Chulu West Peak is at an altitude of 6419m and is one of the popular and quite technical climbing peaks in the Annapurna region. When you have reached the summit you will have spectacular views of many of the Himalayan giants like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Nilgiri. Chulu West is situated in the Annapurna region which is home to a ring of impressive mountains with many peaks over 6000m and Mt Annapurna 1 is just over 8000m. Chulu West Peak Climbing is a perfect trek and takes you through many different types of landscapes, through farmland and the rural Manages villages. The trek to the Chulo west peak follows the Marsyangdi River and with the river, the mountains and the terraced farmland, it feels that with every turn is a new photo opportunity.
All of the Annapurna regions is now a conservation area project, this came into effect in 1986. If you wish to take part in climbing this peak then you will need to have previous climbing experience and knowledge. Although a climbing guide will be with you, it is not possible to take complete beginners. If you are unsure then please contact us for information and we will be able to advise you. Before we start our climb to Chulo west peak that we organize a basic climbing course. So that all of our climbers have basic and advance climbing knowledge. They get confidence to get triumph over the summit.
From the pinnacle of Chulo west peak, we can have the outstanding views of Annapurna two (7937m), Annapurna four (7535m), Annapurna three (7575m) and Gangapurna (7455m). Four days will be required for camping during Chulo west peak climbing. However, our kitchen staffs are trainable and have a good experience where they will serve you fresh, hygienic and tasty food.
Three nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and one nights after trek. Two nights in a three star hotel in Pokhara
All accommodation whilst on trek. This will also include en-Suite rooms where available.
Camping Equipment for the 4 nights in tents.
You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. This is not possible for the four nights camping where all the group will eat the same food.
Internal flights from Jonsom to Pokhara and then from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Trekking leader, guides accommodation and internal airfare.
Climbing guide wages, accommodation and equipment.
Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.
Trekking Leader, guides and porters insurance.
Trekking and climbing permits for the time needed.
An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing
Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.
All government texes and servicce charge.
Medical Supplies (Frist aid kit)
Travel and rescue Insurance
Hire of climbing equipment if not bringing own.
Food in Kathmandu.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
Tips for guide porter.
Arrival in Kathmandu.
Arrive into Kathmandu. You will be met by a member of Top of the World Treks and after a 45 minute bus journey to the heart of the city and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Kathmandu to BulbuleTrekking time 2-3 hours.
We will leave the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu early and drive to Besi Sahar. We follow the Trisuli and Marshyandi Rivers, it is about a five hour drive and enables us to take in the changing scenery as we head to more rural areas.Once at Besi Sahar we will commence our trek and the valley becomes a deep gorge. We continue the narrow trail and then reach a long suspension bridge and then reach a large village called Khuldi. We follow the road until we reach our our first overnight stop at Bhulbhule.
Bulbule to Jagat Trekking time 5-6 hours.
We continue northwards up through the valley crossing many of Nepal famous suspension bridges we are also rewarded with many waterfalls along the way. Along with scenic river views we of course have mountain views and the peak Lamjung (6000m). We will arrive at the village of Bahundanda where we will stop for lunch. We then descend down to the river and then we climb back up the west bank and to the top of the ridge. We cross another suspension bridge and reach the village of Sange.We continue our gradual climb up, sometimes on the road until we reach our home for the night at Jagat. 1300m.
Jagat to Darapani Trekking Time 5-6 hours.
We walk gradually up until to Chamge and will cross a suspension bridge. We then climb steeply for about 2 hours through rhododendron and pine forest. The valley now becomes more deep. We arrive at the borders of Manang district and from here we will enter the Manang district and we arrive at a small village which is the foot of a large waterfall.We continue onto Dharapani where we will spend the night.
Dharapani to Chame Trekking Time 4-5 hours.
We leave Dharapani and we climb through the forest to Bagarchhap, this is the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. The trail is now heading west and we can see the Manaslu ranges and sometimes Annapurna 2. We continue through the forests and we will arrive at Chame (2600m) and our views of the mountains will become perfect. Here we will spend the night.
Chame to Pisang Trekking time.
Today we will cross the river many times and we will pass through the narrow steep sided gorge nearing the village of Pisang (3200m). We climb up to the top of the ridge and here we will get our first views of the Manang valley. This is one of the best views of the trek.
Pisang to Manang Trekking Time 4-5 hours.
Today we descend down through the valley and we follow the trail and arrive at the village of Manang (3500m).
An acclimatization day in Manang and we can spend the day enjoying the views and the impressive mountains of Annapurna 2 &3, Gangapurna, Tilicho and the Chulu west and east.
Manang to Chulu Ledar Trekking Time 5 hours.
We branch away from the Marshyandi Khola river and we climb steadly into an alpine region, we gradually climb up and we will be able to Yak Kharka, which is where the Yaks graze and we will have lunch there. We will then continue up to Chulu Ledar (4200m) where we arrive at our destination for the evening.
Chulu Ledar to Base Camp Trekking Time 4 -5 hours.
We leave Chulu Ledar and head for the base camp of Chulu West. This is at an altitude of 4900m and will be our first night in a tent. It is a steep up through alpine meadows and pastures, many fields will be planted with incense and as we are above the treeline we will just have the mountains as our backdrop.Our climb to the base camp will be rewarded with sunset views of the Himalayas.
Acclimatisation Day at Base Camp.
We have an acclimatization day today at the base camp. This will allow the group to rest a little in preparation for the next few days. It will also give everyone a chance to spend time with the climbing guide going through the equipment and to make sure everyone is 100% confident.
Chulu weast Base Camp to High camp Trekking Time 4 -5 hours.
We today will continue ascending to High Camp. We are now trekking at the height of approximately 5100m. We will reach the high camp by lunchtime this will allow the group to have a good rest and also for any final preparations for the big day tomorrow. Again we will be rewarded with sunset views from our tents.
Summit day and Down to Base Camp Trekking time 9-10 hours.
Today is the big day! We will begin our day early to ensure all the group have enough time to reach the summit, also the weather is always best in the morning. The climbing guide will ensure all the ropes and equipment is ready and then we will ascend slowly and surely.When we have reached the summit we will have panoramic views of the Annapurna region. When all the photos and celebrations have finished we will walk down to spend the night at the base camp.This will be the last night in a tent!
This is a reserve day in order for us to have an extra day if whatever reason the summit attempt was not achieved.
Base Camp to Thorong PhediTrekking time 5 – 6 hours.
We leave the base camp of Chulu West and head down to Throng Pedi 4500m and it is here we will spend the night. It is a gradual walk down to the river and then another gradual walk up to Throng Pedi.
Phedi to Muktinath Trekking time 9-10 hours.
This is the hardest and longest day of the trek and although crossing of the pass is not technically difficult we take it at a slow and steady pace. After about 4 hours we reach the top (5416m) and enjoy the stunning views and the high Himalayan scenery. We can see the whole Annapurna range in the south, the Mukeak and the Mustang Himal to the west. The descent is steep and rough so again we take our time and this also allows us to take in the views of the Dhaulagiri range which we can soon see. We arrive at Muktinath where we will rest and spend the night.
Muktinath to Jomsom Trekking Time 4-5 hours.
The final day trekking today will be to Jonsom, we descend through the valley and it is the worlds deepest gorge, the river name is Kaligandaki. We arrive at Jonsom and we spend the night.
Jomsom to Pokhara.
Fly from Jonsom to Pokhara. The rest of the day can be spent in Pokhara resting and enjoying the city. We spend the night in Pokhara.
Sightseeing in Pokhara.
We spend the day together in Pokhara and will take boats across the lake. Here we will walk up to the World Peace Stupa. Where we can see all the mountains and the city of Pokhara. It is a very interesting place and a chance to learn about Buddhism. After this we will walk back down the other side and then there is a chance to visit the Mountaineering Museum if the group would like to.Evening will be spent in Pokhara.
Pokhara to Kathmandu.
We head to the airport in order to fly back to Kathmandu. where we will go to the hotel. After this you are free for shopping and dinner.
Fly to home.
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does, of course, depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops selling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guideline. The basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants.
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Headlamp (eg Petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg Thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear, appropriate to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers/pants. (Preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boots with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravans.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumper (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe, Crampons otherness/carabiners. During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your trek bag, in group bags until needed.
To minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipment rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them a lot cheaper than you find in Europe and the USA. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which gives you an idea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All-purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-2 looking Carabiners, Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paracetamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
-Anti – diarrhoea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.