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  • Trip Name : Chulu Far East
  • Difficulty : Moderate to Strenous
  • Trip Duration : 21 Days
  • Activity : Expedition

Chulu Far East

For those who love Nepal, its landscape and people, here is a little known trekking peak leading to a wonderful viewpoint facing the Annapurna Great Barrier. The Chulu Massif rises north of the Marshyangdi Khola in the Manang region and form part of the Manang Himal, which is quite rightly included in the larger Damodar Himal.

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Beyond the Annapurna Himalaya, amongst a group of peaks known as the Manang Himal, the eminently climbable Chulu Far East (6059m) boasts a superb summit panorama that includes all of the Annapurnas, as well as a host of little-known peaks in Tibet. Our approach to the mountain follows the trek of the classic Annapurna Circuit for 3 days before climbing to a basecamp above the villages of Gyaru and Ngawa. We go on to establish a high camp on the south-west ridge of Chulu Far East and we make our ascent via straightforward snow-slopes. Descending to Manang in the deep cleft of the Marsyangdi Valley, the second part of this fantastic climbing holiday is our 6-day trek out to Jomsom, via the stunning Tilicho Lake and the relatively rarely-crossed Tilicho La (5260m). Close to the Annapurna Circuit, this expedition manages, nevertheless, to take you well off the beaten track and to provide an unforgettable trekking and climbing holiday.

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)

Day 2 - Visit old town of Kathmandu

Day 3 - Drive to Besisahar (830m/2,723 ft) and trek to Khudi (780m / 2,559ft)

Day 4 - Trek from Khudi to Syange (1,211m / 3,973ft)

Day 5 - Trek from Syange to Tal (1,700m / 5,577ft)

Day 6 - Trek from Tal to Koto (2,650m / 8,694ft)

Day 7 - Trek from Koto to Pisang (3,300m / 10,827ft)

Day 8 - Pisang to Nagawa

Day 9 - Rest at Nagawa

Day 10 - Manang to Chulu Lader

Day 11 - Chulu Lader to Chulu West Base Camp

Day 12 - Chulu West Base Camp to Chulu West High Camp

Day 13 - Chulu West High Camp to Summit

Day 14 - Chulu West High Camp to Summit

Day  15 - Chulu West Base Camp to Thorong Phedi

Day 16 - Trek from Phedi to Muktinath (3,760m / 12,336ft)

Day 17 - Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720m / 8,924ft)

Day 18 - Morning flight to Pokhara (900m/2,953 ft)

Day 19 - Free day at Pokhara

Day 20 - Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft). Free day at Kathmandu

Day 21 - Departure from Nepal

Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)

Upon arriving at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our airport representatives who will warmly greet you and transfer to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle. We provide 3-star accommodation in the city and we arrange for a trip briefing with dinner in the evening.

 

Day 2 - Visit old town of Kathmandu

A professional guide and vehicle are provided for a day of sightseeing in and around Kathmandu city. We visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city along with other interesting cultural monuments that dot the valley. These include Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings), along with other popular cultural attractions. We get to observe the lifestyle of Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, fascinating history as well as awe-inspiring architecture.

 

Day 3 - Drive to Besisahar (830m/2,723 ft) and trek to Khudi (780m / 2,559ft)

Our staff will arrive at your hotel at 7am in the morning to pick you up for a 7-hour (185 kms) drive from Kathmandu to the small but bustling town of Besi Sahar. Once at Besisahar, you can witness the stunning snow-capped mountain panorama. We prepare for our trekking that will start from the following day. We take the gravelled road to Khudi for our start of the trek.

 

Day 4 - Trek from Khudi to Syange (1,211m / 3,973ft)

There are good views of Himchuli and Manaslu as we descend to the Nadi Khola and then cross the Musi Khola on a suspension bridge and begin long ascent to Bahundanda (1310m­). There are excellent views of the Marasyandi Valley ahead from the top of the hill. Cross the river to its west bank more to Syange (1190m). About 7-8 hours walk with one long ascent.

 

Day 5 - Trek from Syange to Tal (1,700m / 5,577ft)

We walk through forest to the settlements of Jagat and Chamje (1430m) then we cross the Marsyandi to the east bank. Walking up though forests, we reach the board flat grassy valley of Tal (1075m) and enter into the district of Mustang. Tal resembles a 'Wild West' town with its many painted wooden verandahs. 6 hours walk, ascending for most of the day.

 

Day 6 - Trek from Tal to Koto (2,650m / 8,694ft)

Leaving the valley on a rocky path close up against the valley wall, we descend to cross the Marsyangdi yet again reach the village of Dharapani (1930m) Continuing through we pass waterfalls to reach the police check post at Kuparkodo. There are wonderful views of Annapurna and Langtang from this point. We camp in the fields just before entering the village. About 6 hours walk gradually uphill all day.

 

Day 7 - Trek from Koto to Pisang (3,300m / 10,827ft)

A short walk from Kuparkodo brings us to Chame (2630m), the administrative center for the Manang area. Continue to walk through pine forest crossing the river once again to reach the settlement of Tibetan Khampas before the village of Pisang.

 

Day 8 - Pisang to Nagawa (3650 m.)
After a 7-hour walk through trails and broad forested valley floor a small stool airstrip and a village of about 200 houses and Barge monastery which is the largest in the entire district and reach Manang.

 

Day 9 - Rest in Nagawa for acclimatization
A necessary day to rest and acclimatize and explore Nagawa village and around. Annapurna II, Annapurna III (24,787 Ft.), Gangapurna (24,457 Ft.) and Chulu East (19,880 Ft.) to the north can be well viewed.

 

Day 10 - Nagawa / Chulu Far East Base Camp (5334 m.)
Ascent slowly up to the Chulu Far East Base Camp crossing the glacier of Chulu region.

 

Day 11 - Rest day for acclimatization
A necessary day to rest and acclimatize and explore around Chulu Far East Base Camp.

 

Day 12 - Base Camp to Chulu Far East High Camp (5608 m.)
Ascent slowly towards a col on the left and follows left hand skyline ridge to reache Chulu Far East High Camp. Please note that your porters and trekking guide will not go any further than Base Camp. Only climbing guide will be together with you during the climbing period.

 

Day 13 - Chulu Far East High Camp to Summit (6059 m.) and back to Base Camp
Early morning around 3:00 A.M. get ready for climbing. Dress up to be done and breakfast be taken before leaving for the summit. There are several short sections of steep snow or ice (45 degrees) and bulges produced by the glacier. One can see beautiful views of many snowy mountains from the summit. After summit back to high camp and after backpack go down to Base Camp to meet your porters and trekking guide who are waiting for happy news.

 

Day 14 - Chulu Far East Base Camp to Manang (3351m.)

After a 7-hour walk through trails and broad forested valley floor a small stool airstrip and a village of about 200 houses and Barge Monastery which is the largest in the entire district and reach Manang.

 

Day 15 - Manang to Thorong Phedi (4351 m.)

We branch away from the Marsyangdi Khola steadily climbing into quiet distinct alpine areas. Rest for lunch at Lader. Crossing the Jarsang Khola we climb to a small grassy valley and camp at Thorong Phedi. Then rest. Approximately 5 hrs. Walk.

 

Day 16 - Trek from Phedi to Muktinath (3,760m / 12,336ft)

Ascent, sometimes over loose rocks, to reach a rocky pass marked with the gradient and after several false summits, the Thorung La (pass) finally comes into view marked by two large cairns with prayer flags flying (5416m). The views from the top are simply stunning. We make a long, steep, descent to Muktinath (3800m) and camp in a field in the village. The ascent can take 3 1/2 hours or longer and the descent from 2 1/2 to 4 hours. Muktinath is a village situated close to the Thorung La pass. It is also an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. We'll spend some time here relaxing and participating in some leisurely explorations of the village, visiting the gompa which houses the 'water that burns'. Hindus believe that bathing here gives salvation after death and it is an important site for many including the 'Bho Tiya' people who inhabit the valley of Muktinath. They are also known as the 'Baraga Ule' or 'people of the 12 villages'.

 

Day 17 - Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720m / 8,924ft)

In the early afternoon we will descend through Jarkot with its impressive fortress to Kingar and Kagbeni (2810m). Kagbeni is like an oasis on this arid area with orchards and fields of barley along the banks of the Kali Gandaki. We are rewarded with good views of Dhaulagiri during our descent. From Kagbeni we turn south for Jomsom (2713m) in the Kali Gandaki valley with the peak of Dhaulagiri directly in front of us.

 

Day 18 - Morning flight to Pokhara (900m/2,953 ft)

A short flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once in Pokhara, we’ll tour around Pokhara valley, covering Fewa Lake, Devi’s Waterfall, a museum, a Tibetan refugee settlement, Gupteshower Cave, and more. The placid Fewa Lake is the highlight of Pokhara, as are the crystal clear mountains seen from the lakeside and nearby hills.

 

Day 19 - Free day at Pokhara

This is a free day at Pokhara for relaxation and reflection of the wonderful trip we’ll have successfully completed. It is also a contingency day in case of flight cancellation to Pokhara. In the lakeside city, there is a ton of amazing activities you could try including paragliding, microlight and zipliner among others.

 

Day 20 - Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft). Free day at Kathmandu

A short and scenic flight from Pokhara gets us to Kathmandu where we can spend some leisure time and take rest. You are free to go souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city, or extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, mountain biking, Everest mountain flight and other adventurous activities. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at Mul Chowk Restaurant’s cozy and elegant dining ambience.

 

Day 21 - Departure from Nepal

The trip concludes today. You will be dropped at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport by our airport representative for your flight departure from Nepal.

Price Details

Please enquire with us for prices

 

Price Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle for airport and hotel pick up/drop off, sightseeing and transfers
  • All domestic flights (if any)
  • Accommodation in teahouses and hotels
  • All meals during trek
  • Entry permit to parks, monuments, cultural landmarks and peaks if applicable
  • Trekking guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s) their daily wages, food, accommodation and other expenses
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • In case of emergency, we can send helicopters for evacuation, manage all paperwork, and deal with related insurance companies (provided the client has valid insurance)


Price Excludes

  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Travel insurance covering medical treatment and evacuation by ground and air
  • Nepal entry visa, obtained upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • Rescue and evacuation
  • Extra road transport/flight cost in case member returns earlier
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and if applicable, in Pokhara
  • Items of personal nature like laundry, communication and bar bill
  • Tips for trip staff and driver. (Tipping is appreciated)
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section