About Chulu West Peak Climbing
The Himalaya of Nepal is the world’s most exciting destination for climbing. 414 peaks are open to mountain climbing in Nepal and summiting a Himalayan peak can be an adventurous challenge and exhilarating experience of a lifetime.
Chulu West Peak (6,419 mt / 21,060 ft) was first climbed by a Japanese team in 1952. It is located in one of the most magnificent areas of the Himalaya, the Annapurna Circuit. The Annapurna Circuit has long been one of the favorite destinations of trekkers from all over the world. The Annapurna Region receives more trekkers than any other region of Nepal and is famous for scenic natural beauty and cultural diversity.
Along the way to Chulu West Peak, you will experience magnificent scenery along the eastern valley of the circuit, following the lush Marsyangdi River valley up into the highlands with staggering mountain views. The summit of Chulu West Peak offers an astonishing panorama of the surrounding peaks and beyond into remote valleys in Nepal and Tibet. Chulu West Peak is more technically Tilicho Lake is challenging than nearby Chulu East Peak and one of the most challenging of the 33 Trekking Peaks. It would be best to have experience with ropes, crampons, ice ax, and a harness, and we will refresh you on the use of equipment. Chulu West will be demanding and should be attempted only by people fit and acclimatized to high elevation.
The Annapurna Circuit is entered by an enchanting weeklong hike from the lowlands. Our team assembles in Bhulbhule and together we ascend through the Marsyangdi River valley on an unforgettable hike up to Chulu West village.
Chulu West towers to the north above the Manang Valley and is part of the Damodar Himal Range. We usually establish three camps after leaving the last settlement of Leder. The West Camp is around 4,900 mt / 16,076ft, Camp I is about 5100 mt / 16,732 ft and High Camp is 5,530 mt / 18,160 ft. From High Camp, most people make it to the summit and return to Camp I in a day. When the timing is right we push for the summit along the northeast ridge. Along the way up and on top of the mountain, we enjoy an unforgettable sunrise that lights up the Himalaya with marvelous views of the Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri (world’s 7th highest peak, the Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Manaslu (world’s 8th highest peak) and more!
Following the thrilling achievement, we have options to return the way we come in or to continue on and enjoy the rest of the Annapurna Circuit including Thorang La with optional side trips to Tilicho Lake, Mesokanta Pass, Naar, and Phu villages and more including Upper Mustang, Mansalu, and Tsum Valley.
Along the journey to Chulu West Peak, we include adequate rest days in the trek to ensure acclimatization. On these days, we take the chance to explore the beautiful surrounding area while we become accustomed to the altitude.
The Chulu West Peak timetable is planned by veteran climbers with special attention to season and safety. We always adhere to the highest safety standards and ensure that this trip is designed for comfort and well-being, especially by following a graded ascent with proper acclimatization.
There are no set departure dates for Chulu West Peak although the best time to climb for reliable weather and views is March through May followed by September through November.
Chulu West Peak includes camping and is fully supported. You carry only a light pack, and we will arrange a crew of porters and sometimes mules to transport provisions and gear, including food and a dining tent, tables, chairs, a toilet tent, and personal sleeping tents. Our skilled chef will provide the day’s meals and in the evening we will enjoy a magnificent camp under the stars, surrounded by the Himalaya and jaw-dropping surroundings while we enjoy a supper and a warm drink.
Please contact us anytime with questions and concerns and for booking. Let us know your preferred schedule, and we will arrange a climbing trip according to your timetable. We look forward to guiding you on the adventure of a lifetime to the top of the Himalaya!