Chulu West Peak, 6419m, is an exciting challenge for both experienced trekkers as well as amateur climbers. Although it is technically more straight-forward than peaks such as Chulu East, which has a sharp steep summit, Chulu West requires more stamina to make the long tough slog through the snow to reach the summit. Proper acclimatization is the key to endure the extended time required to complete this climb: two nights at high camp sleeping at 5530m.
Chulu West Peak’s location in the Annapurnas, its height and its moderate difficulty put Chulu up there as one of the best trekking peaks in Nepal. The summit view is incredible: to the South is the panoramic Himalayan range, and to the North are Tibet and China.
This trekking-climbing trip starts at Besi Sahar and follows the Mini Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail into the Marsyangdi Valley to reach the north side of the Annapurna Massif. We leave the Annapurna Circuit trail at Yak Kharkha, beyond the village of Manang, to follow a yak trail into a barren uninhabited land with little vegetation. We spend a couple of nights at the base camp of Chulu West to acclimatizing and practice climbing techniques needed for the summit.
We make at least one, and possibly two, high camps and cover rugged terrain on rocks and frozen ice to reach the summit. The first part requires fixed ropes, but the final climb to the summit is long and gradual which is more tiring if the snow is soft. After enjoying the summit view, we return to the (lower) high camp on the same day. Leaving High Camp we descend to Thorung Phedi and then face another tough ascent to the Thorung La Pass, 5416m, which touches the edge of the legendary Tibetan plateau. We then descend into the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gadaki valley, reaching a famous pilgrimage site, Muktinath, where there are a number of Hindu and Buddhist temples.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Drive to Besisahar, 6hrs; Trek to Bhulbule, 820m, 2hrs
Day 4 : Trek to Ghermu Phant, 1136m, 5-6 hrs
Day 5 : Trek to Dharapani, 1946m, 6-7 hrs
Day 6 : Trek to Chame, 2800m, 5-6 hrs
Day 7 : Trek to Pisang, 3200m, 5-6hrs
Day 8 : Trek to Manang, 3540m, 5-6hrs
Day 9 : Acclimatization day in Manang, 3540m
Day 10 : Trek to Leter, 4200m, 4-5 hrs
Day 11 : Trek to Chulu West Base Camp, 4810m, 3-4 hrs
Day 12 : Trek to High Camp 5100, 2 hrs
Day 13 : Ascent to Camp I, 5530m, 4-5 hrs
Day 14 : Summit Chulu West, 6419m, 9-10 hrs
Day 15 : Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)
Day 16 : Trek to Phedi, 4545m, 3-4 hrs
Day 17 : Trek to Muktinath, 3694m, 7-9 hrs
Day 18 : Trek to Jomsom, 2710m, 5 hrs
Day 19 : Fly to Pokhara
Day 20 : Pokhara to Kathmandu by Road, 6hrs
Day 21 : Free day Kathmandu
Day 22 : Departure
|Start Date||End Date||Cost||Status||Booking|
|16 March, 2017||06 April, 2017||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|27 March, 2017||17 April, 2017||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|11 April, 2017||02 May, 2017||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
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|09 May, 2017||30 May, 2017||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|27 May, 2017||17 June, 2017||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|10 June, 2017||01 July, 2017||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|15 September, 2017||06 October, 2017||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
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|12 October, 2017||02 November, 2017||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
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|01 November, 2017||22 November, 2017||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|10 November, 2017||01 December, 2017||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
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|16 March, 2018||06 April, 2018||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|27 March, 2018||17 April, 2018||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|11 April, 2018||02 May, 2018||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|24 April, 2018||15 May, 2018||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|09 May, 2018||30 May, 2018||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
|27 May, 2018||17 June, 2018||$2250 Per Person||Available||Book Now|
Chulu West Peak Climbing Equipment and Packing list
This list is only our suggestion for Chulu West 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 West is from mid March to mid May and mid September to late November.
Why Climb Chulu West 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.
AFT'S Sherpa Support Staff:
Even the support staff at Annapurna Foothills Treks 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.)
Logistics: 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.
Chulu West 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.
Altitude Advice for Climbing Chulu West:
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.
Annapurna Foothills Treks requires that you are 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.
Safety for Chulu West 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.
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.
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$ 10- 12 per meal in Kathamndu. On the trek, US$9 - 12 a day should be enough to buy chocolates, Coca Cola and a beer.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition is a government licensed trekking and touring company in Nepal. On the following terms and conditions, we accept your bookings.
In order to confirm your bookings we require a non-refundable deposit US$ 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 $2250 p/p
Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 3C
Group Size:2 - 12 Persons
Activities:Trekking / Climbing
Transport:By Air / Road
Hotel in Kathmandu:2 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Hotel in Pokhara:1 night B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Accommodation during trek:local lodges 12 days (12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)
Camping services:Meals on during 5 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
Mountain Energy-supply:Chocolates: Snicker, Mars, Twix and Bounty and Biscuit
I did the above mentioned trip in December 2016. The trip was perfectly planned and everything went smoothly. The itinerary allowed for perfect acclimatisation, especially having two nights at Island Peak Base Camp. Tashi, the trekking guide for the trip picked me up at the airport and helped me through…Lukas
A friend and I worked with Annapurna Foothills Treks to be guided trekking on the Annapurna circuit from Besi Sahr over the Thorong La pass to Jomsom, with a guided climb of Chulu West on the way. Our trekking guide Dawa was outstanding all the way to Pisang, and provided…Craig
Our 14 day Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek, guided by Tashi was an outstanding experience. We enjoyed his local knowledge while making the trip a joy. From the trip's booking to departure from Nepal, all aspects of the trip were carefully organized and well executed-something we appreciated very…Kathy