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Annapurna Expedition

Trip Highlights

Duration: 43 Days

Type of Trek: Camping

Max Altitude: 5416 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Flight

Grade: Strenuous

Annapurna Massif, which extends about 55 km in length is a collection of over 30 mountain peaks. Prominent peaks among them include Annapurna I, II, III, IV and Gangapurna. The highest among them and the most popular is Annapurna I which is 8091m tall, recognized as the tenth highest mountain in the world. There are over 16 peaks over 7000m and around 13 peaks that are 6000m above in height.

Annapurna I is considered to be one of the most dangerous mountain to climb after Kanchenjunga and K2. The climbing of Annapurna features pretty steep climbs, glacier walking, risks of avalanches and trailing by way of fixed ropes. The dangers of frostbite and gangrene on the ascent are maximum on the Annapurna. Annapurna I was the first 8000m to be climbed via Southeast ridge in 1950 by a French expedition headed by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal among others.  The south face of Annapurna was first climbed in 1970 by a British expedition led by Chris Bonington.

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Price Info
  • Equipment Required

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Preparation day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar (760m.)takes about seven hours.

Day 04: Trek from Besisahar to Khudi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Khudi to Syange. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Syange to Tal. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Tal to Bagarchhap. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3155m.)takes about five hours.

Day 10: Trek from Pisang to Hongde. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Hongde to Yak Kharka. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Base Camp.

Day 13-33: Climbing Period

Day 34: Clean Up Base Camp and trek back to Yak Kharka. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 35: Trek from Yak Kharka to Manang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 36: Trek from Manang to Churi Lattar. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 37: Trek from Churi Lattar to Thorong Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 38: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath takes about seven hours.

Day 39: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m.) takes about approximately five hours.

Day 40: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes.

Day 41: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 42: Free day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 43: Fly out from Kathmandu.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Preparation day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beshishahar (760m.)takes about seven hours.

You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Besisahar (823m.). It takes almost seven hours. Beshishahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are situated here. From here, you can see some mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of local people. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Besisahar to Khudi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Khudi to Syange. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Syange to Tal. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Tal to Bagarchhap. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3155m.)takes about five hours.

With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point, the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bratang. A short climb from the village brings you to a rock-strewn area where you cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak to the north-east. Continuing on, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Pisang to Hongde. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Hongde to Yak Kharka. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Base Camp.

Day 13-33: Climbing Period

Day 34: Clean Up Base Camp and trek back to Yak Kharka. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 35: Trek from Yak Kharka to Manang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 36: Trek from Manang to Churi Lattar. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 37: Trek from Churi Lattar to Thorong Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 38: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath takes about seven hours.

You start early today to cross the Thorong La (5416m). The trail becomes steep but as local people have used this trail for hundreds of years, the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, you reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it is compensated with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually, the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 39: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m.) takes about approximately five hours.

You now begin the descent path down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki and from here there are fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. You continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village, complete with a drainage system beneath the flagstone streets. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge and Marpha is particularly well known for its apples, apple cider and juice, apricot and peach brandy. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 40: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes.

The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during and after the trip and frequent change of the weather sometimes prevents flight landing and take-off in the afternoon. During the flights in morning, the skies are very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 41: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.

Day 42: Free day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 43: Fly out from Kathmandu.

Option 01:  For full board service arrangements

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off (domestic and international) services by private A/C vehicle.
  • 6 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 5 Star standards hotel
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast 4 - 5 star standard hotel
  • One full day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with private A/C vehicle and English speaking tour guide including entrance fees
  • A/C Hiace Van transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu 
  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing
  • All trekking and camping equipment's like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, foam mattresses, toilet & Store tents, hot shower  etc.
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner with tea or coffee) along with accommodation at Lodges/ Tea Houses during the trek and tents/camp during the climbing
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mt. Annapurna
  • Entry Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Annapurna
  • One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and 8000 m. summiteers climbing / expedition Guide (Sherpa) per climber
  • Life, medical and evacuation insurance as well as equipment's for the guides, porters and other staffs
  • One Government Liaison officer with full equipment's, salary, accommodation and insurance
  • First aid kit
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$4 per minute call
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crews at base camp and above as required
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period
  • 4 bottle Oxygen for each member & 2 bottles for each Sherpa
  • One set of mask and regulator for all climbers and Sherpa
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the base camp
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger
  • Heater in Base camp in each dining and in other necessary camp
  • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3 as well as Ice fall charges and Gamow Bags
  • High altitude food for members and Sherpa including drinks and cooking crews
  • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties
  • Rescue assistance (In case of any emergency during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your travel insurance cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last day

Cost Excludes

  • Expenses of personal nature such as hard and soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, E-mail, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkies-talkies or satellite phone and internet expenses
  • Video Filming Fees and Filming Permit
  • Personal Trekking and Expedition Gears
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods
  • Garbage Disposal fee of US$3000 per group but refundable after the trip
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

Option 02: For Base Camp service arrangements

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off (domestic and international) services by private A/C vehicle.
  • 6 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB plan in a 5 Star standard hotel
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara on BB plan 4 -5 star standard hotel
  • One full-day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with private A/C vehicle and English speaking tour guide including entrance fees
  • A/C Hiace Van transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu 
  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing
  • All trekking and camping equipment's like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, foam mattresses, toilet & Store tents, hot shower etc.
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner with tea or coffee) along with accommodation at Lodges/camp up to the Base Camp
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking carrying by porter or Yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mt. Annapurna
  • Entry Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Expedition royalty and permit fee of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Annapurna
  • Life, medical and evacuation insurance as well as equipment's for the guides, porters and other staffs
  • One Government Liaison officer with full equipment's, salary, accommodation and insurance
  • First aid kit
  • Satellite phone for communication available for members with the cost of US$4 per minute call
  • Individual tents for members available in the base camp
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger
  • Heater for dining tent at Base camp and for other necessary tents
  • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties
  • Rescue assistance (In case of any emergency during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your travel insurance cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last day

Cost Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Sherpa summit bonus
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period
  • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3 as well as Ice fall charges and Gamow Bags
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkies-talkies or satellite phone and internet expenses
  • Video Filming Fees & Filming permit (for special camera)
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Walkies-talkies Personal climbing gears
  • Meals above Base camp
  • Oxygen, mask & regulator
  • Garbage Disposal fee of US$3000 per group but refundable after the trip
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Climbing guides above Base Camp

Personal Gear:

Backpack, Day pack, Two Sleeping bags, Compression stuff sacks, Sleeping pad, Foam pad, Water bottles, Lightweight steel thermal bottle, Pee bottle, Pee Funnel for Women, Pack towel, Trekking poles, Swiss army knife/multi tool, Large mug, plastic bowl, fork and spoon.

Climbing Items:

Ice axe, Crampons, Harness, Carabiners, Webbing, Perlon cord, Ascenders, Rappel device, etc.

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