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Chulu East Peak Climbing 23 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 23 days
Maximum altitude: 6'558 m
Grade: Strenuous
Average walking time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse, Camping
Best season: February - May, October, November

The Chulu East and West Peak are an essential part of the Manang Himal. The first ascent of the summit was conducted in 1955 by a German expedition team. The Chulu East is specifically for the adventurers very popular because it is from the difficulty level demanding, it has additional rock climbing in the lower climbing grades, as well as additional ascents and descents.

The Chulu peaks often makes confusion, because the Chulu Peak consists 4 peaks, the Chulu East, West, Central and Far East, which are not clearly marked on a map. The climbing permit is the same for all peaks.

This climb leads us in the Annapurna region, near the Tibetan border and offers a fantastic Himalayan panorama, as well as a rich flora and fauna and an impressive culture.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and preparation

Day 03: Drive to Besisahar 760 m

Day 04: Besisahar – Trek to Bahundanda 1'310 m

Day 05: Bahundanda - Chamje 1'430 m

Day 06: Chamje - Bagarchap 2'160 m

Day 07: Bagarchap - Chame 2'670 m

Day 08: Chame - Pisang 3'300 m

Day 09: Pisang - Ngwal 3'657 m

Day 10: Ngwal – Rest Day

Day 11: Ngwal - Chulu East Base Camp 5'334 m

Day 12: Chulu East Base Camp - Rest Day

Day 13: Chulu East Base Camp – Chulu East High Camp 5'608 m

Day 14: Extra day

Day 15: Summit and back to Base Camp or High Camp

Day 16: Chulu East Base Camp - Manang 3'540 m

Day 17: Manang - Ledar 4‘250 m

Day 18: Ledar - Phedi or High Camp 4‘600 m

Day 19: Phedi or High Camp - Muktinath 3‘710 m

Day 20: Muktinath - Jomsom 2‘713 m

Day 21: Panorama Flight (20 min.) back to Pokhara

Day 22: Back to Kathmandu

Day 23: Departure 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing preparation
Enjoy a guided tour of the famous historical and cultural attractions Kathmandu's, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pashupatinath (holy Hindu Temple), Bauddhanath (Buddhist Shrine) Swayambhunath (Monkey temple) etc. In the evening we meet our Trekking guide and Climbing Sherpa to prepare our climb.

Day 03: Drive to Besisahar 760 m
Approximately 6 hours drive through the picturesque countryside.

Day 04: Besisahar – Trek to Bahundanda 1‘310 m
The route follows the Marshyangdi River upstream; we cross a suspension bridge and pass a beautiful waterfall with its fine pool. We climb after Bahundanda, which means translated "Hill Brahman". Here you can enjoy good views as well the lesser-known hot spring.

Day 05: Bahundanda – Chamje 1‘430 m
The gorge is narrow when we cross the exposed bridge and then a suspension bridge. On the way to Chamje we pass several small settlements. We can already observe many different ethnic groups, architectures and vegetation. The houses are built of stone and the vegetation is less tropical and culture Tibet-like.

Day 06: Chamje – Bagarchap 2'160 m

Day 07: Bagarchap – Chame 2'670 m
We follow the left river bank and pass a few small villages. We can enjoy the gorgeous mountain panorama of the Manaslu massif including hundreds of other peaks. The trail continues through the Manang valley. In the afternoon we reach Chame the center of the Manang district.

Day 08: Chame – Pisang 3‘300 m
The day starts with a march through the forest which is part of a narrow valley, we cross a river on a suspension bridge 3‘040 m, then the Paungda Danda rock face comes into view. The road rises after Pisang which extends between 3‘200 and 3‘300 m.

Day 09: Pisang – Ngawal Village 3‘657 m
Again we have stunning views of the Himalayas and will pass beautiful landscapes. Once in Ngawal Village, we have plenty of time to explore the village with its unique culture.

Day 10: Rest day
We enjoy a rest day to get used to the high altitude. You have plenty of time to wander around. Enjoy the magnificent scenery and the stunning view of the giants of the Himalayas.

Day 11: Ngwal - Chulu East Base Camp 5'334 m
The Trail to the Chulu valley starts to ascend. After about an hour we come to a stone hut which is surrounded by apple trees. A fantastic view towards the summit of Chulu awaits us. It becomes steeper. After a while, the trail leads us through steep pastures into a ravine. Then the Base Camp appears. From here we have a spectacular panorama over the Annapurna massif.

Day 12: Chulu East Base Camp - Rest day
We use the day to prepare ourselves for the summit.

Day 13: Chulu East Base Camp – Chulu East High Camp 5'608 m
The path goes over scree and snows. The high camp is located on a moraine of the Chulu glacier. In High Camp we have enough time to relax and to prepare ourselves for the next day.

Day 14: Extra day

Day 15: Summit and back to Base Camp or High Camp
We start around 3 o’clock in the morning. The trail takes us over snow, ice and glaciers. Some short distances have an inclination of 45 degrees and there are irregularities created by the glacier. We let several peaks behind us. Then finally we are at the top. From the summit we have an excellent view to the Himalayas. After we enjoyed the view, we descend down to the High Camp or in good condition to the Base Camp.

Day 16: Chulu East Base Camp – Manang 3'540 m
We continue down to Manang.
The villagers have yak herds and planting crops. In addition, the locals still enjoy the special trade law that dates back to the year 1784th.

Day 17: Manang - Ledar 4‘250 m
Today we say goodbye to Manang. We go through Tenki and leave the Marshyangdi valley. After the Jarsang Khola valley we reach Ledar 4‘250 m. The vegetation becomes increasingly sparse. Manang; the home of the Snow Leopard.

Day 18: Ledar - Phedi or High Camp 4‘600 m
The road goes downhill when we cross the river at 4‘310 m, then Phedi 4'420 m. At the High Camp at 4‘600 m, we find a few good, newly built Teahouses. Because of the high altitude we spend the night in Phedi or at the High Camp.

Day 19: Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath 3‘710 m
We leave the valley and climbing the side of a moraine. The pass 5'416 m is characterized by a large cairn. An exhilarating geographical characteristic; the division of the two massive Himalayan valleys. We descend towards the village of Muktinath, which is located in a poplar grove. Muktinath is a pilgrimage to an ancient Buddhist and Hindu shrine.

Day 20: Muktinath - Jomsom 2‘713 m
On the way to Jomsom we meet people who comes from the restricted area of Mustang, they come here to sell their handicrafts to the pilgrims. Among their products there are also mollusc fossils called Shaligram. We pass some ancient caves and having a stunning view to the White Mountain “Dhaulagiri”. After a while we arrive in Kagbeni the heart of the old Trans Himalayan Salt Route, where two Rivers flow together. 

Day 21: Panorama Flight (20 min.) back to Pokhara

Day 22: Back to Kathmandu

Day 23: Departure   

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Climbing Permit
Accommodation during the trek and climb
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek and the climb with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Climbing Guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot (incl. domestic flight)
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.