Chulu Far East Climbing

Chulu Massif rises north of the Marshyangdi River in the Manang region and form part of the Manang Himal, which is quite rightly included in the larger Damodar Himal. This remote upland area lies to the north of and in a rain shadow formed by the main Annapurna Himal. Huge glacial moraines abound etched deeply by wind erosion into fantastic pillars.

Chulu Far East  Climbing is not difficult and we will settle a high camp near the col. From that col we follow the long South-West ridge on snow and ice. Although the approach up the Marshyangdi is relatively quick and involves no great altitude gain, the trek takes you through a wonderful landscape and culture. We start from subtropical lower land of Marshyangdi river valley with beautiful terraced fields where Gurung culture is dominated. In upper part of the valley in and around Manang, Manange people dominates the region with distinct ethnic, cultural and social practice than other people of the region. We then cross the famous Thorong La ( 5,416 m ) high pass before dropping to Jomsom downstream the Kali Gandaki River. We fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara

Day 01 : Kathmandu Arrival (1300 m)
Upon your arrival  at the airport (KTM), you will be greeted by our friendly representative from our office. After completing immigration formalities ( obtain Visa if you have not obtained one in your home country )   and claiming your luggage you proceed to arrival platform and look for our representative with your name card in a Mountain Delight  Treks and Expedition’s  board. You will be then transferred to your  hotel. After check in, you can either take a rest, try to adjust in the new environment and city or visit our office. It all depends upon your interest. Overnight in the Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu  Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today after breakfast, we start a guided tour to several historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. All of these sites in Kathmandu are listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Our tour includes the places such as historic and artistic Royal palace complex ( known as Durbar Square) of 12th - 18th century, sacred Hindu temple Pashupatinath, famous Buddhist shrine in the valley Swoyambhunath and Boudhanath.
After the tour return to the Hotel and discuss with trek guide and other staff about the trek preparation. If you require to buy anything ( trek gears or others ) for the trek buy such in Kathmandu.  Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Besisahar (770 m) - Trek to Bhulbhule or Ngadi
We leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive towards Besisahar. After leaving Kathmandu valley the road snakes westwards along the Trisuli River valley. You can enjoy superb view of the Himalayan peaks immediate you leave the valley which includes the Ganesh Himal, Manaslu  in a closer distance and Annapurna range a bit far away.
From Dumre we leave Kathmandu - Pokhara highway and take smaller forks to Besishahar. From Besisahar we walk down to the river and cross to the east side to avoid the new road which is currently under construction. Our trail undulates above the river, continuing northwards up the Marsyangdi Valley with Himalchuli and Peak 29 dominating the horizon. The trail takes us on quiet trails through rice / paddy field and villages for two hours until we meet the main trail at Bhulbhule. We stay overnight in Bhulbhule or continue to Ngadi.

Day 04 : Trek to Bahundanda (1,310 m ) - 5 to 6 hours
This is our first day’s longer walking day and a beginning as well in the mountainous terrain.  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 . The last part is quite hard up hill for the first day walk. Overnight stay in the  tented camp.

Day 05 : Trek Bahundanda to Chamche (1,430m) - 5 to 6 hours
After breakfast we walk steep downhill through beautiful paddy fields and terraces. We cross a suspension bridge over the river Marshyangdi and walk on the next side of the 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 06 : Trek Chamche to Dharapani (1,960 m ) - 5 to 6 hours
After breakfast we start our trek to Dharapani. At the beginning, the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, we 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 ( 1,700 m) where we probably have our lunch for the day. The narrow valley path becomes winding after Tal, and we get in Karte (1,900 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 07 : Trek Dharapani to Chame (2,170 m) - 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 08 : 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 09 : Trek to Ngawal
From Pisang we walk to Ghyaru and then to Ngawal. A beautiful town which lies in the lap of Chulu peak overlooking towards the Annapurnas. We stay overnight here in the Hotel and prepare for the climbing.

Day 10 : Climb 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 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
Summit day will start very early (usually around 2/3am in the dark). From high camp we have a steep climb up to a col at 5,500 m. We can see the wonderful summit ridge ahead. From the col we climb up with rope and as the trail gets steeper our climbing Sherpas will fix ropes on the steeper sections. The hard work is rewarded by incredible views from the top - in front of us is Gangapurna, the Annapurnas and Herzog's 'Great Barrier', to our left is Manaslu and behind us lies Tibet. We descend carefully past the high camp all the way to 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. Ahead there is a magnificent panorama of snow-capped peaks extending northwards into Tibet, and looking back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. Directly in front of us is the great chasm of the Kali Gandaki, 2,500 m below. The long descend starts gently but becomes steeper before easing off to a gentle descent to Muktinath (3802m).

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 Jomsom (2,800m).
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.
We continue to Jomsom along the river Kali Gandaki. This part is quite windy. Arrive Jomsom and be ready to fly back to Pokhara next morning.

Day 19 : Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu
The flight from Jomsom to Pokhara are usually in the early morning due to heavy winds which blow up the Kali Gandaki Valley later in the day. The short but very spectacular flight takes us all the way down the Kali Gandaki Valley with great views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Annapurnas. We fly to Pokhara, and then board another flight to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 20 : Free day in  Kathmandu
You may wish to visit another Durbar Square which is the superb reflections of intricate woodcarving. There is also the chance to take an optional scenic mountain flight for amazing views of the Himalaya including Mt. Everest in the morning. This can be booked and paid in Kathmandu.

Day 21 : Departure
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today ! If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from the office will take you to the airport approximately 1 hours before the scheduled flight. We say goodbye to you expecting you will again come to visit this wonderful country next time.

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, 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 Gears (Personal)

1.    Ice axe
2.    Crampons
3.    Harness
4.    Tape Slings (2)
5.    Screwgate Karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock)
6.    Descender/Abseil Device
7.    Plastic Mountaineering Boots
8.    Ascender
9.    Helmet (optional)

Climbing Gears (Group)

1.    Snow bar*
2.    Rope*
3.    Ice Hammer*
4.    Ice Screw*

Clothings (Head)

1.    Sun hat or scarf
2.    Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
3.    Sunglasses with UV protection

Clothing (Lower Body)

1.    Under Garments
2.    Hiking shorts
3.    Lightweight cotton long pants
4.    Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
5.    Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
6.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants


1.    Thin, lightweight inner socks
2.    Thick, warm wool hiking socks
3.    Hiking boots with spare laces
4.    Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
5.    Gaiters

Upper Body

1.    T-shirts
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
6.    Down vest and/or jacket *


1.    Lightweight gloves
2.    Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)


1.    Sleeping bag rated to -30 degree centigrade and below (depends on season)*
2.    Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3.    Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
4.    Basic First Aid Kit
5.    Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
6.    Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
7.    Trekking Poles
8.    Water bottle (2) or camel bag
9.    Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
10.    Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)


1.    1 medium sized quick drying towel
2.    Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
3.    Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
4.    Deodorants
5.    Nail clippers
6.    Face and body moisturizer
7.    Feminine hygiene products
8.    Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

1.    Wet wipes (baby wipes)
2.    Tissue /toilet roll
3.    Anti bacterial hands wash


1.    Binoculars
2.    Reading book
3.    Trail Map/Guide book
4.    Journal & Pen
5.    Walkman
6.    Pencils and small notebooks
7.    Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
8.    Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)

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