Chulu West (6,419 m/ 21,059 ft) is one of the most beautiful mountains of Nepal and among the favorite mountains for climbers and mountaineers. It is located in the northern part of the Manang District. Chulu West Peak Climbing takes you to the beautiful mountain district, Manang of Nepal. There are twin peaks in the Chulu ridge – the Chulu West and the Chulu East (6,584 m/ 21,601 ft). These peaks are a part of the Manang Himal system which in itself is a part of the even larger Damodar Himal range. The Chako Peak (6,687 m) lies to the north of the twin Chulu peaks.
The peak is encircled by rivers like Nar, Hulung, Phu, and Marsyangdi. The Kali Gandaki valley lies to the west, not far from the Chulu peaks. There are many confusions regarding the altitude of Chulu peaks and even regarding which peaks are in fact Chulu East and West peaks. This is because of the fact that the Chulu ridge peaks at many places which are similar in altitude and lead to confusion among climbers.
The Chulu peaks provide a stunning view of the mountains like Tilicho, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri. The trek starts from the mid-hills a bit further north from Besisahar, the district headquarters of the Lamjung district. Chulu West Peak Climbing walks along the banks of the gorgeous Marshyangdi river for most of the trek. The wide basin of the river is forested by trees like rhododendron, juniper, pine, fir, cedar, etc. In between these forests like wonderful villages like Chame, Manang, Kharsang, Mungji, etc.
These villages are settled by the Gurung, Tamang, Magar, and Sherpa people with the Gurung people constituting the majority of the population. These people have a unique culture and tradition which has remained intact for generations. The hospitality of the people of this region is impeccable and they consider guests as God-sent messengers. Most of the people of the region are Buddhists and we will also come across beautiful monasteries like Bodzo, Braka, and Lophelling.
The Chulu Ridge lies north of the valley of Pisang. Beyond the Chulu Peaks lies Thorong La Pass, which is one of the most adventurous high Himalayan passes in Nepal. The pass connects the district of Manang with the district of Mustang. We will enter the Kali Gandaki Valley in Mustang after crossing the Thorong La Pass. We will enter the Annapurna Sanctuary from Tatopani, which lies on the eastern mountains ridge surrounding Kali Gandaki Valley.