Chulu west peak 6420 m

Trip Highlights

  • Technical Ascent. Passing through the Marsyangdi valley with the views of Manaslu, Annapurna II, III, IV,
  • Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. Exploring Pisang and Gyaru, Ngwal village and primitive monasteries.

 

Trip Overview

Chulu West peak (6420 m) situated on the Annapurna Region of Nepal stands at an elevation of 6419 m. Chulu West Peak is popular for its spectacular mountain landscape to be precise, these peaks are the part of Manang Himal. Chulu peaks are often confused with name and location and what actually constitutes  Chulu West and Chulu east. The Trek to Chulu West  takes you through rocky and tough trails and the harsh cold weather is something that you must be accustomed. the obvious approach to this peak diverges from the main trail to the Thorung La pass past the village of Manang and Base Camp is established in a small valley to the North. From base camp the route follows a minor North-West ridge that leads up to the main peak. An attempt to the peak and return has be done in a single day as setting camp up on the slope above base camp is not easy. However, the level of beauty of majestic snow- capped Himalayas, flora and fauna on the way and the company of warm cultural and ethnic people is something that you will be awarded with.

 

High Altitude Sherpa can organize your all-inclusive 13/15 days Chulu West Peak Climbing  and Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho peak. You will be required to get a Peak Climbing permit and Annapurna conservation Area  Project entrance fee, Trekking Management System Card before departing on trek. all mountaineering permits need to be arranged through a travel or trekking agency. it is not allowed to apply individually for peak climbing.


BEST SESSION TO VISIT NEPAL

 

Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December – February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

 Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal.  Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June – August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas.  Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.


Training and Climbing Approach

We spend couple of  nights at base camp for proper acclimatization before we head to the higher camps. Upon arrival at base camp, we organize climbing training covering climbing techniques, glacier travel, rope fixing, ascending, descending, safety techniques, abseiling, belaying. We climb couple of times on our acclimatization hike to test your climbing skills before we head out on our attempt to Chulu west peak.


Climbing and Team Composition

The expedition leads by an English Speaking high altitude experience guide. All climbing Sherpa guide have inclusive knowledge of wilderness medical training and they are competent to deal with the normal medical issues. This arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. In a group size of 4-5 people, two assistant guides, it is depend number of client  where and  how difficult  you climbing peak.


Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Previous rock and ice climbing, high altitude over 5000 m experiences will be an asset. Experience of walking on Glacier with crampon and using ascending, descending device in mountain. on the day of summit will be required to walk 6-7 hours ascending  and descending. The climbers need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along the steep technical terrain. It is important for medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctors before taking the trip.

Detail Itinerary

 

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m):

High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the Chulu west peak trek each day program. O/N at hotel.

 

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani (1,960m): 11-12 hours.

It is a long journey via beautiful Nepalese townships. During the beginning of our trip, our trail is alongside the winding Trishuli River. We also pass through Besi shar city, popularly known as the starting poin of thorong peak City before reaching Dharapani. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 03: Dharapani to Chame (2,710M): 5 – 6 hours.

Today we pass few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route to Chame. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be welcomed with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across small hot springs which should help us relax for a while. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 04 Chame to Pisang (3040m): 4-5 hours.

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910 m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300m. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 05 Pisang to Manang (3500m): 4-5 hours.

Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range.

Manang Village People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 06 Manang – Acclimatization day (3500m):

We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and overviewing the magnificent views around the village & the daytime is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 07 Manang to Ledar (4250m): 4-5 hours.

We leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m, there we see the vegetations steadily more sparse. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 8: Leder to Chulu West Base Camp (4900m): 4 – 5 hours.

Today, we continue our trekking from Leder to Chulu West Base Camp. From the Base Camp, we can enjoy the views of Annapurna Himalayas. We may also like to discover the surrounding areas. At this point, we will set up our camp for overnight tented.

 

Day 9: Chulu West base camp to High camp (5530m): 4 – 5 hours.

From the Chulu Base Camp, we continue hiking towards high camp. The route is not that technical. But it would be better to remember that we are climbing on high altitudes. The route is not that technical but we may have to use ropes, crampon, and ice-axe. We set up high Camp at 5,530m for proper rest and acclimatization. O/n in tended.

 

Day 10: Summit Chulu West (6419m) and back to high Camp: 8 – 19 hours.

It is our summit day, and it is going to be long day. Therefore, we would wake up much earlier today. Each moment we have to work hard through the icy high-altitude trail we return back to high camp and all the way to leder.While descending, we enjoy the panoramic views of the Annapurnas and other peaks. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 11: Ledar to Phedi (4430m) or High camp (4600m): 2-3 hours.

Before reaching Thorang Phedi, the trail descends to cross the river at 3412m then we climb up to phedi 4420m. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 12: Thorong Phedi – Thorong Pass (5416m)– Muktinath (3,800): 10- 11 hours.

At the beginning, we cross the famous high pass of Thorong La today. An early start is important to complete the mission. We reach Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist after crossing the pass. Muktinath hosts a Vishnu temple and a monastery nearby demonstrating the religions harmony in Nepal. For the Hindus, the region is a “Muktikhsetra” or the region of liberation or salvation. There are water spouts channeled for the stream running above the temple. We enjoy the tremendous stunning views of Dhaulagiri peak from Muktinath. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m): 5-6 hours.

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus alike. In the morning, we tour the temple area and a Buddhist monastery located close to the temple. After the short tour, we continue our trek to Jomsom to After reaching Jomsom, we can visit its Ecological Museum that provides information on Jomsom’s rich culture as well as the flora and fauna that are native to the valley. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara: 25 minutes.

Today we fly to Pokhara, the lake city in the earliest possible airplane. After checking-in at our hotel, we may take a rest or visit the lakeside area in the vicinity of the Fewa Lake. Here, we can indulge in buying some souvenirs or sampling some local delicacies. O/n hotel.

 

Day 15: Drive- flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hours.

Drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off. There will also be a farewell dinner with staff. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 16: Kathmandu Sightseeing:

World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 17: Final Departure:

to your own destinations-Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal.

Equipment List

Member Personal Equipment

 

S.No:  Particular.  Qty

(1)  : Summit shoe La Sportiva Olympus monts Evo – 1

(2)  : Crampon – 1

(3)  : Summit Glove (Mitten) – 1

(4)  : Normal gloves – 2

(5)  : Summit Snow goggles – 1

(6)  : Glacier glasses – 1

(7)  : Ice axe – 1

(8) : Harness & tapsling – 1

(9) : Jumer 1

(10) :  Carabiners (normal) – 3

(11) : Down filled Mattress – 1

(12) : Summit socks – 2

(13) : Normal socks – 6

(14) : Climbing bag (40 ltr) – 1

(15) : Helmet – 1

(16) : Down jacket – 1

(17) : Down trouser – 1

(18) : 8 finger / descender – 1

(19) : Headlamp (Icon or Spot) – 1

(20) : Gore-tex jacket – 1

(21) : Gore-tex trouser – 1

(22) : Fleece liner gloves – 3

(23) : Screw Gate Carabiner – 2

(24) : Balaclava (windstopper) – 1

(25) : Thermos bottle – 1

(26) : Base layer – 2

(27) : Swise Knife -1

 

FAQ

What is the best season for this trekking and peak climbing ?

  • Peak climbing and trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoon rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do peak climbing and trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal.

 

Do we require peak climbing and mountaineering permit ?

  • Yes you obtain the climbing permit, all mountaineering permits need to be arranged through a travel or trekking agency; it is not allowed to apply individually for peak climbing. You will need to fill in a bio-data form and pass this to your agency. You can do this online and add your signature and photograph to the form when you are in Kathmandu. The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is authorized to issue a trekking peak climbing permit for 33 peaks up to 6500 m and climbing permits for other peaks are obtained from Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

 

Do I need any prior climbing experience  ?

  •  Peak climbing involves trekking as well as climbing with all the expedition equipment. Previous rock climbing and high altitude trekking experiences will still be an asset.Though previous. High altitude sherpa guide will organize a basic climbing training in every base camp of mountain. Training will mostly be about using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampon and climbing equipment.

 

How long do we walk and climb each day ?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length. We wake up early today at around 1 to 2 am and have our breakfast before beginning our climb. Summit day normally 4/5 hours climbing and It is important we reach the summit before noon because in the afternoon the strong winds in the high lands might become a barrier for a successful summit.

 

Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups ?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience high altitude Sherpa guide.

 

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport ?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

 

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours ?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

 

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival ?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. high altitude sherpa will be displaying high altitude shrepa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking ?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.

 

Are the food and water safe to eat and drink ? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.

 

How much additional money do I need per day ?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.

 

What mode of transportation do you use ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.

 

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal ?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.

 

Is there any communication while we are on trekking /climbing ?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport.
  • Also we have kept a satellite phone which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee.

 

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit ?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. Especially in the Everest trail, ATM would be available only in Chame and relying on it is not a better idea as you never know when things stops working. Also, if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.

 

Can I add extra days to my trip ?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

 

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be ?

This is a difficult thing to scale. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However peak bonus normally $.200 $.300 for high altitude sherps guide.

Cost Included

  • Airports pick and drop by private Car
  •  Accommodation Kathmandu with bed and break fast
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with guide by privet car
  • Chulu west peak climbing permit
  • Annapurna conservation Area entry Permit and Tims card
  • All accommodation in Tea houses and tented camps as per the itinerary
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trip
  • Experienced high altitude guide and staff and porters services
  • Garbage Management Non dispose able Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees
  • Satellite Phone for emergency communication.
  • Climbing communication from above Base Camp to Mountain  walkie-talkie.
  • Oxygen Bottle: Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask and regulator for emergency .
  • Gamow Bag: 1 Rescue sled (Gamow bag) for emergency
  • Transportation, meals, accommodation, allowance, equipment and insurance for all the staff including climbing guide
  • Trekking camping equipment Fixed rope for climbing
  • Certificate of peak
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali culture

Cost Not Include

  • International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepali Visa fee US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
  • Lunch & dinner In during the stay in Kathmandu city (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.)
  • Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  •  Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required.
  • Personal Expenses Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, beer, coke, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears & Equipment.
  •  internet Service during the trek in not included.
  •  $20/$25 used for extra porter per day (If extra porter demanded).
  • Tips:  Tips for Guide, porters and staffs.
  • Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic ki

 

1. Povidone-iodine cream -1 tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton – 1 roll.

For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze –5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage –2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid –10.

6. Dressing tape -1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin-1 packet.

Great for treating chaffing and blisters.


Finger Pulse Oximeter.

1. Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).

2. Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

4. Values under 90 percent are considered low.

 

 


Medication:

8. Paracetamole 300mg -20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg -10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges –20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11.Decongestant -10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine –10 tablets:

 For allergies.

13. Antiemetic-10 –tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:

 For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg -10 tablets:

 For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg -10 tablets:

 To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Annapurna circuit trek
  •  Activities: Trekking- Mountaineering
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Best Seasons: Spring - Autumn
  •   Accomodation: B/B plan in kathmandu
  •   Transportation: By Land-flight

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