CHULU EAST PEAK CLIMBING

Chulu East Peak is a popular climbing destination in the Annapurna region of Nepal, offering a challenging yet rewarding climb for experienced mountaineers. Standing at an elevation of 6,584 meters (21,601 feet), it offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including Annapurna II, III, IV, and Gangapurna.

The trek to Chulu East Peak begins from the city of Besisahar and follows the classic Annapurna Circuit trekking route through traditional villages, lush forests, and scenic landscapes. The trek offers an excellent opportunity to experience the local culture, lifestyle, and hospitality of the Gurung and Tibetan people who inhabit the region.

The actual climbing of Chulu East Peak involves technical sections and requires the use of climbing gear such as ice axes, crampons, and ropes. The climb is challenging and requires a good level of physical fitness and mountaineering experience. However, with proper training, guidance, and support from experienced climbing guides, the climb can be a safe and memorable experience.

The climb usually takes around 12-14 days, including acclimatization and training days, and the actual summit push. The climb starts from the base camp at an altitude of 4,800 meters (15,748 feet) and progresses to the high camp at an altitude of 5,400 meters (17,717 feet). The summit push usually starts early in the morning to reach the summit by mid-day. The climb involves navigating through steep slopes, crevasses, and snow and ice formations, adding to the challenge and excitement of the climb.

The best time for Chulu East Peak climbing is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable and clear, offering excellent views of the surrounding mountains. However, climbers must be prepared for the possibility of sudden weather changes and snowfall at high altitudes.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing and preparation in Kathmandu
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and then to Chame
Day 4: Trek from Chame to Pisang
Day 5: Trek from Pisang to Ngawal
Day 6: Acclimatization day in Ngawal
Day 7: Trek from Ngawal to Chulu East Base Camp
Day 8: Rest and training day at Base Camp
Day 9: Trek from Base Camp to High Camp
Day 10: Summit push and return to High Camp
Day 11: Trek from High Camp to Manang
Day 12: Trek from Manang to Thorong Phedi
Day 13: Trek over Thorong La Pass to Muktinath
Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom
Day 15: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu

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Inclusions:

  • Airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • All necessary trekking and climbing permits
  • All ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trek on a twin-sharing basis
  • All meals during the trek and climb
  • Experienced trekking and climbing guides and porters
  • Climbing gears like ice axe, crampons, rope, harness, and helmet
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Oxygen cylinders and emergency medical kit (only for the climb)

Exclusions:

  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal visa fees
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Extra meals and drinks outside the provided itinerary
  • Personal expenses like laundry, phone calls, and internet
  • Tips for guides, porters, and climbing crew
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary

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Clothing:

  1. Base Layers:
    • Moisture-wicking underwear (top and bottom)
    • Long-sleeve shirt (synthetic or wool)
    • Long underwear (synthetic or wool)
  2. Insulation:
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Insulated jacket (down or synthetic)
  3. Shell:
    • Waterproof, breathable jacket
    • Waterproof, breathable pants (full-zip preferred for easy layering)
  4. Headgear:
    • Warm hat (beanie or wool cap)
    • Sun hat or cap with a brim
    • Balaclava or neck gaiter
    • Sunglasses (with UV protection)
    • Glacier glasses (category 3 or 4)
  5. Handwear:
    • Lightweight gloves (for trekking)
    • Insulated gloves or mittens (waterproof)
  6. Footwear:
    • Mountaineering boots (insulated and crampon-compatible)
    • Gaiters (for keeping snow out of boots)

Climbing Gear:

  1. Helmet: Climbing-rated helmet for protection against falling objects.
  2. Harness: Climbing harness suitable for glacier travel and rappelling.
  3. Climbing Hardware:
    • Ice axe (with leash)
    • Crampons (with anti-balling plates)
    • Carabiners (locking and non-locking)
    • Climbing helmet
  4. Ropes: Depending on your climbing plans and whether you’re hiring guides, you might need ropes for rappelling or glacier travel.

Camping Gear:

  1. Tent: Lightweight, four-season tent suitable for high-altitude camping.
  2. Sleeping Bag: Down or synthetic, rated for sub-zero temperatures.
  3. Sleeping Pad: Insulated sleeping pad for warmth and comfort.
  4. Cooking Equipment: Lightweight stove, fuel, cooking pot, utensils, and food.
  5. Water Filtration: Water filter or purification tablets for safe drinking water.

Miscellaneous:

  1. Backpack: Large enough to carry all your gear, preferably with a hydration system.
  2. Trekking Poles: Adjustable trekking poles for stability and balance on uneven terrain.
  3. Headlamp: With extra batteries for early morning starts and late finishes.
  4. First Aid Kit: Including medications, blister treatment, and basic wound care supplies.
  5. Map and Compass/GPS: Navigation tools for route finding.
  6. Sunscreen and Lip Balm: High SPF sunscreen and lip balm with SPF protection.
  7. Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.
  8. Repair Kit: Multi-tool, duct tape, sewing kit, etc.

Personal Items:

  1. Identification: Passport, permits, insurance documents, etc.
  2. Cash: For tips, souvenirs, and emergencies.
  3. Communication: Cell phone, satellite phone, or radio for emergencies.
  4. Entertainment: Book, journal, or music for downtime.
  5. Camera: To capture memories of your climb.

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FAQs

  • What is Chulu East Peak?

    Chulu East Peak is a mountain peak located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is one of the popular trekking peaks in the area, offering stunning views of the Annapurna massif and surrounding Himalayan peaks.

  • How high is Chulu East Peak?

    Chulu East Peak stands at an elevation of 6,584 meters (21,601 feet) above sea level.

  • Do I need climbing experience to climb Chulu East Peak?

    While Chulu East Peak is considered a non-technical climb, prior mountaineering experience and good physical fitness are recommended. It is beneficial to have experience with high-altitude trekking and some basic climbing skills.

  • When is the best time to climb Chulu East Peak?

    The best time to climb Chulu East Peak is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to November. During these times, the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, offering excellent climbing conditions.

  • How long does it take to climb Chulu East Peak?

    The duration of a Chulu East Peak climbing expedition typically ranges from 15 to 18 days, including trekking to and from the peak, acclimatization days, and summit day.

  • What is the climbing route for Chulu East Peak?

    The standard climbing route for Chulu East Peak typically involves trekking from the Annapurna Circuit trail to Chulu East Base Camp. From there, climbers ascend to High Camp before attempting the summit. The descent follows the same route back to the base camp and then continues trekking to nearby villages.

  • Do I need a climbing permit for Chulu East Peak?

    Yes, climbers require a climbing permit issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) to climb Chulu East Peak. Additionally, a trekking permit for the Annapurna Conservation Area is also necessary.

  • Is it possible to hire a guide or join a guided expedition for Chulu East Peak climbing?

    Yes, it is highly recommended to hire a qualified guide or join a guided expedition for Chulu East Peak climbing. Experienced guides provide valuable support, knowledge of the route, safety precautions, and logistical assistance throughout the expedition.

  • What gear and equipment do I need for climbing Chulu East Peak?

    Climbers need a range of mountaineering equipment, including crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet, ropes, trekking poles, and appropriate clothing for cold and high-altitude conditions. It is essential to have proper gear for safety and comfort during the climb.

  • Is climbing Chulu East Peak dangerous?

    While climbing any mountain involves inherent risks, Chulu East Peak is generally considered a safe climb for experienced climbers with proper preparation, training, and support. However, climbers should be aware of altitude-related hazards, weather changes, and other potential challenges during the expedition.

    Trip Fact

  • Best Seasons spring
  • Duration 17 days
  • Trek Difficulty Moderate

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