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Chulu West

Chulu West

The ascent of Chulu West and Chulu Central are best made from a base camp in a small valley north of Manang situated off the main trail to Thorong La pass 5416m. Indeed some of the best views of this peak can be seen from that pass.

The trail goes through the yak pastures and up a ridge which leads into a hidden valley where it is possible to find a good site for base camp. From there an ascent is made to a Col (4,900m) on a subsidiary ridge that leads down from the main ridge. A snow covered slope rises 200m from the Col to the base of a band of rock at an altitude of 5,100m, which makes an ideal spot for a high camp.

After a somewhat difficult climb up the rocky band to the north-west shoulder of Chulu is another suitable campsite and yet another alternative is on a snow plateau above at 5,530m. On the first and several subsequent ascents ropes were fixed on the rocky strip. From the plateau the upward climb is along a progressively narrowing ridge to the summit 6419m. The descent is along the same route.

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu and check into hotel
Day 02 Preparation day for permit and other arrangements
Day 03 Drive to Besi Sahar
Day 04 Trek to Nagdi
Day 05 Trek to Jagat
Day 06 Trek to Tal
Day 07 Trek to Chame
Day 08 Trek to Pisang
Day 09 Trek to Manang
Day 10 Rest at Manang for acclimatization
Day 11 Manang to Chulu West BC
Day 12 Rest at BC
Day 13 BC to Chulu West HC
Day 14 Attempt the summit
Day 15 An extra day
Day 16 HC to summit and back to BC
Day 17 Trek Thorong Phedi to Thorong Pass/Muktinath
Day 18 Trek to Jomsom
Day 19 Fly to Pokhara
Day 20 Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 21 Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 22 Depart Kathmandu