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Chulu East Peak Climbing
  • Duration:19 Nights 20 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Group:1 - 10
  • Activity:Trekking & Climbing
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 6584m

About Chulu East Peak Climbing

If you are fit, adventurous and wanting to build on your basic alpine skills you will enjoy theChulu East Peak Climbing which includes the amazing Annapurna Circuit Trekking in the Himalaya of Nepal. 

Although Chulu East, 6584m, is graded as a less technical peak, we recommend that you have some mountaineering experience and are familiar with the use of crampons, harness, ice axe, tying knots and handling climbing ropes. This climb involves glacier crossing and a steep ascent to the summit. Most of the climbing will be involved walking roped together. From the summit of Chulu East, high above the Manang Valley, there are dramatic views of Annapaurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu.

The route to Chulu East Peak Base Camp, 5334m, starts at Besi Sahar like the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail and follows the Marsyangdi river valley through a wonderful variety of landscape and culture. We start in the subtropical lower valley with its terraced fields and villages of ethnic Gurung. After crossing rhododendron and pine forests we reach the upper valley, where Manangba people live. We branch off the Annapurna Circuit Trail at Pisang, into an uninhabited region and follow a ridge through pine forests, yak pastures, mani walls toward the Chulu East Base Camp located in the moraines below the col in the ridge separating the East and Far East peaks. While we acclimatize for 2 nights in base camp, the Sherpa team prepares a high camp (Camp I).  

From high camp, we clamber over rough, steep moraine and soft snow to a broad glaciated ridge. From the col on the glaciated ridge you have to descend and cross a broken glacier then climb steep scree slopes to gain a relatively straightforward but high peak. We try to capture the magnificent view at the summit of Chulu East and descend to Base Camp the same day.  

Leaving Chulu East base camp, we descend slowly into the Manang valley. We will visit ancient Buddhist Braga Monastery, 3450m, uniquely built into the side of a cliff with mud, stones and wood. The next two days follow a wide trail through Juniper Forests where we will likely see wildlife such as blue sheep and barking deer as well as enjoy the view of the Annapurna Massif to the South of us. The last two hours to the Thorung La Pass, 5416m, follow a zia-zagging steep stony trail. The same day we make the steep descent to Muktinath, 3850m in the Kali Gandaki Gorge. From Jomsom we catch our flight back to Pokhara. The Chulu East permit covers both Chulu East and Chulu Far East which are climbed from the same base camp, and high camps.

The best season for Chulu East Peak Climbing is from March to May (Spring) and from September to November (Autumn). However, the winter is also a great time to climb if you are well prepared for the cold weather. In the crisp and cold month of December the views of the mountains are crystal clear and there are fewer tourists around. The duration of the trip can be lengthened or shortened according to your preference. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition will arrange every details of your Chulu East Expedition; lodge accommodation, guides, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.

Planning to climb Chulu East Peak in Nepal in 2021 and 2022 !!

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Highlights of Chulu East Peak Climbing

  • includes the amazing Annapurna Circuit Trekking
  • one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal 
  • accompanied by our experienced Sherpa climbing guides
  • an excellent peak to confirm alpine skills
  • summit view includes Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu

  

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped towering peaks. After completing the visa formalities in airport, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives carrying your name on our company’s’ signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. Moving forward, you’ll be taken to your hotel in our vehicle. Once you reach at hotel, you’ll be welcomed by them as well and after that you can relax in your room or go for a walk exploring the city.

  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Private Tourist Vechile

Today, we will start by early drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani. The road leads us West following the Trisuli River, then branches off the Pokhara highway, going North alongside the Marshyangdi River. Normally, we arrive at Besisahar in the early afternoon and then we will take a private jeep to reach Dharapani. We will follow the Marshyangdi Valley all day.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 9-10 hrs
  • 1,946 m/6,383 ft
  • Private Car/Jeep

An uphill journey takes us to the village of Chame known for its hospitality and spectacular views. This will be your first chance to take in panoramic views of Annapurna II, III and Lamjung Himal.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 2,670 m/8,758 ft

From Chame to altitude over 3000 meters, you will notice the surrounding changing as natural trees and plants become more scarce as the terrain begins to shift to a drier more desert like environment.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 3,200 m/10,497 ft

We start early in the morning and walk for 3 hours to get a stunning view from the Ghyaru Village. After spending a hour there, we will continue our journey to Ngawal and stay overnight in tea house of Ngawal.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6hrs
  • 3,660 m/12,0078 ft

This is an ideal place to stop and spend the day around Ngawal for many reasons. First, we want to acclimatize to the altitude and to conserve our energy to succeed in our Mini Annapurna Trek endeavor. Second, this is the part of the trek where we are closest to the mountains. Most people climb the hill behind Ngawal to enjoy the magnificent views of the whole Annapurna range and the enormous ice fall that crashes and rumbles down from Gangapurna. The sunset and sunrise over this natural amphitheater is one of the most beautiful mountain views in the country.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3 hrs
  • 4,000 m / 13,120 ft

The trail moves across the Cheggi Khola River before gradual rising to a peaceful apple field known for its stone huts and scenic vantage points. Continue past a powerful waterfall fed from a tall cliff in the distance before arriving in a small meadow used to feed local goats and yaks. Finally, we arrive in Yak Kharka where we will make camp near a stunning ridge offering views of the powerful mountains looming over the valley.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 3,750 m/12,301 ft

After enjoying a refreshing morning sunrise view, we continue along the winding trail before the meadow encountering a large rock formation. We will camp near a stunning viewpoint offering views of the Annapurna giants towering over the clouds.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 5 hrs
  • 4,600 m/15,091 ft

Today, we take a full day rest to adjust to high altitude. You have a free day to relax, chat with locals, prepare your equipment for the following day or take a few short hikes to enjoy the local scenery.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 3 hrs
  • 5050 m/ 16,564

Today, we head for High Camp early in the morning.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 3-4 hrs
  • 5,343 m/17,500 ft

After packing and arranging our equipment, we move along the trail admiring the rapidly changing landscape as we reach to higher elevations. We then continue along a steep trail leading to the strategic camp I location that will allow the best access to the peak. We will set up camp here and enjoy a timeless panoramic sunset as the mountains reflect the pinkish sunlight over the mountains.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 3 hrs
  • 5,791 m/18,999 ft

We will take a light day and return back down to the base camp taking plenty of time to descend safely on the slippery trail. Upon arrival at the camp I, you may either rest or take a short hike to enjoy more of the local scenery.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping
  • 10-12 hrs
  • 4,600 m/15,091 ft

Since we cannot guarantee favorable weather for the scheduled summit day, we have allowed an extra day in the schedule. If we are unable to summit the Chulu West Peak on scheduled date due to bad weather or some other reason, such as someone in the group having acclimatization problems, the reserve day will be useful.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Camping

We will return to the orginal path leading to Manang passing through several agricultural fields taking time to stop at the Braga Monastery to see the daily routines of the local monks. The monastery is famous for its timeless views of the Annapurna region and we will stop to enjoy the spiritual mountain scene.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,511 m/11,517 ft

We continue through pastures to a settlement called Letdar from where we get an excellent view of Chulu West. From here, the trail follows the bank of the Jarsang Khola, a tributary of the Marsyangdi before branching off to climb the scree slopes high above the river, to Phedi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 4,545 m/14,908 ft

We have an early start today for crossing Thorung La Pass (5416 m). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp, the path is well defined. The gradient flattens after around 4 hours of steady climbing. From the snow-covered mountains above to the head of Kali Gandaki valley below, we are surrounded by the brown and purple hills of Mustang offering a once in a lifetime vantage point.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 7-9 hrs
  • 3,694 m/12,117 ft

We will head down the Kali Gandaki Gorge past the town of Kagbeni before arriving in Jomson. We will stay here for the night to learn more about the local culture and customs of the Tibetan people while exploring this peaceful town.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5 hrs
  • 2,750 m/9,021 ft

We will return along the short 35-minute flight route to Pokhara.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 20 minutes
  • 900m/2,952 ft
  • Domestic Flight

Early in the morning, we depart from Pokhara Tourist Bus Station to travel back to Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting adventure or any other tours you can start today.

Option: We have not included the airfare of Pokhara – Kathmandu (USD $120 Per Person). The exciting half hour flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalaya where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Kathmandu by flight, we provide free Airport Drop and Pick up. You need to book this flight before start the trek. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 6 hrs
  • 1 ,300m/4,265 ft
  • Tourist Bus

After breakfast, there will be free time for souvenir shopping and other independent activities. 

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1 ,300m/4,265 ft

Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight back to home. 

  • Breakfast
  • Private Tourist Vehicle

What's included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Three nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, One night on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 9 nights (twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • Accommodation during Camping ; 5/6 nights full camping services
  • All standard meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • All required Personal and Group Climbing gears 
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bars
  • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa and other support staff while on Chulu East peak climbing
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for Two trekker basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies (Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Chulu East Peak Permit
  •  Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • All ground transfers.
  • Airfare Jomsom – Pokhara guests and guide
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Chul East Peak climbing certificates issued from the respective body of Nepal Government
     

Personal Climbing Gears includes:

  • Mountaineering Boots 
  • Crampons
  • Harness 
  • Ice Axe
  • 2 x Tape slings
  • 2 x Screwgate Karabiners
  • Descender / Abseil Device (Jumar)
  • Prussic Loops
  • Helmet

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary

Availabilities

FromToStatusPrice  
start date26 Oct, 2020end date14 Nov, 2020Available$2700

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 
 

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.


We have set dates for departure to the Chulu East Peak Climbing. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

If the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 10 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 10 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Chulu East Peak Climbing is possible. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the climb. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

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Useful Info

Why Climb Chulu 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.)


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.


Environmental Responsibility:

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.


Altitude Advice:

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 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 at the  Hotel Holy Himalaya 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.


Travel Insurance:

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 East Climbing:

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 10% 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.