Chulu West Peak Climbing

This is very attractive climbing in Annapurna region. We can see this peak while we trek from Yak Kharka to Ledar in the trekking route of Annapurna circuit. There are two Chulu peaks (East and West), Chulu West peak is the higher one situated at the altitude of 6420m. This peak was first ascended in 1952 by Japanese Expedition team. The Base Camp of Chulu west is located in a small valley where we can find the yak pastures.

There is a controversial matter about the name and location of the Chulu peaks. There are several peaks nearby Chulu massif but there is not indicated well in the map. Some maps indicate three Chulus East,West and Center. The middle part of this peak is the most technical for climbing than begging part and final part though there is no difficulty to reach on the top.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Chulu West  Peak Climbing
Maximum Elevation: 6420m
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 21 Days
Mode of Operation: Tea House Lodge + Camping Trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate and Strenuous
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Chulu West Peak Climbing
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport 1300m, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star in Thamel touristic city. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 02: Formalities for trekking and peak climbing permits. Hotel 2 star with breakfast included.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule 840m 6 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.
Day 04: Trek from Bhulbhule to Syange 1100m 6 hours walk. Trek passes through green terraces, along the Marshyangdi river side. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Syange to Tal 1700m 5 hours walk. This day we follow river side climb in mountain path reaching Chyamche. We can view of magnificent waterfall and mini hydro power. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Tal to Bagarchhap 2160m 6 hours walk. This day we cross decent view of Manaslu range and we can over look the view of Dudh Khola River and Marshyangdi River. Annapurna II 7900m becomes visible ahead. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame 2670m 5 hours walk. Trek pass through thundering waterfall and Marshyangdi Khola becomes a George.Now, we can over look the magnificent Manaslu peak and Phungi Himal peak. We cross through the Gurung ethnic village and climb through a pine forest to Chame. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.
Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang 3200m 5 hours walk. This day, we reach at the small settlement of Taleku.When we cross Buradhan on the right bank there are military station who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution. We can see the east peak of Annapurna II 7900m and Pisang peak 6100m. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.
Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang 3540m 7 hours walk. There are two options to reach at Manang through climbing upper Gyaru village and Ngawal village or through lower Hongde airfield of Manang in straight way. This day is special view of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna peak, Tilicho peak with large Buddhist Chortens (stupas),Buddhist Mani and Monasteries during the trail. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.
Day 10: Manang acclimatization. Manang rest day, Manang is a surprisingly a large village for this remote mountain region. It's all houses are line up with prayer flags. We explore the surroundings crossing Marshyangdi River to visit wonderful Himalayan Gangapurna Lake and hike up to Deurali approximately 4400m to see the magnificent views of Chulu west peak, Chulu centre peak, Chulu East peak, Chulu Far east peak, Pisang peak, Annapurna II etc. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Manang to Ledar 4200m 5 hours walk.Our path this day is full of ups and down as the elevation gradually rises, after crossing Kenzan  Khola path towards to Ledar. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Ledar to Chulu West Base Camp 4800m 5 hours. This day we can see wild blue sheep. Overnight at Tented camping.
Day 13: Trek from Chulu West Base Camp to Chulu West High Camp 5200m 4 hours Overnight tented camping. After lunch preparation for summit.
Day 14: Chulu West High Camp to summit of Chulu West Peak 6420m and descend to Chulu Base Camp. 10 hours Overnight tented camping.
Day 15: Chulu West Base Camp to Thorong Phedi 5 hours. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.
Day 16: Early in the morning crossing Thorong La pass 5416m trek down to Muktinath 3700m.Trek with high windy climb eases, we begin to ascend Thorong pass (5416 m). Better view of Kali Gandaki in U shaped valley. Ahead we can see Dhaulagiri I, II and III. Now, we trek in gentle slope with steep cliff through sacred land of Muktinath. We visit Buddhist and Hindu temples combine in same spot. 8 hours Overnight at Tea house Lodge.
Day 17: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2700m 5 hours. Descend from Muktinath visit to Jharkot Buddhist monastery and this ancient village and another sacred village Kagbeni and Buddhist monastery where Upper Mustang trek begins. Trek path down below close view of Kali Gandaki and reach famous airfield at Jomsom. Overnight at Tea house Lodge.
Day 18: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara 900m 25 minutes and transfer to comfort hotel near Fewa Lake. Bed & breakfast included. Afternoon visit around Pokhara.
Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6 hours and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast included.
Day 20: Reserve day in case there will be weather problem in Jomsom. Hotel 2 star bed & breakfast included.
Day 21: Airport transfer and international departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Kathmandu International airport & Kathmandu domestic airport - hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-4 nights 2 star hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-Trekking permits of ACAP, TIMS Cards and Chulu West  climbing permits.
-Accommodation in tea house lodge + tented camping in twin basis.
-Camping equipment: tents, mattress,  kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, porter's tent, utensils, tables, chairs etc.
-Climbing equipment: main rope, fixed rope, snow bar, rock piton, ice crew etc.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner with hot drinks: tea, coffee, milk, lemon etc.) during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for climbing guide and porters.
-Kathmandu to Bhulbule by tourist bus.
-Jomsom  to Pokhara  by plane and internal airport tax in Jomsom and Pokhara.
-Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory Nepal Government tax  and other  local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking climbing guide, cook and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal tourist visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu city also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, sleeping bags, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for climbing guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Member Personal Equipment:
S/No Particular Qty.
(01) Down suits 1
(02) Summit shoe 1
(03) Walking shoe 1
(04) Crampon 1
(05) Summit Glove (Mitten) 1
(06) Normal gloves 1
(07) Special sun glasses for snow.
(08) Iceaxe 1
(09) Harness 1
(10) Jumer 1
(11) Carapina (normal) 3
(12) Sleeping bag (-20 Degree Celsius ) 1
(13) Down filled Mattress 1
(14) Summit socks 1
(15) Normal socks 2
(16) Climbing bag (40 ltr) 1
(17) Safety Helmet 1
(18) Down jacket 1
(19) Down trouser 1
(20) 8 finger / descender 1
(21) Headlamp (Icon or Spot) 1
(22) Gore-tex jacket 1
(23) Gore-tex trouser 1
(24) Fleece jacket 1
(25) Fleece trouser 1
(26) Fleece liner gloves 3
(27) Screw Gate Carapina 1
(28) Balaclava (wind stopper) 1
(29) Thermos bottle 1
(30) Base layer (woolen) 1 (set)
(31) Water bottle normal 1
(32) Travel bag solid North Face/Quechua 60 liter 1

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