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Mount Annapurna I Expedition

Overview The Mount Annapurna I Expedition is also a thrilling adventure that takes you to the heart of the majestic Himalayas in Nepal. Standing at a staggering height of 8,091 meters (26,545 feet), Mount Annapurna I is the tenth highest mountain in the world and offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for mountaineers. The expedition typically begins in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, where you will also meet your experienced guides and fellow climbers. After making necessary preparations and obtaining permits, you embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara, a picturesque lakeside city that serves as the gateway to…


The Mount Annapurna I Expedition is also a thrilling adventure that takes you to the heart of the majestic Himalayas in Nepal. Standing at a staggering height of 8,091 meters (26,545 feet), Mount Annapurna I is the tenth highest mountain in the world and offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for mountaineers.

The expedition typically begins in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, where you will also meet your experienced guides and fellow climbers. After making necessary preparations and obtaining permits, you embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara, a picturesque lakeside city that serves as the gateway to the Annapurna region.

From Pokhara, the trekking portion of the expedition commences, leading you through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming mountain villages. The trail also gradually ascends, providing ample time for acclimatization and allowing you to soak in the breathtaking landscapes. You’ll pass through rhododendron forests, cross suspension bridges, and encounter diverse flora and fauna along the way.

As you approach the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 meters/13,550 feet), the surroundings become more alpine and the air thinner. Here, you will spend several days acclimatizing and preparing for the ultimate summit push. The climb to Annapurna I’s summit also requires technical skills, including traversing steep slopes, negotiating ice and rock formations, and braving unpredictable weather conditions.

The final ascent to the summit is a culmination of physical endurance, mental resilience, and teamwork. Standing atop the peak, you are also rewarded with a panoramic view of the surrounding Himalayan giants, including Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare, and Manaslu. It is an awe-inspiring moment that fills you with a sense of accomplishment and awe at the sheer grandeur of nature.

Conclusion and Summary

Descending from the summit, you retrace your steps back to Pokhara, reflecting on the incredible journey you have just undertaken. The Mount Annapurna I Expedition is an unforgettable experience that pushes your limits, tests your determination, and connects you with the untamed beauty of the Himalayas. It is also a tribute to the indomitable human spirit and the power of nature that leaves an indelible mark on your soul.

Trip Highlights

  • Mount Annapurna Expedition I is at 8,091 meters – a 10th highest mountain of the world
  • Magnificent views of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Himalchuli, Machhapuchhare (FishTail), Lamjung Himal, Hiunchuli and several peaks within Annapurna Mountain Ranges.
  • Explore the cultural and traditional villages, including the region’s flora and fauna in one of the most enchanting spots on Planet.
  • Opportunity to gain a lifetime mountaineering experience.

Itinerary Expand All

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.

What's Included

  • International and Domestic Airport-Hotel-Airport transfers in Nepal
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu and 2 night in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis
  • Schedule flight Kathmandu-Pokhara-Dana-Pokhara-Kathmandu for members,
  • Schedule flight for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Dana-Pokhara-Kathmandu for Liaison Officer,
  • Member personal climbing equipment Kathmandu-Pokhara-Dana-Pokhara-Kathmandu (max 60 kg)
  • Full Board  food,  lodging during trekking to base camp and back to Dana after Expedition
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Fees
  • A professional  climbing Sherpa guide per member during  summit attempt and during climbing
  • 7 Oxygen bottles (4 liters.) per member with top-out Mask and Regulator.
  • Climbing Sherpa  oxygen 3 cylinders  ( 4 liters ) per Sherpa
  • All staff  KTM-Base Camp-KTM transportation
  • Common climbing equipment (necessary rope, ice bars, ice screws, etc.)
  • Clean Mountain bags
  • Solar Power at Base Camp and Camp II.
  • Satellite Phone available at Base Camp ( with nominal charge per use)
  • The facility of Internet service and recharge cards with a nominal charge
  • Daily Weather Report Services
  • Medical consultation services at the Base Camp with the (HRA) clinic
  • High Altitude tents: Single Tent in the Base Camp while in upper camps, the tent shall be shared with 2-3 climbers
  • All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during Expedition as per the schedule
  • Services of cook and kitchen boy at Base Camp and Cook at higher Camps.
  • Kitchen tent, Stores tent, Dining Tents, Toilet Tents, Shower Tent, Tables and chairs, cooking utensils for Base Camp and camp II,
  • Insurance for Climbing Sherpas, Cooks, Liaison Officer, and local porters as well as Equipment,
  • Allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpas, cooks, kitchen boys, and Government Liaison Officers.
  • Base Camp single tent with mattress and pillow for each member, Climbing Sherpa, BC staffs, and Liaison Officer Tents
  • Solar panel at Base Camp for light and charging small electronics. (Eg. mobile phones, amateur digital cameras, and handheld video cameras).
  • Personal solar-powered light at each tent per member at the Base Camp in the evening,
  • Transportation of food and equipment supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu
  • Heaters in the base camp in the dining tent
  • Fresh vegetable  supply from Pokhara or Kathmandu
  • Special high foods for members and sherpas as per requirements of your choice in Kathmandu
  • Summit and Higher Camp Route fix charge,
  • Emergency oxygen  during the expedition in the Base Camp and Higher Camps,
  • First Aid kit ( For special medicine or internal medicine please seek advice from your doctor and prepare accordingly)
  • 1 Walkie-talkie for each climber while climbing,
  • Garbage deposit  Shipment Charges
  • Company service charge
  • Mount Annapurna Expedition Royalty fee and all official formalities of all documents for climbing Mount Annapurna.
  • Oxygens cylinder and mask regulators,
  • Route fixing charge
  • Applicable fees and local taxes (VAT 13%) imposed by  Nepal government,

What's Excluded

  • International flight tickets from/to your country.
  • Nepal Entry visa fee that can be obtained at the airport upon arrival,
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • An extended stay in a hotel after 3-nights in Kathmandu.;
  • Your Personal Climbing Equipment,
  • Extra cost incurred due to Personal member’s baggage exceeding 60 k.g,
  • Buy special Insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation by helicopter in case of need during the Annapurna Expedition
  • Charges for Commercial Filming and Drone Permit if needed,
  • International airport departure tax at Kathmandu Airport.
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as hard and soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, wifi, etc,
  • Extra oxygens other than 7 bottles,
  • Climbing Sherpa summit bonus for Annapurna $1500,
  • Tips for staffs cook in the Base Camp $250 at minimum that will be collected in the Base Camp,
  • Camp 2 cook tips minimum $100,
  • Any other extra expenses other than mentioned in the Cost Includes section,
  • Any unforeseeable risks that can arise during  the mountaineering,

Trip Information

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.

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Trip Facts

Duration 40 Day(s)
Activities Mountaineering
Group Size 1 to 20
Best Season March to May, September to November
Start/End Point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Difficulty Level Very Hard
Max Altitude 8091M

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