Trip Factors

Trip Duration : 24N / 25D

Peak CLimbing Code: STE/PC/09

Trek Duration: 19 days hiking through familiar pretty trails up to base camp

Activities: A cultural tour with Trekking/climbing in the outback

Trip Grade: Arduous above 4000m – Alpine grade – but a doable venture

Trek type: Tea-house {lodge} or camping as an option for entire trip - camping compulsory from base camp

Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu     

Accommodations: Hotel and Lodge (teahouse) with camping from base camp onwards during climb only 

Meals: Nutritious meals are provided throughout the journey on the trail

Transportation: Flights and private car/ tourist coach  

Maximum Altitude: 6200m…we peak on the summit of Chulu East where you stand witness to classic beauty that surrounds you from every angle 

Price per person [Min. 2 PAX required]

If you love the outdoors, then its time you got acquainted with Nepal’s trailblazing adventure playgrounds. We can start with hiking around Annapurna peaks and making an ascent of a peak that’s technically straightforward climb; Chulu East at [6200] meters would be an ideal peak to start with. The fantastic combo of tough trekking through a series of Annapurna Peaks and climbing to the Chulu East Peak is an ideal trip for those looking to combine the thrills of the region with the challenge of mounting to a scenic mountain peak. We come across a whole assortment of natural geographical settings and cultural diversity as we slowly shift from the grassy lowlands to a remote mountain peak. This will be the perfect outdoors for anyone who wants something not so technical but yet challenging to be amply rewarding for what Chulu East offers with its most natural epic settings of the Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri and Tilicho peaks that rise up through the misty clouds, reaching to the sky. 

Our journey begins after a scenic drive for several hours through lovely parts of rural Nepal to the mountain commercial hub of Besisahar – and this is where our trek starts from. Our trail makes a gradual ascent gradually by the Marshyangdi river valley and finally culminates at the village of Pisang where we steer of the main trail and lumber on to Chulu East base camp; this is where the real climbing begins. After summit we then cut through one of the highest passes in the world - Thorung La at [5416m]. You need to be a physically fit individual to do this trip anytime in March to May and September to November. This is the best time for the expedition.

If you enjoy wild open spaces and the whiff of adventure, then ‘The Chulu East [6200m] Climb with Lovely Annapurna’ provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable trip. Just pack your rucksack, don your trek boots, get hold of your compass and get set to jet down to Nepal.

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2

Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley

Day 3

Drive to Besi Sahar [820m]

Day 4

Trek to Khudi [790m]

Day 5

Trek to Bahundanda [1310m]

Day 6

Trek to Jagat [1343m]

Day 7

Trek to Dharapani [1946m]

Day 8

Trek to Chame [2685m]

Day 9

Trek to Pisang [3200m]

Day 10

Trek to Julu [3500m]

Day 11

Rest day at Julu

Day 12

Trek to Yak Kharka

Day 13

Trek to Base camp [4200m]

Day 14

At Base Camp - acllimatise

Day 15

Trek to High Camp [5000m]

Day 16

Summit Chulu East Peak [6200m]

Day 17

At Chulu east

Day 18

Trek to Base camp

Day 19

Trek to Base camp

Day 20

Trek to Thorung Phedi [4427m]

Day 21

Trek Muktinath [3694m] via Thorung La [5416m]

Day 22

Trek to Jomsom [2713m]

Day 23

Flight to Pokhara

Day 24

Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 25

Depart Kathmandu

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport 

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, probably the most in the world – Breakfast

Day 2: A cultural tour of the Kathmandu valley…and trek preparation

After breakfast, we proceed for a guided tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan. This tour gives you deep insights into Nepal’s iconic monuments that have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites. We also visit the pashupatinath temple, one of the most revered temples for hindus in Nepal. This temple is also used for cremations of the dead where the kings of Nepal right up to the common man on the streets are cremated at this temple. Visiting ancient Patan is a pure delight; this was once an independent kingdom to itself with a rich history in Nepal’s medieval period. On completion of our tour, we drive back to our hotel for an orientation on the trip; we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Sansui Treks & Expedition briefs us about the venture and gives us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our trek – Breakfast

Day 3: Drive to Ngadi. Approx [1,150m] via Beshisahar [823m] – 7 Hrs

We have an early breakfast, & then travel by a Deluxe Coach through 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 two hours before the road that leads to Pokhara, our route off-shoots from the town village of Dumre towards north to Beshishar. On arriving Beshishar, a large town and the district headquarters of Lamjung area, we continue our drive following the Marsyangdi River upstream to Ngadi for an overnight camp in the village backyard of Besisahar – Breakfast

Day 4: Trek to Khudi [790m] – 3-4 Hrs

We steer to the right treading along the canal on the outskirts of the village. Then the trail descends a narrow path to Pam Khola. After crossing a stream, we climb to the village of Denauti. The village has unique red-walled houses. From here on, we descend to the banks of the Marsyangdi Khola and the trail further meanders through rice paddies and subtropical forests. Eventually, after walking for 3 hours, we enter the Gurung village of Khudi. We then settle into our lodge for the night – B. L. D

Day 5: Trek to Bahundanda [1310m] - 4-5 Hrs

As we move out from Khudi northwards up the Marsyangdi Valley, en route we get to savor leisurely sightseeing of nursery and amazing tapestry of the Annapurna mountain ranges. The trail winds through a suspension bridge and then follows terraced rice fields offering breathtaking view of Manaslu and cascading waterfalls. Further ascending we spot several shops and teahouses at Ngadi village. On leaving Ngadi after a brief rest, we skirt through our challenging trails to Bahundanda. Bahundanda literally means "Brahmin hill" and as the name suggests Bahundanda is hugely dominant by Brahmins. Here we conclude our hiking journey of the day as we settle down at our lodge – B. L. D

Day 6: Trek to Jagat - [1,290m] - 6-7 Hrs 

After a solid warm-up fifth day trek, today's walk begins with an easy winding path from Bahundanda for an hour crossing this same river via a suspension bridge. The trail follows to a steep climb for half an hour, & on arriving at the lush farm terraces field the walk again gets gradual for a short while, as the going gets better another half hour climb brings us to the top of Bahundanda. Bahundanda is a small village perched high on top of the ridge from the Marsyangdi river valley. After a short break here, the trek descends passing through farm terraces & then reaching back to a gradual winding path for an hour and a half before Syange village, a short downhill walk brings you close to the river with a great view of the water falls on the other side of the Marsyangdi River. Syange village is reached after crossing a long suspension bridge; with a short break here, our trek continues on the gradual path for a short while, then climbing up above away from the river, the steep climb lasts for an hour. Once on top of the ridge, magnificent views of the raging waterfalls can be seen on the route to Jagat near the nearby cliff wall. From here, another hour of easy going hiking brings us to our overnight stop at Jagat – B. L. D

Day 7: Trek to Dharapani – [1,860m] – 6 Hrs

After some time at the village of Jagat, a gradual walk takes us through terraced farms as we come to Chamje village, from Chamje a short walk brings us to a suspension bridge over the raging Marsyangdi river, & after crossing the bridge, it's another steep climb for another 2-3 hours till Tal is reached, the village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marsyangdi. On leaving Taal after a break, the walk gets easier on the gentle path till we come to a wooden bridge, after the bridge a short climb takes us to a small place with a few teahouses, from this spot the walk winds on the up and downhill path coming to a large bridge, after the bridge another hour of hiking amidst some stunning nature, the walk brings us to the village of Dharapani and a well earned overnight in our teahouse lodge – B. L. D

Day 8: Trek to Chame – [2,715m] – 5-6 Hrs 

From Dharapani onwards, the vegetation, the local inhabitants and the general landscapes go through a gradual change as the air gets cooler, the trail then climbs through forests to Bagarchhap, the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasant cool morning walk to Bagarchhap, the altitude slowly gains as we come closer to apple country at Dhanaqi and to the alpine region passing through farm, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of towering peaks of Lamjung and Annapurna II, the trail follows the river Marsyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Ratamanang and Koto before Chame. From Koto, a half hour of easy boot walking brings us to the village town of Chame; an important place in the Manang region. We camp near by this village or in the middle of the pine wood near the fresh running river of Marsyangdi, after some several hours of good walking – B. L. D

Day 9: Trek to Pisang – [3,185m] – 6 Hrs 

The walk from Chame to Pisang follows the other side of the river on the northern bank, after leaving Chame, the path passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach the orchard village of Bratang. From here we continue on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge a short steep climb through the pine forest brings us to the top of the ridge of Pisang village. After walking out of the tree line a great view of Pisang peak on the north and the Chulu peak can be seen with Pisang village below us, a wonderful sight and from this top a gentle descent of one hour brings us to the windswept village of Pisang for our overnight at our lodge – B. L. D
    
Day 10: Pisang to Julu - [3500m] – 3-4 Hrs

We continue to cling to the main trail leading to the Chegaji Khola Valley on the way to the Chulu East Base Camp. We will continue uphill through lovely juniper and pine forest before reaching a spot known as Julu. This riverside flatbed is the perfect place to set up our first camp of the journey and enjoy the star filled sky while we rest our weary bones by the fireside at our camp with some hot tea before we settle in for the night – B. L. D

Day 11: A day for Rest and Rejuvenation at Julu

We make the best of this day to benefit our bodies. We enjoy some real good rest to rejuvenate our spirit of adventure – physically - and recuperate our sapped energy for good health. After relaxing to the hilt, we can go on to explore the village of Julu and get some deep insights into its cultural setting. We also enjoy the splendid natural environs that surround us – B. L. D

Day 12: Julu to Yak Kharka [4130m] - Gangapurna Lodge. (Maya) – 4-5 Hrs

As we head out of 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 endowed with a stunning view up the side valley that reaches up towards Chulu West. As the valley ends, a 500ft cliff stands on the way displaying a spectacular sight of waterfalls cascading down the cliff. The trail further steepens and meanders through a small meadow. On the way, we come across goat and yak pastures. As the day progresses, we come close to Yak Kharka. Finally, we reach Yak Kharka for a refreshing lunch. We set up camp at a site which overlooks a stunning array of snow capped peaks – B. L. D

Day 13: Trek to Base Camp

After relishing a scenic morning sunrise while sipping some Kuffe, we continue along the winding trail before the meadow comes up to a large rock formation. We camp near a an awesome viewpoint offering views of the monolith that makes up the Annapurna giants towering into the misty clouds – B. L. D 

Day 14: Rest Day

We enjoy a complete day’s rest to settle in with the high altitude and the thinning air. We have a free day to simply chill out, chat with the locals, and prepare our equipment for the following day or we can venture out on some short hikes to explore the local environment – B. L. D

Day 15: Trek to High Camp [5000m] – 3-4 Hrs

After packing and sorting out our equipment, we move along the trail observing the quick changing backdrop as we reach alpine territory. We then continue along a steep trail leading to a tactical high camp location that will open a more convenient pathway to the peak. We will set up camp hereabouts and enjoy an emotional panoramic sunset as the mountains reflect a maroon pinkish sunlight over the mountains. We settle into our camps for early supper and an early sleep in preparation for summit day – B. L. D

Day 16: Summit Chulu East Peak [6200m]

The whole reason for our venture is today. Our summiting climb will take up almost two whole days and we start early in the morning when its always darkest before dawn. We begin climbing along the glacier through tricky and slippery ice trails. We will stop for a breather at several stunning vantage points before reaching a glacier composed of stone steps leading the way to the top. 

We then continue the arduous journey to the peak of Chulu East; from the top of the peak, we can enjoy the incredible views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Chulu west and the Himlung Valley at the north side.  This amazing sight of the mind-blowing scenery stirs our emotions to the core. After the success of our trek/climb, we then return back to high base camp for some well earned rest. We then savor some hot soup and tea with supper before we retire to bed for the night – B. L. D

Day 17: At Chulu East

After an early breakfast, we hike along the glacier to reach the other side of Chulu East to make sure we get the best of views in the region. After stopping at the different vantage points and having a hot lunch, we revert back to high base camp for the night once again – B. L. D

Day 18: Trek to Base Camp

We will make it an easy going today and return back down to base camp taking all of the time we have to descend safely on this risky slippery trail. On arrival at base camp we could either rest or go on a short hike to discover more of the local scenery – B. L. D

Day 19: Trek to Manang [3511m] – 5 - 6 Hrs

Today we get back to the main trail and head towards Manang. We continue treading along cultivated fields and after a while we walk into the village of Bryaga as a splendid monastery appears before us. On trekking down to Manang, we get awestruck with the blissful vistas of the Annapurna range - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7134m]. We then retire to our lodge for the night. Manang is a fascinating medieval village of over 500 flat-roofed houses – B. L. D

Day 20: Trek to Thorung Phedi [4427m] – 6 Hrs

After breakfast, we check out of Manang to meet with our trail from Letdar which continues as we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi River via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable steep slope and then ascend to Thorung Phedi where we check in to our lodge for the night – B. L. D

Day 21: Trek to Muktinath [3694m] via Thorung La [5416m] – 6-7 Hrs

Its going to be another break at dawn before the birds wake up today.  It’s a toiling climb for the crossing of Thorung La at [5416m]. The trail gets steep immediately on leaving camp, but since the local folks have used this trail for centuries, the path is thoroughly distinct. The gradient flattens after around 4 hours of stable climbing; we reach chortens as prayer flags flutter in the winds along the pass. From the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below we are surrounded by the brown and purple hills of Mustang giving us once in a lifetime memories from this stunning vantage point. The descent to Muktinath is a 1600m trek. As we walk along well defined trails, the jaw dropping views of Dhaulagiri more then makes up for the compelling odyssey. 

Day 22: Muktinath to Jomsom [2713m] – 5-6 Hrs – This is our last night on these fantastic mountains that have been home to us for almost a month.

Today we head down at an easy going pace to the fabulous Kali Gandaki Gorge past the town of Kagbeni before arriving in Jomsom. At the outset, we plod through barren country that has the same geographical and climatic conditions as found in Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with identical Tibetan architecture, we cling to the valley floor most of the way down to Jomsom. En-route, the majestic views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri keep our hearts flitting ecstatically with pleasure. Jomsom is a pretty big village town that lies sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River. We haul up here for the night at a lodge to learn more about the mystical culture and customs of the Tibetan people while exploring this tranquil town that has no relevance to time – B. L. D

Day 23: Flight back to Pokhara 

We will return along the short 35-minute scenic flight route to Pokhara. We will be able to spot some of the villages we just hiked through on our flight as we return to the lakeside town of Pokhara.

Day 24: Drive  back to Kathmandu 

After breakfast we take a 6 hrs drive back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for shopping.

Day 25: Departure for the lovely green, green grass of ‘home’ – Farewell Friends!

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.

Accommodation

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.
                                                                

Dining

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.

Cost Inclusion

  • 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 Chulu East Peak
  • All meals during the trek that includes breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • Climbing tents at base camp
  • Climbing food
  • Climbing rope
  • Kathmandu – Besisahar ground transfer
  • Farewell dinner with Nepali cultural program
  • National park fees
  • Airport pick up and drop
  • All ground transfers as per itinerary

Cost Exclusion

  • 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 

Note: All our Nepali staffs [guides and porters] are insured [life and medical].

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.