If you are fit, adventurous and wanting to build on your basic alpine skills you will enjoy the Chulu East Peak climb which includes the amazing Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Although Chulu East, 6584m, is graded as a non-technical peak, we recommend that you have some mountaineering experience and are familiar with the use of crampons, harness, ice axe, tying knots and handling climbing ropes. This climb involves glacier crossing and a steep ascent to the summit. Most of the climbing will be involved walking roped together.
From the summit of Chulu East, high above the Manang Valley, there are dramatic views of Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu.
The route to Chulu East Peak Base Camp, 5334m, starts at Besi Sahar like the Annapurna Circuit Trail and follows the Marsyangdi river valley through a wonderful variety of landscape and culture. We start in the subtropical lower valley with its terraced fields and villages of ethnic Gurung. After crossing rhododendron and pine forests we reach the upper valley, where Manangba people live.
We branch off the Annapurna Circuit Trail at Pisang, into an uninhabited region and follow a ridge through pine forests, yak pastures, mani walls toward the Chulu East Base Camp located in the moraines below the col in the ridge separating the East and Far East peaks. While we acclimatize for 2 nights in base camp, the Sherpa team prepares a high camp (Camp I).
From high camp, we clamber over rough, steep moraine and soft snow to a broad glaciated ridge. From the col on the glaciated ridge you have to descend and cross a broken glacier then climb steep scree slopes to gain a relatively straightforward but high peak. We try to capture the magnificent view at the summit of Chulu East and descend to Base Camp the same day.
Leaving Chulu East base camp, we descend slowly into the Manang valley. We will visit ancient Buddhist Braga Monastery, 3450m, uniquely built into the side of a cliff with mud, stones and wood. The next two days follow a wide trail through Juniper Forests where we will likely see wildlife such as blue sheep and barking deer as well as enjoy the view of the Annapurna Massif to the South of us. The last two hours to the Thorung La pass, 5416m, follow a zia-zagging steep stony trail. The same day we make the steep descent to Muktinath, 3850m in the Kali Gandaki Gorge. From Jomsom we catch our flight back to Pokhara.
The Chulu East permit covers both Chulu East and Chulu Far East which are climbed from the same base camp, and high camps.
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu 1300m|
|2||Preparation Day in Kathmandu|
|3||Drive 6hrs to Besisahar; Trek to Bhulbule, 820m||2hrs|
|4||Trek to Ghermu Phant, 1136m||5-6 hrs|
|5||Trek to Dharapani, 1946m||6-7 hrs|
|6||Trek to Chame, 2800m||5-6 hrs|
|7||Trek to Hungde, 3200m||5-6hrs|
|8||Rest Day at Hungde|
|9||Trek to Julu, 3580m|
|10||Trek to Yak Kharka, 3750m|
|11||Trek to Chulu East Base Camp, 4200m|
|12||Rest Day at Chulu East Base camp|
|13||Ascent – Chulu West High Camp, 5000m|
|14||Ascend Chulu East Summit, 6584m|
|15||Chulu East Base Camp to Manang, 3511m|
|16||Trek to Yak Kharka, 4000m||4-5 hrs|
|17||Trek to Phedi, 4545m||3-4 hrs|
|18||Trek to Muktinath, 3694m||7-9 hrs|
|19||Trek to Jomsom, 2710m|
|20||Fly to Pokhara|
|21||Pokhara to Kathmandu 6hrs by Road|
|22||Free day Kathmandu|
The Best Time to Climb Chulu East
The best seasons for Climbing Chulu East are from mid March to mid May and mid September to late November.
Why Climb Chulu East with Go Himalayan Adventures?
Go Himalayan Adventures has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Go Himalayan Adventures reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.
Why Climb with a Sherpa?
Go Himalayan Adventures is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Go Himalayan Adventures, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.
Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.
While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.
The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.
Fitness/Health for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.
Each staff member at Go Himalayan Adventures is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)
You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Go Himalayan Adventures provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from Kathmandu.
Go Himalayan Adventures practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives.
It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness.
Chulu East Trip Accommodation:
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Go Himalayan Adventures takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
During the climbing period, Go Himalayan Adventures supplies all camping equipment and meals. Three hot meals per day will be served; breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee and boiled water. The meals will be tasty and hygienic. On summit day we provide a packed lunch of high calorie foods that are easily eaten at high altitude. As well as your Sherpa guide there will be a team of porters to carry the camping gear and set up tents and a well- trained cook.
To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.
If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors’ fees and repatriation costs, are the clients’ responsibility.
If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Go Himalayan Adventures has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.
Safe Drinking Water:
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek:
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.
Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.
Spending Money per Day:
Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 7 – 10 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, US$9 – 12 a day should be enough to buy chocolates, Coca Cola and a beer.
Safety for Chulu East Climb:
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Go Himalayan Adventures request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Go Himalayan Adventures is a government licensed trekking and touring company in Nepal. On the following terms and conditions, we accept your bookings.
In order to confirm your bookings we require a non-refundable deposit US$ of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book the flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process too. Bookings must be done 60 days prior to your planned trekking date, to reserve a place. This amount can be sent by bank-to-bank transfer, Western Union, money grams, or credit card (telex transfer or wire transfer). And the rest of the money must be paid to us upon arrival.
Chulu East Peak Climbing Equipment and Packing list
This list is only our suggestion for Chulu East Peak Climbing. You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip. Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.
Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg. North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.
Please remember that Go Himalayan Adventures provides one porter for every two clients. The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg. That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs). You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.
Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.
It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather. At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night. What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring. A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea. You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.
Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items):