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Chulu West Climbing & Annapurna Round Trek 21 Days

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The trip itinerary also includes a 6,400 metres Peak requiring 4-nights of camping stay above 4,000 metres above the sea level. The peak included in the itinerary is the highest of the Chulu Massif mountains.

This trekking trip between Kathmandu and the beginning of the trek is by a drive, which takes us quickly away from the city and towards the foothills. Then the walks follow a well-established classic round Annapurna Circuit trail based on an early start, moderate daily distances and a stable and easy guided walking. This walking ratio allows us much time to enjoy the views, talk to people and take essential pictures and even painting.

The famous Annapurna region is undoubtedly one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. The main attraction is the Annapurna range including its highest peak, Annapurna I 8,091 metres, the first of the 8,000-Metre Peaks to have been climbed in human history (by a French team in 1950). Many other mountains such as Annapurna II 7,937 metres, Annapurna III 7,575 metres, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri 8,167 metres remains in scene endlessly.

Forty miles away to the east of Mount Annapurna stands the dominating peak of Mount Manaslu 8,156 metres and to the west stands the Dhaulagiri Mountain 8,167 metres, 7000 meters vertically over the Kali Gandaki gorge, in about 30-kilometres of horizontal distance. Between Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri Himal range, the Kaligandaki River flows through the deepest gorge on earth, giving a unique example of two eight-thousanders facing each other over a deep valley.

The entire region of Annapurna falls into the Annapurna Conservation Area. To the east of Mount Annapurna is the area of Mount Manaslu and Manaslu Conservation Area making it a unique and safe sanctuary for many endangered mountain animals.

This region is well known for its beautiful landscape, its forests full of rhododendrons (April-May), its villages full of charm, and the simpleness of the people. Since the opening of Nepal, in 1950, the Annapurna region has been the top ten destinations of trekkers in the World.

Tourism is the backbone of the people of this area still the distribution of economy, and benefit of tourist movement is not equal. So the changes were demanded by the people; roads are under constructs from both valley of Annapurna, there is already electricity in many villages, telecommunication is available everywhere with internet access, but it is still heaven to trek.

The trip itinerary also includes a 6,400 metres Peak requiring 4-nights of camping stay above 4,000 metres above the sea level. The peak included in the itinerary is Chulu West of 6,420 metres above the sea level, is the highest of the Chulu Massif mountains. There are two peaks in the east and two in the west with several small peaks. This peak gets accessed from a basecamp located northwest of Manang, above the Churi Ledar. The distance to basecamp from the main Annapurna Circuit trail is just 40-minutes’ walking up from Churi Ledar. Chulu is not a technically demanding peak, but due to its long flank (ice plateau) and high-speed wind makes the climbing slow. This trekking peak is a perfect peak for those willing to experience a mountaineering expedition in Nepal without technical difficulties but wants to experience the hardship and other mountaineering terms. We usually recommend to set two camps above basecamp, but many prefer to climb with only one camp above the basecamp.

The return route passes through the Thorang Pass 5,416 metres, one of the famous Himalayan passes, and drop to Kaligandaki region, which allows us to visit the Muktinath and see the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiris in their full scale. The trek ends at Jomsom Airport and a short 20 minutes Himalayan sightseeing flight take us to Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal. We spend a night in this city and take another short flight to Kathmandu to round off this quintessential Himalayan trek and expedition.

Trip Highlights

  • Annapurna is the first region permitted for trekkers
  • Top ten destinations of trekkers from all over the World.
  • See the beauties of the first eight-thousand to have been climbed by the human in the earth planet
  • Enjoy the most beautiful mountain views of Manaslu, Annapurna & Dhaulagiri in a shortest trek.
  • Walkthrough the ancient trans-Himalayan trails and the World’s deepest gorge on earth, the Kaligandaki.
  • Enjoy the fauna and flora into the Annapurna Conservation Area, one of the unique and safe sanctuaries for many endangered mountain animal.
  • Enjoy one of the beautiful landscape full of rhododendrons, Magnolia and orchids (April-May).
  • Climb one of the heist and beautiful trekking Peaks of Annapurna circuit.
  • Experience the culture, life and religion of multi-ethnic groups within the shortest of the period

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 21 days from arrival to the day of departure
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites
  • Road transport mode: Car / Hiace Van/Jeep
  • Trek starting point: Beshisahar
  • Trek ending point: Jomsom
  • A domestic flight out: Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu
  • Highest elevation: 6,419 metres Thorang-La
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, Teahouse (Lodge) on full board basis on the trek, tented
  • camp on full board basis while in Chulu West expedition.
  • Meals: An open menu for each meal to be chosen by clients on trek and Expedition meals while in Chulu West Expedition.
  • Trip grade: Moderate to Challending
  • Best season to trek: From the end of February to the end of November.

Short Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m.

DAY 2: KATHMANDU/BESI SAHAR (823m.)/BULBULE 780m./NGADI 880m. An 8-hours' drive.

DAY 3: NGADI / JAGAT (1,342m. – A 5h trek)

DAY 4: JAGAT / DHARAPANI (1,943m. – A 5h trek)

DAY 5: DHARAPANI / CHAME (2,713m. – A 5h trek)

DAY 6: CHAME / BRATHANG / PISANG (3,200m.¬- A 5 ½ h trek)

DAY 7: PISANG / GYARU (3,670m – A 3h trek)

DAY 8: GYARU/NGAWAL 3,657m/BRAGA 3,450m/MANANG (3,540m – A 5h trek)

DAY 9: MANANG

DAY 10: MANANG / CHURI LEDAR 4,018m (4,012m – A 3h trek)

DAY 11: CHURI LEDAR / CHULU WEST BASE CAMP (4,900m – A 3h trek)

DAY 12-14: CHULU WEST EXPEDITION

DAY 15: CHULU BC TO THORANG HIGH CAMP (4,880m. – A 4h trek)

DAY 16: THORANG HIGH CAMP / MUKTINATH (3,800m. – A 6h trek)

DAY 17: MUKTINATH / JOMSOM (2,660m. – A 5h trek)

DAY 18: FLY TO POKHARA (20 minutes panoramic flight)

DAY 19: SARANGKOT VIEWPOINT / KATHMANDU (By air)

DAY 20: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A TOUR

DAY 21: DEPARTURE

Detail Itinerary

Trekkers’ & Climbers’ Paradise Around Annapurna Trekking & Chulu West Expedition, 21 Days

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m.

Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 2: KATHMANDU/BESI SAHAR (823m.)/BULBULE 780m./NGADI 880m. An 8-hours' drive.

After early morning breakfast, we start the day with a long drive. The first phases of the journey take us out of Kathmandu valley, which crosses the busiest section of Thankot pass, the main entry and exit toward the south. Just after crossing Thankot there is a fantastic view of the Ganesh Himal, the Manaslu Range and even the Annapurnas on a clear day. From here the road drops to the valley bottom and follow the Trishuli River enjoying a thrilling high way drive to Pokhara. The beautiful scenery along the way includes terraced fields, vast river valleys and villages and on a clear day, sights of the snowy mountains. Eventually, we turn off from the main highway to Pokhara and head north to Besi Sahar, where we will leave our vehicle from Kathmandu and ride a local Jeep for the rest of the trail till Ngadi.

Besi Sahar is the administrative centre of Lamjung district. This region was one of the strongest parts of the Twenty-four domains from the 15th to 18th centuries when there were two confederations of kingdoms, twenty-four to the west and twenty-two to the east. In 1782 the domain of Gorkha absorbed its neighbouring domain of Lamjung. Looking southwest from Besi Sahar, one can see the remains of Lamjung Palace on a hilltop, and beyond it mount Lamjung.

The area is the farmlands of the lower Middle Hills, predominantly inhabited by a majority of Hindu caste. The trail leads through Khudi Khola village, Bulbule village and on to Ngadi. Ngadi is a small village of people from Manang which grew up as a winter settlement. There is an electricity powerhouse just below the village in the Marshyangdi River.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 3: NGADI / JAGAT (1,342m. – A 5h trek)

This day's trek starts with a gradual climb to Bahun Danda (Brahmans' Hill), going through the forest and across rice fields. Bahun Danda village is on the saddle of a ridge at an altitude of 1,311m, and between two Gurung hillside communities. From Bahun Danda, the trail descends and crosses the Marshyangdi River and several mountain streams. After crossing the Marshayngdi River, the valley begins to narrow and pass through a cliff where the trail gets carved into the rock face. Finally, amidst a jumble of rock and isolated trees, we come upon the village of Jagat. Its name derived from the customs office that was once levied there on the salt trade with Tibet.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 4: JAGAT / DHARAPANI (1,943m. – A 5h trek)

The trail passes a series of charming waterfalls with temperate climate through a narrow valley drilled by River Marshyangdi. From Chamche we climb to arise to a hilltop and traverse to Taal Village. This section of the geography divides the Lamjung and Manag District. Long ago this place, the Taal village, at an elevation of 1,707 meters, was a Lake (Taal) created by a landslide blocking the river. Only its flatbed remains today, along with a magnificent waterfall. This point marks the boundary to the district of Manang. The river valley narrows again as we approach Dharapani. The people there are mostly Tibetans and Manangis. The main village, including a monastery and school, lies five minutes from the main trekking trail.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 5: DHARAPANI / CHAME (2,713m. – A 5h trek)

A half-hour walk from Dharapani brings us to Bagarchap, a village primarily inhabited by butchers, at 2,100 metres. As you approach the town, there is the view of Annapurna II and will feel like you have entered another ecological zone, will feel colder and the air is drier, which mean we are in the rain shadow of Annapurna. Then the trail continues to Lattamarang, 2,454 metres, and Chame, the administrative centre of Manang district. From some part of this town, there is a beautiful view of mount Lamjung. The village forms under a sheer cliff face on the bank of the Marshyangdi River.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 6: CHAME / BRATHANG / PISANG (3,200m.¬- A 5 ½ h trek)

We breakfast and try for an early start because the morning is better for steadily climbing to higher altitudes. Today we'll see pine forests and the beautiful upper Marshyangdi valley and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. For a tea break or merely rest, we'll stop at Brathang, a village and one-time used by Tibetan Khampas (warriors). The village is still prosperous with rows of large mani-walls, prayer-wheels, and main entrance and exit gateways at the ends of the village and field full of apple trees.

After leaving Brathang, we'll cross the Marshyangdi River and begin a gentle climb through a lovely forest. The beginning point just after the bridge is also known as Swargadwari in Nepali and Paungi Dandi in local Gurung language, which means Gateway to Heaven. It means the entrance into the valley of Manang, which is locally known as Nye-Shyang, formed with six main villages: Pisang (3,200m) (lower), 3,300m (upper), Gyaru (3,670m), Ngawal (3,657m), Braga (3,450m), Manang (3,540m) and Khangsar (3,800m).

Continuing, we arrive at Upper Pisang village, which is all the more interesting, for still being untouched by modernity. You will have an excellent chance to experience its medieval atmosphere, including a monastery above the village that watches over all devotees. The people here are called Gurungs, but their character and way of life are more reminiscent of Tibetan people; they wear Tibetan dress and are browner and harder than the Gurungs of Gurkha to the further south.

Women wear long wrap-around dresses (called Chubus) and necklaces of turquoise and coral. Older men may have a piece of turquoise dangling from an ear. The endpoints of the villages are marked, by gateways of Chortens (stupa type Buddhist monuments). There are also stone walls mounted with spinning prayer-wheels and the sacred mantra Om Mani Padme Hum (Hail to the jewel in the lotus) carved repeatedly on stone slabs everywhere into the valley of Manang/Nye-Shyang.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 7: PISANG / GYARU (3,670m – A 3h trek)

After breakfast at Pisang, we'll head off toward Gyaru village. The trail climbs gradually along the Marshyangdi valley through scattered pines and a beautiful clear aqua lake. After three hours of zigzagging up the slope with some stops for rest and at the same time enjoying breath-taking views of the Annapurna peaks and the lower valley that we traversed yesterday, we arrive at the village of Gyaru. Gyaru is another major medieval town of stone houses above the Marshyangdi valley, overlooking the Annapurna mountain range. We will visit its monastery and the village and spend overnight at the height of 3,670 metres above sea level.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 8: GYARU/NGAWAL 3,657m/BRAGA 3,450m/MANANG (3,540m – A 5h trek)

We'll try to wake up early before the sunray strikes the peaks of Annapurna. If the weather is fair evening and morning are truly beautiful. We breakfast and set out toward Manang village via Ngawal and Braga villages over a winding trail with breath-taking views all day. The climb from Pisang to Gyaru gets compensated with magnificent panoramas and a smooth flat trail to Manang. We'll make our lunch stop at Ngawal, another medieval village with a monastery and mani-walls, and with prayer flags fluttering on each house. Gyaru and Ngawal villages are said to have been the seat of the Ghale kings, from where they ruled the Nye-Shyang territory 300 years ago.

From Ngawal we descend to Humde and take an easy trail up to Manang village. On the way, we will visit the village and 600-years-old monastery of Braga. Another 40-minutes of walking brings us to Manang. Across the river, there is a fantastic view of Annapurnas II, IV and III, Mt. Gangapurna, the glacier and its lake below, and the formidable north face of Mt. Tilicho.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 9: MANANG

Rest and the acclimatizing day before we approach continue further high elevation. Side trips, above the village, are recommended for chances of seeing something different or relax in your teahouse rooftop.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 10: MANANG / CHURI LEDAR 4,018m (4,012m – A 3h trek)

After breakfast, we'll start trekking gradually up toward Churi Ledar. The trail leads through high pastures. In some places, we'll come across small shops. Up to Churi Ledar is very scenic: the Annapurna range, Gangapurna, Rock Noel, Thorang Peak, Chulu West and East, Yak Kawa Kang and many more peaks are in view. It is a short and acclimatizing day. Overnight in Churi Ledar.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 11: CHURI LEDAR / CHULU WEST BASE CAMP (4,900m – A 3h trek)

The Chulu West Base Camp sits just above Yak Kharka so we take an easy morning trekking up to the Base camp. We'll set up the base camp and then climb high up to high camp to check the route and to take an altitude. For the evening we descend to Base Camp.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

DAY 12-14: CHULU WEST EXPEDITION

Chulu West, 6,419 metres, is the highest of the two Chulus. This peak d from basecamp in a small valley north of Manang, above Churi Ledar, situated near the main path to Thorong-La. Chulu is not a technically demanding peak, but due to its long flank (ice plateau), progress can be slow.

We will give enough time for climbing so that one could experience a bit of a mountaineering expedition in the Himalaya, which could be an excellent experience for if some are willing to take a 7 to 8 thousand metred mountaineering expedition in Nepal.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

DAY 15: CHULU BC TO THORANG HIGH CAMP (4,880m. – A 4h trek)

We clean our base camp and retrace back to Churi Ledar, where we will make a relaxing and celebratory lunch. From here we follow the main Annapurna Circuit Trail to Thorang Phedi and then to Thorang High Camp. There is a beautiful view of Chulu Range.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 16: THORANG HIGH CAMP / MUKTINATH (3,800m. – A 6h trek)

The walk of the day starts early in the morning to avoid the wind at the Thorang La (5,416m). Thorang-La, the saddle is beautifully located between 2 small peaks of Thorang Peak and Yak Kawa Peak. The Thorang pass is marked, with bulk stones offered by the travellers, and on this, there are Buddhist praying flags. There are exceptional views toward the Chhulu, the Thorang Peak, Yak Kawa Peak, and then the views take us toward the Kaligandaki gorge and across. As we walk further down toward Muktinath, the sceneries get wider and provide an excellent panorama of Dhampus Peak, Dhaulagiri and Tilicho Peaks.

You'll arrive in Muktinath, tired but with a sense of accomplishment. Muktinath, the Lord of Salvation, is a holy place both for Buddhists and Hindus, which attracts thousands of devotees from Nepal, India, and Tibet every year. The Muktinath region, facing Mt. Nilgiri and Mt. Tilicho to the south-east, Dhaulagiri to the south-west and Thorang Peak and Yak Kawa Kang to the north, is a living museum of old villages, such as Dzar, Dzong, Khingga and Purang.

Muktinath, also known by Chumig Gyatsa (One Hundred Springs in Tibetan/Sherpa Language) is situated some 18-kilometres northeast of Jomsom. The Muktinath temple was constructed in 1815 A.D. by Queen Subarna Prabha, the wife of Rana Bahadur Saha, king of Nepal after she had a dream. The main temple is built in a Tibetan pagoda style containing a huge brass image of Chenrezig (Avalokitesvara), in Buddhist, or Vishnu as Hindus call him.

Nearby is another temple, where gushes out of rock considered very holy. There is also a Buddhist monastery (Salamebar Dolamebar monastery) in the eastern corner of the Muktinath precinct; dedicated to Jwala Mai, the goddess of fire, shielded by curtains, are burning eternal flames. Hindus believe the flame, to be Agni, the god of fire.

There are two other sites of worship within a single structure nearby; the Shiva-Parvati temple and a Narsingha gonpa (Monastery). The lower storey is the gompa, while the upper floor is the temple. At the back of the temple are 108-waterspouts, Chu-Mig-Gya-Tsa, fashioned in the shape of boar’s heads, the boar is one of the ten incarnations of Chenrezig (Buddhist) / Vishnu (in Hindu). This water is channelled from a spring above the temple. For Hindus, the importance of Muktinath, besides its holy water, lies in the belief that Lord Vishnu takes the form of Saligrams. Saligrams are fossils found in the Kali Gandaki River; just an hour’s walking down from Muktinath. The traditional caretakers of Muktinath are Buddhist nuns.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 17: MUKTINATH / JOMSOM (2,660m. – A 5h trek)

The descent to Kagbeni takes one and a half hours. Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang, is situated at an altitude of 2,807m. It has been one of Nepal's important trading centres for centuries. The village is believed to settle around the 14th century as a check post for traders between Nepal and Tibet, and a checkpoint still stands to control all groups departing toward Muktinath and Mustang. There are a monastery, a police check-post and an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) office.

After looking around, we'll continue the trek to Jomsom along the Kali Gandaki River. You can search for saligrams along the way. We'll arrive at Jomsom for lunch. The rest of the time is free.

In Jomsom, we spend our last night on the trek or in the Annapurna region. This evening is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a 24-hour bus ride to Kathmandu.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 18: FLY TO POKHARA (20 minutes panoramic flight)

Breakfast and board an early morning flight to Pokhara. Arrive and drive to our hotel. The rest of the time is free to relax in this beautiful city.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

DAY 19: SARANGKOT VIEWPOINT / KATHMANDU (By air)

Early in the morning drive to Sharangkot hill tower to enjoy the sunrise view. Sharangkot is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Pokhara for its exceptional panorama of Annapurna I, II, III, mount Lamjung, mount Dhaulagiri, mount Fishtail and the views of Pokhara city and its Lake. After visiting Sharangkot, drive back to Pokhara, on the way back to the hotel we also visit the Bindhyavashini temple, which is also the mini Pasupatinath for the people of Pokhara. Most of the people of Pokhara City visit this temple on their main occasions to worship.

Return to hotel, breakfast and tour of International Mountain Museum. We then proceed for a hearty lunch in one of its best restaurants before driving to the airport for our short flight to Kathmandu. Arrive at Kathmandu and departure to your hotel the rest of the day is to enjoy free time.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

DAY 20: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A TOUR

A free day or optionally take a guided city tour. The trip is over. In the evening we enjoy farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

DAY 21: DEPARTURE

Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at our hotel to serve us till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport, see off formalities and departure. Continue the rest of the distance on your own.
  • Breakfast.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels 5-Star Hotels
1 Person 3322$ 3373$ 3460$
2 - 3 Persons 2662$ 2773$ 2860$
4 - 5 Persons 2354$ 2465$ 2552$
6 - 7 Persons 2234$ 2345$ 2432$
8- 9 Persons 2193$ 2304$ 2217$
10- 11 Persons 2127$ 2238$ 2325$
12- 15 Persons 2052$ 2163$ 2255$
Single room supplement 165$ 216$ 303$

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure service as per itinerary
  • 3-nights of hotel accommodation at Kathmandu, breakfast included
  • 1 Trekking Guide, climbing guide/s as per group size and required number of porters
  • Insurance and all expenses of local staff.
  • A Trekking Map in the group
  • A good sleeping bag to each member (if one requires)
  • A pair of a trekking pole to each member (if one requires)
  • A trekking duffel bag to each member (if one requires).
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call)
  • A small Medical kit box for first aid medical purpose.
  • Kathmandu to Besi Sahar transportation by private vehicle.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit fee and TIMS permit.
  • Chulu West Peak Climbing Permit and permit fees.
  • Sleeping Tent, mattresses and food etc. while climbing Chulu West Peak.
  • Climbing ropes, fix ropes, ice screw etc. for the expedition.
  • Trek with all meals and accommodations in teahouse lodges.
  • Airfare Jomsom to Pokhara (tax and airport transfer included
  • Sightseeing tour of Sarangkot and International Mountain Museum in Pokhara with transport and monument entry fee.
  • 1-Night Hotel accommodation in Pokhara, breakfast included.
  • Airfare Pokhara to Kathmandu (tax and airport transfer included)

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
  • International air tickets
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in above price include section.

Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best season to Travel Nepal is from mid-September to mid-December or from the end of February to the end of May. June to August are rainy months for Nepal and December to February are winter months, but each season has its richness.

During the summer month, the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops. During summer month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During summer months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands.

During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe.

The end of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time, one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids, and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February is winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -30 degrees (after sunset to before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European countries and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE
The best months to take this itinerary is from the first week of March to the mid-June and from the last week of September to the end of November. However.


Spring season:
March to May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal with long daylight period. The mid-hill starting from 1,400 to 3,800 metres is generally beautiful with a lot of Rhododendron flowers, magnolia and full of wild orchids. It is also the best time to enjoy the bird and wildlife in all parts of Nepal and famously in its nature reserves such as Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. It is also the primary mountaineering season, and more than 600 climbers reach to Everest Basecamp targeting the summit of Everest. Bright days remain hazy and may expect some thunders and light rains in the lowland and light hailing all around the country. The temperature remains -5 at Everest Basecamp to 32 degrees in the Terai belt.

Summer season:
June to August is monsoon season of Nepal, the most important natural phenomena to recharge the mountains, hills to terrains, feeding with a tremendous amount of snow and rainwater. The primary rainy months are July and August and may expect daily rains after a late afternoon with heavy rains in the night. In this season of the year, the forest turns to lush rain forests; rivers get swelled to its full to destructive strength. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, may suffer from the flood. Low land to hill terraces gets attractive with full of crops, and the high land valley gets carpeted with colourful flowers and beautiful streams. During these months, from on May, people travelling to Tibet including Mount Kailash from Nepal flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourist and others living in the hot-lowlands enjoy travelling to Nepal to escape the heat in their parts. Japanese and many other tourists arrive in these months to sight rare flowers and butterflies of the Himalayas. Summertime is also the best time to trek in the areas of Mugu, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu and Tsum Valley, Naar-Phu and Upper Mustang regions. In this time of the year falls several important festivals such as Janai Purnima, Gaijatra, Gaura Parba, Shree Krishna Janmasthami, Teej, Rishi Panchami, Dumjee, Indra Jatra, Sakadawa, and Tiji etc. The temperature remains 17 to 35 degrees, and the average temperature remains 22 degrees.

Autumns season:
September to November is the most stable weather season in Nepal, characterised by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. Autumn is the most travelled season to Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal-clear mountain sceneries. Autumn season is a prosperous time; the country collects all its corps. During autumn/fall, several important festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, and mask dance festivals such as Manirimdu in Chiwang monastery and Tengboche monastery of Everest Region. The temperature starts dropping from mid-October and remains 0 to 22 degrees.

Winter season:
December to February is generally the coldest months, temperature ranging minimum 0 to -2 degree in Kathmandu (after sunset to before sunrise) to -17 to -30 degrees at Everest Basecamp (after sunset to before sunrise), the winter's bitterest cold with short daylight period. Above 1,500 metres the day remain sunny and night sky remain crystal clear enabling to count stars. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, and other lowland deep valleys remains under a misty cloud until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe. From the mid of January, frequent snowfall could expect in the hilly regions above 2,700 metres and into the deep mountain valleys. Wintertime is still an ideal time to visit Nepal; the mountain sceneries are wider all around the Himalayas, and the famous destination such as Everest and Annapurna with less tourist. The temperature is still much more favourable than of many western countries. The night time temperature remains -17 to -30 degree (Everest BC) to -0 to -2 degrees in Kathmandu (sunset to sunrise). The day time temperature remains -5 degree (Everest BC) to 8 to 15 degrees in Kathmandu.

The altitude Weather in the Spring season:
Mid-March to mid-May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal and first best season for mountaineering activities, especially for Mount Everest, Shisapangma, Cho-Oyu and Makalu. These months are also beneficial for climbers due to its long daylight period. In term of season, it is the pre-monsoon and post-winter weather season. In pre-monsoon, the mountain weather is still in full winter, and the temperature remains freezing. The hilly regions of above 4,000 metres and deep mountain valley remain under snow cover. There will be occasional light rain and hailing in the lowland bellow 2,500 metres and snowing on mountains. From around the mid-April to mid-May is the primary time of developing the monsoon weather in Bay of Bengal with several small to the significant cyclone and which may affect the high mountains above 6,800 metres. In 2019 Spring a hurricane named “Fani” developed in the Bay of Bengal and was predicted to enter to Nepal Himalayas from the eastern part of Nepal at around the mid-afternoon of 03 May 2019, Friday. Still, the cyclone arrived on Everest at 02:45 hours of 03 May 2019, twelve hours before it was supposed. In 2020, a hurricane named "Amphan", developed in the Bay of Bengal and classified as a super cyclone and first since 1999, landed on 20 May 2020 in India-Bangladesh border killing at least 84. It resulted in severe damage in the property and life base while the World was suffering from Covid-19 virus and fortunately/unfortunately all mountaineering activities in Nepal was closed.

Due to the sheer sizes of Everest, Makalu, Cho-you and vast valleys between and around them, a kind of local weather get developed and, it may affect the climb with unpredictable wind movements. Such local weather and cyclonic effect make the Himalayan weather pattern, most of the times, unpredictable. A Jet stream with high speed of wind could affect the climbing above 6,800 metres. Any significant cyclonic development far to the Sea of Japan, the Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea could affect the high mountains of the Himalayas with unpredictable changes in hurricane speed. Even the international weather giants do not map the route of such cyclones once it moves from its origin or even if they map the accuracy is not available. Still, sheer Himalayan barriers play a significant role to disrupt a part of such hurricanes but result in avalanches and fatality if coincided with a mountaineering movement in the Himalayas.

The altitude Weather in the Autumn season:
Mid-September to mid-November is generally the most stable weather even into the deep mountain valleys. The temperature above 5,400 metres starts dropping from the end of August while it is still part of monsoon in the lower altitude and may expect rain until the first week of October. The temperature in the Tibetan plateau starts dropping rapidly from mid-October, which means an extreme cold is developing in Everest and other 8,000 metres. Above 5,600 metres one could expect occasional snowing until the first week of October and start stable and cold weather after that. A Jet Stream wind may also hit in autumn with a wind speed of 100+ miles per hour and which may result from delaying the summit several days back but it is also possible that the Jet Stream wind surface route is not centralised around Everest. For Everest climbing, the autumn season, after the end of monsoon, is regarded as more dangerous because there is much new snow accumulated by summer weather. But in the mountain atmosphere end of summer or the autumn is the pre-winter and the temperature start dropping from the end of August. This new snow and temperature phenomena also benefit for skiing, snowboarding, and other snow required activities. A sunny day temperature, in the mountain, may reach up to 26 degrees on exposed ridges and faces and 28 to 32 degrees into deep snowy valleys. Undertaking an Everest Expedition in this season may get a sheer joy of climbing virgin snowy route to the summit without disturbances of many other climbers as in Spring.

The autumn season is also taken as the only best mountaineering seasons in the Himalaya. Amadablam, Manaslu, Himlung, Tuche Peak, Baruntse, Makalu, Putha Hiumchuli, Pasang Lhamu Chuli, Tukche Peak, Tawoche etc. are some of the most preferred mountaineering peaks to climb in the autumn. Autumn is also the best season to climb the technical routes in any mountain. The trekkers enjoy climbing Peaks of 5,800 to 6,700 metres, categorises as trekking peaks, in this season.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we stay in comfortable 3-5-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms, category selectable.

While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathrooms, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

At Chulu West Basecamp, we sleep in two-men-domed-tents on a sharing basis. You get a single tent if you have signed for a single occupancy basis.

What equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots for the trekking part. And a complete set of climbing equipment. A full equipment list gets supplied when you sign up.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange acclimatizing trekking or Everest climbing training climb, then there is a range of options to choose from. Please, let us know.

Do we join a group during trekking and climbing?
No, we do not join/mix groups in Nepal unless you come as a group. The numbers of persons coming together with you are a group and served privately.

Can I have a single room in Kathmandu and during the trek?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the Expedition that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue, and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for mountaineering to altitudes above 6000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks, and a warm or waterproof jacket.

The main kitbag containing your daily required clothing and equipment will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

What kind of food do you provide for high altitude at Chulu West Expedition?
Our mobile cook and kitchen boys prepare a rich set of a detailed meal with lots of energy-filled quantity food for climbing period + unlimited tea/coffee, hot chocolates, hot milk, and other supplementary drinks. Healthy and adequate food promotes health and happiness and helps to achieve your goal without much problem.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best if you had Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after you arrive in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency. Most of the restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, trekking shops, and Tea-house Lodges (on the trekking trails) accepts US Dollar, Euros, Canadian Dollar, UK Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan and Indian Rupees. But it is always better if you had Nepalese Rupees. It helps to avoid the exchange rate fluctuations, which are not regarded reasonably, in some places.

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the trekking package, please check what is include and what is not included section. Still, you will need some extra money to bear the expenses such as meals in Kathmandu, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 500$ per person, which should be sufficient and ++ if you plan to buy climbing gears or other items in Kathmandu.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we use a comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together. Between Jomsom and Pokhara, we fly in a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft, and Pokhara to Kathmandu, we fly in a 70-passenger ATR 72-500 aircraft.

What about the climbing Sherpa guides?
All the Sherpa guides we use have much experience in the mountaineering field and are of exceptionally high quality in technical skills and altruistic behaviour. We use the guides trained and recognised by Nepal mountaineering Association and having climbed the peak several times before. Please, let us know if there is any Sherpa guide you have climbed together before and prefer to have him.

Can we buy some climbing gears in Kathmandu?
Yes, many local trekking shops sell and rent climbing gears, and there are some of the branded shops such as North Face and Mountain Hardware, only for sale. However, it is wiser to bring all of them from your country to avoid the risk of failing to find the one you have thought.

Do I need vaccinations to travel to Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get an injection in Kathmandu, but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

What are the required documents to be sent before I come and after I arrive?
The documents required before your arrival are: a copy of your passport with a minimum validity of six months from the entry date to Nepal, a recently taken passport size photograph in high resolution.

The document required after your arrival is a copy of your insurance, contact number/email of your family member.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $ as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 400$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation
To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged.

  • Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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