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Mt. Annapurna I Expedition

following the steps of early pioneer Herzog to the summit on world toughest mountain

Trip Summary

Trip Mode
Hotel / Lodge with camping on climb.
Trek Grade
Moderate to Adventurous
Climbing Grade
Complete Mountaineering Expeditions.
Trek & Climb duration
34 Nights & 35 Days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Above Base Camp
23 Nights & 24 days (base camp to base camp)
Total Trip
42 Nights & 43 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
April to June and September to November.

Trip Highlights

a classic and toughest climb on world 10th highest Mt. Annapurna I,
daily views of dramatic landscapes along with rural traditional farm villages,
pristine rhododendron and pine forest in the shade of local Gurung Buddhist culture, a pleasant and adventurous walk with delightful sceneries on walk to ABC.

Trip Overview

View Nepal Treks proudly presents Mt. Annapurna I Expedition on world 10th highest Mountain at 8,091 m / 26,545 ft. high. The mountain first explored and climbed by late Maurice Herzog and his French Team members in 3rd June 1950.

The first 8,000 meter mountain ever to be climbed even before Everest was conquered.Hats Off! to brave and courageous Herzog and his expeditions party who climbed world toughest and high technical peak.

Mt. Annapurna I, like Naga Pharbat and K 2 in Kharakum mountain range of Pakistan known as killer Mountain which requires true guts and determination to summit Mt. Annapurna I.

The mountain with great massive range of peaks located mid west of Nepal at the western end of stunning Annapurna Sanctuary, one of the most popular and famous trekking destination.

The region is spectacular with beautiful landscapes culturally fascinating. The locals of the villages are Gurung tribe with ancient Bon and Tibetan Buddhism culture.

Our Mt. Annapurna Expeditions designed with proper planning with much rest days for acclimatization and climbing practices before the final ascent to the summit of Mt. Annapurna I with full support of View Nepal expert guides and staff.

Outline itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Full preparation for Annapurna Expeditions.
Day 04: Drive or fly to Pokhara 950m – 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.
Day 05: Drive to Nayapul 1,100m begin trek to Ghandruk 1,750m.
Day 06: Trek to Chomrong 1,951m – 06 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,130m via Bamboo 2,050m – 06 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp 3,720m via Deurali – 06 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4, 190 m – 04 hours.
Day 10: At Annapurna base camp rest and acclimatization.
Day 11: Climb to Advance Camp 5,600m.
Day 12 – 13: At Advance Camp.
Day 14 – 33: Climbing Day.
Day 34: Return to Base Camp.
Day 35: At Base Camp.
Day 36: Trek to Bamboo 2,050 m – 06 hours.
Day 37: Trek to Jhinu danda 1,700m via Chomrong 06 hours.
Day 38: Trek to Pothana 1, 900 m – 05 hrs.
Day 39: Trek to Kande and drive to Pokhara.
Day 40: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 41-42: In Kathmandu free day with sightseeing tour.
Day 43: International departure homeward bound.

Cost Includes / Excludes

Cost Includes

  1. All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotels on bed / breakfast basis. (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)
  3. Sightseeing tour (if mentioned and added in the itinerary) or as optional)
  4. Full board trek on lodge basis includes (B-L-D) on twin sharing accommodation (Single room supplement at extra cost if required where available).
  5. Full board on camping includes (B-L-D) on twin sharing accommodation (Single tents supplement at extra cost if required).Include separate kitchen unit with cook-kitchen staff accompanied by guides and porters.
  6. Applicable Conservation & National Park Permits including Climbing permits from Nepal Ministry of Tourism.
  7. Service of trekking and climbing guides his equipment, summit incentive (bonus) daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  8. Service of trekking and camping staff of cooks-kitchen staff -porters their daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  9. Welcome dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
  10. Private Transportation as per the itineraries (for Manaslu-Dhaulagiri-Annapurna beside Everest) and to and from Kathmandu
  11. Trips briefing with full information and reconfirmation of international air tickets.
  12. Domestic Airfare as per the itinerary mentioned.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu, gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks.
  • Personal trekking gear and mountaineering- climbing equipments.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.
  • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.
  • Camping and other services above Base camp.

Mt. Annapurna I Expedition Detail Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport well received by View Nepal Treks guide and staff for short drive to your hotel within Kathmandu city, after refreshment our guide / leader will inform regarding trekking and Annapurna I expeditions - hotels –lodge on route with evening welcome dinner.

In Kathmandu with full day guided sightseeing tour around places of places of interest, as Kathmandu valley steeped with historical monuments all listed as World Heritage Sites, an opportunity to gain knowledge of Nepali cultures and traditions.

Today you will be fully engrossed with preparation for Annapurna I Expeditions and other related activities, includes final briefing and orientation program on trek and climb and knowing each member of the team including guides and other staff.

We have reserved this extra day to provide enough time for packing and buying extra gears or shopping for the expeditions. View Nepal office and field staff along with leader of the team will use this day to obtain permits and necessary documentation for the climb of Mt. Annapurna I.

Starting the adventure to Annapurna I Expedition trek and climb with an overland drive to Pokhara through Himalayan foothills, on reaching Pokhara transfer to respective hotels close to serene Lake Phewa with afternoon free for short strolls.

(Options by Air 30 minutes flight to Pokhara).

On leaving Pokhara valley towards mid hill villages with constant views of snowcapped peaks as the drive ends at Nayapul starting the walk following the Modi River most of the way passing nice Bhirethati village, and then a climb to Ghandruk for overnight halt. This is a large Gurung village around Annapurna region, Gurung are famous as gallant soldiers and mercenaries in foreign legion with British and Indian Gorkha battalions.

Morning walk leads above Ghandruk village, trekking on gradual path and with uphill to Kimrong ridge, from here route descends to Kimrong valley into cool forested area. On reaching Kimrong River, an uphill climb for few hours to the top of Chomrong village.

From the top a short downhill to overnight stop at Chomrong village for overnight stop, last permanent village and door to Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp trek.

After Chomrong walk leads to short downhill through terraced fields to Chomrong River. After crossing a bridge an uphill for an hour to Sinuwa danda, from here walk to Bamboo a small settlement, located by the Modi River in the middle of bamboo, rhododendron and oaks forested area.

Walk continues after Bamboo with gradual up to Dovan for overnight stop, situated in the middle of forest and river gorge.

From here onwards air gets cooler as the walk gets close to Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp. Walk leads on glacier and moraine formed by old avalanches near Deurali the last place with lodges before Machhapuchare Base Camp.

Here onward tree lines disappears with only short bushes, a final climb following Modi Rivers upstream brings at Machhapuchare Base Camp for overnight stop.

Located beneath North Face of Machhapuchare Peak, from here onwards begins Annapurna Sanctuary.

Starting the morning walk with views of mountains reaching higher elevation at Annapurna Base Camp, with close up views of magnificent Annapurna peaks with Mt. Annapurna I, after a good walk to Annapurna Base Camp for lunch and overnight stop with ample time to marvel the mountain views and just relax in this beautiful surrounding.

A full rest day for acclimatization and short hike around in this magnificent surrounding with amphitheatre of snow-peaks and Annapurna I a large wall of a mountain as seen from the base camp and Annapurna sanctuary. Here with time for climbing preparation for next day climb to Advance Camp.

Trek and climb towards Advance Camp the faint trail leads on the moraine of ice and small glacial streams, the climb leads higher to camp near the elevation of 5,600m. A tough walk and climb avoiding thin glaciers and crevices on route to Advance Camp.

These two days everyone will be busy sorting and repacking of the necessary gear and equipments for the climb which needs at least 3 camps before the summit bid.

Our leader and climbing Sherpa guide will brief with information regarding climbing routine and technique required for the climb.
Here you can practice climb on ice and glaciers beneath the towering Annapurna I.

The mountain from the North West side first climbed by late legendry Maurice Herzog in the 1950’s, the first 8,000 meter peak ever to climbed even before Everest was summitted, since then there have been several Expeditions from this route some has acclaimed success many climbers found this peak as a killer mountain just like Nanga Parbat in Kharakorum range. For this reason and for safety measure we have reserved 20 days for the climb.

The 1st camp will be set in about 2-3 days and the next camp II and III between weeks; remaining days will be used for proper preparation to summit this tough mountain.

The weather also plays prime factor on the climb, some time unfavorable weather hinder the climbing routine days.

After the tough hard work and climb descend back to Base Camp safely, bringing all the gear, used oxygen bottles and camping equipments by this day every member and staff should reach base camp to assist with packing and cleaning the area.

After an adventurous and tough climb with success and at base camp preparation for return journey to Pokhara unto Kathmandu, here sorting out gear and cleaning the surrounding camp.

After grand time at Annapurna base camp within the Sanctuary, morning walk heads downhill all the way to Deurali. From here with few ups and downs and some gradual section back into tree lines to reach at Bamboo for overnight stop.

Morning a short steep climb to Khuldi Ghar, and then downhill through dense forest passing Sinuwa danda as the walk leads lead to Chomrong khola.

After the bridge an uphill walk for an hour to Chomrong village for lunch.

After Chomrong with half hour climb at Chomrong ridge and then descend to Jhinu danda for overnight stop. This village offers refreshing bathe in hot springs which is just 20 minutes walk downhill near Modi River.

After a pleasant stop at Jhinu, morning walks continues on downhill trail to another New Bridge (Nayapul) by Modi River, after the bridge a gradual walk and short climb to reach at Landruk village, and through terraced farm fields and villages reaching cool forested area, a short climb to Deurali ridge at 2,150 m.

After Deurali a nice pleasant walk leads to Pothana with grand views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu including views of Fish Tail peak.

Morning starts with super views of mountains and heading up at Thulo Kharka also called Australian Camp a beautiful place with large meadows overlooking magnificent views of the Himalayan range of mountains, from here trek concludes with an hour downhill to Kande village on the road connecting Baglung-Pokhara highway, from here an hour drive back to Pokhara after a wonderful time up in the high mountains.

Morning a scenic overland drive to Kathmandu, after a remarkable and most challenging climb on Annapurna I expedition. On reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and souvenir shopping.

(Options by air with 30 mins scenic flight back to Kathmandu)

A spare day in Kathmandu in case delay on climbing due to weather or technical problem, if all runs well have a free day or sightseeing tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur.

We have allowed two days after the expeditions as reserve day and as well to submit expeditions report to concern Nepal Government Department regarding the climb and activities of the expeditions.

Today, your last day in amazing Nepal with great experience and fond memories of Mt. Annapurna I Expeditions, as per your time for international flight, View Nepal staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

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