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CHULU EAST PEAK CLIMB WITH THORANG-LA PASS TREK

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Duration

22 Days

Max. Elevation

6600mm

Group size

2 PAX MIN

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
private  Transportation
Best Season
March to May, September to December
Accomodation
Hotel, Tea houses, camping
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Starts at
KATHMANDU
Ends at
KATHMANDU
Trip Route
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Highlights

    • An overwhelming adventure on top of Nepal’s highest trekking peaks
    • Impressive views of a high snow-capped mountain range on daily walks.
    • From low warm farm areas to cooler hills and towards the arctic cold zone
    • Trek on scenic Annapurna Circuit trails and then off the beaten tracks
    • Far from the main path to hidden corners beyond and above Manang valley
    • Enjoy a lifetime experience standing on top high Chulu East Peak

Chulu East Peak Climb with Thorang-La Pass Trek leads to a great experience standing on top of Nepal's highest trekking peaks. Chulu East Peak stands high at 6,584 m / 21,596 feet, above scenic Manang valley and North of Annapurna Himalaya range. Chulu’s a group of peaks, includes Chulu Mid, Chulu Far East, and Chulu West, the highest among all is Chulu East. An adventure on the scenic and popular Annapurna Circuit trail for some days, then our route diverts to remote corners. Far and away beyond Manang valley, on off the beaten tracks to reach beneath high Chulu East Peak. The route for the climb of Chulu East Peak with options, from the west of Chulu’s often used by few climbers. Where Vertex Holidays takes you on classic and normal directions, trekking and climbing from the North-East Face of Chulu East Peak.Around the hidden pockets within the complete wilderness in the harmony of pristine surroundings of high snow-peaks, and rugged hills. Chulu East Peak Climb, for all interested trekkers and climbers where one can enjoy glorious moments. The grade is ‘PD’ + which means “Per Difficult” with plus, a straight-forward climb with few technical sections to face. Our expert guidance of veteran mountain guides reaches you to the summit on the highest trekking peaks of Nepal.
The grading we have used is from French / Swiss Classification Systems on Alpine Style Climbing of a day or two. Adventure to Chulu East Peak Climb with Thorang-La Pass Trek begins with an interesting overland journey heading Mid-West from the capital Kathmandu. A great drive through lovely farm villages and towns to reach low warm areas of Lamjung at Besisahar. A large town and headquarter of Lamjung district, as drive, leads further to Syange, a small farm village to start our trek. The walk leads you to cooler hills and villages of Jagat, Chamje to enter Manang district at Tal Besi village. From here onward following the high trails to reach Chame, the main administrative town of Manang areas. The air gets much cooler, as the walk continues through a nice lovely forest of pines and rhododendron, then climbs towards Pisang village. Manang valley starts from Pisang windswept village, where you can witness more of Buddhist culture from here onward. An interesting village of age-old traditional farm life, located beneath Pisang peak, Annapurna II and IV with views of Chulu peaks.  At Pisang spending a day for acclimatization and to get accustomed to the high altitude terrain and local culture. From Pisang village taking the high trail above Manang valley, overlooking grand views of Annapurna Himalayas with Chulu’s and Pisang peaks.Where walks head to remote corners, on less ventured areas by a few groups of trekkers and climbers, around this tranquil location. The adventure leads through a small hidden village of Julu, crossing an icy stream fed from glaciers of Chulu’s peaks. Then reaching on the foot of Chulu East Peak, close within Chulu range of peaks at base camp. Finding a suitable space around the rocky ground with some grassy meadows, this hidden area covered in snow most of the year. As the sun hardly reaches this shady area blocked by high rocky cliff and adjoining mountains of all Chulu range. Spending time for acclimatization and pre-training exercise for the climb of Chulu East Peak summit. Your guide will brief with full information of some technical difficulties to encounter, as well for safe ascent and descent. After much preparation head for the Big Day! Start early morning before the crack of dawn, being well equipped follow your guide. The climb takes you over moraine and ice with vertical rock and snow face. Slow and steady, getting through some technical section using main ropes to reach on top of Chulu East Peak. Enjoy the fruit of hard effort, feeling on top of the world facing a mind-boggling panorama of mountains with scenic Manang valley. Truly a great achievement, after a successful ascent and triumph head down safely to base camp. An easy and gradual walk leads you back on the main Annapurna circuit trail to reach the main Manang village. Explore the lovely villages of Manang with an imposing tour of the old Braga monastery, along with scenic views of surrounding peaks. Slowly our adventure heads towards Thorang-La pass, the highest spot, besides Chulu East Peak summit. Rewards with fascinating scenery of mountain range that surrounds the high ridge, views of Damodar Himal, Annapurna range with Chulu’s. Includes dramatic panorama of Dhaulagiri Himalaya with peaks of Upper Mustang area, where walk leads down to Muktinath.  
Muktinath, a holy pilgrimage place with a temple of Hindu God Lord Vishnu, from here a long descend to Kaligandaki River valley. 
Our adventurous trek ends at Jomsom, a headquarter town of Mustang district, located on the old Trans Himalaya Salt trade route. 
From Jomsom a scenic flight brings to the lovely city in Pokhara, blessed with the natural beauty of Annapurna Himalaya and serene lakes. 
An exciting and most scenic place to complete our treks, before heading to Kathmandu. After a great adventure and mesmerizing experience on Chulu East Peak Climb and Thorang-La Pass trek.

Outline Itinerary: 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: At Kathmandu for trek preparation and sightseeing tour.

Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,460 m via Besisar town 760 m - 06 hrs. 

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 06 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Chame 2, 720 m - 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang village 3,190 m - 05 hrs.
Day 07: At Pisang village rest day for acclimatization and hike.
Day 08: Trek to Julu 3, 900 m past Ngawal village 3, 657 m - 06 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Chulu East Peak base camp 3, 910 m - 05 hrs.
Day 10: Rest day for acclimatization, training, and practice climb.
Day 11: Climb to Chulu East Peak high camp 4,955 m- 03 hrs.
Day 12: Ascent of Chulu East Peak 6,584 m back to base camp.
Day 13: Trek back to Julu village or further - 05 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Manang Village 3, 540 m - 05 hrs.
Day 15:  Trek to Yak Kharka 4, 210 m - 04 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Thorang- La High Camp or Phedi 4, 450 m - 04 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Muktinath 3,800 m via Thorang La 5, 416 m - 06 hrs.
Day 18: Last day trek to Jomsom 2,715 - 04 hrs.
Day 19: Fly to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel near Phewa Lake.
Day 20: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.
Day 21: A day in Kathmandu for free individual activities.
Day 22: Depart for international flight homeward bound.


Trip Itinerary

Day

1

On arrival at Kathmandu, a representative from vertex Holiday will recieve and transfer you to  hotel. After checking into your rooms  meet other members of the trek at the hotel lobby for briefing regarding the wonderful adventure to Chulu East Peak Climb, The evening group welcome dinner in a  Nepalese Restaurant with   folk dance and music. 


Day

2

The morning after  breakfast, enjoy a tour of  famous historical and religious monuments with old palaces. Most of the ancient temples, Stupas, and monasteries including royal courtyards are listed in UNESCO world heritage sites . After getting  back to the hotel, time for the final meeting and preparations for the  wonderful adventure to Chulu East Peak and Thorang-La Pass trekking.


Day

3

Starting as earliest as possible, for a long  drive towards Far Mid-West Nepal to reach around Lamjung district, going through the large town of Besisar a  farming village. From Besisahar we need to  exchange the vehicle for rough roads on jeep to reach our overnight stop at village of Syange. Located above the Masrsyangdi River with views of cascading water-falls nearby from the lodge.


Day

4

The first day of the trek begins with a pleasant  trail, avoiding the main motorable road and then continues with steep climb to reach Jagat village and then to Chamje. As walk leads high above the river into a nice forested area to reach a wide valley at Tal Besi village. We stop here for lunch then continue our trek to the end of the valley with a climb to reach a well-defined track and crossing a bridge to reach at Dharapani for overnight in a nice lodge. It is lovely moderate size village of Tibetan influence which is at the point where Manaslu and Annapurna circuit route joins. 


Day

5

After Dharapani we head  into rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagarchap and Danque. Then we reach Timang village which is Himalayan Buddhism influnced. This village is jeweled with the view of Mt. Manaslu 8, 163 m. From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame town for an overnight stop, Chame.

Day

6

From Chame , morning trek leads closer to mountains as the trail enters the dense forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Masrsyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village trek follows uphill within the woodland to reach a high ridge at Dhukure Pokhari, a small place with few tea-houses and lodges facing view of Chulu  and Pisang peaks. Enjoy a refreshing lunch break, and then descend to lower Pisang village for an overnight stop. 

 

Day

7

Here we will have to acclimatize, before heading towards our main high destination to Chulu East Peak base camp. Enjoy a rest day exploring around this scenic location, visit Pisang upper village and the monastery. Offers grand view of Chulu’s, Pisang peak with Annapurna and Gangapurna Himalaya.

 

Day

8

After a free day at Pisang village, our route diverts from the popular and main Annapurna circuit trail to head above the Manang valley past upper Pisang, overlooking a grand panorama of snow-peaks. The trek follows higher towards Ngawal village, where the route to Nar-Phu and Chulu East Peak meets. From here continue towards the remote hidden village of Julu, a nice weather-beaten small village. Overnight at this amazing village.


Day

9

From this  village of Julu, our trek continues down to Julu River, which later joins with Masrsyangdi River. On the bank of  the icy stream  we climb higher heading towards remote wilderness facing views of Chulu with Annapurna Himalayan Mountain range. After a great scenic climb we reach a rocky moraine  on top of a ridge  to set our base camp for the climb. A perfect spot for the camp, beneath towering Chulu East Peak with amazing view of surrounding mountains and dramatic landscapes.


Day

10

A rest day for proper acclimatization, as well to check the route of the climb.  Our guide will demonstrate some techniques of the climbing skill required for summiting  of Chulu East Peak. Rest of the day we practice climbing on rocks and ice close to our camp.


Day

11

After breakfast, we climb towards high or advance camp, packing only necessary gear for the climb. As route leads to the steep ridge on a snowy slope the climb continues to Chulu East High Camp on an inclined path and then cross over a snow ridge-line using crampons fixed on your climbing boots. The trail continues up to reach high camp. Enjoy spectacular view of landscapes and the vibrant valley below.  Under some weather conditions, the area may be covered in snow.


Day

12

Our final and Big Day of the adventure, start with an early breakfast for a long climb to the summit of Pisang East Peak.  The climb heads through glaciers and moraine. Our guide will assist on difficult and technical sections, which can be extremely challenging, and then make a last final haul to the summit of Chulu East Peak. After a strenuous tough effort where you can enjoy the mind-blowing view of the snow-mountain range, which includes Annapurna-II, III, and IV with Glacier Dome, Gangapurna towards south includes Mt. Dhaulagiri in the far west, with other groups of Chulu and Pisang peaks. After a great successful ascent and exploring the hidden glaciers to the top of Chulu East Peak and then we head back descending towards base camp.


Day

13

After a great climb of Chulu East Peak, feeling high after reaching the top of the high trekking peaks of Nepal Himalayas , Leave the country as pristine as it was before,  morning walk leads back to Julu village for an overnight stop or further on route to Manang main village. 

 

Day

14

Enjoy the walk towards Manang valley and on the mainstream route of the Annapurna circuit. The walk is much easier downhill with time to look at the beautiful scenery of mountains and valleys. As our route joins back at the main trail, we stop at Braga village for a tour of the old monastery an interesting Buddhist shrine treasures ancient scrolls with large statues of Lord Buddha and famous Gurus. Located on top of Braga village. From here we take a short walk up to enter the main village of Manang. Where houses are built of traditional Tibetan style, Manang people are known for their rich culture and traditions. The village is situated in the center of a large scenic valley enclosed by an array of high peaks of Chulu, Annapurna, and Gangapurna mountain range. At Manang village check into a nice lodge, with a comprehensive food menu to enjoy along with large rooms attached or common bath and restrooms.


Day

15

After a pleasant and enjoyable time in Manang village, our route heads toward North-West to reach Thorang-La, as trek follows a gradual trail past few smaller settlement to reach at Yak Kharka for lunch and overnight stop. Facing grand view of Chulu West Peak with Gangapurna in the south. A lovely settlement with several good lodges for overnight stops with great meals to enjoy along with the spectacular scenery.

 

Day

16

From Yak Kharka, our trek  leads on a nice levelled path to reach another small place at Ledar with few good lodges. After a short rest we continue to walk down to a stream, and then climb high above Jarjung stream.The trail follows to the base or Phedi of Thorang-La Pass. A small settlement with 3-4 lodges, having short rest and then climb to a steep gravel path for an hour to Upper or High Camp for lunch and overnight stay in a simple lodge.

Day

17

After breakfast our trek starts with a gradual small path as the walk progresses on winding steep uphill to reach a small open area with glacial ponds. From here another hour of climb will lead  you on top of the highest point of the adventure at Thorang-La Pass which is above 5, 416 m high. The top is marked with a signboard with the name and heights of the pass, decorated with hundreds of prayer flags offering. The pass offers a  panorama of high peaks that surrounds the pass, facing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri with some peaks of Mustang areas. Enjoying the grand scenery, a long descend rakes you to the another side of the pass into Mustang region, from the bottom a place with few small tea-shops and then easy walk to Muktinath for an overnight stop. Muktinath an important temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu one of the three main gods in the Hindu religion. Where thousands of pilgrims and devotees pay homage all year around from across Nepal and India. A holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists, the name means ‘place for Nirvana or Liberation.


Day

18

Today is our last day trek from Muktinath to Jomsom, morning with gradual downhill with a big drop of 1,200 m towards Kaligandaki River windy valley, a walk-on wide river valley to Jomsom. The headquarter town of the Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. A large town with nice hotels, lodge for travelers, after checking into a nice room with refreshing lunch, enjoy the afternoon visiting markets with nice houses, paved streets with many well-kept lodges and hotels. Jomsom is located on the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route of Nepal to Tibet, which extends beyond Upper Mustang. The whole region of Lower Mustang inhabited by Thakali people the main tribe of Kaligandaki valley follows the Buddhism religion with an interesting culture. At Jomsom  we celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy, and juice, as Jomsom and Marpha area around Kaligandaki famous for delicious apple and the product from the apples. 


Day

19

After breakfast we walk to Jomsom airport terminal, and then board on a small aircraft for a scenic short flight of 20 minutes to beautiful city Pokhara. During flight enjoy grand view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks. After landing at Pokhara airport we take short drive to your hotel near the famous scenic Phewa Lake.The rest of the day free for individual activities, or enjoy boating on the lake and hike to Peace Stupa located on a hilltop opposite side of the lake. Pokhara is famous for paragliding, Zip Flyer, Ultra-Light flight, or Bungee Jump. 


Day

20

After breakfast, depart from Pokhara for an exciting and interesting drive to Kathmandu, and then transfer to your respective hotel. The rest of the afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or enjoy rest with grand memories of the adventure on the high mountains of Annapurna Himalaya. (Flying options half-hour on-air to Kathmandu with a sweeping panorama of mountains)


Day

21

We have reserved a day in Kathmandu to relax sore and weary muscles from the trek and climb of Chulu East Peak. A free day to enjoy individual activities or shopping souvenirs or join for an exciting tour around Kathmandu valley.

Day

22

Your last day in Nepal, after the memorable adventure of Chulu East Peak Climb with Thorang-La Pass Trekking. Vertex Holiday's representative will transfer you to the airport for departure as per your scheduled flight.


Inclusions

    • All Airport and Hotel Transfer by Private Vehicle
    • 3 nights stay in Kathmandu and 1 night stay in Pokhara with BB Plan
    • A day sightseeing in Kathmandu with an experienced city guide, all entrance fees, and private vehicle
    • All ground transportation by private vehicle – As per mentioned in Itinerary
    • Jomsom – Pokhara flight
    • Climbing permit for Chulu East Peak
    • All required Trekking permits and Conservation Area fees
    • Tea House + Camping combined accommodation during the trek – as per itinerary
    • All meals during trek & climb– Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    • Experienced trekking & climbing guide
    • Required number of porters
    • All necessary climbing gears with a company duffle bag
    • Kitchen equipment and camping equipment during the climbing period
    • General first aid kits
    • Insurance, clothing, and salary for staffs
    • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • All government taxes and necessary paperwork
    • Nepalese visa fee
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Personal climbing gears
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Chulu the highest trekking peak within Nepal Himalaya?

Yes, as per the height of 6,584 m / 21,596 feet, listed in NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association), a semi-government organization that controls much of trekking peaks.

How much is for a climbing permit to climb Chulu East Peak?

For your kind information, the permit cost according to season wise for spring, the peak time from March to May cost US$ 400.00.  Summer from June to August which is low tourism time costs US$ 200.00. For autumn/fall from September to November US $ 100.00.   In a maximum group number of 15 climbers. On top of climbing permits, requires a garbage deposit of US$ 500.00. Refundable on showing the receipt and proof of proper disposal of garbage at designated sites. The other permit requires for ACAP  (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) of US$ 30 per person.

Which season is best for Chulu East Peak Climb? 

Spring-time of April and May, as well autumn/fall season from September to early November months. Late November, where most of the lodges and villages will be almost empty as the native migrates to lower warmer areas to escape the cold winter months. The best and high season is April to May and September and October months, where days are clear for excellent views of surrounding beautiful landscapes and high snow-capped peaks. With cold morning and late afternoon till night time cold and in the shade. Can expect snow sometimes around this good season also, especially on higher areas and on passes.

Do you organize for individual or solo climbers?

Normally we need a minimum of 3-4 person in a group, where trip cost and climbing permits comes less in a group than with a single person. In a large group, the permit cost can be shared, but with individual climbers, it will become much costly to run the trip, as well as with logistic supports. However, for interested solo travelers/climbers, we will organize, where the cost comes much higher than in a group.

How far the medical facilities on trek if someone gets very sick?

The nearest hospital and medical post is at Chame and Jomsom towns but not up to international standard, need to bring the patient back to Pokhara or in Kathmandu. In case some get very sick from any other medical reason or accidents, as well as altitude sickness. Cannot continue the journey the sick person needs to be taken back to Chame or Pokhara, the fastest means of transport is taking a helicopter service. In this emergency case where victims have to bear all the expenses to be claimed from health and medical insurance.

Are there facilities to charge electronic appliances and gadgets? 

Yes, there are facilities throughout the trek around from the start to the end of the trek, but from Pisang onward for many days on route Chulu East Peak climb, there will be no facilities to charge. As you will be walking beyond villages in the complete wilderness of mountains. Charging your gadgets, where there are facilities on lodges that we stay overnights cost as per hour and per items.

How are the foods and accommodation on Nar Phu Trekking?

At the beginning up to tourist standard with comfortable, hygienic rooms and quality foods available. But from Pisang village onwards you will be in tented camping for many days, Vertex Holiday provides spacious two-men tents, dining tent as per group size, toilet tents. Includes separate kitchen department of cook, kitchen staff and porters to carry all camping equipment and foods. The meals served in camping of high standard from breakfast, lunch to dinner followed by afternoon tea/snacks as well bed tea in tents. Food cooked in kerosene or LPG (cooking gas) to save the green environment, as we are all committed to Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism. 

Do trekkers, climbers get high altitude sickness on this climb?

Our itinerary is designed with care, with much shorter days and enough time to get acclimatized, that is why Vertex Holiday is different from other local companies as we care for our clients and staff safety. Following our trekking itinerary very low chances of getting altitude sickness, as the altitude gains gradually by the time you reach higher areas you will be fine and well acclimatized by then. But in rare situations, if someone gets very sick from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) needs the patient to evacuate to lower areas accompanied by our reliable staff. For server cases calling for helicopter services to be taken to Kathmandu for proper treatment.  

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