda. On our way we will enjoy the scenic views of beautiful farm fields and waterfalls. We will then descend down for some time and reach the village of Ghermu. Overnight, we stay at Ghermu.

Day 05 : Ghermu to Chamje (1430m)

We wake up in the morning and gear up to continue to reach Chamje today. The trail drops steeply to Syange (1070m) and continues towards Chamje. On our way we can see the alluring view of large waterfall (depends upon the season). We will then cross a suspension bridge and follow the river to reach the stone village of Jagat. Climbing further through the forest we will reach Chamje. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Chamje.

Day 06 : Chamje to Dharapani (1433m)

We will be trekking for approximately six hours to reach Dharapani today. We will cross a suspension bridge and enter Manang district after walking for few hours before reaching Tal. We will trek further through the beautiful forest enjoying the beautiful views of waterfalls. We will cross many small bridges and continue to walk through the cliffy way above the river and reach Dharapani. Overnight, we stay at Dharapani.

Day 07 : Dharapani to Chame (2620m)

We will be trekking to reach Chame today. We start our expedition in the morning climbing through the dense forest. On the way we will be greeted by be greeted by majestic views of Annapurna II. We will also see traditional Tibetan villages and community who are believed to have migrated from Tibet.  Chame is the district headquarter of Manang district and really worth exploring. We will explore Chame and understand the local culture and tradition followed by local people. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Chame.

Day 08 : Chame to Pisang (3190m)

We start our expedition following a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest. On the way we will see a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. We will then cross two suspension bridges after which we find ourselves surrounded by majestic Himalayas. Trekking further we reach U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. We continue our endeavor until we reach Pisang. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Pisang.

Day 09 : Pisang to Ngwal (3305m)

Leaving Pisang behind we trek through the forest filled with Pine trees and descend all the way to Ngwal. We pass through the village of upper Pisang enjoying the scenic views of Annapurna range and other Himalayas. We will stay overnight, at a guest house in Ngwal.

Day 10 : Ngwal to Chulu East Base Camp (3910m)

We will trek to reach the Chulu Ease Base Camp today. We continue along the trail through the vertical pastures to a rocky filed. Continuing further we reach the base camp of Chulu East. The base camp offers fine views of Annapurna range and other Himalayas. Upon reaching the base camp, we will fix our camps for the overnight stay.

Day 11 : Chulu East Base Camp Rest Day

Today is our first scheduled rest day. It is a perfect day for acclimatization and rest as we would be ascending to higher altitude while ascending the peak. We will take rest and roam around meeting the local people and observe their lifestyle or take a short hike during the day. We will also prepare for the climb and arrange our climbing gears. Overnight, we stay at the camp.

Day 12 : Base Camp to High Camp (4950m)

We will ascend to high camp today. We begin our expedition heading along the trail that goes steeply upward towards to High Camp. As we climb the higher altitude we will admire the changing landscapes and the beautiful views that the trail has to offer. Upon reaching the High camp, we will be amazed to see the magical views of Himalayas around us. Overnight, we stay at a tented camp.

Day 13 : Summit Chulu East (6584m) and back to base camp

Today is the longest trekking day and climax of our expedition. We will summit the peak of Chulu East today. From the high camp the ridge leads to the final snow slop which is rather demanding and more technical to reach the summit. Our experienced guides will help you fix the ropes and lead you to the summit of the peak. After the successful endeavor to summit of the peak, we will walk down to the high camp and then to the base camp for the overnight stay.

Day 14 : Day reserved for contingency

We have reserved this day for contingency. Favorable weather plays a significant role in successfully climbing the Chulu East Peak. There is no guarantee that the weather would be favorable in previous day for summiting the peak. For any reason if we couldn’t summit the peak on 13th day we would climb the peak today (i.e. on 14th day).  Sometimes we may even have to postpone our climbing endeavor to next day if someone in the group falls sick or get some problem in acclimatization. If the trip goes as planned, we would not need this day.

Day 15 : Chulu East base camp to Hunde (2995m)

After the successful Chulu East Peak climbing expedition, we will start our return endeavor today. We will descend down to the Hunde and stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 16 : Hunde to Bhratang (2825m)

We will further descend down to Bhratang today. It will take us approximately six hours to reach Bhratang from Hunde today. On our way we will enjoy the scenic views of Himalayas and other natural attractions. Overnight, we stay at a guest house.

Day 17 : Bhratang to Bagarchhap (2160m)

We will be gradually wrapping up our expedition in next few days. We will descend down to Bagarchap today. It will take us approximately six hours to reach Bagarchap from Bhratang. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Bagarchap.

Day 18 : Bagarchap to Jagat (1300m)

The trail goes gently goes downstream and continues to village of Chamje. From Chamje we continue further making few ups and downs and reach Himal Pani. Trekking further we will reach our campsite at Jagat. Overnight, we stay at the camp.

Day 19 : Jagat to Ngadi (930m)

We will further descend down to Ngadi today. It will take us approximately six hours to reach Ngadi from Jagat. On our way we will pass though the beautiful villages and enjoy the scenic Himalayan beauty. Overnight, we stay in Ngadi.

Day 20 : Ngadi to Besisahar (760m)

We will have an easy walk to Besisahar from Ngadi today. We will walk through the countryside and reach Bulbule. On our way we will have a superb view of Mt. Manaslu and Himal Chuli. From Bulbule we can either catch a local bus or continue walking for three hours to reach Besisahar. Upon reaching Besisahar we will terminate our trekking expedition. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse in Besisahar.

Day 21 : Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu (7-8 Hours)

We will catch a bus or a private vehicle that will drive us back to Kathmandu. It will take us approximately eight hours to reach Kathmandu from Besisahar. We will have wonderful views of Himalayas, Mountains, Rivers and other natural attractions on our way back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you may choose to hang around the city for last minute shopping to your near and dear ones. Overnight, we stay in a hotel.

Day 22 : Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Today you have relaxing day in Kathmandu. You have all the day to hang around in the streets and bazaar of Kathmandu. If you are interested you may choose to have a guided city tour to explore Kathmandu and its vicinity. You will be joining a special farewell dinner in a cozy traditional Nepali restaurant hosted by Breakfree Adventures and its team in the evening. Overnight, at the hotel.

Day 23 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the Chulu East Peak Climbing expedition. We hope you had a lovely trip with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Chulu East Peak Climbing. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the  Chulu East Peak Climbing, we provide the best available camping tents (twin sharing), kitchen equipment, toilet & dining tents. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a tent with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single tent, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. So in this arrangement overnight halts will be as fully organized camping program.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on a set menu prepared by our experienced cook & kitchen staff. Cup of tea or coffee is also included with meals. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive but it will be wholesome & nutritious with variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup & seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. You can ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 23 days  Chulu East Peak Climbing is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-6hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 23 days  Chulu East Peak Climbing successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the  Chulu East Peak Climbing, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Chulu East Peak Climbing for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your  Chulu East Peak Climbing successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. 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.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

What do we mean by trekking?
Trekking is an enjoyable and accessible adventure. In an area like the Annapurna Region this activity will blow your mind. It generally involves days on foot and multi-day walks through parks and wilderness areas. The Annapurna region mainly consists of teahouse treks. The terrain can often be steep, and we will likely encounter cold weather and possibly snow at higher altitudes above 3 700m.
 
Is trekking an activity for me?
If you love spending time in the outdoors and going to magnificent places offering spectacular views, then trekking is most certainly for you. It fills the gap between luxury travel and tented tours at a price that makes sense to most people.
 
Do I need prior trekking experience before setting out here?
No previous trekking experience is needed but it will certainly help. Anyone with decent fitness and good stamina should be able to cope with the trekking days and higher elevations. Hiking experience anywhere in the world is recommended for maximum enjoyment, but certainly not needed.
 
What permits are required for my trek?
This will depend on your specific trek but all regions have some form of permit system. Some trekking areas require a special permit for the trekking activity and other areas may only require permits to enter conservation areas or national parks. Often it is a combination of both.  Nearly all trekking areas require a Trekking Information Management System TIMS card.  As part of your package we obtain all permits on your behalf.
 
What is the average walking time per day?
On average you will walk about 5 to 8 hours daily. Distances vary and will depend on trail conditions, weather conditions and the fitness of the group.
 
What is meant by teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking refers to the type of accommodation that is so unique to these mountain treks. Lodging and meals are mostly at teahouses operated by local people and on a full-board basis.
 
Where do we get our drinking water from?
Bottled water is available in many places on the more established trekking routes but this will be for your own account. Most villages have a clean and reliable water source and we will utilise locally purified water mostly. The teahouses can supply you with boiled water at a small fee. You are encouraged to carry your own purification tablets or drops for your own peace of mind.
 
How much can a porter carry?
This will often depend on the trekking route and maximum altitude gain. On average for trekking in the Annapurna Region every porter carries between 15 and 30kg. A camping porter carries up to 40kg. For our packages we normally assign one porter for every two travellers. What this means to you is that on the trek you will be allowed 15kg luggage. This is strictly enforced to ensure the wellbeing of our porter crew. 
 
Should I tip my guides and porters?
Yes please do! This is not mandatory but widely accepted as for anywhere else in the world. Tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks.  

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 23 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Strenous

Activities: Trekking & Peak Climbing

Best Season: Feb-May&Oct-Nov

Max Altitude: 6059 m

Transportation: Private vehicles

Accommodation: 3 Star in Kathmandu, Tea House/Camp during the trek

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu/Full board in Trek/Climbing

Trip Type: Lodge to Lodge trek

Group Size: Minimum 2 people

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