Manang Himal in the Annapurna Area.
These peaks are part of the Manang Himal, which are
quite rightly included in the larger Damodar Himal,
the eastern limit of which runs south from Chako and
Peak 6687 in a north-to-south direction along the Hunlung
Khola, Nar Khola and Phu Khola. To the south it is bounded
by the Marsyangdi Khola and the Mesokanta La. To the
west its limit is the Kali Gandaki and to the north
the Parchekya La (5,447m/17870ft).
There exists considerable confusion with regard to the
name and location of the Chulu peaks and what summit
actually constitutes Chulu West and Chulu East, since
it is soon becomes apparent to anyone that has climbed
in the range that several other summits close by, which
are actually part of the Chulu massif, are not indicated
on present maps of the area. For the sake of clarification,
four summits can be included in the Chulu group, two
of which are possible on the permit for Chulu West and
two on the Chulu East permit. What is apparent is that
the available trekking map is highly misleading.
The highest of these peaks, marked Chulu West (6419m/21,054ft)
on the trekking maps, has a recorded altitude from at
least two expeditions of nearer 6400m (20,997ft); this
might more accurately be called Chulu Central. The NMA
gives this an official altitude of 6,429m (21,060ft).
climbers are confused as to the exact location of these
two peaks as the range has 4 or more summits in the
immediate vicinity which are unmarked in maps of this
area. As a result many climbing parties have mistakenly
climbed one of these peaks thinking it to be Chulu East
or West. It usually understood that with the permit
to climb the East or West peak an attempt can be made
to the nearby peak as well.
A climb of one or both of these peaks combined with
Nepal's most famous Arround the Annapurna trek make
up for one of the most spectacular Himalayan trekking
and climbing outings. Allow about 25 to 30 days to complete
this climb and trek.
The obvious approach to this peak diverges from the
main trail to the Thorung La pass past the village of
Manang and Base Camp is established in a small valley
to the North. From base camp the route follows a subsidery
North-West ridge that leads up to the main peak. An
attempt to the peak and return has be done in a single
day as setting camp up on the slope above base camp
is not easy. An attempt of Chulu Central peak (6,429m/21,060ft)
just east of Chulu West.
The North-East Ridge is considered the normal route
to climb this peak from a Base Camp on the moranis at
5334m (17500ft). Most climbers make it to the top and
back from Base Camp in one long day although some have,
in the past, established a higher camp somewhere below
the peak. Another subsidery peak called Chulu Far East
(6059m) 19880ft) may also be attempted from this approach.
Day 01: Drive to Besisar from Kathmandu.
Day 02-07: Trek up the Marsyangdi Valley to Manang village.
Day 08: Rest and acclimatization day at Manang.
Day 09: Trek to Chulu East or West Base Camp.
Days 10-12: Climb Chulu East or West peak.
Day 13-15: Trek over Thorung La pass to Muktinath and
Day 16: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara.
Days 16-20: Trek down the Kali Gandai valley to Pokhara.
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