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Chulu West Peak Climbing & Thorang-la Pass

'in the beautiful Manang high valley around northern Annapurna'

Peak Climbing
Trip Destination
Trip Location
Trip Basis
On Lodge & Camping on climb
Trip Grade
Moderate & Adventurous
Highest Elevation
6419 m
Total Trip
Moderate & Adventurous
All season except mid June to August
Trekking around world’s 10th highest Mt. Annapurna at 8,091 m leading both side of Annapurna mountainous region from North & South travel from Himalayan sub-tropic – mediterranean-alpine to arctic climate awesome scenery of world’s 3highest peaks Annapurna-Dhaulagiri & Manaslu visiting the high mid hills traditional villages of Gurung, Manang, Magar & Thakali a classic climb of Chulu West with marvelous scenery of high snow capped mountains.
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition offers an outstanding exotic destination to Chulu West & Thorang-la, where you will be surrounded by awesome high peaks within its awesome landscapes from both side of Annapurna from North to South.
On this trek and climb of Chulu West marvel the views from Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft) to Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish-tail) Base Camp with worlds 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167m and 08th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m, range of mountains with Lamjung Himal.
Chulu West & Thorang-la, one of the most popular and trekking region due to its easy accessibility from Lamjung and Manang area and then concluding at picturesque touristic city at Pokhara the trek is moderate to adventurous where all types of travelers with an interest for adventure climb of Chulu West at 6, 419 m can join in this wonderful walking journey and the time duration taking just 2 weeks in the comfort of warm cozy lodge with camping facilities during the climbing period.
Chulu West & Thorang-la located on the Annapurna Circuit route rated as world’s 10th best trekking destination, one of the most unique journeys leading from warm subtropical; mediterranean of mid hills to arctic landscapes and climate zone, all these drastic change in temperature found only in Annapurna area, this makes a drastic change in vegetations and its awesome scenery.
This trek leads through many traditional Gurung and Manang people villages with its rich old traditions and culture.
Chulu West at 6,419 meters high, situated high above the Manang valley with breathtaking views across to the Annapurnas II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu. The climb of Chulu West is made from base camp in a small valley north of Manang from Leder situated off the main trail to Thorang-La. First ascent was on 04th November 1978 by Dr. Larry Zaroff; Peter Lev, Ang Jambo Sherpa and Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa. The Chulus peaks form part of the Manang Himal; which are included in the larger Damodar Himal. This climb is combined with the classic trek around the Annapurna massif, ascending the Marshyangdi valley and crossing the Thorung La, before descending the Kali Gandaki valley with a flight to Pokhara. The climb is technically in some section with straightforward and should be familiar with the use of your equipment, crampons, harness, and ice axe, tying knots and handling climbing ropes. Most of the climbing will be involved walking roped together, including the glacial crossings.

This remarkable trek starts from Lamjung and Manang area and then with a great classic climb on leaving the main trail for few days in complete isolation and wilderness, the climb is taken after acclimatization and well preparations, although the climb is straight forward, requires skill of ice axe, crampons and use of fix ropes along the climb, our expert guide will make the it safe and supporting you all the way to the top summit of Chulu West Peak at 6, 419 meters, after a great climb descend towards Mustang region via the high pass of Thorang-la at 5,416 meters and slowly with a scenic walk ending this beautiful and awesome trekking at Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang district and then a short scenic flight to Pokhara city where the high snow capped peaks reflects in its serene lake Phewa.
From picturesque Pokhara return back to Kathmandu for your international departure flight with a memorable time with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition trekking around magnificent trek and climb of Chulu West & Thorang-la.
Day 01:           Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 02:           In Kathmandu half day sightseeing tour and trek preparations.
Day 03:           Drive to Chamje 1,560 m via Beshishar 823m - 08 hrs journey.
Day 04:           Trek to Dharapani 1,860m - 05hrs.
Day 05:           Trek to Chame 2,715m - 05 hrs.
Day 06:           Trek to Pisang 3,185m - 05 hrs.
Day 07:           Trek to Manang 3,520 m - 05 hrs.
 Day 08:           Rest day in Manang and local hike.
Day 09:           Trek to Ledar 4,200 m - 04 hrs.
 Day 10:           Trek to Chulu West Base Camp 4,700 m - 04 hrs.
 Day 11:           Trek and climb to set High Camp at 5,100 m - 03 hrs.
 Day 12-13:      Climbing days and return to base camp.
Day 14:           Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m - 06 hrs.
Day 15:           Cross Thorong-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 07 hrs.
Day 16:           Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m - 04 hours.
Day 17:           Fly or drive to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
Day 18:           Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotel.
Day 19:           Transfer to airport for international departure.


Pokhara is one of the most unique sub-tropical valley in the Himalaya and probably in the world, where one can marvel the beauty of the Himalayan landscape  and reflection of the Annapurna massif including the towering majestic peak of Mt. Machhapuchhre on its beautiful lakes.. Pokhara is situated in the mid western Nepal. It is linked by the main highway of 200 km driving distance from Kathmandu, and by air approximately 20 to 30 minutes flight with a sweeping panoramic views of the mid east to western Himalayan ranges.
Mother Nature has certainly blessed this fertile valley with outstanding scenery of the landscapes, snow capped mountains, moderate tropical climate, and beautiful pristine lakes of Begnas, Rupa and Phewa.
The most stunning of Pokhara’ sights are the magnificent panorama of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South.
Among these high peaks it is the towering majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) which dominates all others in this range. Pokhara with its natural beauty is also a starting point of Nepal's most popular adventure destinations. Most of the trekking, mountaineering expeditions begins from this remarkable place and it's a also an ideal spot for all types of holiday makers.

Our optional extension programs around Pokhara and beyond.
Para Gliding-Zip Flyer- Rafting at Seti - Kaligandaki - Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park
For more information and trip details please contact us:
Day 01:           Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding your trekking with do’s and don’ts.
Day 02:           In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.
As per the time set for sightseeing tour, our city guide will meet in the morning after breakfast  and then depart hotel for few hours in our interesting cultural tour of heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for Chulu West and Annapurna trek and climb preparation.
Day 03:           Drive to Chamje 1,560 m via Besishar 823m - 08 hrs journeys.
This amazing trip Annapurna circuit starts with morning drive towards Nepal mid west with mountain scenery, journey leads to Besishar town then on the dirt road to Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following the Marsyangdi River upstream, the drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange, from here with a slow climb leaving the Marsyangdi River behind for few days then reaching the first overnight stop at Chamje after Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges to take care the needs of the travelers.
Day 04:           Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 05 hours.
From this village walk leads to a gradual winding path to Chamje, after this village back to Marsyangdi River crossing towards east bank and then through a thick forest, with superb views of majestic Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, then on the wide path all the way to a nice village at Tal Besi, after a break here another few hours walk reaches to Dharapani village for overnight stop, this village situated on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trek.
Day 05:           Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hours.
After Dharapani walking along the wide trail through tranquil rhododendron and pine forest passing the small villages of Bagachap and Danque, then to  Timang village with its ancient Buddhist culture along with grand view of
Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft, after Timang village another hour walk leads to the village of Koto and then to Chame for the overnight stop, Chame a large major town of Manang area and headquarter.
Day 06:           Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.
From here onwards feel the cool and fresh mountain air, morning walk leads through enchanting alpine forests of rhododendron and pine tree lines following the Marshyangdi River upstream with several ups and downs to Bhratang village, after this small village walk follows uphill’s through the woodlands at Dhukure Pokhari with couple of teahouses overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peak and of Pisang village, after a break here descending to reach the lower Pisang village for overnight stop.
Day 07:      Trek to Manang 3,350 m - 04 hrs.
From Pisang onwards the walks leads with constant view of the high snow capped peaks. The walk climbs steeply up for half an hour, after a short gradual walk from the Pisang village then reaching the top of a small hill.  This grand spot offers dramatic views of the valleys, Hongde village with its small air-strip with views of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho peaks, and to the right Chuli East, on the back Pisang Peak. The walk from here is on the downhill and pleasant path all the way to Hongde, from Hongde, trek is more or less flat on the wide trail most of the way to Manang, adding a slight touch of altitude as you near to the village of Braga and Manang, here with time to spend the morning visiting Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas and the religious manuscripts.  From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight stop.
Day 08:      Rest day at Manang for acclimatization.
A necessary free day to rest and acclimatize and explore Manang village and the viewpoints, this Tibetan style village of about 500 flat-roofed houses, is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III [7,555 m.], Gangapurna [7,454 m.] to the South - Tilicho [7,132 mtrs.] and the Grand Barrier to the West - Chulu West [6,419 m.] and Chulu East [6,584 m.] to the North.
Day 09:  Trek to Ledar 4,200m past Yak Kharka - 04 hrs.
Morning walk gently winds up offering fabulous views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tiloche  and the nearest Chuli Mid and West Peaks as the trail heads up into barren and windswept landscapes with only juniper  / rhododendron (azalea) bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this arid area, walk reaches a small settlements at Yak-Kharka with few lodges and then 30 minutes trek brings at Ledar a small place with 2-3 lodges, a super view of Tilicho-Gangapurna and of Chulu West, after lunch a short hike around and chances of seeing some wildlife like mountain goats and sheep's, Himalayan Thar and snow leopard.
Day 10:  Trek to Chulu West Base Camp 4,700m - 04 hrs.
The walk leads by a small glacial stream past Yak herder's shades and towards the Yak pastures which leads up a ridge and then reaching into a hidden valley with a good site for base camp at 4,700m after 3 to 4 hours of scenic hard walk.
Day 11:  Trek and climb to set High Camp at 5,100m - 03 hrs.
From the Base Camp, ascend a steep scree slopes to a col at 4,900m, on a ridge that leads down from the main ridge, and then reaching to the north of the col ascending the snow slopes for 200 meters to the base of a band or rock at an altitude of 5,100m and the site for a possible High Camp for this adventurous climb.
Day 12-13:       Climbing days and return to base camp.
Starting early morning at the break of dawn, the climb leads to a rock band
with some difficulty to the north-west shoulder of Chulu West at 5,450m, where another camp can be pitched on a snow plateau above 5,530m.  From the plateau continue climb up a narrow ridge to the summit where grand panoramic views encircles the summit top with views of snow capped mountains and of all Chulu's and Pisang peak, descend back to base camp by on the same route.
These two days includes with a contingency or spare days in case of bad weather and to maintain the itinerary days, in case of emergency and other situation might arise during the climb.
Day 14:           Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.
After a good time at Manang, morning adventure leads towards Ghunsang village on the uphill path to Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude walk with super scenery of the snow capped mountains, then crossing the river to reach Yak Kharka a small settlement, offering tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.
As the walk progress and getting closer to the base of Thorang-la on the trail beyond a small place at Ledar, then crossing a bridge walk heads to a climb along the river bank of Jarjung, leading up on the narrow path to cross a steep rocky slope and finally reaching at Thorung Phedi, depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, if all goes well an hour steep climb to the overnight stop at Thorang High Camp, staying here to make it easier for the next day climb over Thorang pass.

Day 15:           Cross Thorong-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 07 hrs.
Today the highlight of this great journey after early breakfast set for the long climb to Thorang-la with a steep ascend all the way to Thorung La Pass top at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft, the highest altitude gain of this memorable adventure this certainly requires a high spirit and physically strong mind to cross over it. The top offers mind blowing scenery of beautiful landscapes and snow capped peaks, from here the walk leads to a long descend to Muktinath at 3,800 m. on reaching Muktinath for the overnight stop, this is a sacred and holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.
Day 16:           Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m - 04 hrs.
From today onwards walk will be quite easier on the downhill trail and losing altitude and with great different scenery on the Kaligandaki river valley starting with a gentle descend following the wide jeep road passing few smaller villages of Jharkot, with tremendous views of arid and barren country on this new Mustang area, after few hours of good walk reaching at Kaligandaki river valley and to the big town of Jomsom with its small airport, where every morning flights takes place to Pokhara and Kathmandu on smaller planes. Jomsom, headquarter of whole Mustang district.
In Jomsom in the comfort of nice and good lodges and enjoy the party with fellow members and staffs with apple products of Mustang area, as Jomsom, Kagbeni to Marpha famous for apples and its products.
Day 17:           Drive or fly back to Pokhara.
In Jomsom as per the flight time which is early morning due to the heavy afternoon winds, transfer to Jomsom airport for a short flight to Pokhara with awesome views during this 22 minutes flight, in Pokhara transfer to respective hotels for overnight near picturesque Phewa lake with great views of Annapurna Himalaya range and Mt. Machhapuchhre at 6,997 meters high reflecting at Lake Phewa in the morning time, Pokhara an amazing place and popular tourist haven.
(For those who wish driving options an interesting drive on winding dirt road till Beni passing many nice towns and villages of Marpha, Ghasa, Tatopani and to Beni before Pokhara takes nearly 5-6 hours of drive.)
Day 18:           Drive of fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable trip in the mid hills of Annapurna area,  then on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.
(Options to fly back to Kathmandu our staff will transfer you to Pokhara domestic airport for 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu meet our staff and then transfer back to respective hotels).
Day 19:           International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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