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Annapurna South Expedition

Overview

Trip Highlights;

  • Summit Annapurna South at 7,219 meters
  • Breathtaking views of Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna II 7937m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Dhaulagiri 8167m, Gangapurna 7455m, Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail) 6997m, Hiunchuli 6336m and other surrounding high peaks.
  • Opportunity to explore the Annapurna Region’s rich flora and fauna including its welcoming and friendly people, their culture and tradition.
  • Gain an adventure and thrill-filled climbing experience of over 7000 meters for a life time achievement.

Trip Introduction;
Annapurna South
7219 meters is an attractive mountain that is located north of Pokhara, in the heart of Annapurna Himalayan Ranges. Annapurna South rises miraculously as a part of a wide ridge that forms an amazing wall including Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna II 7937m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m and Gangapurna 7455m. The holy mountain Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail) 6997m is also an important peak that lies within Annapurna Himalayan Range.

The summit of Annapurna South was first ascended in 1964 by a Japanese Expedition team via North Ridge. The climb of Annapurna South is considered difficult and technically challenging with steep sections on the summit ridge as well as traversing of steep and slippery slopes below the summit. Hence, previous experience of technical peak climbing with good level of physical fitness is highly recommended by Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions for those wanting to conquer the summit of Annapurna South. Apart from the challenging and adventure filled climbing experience to the summit of Annapurna South, the exploration of rich natural and cultural diversity in Annapurna region – one of the enchanting spot on earth, truly offers an experience of a life time achievement.

Annapurna South Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition starts at Kathmandu. After spending a full day of sightseeing around Kathmandu, we will take a scenic drive from Kathmandu towards Pokhara. From Pokhara we will take another short drive towards Nayapul – the starting point of the trek. From Nayapul we start our trek following the trail that goes through dense rhododendron filled forest and terraced farmlands towards the traditional Gurung village of Ghandruk. From here, our trail is a gradual uphill climbing towards a larger settlement of Chhomrung and then descend a little before ascending gradually through forests filled with rhododendron, oak, pines and bamboo trees all the way towards Machhapuchre base camp. From there we follow the trail towards Annapurna South Base Camp. Our Sherpa crew will make necessary preparations for setting up additional camps above base camp.

Properly equipped and fully acclimatized, we will spend several days following the guidance and instructions of our experienced climbing experts. With everything in order we head towards the summit of Annapurna South. Our tiring and challenging climb to the summit is rewarded with stunning views of mountains within Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. After spending a short quality time at the summit, we descend down following the same route back to the base camp. Having achieved our target summit of Annapurna South, our return journey is made by retracing our steps on the same trail back to Chhomrung and from there follow the trail that passes through Syauli Bazaar before arriving back to Nayapul. Our incredible and memorable Annapurna South Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition ends with a drive from Nayapul to Pokhara and then a long drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu.

Mt. Annapurna Expedition is comparatively more difficult than Annapurna South Expedition.  

Find our day to day Itinerary of Mt. Annapurna South Expedition through Google Map;

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu [1324m/4411ft] & 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 Preparations.
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 necessary paper works and make other preparations required for Annapurna South Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and 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/2690ft] [5-6 hrs Drive]
After breakfast we will take a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara that takes about five to six hours of drive journey. Our drive goes along the scenic zigzag hilly roads. Pokhara is a beautiful town set on the banks of the 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 mountains. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu. You will be transferred to the hotel at Pokhara.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and start trek to Ghandruk [2000m/6560ft] [1.5 hrs Drive & 3-4 hrs Trek]
Today we will take another short drive of about one and half hour towards Nayapul – the starting point of our trek. From Nayapul we start our trek on the trail that goes through rhododendron and oaks filled forest towards Ghandruk – a Gurung community village.  At Ghandruk we can visit the Gurung museum which has been well preserved and is probably the main point of attraction after the scenic view of the surrounding mountains. We will spend our overnight at Ghandruk.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrung [2040m/6691ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Ghandruk and follow the most fastest and popular trail via Kot Danda and Kimrong. A steady climb for some time will lead us to Taulung, from where we ascend a long and steep stoned staircase to reach Chhomrong. Chhomrung is a Gurung Village, and the highest permanent settlement in the valley with a tremendously vast view across to Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. Our day ends with an overnight stay in Chhomrung.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Chhomrung to Bamboo [2335m/7659ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Chhomrung we will follow the trail that descends down to cross a suspension bridge over Chhomrung Khola (river). After crossing the bridge our trail climbs gradually through beautiful rhododendron forests and heads up towards Sinuwa. From Sinuwa, we will follow the slightly rising trail that passes through oak and rhododendron forest interspersed with large stands of Bamboo. Along the route we can get the glimpses of Langur Monkeys jumping from one tree to another. We trek until we arrive at Bamboo, where there are few tea houses.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek Bamboo to Himalayan Hotel [2920m/9578ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Bamboo and follow the trail that is almost covered with many tree roots. Our trail goes steeply down along the bank of rocks and then levels out. From there we continue our trek on the trail that winds steeply up through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Doban. From Doban the forest becomes more impressive with large rhododendrons covered in Spanish moss and pockets of orchids. In about an hour we will arrive at the Himalayan Hotel.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Himalaya Hotel to Machhapuchre Base Camp [3700m/12136ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Leaving Himalaya Hotel, our trail climbs through dense forest to a large rock overhanging – known as Hinku Cave. Our trek continues as we follow the slightly rising trail towards Deurali. Soon the valley broadens and fine birch forest fills the far banks. Two obvious rock pillars mark the ‘gateway’ to the Sanctuary, which suddenly opens out to broad grassy slopes and a series of tea houses at Machhapuchre Base Camp. Many trekkers begin to feel the effects of altitude at MBC, so it is good idea to initially rest and enjoy views of Machhapuchre, Gangapurna and Annapurna South.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna South Base Camp [4800m/15744ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
After breakfast at MBC, we will follow the trail that climbs an ancient moraine covered by grass to the west of MBC. There are many trails that winds gradually up towards Annapurna South Base Camp. As we climb towards the base camp, we start to get a better perspective of the Sanctuary while enjoying the superb view of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli, Machhapuchre and other surrounding snow capped high peaks. Our Sherpa crew will make start necessary preparations for setting up additional camps in higher altitudes in order to reach the summit of Annapurna South.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10-28: Climbing of Annapurna South [7219m/23678ft] and descend back to base camp.
We will spend several days doing climbing training practices with adequate time for acclimatization. Our Sherpa crew will do all the hard works from carrying and setting up camps at higher altitudes, provide healthy and hygienic meals, fixing and finding appropriate climbing routes to the summit. Fully acclimatized and properly equipped with all the climbing gears we will follow the guidance and footsteps of our experienced climbing experts. Tackling several technical climbing sections and taking weather conditions into consideration we head towards the summit of Annapurna South. Our tiring climb to the summit is rewarded with breathtaking views of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail), Hiun Chuli and other snow capped high peaks. We will spend short quality time at the summit and descend following the same route back to the base camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 29: Trek from Base camp to Himalayan Hotel [5-6 hrs Trek]
After successfully achieving the summit of Annapurna South, we pack our gears and prepare for the return trek. Today we leave the base camp and retrace our steps on the same trail that descends through Machhapuchre Base Camp. We continue our trek as we leave the alpine vegetation and enter the sub-tropical vegetation dropping down through Deurali and then trek for some time to reach Himalayan Hotel for the overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 30: Trek from Himalayan Hotel to Chhomrung [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Himalayan Hotel, our trek continues with a mixture of both uphill and downhill trekking that heads back towards Doban. Our trail from there goes through dense forest passing through the few tea houses of Bamboo and then towards Sinuwa. From there we will descend steeply to cross a bridge over Chhomrung Khola. We cross the suspension bridge and start climbing a long stoned staircase to arrive at Chhomrung for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 31: Trek from Chhomrung to Syauli Bazaar [1940m/6363ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we will leave Chhomrung and follow the trail that descends gradually passing through dense forest and along with rich natural resources. During our trek we might spot Langur Monkeys and other species of rare wild animals and birds. Our trek continues until we arrive at Syauli Bazaar for our overnight stay. We will embrace the region’s natural beauty while we are still here.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 32: Trek from Syauli Bazaar to Nayapul [2-3 hrs Trek] & Drive to Pokhara
The last day of our trek starts from Syauli Bazaar as we follow a rather easy trail that heads through densely forested area and beautifully terraced farmlands towards Nayapul. From Nayapul we will load our bag packs in the vehicle and enjoy a relaxing ride all the way back to Pokhara. You will be transferred to the hotel once we arrive at Pokhara. You can either have rest at the hotel or explore the beautiful city of Pokhara in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 33: 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 34: 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 South Expedition and have a final meal together in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 35: Transfer to International Airport for Departure.
Our Airport Representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

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Your Program Duration = 35 days Days
All the Prices are in USD ($) Per Person.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Arrival & Departure transfer by private vehicle as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • 4 Nights stay in Kathmandu & 2 nights stay in Pokhara with BB Plan
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with experienced city guide, all entrance fees and private vehicle
  • All essential ground transportation by Private Vehicle – as mentioned in Itinerary
  • Climbing permit for mount Mt. Annapurna South Expedition
  • Tea House and Camping Accommodation during Trekking and Climbing Period
  • All meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trekking and climbing period
  • Trekking Guide and well experienced climbing guide Team
  • Required number of porters, and kitchen staff for camping
  • All essential camping equipment – 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 and 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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Amazing experience @ Annapurna South summit

Many thanks to Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition team for arranging a successful expedition of Annapurna South. Everything was well organized by the team members. All the support from the crew members from carrying all the stuffs to serving good and hygienic meals. Everything was just perfect. We must admit that there are several sections which are very challenging and need high level of technical climbing knowledge. Our Sardar (guide) was Ang-Dendi Sherpa, honestly we are very impressed with his decision making ability and technical climbing knowledge. Without his guidance there was no way we could reach the summit of Annapurna South. All the hard work and tiring climb was worth when standing on the summit !! Believe us !! Overall, team work was excellent, no complaints concerning staff managements and everyone in our group was feeling great after conquering the summit of Annapurna South, as an achievement of a life time. We strongly recommend Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition for those wanting to conquer high mountains of Nepal.

Wishing Best of Luck !!!

Riccardo and group – ITALY  

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