Summit the marvelous Chulu West Peak (6419 meters / 21,060 feet), and make your dreams come true. With one of the best views in the world-famous Annapurna region, Chulu West is a mountaineer’s dream. It is situated above the small valley just north of Manang. Chulu West is slightly smaller, though more technically difficult than its neighbor peak Chulu East. The difficulty pays off when you reach the top and nearly drop to your knees at the beauty around you.
Chulu West Peak was first summited in 1952 by a team of Japanese mountaineers. Since then, it has been a top peak to climb in the Annapurna region. An added bonus of the climb is that it follows the trail of the Annapurna Circuit – making it a 2-1 package.
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 West 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 for 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 West 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 West Peak Climbing itinerary has been designed by veteran climbers and is managed with utmost consideration for 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 West Peak Climbing should be experienced by adventurers who have a little bit of climbing experience under their belt. With little experience and our thorough training before the ascent, you will be adequately prepared to summit Chulu West Peak.
Climbing is best 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 West 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.