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Chulu West Peak Climbing

Trip code
Package name Chulu West Peak Climbing
Duration 20
Max. elevation 6485 m
Level Difficult
Transportation <p>Private Cars, Public Buses, Four-wheel jeeps, and Aircraft<br></p>
  • 4 Nights 3* Hotel in City
  • 10 Nights at Teahouse
  • 6 Nights Single Tented Camp
Trip route Syange-Manang-Chulu West Climbing-Thorangala Pass-Jomsom.
Cost USD 2,210 per person



Chulu West Peak Climbing

Chulu West Peak climbing is a fascinating Himalayan adventure around the scenic Manang Valley. Situated at an elevation of 6485 meters. Chulu West Peak climb is observed as one of the most technical and challenging peaks to climb. Given the climbing grade of Technical Difficult by the French/Swiss Alpine climbing classification, this is a moderately adventurous trip inside the Annapurna region

The fantabulous journey not only contains the climbing of Chulu Himal but to trekking around the lovely Annapurna Mountain region. The various landscapes and the experience of walking inside the dense forest of rhododendrons, pine, and magnolia are also part of the adventure. Whereas, the exploration of the vibrant local villages and learning the cultures, traditions, and coming closer to their lifestyle is equally interesting.

Most importantly the greater views of the Annapurna Mountains, Chulu Peaks, Manaslu Mountain, and others are the best parts. The inclusion of Thorang La Pass at 5416 is exciting. Likewise, the visit to the famous Muktinath Temple (mustang) adds excitement to the trip. Muktinath- the place of salvation has a prominent meaning among Hindus and Buddhists. Plus, the scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara is fascinating.

Chulu West Peak Climbing Route

The trek begins in the town of Besishahar, located in the Marshyangdi River valley. From here, the trail follows the Marshyangdi River upstream through the villages of Ngadi and Chame. After Chame, the trail climbs steeply to the picturesque village of Pisang. From here, the trail continues to climb and passes through several small villages before reaching the village of Manang.

From Manang, the route to Chulu West Base Camp follows the Jarsang Khola Valley. The trail climbs gradually, passing through several glacial moraines before reaching the high alpine pastures of the Chulu West Base Camp. From the base camp, the climb to Chulu West Peak begins. The route is relatively straightforward, but the summit is quite exposed with steep ridges, crevasses, and icy sections.

The summit of Chulu West offers spectacular views of the surrounding Annapurna range. To the north, the view extends to the Tibetan Plateau while to the south, the peaks of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Annapurna IV can be seen. The descent follows the same route back to Manang and then returns to Besishahar.

Best Time to Climb Chulu West Peak

The best time to climb Chulu West is from March to May and from September to December. During the spring season, the weather is generally milder, with fewer chances of snow, and the days are longer. During the autumn season, the skies are usually clear, making for great views of the Annapurna range.

No matter what season you choose to climb Chulu West, it is important to be prepared with the proper gear and clothing. Make sure to bring warm layers, especially if climbing during the winter months. A good pair of mountaineering boots and crampons are also essential. It is also important to hire a guide to help you navigate the route, as the terrain can be difficult to navigate.

Difficulty of peak Climbing

Climbing Chulu West Peak requires a high level of technical skill. The peak is guarded by two formidable ridges, both of which require climbers to scale steep terrain and traverse narrow ledges. The final ascent is a steep snow and ice climb, with a few tricky rock steps. The terrain can be quite exposed, and climbers must be prepared for unexpected weather and potential avalanches.

Despite its technical difficulty, Chulu West is a popular peak for climbers of all skill levels. The moderate trekking route offers stunning views of the Annapurna range and the Kali Gandaki valley, and the easier route is ideal for those with less experience. Experienced mountaineers can attempt the more difficult ridges and the final ascent.

Chulu West is a technically difficult peak but offers stunning views and a challenging climb. It is suitable for climbers of all levels and provides a great opportunity to explore the remote and beautiful Annapurna region of Nepal.

Guide and Porters for Chulu Peak Climbing

Climbing Chulu West is a strenuous but rewarding experience. The peak can be reached via several routes, including the classic route from Manang and the challenging northeast ridge. The peak is best attempted with the assistance of a professional climbing guide and a few porters. A guide will have the knowledge and expertise to help you safely reach the summit.

The guide is very knowledgeable about Nepal’s History of flora and fauna, and climbing peak Porters are invaluable in helping you carry your gear, food, and supplies. They are essential for a successful ascent. Most porters will carry around 20 to 25 kilograms and will also cook for you during the expedition. It is important to remember that porters should be treated with respect and that you should be prepared to pay them a fair wage.

Accommodation to Chulu Peak Climb 

Accommodation and meals on Chulu West Climbing can be a great way to enhance your experience and make your stay even more enjoyable. Whether you're looking for a comfortable bed and hot meals after a long day of hiking or want to take advantage of the stunning views and secluded location of the mountain, there are plenty of options available.

For those interested in a more luxurious stay, there are plenty of hotels and lodges to choose from in the area. Many of these offer on-site restaurants, cozy rooms, hot tubs, and other amenities to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. For those looking for something a bit more rustic, there are plenty of camping spots around Chulu West as well. These come with access to fire pits and basic facilities, so you can still enjoy the beauty of the mountain without compromising on your creature comforts.

For meals, there is a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and details in the area. Whether you're looking for a quick snack on the go or a sit-down dinner, there's something for everyone. In addition, many of the hotels and lodges offer on-site meals, so you can enjoy a hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner without having to leave the property.

Chulu Peak Climb Cost

For a basic climb, you’ll need to factor in the cost of your guide, equipment rental, and food and water. A guide will typically charge between $500 and $1000 for the entire climb. Equipment rentals, such as ropes, helmets, and crampons, will run you around $50 per day. Food and water will likely cost you around $20 per day.

If you need additional services, such as a cook or a porter to carry your equipment, you can expect to pay more. A cook will usually cost between $100 and $150, while a porter will charge around $15 per day.

Travel to the trailhead can also add to your total cost. If you’re planning to fly to Kathmandu before beginning your climb, you should budget around $100 for a round-trip ticket. If you’re driving to the trailhead, you should factor in the cost of fuel and any necessary vehicle repairs.

Overall, you can expect to spend between $799 and $1499 for a basic Chulu West climb in 2023 and 2024. If you require additional services, such as a cook or a porter, you can expect to pay more.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu( 1,350 m / 4,430 ft) and transfer to Hotel.

Upon arriving at Kathmandu International Airport, one of our representatives will be traditionally welcoming you. Then you will be transferred to the hotel. In your free time, you can take a good rest or explore the local market.

Day 2 : Kathmandu valley sightseeing and preparation.

You will be taking part in the full-day Kathmandu Valley sightseeing. The program is dedicated to exploring four of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites in Kathmandu. The four sites include- Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Temple, Soyambhunath Temple, and Patan Durbar Square. After the sightseeing, you can prepare the needed stuff for the trek. If you do need to buy or hire anything then, your guide can show you a good place. 

Day 3 : Drive to Syange (1460m./ 4790ft./7/8 hours’ drive).

After breakfast, you will be starting the beautiful journey of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Take the Nepal mid-west highway to Besisahar first. The drive continues on the dirt road of Khudi, Bhulbule, and finally to Syange. It is the place where you will be spending your night.  

Day 4 : Trek to Dharapani (1,920 m/6299ft./ 5/6 hours trek).

The trek officially kicks off. You will start with an uphill climb to Jagat first. Here you will be leaving the Marsyandhi River behind. Following the winding path, get to Chamje to meet the eastern bank of the river again. As the trek continues, you can enjoy the excellent views of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges.  You will then finally reach Dharapani for the night. Dharapani is a small village and is the meeting point of the Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking. You will be spending the night at a local teahouse. 

Day 5 : Trek to Chame (2670m./8759ft./5/6 hours trek).

The trek resumes after the breakfast. Taking the wide winding trail through rhododendrons and pine forests, you will first be passing the small yet beautiful village of Bagarchap. You will then gradually get to Danque and then to Timing. You are now officially entering the area with reaching Buddhist culture. In the final section, you will be passing Koto before getting to Chame village. You will be spending your night at Chame at a local lodge. 

Day 6 : Trek to Pisang (3,230m./10597ft./ 5/6 hours trek).

From here onwards air gets cooler and fresher as the walk leads close towards mountains, a morning walk through an alpine forest of rhododendrons and pine trees, following the Marshyangdi River upstream with a few short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. Overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peaks, a possible lunch break here, and then an afternoon walk descends to reach a lower Pisang village for an overnight stop. 

Day 7 : Trek to Manang Village (3450 m/11318ft./ 5/6 hours trek).

Start the day with breakfast. You will then start the trek with great views of mountains and surrounding landscapes. The route slowly starts gaining altitude and offers greater views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Chulu, and more. From Hongde village, the tree lines disappear and the cold weather welcomes you. Along the way to Manang. You will get a chance to visit the Braga monastery. Then get to Manang village for the overnight.

Manang village is a village with a rich culture and traditions.  You will be spending two nights here in Manang.  

Day 8 : Acclimatization day.

On a free day explore the beautiful village of Manang. You can enjoy the greater views of Annapurna II-III and the Gangapurna mountain range. Additionally, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang Emerald Lake would be a good fit for the day. 

Day 9 : Trek to Ledar(4,280 m /14041ft./4/5 hours trek).

After spending two wonderful days at Manang, today you will be trekking to Ledar. The early morning walk first leads to Ghunsang village along with the grand views of the mountains. It then gradually leads towards Yak Kharka, which is a small settlement with few teahouses. Then with a further walk, you will reach Ledar for the night. You can collect the wonderful views of Mt Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Chulu Peaks, and Tilicho Himal from Ledar. You will be staying overnight at a local lodge. 

Day 10 : Trek to Chulu West Base Camp (4,700 m/15419ft./ 4/5 hours trek).

Leaving the main trekking trail of the Annapurna circuit, the walk goes to the complete wilderness passing a glacial stream via the Yak herder shade to reach the Chulu west base camp for the night. Situated at 4700 meters above sea level, you can enjoy the good views of the Himalayas here. You will be staying overnight at a tented camp. 

Day 11 : Rest day.

The rest day is dedicated to acclimatizing the high altitude. This day the guide will be preparing the required gear and checking with all the climbers to make sure everyone is doing great. You will be staying overnight at a tented camp. 

Day 12 : Trek and climb to High Camp (5,100 m/16732ft./3/4 hours trek).

The trek resumes after breakfast, the first section is over a steep slope at a ridge. Then the challenging ascending rote takes to the north col. With a further push of 200 meters, you will be getting to the high camp for the night. Then the guide will recheck the gears and manage it for the big day. You will be staying overnight at a local teahouse. 

Day 13 : Summit Chulu West Peak (6485m./21276ft./8/9 hours) and back at base camp.

The big is here, you will start early morning for the climb. The first hour of the climb is towards a rock band with some technical climbing to reach the northwest belt of the peak. From that point, the climb is towards a narrow ridge at the top of the Chulu West Peak. Upon reaching the top, you will be rewarded with the best feeling and the greatest views of Annapurna II, III, and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu, and more. 

After the successful climb of Chulu West Peak, you will be then retracing back to the base camp for the night. 

Day 14 : Spare and Contingency day.

The spare is dedicated in case of bad weather. If everything goes as planned then you may not need the extra day. If that happens then you will be skipping this day. 

Day 15 : Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m/15091ft./4/5 hours trek).

After the wonderful trip to Chulu West Peak, you will now be trekking to the Annapurna Circuit main trail. From the base camp, you will be hiking to Thorang high camp for the night. Here, you can now stay at relatively warmer teahouses than the tented camps of the last few days. 

Day 16 : Cross Thorang-La (5,416m./17769ft.) and trek to Muktinath(3,800 m/12467ft./7/8 hours trek).

One of the hardest and biggest days. Start the journey early morning with a packed breakfast. The first section is a steep climb to reach Thorang La. The top offers excellent views of snow-capped mountains and great landscapes. Spend some time at Thorang La before making the final descent to Muktinath. Muktinath is a sacred place to Hindus and Buddhists. Whereas, the literal meaning of Muktinath is salvation. You will be staying at a local teahouse at Muktinath. 

Day 17 : Trek to Jomsom(2,715 m/8907ft./ 4/5 hours trek).

Explore the temple in the morning. Then after you will be taking a downhill route to get back to Jomsom. Jomsom is the headquarters of the Mustang region. You can explore the local village in your free time. You will be spending the night at a local lodge. 

Day 18 : Fly to Pokhara.

With an early morning flight, you will be getting to Pokhara. In Pokhara, you can do half-day sightseeing to explore Phewa Lake, Devis Falls, and Gupteshwor Cave. In the evening, you can collect a good sunset view from Phewa Lakeside. 

Day 19 : Drive back to Kathmandu (6/7 hours’ drive).

Collecting the great memories of the Ghorepani trek, you will be driving back to Kathmandu this day. In the evening, you can do some last-minute shopping around Thamel. Then you can prepare your luggage.

Day 20 : Final departure .

After an amazing week in Nepal, you will be transferred to Kathmandu airport to catch your return flight home. Our representative will be helping you to transfer to the airport, with the hope of seeing you again in Nepal.  “FERI BHETAULA”. 


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