Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Trekking and Climbing
  • Transport: Public Vehicle & Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge & Camping
  • Group Size: 16
  • Max Elevation: Chulu East (6856m)

Highlights

  • Stumble upon the charming countryside vibe of Dharapani, Chame, Pisang and Ngawol villages
  • Make friends with the perennial Marsyangdi River which surrounds the region
  • Answer the challenges of the dry, barren lands at Thorong La Pass
  • Set up the tent at the base camp station
  • Climb the Chulu East Peak (6,856m)
  • Pay homage to the sacred Muktinath temple
  • Engage in a bunch of activities during a night in Pokhara
  • Become a part of the fascinating Manangi culture
     

Description

In Nepal, every mountain has a story to tell. The stories can be snowy, bumpy, and even rocky, but never dull. Beside the Damodar Himal in Manang Valley, there are two Chulu peaks – Chulu East Peak and Chulu West Peak. Surrounded by the free-flowing Marsyangdi River, the Chulu East Peak lies to the south-east of Chulu West Peak. With its height at (6,584m), it isn’t the most intimidating of mountains. But it is one with a story to tell, a story that deserves your attention.

Chulu East Peak climbing package will acquaint you with a stunning backdrop of Annapurna Himal Range. The crimson hue of rhododendron forests and terraced meadows will enliven your trek further. Chulu East Peak climbing is one of the most exhilarating experiences on offer in the “forbidden kingdom” of Manang valley.

The summit is also known as a gateway to spectacular views of the Annapurna range, along with Manaslu (8163m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Tilicho (7134m) among many others. Another option, the Chulu Far East climbing is a relatively easy one at 6,059 meters.

Going back in time, a confirmed ascent of Chulu East dates back to 1979. Chulu East Peak climbing, with its same mesmerizing experience, remains a famous choice for an expedition. Although you can reach the summit within a week, we recommend dedicating a longer itinerary for a productive Chulu East Peak climbing.

Chulu East Peak climbing is truly something unforgettable. It’s safe to say that despite other exotic mountain peaks in Nepal with possibly greater challenges, the Chulu East Peak climbing adventure stands confident in a league of its own. This peak climbing package is not just famous for the expedition but serves as an intriguing peephole of the Manangi culture.

Here’s a quick walkthrough of your entire trip. Travelers claim “not knowing is part of the fun” when it comes to traveling. But it’s always better to keep informed of what comes next. Driving to Dharapani from Kathmandu, you’ll pass through beautiful villages like Chame, Pisang, and Ngawol village.

The trip is yet to get better. From Ngawol, the trail heads towards base camp and then climbs to the high camp of Chulu East. After the climb, we will make our way through Thorong La pass to Manang. On the way back to Jomsom, you can make a visit to the Muktinath temple.

It is highly likely that you will love every bit of this trekking experience. Skim through the major highlights of the tour or go through the detailed Chulu East Peak climbing itinerary to find out why.

Itinerary

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Take an 8-9 hour drive to Dharapani, Manang from Kathmandu. This drive will take you through villages like Chyamche, Karte, and Tal. Arrive at Dharapani after the ride. Stay overnight at a hotel in Dharapani.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Dharapani
  • Altitude: 1960m

Walk up to Chame village from Dharapani. The 5-6 hours trek encompasses Bhote village along with serene oak and pine forests. Arrive at Chame (2700m) and get access to hotels and shops in this lovely village. Stay overnight at a tea house in Chame.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Chame
  • Altitude: 2700m

Trek to the Pisang village of small settlements for 5-6 hours. Walk alongside the Marsyangdi River and coniferous forests. Cross the famous suspension bridge at the river and explore the agricultural area. Arrive at Pisang (3200m), walk around and capture the views of the majestic mountains. Spend the night in a tea house at Pisang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Pisang
  • Altitude: 3200m

From Pisang, trek for 5-6 hours amidst the abundance of coniferous pine forests until you reach Ngawol village. On the way, you will come across the village of Upper Pisang above the tree line. This is when you practically enter the Manang valley for the first time. Get a good glimpse of the magnificent Annapurna peaks from the ridge, all more than 8000 meters high. Overnight at the tea house in Ngawol village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Place: Ngawol Village
  • Altitude: 3600m

Start the 5-6 hour walk from Ngawol Village to Chulu East Base Camp from where the expedition will officially begin. Arrive at Chulu East Base Camp (4989m). Witness the Annapurna range closer than ever. Acclimatize and rest before the big day. Set up the tent at the base camp and spend overnight at the tent.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Chulu East Base Camp
  • Altitude: 4989m

Acclimatize at the high altitude and prepare all gears and equipment for the trek. Stay at the tent and stay warm. Overnight at the tent.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Chulu East Base Camp
  • Altitude: 4989m

Ascend from Base Camp to the High Camp at 5800m. The 5-hour walk will entertain you with major traverses, crevasses and narrow rocky ridges. Leave behind various peaks on the way to the top of the camp. Acclimatize with the high altitude. Overnight at tented High Camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: High Camp
  • Altitude: 5800m

Starting from the east side, ascend from the High Camp to the Chulu East peak (6429m). You will be at the pinnacle in approximately 10 hours. The climb may be a little tricky, depending on the conditions. Reach the summit following the solo trail. Breathe a sigh of relief as you captivate yourself with the incredible atmosphere up there. Climb down all the way to the base camp.  

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Chulu East Base Camp
  • Altitude: 4989m

You never know when you’re in the mountains. It is best to set up a contingency day just in case. You will stay at the High Camp before ascending to the summit. Make sure everything is ready and on par. Suit yourself as you leave the first thing next morning. 

    Leave for Manang early morning from Base Camp. The trek down will be of approximately 5 hours. Keep yourself warm and stay wary of altitude illness. Explore whatever you can at the heart of the beautiful Manang. Have tea and spend the night at the tea house. 

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Place: Manang
    • Altitude: 3540m

    Trek downwards from Manang to Ledar (4,200m). Take back the gorgeous view of the hills and mountains. Spend the night at a teahouse or lodge. 

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Place: Leder
    • Altitude: 4200m

    Trek from Leder to Thorong High Camp for 5 hours straight. Acclimatize as the altitude will be high (4800m). Prepare for descend the next day. Overnight at a tea house in Thorong High Camp.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Place: Thorong High Camp
    • Altitude: 4800m

    From Thorong High Camp, walk all the way down to one of the most sacred temples of Nepal, Muktinath temple (3800m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m). Muktinath, known as the “Temple of Salvation”, will have a large number of pilgrims. Find abundant hotels and tea shops. Spend the night at a tea house.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Place: Muktinath
    • Altitude: 3800m

    Trek for approximately 5 hours from Muktinath to Jomsom, the tourist hub of Mustang. You have plenty of options in the windy Jomsom. Help yourself at the local eateries. Explore the Mustang culture and stroll below the open landscapes. Overnight at a tea house. 

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Place: Jomsom
    • Altitude: 2700m

    Take a 25-minute flight from the airport at Jomsom to Pokhara. Get down to Pokhara and transfer to a hotel. You can attend to the most famous attractions in Pokhara before returning. Fewa Lake, David Falls, Mahendra Cave, Bindabasini Temple, are some terrific options. Stay at the hotel in Pokhara.

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Place: Pokhara
    • Altitude: 820m

    The final day of the Chulu East Peak climbing. Return from Pokhara to Kathmandu, a 6-hour long drive. 

    • Place: Kathmandu
    • Altitude: 1320m

    What to Expect

    • Airport pickups and drops 
    • Teahouse accommodation during the trekking
    • Tented accommodation during the climbing 
    • 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) 
    • Local Bus Ticket (Kathmandu to Dharapani)
    • Domestic flights (Jomsom to Pokhara)
    • Tourist Bus Ticket (Pokhara to Kathmandu)
    • English Speaking Trekking Guide (leader) and Climbing guide (leader) with Insurance, Transportation, Food, and Accommodation
    • Porter with Insurance, Transportation, Food, and Accommodation
    • Down jacket (to be returned after trip completion)
    • Duffel bag, T-shirt, and Trekking Map
    • Trekking permits, Chulu East Peak climbing permit, and other necessary paperwork 
    • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping 
    • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
    • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
    • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
    • All government and local taxes
    • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
    • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
    • Extra Baggage Charges
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Personal expenses (WiFi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
    • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section 
    • Travel and Rescue Insurance
    • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

    PRICES & DATES

    Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
    15 Dec, 2019 - 30 Dec, 2019AvailableUS$3000
    22 Dec, 2019 - 06 Jan, 2020AvailableUS$3000
    29 Dec, 2019 - 13 Jan, 2020AvailableUS$3000

    Useful Information

    Best time for Chulu East Peak Climbing

    Before you jump into any conclusions, you’ll need to know how to make the best out of this trek experience. If you’re an avid traveler, it shouldn’t surprise you when we say spring and autumn are best seasons for Chulu East Peak climbing. 

    The months of April, May, and June present the most hospitable environment for trekkers all across Nepal. If by any chance you cannot make it in spring, traveling in September, October and November is your next best alternative. In spring, the fresh, lush greenery of lower Manang will accompany. 

    Autumn can be quite scintillating as well with dry pastures and highlands which are best suited for trekking. Mountains are quite unpredictable when it comes to weather and climate. Therefore, we recommend that you try this package in spring and autumn to be on the safe side.

    Chulu East Peak Climbing Difficulty

    Owing to the fact that Chulu East Peak lies in one of the most challenging regions of the country, the difficulty of this expedition is high. Trekkers classify Chulu East Peak climbing as “mild to very strenuous”, based on their trekking experiences. We expect and advise you to undergo proper training before taking this adventure into consideration. You’ll need to have excellent maneuvering skills in ice and rock climbing gears and equipment.

    Mountains are full of exciting surprises, and Chulu East Peak is no different. It will make you fall in love with its uncertainties. If you’re all but technically sound, this adventure will be a piece of cake. To make it more interesting, you will pass through deep crevices, massive glaciers, and possible icefalls along your way to the top.