Chulu East peak climbing is a rejoicing journey full of adventure and breathtaking mountain views. It takes you to the northern part of the Annapurna Base Camp i.e. to the Chulu East peak and let you experience the adventure of peak climbing in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Chulu peak rises just above the Manang valley and offers some mind-blowing views of mountains in Annapurna region which includes Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Tilicho peak and glacier dome. Chulu East peak climbing is not just confined to the peak climbing experience but extends to the joy of crossing the highest pass in the world i.e. Thorong La pass at an elevation of 5,416 meters. Chulu East peak climbing was believed to be first ascended by a German member in Chulu group in 1955 however the detail of ascending i.e. whether ascend was up to Chulu east or far west was not confirmed. A confirmed ascend up to the Chulu East peak took place in 1979 though.
This peak climbing is technically straightforward however one needs to have prior knowledge and good skills on climbing and use of ropes, ice axes, crampons, and other climbing equipment. Good physical condition and stamina is a necessity because you will have to be prepared for long rope walks along the glacial passages.
Nepal Intrepid Treks initiates Chulu East peak climbing with a guided tour to the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. The guided tour is followed by a drive to Besisahar and then to Chame. From Chame, we take a trail that will lead us to Pisang valley. Leaving Pisang valley, we pass Ngawal village to the Chulu Base Camp and then ascend up the peak. After summiting the peak, we descend down to Manang valley and make our way up to Thorong La pass. The pass offers some splendid views of mountains in the Annapurna region. From the pass, we visit Muktinath temple and trek down to Jomsom. We end our journey with a flight back to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.
- Day 1 – Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport
- Day 2 – Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
- Day 3 – Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat
- Day 4 –Jagat to Dharapani
- Day 5 – Dharapani to Chame
- Day 6 - Trek to Pisang
- Day 7 - Trek to Ngawal village (3600m)
- Day 8 - Trek to Base Camp
- Day 9 - Rest day at the Base Camp
- Day 10 - Ascend High Camp (5600m)
- Day 11 - Summit on Chulu Peak and come back to Base Camp
- Day 12 - Trek to Manang
- Day 13 Trek to Yak Kharka
- Day 14 Trek to Thorong La Phedi
- Day 15 –Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
- Day 16 –Trek to Jomsom
- Day 17 –Fly to Pokhara
- Day 18 –Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Day 19 – Leisure Day in Kathmandu
- Day 20 –Farewell
Detail ItineraryExpand all
Welcome to Nepal! A representative from Nepal Intrepid Treks will pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Check in the hotel and rest for a while. Fulfill your query about the travel as the representative from Nepal Intrepid Treks will explain you about your journey plans ahead. Spend the night at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast included)
Wake up for an exciting day as your guide will escort you to the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. The tour today is all about art, culture and history that Nepal possesses. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. The day can be an enlightenment of Hindu and Buddhist culture. You can also prepare for the trekking that starts the other day by buying some left out items, final packing and other preparations. Stay at your hotel in the evening. (Breakfast included)
Today, we drive towards Besisahar. After around 6 hours’ drive along Trishuli river, we reach Besisahar. We take lunch on the way and take a local jeep or bus from Besisahar to Syange. We enter into Annapurna Conservation where your guide will take our permits and entry tickets. Then we head towards Jagat. Overnight at a guesthouse in Jagat (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
We descend down through a rocky trail and climb up through forest to Chamje. We cross Marsyangdi Khola and continue walking along the valley. We then climb up steadily until we reach Tal. Tal is the first village in Manang district. We take lunch and continue walking through the valley. We continue ascending up in a stone paved stairway up to some point and continue descending until we cross Marsyandi river. We pass Karte and walk until we reach Dharapani. We stay at a guesthouse in Dharapani for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Leaving Dharapani, we steeply climb up for around three hours to reach Timang village. We then have our lunch on the way and start walking on a flat terrain along pine, fir and rhododendron forests to Chame. It takes another three hours to reach Chame. As you approach near Chame, you will be rewarded with the spectacular view of Annapurna II. Chame is headquarter of the Manang district therefore you will find this place more populated that rest of the region. You can see many guesthouse and lodges ready to cater their customers. You can also find internet cafes, banks and shops that provide trekking gears. We stay at a guesthouse in Chame for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today, we leave Chame and head towards the beautiful valley of Pisang. On the way, we will be blessed with the spectacular views of Lamjung Himal. As we walk forward through the trail, we come across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi river. We cross the bridge and continue our walk through an agricultural area followed by a walk through a densely forested area. At the end of the day, we stop when we reach Pisang. We stay at a guesthouse in Pisang for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
We continue our journey and walk towards the upper drier part of Manang district. On the way, we pass through the pine forests. The trail winds up all the way to the dry upper part of the Manang district. There are actually two routes that take us to Manang. We take the upper route to Manang i.e. Ghyaru to Ngawal village. We stay at a guesthouse in Ngawal village for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today, we start ascending up to Yak Kharka. We climb up steadily to Tenki village and continue our climb up until we leave Marsyandi valley. As we ascend up, we can notice the change in vegetation that gets sparser. Leaving the valley, we turn northwest to the valley to Jarsang Khola. We walk ahead until we reach the meadows where the yaks and other herds can gaze. We then cross a wooden bridge over a stream and pass mani walls to reach Yak Kharka. From Yak Kharkha, we continue our walk through the trail to Chulu East Base Camp. We spend our night at a tented camp in the base camp. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 9 is set aside for acclimatization. We spend our day at the Chulu East Base Camp. We explore the area and relish the beauty of mountains, glaciers and mountainous landscape around. We spend our night at a tented camp in the base camp. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today, we leave Chulu East Base Camp and ascend up to the High Camp which is at an elevation of 5100 meters. From the High Camp, we can get some astounding views of mountains in that region of Nepal. As we reach the high camp, we set our tents for night stay at the High Camp. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today is the most important day of our entire journey as we head towards our only destination – summit of the Chulu West peak. We begin our climbing journey early in the morning so as to avoid the harsh weather in the afternoon. We climb up the peak slowly and steadily following our climbing leader and using the climbing gadgets. As we conquer the top, we descend down and return back to the Chulu West Base Camp for the overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
We continue our journey and walk towards the upper drier part of Manang district. On the way, we pass through the pine forests. The trail winds up all the way to the dry upper part of the Manang district. There are actually two routes that take us to Manang. We take the upper route to Manang i.e. Ghyaru to Ngawal to Mungji. We pass a village of Bragha Gompa where we visit the gompa and move ahead to Manang. As you arrive in Manang, you will be blessed with the fascinating views of Gangapurna and other peaks in Annapurna region. We stay at a guesthouse in Manang for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Today, we start ascending up to Yak Kharka. We climb up steadily to Tenki village and continue our climb up until we leave Marsyandi valley. As we ascend up, we can notice the change in vegetation that gets sparser. Leaving the valley, we turn northwest to the valley to Jarsang Khola. We walk ahead until we reach the meadows where the yaks and other herds can gaze. We then cross a wooden bridge over a stream and pass mani walls to reach Yak Kharka. We stay at a guesthouse in Yak Kharka for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Our walking hours for the day is comparatively short. We continue walking along the trail until we reach Thorong Phedi. You can find ThorongPhedi as a busy settlement because it offers the service of accommodation and fooding to the trekkers and climbers. It is a climbing point for the climbers who would like to summit the peaks in Annapurna region. Today, we relax and sit back to get rid of all the tiredness and recover our energy back. The rest can also be helpful to adapt ourselves with the gaining altitude and wild atmosphere. We stay at a guesthouse in ThorongPhedi for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today is a long but rewarding day of our entire journey. We cross the Thorong La pass today which is quite challenging. Therefore, we start our climb early in the morning to avoid the bad weather in the afternoon. At around 3 a.m. in the morning, we take our breakfast and climb up steep to reach the Thorong La pass. The pass is marked by the chortens and prayer flags and we can find few tea houses on the way. As we climb up, we will be rewarded with astounding views of towering peaks in Annapurna region. Not to forget, the deepest gorge of Kali gandaki valley will add up to the awesomeness. As we cross the pass, we descend down a slippery path to Muktinath. Overnight at a guesthouse in Muktinath.(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Muktinath is one of the popular spiritual centre that holds high value amongst Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. It is a temple of Lord Vishnu and is regarded as a "Muktikhsetra" i.e. a holy spot for liberation or salvation. There is a Buddhist monastery nearby. The major attraction fo this place is the eternal flame that burns continuously due to some natural gas. Enjoy the pinnacles of Dhaulagiri and other peaks in Annapurna range and descend down to Jomson. Overnight at a guesthouse in Jomsom. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
We take an early flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, we check into the hotel and enjoy the day sightseeing Pokhara valley and strolling around the lakeside. Visit Lakeside, World peace pagoda, Gupteshwor temple, David’s fall, International Mountaineering museum and many other attractions in Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara (Breakfast included)
Leaving the Annapurna region and bidding the picturesque valley of Pokhara a goodbye, we drive along the same scenic route to Kathmandu. As you arrive in Kathmandu, you can rest and make last minute preparation for your flight tomorrow. You can also visit the markets in Kathmandu and opt for last minute shopping if interested. Spend your night at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast included)
A free day in Kathmandu set aside for resting or sightseeing as per your interest. If you are tired of the trekking journey, you can take a rest. Otherwise, you can opt for sightseeing to Patan or Bhaktapur Durbar Square. You can also enjoy shopping in the malls in Kathmandu. Spend your night at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast included)
Finally, your journey comes to an end and it’s time to bid you a goodbye. Your guide will transfer you to the airport before your scheduled flight for your journey ahead.
- All the ground transports including airport pickup and drop
- Accommodation at a three star hotel in Kathmandu which is inclusive of breakfast
- Entrance fees to UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu and a knowledgeable sightseeing guide
- Three board meals during the trek
- A English speaking, well learnt and professional trekking guide
- Permit fees to Annapurna Conservation Area and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
- Permit for peak climbing
- Climbing leader and porter
- Duffel bag and down jacket (if you want to use company’s bag and jacket and return it back after your journey)
- First aid kit and other assistance
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Meals not included in itinerary
- Personal nature expenses like telephone, wifi, laundry, etc
- Hot water bath in high altitude regions
- Soft drinks and other extra food items besides three full board meals.
- Travel insurance
- Personal climbing gears
- Tips for guide and porters though it is not mandatory
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We visited Nepal in December and had only 7 days, not long enough for multi-day treks yet, as travelers from the US, we wanted to experience as much as possible within that time frame the comprised of visiting the breath-taking mountain sceneries, sport activities, and history. While Nepal Intrepid Treks was started by trekking guides, they have diligently built their business and tourism relationships over the last few years to cater to different tourist needs. As an active planner, i had reached out to a dozen tour companies as opposed to only settling for the top 2-3 on Tripadvisor ratings. What first impressed me about Nepal Intrepid Treks is their responsiveness, flexibility and transparency about planning constraints. Its really the best value and service.
They also offered the best value by a large margin. At no time during my interactions with them did they push any additional services on me, but rather adapted to whatever changes I wished to make. Given the relationships they made in the industry, they also offered some of the best rates relative to other tour companies for the exact same vendors. We did the heli ride to Everest Base Camp, hikes in Nagarkot, paragliding, city tours in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pokhara and of course the sunrise trips to the neighboring hill stations. What really made the difference is their sense of service on the ground. They were always on time and went the extra mile whenever there were unexpected delays. On one day, our morning flight to Pokhara was delayed for several hours and eventually canceled yet our guide went above and beyond to get us on an afternoon flight so we wouldnt miss out on the activities for the rest of the day. That sense of urgency on our behalf extended through the whole trip. Even though we missed an activity for no fault of theirs, they did their part in making up for it by dining us at a cultural center on their own cost, which wasnt needed at all yet we fully appreciated. We are so much happy for this best value and service.
In summary, I was thoroughly impressed -- a sense of humility, superior service, flexibility, transparency with unmatched value. We know we will definitely return to Nepal for the treks; we will look no further than Nepal Intrepid Treks. A big thank you Nisan, Santa and Lal! Keep it up!
April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC
Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!
You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.
I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.
Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.
This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.
Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.
Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.
Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.
Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.
Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!
Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!
This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.
Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.
Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!
Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.
Patan historic and good adventure
Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.
Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days
Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!
Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019
Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.
Perfection EBC trekking
Professional risk control on EBC trekking. About airplane change the landing place on lukala or change the trekking schedule, your team also can find good guest house and restaurant.
It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!
Our Visit to Nepal
I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.
Luca & Ludovico