Peak Chulu East situated at a height of 6,584 meters, high above the Manang valley. The peak which was first climbed in 1955 by a German expedition is the most popular trekking peak in the Annapurna region. Chulu East Peak is set inside the very famous Annapurna Circuit trek and hence, can be combined with any other treks inside the Annapurna region including the trek to Jomsom and the Annapurna Massif.
The climb to Chulu East Peak is a strenuous climb therefore previous experience in climbing is required. You also need to be in a perfect physical condition to venture on this trek. Technically, a straightforward climb, most of the climbing involves walking roped together. You will most definitely have to be familiar with the use of all your equipments.
The trip to Chulu East begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, which takes about six to seven hours. We begin our trek from Besisahar. The trail then ascends steadily along the Marsyangdi river valley into the untouched remote areas of northern Manang district passing through Bahundanda, Dharapani, Chamje, Bagarchaap and Hongde, all small villages. A steep, narrow path through an extremely dense forest connects Chamje to Hongde. From Hongde, begins the climb to Chulu East Peak. The trail till Hongde is rocky, steep and slippery in places.
It takes about four days to reach Chulu Peak from Hongde. From the base camp, you get stunning views of Annapurna range including Mt.Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Manaslu, Himchuli. The views of Annapurna II, III and IV, angapurna, Dhaulagiri, Glacier Dome, Tilicho Peak, Manaslu from Chulu East Peak are just amazing. Passing through pretty landscapes, rocky hills, and remote villages makes the trek even more incredible.
After summiting, you will get down to Manang valley. The trail back follows the Annapurna Circuit trail ascending slowly through Muktinath and Jomsom. Crossing Thorung La pass adds another level of adventure to this trek before descending to Kali Gandaki valley. The standard route to climb Chulu East Peak is from the north-east ridge. It takes a day to make it to the top and return to the base camp.