Chulu West Peak Climbing
Adventurous, challenging, and rewarding peak climbing in Nepal
Chulu West Peak climbing is one of the famous climbing peaks. This mountain situates in the north of the Manang valley. Chulu west peak climbing offers fantastic sceneries across the Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak, and Manaslu.
If you love Nepal and its geographical landscape and culture and want to have the adventure to the most total, then peak climbing on these two peaks facing the Annapurna Great Barrier is the best viable option for you. Peaks are considered part of Mt. Manang, which falls under the more excellent Damodar Mountain range as the eastern limit remains south of Chako and in a north-to-south way along the Hulung Khola, Nar Khola, and Fu Khola.
Marshyangdi river lies in the southern part; the western is the Kali Gandaki. There is considerable confusion concerning the name and place of the Chulu peaks. We have a tailor-made itinerary on the Chulu West Peak Climbing that wants to climb this beautiful mountain.
There is confusion regarding the Chulu West Peak Climbing summit and several summits in the vicinity that are part of the Chulu. To clarify the confusion, the four summits can be incorporated as the Chulu group, and two summits of Chulu West and Chulu East can be gained for the permit to climb. The problem arose from the misleading trekking map published by some map creators. Many climbers have been confused about the exact location of two peaks since the range has four and more summits in close vicinity unmarked on the map.
As a result of this confusion, many trekkers or climbers climbed other summits thinking it to be either Chulu East Peak Climbing or Chulu West Peak Climbing. The expert Sherpa and guides of the Peregrine Treks & Expedition will take you to the summit of the Chulu region you intend to climb. Climb with the expert Sherpa team, and the Peregrine Treks guides for the ascending successful and safe Chulu East/West peaks. Adventurous, challenging, and rewarding peak climbing in Nepal.
Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you’ll be greeted by one of our representatives, who will accompany you to your hotel in Kathmandu, where you can rest after your long journey. During your stay, you can explore Thamel’s vibrant streets or unwind at the hotel, depending on your preferences.
You have a chance to taste authentic Nepalese cuisine and experience the warm hospitality and culture of the locals. You will spend the night in Kathmandu and start your journey to explore the beauty of Nepal the following day.
Meal: welcome dinner
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Altitude: 1400 m
Today presents an opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of Kathmandu valley, which includes historic royal palaces, temples, monasteries, and stupas. You can also discover old statues and other artifacts of historical significance, or you can ask us about a tour extension.
Meanwhile, our team will handle the necessary paperwork to acquire trekking and climbing permits, such as ACAP permits.
In the evening, we will hold a pre-trek meeting to provide you with a comprehensive briefing on the trekking and climbing experience of the Chulu West Peak Climbing.
We will also thoroughly inspect all required equipment to ensure it’s in perfect working condition. If any essential gear is missing, we can help you shop to acquire it.
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Altitude: 1400 m
Begin your day bright and early with a nourishing breakfast to fuel your journey. Then we embark on an unforgettable expedition to Chulu West Peak.
As you depart from Kathmandu, immerse yourself in the serene, fresh air and behold the scenic Prithvi Highway. The Trishuli river flows by, offering a spectacular view of its lively banks and stunning landscape, which will leave you in awe.
As you proceed, we will make pit stops at small towns and villages, each presenting a glimpse into local culture and customs. The Marshyangdi River awaits, winding through picturesque hills and majestic mountains that seem to touch the heavens.
After a winding drive through rugged terrain, the charming Chamje comes into view – a quaint village in the heart of Marshyangdi Valley where you will spend the night at a cozy teahouse.
Altitude: 1410 m
Driving time: 8 to 9 hours
Today, we embark on a picturesque trek to the enchanting region of Dharapani. Our journey commences with a thrilling crossing of the formidable Marshyangdi River, followed by an uphill climb towards Tal village, marking our entry into the Mustang district.
The trail beyond Tal ascends steeply, descends briefly, and then ascends again towards the lofty hills that lead us to Dharapani. While trekking past the sacred Mani walls, crossing suspension bridges and traversing through quaint settlements, we’ll be serenaded by the continuous roar of the Marshyangdi River. Upon reaching our destination, we’ll spend a delightful overnight stay in Dharapani.
Altitude: 1960 m
Trek time: 6 to 7 hours
Today, we embark on a journey towards the higher altitudes of the captivating Manang district, bidding farewell to the prominent village of Dharapani. Our trek will involve a gradual ascent, accompanied by breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. We will ascend a hill and descend to Bagarchhap in under an hour.
The journey continues through a narrow-forested gorge, where we will witness the awe-inspiring beauty of a waterfall. As we trek further, we will encounter another enchanting Tibetan village, Danakyu. Our path will lead us through a dense forest, cross small tributaries and pass by more waterfalls.
We will then navigate our way over rugged terrain and pass through a few Tibetan enclaves, including Thanchow and Koto, en-route to our intended stop for the day, Chame, where we will rest for the night.
Altitude: 2670 m
Trek time: 6 to 7 hours
Our journey commences from Chame, where we embark on a trail adorned with prayer flags. As we make our way through the dense forest, we navigate the steep, narrow path with stone steps until we reach a curved rock face towering above the Marshyangdi river.
After passing through Talkeu, a small settlement with several undulating climbs, we arrive at the historic village of Bartang, inhabited by the Khampang community. Continuing our journey, we will follow the trail accompanied by the beautiful Marshangdi river and begin our ascent to Lower Pisang, where we will rest for the night.
Altitude: 3200 m
Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
The trail from Lower Pisang leads us through the arid region of Manang, an area situated in the rain shadow resulting in limited rainfall during summer and low snowfall during winter. As we descend towards the valley floor, we will cross the Sabche River, which offers awe-inspiring views of Annapurna II and IV.
Upon reaching Braga village, we can embark on cultural exploration and discover numerous gompas, Chortens, and other heritage sites, allowing us to delve into the local customs and traditions. Manang’s dry and windy atmosphere offers a distinct landscape view, with highlights that include the majestic Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and other mountains.
We will stay at Manang tea house for the night, which offers a comfortable and hospitable refuge amidst the remarkable surroundings.
Altitude: 3500 m
Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
Acclimatizing our bodies to higher elevations is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. Fortunately, the town of Manang offers the ideal setting for this process, surrounded by stunning natural scenery. During your stay, consider hiking to Khangsar briefly or exploring nearby attractions such as Bhojo Gompa, Gaganpurna Lake, the historic Braga monastery, and the Himalayan Rescue Association office for valuable information on altitude sickness.
Altitude: 3500 m
Today’s trekking itinerary involves a gradual ascent towards the charming village of Ledder, focusing on acclimatization to the high altitude. Along the way, we will pass through a diverse range of landscapes, starting with alpine terrain and vegetation, before traversing through a dense pine forest and finally arriving at our destination. The trail will lead us past Manang and up a steep ascent to reach Tengi, the last settlement before the challenging Thorang La Pass.
As we continue our journey, we will reach the picturesque village of Ghunsang, renowned for its breathtaking mountain views and welcoming teahouse. We will come across Mani walls, small tea shops, and a bridge over a small stream before reaching Yak Kharka, a village famous for its expansive pasture lands and grazing yaks.
Our final destination, Ledder, can be accessed by crossing a glacial stream and navigating a steady, gradual ascent.
Altitude: 4210 m
Trek time: 6 to 7 hours
Today, the path before us will lead to the coveted base camp of Chulu West Peak. Though the climb is not overly complex, the thin air at this altitude will undoubtedly test our endurance. Take it slow and steady as we traverse the rugged terrain, allowing for ample time to absorb the breathtaking vistas that await us at the base camp.
From this vantage point, the mighty Annapurna massifs loom in all their splendor, casting an awe-inspiring spell upon all who behold them. As night descends, we shall stay at the local teahouse and revel in the bewitching display of the setting sun as it paints the Annapurna range in a myriad of fiery hues.
Altitude: 4900 m
Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
Today’s agenda is Training. Our climb to the top demands that we sharpen our skills and become masters of our gear. The climbing leaders will guide us through the use of various tools like the trusty ice axe, crampons, ropes, and more.
Let’s not forget to give our equipment one final once-over to avoid pesky malfunctions. The Training might even take us higher from the base camp. Once we’re ready to tackle the summit, we will retreat to our cozy lodging and recharge for the journey ahead.
Altitude: 4900 m
As we journey upwards from the Base Camp, the ascent on the slopes of Chulu West grows ever more challenging. While the climb to High Camp is not overwhelmingly technical, the rocky and icy terrain demands the use of crampons, ropes, and ice axes. Our intrepid team of experts deftly fix ropes in the steepest and most treacherous sections while our companions prepare to bed down for the night in the High Camp.
Resting here offers a chance to catch our breath and acclimatize to the altitude, making the final push to the summit all the more achievable.
Altitude: 5100 m
Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
Prepare for the ultimate adventure of a lifetime, conquering the mighty Chulu West Peak. Brace yourself for a day of epic proportions, starting at dawn. The trail ahead will be challenging but fear not; we’ll take it slow and stop to catch our breath and bask in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas.
Upon reaching the summit, you’ll experience overwhelming triumph and sheer joy. The panoramic views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Gaganpurna Peak, and Lamjung Peak will leave you speechless. Capture these magical moments forever before we descend back down to the base camp at a leisurely pace.
Altitude: 6420 m
Trek time: 9 to 10 hours
Given the unpredictable nature of Mother Nature, we have included an extra day to the itinerary. Should inclemently weather or any unforeseen circumstances arise on the scheduled Chulu West Peak conquest day, fear not. Our contingency plan is ready. Our reserve day shall come to the rescue, offering hope to those facing acclimatization woes or other hindrances.
As we conquer the summit of Chulu West Peak with a triumphant spirit, our eyes will be set on the daunting Thorong La Pass that awaits us. Upon returning to the base camp, we shall tread the same path until Ledder turns northward towards the unknown.
The journey ahead will be filled with many small streams originating from the mighty Chulu East and West peaks that we shall cross, as well as treacherous landslide zones and isolated tea shops that we will encounter en route.
A challenging six-hour hike will test our grit and determination, but we shall emerge victorious as we finally reach the majestic Thorong Phedi Pass base.
Altitude: 4500 m
Trek time: 6 to 7 hours
Commencing our journey from Thorong Phedi, we shall begin with a challenging ascent as we make our way toward high Camp. This section of the trail is steep, and we must be mindful of the rapid increase in altitude.
However, the trail will gradually become more manageable as we continue onward. After approximately four hours of trekking, we will finally reach the summit of Thorong La Pass, which stands at an impressive altitude of 5,416m. As one of the world’s most extensive passes, the Thorong La Pass view is genuinely breathtaking.
From here, we are granted an unparalleled panorama of the Annapurna Mountain range and the opportunity to marvel at the stunning valleys and gorges carved out by the Kali Gandaki River.
Once you’ve conquered the pass’s summit, it’s time to descend with deliberate ease. The trail starts gently, later passing through the winding sections. Eventually, you’ll find yourself on the grassy slopes at the foothills of the challenge you just conquered.
Beyond this lies a fascinating journey that takes you past the ruins of a Yak Herder’s nest, through the charming settlement of Chaharu, and finally to the sacred grounds of Muktinath. Take a moment to soak in the spiritual energy of this holy pilgrimage site before settling in for an unforgettable overnight stay.
Altitude: 3802 m
Trek time: 8 to 9 hours
Today’s adventure begins just beyond the Muktinath Temple as you weave through several Chortens and towards the magnificent Dzong. You will push on toward the enigmatic Putak, where the landscape transforms into a barren yet breathtaking vision of the mountains. A steep but short descent down a gully will bring you to the picturesque locale of Kagbeni, where the beauty of the surroundings will take your breath away.
As you journey forth, the Kali Gandaki River will be your loyal companion, leading you through the remains of a bygone village and bustling settlements like Ekle Bhatti. The path from Ekle Bhatti to Jomsom is a breeze, meandering along sandy shores sculpted by the river’s flow, past ancient gompas, and other treasured cultural landmarks. When night falls, Jomsom will be your resting place, a haven of comfort and respite for weary travelers.
Altitude: 2720 m
Trek time: 6 to 7 hours
Today, we will catch the early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. As we soar through the skies, we shall witness the breathtaking contrasts of the landscape – the deepest gorge, the lush Kali Gandaki River valley, and the majestic Annapurna massifs glittering in the sun. Upon reaching Pokhara, we shall unwind and explore the valley’s wonders.
From the serene Phewa Lake to the elusive Devis Falls, from the mysterious Mahendra Cave to the awe-inspiring Gupteshwor Mahadev cave shrine the valley has many to offer. The International Mountaineering Museum is a treasure trove of information on the Himalayas, mountaineering, and the region’s rich culture. After a day of exploring the diverse natural wonders, we shall retreat to our cozy hotel for a peaceful night.
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Altitude: 900 m
Flight time: 20 minutes
As we bid farewell to the stunning Pokhara valley, we embark on a thrilling journey toward the vibrant city of Kathmandu. Along the way, we will encounter many stunning sights, including the revered Manakamana Temple, the roaring Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers, and the awe-inspiring sight of colossal mountains looming in the distance.
Upon reaching Kathmandu, you’ll have an entire evening to explore and indulge. There’s no need to rush and no schedule to follow; take your time and soak up Kathmandu’s sights, sounds, and flavors. And when the sun sets, we’ll gather for a farewell feast to savor the last moments of our adventure together.
Meal: Farewell Dinner
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Altitude: 1400 m
Drive time: 7 to 8 hours
As the final leg of your journey approaches, a Peregrine Trek representative will assist with your transfer to the airport from whence you shall soar towards your next adventure. May this wondrous country continue to call to you, beckoning you back for another unforgettable visit. Safe travels and happy trails, dear friend!
Your accommodation arrangements for your trip to Kathmandu and Pokhara include staying in a 3-star standard category hotel on a twin or double-sharing basis. As you embark on your trekking journey through the Annapurna Region, you can stay in some of the best available guest houses or tea houses on a twin or sharing basis.
While these guest houses or tea houses may offer basic amenities, such as non-attached bathrooms, you can expect comfortable bedding, including mattresses, blankets, and pillows. Rest assured that services like western-style toilets are available in certain areas, such as Muktinath and Jomsom.
If you wish to have single accommodation, we can arrange for you to stay in the city areas at an additional cost with prior notice. Upgrades to the hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara are also available for a small fee but may not be practical during the trekking period, particularly during peak seasons.
During your visit to the captivating cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, we offer a delicious breakfast every morning, along with a warm welcome and a farewell dinner. However, we understand the importance of flexibility and independence, and thus, we have not included lunch and dinner in our package during your stay in these two cities. You can find numerous restaurants and eateries offering various menus, including local, Indian, Chinese, Continental, Western, Japanese, and more, so you can indulge in your preferred cuisine.
Throughout the trekking period, sustenance will be provided for all three meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The tea house or lodge where we spend the night will offer a hearty breakfast to start the day. Along the route to our next destination, lunch will be provided to fuel our journey. Upon arrival at our lodging for the night, dinner will be served, featuring a diverse selection of cuisines, including traditional Nepali fare, dishes from various ethnic groups, and Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian dishes such as pizza and chips and apple pie.
We have daily departures for private trips, so we recommend booking it according to your schedule. We do not need a minimum group size for the private trip and won’t charge additional charges for a solo traveler.
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Customize this trip with help from our local travel specialist that matches your interests.
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You can charge your electrical devices at hotels and lodges because there are no power outages. In the Himalayan region, however, hotel owners may levy a nominal fee.
Chulu West might be the perfect mountain if you’re up for a challenge. Don’t be fooled by its supposedly “easier” status than other peaks – the climb still requires stamina and muscle.
While climbers of novice and intermediate levels can complete Chulu West, it’s essential to prioritize strength and endurance training. You don’t want to be caught gasping for breath halfway through the ascent! So, hit that cross-fit class, hop on your bike, and jog long distances. And if you want to up the ante, try trekking uphill with a 10-15 kg backpack – your thighs may curse you, but your body will thank you.
Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to early December) are the perfect times to climb West Chulu Peak. These seasons offer a delightful balance between the warm sun and a cool breeze, providing the ideal weather conditions for climbers. The days are dry, and the skies are clear, making navigating the peak’s tracks easy without any hindrance. The landscape is also at its best during this time, with lush green valleys and colorful blossoms that add to the beauty of the journey.
On the flip side, the seasons of summer/monsoon (June to August) and winter (late December to February) scarcely cut due to their unpredictable weather patterns. At the Thorong La Phedi, Manang district, winter can engulf the vicinity in snow, while during the monsoon season, one must be cautious of landslides and the trail’s slippery terrain.
Yet, for the intrepid adventurer equipped with the necessary gear and experience in mountaineering, early winter presents an opportunity to bask in the splendor of the Himalayas in their free glory, with nary a tourist in sight. However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, as the circumstances can be precarious, and the tea houses may remain closed or poorly stocked. Thus, meticulous planning is the order of the day.
Embarking on a journey to conquer the majestic Chulu West peak is an adventure that must be approached with utmost care and respect for your body. Your health is of the essence, and it is vital to prioritize it by considering the effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness. This condition can significantly threaten your well-being, but with the right mindset and preparation, nothing can stop you from reaching the top.
The climb to higher altitudes is not a sprint but a marathon that requires patience and acclimatization. The thin air above 5000 meters can be challenging to your body, and giving it time to adjust is necessary. To safeguard against altitude sickness, we encourage you to stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and smoking.
Our seasoned travel experts and skilled guides have meticulously crafted a captivating itinerary for your Chulu West Peak Climbing adventure. Every detail has been considered, from restful breaks to acclimatization periods and pre-climbing Training that will equip you for the ultimate ascent to the peak.
Our guides have undergone rigorous Training in wilderness first aid and crisis management, ensuring that you are in the best hands possible. If you experience symptoms of altitude sickness, we will not let that stop you from achieving your goal. Our assistant guide will stay by your side, guiding you to a lower elevation while adhering to strict safety protocols.
The Chulu West expedition can be shorter but will come with an added expense. Private groups of two or more members may avail of this service, with the shortest itinerary lasting 14 days. The cost of $3000 to $3500 will be charged, as helicopter services must be chartered. Other options for flexibility may be discussed with our team; therefore, please get in touch with them for further information.
For those who would like to extend their trip, we would like to suggest the Chulu west and far east expeditions.
Starting April 1, 2023, engaging in solo trekking in Nepal will no longer be permissible as the government has banned solo trekking without a guide. Instead, individuals seeking to trek must go through a registered local company such as Peregrine Treks and Tours.
Reliable options are available for renting or purchasing new climbing equipment in Kathmandu. Should you require assistance in this regard, we would be pleased to direct you to the most trustworthy retail outlets.
When you’re at a high altitude, it’s hard to stay connected. Some teahouses have Wi-Fi or internet, and there are phone networks on the trekking route. However, once you start climbing, phone connections won’t exist. But there is a satellite phone that you can use to contact your home, but you’ll need to pay extra for it since it’s not included in the package cost.
It is imperative to have travel insurance or emergency evacuation insurance that includes the option of evacuation from high elevations. Additionally, it is recommended that you obtain cancellation insurance in case the trip is called off due to unforeseen circumstances or an accident.
Based on 10 Reviews
I had been yearning to embark on a journey to Chulu West for some time. However, the emergence of the Covid pandemic has impeded my plans on numerous occasions. After enduring the delay, I finally had the opportunity to fulfill my dream with the aid of Peregrine Treks. The guides and porters were exceptional, providing us with valuable advice on coping with the terrain’s height. They ensured that we trekked steadily, allowing us to acclimate ourselves properly. During mealtimes, we enjoyed each other’s company and were kept warm by the cozy firewood furnace. The accommodation provided was of great quality. Overall, it was an amazing adventure!
Back in September 2014, a group of seven American adventurers embarked on an epic journey with Peregrine treks. Let me tell you, we had a blast! The whole excursion was flawlessly arranged, and we were blessed to have the Peregrine crew as our trusty companions. We hit it off like a house on fire and formed some unforgettable friendships. It was an experience for the books!
If you’re on the lookout for an amazing trekking experience in Nepal, I absolutely have to recommend Peregrine Treks. I’ve had the pleasure of working with their incredibly talented management and staff; they know how to make your adventure truly unforgettable! So, if you’re ready for an individual trekking adventure that’ll take your breath away, look no further than Peregrine Treks. You won’t be disappointed!
Thank you, Peregrine, for hooking us up with an epic Chulu West Peak Climbing trip! I’ve been dreaming of conquering that peak since I was a kid and they made it happen in the safest way possible. The accommodation was so cozy we felt like royalty. They also gave us all the deets we needed for the journey, which was super helpful. Overall, a freakin’ unforgettable experience that I can’t recommend enough. Thanks, Peregrine!
What an amazing journey to Chulu West. I had this in winter, and Peregrine was very supportive and customized my trip. I am very thankful.
Oh my god, my trip to Chulu West was freaking awesome! I went during winter, and Peregrine had my back, ensuring everything was tailored to my liking. I seriously can’t thank them enough.
Wow, I can’t believe it! The journey I just had was absolutely fantastic – I don’t think I could ever top it. And you know what? I think Santa Claus just gave me the most wonderful Christmas present ever.
Going on that Chulu West expedition with Peregrine was like, the ultimate dream come true. I can’t even contain my excitement!
Undertaking a Chulu West expedition with Peregrine is akin to an unbelievable experience that exceeds my wildest imagination. I am unable to contain my enthusiasm. I strongly endorse the Peregrine team.
In the glorious month of March, I embarked on a journey that left me in awe. The Chulu Peak enchanted me with its unparalleled beauty and serene atmosphere. My heart longs for the next expedition with Peregrine, for the world is vast, and there is so much more to explore.
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