The highest of these peaks, marked Chulu West on the trekking
maps, has a recorded altitude from at least two expeditions of
nearer 6400m; this might more accurately be called Chulu
Central. As a result many climbing parties have mistakenly
climbed one of these peaks thinking it to be Chulu East or West.
It usually understood that with the permit to climb the East or
West peak an attempt could be made to the nearby peak as well.
Chulu West peak is part of the Manang Himal, which is quite
rightly included in the larger Damodar Himal, the eastern limit
of which runs south from Chako and Peak 6687 in a north-to-south
direction along the Hunlung Khola, Nar Khola and Phu Khola.
To the south the Marsyangdi Khola and the Mesokanta La bound it.
There exists considerable confusion with regard to the name and
location of the Chulu peaks and what summit actually constitutes
Chulu West and Chulu East, since it is soon becomes apparent to
anyone that has climbed in the range that several other summits
close by, which are actually part of the Chulu massif, are not
indicated on present maps of the area. For the sake of
clarification, four summits can be included in the Chulu group,
two of which are possible on the permit for Chulu West and two
on the Chulu East permit. What is apparent is that the available
trekking map is highly misleading.
A climb of one or both of these peaks combined with Nepal 's
most famous Around the Annapurna trek make up for one of the
most spectacular Himalayan trekking and climbing outings.
Chulu West : The obvious approach to this peak diverges from the
main trail to the Thorung La pass past the village of Manang and
Base Camp is established in a small valley to the North. From
base camp the route follows a subsidiary Northwest ridge that
leads up to the main peak. An attempt to the peak and return has
been done in a single day, as setting camp up on the slope above
base camp is not easy. An attempt of Chulu Central peak
(6,429m/21,060ft) just east of Chulu West.