About Chulu West Peak Climbing
Chulu West (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 and strength 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 expedition. 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 the Himalaya of 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 Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail into the Marsyangdi Valley to reach the north side of Annapurna Massif. We leave the Annapurna Circuit trail at Yak Kharka 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 for proper acclimatization 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 Gandaki valley, reaching a famous pilgrimage site, Muktinath, where there are a number of Hindu and Buddhist temples.
The best season for Chulu West Peak Climbing is from March to May (Spring) and from September to November (Autumn). However, 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, 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 detail of your Chulu West Expedition; lodge accommodation, guides, food, as well as all the necessary climbing and camping equipment.
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