Trip Duration : 20N / 21D
Peak Climbing Code: STE/PC/05
Trek Duration: 14 Days on scenic trails
Grade: strenuous - Alpine grade…the summiting requires some technical approach but pretty straightforward in some sections…
Meals: Highly nutritious and hygienic meals are provided on the trail
Accommodation: Hotel, teahouse lodges and camping when making the climb
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Activity: A cultural tour and a trekking climb…
Transportation: Flights and private car or tourist coach
Maximum Altitude: 6419m…when you peak at Chulu West…and witness the power and love of God in the beauty that surrounds you…
Best climbing period: The best seasons for Chulu West Peak Climbing are Spring (Mid March to May) and early Autumn (mid September to November)
Price per person [Min. 2 PAX required]
The ‘Chulu West Peak’ venture is a superb mixture of nature made up off: traditional medieval villages – ancient Buddhist culture – and awesome scenery of snowcapped silver grey mountains from the sub-tropical-alpine to arctic terrain; this is a gritty journey into beautiful high alpine country…in one of the world’s most scenic regions – The Annapurnas…
The Chulu West peak forms a group of three diverse peaks, namely Chulu West, Chulu East and Chulu Central, all three geographically placed in the beautiful Annapurna Region, north of the mountain capital of Manang that serves as the commercial hub of the Annapurna region. We begin our hike up north from the road head in Besisahar as we enter the gorge of the Marsyangdi River that slices through the massive Himalayan series of high peaks between the Annapurnas and Manaslu; forming a valley that rises above the high pass of Thorung-La to the world’s deepest gorge of Kali-Gandaki river Valley, taking another cut through the high mountain territory of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, and so begins our wilderness exploits from the Hindu inhabited farmlands of Nepal’s ‘mid- hills’ as we wade into high alpine region on the northern side of the Annapurnas, an area seeped in the Tibetan form of Buddhist culture, which subsequently makes this odyssey a striking thriller, truly typical of trekking landscapes that have made Nepal a hot destination for trailblazing adventures today.
The Chulu West at (6,419m) stands tall above the Manang valley with jaw dropping views taking in the Annapurnas II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu; leaving climbers breathless – virtually! Our actual climb begins from base camp in a little valley north of Manang from Ledar that lies off the main trail to Thorung-La. Chulu West saw its first ascent on 04th November 1978 by Dr. Larry Zaroff; Peter Lev, Ang Jambo Sherpa and Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa…the rest is history.
Our climb needs a technical approach in some sections and is straightforward in some areas. Participants will need to know the use of your equipment, crampons, harness, and ice axe, tying knots and handling climbing ropes. The Sherpas will be around to help. A lot of our climbing will see us climbing roped together, especially on the glacial crossings. After summiting the Chulu West Peak, we return via the Thorung-La Pass and Muktinath to Jomsom. From Jomsom, it’s a flight back to Pokhara and a 4 wheeler cruise down a scenic highway back to Kathmandu. We also have the ops to fly back.
Free ar your own Leisure
Drive to Syange 1,100m
Trek Syange to Dharapani 1,960m
Trek to Chame 2,710m
Trek to Pisang 3,300m
Trek to Manang 3,500m
At Manang for acclimatisation
Trek to Ledar 4,200m
Trek to Chulu West Base Camp 4,900m
Trek and climb to High Camp at 5,100m
Rest and acclimatisation
Move from camp 1 to camp 11 5,530m
D-Day to summit Chulu West peak at 6,419m
Trek to Leder from camp 1
Leder to Thorung Phedi 4,450m
Trek Thorung Phedi - Thorung Pass -5,416m - Muktinath - 3,800 -Jomsom 2,715m
Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
Drive back to Kathmandu
Departure for home sweet home
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
It is fantastic flying into Kathmandu on a day with clear blue skies. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks spread down below you are almost rapturous, and begins a whole sequence of memorable experiences that stay with you for a real long time.
An escort from our office will meet you at the airport and reach you to your hotel. Our representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be oriented about your daily activities. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows, probably the most in the world – Breakfast
Day 2 :Free at your own leisure
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about what to do in your next free day.
The choice is yours: either you can stroll around the nearby market on your own or you can opt for a half/full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. The cost for this extra tour is not added in the trek cost and you have to pay extra depending on the places you choose to visit. This extra tour gives you deep insights into Nepal’s iconic monuments that have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites. Sansui Treks will give you an orientation on your program & you will also get the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have regarding our upcoming adventure. When this is done, you might find time to shop around the city in the evening time if you need any gears for the trek. Overnight at your hotel
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Syange [1100m] - 8-10 hrs
We need an early head start today because it’s a long drive to reach our trek start point. After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu at around 7 am and after an almost 8-10 hours' drive we reach Syange or Jagat (depending on the situation) via Besishahar. En-route, we see much of Nepal’s lovely countryside full of greenery, rivers, bustling villages and seemingly smiling cows splashed with vermilion on the forehead, farms and superb mountain sceneries. By and by, the condition of the roads is not equally tarred on all portions of our drive today. The road up to Besishahar is coal-tarred road, but after Besishahar the road is dusty and bumpy, however, this gets past our mind as we watch the marvelous landscapes from the window of our vehicle. We bunk out at the village of Syange or Jagat in a teahouse lodge – B. L. D
Day 04: Trek Syange/Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m] -7-8 hrs
After enjoying our breakfast, we begin our day at a cool pace, enjoying our surroundings with the gentle mountain breeze blowing through our hair. We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. The trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields and pine forests. After passing the village of Kodo we leg into Dharapani, one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. This is where we sleep out the night - B. L. D
Day 05: Dharapani-Chame [2,710m] - 6-7 hrs
As we get set today, we settle a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides through the route on the west. On the way to Chame, we encounter the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV at (7,525m/24,688ft). We chill out at a Small hot springs after a long tough day on the trek. Chame is the administrative centre of Manang District and this is where we sleep out the night – B. L. D
Day 06: Trek to Pisang [3,300m] – 5-6 hrs.
From hereabouts we continue on a gradual path to the bridge, a short steep climb takes us through pine forest reaching the top ridge of Pisang village and to more open valley with some pasture; walking down from the forested area we get lovely views of Pisang peak on the north, Annapurna II and the Chulu peak can also be seen, on reaching Pisang we are welcomed by a long prayer wheel. We spend the night in lower Pisang – B. L. D
Day 07: Upper Pisang-Manang [3,500m] - 6-7 hrs
Today we have an option of two routes that we can follow. If we go by the upper route (Sansui Treks recommends this route), i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, the scenery hereabouts are simply great. We get the feeling we are horizontally in front of the grand peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others are surely gripping.
We also observe a change in the landscapes and vegetation from today onwards. The cold climate and the thin air create a harsher environment as we gain altitude. We enjoy a memorable visit to Braga monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang. This is where we crash out for the night – B. L. D
Day 08: Manang: We haul up for some rest and acclimatisation
We’ve planned out this day to acclimatize and rest with some exploration. Off course, it wouldn’t be wise to stay idle but a short walk to higher altitude will be better to get acclimatized with the altitude. Manang is the ideal place to do that as the next two days will be very challenging and tiring for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be alert. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is a worth visiting site from acclimatization point of view. We make an easy excursion a little distance away to a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery. At this juncture, we also make a short visit to the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness. B. L. D
Day 09: Manang to Leder [4200m] - 4-5 hrs
As we say our good byes to interesting Manang, we continue through alpine landscapes with high altitude vegetation and forests. A gradual ascent takes us to Yak Kharka and then to our next camp today. Our camp zone today is much used as alpine pasture by the local folks in this area. We crash out at Leder – B. L. D
Day 10: Leder to Chulu West Base Camp [4900m] - 4-5 hrs
After a hot breakfast, we continue our trekking from Leder to Chulu West Base Camp. From the Base Camp, we relish the views of the Annapurna Himalayas. We may also wish to discover the surrounding areas. At this point, we will set up our camp for the overnight stay – B. L. D
Day 11: Chulu West Base Camp to Camp I [5100m] - 4-5 hrs
Now that we are above the tree lines, from Chulu Base Camp, we continue hiking towards Camp I. The route is not all that technical. But it would be good to move at a slower pace as we plod through higher altitudes. At this juncture we savor the magnificent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains including Manaslu, Gangapurna and Lamjung Himal. We set up camp and then go in for a hot supper – B. L. D
Day 12: We Rest & Acclimatize our bodies at Camp I
Today we haul up and rest and acclimatize for the big day ahead. While we rest at camp I, the climbing leaders and other staffs make way to Camp II to supply the equipments for the camp. Later, they return back to Camp I. We may rest and if interested walk around Camp I to keep our body systems balanced at these higher elevations – B. L. D
Day 13: Camp I to Camp II [5,530m] - 4-5 hrs
After breakfast, we move out of camp I and continue climbing the rock band to Camp II. The route is not all that technical but we may have to use ropes, crampons, and ice-axes.
We set up Camp II at 5,530m /18,143ft. Some visitors also attempt the summit directly from Camp I. However, since the climb is pretty straightforward from Camp II until the summit, we make an overnight stay at Camp II for proper rest and acclimatization. Easy goes it on these mountains that must be respected – we set up camp, have some hot soup and a hot supper followed with some hot tea. We then hit the sack for a good night’s sleep – at these heights – B. L. D
Day 14: Summit Chulu West [6419m/21,055ft] and head back to Camp I - 9-10 hrs
This is our summit day, and it’s going to be the long haul today. So be it, we wake up much earlier today. Each moment takes hard work through the icy high-altitude trail but the ecstatic high Himalayan landscapes are absolutely hypnotising and our eyes just love to watch as much as it can take, going beyond the peak, covering every inch that’s visible with our video cams on top gear. After summiting, we return back to Camp I. this is a day we sure aren’t going to forget in a hurry. We head back to camp for some hot soup and some hot brewing tea – B. L. D
Day 15: Camp I to Leder - 5-6 hrs
After breakfast, we head out from Camp I, our return path descends all the way to Leder. While descending, we enjoy the panoramic views of the Annapurnas and other peaks. We do an overnight stay at Leder and celebrate the summiting of Chulu West Peak with a sumptuous supper and practice some local dancing with our sherpa crew, we then crash out for a blissful night – B. L. D
Day 16: Contingency Day – for the unexpected
This day has been set aside as a contingency day…incase there are any unpredictable situations we didn’t anticipate. There’s no surefire guarantee that day [14-summit day] would have been a fair-weather day; therefore, this day is planned out as an extra or emergency day in case we are unable to summit Chulu West on day 14 due to inclement weather conditions or for any other unseen reasons. However, if the trip runs without any hang-ups, we do not need this spare day, we can use this day to move at our own leisurely pace – B. L. D
Day 17: Leder to Thorung Phedi [4450m] - 3-4 hrs
After breakfast, we mop up the base camp and head for Thorung Phedi. It is going to be one of those easy going walks downhill. However, we ought not to forget that we are still above the timber line – B. L. D
Day 18: Thorung Phedi - Thorung Pass [5416m] - Muktinath [3,800] - Jomsom [2,715m] - 7-8 hrs trek and 2 hrs drive
It’s a pretty long day today; we cross the famous high pass of Thorung La. An early start is important to complete the mission. We reach Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist after crossing the pass. Muktinath hosts a Vishnu temple and a monastery close by, signifying the religious harmony in Nepal. For Hindus, the region is a "Muktikshetra" or a zone of liberation or salvation.
There are water spouts channeled for the stream running above the temple. We enjoy fabulous stunning views of Dhaulagiri peak from Muktinath. From Muktinath, we continue onto Jomsom on a local bus – B. L. D
Day 19: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
After our breakfast, we check into the airport for our flight back to Pokhara, a 30-min air tour to Pokhara between the gorges of two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, our guide will escort us to the lakeside hotel. We use the rest of the afternoon for exploring the beautiful Pokhara valley at our own leisurely pace. While walking along the banks of Fewa Lake, one of the largest lakes in Nepal, we literally enjoy the views of Fishtail Mountain which reflects amazingly in the lake. We can also go boating around the Fewa Lake or just do an hour’s hike to the World Peace Pagoda. At eventide, we chill out around the brightly lit lakeside. Its our evening all the way. Overnight down by the lake in our hotel – Breakfast
Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu - 6-7 hrs
After breakfast, we drive for 200 kilometers back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. This will be a highly scenic drive down the highway as we enjoy Nepal’s lovely rural countryside. On arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. There is not much to do but zip off some emails to our loved ones or simply organize the lovely photos of our odyssey. We can spend the evening either leisurely or perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping. Finally, we celebrate a sumptuous Nepalese dinner together with the Sansui trekking staffs. While enjoying our dinner, we enjoy a cultural dance performed by the local belles. Overnight at our hotel – breakfast
Day 21: Departure for that lovely place we call ‘home’ – Farewell Amigos!
Today is free to relax and do your own things; perhaps some last minute shopping or pen a few post cards to the loved ones at home, until your departure or to commence any additional trips or activities you may have booked. If you are departing, you’ll be transferred to the international airport in time for your return flight home. Meeting you has been a wonderful experience that Sansui Treks will cherish for a long, long time; & on your way home, you’ll be thinking of a trip that will linger in your memories for a whole lifetime which we are sure will become fireside stories to be told to your loved ones on a cold winter night for the generations to come. Till we meet again one day…its bye for now.
A ‘Camping trek’ is a term used for sleeping in tents. The tents we provide are ‘Two men or couple domes’ or ‘A’ shaped. A foam mattress with insulation underneath is used for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, and this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better.
We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this program, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a choice of their own. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.
At ‘Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we ensure that the lodges provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king-size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites.
- 3N Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis at KTM
- Normal hotel or lodge / Tented camp during trekking and climbing
- One English speaking climbing guide
- Porter (1Porter for 2Pax)
- Climbing Permit for Island Peak
- All meals during the trek that includes breakfast, Lunch and dinner
- Climbing tents at base camp
- Climbing food
- Climbing rope
- Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight tickets with 15kg baggage allowance
- Farewell dinner with Nepali cultural program
- National park fees
- Airport pick up and drop
- All ground transfers as per itinerary
- Personal equipment’s for climbing
- Personal Travel Insurance
- International Air Fare
- Daily Meals (Lunch & Dinner) while staying in Kathmandu
- Tips to Guide & Driver
- Bar Expenses
- Telephone, Laundry and Internet
- Personal Expenses
- Emergency Evacuation
- Nepal visa fees
- Entrance fees
Note: All our Nepali staffs [guides and porters] are insured [life and medical].
Popular Sightseeing places in Kathmandu:
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- Patan Durbar Square
- Pashupatinath Temple
- Boudhanath Stupa
- Swayambhunath Stupa
Half day sightseeing includes visit two of these places and full day sightseeing includes three of these places inside the ring-road of Kathmandu. Besides the above mentioned places, the charges will apply depending on the distance accordingly.
Please feel free to call us or write to us if you require any further assistance.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal offers different geographical conditions, some are more challenging than others. Some of our expeditions have determined objectives or goals that require teamwork, being helpful and an optimistic spirit for all members to make the trip successful, eventually rewarding and a journey enjoyed by all. Being very fit and healthy enables participants to cope with the rigours of the trip through all conditions as members hike through difficult geographic territory throughout the odyssey; being mentally prepared for different experiences on some of the most rugged terrain on earth is also just as important. We strongly suggest that those enlisting for this venture correspond with us to make sure you’ve made the right choice to do this trip and that you are confident and physically fit enough for a journey into the true wilderness of the Himalayas. Its only you that knows your body better than anyone else.
Please Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; it could change due to weather owing to unfavorable climatic conditions, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen circumstances. In case of a trek Itinerary alteration or if it needs to be re-routed to another area, your Group Leader or Sherpa Guide will make the final decision after consulting with the trekking group. We must keep in mind that this venture occurs in mountainous regions where the going can get pretty tough, especially when we get to the higher elevations. However, the risk comes down to the bare minimum with Incentive Holidays because we know the land and go the extra mile in ensuring that you enjoy this journey…your way, at your pace.