- Trip Duration : 18 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Pokhara
- Highest Altitude : 6059 m
- Difficulty : Very Strenous
- Season : Spring-Autumn
- Activity : Peak Climbing
- Trip Grade :
Chulu Far East
The peak of Chulu Far East together with Chulu East and Chulu West is an integral part of Manang.
The peak of Chulu Far East together with Chulu East and Chulu West is an integral part of Manang. Chulu Far East is situated high above the Manang valley at the height of 6059 meter with breathtaking views across Annapurna ranges, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho and Manaslu. The climb is combination of classing Annapurna circuit heading to Marshyangdi valley crossing over the thorung la pass of 5416 meter and down to the pilgrimage site of Muktinath and taking a spectacular flight from Jomsom. This is an awesome blended opportunity of classic route of the most famous Annapurna circuit, valleys, landscape, ethnic groups and traditional villages. The climbs do not require any previous climbing experience but it's an asset if you have it. Physical fitness and acclimatization period is necessary before you ascend. Our climbing Sherpa will provide you an essential demonstration on climbing and using of tools which will be good enough for you to safely undertake the climb.
|Day 01:||Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (Approx:1100m)|
|Day 02:||Syange to Tal (Approx:1700m)|
|Day 03:||Tal to Thanchok (Approx:2500m)|
|Day 04:||Thanchok to Pisang (Approx:3200m)|
|Day 05:||Pisang to Nawal (Approx:3600m)|
|Day 08:||Nawal to Kharka (Approx:4000m)|
|Day 09:||Acclimatization day|
|Day 10:||Kharka to Chulu East Base Camp (Approx:4800m)|
Pre Climbing Training and Rest Day
|Day 12:||Chulu East Base Camp to High Camp (Approx:5300m)|
Summit Chulu Far East and back to Base camp
|Day 14:||Base Camp to Manang (Approx:3540m)|
Manang to Yak kharka (Approx:4018m)
|Day 16:||Yak Kharka to Phedi (Approx:4450m)|
Thorangphedi- Thorung La (Approx:5416m) - Muktinath (Approx:3760m)
|Day 16:||Yak Kharka to Phedi (Approx:4450m)|
Muktinath trek to Jomsom (Approx:2670m)
|Day 19:||Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara|
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange
You leave in the morning for about 8 hours scenic bus drive to Syange'. Its a black topped and bumpy road which takes us to syange. You might need to change the bus at Besisahar depending on the road condition
Driving time: approx. 7-8 hours
Heights: Kathmandu 1350m, Syange 1100m
Day 2: Syange to Tal
After breakfast we continue our trek following the dusty road for about 2 hours to chamje and after crossing over the bridge we head up hill walking following the trekking trail to Tal. Enjoy the natural water fall and stay overnight in tal.
Trekking time: approx.4-5 hours
Heights: Tal 1700m
Day 3: Tal to Thanchok
We continue our trekking trail after breakfast for about an hour and we hit the dusty road again for about two hours to Danaque. On the way we could see view of Mt. Manaslu. After Danque we avoid the dusty road and walk steep up hill through forest to Timang for about 1 hrs from where we could have nice view over mountain. After having lunch we follow the road again to Thanchok. Thanchok is a big Gurung village and we could also see nice mountain view from here.
Trekking time: approx. 5-6 hours
Day 4: Thanchok to Pisang
We follow the road again throw the pine trees all the way to Chame. Chame, the administrative centre of the Manang district. It is a large village packed with small shops and tea-houses, an army post and a large school. From here we follow the marshyangdi river all the way to pisang from where you could have nice view of Mountain.You could enjoy the Buddhist cultural here.
Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hours
Day 5: Pisang to Nawal
After breakfast we head up hill to upper pisang where you could see nice monastery and super
view of Mt. Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna, Lamjunghimal and others. After here we continue our trek throw pipe forest and climb steep up hill for about an hour to gharu and level walk from here takes us to Nawal. Nawal is a big village with lots of mane wall. Nice view of mountain could be seen from here as well.
Trekking time: approx.4- 5 hours
Heights: Nawal 3600m
Day 8: Nawal to Kharka
From Nawal trail opens further with gradual uphill through mixed forests of pine and juniper. Trees. We gain elevation gradually following Julu Khola (river). Take a short glimpse of Chulu waterfall en route. Mountain goats and yak are irregular hosts of the area. Annapurna, Gangapurna and Pisang peak can be seen en route. We spend overnight at Kharka.
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Height: Kharka 4000m.
Day 09: Acclimatization day
Today is an important day for acclimatization before we head further up. So we just get our body to acclimatize and explore the surrounding.
Day 10: Kharka to Chulu Far East Base Camp
Cross the river over a suspension bridge and follow steep uphill trail. The trail is narrow and steep further so we need to be cautious. Landscapes are full of small bushes and trails are rocky and vulnerable. A hard day full of thrill and exhaustion rewards us with wonderful view of Chulu East and other mountains from the base camp.
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Height: Chulu Far East Base Camp 4800m
Day 11: Pre Climbing Training and Rest Day at Base Camp
Guide arranges a training session with all gears and equipments so that we will be able to avoid potential mishap today. Remaining day can be spent with gossips and mountain jokes from guide.
Day 12: Chulu Far East Base Camp to High Camp
We don't have long way to fix today but yet journey continues. We mount further through rocky slopes decorated by small bushes. Our camping spot is towered by giant Chulu.
Trekking Time: 3-4 hours.
Height: High Camp 5300 m
Day 13: Summit Chulu Far East
We wake up early in the morning and head to the summit with full equipment. We ascend steep through snowy trails. The rope fixed by guide help us to much extent and makes us feel secure. Upon summiting the top take deep breathe and enjoy the triumph. The wonderful view of Annapurna, Pisang peak, Gangapurna , Manaslu make us feel blessed. Then we come down through the same way to the base camp.
Trekking Time: 9-10 hrs
Height: Chulu Far East 6059m
Day 14: Base Camp to Manang.
Follow the steep downhill trail through the pine forest which is followed by level walk. We can have stunning view of Manang valley and beautiful buckwheat fields.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: Manag 3540m
Overnight: Tea House.
Day 15: Manang to Yak kharka
Today we cross a stream and start climb to a village over Manang and continue our climb turning northwest. The trail follows northward passing few pastures, village, meadows and old mani wall before we reach to our destination.
Trekking time: Approx 4 hrs
Height: 4018 M
Day 16: Yak Kharka to Phedi
Today you have an easy two or three hour walk up to the lodge at Thorung Phedi where you will have lunch and stay overnight there getting to bed early for your early morning start the next day; the big pass day.
Trekking time: approx. 3 hours
Heights: ThorungPhedi 4450m
Day 17: Thorangphedi- Thorung La - Muktinath
Today you hit the trail early for about 5 hour walk to the top of the Thorung La at 5416m. From where you could see surrounding peaks as well as some part of Mustang. The descent is almost as demanding as the ascent to the top of the pass, with a steep rough trail down to Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus, sacred for its auspicious combination of earth, fire and water.
Trekking time: approx. 10-11 hours
Heights: Thorung La 5416m, Muktinath 3760m
Day 18: Muktinath trek to Jomsom
This morning you have an easy walk following the road down to the Kali Gandaki riverbed, which you follow down to Jomsom. The Kali Gandaki valley gets very windy in the afternoons so it's a good idea to keep moving on the trail and get into Jomsom in time for lunch if possible.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Jomsom 2670m
Day 19: Jomsom - Pokhara
In the early morning you have an amazing 25 minute flight down the Kali Gandaki River Valley to Pokhara.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Visa for Nepal
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.
You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.
1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.
2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.
3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.
4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.
Please Note: The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate.
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal/wind proof gloves
- Sun hat and sun/snow glasses
- Woolen and fleece hat
- Warm Down Jacket
- Warm Sleeping Bag
- Warm woolen and normal socks
- Comfortable and warm trekking boots
- Water proof Climbing Boot
- Eight Finger-1
- Ice Axe-1
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle ` boiling/hot water
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
- Walking sticks (if needed)
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask your tour leader if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!
The flight to Lukla are with small aircraft and the flight depends on the weather condition, so there are chances of flight being delays for hours or even cancelled due to the weather. You will only be allowed to carry 10kg as luggage and 5 kg as a hand bag and extra charge will be charge by airlines for excess baggage.
ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.
You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:
-Pick up any litter along the trail
-Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water source
-In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source
-Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests
-Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled
-Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora
-Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)