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Chulu East Peak Climbing (6564m/21,570ft) - Spring 2015

Chulu Peak (6564m) located north of Annapurna massif presents a very attractive peak climbing objective for trekkers doing Annapurna Circuit either full version or half version to Manang. It can be an exciting extension to trekking and an accessible introduction to snow climbing experience for climbers with a degree of technical ability converting the trek in to a safe but exciting climbing adventure.

Technically it is a scramble at a reasonably high elevation allowing easy way to achieve the elevation goal of 6000m. The scramble is on an average slope of 40deg with short sections of 50deg on rock and snow with good protection throughout without any significant climbing objective danger. The technical part of the climb is the section of glacier between a notch below Far East Chulu and the Northeast shoulder of East Chulu. Once on the Northeast ridge the climb is easy and well protected on a relatively wide ridge. The climbing route from High Camp to the summit is very long hence the climb is strenuous.

Chulu East is a part of Gunggang Himal including Chulu West (6419m), Chulu Central (6584m), Chulu East (6429m) and Chlu Far East (6059). The entire range is flanked by a range of glaciers from the North side and climbing involves negotiating glacier traverse to each of the peaks.
The access along the Annapurna Circuit is world class long distance trek with diverse vegetation and stunning views along picturesque Marsyangdi River Valley, Kali Gandaki Valley and from the Thorung La pass. There is the opportunity to experience diverse cultures of different Nepalese ethnic groups living in mutual respect and harmony, unusual in today busy, desperate and confused world. On the Western side of Thorung La Pass in Muktinath and Jharkot villages we will experience Tibetan type of cultures and architecture.

The views from Chulu East, 400m higher then Pisang Peak, are absolutely stunning on the entire Annapurna range including Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Machhapurchhe, and entire magnificent Grand Barrier from Tilicho Peak to Roc Noir. The access to the Base Camp from Ngwawal village along Julu Khola valley is also very spectacular with the view on Chulu East and its smaller cousin Chulu Far East.

Our Chulu East Peak Climbing Services

In the Base Camp: Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.
In the Base camp our cooks and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In the base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.
In the Base Camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.
Our Leader and camp manager as well as climbing Sherpas have an extensive experience of multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and Base Camp organization. The Base Camp is a cooperative to ensure contribution from all operators to the task of route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.
Full Board: For our full board climbers we set up intermediate facility at camp 2 (6750m); this will include personal tents for full board clients, kitchen and dining tents and the toilet facility. We provide a personal climbing Sherpa guide to help the clients to reach the summit. Personal climbing Sherpa will set up camp 1, 2 o three as necessary including food provisions, fuel and oxygen and will guide and assist the client on the summit day. We provide the climbing Sherpa with appropriate radio communication to the climbing route.

Approach to Base Camp

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 Base Camp (4500m) 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.

Climbing Routes

The standard climbing route is via Northeast ridge. We will attempt the summit from High Camp (5400m) located just below the Chulu Far East(6059m). High Camp C1 is located 3.7km north from the Base Camp (average slope 22deg; elevation gain 900m).
We will take one day for acclimatization rest at C1 and there will be an opportunity to climb Chulu Far East as a part of acclimatization (6059m; elevation gain 360m; average slope 36deg)
The summit route is 4.5km long. It requires navigation of a glacier approximately 1km wide to reach the bottom of the climbing ridge, which requires glacier travel skills. The steepest part of the climb is the access section to the top of the ridge with maximum slope of 45deg/450m. Once on the ridge the average slope is below 35deg with the length of 1.8km and 520m of elevation gain.
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.

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Itinerary A : 12 March Departure Schedule

Mar12/Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu airport and Hotel transfer;

Mar13/Day 02:We meet all other expedition members and the leader, conduct initial briefing and preparations and we will have an opportunity to do last minute shopping in Kathmandu

Mar14/Day 03:We take 7hrs scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (823m). We will stop several times during the trip to try some local cuisine; teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar15/Day 04:We trek 6hrs from Besi Sahar to Bahundanda (1305m); Before Bahundanda we catch glimpses of Manaslu; teahouse accommodation or camping

Mar16/Day 05:We trek 6hrs from Bahundanda to Chyamche (1430m) along subtropical sections of Marsyangdi River Valley; teahouse accommodation or camping

Mar17/Day 06:We trek 6hrs from Chyamche (1410m.) to Dharapani (1860m); teahouse accommodation or camping

Mar18/Day 07:We trek 6hrs from Dharapani to Chame (2670m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar19/Day 08:We trek 5hrs from Chame to Upper Pisang (3100m),; teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar20/Day 09:We trek 5hrs from Upper Pisang to Ngawal (3305m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar21/Day 10:Acclimatization rest in Ngawal; teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar22/Day 11:We trek 6hrs Ngawal to Chulu Base Camp (4500m.) ; camping

Mar23/Day 12:We trek 6hrs from Chulu Base Camp to High Camp (5400m); camping

Mar24/Day 13:We do acclimatize here if we feel uncomfortable. If we feel well, we are going to attempt the summit(6564m); camping

Mar25/Day 14:This is our scheduled summit day; from the summit we will return to the Base Camp; camping

Mar26/Day 15:We trek from Chulu Base Camp to Manang (3540m.); Manang has airport and it is possible to fly out to Pokhara for people with limited time; teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar27/Day 16:Trek 6hrs from Manang, to Thorong Phedi (4450m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar28/Day 17:Trek 7hrs from Trong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong-La pass (5,416m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar29/Day 18:Trek 5hrs from Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni(2895m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar30/Day 19:WE take 20mins flight from Jomsom to Pokhara; hotel accommodation.

Mar31/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.

Apr01/Day 21:Full Day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (DurbarSquare, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath); Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.

Apr02/Day 22:Transfer to the airport for final departure, or alternative join other activities

 

Alternative Option from Day 17 to complete Full Annapurna Circui:

Mar29/Day 18:Trek 6hrs from Muktinath to Marpha (2667m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar30/Day 19:Trek 6hrs from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m). Your trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism; teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar31/Day 20:Trek 5hrs from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

Apr01/Day 21:A rest day in Tatopani to enjoy the natural hot springs. After several days of trekking, it is a welcome relaxing for most of our clients.

Apr02/Day 22:Trek 6hrs from Tatopani to Beni (1050m) and then drive to Pokhara (70km)

Apr03/Day 23: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.

Apr04/Day 24:Full Day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (DurbarSquare, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath); Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.

Apr05/Day 25:Transfer to the airport for final departure, or alternative join other activities

 

Itinerary B: 22 March Departure Schedule

Mar22/Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu airport and Hotel transfer;

Mar23/Day 02:We meet all other expedition members and the leader, conduct initial briefing and preparations and we will have an opportunity to do last minute shopping in Kathmandu

Mar24/Day 03:We take 7hrs scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (823m). We will stop several times during the trip to try some local cuisine; teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar25/Day 04:We trek 6hrs from Besi Sahar to Bahundanda (1305m); Before Bahundanda we catch glimpses of Manaslu; teahouse accommodation or camping

Mar26/Day 05:We trek 6hrs from Bahundanda to Chyamche (1430m) along subtropical sections of Marsyangdi River Valley; teahouse accommodation or camping

Mar27/Day 06:We trek 6hrs from Chyamche (1410m.) to Dharapani (1860m); teahouse accommodation or camping

Mar28/Day 07:We trek 6hrs from Dharapani to Chame (2670m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar29/Day 08:We trek 5hrs from Chame to Upper Pisang (3100m),; teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar30/Day 09:We trek 5hrs from Upper Pisang to Ngawal (3305m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

Mar31/Day 10:Acclimatization rest in Ngawal; teahouse accommodation or camping.

Apr01/Day 11:We trek 6hrs Ngawal to Chulu Base Camp (4500m.) ; camping

Apr02/Day 12:We trek 6hrs from Chulu Base Camp to High Camp (5400m); camping

Apr03/Day 13:We do acclimatize here if we feel uncomfortable. If we feel well, we are going to attempt the summit(6564m); camping

Apr04/Day 14:This is our scheduled summit day; from the summit we will return to the Base Camp; camping

Apr05/Day 15:We trek from Chulu Base Camp to Manang (3540m.); Manang has airport and it is possible to fly out to Pokhara for people with limited time; teahouse accommodation or camping.

Apr06/Day 16:Trek 6hrs from Manang, to Thorong Phedi (4450m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

APr07/Day 17:Trek 7hrs from Trong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong-La pass (5,416m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

Apr08/Day 18:Trek 5hrs from Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni(2895m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

Apr09/Day 19:WE take 20mins flight from Jomsom to Pokhara; hotel accommodation.

Apr10/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.

Apr11/Day 21:Full Day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (DurbarSquare, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath & Pashupatinath); Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.

Apr12/Day 22:Transfer to the airport for final departure, or alternative join other activities

 

Note:

  • The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern, which we provide you. This Climbing/Expedition itinerary can be modified according to your time and requirements.
  • The Itinerary may be changed after understanding by both agency and client. Additional activities could be added or reduce as per client's request before confirming the trip. Price for reduced activities (service) could be deducted and additional activities (service) could be added as per mutual understanding.
  • Please Read Our Conditions: How to Book Chulu East Peak Climbing?

Price For the Trip:

  • The cost of the peak/mountain Expedition depend group size, Category of the trip (full board / base camp Service), your desire (budget), Duration of the trip, categories of Hotel accommodation (budget to 5 star) in Capital city and parts of mountain, Climbing service above the base camp, the number of climbing guides and porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer will direct affect and same peak/ mountain climbing expedition can be higher and lower prices.
  • For those reason Please mail us for up to date prices for Chulu East Peak Climbing

Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Snowy Horizon’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • 4 Nights accommodations at 3/4 Star hotels in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • 1 Nights accommodations at 3/4 Star hotels in Pokhara on B/B basis.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Durbar Square).
  • Local English-speaking Guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing.
  • Private Tourist vehicles will be available for transportation as per Itinerary.

  • All trekking and camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
  • Per person 30kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 20kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the peak.
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee) and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Climbing permit for Chulu East peak (6,564m).
  • Required Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s) during Climbing Period as per the size of group.
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
  • Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.)
  • Our service Charges

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations,
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Oxygen Cylinders, Masks, Hoses and Regulators. Though Snowy will provide the same, usage of Oxygen Cylinders, Masks, Hoses and Regulators will be charged extra
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival)
  • Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Wake talkies & Filming permit.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” SECTION