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Chulu East Peak Climbing

Trip Route: Ktm-Beshishar-Dharapani-Chame-Julu-Chulu-Manang-Thorung Phedi-Muktinath-Jomsom-Pokhara-Ktm
Max Altitude: 6,200 m
Trip Duration: 22 days
Transportation: Bus/Flight
Best Season: Sep-Dec & Feb-Jun
Chulu East Peak Climbing

exotic adventure into the high valleys of Manang diverse picturesque scenery, from the paddy terraces to the high artic terrain, constant views of the world's highest mountains, World's deepest Gorge in the backdrop of Buddhist culture

This is one of the classic and most rewarding treks in Nepal. The southern slopes of the Manaslu and Annapurna ranges are heavily settled and farmed, except for the higher regions which support thick forests of rhododendron and fir. Most of the tribe inhabiting these areas is Gurungs, Magars, Chhetris, Manang, Thakali and the Newars. The dramatic deep valleys and mountain scenery is the reason for this trek, and the experience is truly awe-inspiring. Trekking northwards from the road head at Gorkha, we enter the gorge of the Marsyangdi River, which cuts through the great Himalaya chain of high peaks between the Annapurnas and Manaslu, creating a valley that transcend by the high pass of Thorang-la to the deepest gorge of Kali-Gandaki river Valley which again cuts through the high mountain range of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, beginning the adventure from the Hindu dominated farmland of Nepal's 'middle hills' into the high alpine region on the north side of the Annapurnas, which is the domain of Tibetan Buddhism culture making this adventure very picturesque from every aspect of trekking environments for which Nepal is famous.

We have chosen this wonderful adventure starting from the town of Beshishar, where most of Annapurna circuit trek starts, allowing us to see bit more of the interesting agricultural landscapes that makes up so much of Nepal's lower valleys.

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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m. 
Day 02:
A day in Kathmandu. 
Day 03:
Drive to Ngadi via Beshishar 823m. 6-7 hrs journey.
Day 04:
Trek to Jagat. 1,290m. 6 hrs walks. 
Day 05:
Trek to Tal 1,700m. 5 hrs.
Day 06:
Trek to Dharapani, 1,860m. 5 hrs. 
Day 07:
Trek to Chame. 2,670m. Approx. 5-6 hrs. 
Day 08:
Trek to Pisang 3,150m. Approx. 6 hrs. 
Day 09:
Trek to Julu. Approx. 3,900m. 5-6 hrs. 
Day 10:
At Julu for acclamatisation. 
Day 11:
Trek to Chulu East Base Camp. 4,700m. 
Day 12:
Trek and climb to Chulu High Camp at 5,300m.
Day 13:
Rest Day at High Camp. 
Day 14:
Climb of Chulu East. 
Day 15:
Trek to Manang 3,520m. Approx. 4-5 hrs.
Day 16:
Trek to Thorung Phedi. 4,400m. via Yak Kharka. 6-7 hrs. 
Day 17:
Trek to Muktinath 3,800m.via Thorang-la 5,416m. Approx. 6-8 hrs. 
Day 18:
Trek to Jomsom 2,730m. 3-4 hrs walks. 
Day 19:
Fly to Pokhara 860m. 
Day 20:
Drive to Kathmandu. 
Day 21:
Free day at leisure in Kathmandu. 
Day 22:
Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Service includes
  • Airport pickup and drop
  • Tent and teahouse stay in trek
  • Conservation permit
  • Royality of Peak
  • Hotel in Kathmandu as your requirements,.
  • An experienced licensed holder Guide and required porters
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters,
  • Transpotation by bus, car or by flight,
  • Medical kit box
  • Climbing Equipments
  • All government tax
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees
  • All necessary transportation while sightseeing
Service does not include
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • International flight and departure tax
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Nepal entry visa fee US 30
  • Any kinds of Bar bills
Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m. 
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, Climbing / Camping, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu. 
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it's late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you venture out of the Hotel in our interesting tour.

Day 03: Drive to Ngadi via Beshishar 823m. 6-7 hrs journey.
Travel by Bus to Pokhara on the scenic highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. On arriving Beshishar overnight camp at near the village backyard. Behishar a large town and its the district headquarter of Lamjung area.

The first day of this journey following the wide dirt motor able road for an hour or two, the drive continues through the busy bazaar of Beshishar and crossing few streams with short up's and downs. On reaching Khudi the drive leads to a short climb above the village and the trails follows upstream and arriving at Bhulbule 790 m.. From Bulbule the drive is gradual on the river bed with a great view of the cascading waterfall just on the outskirt of village. The track follows the river, after half an hour reaching at Ngadi.

Day 04: Trek to Jagat. 1,290m. 6 hrs walks. 
Today's walk begins with an easy winding path from Ngadi for an hour crossing this same river via a suspension bridge. The trail follows to a steep climb for half an hour, on arriving the lush farm terraces field the walk again gets gradual for a short while, as the going gets better another half hour climb brings you at the top of Bhaundanda. Bhaundanda a small village perched high on top of the ridge, the trek descends passing through the farm terraces then reaching back to a gradual winding path for an hour and a half before Syange village, a short downhill walk brings close to the river with great view of the water falls on the other side of the Marsyangdi River.

Syange village is reached after crossing a long suspension bridge; trek continues on the gradual path for a short while, then climbing up above away from the river, the steep climb lasts for an hour. Once on the top of the ridge, magnificent view of the raging waterfalls can be seen on route to Jagat near the nearby cliff wall. From here another hour of pleasant walk brings you to our overnight camp at Jagat.

Day 05: Trek to Tal 1,700m. 5 hrs.
After this village Jagat, a gradual walk leads through the terraced farms with a short climb as we reach Chamje village, from Chamje trail descends to cross a suspension bridge over the raging Marsyangdi River, here the valley narrows. Climbing steeply again, and passing number of welcome teahouses, we finally reach a viewpoint where we can look north wards across a surprising level of pasture to the houses of Tal after 3 hours of good morning walk, the village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marsyangdi, which are dwarfed by the high mountains beyond, including the Kang Guru massif. Tal is the most southerly of the village of the Manang district with a police check post. Chortens and prayer flags affirms to the Buddhist influence, which is increasingly predominant from this point onwards.

Day 06: Trek to Dharapani, 1,860m. 5 hrs. 
Leaving Tal after a break here, the walk is easier on the gentle path into a narrowing of the valley before descending to cross a wooden bridge to be on the west side of the Marsyangdi River, from this spot the walk winds on the up and downhill path coming to a large bridge, after the bridge another hour of good walk brings us to the village of Dharapani. From Dharapani onwards the vegetation, landscapes changes and the air gets cooler. Dharapani located at the confluence of the tributary Dudh Khola that joins Marsyangdri. The Manaslu Circuit route meets the Annapurana circuit trail here.

Day 07: Trek to Chame. 2,670m. Approx. 5-6 hrs. 
After a pleasant cool morning at Dharapani, route turns towards west passing through the interesting Buddhist village of Bagarchap, after an hour walk from Bagarchap altitude gains slowly as we come closer to the apple country at Dhanaqi and to the alpine region passing through farm, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of Manaslu behind us and towering peaks of Lamjung and Annapurna II, the trail follows the river Marsyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Ratamanang and Koto before Chame. From Koto, half hour of easy walk brings you to the village town of Chame an important place of Manang region. Camp is made near by this village or in the middle of the pine wood near the fresh running river of Marsyangdi. After a approx. 6 hours of good walk.

Day 08: Trek to Pisang 3,150m. Approx. 6 hrs. 
The walk from here follows on the right side of the river, after leaving Chame the path passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach Bratang a village with an apple orchard on the side of the road. From here we continue on the gradual path to the bridge, After crossing the bridge a short steep climb leads through the pine forest reaching the top ridge of Pisang village and to the more open valley with some pasture, walking down from the forested area great views of Pisang peak on the north, Annapurna II and the Chulu peak can be seen, on reaching Pisang welcomed by the long prayer wheel and then to the overnight camp near the village or bit further in the woods after 5-6 hours of good walks.

Day 09: Trek to Julu. Approx. 3,900m. 5-6 hrs. 
From Pisang trek continues on with grand views of the high snow capped peaks, and climbing steeply up for half an hour to the ridge where we get the scenery of the beautiful landscapes along with our first view of the Manang valley, a wide U shaped valley hanging between the two lines of snow peaks. This grand spot offers a dramatic views of the valleys, Hongdre village with it's short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, and on the right Chuli east, on the back Pisang peak. From Pisang, there are two path that reaches to Chulu Base camp and to Manang, depending upon the condition, from the suburb of Pisang village the road diverts up above the river
Marsyangdi, which ever the route is taken both the trail offers outstanding scenery of the surrounding landscapes eventually joining the trail just above Nagawa village, the path from here leading north west on arid slopes and hills till we reach a small village of Jhulu for the overnight camp.

Day 10: At Julu for acclamatisation. 
Rest day at Julu for proper acclamatisation and local hike around, this rest day is a must
as the altitude gets in and the air gets thinner. There are food places for a short hike around with superb views of the snow capped mountains.

Day 11: Trek to Chulu East Base Camp. 4,700m. 
The walk leaves the last village for complete wilderness on the barren landscapes with views of both Chulus and the Annapurnas. The walk meanders to a steep climb for an hour with few gradual portion on route the valley that runs up toward the col between the East and Far East Peaks of Chulu for the overnight camp and as well Base Camp for the climb.

Day 12: Trek and climb to Chulu High Camp at 5,300m.
The ill define path climbs up following the Chegaji Khola on the east bank and finally arriving at a moraines below the col after three to four hours of strenuous walk. The high camp here forms a launching iste for both the South-West Ridge of Chulu Far East and as well for our climb from the east Ridge of Chulu East Peak.

Day 13: Rest Day at High Camp. 
Rest day for acclimatisation and for the preparation of the climb.Our climbing Sherpa will scout the area of the climb and will fix ropes where necessary.

Day 14: Climb of Chulu East. 
The route continues up the snow ridge ahead to the summit which is exposed at first but is climbed without much difficulty. On reaching the top great panoramic views of the surrounding snow capped mountains and the valley down below. After a memorable moment descend back to Base Camp for the overnight.

Day 15: Trek to Manang 3,520m. Approx. 4-5 hrs.
From the Base Camp trek continues on with grand views of the high snow capped peaks, and descending steeply. The trek is more or less gradual on the wide path most of the way to Manang via the village of Braga, here we will have time to spend the morning visiting Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas and the religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight stop.

Day 16: Trek to Thorung Phedi. 4,400m. via Yak Kharka.approx. 4,130m. 6-7 hrs trek. 
After a wonderful time at Manang, the trail from here leads to a slow climb up for an hour, after the last village of Manang, the track gently winds up offering inspiring views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tiloche and the close up view of Chuli mid and west as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain's with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region, coming to a small settlements of Yak-Kharka for lunch.

Continue towards the Thorung phedi, heading north west passing through a small place of Leder with close up views of Chulu west, the walk follows with a gentle climb for an hour, then descending to Jarsang khola, a short steady climb brings to near level path on the side of the scree ridge, walking on this gentle path which leads to a descend by the stream and again a steep climb of 30 minutes brings us to our overnight camp at Thorang phedi.

Day 17: Trek to Muktinath 3,800m.via Thorang-la 5,416m. Approx. 6-8 hrs. 
Today is the big day going over the highest point of this trek over Thorang-la, starting early in the morning to reach the top of the pass before the chill wind starts blowing and to catch the best of the magnificent views of the northern Annapurna, Damudhar, Bhirkuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains. The trail from Phedi follows on the winding scree, gravel path the walk in the beginning can be quite strenuous on the steep zig-zag path for an hour, on reaching the top of the pass on this winding uphill trail at the height of 5,416 meter at Thorang-la, from where one can get an impressive view of the stunning high Himalayan scenery. From here a long descend to the sacred village of Muktinath, on reaching the bottom of the pass at the only teahouse around, after a short break here continue on the gradual trail for another hour to Muktinath the holiest of all holy places, during auspicious time according to Hindu & Buddhist calendar this place is full and busy with pilgrims from Nepal and India.

Day 18: Trek to Jomsom 2,730m. 3-4 hrs walks. 
After the strenuous day and hard on knees to Muktinath, journey carries on with a 1,200m of descent to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekale bhatti meaning a lonely teahouse, at present its a small settlement with 3-4 teahouses. From here onwards the valley gets very windy in the afternoon time, the walk follows the gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom is reached. Jomsom, a town and a headquarter of the Mustang region with a small airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River.

Day 19: Fly to Pokhara 860m. 
Morning sweeping panoramic flight of 20 minutes reaches you at Pokhara, on reaching Pokhara our staff will transfer you to the Hotel by the Phewa lake side with time to marvel the view around and for a leisure afternoon.

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu. 
orning drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, on reaching Dumre the drive is on the same road all the way to Kathmandu.

Day 21: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu. 
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 22: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, our office staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

Useful Information

Chulu East (6,200 m.) is situated high above the Manang valley with breathtaking views across to the Annapurnas II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu. The climb is combined with the classic trek around the Annapurna massif, ascending the Marshyangdi valley and crossing the Thorung La, before descending the Kali Gandaki valley to Pokhara. The climb is technically straightforward and, you should be familiar with the use of your equipment, crampons, harness, ice axe, tying knots and handling climbing ropes. Most of the climbing will be involved walking roped together, including the glacial crossings. You Should be very fit and have good experience of climbing.

These peaks form part of Manang Himal, which are quite rightly included in the larger Damodar Himal, the eastern limit of which runs south from Chako and Peak 6,687m in a north-to-south direction along the Hunlung Khola and Phu Khola (stream). To the south it is bounded by the Marsyangdi Khola and Mesokansta La. To the west its limit is the Kali Gandaki and to the north the Parchekya La (5,447m). There exists considerable confusion with regard to the name and location of the Chulu peaks and what summit actually constitutes Chulu West and Chulu East, since it soon becomes apparent to anyone that has climbed in the range that several other summits close by, which are actually part of the Chulu massif. For the sake of clarification, four summits can be included in the Chulu group, two which are possible on the permit for Chulu West and two on the Chulu East permit. What is apparent is that the available trekking map is highly misleading. The highest of these peaks, marked Chulu West (6,630m) on the trekking maps, has a recorded altitude from at least tow expeditions of nearer 6,400m: this might be more accurately be called Chulu Central. The NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) gives this an official altitude of 6,429 meters. South-east of this highest summit is a lower peak that can rightly be termed Chulu East. Most of the trekking maps give this an altitude of 6,200 meters (20,341ft), although the official height is 6,584 meters ( 21,601ft). However, continuing two miles east along the ridge is another peak, well seen from the airstrip at Ongre (Hongde) and separated from the East Peak by a col which is 5,608 meters (18,000ft). This summit has an attitude nearer 6,059 meters (19,880ft) and should really be termed Chulu Far East and many trekking agencies picture it in their brochures, mistakenly, as Chulu East.

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