Chulu West Peak Climbing - 21 Days

Trip Facts

  • Bus/Jeep-car
  • 1 to 8
  • 6419 meter / 21054 feet
  • Camping - Hotel - Lodge
  • Very Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathamndu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Climbing & High pas Trek
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 18
  • 70
To see the view of Annapurna Himalaya range, Manaslu Himalaya range and mountains beyond in the boarder, in Nepal; Chulu west peak climbing is a perfect mountain summit. It consists of three peaks: East, West and Chulu central; similar to another trekking peak in Nepal, the Mera peak. Chulu peak lies in the beautiful Annapurna Himalaya range and climbing Chulu will surely be a once in a lifetime experience. If you have done Annapurna circuit trekking before you might remember a peak seen on the top of Churi Ledar – that is Chulu peak, and from this village Churi Ledar begins the expedition of Chulu West climbing 6419 meter / 21054 feet above the sea level. Chulu peak is a NMA peak so climbing permit is compulsory. Why to choose west peak for Chulu climbing?

This is comparatively easier peak among 3 peaks of Chulu. Climbers usually choose to go for the West peak as it has the most beautiful scenery from the top. Once you conquer the challenge of the Chulu west peak climbing, the view will be rewarding: the whole Annapurna Himalaya range can be witnessed from the top of this peak! We will make your trip unforgettable. Please contact for further details. Our itinerary is a general idea for climbers, if you want to customize Chulu west peak climbing trip to Nepal; we are more than happy to design the trip best fit for you.

Your Safety is our Priority

We have experienced trekking and climbing guides’ team, with inspiring words and daring heart to support you during the trip to chulu peak climbing. For us, your safety is the number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns before or during the trip, you can let us know. From your side you need to make sure that you are able to do this strenuous outdoor activity with sound physique.

Our recommendation for Chulu west peak climbing

Previous high altitude trekking experience is recommended. Technical climbing experience is helpful but not mandatory. Without a doubt the Chulu west peak is demanding, both mentally and physically. But once you get to the top and admire the view, you will forget the hardships during the climb.

Trekking route & the view

The trek for Chulu west peak starts from Bensi Sahar and will continue towards the beautiful village of Manang. Along the way we get to appreciate the beauty of the diverse nature of Nepalese Himalaya. The adventure begins from a place called Churi Ledar. From our ultimate destination, the top of Chulu West peak, a magnificent view of Annapurna I, II, III, IV and Tilicho, Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Pisang peak and many other Himalaya peaks unveils. The view of the river valley and the villages you have walked through on the way up will be unreal. If you dare to take the challenge, we will do it together!

Best time for Chulu west peak climbing

Spring or the autumn seasons are the best time for Chulu west peak climbing. However, this peak climbing is okay, all year around. As a part of upper Annapurna region, this is famous as rain shadow trekking area – chulu peak lies in no rain zone. With that being said, chulu west can be climbed any time.

In the monsoon the chance of cloudy sky from the summit and in the winter the weather will be freezing cold. Thus, autumn and spring are recommended as the best time for climbing.

If you have flexible time throughout the year, for chulu peak climbing, come in the spring. The amount of snow on the surface of climbing route is nice. Spring is the season right after the winter season in Nepal, which is why, the amount of snow on the chulu peak climbing route will ease the climbing, as well – this snow will give a pristine beauty from the summit of chulu west. Spring and autumn are neither cold nor hot, but the clear sky and happening trekking route of Annapurna circuit will add excitement in your chulu west peak climbing venture.

Chulu west peak climbing vs. Pisang peak climbing in Annapurna region

Both Chulu and Pisang peak are located in the Annapurna region. Pisang peak is famous as a trekking peak in the Annapurna region, whereas chulu peak is technically harder than Pisang peak. And the location of Chulu peak is right in the middle of Annapurna circuit trek, Narphu valley trek and Annapurna base camp trek has made this peak climbing as better peak to climb, than Pisang peak.

  1. Physical Requirements/ Chulu west peak climbing Difficulty

Chulu west is higher than 6400 meters or above 21k feet. The altitude of peak and few vertical climbs on the way to the summit of Chulu peak has marked itself as a challenging Climb. Chulu west is considered as the easiest summit among its 3 summits (east, west and central); chulu west is not a trekking peak. Unlike to pisang peak, chulu west peak has more vertical and technical climb.

Sound heath and good physical condition of a climber is necessary. For instance, if you are all perfect while trekking to the base camp of Chulu west peak, you must be fine for the successful summit. Whatsoever, our experienced climbing guide (who has climbed Mount Everest) will be taking care, and will give their best for successful summit of the peak.

  1. Scenery

Because of the location of chulu west peak, right in the middle of Annapurna Himalaya range, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu Himalaya range; chulu west is a perfect peak for the outstanding view. Annapurna Himalaya will be in your eye level, whereas the mountains from the Tibetan side are visible in zenith.

Solo trip

Solo trekking gives a perfect peace in your mind, whereas solo chulu climbing is an utmost safety. Safety on a solo trekking towards chulu is the best, because you will be climbing with care of your private climbing guide. If the care & guidance is one to one – it is obviously a best service and the climbing will be way easier.

As a solo trekkers or climber, one can always change the destination stopovers and trekking/climbing schedule will be in a far – flexible horizon for your chulu climb. Solo trip will give you plenty of time to understand your guide, climbing guide and guest will make a nice environment in-between. That is why, solo trip is recommended.

In contrast to all the benefits of traveling solo in an organized trip, the cost of chulu peak climbing will be higher in solo trip than in the group join. It is obvious that, as a solo traveler, you will pay for your guide, porter & accommodation solely, by yourself. If money is an issue, group join trip to Chulu west peak climbing is recommended.

Altitude

Standing at 6419 meter / 21054 feet above the sea level, chulu west peak is a perfect mountain top for the magnificent view. In comparison to the chulu Far East and chulu central climbing; chulu west ridge is the best climbing destination for the outstanding view of the mountains from its summit.

The trekking part of chulu west peak starts from Beshisahar or from Muktinath village or from jomsom village. Wherever you start trekking, your body will be fully acclimatized until you get to the base camp of chulu west peak. Acclimatization purpose of trekking, before the climbing starts – is the best thing we could recommend for successful summit of chulu west peak.

Suggestions

Looking at the graph of altitude, from the starting of the trekking to the summit of Chulu west peak, following are few recommendations for climbers.

  • For the short holiday climbers, I would recommend to start trekking from flying to jomsom and starting trek from Jomsom. Doing this your body will be properly acclimatized while crossing thorong la pass. While following this itinerary, try to allocate a spare day; to make sure you can take a day rest before the climb, if anything goes wrong. What if you cannot trek over the Thorong la pass? Answer is, if you cannot trek over 5k pass, how could you climb over 6k chulu west; this might sound annoying but this is the truth.
  • For climbers with enough time, you can start trek from Besishar and trek all the way to Chulu base camp, on foot. There are plenty of options to use jeep in between the destinations of Annapurna circuit trek, but if you walk all the way to the base camp for chulu west base camp, this will help anyone to acclimatize properly. After the summit you can trek over thorong la pass and from muktinath you can take jeep to Jomsom and fly out from Jomsom to Kathmandu.

Peak climbing in December

Chulu west can be climbed all around the year. But climbing chulu west in winter is a challenge to the coldest weather of Nepal Himalaya. Winters are late November to February in Nepal. These months observes huge amount of snow and the thick snow makes climbing difficult, often.

Apart from the freezing cold during the trek or in the base camp or high camp of Chulu peak climbing trip in winter; snow fall and snow storm might be tricky for Chulu west peak climbing. Heavy snowfall blocks the climbing route of chulu west peak, sometimes. Deep snow makes the chulu west peak un-attempt-able, often in the winter.

Thus peak climbing in winter is not highly recommended. But if you have enough time to wait and watch the weather change, or you are in the perfect weather for chulu west peak climbing in Nepal; then go for it.

Chulu west peak climbing cost

All inclusive package cost for chulu west peak climbing starts from around 2000 USD per person. However, the cost will differ according to your agreement with trekking company or tour operator. In general, climbing agents in Nepal are cheaper than international climbing companies.

Cost of climbing guide/ trekking guide, porter, accommodation food, transportation and all arrangement during the chulu west peak climbing is in the price quoted, in general. But sometimes, modification in the trip standard to luxury jeep or flight from jomsom or luxury trekking and VVIP service at the base camp will raise the price. We assure the best rate for the international level of service. International level of service means, we beat international companies service in the cost of Chulu peak climbing.

Peak climbing in April

April is the best month throughout the year for Chulu peak climbing. Mount Everest is climbed in spring. Spring means March, April and May; saying that, April is the best month in spring season of climbing in Nepal. So, if you have time in April, choose this month for climbing to Chulu west peak with our excellent climbing guide and the best team for your Nepal adventure.

Amount of snow is perfect in chulu west peak, in April. Right after the winter, fresh snow on route to chulu west peak will eases the climbing and the scenery of Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Manaslu or Mt Annapurna will be seen magnificently. Clear sky, nice weather and mild temperature in the month of April are supporting reason for Climbing in April.

Highlights

Along the trekking trail, towards the base camp of Chulu west peak, trekker will have enough time to know the local culture, people and tradition. If you start from Jomsom or from Besishar; before getting to chulu peak base camp you will pass by many villages and locals, on the route of Chulu west peak climbing. In this famous Annapurna circuit trekking route; any climber will be happy to stay in the local’s accommodation, meet trekkers in route, visit monastery, visit school of Nepal, and visit the local tea shops for a sweet talk and a cup of tea.

Before ascending the chulu west peak, a climber will explore enough of living museum in Nepal. The landscape and trekking along the deepest river valley (at Danaque) are lifelong experience. But once you get to Churi ledar; climbing route directs towards chulu west base camp and we will start gaining height all the way to the summit of Chu west peak. From the summit we will see unrealistic beauty of White Mountains. From the top of Chulu west peak you can 3 of the famous mountains of Nepal, above 8000 meters from the sea level. These 3 eight thousand meter high mountains are Mt Dhaulagiri 8167 meter, Mt Manaslu 8163meter and Mt Annapurna 8091 meter. Apart from this, the wider range of these entire 3 mountains will accomplish your summit struggle.

Chulu west peak climbing itinerary

Either clockwise trekking or anticlockwise trekking, there are 2 sides to approach for Chulu west peak climbing. Apart from 2 sides of starting point to reach Chulu west base camp, there are few other trekking that you can include in chulu west peak climbing itinerary. If you are looking for another trekking pass than Thorong la pass, before climbing to the chulu peak; Manaslu circuit larkey pass trekking can be customized for unique chulu west peak climbing itinerary. If you do Manaslu circuit trek with Larkey la pass trek, in this way you will connect the trail to Chulu west peak climbing at Dharapani village of Annapurna circuit trek and from Dharapani you can take jeep to Manang. After getting to Manang village you can trek to the base camp of Chulu west peak.

Like this example, for custom made itinerary for chulu west peak climbing there are plenty of other options where you can mix the trekking route of your interest and time frame. Or if your holiday to Nepal is shorter and you are just looking for chulu west peak climbing, then you can take jeep all the way to Manang and acclimatize with our options, before climbing to the top of Chulu west peak. Feel free to drop you interest to climb chulu west peak and we will get back to your with desired details.

Overview

Chulu peak is famous as it has 3 different peaks as Chulu east (the package is about), Chulu central and Chulu far. Located in the route of Annapurna circuit trekking trail – which passes over thorong la pass – Chulu east is a magnificent peak in Annapurna region. Located at the height of the peak is perfect to view the surrounding mountain range and the river valley seen beneath the mountains.

Are you looking for an adventure that is away of the APC crowd? Chulu west peak climbing might fulfill your love towards thrill and peace.

Major things to see in Chulu west peak climbing trip

  • 3 eight thousand meter high mountains are Mt Dhaulagiri 8167 meter, Mt Manaslu 8163meter and Mt Annapurna 8091 meter
  • Famous trekking trail of Annapurna circuit trek - over Thorongla pass
  • Local village and culture in route; like Manang village, Brakka Village, Pisng village, Ngwal Village, Muktinath and jomsom village
  • Summit view of Chulu west peak with wide range of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri & Manaslu mountain range
  • Visiting local monasteries like Brakka Monastery
  • Glacial lake visit to Gangapurna lake or Ice lake from Manang rest day
  • Trekking over the famous trekking pass of nepal - Thorongla pass
  • Deepest river valley gorge at Danaque village

Detailed Itinerary for Chulu West Peak Climb

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

Our representative will receive you on arrival and transfer to your hotel. With Nepali way of welcome, we will try our best to make your arrival beautiful and easy for your chulu peak adventure.

Day 2
Drive to Besisahar and from there, an hour drive to Bahundada (1300 meters).

In the early morning our driver will receive you at your hotel and you along with our guide we will go to bus stop of Kathmandu Besisahar. From Bus Park we take bus towards famous hill town of Besisahar, in starting point of Annapurna circuit trek or Ending point of Manaslu circuit trek.
It will take more than 8 hours to get to Besi shara by bus. On arrival at Besisahar, we will take another short route Bus to get to Baundanda, to get closer to the nature.

Day 3
Trek to Chamje (1400 meters).

Trek from Bahun danda to Chanje is a downhill walk through the village, at the beginning of trek day. Later the trail will go by the side of motor able road. However, we will take alternate route to avoid road.
Today the trek will pass through village, road and small shops and few waterfalls. Amazing settlement of Himalaya country Nepal and trekkers walking Annapurna circuit trail of Manaslu circuit trek is just awful.

Day 4
Trek to Bagarchhap (1860 meters).

Trekking to Bagarchhap is easy and descent. View of Manaslu is awesome. Walking along the river valley by the road is interesting.
Deepest river valley at Danaque is a major highlight of this day in your chulu adventure to the summit of 6419 meter top.

Day 5
Trek to Chame (2710 meters).

From Bagarchhap the trekking is uphill as we trek to the top of deepest river valley as seen yesterday. Trekking along the river, through the forest and mesmerizing view of mountains is awesome and overwhelming.
Chame is headquartering Manang District; chulu is located in Manang district. Saying that; Chame will have charming small town vibe, with great view of mountains through the windows of your tea house and natural hot-spring in few minutes walking distance, Lamjung Himal looks awesome from Chame whereas Annapurna 2nd is also visible after few minutes’ walk towards Pisang from Chame.

Day 6
Trek to Pisang (3700 meters).

Trekking trail from chame to pisang has both option of trekking in the proper trekking trail or along the motor able road. Guide will take you on route of your interest.
Shortcut trails, walking along the river valley, strange stone geology, hill road, beauty of water flowing through the jungle of Annapurna circuit, organic apple farm and small village in between Pisang and Chame is an interesting factors of Annapurna circuit trek in this section.

Day 7
Trek to Manang (3500 meters)

Trekking from Pisang to Manang is one of the admiring hiking. Pisang village itself is one of the beautiful villages in Annapurna circuit trek. The old architecture, temple and ancient lifestyle of this village have attracted trekers from long ago till this date. There are 2 pisang villages; one as lower pisang and another Upper Pisang.
If you have enough time and energy; staying overnight at Upper Pisang village worth it.
Pisang to Manang is culturally traditionally, naturally and pictorially stunning part of Annapurna circuit trek during your chulu peak climbing.
There are 2 routes to get to manang from Pisang. One route via Ngwaol village with top view of Annapurna Himalaya range sighting to Chulu peak and another along the roadway. Both are beautiful, but as for your high altitude climb to chulu summit, upper route from Pisang to Manang is recommended.

Day 8
Rest day in Manang; acclimatization hike to one of the view points and Gangapurna Glacial Lake.

As a rule of high altitude trekking we will take rest above 3000 meters in any trekking in Nepal. So we do in Manang.
In Manang rest day we climb up to the height of 5000 meters and get magnificent view of Annapurna range, top view of Manang village and Gangapurna Lake. On this hike we will visit a natural cave monastery.
Gangapurna Lake is 5 minutes away from Manang village; we will explore the lake as well.

Day 9
Trek to Yak Kharka (4120 meters).

Trekking from Manang to Yak Kharka changes over all environment of trekking in this region; mountains gets really closer, no tree line starts, lots of Yaks will be seen, no more fortified village and chilling breeze will have peaceful environment.
From Yak Kharka, we will start our trek towards Chulu base camp for summit assault of Chulu west.
We will see Chulu peak summit today.

Day 10
Trek to Chulu West Base Camp, climbing guide will instruct you how to use the gear & you are ready to go.

Chulu peak is not technically hard but still a basic knowledge of mountaineering, ice climbing or rock climbing is preferred. But if you do not have any of this experience in beforehand, our climbing guide will show you, how to use different climbing gears for chulu climb.
Until we get back from the Summit, accommodation and wilderness of mountaineering starts today. It is a fun time but your safety will be taken carefully by our climbing crew, listen to them and follow the instructions.

Day 11
Climb to Chulu High camp and stay overnight at the High camp.

We will hike to the high camp of chulu west peak and spend a night there. Our climbing crew will make food; you just acclimatize and keep yourself warm. Anything goes wrong, report to your guide.
In general we do not need to use rope to get to high camp of chulu west peak. Though weather condition will determine the necessity and our guide will tell you when to use your harness, crampons or any other gears.

Day 12
Chulu west Summit and descent back to Base camp.

Your safety is our concern and successful summiting to the top of Chulu is our pride.
You will be tied in rope with lead guide and entire team, throughout the climbing period. As learned earlier, you will use rope, carabineer and ice axe as per needed.
Slow and steady climbing team keeps good coordination and team work pays better. So our experienced & authorized climbing guide will lead you and suggest necessary precaution and preventions; be responsible and listen to guides.

Day 13
Trek to Thorong Phedi.

After successful summit of Chulu, we will trek down to the trekking trail of Annapurna circuit. As the chulu peak climbing starts early in the morning, descend will be faster as well.
Descend is easier but still take precautionary measures as told by our climbing guide.
After getting back to chulu base camp we continue trekking towards Thorong la phedi to get on the mstang side of Nepal Himalaya.

Day 14
Trek to Muktinath, over the Thorongla pass (5416 meters).

Thorong la pass is one of the famous and historical trekking pass in Nepal Himalaya. Do not get panicked with number of trekker on route, crowd is common.
From phedi we will trek to High camp of Thongla pass and trek down to Mukltinath. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindu and Buddhist. The myriad landscape of Mustang region can be seen from Muktinath, already.

Day 15
Trek to Jomsom.

After getting back to Muktinath, our chulu peak climb mission is completed in full. Chulu peak climbing with Thorong la pass trekking concludes at this point. However, we still need to trek 4 more days.
All these 4 days of trekking are not more than an easy walk. This section of Chulu peak climbing trip is relaxing trip in Nepali mountain in your chulu west peak climbing.
From Muktinath to Jumosom, the trekking trail is along the Budigandaki River. The river comes all the way from Upper Mustang region. Kagbeni village is a nice and admired village in lower mustang region of Nepal.
Jomsom and its dry landscape is nice in itself. Jomsom has a domestic airport; you can tell our guide if you want to customize your trekking in need. We are flexible to customize any kind of trip for your best experience.

Day 16
Trek to Tatopani (1350 meters).

The scenario and landscape of trekking trail changes, while trekking from jomsom to tatopani. We will get back to tree line and the village on the trekking route will be through the village and the roads we walk along will be with jeep and tourist loaded bus.
Tatopani means hot water in Nepali. Here we will spend our evening dipping ourselves in the natural hot water. We believe the hot water heals stress on legs after long trekking days and chulu peak climbing adventure fatigue.

Day 17
Trek to Ghorepani (2880 meters).

Ghorepani is a famous connection point of Annapurna circuit trekking trail, Annapurna base camp trekking route, Ghorepani poonhill trek and Khopra ridge trek in Annapurna Himalaya region. All these discussed trekking are famous trekking routes of Nepal. There are other trekking trails like Mohare danda and gurung village trekking trail, connecting Ghorepani village.
Ghorepani is a tour destination as well. In the history of Nepal this village used to be a trading route connecting Pokhara with Tibet.
Ghorepani has magnificent view of Dhaulagiri mountain range and Annapurna Himalaya range; at once.

Day 18
Early morning sunrise from Poonhill and trek down to Hile. From Hile take a jeep to Pokhara, Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Poonhill and Ghorepani village has pretty similar view of the mountains. But sunrise form the top of poonhill is overwhelming.
Poonhill has tremendous amount of people and the crazy crowd looks like a morning concert in the mountain of Annapurna.
After getting to the top of Poonhill, we will trek downhill to Hile. From hille we will take jeep towards Pokhara. Hile to Pokhara is around 3 hour’s jeep ride. Spend a best night party time on the lakeside of Pokhara with your beautiful memories from the summit of Chulu peak climbing.

Day 19
Drive back to Kathmandu.

Chulu peak climbing concludes with your celebration at Lakeside Pokhara. And we will take tourist bus back to Kathmandu.
Although the climbing adventure to Chulu ends at Pokhara but still the exploration of Nepal along the highway ride back to Kathmandu will not end, till today. The trekking, climbing and mountain life memories travel by bus in your journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
In bus ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu, in 8 hours bus ride, you will be exploring the small huts by the highway, hilly road and the scenery of green hills and snowcapped mountains.

Day 20
Spare day for chulu peak climbing or your shopping day in Kathmandu

As the weather of mountain is not predictable precisely; so is the weather of Chulu peak climbing. That is why we will take one extra day as a spare day for our chulu peak climbing trip in Nepal.
This spare day can be sed in any unavoidable cases during the trip to the chulu peak summit or during the trekking to the base camp of chulu.
If everything goes well, you can use this day as your rest day in Kathmandu or shop anything you may like or you can sign up for any of the day tours in Kathmandu.

Day 21
Chulu West peak climbing adventure ends / departure day.

With all the beautiful memories and all thrilling sufferings you had in chulu peak climbing trip to Nepal, time has come to get back to your home. Our representative will drop you at the international airport in our car for your departure.

Chulu West Peak Climb Price - General Inclusions

  • Airport pickup and drop off by private car or microbus depending on your group size.
  • Three nights in a Hotel at Kathmandu.
  • One night in a hotel in Pokhara.
  • Guided (local guide) tour in Kathmandu.
  • English speaking trekking guide and porter, including all their food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
  • Climbing guide and kitchen staff team while you are climbing.
  • Insurance of climbing and trekking staff
  • All climbing gear for the group, tents and food during the climb
  • Breakfast with tea, Lunch and Dinner and accommodation during the trek and while climbing, fresh fruit will be served after dinner.
  • All necessary paperwork, climbing & trekking permits and national park entrance fees.
  • Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek
  • (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away
  • (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide
  • (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination
  • Card fee for the online payable amount (during online payment)

Chulu West Peak Climb Price - General Exclusions

  • Your personal warm clothes for trekking/ climbing gears
  • Medical insurance
  • Entrance fees during the city tour on Day 2
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during the trip, except tea in the morning.
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Tips for trip staff (tipping is expected).

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Chulu West Peak Climbing

Trip Facts

  • Bus/Jeep-car
  • 1 to 8
  • 6419 meter / 21054 feet
  • Camping - Hotel - Lodge
  • Very Active
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathamndu
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Climbing & High pas Trek
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 18
  • 70

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