Necessary Trekking Equipment
To fully enjoy your trek, having the right trekking equipment is essential for both safety and comfort. The trekking equipment necessary depends on the type of trek, the time of year, weather conditions, landscape, and the maximum altitude of the trek.
A properly packed trekking backpack is light and also includes multipurpose clothing items. It is important for you not to forget the essential equipment for your safety and comfort on your trek. Please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during the winter season (Dec – Feb). Not having the required trekking equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could also worsen case scenarios that could be life-threatening. It will also be a burden to you if you pack unnecessary equipment. For your ease, the following are the equipment that you have to bring with you.
- Trekking Boot: one Pair
- Socks: 4, Light socks : 3, Sandle: 1
- Down or Fiber-filled water and windproof jacket and trouser: 1
- Fleece Jacket / Pullover: 1
- Warm cotton trousers: 2
- Shirt and T-shirts: 4
- Lightweight cotton long trousers :3
- Long underwear: 2, Short underwear: 4
- Sun hat / Scarft/ Woolen hat :1
- Lightweight gloves: 1, Raincoat:1
- Heavyweight glove or mitten with a waterproof: 1
- Basic first-aid box
- Diamox tablets to reduce altitude sickness
- Insect/anti-itch Ointment
- Non-prescription medicine such as pain reliever, fever reducer, antibiotics, and ointments
- Prescription medicine traveler's diarrhea, Avmoine
- Female Sanitary pads
- Hand Sanitizer and wet wipes
- Medicine for Cough and Heartburn (It mainly happens when you go to higher altitudes)
- Ibuprofen and also paracetamol in case of fever
- Day Pack at Least 25 kg
- Water Bottle 1
- Sun Cream 1
- Sun Glass 1
- Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
- Laundry soap
- Swiss Knife
- Sewing Kit, Camera, Film, Cards, and Personal Medical Kit.
- Notebook and Pen
- Toilet articles
- Toilet Roll
For additional information, you can check our article Trekking Gears Checklist.
How difficult is Chulu West Peak climbing:
Actually, climbing Chulu West Peak is not technically Challenging. The knowledge on using equipment and previous experience would be an asset although not mandatory because a pre-ice climbing training will be provided at the Base camp to make one skillful on using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons. This adventure requires normally 5-6 hours of walking every day and some days even 8-10 hours- such as on the summiting day. For this, the individual adventure seeker should have a good level of stamina and good health condition. We, Magic Expedition designs such itinerary in order to avoid altitude sickness and other problems that may occur during our adventure to Chulu West Peak.
Can anyone join:
Yeh, we can join the group because climbing is considered to be easier in a group. However, solo climbing is also possible. We will be accompanied with an international climbing leader with other members if we join the group. Each member will be found helping each other during the climb.
Do I need any prior climbing experience for Chulu West Peak Climbing:
Actually, no prior climbing experience is mandatory for Chulu West Peak Climbing however, climbers are supposed to be with good level of physical fitness and prior trekking or hiking experience. That will be an important asset to the adventure seekers. No technical course of climbing is required for Chulu West Peak climbing. However, one requires learning to use climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons. This basic training will be given at Base Camp.
Why climb Chulu West Peak with Magic Expedition Trekking and Tour:
Climbing Chulu West Peak with Magic Expedition Trekking and Tour will be a successful adventure for lifetime. The team we offer is always professional and well-trained to handle foreseen and unforeseen occurrences during the climb. We assure your safety and success. We suggest you rightly to be with proper equipment for a lifetime adventure.
What gear does the company provide for Chulu West Peak climbing:
We provide Sleeping Bag, Tents, Duffle Bag, Map and Down Jacket. Considering the inconveniency of the climbers, we also offer climbing boots (size taken after your arrival), Black Diamond crampons, ice axe, ice bar, ice screw, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, safety helmet, plain and locking carabineers, prussic cord and new climbing rope etc Considering Except these, the individual climber has to afford all required equipment for Chulu West Peak Climbing.
What is the success rate on Chulu West Peak climb:
It was 100 % in 2017. We have been operating Chulu West Peak Climbing for the last 10 years and we have resulted 90 percent success rate. Sometimes, due to not ample acclimatization and bad weather condition, can’t triumph over it.
How is the climbing Day. Do we start early in morning :
Obviously, the climbing day is the most significant day in this adventure trip. We have to be both physically and mentally committed and equipped to scale this peak. We begin our trip early in the morning at around 3 because we have to face strong blow of wind if we do not move earlier. We have to work hard for more than 8- 9 hours. If we follow this time schedule, we scale the summit at 9 and get back to the Base Camp for overnight stay. This scale is incredibly amazing and memorable.
How does Magic Expedition guarantee safety against Altitude sickness:
First, we guarantee against altitude sickness with apt acclimatization and the proper foods and safe drinking water in the high altitude. Secondly, we afford such team and the climbing leader who are very conscious about altitude sickness and they are always medically prepared. Similarly, our team will carry oxygen cylinders and chambers and you all will be strictly guided what to do and what not to do during the climb. So far, we haven’t faced such critical case regarding altitude sickness.
Why always opt for reputed company with professional leader for Chulu West Peak:
It is an adventure in the mountain. No one wants to challenge the adventure without professional leader offered by professional company and professional are always reliable. Professional company and guide don’t mislead you and they provide a world class service regarding accommodation, equipment, flight and guidelines to follow during the climb. And in case of emergency or crisis, the professional can assist us in no time.
How is Jomsom Airport and How long is the flight:
Jomsom Airport is located at the bank of Kaligandaki River. The planes have to pass through the gorges but are safely handled and landed. These are smaller planes which adjusts around 35 passengers. This flight from Pokhara lasts for only 25 minutes. This short flight is scenic which offers an opportunity of witnessing Annapurna mountain range.
What are the average hours walking per day on Chulu West Peak :
It is 6-8 hours per day. But the day we head to scale Island Peak will differ as your pace in the higher elevation. This includes ample acclimatization and we even have opportunity to explore the mountain and the trails.
What kind of food and accommodation are we to expect in the trip:
The accommodation will be normal mountain accommodation with clean common toilet. Occasionally, we get attached accommodation but hard to find. These mountain lodges will offer you the best class of accommodation.
We will have several options for food. The restaurants will offer us almost every item that we get in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. The foods they offer will be better than we have in major cities. You will experience organic flavor of food items.
Can I charge my devices and have hot showers in Chulu West Peak trek :
Yes, you can charge your devices like cell phone and camera in every lodge or guest house you stay. But they charge you very little amount of money. It may be like between 100-200 Nepali rupees. We better recommend you to bring own back up or extra charged battery which will be more convenient.
We say ‘Yes’. We get hot shower all round the trip. This also costs extra money. This may varies from 2-7 dollars. But, we and our don’t allow you to take shower at the base camp because of probable crisis in the high altitude regarding health . Rather, we provide you a big bowl of hot water for your cleaning.
What if I am very slow in the group:
In order to avoid slow pace of the climber, the leader will frequently counsel to walk together because problem can be solved easily in a team. If such situation occurs, the leader will take care of those who walk slow and his assistants will take care of the others to make the trip less strenuous.
What about drinking water facility:
We are environmentally aware and our team as well. We don’t allow our clients use plastic bottle for carrying water in the mountain. Rather, we request you to bring nelgene metal water bottle which you can fill with boiled water. Every guest house provides boiled water which is safe to drink. This is provided without any extra charge.
Do I need the travel insurance for emergency to join the climb of Chulu West Peak :
We strongly suggest to have all inclusive travel insurance for this climb. We don’t expect any extremity in the mountain because our leader is well trained but in some cases, we may have to evacuate the climber form the mountain. So, in order these situations, travel insurance is must.
What permits are required for Chulu West Peak climbing:
We need to obtain Chulu West Peak Special Climbing Permit, Annapurna Conservation Area and National Park Entry Permit and TIMS which we, Magic Expedition and Tour will collect for your convenience.
Is it doable in winter:
Chulu West Peak Climbing can be done all around the however the winter months are chill and the climbers have to protect themselves from cold. If we do proper precautions, of course, we can do it. Many of the adventure lovers escape winter for doing Chulu West Peak Climbing.
What is the best time to do Chulu West Peak:
April to mid-June during spring and September to November during autumn before the acute winter is considered to be the best time to climbChulu West Peak. These two seasons offer the view of 360-degree mountain range and astounding landscapes.
Is there any possibility to customize Chulu West Peak climbing:
Yes, we can customize this trip as per clients’ interest. We can combine Chulu West Peak Climbing with Annapurna Circuit Trekking, Jomsom-Muktinath Trekking and Upper Mustang Trekking. So, what type of itinerary do they want, Magic Expedition and Tour is always ready to customize Chulu West Peak Climbing Trip.