Chulu East Peak Climbing

Chulu East peak is located in Manang valley. Compratively it’s a smaller peak to climb then other which lies south east of Chulu West. Where visitor will be just astonished to see such a vast diversity of flora and fauna along the trail of this Annapurna Region until reaching the Chulu East Peak are incredible. First by a German expedition in 1955 it was successfully attempt.  The Peak Chulu East grants amazing glimps of the mountains like Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Mt. Manaslu. Along the way we plan a Chulu Peak climb, moderate snow and ice climbing to over 6000m The Chulu East Peak climbing is technically quite difficult for the fresher’s, so climber must be familiar with the use of climbing activities like crampons, harness ice axe, tying knots and handling climbing ropes. The climb is combined with the classic trek around the Annapurna massif, ascending the Marshyangdi valley and crossing the Thorong La, before descending the Kali Gandaki valley to Pokhara.

During the Chulu east climbing trip we come across with various beautiful yak pastures, diverse flora and fauna, typical culture of Manangi people and ever smiling faces of the rural Nepalese with the most stunning view of the mountain peaks.

Day 01 : Arrive at Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport meet with our representative who assist and transfer you to the Hotel (star category, very nice and centrally located in Thamel). Rest of the time is free to enjoy on your own.

Day 02 : Drive Kathmandu to Besishahar ( 820 m) - 5 to 6 hours
Your guide and other staffs meet you early in the morning at your hotel lobby for the drive to Besisahar. Besi Shahar is about 185 km and about 6 hours drive . The drive is scenic in the mid hill region’s highway . Along the journey you will witness stunning view of snow capped Mountains, green hills, rivers ( Trishuli and Marshyangdi both very popular for rafting) , and villages. Overnight stay in guesthouse.

Day 03 : Trek Besishahar to Bahundanda (1,310 m ) - 6 to 7 hours
This is our first day’s trek and introduces us with different cultural practices of Nepal. We pass by many typical Nepali style houses and you can witness very different types of faces, living in the region.  The trail runs through subtropical forests and the rice terraces of Sera to the village of Khudi (840m) then Bhulbhule.The last part is quite hard up hill for the first day walk. Overnight stay in the  tented camp.

Day 04 : Trek Bahundanda to Chamche (1,430m) - 5 to 6 hours
After breakfast we descend steep downhill trail through the rice terraces. We cross hanging bridge to the next side of the River Marshyangdi and walk along the Marsyangdi River. Waterfall near Jagat, Chamche is so beautiful. The small town of Chamche is just after the waterfall. Recently the road construction to Manang in this river valley decreases charm of walking as it was in previous days.  Overnight in the tented camp in Chamche.

Day 05 : Trek Chamche to Dharapani (1,960 m ) - 5 to 6 hours
The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin climbing uphill to Sattale (1550 m) and trail continues through the cliff side , the zigzag path from Tal Beshi goes steep up to the hill for about 20 minutes. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of several waterfalls in and around the settlement in Tal ( 1700 m) where we probably have our lunch for the day. The narrow valley path becomes winding after Tal, and we get in Karte (1900 m) village. We continue to Dharapani (1960 m) in a flat motor able road for about one and half hour. Overnight stay in Dharapani.

Day 06 : Trek Dharapani to Chame (2170m) - 5 to 6 hrs
After breakfast we walk towards north west along the River Marshyangdi. In Dharapani a small stream called Dudh Khola which flows from north east meets. From this gorge, mt. Himlung seems beautiful in the morning.  The trail goes gradual up through the Tibaten and Gurung settlement up to Bagarchhap and Danakyu. There is a steep climb to Timang (2720 m), in the jungle which takes good one hour. The view of Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna II is really majestic to forget your climbing and tiredness. From here, the trail leads us through the pine forest to Thanchok and Koto then reach in Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by majestic views of Annapurna II, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal from Chame & two small hot springs by the town to enjoy in the evening. Overnight stay in Chame

Day 07 : Trek Chame to Pisang (3190 m) - 4 to 5 hours
We walk along the bank of Marsyangdi river in a beautiful pine forest to Talekhu (2720 m), Bhratang ( 2850 m) . 
After the trail rounds a bend to the rocky trail hissing sound of river and mountains view, then we will cross back to the south bank of the Marsyangdi by a suspension bridge at the place called  the Swarga Dwari ( Gate to Heaven) and then make a long gentle climb over a ridge through blue pine forests to the Dhukur Pokhari. We have lunch in this small tranquil town and walk along the sandy beautiful flat trail to Pisang. Overnight stay in Pisang.

Day 08 : Trek Pisang to Manang ( 3,540 m) - 4 to 5 hours
After breakfast we climb gentle up through the valley with pine and juniper forest to the Tibetan-styled village of Bryaga (3500m). Here, we will see houses stacked one atop the other, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbor’s rooftop. There is a very old Monastery ( Gompa ) perched on a high crag overlooking the village. Then we continue through a very arid countryside, dominated by weird cliffs of yellow rock, eroded into dramatic pillars alongside the trail to reach today’s destination Manang village, where the shops are unexpectedly well stocked with all the things. Overnight stay in Manang

Day 09  : Trek Manang to Chulu Base Camp (3,910m)
Today we leave the classic Annapurna Round trek and walk towards Chulu east Base Camp. We walk via Ngawal where we have lunch for the day. After lunch in Ngawal, we trek to Chulu Base Camp. Overnight stay in the tented camp.

Day 10-11 : Climb to High Camp ( 4,955m)
We climb uphill towards straight north. Here we prepare ourselves for the peak climbing. Overnight stay in the tented camp and enjoy the meal cooked by our own cook.

Day 12 : Acclimatization day in the Camp
We spend this day to acclimatize in the high altitude. If you feel comfortable you can attempt to summit the peak as well. Based on your physical condition we decide for the day.

Day 13 : Summit day - Back to Base Camp
Today is the most thrilling and beautiful day indeed. We start in pre dawn to summit the beautiful Chulu East peak from where the view of Annapurna massif is so stunning, Enjoy your time on the top of Chulu East and then descend down to the Base Camp.

Day 14 : Trek down to Manang (3,351m)
From the Base camp, we trek down to Manang and overnight stay in the tea houses  lodge.

Day 15 : Trek Manang to Churi Letdar (4,200m)
We join again the same trail of the classic Annapurna round or popularly known as Thorong La trek. We walk uphill to Letdar where we gain about 800 m. The trek is beautiful with close view of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Tarekekang and many other peaks. Arrive Letdar and overnight stay in the tea house. The hotel here is very basic. 

Day 16 : Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450m)
From Letdar, we follow a beautiful and narrow valley of Kone Khola to Phedi. Phedi is the base camp of Thorong La pass. We walk short today and save our energy for the Thorong la pass. Overnight stay in the lodge.

Day 17 : Trek to Thorong-La pass (5,416m) and then to Muktinath (3,800m)
Today is another beautiful, adventurous and thrilling day of the trip. We start to walk in a pre dawn to Thorong La top. It is about 900 m ascent in 5000 m above sea level which is not that easy walk. We enjoy the view of the Himalayan peaks again from the Thorong La top ( 5,416 m ). This is one of the highest pass in the world.
After this, we walk steep downhill to Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the most popular Hindu temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. Muktinath is described as a God of Salvation who helps to wash away sins during human life. So large numbers of Hindu devotees visit the temple complex every year. Overnight stay in tea house lodge.

Day 18 : Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800m).
You can explore the temple complex in the morning. There are 108 waterspouts at the back of Temple which is taken as a holy tap to take bath. Devotees come here to take dip into the water and think to wash away their sins.
After this we walk downhill to Kagbeni - a beautiful gateway town to Upper Mustang inhabited by Mustangi people.

Day 19 : Trek to Marpha (2,667m)
From Kagbeni, we trek along the River bank of Kali Gandaki to Marpha. We pass Jomsom where only airport situated so those who wants to shorten their trips can fly back to Pokhara as well. Arrive Marpha and overnight in a local lodge

Day 20 : Trek to Kalopani, Lete (2,438m)
We trek / walk today to Kalapani / Lete. The trail is really easy here onwards in the riverbed of Kali Gandaki and flat though sandy and windy sometime. Overnight in a lodge.

Day 21 : Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1189m)
We trek easy downhill to Tatopani literally it means hot water. Hot spring pool is situated in the bank of River Kali Gandaki which is very popular among locals to treat the skin diseases. Enjoy bathing in hot spring. Overnight in the lodge.

Day 22 : Trek to Ghorepani (2,855m)
From Tatopani we trek to Ghorepani which is the most popular town for sunrise view over the majestic Himalayan peaks. Mt. Dhaulagiri ( 8,168 m ) - the sixth highest mountain peak in the world can be viewed  beautiful from Ghorepani . Overnight in a tea house lodge

Day 23 : Sunrise view from Poonhill - Trek to Tikhedhunga (1,577 m)
Today, early in the morning we ascend to Poonhill (3,200m) to view beautiful sunrise and spectacular view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri region & Machhapuchhre ranges. After this we descend down to Tikhedhunga which is bit long day but Ok with most downhills.

Day 24 : Trek to Nayapul - Drive to Pokhara
It is the last day of our trekking. From Tikhedhunga, we trek all the way downhill to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara and overnight stay in Pokhara.

Day 25 : Drive or Fly to Kathmandu
From Pokhara, we drive or fly to Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. The drive is of about 7 hours along beautiful mid hill highway. Flight of about 25 minutes is beautiful along the mountain ranges. Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to your Hotel.

Day 26 : Sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur - Drive to Nagarkot
We go for sightseeing tour of one of the most beautiful, artistic ancient and historical city of Bhaktapur. After tour we drive about an hour to Nagarkot a famous hill station for sunset and sunrise view over the Himalayan peaks.   Enjoy sunset and overnight stay in the Hotel

Day 27 : Drive Nagarkot - Kathmandu
Enjoy your delicious breakfast and lunch in Nagarkot, we drive back to our hotel and go for shopping in the afternoon. Farewell dinner will be served in the evening, Overnight in the hotel

Day 28 : Departure transfer
Morning time is free on your own and enjoy last hour shopping. We transfer you to the airport for your flight to your home country or other destination.

Cost Includes

1.    Airport pick up & Drop.
2.    Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs.
3.    All food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
4.    Accommodation. (Tents / tea houses as per Itinerary )
5.    All Camping Gears (Two men tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, down jacket,
       sleeping bag, matrices, torch light, water bottle etc)
6.    Hot & Cold drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate & Juice.).
7.    All transportation.
8.    Trekking permit.
9.    Climbing permit
10.  TIMS Permit
11.   Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara with breakfast.
12.   Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
13.   All temples Entry Permit in kathmandu.
14.   All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear,
         transport etc for Nepalese staff.
15.   All taxes.

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance,
       and any kind of unforeseen & personal expenses
2.    Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu / Pokhara
3.    Tips for staffs
4.    Others not mentioned above in inclusion

Climbing gear

1.    Alpine climbing harness. Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing.
2.    2 locking carabiners. Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best, screw gate type recommended
3.    3 regular carabiners. Lightweight; BD Hot wire are recommended.
4.    Ice axe w/leash. Light weight (Grivel Air tech, Black Diamond Raven,
       or Charlet Moser Snow Walker). Under 5’7” use 60cm; 5’7”- 6’2” use 65cm; over 6’2” use 70cm.
5.    Plastic Mountaineering boots (Koflach Degree, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha)
       or Leather Double Mountaineering boots (La Sportiva Olympic Mons, Boreal GI or equivalent;
       must be mountaineering/crampon compatible)
6.    Crampons. Must be fit to plastic boots prior to trip, new-matic type recommended;
       include a simple repair kit (Grivel G12, Black Diamond Contact, or Charlet Moser Super 12)
7.    Adjustable trekking poles.
8.    Belay/rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)

Upper Body

1.    2 cotton t-shirt.
2.    1 polypropylene t-shirt.
3.    2 long sleeve polypropylene shirts. Lightweight, light colored for sunny days.
4.    2 women sports bras. Synthetic, no cotton!
5.    1 Softshell. Marmot Dri-clime Wind Shirt, Patagonia Stretch Zephur
       or Krushell Jacket (R2 pullover acceptable).
6.    Down/synthetic sweater or vest. Patagonia Puffball Jacket or Sweater preferred;
       R4 Jacket acceptable.
7.    Hard shell jacket with hood. Water proof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best,
       roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
8.    1 expedition down parka with hood. This is probably your most important piece of clothing!
       It is important that your jacket is 700+ fill down, baffle construction (not sewn through seams)
       and has a thick insulated hood

Hand Wear

1.    You will require two systems: one glove system for lower on the mountain and a mitten
       overmitt system for the cold temperatures encountered on summit day.
2.    2 pair liner gloves. Thin wool or polypropylene.
3.    1 pair warm gloves. Fleece or wool.
4.    1 pair expedition shell gloves.
5.    1 pair modular expedition shell mitts. Or Pro Mitts. If they do not have wrist straps consider
       sewing one on so that you can either attach it to your jacket or cinch the strap to your wrist
       so that you do not lose your mittens in high winds.

Head Gear

1.    Warm hat. Wool or synthetic that covers your ears.
2.    Balaclava
3.    Face mask.
4.    Shade hat or baseball cap.
5.    Glacier glasses. 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case
       (e.g. Julbo or Cebe)
6.    1 pair extra sunglasses (also with UV protection in case your 1st pair breaks).
7.    1 ski goggles with UV protection
8.    If you require prescription glacier glasses, you can get your lenses
       modified to your prescription.

Lower Body

1.    4 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or Capilene.
2.    3 pair lightweight trekking socks.
3.    2 pair medium-heavy wool socks. Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on.
4.    1 pair nylon shorts.
5.    1 pair nylon pants for trekking and around camp.
6.    2 pair lightweight long underwear bottoms
7.    1 pair fleece pants with side zipper or “puff-ball pants”
8.    1 pair soft shell pants (e.g. Patagonia Guide pants or OR Granite Pants. Schoeller fabrics).
9.    1 pair of hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips,
       Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
10.  1 pair gaiters. Make sure they will fit over plastic boots (OR Crocodiles or equivalent).
11.  1 pair down booties (optional).
12.  1 pair trail shoes for the hike to base camp and use at camp
13.  1 pair sandals or tennis shoes for Kathmandu and in camp
14.  All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large plastic bags.

Pack

1.    1 lightweight internal frame pack (approx 4,000 cubic inches).
2.    1 daypack is optional for the approach hike, possible use on summit day and carry-on pack.
       If you plan to use it for your summit pack it must be large enough for your down jacket, misc.
       clothes, food and water. The Lowe Alpine Neutrino or Black Diamond Speed 28 are excellent,
       lightweight (16 oz.) choices.
3.    1 large (7,500+cu.in.) duffel bag for gear, must be durable for use on pack animals
4.    Small padlock for duffel bag.
5.    1 small duffel bag for luggage storage in Kathmandu. We will supply complimentary
       duffel/kit bag for the item you buy in Kathmandu.
6.    Sleeping Gear
7.    1 down sleeping bag rated to -10 F (Gore Dryloft or similar fabric helps protect down
       and dark colors speed drying time)
8.    Sleeping pad. Full length closed cell foam (mandatory) and/or Therma-Rest
       for extra warmth and comfort

Miscellaneous

1.    1 first-aid kit with ibuprofen and any other doctor recommended medications.
2.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful
       to hang around your neck
3.    Sunscreen. At least SPF 40
4.    Headlamp. Petzl Myobelt 3 or Black Diamond Polar Star.
5.    3 Water bottles. 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle).
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube for lower mountain (optional)
7.    1 water bottle insulator.
8.    Plastic mug w/snap-on lid, 16 oz. or larger.
9.    Bowl and spoon. Plastic, small Tupperware works well. Lexan spoons are best.
10.  Pocket knife. Small Swiss-army type.
11.  Water purification. Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals
12.  Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
13.  3-4 Large plastic bags, for keeping miscellaneous gear dry.
14.  Nylon stuff sacks. For food and gear storage (OR has a good selection);
       large Ziplocs are useful also.
15.  Bandana.
16.  Camp towel.
17.  Ear plugs.
18.  Hand wipes.
19.  1 small stainless steel thermos (optional).
20.  Favorite snack foods (no more than 2 pounds).
21.  Paperback books, cards, Walkman, etc.
22.  Binoculars (optional for viewing the route from the lower camps).
23.  Camera. 1 light weight point & shoot on the mountain, 1 large SLR type is optional
       for the trek in and base camp.
24.  Fanny pack or wallet for travel documents, money & passport.
25.  Passport and passport photos
26.  Airline ticket (Please leave your airline ticket at our office in Kathmandu because we may
       required changing the date of your departure from Kathmandu)

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