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Annapurna expedition

Annapurna Expedition

Difficulty: Strenuous
Max Altitude: 8091m
Duration: 52 days
Cost: $21900
Season: Spring/Autumn
Accommodation: Hotel/Teahouse/Camping
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Highlights

  • One of the most beautiful and the highest mountains in the whole world, Annapurna I
  • Highly full of technical challenges
  • The highest level of extreme adventure
  • Expedition done with the utmost preparation and the perfect skilled teams
  • Fully arranged and supervised climbing expedition
  • Become a part of the history-making groups and the lifetime experience to be achieved

The land of Everest has many things to offer you as many mighty mountains stands with it. Among them Mt. Annapurna is also one of them standing as the 10th highest summit in the world standing at the elevation of 8091m from sea level. Annapurna is a series of peaks which is 55 km long with the highest point Annapurna-I and other Annapurna-II (7937m), Annapurna-III (7555m), Annapurna-IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7219m) and Gangapurna (7455m). The peak is located in a spectacular setup with great gorge of the Kali Gandaki River at east and the Dhaulagiri massif at only 34 km west.

The mighty and fascinating mountains and forest areas make Annapurna region one of the most beautiful and popular destinations to visit over other places. In Sanskrit, Annapurna means "full of food" but normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests by Nepali. The entire Annapurna massif and its area is protected within the Annapurna Conservation Area which is distributed to the total area of 7629 square km. It is the very first and largest Conservation Area of Nepal established in 1986. Despite being at 8091m altitude, it is considered as one of the most challenging expedition in the Himalayas. Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal were the first person to climb the peak successfully on June 3, 1950.  The Annapurna Conservation Area is home of several world class treks which includes Annapurna circuit.

Annapurna Expedition in Spring and Autumn

Mt. Annapurna Expedition could be scheduled in Spring and Autumn every year. The expedition may begin since the end of august and complete at around end of October. The climber has to face the critical situation throughout the expedition for acclimatization for approaching to summit. But, the temperature changes from cold to hot during spring which makes it more convenient for approaching the top of the peak. Starting the expedition at the end of March or beginning of the April is the best recommended period for the Annapurna expedition taking the total duration of 50+ days. However, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours is ready to organize the expedition in both spring and autumn but we strongly recommend you to start the expedition during spring.

Annapurna Expedition outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and hotel transfer, Hotel

Day 02: Preparation day and optional Kathmandu valley tour, B, Hotel

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni, BLD, Teahouse

Day 04: Trek from Beni to Tatopani, BLD, Teahouse

Day 05: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa, BLD, Teahouse

Day 06: Trek from Ghasa to Lete, BLD, Teahouse

Day 07: Trek from Lete to Thulo Bugin Campsite, BLD, Tented Camping

Day 08: Trek from Thulo Bugin Campsite to Hum Khola, BLD, Tented Camping

Day 09: Trek from Hum Khola to Miristi Khola, BLD, Tented Camping

Day 10: Trek from Miristi Khola to Annapurna Base Camp, BLD, Tented Camping

Day 11-43: Annapurna Summit, Climbing Period (8091m) and down to Annapurna base camp, BLD, Tented Camping

Day 44: Trek down from Annapurna base camp to Miristi Khola, BLD, Tented Camping

Day 45: Trek back from Miristi Khola to Thulo Bugin Campsite, BLD, Tented Camping

Day 46: Trek from Thulo Bugin Campsite to Lete, BLD, Teahouse

Day 47: Trek from Lete to Ghasa, BLD, Teahouse

Day 48: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani, BLD, Teahouse

Day 49: Trek and drive to Pokhara via Beni, BL, Teahouse

Day 50: Pokhara City sightseeing tour, B, Hotel

Day 51: Drive back to Kathmandu, Farewell dinner, BD, Hotel

Day 52: Final Departure, Farewell, B, Flight.

Annapurna Expedition detailed itinerary
BLD denotes Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and hotel transfer, Hotel

When you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu (TIA), one of our representatives will be there to greet you and transfer you to your respective hotel. The land of Everest has many things to offer you. The evening time will offer you a delicious local Nepali food with some folk music to entertain you.

Day 02: Preparation day and optional Kathmandu valley tour, B, Hotel

After a delightful breakfast in the early morning, we start our preparation for our trek with paper works. The rest of free day, you can join the optional tour around Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar squares exploring the ancient Nepali arts and architecture. The evening will go through rest and preparation for the next day departure.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni, BLD, Teahouse

After breakfast in the same hotel, we leave for Beni. We start the drive through Prithivi Highway along the edges of mighty Trishuli River. You will drive by following three big rivers of Nepal; Trisuli, Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki. After covering the distance about 207 km, you will reach one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal, Pokhara and passing through Pokhara, you finally reach Beni which is district headquarter of Myagdi District and lies on the bank of River Kali Gandaki also known as Black River. Evening meal and overnight at lodge at Beni.

Day 04: Trek from Beni to Tatopani, BLD, Teahouse

After breakfast in early morning, we leave for Tatopani. This is the very first day of our trek which starts with the adorable morning view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Mountains in the Northern part of Beni. Tatopani in Nepali means Hot Water. The natural hot spring water in between of black river (Kali Gandaki) and town of Tatopani will make your day memorable. After long first day hike, we rest the day at Tatopani.

Day 05: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa, BLD, Teahouse

This day, we trek towards Ghasa along the Kali Gandaki River. Our trail ascends gradually as we pass through the magnificent waterfall of Rupche Chahara then trek again continues along the dusty trail that leads through deepest gorge of world, Kali Gandaki Gorge also known as Andha Galchi. We can hear the huge flows of the river stream while trekking through this area making our trek more enjoyable. We continue the hike again until we arrive at the beautiful village of Ghasa. Overnight in Ghasa at teahouse.

Day 06: Trek from Ghasa to Lete, BLD, Teahouse

This day is the easiest and shortest hiking day of whole Annapurna Expedition. The trekking paths leads us through a rising trail that climbs for some hours to reach Lete. The trek takes us through the sub-tropical vegetation with incredible views of surrounding mountains and beautiful valleys. Overnight in Teahouse at Lete.

Day 07: Trek from Lete to Thulo Bugin Campsite, BLD, Tented Camping

After breakfast in early morning, we leave Lete and trek over the trail passing through harsh alpine vegetation of that region. From this day, no local teahouses are available so our porters will help us carrying the tents, climbing gears and other necessary things needed for the further trekking and climbing. We stay overnight in tented camps at Thulo Bugin campsite.

Day 08: Trek from Thulo Bugin Campsite to Hum Khola, BLD, Tented Camping

We start our trek again in early morning after breakfast in campsite at Thulo Bugin and follow the trail that climbs gradually over the loose and rocky route. Trekking in higher altitudes can be very tiring, so rest and then restore your energy needed for further trekking. Our trek continues until we arrive campsite near Hum Khola. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 09: Trek from Hum Khola to Miristi Khola, BLD, Tented Camping

We take our breakfast in early morning and then leave our campsite following the trail with several ups and downs. After trekking for a few hours, we approach to Miristi Khola where we get good camping grounds. Then, our crew members will set up the camps where we stay an overnight.

Day 10: Trek from Miristi Khola to Annapurna Base Camp, BLD, Tented Camping

The further trek continues in the early morning after breakfast. We head towards our destination base camp and there our Sherpa crew will set up the camps. There, we prepare for climb at higher altitudes above the base camp. Rest of our day, we enjoy the stunning views of surrounding around us. Overnight at tented camps.

Day 11-43: Annapurna Summit, Climbing Period (8091m) and down to Annapurna base camp, BLD, Tented Camping

This day, we start fulfilling the dream of reaching the top of Annapurna (8091m). All the hard works of carrying and setting up additional camps at higher altitudes will be done by our Sherpa crew. They will also help us in preparing and providing healthy and hygienic meals to stay mentally and physically fit throughout the trip. The most important one is finding appropriate routes and fixing ladders, ropes which will be also done by the Sherpas of our crew. These days of our climb will be one of the hardest and cheerful parts of trip. The climbing team with our entire crew will help you for your success in easy and enjoyable way till the end of the trip. We will follow the footsteps of experienced Sherpa guides. Taking weather conditions into consideration, we head towards the summit and after reaching the top; the summit rewards us with spectacular and breathtaking views of mountains within Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan Ranges. After spending the best awaited moments and quality time at the top, we descend down to base camp following the same routes.

Day 44: Trek down from Annapurna base camp to Miristi Khola, BLD, Tented Camping

Stepping and standing at the dramatic height of 8091m is really big achievement and lifetime experience. After breakfast, we engage ourselves in cleaning the base camp and prepare for the return back. We trace our steeps back to Miristi Khola with the joy of stepping at the top of Mt. Annapurna. Overnight at Miristi Khola.

Day 45: Trek back from Miristi Khola to Thulo Bugin Campsite, BLD, Tented Camping

After breakfast, we continue to retrace our steps back from Miristi Khola to the same trail passing through Hum Khola. From there, we descend down and walking for a couple of hours, we trek to reach Thulo Bugin Campsite. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 46: Trek from Thulo Bugin Campsite to Lete, BLD, Teahouse

We leave our campsite in early morning after breakfast. The walk continues and follow the same trail that descends down through subtropical vegetation of that region. We walk until we arrive back to Lete. As the services are widely available in Lete, we celebrate our achievement in evening at teahouse with our climbing crew members.

Day 47: Trek from Lete to Ghasa, BLD, Teahouse

After breakfast in same hotel, our trail descends back the same trail and we walk until we finally arrive back to Ghasa. Our journey offers some of the beautiful views of mountains of Annapurna region and beautiful valleys. Overnight at Ghasa.

Day 48: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani, BLD, Teahouse

We track our way back to Tatopani in early morning through Rupse Chahara (waterfall) and Kali Gandaki gorge. Then we finally arrive to Tatopani where we rest and relax at natural Hot water spring. Overnight at Tatopani. 

Day 49: Trek and drive to Pokhara via Beni, BL, Teahouse

The trek continues in early morning through the trail that descends gradually down taking us back to Beni. This is the last day of our trek as we take vehicle for drive to reach Pokhara from Beni. There you will be transferred to hotel where you can have either rest or take an evening walk in the beautiful city of Pokhara if you wish. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 50: Pokhara City sightseeing tour, B, Hotel

We leave hotel in early morning and take drive to Sarangkot. There you will have the view of magnificent sunrise over Pokhara valley and view of the Annapurna range. The colors dance over the top of the mountains of Annapurna range displaying the nature. After then, you can have paragliding over the Phewa Lake and Pokhara city if you wish which offers you spectacular view of the whole city and the mountains. Following which we head for boating in Phewa Lake. At the end of the day, you can have the walk along the edges of lake which offers you stunning view of Lake. Then we return back to hotel.

Day 51: Drive back to Kathmandu, Farewell dinner, BD, Hotel

In the final day of our journey, we drive back to Kathmandu and do some souvenir shopping in the evening. Farewell dinner will be served by Nature Lovers Treks and Tours’ team with the spectacular cultural dance performances.

Day 52: Final Departure, Farewell, B, Flight.

After the huge achievement of summiting the majestic Mount Annapurna, now it’s time to head back to your sweet home. We will drop you off and bid farewell in the airport. Namaste and Good bye.

Annapurna Expedition cost breakdown

Cost Include

  • Pick up and drop from/to airport and other ground transports
  • Hotels in Kathmandu on AP basis (all meals included)
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with all entrance fees
  • Teahouse lodges during trek with full meals
  • Camping accommodation while climbing
  • Healthy diets while on Annapurna camps
  • Group climbing equipment
  • Experienced and licensed climbing guide and Sherpas
  • Professional guide and the porters and their expenses
  • Company t-shirt, route maps
  • Sleeping bags, down jacket and Duffel bag (if needed, to be returned aftere)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant
  • First-aid medical kit bags
  • Oxygen supplies
  • All government taxes
  • Expedition permit fees

Cost Exclude

  • Nepalese visa fee and international airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Gratuities to guide and porters

Trip Note

All of the teams’ safety is of paramount importance to us. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Even though every effort is made to go as planned, a little change might occur in the itinerary because of weather conditions, health condition of a person, unexpected natural disasters and others. The leader will try to ensure the trip runs as planned, but please be prepared to be flexible just in case.

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