Chulu East (6584 meters / 21,601 feet) soars high above the Manang and Annapurna regions of Nepal. It is slightly lower than its neighbor Chulu West, though no less daunting. Imagine walking the thin ridge of snow and ice that leads to the peak, with the rugged Himalayas in every direction. It is a surreal experience to be encompassed by this otherworldly terrain.
The peak was first climbed by a team of Australian mountaineers in 1955. Lying just north of the Annapurna Circuit, Chulu East is conveniently located to combine two awesome excursions into one action-packed adventure. Experience trekking and peak climbing in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
The trail begins from the lower Annapurna region. You will be immediately enchanted by the scenery and full of excitement and energy for what is ahead. Guided by the Marsyangdi River Valley, we follow cascading waterfalls, dense sub-tropical forests and raging rivers. The fascinating terraced rice fields and local villages increase the charm of the trek.
Before we know it, we are at Chulu East Base Camp and the High Camp, refreshing ourselves on the techniques of climbing and the necessary gear involved. Finally, the moment arrives. We wake up while it’s still dark to climb the summit. The sun rises and we get unbelievable views of the Manang Valley, and countless other peaks. The view even extends to the Tibetan Plateau. With your adrenaline pumping, take some photos and have a moment of silence with the mountains. After some time, we begin our descent. We cannot stay too long up there, as the air is thin and too much time can be dangerous.
Time to continue the trail through the Mustang region. Crossing the Thorong La Pass (5416m) is an absolute thrill, though one must use caution when encountering the slippery rocky slope. The high pass offers views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna I (8090m), Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Tilicho (7134m), and Hiunchuli (6441m) to name a few.
Surrounded by a choppy sea of Himalayan peaks, we are full of joy. The trek then leads you to the famous Muktinath Temple, a pilgrimage destination of both Hindus and Buddhists. Here, devotees bathe in the fountains, ring bells, anoint one another’s’ foreheads, or simply worship in the temple.
Our Chulu East Peak Climb then passes through the Kali Gandaki Gorge and ends in Syane after stopping at Poon Hill (3210m) for yet another panoramic view of the awe-inspiring peaks in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri regions. Finally, we can end the trek with a stop at Jhinu Hot Springs, which helps relieve the muscle aches from the trek. From here, we return to Pokhara and head back to Kathmandu.
Our highly experienced guides know the route and how to minimize the risks involved in climbing the peak. In our hands, you do not need to worry about your safety. Our Chulu East Peak Climbing itinerary has been designed by veteran climbers and is managed with utmost consideration to safety. We ensure that this package adheres to protecting your comfort and well-being. We do this by ascending slowly, and not spending too long at too high of altitudes.
Chulu East Peak Climbing should be experienced by adventurers who have a little bit of climbing experience under their belt. With a little experience, and our thorough training before the ascent, you will be adequately prepared to summit Chulu East Peak.
There is usually snow at the high camp from the end of November to the end of March. Thus, climbing is most possible during Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During Springtime, the rhododendrons are at their peak, and in the Fall, the skies are clearest. Chulu East Peak Climbing requires fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the climb with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information