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Gangapurna Expedition

Overview

Trip Highlights;

  • Summit Mt Gangapurna at 7,455 meters
  • Magnificent views of Manaslu, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Chulu West Peak, Chulu East Peak and other surrounding high peaks.
  • Explore the rich Buddhist culture, traditional villages, the breathtaking landscapes and stunning views of mountains on the Trans-Himalayan route.
  • Opportunity to gain a life time experience of peak climbing over 7000 meters.

Trip Introduction;
Mount Gangapurna at 7,455 meters is a fascinating mountain that is located in Manang District of Nepal between Annapurna III and Tilicho Peak. The beautiful mountain rises to the north east of Annapurna at the opposite end of the huge barrier that connects with Tilicho Peak. The adventure trip of Mount Gangapurna Expedition  is considered very difficult and challenging with lots of snow and several technical sections. However, the first successful ascent of this elegant mountain was made by a German Expedition team led by Günther Hauser via the East Ridge in 1965. Gangapurna Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition is a perfect opportunity for adventure seeking climbers to gain an ultimate climbing experience of the popular as well as fascinating Mt Gangapurna for a life time achievement.

Gangapurna Expedition with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition starts at Kathmandu. After spending a couple of days at Kathmandu making necessary preparations for the climb, we take a scenic drive from Kathmandu towards Syange which is approximately 10 hours of drive journey. From Syange we start our trek following the trail that follows Marsyangdi River all the way to its source at Manang glacial lake. Passing through the desert like arctic zone of Manang, we head towards Gangapurna Base Camp. Our Sherpa crew will make necessary preparations for setting up higher camps above base camp. We will spend several days as a part of expedition training and acclimatization. Following the instructions and guidance of our experienced Sherpa guides, we will overcome several technical sections and head towards the summit.

Once at the top, we are rewarded with breathtaking views of Manaslu, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Chulu West Peak, Chulu East Peak and other surrounding high peaks. After spending short quality time at the summit, we descend following the same route back to base camp. Having achieved the successful Mount Gangapurna Expedition, our return journey is made by following the trail that passes through Khangsar, Pisang, Bagarchhap and back to Syange. The memorable and adventurous Expedition of Mount Gangapurna with Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions ends with a scenic drive from Syange back to Kathmandu.

Similar Expedition Trips we offer in Annapurna Region are; Tilicho Peak Expedition, Himlung Himal Expedition, Tukuche Peak Expedition and many more…..

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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. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Our staff will help you until the check-in procedure ends at the Hotel. You can either have a rest at the Hotel or visit NGT’s office for gathering information about the trip. In the evening, please join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition, we also organize a formal program; meet with our guide with full extent of information and discussion regarding our Mt. Gangapurna Expedition adventure trip.
Accommodation:
Hotel/Resort
Meals:
BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu & preparations for Gangapurna Expedition.
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 Mt. Gangapurna 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 Chamje [1410m/4626ft] [8-9 hrs Drive]
After having breakfast we will take a drive from Kathmandu along the banks of Trishuli River for couple of hours and then along the banks of Marsyangdi River. Our drive is over scenic zigzag hilly roads passing through Besisahar, we drive towards Chamje – the starting point of the trek and Gangapurna Expedition. During today’s long drive we will have opportunity to see the daily survival activities of local people as we pass along numerous roadside market towns and villages.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 04: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani [1960m/6430ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Our pre-climbing trek starts from Chamje, we will cross a suspension bridge and start uphill trekking to reach Sattale – which marks the narrowest section of the valley. Our trail goes along densely forested area filled with rhododendron trees and beautiful terraced farmlands. We will arrive to a broad flat-bottom valley and to the village of Tal, which marks official entry to Manang District. Our trail from Tal is a descend journey to cross a suspension bridge over Marsyangdi river before arriving at Karte village. Our trekking continues until we arrive at the Gurung village of Dharapani. 
Accommodation:
Tea House Lodge
Meals:
All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame [2710m/8891ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Leaving Dharapani, we trek on a trail that is largely affected by landslide area. We will pass through a village school where we might be greeted by school students who are always happy to see foreigners. Our trail is a gradual uphill trekking through forest area towards the typical Tibetan styled village of Bagarchhap. From here we trek along the left bank of the river towards Koto. Koto is the gateway to popular ‘Naar Phu Valley Trekking’. An easy trek from Koto will lead us to Chame. Chame is the main administrative center of Manang District, with abundance of shops and teahouses.   
Accommodation:
Tea House Lodge
Meals:
All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang [3300m/10824ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Chame we will follow the trail that heads west along the river banks towards Bharatang. From there we will continue trekking along the banks of Marsyangdi River and then cross a suspension bridge before making a climb to reach Dhukur Pokhari. Our trail gradually opens up as we continue our trek – surrounded by magnificent snow capped peaks, after an hour’s trek from Dhukur Pokhari we will arrive at Pisang. Magnificent views of Pisang Peak and Annapurna II can be seen from Pisang.
Accommodation:
Tea House Lodge
Meals:
All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang [3450m/11316ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Today we will follow the trail that introduces us to alpine landscape and harsh vegetation. Passing through Upper Pisang, our trek continues with incredible views of surrounding high peaks towards Manang. On the way, we will pass through Braga Monastery (largest monastery of entire Manang District) – paying a visit at the monastery at Braga is definitely worth. Manang is well reputed for its rich culture and traditions. Besides, we will get opportunity to experience the traditional lifestyle of the local Manangi people while we are at Manang.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals:
All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Rest/Acclimatization day at Manang.
Acclimatization is very essential to avoid altitude sickness and to ensure successful summit climb of Mt. Gangapurna. Hence, today we will take a rest day for acclimatization and exploration around Manang. The village of Manang dates back to hundreds of years and local people still practice the traditional culture and tradition which is truly remarkable. Besides, Manang has several good day acclimatization hikes to offer to its visitors. However, a hike up to Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake will be worth visiting for best acclimatization and exploration around Manang.
Accommodation:
Tea House Lodge
Meals:
All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Manang to Gangapurna Base Camp [4600m/15088ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
From Manang, we follow the trail that is a gradual ascend trekking all the way to our campsite at Gangapurna Base Camp at 4600 meters. Our journey follows harsh alpine vegetation, beautiful Juniper and Pine filled forests. Along the route, we explore beautiful glacier lake Gangapurna.  As we enter into the higher altitudes through rocky ridges with good views of high mountain valleys and surrounding peaks finally reach at our campsite.  After reaching at the Campsite, our Sherpa crew set-up the camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10 – 28: Climbing period Mt. Gangapurna [7455m/24452ft]
We spend several days for preparation, climbing training and acclimatization with altitudes.  Our experienced Sherpa team members will do all the hard works from setting up the camps at higher altitudes to serving hygienic and healthy meals. Fully equipped with all the necessary climbing gears and properly acclimatized, we will follow the instructions and guidance given by our experienced climbing experts and climb to reach the summit of Mt. Gangapurna. After tackling several technical climbing sections we head towards the mount summit. Our tiring and much waited climb to the summit of Mt Gangapurna is rewarded with magnificent views of Annapurna range & Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges including Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak and other snow capped mountains. We will spend quality time at the summit and then safely descend following the same route back to Base Camp.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 29: Trek from Base camp to Yak Kharka [4110m/13484ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After achieving the lifetime experience of successful Mt. Gangapurna Expedition, today we begin our return journey by following gentle descends before reaching at Khangsar, a beautiful village. After Khangsar, we follow the smooth scenic trail that takes us to reach at our overnight stop at Yak Kharka.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 30: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4600m/15092ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
Today we will start following the trail that climbs fairly at an easy gradient to Ledar. After around one hour of trekking from Ledar, we will descend towards the wooden bridge over the Kone Khola. Crossing the bridge we will continue to climb and then follow a rather easy trail that leads to Thorong Phedi where there are extensive teahouses and services.
Accommodation:
Tea House Lodge
Meals:
All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 31: Cross Thorong La [5416m/17764ft] to Muktinath [3800/12467ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
Today, we will start early for the crossing of the challenging Thorong La Pass, to avoid the strong winds at the pass after midday. We will climb steeply up towards a watercourse before climbing through another large gully formed by the melt of Thorong Peak. From there we will continue climbing across undulating moraine towards the top of the Thorong Pass. Once at the top we will have great views of Annapurna Mountain Ranges to the south and Mukut Himal bordering Dolpo to the west. From the top, we will descend steeply towards the grassy meadows and further to a very important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists – Muktinath.
Accommodation:
Tea House Lodge
Meals:
All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 32: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom [2670m/8757ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Muktinath we will follow the trail that leads to Jharkot. From here we will avoid the jeep road by following a small irrigation stream to reach Khingar, but from here onwards we will have to follow the road route that will lead us all the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is the main administrative center and headquarter of Mustang. After arriving at Jomsom, we will celebrate the completion of our Gangapurna Expedition with wonderful trekking.
Accommodation:
Tea House Lodge
Meals:
All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 33: Morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara [25 min flight] and Sightseeing at Pokhara.
We take an early morning scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Pokhara is home to thick forest, emerald lakes and a place of remarkable natural beauty. The reflection of the Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail) Himal over the serene Fewa Lake makes this place truly magical. Besides, visiting sacred places and sightseeing around the city in Pokhara could be a good way to spend your day.
Accommodation:
Hotel/Resort
Meals:
BB Plan

Day 34: Drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu.
It takes approximately four to five hours drive to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. We drive over the Prithivi Highway which offers scenic hilly zigzag roads while driving along the banks of Trishuli River. The daily activities of the local people can be seen along the road when we pass through numerous villages and towns before finally arriving back to Kathmandu.
Accommodation:
Hotel/Resort
Meals:
BB Plan

Day 35: 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. Also, walking around the shopping area of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will have a final meal together in the evening.
Accommodation:
Hotel/Resort
Meals:
BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 36: Transfer to International Airport for departure.
Our Airport representative will drop you at the Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

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Your Program Duration = 36 days Days
All the Prices are in USD ($) Per Person.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Arrival Departure transfer as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • 4 Nights stay in Kathmandu 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. Gangapurna Expedition
  • Required Trekking permits and conservation area fees
  • 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 & 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

Amazing !! Conquering Gangapurna .. YES !! Thanks NGT team

Many thanks to Everyone in Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition team who played significant role in shaping our victory climb to the Gangapurna summit. Our Sirdar (climbing expert guide) Ang- Dawa Sherpa, a patient man full of technical climbing knowledge. Many thanks to his priceless guidance and support which made it possible to reach and stand at the summit. The feeling was Awesome !!! Best arrangements of tents, food and other facilities. Physical fitness and proper acclimatization are two main keys for a successful climb. And Nepal Guide Treks’s team members just know how to fulfill those needs. Thumps up for the whole setup !! We are very thankful to Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition and recommend other interested climbers to go with Nepal Guide Treks.

Best Wishes,

Scott and Group – Great Britain  

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