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* On the Annapurna Circuit route with Thorong-La, enchanting forest of rhododendrons-firs and hemlocks
* Traditional ancient villages, Buddhist culture, on the trans-Himalayan trade route
* Breathtaking scenery of the snow capped mountain range from sub-tropical-alpine to arctic terrain

Introduction:
Trekking northwards from the road head at Beshishar and Ngadi entering the gorge of the Marshyangdi 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 Thorong-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.

Chulu West (6,485 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 of Chulu West is made from base camp in a small valley north of Manang from Ledar situated off the main trail to Thorang-La. First ascent was on 04th November 1978 by Dr. Larry Zaroff; Peter Lev, Ang Jambo Sherpa and Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa. The Chulus peaks form part of the Manang Himal; which are included in the larger Damodar Himal. This 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 with a flight to Pokhara. The climb is technically in some section with straightforward and should be familiar with the use of your equipment, crampons, harness, and ice axe, tying knots and handling climbing ropes. Most of the climbing will be involved walking roped together, including the glacial crossings.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,140m 6-7 hrs journeys.
Day 04: Drive to Dharapani 1,860m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670m. Approx. 5-6 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3,150m. Approx. 6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Manang 3,520m. Approx. 4-5 hrs.
Day 08: At Manang for acclimatisation.
Day 09: Trek to Ledar 4,200m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Chulu West Base Camp approx: 4,700m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 11: Trek and climb to High Camp at 5,100m. 2-3 hrs.
Day 12-13: Climbing days.
Day 14: Trek to Thorung High Camp past Phedi at 4,650m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Muktinath 3,800m.via Thorang-la 5,415m.Approx. 6-7 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Jomsom 2,730m. 3-4 hrs walks.
Day 17: Fly to Pokhara.
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 19: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
 Departure Dates  Availability
 15 Apr-04 May  Available
 21 Oct-09 Nov  Available
Day 01:

Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m.

  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our staff will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, 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.
   
Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,140m via Beshishar 823m. 6-7 hrs journeys.
  After early breakfast a scenic drive leads towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Just few hours before the road that leads to Pokhara, route diverts from Dumre town towards north to Beshishar, on reaching Beshishar drive continues to Syange for the overnight stop.
   
Day 04: Drive to Dharapani 1,860m   3-4 hrs.
  The drive continues on the high road with fascinating scenery of the gorge, high hills, waterfalls and snow capped peaks the dirt jeep road for two to three hours, the drive continues through winding path from Syange and Jagat village, trail follows to a steep climb for half an hour, on arriving the lush farm terraces field once on the top of the ridge a magnificent view of the raging waterfalls can be seen on route to Jagat. From this village journey leads through the terraced farms coming to Chamje village, crossing the bridge it's another steep climb for another hour till Tal is reached, the village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marsyangdi. On leaving Tal the drive gets easier on the gentle path till to a large bridge, after the bridge brings to the village of Dharapani for the overnight stop where the driving adventure ends here.
   
Day 05:

Trek to Chame 2,670m. Approx 5-6 hrs.

  After an hour to Bagarchap altitude gains slowly coming closer to the apple country at Dhanaque and to the alpine region, walk brings you to the village town of Chame an important place of Manang region.
   
Day 06:

Trek to Pisang 3,150m. Approx. 6 hrs.

  From here continue on the gradual path to 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.
   
Day 07: Trek to Manang. 3,350m.Approx. 4-5 hrs.
  From Pisang onwards the walks leads with the constant view of the high snow capped peaks. The walk climbs steeply up for half an hour, after a short gradual walk from the Pisang village then reaching the top of a small hill.  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. The walk from here is on the downhill and gradual path all the way to Hongdre, from Hongdre the trek is more or less flat on the wide trail most of the way to Manang, adding a slight touch of altitude as you near to the village of Braga and Manang, here with 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 08: Rest day at Manang.
  A necessary day to REST and acclimatize and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses, is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III [7,555 mtrs.], Gangapurna [7,454 mtrs.] to the South - Tilicho [7,132 mtrs.] and the Grand Barrier to the West - Chulu West [6,583 mtrs.] and Chulu East [6,059 mtrs.] to the North.
   
Day 09:

 Trek to Ledar 4,200m past Yak Kharka 3-4 hrs.

  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 from here about 30-40 minutes reaches you at Ledar a small settlement with Lodges, grand view of Tilicho-Gangapurna and of Chulu West, after lunch a short hike around can be done chances of viewing wildlife such as mountain goats and sheep's perhaps snow leopard.
   
Day 10:

Trek to Chulu West Base Camp approx: 4,700m. 3-4 hrs.

  The walk leads by the small glacial stream past the Yak herder's shades and towards the Yak pastures which leads up a ridge and reaching into a hidden valley with a good site for base camp at 4,700m after 3-4 hrs of good walk.
   
Day 11:

Trek and climb to High Camp at 5,100m. 2-3 hrs.

  From the Base Camp, ascend steep scree slopes to a col at 4,900m, on a ridge that leads down from the main ridge, and then reaching to the north of the Col ascending the snow slopes for 200 meters to the base of a band or rock at an altitude of 5,100m and the site for a possible High Camp for this adventurous climb.
   
 

Day 12-13: Climbing days.

We have reserved a day extra in case of technical difficulties and bad weather, the climb leads to a rock band with some difficulty to the north-west shoulder of Chulu West at 5,450m, where another camp can be pitched on a snow plateau above 5,530m. From the plateau continue the climb up the narrow ridge to the summit. A grand panoramic view awaits you scenery of all the snow capped mountains and of all Chulus and Pisang peak. Descend back to base camp by the same route.

Day 12-13:

Climbing days.

 

We have reserved a day extra in case of technical difficulties and bad weather, the climb leads to a rock band with some difficulty to the north-west shoulder of Chulu West at 5,450m, where another camp can be pitched on a snow plateau above 5,530m. From the plateau continue the climb up the narrow ridge to the summit. A grand panoramic view awaits you scenery of all the snow capped mountains and of all Chulus and Pisang peak. Descend back to base camp by the same route.

   
Day 14: 

Trek to Thorong high camp above Phedi. 4,650m. 3-4 hrs

  Walking on this gentle path which leads to a descend by the stream and again a steep climb at Thorong Phedi meaning bottom of the Thorong-La from here an hour climb to the Thorang High Camp where there are few lodges.
   
Day 15:

Trek to Muktinath 3,800m via Thorong-La 5,415m.Approx. 6-8 hrs.

  Starting very early in the morning before the break of dawn catching the magnificent views of the northern Annapurna, Damodar, Bhirkuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains. Walk continues on the narrow gradual track reaching at the height of 5,415 meter at Thorong-La, after a short break here continue on the steep and gradual trail 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 16:  Trek to Jomsom 2, 730m. 3-4 hrs walks.
  Journey carries on with a 1,200m of descent to the Kaligandaki river valley floor; following 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 17: 

Fly to Pokhara 8,060m a 25 minutes scenic flight.

  Leaving early to the Jomsom for the scenic sweeping flight to Pokhara, on arrival transfer to respective Hotels, with afternoon free for individual activities and to marvel the grand views of the Annapurna and Mananslu range of mountains including the majestic Mt. Machhapuchare (The Fish Tail)
   
Day 18:

From Pokhara drive back to Kathmandu.

  From Pokhara takes about 5-6 hours driving journey to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen along the way, on arrival check into respective Hotels after a great time in the mountains.
   
Day 19:  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 or for scenic mountain flight.
   
Day 20:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights and Hotel in Pokhara for 1 night on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Internal flight Jomsom / Pokhara with applicable airport taxes.
 5.  Transportation Kathmandu / Beshisahar / Syange and Pokhara / Kathmandu by non AC private vehicle.
 6.  Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.
 7.  Applicable Climbing Permit & Conservation Fees.
 8.  Service of Climbing Sherpa/s assisting in fixing ropes, setting up camps with their equipment allowance, daily wages and insurance.
 9.  Group Climbing equipment – Climbing Rope, Fix Rope, Snow Bars.
 10. Insurance for Nepalese crew.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu & Pokhara Hotels.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5 . Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  All sorts of personal climbing equipment.
 8.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 9.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 10. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


Chitwan National Park:

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies. ...(More)

 

Bardia National Park:

The far west Nepal is one of the least explored regions of the Himalayas. Within this region is a seldom visited National Park, which still offers challenging adventure. Bardia National Park is the largest park in the lowland Terai covering an area of 968 sq kms and remains a very much untouched wilderness which appeals to the nature lovers. The park situated in Nepal’s Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems ...(More)

 

Kathmandu:

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites. ...(More)

 

Pokhara:
Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and ...(More)

 

Nagarkot:

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. ...(More)

 

Tibet:

Encircled within Himalayan fortress, the image of Tibet has portrayed as “Shangr-la” in the western world. A ‘Land of Snows’ and the ‘Roof of the World’ is mysterious in a way that few other places are. Following virtual closure after the Chinese annexation of the Buddhist Kingdom, Tibet was opened to foreign tourism in 1984. Tibet has become dream adventure destination for the people living in the most sophisticated silicon cities. ...(More)

 

India:
The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape  ...(More)

 

Bhutan:

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values ...(More)

 

River Rafting:

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. ...(More)

 

Mount Everest Flight:
Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty ...(More)

 

Bungy Jumping:

(Jumping beyond imagination): Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border. ...(More)

 

Paragliding:

(Flying like a bird): Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. ...(More)

 

Ultralight Flight:

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience. ...(More)

 

Hotels:

We have allowed our packages with just right number of nights of hotel accommodations which enables you to spend nights with quick visits of local market or monuments in the area. However if you have some extra days before or after your main package holiday, you can spend extra nights in Kathmandu or nearby destinations so that you can cover the interesting sights or just relax while you are here. ...(More)

 

Hotel Yak & Yeti:

The Hotel Yak & Yeti with the historic character, suitable for both short or long stay, is fashioned as the fusion of modern design and the noblesse of original heritage interiors. This exceptional city centre hotel is located minutes away from both domestic and international airport. It continues to be the city's leading luxury hotel for business and leisure. ...(More)

 

Hotel Shanker:

Shanker Hotel is housed in a palace built at the turn of the 19th century by a Rana Maharajah with a penchant for French architecture, international cuisine and Eastern hospitality. It was converted into a hotel in 1964. The façade and traditions were kept intact but the interior was redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they would expect of a world class hotel. You will live in palace when you live at Hotel Shanker. ...(More)

 

Hotel Malla:
Superbly located between the Royal Palace and Kathmandu's fashionable tourist district, Thamel, in the heart of the city. The Malla Hotel is only a 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu's International airport. Besides excellent accommodation and Central location the Malla Hotel is Offering a well equipped business center, extensive meeting and conference facilities, a health club with the latest work out equipment, sauna, massage, steambath and jacuzzi. ...(More)

 

Hotel Marshyangdi:

Hotel Marshyangdi situated in the heart of Thamel is the best choice for those who want to be in the main tourist hub of Kathmandu. Because of its friendly & professional staff, home like atmosphere, Marshyangdi has been a popular name and home away from home for most of the repeated visitors. The hotel now has 50 deluxe and 5 mini suite rooms besides the regular standard rooms. ...(More)

Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : CHULU WEST
  • Trip Duration : 20 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate/Adventurous
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Climbing Trips
  • Highest Altitude : 6485 m
  • Month : Apr-May, Oct-Dec

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