Chulu East Peak Climbing
Chulu East Peak Climbing Overview
Chulu is a mountain range in the Himalayas in Nepal. There are several peaks in Chulu out of which Chulu east and Chulu west are considered one of the famous trekking areas. Here we will be describing Chulu east, which lies in Annapurna Himalayan range, quite rightly included in larger Damodar Himal.
Chulu east peak lies at the elevation of 6584m, offering all the mesmerizing views of Annapurna massif, Mount Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho and many other.
The base camp of Chulu east lies at the elevation of 5334m. This peak was first climbed by Dick Isherwood and John Noble via the northeast Ridge. Chulu east trekking is combined with Annapurna circuit trekking through beautiful Manang valley.
On your way to Chulu east peak, you can see small Buddhist villages with Tibetan Buddhist culture, diverse flora and fauna and many rare animals.
Being highly protected by Annapurna Conservation Area this place is also a home to Himalayan Sheep, Ibexes, elusive snow leopard and many other rare species. Trek to Chulu east is one of the very challenging and technical trek that is why, trekkers with previous experiences is required.
Highlights of Chulu East Peak Climbing
- beautiful Gurung villages of the Annapurna region
- panoramic views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu Himalayan ranges.
- The historic Manang village and old Monasteries and Buddhist people living in the area.
- Sacred Muktinath temple.
- Day 1- arrival at Kathmandu
- Day 2- Kathmandu- Besishahar
- Day 3- Besishahar- Dharapani
- Day 4- Dharapani- Chame
- Day 5- Chame- Upper Pisang
- Day 6- upper Pisang- Barka
- Day 7- Barka- Ngwal
- Day 8- Ngwal-Yak kharka
- Day 9- yak kharka- Chulu east base camp
- Day 10- Chulu east base camp – high camp
- Day 11- high camp- Chulu east peak and back to base camp
- Day 12-base camp- Manang
- Day 13- Manang- yak kharka
- Day 14- yak kharka- Thorang Phedi
- Day 15- Thorang Phedi- Muktinath
- Day 16- Muktinath- Jomsom
- Day 17- Jomsom – Pokhara
- Day 18- Pokhara - Kathmandu
Best Season to Visit
The best season to climb or trek Chulu east peak is autumn (September November) and spring (March- May). The average temperature in autumn season during day time is 15- 20 degree Celsius while it may fall to 7-8 degree Celsius at night time. Autumn season has the cleanest air with monsoon season washing all the dust and smokes. With its clear atmosphere autumn provides beautiful views of mountain ranges. Similarly, the average temperature in spring season is 13-15 degree Celsius and might fall to 5-7 degree Celsius at night. Spring has the lovely weather with a gleams of sunshine during day time. The trails are in best condition during this season and offers mountains views and greenery throughout your way. The average temperature in summer is 20-25 degree Celsius making it the hottest season. Winter season is quite cold with the average temperature of -5 degree Celsius. The weather becomes
harsh during this time. Monsoon season is also not favorable for trekking Chulu east. The trails are slippery and muddy due to heavy rainfall. There is always a risk trekking in winter and monsoon season.
Food and accommodation
Food and accommodation is not much of a problem in Annapurna circuit. Lodges and small teahouses are available throughout the journey especially in lower altitudes. However, once you reach higher altitude the options are limited to teahouses. They have basic facilities of single rooms with twin sharing beds, common toilets, and common dining hall. During the peak climbing days you would have to camp and prepare your foods by yourself. If you belong to any travel agencies they will manage it for you. Warm sleeping bags, tents, and basic food items are necessary during this trek.
Food- there is enough options for food as well in this trek. From traditional dal, Bhat and vegetables to Momo, pasta, noodles, eggs, breads, pizzas, chowmein etc. Meat items is not much recommended during any trek. You can also get boiled waters, tea coffee and soft drinks in the teahouses.
Electronics and communication
Electricity is available in most of the lodges or teahouses. They also have solar panel so there will not be any problem in charging your mobile phones or other electronics. Internet facility is available in few teahouses. Even though not so fast they help you to connect with your friends and families. The teahouses also have telephones and satellite phones so you can call your families by paying extra money to the owner. Once you reach higher altitudes these facilities might be very limited.
Bus- bus facility is available from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes 4-5 hours and cost you around 500-600 NRS. Form Pokhara you can again take a drive to Besishahar. Or you can directly drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar which takes 8-9 hours. From Besishahar there is again bus available to Dharapani. Once you reach Dharapani you need to start your trekking.
Airplane- the flights available is from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes 30-35 minutes and cost around 4000 NRS. And Pokhara to Jomsom which takes 20 minutes and cost you around 3000-3500 NRS.
Chulu peak climbing permit- the cost for this permit is based on seasons. Spring (March- May)- 400$
Summer (June-August)- 70 $
Autumn (September- November)- 200$
Winter (December- February) – 70$
Annapurna conservation Area permit (ACAP)- this permit cost you 3000 NRS (30$) excluding 13% VAT. For SAARC countries this permit cost only 1500 NRS (15$) excluding 13 % VAT.
TIMs- this permit is necessary for every trekkers trekking in Nepal. This cost 1000 NRS (10$).
Peak climbing is always difficult and requires physical and mental preparations. Chulu east is one of the tough trekking and climbing destination. You need to have extra fitness, experience in climbing, skills to use all the equipment and mentally strong. Even though the trails to
base camp is easy the peak climbing itself requires lot of effort. There is altitude or mountain sickness on other hand. Yes, there is very high chance of getting mountain sickness. You need to be prepared for that too. Some symptoms of altitude sickness are shortness in breath, nausea, fast heartbeat, headache, dizziness, extra tiredness etc. Staying hydrated throughout the journey, having nutritional food, avoiding alcohol, meats, and taking the journey slow so that you can adjust with increasing heights, are some of the solutions or precautions for altitude sickness. However, if you ever start experiencing these symptoms you need to immediately talk to your travel guide. There are also some medicines available for altitude sickness. If you decide not to climb the peak you can also enjoy your trek by staying in base camp.
Guides and porters
Guides and porters are definitely one of the most important part of this trek. Since Chulu east is one of the tough destination, you will need a proper guide to lead you. It is better if you trek through agencies. They hire a well-educated, English speaking guides for you. If not you can also hire a local guide. They help you with directions, trails, accommodations and many more. Guides usually charge 30-35$ per day. Porters are more than necessary in this trek. You will be carrying all the equipment for climbing, tents, foods etc. It is quite impossible to carry all these stuff by yourself and walk. Porters charge you 20-25 $ per day for carrying all your belongings but they must not exceed 20 kilos. You can share one porter for two trekkers if you don’t have much belongings.
Insurance- all the trekkers need travel insurance in Nepal. Travel insurance has become a part or requirement of trekking. You can always purchase your own travel insurance from your travel agencies. It usually cost around 150$(15000 NRS) which is good for 30 days. You need to give
them complete details about the places and altitudes you will be reaching because your insurance depends on details you have given earlier.
Valid visas/passports – foreigners other than Indians need to have valid visas and passports prior to visiting Nepal. The passport must hold minimum 6 months of visa validity from their date of arrival. They can have the Nepalese visa at Kathmandu Tribhuvan international airport.
|Travel wallet||Climbing shocks|
|Duffel bag||Synthetic underwear|
|Trekking boots||Synthetic climbing/trekking pants|
|Trekking shocks||Insulated pants|
|Light weight sneakers||Shell pants(water proof)|
|Medium weight Gaiters(water proof)||Medium weight long john tops|
|Foot powder||Synthetic pile jacket|
|Down booties||Down jacket|
|Double insulated climbing boots||Shell jacket (light weight
|Heavy gaiters||Down parka|
|Buff neck gaiters||Face mask|
|Fleece gloves||Winter/summer hat|
|Climbing gloves||Glacier glasses|
|Chemical hand warmers and foot warmers||Dark goggles|
|Climbing pack||Double length and single length sling|
|Lightweight harness||Climbing ascender|
|Locking/non-locking carabiners||Prusik cord|
|Helmet||Alpine ice axe|
|Point crampons||Figure 8 and Rappel device|
|Trekking poles||Backpack cover|