Chulu East, 16 days + 4 days Kathmandu.20 days total
Max alt. 6,584 m
Chulu East is a Himalayan classic. There's the climbing itself, which is brilliant if you know how to work in snow and ice, and unafraid of crossing crevassed glaciers. Then there is the view around you. In the theatre of the Annapurna, Chulu East looks out onto Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna II, III and V, Gangapurna, and Tilicho. The approach and descent trek are brilliant, combining the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki valleys, linked by Thorong La.
Day 01. You will be picked up by our representative from airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02. Free day in Kathmandu, night at hotel.
Day 03 Kathmandu to starting point of trek, Besisahar (823 m), by bus.
Day 04 Walk to Ngadi (914 m).
Day 05 Jagat (1,341 m) involves good views, flagstone-paved paths, a cantilever bridge, and a wonderful trail carved out of the rocky valley wall.
Day 06 Dharapani (1,943 m),walk along a trail stabilised with wire-enclosed stones, forest, a stone stairway, fields of corn, barley, and potatoes and again, waterfalls and bridges over the roaring Marshyangdi river.
Day 07 Chame (2,713 m)
Day 08 Pisang, the first higher village on the trek (3,185 m) takes you past a Buddhist monastery (gomba), a kani (painted decorative stone arch over the trail), a chhorten (Buddhist memorial), buckwheat fields, apple orchards, and pine forests, wooden and suspension bridges, and a spectacular curved rock face. Also visible are the remains of a village set up by Khampa (Tibetan warrior) refugees in the 1960s.
Day 09 It's a long, fairly deserted day's walk to Yak Kharka (.
Day 10 March on to Chulu East Base Camp
Day 11 March on to the High Camp
Day 12 Ascend Chulu East (6,584 m), and return to Base Camp
Day 13 Manang (3,351 m). The village has a mani wall made of stones inscribed with the Buddhist mantra om mane padme hum, monasteries and prayer wheels, barley and buckwheat fields, wooden bridges, and a fine view of the next few days' high altitude desert landscape.
Day 14 Thorong Phedi (4,404 m). Walk along the river, cross a wooden bridge, then traverse a high scree slope to finally descend to the campsite. There are large lammergeiers here, and griffons, and around the valley slopes, blue sheep and even snow leopards.
Day 15 The route up to Thorong La (5,416 m) Muktinath (3,802 m).
Day 16 Jomosom (2,713 m), the major transit point that has an airport, banks, a museum, and an army encampment.
Day 17 Jomsom/pokhara(flight),night at hotel.
Day 18 On the bus back to Kathmandu.
Day 19 Free day in kathmandu for shopping.
Day 20 Transfert to the airport or own destination.
Cost on your request
Cost quoted in itineraries includes:
* Airport-hotel transfer at arrival and departure
* Domestic land and air transport as described in itinerary Jomsom-Pokhara US $ 80 per person
* Four nights 2 stars accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast Hotel UTSE or similar.
* All trekking and conservation area and national park permit fees,
For Camping or Tented Trek
All meals, camping gear (except sleeping bags) such as tents, kitchen equipment etc, salaries and insurance for guides, sherpas, cooks, porters (who will carry 12 kilos of personal belongings per person) etc during tented treks.
* Re-confirmation of flight
Cost quoted does not include:
* Peak permit fees, for group of one-four pax (US$350), for group of five-eight pax US$350 + $40 per person, for group of nine-12 pax US$470 + $25 per person.
* Climbing Guide for Chulu, Pisang Peaks at US$400 for the group.
* Your international flight into and out of Nepal
* Travel insurance
* Domestic and international airport taxes
* Lunch, dinner, drinks in Kathmandu (US$6-15 per day)
* Lunch, dinner, drinks in lodges on teahouse treks (US$6-15 per day)
* Tips, souvenirs or other shopping