Chulu West Peak and Annapurna Circuit trek itinerary
Chulu West Peak and Annapurna Circuit trek
Climbing Chulu West Peak in the Annapurna region is a fantastic adventure that combines trekking through the beautiful Annapurna Circuit and summiting a challenging peak. Here’s a detailed itinerary that includes both the trek and the climb:
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Meet your trekking guide and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day resting and preparing for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu trekking Preparation day.
Attend a pre-trip briefing and preparations for trekking and peak climbing. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft) via Besisahar 9-10 hours drive
Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani via Besisahar. The drive offers scenic views of the countryside, terraced fields, and traditional villages. Reach Dharapani and prepare for the Annapurna Circuit trek. Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 4: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft) 5-6 hurs.
Begin the Annapurna Circuit trek by following the Marsyangdi River. Pass through beautiful forests, waterfalls, and traditional villages. Reach Chame, the district headquarters of Manang. Overnight in Chame.
Day 5: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10,827ft) 4-5 hours.
Trek through dense pine forests and enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna and Pisang peaks. Pass through the villages of Telekhu, Bhratang, and Dhikur Pokhari before reaching Pisang. Overnight in Pisang.
Day 6: Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11,614ft) 4-5 hours.
Resume your trek through a dry and arid landscape. Pass through the village of Hongde and arrive at Manang, a beautiful village known for its Tibetan Buddhist culture. Overnight in Manang.
Day 7: Acclimatization day in Manang.
This day is set aside for acclimatization. Explore the surroundings and enjoy the views of Annapurna and Ganga Purna. You can also hike to the viewpoint for a better vantage point.
Day 8: Manang to Ledar (4,200m/13,780ft) 4-5 hours.
Climb gradually towards Gunsang village and enjoy stunning views of Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. Continue to Ledar, where you will spend the night.
Day 9: Ledar to Chulu West Base Camp (4,900m/16,076ft) 5 hours.
Make your way to Chulu West Base Camp, crossing the alpine terrain and glacial moraines. Set up camp and prepare for the climb. Receive a briefing on climbing techniques and safety measures.
Day 10: Chulu West Base Camp to High Camp (5,600m/18,372ft) 3-4 hours.
Ascend to the high camp, where you will spend the night. The trail becomes steeper, and you will encounter snowy and icy sections. Take time to rest and acclimatize at the high camp.
Day 11: Summit Chulu West (6,419m/21,059ft) and return to Base Camp) 8-9 hours.
Begin your summit push early in the morning, aiming to reach the summit of Chulu West. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna range from the top. Descend back to the base camp after the summit.
Day 12: Contingency Day
Keep an extra day as a contingency in case of unfavorable weather conditions or any other unforeseen circumstances. This day can be used for rest or as a buffer to ensure a successful climb.
Day 13: Base Camp to Thorong Phedi (4,450m/14,600ft) 4-5 hours.
Start descending from the base camp and retrace your steps back to Thorong Phedi. The trail offers spectacular views of the mountains. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.
Day 14: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft) 6-7 hours.
Start early in the morning for the challenging ascent to Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the trek. The pass offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Descend steeply to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720m/8,923ft) 4-5 hours.
Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom, a beautiful village in the Mustang region. The trail passes through arid landscapes, ancient monasteries, and traditional Thakali villages. Reach Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang, and explore the town. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, 25 Minutes flight.
Take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, enjoying aerial views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Upon arrival in Pokhara, transfer to your hotel. Spend the day exploring the lakeside area and relaxing. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu 7-8 hours drive.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, enjoying the scenic views along the way. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Kathmandu
Relax and explore the city or do some souvenir shopping hotel include with breakfast.
Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight. Bid farewell to Nepal with wonderful memories of your Chulu West Peak and Annapurna Circuit trek adventure.
Please note that this itinerary is just a guideline and can be adjusted according to your preferences and available time. It’s essential to trek responsibly, respect local customs, and take necessary precautions while trekking in Annapurna Region.
The best time to do the Chulu West Peak climbing with the Annapurna Circuit trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the most favorable weather and optimal trekking conditions in the Annapurna region. Here’s why:
Spring (March to May): This is the post-winter season when the weather starts to warm up, and the trekking trails become vibrant with blooming flowers and rhododendrons. The temperature is generally mild, with clear skies and excellent visibility. It’s a great time to witness the beautiful landscapes, lush greenery, and panoramic mountain views.
Autumn (September to November): This is the post-monsoon season when the weather is stable, and the skies are generally clear. The temperature is comfortable, making it ideal for trekking. The autumn months offer breathtaking views of the mountains, including the Annapurna range, and the overall trekking experience is enhanced by the festive atmosphere during the Nepalese Dashain and Tihar festivals.
Both seasons have their advantages, and the choice ultimately depends on your preferences. If you enjoy seeing colorful flowers and blooming vegetation, spring is a good choice. If you prefer clearer skies and panoramic mountain views, autumn is a great option. It’s worth noting that the Annapurna region can be visited year-round, but other seasons such as winter (December to February) and monsoon (June to August) may bring more challenges due to cold temperatures, snowfall, and potential landslides.