Chulu Far East and the Tilicho La
- Trekking and climbing north of the Annapurnas
- Climb the Island Peak of the Annapurna region
- Classic Nepal trekking off the beaten track
- Views of the Annapurnas and the peaks of Tibet
- Trek out across the spectacular Tilicho La
Beyond the Annapurna Himalaya, amongst a group of peaks known as the Manang Himal, the eminently climbable Chulu Far East (6059m) boasts a superb summit panorama that includes all of the Annapurnas, as well as a host of little-known peaks in Tibet. Our approach to the mountain follows the trek of the classic Annapurna Circuit for 3 days before climbing to a basecamp above the villages of Gyaru and Ngawa. We go on to establish a high camp on the south-west ridge of Chulu Far East and we make our ascent via straightforward snow-slopes. Descending to Manang in the deep cleft of the Marsyangdi Valley, the second part of this fantastic climbing holiday is our 6-day trek out to Jomsom, via the stunning Tilicho Lake and the relatively rarely-crossed Tilicho La (5260m). Close to the Annapurna Circuit, this expedition manages, nevertheless, to take you well off the beaten track and to provide an unforgettable trekking and climbing holiday.
Is this holiday for you?
Generally, the underfoot conditions during the trekking element of this holiday are relatively straightforward being mostly on established trails with the exception of the crossing of the Tilicho La where the route will involve scree slopes and rocky paths. The climb of Chulu Far East via its south west ridge is not technically difficult but we will encounter a variety of terrain ranging from scree slopes and boulder fields to glaciers where we will need to be roped together and steeper snow slopes where it will be necessary to use fixed lines to safeguard ascents and descents. Full instruction on the use of fixed lines and glacier crossing will be given during the trip and previous experience of these techniques is not a prerequisite. However, all participants should have previous experience of walking with crampons and should be competent in the use of an ice axe and should know how to self-arrest. Clients should be physically fit and prepared for the rigours of climbing above 5500 metres.