Chulu West is the highest among all the Chulu peaks with the height of 6419m which can also be called as Chulu Central. Chulu West Peak Climbing can be one of the greatest adventures for those extending their climbing experience beyond the trekking peaks of the Annapurna region. Being the challenging trekking, Chulu peak expeditions requires the greater personal commitment and ability or previous climbing experience. Climbing of Chulu West Peak with the Classical Annapurna circuit fulfills the desire of every amateur climber who wishes to have the thrilling experience of Himalayan summits.
Nepal Chulu East climbing begins from Besi Sahar after a 6-7 hours’ drive from Kathmandu, and the trail ascends gradually along the Marshyangdi river valley passing through rocky trail past the golden amphitheater-shaped rice terraces through the villages of Bahundanda, Chamje, Bagarchhap, and Chame. On the way, there runs a slippery trail up and down through the paddy field then again through the stands of bamboo and rhododendron to an exposed trail that traverses high above the river banks. A steep narrow path with a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock facing Chame to Pisang. Similarly, the opportunity to have magnificent views of Himalayas lying around while Hiking such as Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Chulu East and the east-side Himlung Valley among others will be an amazing memory.
Conquering the Summit of Chulu West Peak is an awe-inspiring moment. You’ll be astounded to witness the glory and have a close touch of the sky with the vistas of spectacular views. You will be observing the sacred Buddhist and Hindu Shrine “Muktinath” passing every type of vegetation zone from lush sub-tropical to harsh semi-desert in Jomsom. The picturesque Manang valley, magnificent KaliGandaki, and Marsyandi Rivers close up views of the Himalayas, varied ecosystems, green paddy fields and oak forests, arid deserts and the deepest gorge make this peak the most popular climbing peak along with the adventurous trekking.
Duration: 23 Days
Trek Grade: Difficult
Joining in: Kathmandu Nepal
Location: Annapurna Trekking Regions
Best time: March to May and Sptember – November are the best seasons.
Guide: Government certified hiking/Trekking & Climbing Guide
Lodging: Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation private room. Tented camping will be done in the journey during the trek and climbing.
Food: Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (typical Nepali cuisine – vegetarian option usually available)
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You will visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflects the ancient Nepalese culture. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.
Take a vehicle or tourist bus to Besi Sahar, about 6 hours drive. If you reach Besi Sahar at lunch time, it’s possible to take a bus or hike along the road to Bhulbule same day.
Beyond Bhulule, the trail travels up the east bank of the river, past an impressive 60m waterfall that is surrounded by a tropical tree called a pandanus or screw pine. Watch the Langur monkeys playing in the treetops. The path wanders through extensive views of Mt. Manaslu and Ngadi Chuli. Cross the Sisneri khola and pass the unfinished base of a long-promised power plant to reach a tibtean settlement. A steep walk via subtropical forest and small hamlets to Bahundanda(1270m), an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge.
Descend on a steep, rocky trail past golden amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces. A climb over a ridge leads to the pleasant village of Kanigaon (1170m). The end of the town offers the best view of the huge waterfall across the Marsyangdi. A steep and slippery trail runs up and down through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Chamje.
Cross to the east bank of the Marsyangdi and follow the trail along the river embankment. A relatively long walk today, we cross barely and potato fields to reach Dharapani. An hour work to Bagarchhap through a forest of a blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple and oak, offers typical Tibetan architecture. The trail has entered the Manang region with site our first Tibetan Monastery and the occasional glimpses of Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6986m).
The trail stays on the south bank of the river, climbing through forests to Danaque (2210m), valley surrounded by apples orchards. The trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. At the entrance to Chame is along wall with many prayer wheels; the administrative headquarter of the Manang district. There are fine views of Lamjung, Annapurna II/IV (7525m).
There’s a long, peasant and mostly level walk in forests. The pine-scented trail rounds a bend to reveal the first views of dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curve slab of rock. The trail follows through the river valley with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna II at Pisang. Pisang marks the beginning of the region upper portion of the Manang district.
It’s about 6-7 hours trail. From upper Pisang the high trail enters pine grooves to reveal views of the small turquoise lake. The trail does a dogleg through the charming village, passing with views of painted Mandalas and dragon mouth spouts. Hike through the fields of grazing yak and wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement provides good views of Annapurna II/III/IV, Gangapurna and Tarkekang. Stay at 3570m.
This day you spend a second night in the Manang region to acclimatize to the higher elevations you will encounter towards the Thorong La. Take advice from Himalayan Rescue Association and observe the spectacular views of the Himalaya nearby. There are fine views of the milky blue glacier lake at the foot of spectacular Gangapurna icefall and traditional stone buildings.
The trail continues to climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley. After we reach Yak Kharka we will see herds of blue sheep grazing the steep slopes as well.
You have left the steeply and rocky mountain trail and join the large trees below; the vegetation now consists of scrub juniper and alpine grasses.
From Yak Kharka, we will continue to climb along the east bank of the Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi; a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs at 4420 meter.
The trail becomes steep immediately after leaving Thorung Phedi, switch backing up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the Thorung La pass (5416m). You can see the long Great Barrier ridge, Tibet like region of Manang, as well as the Annapurnas, Gangapurna and the heavily glaciated peak of Khatung Kang (6484m). The trail descends crossing meadows steeply down to Muktinath. One of the most important pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists.
The trial descends very quickly to the valley floor more than 5,000 ft. below through a dramatic arid landscape. From Muktinath to Jomsom, we see people from Mustang who comes to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among them merchandise is the highly revered mollusk fossil called Shaligram. We will pass some ancient caves and view the impressive white snow capped mountains. We transit at the significant town Kagbeni. Enjoying the plateau we will reach Jomsom by vehicle or walk to Jomsom and spent the night.
We take our next flight back to pokhara and spent a day here. You’re free here to feel the moderate climate and sceneries of this Magic land or Dream Land of Nepal. Explore the various interesting places like Mahendra Cave, David’s fall and the various lakes of course. You can buy some special souvenirs and enjoy the valley. Spend your night on the beautiful beaches. (You can stay longer for short tours such as drives at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).
Take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. Enjoy rest of the exploring the local areas and enjoying the streets freely.
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.
We will take you to the International Airport for your convenience. Wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.
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