Chulu East Peak Climbing lies at south east of Chulu west with a height of 6,584m placed in Manang valley. Chulu East Peak together with Chulu West peak forms a vital part of Mangang Himal which finally get included in Damodar Himal. The first ascend over Chulu peak was done in 1955 by a German expedition team via north ridge. The Chulu peak climb is the best option for the adventure seekers who want to extend their trekking experience in Annapurna region. Chulu peak climbing can be a complex for the first timers as it demands for technical knowledge about use of ice axe, crampons and rope for climbing. For climbing this peak you should be in perfect physical condition. The path winds around Yak pastures, diverse range of flora and fauna and beautiful village settled by friendly and warm hearted Sherpa people. In the whole trial grand Himalayas like Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Tilicho Peak, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri will play hide and seek endowing us with their aesthetic beauty.
The main route to this peak diverges from the trial that leads to Thorang La pass. We will surpass the village of Manang and base camp is establishd in a small valley in the north. From the base camp we will follow the supplementary Northwest ridge that ultimately takes us to the summit. Due to the difficulty of establishing camp in the slope above the base camp, usually ascend and descend over the peak is done in the same day.
Day 01: From Tribhuban International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel room. In the afternoon we will invite you to our office for briefing about the each day program.
Day 02: After having breakfast we will do some sightseeing in Kathmandu which includes Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Swoyambhunath along with Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beshi Sahar in Kathmandu Pokhara Highway via Dumre. Beshi Shahar is the Headquarter of Lumjung district.
Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1305m). Today is the first day of our trekking and we walk along the bank of Marshyangdi River. After having lunch our trail goes steeply downward to Bahundanda which takes around 2 hours. From Bahundanda we can see the landscape at its extreme beauty.
Day 05: Trekking approximately for six hours and passing waterfalls and rice terraces we will be at Chamje(1430m) via Lali Gaon and Jagat. Overnight at Chamje
Day 06: Today we will trek to Dharapani(1860m) via Sattle(1550m), Tal(1700m) and Karte(1900m) which is six hours walk away from Chamje. Today the climbing is zigzagged
Day 07: Trek from Dharapani to Chame(2630m) which takes for around 5 to 6 hours. In the trail you can observe ironic landscapes along with the mind blowing vista of Himalaya’s. Chame is the districts headquarter of Manang which offers the spectacular vista of Mt Lamjung and Annapurna II. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek to Pisang(3100m). from chame we start walking through the pine forest watching the extraordinary vista of Lamjung Himal we continue our walk to steep path which lead us to Bhratang(2950m). Before here used to be the miltiry troops who fought against Khampa tribal association. After a short clmb from the village you will be back at the right bank of river Continue the trek and valley changes from V shaped to gentle U shape opening up a wonderful panorama. From here you can see Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m) in the north east. Continue your walk ultimately you will be at lower village of Pisang.
Day 09: Trek to Ngawal Village (3657m).
Day 10: Acclimatize at Ngawal and explore the area.
Day 11: Trek to Chulu East Base Camp (3910m).
Day 12: Trek to Chulu east High Camp (4955m).
Day 13: Conquer the summit of Chulu east and return to base camp.
Day 14: Trek to Manang (3650m).
Day 15: Trek to Yak Kharka (4110m) from Manang leaving the trail off to Tilicho Lake which takes around 3 to 4 hours. Yak Kharka is a small village. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 16: Today we will trek to Thorang Phedi(4600m) from Yak Kharka which takes 3 to 4 hours. Thorang Phedi is a small village catering the needs of trekkers and climbers. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 17: Cross Thorang La early in the morning and get to Muktinath which takes around 8 to 10 hours. Crossing Thorang La(5416m) pass will be a amazing as well as thrilling experience. The mountain vista seen from the trail and pass are outstanding. After crossing the pass walk downhill to another part of Annapurna and halt the walk at Muktinath (3800m). Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 18: After visiting Muktinath Temple early in the morning we will walk downhill for around 3 to 4 hours to Kagbeni via Jharkot. Overnight at guesthouse. In Kagbeni there is one monastery which belongs to 15th century. Kagbeni is the border to Upper Mustang.
Day 19: Trek to Jomsom (2800m). Walk for around 3 to 4 hours through the sand bar of Kali Gandako river we will be at Jomsom. Jomsom is head quarter of Mustang and Thakali people inhibit here. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 20: Fly back to Pokhara. And from Pokhara fly to Kathmandu.
Day 21: Departure for your onward flight.
Nepal, the country that we had been hoping to visit since many years ago. A mystical country to us and many of other people. We had our travel plan studied a year before we come into decision for flight ticket purchasing. We were lucky that AirAsia finally launched is Nepal route from Malaysia with promotion fare. We were 4 of us traveling from Penang Island (Malaysia). We bought our flight ticket with low cost airline AirAsia somewhere in Sept 2012 with flying route of PEN-KUL-KTM-KUL-PEN.
PEN-KUL-PEN was with AirAsia and KUL-KTM-KUL was with AirAsiaX and at the same time we contacted Mr. Devi Baral the Managing Director from ANET via email about the trekking trip for Everest Mini Trek. His spontaneous email response with good English writing gave us very good impression about the reliability of this company. We were having close in touch with him through email until our departure date of 27 Apr 2013. Throughout the email responses, Devi Baral did an excellent job by replying our inquiries with detail which are very helpful for us as the first timer to visit Nepal. From his email replying which had built up our confident level to visit our inaugural Himalayan country and showing the good personality of himself as Nepalese. They are friendly and helpful people.
On 27 Apr 2013, our flight departed on time from Penang to KL-LCCT then again to Kathmandu. We were then pick up from Devi's arranged transport and safely arrived in Hotel Access Nepal. Room was OK with clean toilet, WIFI signal is only good in lobby. Breakfast from this hotel was ok, importantly the service was excellent and helpful waiters. Electricity in Nepal is expensive, therefore, this hotel practices cost saving by resuming its power starting from 4:30pm local time daily which we understand from the hotel staff. No big deal as Apr/May still a cool month in Kathmandu. Hot water was running fine in this hotel as well.
Thamel, the place where this Hotel Access Nepal located was excellent. You may shop till you drop and eat till you bloat. Devi met us up at hotel lobby that evening and we were brought to Himali restaurant for our dinner which was serving very tasty Nepalese food called "Dal Bhat" Literally, "Dal" means lentils and "Bhat" means rice in Nepalese language. It's not just purely the lentils with plain rice but with some delicious side dishes such as chicken curry & other vegetables as well. Himali restaurant is just about 150m walking distance from Hotel Access Nepal. Right after walking out from the main gate of the hotel walked straight until seeing the huge Coco-cola signboard then turn left into the the narrow alley which selling lots of beanie.
After the dinner, we were then brought to Devi's office for trekking permit registration as well as full payments. Thanks for the shirt as well as the complimentary Everest Map. Thereafter, we were then back to the room to relax, met up Devi again before our bedtime. We were introduced by him our trekking guide Mr. Kumar Khadka. That evening, both Devi & Kumar were brief us on our trekking trip.
On 28 Apr 2013, we were departed from Kathmandu domestic airport as per plan to Lukla with Tara Air AKE twin otter. Flight journey took us about 25mins along the scenic Himalayan mountainous view from the left side of the aircraft. We were lucky to have a clear morning to fly and safely landed at one of the world deadliest Lukla Tenzing-Hillary Airport with 2,850m asl. From there we started our trek all the way to Benkar. Then we overnight in Benkar at Waterfall Hotel overlooking Tamserku snowy mountain.
Kumar our trekking guide was very considerate and booked us the top floor of twin bedroom. The room is clean and beautiful Tamserku peak just directly view from our window. That starry night sky was so clear with moonlight shined into our bedroom. Trekking journey continue the next morning all the way to Namche Bazaar @ 3,440m asl. and we remained in Namche Bazaar for 2 nights. Again, Kumar booked us the top floor twin bedroom with scenic view overlooking Kongde peak. Between the days in Namche Bazaar we did a day trek to Everest Hotel at Syangboche also the small little Namche Bazaar monastery. Trek to Syangboche is a MUST do trek which we were stunt with the world highest peak of Everest, Lhotse & Amadablam. We were speechless with the beauty of mother earth when we were there.
After 2 days in Namche Bazaar, we started our descend back in Benkar where we stayed for the 1st night of trek. Then the following day we continued the final trek back in Lukla and spent our last night of trek there. Day after, we caught our flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Upon arriving in Lukla, we were back in Hotel Access Nepal for the final night before heading back to Malaysia. Final day we did a few places sightseeing such as Pashupatinath, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) & Kathmandu Durbar Square.
On the final night, we were glad being invited by Mr. Devi for his generosity to dine with his family & relatives at home. Although it was just the 1st time we had dinner with them, but the excellent hospitality just made us felt that we had been known each other for decade. That's the precious moment that money can't buy.
Although it was a budget trip throughout the trekking journey, the trekking guide Kumar just made us felt that we were being treated as friend rather than client. Lots of chats & fun which made the strenuous trek a rewarded & easy one. We really appreciate from our heart. Without him our trekking trip probably may not be the happiest one. A million thanks to Kumar for his guidance. Also, not to forget the 2 jovial and fun porters from Lukla.
We would described Devi as a very well organized and knowledgeable person in term of trekking trip planning. He has jovial and friendly personality.
For our trekking guide Kumar Khadka, he is the best ever trekking guide we ever experienced throughout our 10+ years non-stop travelling experiences. He's honest, caring, jovial and helpful person. Along the trekking trip he has find many ways helped us to save lot of unnecessary expenses. With his trekking experience, we learn a lot from him about mountain life.
We are now looking forward to join his next adventure to Annapurna Base Camp in near future!! Counting down for the next trip with them. :)
Tips form Malaysian
We embarked on the 16 day package on 1 May '16, trekking through the villages to ABC before heading up to Tharpu Chuli for a taste of mountaineering.
Kumar was our guide. But he was also our comedian, friend, cook, and big brother, going the extra mile to ensure our safety and enjoyment of the trip. Kumar enthusiastically shared his knowledge and told us about local culture. Kumar also recognised our financial constraints as students, and helped us save money by advising where we could get the best deals for food and whatnot. He even spent an extra day with us in the city showing us the temples. He also treated us to a local meal! Without doubt, the trip would not have been as enjoyable without him! The whole crew was very enthusiastic and friendly as well, with the porters talking to us and singing songs during our free time.
Mr Devi Baral, of Nepal Eco Treks, runs his company well and everything went smoothly. We had no issue with accomodation, food, and park permits. The company is really reliable and price their packages competitively.
I will not hesitate to come back for another trip with him! Perhaps Mera Peak in the near future!
If you're interested, checkout my travel short film at youtube(dot)com/MrChangCJ