• Duration:19 Nights 20 Days
  • Max. Altitude: 6584m
  • Group Size: 1-8
  • Activity: Trekking & Climbing
  • Pick Up: TIA Airport

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 2022 and 2023

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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 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, 1,300 m/4,265 ft

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.

    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
    • Tea House/ Lodge

    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
    • Tea House/ Lodge

    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
    • Tea House/ Lodge

    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
    • Tea House/ Lodge

    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
    • Tea House/ Lodge

    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

    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

    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

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

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Camping

    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

    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

    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
    • Tea House/ Lodge

    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
    • Tea House/ Lodge

    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
    • Tea House/ Lodge

    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
    • Tea House/ Lodge

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

    • Breakfast
    • Hotel

    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

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

    • Breakfast
    • Hotel

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

    • Breakfast

    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

    Departure Dates

    FromToStatusPrice  
    Start Date15 Apr, 2023End Date04 May, 2023AvailableUS$ 2900

    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 08 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 08 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.

    Useful Info

    Chulu East Peak Climbing Packing List:

    “There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Alfred Wainwright

    Are you planning your dream trip to the Himalaya of Nepal? Make sure you have packed well for your hiking, trekking and climbing experiences in Nepal. The time period of your visit also determines your packing list. The best trekking seasons for beginning your Chulu East Peak Climbing are spring and autumn. During these seasons, maximum flow of trekkers can be witnessed. Weather during spring (March – May) and autumn (September – November) are likely to be mild with clear blue sky and outstanding mountain views. But nights can get freezing cold at higher elevation. So, packing appropriate clothing, gear, and equipments for your Chulu East Peak Expedition is a must for lifetime memorable trekking and climbing experience in Annapurna region of Nepal.

    A strategically way of packing will be keeping in mind that your stuffs will be packed in two bags. One will be the daypack that you carry every day on your trek. Pack your daypack as light as possible by carrying only the essentials so that you can relish your moments in wilderness freely. Pack anything you may need each day during your hike in your daypack. Other bag will be your duffle bag which will be carried by your Porter from the very beginning of your trek till the end.

     

    Upper Body:

    • Warm beanie hat
    • Tubular Headwear (buff)
    • Sun Hat or Cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
    • Polarized Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Headlamp (Black Diamond / Petzl) with spare batteries
    • Sunscreen with factor 50+
    • Upper Body (Core body):
    • 3 Light and trekking weight thermal tops
    • 3 T-shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
    • 1 Fleece Jacket or pull over (Merino, soft shell)
    • 1 Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
    • 1 Down Jacket

    Lower Body:

    • 2 Thermal base layers (merino or polartec power dry)
    • 2 Pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
    • 1 Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
    • 1 Waterproof/ Rain pants
    • 2 Light Hiking shorts
    • 2 Fleece Pants
    • 4 Under wears (merino)

    Hands:

    • 1 Lightweight gloves or liner gloves
    • 1 Pair shell gloves (Gore-Tex)
    • 1 Waterproof outer glove

    Feet:

    • 3 Warm Trekking socks (smart wool)
    • 3 Pairs of liner socks
    • 2 Pairs of thick/ warm socks
    • 2 Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
    • Trekking Boots (waterproof, ankle support with rigid sole)
    • Lightweight Rubber Shoes / Trainers / Trail Runner to wear at the Tea Houses

    Accessories:

    • 1 Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 40 - 50 Liters
    • 2 Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
    • Large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
    • A pair of adjustable Trekking Pole
    • Camera with extra battery
    • Sleeping bag (- 15 C depending upon trips)
    • Sleeping Bag liner
    • Ear Plugs
    • Portable Solar Charger
    • Smart Trekking Watch

    Personal First Aid Kit:

    Please do note that our trekking guides will be too carrying the first aid kit with them especially for the guests and the entire team as a whole. Still, we suggest the following items to be carried with you while trekking in the Himalaya of Nepal.

    • Personal Medication
    • Diarrhea Stopper (e.g. Imodium)
    • Paracetamol Tablets
    • Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
    • Diamox for altitude (consult your doctor about this)
    • Water Purification tablets or drops
    • Blister kit / Zinc Tape
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Dressing Gauze
    • Antibiotic Cream