Chulu East Peak Climbing (19 days)
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Chulu East Peak Climbing (6584 M) lies high above the Manang Valley from where stunning views of Annapurna II, III and IV, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna and many more can be observed. Chulu East Peak Climbing is add on to the Annapurna trekking through the Marshyandi valley, Kali Gandaki Valley and Crossing Thorang La Pass. This trek offers challenging and adventurous trekking around Annapurna peaks with an ascent of a technically straight forward peak.
Chulu East Peak Climbing, you start from Besi Sahar and trailing through Marsyangdi River valley and Pisang Village and trail to Chulu East Base Camp. Getting adequate rest and acclimatized you climb this peak but before brief information and demo is given to you on how to use your equipment. It will certainly boost on their confidence as well as make their excitement level high. This climb involves walking roped together including glacier crossing and anyone with good physical strength and previous climbing experience can perform this task. The North-East Ridge is considered the normal route to climb this peak from a Base Camp on the moraine at 5334m and most climbers make it to the top and back from Base Camp in one long day although some have, in the past, established a higher camp somewhere below the peak. The best time to get involved in this climbing program is from September to December and February to May.
Outline Itinerary of Chulu East Peak Climbing
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 3: Kathmandu to Besisahar to Bulbule
Day 4: Bulbule to Jagat
Day 5: Jagat to Dharapani
Day 6: Dharapani to Chame
Day 7: Chame to Pisang
Day 8: Pisang to Manang
Day 9: Manang to Yak Kharka
Day 10: Yak Kharka to Chulu Base Camp
Day 11: Acclimatization
Day 12: Chulu Base Camp to Chulu High Base Camp
Day 13: Chulu High Base Camp to Summit & back to Chulu Base Camp
Day 14: Chulu Base Camp to Yak Kharka
Day 15: Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi
Day 16: Thorang Phedi to Thorang La Pass to Muktinath
Day 17: Muktinath to Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 19: Departure
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
You will be warmly greeted by Well Nepal at your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation (1360m)
Today you are going to explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanah Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Bulbule to Jagat (1100 M)
Today you follow your trail through Marshyandi River to Jagat. You will encounter greenery, hills, vistas of mountains like Manaslu, Himchuli Lamjung Himal, Pisang peak and other, rivers, farms and villages. Stay overnight at Jagat.
Day 5: Jagat to Dharapani (1960 M)
Today your journey will be very interesting as we leave Jagat and head to Dharapani. You enter into Manang District and youwill be passing through several rice, barley and potato fields which are very mesmerizing. You will enter village of Kodo and see its lifestyle. Furthermore steep climb from here leads to big village of Manang Valley called as Dharapani. It is a village where Manaslu pass joins and people and their lifestyle is more Tibetan. Stay overnight at Dharapani
Day 6: Dharapani to Chame (2710 M)
You leave Dharapani in morning and follow your trails until you reach Chame. Along the way you enjoy small wooden bridges, landslides, waterfalls, Tamang Villages, apple garden and rests at the administrative headquarter of Manang i.e. Chame. You get access to different hotels, Bank, telephone service and post office. Stay overnight at Chame
Day 7: Chame to Pisang (3300 M)
Early in the morning you leave Chame and head towards Pisang. The trails are steeply and rocky. You pass through several villages like Telukhu and Bharatang, entertained with the dramatic views of Annapurna II and Pisang peak also valley of Himal chuli and Ngadi chuli. The trail climbs through pine forests you reach at Pisang. Stay overnight at Pisang.
Day 8: Pisang to Manang (3500 M)
You will trek above tree line and everyone can feel the oxygen getting thinner. The trail passes through Mani wall which is the largest part of Tibetans style village built with rocks. You will see famous Tilicho Lake, Pisang peak, monasteries and finally you are at the magic land of Manang. In Manang there is good provision of tea houses with food facilities. Stay overnight at Manang
Day 9: Manang to Yak Kharka (4110 M)
Tady you headed to Yak Kharka by crossing through the fields of barley, potato, buckwheat, and climbing half hour to tengi, north Marshyandi valley, and passing through small streams, juniper trees, barberry and meadows of Gunsang Village you arrive at yak Kharka after 5 hr of walking. Stay overnight at Yak Kharka.
Day 10: Yak Kharka to Chulu Base Camp (4200 M)
Today you will follow the trail wending through steep pastures to a convenient hollow where the meadow merges into rock and scree. Then, there appears the base camp. Eyeing high above, spectacular views of Annapurna range stretches as far as our eyes can capture. Stay overnight at Chulu Base Camp.
Day 11: Acclimatization Day
Today you will take proper rest before starting your climb and take information’s from our guides about climbing and gears to be used during trek.
Day 12: Chulu Base camp to Chulu High Base Camp
After getting well acclimatized, you move up to the high camp and there you rest at top the terminal moraine of the Chulu glacier. The trail up to the high camp follows scree and snow slopes. Resting at the high camp, you take a plenty of time to relax and prepare equipment and strategies for the next day. Stay overnight at Chulu High Base Camp.
Day 13: Chulu High Base Camp to Summit (6584 M) and back at Chulu Base Camp
Today you climb up the summit at morning and celebrate our victory on top of it. Its top view offers stunning vistas of the mountains like Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Mt. Manaslu. Then capturing moments and taking proper rest you trail down to Base camp. Stay overnight at Chulu Base Camp.
Day 14: Chulu Base Camp to Yak Kharka
Follow the same trail to Yak Kharka. Stay overnight at Yak Kharka.
Day 15: Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4600 M)
It can take generally up to 4 hour walk to reach Thorang Phedi from Yak Kharka. We trail east bank of Jorsang Khola, its bridge, and climbing tough up to the dry high Himalayas and then through steeply rocky path down. Stay overnight at Thorang Phedi.
Day 16: Thorang Phedi to Thorang la Pass (5416 M) to Muktinath (3800 M)
Today is your big day and big trek is ahead of us. The climax of this trek is to be conquered today. You start your trek with early breakfast and climb rocky trails and then follow icy slippery trails we are at amazing Thorang La Pass (5416 M) which will be your life time experience. Beautiful Vistas of mountains will certainly astonish you. One can feel headache and cold because of icy cold wind. Then you trail downward to famous pilgrimage temple, Muktinath. This Vishnu temple is regarded as the way to salvation. You enjoy this Hindu and Buddhist temple. Stay overnight at Muktinath.
Day 17: Muktinath to Jomsom (2760 M) to Pokhara
At morning you will visit Muktinath Temple without any breakfast. In Nepal, it is believed that one should not eat before visiting temple means you worship temple being pure. This is famous pilgrimage site for all Hindus and Buddhists all around the world and disciples from India, Tibet and Bhutan visit here every year. After rituals at temple, you will have your breakfast and trail down to Jomsom. Along the way you will experience amazing ruined village called Jarkot, Kali Gandaki Valley and 500 Years old Gompa. Then you fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom. You will be enjoying Pokhara and stay overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Today you will enjoy Pokhara at its best and comfort yourself with shopping and entertainments, foods and so on and recall what you have achieved from that trek, those beautiful natures, kind peoples and their lifestyle, different cultures and many more. So, around 3 pm you will depart to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Departure
Services include:Necessary Local Transport by Private vehicle
Services exclude:Nepal entry visa fee
A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.
Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc
Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.
Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.
Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.
Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.
1 Alpine climbing harness.
1 Ascender 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide)
1 Mountaineering axe with leash
1 Pair expedition style gaiters which fit perfectly over your boots
1 Pair of Steel crampons
1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners
2 D-Shaped locking carabineers
2 Non-locking carabineers
Climbing helmet (optional)
Ski goggles (optional)
Body Gears (Synthetic Recommended, No COTTON)
Light expedition thermal tops.
Fleece jacket or pullover.
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
1 pair liner gloves, 1 pair of warm gloves, shell gloves.
Warm wool or synthetic hat to covers your ears, warm neck warmer, 100% glacier glasses, balaclava, headlamps,
2 pair of nylon hiking pants, synthetic underwear’s, 2 pair of trekking pants, waterproof baggages, light long trousers, liner socks, 1pair of sandles, etc.
Optional like Binaculors, stainless steel thermos, hydration bladder, ipods and cards, fav. Snack foods, trekking poles, etc.
Extra Strength Excedrin, Ibuprofen, Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules, Diamox, mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments,
Always Drink Safe Water
Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.
About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek
Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.
Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities
Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.
Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.
Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks
You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Treks suggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.
While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.