Chulu Far East Tilicho Lake Trek

Chulu Far East Tilicho Lake Trek

TripGrade: Easy
An Easy Grade Trip - as the name suggests if a trek not that difficulties to trek around. This trip reaches up to 3000 meters high in altitude. The trails will not be that rugged and are highly suitable for family trips. The trips are generally around of a week or little bit more.

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10 Days

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Chulu Far East peak (6059m)

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Want to conquer the Himalayas above 5000m?? Chulu Far East Climb Tilicho Lake Trek could be one of your choices… Beyond the majestic Annapurna Himalaya, lies the famous peak called as Chulu Far East (6059m). The peak is located in the group of Annapurna Mountain range known as Manang Himal. It displays the panoramic view of the ranges to the far ends of the world. Our journey towards the mountain is followed by a trek to the Annapurna circuit in a span of 3 days before settling for the base camp in the village of Gyaru and Ngawa. Chulu Far East is known as the Island Peak of Himalayas. It offers easier access to climbers without much expertise. After camping, we move forward to the pinnacle summit by passing through the snow slopes. Plunging to Manang, the journey is set forth in the Marshyangdi Valley, followed by the 6-day trek to Jomsom, passing through adoring Tilicho Lake and Tilicho La pass, which serves as the pathway for Annapurna circuit.

Highlight Features of Chulu Far East and Tilicho Lake

  • Trekking beyond the majestic Annapurna Himalaya.
  • Passing through adoring world highest Tilicho Lake.
  • Stunning view of Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Peak and Mt. Manaslu.
  • Typical Nepal trekking off the beaten track north of Annapurna.
  • Trek out across the impressive and hardly ever crossed Tilicho La.

Usually, the trekking is quite accessible on foot without much hardship and pretty straightforward. The path is an established trail to the location, hence making the journey quite easy with an exception at the Tilicho La pass. The path to the pass is full of snowy slopes and rocky path, hence making the journey quite difficult at the pass. The climb of Chulu Far East is technically not difficult, which makes it easier for amateurs. However, there are some occasional encounters of the terrain with rocky slopes and fields of glaciers, where the group needs to be roped together to pass on such terrain to provide safety. The prior training of crossing the lines and using the rope line is given during the trip. Though the training will be provided, it is important to have an experience of walking with crampons, with effective use of an ice-ax in order to get a better understanding of the training. The clients should be fit enough to climb the rigorous journey at 5500 meters.


Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive through the foothills to Dharapani (1860m).
Day 04: Trek via Bagarchhap and Koto to Chame (2713m).
Day 05: Trek beside the Marshyangdi River to Lower Pisang (3150m).
Day 06: Witnessing waterfalls above Chulu village (3940m).
Day 07: Acclimatization day
Day 08: Trek to Chulu Far East Camp (4835m).
Day 09: Acclimatization day
Day 10: Trek to a high camp beside a glacial lake (5334m).
Day 11: Acclimatization day and Skills practice.
Day 12: Climb Chulu Far East peak (6059m). Return to Base Camp (4835m).
Day 13: Trek down to the Marshyangdi Valley and continue on the Annapurna Circuit to
Manang (3520m).
Day 14: Trekking beside Marshyangdi to Khansar (3770m).
Day 15: Trek via Thare Gompa (3930) to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m).
Day 16: A way to the southern end of the Tilicho Lake (5000m).
Day 17: Trek across a ridge (5340m) and descend to the north shore of the lake (5000m)
Day 18: Trek across the Tilicho Pass (5260m) to meadows near the Thini Khola (3510m).
Day 19: Final Trek to Jomsom (2800m).
Day 20: Flight to Pokhara
Day 21: Fly / Drive to Kathmandu (30 minute Flight and 6/7 hrs Private drive)
Day 22: Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of

Starting Price

USD 1999 per person

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Itinerary

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Departure from: Sept - Dec & Mar - May

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

Once you arrive at the country of Mt. Everest, you will be greeted by the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal (AMN)in a traditional way and transfer you to the hotel

Day 2

Sightseeing of Kathmandu

You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites such as Syambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath and Durbar Square in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trek in the afternoon. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3

Drive through the foothills to Dharapani (1860m).

We began our journey with a drive westwards to initiate our trekking experience with the help of the trekking crew. After a 3 hour drive, we reach the town of Mugling. Passing through the town, we turn north to Marshyangdi Valley. The distance to the destination depends on the condition of the weather and seasons. At present, we made out stop at Dharapani (1943m), which will be the site for the first camp.

Day 4

Trek via Bagarchhap and Koto to Chame (2713m).

Dharapani is located at the union of the river Dudh Khola, where the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit trail routes meet up. At this point, the Marshyangdi Valley turns westward, as we move towards a Buddhist village Bagar Chap. From our current position, Manaslu can be seen at the back and Annapurna is located in the south, while we pass through the pine forest and stone terrains. The road construction is taking place at the location; hence we will have a hard time with rough roads. The way is full of lodges and hamlets that serve as the resting place for an overnight stay at Chame. The town is an administrative center with the facilities of shops, banks and school as well. Annapurna range can be clearly seen from the town.

Day 5

Trek beside the Marshyangdi River to Lower Pisang (3150m).

On our journey, we crossed the Marshyangdi valley several times as it gorges along the path of the river. The path is also seen to be built from wooden piers on the cliff side. Moving forward with the climb to the forested ridge beyond Buradhan, we reach to the open valley that helps us cross the northern bank of the river. The scene at the location is mesmerizing as we laid eyes on the huge sheet of rocks covered with vegetation at 1500 meters above the river. We walk ahead to reach the shady forest on the north side of the Annapurna range, passing through the lake to reach the valley floor. Moving forward, we make a 30-minute climb to Upper Pisang village. The view from the village was serene, where one can witness the peaks of Manaslu to Tilicho. Our current altitude was 3300 meters.

Day 6

Witnessing waterfalls above Chulu village (3940m).

Leaving the Annapurna circuit trail, we move ahead by ascending to the river on the slopes of Pisang peak. Our day begins with the gentle trek on the hillside from the pine forest and scouring across the juniper to reach the zigzag trail to the village of Ghyaru. The village is very historic in view with a collection of medieval style houses built on top of each other. Moving ahead with the journey, the trail to the trek gives us the majestic view of the Annapurna range until we reach the village of Nagawal. The village is a bit bigger than Ghyaru, but provides the same spectacular view. From Ngawal, we move forward to the village of Chulu. After passing through the village, we climb for around 45 minutes to cross the Khola River through the wooden bridge. The ascent continues steadily with occasional huts on the trail to finally witness the two marvelous waterfalls, which is at the distance of 1 hour from the bridge. Finally, we camp for the night.

Day 7

Acclimatization day

It is important to allow enough time for acclimatization. This is known as allowing the body to catch up with the legs. On this day either you can rest the whole day by doing some laundry or cleaning your body or you can have a gentle walk of the surrounding areas.

Day 8

Trek to Chulu Far East Camp (4835m).

The journey to the cliff of the waterfalls is a 2-hour climb that can be witnessed from the camp. We decide to walk the climb to reach the top of the ridge. As we reach the ridge, we witness Chulu Far East for the first time in our journey. The base camp for the end of the day is set up after an easy 20 minutes’ walk from the ridge. Our base camp is located at an altitude of 4835 meters. The base camp is used for the afternoon rest and for refreshments to replenish our fatigue.

Day 9

Acclimatization day

This is an important day for acclimatization before heading to base camp. On this day either we will rest or have a gentle walk around the surroundings. In afternoon, our guide will take you to show the simple techniques of roped glacier travel and use fixed ropes and lines for safety.

Day 10

Trek to a high camp beside a glacial lake (5334m).

From the base camp, is an easy trail to the glacial deposits. Walking along the ridge, we encounter glacial debris, which was the remains of the old glacier. We decide to make the camp near the glacial lake. The camp altitude is 5255 meters, so the air was definitely very thin. Then there was a walk of one and a half hour. On this day, we decide to acclimatize to the conditions of the weather and hence we decide to settle for another day at the base camp in order to adapt ourselves to the conditions of the cold climate.

Day 11

Acclimatization day and Skills practice

Today is another day for acclimatization before heading to the top of Chulu Far East. This is the time for final preparations and checks for required equipment. Today, the guide may go up to the mountain to fixed lines and ropes on the first of the ascent.

Day 12

Climb Chulu Far East peak (6059m). Return to Base Camp (4835m).

At dawn, our sleep is disturbed by the Sherpas, who is our guide and offer us the cup of hot tea. There is nothing better than a cup of hot tea on such a chilly morning. Following the tea, we have our breakfast and dressed ourselves to gorge into the cold morning conditions. While the sun is setting on the horizon, we begin our journey by trekking through the slopes of the pass. The distance to the pass is around half an hour walk from the camp. From the pass, the path is an easy walk to the snow slopes of 100 meters and finally reaching to the steep bulge of the slope with an angle of 45 degrees. There is a second bulge, which we avoided by traversing through the rock of the ridge to work our way to the crest of the slope. Then begins the adventurous journey of climbing the narrow fin with a distance of 200 meters to reach the mountain summit. From the summit, one can see the majestic views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu, and the Ganesh Himal. On the north side, we can see the barren lands of Mustang and Tibet. After witnessing the view for some time, we head back to the route from the pass to reach the high camp. After freshening up, we again begin to descend to the base camp to receive a warm welcome from the crew.

Day 13

Trek down to the Marshyangdi Valley and continue on the Annapurna Circuit to Manang (3520m).

The day begins with a trek to the downhill to return to the Chulu village. On reaching the village, we take our lunch. After the lunch, we will continue to descend to the main trail of Ngawal, which runs parallel to the Marshyangdi valley. The trail drops at Mungdi, from there the Annapurna circuit will again join up. From Mungdi, it is a 1-hour walk in the valley to reach the town of Manang to make our camp for the night and enjoy the evening with some cold beer.

Day 14

Trekking beside Marshyangdi to Khansar (3770m).

On this day, we again join the Annapurna circuit trail to head northwards to the Thorung La pass. Our journey once again isolated us from the population so that we can continue along the path of the Marshyangdi Valley. The path to the valley is full of Pine forest. The average distance to the next destination of Khangsar village is about 4 hours. The village is its own site with a collection of houses made from stone, gathered in the large square.

Day 15

Trek via Thare Gompa (3930) to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m).

Now, we have two options to reach the destination. The one route is the shorter one but usually is full of a steep slope and it is rather unstable at the time due to bad weather. The route is also difficult to cross on the walk. The second is the longer route, which involves the climb of 4950 meters. We decide to take a longer route as it was the safe one to traverse. Our journey resumes with a climb to the chorten proceeding for the isolated Thare Gompa (3930m). Moving ahead the Gompa, we pass along some huts, which the herders use as their shelter. There lie two trails beyond this point. The route decision is usually made by the trip leader after some consultation with the locals. Picking one route, we arrive at the Tilicho Base Camp (4150m).

Day 16

A way to the southern end of the Tilicho Lake (5000m).

One this day, we head up to the valley from an old glacial deposit. Gaining height, we were again able to witness the views of Khansar Kang, Tarke Kang and Gangapurna. We also set the sight over Manang and Pisang. The trail takes us through the crests and toppled cliffs. Once we reach the cliff, we walk to the ridge to come across many prayer flags and chorten to finally set eyes on the famous Tilicho Lake. It is a majestic view. The clear pristine water of the lake perfectly reflects the snow-covered ridges of the mountain peaks of Tilicho and Khansar Kang. Hence comes the name of the Great Barrier after seeing the site. The peak glaciers can be seen touching the shores of the lake in a vertical slanting position. Witnessing the view, we again begin to traverse the hillside to descend for the campsite beside the lake.

Day 17

Trek across a ridge (5340m) and descend to the north shore of the lake (5000m)

Our base camp is situated at the distance of 4kms from the southern end of the lake. The path of the lake is not an easy one. From the west, the path is blocked by the glaciers and the eastern side is completely covered with a vertical cliff, dashing right into the lake. The best path is through the northern end; hence we again begin to ascend to the ridge from the far side of the eastern lake. There is a total of 3 ascends and 2 descends, followed up by the climb to the ridge of the cliff at 5340 m. At last, we reach the northern end of the lake by following the small river stream.

Day 18

Trek across the Tilicho Pass (5260m) to meadows near the Thini Khola (3510m).

On this day, we begin to move back by taking a new Tilicho Pass in order to cross the Muktinath Himal. We take a detour from the usual Mesokanto La pass. The new pass has been opened recently and it requires a bit of the climb to an elevation of 5260 meters. However, this pass is much easier and less steep and accounts for the less snow than Mesokanto pass. To reach the pass, we will have to follow the small stream and then direct to the northwest to climb a ridge. From the ridge, one can see the marvelous view of the lake. Climbing the summit, we can see the broader view of the mountains. After that, we move ahead towards Mustang to the broad plains of the Tibetan plateau along with the giants of Tilicho and the peaks of Nilgiri. From the summit, we resumed on an easy trail to the valley of Langpoghyung Khola. The river will guide us to the vast area of the valley to accommodate our base camp.

Day 19

Final Trek to Jomsom (2800m).

Most of the hard work of climbing is over. On this day, we enjoy our breakfast to finally set out for the trekking of the final day of the journey to step down to the Thini Khola. From the river, we reach the village of Thini, which is comprised of narrow alleyways and decorated gompa surrounded by the network of barley fields. We are now in the open Kali Gandaki Valley, which is known to be the deepest valley in the world at the decline of 8000 meters from the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. From the Thini, we took a walk of 45 minutes to join the Annapurna Trail for the last time. The trail will lead us to the airport town of Jomsom. Our journey to the town will be full of a cultural visitation of the other trekkers, who happen to follow the path to settle in the tea houses, shops and bars. This will definitely be our stop for the night to enjoy some of the facilities. At night, we checked in at the hotel for some hot water bath and nice comforting sleep. We bid farewell to our crew and enjoy the day partying with them.

Day 20

Flight to Pokhara

Since Jomsom lies at the mountainous region so there is always an early flight to Pokhara as in the morning the days are clear and also the flight duration is about 20 minutes. Similarly, Pokhara is also known as “city of Lake” and is one of the most popular places for the foreigners after Kathmandu. There are lots of interesting things to see in Pokhara. So when you are in Pokhara don’t miss to visit the popular landmarks of Pokhara.

Day 21

Fly / Drive to Kathmandu (30 minute Flight and 6/7 hrs Private drive)

Today either you can fly to Kathmandu which will be 30 minutes worthy flight where you can see the changing natural vegetation with Himalayan Range or you can drive from Pokhara. The drive will be scenic and you will get the opportunity to experience the highway of Nepal.

Day 22

Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trek.

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


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GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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