Chulu West peak Climbing
Chulu West peak ClimbingThese peaks are part of the Manang Himal, which are quite rightly included in the larger Damodar Himal, the eastern limit of which runs south from Chako and Peak 6687 in a north-to-south direction along the Hunlung Khola, Nar Khola and Phu Khola. To the south it is bounded by the Marsyangdi Khola and the Mesokanta La. To the west its limit is the Kali Gandaki and to the north the Parchekya La (5,447m).
There exists considerable confusion with regard to the name and location of the Chulu peaks and what summit actually constitutes Chulu West and Chulu East, since it is soon becomes apparent to anyone that has climbed in the range that several other summits close by, which are actually part of the Chulu massif, are not indicated on present maps of the area. For the sake of clarification, four summits can be included in the Chulu group, two of which are possible on the permit for Chulu West and two on the Chulu East permit. What is apparent is that the available trekking map is highly misleading.
The highest of these peaks, marked Chulu West (6419m) on the trekking maps, has a recorded altitude from at least two expeditions of nearer 6400m; this might more accurately be called Chulu Central. The NMA gives this an official altitude of 6,419m.
Many climbers are confused as to the exact location of these two peaks as the range has 4 or more summits in the immediate vicinity which are unmarked in maps of this area. As a result many climbing parties have mistakenly climbed one of these peaks thinking it to be Chulu West. It usually understood that with the permit to climb the East or West peak an attempt can be made to the nearby peak as well.
A climb of one or both of these peaks combined with Nepal’s most famous around the Annapurna trek make up for one of the most spectacular Himalayan trekking and climbing outings. Allow about 25 to 30 days to complete this climb and trek.
Route of Chulu West: The obvious approach to this peak diverges from the main trail to the Thorung La pass, passing the village of Manang and Base Camp is established in a small valley to the North. From base camp the route follows a subsidiary North-West ridge that leads up to the main peak. An attempt to the peak and return has be done in a single day as setting camp up on the slope above base camp is not easy. An attempt of Chulu Central peak (6,419m) just east of Chulu West.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, day at leisure
Day 02: Day at leisure/Hotel
Day 03: Drive to Beshi Sahar (823m)
Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1311m)
Day 05: Trek to Chyamje (1410m)
Day 06: Trek to Bagarchhap (2164m)
Day 07: Trek to Chame (2713m)
Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3185m)
Day 09: Trek to Manang (3351m)
Day 10: Trek to Leder (4250m)
Day 11: Trek to Base Camp at (4950m)
Day 12: For the acclimatization explore around the Base Camp
Day 13: Climb to high camp (5600m)
Day 14: Climb to summit (6419m) and return to High Camp
Day 15: Back to Leder via Base Camp
Day 16: Trek to Phedi (4480m) or High Camp
Day 17: Trek to Muktinath (3802m) via Throng la pass (5416m)
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom (2713m)
Day 19: Spare day in case of flight cancellation
Day 20: Fly to Pokhara and continue to KTM (1350m)/Hotel
Day 21: Day at leisure/farewell dinner/Hotel
Day 22: Drive to Airport for return flight
The cost includes the following services:
Airport pickup and drop
Hotel accommodation In KTM
Tent and teahouse stay in trek
Flight tickets Jomsom-PKR-KTM
Meals as mentioned
Royalty of Chulu West
Equipment of climbing guide
Insured-equipped trekking crew
Cost does not include:
Personal climbing equipment
Meals other than mentioned
Drinks and bar Bill, Tipping
Airport departure tax
Domestic airport tax
Other things not mentioned
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