Mount Annapurna I is the 10th highest mountain in the world, located in the Annapurna massif of the Himalayas in Nepal. Here's an overview of a typical Mount Annapurna I expedition: Duration: The expedition usually takes around 50-60 days. Route: The most common route to climb Mount Annapurna I is from the north side in Tibet. Acclimatization: The expedition includes several days for acclimatization to the high altitude. This involves hiking to base camps at lower altitudes and taking rest days. Base Camp: The base camp for Mount Annapurna I expedition is located at an altitude of 4,130 meters. From…
Mount Annapurna I is the 10th highest mountain in the world, located in the Annapurna massif of the Himalayas in Nepal. Here’s an overview of a typical Mount Annapurna I expedition:
Duration: The expedition usually takes around 50-60 days.
Route: The most common route to climb Mount Annapurna I is from the north side in Tibet.
Acclimatization: The expedition includes several days for acclimatization to the high altitude. This involves hiking to base camps at lower altitudes and taking rest days.
Base Camp: The base camp for Mount Annapurna I expedition is located at an altitude of 4,130 meters. From here, climbers prepare for the ascent by taking rest days and practicing mountaineering skills.
Camp Setup: The expedition team sets up several camps along the way to the summit, each at higher elevations than the previous one. These camps serve as resting places and staging points for the summit push.
Summit Push: The summit push usually takes around 4-5 days, depending on the weather conditions and the team’s pace. The final ascent to the summit involves navigating steep slopes, ridges, and crevasses.
Summit: The summit of Mount Annapurna I is at an altitude of 8,091 meters. From the summit, climbers can enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas and surrounding landscapes.
Descent: The descent usually takes around 3-4 days, and climbers return to the base camp before heading back to the starting point.
Mount Annapurna I expedition is a challenging and demanding climb that requires physical fitness, mountaineering skills, and mental toughness. It’s important to choose a reputable and experienced expedition company and to prepare well in advance for the expedition.
Upon your arrival at the airport for the Annapurna Expedition with Nepal Challenge Trek you will need to complete your immigration procedures. As soon as you are done, one of our representatives will be waiting for you at the arrivals gate with your name card. Then you will be escorted to the hotel booked for you to rest and relax. You may go out to Thamel in the evening for refreshments.
Day two has been allocated for official formalities and documentation. We will obtain necessary permits, complete all formal procedures and conduct a briefing about the overall expedition.
On the third day, we will have a wonderful breakfast and drive to the airport. Then we fly to the beautiful city, Pokhara. With the aerial view of cities, hills, lakes, and snow-capped mountains, we will reach Pokhara within 30 minutes. The rest of the day will be spent in the outskirts of Pokhara and Lakeside.
We wake up early in the morning and have a fulfilling breakfast. Then we will drive to Dana in Myagdi District. After about a 3-4 hours drive on a rugged path, we will finally reach Dana to rest overnight.
After a night’s rest at Dana, we will take a helicopter flight to the Annapurna Base Camp. Taking a flight will save our time of trekking and also save our energy for the climb. Our team will set up tents for the kitchen, bedroom, dining, and shower. They will also prepare nutritious meals for us. We will prepare for the expedition.
On day 6 we will perform a prayer ceremony before starting our climb. It is believed that goddess Annapurna will bless us with her blessings as we pray. Meanwhile, our crew will set up fixed ropes along the climbing route. We will also conduct multiple rotations around the higher camps and back to the base camp. This will not only train us on the snow and ice but also acclimatize us and prepare us for the ultimate climb. Enjoying the nutritious meals prepared by our highly experienced cooks, we will wait for favorable weather to push for the summit climb.
On the summit day, we will start early at midnight and have a fulfilling breakfast. Following the fixed-line set up by our crew, we will slowly ascend until we conquer the Summit.
As we reach the Summit, we will be blessed with the panoramic views of beautiful snow-capped giants like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre and other significant peaks of the Annapurna massif.
Then, we will slowly descend back to the base camp and prepare to leave.
As we clean up the base camp and pack up all our expedition equipment, a helicopter will be on standby which will take us to Dana.
On this day, we will spend our morning in the beautiful Dana village. After scrumptious breakfast, we will drive to Pokhara. We may spend our day in Pokhara or fly back to Kathmandu via a domestic flight enjoying all the beautiful scenery from a birds-eye view.
This is the day to explore the capital city, Kathmandu. You may go sightseeing around the outskirts of Kathmandu with our city tour guide. We have numerous World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath temple, Swayambunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Thamel, Basantapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan area, and many more. Evening shall be dedicated to the farewell dinner organized by the Nepal Challenge Trek at a typical Nepali restaurant.
After a wonderful journey to the beautiful Annapurna mountain, we will bid you farewell with souvenirs from the company. One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight time for your departure.
Thank you for joining us in this extremely adventurous journey to the treacherous peak, Mt Annapurna.
Annapurna I is the highest peak at 8091 m in the 55 kilometers long Annapurna Massif in the Himalayas located in North-Central Nepal. The name “Annapurna” is derived from the Sanskrit words “Anna” meaning “Food/grains” and “Purna” meaning “full”. Annapurna is also referred to as a goddess in Nepal and is highly believed and prayed by Newar communities.
The first ascent to Annapurna I, also the first ascent to any 8000 m was made by Maurice Herzog from the French Expedition team in 1950 via the North face. The grand Annapurna Massif houses 1 peak over 8000 m, 13 peaks over 7000 m, and 16 peaks over 6000 m making it a wonderful stretch of giant snowy line which is equally eye-pleasing. Limited towards the west by Dhaulagiri separated by Kali Gandaki Gorge, towards the north and east by Marshyangdi river, and towards the south by beautiful Pokhara Valley, Annapurna I covers about 7629 sq. kilometers of the area including the mesmerizing Annapurna Sanctuary, adventurous Annapurna Circuit, and numerous world-class trekking destinations. The first and largest conservation area of Nepal, Annapurna Conservation Area also lies within this area.
As majestic as it looks, Annapurna I is one of the most difficult climbs with a huge fatality rate. Despite being the 10th highest mountain in the world, it is still the least climbed peak among other 8000ers. The extremely sloppy south face, the wall of rock rising above 3000 m and risks of avalanches due to unpredictable snowfall during any season make it one of the treacherous peaks that even the veterans must be careful during the climb.
Annapurna I Expedition requires an extremely fit body and mental strength. One must have high experience of high altitude mountaineering and adequate knowledge of all technicalities of climbing. As we will be spending a number of days in the isolated regions, prepare yourself well.
Best season for Annapurna Expedition
The best season for any trip to the Himalayas is in Spring, Summer, and Pre Autumn when the weather is at its best with clear skies, less extreme temperatures, green lush forests, the beauty of floras, and faunas. It is quite difficult to climb Mt. Annapurna in the winter season for its technicality and extremely unpredictable weather. So, if you want to get the best out of your travel package, make sure you book your holiday in the best seasons.