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Chulu West Peak Climbing

Chulu West Peak Climbing

Chulu West Peak (6419m) climbing is one of the most adventurous climbing peak in the Annapurna region of Nepal. There are two Chulu Peaks; East and West and they both are famous for undertaking peak climbing expedition. Standing at an elevation of 6419m, the Chulu West Peak offers an interesting peak climbing expedition in the alluring Annapurna region. 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. The Chulu West Peak Climbing further allows you to enjoy the magnificent views of Annapurna range, Nilgiri, Mt. Dhaulagiri and other Himalayas. Chulu West Peak Climbing is an ideal package for passionate trekkers who would strive to experience the peak climbing adventure in the Annapurna region.

Breakfree Adventures’ 21-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. Our trekking expedition kicks off from Besisahar which goes along the Marshyangdi River while revealing the views of Mt. Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. The trail lead us to fine villages inhabited by different ethnic groups of Nepal. We will pass through different places like Baundada, Chame, Pisang, Manang etc where we get to explore the exotic beauty of the nature and picturesque sceneries.  We will get ample opportunity to meet with local people and understand their local culture and tradition during the entire expedition. We will spend a day in Manang and explore the villages while meeting with local people. We will then trek to Chulu West Base Camp and then to High Camp. Next day we will summit the Chulu West Peak and descend down to the base camp. We will then trek to Throng high camp and then trek to Muktinath via Throng La Pass. We then trek to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara. We will terminate our expedition driving back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. 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
  • Visit religious Hindu temple of Muktinath
  • Explore fabulous Manang Village
  • Walk through world’s deepest gorge and Kali Gandaki valley
  • Pass through Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5416m
  • Witness magnificent views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhere and Dhaulagiri massifs
  • Ascend Chulu West Peak
  • 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 Besi Sahar (830m) [7 Hours’ Drive)

Day 04 : Besi Sahar to Bahundanda (1310m) [5 Hours)

Day 05 : Bahundanda to Chamje (1400m) [5 Hours)

Day 06 : Chamje to Bagarchap (2160m) [5 Hours)

Day 07 : Bagarchap to Chame (2630m) [5 Hours)

Day 08 : Chame to Pisang (3300m) [5 Hours)

Day 09 : Pisang to Manang (3540m) [6-7 Hours]

Day 10 : Manang Rest Day

Day 11 : Manang to Chulu West Base Camp (4900m)

Day 12 : Base Camp rest day

Day 13 : Base Camp to High Camp (5100m)

Day 14 : Ascend Chulu West Peak (6419m) and back to Base camp

Day 15 : Chulu West Base camp to Thorong High Camp

Day 16 : Thorong High Camp to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La (5416m)

Day 17 : Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m)

Day 18 : Jomsom to Pokhara (By Flight)

Day 19 : Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 20 : Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Day 21 : 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 Besi Sahar (830m) [7 Hours’ Drive)

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 : Besi Sahar to Bahundanda (1310m) [5 Hours)

Our trekking expedition begins from Beshsahar today. We will climb to Khundi (790m) and reach the Gurung village. As we continue further, the trail offers magical views of Himchuli and Ngadi Chuli. We climb further and reach Bhulbhule (825m) and to Ngadi before reaching Lampata (1135m). Walking further we will reach Bahundanda where stay overnight at a guest house.

Day 05 : Bahundanda to Chamje (1400m) [5 Hours)

We wake up in the morning and gear up to continue to reach Chamje today. The trail drops steeply to Syange (1070m) from Bahundanda. 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 Bagarchap (2160m) [5 Hours)

The sixth day of our trek begins with a walk on the rocky trail following the Marshyandi Rivers. Ascending further we reach the first village of Manang district. The trail then goes up and down until we reach Dharapani (1890m). We will then trek further and reach a stone entrance chorten. We continue our walk until we reach Bagarchap. The village of Bagarchap is filled with apple orchards and maize filed. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Bagarchap.

Day 07 : Bagarchap to Chame (2630m) [5 Hours)

We will be trekking to reach Chame today. We start our expedition in the morning climbing to Tyanja (2360m) via forested route. On the way we will be greeted by be greeted by majestic views of Annapurna II. We will also see local 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 (3300m) [5 Hours)

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 Manang (3540m) [6-7 Hours]

Leaving Pisang behind, we will head for Manang today. We have alternative trails from the north and south of Marsyangdi River which meets up at Mungji. We will follow the southern route via Hongde as it involves less climbing than the northern trail. From Mungji we continue our expedition taking few twists and turns and reach the village of Bryanga. Climbing further we reach Manang which is the ultimate destination of today’s trek. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Manang.

Day 10 : Manang Rest Day

Today is the scheduled rest day. Trekking experts suggest to keep moving even during the rest days so as to properly acclimatize in the higher altitudes. The next few days will be very challenging for us so we will need to acclimatize in the high altitude as much as possible.  We will visit Bhojo Gompa and Himalayan rescue Association and later climb the ridge to the north of the village to enjoy the magnificent views of Annapurna IV, Annapurna II and Tarke Kang. Gangapurna Lake is another point of attraction of Manang. After a day full of excursion we will get back to the guest house for the overnight stay.

Day 11 : Manang to Chulu West Base Camp (4900m)

Leaving Manang behind we continue our expedition to reach Chulu West Base Camp. We first reach Yak Kharka which is situated at a height of 4200m. On our way we will have a magnificent views of snow-capped Himalayas. We continue further and ascend to Chulu West Base camp. The base camp offers superb view of Annapurna range. Overnight, we stay at a tented camp at the base camp.

Day 12 : Base Camp rest day

We have scheduled this day as a rest day. It is a perfect day for us to rest and properly acclimatize before ascending the Chulu West Peak. We will spend the day hanging around the base camp for some time and make necessary preparations to summit the peak. Overnight, we stay at a tented camp.

Day 13 : Base Camp to High Camp (5100m)

We continue towards the Chulu West High camp. The trail to high camp is not that technical and can be ascended without any hardship. We will have a wonderful views of Annapurna range, Mt. Manaslu, Gangapurna and Lamjung Himal during the trek. Upon reaching the High camp we will make necessary preparation for our next day’s expedition. Overnight, we stay at a tented camp.

Day 14 : Ascend Chulu West Peak (6419m) and back to Base camp

Today is the climax of our expedition. We will ascend the Chulu West peak. It will take us approximately ten hours to successfully ascend the Chulu West Peak. We start our expedition early in the morning. We continue through the icy high altitude trail and set our foot in the summit of the peak. Our guides will help you to fix the ropes wherever necessary. The summit of the peak offers breath taking views of Himalayas. We will then trace back to the base camp for the overnight stay.

Day 15 : Chulu West Base camp to Thorong High Camp

It is going to be a long day walk for us today. We trek downhill all the way to Leder and continue further to Thorong Phedi (4450). We again continue further and trek for another few hours to reach Thorong High Camp. We will have superb views of Annapurna range and other Himalayas during the trek. Overnight, we stay at a guest house.

Day 16 : Thorong High Camp to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La (5416m)

We will start our trek very early in the morning to avoid any bad weather or strong wind that may hinder our expedition. We walk with much zeal today as we will be crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5416m. The alluring beauty and majestic view of Himalayas and sceneries will keep us energized despite the hectic walk in the icy high-altitude trail. It will be rather a tough climb if the pass is covered with heavy snow. A hasty but challenging climb of about four hours will lead us to the top of the pass that offers the rewarding views from its summit. Another few hours of walk will lead us the holy town of Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Vishnu Temple and a nearby monastery are religious attractions of this holy site. Overnight, we stay a guest house in Muktinath.

Day 17 : Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m)

Leaving Muktinath behind, we will descend down to Jomsom today. From Muktinath the trail descend down to Jharkot and Khingar. Beyond Khingar we will meet the junction of two routes. The first route leads to Kagbeni (the entrance of upper Mustang) and another to Jomsom. We will follow the trail to Jomson via Eklebatti following the Kali Gandaki River. Upon reaching Jomsom we can see the Annapurna Conservation Project check post, hospital, airport and the army camp. We may choose to hang around Jomsom for some time in the evening. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Jomsom.

Day 18 : Jomsom to Pokhara (By Flight)

Today we will fly to Pokhara from Jomsom. The flight from Jomsom to Pokhara might be delayed or cancelled sometimes due to weather condition. Few minutes of flight over the beautiful mountain will land us in magical city of Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara you may choose to hang around the city and lake side in the evening. Overnight, we stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 19 : Pokhara to Kathmandu

We will drive back to Kathmandu on a private vehicle today. Driving back to Kathmandu is a great fun as it offers scenic views of beautiful rivers, landscapes and traditional villages on our way back. 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 20 : 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 21 : 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 West 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 West 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 West 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 21 days  Chulu WestPeak 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 21 days  Chulu West 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 West 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 ChuluWestPeak 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 West 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: 21 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Strenous

Activities: Trekking & Peak Climbing

Best Season: Feb-May&Oct-Nov

Max Altitude: 6,419 m

Transportation: Private vehicles & Flights

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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