The first ascent to Chulu West in 1952 by a Japanese Expedition team. It lies in a small valley north of Manang; off the main trail to the Thorong La. Chulu East was climbed by a German Expedition team in 1955 via the North East Ridge. Thus, it is difficult to differentiate between the two Chulus. However, the Chulu group comprises of four peaks two in the east and two in the west. There are no technical difficulties in ascending these peaks but the progress can be slow as the slopes are vulnerable to avalanches in certain conditions. These peaks are lying together which forms an integral part of the Manang Himal which in turns is included in the larger Damodar Himal.
Chulu West Peak Climbing Highlights:
Passing through the Marsyangdi valley with the views of Manaslu, Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, and Tilicho peak, exploring Pisang and Gyaru village and primitive monastery and Muktinath temple. Experience with Tibetan Manangis local culture, Great Himalayan Landscape
chekigo Peak Climbing is suitable for any climber looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require any previous climbing experience. We recommend you to do daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek and climbing , you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Kathmandu - Beshishahar - Dharapani - Manag - Nwagal - Chulu East Base Camp - Kathmandu
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.
Chulu West Peak climbing outline itinerary
- Day 01: Arrival day in Kathamndu, B/B Plan
- Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley, B/B Plan
- Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m), 6-7 hrs drive , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 04: Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1310m.): 6 hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1430m.) 6:30hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani. 6 hrs , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 07: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.): 5:30 hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.): 5 hrs : , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 10: Acclimitization day in Manang: Excursion around , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 11: Trek from Ngawal to Chulu West Base Camp (3910m.), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 12: Trek from Chulu West Base Camp to Chulu West High Camp (4955m.) and plan the climbing route., O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 13: Summit the Chulu West Peak and descends down to base camp., O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 14: Extra day incase of bad weather , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 15: Trek from Chulu West Base camp to Manang (3540m.), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 16: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4000m) 3 hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 17: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m) 3:30 hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 18: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) 7 hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 19: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800m). 3hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 20: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2730m).3hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 21: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara:, B/B Plan
- Day 22: Drive or Fly back to Kathamndu, B/B Plan
- Day 23: Final departure day
Note of the above itinerary
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
short description mode of packages
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Chulu West Peak climbing detail itinerary
Arrival day in Kathamndu : .Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport at Kathmandu(1348m). You will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur and a short brief about the trekking and climbing after your refreshment.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.In the morning after breakfast, we will take you for the Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with tour guide in world heritage sites such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and many more and than meet to with climbing guide to preparations for the trip.
Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m), 6 / 7 hrs drive
You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besisahar. Besisahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung. All the local government offices are here. From where you can see some of mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and you can the daily activities of local people.
Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1310m.): 6 hrs
The first part of the trekking passes thorough flat level along the bank of the Marsyangdi River. You can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of Gurung people. After lunch, the trail goes steeply upwards to Bahundanda which takes about 2 hours. At this point, you can see the area surrounded by eye-catching scenarios’ with snow capped Himalayas.
Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1430m.) 6:30hrs
A steep trail descends for early half an hour and then follows flat path through rice terraces, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall then it climbs again high above the river before reaching the village of Lali Gaon. Ahead, the Marsyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape, and you follow the winding mountain path down through Syange (1100m.) where there is a beautiful waterfall above it and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually you descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests.
Trek from Chamje to Dharapani. 6hrs
The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin a climb to Sat tale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. You continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, you see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.). Though it is enclosed by cliffs, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just traveled on. You descend to a grassy riverbank which leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. You cross a suspension bridge, and climb the short distance to the stone kani marking the entrance to Dharapani.
Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.): 5:30 hrs
As you cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu. The Marshyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, you pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which takes you to follow steep ascent path up to Timang village. It lies at the bottom of Lamjung Himal. The trail goes through flat level until you reach Chame where there are government offices, shops, and hotels. Chame is the district headquarters for the Manang district.
Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.): 5 hrs :
With Lamjung Himal (6893m) dazzling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as you climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.).In the past this was the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution, but the dilapidated buildings are all that remain of that era. A short climb from the village brings you to a rock-strewn area where you cross a steel bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. You now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing on, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.
Trek from Pisang to Manang (3510 m)
Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak. Descending past Manang's airstrip at Hongde, we come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above us. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525 meters) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we can see the village of Bryaga with its splendid monastery. Large chorten and Mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455 meters) and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7134 meters)
After a short steep climb we reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region.
Acclimitization day in Manang: Excursion around
Acclimitization day in Ngawal excursion around the Ngawal is wonderful. Climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley is a way to feel Mountains proximity. A visit of Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) - aid post in the village, makes an interesting and educational excursion. Moreover you can visit Gangapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a special memorable
Trek from Ngawal to Chulu East Base Camp (3910m.)
Trek from Chulu Base Camp to Chulu east High Camp (4955m.) & plan the climbing route.
Summit the Chulu East Peak and return base camp.
Extra day incase of bad weather
Trek from Chulu East Base camp to Manang (3540m.)
Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4000m) 3hrsNow the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gun sang (3960m.) village. En route, you can see panoramic views all the day..
Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m) 3:30 hrs.
Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.
Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) 7 hrs
Today, you start early for your crossing of Thorung La (5416m.). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, you reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before you. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple.
Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800m). 3hrs
You now begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures. People living there follow the Tibetan life style and culture. There is situated a monastery said to belong to 15th Century. Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang.
Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2730m).3hrs
Now, you begin the flat path along the bank of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet up to Marpha. Marpha is a big village enriched with a Buddhist Monastery in between the village which has its own cultural importance. It is rich in cultivating apples. The apple brandy available there is famous among the local people and travelers.
Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara:
Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. It takes around 20 minutes and in the day time we will visit many places in Pokhara as your interest and free day your relax. Stay overnight in hotel.
Drive or Fly back to Kathamndu.
Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel or you can take pleasure flight to Kathmandu with 25 minutes.
Final departure day
Drop you to the international airport for your onward destination flight.
Cost includes in the package
- Kathmandu International Airport transfer by private vehicles.
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with private vehicles.
- 3 nights standard accommodation in two/three star hotel in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur and one night in Pokhara (bed with breakfast).
- Jomsom-Pokhara airfare with domestic airport taxes.
- All grounded transportation as per programs.
- Chulu West climbing permit and all other required necessary permits.
- Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, equipements and transportation for Nepali crew.
- Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
- Gokyo Treks Nepal's sleeping bag, down jackets, and walking stick, if necessary.
- Gokyo Treks Nepal's provides duffle bag (keep yourself).
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- All government applicable taxes.
- All 3 major meals breakfast/lunch/dinner with hot drinks and tented accommodation during the trek en-route. (Twin sharing tent, dining tent, toilet tent, kitchen tent, staff tent, table, chairs and kitchen utensil etc.).
- Staff: (Professional English speaking trekking guide, 1 cook, 1 kitchen helper, 1 climbing guide & necessary porters. (1 assistant guide for 5 plus people).
- Hot bucket shower (bath) during the trek.
- Insurance for all the Nepalese staff.
- Collective equipments such as a climbing rope, ice screws, snow bars, tent, snow sawel.
- All necessary paper works and Annapurna Conservation entry permits.
- At the end we will provide special gift from Gokyo Treks.
Cost excludes in the package
- Nepal entry visa fees.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Food while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Any donations and monuments entrance fees while sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley.
- Garbage deposit (US$ 250), refundable after the climbing.
- Personal climbing equipment and your personal nature expenses.
- All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
- Sweet things like chocolate.
- Hot Shower during the trek.
- International airfare and airport departure taxes.
- Tips for the trekking crews and driver. (Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory).
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.
Extra: Trip Advisor Notes :
- US$ 50 per person/per day extra, if you wish to extend your trekking in the mountain.
- If you wish to take budget hotel in Kathmandu, US$ 15 will be deducted from total trip cost.
- US$ 45++per night for single room and 55++ per night for double room if you need extra accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
- US$ 300 for extra Sherpa climbing guide.
- No hidden price and single supplement charge.
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya 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.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Frequently Asked Question of Peak Climbing
Do I need Experience for Peak climbing in Nepal ?
This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk for 6 - 7 hours in each day, with a light weight rucksack. For adventure peak climbing period - yes, you need to have experience of walking 6 - 7 hours a day in high altitude - somehow about 5000M above sea level.
What kind of food can I expect in Peak climbing in Nepal ?
we provide you hot food prepared by our trained cook, the dinner and breakfast will be in the same campsite and we will stop and cook the lunch along the day. delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) get hot tea/coffee …as well.
What kind of accommodation can I expect in Peak climbing in Nepal ?
We provide you 2/3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and 2 men Tent with mattress accommodation during the trekking and peak climbing periods and we recommend you to have sleeping bag or if don’t have your own then we provide you sleeping nag as well.
What opportunities will I have for shower along the trekking and climbing days ?
Camping - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.
How do I get drinking water ?
There will plenty of water available for drinking in this trip however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.