Highest access: 6419m (21,054ft)
Duration: 22 (typically) Days
Location: Annapurna Region
Grade: Peru difficult (PD++)
Himalayan sights: Fishtail, Gangapurna, Annapurna
Accommodation: Tourist standard to five star as request
Transportation: Car, Jeep, Mini Bus
Group Size: 2 – 10 people
Best season: Spring (April, May) and autumn (October, November)
Major Activity: trekking/climbing
Airport: Kathmandu Airport
Departure From: Kathmandu Intl Airport
Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu & Pokhara and B,D,L during the trekking and Climbing
Culture: Gurung, Thakali and Bharman
First Ascent: 1952 by a Japanese Expedition
Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping
Climbing route: Northeast ridge
Co-ordinates: 28°44'36''N, 84°01'32''E
Chulu West Peak Climbing with the height of 6419m is one of the most challenging peak climbing adventure with real and serious experience in Nepal for below 6500er. Due to the technical nature The Chulu West Peak Climbing requires sufficient previous climbing experiences. The climbers needs to have working knowledge of using basic climbing gear such as crampons on snow and ice, using both fixed and dynamic ropes while climbing. Naturally, for the climb of Chulu West Peak a high level of physical fitness of the climber is also required as the route contains technical components of rocks and ice.
The view from the summit of Chulu West Peak is thrilling adventure climbing experience of lifetime with Himalayan panorama with wilds of Tibet to the north. Chulu West Climbing Peak is located in Annapurna Region just above the Manang village. The peak is totally caped by snow and ice. The view from the summit of Chulu West Peak is stunning with Annapurna Range including Fishtail, all Annapurna peaks from I-V, Gangapurna and Dhaulagiri to the south and magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu in Nepal side.
We organize special climbing training course on which you will learn and practice with our experienced climbing Sherpa guide on the techniques and practical use of crampons, ice axe, rope etc to boost the required skills and built confidence which ensure you to have safe and successful climbing experience to the Chulu West Peak in Nepal Himalayas.
We the Snowy Horizon, organize Chulu West Peak climbing trip in combination with Round Annapurna Trekking (Throng La Pass). Chulu West Peak Climbing is suitable to the experienced trekkers and amateur climbers as said above who wish to summit the demanding trekking peak climbing in Annapurna, Nepal.
1. The first ascent to Chulu West was in 1952 by a Japanese Expedition team.
2. Chulu west was climbed by a German Expedition team in 1955 via the North East Ridge.
27 April/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel;
28 April/Day 02: Scenic drive 7hrs from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (823m). We will stop several times during the trip to try some local cuisine; tea house accommodation.
29 April/Day 03: Trek 6hrs from Besi Sahar to Bahundanda (1305m); Before Bahundanda we catch glimpses of Manaslu; tea house accommodation.
30 April/Day 04: Trek 6hrs from Bahundanda to Chyamche (1430m) along subtropical sections of Marsyangdi River Valley; tea house accommodation.
01 May/Day 05: Trek 6hrs from Chyamche (1410m.) to Dharapani (1860m); tea house accommodation.
02 May/Day 06: Trek 6hrs from Dharapani to Chame (2670m); tea house accommodation.
03 May/Day 07: Trek 5hrs from Chame to Upper Pisang (3100m),; tea house accommodation.
04 May/Day 08: Trek 5hrs from Upper Pisang to Manang (3352m); tea house accommodation.
05 May/Day 09: Acclimatization and rest in Manang; explore the village and local attractions.
06 May/Day 10: Trek 6hrs from Manang to Lather (4250m.) ; tea house accommodation
07 May/Day 11: Trek 6hrs from Lather to Chulu West base camp (4950m); tent house accommodation.
08 May/Day 12: Trek from base camp to High Camp (5600m); camping accommodation.
09 May/Day 13: We do acclimatize here if we feel uncomfortable. If we feel well, we are going to attempt the summit (6419m); camping
10 May/Day 14: This is our scheduled summit day; from the summit we will return to the Base Camp; camping
11 May/Day 15: We trek from Chulu west Base Camp to Lather (4500m.); Tea house accommodation.
12 May/Day 16: Trek 6hrs from Lather, to Thorong Phedi (4450m); tea house accommodation.
13 May/Day 17: Trek 7hrs from Trong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong-La pass (5,416m); tea house accommodation.
14 May/Day 18: Trek 5hrs from Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni(2895m); tea house accommodation.
15 May/Day 19: you take 20mins flight from Jomsom to Pokhara; Tea house accommodation.
16 May/Day 20: We take 7hrs scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We will stop several times during the trip to try some local cuisine; alternatively there is 25mins flight available from Pokhara to Kathmandu; hotel accommodation.
17 May/Day 21: free and explore day in Kathmandu; Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.
18 May/Day 22: Transfer to the airport for final departure, or alternative join other activities
04 Oct/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel;
05 Oct/Day 02: Scenic drive 7hrs from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (823m). We will stop several times during the trip to try some local cuisine; tea house accommodation.
06 Oct/Day 03: Trek 6hrs from Besi Sahar to Bahundanda (1305m); Before Bahundanda we catch glimpses of Manaslu; tea house accommodation.
07 Oct/Day 04: Trek 6hrs from Bahundanda to Chyamche (1430m) along subtropical sections of Marsyangdi River Valley; tea house accommodation.
08 Oct/Day 05: Trek 6hrs from Chyamche (1410m.) to Dharapani (1860m); tea house accommodation.
09 Oct/Day 06: Trek 6hrs from Dharapani to Chame (2670m); tea house accommodation.
10 Oct/Day 07: Trek 5hrs from Chame to Upper Pisang (3100m),; tea house accommodation.
11 Oct/Day 08: Trek 5hrs from Upper Pisang to Manang (3352m); tea house accommodation.
12 Oct/Day 09: Acclimatization and rest in Manang; explore the village and local attractions.
13 Oct/Day 10: Trek 6hrs from Manang to Lather (4250m.) ; tea house accommodation
14 Oct/Day 11: Trek 6hrs from Lather to Chulu West base camp (4950m); tent house accommodation.
15 Oct/Day 12: Trek from base camp to High Camp (5600m); camping accommodation.
16 Oct/Day 13: We do acclimatize here if we feel uncomfortable. If we feel well, we are going to attempt the summit (6419m); camping
17 Oct/Day 14: This is our scheduled summit day; from the summit we will return to the Base Camp; camping
18 Oct/Day 15: We trek from Chulu west Base Camp to Lather (4500m.); Tea house accommodation.
19 Oct/Day 16: Trek 6hrs from Lather, to Thorong Phedi (4450m); tea house accommodation.
20 Oct/Day 17: Trek 7hrs from Trong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong-La pass (5,416m); tea house accommodation.
21 Oct/Day 18: Trek 5hrs from Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni(2895m); tea house accommodation.
22 Oct/Day 19: you take 20mins flight from Jomsom to Pokhara; Tea house accommodation.
23 Oct/Day 20: We take 7hrs scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We will stop several times during the trip to try some local cuisine; alternatively there is 25mins flight available from Pokhara to Kathmandu; hotel accommodation.
24 Oct/Day 21: free and explore day in Kathmandu; Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.
25 Oct/Day 22: Transfer to the airport for final departure, or alternative join other activities
Private Tourist vehicles will be available for transportation as per Itinerary.
The trek starts at at Basi Sahar, after 7hrs of scenic drive from Kathmandu, with subtropical vegetation and reaches high altitude meadows and past the Thorong Pass in Muktinath village we will experience Tibetan type of cultures and architecture. So altogether this is probably the most diverse climbing trek in Nepal from cultural and nature aspects as well as the diversity of activities.
The trek follows Marsyangdi River Valley from Basi Sahar to Manang. We will take the trek through Upper Pisang and in village of Ngawal we take the trek North to the Chulu west Base Camp (4950m) 6.5km away with 950m of elevation gain along Julu Khola River.
Our standard trek ends in Jomsom from where we fly out to Pokhara cutting short the Annapurna Circuit and missing the Kali Gandaki Valley. We offer the option to continue along the Kali Gandaki Valley to Beni Bazar for those, who have extra 4 days and enough energy. For clients with limited time it is possible to fly out from Manang.
The approach to Chulu west normal route vis North ridge is from the village of Latar ( 28°46'37.78"N 83°58'22.26"E) located at 4500m 1km from Thorung Phedi. After crossing the bridge below the village, the approach follows switchback path and ridge to the base camp at 5600m. The climb is done from the camp along north ridge of Chulu West.
Summit day will be a very long and strenuous having to cover 12km from C1 to the summit and return to the Base Camp with total elevation gain of 1400m and elevation loss of 2300m.
Trekking Peaks are the mountain which can be approached in a day to the summit from their base camp including return to the basecamp. Trekking peaks are generally between 5000m to below 7000m. The climbing permits for these peaks can be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). These peaks are also called NMA Trekking Peaks.
There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit and anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt a peak climbing. Climbing difficulty varies for different mountains and routes. Non-technical climbs can be attempted by a fit trekker with little or no climbing experience. For technical climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience.
There is always first time for everything including peak climbing. There are non-technical peaks, which can be climbed safely by a fit trekker and even slightly technical peaks can be attempted by a novice climber with a professional climbing guide.
To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to peak elevation and route difficulty and length.
Climbing Permit for trekking peaks is a legal document issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Associationauthorizing the climber to attempt the climb on designated peak or route. Attempting a climb without permit is illegal.
Yes climbing permits are required to climb any peak above 5000m and it is illegal to do so without a climbing permit.
A licensed, trained and experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide will lead you while Peak Climbing.
Yes the rescue insurance is required while climbing.
In general August to November and March to May are two climbing seasons in Nepal.
There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group however climbing solo is an unsafe practice. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes.
During the access trek you will be accommodated in a lodge/teahouse; once in the basecamp you will be assigned a tent and your climbing Sherpa will prepare high altitude food; all your climbing gear and food for the climb will be carried by the porter up to the base camp.
It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of trekking peaksrequire one or two days to summit from the basecamp. The access time varies also and depends on peak location and peak elevation.
It depends on the Trekking Peak. There is a variety of peaks available ranging from non-technical through easy technical to difficult and very difficult technical routes.
Children below 18 are Restricted for Peak Climbing in Nepal. Is this incorrect?
On most of treks bottled water is available. There are also purified filtered water stations in many lodges. The boiled water will be also available in the lodges and from the camp kitchen.
On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with continental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available. In the basecamp your Sherpa guide will prepare meals for you from instant dry meals.
It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.
You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths. On snow routes you will also require crampons, climbing harness and on many climbs the iceaxe.
At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.
You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try ihi.com if you cannot find your insurance.
You will require a travel insurance, which will not exclude climbing and helicopter evacuation. You need obtain your insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Climbing insurance may be obtained through some climbing clubs and some insurers such as IHI.
The cost depends on peak you wish to climb and the number of climbers in the group. The cost of the climb consists of trekking cost, transportation costs (airfare or surface transportation), equipment and staff requirements, climbing duration and permit costs. Please consult us.