Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m)
Upon arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will received by our company representatives to be taken to your hotel.
Climb Preparation (1,300m)
You have the day for the preparation of the climb getting your gears and equipment ready. You will be briefed on the details of the expedition, equipment required and the composition of the team. After getting everything ready you have the day to explore the city or you may choose to relax at your hotel.
Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat (1300m) 8 – 10 hours
Today, you have a long drive from Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat to begin your trekking. On the drive you get to see the countryside of Nepal with beautiful rivers, green hills, and glimpses of mountains. The road is good up to Besisahar and it does get a bit rough after that. You spend the night in Jagat.
Trek Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m) 5 – 6 hours
The trek begins as you begin your journey towards Dharapani. Entering the district of Manang, you walk through alluring green forests. Continuing the trail, you cross a suspension and walk through rice and barley fields, and pine forests. Upon trekking through the village of Kharte you arrive at Dharapani. Dharapani is a prominent village in the district of Manang.
Dharapani to Chame (2,710m) 5 – 6 hours
Walking up the ridges behind the forests, you go through the terrain that has experienced numerous landslides. Passing Bagarchhap, Timang, and Koto, you reach Chame. The trail passes numerous settlements with soothing forested trails in between those settlements. Upon arriving at Chame, you catch the first amazing view of the Lamjung Himal (6983m), Annapurna II (7937m), and Annapurna III (7555m).
Chame to Pisang (3,300m) 5 – 6 hours
After having a good breakfast, you leave for Chame. The path gets steep and narrow taking you through a dense forest. Passing Pangdi Danda, you are surrounded by the panoramic views of the mountains in Annapurna, Chulu, and Pisang ranges. Going further into the valley of Manang, you are welcomed by more beautiful sights of the nature before finally arriving at Pisang.
Pisang to Manang village (3,450 m) 5 – 6 hours
Walking through the scenic trail, the natural surrounding is just amazing. You can witness splendid panorama of the alluring Annapurna (8091m), Pisang Peak (6091m), and several other majestic mountains. Walking further, the landscape and vegetation start changing drastically as the climate along with the environment gets harsh and dry. It gets a bit cold as you approach the Braga Monastery which is the largest monastery in the Manang district.
Manang: Rest Day
You spend the day in Manang as it is necessary to acclimatize to the changing altitude and environment. You get a good rest for the challenging days that lie ahead. While you are here you can visit the Gangapurna and the Boozo Gompa which is good drill for acclimatizing. You can also visit the village of Braga which lies near the village of Manang. On the way to Braga, you can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and a small old monastery.
Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4,190 m) 6 – 7 hours
Avoiding the wind, you begin early trekking towards the base camp. There are two paths towards the base camp. The old path is much difficult with long steep ascends while the new path is a lot more safe. Taking the new path, reaching up a crest and descending down with alternate sharp ascents and descents, you go through steep slopes. You will pass the Tibetan-influenced Khangsar village on the way to the base camp.
Visit Tilicho Lake (4,920 m) – Tilicho Base Camp: 6 – 7 hours trek
Walking towards the Tilicho Lake, you can see the amazing view of the Annapurna ranges and Tilicho Peak (7134m) among others. Tilicho Lake is the lake situated at the highest altitude in the world. The lake is hidden among a chain of hills with Himalayas looming over the hills. After enjoying the cold air and the magnificent view of the Tilicho, you head back towards the base camp for the night.
Tilicho Base camp – Yak Kharka (4,018 m) 5 –6 hours trek
Walking on to the trail of Manang, the path goes upwards towards Yak Kharka. Taking slow and steady steps through Tengi Manang you trek along large pasture lands. Walking further, you come across the Jarsang Khola, and continue along the trail to arrive at Yak Kharka. Upon reaching the village you are welcomed by herds of yaks and their herders.
Yak Kharka – Chulu West Base Camp 4 – 5 hours trek
Leaving Yak Kharka you begin ascending towards the Chulu West Base Camp. Walking through the wilderness, you reach a small stream originating from the glaciers. Going past the herds of yaks and pasture fields, you head up a ridgeline into a hidden valley where the Chulu West Base Camp lies.
Chulu West Base Camp – Chulu West High Camp (5,100 m) 4 – 5 hours
After enjoying the beautiful sunrise you begin walking upwards to the Chulu West High Camp. The trail leads steep uphill for 200 meters towards the base of large rock. The high camp will be set here before the summit of the peak. The entire trail passes rocky boulders and steep icy paths.
Acclimatization at High Camp
It is necessary to spend a day acclimatizing to the high altitude before summiting the Chulu peak. You will be guided through some drills and technical details required during the summit. You can also take some practice sessions to prepare yourself for the climb. The views of the Muktinath and Nilgiri Himal ranges are also quite surreal from the viewpoints around the high camp.
Chulu West High Camp – Summit (6,419 m) – Base Camp : 9 – 10 hours
Beginning the early morning climb up the summit of the Chulu West Peak, the challenging parts of the peak await you. The trail gets rugged and covered with snow while the narrow ridge leads you to the summit. Upon reaching the summit the glorious view of all the Chulu and Pisang peaks along with other magnificent mountains in the Annapurna ranges await you. After spending a fair amount of time on the summit, you begin descending back towards the base camp to spend the night.
Chulu West Base Camp – Thorung Phedi (4,450 m) – Base Camp: 9 – 10 hours
Today, you walk towards the Thorung Phedi or the Thorung La High Camp. The altitude gets higher as you get close to the base of the Thorung La. Crossing a small bridge along the banks of the Jarsang River, you arrive at the Thorung Phedi. Taking steady careful steps, you reach the Thorung Phedi. Thorung Phedi is meadow of scattered rocks surrounded by vertical cliffs.
Thorung Phedi – Thorung La (5,416 m) – Muktinath (3,760 m) 9 – 10 hours
Taking the trail that heads for the Thorung La, the climb is long with steep winding paths before reaching the Thorung La Pass (5416m). It is the highest point of the trek besides the summit of the Chulu West Peak (6419m). The view is incredible with the gaze of the Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Nilgiri ranges. There is a tea shop at the top of the Thorung La Pass (5416m). Taking a long descent leads you to Muktinath, a holy place for the Hindu and the Buddhist.
Drive Muktinath – Jomsom (2,720 m) 5 – 6 hours
After having a good rest, you take drive to Jomsom. After you explore the Muktinath Temple vicinity, you prepare to continue the trek along the Kali Gandaki River. Jomsom is a small charming settlement with houses painted white and stone paved streets. There are plenty of lodges here along with shops that sell apples, cider, brandy and other products.
Fly to Pokhara| 25 minutes
After breakfast, you take a flight from the Jomsom Airport to the lively city of Pokhara. The flight provides excellent aerial view of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna range. Upon arriving in the lake city of Pokhara, you can wander about the city visiting pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants. You can also take a boat on the Phewa Lake or go visit the famous tourist sites.
Drive to Kathmandu| 6 – 7 hours
You take a drive back to the city of Kathmandu. You drive along the Trishuli River most part of the way while passing villages and settlements. In Kathmandu, you can head to the wellness centers and enjoy their services. You can also shop gifts and souvenirs as you prepare to leave the country.
We bid you farewell from the land of the Himalayas and take you to the airport. You are always welcome for another visit!