Around Annapurna & Chulu West Climb

Chulu West was first ascended in 1952 by a Japanese Expedition and since then it has slowly gained popularity.This climbing expeditions is suitable to the experienced trekkers and amateur climbers who wish to summit the demanding trekking peak climbing in Annapurna, Nepal. The Annapurna Region in central Nepal is the most geographically and culturally diverse region for trekking. This peak is done with the classic Around Annapurna. The trek has fascinating and diverse landscapes and cultures encompassing all the features of the area from the terraced village lowlands of the Marshyangdi valley, through the forests and agricultural areas of the middle hill country, to the glacial basins of the Annapurna Mountains.

The trek starts from the sub-tropical Pokhara Valley and passes through paddy fields, hanging bridges before gradually ascending through terraced hillsides of wheat and barley. We cross the villages of Jagat, Dharapani and Chame below the altitude of 3,000m before reaching Pisang, the first village above 3,000m in altitude. As we ascend and gain altitude we reach the semi-desert landscape with stunning and extremely close-up views of snowy and glaciated high peaks including Annapurnas II, III and IV. The next stopover is at Manang (3,540m) where we have an extra day to get acclimatize. From here we head towards Chulu West Base Camp and set a high camp. From here we summit Chulu West from where we get panoramic views of the whole Himalayan range including Annapurnas II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu. After summiting the peak we will cross the Thorung La pass at 5,416m which will be another highlight of the trip with fantastic views of the Himalayas.

As we come down towards the village of Muktinath we will be entering the Kali Ghandaki valley said to have one of the deepest gorge of the world. Our final overnight stay is at Jomsom which is the gateway to the Mustang region. From here we take the scenic flight to Pokhara on twin otter thus ending our exhilarating expedition.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Beshishar (820m)
Day 04: Bhulbhule to Jagat (1,340m)
Day 05: Jagat to Dharapani (1,943m)
Day 06: Dharapani to Chame (2,713m)
Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3,185m)
Day 08: Pisang to Manang (3,540m)
Day 09: Rest Day at Manang (acclimatization)
Day 10: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m)
Day 11: Chulu West Base Camp (4,700m)
Day 12: High camp
Day 13: Summit Chulu West Peak (6,250m) and back to Base Camp
Day 14: Yak Kharka
Day 15: Thornag Phedi
Day 16: Thong La (5,416m) to Muktinath (3,802m)
Day 17: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,713m)
Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara by Flight
Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 20: Half Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 21: Final Departure

Trip Facts

Best Period: Feb to May & Oct to Dec
Time Period: 20 Nights / 21 Days
Trek Period: 15 Night / 16 Days
In Kathmandu: 04 Nights
In Pokhara: 01 Night
Flights: 02 Ways (Jomsom / Pokhara / Kathmandu)
Trek Type: Strenuous
Highest Altitude: 6,250m
Warning: Altitude Sickness
Trek Start Point: Bhulbhule
Trek End Point: Jomsom
Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu / Lodges on trek / Camping while climbing
Trek Cost: Details of cost upon request

Features

National Park: Annapurna National Park (7,629 sq. kms)
Mountains: Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Yaka Khawa, etc.
Pass: Throng la Pass (5,416m)
Summit: Chulu West (6,250m)
Rivers: Marshyangdi Khola and Kali Ghandaki
Villages: Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, etc.
Tribes: Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs
Forests: Of Rhododendron and Pine
Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains

Maps

Map of Around Annapurna & Chulu West Climb