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Annapurna Expedition

Overview

Trip Highlights;

  • Summit Mount Annapurna I at 8,091 meters – 10th highest mountain of the world
  • Magnificent views of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Himalchuli, Machhapuchhare (Fish-Tail), Lamjung Himal, Hiunchuli and several peaks within Annapurna Mountain Ranges.
  • Explore the cultural and traditional villages, including the region’s flora and fauna in one of the most enchanting spot on Planet.
  • Opportunity to gain a life time mountaineering experience.

Trip Introduction;
Mount Annapurna I 8,091 meters is the 10th highest mountain in the world. And highest among the 55 kilometers long Annapurna massif comprising of more than 30 peaks. It is one of the first 8000 meters peak to be climbed. The first successful ascent of Mount Annapurna was made by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal in June 3, 1950. The entire Annapurna massif and surrounding region is well protected within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), which is the first and largest conservation area in Nepal.

The fascinating mountains and forest areas are well protected and preserved which makes Annapurna region one of the popular destinations and most enchanting spot on this planet. The climb of Annapurna is considered as one of the most dangerous mountain to climb with high risks of avalanches and all the route possessing severe difficulties for climbers to overcome with huge ice cliffs and seracs. Hence, previous experience of peak climbing with good physical condition is highly recommended for those seeking to achieve the summit of Annapurna with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.

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, 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 for enjoying the magnificent sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna South 7219m, Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail) 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 to 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 for the successful climb of Annapurna I summit. Following the guidance and instructions given by our experienced climbing experts, we will spend several days making attempts to reach the summit. Once at the top we are rewarded with magnificent views 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 with Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions ends with a drive from Beni to Pokhara and another drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu.

Mt. Annapurna Expedition is comparatively more technical and challenging than Annapurna South Expedition

Find our day to day Itinerary of Mount Annapurna Expedition through Google Map;

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel.
Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will meet you at Tribhuwan 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.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu & Climbing Preparation.
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 a day sightseeing.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara [820m/2689ft] [5-6 hrs Drive]
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 with 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.
Accommodation: 
Hotel/Resort
Meals: 
BB Plan

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul [1.5 hrs Drive] & Trek to Tikhedhunga [1577m/5172ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
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 check point. After registration and permit checks at Birethanti, our trek continues through beautifully terraced farmlands to arrive at Tikhedhunga.
Accommodation: 
Tea House Lodge
Meals: 
All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani [2855m/9364ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
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 a 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.
Accommodation: 
Tea House Lodge
Meals: 
All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Morning hike to Poonhill [3210m/10528ft] & Trek to Tatopani [1190m/3903ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]
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 leveled path until we arrive at Tatopani. Tatopani means ‘ Hot Spring’ in Nepali language. Here we can relax at the Natural Hot Spring which is obviously a great feeling.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: 
All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa [2010m/6592ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
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.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Ghasa to Lete [2480m/8134ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Ghasa and follow a rising trail that climbs for some hours to reach Lete. Our trek climbs through sub tropical vegetation with incredible views of surrounding mountains and beautiful valleys. Our trek continues until we arrive at Lete for the overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Lete to Thulo Bugin Campsite [3260m/10692ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
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 few hours of trekking we will arrive at Thulo Bugin where there is a good campsite. We camp here to end our day.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Trek from Thulo Bugin to Hum Khola [4286m/14058ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave our campsite at Thulo Bugin and follow the trail that climbs gradually over the loose and rocky route for 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.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11: Trek from Hum Khola to Miristi Khola [4130m/13546ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Today we leave our campsite at Hum Khola and follow the trail that comprises of several ups and downs and then levels out for some time. After 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.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Trek from Miristi Khola to North Base Camp [4190m/13743ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave our campsite at Miristi Khola and continue our trek over rather leveled 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.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 13-45: Climbing Period Mount Annapurna I [8091m/26538ft] and descend back to base 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 quality moment at the summit we will descend following the same route to reach back to base camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 46: Trek from Base Camp to Miristi Khola [4-5 hrs Trek]
Having achieved the summit of Mt Annapurna for a life time 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.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 47: Trek from Miristi Khola to Thulo Bugin Campsite [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Miristi Khola we continue to retrace our steps on the same trail that passes through Hum Khola. From there we descend steeply for couple of hours and trek to reach Thulo Bugin Campsite for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 49: Trek from Thulo Bugin Campsite to Lete [4-5 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave our campsite at Thulo Bugin and follow the same trail that descends down to sub tropical vegetation. We trek until we arrive back to Lete where we will spend our overnight in comfy tea house at Lete. In the evening we will celebrate our achievement together with our climbing crew members.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 50: Trek from Lete to Ghasa [5-6 hrs Trek]
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.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 51: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani [2520m/8265ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]
From Ghasa our trail descends steeply until we reach Rukse Chahara, Rukse Waterfall in Nepali language.  We will take a short rest enjoying the view of the waterfall. Soon, our trail enters back to Kali Gandaki Valley – 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.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 51: Trek to Beni [875m/2870ft] [4-5 hrs Trek] & Drive to Pokhara [2 hrs Drive]
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.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 52: Drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu.
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 Prithivi Highway which offers scenic hilly zigzag roads through the banks of Trishuli River. During our drive journey we will have opportunity to observe the daily survival activities of local people while we drive passing through roadside market towns and picturesque villages.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 53: Leisure day at Kathmandu
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.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 54: Transfer to International Airport for Departure.
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

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Your Program Duration = 54 days Days
All the Prices are in USD ($) Per Person.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Arrival Departure transfer as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • 3 nights stay in Kathmandu and 2 nights stay in Pokhara with BB Plan
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including City Guide, Entrance fees and Private Vehicle
  • All essential ground transportation by Private Vehicle – as mentioned in Itinerary
  • Climbing permit for mount Annapurna expedition
  • All essential Trekking Permit and Conservation Area Fees
  • Tea House accommodation during pre-climbing & Post- Climbing journey [Day 5-8 & Day 48-50]
  • Camping accommodation during climbing from Day 9 to Day 47.
  • All meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trekking and climbing period
  • Trekking Guide and well experienced climbing guide
  • Required number of porters, and kitchen staff for camping
  • All essential camping equipments – Dining tent, toilet tent, store tent, table – chair for expedition
  • Liaison officer
  • All staffs salary, foods, clothing and insurance
  • All essential climbing gears
  • Emergency oxygen-mask & regulator (need to pay as per usages)
  • Solar panel for batteries charging & lighting in base camp
  • Satellite Phone (Need to pay as per usages per minute)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All applicable TAX, VAT and necessary paperwork

Cost Excludes

  • Personal Climbing gear
  • Your climbing insurance
  • Bar and Beverage bills
  • All personal nature expanses
  • TIPS & Summit Bonus for staffs
  • Refundable garbage deposit

Important Info

Essential Personal Climbing Gears:

  • Alpine Climbing Harness; It should be simple designed, light and easy to carry with positively foolproof features.
  • Crampons; It should be fit with boots perfectly, still crampons with anti-balling and safely into ice.
  • Ice Axe; used to cut off the ice during climbing should be versatile light.
  • Ascender; also known as Jamar, used for ascending on rope, should be flexible to use with gloves or mittens.
  • Head Lamp; multi led head lamp with spare batteries are essential.
  • Karabiners; requires minimum 2 locking carabineers (1 large & 1 small) and 4 regular.
  • Rappel Device; includes Figure eight, ATC device or similar.
  • Ski Poles; Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best and are recommended type
  • Slings; requires one 3m/10ft and three 2m/6ft
  • Masks, Hoses and Regulators; recommended good quality for your safety.
  • Altimeter Watch;
  • Climbing Helmets; It is an essential gear to be safe from possible ice falls and rock falls, should be light and comfortable.

Clothing:

Upper Body:

  • One T-shirt Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200.
  • Two long Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 shirts.
  • One polar fleece pullovers, medium weight.
  • One polar fleece jacket.
  • One Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jacket with large hood to accommodate climbing helmet.
  • Lightweight down jacket for chilly days in base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
  • One very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit if you prefer, for high altitude use.

Hands:

  • One pair lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
  • One pair mittens, consists of 1 Goretex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner

Heads:

  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Scarf or neck sleeve
  • Face mask
  • Ball cap or brimmed sun cap
  • Glacier Sunglass with side shields
  • One pair ski goggles (optional with light and dark lens)
  • Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions

Lower Body:

  • Icebreaker Merino 150 underwear briefs
  • One pair walking shorts
  • One pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp
  • Two pair Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 thermal bottoms
  • One pair Icebreaker Merino 200 weight thermal bottoms
  • One pair polar fleece trousers
  • One pair Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • One pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet)

Feet:

  • One pair One-Sport Millet Everest Overboots or equivalent (with Aveolite liners; good quality plastic shells with inner boots; avoid tight fit with heavy socks.)
  • One pair sturdy leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp
  • One pair cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
  • One pair down booties (optional)
  • Two pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • Two Pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
  • Vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags
  • Two pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
  • Light Icebreaker Merino wool or cotton socks for in town.

Travel and Sleeping Gear

  • Rucksacks and Travel Bags; One medium rucksack (50-70 litters / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry).
  • Two large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals.
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Medical & Personal:

  • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or Terrapin)
  • Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher, any brand
  • Toiletry kits: toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, alcohol-based anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial soap, comb/brush, shave kit, lighter, small long-burning candle, needle/thread, throat lozenges (bring travel size bottles to keep you kit small)
  • First-aid kits: Ibuprofen/aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, little of hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin-type suave, Nu-skin spray, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins, small bottle of water purification tablets. Include any prescription travel meds that might prescribed by your doctor. (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids)
  • Zip-loc bags: Always useful Baby wipes
  • Ear plugs: Very useful in noisy lodges and tents. Available in most hardware stores.
  • Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek and climb, but one bottle of backup purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on you way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water in some rare cases might not be available.

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Reviews

The most Dangerous Mountain to Climb - ' Annapurna I ' Successfully Climbed with NGT !!

We booked our Annapurna Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition via Internet. We want to express our gratitude to the whole team members of Nepal Guide Treks. Excellent team work 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 skillful 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 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 – Poland

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