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Chulu West Climbing & Annapurna Round Trek 21 Days

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The Chulu West Climbing journey starts from a village called Ngadi near Besishahar. At present, a powerhouse has been built here, at Ngadi, but the beauty of the place has not diminished. Therefore, to enjoy the beauty and diversity of the Annapurna region, one has to start walking from the lower altitude area of Besisahar or Ngadi. The walking from lower altitude allows us to observe the lifestyle of different castes dwelling in them, geographical diversity and its charms and admire oneself comfortably completing the entire journey by absorbing the local environment. The trip starts at an altitude of 760 meters and reaches the summit of Chulu West of 6,419 meters. After climbing Chulu West, the trek crosses the Thorang pass of 5,416 meters and passes through Muktinath, ending the trek at Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. Mustang is one of the famous trekking destinations in Nepal and is well known as Upper Mustang Trek.

Chulu West Climbing Package for 2022 and 2023

The trip itinerary includes a 6,400 metres Peak requiring 4-nights of camping stay above 4,000 metres above sea level. The peak included in the itinerary is Chulu West of 6,420 metres s above the sea level, the highest of the Chulu Massif mountains. There are two peaks in the east and two in the west, with several small peaks. Chulu West Peak is also the best trekking peak of the Annapurna Region due to its height and comparatively easy climbing route. 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 its long flank (ice plateau) and high-speed wind make the climbing slow. This trekking peak is perfect for those willing to experience a mountaineering expedition in Nepal without technical difficulties but who want to experience the hardship and other mountaineering terms. We usually recommend setting two camps above the basecamp, but many prefer to climb with only one camp above the basecamp.

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/BESISHAHAR (823m.)/BULBULE 780m./NGADI 880m. An 8 hours drive.

DAY 3: NGADI / JAGAT 1,342m. A 5 hours trek

DAY 4: JAGAT / DHARAPANI 1,943m. A 5 hours trek

DAY 5: DHARAPANI / CHAME 2,713m. A 5 hourstrek.

DAY 6: CHAME / BRATHANG / PISANG 3,200m. A 5 ½ hours trek

DAY 7: PISANG / GYARU 3,670m. A 3 hours trek

DAY 8: GYARU/NGAWAL 3,657m./BRAGA 3,450m./MANANG 3,540m. A 5 hours trek

DAY 9: MANANG

DAY 10: MANANG / CHURI LEDAR 4,018m 4,012m. A 3 hours trek.

DAY 11: CHURI LEDAR / CHULU WEST BASE CAMP 4,900m. A 3 hours trek

DAY 12-14: CHULU WEST CLIMBING PERIOD

DAY 15: CHULU BC TO THORANG HIGH CAMP 4,880m. A 4 hours trek

DAY 16: THORANG HIGH CAMP / MUKTINATH 3,800m. A 6 hour trek

DAY 17: MUKTINATH / JOMSOM 2,660m. A 4 hours 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 GUIDED CITY 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 (TIA) to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will update you about the necessary formalities for your proposed trek. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of either visiting nearby shrines or resting back in your room.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 2: KATHMANDU/BESISHAHAR (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. After crossing Thankot, there is a fantastic view of the Ganesh Himal, the Manaslu Range and even the Annapurnas on a clear day. The road drops to the valley bottom and follows the Trishuli River enjoying a thrilling highway drive to Pokhara. The beautiful scenery along the way includes terraced fields, vast river valleys and villages, and sights of the snowy mountains on a clear day. Eventually, we turn off from the main highway to Pokhara and head north to Besishahar, where we will leave our vehicle from Kathmandu and ride a local Jeep for the rest of the trail till Ngadi.

Besishahar is the administrative centre of the 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 territory of Lamjung. Looking southwest from Besishahar, 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 Ngadi. Ngadi is a small village of people from Manang, which grew up as a winter settlement slowly as a tourist hub with several Teahouse Lodges. 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 5 hours trek

This day's trek starts with a gradual climb to Bahundanda (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 Marshyangdi 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 5 hours 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 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 and several teahouses. 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 5 hourstrek.

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, feeling colder, the air is drier, which means 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 parts 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 hours trek

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

After leaving the Brathang village, 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 the 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 tougher 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 village are marked with 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 3 hours 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 big medieval village with stone houses above the Marshyangdi valley, overlooking the Annapurna mountain range. We will visit its monastery and around the village and spend the night 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 5 hours trek

Wake up early before the sunray strikes the peaks of Annapurna. If the weather is good, the evening and morning are beautiful. Have breakfast and set out toward Manang village via Ngawal and Braga villages over a winding trail with breathtaking 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 village, the trail descends to Humde and takes an easy-going route up to Manang village. On the way, visit a 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 recommendable for chances of seeing something different or relax on your teahouse rooftop.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 10: MANANG / CHURI LEDAR 4,018m 4,012m. A 3 hours trek.

Have breakfast and start trekking gradually up toward Churi Ledar. The trail climbs to Tenki, the upper village of Manang, which provides a fine view of the Annapurna mountain range and Marshyangdi valley and its villages. Leave the village and traverse further northwest with a gradual altitude gain and fine mountain scenery toward mount Tilicho. In some places, we'll come across small shops. The entire trail to Churi Ledar is scenic with views of the Annapurna range, Gangapurna, Rock Noel, Thorong Peak, Chulu West and East, Yak Kawa Kang and many others. It is a short and acclimatizing day.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 11: CHURI LEDAR / CHULU WEST BASE CAMP 4,900m. A 3 hours trek

The Chulu West Base Camp sits just above Yak Kharka, which takes an easy morning trekking up to the Base camp. Set up the base camp and then climb up to the high camp and check the climbing route and at the same time gain some altitude, which helps for a better acclimatise. For the evening, descend to Base Camp.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

DAY 12-14: CHULU WEST CLIMBING PERIOD

Chulu West, 6,419 metres, is the highest of the two Chulus and one of the best trekking peaks of the Annapurna Region. Chulu West gets climbed from a basecamp in a small valley north of Manang, above Churi Ledar, situated near the main path to Thorong-La. Chulu West is not a demanding peak, technically, but with its long flank (ice plateau), progress can be slow.

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

DAY 15: CHULU BC TO THORANG HIGH CAMP 4,880m. A 4 hours trek

We clean our base camp and walk down to Churi Ledar, where normally 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 6 hour trek

The trek starts early in the morning to avoid the wind at the pass and also to have some spare time, in case of delay, to cross Thorang La 5,416 metres to arrive in Muktinath 3,802 metres before dusk. The Thorang Pass offers fine new views of the preceding day's peaks and the entire route.

We arrive in Muktinath, tired but with a sense of accomplishment. Muktinath, the Lord of Salvation, is a holy place for Buddhists and Hindus, attracting 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), 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 Vishnu or Chenrezig (in Buddhist) as Tibetan Buddhists call him.

Nearby is another temple, where gushes out of the rock are considered 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 worship sites within a single structure nearby; the Shiva-Parvati temple and a Narsingha gonpa (Monastery). The lower story 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 boars' 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 a few hours walking down from Muktinath. The traditional caretakers of Muktinath are Tibetan Buddhist nuns.
  • Full board
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

DAY 17: MUKTINATH / JOMSOM 2,660m. A 4 hours trek

The descent to Kagbeni takes one and a half hours. Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang, is situated at 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

In the morning, we will board in a small aircraft (Twin Otter / Dornier or similar types). The flight offers fantastic views of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna range of mountains on both sides of the flight route.

A great mountain scenery lasts till it touches at beautiful Pokhara city airport. Once we get out of the plane, the panorama to the northeast of Pokhara, filled with high mountain rows, greet us back. Transfer to Pokhara Lakeside and get distributed into rooms. The rest of the day is free for rest and refreshment. In the evening, we will stroll around the lake of Pokhara while choosing one of its best restaurants for a hearty dinner.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

DAY 19: SARANGKOT VIEWPOINT / KATHMANDU (By air)

Early in the morning, a short excursion to the Sharangkot viewpoint to enjoy sunrise views and the incredible mountain panorama. Return to your hotel and have breakfast.

After breakfast, we will visit the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara, where we will see and understand the history of the mountain and mountaineering in the highest peaks in the world. We will understand the importance of the Nepal Himalayas and the benefits given by the Himalayas to billions of people and natural habitat where we will also know a bit of the different ethnicities of Nepal.

After lunch, we take a short drive to Pokhara airport to board our domestic flight to Kathmandu. A short and beautiful flight of 40 minutes put you back in Kathmandu. We are back in the colourful city of Kathmandu. Arrive at your hotel and get checked into your rooms – dinner and overnight.
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight stay in the Hotel.

DAY 20: A FREE DAY / OPTIONALLY TAKE A GUIDED CITY 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 restaurants in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the Hotel.

DAY 21: DEPARTURE

Have breakfast and have some relaxing free time for yourself. At the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle will arrive at your hotel to escort you to the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport (TIA), you will go through the immigration formalities and departure.
  • Breakfast.

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 for each member (if one requires)
  • A pair of a trekking pole for each member (if one requires)
  • A trekking duffel bag for each member (if one requires).
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency.
  • 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 and Pokhara.
  • 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.

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