Annapurna Expedition

The word 'Annapurna' is composed of two words 'Anna' and 'purna', meaning "filled with foods / grains". Annapurna has also got its naming roots with goddess 'Durga', the Hindu Divine Mother Goddess. Strictly closed till 1948, for foreigners, Annapurna ( 8,091m.), was first  foreign nationals in 1949 we permitted for The Annapurna expedition to a group of American ornithologists followed by a team of Swiss climbers under the leadership of Rene Dittert. The team explored the stunning Himalayas of the northeast of this country. The permission  was granted by the then Nepalese government 1949 to the French Federation de la Montagne to climb one of the highest peaks that stood within Nepal.

Annapurna I was the first climbed mountain peak over 8000 m. by French climber Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal. Annapurna expedition is treated as the most dangerous Himalayan peak to climb based on fatality rate occurred. There is less successful attempt of Annapurna and taken as difficult mountain peak to climb as well.

Among the ascents, Annapurna south face is less used than north face. Our program also follows the north / north western  face from Ghasa, Thulo Bugin, Mristi Khola and then to Base Camp.

Day 01 :  Arrive at Kathmandu - Transfer to your Hotel
Upon arrival at the airport meet with our representative and transfer you to the Hotel (star category, very nice and centrally located in Thamel). Rest of the time is free to enjoy on your own.

Day 02 :  Kathmandu Sightseeing (1350m)
After breakfast, you set out for the tour of cultural Kathmandu. The tour includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar Square.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is the royal palace square complex from where Nepal’s king ruled from 14th century till 18th century. Major attraction of the square is the living goddess KUMARI, various temples dedicated to different Gods and Goddesses of Hindu religion, shrines and yards. 9 storey beautifully carved palace complex is another attraction and museum of the late kings.
Bouddhanath is the biggest Buddhist stupa in Nepal in terms of its expansion and height. Build in 5th century, this stupa is the most impressive of all stupas in Kathmandu. Likewise, Swoyambhunath stupa popularly known as Monkey temple is another attraction of the day.
Pashupatinath Temple is the most sacred Hindu temple in Kathmandu. Pilgrimages from Nepal and from India pay their homage to lord Shiva in this temple. Cremation as per Hindu tradition and belief, is another attraction of Pashupatinath, if you wish to have a look.
Based on your time left we may visit Bhaktapur or Patan Durbar square which is similar to Kathmandu Durbar Square . These squares used to be the royal palace of Malla Kings who ruled in Nepal from 9th century till 18th century.
After tour of the city, drive back to hotel and spend some time preparing for the trek. Stay overnight at hotel. Please, check your insurance details and have a copy of your travel medical insurance policy with you.

Day 03 :  Preparation of the Climb
We spend day at preparing the final documents, gears, equipments etc. You can enjoy final shopping before you set out for the adventure trip. Overnight stay in the Hotel .

Day 04 :  Drive to Beni (830m)
Drive to Beni is a adventure yet beautiful drive along the rivers in the mid hill region highway. The highway normally is narrow with many bends thus the drive takes long time.
We arrive Beni and stay in the Hotel.

Day 05 :  Trek to Tatopani (1190m)
We trek to Tatopani ( literally mean hot water ). Tatopani is the most popular place for hot spring in the river bank of Kali Gandaki. People believe that bathing in the pool of hot spring helps to cure many skin diseases.Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 06 :  Trek to Ghasa (2010m)
We walk along the River Kali Gandaki passing various smaller streams. Ghasa is taken as the the deepest gorge of the world. Two of 8000 m. high peak Dhaulagiri in left side and Annapurna I on the right side stood very high making this place the deepest gorge in the world. Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 07 :  Trek to Lete (2480 m)
From Ghasa we trek to Lete. The trail climbs gradually uphill again in the side of river Kali Gandaki. The walking is beautiful in the pine forest with beautiful view of some Himalayan peaks.

Day 08 :  Trek to Thulo Bugin
We trek today to Thulo Bugin and stay in the tented camp overnight.

Day 09 :  Trek to Thulo Bugin pass ( 4281m)
We trek today to Thulo Bugin Pass and then stay overnight in the tented camp in the river bank.

Day 10 :  Trek to Mrist Khola
We trek today to Mristi Khola after lunch and overnight stay in tented camp in the river bank.

Day 11 :  Trek to Base Camp
Trekking up to Annapurna Base Camp and overnight stay in the tented camp.

Day 12-47 :  Climbing Period
We take these days as a climbing period where we set up various camps to climb the Annapurna. Our Sherpa, crew and staff care of all the tented camps, meals, climbing etc.
Take enough time for acclimatize and climb the adventure Annapurna I peak.
Summit and return back to the Base Camp.

Day 48 :  Cleaning up base camp
We spend the day for cleaning up the campsite.

Day 49 :  Trek back to Thulo Bugin
We start to trek back after our summit of Annapurna. We trek back to Thulo Bugin and overnight stay in the tented camp.

Day 50:  Trek back to Lete
Trek back to Lete and overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 51 : Trek to Tukuche (2590 m) / Marpha (2627 m)
We walk to Tukuche or Marpha along the river Kali Gandaki . The trail is beautiful in the river’s sandy beach. The view of Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna is stunning during the walk. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 52 : Trek to Jomsom (2710m)
From Tukuche or Marpha, we walk to Jomsom which is short walking. Enjoy the beautiful scenery around the Jomsom.

Day 53 : Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (950 m) - 25 minutes, relaxing Day
Early in the morning fly to Pokhara by small aircraft with majestic mountains. You will be flying above the World’s deepest Gorge. And relax whole day in Pokhara Hotel. Or wander around Lake side city with fascinating mountains panorama view and nature charming.

Day 54 : Fly back to Kathmandu - Transfer to the Hotel
Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your Hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own.

Day 55 : Farewell Day in  Kathmandu (1,350m)
In this pleasant day you may have full day at leisure either relax at hotel or explore around Thamel. Today is day of ending your journey, so we would like offer you farewell dinner in Nepali typical Restaurant and hand over you Trip Certificate, Trekking Permit and TIMS Card for memory of Nepal trip.

Day 56 : Final Departure to your Destination
Before you are transferred to the Airport for your final departure to your home country or other destination, you are free for shopping. Departure transfer to the Airport.

Cost Includes

1.    All required pickup & Drop transfers.
2.    All food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
3.    Accommodation in Hotel and tented camps as required.
4.    Hot drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate).
5.    All transportation.
6.    Trekking permit.
7.    Climbing permits and other required documentations
8.    Five nights Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu.
9.    Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
10.  All temples Entry Permit in kathmandu.
11.  All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all camping gear,
       transport etc for Nepalese staff.
12.  All taxes.
13.  Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs.

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind
       of unforeseen & personal expenses
2.    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.

Boots, Crampons, Gaiters

1.   Light hiking boots
2.   8000m climbing boots
3.   Gaiters
4.   Crampons (step-in bindings preferred)

Climbing Tools

1.   Ice Axe: (standard; around 65-70 cm, depending on height)
2.   Seat harness
3.   Locking carabineers : 6 (Automatic locking type with large pear shape)
4.   2 folding- ski pole

Technical Clothings

1.   Polypro or Capaline long underwear (4sets)
2.   Pile jacket and pants (pants must have full separating side zips)
3.   GoreTex shells (top and bottoms, bottoms must have full separating side zips)
4.   Down jacket (medium & heavy weight)

Mitts & Gloves

1.   Light synthetic gloves - 3pr (Capaline or polypropaline)
2.   Wool (or pile) mitts and Gor-Tex overmitts

Socks

1.   Wool or pile socks (6pr light liners, 4pr heavy liners)
                
Headgear

1.   Head lamp (spare bulbs and batteries)
2.   Glacier - sun glasses
3.   Wool or pile hat

Sleeping

1.   Sleeping bag (expedition quality, rated to  -15 & 40F)
2.   Sleeping pads (2)

Camping

1.   Backpack: Internal frame pack 5,000 cu.in.
2.   Pee bottle (one-liter large mouth)
3.   Water bottles (2 one-liter large mouth)
4.   Sunscreen (maximum block)
5.   Lip sunscreen

Traveling

1.   Large duffel bag for transporting all your gear at airports and on pack animals.
2.   Toiletry bag        
3.   Travel clothes
4.   Personal first aid kit
5.   Small day pack: for trekking days (optional)

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