Chulu West peak is one of the popular trekking peak in one of world’s most beautiful trekking region, Annapurna. There are two Chulu Peak, West and East. We offer this program to climb Chulu West peak of 6419 meter height. This climbing expedition is suitable to experienced trekkers as well as amateur climbers with a high stamina and good physical condition. The climb offers beautiful Himalayan views of Annapurna range, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and other Himalayan peaks.
To climb this peak, we travel road-head to Besisahar then to Syange. From here we start walking following Marsyangdi river and famous Annapurna Circuit Trek trail. The trail leads us to Manang then to base camp of Chulu West. We set up two camps for summit purpose. After summit, we return passing Thorung-pass and Muktinath to Jomsom. From Jomsom, we fly to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.
All foreigners require a visa for entry into Nepal. The passport must be at least 6 months valid from return date. Nepalese visas can be obtained from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or directly upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport.
You will need two passport photo and following fees
- US$ 25 for 15 days or equivalent convertible currency.
- US$ 40 for 30 days or equivalent convertible currency.
- US$ 100 for 90 days or equivalent convertible currency.
Normally, we use following 3-4 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our peak climbing package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com
On the trekking and climbing it may make you feel tired and exhausted. So, we are committed to arrange you a home away from your home. While on trek, the lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).
For camping, comfortable two men tent with foam mattress will be provided. Camping will be fixed at designated camp site with pleasant and scenery place.
PRE TRIP MEETING
Prior to all our peak climbing and expedition program, we arrange a Pre-Trip meeting in Kathmandu. Mostly on the 2nd day of your itinerary. It will be in morning during the breakfast. We introduce with you our leader. It will provide face to face platform to ask anything about your trip and knowing each other for nice trip.
FLIGHT DELAYS IN POKHARA-JOMSOM (If using flight in Annapurna region treks)
Flight between Pokhara and Jomsom is generally reliable. Being Short Take-Off & Landing (STOL) mountain airstrips, flight is dependent on the weather. Delays often happen if there is poor visibility or high winds. In case of bad weather, flight is cancelled often and to avoid missing international flights, we recommend 2-3 days extra at end of your trip.
If you have to wait in Pokhara or Jomsom due to flight delays, the cost for your overnight accommodation is not included so you will have to pay extra for this. Alternatively, we can take jeep from Jomsom to Pokhara arriving in same day but prepare for bumpy ride. In this case, the cost will be included.
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and climbing and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. The insurance should cover comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue and treatment cost).
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average.
It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.
MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant.
While on trek, the lodges or teahouse provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. Meals whilst on trek are included in the package which is breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. You can choose your meal from hotel menus. Meals in lodges are varied ranging from traditional Nepalese daal bhaat to pizza, apple pie, steak, pasta and so on.
While on camping, our cook and kitchen staff will provide fresh, hygienic foods. 3 meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) will be provided accompanying timely tea breaks and snacks. You can have Nepali, Tibetan, Sherpa, Italian and Indian varieties as per daily menu. We use locally produced foods which is free of chemicals and pesticides.
It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in cities and while on trek. You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.
GUIDE AND STAFF ARRANGEMENT
Ramdung Expedition employs and train Nepalese guide and local staff. Our guides have done following trainings.
- Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
- Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Government's Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre of Nepal.
- Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet - TAAN (Trekking Agents Association Of Nepal)
- English Language - KEEP
- Conservation & Biodiversity - KEEP
- Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (optional) - Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our trekking guides possess good speaking English language skills. This is not our mother language and so sometimes we suggest traveler to pick up and use a few of local greetings and get firsthand experience of the local culture. Our guides and porters know the route direction like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are passionate about their country and job.
For safety concern there will be one climbing Sherpa/guide and one assistance guide to each 4 clients. This will ensure no disturb in itinerary, if in case one get sick. The trip still runs as plan as in itinerary. Our minimum group requirement is 2 and maximum goes up to 12 to ensure good team and to communicate and facilitate in every manner.
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February.
The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).
Our itinerary is planned carefully to cope with AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Most of the time you’ll be trekking or going over 3000m and acclimatization is very important. You may be likely to experience some of the minor symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headaches, mild nauseas, loss of appetite) until your body adjusts to the elevation. This can take from a few hours to a couple of days depending on the individual. Do not exert yourself and drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids. It is very important to drink at least 4-5 liters of liquids daily to avoid any altitude sickness; this is probably the best remedy for AMS.
We advise specially the guests with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.
Do not forget - the common effects of altitude such as:
- You may feel breathlessness on exertion.
- Some headache which is treatable by aspirin.
- May be some difficulty sleeping and a little loss of appetite.
- You might also wake up suddenly at night trying to catch your breath. Do not panic! Your metabolism has simply slowed down.
- You may also experience an exaggerated thumping headache, which will not go away, breathless even at rest, extreme nausea. The lack of oxygen in the system will first affect either the brain (HACE - Height Altitude Cerebral Edema) causing loss of physical and mental coordination OR the lungs (HAPE - Height Altitude Pulmonary Edema), coughing up persistent sputum or both.
- Do not drink any alcohol on the outward trek. It seriously impairs the ability to acclimatize, and confuses the symptoms of AMS.
Do drink copious quantities of water-even 5 liters a day is recommended by some medical sources. Dehydration through perspiration and increased breathing rate seriously inhibits acclimatization, and is the most common cause of altitude related problems.
Do not drink any alcohol if you are above 3000m It seriously impairs the ability to acclimatize, and confuses the symptoms of AMS.
Read Altitude Sickness notes by Dr. Jim Duff on : http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trekking and climbing. Most of the gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 25kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight. Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek. It is also recommended to carry your own medical items too.
Personal Climbing gears
Screw gate carabineers (2lock, 2 unlock)
Tape Slings (2)
Group Climbing gears (we provide)
Head torch, extra batteries & bulb
Sunglasses of UV protection
Warm hat (fleece, wool, synthetic)
Sun Hat, Bandana or scarf
Cotton tees or thermals
Light expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stoper jacket
Waterproof jacket (breathable fabric)
Down vest and jacket
Gloves for hand
1 pair of hiking shorts
1 pair of hiking trousers
1 pair of Lightweight thermal pants (long)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Sleeping bag rated to -30°C
Sleeping bag liner (fleece)
1 medium rucksack or 1 large duffel bag
Day backpack with good shoulder support (35-50 liters)
Small Padlocks for duffel-kit bags
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Toilet facilities will be there nearby your tent is an comfortable distance covered with tent. And we properly dispose all the waste.
- Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
- Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
- Annapurna by Maurice Herzog
- Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
- Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
- Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
- Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
- Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
- Travelers’ Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
- Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.
- Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
- Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
- Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.