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  • Trek Duration
    17 Days
  • Max Altitude
  • Trip Grade
  • Group Size
    Min : 02 Climbers
  • Accommodation
  • Start/Ending
    Jagat to Pokhara

Trip Overview

Conquering Chulu West Peak: A Thrilling Expedition for Experienced Climbers

Chulu West Peak Climbing is a popular climbing destination located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Standing at an elevation of 6,419 meters (21,059 feet), it is considered one of the more technically challenging peaks in the region. Chulu West is often combined with the trek to the famous Annapurna Circuit, providing climbers with an opportunity to experience both high-altitude trekking and mountaineering.

If you are an experienced climber looking for a thrilling adventure, then conquering Chulu West Peak should be on your bucket list. Nestled in the Include Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna region of Nepal, Chulu West Peak Climbing offers a challenging yet rewarding climb that will test your physical and mental limits. The route to the summit is steep and technical, but the stunning views of the Himalayas make it all worth it. As you ascend, you’ll pass through picturesque villages and experience the unique culture of the Gurung people. But don’t be fooled, this climb is not for the faint-hearted. You’ll need to be in top physical condition and have experience with high-altitude climbing. But for those who are up for the challenge, conquering Chulu West Peak is an adventure that will stay with you for a lifetime. So pack your gear, prepare your mind and body, and get ready to take on one of the most exhilarating climbs in the world.

Requirements for Climbing Chulu West Peak

Chulu West Peak Climbing is not for the faint-hearted. It requires a high level of physical and mental fitness and experience with high-altitude climbing. Before setting out on this adventure, it is essential to ensure that you meet the following requirements:

Firstly, you must have experience with high-altitude climbing. Chulu West Peak stands at an altitude of 6,419 meters, which means that you will be climbing in an environment with less oxygen and lower air pressure. This can have a significant impact on your physical and mental abilities. Therefore, it is crucial to have prior experience with high-altitude climbing to ensure that you can manage the effects of altitude sickness.

Secondly, you must be in excellent physical condition. Climbing Chulu West Peak requires a high level of physical fitness, including strength, endurance, and agility. You will be carrying a heavy backpack and climbing steep, technical terrain for extended periods. Therefore, it is essential to train your body to be able to handle these physical demands.

Finally, you must be mentally prepared for the challenge. Climbing Chulu West Peak can be mentally taxing, and you will need to be able to manage your mental state effectively. You will be facing long, grueling days, extreme weather conditions, and potentially dangerous situations. Therefore, it is vital to have a strong mental fortitude and the ability to stay focused and motivated throughout the climb.

Physical Preparation for Climbing Chulu West Peak

To climb Chulu West Peak, you need to be in excellent physical condition. It is essential to prepare your body adequately before setting out on this adventure. Here are some tips to help you get physically ready for the climb:

Firstly, start training well in advance. Ideally, you should start training at least six months before your planned climb. This will give you enough time to build up your strength and endurance gradually.

Secondly, focus on building your cardiovascular endurance. Climbing Chulu West Peak requires a lot of cardio fitness, so make sure to include activities such as running, cycling, or swimming in your training regimen.

Thirdly, work on building your strength and agility. Climbing Chulu West Peak involves a lot of technical climbing, so make sure to include exercises that will help you build strength in your arms, shoulders, and core.

Finally, make sure to train with a heavy backpack. You will be carrying a lot of gear on the climb, so it is essential to get used to the weight of the backpack.

Mental Preparation for Climbing Chulu West Peak

Climbing Chulu West Peak is physically demanding, but it is also mentally challenging. You will be facing long, grueling days, extreme weather conditions, and potentially dangerous situations. Therefore, it is vital to prepare yourself mentally before setting out on this adventure. Here are some tips to help you get mentally ready for the climb:

Firstly, set realistic expectations. Climbing Chulu West Peak is a challenging climb, so it is essential to set realistic expectations for yourself. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to reach the summit and be prepared to turn back if necessary.

Secondly, stay focused on your goals. Keep reminding yourself of why you are climbing Chulu West Peak and what you hope to achieve from the experience. This will help you stay motivated and focused throughout the climb.

Thirdly, practice visualization techniques. Visualize yourself successfully completing the climb and reaching the summit. This will help you build confidence and reduce anxiety.

Finally, prepare for the mental challenges that come with altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can affect your mental state, so it is vital to be prepared for the mental challenges that come with it. Talk to your guide about the symptoms of altitude sickness and how to manage them.

Necessary Equipment for Climbing Chulu West Peak

Climbing Chulu West Peak requires a lot of specialized equipment. Here is a list of the necessary equipment for the climb:

– Mountaineering boots, Crampons, Ice axe, Harness, Carabiners, Ascender/descender, Helmet, Ropes, Sleeping bag, Insulated jacket, Waterproof jacket, pants, Base layer, Fleece jacket, Gloves, Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Headlamp, Trekking poles

It is essential to ensure that all your equipment is of high quality and in good condition. Make sure to check your equipment before setting out on the climb.

Challenges Faced While Climbing Chulu West Peak

Climbing Chulu West Peak is not an easy feat. The climb is physically and mentally demanding, and there are several challenges that you will face along the way. Here are some of the challenges that you can expect to encounter:

Firstly, altitude sickness. Climbing at high altitudes can cause altitude sickness, which can have a significant impact on your physical and mental state. It is crucial to be prepared for the symptoms of altitude sickness and to manage them effectively.

Secondly, extreme weather conditions. The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable and can change rapidly. You will need to be prepared for extreme cold, wind, and snow.

Thirdly, technical climbing. Climbing Chulu West Peak involves a lot of technical climbing, including steep, icy terrain and exposed ridges. You will need to be skilled in technical climbing and have experience with using crampons, ice axes, and ropes.

Finally, physical and mental fatigue. Climbing Chulu West Peak is physically and mentally exhausting, and you will need to be able to manage your fatigue effectively. You will be facing long, grueling days, and it is essential to pace yourself and take breaks when necessary.

Details Itinerary

Upon your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu), our representatives from Adventure Mountain Guide (Rabin Gurung) will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel.

Early in the morning, after having breakfast we will drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar. After reach in Beshishar, we will move towards Syangee and at the time of trekking we will pass through the many beautiful villages, landscapes and we will have our lunch on the way and takes some rest then after move towards our destination. After reaching Syangee, first of all, we will check out the hotel then after we will go to explore all around the Syangee where we will spend one night.

We slowly start trekking towards Dharapani after the wonderful night in Syangee. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. During the time of trekking, we will pass through the many beautiful villages, landscapes and we will walk on the way of the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. We will have our lunch on the way and have some rest then after we will start our trekking towards Dharapani. We approach the steeply-forested village of Kartemeandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge where we stay overnight in a lodge.

Whilst walking to Chame after having breakfast in Dharapani. During the time of trekking, we get the opportunity to see amazing views of the Himalayas including LamjungHimal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. Chame is the headquarters of the Manang District. It will go through unpaved road so you have to prepare yourself for the possible bumpy road. We will continue our walk enjoying the view of mountains, and waterfalls on the way and this day will be an easy day. After reaching Chame we will explore all around the Chame village and we will spend one night in this beautiful village.

Today we trek to Upper Pisang after having breakfast early in the morning. This route will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. After passing this last bit of rock, the valleys open up with majestic vistas. During the time of trekking, the trails will pass through the left side of the valley and you will cross the suspension bridge. It takes almost 5 hours to trek here from Chame to reach Upper Pisang. From here we continue for a short time to Upper Pisang where we spend the night.

There are two routes that we can follow today an upper and lower. The lower, easier route follows the river to Ghyaruwith a couple of hours up steps where it meets the upper route and continues to Ngawal. The trail to Ngawal is about 400 meters higher than the lower trail. You will have great opportunities to witness high altitude flora and fauna. This has very beautiful views of Annapurna II, Manaslu, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Chulu West and Chulu East Pisang Peak. We will have our lunch on the way then after we will move towards Ngawal where we will stay overnight at a lodge.

After Ngawal we slowly walk to Manang which takes 5 hours. The trail now gradually descends to Mungji which has a nunnery above the village. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. During the time of trekking, we will pass through the many beautiful villages, landscapes and we will walk on the way of the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. We will have our lunch on the way and have some rest then after we will start our trekking towards Manang. It is the largest, oldest and best-endowed gompa in the valley. Manang is a short walk from Braga and we stay overnight at a lodge.

Today is a scheduled acclimatization day which should include a short walk to higher altitudes and back to prepare for the two challenging high altitude days to come. In this day we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association. We stay the night in Manang.

DAY 09: TREK TO LEDAR (4200M, 6 HRS)
Leaving Manang we slowly walk to Ledar. Continuing along the JarsangKhola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4200m, there we see the vegetation become steadily more sparse with lots of domestic yaks and wild blue sheep. The trail goes through the dry terrain with growing altitude it would be difficult to breathe so we will take slow and steady peace to make it to our destination. It takes 6 hours from Manang with views of the beautiful Chulu West Peak and many other Annapurna Himalayan ranges. And we will stay overnight at a lodge of Ledar.

We will trek towards Base Camp after having breakfast early in the morning. During the time of trekking, we will pass through the many beautiful village and landscapes of this region. We get an opportunity to see the wonderful views of the mountain of Annapurna region. And we will spend one night in the camp.

After leaving Base Camp the trail descends to cross the river at 4310m, we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m and then the High Camp at the elevation of 4600m, where we can find some good Guest houses that have been recently built. We will pass through the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. During the time of trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, landscapes of this region. We will have our lunch on the way and take some rest then after we will move towards High Camp. It is 5 hours from Ledar to reach High Camp and we will spend one night at a lodge of High Camp.

Today we will trek towards Camp one after having breakfast early in the morning after the wonderful night in High camp. The route is not that Technical but it would be better to remember that we are climbing at high altitude. We will cross many beautiful villages, landscapes of this region. We will have our lunch on the way and take some rest then after we will move towards Camp one where we will spend one night.

We will summit Chulu west today after having breakfast early in the morning in Camp one. At the time of summiting, we have to very careful. We would wake up much earlier today. The climbing would be difficult but worth. After summiting the peak then after we will come towards Base Camp where we will spend one night.

We continue our trek to Phedi which is 4450m or 4800m above sea level. We will pass through the lush forest of Rhododendron, pine, and oak. During the time of trekking, we will cross many beautiful villages, landscapes of this region. We will have our lunch on the way and take some rest then after we will move towards High Camp. It takes more than 5 to 6 hours from Yak Kharka to reach Phedi and we will spend one night in Phedi.

After having breakfast in the early morning you will start your walk to Thorong La pass. When you are at the top you will feel like you have conquered everything and the view from there makes you forget all the effort and difficulties you went through to make it there. We then continue to Muktinath. On the way, we get the chance to see the wonderful views of the mountain, landscapes, and villages. We will have our lunch on the way then after we will take some rest then after we will move towards Muktinath where we will spend one night.

We leave Muktinath for Jomsom after having breakfast early in the morning. Today is the last day of walking and trekking at Chulu west peak climbing. During the time of trekking, we will pass through the many beautiful landscape, villages and old monasteries of this region. We will have lunch on then after starting our trekking towards Jomsom where we will spend one night.

We will drive towards the local airport of Jomsom after having breakfast in the hotel to fly towards Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, we will have our lunch and take some rest in the hotel. In the evening time, we will walk around Phewa Lake then after we will come back to the hotel where we will spend one night.

In the morning time around 7:00 am we will drive towards Kathmandu valley. We get the chance to see the wonderful scenery of Nepal. After reach in Kathmandu valley, First of all, we will check out our hotel first then after we will explore all around the Thamel Bazaar and have a farewell dinner. And return back to the hotel and spend one night in this village.

We will drop you at the International Airport with our vehicle for your departure and we will see you off.

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
  • 2* Category Hotel In Kathmandu: 2 Nights standard accommodation in Katmandu BB Plan
  • 1 Night hotel in Pokhara with BB Plan
  • Kathmandu to Beshisahar to Syange by Public Express bus and Jomsom to Pokhara Domestic Flight and Return Kathmandu by Tourist bus
  • You’re Meal in During the Trekking as Your standard meals (3 times a day Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with a cup of tea or Coffee).
  • $ 250 Per Person Special Climbing Permit.
  • Trekking Permit as ACAP.
  • $ 300 Climbing Sherpa Per Person his climbing fee, insurance, equipment, food, accommodation, etc.
  • $ 500 Garbage Deposit.
  • Climbing Gear such as Harness, figure Eight, Rope, Snow bar
  • 4-night full board Campsite at Base Camp
  • Accommodation in Trekking: All accommodations in lodge/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly, and English-speaking Trekking Guide. His well-paid salary, meals, accommodation insurance, etc.
  • Trekking Porter: porters (1 porter for 2 people). Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation.
  • After the Success Trip, Everest Trekking Routes will Provide Adventure Certificate.
  • The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service will be paid for by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes and Service charges

Cost Excludes

  • Meals and Extra Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra Porter $ 20 Per Day
  • Climbing Sherpa $ 350
  • Personal Climbing Equipment
  • Private Car, Jeep, Van, or Helicopter
  • personal expenses (bar bills, beer, coke, a bottle of water, hot water, phone call, laundry service, Helicopter rescue, Electronic device recharge such as Mobile, Camera, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porters, and driver.

Trip Map


Cost & Date

Departure Date Duration Availability Cost Booking
09-11-2021 12 Days Available USD 1299 Per Person
01-11-2021 12 Days Available USD 1499 Per Person

Client Reviews



Breathtaking! - in every possible way Everest Base Camp

My once-in-a-lifetime experience with colleagues from Everest Trekking Routes Pvt. Ltd. started in the early season in 2023 in mid-February. After planning the trip without any problems and answering all the necessary questions via email or WhatsApp, I was met by Rabin (the boss of the trekking agency) at the airport in Kathmandu and then taken to the hotel, where I was finally able to meet my guide for the 12-day tour to Mount Everest Base Camp. Su Sil is an ideal hiking companion who, in addition to his profound knowledge of the region around Mount Everest, has a friendly and cheerful manner. The hotel, where I stayed the first night, left nothing to be desired and corresponded to an upper class hotel by Napalese standards.

The next morning, the flight left for Lukla at 7am as planned, Su Sil -my travel guide- had all the necessary documents for the flight ready and the adventure towards Mount Everest began…

My booking included an all-inclusive service, so you got 3 meals a day plus a fruit plate to cover your vitamin needs. The accommodation (tea houses) was chosen by the guide in a sensible and appropriate way along the way. In addition, Su Sil always had all the necessary documents for entering the national park at hand. From an altitude of 5000m above sea level, the altitude slowly began to affect me and I suffered extremely badly from altitude sickness, which manifested itself in headaches, loss of appetite and sleeplessness. However, Su Sil had all the necessary medication with him to reduce the effects of altitude sickness to a minimum. Su Sil could speak and understand English without any problems and could also respond to deep thought processes and follow other conversations without any problems. I also came into contact with other trekking groups, as the open-hearted nature of the trekking guides, often in the evenings by the fireplace in the tea house, led to conversations with people from all over the world, which were intensified by the positive mood of the guides among themselves.

At the end of the almost 2-week trek and after successfully climbing the first base camp of Mount Everest and Kala Patthar (5644m), I was again accommodated in the hotel from the first night for one last night. The hotel also has a spa and wellness area, which was logically used directly. The trekkers’ massage is highly recommended!

All in all, the 12-day trip was an absolutely incredible experience. After having been around the world a lot, my expectations were initially a bit low, but in the middle of the trip they were completely fulfilled by the friendliness of the people, the Nepalese culture and the incomparable beauty of the mountain ranges. I was also able to build up a very friendly relationship with my guide, in which we support each other, talk positively to each other and use every conceivable minute for the most diverse conversations.

Thank you for this experience and I will definitely be back!


Soren Dorfhoff


Island Peak, Everest Base Camp and Lobuche Peak Climbing (October 2022)

I have now used Everest Trekking Routes for two trips to Nepal. I can’t put my finger on anything that needs improvement. The initial communication part is spot on. They are quick to respond and I usually my questions answered on the first reply. Both times I have been greeted at the airport by a super polite guide. I’ve felt welcome and gotten all my needs tended to.
On my second trip, we could not fly to Lukla, because of bad weather. Instead of waiting for the weather to clear up, they arranged alternative transport to the mountains, to avoid wasting precious days in Kathmandu.

The whole city experience has been an absolute pleasure. Except for the hard work, summiting a mountain

Best recommendations to the guys from Everest Trekking Routes

Source: Tripadvisor


Hongkong, China

EBC + Island Peak Trek

A professional guide with passion brought us going to EBC, Kala Patthar and Island Peak Summit. He can manage all the matter letting us trek with no worry. There were three days no flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu due to bad weather, but we can still on schedule. Thanks for his help and made this trip memorable. He is Rabin Gurung.


Tift Lars


Mera Peak, Island Peak and Lobuche Peak Climbing

My brother and I had the pleasure of having Rabin as our guide on the trip to Mera Peak Expedition.
Everything was planned to perfection and we had a great time with Rabin, who is friendly, funny, and always helpful.
Last but not least, we reached the summit.

Source: TripAdvisor

Jasmin H


Gokyo Lakes with Gokyo Ri

The trekking was an extraordinary experience. Breathtaking views of Everest and the surrounding 8000s. Rabin Gurung always made sure we have a nice accommodation, enough for eating and drinking, warm and comfortable. He is a really caring guide. I would do another trip with him right away. He organised everything so that we could totally focus on the hiking.

Antonia Carol Suning

Sabah, Malaysia

Everest Base Camp & Lobuche Peak with Rabin

It was such a hard fight to join this trip. Because I had to work hard to find funding for this training. It is the first summit I attended team NOBAT ( No Boundary Adventurers Association Sabah ) to the Himalayas with AMG (Adventure Mountain Guide Rabin Gurung), I gained a great experience, which Mr. Rabin Gurung was very friendly and kind as a mountain guide who experience he made this trip so enjoyable, and build a better friendship.

I would like to thank him for giving the best service to us, this is the first time I walk for 21 days hahaha. In every step, he remained faithful to accompany and not leave us, even though there are 2 people in our group who did not succeed, and he sent us back to our high camp Lobuche to support the spirit reaching the summit of Lobuche Peak Climbing.

Nice trip and good services such as tents, food, and stories you tell about your family, it is good, and I enjoyed the trip because you protected me and my team so much.

Keep up the good work you AMG! I am happy to see and to know you! Good luck! * extra bonus able to speak Bahasa Melayu! hehe

Jasen Moore & Helen Kerrandjas

Toronto, Canada

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

While Rabin is a very knowledgeable and cabable guide it was his kindness, Warm smile, and Constant eagernessto help that made our trip truly memorable. Rabin quickly earned our trust and friendship and would be an exlcellent campanion on any trek ! we would very happily Recommend Rabin to any one who is making a trip in Nepal. He is is a wonderful person, and a good friend.

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Details Address : 191 Millwood Rd, Upper Toronto, ON M4S 1J6 Canada

Jaistin Tamin

Sabah Malaysia

Everest Base Camp, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak & Chulu West Peak

Sewaktu saya ditugaskan oleh persatuan NOBAT untuk mendapatkan khidmat ‘trekking guide’ bagi ekspedisi NOBAT Himalaya 2013, saya telah menghubungi beberapa ‘trekking agent’ di Kathmandu melalui emel. Saya tertarik dengan laman web Rabin Gurung dan ‘testimonial’ dari beberapa individu yang penat mendapatkan khidmatnya. Rabin memberikan tawaran kos yang paling berpatutan. Dari raut wajahnya saja saya yakin dia adalah orang yang jujur dan’friendly’. Satu kelebihan lain ialah dia boleh berbahasa Malaysia.

Apabila bertemu dengan Rabin buat pertama kalinya di Kathmandu, memang sah bahawa kami telah membuat pilihan yang tepat. Sepanjang trekking, Rabin sangat professional dalam khidmatnya. Beliau flexible dan mudah diajak berunding. Kami tidak lagi menganggapnya sebagai pemandu jalan tetapi sebagai sahabat..kepada sesiapa yang ingin trekking di Himalaya, sila dapatkan khidmat Rabin. Saya percaya anda bakal membuat pilihan yang tepat.

Amy Cheung

Hongkong, China

Island Peak Climbing Via Everest Base Camp

I’m so grateful that I finally finished the trekking, and this must be credit to our professional guide, Rabin! He is so nice! He cared us so much, greeted us with his big warming smile during the whole journey! Before this trekking, the highest place I had ever been was only 934 meters, I was so worried about high altitude problem. But In fact, my adaptability was pretty good, cuz Rabin’s trekking plan was so suitable for me that I finally reached EBC and Kala Pattar under the snow and strong winds! When we backed to Island Peak Base Camp after summit, he brought hot drinks and biscuits and waited for us on the way, that was so sweet and we were really really exhausted and hungry at that time, he just like an angle showed up to us!

It’s a great trekking journey and I really thanks Rabin’s guiding and accompany with us! We shared the precious moments on this journey!

Jan Erik & Camilla Hedborg


Helambu Circuit Trekking in Nepal

This is the second time that we go to Nepal, and both times Rabin has been our guide while trekking. First time we did a 4 day trek in the Annapurna region and the second time a 6 day trek in the Helambu region. We enjoyed both our treks very much and are so happy to have been able to trek with Rabin on both occasions, who is not only a knowledgeable and experienced guide, but also a very nice person and good company. Both of us a re happy to recommend you contacting Rabin if you are planning a trip to Nepal – whether you are going for a short hike or longer trip that needs more planning.

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Jeff Tucker & Wanida Tucker


Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley with Rabin Gurung

Recently my wife and I visited Nepal for the eighteenth time and enjoyed a wonderful trek, one of the best treks ever, and this was largely due to our guide, Rabin Gurung (Trekking Guide in Nepal), with whom we also trekked around Manaslu in 2010.

If you come to Nepal with the idea of doing ‘your own trek’ with a small party, I highly recommend hiring Rabin. Not only does he have many years of experience but he is very honest and humble, so much so that one woman at a very basic lodge on our recent trek, impressed by his honesty, told my wife that “this man is a very good man, honest man, all other guide-man say lie to customers, say them that price is higher than the real price, so they can get more money.”

Rabin is always in good humor and friendly and gets along well with the local people and the porters too. Furthermore, his varied experience from his earlier years as a porter and cook helped to make him a better guide. I can’t remember how many times during our treks, when we stopped at a new or very basic lodge, or even at a tea house for lunch, when the owner’s cooking skills were at most primitive, Rabin tactfully volunteered to move into the kitchen and some amazingly delicious food would come out, made from the most simple ingredients.

Three years ago, in March of 2010, the Manaslu trek was not what it is now. Along the entire trek from Arughat (where we had to start walking), until we reached to Annapurna circuit route, there was at that time only a single lodge with what could be called a ‘menu’, and that was the one and only lodge in Sama village at that time. All other villages either had nothing but dal bhat and perhaps chapatis, or nothing to eat and no lodge at all. We had to camp some places, but when we could, we stayed in the simple lodges that existed and he often improved our diet by cooking foods that the proprietor did not know how to cook, sometimes even such a basic menu item as an omelet, to be rolled up inside a chapati for breakfast.

This year, again in March, we decided to return to the same area, with the desire to explore the newly opened valley of Tsum. This is a lovely, beautiful valley populated by some 4000 Tibetan people, who have lived for nearly a thousand years in that inaccessible ‘hidden valley’, connected by easy passes to Tibet but until not so many decades ago, without any reasonable connection to Nepal through the truly stupendous canyons of the lower section of the valley. Indeed, many inhabitants could not speak any Nepali, only Tibetan, which made it difficult at times. We had a double permit, which if you ever want to see Tsum Valley thoroughly, I highly recommend. Most people try to do a quick one-week detour to Tsum Valley as a kind of bonus side trip on the way around Manaslu. They never know what they have missed. Some of the most interesting villages and friendliest people, and some truly awesome scenery, can be visited in Tsum valley if you have time. One week is too little time to see more than a quick glimpse of the Valley.

I and my wife have been trekking in Nepal for years, myself since 1981, and our trek to Manaslu was the first time we had ever used a guide (because it was required on that trek), despite having visited some very remote areas such as crossing the Trashi Labtsa Pass from Khumbu into Rolwaling with friends in 1982. I had doubts about using a guide, I had seen how so many of them control their clients and take a commission from lodge owners to fill their pockets, I have seen many guides from Kathmandu who knew less about the local people and places than I did. I say this not to boast but as a word of caution: there are all too few honest, humble, helpful, and experienced guides out there, and many of those who are have moved into the higher levels of trekking management and no longer guide. But from the first days, on our 2010 Manaslu trek, we were impressed by the level of experience Rabin has, and also his sensitivity in allowing us to make our own itinerary day by day. He never was angry, never showed irritation, always explained patiently what was going on, and was always in a good mood. We were a group of five at that time, and by the end of the first week, we all agreed that if we returned to Nepal for another trek requiring a guide, we would try to get Rabin again.

This is what we did in March 2013 on our visit to Tsum Valley. Using more porters in order to have tents and extra food, we planned to visit the highest area of the upper end of Tsum Valley and ascend to one of the high passes overlooking Tibet. This year was plagued by poor weather and too much snow in March, however, and we were unable to do that, as were all the people who had set out to trek around Manaslu this March: the deep snow at higher elevations did not allow anyone in the first weeks of March to cross the Larkya La and go around Manaslu. But we had time, and because of the tents and food we had, we also had more options. The tents and food we used in a wonderful visit to the nunnery at Gumalungdang, up a steep side valley surrounded by the huge peaks of Ganesh Himal. We camped there for two nights, as there is no accommodation yet, and enjoyed incredible sunrise views of the nearby Ganesh Himal and also the distant great Peaks of HImalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, and Manaslu.

Tsum Valley is developing rapidly, as is the Manaslu circuit. However, particularly if you are new to Nepal trekking, don’t believe the hype that many agencies will tell you, that the Manaslu trek is the “new Annapurna circuit”. The Annapurna trek, over a period of three decades, developed a huge infrastructure for trekkers, with scores and scores of hotels, often equipped with deluxe menus and services, hot showers, laundry service, spring mattresses, etc. I think it will be some time yet before these things appear on the Manaslu trek, and if you find them in some places, don’t expect them at the next place. Tsum Valley is one step back in development yet.

One problem to watch out for is this: Manaslu Tsum Valley’s popularity and this can be said for Manaslu too, is growing much faster than services can be built–may be large because the road around Annapurna has grown so quickly and has put people off from that once glorious trek. We were there both times in March when there are fewer trekkers than in April or especially during the high season in October and November. In Tsum, as of March 2013, there was only one real lodge with rooms, and that was just a bit beyond Lokhpa at the foot of the valley. The other ‘lodges’ were basically beds in a side room of a local house, the largest such able to sleep ten people but others only four or five. Most villages had only one such place for trekkers to sleep, some villages had no place. When we reached Mu Gompa, in March all but one of the 80 monks were away from the valley for the winter, and furthermore, there was no food available at all. Only because we had our tents and stove and food for going higher up the valley (which we were unable to do because of snow), were we able to stay there e and eat our own food, instead of returning to Nile village the same day. The same goes for Gumbalunddang, where no food was available. if you are going o visit Tsum valley, and perhaps Manaslu too, during the busiest season, think seriously about hiring at least one EXTRA porter and having a tent, stove, and food, in case of accommodation is full! It might be worth it! Also, think of the porters: we saw many groups of two or three with a guide and a single porter carrying an enormous load, who was trailing far behind the others during the day. Many of them were unhappy with the arrangement.

In conclusion, this time with four people in our group, and with several porters and with Rabin as our guide again, we once more enjoyed what all agreed was one of the best treks we’ve ever done in the Himalayas, out of a total number of over thirty now, in Nepal and India. Rabin is an excellent choice for a guide. He is honest and will help you save money instead of trying to find ways to squeeze more for himself, he is fun and funny and friendly and all along the trails, he makes new friends with the people we meet along the way. He is experienced but doesn’t try to tell the customers what to do, he asks what they want to do, and then explains the options. If you are the type of trekker who is truly interested in Nepal, in the places, the culture, and religion and people and villages, and like to understand what is happening around you, hire Rabin as your guide, you won’t be disappointed. Indeed, like us (except for one, the same group that went around Manaslu with Rabin three years earlier), perhaps you will want to return to Nepal and go on another trek with Rabin Gurung!


Alex Lim


Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Rabin Gurung

This is my second trip with Rabin and I am already looking forward to a third trip with him soon. That shows how much I value his services, his extensive experiences with the treks, his honesty, and of course, the great supporting staff he have.

I feel safe and well taken care of with Rabin as my guide. He is a man with integrity and deal in a most honest way with us. This is unlike lots of horror stories you read about guides and tea-house owners collaborating to fleece hikers. We pay exactly what we consumed at the tea houses based on the published menu prices, no more and no less. With Rabin, there is no hidden cost.

With more than 20 years of trekking experience, he gave good advises on the route and safety measures to take. For example, he insisted that we started off early on a particular day so that we will reach a section with an ice sheet before the ice started to melt and traversing the ice-sheet becomes dangerous and difficult.

We have a large team of porters and assistant guides to take care of our team of 12 hikers and everyone on Rabin’s team have been extremely helpful and friendly. My teenage son enjoyed playing Uno and sliding down the ABC  Trek icy slope with a teenage porter, a fellow hiker who has walking difficulties was supported all the way by assistant guides and porters and our meals were all ordered in advance so the group don’t have to wait long for food to be served.


Sources from: TripAdvisor

Rechard Boston

California, U. S. A.

Annapurna Circuit Thorong La Pass Trek

After reading online reviews we contacted Rabin and several other “Trekking companies” inquiring about trekking the Annapurna Circuit. This was our first visit to Nepal so we were a little apprehensive about selecting a guide via web endorsements and email. After receiving several quotes and descriptions of the trek we focused on Adventure Guides. I had done some research on where to stay in Kathmandu and when I asked Rabin where he recommended he suggested The International Guest House. The very same place i was interested in. He met us at the airport and had a vehicle to take us to the hotel. Rabin and porter Suk were great to travel with. They took care of all the tedious details so that we could enjoy Nepal and the trek. It was a fabulous journey and we are planning to come back next year and trek with Rabin. Visited October 2016

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