Chulu West Peak

Trip Overview

Chulu West lies in Annapurna region of the western Himalaya is best accessed from a base camp situated in a small valley north of Manang off the main trail to the Thorong La. Japanese climbers first climbed this peak in 1952. Afterwards it was attempted several times by other climbing expeditions. We begin at the town of Besisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung a neighboring district of Gorkha following the valley of the Marsyangdi River, climbing north and then westwards to Manang valley, one of the highest valleys of the world situated at an altitude of 3500m. You have an extra day to explore the Manang Valley for acclimatization. From Manang valley, the route heads north to the Chulu West Base Camp. Three days are set aside for the ascent of this peak and you head to Thorong-La and descend to the Kali Gandaki valley to Jomsom.

Some of the best views of these peaks can be viewed from the pass. When climbing this peak, be prepared for steep scree to col at 4,900 m. From north of the col ascend on snow slopes for 200 meters to a rock band at 5,100 m. Climb this difficult rock band to 5,450 m, cross onto a snow plateau at 5,530m. And follow the progressively narrowing ridge to the summit of Chulu West (6,419m/21,059ft).

Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Griffon Travels. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary as planned; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Day to Day Activity

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and Preparation day
Day 03: Drive to Syange and trek to Jagat (1314m)
Day 04: Trek to Tal village (1,700 )
Day 05: Trek to Dhanagyu (2,160m)
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2,713m)
Day 07: Trek to Pisang(3,200m)
Day 08: Trek to Manang(3,530m)
Day 09: Acclimatization day
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka(4,000m)
Day 11: Trek to Chulu West Base Camp
Day 12: High Camp
Day 13: Summit – back to Base Camp
Day 14: Extra day for Summit
Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka
Day 16: Trek to Thorang Phedi(4,520m)
Day 17: Cross Thorang Pass and stay at Muktinath(3,800m)
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom(2,713m)
Day 19: Fly to Pokhara(825m)
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 21: Depart Kathmandu

Note: You only get Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You are on full board rest of the trip.

Trip Highlight

» Great climbing experience on Chulu West around the western Nepal Himalaya
» One of the world's great treks and dramatically changing scenery of the Annapurna region
» Sunset and sunrise from Manang over Gangapurna and the great barrier of the Annapurnas
» Cross the formidable Thorong La
» Scenic mountain flight from Jomsom over the deepest Gorge in the world

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu:
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley.CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meals: Breakfast,

    Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
    Today there is a half day guided tour to visit the old part of Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the old city. Here is the old Royal palace, with its intricate woodcarving and four fine towers. There are several Hindu temples to house for different Hindu deities and images including the resident for Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living Goddess from mid 18th century. You will get magnificent example of Nepali architecture from medieval period around this Durbar square. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls.

    You are free in the afternoon to visit the most important Hindu temple in the valley at
    Pashupatinath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodhnath or you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath. You should have time for briefing, checking your climbing gear and do all the preparation for the trip. CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meals: Breakfast,

    Day 03 - 10
    You will ascend to Manag valley following Marsyangdi River climbing north and then westwards through little Buddhist villages, narrow gorge and dense evergreen Nepalese Oak, Pine and Rhododendron forest, to circle right around the back of Annapurna.

    You will spend extra day at Manang for acclimatization. You may need to organize more supplies here for the rest of the trip in Manang valley. Leaving Manang, we head towards the base of the Thorong La. We climb out of the Marsyangdi valley and turn northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola to Yak Kharka from where we continue to Chulu West base camp. BL
    Overnight Teahouse, Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 11 - 14

    On these days, you will be climbing Chulu West Peak for your final excursion on the trip. Ascending on Chulu West either in autumn or in spring season, you will have unforgettable climbing experience once in your life in the western Nepal Himalaya. C
    Overnight Tents, full supported Camping

    Day 15 - 18
    You ascend to Thorong La (5,416m) and descend to the holy shrine of Muktinath, the second most important Hindu temple in the country. From here we continue southwards down to Jomsom towards the tremendous gorge of the Kali Gandaki River.  You may like to celebrate your climbing experience with your staff in the mountain and finally you take scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara in between the snow-capped mountains.BL
    Overnight Teahouse, Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 19: Fly to Pokhara

    Today we take the short but scenic flight to Pokhara in between the snow-capped mountains. Pokhara is Nepal’s fifth largest town and presents a far more relaxed aspect than Kathmandu. It’s beautiful lakeside setting, beneath the imposing shadow of the stunning Annapurna Range, making it the perfect ending point for our expedition. There should be time to enjoy some of the town’s many attractions today, with options to visit the thriving Tibetan village of Tashiling, mountain museum, or perhaps take a boat trip out onto the lake to visit the small temple of Barahi Mandir. Today you may also be needed as a 'buffer' day should there be any delays to the flight back from Jomsom, in which case we will spend the time visiting the Thakali village of Marpha (2680m), a unique community of paved streets and apple orchards that is famed for its apple brandy. In the exceptional case that the flight was to be delayed even longer, we will travel out of the mountains by local jeeps on the rough road that now reaches to Jomsom. SH
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meals: Breakfast

    Day 20: Fly back to Kathmandu

    we usually fly back to Kathmandu in the afternoon. You may wish to do last minute sightseeing, shopping, or happy to spend rest of the afternoon at leisure. CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meals: Breakfast,

    Day 21: Depart Kathmandu
    The trip ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for the flight back home.
    Included meals: Breakfast


Price Includes

» Arrival and departure transfer
» Accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara - twin Share
» City tour in Kathmandu
» Transportation, tour guide
» Jomsom-Pokhara- Kathmandu flight for members, staffs and equipments
» All national park permits and entrance fees
» Tea house trek including food and accommodation in Lodges - Boiled water, tea and coffee
» Guide, porters and camping crew during  trekking/climbing
» Chulu West Peak climbing Permit fees
» Food, Tents and Kitchen equipments for climbing
» Group climbing equipments such as rope, ice screws, snow pickets, etc.
» Climbing Guide, his equipment allowance and salary
» Additional porters for carrying climbing gears
» Salary and Insurance for all Nepali staffs

Price Excludes

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage and laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu (except welcome and farewell dinner)
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Personal climbing equipments
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel

Equipment List

Equipment List
You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu (Thamel).
Sun glasses
Chap stick / Sunscreen
Face mask or Scarf
Hand towel
Fleece beanie
Wind stopper / waterproof top and bottom
Cold weather down jacket below waist
Fleece jacket and trouser
Trekking trouser
T-Shirts (short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
Wind stopper and fleece gloves
Socks and under wears
Trekking boot
Snow Gaiter (optional)
Runners / Snickers for camps
Head torch
Water Bottle/Camel Pak
Trekking / Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Small personal first aid kit

All equipments as in trekking equipment list except 25L day pack. Need a 40L+ day pack.
Snow Gaiter (compulsory)
Snow Goggles
Head torch
Thick socks at least 3 pairs
Gloves, thin thermal layer and thick down or acrylic filled wind and waterproof outer layer
Wind stopper Top/Wind stopper bottom
Ruck-Sack minimum 40L+, should have loop to hold Ice-Axe, pole and side pocket to hold water bottle

Harness: Black Diamond on high quality
Karabiners: Two pieces Screw Gate “D” Shaped and two plain
Tape Sling: Two meters 1inch wide tape sling with free ends
Ice-Axe: Choice depends on use. Generally length between your ankle and finger tips on stretched body (60cm to 70cm).This is the choice of shaft length to go for.
Climbing boots
Crampons: Quick clip on and release design having detachable anti balling plate and a size to fit your boot.
Jumar/Ascenders: This is a device for climbing up on a rope and is a must in steep climbing section.
Descender: This is a device to climb down a rope safely. Figure of eight and ATC are other names.
Sleeping bag: Good sleeping bag of 80% – 90% down, 1000gm filled to use above base camp & normal trek,
Down Jacket: A good down filled jacket to use above base camp n normal trek.
Duffel bag: trekking/Mountaineering Basics 85 litter water proofs.

Latest News
TAAN Pokhara Chapter Explored New Trail
A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district.

A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
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02. Camping

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Griffon Travel is an adventure company in Kathmandu, Nepal, which has been established by experience people from the Himalayas
Address: Minbhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal