The Chulu West (6250m) expedition is the most challenging for climbing and expeditions and will appeal to those looking for a real adventure. Previous climbing experience is not essential but a very high level of physical fitness is required. Ascent of Chulu West and Chulu Central are best made from a base camp in a small valley north of Manang situated off the main trail to Thorong La pass 5416m.
Trek through to Manang and then ascend to Chulu West Base Camp to begin our assault on the mountain. The climb is long and very challenging and it is necessary to establish two high camps on the mountain prior to making a summit attempt. From the high camps and summit there are magnificent views of the entire Annapurna range, Manaslu and the wilds of Tibet. The return route crosses the Thorong La to Muktinath and on to Jomson, from where we fly to Pokhara, for a day of relaxation before flying back to Kathmandu.
Go beyond the hut following the yak pastures and walk up a ridge which leads into a hidden valley where it is possible to find a good site for base camp. From this camp another camp will be at High camp. Climb the rock band with some difficulty to the north-west shoulder of Chulu west. 5450, where another camp can be established or we can make a alternate camp at snow plateau above 5500m. On the first ascent and several subsequent ascents rope was fixed on the rock band. From the plateau continue up the progressively narrowing ridge to the summit 6,250m.
|Best time to travel||March to May, October to December|
|Trip Grade||Very Hard|
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu: Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay.
Day 3: Drive Ktm - Besi Sahar: Drive to Besisahar about 6 hours stay at an altitiude of 820m
Day 4: Trek 2 - Bahundanda: WE walk through the deep river gorge, rice fields, subtropical forest and small hamlets, past a majestic
waterfall with towering peaks of Himalchuli and Manaslu.stay at 1320m
Day 5: Trek 3 - Bahundanda to Chamje: A steep and slippery trail runs up and down through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Chamje at 1400m.
Day 6: Trek 4 - Chamje to Bagarchhap: The path climbs the river through bamboo groves, we cross barely and potato fields to reach Dharapani and work an hour to Bagarchhap (160m) site of our first Tibetan Monastery and with the views of Annapurna 2 and Lamjung Himal
Day 7: Trek 5 - Bagarchhap – Chame: The trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongs the higher oak and maple trees. Stay at 2710m.
Day 8: Trek 6 - Chame to Pisang: The trail follows through the river valley stay at pisang(3210m) with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna 2.
Day 9: Trek 7 - Pisang to Manang – Work through the fields of grazing Yak and a wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement provides good views of Annapurna2, 3, 4, Gangapurna and Tarkekang. Stay at 3570m.
Day 10: Trek 8 - Acclimatization at Manang : This is a rest day to acclimatize to the higher altitude. Time to visit monasteries take advice from Himalayan Rescue Association and observe the spectacular views of the Himalaya.
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka: We move through alpine pastures to scrubby forests of juniper and rose
Day 12: Chulu West Base Camp
Day 13: High Camp
Day 14: Summit, Base Camp
Day 15: Extra day for Summit
Day 16: Trek down to Yak Kharka
Day 17: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
Day 18: Cross Thorang-La Pass and stay at Muktinath
Day 19: Muktinath to Jomsom
Day 20 : early morning fly back to Pokhara, and explore around nice city.
Day 21: Driver or Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 22: Kathmandu – free day and in the evening join Nepali cultural dinner.
Day 23: Final departure