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Chulu Far East Peak is one of the most popular and relatively easier peak-climbing experiences in the Annapurna Region, Nepal. A German Expedition team first ascended it in 1955. The 16 days Chulu Far East Peak climbing passes through some snowy terrains to the southwest edge surrounded by a ring of mountains. The summit at the elevation of 6,059m/19,880ft offers amazing views of Annapurna massif, Pisang Peak, Gangapurna, and Chulu West.

The unique trail commences with a drive from Kathmandu to Chame, headquarter of Manang District. The climb starts with a hike from the Base Camp to the High Camp before finally conquering the Chulu Far East Peak summit. Diversity in flora and fauna can be seen with a shift in scenery from rugged dry trails to snowy slopes. It is the best experience for a practiced trekker who wishes to board their first mountain climbing in Nepal.

Chulu Far East Peak Climbing is a 16 days blended trekking and climbing experience in the less technical peak of the northern Annapurna region. It starts with a drive to Chame, traverses through ethnic Manangay villages, reaches the Chulu Far East Peak summit, and concludes with a drive to Kathmandu from Chame. The trip's main highlight is climbing to the summit of Chulu Far East and being offered close-up views of the Annapurna range.

After arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. You will prepare for the trek on the same day. A drive through the Prithvi Highway and the Marsyangdi Valley will take you to Chame.

From thereon, the trek commences to Paungada Danda, walking beside Marsyangdi River to reach Lower Pisang. Trek heads through the rugged terrain of the Humde Village with the only airport in the district. Witness the longest Mani wall in Humde. From there, walk-through pine and oak forests to Julu Khola. On the way, visit the Lophelling Monastery and She Gompa.

After an acclimatization day in Julu, head to the Base Camp of Chulu Far East. After a challenging trek, take a rest day again and engage in some pre-climbing training from the guide. On the tenth day, make a climb to the High Camp passing through snowy slopes.

From the High Camp climb to the Summit on the following day. Witness the panoramic views of Annapurna Range, Gangapurna, Pisang, and Chulu West. Head back to the High Camp after conquering Chulu Far East Summit. From there, trace the route back via Humde village to Chame. Take a drive from Chame to Kathmandu for final departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and/or Boudhanath.
  • Drive through the wonderful Marsyangdi Valley with views of hills, waterfalls along the swift-flowing Marsyangdi river
  • Visit the remote settlements of local Manangays in the Humde village of Manang district.
  • Witness one of the longest Mani walls in Humde village with 266 prayer wheels  
  • Visit the ancient Lophelling monastery and Sher Gompa, the retreat center of Tibetan Buddhist nuns in Julu
  • Experience climbing to one of the easier yet adventurous peaks in Nepal with the assistance of the professional climbing guide
  • Ascend the summit of Chulu Far East Peak at 6,059m/19,880ft with rewarding views of the surrounding Himalayas in the Annapurna region
  • Dominating views of Annapurna Massif, Pisang, Chulu West, and Gangapurna peaks from the Chulu Far East summit

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Culture tour around Kathmandu, then preparation for the trip
Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Chame (2,710m/8,892ft, 9 to 10 hours)
Day 4 Trek from Chame to Lower Pisang (3,300m/10,827ft, 5 to 6 hours)
Day 5 Trek from Pisang to Humde Village (3,330m/10,926ft, 3 to 4 hours)
Day 6 Humde to Julu Khola (3,500m/11,484ft, 3 to 4 hours)
Day 7 Acclimatization and Rest Day at Julu Khola
Day 8 Trek from Julu Khola to Chulu Far East Base Camp (5,000m/16,405ft, 5 to 6 hours)
Day 9 Acclimatization Day at Chulu Far East Base Camp and pre-climbing training (5,000m/16,405ft)
Day 10 Climb from Base Camp to Chulu Far East High Camp (5,500m/18,046ft, 3 to 4 hours)
Day 11 High Camp to Chulu Far East Peak Summit to Base Camp (6059m/19,880ft, 8 to 9 hours)
Day 12 Contingency day
Day 13 Descend from Chulu Far East Base Camp to Humde village
Day 14 Trek from Humde Village to Chame (7 to 8 hours)
Day 15 Drive from Chame to Kathmandu (1,400m/ 4,593ft, 9 to 10 hours)
Day 16 Final departure from Nepal


Route Map

Chulu Far East Peak Climbing Route Map Chulu Far East Peak Climbing Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, complete the formalities with customs. You will then be warmly greeted by our representative from Third Rock Adventures at the arrival gate. 

We will transfer you to your respective hotel. After some refreshments, if you are up for it, you can choose to visit our office and head out to the streets of Thamel; the tourist hub in Kathmandu. Enjoy a stroll in the evening market with your guide. Late evening, enjoy some authentic Nepali dinner. 

Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 2: Culture tour around Kathmandu, then preparation for the trip

Kathmandu Durbar Square Kathmandu Durbar Square also called Basantapur Durbar Square

Kathmandu is known best for the religious and historical monuments scattered around the city. Enjoy a guided tour around the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city. Visit the historical Kathmandu Durbar Square to learn about the architecture of the temples and the long-gone monarchical days. 

From there, head to Pashupatinath, the most popular and revered Hindu Temple. Thereon, take a drive to Swayambhunath/ Monkey temple, a stupa most revered amidst Buddhist pilgrims in the world. If you wish, you can also go to visit Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world. 

After the amazing tour, head to our office to have pre-trip discussions where you can ask your queries to the climbing guide and team members. Head back to your hotel to check all the packing list. Have dinner and take a rest for tomorrow’s long journey.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Chame (2,710m/8,892ft, 9 to 10 hours)

We leave from Kathmandu by taking an early morning drive to Chame. Along the ride, you will come across rivers, rolling hills, and green landscape. After leaving the Prithvi highway the road takes you through the Marsyangdi valley. The off-road drive can be a bumpy one at times. You will even spot waterfalls where you can make quick stops to enjoy the views. 

Chame is located in Manang district and is the trail to many other treks in the area like Annapurna Circuit Trek. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit must be shown at the checkpoint. You can explore the traditional lifestyle of the locals living in Chame. 

Overnight stay at Tea House in Chame. 

Day 4: Trek from Chame to Lower Pisang (3,300m/10,827ft, 5 to 6 hours)

View from Lower Pisang View from Lower Pisang

This day will be your first trekking day on the trip. The trek on this day is very exciting as you will come across many dramatic sights. You will walk past a steep and narrow trail through the dense forest then head to the Paungada Danda. You will get to view the amazing peaks from here. Keep your eyes open for the views of numerous waterfalls streaming down from huge boulders. Walk past an organic apple farm where you can enjoy delicious apple juice. 

Surrounded by rolling hills on both sides and at times walking beside the sapphire Marsyangdi River is an exciting journey. 

Overnight stay at Tea House in Lower Pisang. 

Day 5: Trek from Pisang to Humde Village (3,330m/10,926ft, 3 to 4 hours)

Humde Village Humde, Manang

Today’s trek is a short one but rather exciting. Early in the morning after having breakfast, you will commence your trek from the heavenly villages with majestic Himalayan views. The dusty road is wider than others that you passed earlier in the trek. 

Humde is generally famous in the area for having the only airport in Marsyangdi valley. You will walk past a few scattered houses and lodges in the area. It is inhabited by the local Manangays. In the village, you cannot miss out on one of the longest mani walls in Manang with 266 prayer wheels. Show your permits at the local police station. Humde has all the basic facilities like a health post, safe drinking water, and more. 

Overnight stay at Tea House at Humde.

Day 6: Humde to Julu Khola (3,500m/11,484ft, 3 to 4 hours)


After having breakfast, you will head through the forested trails of Pine, Cedar, and Oak towards Julu Khola. On the way, visit the Lophelling Monastery with views of mountains in the backdrop. Then you will head towards Sher Gompa which is a retreat center for the local Tibetan Buddhist nuns. 

Walking ahead you will reach the Julu Khola that is fed by the Chulu peak. The Pisang Peak can be seen in proximity to where your camp is to be set for the night. 

Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Julu Khola. 

Day 7: Acclimatization and Rest Day at Julu Khola

After the long trek, take some rest on this day. Note that it has also been set aside for acclimatization as the next day’s trek will see a drastic rise in elevation. You will leave your heavy stuff in the camp and take short hikes along forested trails. Beside the Julu Khola, take an ascend to Julu Peak Base Camp. The base camp offers views of the snowcapped Annapurna Massif at a distance and the Pisang Peak up-close. 

Take a descend to your campsite. Make preparations for the next day’s challenging trek. 

Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Julu Khola. 

Day 8: Trek from Julu Khola to Chulu Far East Base Camp (5,000m/16,405ft, 5 to 6 hours)

Chulu Far East Base Camp Chulu Far East Base Camp

The trek for today poses a slight challenge since there is a high-altitude gain. Also, the trail follows a steep climb to reach Chulu Far East Base Camp. You will walk past some tough rocky terrain. The area is laden with snow most time of the year so watch your footsteps. 

Despite all the hardships of the trek, the exertion will be taken away by magical views of Annapurna Massif. Upon reaching the base camp, the crew will hae already set up the camp for overnight stay. After the tiring trek, take a rest. Drink plenty of warm fluid to keep yourself hydrated and warm. 

Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Chulu Far East Base Camp.

Day 9: Acclimatization Day at Chulu Far East Base Camp and pre-climbing training (5,000m/16,405ft)

pre climbing training Chulu Far East Base Camp - Pre-climbing training

Due to the rise in altitude, we will take acclimatization day at the base camp to cope our body with the falling oxygen level. Leave all the heavy stuff at your tent and take a hike to the nearest glacier on the base camp.

Your climbing guide will provide pre-climbing training to prepare for the following days climb. Ask questions to clear any of your doubts. Your guide will demonstrate the correct use of climbing tools like a karabiner, ascender, ice axe, harness, and others. The guide will offer special tips and techniques on climbing. You will be asked to ascend and descend using ropes, as a part of the training activity. Moreover, you will get to hone your rappelling and belaying skills with the assistance of your experienced guide. After the rigorous training and confidence booster hike, take some rest because you will have to wake up early to begin your next day's trek. 

Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Chulu Far East Base Camp.

Day 10: Climb from Base Camp to Chulu Far East High Camp (5,500m/18,046ft, 3 to 4 hours)

Chulu Far East High Camp Chulu Far East High Camp

Today we begin our climb to the Chulu Far East High Camp. Although a short climb, it is challenging as the trail passes snowy slopes. With mesmerizing views of Annapurna Massif, Chulu East, Chulu west, and Chulu Far East, the ascend is motivating. Moreover, the views of Pisang Peak are in front of you. 

Through a snowy path, reach the campsite on the rocky platform of the high camp. After setting up your camp you can explore a small lake near the area. 

Overnight stay at Tented Camp in the Chulu Far East High Camp. 

Day 11: High Camp to Chulu Far East Peak Summit to Base Camp (6059m/19,880ft, 8 to 9 hours)

Chulu Far East Peak Summit Day Chulu Far East Peak Summit Day

On this day, you will reach your main destination, the summit of the Chulu Far East Peak. Early around at 2 am, when it is still dark outside, begin the climb. It is important to start early as it gets very windy in the mountain terrains as the day progresses. The trail to the summit begins with a level climb. It then becomes steeper gradually and covers rocks in mountain tracks. The trek becomes demanding as you traverse to the climax of the peak. 

Finally, reaching the top of Chulu Far East is a rewarding feeling. Conquering the peak is the most challenging point throughout the trail, but the views from the summit wash away all of the pain. The vistas of incredible peaks such as Annapurna II, III, IV, Pisang Peak Chulu West, Himlung Valley, and Gangapurna are seen at full glory. The snow-blanketed Himalayas are captivating beyond expressions. After enjoying the rewarding views and feeling proud about your climb to the summit, descend the vertical slopes until High Camp. 

After reaching High Camp, you will head back again through the descending trail to Base Camp. After the rewarding but tiring trek, rest at the campsite. Drink plenty of warm water and hot soup to keep yourself warm. 

Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Chulu Far East Base Camp.

Day 12: Contingency day

A spare day will be set aside in case of any contingencies that might occur during the summit climb. As the weather in the Himalayan region is unpredictable, there might be delays in the plan. Flight cancellation or delays, minor injuries, bad weather, altitude sickness are just some of the incidences that might need contingency daybreak. 

However, if all things go well, and your trek goes as planned, then you can use this extra day any time during your trip to explore the villages that fall on the Chulu Far East Peak Climbing route.

Day 13: Descend from Chulu Far East Base Camp to Humde village


On this day, you will be tracing the same trail as before, now to descend to Humde Village. The descend back is easier than the climb so it will not take you long to cover such a long distance. Along the way, pass by the Julu Khola and pass the scattered settlement to the airstrip village of Humde. 

As you have come across your first Tea House service after about seven days, you can utilize the shower facility here. You can enjoy the local delicacy and drinks at night listening to the stories and folk songs of the local people there. 

Overnight stay at Tea House in Humde. 

Day 14: Trek from Humde Village to Chame (7 to 8 hours)

Leaving the Humde village early in the morning after breakfast, you head to Chame. Along the way, you will bid farewell to the preserved and age-old Lower Pisang. The trail widens at times then sees narrow routes. After a while, you will reach Chame where you can enjoy the hot shower and other facilities.

Overnight stay at Tea House in Chame. 

Day 15: Drive from Chame to Kathmandu (1,400m/ 4,593ft, 9 to 10 hours)

On this day, you will move to Kathmandu City. After having breakfast, bid farewell to the locals in Chame and take a drive through the beautiful Marsyangdi valley. Views of the swift-flowing river can be spotted below. Pass through the mesmerizing waterfalls, villages as you move through the bumpy roads.  

Your adventure will come to a rest as you reach Kathmandu. After the long trip, you will be transferred to your hotel in Thamel. You can choose to rest at your hotel or head out to the streets of Thamel to enjoy some souvenir shopping. At night, a farewell dinner will be organized for your departure from Nepal. 

Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 16: Final departure from Nepal

This day will mark the end of your stay here in Nepal. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our representatives will bid farewell as you enter the airport for the final departure. As you take your flight homewards, you will remember the amazing time you had in the remote Humde Village, views from the Chulu Far East summit, and the Marsyangdi Valley. For similar climbing or variant trekking experiences, remember us again on your next tour to Nepal.




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Braeden Russell
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Nov 07, 2019
Amazing experience in Chulu Far East peak climbing
We had amazing 16 days trip with excellent team of Third Rock Adventures. In this trip, we were going to climb Chulu Far East Peak with our guide Lakpa Sherpa. Lakpa Sherpa was always smiling and helps us during trekking and climbing. We trek around daily 5 hours to reach the base camp of chulu far east. During base camp, we cross several technical sections of chulu with help of our guide. Next day, We climb the Chulu far east peak that was awesome views of Annapurna region mountains. We descend back to base camp. Overall Our trip is quite good and high level of adventure. TRA team provided service is good and arranging is also good. We will again come for some other trips in Nepal with this company.
Romain Devos
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Oct 27, 2019
Perfectly Climb in Chulu Far East with Chhewang Sherpa
Third Rock Adventures successfully arranged for me as solo traveller for Chulu Far East Climbing 6059m. In April, did summited Chulu Far East Peak organized by Third Rock Adventures. From that point, beautiful mountain range of Pisang peak, gangapurna, Chulu west that was amazing and mesmerizing image of himalaya. My Guide Chhewang Sherpa, an experienced climbing guide have multiple times already summitted Chulu Far East. That was great honour to us to get experienced sherpa guide. Mr. Naba(Founder) was extremely helpful and prompt to my all my email queries when we organised this trip. A pleasure to do business with him. During climbing, that was not difficult peak for me and also having a great guide help to me a lot. Everything went according to our itinerary and service is impressive. I am truely satisfied with the company.Specially thanks to Chhewang Sherpa and porter who helps me a lot. I highly recommended Third Rock Adventures those who want to peak climbing with experience Himalayas of Nepal.
Edward Connolly
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Oct 18, 2019
Chulu Far East peak climbing, best experience ever
I did the Chulu Far East climbing package with Third Rock Adventures and I must say they were perfect at organizing Himalayan trips. Everything was absoloutly perfect! My guides Lakpa have been very nice handy friendly, funny and fluent in english. They guided me safely and we stayed in good and comfortable lodges along the trekking route. They had the necessary camping and climbing gear with them. We succesfully summited Chulu Far East in difficult conditions, what definitely shows how proficient they are. Highly recommended.
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