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Chulu West Peak Climbing - 22 Days

Chulu West Peak, 6419m, is an exciting challenge for both experienced trekkers as well as amateur climbers. Although it is technically more straight-forward than peaks such as Chulu East, which has a sharp steep summit, Chulu West requires more stamina to make the long tough slog through the snow to reach the summit. Proper acclimatization is the key to endure the extended time required to complete this climb: two nights at high camp sleeping at 5530m.

Chulu West Peak’s location is in the Annapurnas, it is moderately difficult but people consider it as one of the best trekking peaks in Nepal. The summit view is incredible: to the South there is the panoramic Himalayan range, and to the North it is Tibet.

This trekking-climbing trip starts at Besi Sahar and follows the Mini Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail into the Marsyangdi Valley to reach the north side of the Annapurna Massif. We leave the Annapurna Circuit trail at Yak Kharkha, beyond the village of Manang, to follow a yak trail into a barren uninhabited land with little vegetation. We spend a couple of nights at the base camp of Chulu West for acclimatizing and to practice climbing techniques needed for the summit.

We make at least one, and possibly two, high camps and cover rugged terrain on rocks and frozen ice to reach the summit. The first part requires fixed ropes, but the final climb to the summit is long and gradual which is more tiring if the snow is soft. After enjoying the summit view, we return to the (lower) high camp on the same day. Leaving High Camp we descend to Thorung Phedi and then face another tough ascent to the Thorung La Pass, 5416m, which touches the edge of the legendary Tibetan plateau. We then descend into the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gadaki valley, reaching a famous pilgrimage site Muktinath, where there are a number of Hindu and Buddhist temples.

Chulu west peak climbing on 24th Octber 2016:
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Days Destinations Hours
1 Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m
2 Preparation Day in Kathmandu
3 Drive to Besisahar, 6hrs; 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 Pisang, 3200m 5-6hrs
8 Trek to Manang, 3540m 5-6hrs
9 Acclimatization day in Manang, 3540m
10 Trek to Leter, 4200m 4-5 hrs
11 Trek to Chulu West Base Camp, 4810m 3-4 hrs
12 Trek to High Camp 5100 2 hrs
13 Ascent to Camp I, 5530m 4-5 hrs
14 Summit Chulu West, 6419m 9-10 hrs
15 Reserve Day (in case of unfavorable weather)
16 Trek to Phedi, 4545m 3-4 hrs
17 Trek to Muktinath, 3694m 7-9 hrs
18 Trek to Jomsom, 2710m 5 hrs
19 Fly to Pokhara
20 Pokhara to Kathmandu by Road 6hrs
21 Free day Kathmandu
22 Departure
  • Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  • Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, 2 nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) 2-star category hotel eg. Hotel Shakti or Hotel Holy Himalaya
  • Accommodation during trek ; local lodges 12 days (12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms- beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)
  • Meals during 5 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  • All Camping Equipment required during the trek: sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen equipment
  • Experienced English-speaking Sherpas; Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder guides
  • Porters (2 persons- One porter basis; max load 30 kg per porter)
  • Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bars
  • Kathmandu – Besi Sahar by tourist Bus
  • Staff and necessary porters
  • Peak Permit
  • Equipment Fee for climbing guide
  • Garbage Deposit
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permit and all required permits and official documentation
  • Our Service charge
  • Airfare: Jomsom – Pokhara
  • Local Airport Tax
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, one night Hotel Meera or Lake Star
  • Pokhara to Kathamndu by tourist bus
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese guide & Porter (staff)
  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu (can be arranged upon request).
  • Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue/Evacuation
  • Trekking Sleeping Bag
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips for staff members’ service (customary)
  • Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  • Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  • Batteries
  • Telephone calls

The Best Time to Climb Chulu West Peak
The best seasons for Climbing Chulu West are from mid March to mid May and mid September to late November.

Why Climb Chulu West 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.

Go Himalayan Adventures is here to save your unnecessary expenses going with an expert company and expert guides. Our qualified and experienced guides are competent to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well.

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 safely, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and we pay attention to your safety sending an experienced guide who is always at your side to take good care of you.

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.

Sherpa Support Staff:
Go Himalayan Adventures provides you Sherpas for your support

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.

Logistics:
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.

Environmental Responsibility:
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.

Altitude Advice:
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 West 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.

Travel Insurance:
You 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 West 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 request you to deposit a non-refundable amount which is 15% of the total cost which we have to spend to book the flight tickets, hotel bookings and permits from the concerned government authority. Bookings must be done 60 days prior to your planned trekking date, to reserve a place. The booking 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 after arrival.

Chulu West Peak Climbing Equipment and Packing list
This list is only our suggestion for Chulu West Peak Climbing. You can 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.

Clothing
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.

Climbing Gear

  • Alpine climbing harness with adjustable leg loops- should fit over clothing
  • 2 locking screw gate carabiners- Large, pear-shaped carabiner type recommended
  • 3 regular non-locking carabiners- Light weight Black Diamond Hot wire are recommended
  • Ice axe with leash – Black Diamond, Raven, or Camp
  • Plastic Mountaineering boots -La Sportiva, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha
  • Crampons fit to plastic boots
  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Belay / rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)

Upper Body

  • 2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  • 3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  • 1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  • 1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  • 1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  • 1-Down parka with hood

Lower Body

  • 2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  • 1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  • 1-Light weight hiking trousers
  • 1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  • 1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  • Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  • *Under Garments

Feet

  • 4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  • *4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  • 2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  • *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  • *Spare laces for hiking boots
  • Snow Gaiters (optional)
  • Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)

Hands

  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves

Head

  • Warm beanie hat
  • Tubular Headwear (buff)
  • Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  • Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection

Accessories:

  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 30’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries

Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items):

  • *Personal medication
  • Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  • Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  • Rehydration salt sachets
  • Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  • *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  • Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  • *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  • *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  • 10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  • 4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  • throat lozenges
  • Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  • Small whistle
  • Diamox (consult your doctor about this)

Toiletries/hygiene:

  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude)
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)

Extras/Luxuries:

  • *Lightweight reading material
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  • *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  • *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  • A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter
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Trip Highlights

  • Includes the amazing Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • One of the highest trekking peaks
  • Challenging yet technically straightforward
  • Accompanied by experienced guide
  • Possible without prior climbing experience

Contact Information

GoHimalayan Adventures
Kathmandu - 4, Bishal Nagar
Phone: +977 1 4432524
P.O.Box.: 11922
Email: info@gohimalayanadventures.com