Chulu East Peak Climbing 23 Days [6012 m]
Chulu East (6,584m) is situated high above the Manang valley with breathtaking views across to the Annapurna 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 Thorong 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 good experience of climbing would be an advantage.

The trek provides a great range of landscapes and cultures as we progress from lush green foothills and terraced rice fields, where the people are predominantly Hindu, through alpine forests to a barren, arid region of the Manang Valley, where people of Tibetan origin live. This slow approach is ideal for acclimatizing and provides increasingly spectacular views of Lamjung, Himalchuli and Manaslu and finally the Great Barrier, a 25 mile wall of Himalayan mountains dividing the Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki valleys, dominated by the towering Annapurna'. Leaving the main trail above the village of Pisang (3,200 m) we ascend the little visited Chegaji Khola Valley towards Chulu East Base Camp at (4,200 m). We spend some time here for acclimatization and sorting out equipment before moving up to high camp (5,500 m). A dawn start takes us across the glacier onto the snow and ice slopes which lead to small subsidiary summit. The ridge is exposed but not technical and in every direction new peaks crowd our horizon as we gain height.

Rejoining the main trail, we head towards Manang and the Thorung La pass (5,426 m). From here, there are dramatic views below to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley and across the barren hills of Mustang leading to Tibet. From Muktinath, we begin our descent of the Kali Gandaki, taking us from the dry barren terrain of the upper valley, through alpine forests to lush green terraces and rhododendron forests. En-route, spectacular views of the Nilgiris, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I unfold.

At Tatopani, you get to bathe in the healing hot springs. From Poon Hill, above the pass at Ghorepani (2,834 m), a magnificent Himalayan panorama reveals Dhaulagiri, Tukche, the Nilgiris, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Glacier Dome, Manaslu and Machhapuchhre, the fish tail peak. This magnificent trek finally concludes by descending to Phewa Tal, the famous lake at Pokhara.

Fact of the Trek

 

Chulu East Peak Climbing Map

Places Cover Besisahar / Jagat / Chame /Pisang / Yak Kharka /Summit Chulu East /Manang /Thorong Phedi /Muktinath /Jomsom /Pokhara
Group Size Min.1, Max. 9
Min. altitude 2800 m
Max. altitude 6012 m
Best Season March to June and September to November
Transportation Tourist bus from Kathmandu to Beni & from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Trek Duration 23 days
Age Limit 17 to 65

Outlined Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02:
Drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar (760m.) and it takes about seven hours and trek to Khundi (790m) which takes about three hours. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besi Sahar (823m.). It takes almost seven hours. Beshishahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are situated here. From here, you can see some of mountain peak, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of local people. This headquarter is the centre from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and numerous towns.

Day 03:
Trek from Khudi to Bahundanda (1310m) and it takes about four hours. As we walk away from Khudi northwards up the Marsyangdi Valley, en route you get to savor leisurely sightseeing of nursery and amazing tapestry of Annapurna mountain ranges. The trail winds through a suspension bridge and then follows terraced rice fields offering breathtaking view of Manaslu and cascading waterfall. Further ascending we spot several shops and teahouses at Ngadi village. On leaving Ngadi after brief rest, we skirts through our challenging trails to Bahundanda. Bahundanda literally means "Brahmin hill" and as the name suggests Bahundanda is hugely dominant by Brahmins. There we conclude our trekking journey of the day.

Day 04:
Trek from Bahundanda to Jagat. A steep trail descends from Bahundanda through rice terraces before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. Ahead, the Marsyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape, and we follow the winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat, situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. We camp in the fields beyond the village.

Day 05:
Trek from Jagat to Dharapani. The trail from Jagat descends until it almost reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the river bank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amid glorious picturesque landscape of waterfall and towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trail, we descend to a grassy riverbank which leads to Tal where we find hotels and teahouses attired with warmth and hospitality. But as we walk away from Tal, path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfall-clad cliff, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. We camp at Dharapani for the night.

Day 06:
Trek from Dharapani to Chame. We skirt through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu and then Marsyangdi veers to the left. On proceeding along the sinuous trails, we accumulate glorious Annapurna trekking experience. Annapurna II becomes visible as we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. As we continue ascending through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marsyangdi Khola enters a gorge and the trails follows rock-strewn path. We can pause for a while to bask in the splendor of picturesque Manaslu. When the steep incline ends, we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons of Ratamron and then continue on a gently rising path, crossing a stream before entering a pine forest. We then enter pristine hamlet of Kotho from where we can capture the most enchanting view of Annapurna II. Treading further, the route reaches a large white gate with a corrupted iron roof which is an entrance to Chame. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. There are electricity, wireless station, school, shops, health post, post office, police check post, hotels, lodges and bank in Chame. Hot springs are the major attraction of this place.

Day 07:
Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) which takes about five hours. With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as you climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.).In the past this was the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution, but the dilapidated buildings are all that remain of that era. A short climb from the village brings you to a rock-strewn area where you cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing on, you come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.

Day 08:
Trek from Pisang to Julu (3500 m). Leaving the main trail above the village of Pisang, we ascend Chegaji Khola Valley towards Chulu East Base Camp. A gentle ascent through scattered chortens, scrub juniper and stunted pines takes us to the small hamlet of Julu, sitting on the west bank of the river. We chose an appropriate campsite showcasing enchanting views of majestic Himalayan peaks.

Day 09:
Rest day at Julu. On this day, we utilize it to our maximum benefits. We take a proper rest to rejuvenate our adventure spirit and build up good health. After relaxation, we can even explore village of Julu and get more insight into its cultural setting. We can also enjoy the splendid natural vistas.

Day 10:
Trek from Julu to Yak Kharka. As we walk away from Julu, the trail crosses Cheggi Khola and ascends gradually up the west bank. Soon after trekking for more than an hour, the trail faces a valley and then we encounter a stone hut surrounded by apple trees. We are now bestowed with a stunning view up the side valley that reaches up towards Chulu West. As the valley ends, 500ft cliff stands on the way displaying spectacular sight of waterfalls cascading down the cliff. The trail further steepens and winds through a small meadow. On the way, we come across goat and yak pastures. As the day progresses, we come close to Yak Khare. At last, we reach Yak Khare for a leisurely lunch. We set a camp at a site which overlooks stunning myriad of snow capped peaks.

Day 11:
Trek from Yak Kharka to Base camp (4200 m). We 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.

Day 12:
At Base camp. We take a day off from trekking for complete acclimatization. This gives us time to prepare and sort out our trekking gear.

Days 13-16:
Base camp to High camp (5000 m) & Chulu East Summit (6200 m). After well acclimatized, we move up to the high camp and there we rest atop the terminal moraine of the Chulu glacier. The trail up to the high camp follows scree and snow slopes. Resting at the high camp, we take a plenty of time to relax and prepare equipment and strategies for the next day. Two days have been set aside for ascending Chulu East. On the day of climbing Chulu East, we make an early start across the undulating glacier as the trail takes snow and ice slopes. As we continue ascending, several peaks come en route. Eventually we run out of mountain at a small snow dome with steep slopes falling away on all sides. At this point, our high camp diminishes to toy-town stature and climbing to such an altitude gives us a feeling of sitting on top of the roof of the world. After we scale Chulu East Summit and have our share of celebrating this glorious victory, we descend along the steep slopes to the high camp. After refreshment and rest, we head back to base camp passes. For those who do not wish to climb Chulu East, they can simply stroll to Base Camp to enjoy spectacular views of Annapurnas and indulge in more exploration around the base camp.

Day 17:
Trek to Manang (3511 m). We return to the main trail and head towards Manang. We continue treading along the cultivated fields and after a while village of Bryaga accommodating a splendid monastery appear before us. On trekking down to Manang, we embrace heavenly vistas of Annapurna range - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7134m]. We camp at the fortified villages of friendly Manang people for the night. Manang is a fascinating medieval village of just over 500 flat-roofed houses.

Day 18:
Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous ice-fall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes an interesting and educational visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier lake to make your rest day a memorable one.

Day 19:
Trek from Manang to Thorung Phedi (4427 m). We climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge amid tremendous views of Manaslu, the Annapurnas, Tilicho Peak and the Great Barrier. We head north-west up the Jarsang Khola, through scrub juniper and alpine grasses to arrive at Letdar for lunch. From Letdar, we continue on the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, before crossing on a covered bridge. The trail climbs on scree slopes high above the river to Thorung Phedi, a single stone building set among near vertical cliffs.

Day 20:
Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3694 m) via Thorung la (5416 m). At the very earliest hour in the morning, we cross Thorung La [5416m]. As the trail progresses further, it becomes steep though well-defined. After steadily climbing for 4 hours, the steep trail eases and soon we encounter chorten and prayer flags along the mountain pass. We reach to an altitude beneath which lie a spectacular views of Kali Gandaki valley and pristine hills of Mustang. Amid the ambience of Himalayan beauty, we descend to Muktinath. From Muktinath, we can capture excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath. Muktinath is regarded as an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is very popular for its shrines and temple.

Day 21:
Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 m). From Muktinath, we advance towards Jomsom. The trail descends along the spectacular Kali Gandaki valley, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. En route, we are rewarded with tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River. We spend the final night of our trek in Jomsom.

Day 22:
Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara. We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We then catch a flight back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu on breakfast basis.

Day 23:
Departure from Kathmandu. Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

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