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Annapurna Expedition

55 days

Trip fact

Destination: Annapurna Expedition

Duration: 55 days

Grade: Hard

Activities: Expedition, sightseeing and cultural trek

Max elevation: 8091m

Transport: Private vehicle

Best Time: Oct -Dec & March-May

Group size: 2+

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost info
  • Trekking Gears

Annapurna (8,091) is an enormous Himalayan massif, the tenth highest mountain in the world. In 1950, it became the first 8,000 meter mountain to be successfully climbed. It is located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalaya Mountains by the Kali Gandaki River, which separates it from the Dhaulagiri massif. Annapurna and surrounding area are protected within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the first and largest conservation area in Nepal, established in 1986 by the King Mahindra Trust for Nature Conservation. Annapurna Expedition is one of two (with K2) the world's most dangerous mountain expedition, with a bad fatality to summit ratio. In Sanskrit, Annapurna means “filled of food” and usually translated as goddess of the production. It was first summated by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal in 1950. All the routes on the mountain pose severe difficulties and hence it is probably why fewer climbers have reached the summit in comparison to other 80000m peaks. The South Face of Annapurna is relatively free of the terrible avalanche hazards that plague the standard routes on the North Face of the mountain, despite the great difficulty; the South Face is a logical route to the summit of Mt. Annapurna.

The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit, so the Annapurna Expedition has additional benefits of occurring in an extremely spectacular setting, however Annapurna peaks are also the world's most dangerous mountains to climb. There are four Annapurna’s in the massif as well and Gangapurna and Annapurna South. The South Face of Annapurna is one of the largest and steepest faces in the world. The stunning views that will captivate you during Annapurna Expedition are Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7855m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Dhaulagiri 1 (8163m), Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Nilgiri (6940m), Tukche Peak (6920m), Machhapuchhre (6993m) and more.

Day 01: Today is your arrival day. Upon your arrival at the airport we will assist you to your hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02-03: These day we visit the places of historical and cultural importance in Kathmandu and complete the government procedure to obtain Annapurna expedition permit. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Today we drive by our private tourist vehicle passing through beautiful countryside to reach Beni. Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Today we start our trek from Beni. We pass through beautiful countryside, forest, heavenly landscape and hot water springs to reach Tatopani (1189m). Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Today our trail continues through Annapurna circuit trek route following the river passing through small villages and forest to finally reach Ghasa (2012m). Stay overnight at Ghasa.

Day 07: Today we pass through scattered villlages on the route and their farmlands, pastures, forest and rocky trail to reach Lete (2438m). Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Today we climb up the trail passing through beautiful rhododendron forest rich with birds, Sherpa villlages and pastures to reach Thulo Bugin. Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 09: Today we make our way following the river and passing the suspension bridges many times passing through thin forest and rocky trail to finally reach Thulo Bugin Pass. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Crossing Thulo Bugin Pass we continue our through Annapurna Base Camp trekking route we reach Mristi Khola. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 11: Trekking up the route the route becomes more difficult and adventurous. We pass the rocky difficult and trek up to Annapurna Base Camp. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 12-47: These days are for climbing and conquering Mt. Annapurna. We start climbing the Annapurna Himal with the support of climbing gears and experts. During the course of climbing we must be prepared to tackle the changing weather and safety measures. After making it to the summit you will sense the feeling of glory. Spectacular views of mountains around can be observed from the summit. After successful summit we climb down the mountain to reach Annapurna Base Camp. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 48: Today is rest day at Base Camp. We rest and explore the natural beauty around ABC. We clean up the Base Camp and stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 49: Today we trek down the route we followed few days ago passing through many small settlements, forest, river and waterfall to finally reach Thulo Bugin. Stay overnight at Guest house.

Day 50: Today we pass through dense rhododendron and pine forest following the river. We pass through many villages reach in their own culture and reach Lete. Stay overnight at Lete.

Day 51: Today we trek down the route passing through yak pasture and farmlands. We pass through beautiful landscape and river to finally reach the cultural village of Tukuche. Stay overnight at Guest House.

Day 52: Today we trek down the route passing the Marpha village. Marpha is famous for apple cultivation. We pass through apple farm and finally reach Jomsom before heavy wind blows. Stay overnight at Guest House.

Day 53: Today early in the morning we board a mountain flight to Pokhara. Then we fly back to Kathmandu and you will be assisted to your hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 54: Today is your free day in Kathmandu. You can visit and go for shopping or stroll around tourist hubs in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 55: Today is your departure day. We will assist you to your hotel prior to your flight.

Cost include

  • All ground and air transportation throughout the trek. 
  • Best available accommodation and full board meals throughout the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • All national park and conservation areas permit fee.
  • Government taxes & office service charge


Cost exclude

  • Meals not quantified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa charge.
  • All beverage and others personal expenses.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek.

For Low and Moderate Altitude Trekking

  • Water bottle
  • Batteries and bulbs
  • Flash light
  • personal towel
  • Swiss army knife
  • Ruck sack
  • Sun lotion
  • Medical & first-aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Poly propylene/wool socks
  • Other required equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking shoes/boots
  • Camp shoes
  • Jumperorpile jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shirts
  • Full–sleeves shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat

 For Higher Altitude Trekking (Above 4000m)

  • Gloves
  • Woolen hat
  • Long underwear
  • Goggles or sun glasses
  • Gaiters
  • Sun block for lips
  • Light cotton socks
  • Mountain trekking boots
  • Woolen socks to wear with boots
  • Nylon wind breaker
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon wind pants

Peak Climbing & Expedition Equipment

  • Long sleeved cotton/woolen shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Long cotton hiking shorts
  • Fleece/wool for climbing
  • Lightweight fleece
  • Sleeping pad (karri mat) or thermarest
  • Down high altitude sleeping bag
  • Down jacket/trousers/vest
  • Light cotton athletic socks and wool socks
  • Water proof climbing jacket
  • Head torch/batteries/bulbs
  • Climbing sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal/insulated ski gloves
  • Sun screen
  • Warm climbing trousers
  • Wool long underwear
  • Other required equipment
  • Climbing boots
  • Gaiters
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • Crampons
  • Karabiners
  • Tapes/slings
  • Snow bars
  • Ice screws
  • Rock pegs
  • Deadmen
  • Crash hat
  • Day bag
  • Rucksack
  • Lip salve
  • T-shirts
  • Ascenders
  • ascenders
  • Kit bag

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