Chulu East Peak Climbing – 19 Days
Chulu East (6,584 m.) is high above the Manang valley with breathtaking views across to the
Annapurnas II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome as well, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and
Manaslu. The climb is combined with the classic trek around the Annapurna massif, ascending
the Marshyangdi valley and crossing the Thorong La, before descending the Kali Gandaki valley
to Pokhara. The climb is technically straightforward and you should be familiar with the use of
your equipment, crampons, harness, ice axe, tying knots and handling climbing ropes. Most
of the climbing will be involved walking roped together, including the glacial crossings.
You should be very fit and have good experience of the climbing.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m]
Flying through Nepal on your way to Kathmandu offers tremendous views of snow-capped mountain and peaks. It’s an interesting welcoming through knowing you will have conquered these mountains upon your departure. Upon your arrival, the MSM Tours and Treks staff will be waiting to greet you discuss your travels and escort you to the hotel. We will offer some welcome drinks and let you explore through town during the evening.
Day 02 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley [1,300m]
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its mysterious doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hindu, Tibetan, Buddhist and Western influence in the Valley. The neighboring cities of Patan and Bhaktapur provide immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the infamous Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath “the monkey temple”. Prior to your departure you will receive more information about the trip and offered an English-speaking guide to give you unique insights into the culture and architecture of each destination.
Day 03 : Drive to Besi Sahar [820m]
After ensuring that everyone is in peak condition and have the necessary equipment, we will begin our Annapurna trekking. We will start off with the drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then following the rough route by the Marsyangdi River, we will pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields. The landscape along with the lifestyle of the inhabitants changes radically as we drive leave Kathmandu behind. After a 6 hours long drive by car, we will finally reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the capital of Lamjung district and from there we will hike up to Bhulbhule which is a short distance away. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.
Day 04 : Drive up to Syanje/Chamje – Trek to Tal [1700m]
From Besi Sahar, we will take a drive up to Syanje/Chamje (local buses are available). And then we will trek along the trail to the banks of the Marshyangdi Khola, passing through paddy fields and subtropical forests. Upon treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we will descend to a grassy riverbank. We will cross the suspension bridge below Chamje and climb two steep sections of the trail to reach the village of Tal. Tal is populated with Gurungs and Tibetans.Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.
Day 05 : Trek to Dharapani [1920m]
As we proceed forward, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we will approach a steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs as it cuts across the mountain side, we will finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.
Day 06 : Trek to Chame [2630m]
We will skirt through a narrow field from the village and come across the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu and then veers to the left. Sinuous trails of the Annapurna II become visible as we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhotia village with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. As we continue ascending through forests of pine and oak, we will pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi River enters a gorge and the trails follows rock-strewn path. We can pause for a while and take in the splendor of the picturesque Manaslu. When the steep incline ends, we will follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons and continue on a gently rising path. We will cross a stream before entering a pine forest. As we enter the pristine hamlet of Kotho, we will be treated to a enchanting view of Annapurna II. Treading further, the route reaches a large white gate with a corrugated iron roof, which is the entrance of Chame. Chame is the administrative headquarter of Manang district. There is electricity, wireless station, schools, shops, health post, post office, police check post, hotels, lodges and banks in Chame. The hot springs are the major attraction of this place.
Day 07 : Trek to Pisang [3190m]
After a mesmerizing sight of the glowing Lamjung Himal [6893m] in the morning, we will be heading off for Pisang. En route, we will cross a large suspension bridge along Marshyangdi and approach houses and lodges on the northern side of the river. Our trekking trail meanders through barley field leading to Teleku at 2775 meters. As we leave undulating mountain passes, we will enter into a fascinating apple orchard which is near a bridge at 2840 meters. On crossing the bridge, the pristine hamlet of Bratang appears. History has it that Bratang used to be a Khampa settlement. A stone memorial of a Japanese climber has been built in this place. After leaving the forested village, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape. Before us, the Annapurna mountain range rears up. Further on, continuing on with our steep rock-strewn trails to the south side and cross a long suspension bridge at 3040 meters. From this vantage point on the bridge, we can get to view the Paungda Danda rock towering majestically more than 1500 meters above the river. En route, we will be able to capture splendid views of Annapurna II rearing up on the east and Pisang Peak on the north-east. We will cross a bridge and enter the village of Pisang.
Day 08 : Trek to Julu [3500m]
Leaving the main trail above the village of Pisang, we will ascend the Chegaji Khola Valley towards Chulu East Base Camp. A gentle ascent through scattered chortens, scrub juniper and stunted pines takes us to the small hamlet of Julu, sitting on the west bank of the river. We will choose an ideal campsite which showcases and highlights enchanting views of the majestic Himalayan peaks.
Day 09 : Rest day at Julu
We will be taking a proper rest to rejuvenate our tired muscles for the adventurous journey ahead. After relaxation, we can even explore village of Julu and get more insight into its cultural lifestyle and can experience it first- hand. We can also enjoy the splendid natural vistas.
Day 10 : Trek to Yak Kharka
As we leave Julu behind, the trail crosses Cheggi Khola and ascends gradually up to the west bank. Soon after trekking for more than an hour, a valley will loom ahead and then we will encounter a stone hut which is surrounded by apple trees. We will be bestowed with a stunning view up the side valley that reaches up towards Chulu West. As the valley ends, 500ft cliff stands on the way displaying spectacular sight of waterfalls cascading down the cliff. The trail further steepens and winds through a small meadow. On the way, we will come across goat and yak pastures. W e will be able to reach Yak Kharka for a leisurely lunch. We will set a camp at a site which overlooks stunning myriad of snow capped peaks.
Day 11: Trek to Base camp [4200m]
We will follow the trail wending through steep pastures to a convenient hollow where the meadow merges into rock and scree. Then, the base camp will loom before us. One will be able to get a bird’s eye view from there and feast your eyes on the spectacular views of Annapurna range that stretches as far as our eyes can capture.
Day 12: At Base camp
We will take a day off from trekking for complete acclimatization in order to ensure our safety. This gives us time to prepare and sort out our trekking gear.
Day 13-15: Base camp to High camp [5000m] & Chulu East Summit [6200m]
After being acclimatized, we will move up to the high camp and there we will rest atop the terminal moraine of the Chulu glacier. The trail up to the high camp follows along scree and snow slopes. We will be resting at the high camp where we will take plenty of time to relax and prepare equipment and strategies for the next day. Two days have been set aside for ascending Chulu East. On the day of climbing the Chulu East Summit, we will make an early start across the undulating glacier as the trail is a battle against snow and ice slopes. As we continue ascending, several peaks come en route. Eventually we will come to an edge of a mountain at a small snow dome with steep slopes falling away on all sides. At this point, our high camp diminishes to a toy-town stature and climbing to such an altitude gives us a feeling of sitting on top of the roof of the world and that we can achieve anything. After we scale Chulu East Summit and expressing this glorious victory in our own ways, we will descend along the steep slopes to the high camp. After refreshment and rest, we will head back to base camp passes. For those who do not wish to climb Chulu East, they can simply stroll to Base Camp to enjoy spectacular views of the Annapurna and indulge in more exploration around the base camp.
Day 14: Trek to Manang [3511m]
We will be returning to the main trail and head towards Manang. As we continue treading along the cultivated fields, a while village of Bryaga accommodating a splendid monastery will appear before us. On trekking down to Manang, we will be able to embrace heavenly vistas of Annapurna range – Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7134m]. We will camp at the fortified villages of friendly Manang people for the night. Manang is a fascinating medieval village of just over 500 flat-roofed houses.
Day 15: Trek to Thorung Phedi [4427m]
We will climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing it via a covered wooden bridge amid tremendous views of Manaslu, the Annapurnas, Tilicho Peak and the Great Barrier. We will head north-west up the Jarsang Khola, through scrub juniper and alpine grasses to arrive at Letdar for lunch. From Letdar, we will continue on the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, before crossing on a covered bridge. The trail climbs onto scree slopes high above the river to Thorung Phedi, a single stone building set among near vertical cliffs.
Day 16: Trek to Muktinath [3694m] via Thorung la [5416m]
We will kick start our trek early in the morning by crossing the Thorung La [5416m]. As the trail progresses further, it will become steep though well-defined. After steadily climbing for 4 hours, the steep trail eases and soon we will encounter chorten and prayer flags along the mountain pass. We will reach to an altitude beneath which lie a spectacular views of Kali Gandaki valley and pristine hills of Mustang. Amid the ambience of Himalayan beauty, we will descend to Muktinath. From Muktinath, we can capture excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath. Muktinath is regarded as an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is very popular for its shrines and temple.
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom [2713m]
From Muktinath, we will advance towards Jomsom. The trail descends along the spectacular Kali Gandaki valley, initially passing through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, which are villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we will follow along the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. En route, we are rewarded with tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River. We spend the final night of our trek in Jomsom.
Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We then catch a flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 19: Farewell
A representative of MSM Tours and Treks will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours from your scheduled flight. On your way home you will have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
- All Transportation-Drive to Besi Sahar and Flight Jomsom / Pokhara /Kathmandu .
- All necessary permits to trek and climb.
- One Professional Trekking guide and his wages and salaries.
- Insurance for the trekking staffs.
- One climbing guide and his wages and salaries.
- Accommodation on a normal lodge during trek and accommodation on camp during climb.
- Food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and 3 times of tea or coffee per day during climbing period (4 days).
- First aid kit for trekking guide.
- Good equipment for your guide to trek (wind jacket, Water bottle, hiking shoes).
- Tips and Bonus for Staff and guide
- Personal Expenses.
- Entrance fees for temple and monastery.
- Donations in Temples, schools, Monasteries, etc.
- Personal trekking and climbing gears.
- First aid kit (for you).
- Emergency Rescue evacuation.
- Insurance of any kind.
- Which is not mention on Cost Includes