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Chulu West Peak Climbing

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Chulu West Peak Climbing

Chulu West Peak Climbing, also known as "Chulu West" or "Chulu West Peak Expedition," is a significant mountain in Nepal's Annapurna region. Part of the Chulu peaks, along with Chulu East, climbers commonly use its full name when planning mountaineering expeditions. Renowned for its challenging routes, the peak allows adventurers to explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region.

Chulu West Peak, located in Nepal's Annapurna region, is a popular destination for trekkers who seek adventure and breathtaking vistas. The ascent requires physical strength and a strong connection with the mountains' rhythm. The climb involves crossing long stretches of snow, which challenges climbers' abilities and rewards them with stunning panoramic views. Acclimatization, the process of gradually adapting to the thinning air, is a crucial aspect of preparing for the ascent. The best seasons for climbing Chulu West Peak are spring (late March to May) and autumn (mid-September to early December), when the skies are clear and the views are unobstructed. However, the winter months present a significant challenge due to the icy conditions. A typical expedition to Chulu West Peak lasts for 16 to 20 days, allowing sufficient time for acclimatization and rest. Each day of the journey unfolds like a chapter in an epic adventure, filled with moments of triumph, companionship, and the stunning beauty of the Himalayan landscape.

Climbing the Himalayan mountain Chulu West Peak can be extremely dangerous due to the steep and perilous terrain with loose rocks. To ensure their safety, climbers may use fixed ropes. Masaki Koshizuka's expedition in 1952 marked a pivotal moment in the exploration and conquest of the peaks in the region, leaving an indelible mark on the legacy of mountaineering in the Himalayas. Koshizuka and his team successfully summited Chulu West Peak, which is a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the relentless pursuit of adventure and discovery. Their achievement continues to inspire generations of mountaineers to continue exploring the world's most awe-inspiring mountain ranges.

Chulu West Peak, also known as Chulu Central, is a mountain peak that stands tall at 6,419 meters in the Himalayan range. Climbing this peak is a challenging journey that requires climbers to navigate through intricate rock formations and rugged terrain, testing their physical strength, endurance, mental fortitude, and strategic planning. The landscape around the peak is breathtaking, showcasing the beauty and grandeur of the Himalayas. Every twist in the climb introduces new obstacles, further testing the climbers' abilities. However, the reward for conquering Chulu West Peak is unparalleled: a moment of triumph at the summit, where the world unfolds in all its splendor beneath a vast sky.

Conquering Chulu West Peak is not just about reaching the summit; it's about embracing the journey itself, overcoming obstacles, and discovering the true extent of one's strength and resilience. It's a testament to the human spirit and the unyielding drive to explore, conquer, and connect with the world around us.

Chulu West Peak Climbing

Chulu West Peak Highlights & Attractions




22 Days

Starting Price

USD 3,500.00

Group Size

2-15 Person


Trekking Peak


Overland l Plane


Hotel, Lodge and Tent

Meal Plan

Lodge l Camping

Max. Altitude


Best Season

Spring and Autumn

Trip Hours/Day

4-9 Hours


Physically Fit

GPS Location

28º 44' 36" N 84º 01' 30" E

Trip Itinerary

  • 01 Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m).

    Upon your arrival at the airport, our company representative will warmly greet you and ensure your smooth transfer to the hotel. It is at the hotel that you will have the pleasure of meeting our team. In the evening, around 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., we will organize a pre-trek briefing. This gathering provides an excellent opportunity to familiarize yourself with the other members of your group before we all proceed to enjoy a delightful dinner. The welcome dinner will feature authentic Nepalese cuisine accompanied by captivating cultural dance performances, immersing you in the rich cultural traditions of Nepal.

    Transfer: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner
  • 02 Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu valley with City Tour Guide

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will gain insights into the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by the unique charm and spiritual ambiance of Kathmandu.

    Sightseeing: 7-8 Hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast
  • 03 By Jeep: Kathmandu to Tal (1,700m)

    We begin our day with an early-morning private bus ride to Dumre and Besisahar, passing through villages and lively bazaars. After Besisahar, the road becomes a bit bumpy but offers scenic views of rice fields and traditional Nepalese villages—perfect for capturing Nepal's authenticity in your first photos. We then switch to 4x4s. Keep in mind that a few landslides might cause delays or require changing vehicles a couple of times. It's wise to embrace the Nepalese spirit by maintaining a smile and good humor during these daily adventures. The track takes us up into the gorges of the Marsyangdi Khola, where we might see the majestic Manaslu massif (8,163m), promising extraordinary panoramas. Finally, we reach the Tal plateau and settle into a lodge between a waterfall and river for a well-deserved night's rest.

    Transfer: 236km, 8-9 Hours |  Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 04 Tal to Timang (2,750m)

    From the Tal, our journey takes us across a bridge over the Marsyangdi River, following a zigzag trail with occasional views of the Kang Guru pyramid at 6,981 m in clear weather. Passing through a narrow gorge, we reach the town of Dharapani, a significant village where the Manaslu and Annapurna massifs converge, with Lamjung Himal (6,993 m) visible. Transitioning into the forest, Nepalese buildings shift to Tibetan architecture with long mani walls (prayer walls), and we find lodging in the charming village of Timang. Continuing through the heart of the Marsyangdi gorges, we notice a change in vegetation, encountering conifers like chir pine with its long silver needles. The path leads us to Dharapani (1,965m), a sizable town at the crossroads of valleys, and then to Bagarchap, marking the bend in the Marsyangdi's course. Bagarchap signals the boundary between the humid southern valleys and the drier Upper Marsyangdi. The shift in vegetation is evident, transitioning from subtropical forest to expansive blue pines, spruces, and oaks as we head towards the village of Timang.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1130 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -200 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 05 Timang to Dhukhur Pokhari (3060m)

    Our trek progresses along the Marsyangdi River, leading us to the village of Koto, where we enjoy a lovely view of the Manaslu massif behind us. In the town of Chame, characterized by Tibetan architecture, we encounter long prayer walls, confirming our entry into a Buddhist country. The trail meanders between the river and rocky bars, gradually ascending into a beautiful pine forest. As we exit the forest, the valley opens up into the Manang region, featuring vast plateaus with Tibetan villages and stunning views of glaciers and peaks. We reach the hamlet of Dukhure Pokhari under Annapurna II, where we overnight in a lodge. Continuing our ascent in the Marsyangdi valley, we reach Koto, a crucial point for routes leading to the isolated valleys of Naar and Phu. Annapurna II (7937m) comes into view, while Manaslu (8163m) dominates the landscape behind us. The journey continues to Chame, the capital of the Manang district, and the valley widens before reaching Dhukure Pokhari.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +810 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -280 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 06 Dhukhur Pokhari to Ngawal (3,660m)

    From Dukhure Pokhari, the trail leads through one of the final wooded areas to Pisang, an ancient Tibetan-style village. Ascending steeply to Gyaru at 3700 meters, this village offers a stunning view of Annapurna II's entire north face. The trek then follows a picturesque balcony path, highlighting the journey. Upon reaching Ngawal, a less-explored Tibetan hamlet, we enjoy a break amidst Nepal's enduring customs, occasionally spotting large Himalayan griffins. Spending the night in this tranquil village provides a serene experience amid an exceptional panorama. The shift to Tibetan-style architecture in Manangi country is marked after crossing Pisang and the last wooded landscapes. A short, steep climb (approximately 500m elevation gain) brings us to Gyaru (3670m), revealing an outstanding panorama of Annapurnas II (7937m), III (7555m), IV (7525m), and Gangapurna (7455m). Following a balcony path, we reach Ngawal (3660m), where we spend the night.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +700 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -200 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 07 Ngawal to Manang (3,540m)

    The trail extends for approximately 45 minutes, winding through a sparsely populated and arid forest adorned with diminutive pine trees and thorny shrubs. As you ascend slightly, you will come across a vibrant and sizable chorten. Following a narrow pathway, you will encounter several houses in the Braka village, offering a splendid panorama of the main village and the renowned Gompa of Braka. Departing from Braka, simply follow the wide dirt road trail. Stay on the designated path, and eventually, you will reach your destination, the captivating town of Manang.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +240 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -360 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 08 Hike to Kicho Lake or Ice Lake

    After a relaxed day of hiking, we continue to explore the massif and take in breathtaking views of the world's highest peaks. This day is essential for acclimatization before heading to Thorong Pass. After a 45-minute walk from the village of Braga, which we visited the day before, we start a climb to Lake Kicho Tal, also known as Ice Lake. Ascending 1100 meters, the landscape becomes stunning: a lake with clear waters reflects the snow-capped peaks, rewarding our efforts to reach 4600 meters. We descend the same way and spend a second night in Manang.

    Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1200 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1200 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 09 Manang to Ledar (4,250m)

    From the picturesque town of Manang, our trail takes us on a breathtaking adventure as we embark on a remarkable ascent of approximately 1,200 meters towards the famous Thorong La pass. We make our way steadily through the captivating region of Tenki, gradually bidding farewell to the mesmerizing beauty of the Marshyangdi Valley. Continuing our trek along the enchanting Jarsang Khola Valley, we are rewarded with awe-inspiring views and a sense of wonder. Finally, we reach the charming village of Ledar, nestled at an impressive altitude of 4,250 meters. The transition in vegetation here welcomes us with a more sparse but equally captivating landscape, which serves as a reminder of the immense beauty and difficulties that lie ahead on our remarkable journey.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +840 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -180 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 10 Ledar to Chulu West Base Camp (4,850m)

    Today, we embark on the next leg of our trek, making our way from Leder to the Chulu West Base Camp. Once we arrive at the Base Camp, we are treated to breathtaking vistas of the majestic Annapurna Himalayas. Our journey also presents us with the opportunity to uncover the hidden treasures of the surrounding environs. Upon reaching the base camp, we will establish our campsite and allocate some leisure time for exploration, aiding in our acclimatization process. The base camp provides an awe-inspiring vantage point, offering a splendid panorama of the magnificent Annapurna ranges.

    Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +600 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -100 meters | Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 11 Base Camp to Chulu West High Camp (5,770m)

    Embarking from Chulu Base Camp, our hiking expedition progresses towards High Camp. Though the route is not excessively technical, it presents challenges, including rocky and icy terrain requiring the use of crampons, ropes, and ice axes for safety. Expert team members secure ropes along steep sections while fellow climbers opt for an overnight stay at High Camp, facilitating a more relaxed ascent, aiding acclimatization. Notably, some climbers choose to directly summit from Base Camp. Vigilance towards altitude during our High Camp stay is crucial, ensuring well-being and a successful summit. The breathtaking panoramic views of iconic peaks—Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna, and Lamjung Himal—encounter here remind us of the awe-inspiring beauty enveloping us throughout this extraordinary journey.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +920 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -0 meters | Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 12 Summit Chulu West Peak (6,419m). Back to Base Camp

    We start our journey early in the morning, carefully climbing the icy trail while using ropes, crampons, and ice axes to help us ascend. We go at a steady pace to fully enjoy the stunning views of the Himalayas. When we finally reach the top, it's an amazing feeling of happiness, success, and achievement, especially when we see breathtaking mountains like Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Gaganpurna Peak, and Lamjung Peak all around us. After taking in these beautiful moments, we slowly head back to the base camp, holding onto the memories of this incredible experience.

    Walking duration: 9-10 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +650 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,570 meters | Accommodation: Tent l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 13 Base Camp to Thorong Phedi (4450m)

    Following the successful climb of Chulu West Peak, our next destination is the formidable Thorong La Pass. We retrace our path back to the base camp, reaching Ledder and then venturing northward towards the pass. This leg of the journey entails crossing numerous small streams originating from Chulu East and Chulu West peaks, traversing sections prone to landslides, and passing sparsely scattered tea shops. After approximately 6 hours of trekking, we arrive at the base of the pass, known as Thorong Phedi. Depending on factors like fitness, interest, and conditions, our trekking guide might opt to push higher to the High Camp. We spend the night either at Thorung Phedi or the High Camp, gearing up for the challenges ahead.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +100 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -400 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 14 Cross Thorong La Pass (5,416m). Trek to Muktinath (3,760m)

    It is highly recommended to commence the climb early in the morning, as this day holds immense significance and excitement for your Nepal trip. The pinnacle of our journey awaits us at the majestic Thorong La Pass, towering at an impressive altitude of 5,416 meters, marking the highest point of our entire expedition. As we reach this summit, we are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views that make this moment truly unforgettable.

    Muktinath, a sacred place renowned in both Hinduism and Buddhism, takes its name from the Hindu god, symbolizing the "God of Salvation." In Buddhism, it carries the profound meaning of "Nirvana." The Sep-Oct festival period brings a vibrant energy, making it a particularly fascinating and bustling time to visit. Moreover, Muktinath serves as a remarkable testament to the coexistence and harmonious relationship between Hinduism and Buddhism, showcasing the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of the region.

    Walking duration: 8-9 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +910 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1740 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 15 Muktinath to Jomsom (2775m)

    Our journey today is a lengthy descent from Muktinath to Jomsom, marking the final day of our trek. Descending is generally smoother than ascending. Our route takes us to Lubra Danda, where we ascend briefly before descending to the charming Lubra village, known for its picturesque Thakali charm. Along the way, the breathtaking vistas of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche, and other snow-capped peaks surround us in a truly awe-inspiring fashion. The trail then transforms into a wide and level path, guiding us steadily to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang, as we follow the gusty Kali Gandaki River valley.

    Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +500 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -400 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 16 Jomsom to Pokhara (820m)

    In the early morning, we will embark on a short and scenic flight to Pokhara, where we will be treated to breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, as well as the world's deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki. The stunning landscapes will leave us in awe. Throughout the day, we can relax at the hotel or take a leisurely stroll around the enchanting Lake Side area, where we can immerse ourselves in the captivating panorama of mountains and charming natural beauty. There are various interesting places to explore, such as the intriguing Mahendra Cave, the mesmerizing David's Fall, and of course, the numerous beautiful lakes that adorn Pokhara's landscape.

    Flight Duration: 25 minutes    |    Transfer: 20 minutes    |    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
  • 17 By Private Bus: Pokhara to Kathmandu

    Following a satisfying breakfast, we bid farewell to the stunning lakeside city of Pokhara and embark on a scenic drive towards the bustling capital, Kathmandu. Once we arrive in Kathmandu, the remainder of the day is at our leisure. We can choose to unwind and relax or take the opportunity to indulge in some souvenir shopping, explore the vibrant markets, and select mementos of our incredible journey.

    Transfer: 6-7 Hours    | Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
  • 18 Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as Bhaktapur or Patan, which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast
  • 19 Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

    Meal: Breakfast
Included in package cost
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off on a private vehicle.
  • A warm welcome dinner at a typical and authentic Nepalese kitchen with a cultural dance.
  • Full-day sightseeing in Kathmandu with English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Hotel: 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and 1 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara at twin sharing a room on BB plan.
  • Completely lodges trekking, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room during the whole trekking period.
  • Comfortable twin-sharing tented accommodation with all necessary camping and kitchen equipment, availability of mattresses, toilet tents, showers, dining tents, tables, chairs, and more.
  • Appropriate high-altitude food for all climbing crew at base camp and higher altitudes, as required.Necessary fixed and dynamic ropes during the climbing period.
  • Permit: Climbing Permit of Chulu West Peak, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), and TIMS Card entrance fees.
  • Climbing equipment charges for a climbing guide to ensure professional guidance and safety.
  • All the monuments and entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Domestic Flight: Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Land transportation: From Kathmandu to Khudi Khola and from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Trekking Staff: Highly experienced, trained, and government-licensed mountain guide, assistant guide, and porter (1:1 porter), including daily wages and accommodation.
  • First aid and medical kits
  • Accident, medical, and helicopter insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • All government taxes and official charges.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu The cost of meals during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara is not included in the package.
  • Rescue/emergency and insurance cost: While accidental and medical insurance for the Nepalese staff is included, your personal rescue and emergency insurance are not covered in the package.
  • Beverages, hard drinks, and alcohol: The package does not include the cost of beverages, alcoholic drinks, or any other personal refreshments.
  • A garbage deposit for Chulu West Peak is required, and it will be refunded upon proper waste disposal as per guidelines.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during departure: The visa fee for entering Nepal and any applicable airport taxes during departure is not part of the package. You'll need to arrange and pay for the entry visa and any airport taxes as required.
  • Personal equipment and personal expenses: You are responsible for providing your trekking equipment and any other personal expenses not mentioned in the package.
  • Tips: While tips for the trekking and climbing staff are at your discretion, it is customary to offer gratuities as a token of appreciation for their services.
  • Extra charges due to natural calamities: The trekkers themselves are responsible for covering any additional costs resulting from unanticipated events like political unrest, flight cancellations due to weather, landslides, or other natural calamities.

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Chulu West Peak is a prominent mountain in the Annapurna region of Nepal, part of the Manang Himal subrange of the Himalayas. It is a favorite spot for mountaineers and trekkers seeking a challenging climb, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Annapurna mountain range. The ascent typically involves a trek through the stunning Annapurna Conservation Area, passing picturesque villages and lush forests before establishing base and higher camps for acclimatization. The peak is accessible from starting points like Besisahar or Nayapul, with coordinates approximately 28.5374°N latitude and 84.1194°E longitude.

Yes, prior climbing experience is highly recommended and often necessary to attempt Chulu West Peak. The peak involves technical climbing skills and challenges that are better tackled with a solid foundation in mountaineering. Climbers should be proficient in using equipment like ice axes, crampons, and ropes, and have experience with high-altitude environments. Familiarity with navigation, rope techniques, and glacier travel is important for safety during the climb. While Chulu West is not the most technically demanding peak, it still requires a certain level of expertise to navigate the terrain, handle potential hazards, and ensure a successful and safe ascent.

The duration of a Chulu West Peak climbing expedition varies based on factors like route, experience, and weather. Typically, it takes around 2 to 3 weeks. The expedition involves trekking to the base camp (5-7 days), acclimatizing and setting up higher camps (a few days), attempting the summit (3-5 days), descending to base camp (1-2 days), and trekking back to the starting point (2-3 days). This timeline is an estimate and can change due to individual factors and unexpected events. Planning for extra time is important for weather delays and safety. Some climbers might choose a longer acclimatization process for better success and safety.

The duration of a Chulu West Peak climbing expedition varies based on factors like route, experience, and weather. Typically, it takes around 2 to 3 weeks. The expedition involves trekking to the base camp (5-7 days), acclimatizing and setting up higher camps (a few days), attempting the summit (3-5 days), descending to base camp (1-2 days), and trekking back to the starting point (2-3 days). This timeline is an estimate and can change due to individual factors and unexpected events. Planning for extra time is important for weather delays and safety. Some climbers might choose a longer acclimatization process for better success and safety.

Yes, that is indeed accurate. Climbers who wish to ascend Chulu West Peak in Nepal are required to obtain a climbing permit issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Along with the climbing permit, they also need to acquire an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit, as Chulu Peak is located within the boundaries of Sagarmatha National Park. Furthermore, climbers are also required to have a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card, which is a registration card designed for trekkers and climbers to keep track of their movements in the region. These permits and cards are essential for legal and administrative purposes and aid in supporting the management and conservation efforts in the area.

Climbing Chulu West Peak requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance, as the expedition involves trekking through challenging terrains and dealing with high altitudes. While prior climbing experience is not mandatory, being in good physical shape can greatly enhance your chances of a successful ascent and a more enjoyable experience. Key aspects of physical fitness needed for Chulu Peak climbing include:

  • Cardiovascular Endurance: Climbers should have good cardiovascular fitness to cope with long and strenuous trekking days at high altitudes. Regular aerobic exercises like running, hiking, or cycling can help improve cardiovascular endurance.
  • Strength and Stamina: Trekking to Chulu West Peak Base Camp and climbing to the summit require strength and stamina. Strengthening exercises targeting the legs, core, and upper body can be beneficial.
  • Altitude Acclimatization: Climbers must be prepared to adapt to the changing altitude. Acclimatization hikes during the expedition help the body adjust to the reduced oxygen levels at higher elevations.
  • Mental Preparedness: Climbing at high altitudes can be mentally challenging. Having a positive mindset, determination, and the ability to cope with potential difficulties are essential for a successful climb.

Before attempting Chulu West Peak, it's recommended to engage in a pre-expedition training regimen to improve physical fitness and endurance. Additionally, consulting with a healthcare professional before embarking on the climb is advised to ensure that there are no underlying health concerns that could affect your ability to climb at high altitudes. Joining guided expeditions with experienced leaders and support staff can also help climbers with the necessary training and guidance throughout the journey.

Yes, there are altitude-related risks associated with climbing Chulu West Peak, as with any high-altitude trek or climb in the Himalayas. It's important to be aware of these risks and take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and successful ascent.

  • Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): This is a common altitude-related condition that can affect climbers as they ascend to higher elevations. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. It's crucial to acclimatize properly by ascending gradually and allowing your body time to adjust to the altitude. Drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding alcohol, and following a slow ascent rate can help mitigate the risk of AMS.
  • High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): These are severe forms of altitude sickness that can be life-threatening. HAPE affects the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing and coughing up pink or frothy sputum. HACE affects the brain and can lead to confusion, loss of coordination, and unconsciousness. Immediate descent to lower altitudes is the only effective treatment for these conditions.
  • Cold-related Injuries: At high altitudes, temperatures can drop significantly, especially during the night. Frostbite and hypothermia are real risks, so it's crucial to dress in layers and carry appropriate gear to stay warm.
  • Exhaustion and Fatigue: Long trekking days and the physical demands of climbing can lead to exhaustion and fatigue. Proper training, pacing yourself, and getting adequate rest are important to prevent overexertion.
  • Altitude-related Illness Prevention:Adequate hydration, a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and taking rest days for acclimatization are key to preventing altitude-related illnesses. It's also important to listen to your body and be prepared to turn back or descend if you experience severe symptoms.

Joining a guided expedition with experienced guides who are familiar with altitude-related risks and safety protocols is highly recommended. They can monitor your health, provide guidance on acclimatization, and take appropriate actions in case of emergencies. Pre-trip training, proper gear, and a thorough understanding of altitude-related risks are essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable Chulu West Peak climbing experience.

Chulu West Peak climbing is moderately challenging in terms of technical skills. While not the most difficult peak, climbers should be comfortable using mountaineering gear like ice axes, crampons, and ropes. Basic rope techniques, glacier travel, and high-altitude knowledge are important. Challenges include glacier navigation, steep snow and ice slopes, changing weather, and potential fixed rope sections. Physical preparation is vital due to altitude effects. While prior experience is advised, guided expeditions with skilled guides help less experienced climbers. Self-assessment, readiness, and safety are key before attempting the climb.

Chulu West Peak climbing requires specialized equipment to ensure climbers' safety and success in challenging environments. While the specific gear may vary depending on the peak's difficulty and altitude, here is a general list of essential equipment for peak climbing:

  • Climbing Helmet: Protects the head from falling debris and potential impacts during the climb.
  • Climbing Harness: Used with ropes to secure climbers during technical sections and for glacier travel.
  • Climbing Rope: Dynamic and static ropes are used for belaying, rappelling, and securing climbers.
  • Crampons: Metal spikes that attach to mountaineering boots, providing traction on icy surfaces.
  • Ice Axe: Essential for self-arresting during slips and for stability on steep snow and ice slopes.
  • Carabiners and Quickdraws: Used to connect ropes, slings, and other gear for anchoring and protection.
  • Prusik Cord: Used for ascending the rope in a self-rescue situation.
  • Snow Pickets or Ice Screws: Anchors that provide protection on snow and ice.
  • Mountaineering Boots: Sturdy and insulated boots designed for technical climbing and to handle cold conditions.
  • Gaiters: Protect lower legs and boots from snow and debris.
  • Climbing Gloves: Insulated and dexterous gloves for handling equipment and maintaining warmth.
  • Layered Clothing: Including base layers, insulating layers, and waterproof and windproof outer layers.
  • Sunglasses and Goggles: Essential for eye protection against snow blindness and glare.
  • Headlamp: Necessary for early morning or late-night starts and for navigating in low light.
  • Backpack: Large enough to carry personal gear, food, and water.
  • Sleeping Bag: Rated for the expected temperatures during the climb.
  • Sleeping Pad: Insulated to provide comfort and warmth during the nights.
  • Trekking Poles: For added stability during approaches and descents.
  • High-altitude Medications: As advised by medical professionals to cope with altitude-related challenges.
  • Personal Climbing Gear: Including ascenders, descenders, and any specialized equipment needed for the specific peak.

It's crucial for climbers to be familiar with the gear and undergo proper training before attempting peak climbing. Experienced guides or mountaineering schools can provide valuable guidance on equipment selection, usage, and climbing techniques, contributing to a safe and successful climbing experience.

Travel insurance is a necessity for Chulu West Peak climbing and similar high-altitude expeditions, with comprehensive coverage for mountaineering activities, high-altitude trekking, and emergency medical evacuation strongly recommended. Given the inherent risks and challenges of the climb, travel insurance offers financial protection and peace of mind for any unforeseen circumstances that may occur during the journey.

  • Medical Expenses: Coverage for medical treatment and evacuation in case of injury or illness during the climb.
  • Emergency Evacuation: Coverage for helicopter rescue or other emergency transportation to the nearest medical facility if needed.
  • Trip Cancellation or Interruption: Coverage in case you need to cancel or cut short your trip due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Lost or Delayed Baggage: Coverage for the loss, theft, or delay of your personal belongings and climbing equipment.
  • Adventure Sports Coverage: Ensure that the insurance specifically covers mountaineering and high-altitude trekking.

When getting travel insurance for Chulu West Peak climbing or similar high-altitude expeditions, it's crucial to thoroughly examine the policy to confirm it meets the specific requirements and adequately covers all activities and altitudes involved. Furthermore, disclosing any pre-existing medical conditions to the insurance provider is vital, as it can affect the eligibility for coverage. Having travel insurance not only offers financial protection but also guarantees access to timely and appropriate medical care and support in case of emergencies during the climb. It is a responsible and essential step in preparing for any high-altitude adventure.

Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is dedicated to providing exceptional services, ensuring an unforgettable journey for you. We are committed to honesty and diligence, striving to make your experience smooth and enjoyable. All services will be delivered as agreed upon during booking, following our policies and those set by the Tourism Authority. However, please be aware of the inherent risks involved, and you must take responsibility for your actions and participation. The adventure may entail extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and itinerary changes beyond our control. Proper acclimatization to high altitudes is crucial. Our trips often take place in remote areas, where access to emergency services and medical facilities is limited. In case of serious injury requiring hospitalization, evacuation may take several days, affecting your recovery. While helicopters are commonly used for evacuation, they may not always be available due to weather conditions. We cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations due to factors such as government restrictions, natural disasters, political unrest, flight cancellations, delays, sickness, accidents, or vehicle breakdowns. Any additional costs incurred are the client's responsibility. Therefore, we strongly advise obtaining travel insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Proof of travel insurance is required on the first day of your trip, and without it, participation will not be possible.

Expedition Manager/Guide: Our Chulu West Peak Climbing will be led by an experienced and skilled professional in the climbing industry, who has successfully conquered various trekking peaks in Nepal.

4:1 Sherpa to client ratio on summit day: Our team includes Sherpa guides who have achieved previous summits and possess extensive expertise in high-altitude expeditions. For the summit day, we maintain a favorable 4:1 Sherpa guide-to-client ratio. Each of our Sherpa guides boasts considerable experience in scaling high-altitude peaks.

We prioritize small group sizes to ensure efficient coordination and cooperation, particularly during high-altitude climbing. Our Trekking peak climbing expeditions comprise a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 climbers in one group. This approach allows for personalized attention, better communication, and enhanced safety during the adventure.

As part of the requirements for high-altitude climbing, our Mountain Guides receive compensation for their services, which includes equipment allowance, daily wages, food, and insurance coverage. Additionally, there is a Summit bonus provided as Tips, following the Mountaineering system, to motivate and encourage the Mountain Guides in their efforts towards a successful summit bid. The specified amount for the Summit bonus is detailed in each mountain program, ensuring transparency and general information for our clients.

During tea house trekking, you'll have breakfast and dinner at the guesthouses or lodges, while lunch will be at trailside restaurants. The traditional Nepali meal "Dal Bhat Tarkari" (rice, curry, and lentil soup) is commonly served at these places. However, guesthouses also offer a variety of other food items like rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soups, with some even having Western options. Soft drinks, snacks, wine, and beer are available at most guesthouses and trailside restaurants. Food safety is a top priority, and we select the cleanest and most hygienically-kept hotels for our routes. During camping, our cook prepares the food based on your preferences, and we shop for the required items before the trip.

If you have specific dietary requirements, restrictions, or allergies, please inform us when booking the trip. Our teams will do their best to accommodate your requests, but due to local constraints, we may not always guarantee a wide variety of alternative menus. For strenuous trips, we recommend planning for additional groceries like energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates to ensure sufficient caloric intake.

During the trek, tea and coffee are provided with meals. Soft and alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not included and are the responsibility of the participants. You can refill your water containers at the lodges, but it's important to treat the water with purifying tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. To reduce plastic waste, avoid buying bottled water and opt for treated water available in the villages. This way, we can limit the issue of plastic bottles and promote responsible environmental practices during the trek.

Transportation within Kathmandu Valley is facilitated by private vehicles, tailored according to the group size. During trekking periods, we provide the services of Porters to carry your baggage for the day. It is important to note that one porter will be assigned to assist two members.

  • Overland Transfers: Kathmandu to Khudi and Pokhara to Kathmandu by Private vehicle.
  • Domestic flights: Jomosom to Pokhara is mainly operated by Tara Air, Buddha Air, and Goma Air (flights subject to climatic and operational hazards).

We kindly request your attention to the mandatory use of seat belts in all vehicles utilized during the trip, both in the front and rear seats, where they are available and in accordance with the regulations enforced in the visited country. By participating in the trip, you agree to adhere to this safety requirement. Please be aware that Ethic Himalaya cannot be held responsible for any bodily injuries or material damages incurred if this safety provision is not complied with by you.

In Kathmandu, your accommodation will be arranged at a locally recognized three-star hotel, featuring double rooms. During the trekking, we provide accommodations at guest houses and lodges, particularly in key trekking regions. These guest houses and lodges offer running hot and cold water amenities, and private rooms are readily available. While private rooms are a common feature, it's important to note that bathroom facilities are often shared. Drawing upon our extensive experience in the trekking domain gained over numerous years of organizing diverse treks in Nepal, we assure you of our meticulous selection process. We choose guest houses and lodges that are meticulously maintained, ensuring cleanliness and hygiene. These establishments are known for their amicable ambiance and exceptional vistas.

Upon reaching the base camp, the arrangement transitions to full board camping. Our camping setup is comprehensive and well-supported by a team of proficient guides, skilled cooks, capable Sherpas, and diligent porters who accompany you throughout. The porters are responsible for carrying trekking equipment, food supplies, fuel, and personal belongings. Our adept cooks diligently prepare nourishing hot meals. When the sun sets, we provide well-equipped tents for dining, sleeping, and ablutions. These tents are thoughtfully furnished with comfortable mattresses, cozy down-filled sleeping bags, tables, and seating arrangements.

A typical day on a camping trek commences at around 6 or 7 AM, with a rejuvenating cup of hot tea to invigorate you. Following this, a bowl of warm water is provided for your washing needs. Breakfast is then served, setting you up for the day ahead. The trek usually gets underway between 7:30 and 8 AM. Trekkers have the flexibility to pace themselves, allowing for pauses and sightseeing along the route. The morning walk typically culminates at the lunch spot after approximately 3 hours. Here, you'll be treated to a hearty, hot lunch.

In the afternoon, you'll continue your journey for another 3 to 4 hours, arriving at the next campsite around 4 or 5 PM. Tea and snacks are thoughtfully served to invigorate you while our dedicated staff prepares the camp. Dinner is typically served around 6 or 7 PM in the well-appointed dining tent, illuminated by lanterns, and thoughtfully furnished for your comfort.

Porters will be responsible for carrying your baggage, which will not be accessible to you during the course of the day. To ensure your convenience, it is recommended that you pack all your essential items for the day in your daypack. This typically includes warm clothing, a water bottle, camera equipment, sunscreen, lip balm, and other similar necessities. Your guide will provide you with information each evening about any additional items that may be required for the upcoming day's activities. With a well-designed and comfortable daypack, your load will only amount to a few kilograms, making it hardly noticeable and allowing you to fully enjoy your trekking experience.

To do a Trekking Peak expedition in Nepal, it is vital to have prior experience with high-altitude trekking and a basic understanding of climbing. Previous ascents of peaks above 4,000 meters or traversing passes at 5,500 meters are expected. Equally important are fierce determination, strong mental health, and a burning desire to conquer the mountain. Adequate preparation is required to handle challenges like high altitude sickness, harsh weather, and exhaustion. Being familiar with climbing equipment, walking on snow and ice, and maintaining good physical fitness are necessary. Proficiency in rope skills, ice axe arrest, crampon techniques, the use of ascenders (Jumar) and descenders, and harness usage are essential for a successful expedition.

Prior to booking, it is mandatory for clients to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical challenges, or other mental and physical conditions that may impact their ability to travel or require medical attention during the trip. Failure to disclose such conditions and subsequent cancellation will incur a 100% cancellation fee for the client.

Chulu West Peak Climbing typically involves daily walks lasting 3-8 hours, sometimes even up to 8-10 hours, especially in high passes. Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends preparing with approximately 12 km of walking or jogging exercise each day for at least three months before the expedition. This training ensures participants can endure physically demanding conditions at high altitudes and in remote areas for extended periods. Success and enjoyment on the climb require strong willpower, the ability to withstand harsh conditions, excellent fitness, and good health. Participants are responsible for their medical and evacuation expenses, and it is essential to consult a doctor for vaccinations and other health requirements for the trip. Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming the booking.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all travelers and must be obtained at the time of booking. The insurance should provide coverage for personal accident, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation, with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each category. It should also include accidents, injuries, illnesses, and related medical expenses, even for pre-existing conditions, as well as emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance services if applicable. Personal liability coverage is also recommended. The Company also suggests coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Travelers must carry proof of insurance and produce it if requested by the company employees or suppliers. Failure to provide proof of insurance upon request may result in the cancellation or suspension of participation in the trip or certain activities, even after the trip has commenced, without any right to a refund.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for injuries, health conditions, emotional or other factors experienced by clients during the trip. Furthermore, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Thus, we strongly recommend clients to procure comprehensive insurance packages, encompassing medical emergencies and helicopter evacuation.

Participation in a Chulu West Peak Climbing expedition necessitates:

  • Extensive Mountaineering Experience: A considerable background in mountaineering.
  • Team Dynamics: Adaptation within the team and with Sherpa staff.
  • Himalayan Trekking: High and demanding trekking experiences in the Himalayas.
  • Self-Control and Safety: Being accountable for personal control and safety.
  • Mental and Physical Fitness: Robust mental and physical well-being.
  • Chosen Route: Selection between Nepal or Tibet side.
  • Weather and Temperature: Awareness of weather conditions and temperatures.
  • Physical Condition: Adequate physical conditioning.
  • Climbing Skills: Proficiency in mountaineering techniques.
  • High Altitude: Consideration for high altitude sickness.
  • Clothing and Gear: Proper clothing and equipment.
  • Experienced Guides: Presence of skilled climbing guides.

Kindly brings a comfortable medium-sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. Special items such as sleeping bags and down jackets can be hired or purchased in Kathmandu as well. But highly recommend bringing it from your own country.

    Climbing Gear
  • Ice Axe: Bring a lightweight axe with a pick that will stick easily in hard glacier ice. Attach a lightweight wrist leash that is usable for climbing steeper terrain.
  • Crampons: These must be sharp and must fit your boot perfectly.
  • Harness: Make sure the buckle is easy for you to thread in cold conditions! Gear loops will be useful for this trip as well as adjustable leg loops.
  • Helmet: Be sure you can comfortably fit a warm hat underneath.
  • Hardware: Bring 3 locking and 4 lightweight regular carabiners. It is helpful if at least one of the locking carabiners has a "key gate", like the Petzl Attaché. Bring one handled ascender and one Petzl Tibloc for ascending the fixed rope. You will need rigging material--two sewn 48" nylon slings and 10' of 8 mm perlon should be sufficient. Also, include one small 5 mm prusik loop (about 4 feet of cord tied with a double fisherman's knot) for a rappel backup. For rappelling the Black Diamond ATC Guide is good since it can handle ropes from 7.7mm to 11mm. Figure 8 is an old standby and works on a variety of ropes and also icy ropes. While it twists the ropes more, it is quite foolproof. You might consider both, in case you drop one of them and lose it. Our guide has an Ice tool, Ice screws, carbineers, Locking carabineers, Short-5- millimeter accessory cords, and Slings.
  • Others Accessories
  • Headlamp: Bring a good LED headlamp with 2 sets of lithium batteries for cold conditions.
  • Water Bottles: 2 wide mouth plastic water bottles with insulated covers. A small Thermos bottle is great for cold mornings. Bring a pee bottle too.
  • Water purification: Iodine tablets (Potable Aqua or similar) or iodine crystals (Polar Pure). One bottle of Potable Aqua (enough to treat 25 liters) should be more than sufficient.
  • Utensils: Bring an insulated mug with a lid, a decent-sized bowl, a spoon, a pocket knife, and a lighter.
  • Backpack: Climbing Backpack: Medium-size internal frame pack (60-liter capacity). Look for a pack that is comfortable to carry, very durable, as light as is reasonable, and has a minimum number of bells and whistles.
  • Sleeping Bag: Bring a sleeping bag comfortable to -20. Down is lighter and much more compressible. Be sure to bring a compression stuff sack. Keep in mind that many of your nights will be much warmer than -20, especially on the trek into base camp.
  • Sleeping Mats: A stuff sack helps prevent punctures.
  • Footwear
  • Double Climbing Boots with expedition liners: Make sure your crampons can be adjusted to fit them!
  • Approach boots: Which will work on the trek and approach to Camp 1, and even up to Camp 2 if conditions warrant.
  • Gaiters and Yaktrax or Kahtoola Microspikes in case of snow.
  • Socks: Three/Four sets of climbing socks.
  • Climbing Clothing
  • Insulated Parka: Heavyweight insulated expedition parka with hood.
  • Jacket: Lightweight waterproof-breathable construction with a hood.
  • Pants: Lightweight waterproof-breathable shell pants or bibs with full-length leg zippers. ALSO very useful are synthetic insulation full-zip pants, for example, Mountain Hardwar Compressor Pants--for evenings and cold summit days.
  • Mid Layers: Fleece or Soft Shell layering pieces that work well with the rest of your clothing. A Soft Shell jacket and an expedition-weight long-john top will work well.
  • Climbing Pants: Look for construction that provides freedom of movement and/or stretch materials. The fabric should be a breathable synthetic that preferably holds up to abrasion.
  • Base Layers: - 2 synthetic tops and 1 bottom. Zip-neck tops are the way to go.
  • Mittens: Fleece mittens with an over mitten. Nothing competes with a mitten for warmth when the going got tough.
  • Ski Gloves: A warm insulated glove with leather palm will be worn a lot of the time.
  • Light Gloves: Polypropylene or fleece. Leather palms handle the fixed line better.
  • Leather gloves or good abrasion-resistant climbing gloves for the rock sections.
  • Stocking Hat: Wool or fleece stocking hat with ear protection.
  • Neck Gaiter and/or a Buff (highly recommended).
  • Baseball hat and Bandana.
  • Personal Accessories
  • Eyewear: Bring good sunglasses with side protection. For contact lens wearers, ski goggles with light color lenses (for use at night) might be useful in windy conditions. The ski goggles are essential for all climbers in really stormy conditions and can serve as an emergency backup for broken or lost sunglasses.
  • Vision correction: Bring extra prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses if you wear them. Lens solutions are not widely available in Nepal, bringing enough for the duration.
  • Wrist Watch: With alarm and night light. An altimeter watch is useful.
  • First Aid: Hand sanitizer (Purell), moleskin or Compete, athletic tape, aspirin (some climbers take a baby aspirin every day up high) and/or ibuprofen/acetaminophen, Imodium, Band-Aids, antacid, insect repellant, ear plugs, and two rolls of toilet paper in quart Ziploc bags (we will have a supply at Base Camp), small towel, soap/shampoo.
  • Prescription Medications: Antibiotic for upper respiratory problems, Antibiotic for GI problems, Diamox for acclimatization (125 mg tabs recommended; enough for a week or more), Tylenol 3 or similar for severe headaches, Asthma medication, if any history.
  • Skin Care: Sun block lotion (at least #30 protection factor -- have at least one smaller tube (1 oz) that can fit in your pocket) and lip salve. Put your lip protection on a string and hang it from your neck. That way you'll use it. It also works great for your nose.
  • Garbage Bags: 2 or 3 large plastic bags make great liners for your pack in wet weather.
  • Personal Snack Food: The food is great on the trek but you might enjoy a few snacks (not more than 5 pounds) from home and also some drink mixes if you like these to add to your water bottle (let the iodine have 30 minutes contact time before adding). Summit climbers should bring some high-altitude snacks they prefer for hard days.
  • MP3 Player and Books: Plan on sharing books with the Base Camp Library.
  • Pee Bottle
  • Chemical Hand Warmers
  • Trekking Gear
  • Trekking Poles: Poles come in handy for balance and easing impact to your knees. Get collapsible poles that can attach to your backpack and fit into your duffel.
  • Backpack: You may choose to bring a smaller "daypack" for your airline travel carry-on, and this can be used on the trek if you want to carry a smaller (35 liter or so), light trekking pack. You need a pack big enough for your clothes, water, camera, food, etc during the day.
  • Pack Cover: Waterproof rain cover for your trekking pack.
  • Trekking Clothes: Light hiking pants and/or hiking shorts for warm weather down low- NOT cotton. Shirts for hiking on nice days (t-shirts OK, quick-drying synthetic fabric is better.) Don't overdo your trekking clothes. A pair of shorts, long pants, and a couple of shirts will do. Some pair of Socks, Underpants/panties/Bra, Belt, Skirt, one set Sport sandals, and Trousers, You can hand wash them during the trek as needed.
  • Lightweight Approach Boots: Find a pair that fits and log some miles in them before your trip. A low-cut shoe is adequate, but some hikers will prefer more ankle support.
  • Sleeping Bag: Climbers will make do with their expedition bag; trekkers only can get by with a lighter bag rated to -10.
  • Sleeping Pad or Thermarest: -one light one is sufficient, you will be provided a thick open cell foam "trekking mattress" (recommend only for camping trek).
  • Travel Items
  • Duffel Bags: We normally pack all our equipment in two large duffel bags. Make sure they are well labeled with indelible ink as well as a travel tag. The duffels go on the trek/climb with you and will be carried by porters and yaks. Expect them to get wet and muddy, so rugged, waterproof duffels are good. Bags with wheels are nice for the airport, but the porters and yaks don't like to carry them, so don't bring wheeled bags (or at least not two of them). You will also store some travel clothes at the hotel in Kathmandu while trekking, so a small additional bag with a lock might be handy. Bring 5 large plastic garbage bags to pack gear inside duffels to protect gear from rain.
  • Daypack: A smaller rucksack makes a great carry-on bag for your flight and is useful during the trek.
  • Travel Wallet: Some type of secure travel wallet is a must. Remember a pen for travel documents.
  • Passport: (valid for at least 6 months), It is easy to get your Nepal visa on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport bring a passport photo. Bring a copy of the information pages and a couple of extra passport photographs. Carry these in a separate location. You'll be glad you did if you ever lose a passport.
  • Camera: with spare batteries, and film or memory cards, but keep it reasonable in size and weight. Consider a small USB drive to make it easy to share photos with your teammates.
  • Bathing Suit: Towel, Toothpaste, brush, floss, mini hair brush, razor, soap, a mini bottle of shampoo, travel mirror, nail clippers, etc.

Expedition participants are required to submit their passport copies, passport-sized photographs, health certificates, and personal bio-data for trekking permits prior to their arrival in Nepal. These documents can be sent to us either through mail or by utilizing a post box. Please ensure that you include the following:

  • A clear copy of your passport.
  • A passport-sized photograph of yourself.
  • A valid health certificate.
  • Your personal bio-data.

Kindly arrange to provide these documents at your earliest convenience to facilitate a smooth and hassle-free process.

Ethic Himalaya is well-prepared to handle emergencies during treks and expeditions. Their trained guides maintain direct communication with their main office in Kathmandu regularly. It is mandatory for clients to have their own insurance to address potential emergencies, and the company's staff is also covered. In extreme cases requiring urgent helicopter evacuation between 5,000m to 6,000m, they can arrange a rescue, possibly covered by insurance. For climbing weather forecasts, they recommend reputable sources like Meteo Swiss or Austrian ones and offer assistance with communication. To enhance trip security, they strongly advise trip cancellation and air ambulance/helicopter rescue insurance, ensuring policies cover the activities involved. Carrying proof of insurance is essential, as failure to provide valid documentation may affect participation without refund. Adequate insurance, including emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue coverage, ensures expedition safety.

If you encounter any issues or complaints during your tour, trekking, or expedition, it is essential to communicate them immediately to the hotelier and our company on the spot. Giving us the opportunity to address the problem promptly is crucial, as we cannot accept liability for any issues that are reported after you return home. If the matter cannot be resolved on the spot, you must inform us in writing within 30 days of completing your trip. Failing to follow this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against us. Timely communication is vital to ensure that we can take appropriate actions and rectify any problems you may face during your journey.

All clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond the return date. Nepalese visas can be acquired either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or the equivalent in foreign currency for a 15-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent for a 30-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent for a 100-day Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/on-arrival/IO01

The itineraries or programs mentioned may be subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden sickness, and more. We are open to customizing the program based on clients' interests. In the event of trip cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will be pleased to offer an alternative trip of similar standard. We will hold the reservation for your next trip, but not for longer than one year.

Before departure, if there is a major change in the itinerary affecting at least one day in five, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible. You may choose between accepting the change, getting a refund of the money paid for the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

After departure, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to local circumstances or events beyond our control. In such emergency situations, any additional costs incurred for necessary itinerary alterations will be borne by you. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any incidental expenses resulting from changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight costs.

To secure your booking for Nepal Trips, a non-refundable deposit of USD 500 per person per trip is required. Once this deposit is received, your booking will be confirmed. In case your booking is made within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid before or upon your arrival in Nepal prior to the trip's departure. The non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its designated Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is specified in this clause, the company will inform you during the booking process. You can make the booking deposit through bank transfer or by using a Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Detailed instructions for payment can be found on the provided booking form.

For trekking, tours, climbing, expeditions, or any other trips in Nepal, the final payment can be made upon your arrival in Nepal. Various payment methods are accepted, including bank transfer, travel checks, cash, or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applicable to all card payments, including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and other miscellaneous purchases. So, if you choose to pay by card, keep in mind the additional surcharge.

We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates, as displayed on our marketing materials and website, under certain circumstances or when influenced by external factors beyond our control, such as fluctuations in exchange rates or government actions. It's important to note that domestic flight fares may also change due to increases in fuel prices. We make every effort to present current and accurate prices for our treks and tours.

Once you have paid the deposit, your trip is confirmed, and the remaining fees are due 90 days before the trip's start date. If you decide to cancel your participation, the following cancellation charges will apply:

  • More than 45 days before departure: Deposit will be retained.
  • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price.
  • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price.
  • Between 14 to 09 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price.
  • Between 08 to 02 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price.
  • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price.

We reserve the right to cancel a trip up to 56 days before departure, considering Clause 14. We may also cancel a trip prior to departure if it becomes unfeasible to operate the planned itinerary due to factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other external events. If we cancel your trip, you have the option to transfer the amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a full refund. In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be adjusted for any unrecoverable costs. Please note that we are not liable for any incidental expenses you may have incurred in relation to your booking, such as visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights. Different cancellation conditions may apply to specific trip styles, and your booking consultant will inform you of any variations if applicable.

If you intend to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party, you must inform us at least 30 days prior to the planned departure date. A fee of USD 200 per person per change will be applied, along with any additional charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. If you notify us less than 45 days before the departure date, the cancellation refund policy will be applicable. Transfers to a third party are allowed only if the transferee meets all the requirements for the trip, and transfers to another departure are permissible within the current validity period.

Modifications to other arrangements associated with your trip will incur an administration fee of USD 200 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. No amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of departure.

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