Duration: 21 Days
Activities: climbing and trekking
Departure From: Kathmandu
Group size: Min 2-7 Max
Chulu West Peak (6419 m, 21055 ft) is one of the popular and admired peaks by the climbers in the Annapurna region. This peak is situated in the valley to the north of Manang. The first summit to this Chulu West was done by the Japanese team in 1952. From the summit of this peak, you will be rewarded with the astonishing views of Mount Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Tukuche peak (6920 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Nilgiri (above 6839 m) and several other snowcapped Himalayan peaks.
As it is a grade of moderate difficulty; anyone with sound health can attempt this expedition successfully.
Our trip begins with sightseeing some of the heritage sites of Kathmandu and after some preparation; we take a long drive to Beshisahar crossing through beautiful villages and amazing mountainous views. Our actual trekking starts at Khudi. Continuing trekking for few days through beautiful landscapes, villages, crossing several suspension bridges, we reach Manang valley (the highest valley in Nepal) surrounding by the mountains. We will be adapting the altitude by visiting some of the monasteries here.
The following day, we head to Yak Kharka and reach the Base Camp. We will be setting our two base camps above and next - we will be summiting the Chulu West Peak. From the top of the peak, we will spend some time to relish and view the mesmerizing mountains of the Annapurna region. After summiting, we will retrace though Throrang La Pass (the highest pass of this region) to Muktinath. From Muktinath, you get the magnificent beautiful view of Mount Dhaulagiri. We also make a visit to Muktinath temple and then head to Jomsom and take an airstrip to Pokhara. From here, we end our trip by taking a scenic drive to Kathmandu.
The preferable time for summiting this stunning peak will be in spring (mid-March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November). If our itinerary does not go well with your vacation schedule or you want some changes to it, we sure can remake it as per your wish. For any question or if you want to inquire more about this Chulu West Peak Climbing in the Annapurna region, please feel free to contact or email us.
Our itinerary for Annapurna Chulu West Peak Climbing is listed below:
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Day 1 - Meeting upon arrival at Kathmandu International airport by our representative, transfer to hotel.
Day 2 - Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley, overnight at hotel
Day 3 - Departure to Besisahar, overnight at guesthouse.
Day 4 - Trek to Bahundanda, overnight at guesthouse.
Day 5 - Trek to Chamje, overnight at guesthouse
Day 6 - Trek to Bagarchap(2,160m),overnight at guesthouse
Day 7 - Trek to Chame, overnight at guesthouse.
Day 8 - Trek to Pisang, overnight at guesthouse
Day 9 - Trek to Manang, overnight at guesthouse
Day 10 - Acclimatization at Manang, overnight at guesthouse
Day 11 - Trek to Chulu West Base Camp, overnight at tented camp
Day 12 - Rest at Chulu West Base Camp, overnight at tented camp
Day 13 - Ascent to High Camp, overnight at tented camp
Day 14 - Summit Chulu West (6,419meter) and back to Base Camp, overnight at tented camp
Day 15 - Trek to Thorung High Camp, overnight at guesthouse
Day 16 - Trek to Muktinath after crossing Thorung La pass (5,416meter), overnight at guesthouse
Day 17 - Trek to Jomsom, overnight at guesthouse
Day 18 - Fly back to Pokhara, overnight at hotel
Day 19 - Leisure day in Pokhara, overnight at hotel
Day 20 - Drive back to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel
Day 21 - Transfer to airport, departure onward destination
Includes and Excludes
- All airport and hotel transfers
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with temple and monuments entrance fees
- Kathmandu Besishahar - Syange transport in a private vehicle
- Jomsom to Pokhara flight with airport departure tax
- Pokhara to Kathmandu transport in tourist bus
- Three nights in 3 - star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Teahouses/Lodge and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals in the mountain
- All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles (except - Muktinath to Jomsom transport in a local bus)
- All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide), cook, assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Chulu West climbing permit
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part - high-quality North Face or Mountain Hardware tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, kitchen equipment
- Travel and rescue arrangements
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
- All government and local taxes
Not Included in the Cost
- Nepal Visa fee (please bring the exact US $ in cash and two passport photograph)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary
- Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain other than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
- Personal climbing equipment
- Personal climbing guide if requested
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- Tips for guides and porters
Accommodation for Annapurna Chulu West Peak Climbing Trek
Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 star) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels.
But once you set out for Annapurna Chulu West Peak Climbing Trekking, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. Few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.
Meals and Drinks on Annapurna Chulu West Peak Climbing Trek
All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. We will enjoy typical Nepalese cuisine, Tibetan, Italian, Indian, Continental and so on during the trek. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.
Best Season to Travel
The best Seasons for travelling in Nepal are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July and August.
Luggage/Backpack on Annapurna Chulu West Peak Climbing Trek
During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.
Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.
Guide/Porter on Trek
Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.
Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member
Accent Himalaya organizes Annapurna Chulu West Peak Climbing Trekking from a minimum of two persons to maximum of 7 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.
Personal Expenses on Trek
Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs around $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.
Gears Available in Kathmandu
All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.
A Typical Day on Trek
On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.
Our Greetings at Airport
We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Annapurna Chulu West Peak Climbing Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it
Our normal Itinerary includes 21 days package for Annapurna Chulu West Peak Climbing Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.
Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall any time.
Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Annapurna Chulu West Peak Climbing Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.
Booking and Payment
You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Annapurna Chulu West Peak Climbing Trek along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment.