Chulu Far East, 6059m, is considered the most straightforward of the three Chulu Peaks, however the typical Chulu Far East Peak expedition includes a challenging short cut to Jomsom through Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto Pass. The Tilicho Lake route is more challenging than the Thorung La route back to Jomsom. There are a number of steep scree slopes left from landslides as well as a longer and more difficult pass.
Tilicho Lake, 5200m, is the highest lake in the world. This stunning lake is the product of the glacier coming down from Tilicho Peak, 7132m, and dropping like a massive wall right into the lake.
Chulu Far East Peak at 6059 meters is the easiest of the three Chulu peaks, though by no means easy. A grueling climb to the summit can be reached from base camp, or a high camp can be used. There is a steep walk in snow up to the col at 5500m. Climbing Sherpas will fix ropes for the steeper sections. There is a small serac just below the summit ridge. The summit is fairly exposed. The summit view is similar to Chulu East Peak.
The Chulu Far East Expedition follows the route of the Annapurna Circuit Trek and begins in the fertile low lands of Marshyandi Valley, at Besisahar and climbs along the river to reach the remote village of Chame. After ascending Chulu Far East, we descend to Manang, and instead of following the regular Annapurna Circuit Trek northward to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, we follow a wide valley to the west, passing through the Khangsar Village from where we follow the valley to Tilicho Lake Base Camp, 4900m. From Tilicho Base Camp we hike up to Tilicho Lake, 5200m, to enjoy the view for a few hours before heading back down to Base Camp for a second night. From Tilicho we cross the Mesokanto Pass, 5099m, from where we get incredible views of Mustang and the Tibetan plateau before we start descending toward Jomsom. We fly to Pokhara from Jomsom, a thirty-five minute flight, and spend the rest of the day soaking up the luxuries of Lakeside.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu. Overnight in a Hotel.
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu. Overnight in a Hotel
Day 3 : Drive to Besisahar, 800m; Trek 2hrs to Bhulbule. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 4 : Trek to Ghermu Phant, 1136m, 5-6 hrs. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 5 : Trek to Dharapani, 1946m, 6-7 hrs. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 6 : Trek to Chame, 5-6 hrs. Overnight at lodge.
Day 7 : Trek to Pisang, 3200m, 5-6hrs. Overnight at Lodge
Day 8 : Trek to Hungde, 3200m, 5-6hrs. Overnight at Lodge
Day 9 : Trek to Julu 3580m, 6 hrs. Overnight stay in Camp
Day 10 : Trekto Yak Kharka, 3750m, 5-6 hrs. Overnight stay in Camp
Day 11 : Trek to Chulu East Base Camp, 4200m, 4-5 hrs. Overnight stay in Base Camp
Day 12 : Rest Day at Chulu East Base camp .Overnight in Camp
Day 13 : Ascent of Chulu Far East Peak. Descent to Base Camp
Day 14 : Trek to Manang, 3511m, 6-7 hrs. Overnight at Lodge
Day 15 : Trek to Tilicho Base Camp, 4800m, 6 hrs. Overnight at Lodge
Day 16 : Trek to Mesokanto Base Camp, 4900m, 5-6 hrs. Overnight in camp
Day 17 : Trek via Mesokanto Pass, 5099m, to Kharka, 4500m 6-7 hrs. Overnight in camp
Day 18 : Trek to Jomsom, 2750m, 3-4 hrs. Overnight at lodge.
Day 19 : Fly to Pokhara Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 20 : Pokhara to Kathmandu 6hrs by Road Overnight in a hotel
Day 21 : Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 22 : Departure from Kathmandu
Chulu Far East Peak Climbing Equipment and Packing list
This list is only our suggestion for Chulu Far East Peak Climbing . You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip. Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.
Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.
Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients. The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg. That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs). You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.
Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.
It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather. At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night. What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring. A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea. You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.
Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items):
The Best Time to Climb Chulu Far East
The best seasons for Climbing Chulu Far East are from mid March to mid May and mid September to late November.
Why Climb Chulu Far East with Annapurna Foothills Treks?
Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.
Why Climb with a Sherpa?
Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.
Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.
While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.
The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.
Sherpa Support Staff:
Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.
Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)
You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from Kathmandu.
Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives.
It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness.
Chulu Far East Trip Accommodation:
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
During the climbing period, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions supply all camping equipment and meals. Three hot meals per day will be served; breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee and boiled water. The meals will be tasty and hygienic. On summit day we provide a packed lunch of high calorie foods that are easily eaten at high altitude. As well as your Sherpa guide there will be a team of porters to carry the camping gear and set up tents and a well- trained cook.
To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.
If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.
If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.
Safe Drinking Water:
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek:
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.
Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.
Spending Money per Day:
Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 7 - 10 per meal in Kathamndu. On the trek, US$9 - 12 a day should be enough to buy chocolates, Coca Cola and a beer.
Safety for Chulu Far East Climb:
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition is a government licensed trekking and touring company in Nepal. On the following terms and conditions, we accept your bookings.
In order to confirm your bookings we require a non-refundable deposit US$ of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book the flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process too. Bookings must be done 60 days prior to your planned trekking date, to reserve a place. This amount can be sent by bank-to-bank transfer, Western Union, money grams, or credit card (telex transfer or wire transfer). And the rest of the money must be paid to us upon arrival.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 22 Days
Price : US $2600 p/p
Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 2A
Group Size:2 - 12 Persons
Activities:Trekking / Climbing
Transport:By Air & Bus
Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Hotel in Pokhara:1 night B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Accommodation during trek:local lodges 10 days (10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)
Camping services:Meals on the trail during 6 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
Mountain Energy-supply:Chocolates: Snicker, Mars, Twix and Boundary and Biscuit
Was really impressed with the speed at which they organised a tour for me, and the quality of the tour itself. The director - Ngima - was very responsive and really helpful, meeting me the day before my tour and introducing me to my guide the day of the tour.…Phillippa
Just got back from an awesome trip to Nepal, kindly arranged by Ngima Sherpa from Annapurna Foothills Treks. The organisation of the trip was absolutely flawless, and I can't remember having any problems during my whole month long stay. My Sherpa Dendi (as featured in the new Everest movie),is a…Neil Murphy
My boyfriend and I wanted to trek in Nepal so I found Annapurna Foothills details online - they were amazing from start to finish. Ngima, the Managing Director was really helpful over email in planning the trip and flexible to help us fit in everything we wanted to. Our guide…Meriel Flint