First climbed in 1955 by a German expedition via the north-east ridge, the peak of Chulu East, together with Chulu West, forms an integral part of the Manang Himal, which in turn is part of the Larger Damodar Himal. Chulu East, which lies to the south-east of Chulu West is a comparatively smaller peak.
Our trek follows the Chhetaji Khola to reach a campsite at Yak Kharaka at 4000m. From there to the Chulu Far East Base Camp the trek is very steep. The Base Camp is set above a waterfall at 4700m and as we aim to arrive by lunchtime, the afternoon can be spent on an acclimatisation climb. Base camp to our high camp is also steep, the high camp set on a rocky platform near a small lake at 5300m. Next morning we climb to the summit along a route, which is both rocky and icy, but always steep so that we need to fix ropes to reach the south- west col. From there a snow ridge continues to the summit where the view takes in Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Chulu west and the north side Himlung valley.
Note: B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner
Arrival and pick up from the international airport in Kathmandu after some refreshment, we will invite you for a traditional Nepali dinner.
After breakfast we drive for the sightseeing in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple , Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple.
Today you will be picked up from your hotel for the drive to Besi Sahar. Your journey takes you through deep gorges as you trace the Trisuli River westwards. You will pass through the small town of Mugling where the Trisuli and Marshyangdi rivers meet. The town also serves as the crossroads between Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan in the South. Upon arrival at Mugling, we head along the road toward Pokhara. We leave the highway to Pokhara at Dumre, and head north to Besisahar. A half-an-hour’s drive from Besisahar takes us to Bulbule, the starting point of our trek.
Today after breakfast we take local jeep drive to Dharapani.
Following the Marsyangdi river, the trail continues in a westwards direction up the Manang valley. Throughout the day one can enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV to the west. Initially the trail climbs through forests to Dhanakyu (2290m) and to the settlement of Lattemarang (2360m) eventually to the village of Kotho (2590m) over several forested ridges. After easy walk for half hour we will reach Chame (2670m), the administrative headquarters for the Manang district.
After breakfast, the trail from the Pisang moves steeply up all the way to Nawal, Along the way, You will be accompanied by the views of Annapurna range.
After breakfast, trek through steep pastures to a convenient hollow where the meadow merges into rock and screen. Then, there appears the base camp. Eyeing high above, spectacular views of Annapurna range stretches as far as our eyes can capture.
After breakfast, we trek up to the high camp and there we rest atop the terminal moraine of the Chulu glacier. The trail up to the high camp follows screed and snow slopes. Resting at the high camp, we take a plenty of time to relax and prepare equipment and strategies for the next day.
Today, we make an early start across the undulating glacier as the trail takes snow and ice slopes. As we continue ascending, several peaks come en route. Eventually we run out of mountain at a small snow dome with steep slopes falling away on all sides. At this point, our high camp diminishes to toy-town stature and climbing to such an altitude gives us a feeling of sitting on top of the roof of the world. After we scale Chulu Far East Summit and have our share of celebrating this glorious victory, we descend along the steep slopes to the Base camp.
As we walk away from Base camp, the trail crosses Cheggi Khola and ascends gradually up the west bank. Soon after trekking for more than an hour, the trail faces a valley and then we encounter a stone hut surrounded by apple trees. We are now bestowed with a stunning view up the side valley; the trail further steepens and winds through a small meadow. On the way, we come across goat and yak pastures.
The first small settlement we reach after a steady walk upwards is Letdar (4250m). With a climb along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, we will reach Thorung Phedi (4450m) which means “foot of the hill”, and indeed this is the starting point for the long trek up to the pass at 5416m.
Today early start for the crossing of Thorung La (5416m). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp, 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, but the excellent views of Dhaulagiri, more than 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.
Today after breakfast we trek with some shining downhill, which will be more pleasurable with jeep tracks trails with a mostly downhill gradient! We have to start early as the wind gets up after 11 am making trek a bit more challenging. Chill out on this section and enjoy the views of many different mountain ranges.
Morning fly to Pokhara, afternoon sightseeing around in Pokhara o/n in a hotel +B
Morning after breakfast, we take a spectacular early morning flight along the Kali Gandaki gorge to Pokhara and in afternoon sightseeing around in Pokhara.
After having breakfast we do full day sightseeing around Pokhara which includes visiting temples, caves, gorges and waterfalls, Mountain Museum.
An early breakfast and, we transfer to bus station for further drive to Kathmandu.