Chulu West Peak stands proudly at 6,584 m / 21,727 ft, above beautiful and scenic Manang valley, Chulu West Peak is one of Nepal’s highest trekking peaks by NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Associations) that governs all trekking peaks where you need to obtain climbing permits from 6,000 m onward high peaks.
Due to its highest point and isolation away from main trekking trail of Annapurna circuit, the climbing grade as PD + means ‘per difficile’ from French and Swiss Alpine climbing systems of extreme effort with some technical difficulty to reach the summit, but can be climbed with much safety measures and guidance of expert guides. Chulu West Peak Climb leads you on and off Annapurna Circuit trekking, truly a mesmerizing journey, although the motorable road has come up in some parts within the route, however, Awesome Adventure Treks will avoid the main road and using the old trekking trail for your delight and enjoyable walk with us in this marvellous adventure.
Chulu West Peak Climb within Annapurna Circuit route leads you to enjoy fascinating scenery of dramatic landscapes from warm rice paddies to cooler alpine zone with enchanting woodlands of tall pine-firs-juniper-oaks and rhododendron trees and then walking into lovely hill villages interwoven with old Buddhist culture and religion with impressive traditional way of life of the local natives of Manang and around lower Mustang areas of Kaligandaki River valley.
Marvellouss and exciting Chulu West Peak climb within Annapurna circuit trail starts with an exciting overland drive to reach the Lamjung areas at Besisahar town and then following the raging Marshyangdi upstream at Syange farm village where our trekking adventure begins heading higher into Manang valley past Dharapani-Chame and Pisang villages to reach cultural Manang enclosed within high peaks of Annapurna II – III and IV with Gangapurna and its ice falls and in the north Chulus and Pisang peaks.
Adventure continues with a climb of striking Chulu west Peak Climb which leads you away from main trekking trails in complete wilderness, after a great climb our walk leads to another highest point of the trip at Thorong-La Pass of above 5,416 m high with incredible views of mountains on both sides of the pass top and then heading downhill to reach at holy Muktinath temple areas and further walks leads at Kaligandaki River valley at Jomsom town, the headquarter hub of Mustang areas and famous for delicious apples and its products. From Jomsom taking a short scenic flight to at picturesque and popular touristic spot at Pokhara where this wonderful and fascinating adventure Chulu West Peak Climb completes.
Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:Preparation for Chulu West Peak Climb.
Day 03:Drive to Syange 1,140 m via Besisahar – 08 hrs.
Day 04:Trek to Tal 1,700 m – 07 hrs.
Day 05:Trek to Danaque 2,300 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06:Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 06 hours.
Day 07:Trek to Pisang village 3,300 m – 06 hrs.
Day 08:Trek to Manang village 3,540 m – 06 hrs.
Day 09:Acclimatization and exploration in Manang.
Day 10:Trek to Letdar 4,280 m past Yak Kharka – 06 hrs.
Day 11:Trek to Chulu West Peak Base Camp 4,700 m – 04 hrs.
Day 12:Trek and climb to High Camp at 5,100m – 04 hrs.
Day 13:Acclimatization and preparation for the climb.
Day 14:Climbing to the summit of Chulu West and back at base camp.
Day 15:Spare and Contingency day in case unfavorable bad weather conditions.
Day 16:Trek to Thorong- La High Camp or Phedi 4,450m – 06 hrs.
Day 17:Cross Thorong La 5,416m | 17,769ft and trek to Muktinath 3,800 m-06 hrs.
Day 18:Trek to Jomsom 2,715 – 04 hrs.
Day 19:Fly to Pokhara 860 m afternoon free for individual activities.
Day 20:From Pokhara drive to Kathmandu 1,345 m – 06hrs.
Day 21:In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Day 22:International departure homeward bound.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, where our guide and office staff receives you with warm welcome, and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Chulu West Peak Climb and semi Annapurna Circuit trek includes information on hotels, lodge while trekking with do and don’ts includes group welcome dinner.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Chulu West Peak Climb.
(other options on the tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area is also known as Little Tibet)
Starting our adventure to Chulu West Peak Climb taking an interesting morning drive towards Nepal midwest, leading to Besisahar town (headquarter of Lamjung district). From here transfer to another vehicle and continue to drive on the dirt road passing villages of Khudi, Bulbul, and Ngadi following the Masrsyangdi River upstream. Drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange a small village for the overnight stop in the comfort of the nice lodge.
From Syange our walk begins with climb leaving Masrsyangdi River behind reaching Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers.
After Jagat walk leads on winding path to Chamje, and back at Masrsyangdi River crossing to the east side into the forested area, with superb views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, as walk continues reaching a nice village at Tal Besi for the overnight stop.
Morning starting walk heading into the forested area with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu range, the walk continues reaching at Dharapani a nice village with Buddhist culture, located at a junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking route. After Dharapani walk leads into rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagarchap to reach at Danque a place with many apple orchard gardens.
From here onward to Temang village with more Buddhist cultured village facing views of
Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft. From Temang village a few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame town for the overnight stop, Chame a large major town of Manang area and a headquarter town of the district.
From Pisang onwards walk leads close to mountains through alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few teahouses and lodge overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, with the possible lunch stop, and then descends to lower Pisang village for the overnight stop.
Morning views of mountains, from here onward altitude gains as the walk lead through the forest with short uphill and views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak. Walk downhill to reach flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree lines fades for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate.
Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting, and frescos and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches Manang village.
A necessary rest day at Manang for acclimatization before reaching higher areas to Chulu West Climb and towards Thorang-la pass, in Manang short hike around Manang village, this is a large village situated on windswept valley by the bank of Masrsyangdi River below Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and Manang glacial Lake.
After a good rest at Manang, walk towards Ghunsang village with short uphill to reach at Ledar past a small settlement of Yak Kharka, an interesting walk with views of snowcapped mountains, on crossing a small stream reach at Yak Kharka from here short walk on gradual up brings you Ledar for overnight stop, a small place with few lodge with views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.
From Ledar leaving the main Annapurna trail to Thorang-la, our route leads towards complete Wilderness to reach a small glacial stream past Yak herder's shades and at Yak pasture fields which leads up to a ridge into a hidden valley where our base camp is located at 4,700 m high.
After Base Camp with enjoyable rest and overnight with first camping of the adventure, morning walk leads uphill to a steep scree slopes at a colour a ridge and then reaching at north of the col ascending the snow slopes for 200 meters to the base of a band or rock at an altitude of 5,100m and where possible High Camp will be pitched for this great climb to the summit of Chulu West.
Adding one more days will help and support acclimatize to make the climb safer and accessible during rest day take a short hike, where our expert guide will scout the route of the climb on top Chulu West summit making the necessary adjustment and planning to make the ascent a great success.
Starting early morning before dawn and then climb towards a rock band with some difficulty to the north-west shoulder of Chulu West at 5,450m, where another camp can be pitched on a snow plateau above 5,530m. From the plateau continue the climb up the narrow ridge to the summit. A grand view awaits you scenery of all the snow-capped mountains and of all Chulu's and Pisang peak after a great success descends safely back to base camp using the same route.
We reserve a spare day as the contingency as Chulu West climb can be quite challenging and knowing the nature of technical difficulties on the climb to the summit, an extra day required in case of bad weather conditions or delay on the climb. This day allows you with more opportunity to reach the summit where you can enjoy its surrounding beautiful scenery of mountains that encircles you at the top.
Morning walk lead back at Ledar, after a break here continue walk to higher elevation getting closer to the base of Thorang-la, after crossing a bridge a climb leads along the bank of Jarjung river, and then finally walk reaches at Thorang Phedi, with shortstop continue to climb for a short while to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.
After early breakfast walk leads to a long climb towards Thorang-la with the steep winding path to reach at Thorang La Pass of above 5,416 m / 17,769 ft high.
The highest point of the trek, besides climb of Chulu West Peak with views of snowcapped peaks, and then long descends leads you at holy Muktinath around Lower Mustang area. On reaching Muktinath for the overnight stop, a holy spot for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’ with time at Muktinath visit the sacred temple with its holy 108 water spouts and the main temple of Muktinath.
After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk leads to Kaligandaki river valley, from here walk to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. Jomsom a nice charming town and village with white painted houses, paved streets and well-kept lodges. At Jomsom celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juice the area from Kagbeni-Jomsom-Marpha to Larjung famous for delicious apples.
Early breakfast and transfer to Jomsom airport for the sweeping short flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara, during airborne spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna range of mountains with rolling hills dotted with farm villages,
On reaching Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by the serene lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Himalaya.
Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand fantastic and exciting adventure on Chulu West Peak Climb and semi Annapurna Circuit trekking, an interesting 6 hours overland journey brings you back in Kathmandu with the afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs.
(Options of flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu of 30 mins)
A free extra day in Kathmandu for rest after a tough climb on top Chulu West Peak and adventure around Annapurna circuit, where one can relax or enjoy individual activities as well for interested people can join in our heritage tour around Kathmandu-Patan or Bhaktapur cities.
Last day in amazing Nepal in the country full of adventure and wonders, after a fascinating experience and fond memories on Chulu West Peak Climb, Awesome Nepal Treks staff transfers you from the hotel to airport as per your international flight time for your final departure homeward bound or to respective destination.