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Annapurna Expedition

Annapurna I (8091m/26,545ft.) is the 10th highest mountain globally and the eighth highest mountain in Nepal. Annapurna I is the lowest 8000m peak but is one of the most technical climbing peaks in the Himalayas. Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal climbed Annapurna Expedition on June 03rd, 1950. It was not until 1970. Annapurna Expedition was summited again from its Northwest Ridge. The peak's exact location can found at the coordinates of 28°35'45''N83°49'20''E. The Annapurna massif contains six major peaks, Annapurna I (8091m/26,545ft) Annapurna II(7937m/26,040ft) Annapurna III(7555m/24,786ft) Annapurna IV (7525m/24,688ft) Gangapurna (7455m/24,457ft) Annapurna South (7219m/23,684ft). Climbing Annapurna Expedition is hard for untrained mountaineers, guides due to the snow slope.


Annapurna in Sanskrit is translated to "full of food" but is generally translate to "Goddess of the Harvests." In Hinduism, Annapurna is a goddess of fertility and agriculture and an avatar of Durga. The entire massif and surrounding areas preserved within the 7629 square kilometers (2,946 sq mi) Annapurna Conservation Area, the first conservation area in Nepal, remained the largest conservation area in Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit.


The Annapurna Expedition attempts the highest of the four main summits of the Annapurna range, Annapurna I (8167m). Annapurna I is tenth among Earth's fourteen eight-thousands. It was first climbed in 1950, as the first 8000m plus summit conquered by the French team under Maurice Herzog. There are many routes all across the Annapurna range open for climbers, so it's necessary for prospective mountaineers to choose their exact route for planning purposes. The Annapurna peaks are among the world's most dangerous mountains to climb, although in more recent history the number of fatalities has reduced.


Climbing permits for peaks in the Nepal Himalayas are issued for all seasons by the mountaineering section of the minisry of culture, tourisem and civil aviation. The requisite official documents must be furnished when seeking permit.


Key features of Annapurna Expedition

  • Mount Annapurna Expedition I is at 8,091 meters – a 10th highest mountain of the world
  • Magnificent views of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Himalchuli, Machhapuchhare (FishTail), 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 spots on Planet.
  • Opportunity to gain a lifetime mountaineering experience.

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m] and transfer to Hotel

Our representative 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.


Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu & Climbing Preparation

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.


Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara [820m]

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.


Day 04: Drive to Nayapul & Trek to Tikhedhunga [1577m]

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.


Day 05: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani [2855m]

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.


Day 06: Morning hike to Poonhill [3210m] & Trek to Tatopani [1190m]

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.


Day 07: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa [2010m] 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.


Day 08: Trek from Ghasa to Lete [2480m]

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.


Day 09: Trek from Lete to Thulo Bugin Campsite [3260m]

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.


Day 10: Trek from Thulo Bugin to Hum Khola [4286m]

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.


Day 11: Trek from Hum Khola to Miristi Khola [4130m]

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.


Day 12: Trek from Miristi Khola to North Base Camp [4190m]

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.


Day 13-45: Climbing Period Mount Annapurna I [8091m] 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 a quality moment at the summit we will descend following the same route to reach back to base camp.


Day 46: Trek from Base Camp to Miristi Khola

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.


Day 47: Trek from Miristi Khola to Thulo Bugin Campsite

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.


Day 48: Trek from Thulo Bugin Campsite to Lete

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.


Day 49: Trek from Lete to Ghasa

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.


Day 50: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani [2520m]

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.


Day 51: Trek to Beni [875m] & Drive to Pokhara

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.


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 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.


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.


Day 54: Transfer to International Airport for Departure

Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.



Note:This itinerary is meant only as a guideline and is subject to change to suit the local conditions. Walking hours are based on an average walking pace and may change as per individual pace.

Annapurna expedition Permit

Route fixing (SPCC and EOA) fees

Garbage deposit and management fees

Expedition Liaison officer wages and fees

2 Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators (if requested by client)

1:1 Sherpa guide (Everest Summiter) to climber ratio

Service of the Expedition manager at Annapurna base camp

Skill training clinic at the Annapurna base camp

Freshly prepared meals (B,L,D) by our chef at the Annapurna base camp

A wide variety of nutritious high altitude mountain foods for higher camps

Individual box tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent and other logistics

Heater, Generator, Shower and more for your comfort at the base camp

High altitude tent (North Face VE25 or similar) for higher camps above base camp

5 nights accommodation in Kathmandu.

All Meals (B,L,D) and accommodation during the trekking period

Satellite communication system at base camp but nominal charge for use

Radio set for communication between camps

Internal domestic airfare with 60kg baggage cargo

Staffs wages, allowances with their helicopter and medical insurance

Common climbing equipment (rope, Ice Screws, Snow bars etc)

Weather report during the entire expedition period

Transporation Kathmamndu - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Emergency medical supplies with 24/7 on-call doctor during the entire expedition period.

Porterage of 60kg baggage for each member (Lukla-Base camp-Lukla)

Annapurna Summit certificate from the Department of Tourism, Nepal

International airfare.

Nepal entry visa and airport fees.

Personal equipment and clothing.

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, room service, extra hotel nights, extra meals, shopping, hot shower, hot and cold drinks, alcohols, snacks, water, Wi-Fi, battery re-charge, heater charge, etc.)

Personal porter.

Alcoholic and bottled beverages.

Personal Climbing Gears

Drone & Special filming permit

Summit Bonus for Climbing Sherpa US $800.00

Tips for Cook and Kitchen helpers

Travel insurance with trip cancellation, medical and evacuation policy.

All expenses associated with non-scheduled departure.

Guide Gratuity - Tip­ping is always a per­son­al choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides.

The following booking terms and conditions represent the contract between the customer and Adventure High Mountain. Adventure High Mountain is a government registered tour and trek company based in Kathmandu, Nepal, established with an aim to provide quality travel services.


At the time of booking, you are expected to read all the terms and conditions carefully. The booking confirmation will be given, thinking that you have read all the terms and conditions entitled by the core values of this company. After the booking process, you are completely obliged by the conditions mentioned below.

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Payment Schedule

$2000 deposit at time of registration, which includes a $800 non-refundable registration fee.

Balance due 60 days prior to departure.

Payment must be paid in full prior to the beginning of the trek.


Payment Procedure:



Account Number : 13201100003230

Swift Code: NIBLNPKT

Bank Address: Thamel, Saraswati Sadan - 29, Kathmandu Nepal.


We strongly recommend the purchase of travel cancellation insurance to protect you from the unexpected. You aren’t likely to think of it now, but people do get ill, break a bone, have a family emergency or get assigned to a last minute business trip. If you are in remote areas, please note that emergency rescue & evacuation can be very expensive.


We also strongly urge you to consider rescue and evacuation insurance if your own policy does not provide the coverage need­ed. Services available may include, but are not limited to, helicopter evacuation, medical care, etc.


If you choose not to purchase insurance, you assume full responsibility.

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