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Chulu East Climbing 19 Days

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Overview

High above the Manang valley, Chulu East (6,584 m.) provides spectacular views of Annapurna II, III, and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Hill, and Manaslu. The climb is combined with the classic Annapurna Circuit trek, which ascends the Marshyangdi valley and crosses the Thorong La before descending the Kali Gandaki valley to Pokhara. The climb is simple in terms of technique, but you should be comfortable with crampons, harnesses, ice axes, knot tying, and climbing rope handling. The majority of the climbing, including the glacial crossings, will be done while roped together. You should be physically fit and have prior climbing experience. From a base camp on the moraine at 5334m, the North-East Ridge is considered the standard route for climbing this mountain (17500ft). Most climbers reach the summit and return to Base Camp in one long day, though some have built a higher camp below the peak in the past. From this approach, another subsidiary peak, Chulu Far East (6059m) 19880ft), can be attempted.

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Itinerary

DAY 01
Arrival in Kathmandu (1320m).

Your trip starts today when you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our ANA representative at the airport. He'll be carrying an ANA board with your name written on it. Then you will be transferred to the hotel.  After you check into the hotel, our representative will brief you about your trip. Then free till pick up time for the welcome dinner. In your spare time, you can relax, walk around the hotel, go shopping for necessities, and so on.

Overnight in Hotel.

DAY 02
Climbing Preparation day in Kathamndu.

Kathmandu is the main cultural hub of Nepal. A city of temples and monasteries not only holds the nation’s most religious shrines, it is also a sacred valley where the living Gods and Goddess live with the mortals till the date. Today you will have a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with the best tourist guide of the town. After the breakfast, we will escort you to Pashupatinath- the largest Hindu Temple of Nepal in a private vehicle. The temple dedicated to supreme Hindu God, Shiva banks Bagmati River. At Pashupatinath you will get to see exceptionally carved statues and idols of Hindu deities, a long row of Shiva-Lings, series of small temples and the golden hood at the top of main Temple is truly fascinating. Moreover, an opportunity to witness the Hindu Death ritual at Aryaghat Pashupatinath is an offbeat cultural experience. After the exploration of Pashupatinath we will walk along the busy streets of Kathmandu to Boudhanath. A large domed shaped Buddhist stupa, Boudhanath holds huge religious significance among the Tibetan Buddhists of Nepal. A major shrine on ancient Indo-China trade route Boudhanath offered blessings to traders and scholars for safe journey through the high Himalayan passes to Tibet. Saffron robed monks circumnavigating Boudhanath, colorful prayer flags touching the skyline from the dome pinnacle to the base of large monument and the and outlets selling Tibetan souvenirs makes this place a true Tibet outside Tibet. Post lunch the sightseeing tour continues to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The exemplary wooden and stone craftsmanship at the site makes a place the prominent attraction for tourists. The stone paved streets, pagoda style religious monuments inclusive different Hindu deities are the cultural delights of ancient and medieval Nepal at Kathmandu Durbar Square. Today’s final destination for sightseeing tour in Kathmandu takes you to Swayambhunath. A self emerged Buddhist stupa lies on a hilltop overlooking Kathmandu with its watchful eyes. You will get to experience more about Tibetan Buddhism at Swayambhunath. After the full day; sightseeing tour a private vehicle will escort you to your hotel.

DAY 03
Drive from Kathmandu to Beshisahar, Bulbule (900m) 7-8 hrs.

We leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive towards Pokhara. After leaving the Kathmandu valley the road snakes its way westwards along the Trisuli Valley. We get superb views of the mountains, particularly the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu as we follow the river to Mugling. We then turn off the main road and continue to Besisahar where we begin our trek (sometimes we may be able to drive further than Besisahar). From Besisahar we walk down to the river and cross to the east side to avoid the new road which is currently under construction. Our trail undulates above the river, continuing northwards up the Marsyangdi Valley with Himalchuli and Peak 29 dominating the horizon. The trail takes us on quiet trails through rice paddies and villages for two hours until we meet the main trail at Bulbule. Overnight in Teahouse/lodge.

DAY 04
Bulbule to Jagat (1300m) 5-6 hrs.

After the breakfast, we descend from Bahundanda, along the wonderful terraced fields of rice. We then cross a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall before we climb up to traverse the hillside high above the river to reach the village of Hani Gaon. We follow the winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply up. At some places during this uphill climb the trail is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat, evening we rest and explore around Jagat and Overnight at Jagat.

DAY 05
Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,860m.): 6-7 Hours

We take our breakfast and the trek begins from Jagat. We descend down until we reach the riverbed and then continue through a lush forest. Further an ascending climb leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. Then we cross the suspension bridge and 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 explore around the Dharapani and we stay there for overnight.

DAY 06
Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,670m.) 6 Hours

Again, we take breakfast and start our trek walking through a narrow field exiting out of the village. The Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu and then Marshyangdi veers to the left. Sinuous trails of the. Annapurna II becomes visible as we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhotia village with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze will be found on the way. As we continue ascending through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanaque before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi River enters a gorge and the trails follows rock-strewn path. We can pause for a while and take in the splendor of the picturesque Manaslu. When the steep incline ends, we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons and continue on a gently rising path. We cross a stream before entering a pine forest. We then enter the pristine hamlet of Kotho, from where we can capture the most enchanting view of Annapurna II. Treading further, the route reaches a large white gate with a corrugated iron roof, which is the entrance of Chame. The hot springs are the major attraction of this place. We explore around Chame and stay for Overnight in Chame.

DAY 07
Trek from Chame to Pisang (3200m.) 6 Hours

In the morning time, we will view the amazing sight of the glowing Lamjung Himal [6893m] and after breakfast we head off for Pisang. En route, we cross a large suspension bridge over Marshyangdi River. Our trekking trail meanders through barley field leading to Teleku at 2775 meters. As we leave undulating mountain passes, we enter fascinating apple orchard and cross a bridge at 2840 meters. On crossing the bridge, the pristine hamlet of Bratang appears. Further on, we continue our steep rock-strewn trails to the south side and cross a long suspension bridge at 3040 meters. At this vantage point on the bridge, we get to view Paungda Danda, rock rising more than 1500 meters from the river. En route, we get to capture splendid views of Annapurna II rearing up on the east and Pisang Peak on the north-east. We cross a bridge and we enter the village of Pisang. There we will have time to explore the picturesque environment. Overnight at Pisang.

DAY 08
Trek from Pisang to Manang (3570m). 5 Hours

After the breakfast, we continue our trek from Pisang walking along a steep ridge savoring beautiful sights of the Manang valley and the Tilicho peak towering above 7132 meters. The route further leads to the wide plain of the Sabje Khola Valley from where we get the majestic view of Annapurna IV [7525m]. And we enter the beautiful village of Mungji. We continue treading along the cultivated fields and after a while we arrive at the village of Braga with a splendid monastery. While trekking down to Manang, we enjoy the majestic views of the Annapurna range - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7134m]. Explore around Manang and Overnight at Manang.

DAY 09
Acclimatization day in Manang

Today we have an adequate acclimatization before getting higher to the summit of Chulu East. We can spend this day strolling down the river to see the tremendous ice-fall cascading down from the glaciated mountain peaks or by simply take in the panoramic beauty of the Annapurna mountain range and the Manang Valley. Overnight at Manang.

DAY 10
Trek from Manang to Churi Ledar 5 Hours

The adventurous Chulu East Climbing today continues to climb up exitting out of Marshyangdi Valley. While gaining the altitude sharply, the trail to Chulu East Summit chases tough trail north out of valley. Now, the large Himalayan trees fade away from your sight and the vegetation seen throughout are shrub like small plants. While on trek today, it is a great fun to yak grazelands and majestic view of Annapurna III. At the end of the day, you reach Chauri Ledtar for the overnight stay.

DAY 11
Trek from Churi Ledar to Chulu East Base Camp (3910m)

Today we trek to the Chulu East Base Camp.The trail today caters the views breathtaking landscapes that include the widespread Himalayas. Treading along the trail above Ngwal village, we head north-west on barren vertical trail to get to a small village at Jhulu. This is the Base Camp Spot for Chulu East Climbing Expedition.

Day 12
Trek Back to Manang (3540m)5-6 hrs.

We say goodbye to some of our porters and cook as we trek back to the main trail again. An easier half day today as we descend to the Manang Valley and follow the main trail to Manang. We can visit the small village of Braga on the way with its ancient monastery towering high above the village. Braga is also home to a small tree nursery which is a project we have been supporting for the last 10 years. A short walk from Braga brings us to Manang where we stay in a tea house. Overnight in Teahouse/lodge (BLD).

Day 13
Trek to Yak Kharaka (4090m)4-5 hrs.

Leaving Manang we head to the base of the Thorong La. We climb out of the Marsyangdi valley and turn northwest up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. We are above the forests now and pass through dry, alpine country, with scrub juniper and occasional clumps of birch. We stay tonight at Yak Kharka. Overnight in Teahouse/lodge (BLD).

Day 14
Trek to Throng High Camp (4700m)5-6 hrs.

The trail climbs further up the valley and at one point descends to cross the Jarsang Khola.Look out for herds of Blue Sheep. A traverse across a scree slope brings us to the lone teahouses at Thorong Phedi which is surrounded by high cliffs at the foot of the Thorong La (4,400m.). We should be there by lunchtime and those feeling energetic can take a walk up to the Thorong High Camp, about an hour from Thorong Phedi. Overnight in Teahouse/lodge (BLD).

Day 15
Trek to Over Throng-La (5416m), Muktinath. (3800m) 8-9 hrs.

A long day as we leave Phedi very early for the climb to the pass. The first part of the ascent is very steep, but it becomes easier as we approach the top, although the altitude still makes the going tough. Eventually, after numerous false summits, we reach the pass itself at 5416m. Ahead there is a magnificent panorama of snow-capped peaks extending northwards into Tibet, and looking back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. Directly in front of us is the great chasm of the Kali Gandaki, 2,500m. below. The long descent starts gently but becomes steeper before easing off to a gentle descent to Muktinath (3802m). Overnight in Teahouse/lodge (BLD).

Day 16
Trek to Jomsom (2700m)5-6 hrs.

From Muktinath we pass through a landscape of bare, eroded hills with a backdrop of snow-capped high peaks. After visiting the temples above Muktinath, we follow the main trail down the valley through a magnificent landscape of wind-eroded cliffs in an array of beautiful colours. A final descent brings us to the Kali Gandaki Valley at Eklabatti, from where an easy trail brings us to the end of our trek at Jomsom. Overnight in Teahouse/lodge (BLD).

Day 17
Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.

The flights from Jomsom to Pokhara are usually in the early morning due to the high winds which blow up the Kali Gandaki Valley later in the day. The short but very spectacular flight takes us all the way down the Kali Gandaki Valley with great views of Niligiri and Dhaulagiri. We fly to Pokhara, where we transfer on to another flight back to Kathmandu. Hotel (B).

Day 18
Drive to Kathmandu. (1350m).

6-7 hour of scenic drive along Trisuli river and beautiful landscape from Pokhara will take you back to Kathamndu. Hotel (BD).

Day 19
Final Departure.

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Equipment List

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What is Included

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara at 3 star category with breakfast..
  • Half day Kathmandu sightseeing with an English/ any other foreign language speaking city guide.
  • Land transportation Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit.
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System.
  • An experienced and first aid trained license holder accompanying trekking guide.
  • Equipped and insured trekking porter (one porter for 2 persons, one porter carries 25 KG.).
  • Meals, insurance, salary, equipment, accommodation, transportation of our trekking crew.
  • Tea House accommodation on twin or multi sharing basis during the trek.
  • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges).
  • Farewell dinner.

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What is Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Domestic airport tax.
  • Your Travel/Medical insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Hot shower while on trek.
  • Single supplements in hotels except solo trekking service.
  • Bar bills and laundry.
  • Battery Charges( Available during trek with Extra cost).
  • Optional trips not specified in the itinerary.
  • Tipping to guide and porter.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage).
  • Helicopter evacuation/rescue in case of emergency.
  • Donation to the local organization.
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