Chulu West Peak Climbing

Duration: 21 Days

Trip Overview

Chulu West Peak climbing is adjoined with the Mini Annapurna Circuit trek. This trip is one of the popular adventure excursions in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Chulu West Peak is technical and requires a previous peak climbing experience.

Driving to Syange from Kathmandu, the trek begins enjoying the waterfalls and lower altitude forests. Passing different ethnic settlements like Pisang and Manang, you trek to Ledar and split to the Chulu West Peak. From there we proceed to the Chulu West Base Camp. The beginning is quite easy, but we walk half of the way through the Glacier. Camp I at 5100 meters. It is also relatively easy from base camp to camp I. As the altitude is growing, it’s tough to ascend in the thin air region. Camp II is set around 5530 meters. Some climbers attempt to summit from base camp, but it requires perfect fitness and excellent acclimatization. From the top, we explore the aura of the Annapurna range, including Manaslu and Lamjung Himalayas. After the outstanding moment at the top, we trek down to the base camp following the en-route and join the Thorung La pass trek.

For the excellent Chulu West Peak Climbing arrangement and professional peak climbing guide along with the kitchen team, feel free to contact Adventure Club Trek. (Note: peak climbing is really an adventurous act, so physical fitness, acclimatization and proper rest should not be undermined. We always emphasize these aspects along with hygienic foods, so we manage a good kitchen team for all the groups. Also, it is better to manage the extra day, which is useful, if the weather is bad).

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 00: Drive back to Kahmandu.
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Cultural sightseeing tour and Trek preparation
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange: 8- 9 hours
  • Day 04: Trek Syange to Dharapani.
  • Day 05: Trek Dharapani to Chame.
  • Day 06: Trek Chame to Pisang.
  • Day 07: Trek Pisang to Manang.
  • Day 08: Rest at Manang for acclimatization.
  • Day 09: Trek Manang to Leder
  • Day 10: Trek Leder to Chulu West Base Camp.
  • Day 11: Chulu West Base Camp to High Camp.
  • Day 12: Summit Chulu West (6419m) and back to Camp
  • Day 13: Trek from Base Camp I to Leder.
  • Day 14: Contingency Day, if incase of weather gets bad.
  • Day 15: Trek Leder to Thorong Phedi.
  • Day 16: Thorong Phedi – Thorong La (5416 m) - Muktinath.
  • Day 17: Drive from Muktinath to Jomsom
  • Day 18: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Day 20: Farewell, Flight Home..
  • Day 00: Drive back to Kahmandu.

    Driving back to Kathmandu for about 6 hours, you transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, we invite you for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft
    • Meal: Farewell Dinner
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Arriving in Kathmandu, Adventure Club Trek’s airport representative receives you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed, we give you a short briefing and orientation by out trekking leaders. The evening is wonderful with a dinner with Nepali cultural program. Overnight at hotel.

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft
    • Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Cultural sightseeing tour and Trek preparation

    The exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various medieval sites in Kathmandu. We drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites- Pashupatinath temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (A fine Buddhist Stupa at the hilltop of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, take part in a short briefing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel.

    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange: 8- 9 hours

    It’s a long drive today. Right after the breakfast, we begin to drive, first through the bank of the Trishuli River, then through the Marshyangdi River valley. We reach to the Besisahar, the district center of Lamjung district. Then we drive further to Syange via Bhulbhule and Nadi. Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 1100m/3608 ft
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 04: Trek Syange to Dharapani.

    The first day of the foothill excursion, we pass Jagat, Chamje, Karte and reach to Dharapani. This is also comparatively a long walk, but the fascinations of the way make us feel exciting and we forget the tiredness. Various waterfalls on the way entice us to head further with such breathtaking panoramas. At Tal, we check-in to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) counter. Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 6-7 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 1,960m/6,430ft
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 05: Trek Dharapani to Chame.

    We begin the trek from Dharapani today with a destination of Chame. Here is a stone entrance chhorten, which is culturally touched by the Tibetan Buddhists. Then we reach Bagarchhap, which is surrounded by the apple orchid and crops fields. Ascending to Tyanja, we walk enjoying the views of the waterfalls and pine forest that leads us to Kyupar and finally to Chame, the district center of Manang. The view of Annapurna II is spectacular. You will find the difference in daily lifestyle between the mixed communities and the community here in Chame. Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5 - 6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 2,710m/8,891ft
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 06: Trek Chame to Pisang.

    We begin the trek through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley and cross a suspension bridge. Again, we need to cross another bridge over 3000 meters, at the bottom of Paungda hill that appears in front of us. Climbing through the steep trail, we reach Pisang. Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5 - 6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,300m/10824ft
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 07: Trek Pisang to Manang.

    As we begin the trek today, we walk through the dry part of Manang district. As you walk further, there are two routes and they meet in Mugje. The southern route goes through the Humde airstrip and has less climbing up and down. In comparison to the south, the northern route via Ghyaru with superb scenes. But it is a quite challenging trail. Exploring the hidden valley known as Braka, we reach Manang, which is a Tibetan influenced village. Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,450m/11,316ft
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 08: Rest at Manang for acclimatization.

    On our acclimatizing day at Manang, we set out for a hiking around the village. We have some choices to combine the trips that include a hike towards Gangapurna Lake and the surrounding territory and also an exploration hike around the Manang village. The monastery and Chhortens display the cultural richness of the people of Tibetan origins. The hike is a nice warm-up excursion before heading towards the alpine altitude. Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 2 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,450m/11,316ft
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 09: Trek Manang to Leder

    Leaving Manang, we walk further to Yak Kharka, which is dominated by the cattle grazing meadows. From Tengki Manang, we walk towards Ghusang (3950m). Taking the snaps of Mani walls and a monastery, we cross a bridge at Ghyanchang Khola and following the Throng Khola, we reach to Yak Kharka. Gradually, we ascend to Ledar. Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 4 - 5 hours.
    • Max. Altitude: 4200m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 10: Trek Leder to Chulu West Base Camp.

    Today, we proceed towards the Chulu West Base Camp from Ledar. The beginning is quite easy, but we walk half of the way through the Glacier. View of the Annapurna Himalayan chain is just breathtaking. Setting a camp at 4900, we take a rest. Overnight at tented camp.

    • Accommodation: Tented camp
    • Walking hours: 4 - 5 hours.
    • Max. Altitude: 4900m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 11: Chulu West Base Camp to High Camp.

    From the base camp, we head towards Camp I at 5100 meters. This is also not a technical way to deal with. As the altitude is growing, it’s tough to ascend in the thin air region. The charming views of Manaslu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Gangapurna are spectacular. Overnight at tented camp.

    • Accommodation: Tented camp
    • Walking hours: 4 - 5 hours.
    • Max. Altitude: 5100 m/ 17000 ft
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 12: Summit Chulu West (6419m) and back to Camp

    It is a long day journey to reach the top of Chulu west from the high camp and descend to the base camp. It is a day to prove our dream and dedication. From the top, we explore the aura of the Annapurna range, including Manaslu and Lamjung Himalayas. After the outstanding moment at the top, we trek down to the base camp following the en-route. Overnight at tented camp.

    • Accommodation: Tented Camp
    • Walking hours: 9 - 10 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 6419 m/21350 ft
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 13: Trek from Base Camp I to Leder.

    Succeeding the Chulu West climbing, we climb down from Camp I to Ledar, approaching the round Annapurna trek. It is a descending trail that leads us to Ledar and we enjoy celebrating. Until we cross the Thorong Peak, we have a challenge. Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 5 -6 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 4200m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 14: Contingency Day, if incase of weather gets bad.

    We need to have a suitable weather to climb the peak. If the weather is not favorable, we need to wait for another day. This is also needed because the weather in high altitude changes rapidly. In the case of everything going good, we do not need an extra day. Overnight at tented camp.

    • Accommodation: Tented Camp
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: N/A
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 15: Trek Leder to Thorong Phedi.

    Not a long excursion, but the thin air region is tough to deal with. We continually ascend for a couple of hours after having a breakfast and descend towards the River. After crossing the River, we climb up towards Thorung Phedi. If you are acclimatized enough, we can proceed to the High camp. However, Phedi is a shelter for almost the trekkers. Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 3 - 4 hours.
    • Max. Altitude: 4,450m/14,800ft
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 16: Thorong Phedi – Thorong La (5416 m) - Muktinath.

    We have a grand walk today and it is our testament to prove ourselves as fit trekkers. We begin the trek early in the morning to avoid the unfavorable weather. If we walk quite late, there is also the risk of continual rock falling and the strong wind blow. About after five hours, we reach the top of Thorong La (5416m). The eye-catching sceneries of the snowy peaks are outstanding. Mt. Annapurna, Manaslu, Yakwakang, Thorung Peak and the surrounding panoramas are awesome to view. Then we descend through the steep trail to reach Muktinath temple, which is one of the popular pilgrimage destinations of Hindu and Buddhist devotees, and exploring the holy town. Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: 9-10 hours
    • Max. Altitude: 3,800/12,467ft
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 17: Drive from Muktinath to Jomsom

    After Breakfast, we will transfer to Jomsom by jeep through the Kali Gandaki river, it will take us 2 hours to arrive in Jomsom.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 2600m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 18: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

    Early in the morning, we take a picturesque Himalayan flight with the views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fishtail, Himchuli and others. Then transfer to the hotel. As your choice, we take you for the sightseeing tour. Davis falls, Mahendra cave, international mountain museum and the world peace Stupa are some of the wonderful sights to see. Then you can enjoy boating on the Phewa Lake. Overnight at hotel.

    • Accommodation: Tea House
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: 885m
    • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch,and Dinner
  • Day 20: Farewell, Flight Home..

    Our journey together has come to an end. Adventure Club Trek’s representative will transport you to the airport for your departure. If you wish to continue your stay in Nepal and embark upon more adventure, we are more than willing to assist you.

    • Accommodation: N/A
    • Walking hours: N/A
    • Max. Altitude: N/A
    • Meal: Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers from arrival to departure.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on B/B basis
  • 1 nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on B/B basis
  • Teahouses/Lodge and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Kathmandu Besishahar -Syange transport in private vehicle
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight with airport departure tax
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transport in tourist bus
  • Government licensed, English speaking guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses.
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Insurance covering all staff and porters as per state law
  • Staff costs including their Salary, food, accommodation, transportation, domestic airfare and medicine.
  • All Camping Equipment (High quality  tents for camping, kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, kitchen equipments).
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipments
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, first aid kit and trekking map
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • All necessary paper work; trekking permits and Chulu West Peak climbing permit
  • All government and Local Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmand and Pokhara.  
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
  • International air fares/ flights (Fares and flights can be arranged upon the request).
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Insurance with helicopter evacuation
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory.

Flight Delay in Jomsom

Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Adventure Club Trek will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

Best Time for Chulu West Peak Climbing 

The best seasons for Chulu West Peak Climbing are Spring(Mid March to May) and Autumn (mid September to November

PRICE FROM US$ 2399 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 2399

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-98
  • Trip Duration 21 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous plus
  • Trip Style Tea House and Tented Camp
  • Accomodation Standard hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and teahouses for trekking and tents for climbing
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