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Chulu East Peak Climbing

Overview Chulu East Peak is a popular climbing destination located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Rising to an elevation of 6,584 meters (21,601 feet). It also offers a thrilling and challenging adventure for mountaineers seeking to test their skills and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas. The journey to Chulu East Peak begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to the city of Pokhara, followed by a drive to the village of Chame, the starting point of the trek. From here, trekkers also embark on a multi-day trek through breathtaking landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, and picturesque…


Chulu East Peak is a popular climbing destination located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Rising to an elevation of 6,584 meters (21,601 feet). It also offers a thrilling and challenging adventure for mountaineers seeking to test their skills and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas.

The journey to Chulu East Peak begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to the city of Pokhara, followed by a drive to the village of Chame, the starting point of the trek. From here, trekkers also embark on a multi-day trek through breathtaking landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, and picturesque villages, all while surrounded by towering peaks.

As the trek progresses, the altitude gradually increases, and acclimatization stops are crucial to ensure the climbers’ safety and well-being. The route takes climbers through Manang Valley, where they have the opportunity to explore the unique Tibetan-influenced culture and visit ancient monasteries. The spectacular views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, and other peaks further add to the allure of the journey.

Reaching the base camp of Chulu East Peak marks the commencement of the technical climbing section. Climbers will need to be equipped with proper mountaineering gear and have the necessary skills to navigate steep ice and rock faces. The ascent requires careful planning, teamwork, and physical endurance. However, the rewarding feeling of standing on the summit, surrounded by panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks, makes every effort worthwhile.

The descent follows a similar route, allowing climbers to reflect on their achievement and soak in the natural beauty of the region. Upon returning to Chame, trekkers can take a jeep back to Pokhara or continue their journey on foot for a more immersive experience.

Conclusion and Summary

Chulu East Peak climbing trip is not only an exhilarating adventure but also an opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich cultural heritage of the region. The warmth and hospitality of the local people, coupled with the pristine landscapes, make this expedition an unforgettable experience for all who undertake it.

Trip Highlights

  • Shimmering snow peak view of Annapurna Circuit, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak
  • Exploring old monasteries and remote villages for cultural exchange
  • Enjoying the quiet turquoise water of Tilicho Lake
  • Encountering some of the wild animals while traveling through the forest
  • Spinning wheels and watching mani walls
  • includes the amazing Annapurna Circuit Trekking
  • one of the highest trekking peaks in Nepal
  • accompanied by our experienced Sherpa climbing guides
  • an excellent peak to confirm alpine skills
  • summit view includes Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu

Itinerary Expand All

Once you arrive at the airport, our officials will trace and approach you right away. They’ll show up at the waiting zone prior to your scheduled flight so don’t panic of being ignored. After a short and sweet introduction, they’ll transfer you to a hotel where you can take a restful nap or walk on the street. For the latter, we shall provide you assistance and help in navigating the way. In the evening, we can walk you to the local food house that offers every cuisine dish.

Today, we’ll explore the phenomenal Kathmandu city, drop by historical monuments, and try out tasty local food.

We’ll drive down the busy streets of Kathmandu and stop at Boudha Stupa, a sacred pilgrimage for Buddhists. It’s dome-shaped and embellished with prayer flags and wheels which the visitor too can spin. Following that, we’ll take a trip to ancient durbar squares at Kathmandu Valley.

If it’s possible, we’ll take you through all three durbar squares to ransack royal palaces, learn primordial Nepali architecture and tradition. There are waves of statues, well-carved stone temples, stone images of gods and goddesses that you’ll find

In the evening, we’ll visit Pashupatinath Temple and watch the Hindu ritual of light being offered to deities. With that, our day trip to Kathmandu city comes to an end. We’ll drop you off the hotel to rest for the night.

Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for day sightseeing.

Meals: BB Plan

Saving all the sweet memories of Kathmandu, we’ll formally start our trek to Chulu East today. Our first destination is Chame which takes about 8 hours’ time by shuttle. So, to be on time, we have to move fast and start driving on Prithivi Highway as early as possible.

Our ride from Kathmandu is not so joyful but after coming along Trishuli River, it starts to light with mesmeric views. Driving through the hilly roads is exciting as we get to witness lush green forests and roaring streams that look magical.

After coming a long way, we’ll drive beside Marsyangdi River and remote Nepali villages. With the expansion of pavement, we’ll get up to Chame instead of just Besisahar. We’ll spend the first night of the trek at a lodge in Chame.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Maximum Altitude: 2650 meters

Drive Distance: 237.5 km

Drive Duration: 8 hrs

Traversing underneath the sheer cliff and crossing multiple suspension bridges over Marshyangdi river, we’ll arrive at Dukhure Pokhari. As we walk further into, the trail unrolls magnificent views of Annapurna II throughout the voyage. After nearly 6 hours of a trek through a long stone staircase and mani walls, we’ll arrive at Upper Pisang. Overnight stay at a lodge in the primordial village of Pisang.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Maximum Altitude: 3300 meters

Trek Distance: 13.7 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, we’ll move ahead of Pisang and approach Humde Village. It is somewhat easier than the previous trek with few ascents and dusty roads that come across well-put rock walls. Walking the trail is a lot more fun with glorious mountain views, soaring hills, and monastery.

More famous for its airport, Humde is a beautiful village in the east of Manang. The airstrip is nearly 2.5 kilometers from the town of Manang and the center of attraction. In fact, the whole Humde village is jammed with spectacular places, magnificent views of mountains and landforms.

You’ll also get to explore the region’s longest mani walls, turn 266 prayer wheels with a right hand that rolls from the center of the village. The accommodation has been arranged at a local lodge in the village. This marks the culmination of another day for Chulu East Peak Climbing.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Maximum Altitude: 3350 meters

Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

Waking up to the cool breeze of Chulu, we’ll have breakfast and get our stuff ready before leaving for the trail. The walk is a bit easy today with a few steep climbs and walks in-between the dense forest. Refresh the mood while strolling into the woods stacked with juniper and pine trees.

After a short time off at Humde village, we’ll restart our trek and follow the trail that heads to Julu Khola. The trek keeps running on until we don’t find reach the campsite at Yak Kharka. The places take precedence here offering splendid sights of a snow peak, dramatic high cliffs, and rock formation.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Maximum Altitude: 4640 meters

Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs /  Tented Camp

This will help us adapt to the changing weather and avoid side-effects of high altitude. Out of many great options available, we choose Chulu Far East Peak for the day trip as it gains elevation.

Therefore, after having breakfast, we’ll take slow steps towards the campsite through forested riverbeds and lush hills. The walk provides fabulous mountain views, panoramic landscapes, and wildlife.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Tented Camp

With the trail slipping in rocky landforms, it becomes quite strenuous to walk. So, to prevent exhaustion, we’ll control our pace of walk and take back to the backrest. We’ll keep scrambling the trail for a good 6 hours to arrive at Chulu Far East Base Camp. We’ll place a camp to spend the night.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Maximum Altitude: 5140 meters

Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs / Tented Camp

Rather than just sitting dull and killing time, we’ll trek around the base camp and explore secluded regions. For acclimation, we’ll walk a bunch of places that have precipitous climbs and breathtaking views of mountain ridges. As the sun goes down, we’ll head back to the camp and rest peacefully.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) /  Tented Camp

Throughout the trek, we get to glance at Pisang Peak, Annapurna massif, and Chulu West. The time to be spent at the high camp is equally awesome with spectacular views of landscapes and the vibrant valley below. Our crew members will set up the camp and do the necessary preparation for Chulu East Peak Climbing.

Maximum Altitude: 5600 meters

Trek Duration: 8-9 hrs

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)  /  Tented Camp

With the support of the trek guide, we’ll beat the section that’s extremely challenging and move ahead of Chulu East Peak Climbing. Spending close to 11 hours on the trail over sheer cliffs, ice slope, and open gully, we’ll summit the mountain at long last.

From the top, you can look vacantly across the heart-rending view including Annapurna II, GlacierDome, and Dhaulagiri. After exploring the hidden glaciers and mountains, we’ll step back and walk the same trail descending base camp.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Maximum Altitude: 6584 meters

Trek Duration: 11-12 hrs ascending and descending  Tented Camp

Within hours after navigating the trail, we’ll be again reminded how gorgeous the region is. The quiet trail inclining as far as Khangsar is terrific with picturesque views. Hopping the bridge over Khangsar Khola, we’ll get easy access to Khangsar village.

We’ll carry on with an uphill trek that brings out a crystal-clear view of Chulu East and its neighboring mountains. Hiking out of the base camp to the north in Manang for almost 8 hours, we’ll finally reach Siri Kharka.

At this point in time, we’ll be left with no choice than to take a glimpse of natural scenery and go straight away to the lodge. We’ll spend the night there and continue trekking the very next morning.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Maximum Altitude: 3519 meters

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

After coming across the Khangsar Khola, we’ll head towards the village to Shree Kharka. Once we end up in the village, there’s a little sightseeing to be done, watch blue sheep, and interact with locals.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Maximum Altitude: 4060 meters

Trek Distance: 10.5 km

Trek Duration: 7-8 hrs

chill out and enjoy the sublime view of mountains until you are not finished doing breakfast. From there, we’ll descend the hill over a narrow trail that moves through areas prone to landslides.

Hence, move carefully while embarking on the trail and watch out every step. We’ll also come across ice lakes and glaciers while leading towards Tilicho Lake. While this is fun watching, walking the trail is extremely difficult and bugging.

Passing through the wild forest, we’ll have a high chance to spot wild animals and birds. Eventually, after trekking proper 6 hours, we’ll reach Tilicho Base Camp which is also our dwelling for the night.

 Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Maximum Altitude: 4200 meters

Trek Distance: 7.2 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

There’s a strong wind in the evening at Tilicho Lake. Therefore, to avoid the cold we’ll complete the trail as fast as possible. Upon reaching the spot, you can enjoy the peculiar lake and its surrounding nature.

Seasonal changes don’t harm the lake’s beauty. It’s circled by high mountains which constantly supply fresh water to the lake. After exploring the series of mountains and clear blue water, we’ll get back to the trail and walk steadily. The night is to be spent at the tented camp.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Maximum Altitude: 4919 meters

Trek Distance: 10 km

Trek Duration: 4-5 hrs

After having a real good time at Tilicho Lake, we shall be heading towards the trail right off. We’ll climb down the puffy route covered with snow and cross the Mesokanta La pass at 5120 meters. Walking the pass involves lots of technical climbing so pay attention while traveling the route.

From there, we’ll follow the trail 400 meters above Khangsar village and come across the ruins. Subsequently, we’ll lead an unmarked route that walks on a wooden bridge over the Thorung Khola river. Arriving in Yak Kharka after a 7 hours trek, we’ll get some warm tea and spend the spare time touring villages. Overnight stay at the village in a local lodge.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Maximum Altitude: 5120 meters

Trek Distance: 10 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

Descending the trail from Yak Kharka, we’ll proceed towards Marpha in the north. This incredibly stunning village is famous for its apple garden. Going forward, we’ll take an easy trail moving towards Jomsom which is the center of Manang District.

The place is astounding with historic museums, old monasteries, and manuscripts. Visitors are surrounded by glistening white mountains and landscapes of a softer red hue. To spend the wintry night, we’ve booked a room in a lodge at Jomsom.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Maximum Altitude: 2743 meters

Trek Distance: 22 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

We’ll literally come out of Manang district today and take a scenic flight to Pokhara. Waking up feeling rested we’ll get our backpack ready and start heading towards the airstrip in Jomsom. Flight to Pokhara usually lasts 20 to 25 minutes throughout which we get to watch the series of mountains and waterfalls.

After taking down the city, we’ll set off on a lakeside tour, visit Barahi Temple, and a few other adventurous places. Fewa lake makes the perfect spot to watch the sunset and Mt. Machhapuchhre so we’ll stay at the lake till late evening. We’ll be back at the hotel before dinner and take a peaceful sleep.

Meals: Breakfast

Maximum Altitude: 1400 meters

Flight Distance: 67 km

Flight Duration: 20 minutes

The reserve day is slated to provide extra time to hikers in case they suffer from altitude sickness. It is used every so often when hiking gets interrupted by severe weather such as heavy snowfall, strong wind, and fog. Reserve day also comes into play during acclimation and training for Chulu East Peak Climbing.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

It’s Day 21 of Chulu East Peak Climbing and we’re all warmed up to leave for Kathmandu. Since there’s no more trek left, all we got to do is enjoy the scenic drive on our way home. Driving on the highway along with green hills and villages will take us between 5 to 6 hours.

The road driving the banks of Trishuli River is slightly off but enjoyable with wonderful views. It passes through several old villages and gushing streams before entering the town. From here, we’ll drive you straight to the hotel so you can relax after that long drive. In the evening, you can go on a walk in the busy streets of Thamel or shop around the corner and get a souvenir.

Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Maximum Altitude:1350 meters

Drive Distance: 200.9 km

Drive Duration: 5 hrs 30 min

Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

In the Above Cost It Includes:
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. 4 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
5. All accommodation during the trek.
6. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
7. Transportation to and from trail head.
8. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
9. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
10. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
11. Trekking staffs wages etc.

What's Excluded

Services and Cost Does not Included in Price:
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc

Trip Information

The climb usually takes around 20 to 23 days to complete, including acclimatization days and training days. Climbing Chulu East requires a permit from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), and climbers are required to hire a licensed climbing guide.

The cost of Chulu East Peak Climbing can vary depending on the duration of the climb, the mode of transportation, the type of accommodation, and the services included in the package. Generally, the cost can range from $3,500 to $5,500 USD per person for a 20 to 25-day climb, which includes the cost of permits, transportation, accommodation, food, climbing gear, and the services of a climbing guide and porter.

It is recommended to book the climb with a reputable trekking agency that provides experienced climbing guides and proper climbing equipment to ensure a safe and successful climb. The best time to climb Chulu East is from March to May and from September to November when the weather is clear and stable.

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Trip Facts

Duration 23 Day(s)
Activities Peak Climbing / Mountaineering
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Season March to May, September to November
Start/End Point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Difficulty Level Challenging
Max Altitude 6584M

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