Mount Annapurna Expedition I 8,091 meters is the 10th highest mountain in the world. Highest among the 55 kilometres long Annapurna massif comprising of more than 30 peaks. Annapurna Expedition is one of the first 8000 meters peaks to be climbed. The first successful ascent of Mount Annapurna was made by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal on June 3, 1950. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) protects the entire Annapurna massif and the surrounding region. It is the first and largest conservation area in Nepal.
The fascinating mountains and forest areas make Annapurna region one of the popular destinations and most enchanting spot on this planet. Mount Annapurna climbing is one of the most dangerous mountains to climb with high risks of avalanches. All the route possessing severe difficulties for climbers to overcome with huge ice cliffs and seracs. Hence, previous experience of peak climbing with a good physical condition is highly recommended for those seeking to achieve the summit of Annapurna.
Annapurna Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition starts at Kathmandu. After spending a full day sightseeing and making climb preparation at Kathmandu, we will take a scenic drive towards Pokhara. From Pokhara, we will take another short drive towards Nayapul – the starting point of our trek. We start our trek from here following the trail that leads through impressive villages, rain and alpine forest of rhododendron. Similarly, pine and oaks trees with constant views of the high snow-capped peaks before reaching Ghorepani.
We will make an early morning hike to Poonhill at 3210 meters. Then we enjoy the magnificent sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna South 7219m, Machhapuchre (FishTail) 6997m, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Hiunchuli 6441m. And other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks within Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges.
After spending quality time at Poonhill our trek continues passing through Tatopani and Ghasa towards Lete. From Lete, we leave the main circuit trail and head west towards Thulo Bugin, Hum Khola and Miristi Khola. And we will finally arrive at the North Annapurna Base Camp. Once at base camp, our Sherpa crew will make necessary preparation for setting up additional camps at higher altitudes above the base camp. We follow the guidance and instructions of our experienced climbing experts. Then. we will spend several days making attempts to reach the summit.
Annapurna peak expedition offers us magnificent views and high mountain within Annapurna Sanctuary. After achieving the summit we descend following the same route back to base camp. From the base camp, we will retrace our steps following the same trail passing through Lete, Ghasa, Tatopani and trek towards Beni. The memorable and ultimate adventure of Annapurna Expedition ends with a drive from Beni to Pokhara and another drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu.
Equipment Needed During Climbing
Related Peak Climbing Packages ( 7001 – 8848m Peaks):
Gangapurna Expedition | Makalu Expedition | Himlung Expedition
30 min Drive Hotel/Resort
Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will be greeted and then transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Our staff will help you until the check-in procedure ends at Hotel. You can either have a rest at the Hotel or visit NGT’s office for gathering additional information about the trip. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner
Click here for detailed information about World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu Today we will spend most of our day sightseeing around some of the world heritage sites of UNESCO inside Kathmandu valley. Most importantly we will complete all the paper works and make necessary preparations required for Annapurna Expedition. Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for day sightseeing.
Meals: BB Plan
5-6 hrs Drive Hotel/Resort
After breakfast, we will take a scenic drive from Kathmandu and drive over zigzag hilly roads to reach Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful town set on the banks of the serene Fewa Lake. It is tourist’s paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with the fascinating high mountains. Pokhara is much smaller and less hectic than Kathmandu. After reaching Pokhara you will be transferred to the hotel for the overnight stay. Meals: BB Plan
1.5 hrs Drive & 3-4 hrs Trek Lodge
Today we leave Pokhara and take another short drive of little more than one hour to reach Nayapul - the starting point of the trek. From Nayapul we start to trek on the trail that goes along the Modi Khola river valley to reach Birethanti. At Birethanti we must stop for registration at Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)'s checkpoint. After registration and permit checks at Birethanti, our trek continues through beautifully terraced farmlands to arrive at Tikhedhunga.
Meals: All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
5-6 hrs Trek Lodge
After breakfast at Tikhedhunga, we will cross a small stream before climbing a rather steep stone staircase to reach Ulleri at 2,070 meters. Our trek continues through dense rhododendron filled forest to reach Nangethanti. From there gradual uphill trekking will lead us to Ghorepani for our overnight stay. We can enjoy the magnificent views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail), Hiun Chuli and other surrounding high mountains from Ghorepani. Meals: All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The panorama of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges from Poon Hill is considered one of the best and classic Himalayan views. Thus today we will wake up early for an hours' hike to reach over to the top of Poon Hill. We will enjoy the beautiful sunrise view over Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machhapuchre (Fish Tail), Tukuche Peak, Hiunchuli and other surrounding high peaks. After spending a beautiful morning at Poon Hill, we will descend back to Ghorepani. Our trail from there descends steeply for crossing a suspension bridge over Kali Gandaki River. After crossing the river our trek goes along the levelled path until we arrive at Tatopani. Tatopani means ' Hot Spring' in the Nepali language. Here we can relax at the Natural Hot Spring which is obviously a great feeling. Meals: All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
6-7 hrs Trek Lodge
From Tatopani, we will trek on a broad motor road trail that can be quite dusty. Our trek goes along the Kali Gandaki river. Our trail ascends gradually as we pass through the magnificent waterfall of Rupche Chahara. From there, our trek continues along the dusty trail that leads through deep gorges. We can hear the huge flows of the river stream while trekking through the area. We will continue to trek until we arrive at the village of Ghasa for our overnight stay.
Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
4-5 hrs Trek Lodge
After breakfast, we leave Ghasa and follow a rising trail that climbs for some hours to reach Lete. Our trek climbs through subtropical vegetation with incredible views of surrounding mountains and beautiful valleys. Our trek continues until we arrive at Lete for the overnight stay.
5-6 hrs Trek Tented Camp
Today we leave Lete and trek over the trail that climbs further to harsh alpine vegetation. Our Sherpa crew will do all the hard works of carrying the tents, climbing gears and other necessary things needed for the further trekking and climbing. After a few hours of trekking, we will arrive at Thulo Bugin where there is a good campsite. We came here to end our day.
4-5 hrs Trek Tented Camp
After breakfast, we leave our campsite at Thulo Bugin and follow the trail that climbs gradually over the loose and rocky route for a few hours. Trekking in higher altitudes can be very tiring, so resting every now and then helps in restoring energy much needed for further trekking. We trek until we arrive at a good campsite near Hum Khola at 4,286 meters.
Today we leave our campsite at Hum Khola and follow the trail that comprises several ups and downs and then levels out for some time. After a few hours trekking, we approach Miristi Khola where there are good camping grounds. Once we arrive at Miristi Khola, our crew will set up the camps for our overnight camping.
After breakfast, we leave our campsite at Miristi Khola and continue our trek over then the rather levelled path for some hours to reach Annapurna North Base Camp. After arriving at the campsite our Sherpa crew will set up the base camp and make necessary preparations for setting up additional camps at higher altitudes above the base camp. From now onwards we will take extra precautions with physical fitness and mental fitness in order to conquer one of the toughest 8000 meters - Mt Annapurna I.
33 days climbing towards Mt. Annapurna Tented Camp
We will spend several days doing climbing training practices. Our Sherpa crew will do all the hard works from carrying and setting up additional camps at higher altitudes, prepare and provide healthy and hygienic meals for staying mentally and physically fit, and most importantly finding appropriate routes and fixing ladders, ropes etc .. to reach the summit of one of the deadliest mountains in the world - Mount Annapurna. Fully acclimatized and properly equipped with all the climbing gears we will follow the footsteps of experienced climbing Sherpa guides and overcome several technical climbing sections. Taking weather conditions into consideration we head towards the summit. Our much-waited climb to the summit is rewarded with breathtaking views of mountains within Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan Ranges. After spending a quality moment at the summit we will descend following the same route to reach back to base camp.
Having achieved the summit of Mt Annapurna for a lifetime experience, we will make a relaxed start. After breakfast we engage ourselves in cleaning the base camp, then we prepare ourselves for the return journey. We start to retrace our steps on the same trail that heads back towards Miristi Khola. We will camp at Miristi Khola for the overnight stay.
From Miristi Khola we continue to retrace our steps on the same trail that passes through Hum Khola. From there we descend steeply for a couple of hours and trek to reach Thulo Bugin Campsite for our overnight camping.
After breakfast, we leave our campsite at Thulo Bugin and follow the same trail that descends down to subtropical vegetation. We trek until we arrive back to Lete where we will spend our overnight in the comfy tea house at Lete. In the evening we will celebrate our achievement together with our climbing crew members.
From Lete, our trail descends following the same trail until we arrive back to Ghasa. Our trek offers mountain vista of Annapurna regions with beautiful valleys. We will spend our overnight at Ghasa. Celebrate our evening with our climbing crew.
From Ghasa our trail descends steeply until we reach Rukse Chahara, Rukse Waterfall in the Nepali language. We will take a short rest enjoying the view of the waterfall. Soon, our trail enters back to Kali Gandaki Valley - the deepest gorge in the world as we head towards Tatopani for our overnight stay. Tatopani in Nepali stands for 'Hot Water'. Here there is Natural Hot Water Spring where we can relax after arriving at Tatopani. It is believed that the water heals body aches and pains naturally.
4-5 hrs Trek & 2 hrs Drive Hotel/Resort
From Tatopani, our trek continues on the trail that descends gradually down to Beni - where our trek ends technically. From Beni, we will take a two hours drive to reach back to Pokhara. You will be transferred to the hotel once we arrive at Pokhara. You can either have rest at the hotel or take an evening's walk in the beautiful city of Pokhara.
5 hrs Drive Hotel/Resort
After breakfast, we leave Pokhara and take a drive back to Kathmandu. It takes approximately four to five hours drive to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. We will drive along Prithvi Highway which offers scenic hilly zigzag roads through the banks of Trishuli River. During our drive journey, we will have an opportunity to observe the daily survival activities of local people while we drive passing through roadside market towns and picturesque villages.
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. You can pay a visit to attraction destination (world heritage sites of UNESCO) sites that weren’t possible on the second day of the trip. Also, walking around the shopping streets of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will celebrate the successful completion of Annapurna Expedition and have a final meal together in the evening.
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.
On your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you can apply for Nepal visa which you will get in approximately 30 minutes.
For South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, gratis visa for 30 days is available for the first visit in one visa year.
Indian Tourist does not require a visa to enter in Nepal. To know more about Visa Information visit: Nepal Immigration
The difficulties of Mt Annapurna Expedition depends on these common factors:
At City: Kathmandu
If there is an emergency, our climbing guide will help you during difficult situations with safety care, medical treatment and communication services.
Communication is also available as the internet and satellite phone, so a guide would help you if something critical situation occurs.
Depending upon the steep hills, slopes and difficulties and high altitude of the trail one porter can carry 25 kilograms of weight.
Usually, we provide one porter for one client.
But, We will also provide porter according to the size of your group if needed.
Yes, there is a variety of communication facilities like internet, satellite phone etc.
For communication, we have satellite phone through which you can communicate with your friends or relatives for which you have to pay USD $3 per minute.
In case of an emergency, communication with our company will be free of cost.
Due to remote sections, the mobile network is not available but you can use the internet above (5000 m).
Annapurna Expedition is a highly risky mountain and the world's 10th highest mountain. Its fatality rate is higher than other mountains in Nepal. Annapurna is considered the most dangerous mountain to climb because it is considered to be one of the high risks of avalanche-prone areas, many technical sections with a huge ice cliff and suddenly changed the weather. Annapurna Expedition requires highly skilled mountaineer and having patience during climbing. So, we recommended only for serious climbing experience climber. Annapurna meaning in Sanskrit "full of food" but translated as "Goddess of the Harvests".
Things You Should Know?
We booked our Annapurna Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition via the Internet. We want to express our gratitude to the whole team members of Nepal Guide Treks. Excellent teamwork by the polite and humble group of Sherpa people. Everything was properly managed.
We were served good and hygienic food with warm and comfy tents. Our climbing guide was Ang-Dendi Sherpa – very skilful climber who played a big role in motivating and leading us to the summit of the world’s dangerous mountain to climb.
The feeling at the top cannot be described in word’s but the risk was all worth taking for adventure-seeking climbers like us !!
Thanks to everyone in the team who played their role in making this expedition successful !!
We have a lot of pictures and memories from the trip which will always remind us about our brave and adventurous climb of Annapurna I.
We strongly recommend Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition to anyone wanting to indulge in adventure related activities in Nepal.
We can guarantee that you will be in good hands !!
Good Luck !!!
Dominik and group
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