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CHULU WEST PEAK CLIMBING

chulu west peak climbing

The Chulu West Peak Climbing (6250m.) expedition is the most challenging for climbing and expeditions and will appeal to those looking for a real adventure. Previous climbing experience is not essential but a very high level of physical fitness is required. Ascent of Chulu West and Chulu Central are best made from a base camp in a small valley north of Manang situated off the main trail to Thorong La pass 5416m. Trek through to Manang and then ascend to Chulu West Base Camp to begin our assault on the mountain. The climb (Chulu West Peak Climbing) is long and very challenging and it is necessary to establish two high camps on the mountain prior to making a summit attempt. From the high camps and summit there are magnificent views of the entire Annapurna range, Manaslu and the wilds of Tibet. The return route crosses the Thorong La to Muktinath and on to Jomson, from where we fly to Pokhara, for a day of relaxation before flying back to Kathmandu.

Go beyond the hut following the yak pastures and walk up a ridge which leads into a hidden valley where it is possible to find a good site for base camp. From this camp another camp will be at High camp. Climb the rock band with some difficulty to the north-west shoulder of Chulu west (5,450m.), where another camp can be established or we can make an alternate camp at snow plateau above 5,500m. On the first ascent and several subsequent ascents rope was fixed on the rock band. From the plateau continue up the progressively narrowing ridge to the summit 6,250m.

Chulu West Peak Climbing

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. (1,300m. / 4,264 ft).

Day 2: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat (1,100m./3608 ft), 8-10 hrs.

Day 4: Syange / Jagat to Dharapani. (1,960m. / 6,430 ft), 7-8 hrs.

Day 5: Dharapani  to Chame.(2,710m. / 8,891 ft), 6-7 hrs.

Day 6: Chame to Pisang. (3,300m. / 10824 ft), 5-6 hrs.

Day 7: Upper Pisang – Manang (3,500m. / 11,482ft), 6 – 7 hrs.

Day 8: Rest day at Manang.

Day 09: Manang to Leder (4,200m. / 13,776ft), 4 – 5 hrs.

Day 10: Leder to Chulu West Base Camp (4,900m. / 16,072ft), 4 – 5 hrs.

Day 11: Chulu West base camp to camp I (5,100m. / 16,728ft) 4 – 5 hrs.

Day 12: Rest & Acclimatization at Camp I.

Day 13: Camp I to Camp II (5,530m. / 18,143ft) 4 – 5 hrs.

Day 14: Summit Chulu West (6,419m. / 21,055ft) and back to Camp I, 9 – 10 hrs.

Day 15: Camp I to Leder, 5 – 6 hrs.

Day 16: Contingency Day.

Day 17: Leder to Thorong Phedi (4,450m. / 14,596ft), 3 – 4 hrs.

Day 18: Thorong Phedi – Thorong Pass (5,416m. / 17,765ft) – Muktinath (3,800m. / 12,467ft) -Jomsom (2,715m. / 8,910ft), 7 – 8 hrs. trek and 2 hrs. drive

Day 19: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu: 6 – 7 hrs.

Day 21: International departure for home ward bound.

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Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. (1,300m. / 4,264 ft)

On arrival in Kathmandu received by our guide and with short drive take you to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city. Here our guide will brief with information regarding climbing- hotels-culture with do’s and don’t, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.


Day 2: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu.

Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stu-pa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay. Visit View Nepal Trek staff or your trek leader will brief about your treks which provides you opportunity to ask any question regarding your upcoming adventure.


Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat (1,100m./3608 ft), 8-10 hrs.

Today, we will go for a long drive to reach our starting point of our trekking destinations. Enroute, we can enjoy with greeneries, farms, villages, rivers and beautiful massive mountain sceneries of countryside of Nepal although road condition is not equally fine in all portion of our drive. From Besisahar, the road is dusty and coarse but can enjoy with the outstanding sceneries through the windowpane. Overnight in Jagat.


Day 4: Syange / Jagat to Dharapani. (1,960m. / 6,430 ft), 7-8 hrs.

We walk through the deep river gorge, rice fields, subtropical forest and small hamlets, past a majestic waterfall with towering peaks of Himalchuli and Manaslu.stay at 1320m.


Day 5: Dharapani to Chame.(2,710m. / 8,891 ft), 6-7 hrs.

A steep and slippery trail runs up and down through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Chamje at 1400m. Chame is the administrative centre of the Manang district. Overnight at Chame.


Day 6: Chame to Pisang. (3,300m. / 10824 ft), 5-6 hrs.

The path climbs the river through bamboo groves; we cross barley and potato fields to reach lower Pisang. Following  a narrow and steep path through a very thick forest will take us to the dramatic U-shaped curved rock face valley of Manang. We will continue our walk through these awesome site to reach today’s stop at Pisang. Overnight at lower Pisang.


Day 7: Upper Pisang - Manang (3,500m. / 11,482ft), 6 - 7 hrs.

Our trials split into two and we follow the upper trial (recommended). The route follows the upper Pisang via Geru, offers the outstanding sceneries. We will found ourselves in front of the majestic peaks where we can view panoramic views of the Mt. Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others that will attract us. From today onwards, we begin to observe the change in landscape and vegetation. We make our trip more memorable visiting to Barge monastery, a largest monastery of district Manag. Overnight in Manang.


Day 8: Rest day at Manang

As per the itinerary, today is the rest or acclimatization day. We will do a short hike to nearby hill which helps to get acclimatized with the high altitude because upcoming two days trek will be very challenging with rapid gain in altitude. We should not be over confidence with the altitude and need to be cautious every time. Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view, also we will visit to the Himalayan Rescue Association to collect some ideas about mountain sickness. Overnight at Manang.


Day 09: Manang to Leder (4,200m. / 13,776ft), 4 - 5 hrs.

Walk through the fields of grazing Yak and a wide variety of crops along with the alpine landscapes and high altitude vegetation & forests. A gradual ascent takes us to Yak Kharka and then to Ledar, area is most used as the alpine pasture by the native people. Overnight in Ledar.


Day 10: Leder to Chulu West Base Camp (4,900m. / 16,072ft), 4 - 5 hrs.

Today, we will head to Chulu West Base Camp from Ledar. We will discover the surrounding areas and enjoy with the views of the Annapurna Himalayas. We will set up our camp at Base camp for overnight stay.


Day 11: Chulu West base camp to camp I (5,100m. / 16,728ft) 4 - 5 hrs.

We will walk forward towards camp I and the route is quite tough so it is always good to remember info about high altitudes. Camp I offers the magnificent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri with some other peaks. Overnight at camp I.


Day 12: Rest & Acclimatization at Camp I

Acclimatization day at camp I and explore the surrounding area while the climbing leaders and other staffs make way to camp II and supply the equipment’s for the camp.


Day 13: Camp I to Camp II (5,530m. / 18,143ft) 4 - 5 hrs.

We will continue climbing the rock band to camp II from camp I by using ropes, crampon, and ice-axe. Our camp II for rest will be at the altitude of 5,530m. / 18, 143 ft. To reach the summit we will climb relatively straight forward from the camp II so we will make an overnight stay at camp II for proper acclimatization however some visitors also attempt the summit directly from camp I.


Day 14: Summit Chulu West (6,419m. / 21,055ft) and back to Camp I, 9 - 10 hrs.

Today, we will reach the summit. To successfully climb the summit we would wake up much earlier today. Each step we take we have to work hard through the icy high altitude route. Along the way to summit, it offers outstanding high Himalayan scene which makes our eyes love to watch more over the hrizon than on our trial. After successful completion of climbing we will return back to camp I. Overnight at Camp I.


Day 15: Camp I to Leder, 5 - 6 hrs.

While returning back, all the way to Ledar, our path descends from camp I enjoying with the panoramic views of the Annapurnas and other peaks. We will celebrate the summiting of the Chulu West Peak at Ledar. Overnight stay at Ledar.

 


Day 16: Contingency Day

The climatic condition is so changeable so there is no sure that we can get quite a favorable weather for a summit day. We consider today as an optional day with a condition if weather does not support us to summit the Chulu West Peak on scheduled date and even sometimes somebody in the group may get problems in acclimatizing well enough to make the ascent. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this extra day.


Day 17: Leder to Thorong Phedi (4,450m. / 14,596ft), 3 - 4 hrs.

Today, we  will head to Thorang Phedi leving the base camp, an easy way walk downhill although we are still in high altitude area.


Day 18: Thorong Phedi - Thorong Pass (5,416m. / 17,765ft) - Muktinath (3,800m. / 12,467ft) -Jomsom (2,715m. / 8,910ft), 7 - 8 hrs. trek and 2 hrs. drive

Today, we will cross the world’s highest pass Thorang La Pass. To cross this pass successfully wwe start our day at very early morning. After crossing the pass, we will head to the major pilgrimage sites of Buddhist and Hindus, Muktinath temple. There are 108 nozzle transmit for the stream running above the temple and if one bath in this stream it is believed that one will be free from all the sin that have done in their entire lifetime. We then head to Jomsom by local bus and it takes around 2 hrs. drive.


Day 19: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight

The climatic condition is so unfair for  the flight in Jomsom so early morning after completion of breakfast we check in the airport t fly back to Pokhara. With a scenic views of gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, one can enjoy about 30 min. flight. We then transfer to hotel and in noon we will discover the beautiful Pokhara valley leisurely. We will visit the lake side and take a boat around the Fewa Lake or just can do an hours walk to the World Peace Pagoda. In evening, discover the night life of Pokhara valley.


Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu: 6 - 7 hrs

After an enjoyable time on high hills and mountains around Annapurna Himalaya with grand views, morning depart for Kathmandu with an interesting overland drive to Kathmandu after a grand time on Chulu West Climbing, on reaching Kathmandu afternoon, free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.


Day 21: International departure for home ward bound.

As per your flight time our guide and staff transfers you at the airport after an enjoyable and great time on Chulu West Climbing around amazing Nepal Himalaya.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Tea houses/Lodge and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide)
  • Cook, assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section.
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Chulu West climbing permit
  • Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part -very high quality North Face or Mountain Hardware tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrance fees during Kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

The equipment listed below can be taken as a guideline to pack a items for trekking and peak climbing, and these items listed below may vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. We suggest you to pack only what is necessary and the items with an asterisk (*) are provided by a Visit View Nepal Trek inclusive in the service.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Day pack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Personal Climbing Gears

  1. Ice axe, Crampons, Harness, Tape slings(2)
  2. Screw-gate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock), Descender / eight figure.
  3. Plastic mountaineering boots, Ascend-er / Jhumar, Helmet.

Group Climbing Gears

  1. Snow bar*
  2. Rope*
  3. Ice hammer*
  4. Ice screw*

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow