Chulu West Peak Climbing

Duration16 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
Maximum Altitude5,600m
Group SizeMin 2 Pax
Travel StyleClimbing
Best TimeMarch to April and September to November

There are two peaks of which is one is known as Chulu West and the other as Chulu East. In comparison to these two peaks Chulu West is higher than East. It (Chulu West) lies at an altitude of 6,419m from sea level. This peak is also known as Chulu Central. This peak is enveloped by Annapurna Region in the northern part of Nepal.

Japanese Expedition team was the first to ascended Chulu West Peak in 1952. Climbing Chulu West is not that technical and tough but the slopes in later stages at certain points make the climbing difficult. The base camp of Chulu West is located off the main trail to Thorang La near small valley of Manang.

We trek ahead crossing the plateau and travelling towards Chulu Glacier in east. We ascend the large glacier slopes on the way to Chulu West. The only difficulty of this climbing is that sometime nasty avalanche in certain conditions spoil the climbing.

It is a rewarding climb as you get splendid view of different mountains from the peak of Chulu West especially, the sight of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna l are adorable.

Besisahar is the starting point of Chulu West Climbing. In the initial stage we keep on trekking. The trail follows the same trail of Annapurna Short Circuit. To reach northern part of Annapurna Massif we go through Marshyangdi Valley. Leaving the trail to Annapurna Circuit at Yak-Kharka we proceed towards Chulu West Base Camp. We walk through such trail where there is uninhabited land. We will be spending few nights in the base camp practicing and learning last tips of climbing.

We will arrange one or two high camps at least. Passing through rocky and ice frozen path we proceed towards summit. At the first part of the climbing we take help of fixed ropes. The final portion the climbing is a bit long and slow which makes the climbing a bit tiring and exhausting due to soft snow.

You will enjoy the summit and the spell binding view of vast ocean of ice. Here you realize that you are above the clouds and about to touch sky. You breathe fresh feel refreshed. After spending couple of hours here we get back to lower high camp. From the high camp we proceed towards Thorung Phedi. We cross Thorang La Pass. It is a tough ascend at an altitude of 5,416m. we descend towards deepest gorge of the world—Kali Gandaki Valley. 

Trip PlanExpand all

After breakfast we follow Prithvi Highway till Dumre and from there rough road will lead us to Besisahar. We reach here by private vehicle or tourist bus. From Besisahar we take local bus to arrive at Nadi where we halt for a night.


From today you will start experiencing real Nepal on foot. Initially, it is a steep climb followed by flat path. Hilly course will surely please you. We get beautiful but distant view of Marshyangdi River and this is awe-inspiring moment. We will spend night at Ghermu.


After breakfast we begin our trek towards Chamje. On the way you pass through Magar village. Magar are regarded as indigenous ethnic group of the country. They have their own culture and traditions. They are also popular as brave people. The course is full of up and down and this will surely help to burn your calories.


Mountains start gradually appearing from today and at Dharapani you get beautiful view of some of the mountains. On the way to Dharapani you see Manaslu Mountain at first. By late noon you will be at Dharapani where you will put off tonight.


Today we cross pine forests to reach Chame and it is headquarter of Manang district. On the way to Chame you see Gurung villages. They are also regarded as ethnic indigenous group of Npeal. Their culture and traditions are also unique. Danakyu is one of the on the ways stoppage. From here till Timang the trail is steep. It is around one and half hour climb. Rest of the course is flat. We will get distant view of mountains but clear than yesterday. We will spend night in Chame.


Today’s walk is full of pleasure. You will view Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. You will encounter several ups and downs followed by jungles and its beautiful greenery. We will spend night at Pisang.


There are two ways to Manang and we follow the route to Upper Pisang because you get beautiful view of mountains. Nawal village is on the way destination. The village is inhabited by Gurung, Ghayarung and Magar people. While on the way to Manang you see Annapurna II and IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak. The sight of glaciers will mesmerize you. We will halt at Manang at night.


Acclimatization means adjusting body temperature with increasing altitude in order to avoid altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can be severe so we take rest at some places. But, at the same time we also enjoy the day. Today we hike local area. We visit few monasteries located in Manang. The air of Manang is filled with Buddhism culture where you can immerse yourself for inner solitude. We stay at a tea house in Manang.


Today we will be walking on desert like path. Due to high mountains rains are shaded here making the place desert. While on the way we get heart capturing view of Chulu West Mountain. Finally, we arrive at Chauri Ledar where we put off at night. 


In order to cross Thorang La Pass on time tomorrow we bring you at High Camp today. This will save your time and energy for tomorrow’s excursion. Today we get beautiful views of several mountains. We put off at High Camp.


Today we wake up early in the morning at around 2am. We do this in order to climb the peak so that noon wind may not catch us hindering our trail. At the summit you can enjoy some time by taking photographs. It is a day of your dream realization. After spending less than hour we will get back to High Camp. From High Camp we further move towards Base Camp wherewe will put off at night.


It takes around five hours to arrive at Thorang La Pass from Base Camp. The view of Mustang along with mountains will capture your heart. You are at the height of 5416 meter. Being here is fascinating as if you have conquered the world without war. You get the view of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche. They appear like crescent moon. We spend night at Thorung La High Camp.


It takes around five hours to arrive at Muktinath from Thorung La. The trail is exciting but challenging too at the same time. Muktinath is a common holy site of Buddhist and Hindu. There are several things to see here such as: 108 taps, Jwala Mai Temple, witness rituals of Hindus and Buddhist and yes, Lord Vishnu’s Temple. Muktinath means Lord of Salvation. 


After breakfast we walk towards Muktinath. It is a pleasing walk as cool breeze touches you. We spend some time walking along forests to arrive at Jomsom. Here in Jomsom you can enjoy day by visiting few monasteries. Local wine of Jomsom is also popular among tourists. We will spend night at Jomsom.


Early in the morning after breakfast we take flight to Pokhara. It is a scenic flight of around 20 minute where you will enjoy mountains from the comfort of plane. In Pokhara you will have enough time to explore the city. You will visit Davi’s Fall, Gupteswor Cave, Mahendra Cave, Talbarahi Temple and boating in Phewa Lake. We will put off in a hotel. 


Today after breakfast we get back to Kathmandu either by flight or tourist bus. By air it is a journey of around 30 minutes whereas by bus it takes around five to six hours to arrive at Capital. In Kathmandu you will get some time to roam around Thamel where you can purchase souvenir for your friends or families. Overnight at a hotel.

Cost Details
  • Airports/Hotel transfers using a private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3 stars category Hotels.
  • Accommodation in Tea Houses or any Local Hotels with Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) 
  • Permit fees ( National Parks, Conservation Area entry, Trekkers Management Information Service (TIMS) Permit, All governmental authorization and permit necessary cost.)
  • Local tourist guide and Local Porter if necessary.
  • All your rescue and travel arrangements. If there is an emergency condition.
  • Medical supplies and First Aid Kits.
  • Entry Visa fee and any kinds of immigration charges in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal.
  • International Flight Fare to/from Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Extra Night meals and accommodation on your early arrival or late departure also any domestic flight delays.
  • Extra luggage charges.
  • Personal expenses like Laundry, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, hot showers, phone calls, charging, boiled water/bottled waters, etc Rescue in emergency services.
  • Individual buying and souvenirs.
  • Any kinds of tips during your hotels and restaurant visit.
  • Rent or Purchase any type of equipment or gear.
  • Purchase special medicines and kits.
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