Chulu East Peak (6584m)

Chulu East (6,584 m.) is situated high above the Manang valley with breathtaking views across to the Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu. The climb is combined with the classic trek around the Annapurna massif, ascending the Marshyangdi valley and crossing the Thorong La, before descending the Kali Gandaki valley to Pokhara. The climb is technically straightforward and you should be familiar with the use of your equipment, crampons, harness, ice axe, tying knots and handling climbing ropes. Most of the climbing will be involved walking roped together, including the glacial crossings. You should be very fit and have good experience of climbing.The North-East Ridge is considered the normal route to climb this peak from a Base Camp on the moraine at 5334m (17500ft).

Most climbers make it to the top and back from Base Camp in one long day although some have, in the past, established a higher camp somewhere below the peak. Another subsidiary peak called Chulu Far East (6059m) 19880ft) may also be attempted from this approach. Although the approach up the Marshyangdi is relatively quick and involves no great altitude gain, the trek takes you through a wonderful variety of landscape and culture; from the subtropical lower reaches of the valley with its terraced fields where Gurung people dominate, to the ethnically as well as socially interesting Managba people of the upper valley, crossing rhododendron and pine forests. After the ascent our route crosses the Thorung La, a 5350m high pass before dropping to Jomsom downstream the Kali Gandaki River. We fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

 

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Itinerary

Day01

Arrival in Kathmandu - 1,350m/4,264 ft

Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. As you fly, the panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range greets your sight. After the completion of Visa formalities, you have to come downstairs to collect Luggage and proceed to outside from terminal Building. Please look at your Printed Name and Our Company Signboard Clear Sky Treks & Exp and follow them. Meet our representative and then you will be transferred to hotel. The Managing Director or The Manager of company will meet you in hotel and will brief about the trip. You should clear your dues before we proceed for the trip. You are free to relax or explore around the city in the very first day. We stay overnight at hotel

Day02

Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Climbing Permit

After breakfast, we can enjoy a free day on our own or participate in a sightseeing program organized by CST. The sightseeing program is focused on to introduce some highlights and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu such as Durbar square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath. After some hours' sightseeing, we get to the office and get our equipments checked by the climbing leader, prepare things as per need, introduce with fellow participants, and after Himalayan Glacier Trekking briefs us about the trip, we get chance to ask questions we might have regarding the trip. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day03

Drive Kathmandu to Besi Sahar

With high level of physical fitness, adequate acclimatization and good logistic support, we begin our Annapurna trekking. Driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then following the rough route by the Marsyangdi River, we pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields. After 6 hours long drive, we finally reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the capital of Lamjung District. We stay overnight at guesthouse We stay overnight at hotel

Day04

Besi Sahar to Ngadi. (1011m)

We walk for about 5 hours towards Ngadi through narrow tracks, suspension bridges a deep river gorge and Himalayas Mt. Lamjung (22,291Ft.), Manaslu (26,760 Ft) We stay overnight at guesthouse. We stay overnight at guest house

Day05

Ngadi to Jagat (1314m)

Ngadi, here we will have to cross the Ngadi Khola by a long suspension bridge. From here on the trail moves gently upwards to Bahundanda, an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge at Bahundanda 1300m A steep trail descends from Bahundanda, through rice fields, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. Ahead, the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape. We follow the winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat, situated on a shelf, which juts out into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley. We stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day06

Jagat to Dharapani [1920m]

The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. We stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day07

Dharapani To Chame (2675m)

Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) which takes about six hours. As you cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marsyangdi then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, you pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which takes you to follow steep ascent path upto Timang. It lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal. The trail goes through flat level until you reach Chame where there are government offices, shops, and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. We stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day08

Chame to Hongde (3300M)

A narrow steep path through a very dense pine forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up you will be surrounded by Himalayan Peaks all the way to Pisang. You will have an extra one hour continue to Hongde, We stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day09

Rest Day at Hungde

Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Village. We can spend the whole day taking some fine day walks and sighting the magnificent mountain and scenic views around the village. Or we make small hiking till Nawal village follow the upper trails as crossed the local bridge and after 1 hour ascend first we reach at Nawal village another typical village from mountain and all seems domain by the Tibetan society and the houses is typical with open veranda and bee hives types of village settlement, return to Hongde over night stay at Hongde. We stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day10

Hungde to Julu [3580m]

From Hongde, we leave the main trail and start our ascent to Cheggi Khola valley. This trail takes us to a small hamlet Julu. You can see the small village from the west bank of the river and this village doesn’t consist of more than ten houses. Half of the people stay here permanently and others come here to spend their summer. We stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day11

Julu to Yak Kharka (3750m)

After crossing Cheggi khola at Julu, we climb up towards the west bank. We arrive at the final house of the valley after one hour’s walk. You can see the apple tress around the house and the house is occupied by the stones. You can see the breathtaking view of Chulu west from this point. You can also see the cool waterfalls pouring down into the valley. The path is quite steep from here. There comes a meadow and you see Yaks and wild mountain goats grazing there. We set up a camp there for the overnight stay. We arrive at camp on time for it is a short trek. You can enjoy your lunch, with the stunning views in the surrounding. We stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day12

Yak Kharka to Chulu East Base Camp (4200m).

This day allow us enough time for acclimatization. Then we trek through the steep pastures and the meadow amalgamates with rock and binge. This is our base camp. You can see the clearly picture of high camp from there. We stay overnight at tent.

Day13

Rest Day at Chulu East Base camp

We take whole day rest for acclimatization. This provides us enough time to reform our trekking stuffs. We stay overnight at tent.

Day14

Chulu East Base Camp to Chulu West High Camp (5000m) & Chulu East Summit

Summit You can start climbing up towards the high camp if you restored the energy need for that. Sitting at the top of terminal moraine of Chulu glacier gives you completely different experience. The trail is slope with snow. Therefore, we fix equipments and strategies for the next day. Porter will carry food, tents and equipments up to the high camp and return to the base camp. Two days is enough to climb the east Chulu. We stay overnight at tent.

Day15

Chulu East Summit

Summit You can start climbing up towards the high camp if you restored the energy need for that. Sitting at the top of terminal moraine of Chulu glacier gives you completely different experience. The trail is slope with snow. Therefore, we fix equipments and strategies for the next day. Porter will carry food, tents and equipments up to the high camp and return to the base camp. Two days is enough to climb the east Chulu. We stay overnight at tent.

Day16

Chulu East Base Camp to Manang (3511m)

After returning from the main trail, we walk towards Manang. On the trail, we can see the stunning views of Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna and Glacier Dome, and the huge ice-fall descending from the Northern slopes of Gangapurna. Manang is an attractive village and there are more than 500 flat-roofed houses. We stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day17

Manang to Yak Kharka [ 4050m]

Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m.) and it takes about three and half hours. Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, you can see panoramic views all the day.n peaks or by simply take in the panoramic beauty of the Annapurna mountain range and the Manang Valley. We stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day18

Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi [ 4550m]

Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4550m.) which takes about 3 and half hours. Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. We stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day19

Thorung Phedi –Muktinath [3800m]

We have an early start today for the crossing of Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp, but as local people have used this trail for hundreds of years, the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. From the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang, which spread out before us, we are presented with a dramatic tableau. The descent to Muktinath is a 1600m trek. But the excellent views of Dhaulagiri, more then makes up for the tiring journey. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple. We stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day20

Muktinath –Jomsom [2670m]

Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2670 m.) and it takes about five hours. You now begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures. People living there follow the Tibetan life style and culture. There is situated a monastery said to belong to 15th Century. Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang. Your trail passes through the bank of Kali Gandaki passing through the Eklebhatti. The trail is windy after late morning. The river flows through broader course. Jomsom is the headquarter of Mustang and it is split into two towns and between these two towns passes through Kali Gandaki river. There is access of internet and banking facilities. From Jomsom, you can enjoy the magnificent views of Nilgiri and Tilicho peak Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day21

Fly from Jomsom –Pokhara

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 30 minutes. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the after and frequent change of the weather prevent the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks We stay overnight at Hotel.

Day22

Drive back to Kathmandu: (1345 meters)

Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu . If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today. We stay overnight at Hotel.

Day23

Final Departure

You are saying good bye to the mountains of Nepal as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Clear Sky Treks drops you to the airport and says good bye. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.(B)

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