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Reisbegeleiding 9,0
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Overnachtingen 8,2
Reisroute 8,4
9.3 6 beoordelingen
  • 10

    CHULU FAR EAST

    Hard-core. I thought I'd breeze up the mountain. Not a bit of it, the hardest thing I have ever done.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The peak was awesome, but for me the trekking in the high and wild manang and chulu valley was the best.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie is a very competant and knowledgeable leader. Would not want to be looked after by anyone else on a trip like this.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Beg, hire, borrow or steel the warmest sleeping bag you can find. And a nice plump thermarest.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trek part of this trip follows the Annapurna Circuit. For me this was retracing my steps on my first ever trek 25 years ago. I was just 18 at the time. Its changed alot, but is still one of the most beautiful mountain areas in the world.

  • 10

    CHULU FAR EAST

    an excellent trip, v hard , v memorable .a must for those wanting a challenge

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    on summit day, climbing chulu far east, watching the trailing stream of head torches , as a golden line lit the horizon , then reaching the summit in perfect sun ,and crying like a child as I took in the world

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Valerie was brilliant , a wealth of experience and knowledge, a lady with real mountain wisdom

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    yes, read the trip notes, get v fit, try some climbing before hand, be prepared to push all your limits ,mentally , physically and spiritually. then youll have a great time. warm gear for higher up.  DO IT   

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    after a delay and some poor communication at the final push to the summit , 4 of the 8 strong party pushed on to the summit . be prepared to be challenged. ive previously done the mera peak trip ,and this trip was a lot tougher , and totally amazing.

  • 8

    CHULU FAR EAST

    A beautiful, well-paced trek and a very tough climb (for me).  Well organised and expertly led.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Most inspirational moment for me was the climb over the Thorong La which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Having spent several nights at altitude prior to crossing this pass meant we were well acclimatised compared to most that attempt it. For me, climbing Chulu Far East came second to this.  The views (once the sun came up) were stunning, the climb was very steep, cold and of course hard work (it's supposed to be), but ultimately I didn't find all that effort as rewarding as when I climbed Mera Peak.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was Valerie, and of course she was brilliant.  There were several things to sort out during our trip (helping to organise and decision-make for other trips via her phone as well as our own), and her efforts ensured a well-run and successful trip.  Thank you.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to look after yourself on the climb, unlike Mera where you basically walk up in a roped-up team, on Chulu you are expected to think and act for yourself to safely move up and down the ropes.  There is a practice session the day before the climb to show you what you need to know.  This was the toughest thing I've done, and for that much effort (maybe I'm getting old, or might have been the lack of sleep) I was hoping for a greater reward, in my opinion Mera was better.  I think the rest of the experienced group all agreed it was the hardest trip they had all done too, it's a steep climb all the way from High Camp, so be prepared to push yourself through the cold, dark night.   It gets cold when camping, Base Camp is in a bit of a valley, with the sun on the tent it's a pleasant 15 deg in the tent, but as soon as the sun goes behind the ridge it instantly drops to sub-zero, so make sure you have all the right clothes and a warm sleeping bag.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I (and two others in the lead group) didn't go on to the top; we stopped a few metres short.  I can't speak for the others, but I was put off from going to the top by the lack of communication from our guide and the lack of confidence I had in the unfolding situation on that last steep and quite exposed section.  We were stood on the snow slope for 45mins whilst they did something to the rope anchor at the top.  All the other sections had been fine, but during that wait I had plenty of opportunity to consider the drops on all sides and when the guide came down and warned us not to jiggle the top of the rope too much I'm afraid I was put off from attempting the last few metres.  I was quite happy where I was though, I don't think I would have gained any further satisfaction from the mountain had I gone on to the top, which I'm not sure is even the top.  The point you climb to appears to be 6042m which isn’t the top of the mountain (which looked like the next hump further on), so if I'm right, I ultimately stopped at an arbitrary point below another arbitrary point.  This is my only gripe about an amazingly run trip.  The scenery along the Annapurna trail changes every day and the mountains tower over you.  We were blessed with great leader, weather and a small, experienced group that all got on really well.

  • 10

    CHULU FAR EAST

    An incredible trip - classic Annapurna circuit route, with comforts of the teahouses for the majority, but with a tough element once you got off the circuit and headed into the heart of the mountains to camp and climb Chulu Far East.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having completed a half day hike to get up higher towards Chulu, then needing to do an acclimatisation walk further up the mountain after lunch. We left the weight of our bags at the teahouse and climbed up to a Buddhist temple, our way marked with silk prayer flags. Sitting on the steps of the temple with my husband looking out at the setting sun over Annapurna 2 was an inspirational moment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was incredibly diligent and knowledgeable. Clearly very hard working and had a good relationship with the crew. His mountain experience shone through and i trusted him completely.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I'd say if you are new climbers like my husband and I then use the forum beforehand to talk to other group members who are often very experienced (from what we found), they will be able to give advice on kit and what they have bought.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    CHULU FAR EAST

    An incredible trip - classic annapurna circuit route, with comforts of the teahouses for the majority, but with a tough element once you got off the circuit and headed into the heart of the mountains to camp and climb Chulu Far East.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having completed a half day hike to get up higher towards Chulu, then needing to do an acclimitisation walk further up the mountain after lunch. We left the weight of our bags at the teahouse and climbed up to a buddhist temple, our way marked with colourful silk prayer flags. Sitting on the steps of the temple with my husband looking out at the setting sun over Annapurna 2 was an inspirational moment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was incredibly deligent and thoughtful. Clearly very hard working and had a good relationship with the crew. On occasion we could have been afforded a little more freedom.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I think the kit list was what we struggled with most as we could not get quite the detail we wanted from Exodus's UK team, and then the kit list actually changed slightly (assuming once the recce was done as this was a new trip). For potential travellers i would suggest it would be useful to have someone who had done the trip to talk to on email or the phone early than this offer was made to us (less than a week before we flew out, which was too late for key kit buying decisons)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    Chulu Far East and Annapurna Trek

    An excellent combination of fine trekking and a tough mountain ascent using tea houses and camping in a good variety of locations.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views of Annapurna II and Gangapurna were superb, and also the 'Wall of Pisang' was something I'd never seen anything like before. 2 beautiful long drop waterfalls on the way to base camp were stunning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sukman was possibly the most protective leader I'd ever had the pleasure of spending time with. I'm sure he would have tied my shoelaces for me if I'd let him. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble and he always had plenty of time for us clients even though he was also organising the camp staff and porters etc. There were occasional misunderstandings which is quite normal and he did try very hard to make sure everything ran smoothly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you want a good trek with a good hard snowy peak in the middle with a few days of camping then this is a very good option. The trekking itself isn't too hard apart from the Thorung La day which you will be well acclimatised for by the time you get there (it's only 2 days before the end of the trek), and even that day is long and enjoyable with a massive change in scenery from the green Annapurna side to the much drier Mustang area. The main medical problem we had was dry throats, so take things like strepsils and mentho lyptus just to keep your throat moistened. The walk towards Jomsom is apparantly always very windy and dusty so a buff or thin scarf over nose and mouth is very handy. Also I bought a pair of down mitts which I thought was overkill but it turned out that they were really useful and worked well although I couldn't use them in conjunction with my ascender, but that wasn't a big problem.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The road building is likely to put off trekkers who won't want to share their path with motorised vehicles. Just when we got back to Kathmandu there was a report in the paper that several jeeps had driven to Manang which was quite a few walking days into our route. The trek isn't only on the road - you do spend a lot of time on the old trekking route aswell, but it is something to bear in mind. Definitely take your binoculars for the Griffon Vultures and Lammaguyer, plenty of sun cream and lip balm !

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