Chulu East Peak Climbing

Duration: 21 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Difficult
  • Trip Style: Hikking and Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge + Camping
  • Group Size: 2 +people
  • Max Elevation: 6,584m
  • Airfare Included: No
  • Tour Customizable: Yes

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.

Highlights

  • Chulu East (6584 m) lies just above the Manang Valley
  • The Annapurna Cirsuit trails is the world famous trekking and Chulu East is dominating it.
  • The hightest peak in Annapurna Circuit trek
  • Experience the varied eco systems and diverse landscape.

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Drive to Besi Sahar.

Drive to Besi Sahar 850m in the morning by private car/Van/bus. 6-7 hours driving, then walk 2hrs to Bulbule. This is like a warm up day of your trek and stay overnight at lodge/camp.

    Crossing a few suspension bridges, viewing waterfalls, trekking up and down several hill sections, crossing rice paddies, water falls and passing through a subtropical forest. Enjoy walking through all these breathtaking sites for 6 hours, then stay overnight at Ghermuphant. 

    • B.L.D

    Trek 5-6 hours through amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, boulder, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages, from Chamje, climb past forests of bamboo and rhododendrons up a steep trail above a river and then into Tal. Overnight at Guest house. 

    • B.L.D

    You pass by fields of corn, barley and potatoes on your way through small villages of Khorte and Karte from here you view the magic killer mountain Manaslu and after 5-6 hours of a pleasant walk, you arrive at Bagarchhap. Stay overnight at a Guest House.

    • B.L.D

    Trekking 4-5 hours, you will negotiate a few steep forested ridges, along with several landslides en route. Remember to look up though, as you will be treated to some sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. A few small hot springs offer relief for your day trek. Stay overnight at Guest house.

    • B.L.D

    A steep, narrow path through a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up, you will be surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. After 4.5 hours walking through these amazing sites you will arrive Pisang 3,400m. Overnight at Guest house. 

    • B.L.D

    Your trail above the village of Pisang, we ascend Chegaji Khola Valley towards Chulu East Base Camp. A gentle ascent through scattered chortens, scrub juniper and stunted pines takes us to the small hamlet of Julu 3,500m. 5 hours walking .This is situated on the west bank of the river. We chose an appropriate campsite showcasing enchanting views of majestic Himalayan peaks. Overnight at Tented camp/Basic Tea house.

    • B.L.D

    Today, we utilize time to our maximum benefits. We take a proper rest to our adventure spirit and build up good health. After relaxation, we can even explore village of Julu and get more insight into its cultural setting Stay over night at Tented camp.

    • B.L.D

    We walk away from Julu, the trail crosses Cheggi Khola and ascends gradually up the west bank. Soon after trekking for about an hour, the trail faces a valley and then we encounter a stone hut surrounded by apple trees. The best views of Mountain peaks up the side valley that reaches up towards Chulu West. As the valley ends, 150m.cliff stands on the way displaying spectacular sight of waterfalls cascading down the cliff. On the way, we come across goat and yak pastures. As the day progresses, we come close to Yak Khare. Overnight at tent

    • B.L.D

    We follow the trail wending through steep pastures to a convenient hollow where the meadow merges into rocks. Eyeing high above, spectacular views of Annapurna range stretches as far as our eyes can capture. Over night at Base camp 4,200m.

    • B.L.D

    we take a day off from trekking for complete acclimatization. This gives us time to prepare and sort out our trekking gear. Many trekkers do the summit with out taking rest here. Over night at Tented Camp.

    • B.L.D

    After well acclimatized, Our Sherpa staffs move 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 snow slopes. Resting at the high camp, GAT never suggests you to rush. Prepare equipment and strategies for the next day. We are planning 2 days to take Summit Chulu East.

    After Chulu East Summiting and have our share of celebrating this glorious victory, we descend along the steep slopes to the high camp. After refreshment and rest, we head back to base camp passes. Over night at Base camp.

      We return to the main trail of Annapurna Circuit towards Manang. We continue treading along the cultivated fields and after a while village of Braga accommodating a splendid monastery appear in front you. On the way to Manang great views of Annapurna range - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak makes you so happy. Overnight at lodge.

        Today is a short 3-4 hour walk up to ledar a small settlement Even though you took the Summit at altitude we are still slow down to avoid altitude. Overnight at lodge.

          This is another easy day and walking onle 4 hrs. We spend more time in Thorong Phedi for your well acclimatizes. After lunch we trek about 1.5hrs to High camp Over Night at Guest House.

            An early start is important to begin a long day's trek over the pass. Crossing the famous Throng La pass 5,416m will be an unforgettable experience. Breathtaking scenes of the high Himalayan mountain are presented from both the trail and the summit of the pass.

              Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhists. You will visit a Vishnu Temple and Gompa in morning. The trail today is quite surreal as you trek along a plateau above the Kali Gandaki, the world`s deepest gorge. After walking 6 hours to Jomsom 2,670m. Over night at Guest House.

                Fly early morning to Pokhara 25 minutes. You will have wonderful flight to Pokhara as Annapurna and Fishtail will be on left hand side and Dhaulagiri and other above 8,000m mountain will be on your right hand side. After landing at Pokhara, transfer to Hotel/Guest house. B/B. An option follow the Kaligandki valley by bus to pokhara. This will take you 1 more day.

                  Leaving early at 7:30 am, you drive 6-7 hours to Katmandu by tourist bus.

                    What's included

                    • Experience English speaking Guide.
                    • Full equipped porter.
                    • Insurance of guide and porters.
                    • All meals while in the trek.
                    • All land transport.
                    • All over night accommodation as per itinerary.
                    • Annapurna Conservation Area entry fees.
                    • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
                    • All climbing gears.
                    • Climbing Sherpa guide.
                    • Climbing permit.
                    • Airport pick up and drop.
                    • Safe Drinking Water.
                    • All kind of Drinks and personal expenses.
                    • Clients personal Insurance and Tips.
                    • Emergency evacuation by Helicopter, Airport tax and custom clearance and visa.
                    • Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.
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