Chulu-West Peak Climbing

Chulu-West Peak Climbing

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Trip Facts

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Accomodation

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Meals

  • 16 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 15 Dinners

Trip Introduction

Chulu is a mountain range in Nepal’s Himalayas. The Chulu is located in the Damodar Himal, which is north of the Annapurna Range. It is located on a ridge above Manang Valley. The Chulu Range is divided into three Peaks: Chulu East, Chulu West, and Chulu Far East. Chulu West is 6,419m/21,060ft above sea level. It is the ideal mix of trekking and climbing. Views of Annapurna Range, Gangapurna, Chulu Range, Tilicho Peak and Thorong Peak.
The trail passes through the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is home to 105 mammals, 518 bird species, 23 amphibians, 40 reptiles, and 1,226 flowering plant species.
The trek’s main highlight is the summit to Chulu West.  The trail is rich in flora and fauna, with many endangered animals such as Himalayan Sheep, Ibexes, and Snow Leopards. You can also learn about Tibetan-Buddhist culture. This trek provides great geographical and cultural diversity. The people in this region show a great hospitality. You will be invited into their homes and communities, allowing you to engage yourself in Nepalese culture.

Your 15-day adventure begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Chame, the administrative headquarters of Manang. We will travel through several villages, including Lower Pisang, upper Pisang, Manang. We will acclimate at Manang before continuing on our journey. We will then trek to Leder We will continue our trek to Chulu West Camp I, where we will properly acclimate before moving on to Chulu West Camp II. From there, we’ll climb to Chulu West Peak and then descend to Chulu West Camp I. We will drive back to Kathmandu after descending to Manang, the trek’s end point.

Trip Facts

Country  Nepal
Duration  16 Days
Maximum Altitude  6,419m/21,060ft
Region  Annapurna
Meals  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation  Hotel, Lodge, Teahouses, Camp
Grade Challenging
Best season  Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

Trip Highlights
We will drive through the beautiful Marsyangdi valley, which has breathtaking views of mountains and waterfalls.
Enjoy the wonderful views of Annapurna Range, Gangapurna, Chulu Range, Tilicho Peak, and Thorong Peak.
Experience the Tibetan-Buddhist Culture.
Summit to Chulu-West peak at the elevation of 6,419m
Enjoy the Flora and Fauna of the Annapurna region.

Is this trek appropriate for you?
This trek includes 11 days of strenuous climbing. You’ll be trekking for a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 10 hours per day, reaching elevations of over 5000 meters at times. We cannot overestimate the importance of being in excellent physical shape and health, which requires training before your trip to ensure that you are properly prepared.
This is the trek for you if you have previous rock climbing or wall climbing experience. It is recommended that you have prior experience with high-altitude trekking.
The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, you must plan and prepare accordingly, as well as stay up to date on the weather forecast.
The teahouses, or trekking lodges, where we stay on the trek are very basic, with just basic services. Hot water may not be accessible at all times and may be charged extra, as will access to electrical outlets for charging electronics. Wi-Fi is available in some areas, although the quality of the connection may be poor.
The path twists and turns through challenging terrain. At 6,419 meters, you’ll reach the highest peak. Because of the weather, isolation, and high altitude of this walk, it’s critical to take it carefully and stay hydrated.

Itinerary

Days                                    Activities  Durations
1. Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m/4,592ft)
2. Drive from Kathmandu to Chame (2,710m/8,892ft) 9-10hrs
3. Trek from Chame to Lower Pisang (3,300m/10,827ft) 5-6hrs
4. Trek from Lower Pisang to Manang (3,519m/11,546ft) 6-7hrs
5. Acclimatization Day
6. Trek from Manang to Leder (4,200m/13,780ft) 4-5hrs
7. Trek from Leder to Chulu West Base Camp (4,900m/16,077ft) 4-5hrs
8. Trek from Chulu West Base Camp to Camp I (5,100m/16,733ft) 4-5hrs
9. Acclimatization Day
10. Trek from Camp I to Camp II (5,530m/18,144ft) 4-5hrs
11. Summit Chulu West Peak (6,419m/21,061ft) and Back to Camp I  9-10hrs
12.  Contingency Day
13. Trek from Camp I to Manang (3,519m/11,546ft) 6-7hrs
14. Drive from Manang to Kathmandu (1400m/4,592ft) 10-11hrs
15. Rest Day
16. Departure


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Day To Day Itinerary

  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Arrival On: Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1

When you arrive at TIA Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a friendly face. Our representative will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. Arrive at the hotel and finish the check-in process. In the evening, our guide will meet you and give you a quick overview of the adventure. The hotel will be our home for dinner and the night.

Day 2

The journey begins with a drive to Chame on the Prithvi Highway, which is followed by a rocky path alongside the Marshyangdi River. After 6 hours of driving, we arrive in Besisahar, the capital of Lamjung District. We’ll stop for lunch on the way. We’ll be driving on a rocky road. On the path, we will see terraced fields, greenery, and waterfalls. From there, the drive to Chame, the beginning point of our trek. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Tea House.

Day 3

We’ll leave for Lower Pisang after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 5 to 6 hours. We’ll walk alongside Lamjung Himal in the early morning light, ascending beyond Mani walls to a buckwheat field in Telekhu’s small town. To get to Paungada Danda, we’ll walk through the dense forest. You will enjoy a lengthy, pleasant, mainly smooth walk through the forest with some spectacular sights as you get further into it. The path crosses the river valley with magnificent views of Pisang Mountain and the east summit of Annapurna II at Pisang. Dinner and Overnight at the Tea House.

Day 4

We will depart for Manang after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 6 to 7 hours. We will ascend stone steps to reach Upper Pisang, which is 100m ahead of Lower Pisang. Passing through a narrow path. We will be treated to a breathtaking view of the mountains. We’ll continue on our way to Ghyaru. The trial will be a little difficult. We’ll eat lunch on the way. We’ll stop in a few towns along the way, including Ngawa and Braga, where we’ll see the beautiful Monastery. We’ll walk for another half hour to get to Manang village.

Day 5

As we move to a higher altitude, the altitude will hit you. We need to take a break and restore our energy. We will explore the Manang village. We will go for a hike over Kicho Tal known as Ice Lake it is frozen most of the time. And explore the area around the lake. It is 1,100m ahead from Manang. Or you can rest and Explore around the Manang village.

Day 6

We’ll leave for Leder after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 4 to 5 hours. We’ll go hiking for a short short time. We find less vegetation as we ascend in elevation. We’ll be passing through Yak Kharka. On the way, we’ll stop for lunch. To get to Leder, we’ll continue through the Brich tree path.

Day 7

We will depart for West Chulu Base Camp after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 4 to 5 hours. As we move higher, the altitude will rise, so we should proceed with caution. We’ll be climbing in rough and rugged terrain. We’ll stop for lunch on the way. We will pass through Buddhist prayer flags before arriving at the Campsite, where we will set up camp and rest.

Day 8

We’ll leave for Camp I after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 4 to 5 hours. We’ll walk along a dry, rocky path. We’ll also climb the stone cliffs. We should proceed with caution. When we arrive at the Camp, we will eat our lunch. We will set up camp and freshen up before enjoying hot drinks and food.

Day 9

We’ll start our day a little later today. The altitude will hit you as we rise in altitude. We need to take a break and restore our energy. We’ll take a walk around the Camp. After lunch, you will have a training period during which your guide will teach you how to use climbing equipment such as an ice ax, jumar, and crampon, as well as some other basic skills. We will become familiar with the necessary equipment and learn basic rope skills. You’ll need to practice to get it right.

Day 10

We’ll leave for Camp II after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 4 to 5 hours. We must leave early in the morning because the wind will be too strong during the day. We’ll be walking down the snowy path. As you assist your teammate, follow your Guide’s instructions. When we arrive at the Camp, we will eat our lunch. We will set up camp and freshen up before enjoying hot drinks and food

Day 11

After breakfast, we’ll set out for the summit of Chulu East Peak. We’ll be walking for 9 to 10 hours. Today, we must begin our day at a very early hour. To get to the top, we need to properly equip ourselves and follow the instructions. We’ll have to walk on ice and snow. After reaching the summit, we will have a spectacular view of Annapurna I, II, IV, Pisang Peak, Manaslu, and Gangapurna. We will explore and enjoy the peace at the top before descending back to Camp I, where we will enjoy hot drinks and enjoy the achievement.

Day 12

An additional day in case severe weather prevents you from summiting on time. This day can also be used in the event of an emergency, such as canceled or missed flights, delays due to minor injuries or weather conditions, and so on. If you keep to your timetable and everything goes according to plan, you can spend the extra day exploring a Sherpa village along the way.

Day 13

We will depart for Manang after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 6 to 7 hours. We’ll be taking the same path. Descending will be easier than ascending, so we will be a little faster today. We’ll make our way down to Leder. We’ll eat lunch on the way. We’ll travel through alpine terrain to Manang Village. We’ll take in the scenery along the way.

Day 14

The journey begins with a drive to Kathmandu on the Prithvi Highway, which is followed by a rocky path alongside the Marshyangdi River. We will be on road for 10 to 11 hours. We will be driving, Through Besisahar, the capital of Lamjung District. We’ll stop for lunch on the way. We’ll be driving on a rocky road. On the path, we will see terraced fields, greenery, and waterfalls.

Day 15

Today is your last day in Kathmandu and your relaxation day. You are free to do whatever you choose with your day. You are free to walk through Thamel and Basantapur streets as much as you wish. Enjoy a complimentary farewell supper at a traditional Nepali restaurant later that evening.

Day 16

The 14-day journey has concluded. Today is your last day in Kathmandu. Our representative will have a short discussion on the trip and take your feedback after a hearty breakfast. Following this session, he will drive you to the airport in our private transportation 3 hours before your trip.

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Route Map

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Altitude Map

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What's Included

Arrival and Departure: Airport – Hotel – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 3 nights in a star category hotel on a twin sharing and BB basis.
Welcome Dinner and farewell dinner at Nepali culture restaurant in Kathmandu.
Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along with accessible accommodation sharing during the trek.
Permit: All required documents: ACAP Permit, TIMS card charge, and NMS Chulu West Peak Climbing Permit.
All government and local taxes if necessary.
Member transportation: – Road Transportation: Drive from Kathmandu – Chame, and Manang to Kathmandu.
Drinking: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek
Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) up to 15kg during the trek.
Insurance: Insurance of all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
Comprehensive Medical kit.


What's Not Included

Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
Nepal entry visa fee.
Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ expenses in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
Personal Insurance: Travel and high-altitude insurance. *Mandatory
Personal Expenses: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking equipment.
Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs).


Equipment List

What to bring ?
  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • 3-star Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)

General
  • Trekking sticks

  • Quick-drying pants and shorts

  • Rainwear (jacket and pants)

  • Airport pick up & drop off

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking,


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 The ideal season to travel 

Spring
March: The month of March is ideal for trekking and admiring the spectacular mountain peaks. The Annapurna Region trekking trail will be crowded with hikers beginning in March. In the Annapurna Region, the spring season begins in March, the month of the Rhododendron. Trekking in March will provide you with the most memorable experiences in a pleasant and mild climate. At lower altitudes, the weather is not particularly hot, and at higher altitudes, it is not particularly cold. The views of the mountains are spectacular, and the trail is excellent. Nature can be experienced at its most beautiful.
April: April is the beginning of spring in Nepal, and the weather is ideal for trekking to Annapurna Region. The views are bright and clear at this time of year, and everyone enjoys spring. The surroundings are vibrant and colorful, with rhododendrons in bloom. It is the best time of year to see various bird and butterfly species. During your April trip to Annapurna Region, the weather is completely in your favor. The moderate heat of the sun, combined with the lack of wind, makes it ideal for trekking. Furthermore, the amount of rain and snow is insignificant.
May: May, the final month of the spring season in Nepal, is much hotter. Annapurna Region trek in May has the highest temperature of the year. Temperature and weather will vary depending on the altitude throughout the trek. During the day, the weather in the lower sections will be extremely hot. The nights, on the other hand, are tolerable.
Summer
June: June is the coldest time of the summer and has the least amount of rainfall.  The month of June is the offseason and therefore less popular for trekking. In the region, June marks the start of the wet monsoon season. The weather is slightly humid, and you can enjoy nature while it is wet and cool. If you enjoy the rain, rainbows, and less crowded trails, this is the month for you. During this month, the air begins to become humid due to continuous rain.
July: Trekking in Nepal in July isn’t always joyful because the heavy rains can block your view of the beautiful mountains you’ll pass through. In July, you will notice that the temperature is not as chilly in the Annapurna Region. As the rain washes away the dust and pollution, the environment opens up and becomes very fresh, and you will be able to enjoy nature despite the chilly weather.
August: In the Annapurna Region, August is the off-season for trekking. In August, the monsoon season produces strong rains, especially in lower places. Due to weather-related concerns, most hikers avoid this month. The summer monsoon season comes to an end in August. It rains regularly, and you may feel a little chilly as a result. You should also be cautious because the trails are slippery and the possibility of landslides and avalanches is considerable.
Autumn
September: The monsoon season finishes in September, marking the start of the fall season. The optimum time to trek to Annapurna Region is in September. The weather and temperature for the Annapurna Region Trek are ideal. The temperature is pleasant during the day, but it is extremely chilly at night.
October: October is the month that falls between September and November. As a result, it keeps both monsoon rain and winter’s biting cold at distance. The weather is warm and pleasant in October, with clear skies and fresh air. The nights, on the other hand, are a little chilly, with a brisk breeze coming from the campsite. Throughout October, the weather is pleasant, allowing people to enjoy an unobstructed view of the snow-capped peaks. They can also visit bright valleys and interesting scenery of various colors.
November: The last declared peak season for trekking in Nepal is November. Bright, sunny days and beautiful skies characterize November. On the treks, these provide breathtaking, crystal-clear vistas of the mountains. The days are bright and sunny in November. The sky is clear, with perhaps a few stray clouds possible.
Winter
December: In the Annapurna Region, December is a rather dry month. It receives fewer than 25 millimeters of rain every year. The Annapurna Region is in the shadow of the Himalayas. As a result, December has a lower chance of rain. It is also possible to walk the Annapurna Region Trek in December. In December, hikers will get a unique perspective of the region.
January:  In Nepal, January is in the midst of winter. The higher elevation receives moderate snowfall, whereas the lower elevation is ideal for trekking. During the day, you will feel warm, but as night falls, you will feel cold. In January, these areas receive little to no rainfall. As a result, the skies remain clear and the surroundings appear even sharper. The trails will be covered in snow, so you may need crampons to cross the pass.
February: The Annapurna Region trek in February is an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a place where all you can see are mountains and scenery. It’s peaceful because February is the coldest month of the year. Most people dislike trekking in the winter because they believe it is extremely difficult.


Drive to Chame 

The Distance between Kathmandu and Chame is 239 km.

Traveling to Chame by jeep will take around 8-9 hours.

The route to Chame from Kathmandu is Naubise – Galchi – Malekhu – Kurintar, Muglin – Abu Khairini – Dumre – Besisar – Bulbule -Chamje -Dharapani, and Lastly Chame.


Altitude sickness  

Altitude sickness is a sneaky monster that may attack even the fittest trekkers. These demands do everything in your power to prepare for altitude trekking and take things carefully throughout your journey. With increasing altitude, the amount of available oxygen decreases, which is the primary cause of high-altitude sickness.
The Chulu-West Peak climbing is a high-altitude trek that needs proper acclimatization. Your body requires time to adjust to thin air, so start at a lower altitude and work your way up. Some of the symptoms of Altitude sickness are:
Early symptoms of altitude sickness
Increased breathing.
Increased urination.
Headache and Restless sleep.
Periodic breathing at night as a result of altitude.
Dehydration.
Later symptoms
Shortness of breath.
Extreme fatigue.
Respiratory failure.
Cerebral edema.
Coma.
Certain care should be made to ensure that the situation does not worsen. However, if the symptoms worsen, you may need to return to a lower height and seek medical help. There are, however, several other precautions you may take while trekking to lessen your risk of altitude sickness.
Trekkers can change their bodies by slowly and gradually climbing, as our bodies require time to adjust to the oxygen level. At least one day of acclimatization rest is required for high altitude trekking, and you should go as high as possible before returning to a lower height for the night.
You should do various strength training exercises such as running, cycling, jogging, push-ups, and going to the gym to acquire strength and stamina for your adventure.
As the air gets increasingly thin, an increase in elevation reduces oxygen levels, and in the Annapurna region trek, an increase in altitude also means less vegetation. The consumption of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and tobacco decreases the body’s water content.
The greatest remedy is to stay hydrated at all times. On your walk, instead of drinking cooled water, drink warm water.
Diamox is the most effective altitude sickness medication; thus, you should bring a subscription with you on the trek. However, you should consult with your physician to see whether it is advantageous.


Things to know before traveling to Annapurna Region.

Drinking-Water

Especially for trekkers, it is very necessary to hydrate your body at a higher altitude than in lower elevations to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. Lack of fluid can be the main hindrance during the trek. You should hydrate your body with at least 3-4 liters of water daily (Tea, soup, or normal drinking water).
Annapurna region does not have a water shortage. You can get tap water, river water throughout the region but is not safe to drink without purifying it. So, use purifying tablets or water filters to treat water before drinking. Besides that, the other places to get drinking water are local teahouses/guesthouses and lodges, but it is also unsafe to drink without being purified or boiled. The teahouse also provides boiled drinking water. Coldwater is provided free of charge, but for boiled water, you have to pay a certain amount. The sale of plastic water bottles is banned in Annapurna Region since 2015. You will not get to buy plastic water bottles throughout the trek. Therefore, you need to bring your water bottle.
Every day, carry enough water for the day before beginning the trek. In and beyond the base camp there are no water resources. So that, from the base camp you have to melt the snow for water and treat it to make it drinkable. But not to worry, if you are traveling from any agency like us, you’ll be provided hot water 2-3 liter per day. We recommend you use a Reusable water bottle or water pouch favorable for both hot and cold water. You can also use a filtration system like LifeStraw.

Here are some ways that you can use to make the water drinkable.

1. Boiled water
Boiling water is the best way to purify the water. As we are climbing to a higher altitude you need to boil the water for about 3-minute and season it with a pinch of salt before drinking. You can get free cold water in the teahouse but for boiled water, it cost around 1USD per liter.

2. Purification tablets or electrolyte powder.
Purification tablets like chlorine or iodine tablets are commonly used tablets by trekkers to disinfect the water. 1 tablet is enough for a liter of water. It takes around 30 min for the tablets to dissolve and become drinkable. Water, purified by tablets may leave a taste in your mouth.
Electrolyte powder is another option. Electrolyte powder is a better way to purify water than tablets because electrolyte powder contains minerals such as salt, Potassium, Magnesium, which are important for your body during the trek.
3. UV Light water purifier/ SteriPEN.
It is a simple, effective, and environment-friendly way to purify water. It kills the bacteria and virus within 10 sec by exposing them to ultraviolet light using Steripen, without changing the flavor of the water. This is a highly recommended method of purifying water (a one-time investment).


Electricity and Internet facility in Annapurna Region.

Electricity facility.

Despite the challenging geography and weather conditions, the Annapurna region has been providing electricity and access to the Internet.
Electricity in Annapurna Region is powered by hydroelectricity so you can get free access to electricity throughout the trek. But to charge your device will cost you an extra charge. There is a commonplace for charging usually in the dining area, and you will be charged extra for the use of electricity for charging devices on a different basis (Per device and voltage of your device).
Charging mobile phones costs 1.5$- 2$ per device.

Internet Facility and Service
Internet and network facility is must need to contact your family, friends, employee, to post updates and upload photos during the trek.

Internet access is available throughout the Annapurna Region, but in some areas, WI-FI might become slow due to the lack of reach of signal to the tower of difficult topography.
At higher altitudes, you will have access to the internet, but have to pay extra.
Cost of WI-FI service in higher altitude- NPR 300/USD 2.5

Both NTC and NCell cellular service has been providing the network in Annapurna Region. You can buy the NCell or NTC sim card from the stores in Kathmandu for 1USD. By taking data packages you can use the internet service throughout the Annapurna region.
NTC cellular service is most preferred over NCell. NTC provides good service and signals connectivity throughout the Annapurna region, in comparison to NCell.

Buy NTC data package
Dial*1415#
Cost of data package in NTC:
-14GB=7$
(Valid up to 28days
-30GB=15$
(Valid up to 90 days) Check balance
Dial *1415#

Buy NCell data package
Dial *17123# and select.
Cost of data package in NCell:
-15GB=10$
-25GB= 12$
(Valid up to 30 days)
Check balance
Dial*101#

Document needed to buy a sim card.
For foreigner = 1 passport size photo, Passport photocopy, or valid identity card.
For Nepali = 1 Passport size Photo, Photocopy of Citizenship.

Some useful tips to reduce the use of electricity.
Extra batteries for the camera.
Power bank with 5000-10000mAh.
The solar charger and solar lamp (LuminAID lamp).
As possible less usage of a device with low brightness, GPS, and WI-FI off.


Essential Backpack items for climbing Chulu West Peak.

The bag of a trekker also reveals the trekker’s level of experience. A good trekker should be a smart backpacker. You should be pre-prepared for the things that you need in the trek.
Here are some of the things that you need to take with you for the trek.
Travel documents
Airline tickets with the itinerary.
Travel insurance policy documents.
Original valid passport.
Copies of passport.
Passport-sized photos.
Nepalese cash.
Travel permits.

Clothing
A pair of waterproof trekking shoes or hiking boots.
A pair of flip flop slippers or running shoes.
A pair of mountaineering boots for climbing.
2-3 sets of thermals (leggings and tops)
4-5 pairs of hiking long sleeve shirts or tops.
Pairs of trekking shorts and down pants.
Fleece jumpers or a set of tracksuits.
Good quality windproof down jacket.
Lightweight waterproof jacket with large hood and pants.
Insulated hard-shell jacket.
Neck gaiter, leg warmer, and packet of pocket hand warmers.
5-6 pairs of quick-dry wool socks/liner socks, underwear, sports bra.
Pair of inner and outer gloves.
Knitted Hat, sun cap, beanie, or bandana.
Glacier Sunglasses/ eyeshade for trekking and full coverage eyewear for climbing (Eye and nose).
Trekking Equipment
Waterproof trekking bag of 40-50liter and Rucksack of duffel bag (if your backpack is not enough for all your item and need a potter).
Reusable water bottle (both hot and cold) of at least 1-2litre.
A sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner.
Trekking stick/ poles.
Pair of crampons.
Route Map to Chulu West Peak (Annapurna Region).
LED Headtorch or solar lamp (LuminAID Nepal lamp is best as it is solar-charged and very much portable)
Plug adapter, Charging appliances, power bank, batteries.
Pocket knife.
Travel Wallet.

Peak Climbing equipment
Ice Axe.
Pair of ice/mountaineering crampons.
Harness.
Screw gate Carabiners (2lock, 2 unlock).
Ascender (jumar)and Descender (figure of 8).
Plastic mountaineering boots.
Helmet.
Snow bar.
Climbing Rope.
Ice hammer.
Ice screw.

Toiletries
Rolls of Toilet paper, wet wipes, and tissue.
Medium-sized quick-drying towel.
Toothbrush and toothpaste.
Hand sanitizer.
Sunscreen, lip balm, body lotions.
Deodorants.
Portable mirror.
Shampoo and soap.

Personal First Aid Kit
Antibiotics
Painkillers, Paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, Nicole
Sanitary pads
Bandage.
Anti-inflammatory spray.
Anti-Nausea tablets.
Anti-diarrhea pills or power.
Altitude sickness tablets.
Water purifying tablets or electrolyte powder.
Mosquito and Insect Repellent
Earplugs
You can buy or hire trekking/climbing clothes and equipment in Kathmandu. If you are buying it, you have to allow an extra day for shopping; however, if you are hiring it, you must inform us in advance so that we can arrange it before you arrive in Kathmandu. This way you can reduce the weight of your luggage and save time and money.
Branded trekking clothes and equipment are available around the Thamel area at a reasonable price.


Accommodation, Meal, and Transportation

Accommodation
We will accommodate in star hotel during our stay in Kathmandu.
During the trek, we will accommodate in hotel/lodges/teahouses or Camp.

Meal
During the trek, we will provide you three-time meals. You can choose from the given menu.
Breakfast- French toast, cornflakes, cereal, pancakes, Bread butter, eggs, oatmeal, porridge, tea, etc.
Lunch- Dal Bhat set (Rice, vegetable curry, meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad) vegetable noodle soup, chicken noodles soup, Mushroom garlic soup, Fried noodles, Mo: Mo (dumplings), Thukpa, Fried cheese Potato, etc.
Dinner- Dal Bhat set (Rice, vegetable curry, meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad), Mo: Mo (dumplings), Fried noodles, spaghetti, Thukpa, Broths, Fried Potato, etc.
Besides these, there are a variety of other options of food. You can buy it from your pocket.

Transportation
By Bus- From Kathmandu airport to Hotel at Kathmandu and vice-versa.
From Kathmandu to Chame.
From Manang to Kathmandu.
By Air- Flight to Nepal.


Guide and Staff Arrangements

Our well-qualified and professional staff will handle all your activities throughout your trek. They will do all the escorting. We are providing you with a highly experienced and licensed guide with fluent English speaking and has excellent communication as well as navigation skills. They will accompany you from Kathmandu and guide you throughout your Chulu West Peak climbing journey. Each group of 4-5 trekkers will be assigned an assistant guide, as well as a porter for two trekkers (2*15kg =30kg). If your luggage weighs more than 15kg you will be provided a porter individually but you will be charged for 2 people.
All our lead guides, assistant guides, and potters are well professional and experienced. So, we hope for your respect and cooperation with them throughout the trek.


A typical day on the Chulu West Peak Climbing.

Every day will begin with the ringing of your alarm clock at 6 a.m. and a knock on your door from your guide with the invitation of breakfast. Get up, have breakfast, pack your backpack and get ready to start your day’s walk by 7 a.m. You need to start your trek early to avoid the scorching sun and to reach your overnight destination on time/ before dawn.
You will walk through the lush forests of Rhododendron and Oaks, enjoying the scenery, crossing numerous suspension bridges, clicking photos, creating memories, passing by other travelers, interacting with your guide, hearing each other’s stories. Lunch will be served at a local teahouse in the late afternoon (1-2 am). Having lunch and an hour of rest, we will proceed to the overnight destination as per the itinerary.
On arrival at the destination, check in at your accommodation. Get freshen up and some rest. As every teahouse where we stay has a large common dining area with a wood-burning stove in the center, there you will get to meet many travelers. You can sit there, laugh at each other stories, play cards, sing songs, play music, and have a good time. This will help you forget all the tiredness of the day. Later in the evening, you will have your dinner together. Enjoy the flavorful Nepalese Dal Bhat. There is this saying Dal Bhat power 24 hr. After dinner, your guide will give a short briefing about the next day’s trek regarding when you must wake up, when we have to start our trek the next day, where we will stay the next day, how many hours we have to walk and so on.
During this 11-day journey to Chulu West peak, you’ll walk for a minimum of 4 hrs to a maximum of 10 hrs per day.  You will get to experience a glimpse of many cultures such as Gurung, Tamang, Chettri, Brahmin, and their authentic village lifestyle. Annapurna region is the home of many Gurkha soldiers. During the acclimatization day, hike around the small peaks/viewpoints and prepare your body to deal with any difficult walk. Before climbing the peak, you will be taught how to walk/how we have to move while climbing the peak. You have to study and practice well because your life and success depend upon your skill, knowledge, and endurance.  At night enjoy the view of sparkling stars floating in the clear sky above the cold wind. The most difficult day of the trek will be the summit day. But, the success of the summit and the panorama views of the gigantic mountains from the top are jaw-dropping. The natural beauty of the Annapurna region will be your motivation to trek for 11 days. Your hard walk will be paid off on the successful summit of Chulu West Peak with lifelong memories.


Nepal Tourist Visa and permits details

Visa procedure.
To travel to Nepal, you’ll need a tourist visa that is valid for the period of your stay in Nepal. Better, if you have a tourist visa valid for at least 1 month because anything can happen during the trip, and staying in Nepal after your visa expires would result in you paying a penalty.  Apply for a visa at your nearest Embassy of Nepal or obtain an On-Arrival visa at immigration in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. But it’s better to contact your nearest Nepalese Embassy.
Here are the documents that you need, to apply for the tourist visa.
The Tourist Visa Application Form for Nepal (Fully completed online and printed)
Original Passport with at least 2 blank pages and validity of at least 6 months.
Photocopies of your passport’s information page.
At least 2 recent passport-sized photos of yourself with white background.
Proof of accommodation in Nepal.
Valid travel and return flight tickets.
A bank statement from the last 3 months with a minimum closing balance of NPR2,00,000.
Receipt of the visa fee for Nepal.
Note: 15 days tourist visa costs USD 30. Our trip is of 16 days so, apply for 30 days tourist visa that costs around USD 50.

Entry permits and Requirements

Annapurna Region is a Conservation Area. To travel over the Annapurna region, the trekkers need to get permits from the Government of Nepal. The entry permits that you need for the trekking and climbing the Chulu West Peak is-
Trekking permits  Foreign Nationals SAARC nationals Nepali Citizens
1 Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit.
(ACAP entry permit) NPR 3,000 per person per entry. NPR 1,000 per person per entry. NPR 100 per person per entry.
2 Tourist Information Management System card.
(TIMS Card) NPR 1,000 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 2,000 for solo trekkers (FIT). NPR 300 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 600 for solo trekkers (FIT). -N/A
3. NMA Chulu West Peak Climbing Permit Spring (Mar-May)-USD 250.
Autumn (Sep- Nov)- USD 125
Off Season (Jun- Aug, Dec- Feb)- USD 70.  Spring (Mar-May)-USD 250.
Autumn (Sep- Nov)- USD 125
Off Season (Jun- Aug, Dec- Feb)- USD 70. Spring (Mar-May)-NPR 4,000.
Autumn (Sep- Nov)- NPR 2,000.
Off Season (Jun- Aug, Dec- Feb)- NPR 1,000.

Note: You can get both the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit and TIMS Card from Nepal Tourism Board in Bhirkuti Mandap, Kathmandu, or Tourist Information Centre in Pokhara.
NMA Chulu West Peak Climbing Permit has to be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nagpokhari, Naxal, Kathmandu.
For more information about TIMS Card here is the link.
(If you are traveling from a travel/trekking agency your agency will arrange all the Permits.)

Documents required to get these permits.
Complete the permit form with your passport details and tour details (Trekking area, Entry and Exit date, and point, Route of Trekking, Emergency contact information for Nepal and your Home country).
Passport size photo.
Original passport with a valid visa.
Photocopies of passport personal information page.
Photocopy of Travel Insurance policy to obtain TIMS card.
For more information contact us.


Travel Insurance

Peak Climbing and trekking in Nepal is adventurous and occasionally dangerous activity, especially at high altitudes. Trekkers/Climbers must have travel insurance before visiting Nepal for trekking. During these 16 days journey to Chulu West Peak, you may encounter several unexpected incidents, physical injury, illness, and losses and all the medical expenses and losses have to be borne by yourself.
Choose an insurance policy that will cover all the possible risks that you may come across from the start of your journey to your final destination. The following threats should be covered by your travel insurance.
Cancellation of Domestic and International flights.
Lost and stolen baggage and passport.
Hospital and Medical expenses (Physical injury, Acute Mountain sickness, Altitude sickness, sudden accident)
Emergency rescue such as Helicopter.
All high-altitude trek risk factors up to 6,500m.
You need to choose your travel insurance wisely so that, in the case of such an incident, your travel insurance will cover the costs.
You can get your travel insurance in either your home country or in Nepal.


Responsible Travel

Annapurna region is a region with numerous trekking trails. Annapurna region is the most popular trekking region in Nepal. This region is also known for its typical Gurung culture and Gurung villages. Throughout the trek, you will encounter many traditional villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar. All travelers should travel responsibly in these regions. You must respect the local people, their culture, religion and try to limit any negative activities that will impact their local culture and environment. As Plastic water bottles is banned in the Annapurna region in 2015, we expect you not to bring any plastic wastage and properly dispose of the plastic garbage (food warmers, plastic water bottles). You might encounter rare species on the way, rather not disturb them. You can support them by adapting yourself to their lifestyle. Your small act of neglect and disrespect can cause a major problem in the future.
Your responsible travel will help Nepal achieve long-term sustainable tourism.


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