Ascending through the picturesque valleys to the unprecedented heights of Himalayas, marveling at the shimmering peaks like stars when the sun rays strike them and savoring the feel of being at the top of the world– if this resonates with you at some level, then Chulu East is where you would want to be. Located at the high altitudes in Manang valley forming the part of Manang Himal, the climb to Chulu East is an unparalleled experience of trekking through adventurous rugged trails including glacial moraines to the mountain that functions as a view tower to see the myriad of other peaks including but not limited to Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III and IV, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu.
The destination is not the only attraction here, but the whole journey is filled with constant testimony of the opulence of natural beauty of the Himalayan terrain, melded with the richness of Manang culture. Almost like a pilgrimage for a theist, Manang is home to the famous Tashi Lakhang Monastery, one of the 108 monasteries built by Karmapa Rinpoche. Mostly isolated from the rest of the world, due to its difficult terrain and weather conditions, it is doubtless to be a unique taste to observe the lifestyle in one of the less taken by routes of the Himalayan country.
As much as one gets consumed by the wanderlust knowing about the Chulu East, it is not an easy summit. The journey requires the dexterous use of rope and sticking equipment. Asian Adventure Trips, known for its focus on utmost safety to its clients, ensures the travel support by the professional guides’ who are the best in industry. In order to make the route as accessible as possible and the whole trip inclusive, our itinerary consists of both practical and theoretical courses to familiarize the travelers with the new topography. Given the requirement, it is a must for the ones who have reasonable knowledge and experience in traveling in these terrains and want an adrenaline kick while pleasing their aesthetic senses.
On your arrival at the mystic city of Kathmandu, a representative of Asian Adventure Trips will receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Later in the day you can explore the alleys of the Kathmandu valley, rich in its offering in terms of its historical culture, unique food, abound with temples and stupas amidst a brimming metropolitan.
As already mentioned, keeping the eye on the difficulty of the trek, we will have a theoretical session where the nitty-gritty of the tour will be discussed. The right understanding of the terrain, equipment to be used is important while embarking the journey at high altitudes.
After we start our ride from Kathmandu, soon enough we will escape the busyness of the metropolitan into the calmness of hills and twirl roads which will slowly elevate us higher towards our destination. The ride from Kathmandu to Nga di via Besisahar will appease the wanderer in you, boasting the rich ecosystem and the sound of the Marsayangdi flowing assiduously will soothe the senses. We will reach Nga di after a good 9 hours ride. After a long day, we will stay here overnight.
Walking through the rice fields, we will elevate ourselves even higher slowly to the height of 1100m walking on the path made through the hills. In Syange, we will spend a night and prepare for a trek to a significantly higher rise.
Nature has more surprises on the way. We will be passing through beautiful waterfalls on our trek to Tal village. The waterfall piercing through the chest of stubborn hills covered in the sheet of green, truly evokes the images that you might have in your wonderings of heaven. We will spend a night in the town of Tal in the wake of a prolonged day.
Another day in the Annapurna circuit will be marked by a trek to Timang elevating more than half a kilometer in height from Tal to Timang. The famous Annapurna Circuit encompasses the extremes of heights– world’s deepest gorge to the world’s highest peaks, and lake situated in the highest altitude (Tilicho at 16,130 ft). Enjoying the picturesqueness of rugged landscapes, we will after some time reach Timang. We will spend a night here.
Today, we will take a sweeping leap of about a kilometer in height from Timang. The journey through the difficult terrain is compensated for by the peaks and the green hills on the background. When we reach the village of Pisang, we can view the beautiful Pisang peak. We can also have a view of the Chuli East peak from here. We will stay overnight in Pisang.
We will witness the snippets of wonders of the Annapurna Circuit on every step. The mountains, the hills, the pine forests, the sites of stupas with Buddhist flags, the beautiful valleys, we will have it all. From Ghyaru, we can get the astounding view of Annapurna 2 and Annapurna 4. Soon we will ascent to Ngawal village, where we will stay overnight.
The morning view of the peaks from Ngawal is spectacular. An approximate five-hour long trek in a similar terrain awaits us on this day. By now the heights would have been familiar to you and view rather enchanting. We at long last achieve the base camp appreciating the beautiful excellence through the Himalayan towns. We will call it a day after reaching the base camp.
The counterpart of our earlier theoretical session will be done in and around the base camp. To be safe at high altitudes, the exercise we do as a part of our practical session gains paramount importance. The voyage includes the use of crampons, tackle, and ice hatchet, tying bunches and taking care of climbing ropes. Further, in order to assist in acclimatization, we have spread the session over two days.
We elevate further to our journey on the fourteenth day. We set our path from the base camp to the High Camp, where we will spend a night. The view of the mighty mountain ranges will definitely prove the effort worthy.
All the efforts that we have put in, culminate on summiting the Chulu East, but that is not to implicate that the journey as a whole was beautiful. But the magnificent view of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Manaslu will fill you with awe.
Now we descend into the village of Humde. Humde would provide us the opportunity to experience the hospitality of Manang adorned by the rich culture of the Manang base comprising of Magars, Gurungs. We will enjoy the stay for a night here.
We further take a dip in the town of Chame through some flatlands. Being the headquarters of Manang district, you would finally get in touch with the World Wide Web as we get the provision of the internet here. We stay in Chame for a night.
We will start to walk to the place where the entry point of Annapurna Circuit starts– Besisahar. Being the headquarters of Lamjung district, it is again fortified with essential amenities. Being a crucial point for tourism, the market has also catered to the needs of trekkers. We will stay a night here.
Finally, we will head back to Kathmandu on this day. After we reach to Kathmandu after quite a long ride, we will directly head to the hotel. You can do some shopping of souvenirs and also visit some nearby places that were left to be visited earlier.
With fun-filled memories and a spirit of achievement, we bid farewell. You have become a proud member of the Asian Adventure Trips family. Until next time when we meet for another great adventure!