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Chulu Far East Peak climbing with Tilicho Lake and Mesokanta La Trek -21 days

Trip Overview

Looking for an easy peak to climb in Nepal for your adventure holiday? Do Chulu Far East peak climbing and trek the off the beaten track to Tilicho La and Mesokanta La and savor the panorama of some of the famous highest summits of the Himalaya: Manaslu, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna and the Machhapuchhre in their full glory. Part of Damodar Himal rising to the north of Marshyangdi River in the Manang region, Chulu Far East is a non technical peak ideal for beginners. We have designed the Chulu Far East Peak climbing keeping in mind the acclimatization of participant combining with Tilicho Lake and Mesokanta pass so that you can relish the majesty of the breathtaking Himalayas and experience the off beaten track to Tilicho Lake and Mesokanta La as well as get an insight to the Himalayan flora, fauna and the culture of the Himalayan dwellers.

After spending a day in Kathmandu sightseeing and doing last preparation, we take a scenic drive to Syange via Beshishahar the next day. Following the world popular Annapurna circuit through lush green forests, fertile valleys, cultural villages, we trek until Pisang. After Pisang we leave the main Annapurna trail and head towards the Chulu Far East through the beautiful cultural village of Ngwal and Gyaru. At that time of the trekking, we are well acclimatized for the ascent of Chulu Far East.  To aid acclimatization we spend an acclimatization day at the Julu Khola camp near Chulu village. To climb Chulu Far East, we will set up a base camp and high camp, climbing Sherpas will fix rope for the steep sections and as you reach the top, you will  be rewarded with views across to the Annapurnas and Gangapurna and over Mustang into Tibet to the north. On our back track, we follow the impressive adventurous trail to discover the astounding gorgeousness of world highest lake, Tilicho amidst the Himalayan height. Not only one but we would cross three passes today –Tourist Pass, Tilicho Pass (5134m) and Mesokanto Pass (5099m). After Mesokanto-La, it would be a 6-hour, 2200m-downhill roll to Jomsom, across a vast track of wilderness.  We take a scenic flight down the Kali Gandaki valley to Pokhara from Jomsom to celebrate our successful trip completion. Thus we complete our mega trip of Chulu Far East climbing with Tilicho Lake and Mesokanta La Trek – 22 days and drive back to Kathmandu.

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Price Includes

  • Airport / hotel / airport pick up & transfer by private car
  • Three nights twin sharing accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • One night twin sharing accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhar
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
  • Tea/coffee and boiled water during the trek/climb
  • Best available accommodation in local lodges during the trek and tented accommodation during clim
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking climbing leader, assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide)  and necessary porters and helpers including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and insurance
  • Group climbing equipment such as tents, rope, ice screw, snow bar etc
  • Climbing Sherpa guide from base camp for the summit and back to base camp
  • Chulu Far East peak climbing permit fees.
  • Kathmandu – Chame and Pokhara – Kathmandu transports by private car
  • Icicles adventure treks and tour duffle bag, down jacket T – shirt, and sleeping bag during the trek
  • First aid medical kit
  • Annapurna conservation permit fee
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower, extra porters, etc
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Chulu Far East Peak climbing with Tilicho Lake and Mesokanta La Trek -21 days Day to day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft)

Welcome to Kathmandu. As you land at Kathmandu Airport (Tribhuvan International Airport), finish your custom formalities (visa, etc.) and get to the airport waiting terminal, you will find our representative waiting to greet you. He/she will be holding Icicles Adnture Treks and Tour signboard. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private vehicle. You can either rest in your hotel or shop around Thamel for any gears for your trek. Accommodation: City Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft): Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast we start a guided tour to several medieval and spiritual sites in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. Later after sightseeing program, we will introduce you with your trekking guide and have a small pre-trip meeting. You can also take an opportunity to hire/buy any last minute trekking equipment or bargain for your souvenirs at the many stores. You are advised to pack your things and be set up for your actual Everest base camp trekking adventure that will begin the next day. Accommodation: City Hotel. Included Meal: B

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Beshishahar to Syange (1100/3600 ft)

We make an early departure from Kathmandu this morning for BesiSahar. It is a beautiful journey to the trek road head. We set off for Pokhara after breakfast. Driving today is adventurous and pleasant as it winds down hugging the mountain side through terraced fields. Following the side of Mahesh River we come to the Trishuli River. We follow Trisuli River side all the way up to Mugling where Trisuli River confluences with the Marshyangdi River. After crossing a bridge over Marshyangdi River we head further west to Pokhara. If you are on the right pane of your vehicle the journey today provides plenty of opportunity to view cultivated terraced fields, rivers, streams, green valleys, rocky gorges, farmlands and typical rural life of Nepal. We take lunch break in a restaurant along the way. Leaving Besishahar we drive up to Syange. On this drive, the scenery will impress right from the moment of leaving Besisahar. The jeep track follows the Masryangdi river upstream through gradually a narrowing and increasingly lush valley all the while with the water of the Masryangdi raging violently below. Weather permitting provides great views of Himalchuli (7893m) and Ngadichuli (7541m) who belong to the Manaslu Range of mountains. Driving Time: 7-8 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 04: Syange to Dharapani (1,860m/6100 ft)

We start early after breakfast. A rising and falling trail leads to Chamje, after which we cross a suspension bridge and climb through oak forest. We will notice a dramatic change in the landscape today as the valley narrows to a very deep gorge, and cascading waterfalls as the one here across the valley are a common sight in the feature for the next few days. The trail then emerges into a level valley where ‘Tal’, the next village is situated at the foot of a grand waterfall (1700m). Further we walk ahead past some mani stones Just after Tal Village. The local custom is to walk on the left hand side of the Mani walls. We cross Marshangdi river over suspension bridges couple of times before reaching Dharapani. Walking Time: 6-7 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8890 ft)

It is a very gentle climb from Dharapani to Bagarchap, here we will be rewarded by sight of Annapurna II (7937m) looking up the valley. As we continue through Danakyue and climb up to Temang one cannot help but stop and look back to enjoy the view of the Manaslu Range. You will notice a general change in the vegetation today to pine and fir. The trail is fairly level from here for about an hour until after emerging out into a clearing which has a couple of tea houses and fields. We then descend to cross a bridge and climbing out we pass through Thanchok Village with its apple orchards. We reach Koto in about thirty minutes from Thanchok village and another thirty minutes to Chame, the headquarter of Manang District. Walking Time: 5-6 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft)

We spent the rest of the morning trekking through rich forest of blue pine and fir keeping alongside the river to Brathang. The old Brathang village used to be a Tibetan resistant camp fighting Chinese occupation of Tibet by making raids over the border. Today you see only an apple orchard with a couple of tea houses. We carry on walking through the forest, the trail clings on a cliff side for a while and as we cross the bridge, looking back th e view of the huge rock face of Mui Tscho (Paunde Danda) is breathtaking rising about 1500m from the valley floor. After climbing steeply through the forest, there is a sudden change in the landscape as we enter the Upper Manang District. The valley becomes very broad and vegetation mainly pine, Juniper and berberis shrubs is very sparse. A beautiful and easy hour of walking in the shadows of Annapurna II brings us to Lower Pisang. By this point you would have trekked around to the north side of the Annapurnas and the views from here on are of Annapurna II and IV to the south and Pisang Peak and the Chulu East to the north. Walking Time: 5-6 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 07: Pisang- Julu Khola Meadow (3,900m/12792 ft)

We leave the Annapurna Circuit trail behind today and climb up above the river on the slopes of Pisang Peak. We begin with a gentle climb across the hillside through scrub pine and Juniper before a steeper section on a zig-zagging trail to the village of Ghyaru (3673m) with its collection of dry-stone-walled medieval houses built one on top of another. Our route continues on a superb contour trail offeringtremendous views of the Annapurna range until reaching the extensive fields and houses of Ngawal which is similar though bigger than Ghyaru. At Ngagwal we climb steadily to the small village of Chulu with its flour mill. We now climb up beside the stream for around 45 minutes to cross the khola on a wooden bridge. The steady ascent continues through fir and juniper to a small meadow and herder’s hut in view of two splendid waterfalls, which we should reach in around 1 hour from the bridge. Walking Time: 6-7 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 08: Acclimatization day

This is a necessary that you spend an acclimatization day at Julu Khola Meadow Camp prior to heading up to high camp. The order of the day is rest or perhaps a gentle walk. In the afternoon the guides will take us through the simple techniques of roped glacier travel and using fixed lines for safety. This is also a good opportunity to catch up on laundry, diary writing or other trek chores. Walking Time: 2-3 hrs. Accommodation: Camping. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 09: Julu Khola to Chulu Far East Base Camp (5,000m/16400ft)

We follow the scree snow slopes until high camp. We make steep and relentless climb of about three hours to the top of the escarpment which generates the waterfalls which are in view from the camp. As we reach the top of this ridge, Chulu Far East comes into view. Our base camp for the mountain is set in a wide bowl an easy 15 – 20 minutes walk beyond the ridge top. It is important that we take an easy afternoon resting and drinking lots of fluid as part of the acclimatization process. Walking Time: 4-5 hrs. Accommodation: Camping. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 10: Base Camp to Chulu Far East High Camp (5,500m/18040 ft)

From our base camp a clear trail climbs up the moraine. Cresting the ridge we encounter a moonscape of glacial debris, the remnants of a receding glacier and we make a high camp beside a small glacial lake. Altitude at High Camp is 5255 metres. Approximately 1½ hours walking. Depending on the group we may take this day as a second acclimatization day at base camp and make the ascent to high camp on the following day. Your trip leader will decide. Resting at the high camp, we take a plenty of time to relax and prepare equipment and strategies for the next day. Walking Time: 3-4 hrs. Accommodation: Camping. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 11: High Camp to Summit and back to Base Camp

Today is a very long and strenuous day for us. At 1am our climbing Sherpa will wake you up with a cup of hot tea. Have a very early breakfast before getting ready and stepping out into the cold night air. Dawn will be well on its way by the time we set off up the initial slopes to a prominent col which we should reach in about an hour from camp. Fabulous views of all the Annapurnas, Manaslu, the Ganesh Himal to the and to the north we can look over the dry barren landscape of Mustang and Tibet. Having had our fill of the scenery we can enjoy some more sensational climbing situations as we reverse our route first to the col and then to high camp. After some rest and refreshment here we continue the descent to Bases camp. Walking/climbing Time: 8-9 hrs. Accommodation: Camping. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 12: Contingency Day

In case on the planned summit day i.e. day 09, the weather turned bad, we will wait a day and try summit today.

Day 13: Base Camp to Manang (3,540m/11611 ft)

A day of downhill starting with the return to Chulu village. We continue the descent to reach the main trail coming from Nagwal which turns and runs parallel to the Marsyangdi before dropping to Mungdi at which point we have rejoined the Annapurna Circuit trail. From Mungdi it is a further about one hour up valley to the bustling town of Manang where we rest the day and perhaps enjoy a celebratory food and drinks. Walking Time: 6-7 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 14: Manang to Siri Kharka (4,060m/13317ft)

The journey today is filled with sheer beauty. After a short walk from Manang, we cross the bridge to get to the other side of the Marshyangdi River. As we walk westwards, Tilicho Peak peep out from behind the clouds, as if eyeing us new arrivals with a sentinel curiosity A short walk from here will bring us to The Gangapurna Glacial Lake.  We cross another bridge a little further from the lake and get back on the main trail to Siri Kharka. We climb a little from here then follow the river keeping it on the right hand side until the bridge over the Jarsang Khola. We then gradually ascent to Khangsar Village, the furthermost village up the Marshyangdi valley. After the village the trail climbs steadily up to Thare Monastery and after visiting there we have a final steep climb to cross a stream then to lodge at Siri Kharka. If you are on the lookout there is a chance of spotting blue sheep, now an endangered species in the Himalaya. The slopes up here are good pasture so you may also see lots of grazing yaks. Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 15: Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150m/13612ft)

Today is another short day keeping within the guidelines of altitude gain to help the body acclimatize. We climb from the lodge then traverse the grassy slopes for about an hour. At the intersection of the trails we ignore the old upper trail and take the lower towards the scree slopes. It is very interesting from here as we traverse the scree slopes we pass fantastic sandstone pillars and rock formations. There are some small steep descents as we negotiate the rocky sections. There are quite a few of these slopes even after we turn the corner, all the way to Base Camp Lodge. However, care should be taken as the path is quite narrow and a little exposed. This is supposedly where Maurice Hertzog fell into the Marshyangdi trying to get to Khangsar. Walking time: 5-6 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 16: Tilicho Base Camp to Tilicho Lake (4,920m/16137ft)

The trail starts climbing from behind the lodge after breakfast. Initially the ascent is a gentle traverse up grassy slopes and you may see herds of blue sheep grazing, then as we get higher it becomes steeper and so we climb on a zigzagging trail followed by a short traverse. The gradient gets a lot gentler as the trail undulates over small mounts passing a few small lakes. When we arrive at the cairn with prayer flags, the view is breathtaking, the turquoise blue lake spreads out in front of you with Tilicho Peak rising to the left of it. Looking back you will be seeing the fluted peak of Khangsar (Rock Noir), Glacier Dome and The Great Barrier, then Gangapurna and the Annapurnas trail away in the far distance. We set up camp at the beautiful setting of Tilicho lake to enjoy the beauty of the world highest lake at 4920m and the surrounding Himalayas. Walking time: 5-6 hrs. Accommodation: Camping. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 17: Tilicho Lake to Mesokanta La Pass to Yak Kharka (4,200m/13776ft)

One of the tough day! We leave Tilicho Lake and climb and climb of the trek – Eastern Pass at 5340 meters – 17,520 feet. We then drop to near lake level and began another long traverse and climb to Mesokanto La (Pass) at 5121. Along the way we havw beautiful views of Lake Tilicho. Now the tormenting section comes, especially if its icy. In the ice conditions, the crux is that the west slope of Meso Kanto La is very steep. When it is snow covered, its not not negotiable at all without crampons, ice axe and ropes. Snow and ice can be expected there from early September to May. We have to pass three passes today, one pass is the Tourist La (pass), next the Tilicho La and the final is Mesokanta La with the Eastern Pass being its part.  Multiple icy river crossing, innumerable scree slopes, and the indomitable passes take their toll on us. We will forget this toll soon but the spectacular Himalayan vistas on journey today of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tilicho Himal, and Tukuche Peak, Tilicho Lake will stay in our memory forever. We camp on a pasture for overnight. Walking time: 7-8 hrs. Accommodation: Camping. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 18: Yak kharka to Jomsom: [2,743m]: 5 - 6 hrs

We feel a relief today as its going to be end of torturous walk that continued for several days but we feel sad too that we will soon be out of the sight of pristine Himalayan vistas.  After breakfast, we trek down the canyon all morning. Notice the change in climatic zone and gradually notice the change in vegetation from barren landscape to scrub junipers to large trees as we descend. We get into civilization after many days of trek as we reach Thinigaon around noon where we lunch in one of the teahouse. We get to Jomsom in about an hours walk from Thinigaon. We check in to a local lodge and get a soothing hot shower after several days. Walking time: 7-8 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 19: Jomsom to Pokhara

A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. In the afternoon either we relax in our hotel or may have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc. Flight Time: 30 minutes. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu

We drive back to Kathmandu today. Try to get left pane of your vehicle to enjoy the river gorges, greeneries, mountains, villages and terraces during the drive. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performance.Driving Time: 6-7 hrs. Accommodation: City Hotel. Included Meal: B, D
Note: You have the option to extend your trip with an extra day at Pokhara (Pokhara is a beautiful city to relax after a trek), Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting adventure, Bunjee Jumping, Kayaking, Canoeing, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, Bhaktapur and Patan sightseeing, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities

Day 21: Depart Kathmandu-Airport drop

Your Chulu Far East Peak Climbing with Tilicho Lake and Mesokanta Pass trek – 22 days trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your departure flight from Nepal. We hope beautiful Nepal, the magnificent Himalayan sceneries, and unique cultural experience you got along your Nepal trip will stay in your memory lifelong and you will go back home with a sense of achievement. Included Meal: B

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