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Annapurna I is one of the six mountains of the massive Annapurna Massif. Standing at 8091m, Annapurna I has been recorded as the 10th highest mountain on earth. The word Annapurna is a Sanskrit name meaning ‘Grain fulfilling goddess’.
The French expedition team of Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal made a record in 1950 when they climbed Mt. Annapurna. Their achievement opened the doors in the 1950s for other climbers to scale another 8000-ers. The route Maurice and Louis used to summit was Northwest Ridge, which is now regarded as a standard route. The South face of Annapurna which at a 50-55º slope has been dubbed as the steepest face in the world demands a full 3 hours to conquer. The summit offers breathtaking views of Annapurna Massif, Fishtail mountain, Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli, Hiunchuli and more.
Annapurna is no doubt one of the most technical Himalayan peaks. Glaciers, crevasses and seracs, and the risk of avalanches are permanent features of the climb. Leaving the base camp, you will install Camp 1 (5200m), Camp 2 (5700m), Camp 3 (6500m) and Camp 4(7100m) and finally the summit.
Annapurna expedition will obviously mean trekking through Annapurna Conservation Area, which is the most popular trekking area in the world. Expedition can be done in both the autumn and spring seasons.
● Reach the summit of Annapurna I, the tenth highest mountain
● Take in the magical views of Annapurna Massif, Mt Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli etc.
● Trek through the famed Annapurna region
● Learn about the traditional lifestyle and culture of Himalayan ethnic people
● All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle.
● Five nights accommodation at a 3-Star hotel in Kathmandu with BB plan on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accomodation in a tea house during the trekking trails.
● Full board meals during trek & climbing period– Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking professional sherpa climbing guide (Expedition Leader), porters and supporting staff.
● All essential ground transportation by private vehicle as per itinerary.
● Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
● Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government for the Annapurna I Expedition.
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Group climbing gears like rope, ice bar, etc for the Annapurna I Expedition.
● Liaison officer with all his expenses while on the Annapurna I Expedition.
● Insurance for all staff
● All camping gear including base camp tents, dining tent with table and chair, kitchen and toilet tent, etc
● Mountain Hardware high altitude tents while climbing the Annapurna I Expedition
● Emergency Oxygen with regulator and mask while on the Annapurna I Expedition
● EPI gas and burner for the high climb.
● Gamow bag / Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) All necessary climbing hardware group equipment
● Satellite Phone and Walkie-Talkie in case of emergency.
● Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Personal Climbing Gears.
● Meals in Kathmandu.
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Extra days accomodation in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Rescue and evacuation
● Tips for guide, drivers and supporting staff.
● Thermal Base Layers – Tops and Bottoms
● Heavy Base Layers
● Trekking Pants
● Hard-shell pants
● Down Pant
● T-shirts – Short and long sleeve
● Mid Layer Top
● Insulated Jacket
● Hard-shell Jacket
● Down Jacket/Parka
Double insulated mountaineering boots for climbing Hiking boots (Full and waterproof) for approach lightweight shoes for camp and around town
● Wool/Synthetic socks
● Liner socks
● Liner gloves
● Mid-weight gloves
● Down mittens
● Cap/Sun Hat
● Warm wool/Synthetic Hat
● Eye Wear (Full coverage around eyes and nose)
● Ski Goggles
5. Climbing Gears
● Ice Axe
● Belay Device/Figure of 8
● Prusik Cord
● Trekking Poles
● Small pack (35-40 litres)
● Waterproof duffel bag
● Padlocks for the duffel bag
● Pack cover
● Water Bottles
● Camera & Batteries
● Power bank/Solar Charger
● Universal adapter
8. Hygiene and first aid
● Skincare ( Moisturizer ,sunscreen and lip balm)
● Toilet paper and wet wipes
● Personal first aid kit
● Water treatment
All accommodations for the Annapurna I Expedition are on a twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this trekking and expedition. In Kathmandu you will stay four nights at a 3-Star Hotel (could be changed as per your requirement) and, during the trekking trail you will stay in standard tea houses and camp. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional Daal/Bhat and Momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty during the trek trail as well as climbing period too.
For the Annapurna I Expedition there will be a license holder, professional climbing sherpa guide and Porters for carrying luggage. This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks can run this expedition for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of climbers in any group is 10 people.
Upon your arrival in Nepal at Tribhuvan International Airport, we will come to receive you and help you transfer luggage. We will directly drive you to your booked hotel where you can relax and unwind. In the afternoon/evening, our guide will accompany you to our office where you receive a short briefing about your trip. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Today you will visit the Department of Tourism where the official representative will offer you a briefing about do’s and don’ts of mountaineering. Rest of the afternoon your mountaineering guide will make final logistic preparation. Overnight in hotel
Today you will leave Kathmandu for your trekking trip. After early morning breakfast, you will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus. The journey takes you along Prithivi Highway with beautiful views of green hills, snow peaks, rivers and villages. It takes about 6 hrs to arrive in Pokhara. Overnight in hotel
This is your first day of trekking. You will cross a suspension bridge and then begin to climb the stone staircase all the way to Tatopani. Overnight in the lodge.
Prepare yourself to continue the trek. Leaving Tatopani, the trail climbs until you reach Dana where you can see a gorge. Following this you will come to a waterfall called Rupse Chara and continue your walk towards Ghasa village. From here it is just 1 hr to reach Lete. Overnight in the lodge.
The trail today has its ups and downs. Pass through a forested path covered by rhododendron and pine forests with plenty of bird and other wildlife activity. Overnight in the lodge.
As you gain altitude, walk gradually acclimatizing with the weather. Today you will follow a trail that leads to the source of Miristi Khola. Enjoy beautiful terraced fields and views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri in the distance. Overnight in the lodge.
This is an important day. You will finally be heading towards the base of Mt. Annapurna. The first part of the trek is a rocky uphill track with a glaciated path. Reach the base camp of Annapurna which affords spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna I. Overnight in camp.
This is the day you will get down to Mristi Khola. After almost a month of expedition, it is time to loose yourself and give some rest. Overnight in the lodge.
The trail from Mristi Khola to Jungle Camp is pretty straightforward and easy downhill. Enjoy beautiful views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Overnight in the lodge.
Retract your steps back to Lete from Jungle Camp. Overnight in the lodge.
Continue your descent today to Tatopani. Tatopani in Nepal means hot water spring. You can dip in the spring which is believed to heal bodily pain. Overnight in the lodge.
Early morning have a warm breakfast. Prepare for a full day drive back to Kathmandu via Beni. Enjoy the views of rivers, green hills and snow-capped Himalayan peaks.
This is a full day’s rest for you in Kathmandu. You can spend the day relaxing, shopping or visiting nearby sites. Overnight in a hotel.
Depending on the timing of your international flight, our staff will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope to see you again in Nepal.