Mount Annapurna I
Mount Annapurna I Overview
Named after the goddess of fertility, Mount Annapurna 1 is the tenth highest mountain in the world. The highest of 6 major peaks in the 55 km long Annapurna Massif, Annapurna I and its sister peaks are considered the most dangerous and difficult of all climbs in the world. Annapurna has a fatality-to-summit ratio of over 38%.
To join the expedition, you’ll need to have extensive mountaineering experience and be in top physical and mental health and the climb is not to be taken in a jest. A prior experience in climbing 8,000 m plus peaks is a must if you want to try climbing Mount Annapurna First.
- Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
- Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu.
- Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara.
- Day 4: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1525m).
- Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani (2834m).
- Day 6: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and Tadapani (2540m).
- Day 7: Trek to Chhomrong (2040m).
- Day 8: Trek to Dobang (2630m).
- Day 9: Trek to Deurali (3230m).
- Day 10: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3720m).
- Day 11: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4095m).
- Day 12-41: Climbing Period.
- Day 42: Trek to Dobang (2630m).
- Day 43: Trek to Chhomrong (2040m).
- Day 44: Trek to Ghandrung (1951m).
- Day 45: Trek to Pothana (1990m).
- Day 46: Trek to Phedi and drive to Pokhara.
- Day 47: Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
On the very first day of your trip, you will experience something truly Nepalese – a traditional Nepalese dinner. But rest assured our representatives will be there to pick you up at the airport, help you check in to your hotel and then take you out for dinner.
Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu.
You will spend the second day sightseeing around Kathmandu – there’s the monkey temple, the Boudhanath Stupa and some ancient heritages of Nepal to be visited. In the latter half of the afternoon our guides will brief you and help you sort out all the equipment for the trip.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara.
The highway between Kathmandu and Pokhara follows deep river valleys, across bridges and modern townships with roadhouses for travelers to stop and eat. The journey is about 5 hours long and if we start early you’ll be in Pokhara by midday. You can spend the rest of the day strolling around Lakeside, a chilled out place to eat and hang out, go paddling in the Phewa Lake and sort out any last minute trekking gear.
Day 4: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1525m).
Nayapul is an hour’s ride from Pokhara and is the starting point for our trek. Today’s destination is Tikhedhunga which is a 540 meter ascent from Nayapul. The trail starts with a steep set of stairs, leveling up to some flat fields and then ascends up a hill into the woods before ending in Tikhedhunga.
Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani (2834m).
The strenuous part of the trek begins today as you climb 3500 stone steps only to reach Ulleri which is only halfway to Ghorepani. The ascent never stops until you reach Ghorepani after climbing a tiring 1300 meters! The hike to Ghorepani is in fact one of the more difficult trekking days during the entire trek.
Day 6: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and Tadapani (2540m).
An early morning ascent of Poon Hill Hill (3210m) makes sure you see an extraordinary sunrise view, where the sun seems to rise from behind the mountains. You’ll then head back to your tea house for an early lunch before you start walking to Tadapani. After an initial steep incline the trail becomes flat as you enter a heavily forested surrounding. Look out for monkeys, mountain goats and snakes!
Day 7: Trek to Chhomrong (2040m).
A day of ups and downs as you walk past small settlements of different ethnic groups, several waterfalls and suspension bridges before you reach your tea house in Chhomrong. Chhomrong is the last prosperous village on your way to the Sanctuary.
Day 8: Trek to Dobang (2630m).
More ups and downs as the trail first dives downhill to a stream and just when you adjust to the dive it climbs steeply to Sinuwa. You’ll have lunch in Sinuwa and after walking and scrambling across some cliff section you reach Dobang.
Day 9: Trek to Deurali (3230m).
The landscape starts changing and big trees are replaced by shrubs as you hike to Deurali. On the way you’ll come across the magical ‘Hinku Cave’ and several waterfalls, some of which remain frozen during winter.
Day 10: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3720m).
The hike from Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is only two hours. We do not move on to Annapurna Base Camp because it is another 300 meters. A day in Machhapuchhre Base Camp gives you enough time for acclimatization and you can explore the surrounding areas in your leisure time.
Day 11: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4095m).
Today you’ll walk into the ‘Sanctuary of the Gods’ to Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 12-41: Climbing Period.
During this period you’ll stay for a few weeks in the Base Camp where your guides will help you prepare for the climb. You’ll be taught how to use your equipment and get familiar with technical climbing techniques. By Day 41 you’ll have made it to the summit and returned to Base Camp.
Day 42: Trek to Dobang (2630m).
From Annapurna Base Camp you’ll retrace your steps to Dobang via Deorali.
Day 43: Trek to Chhomrong (2040m).
Another day of ups and downs as you walk past small settlements of different ethnic groups, several waterfalls and suspension bridges before you reach your tea house in Chhomrong.
Day 44: Trek to Ghandrung (1951m).
After a hearty breakfast against the backdrop of picturesque scenery you start walking to Ghandrung. Once you arrive in Ghandrung you can take a leisurely walk around the little stone village and observe the local lifestyle and culture.
Day 45: Trek to Pothana (1990m).
From Ghandrung the trail first climbs quite steeply until Deurali and then descends gently to Pothana. Pothana offers a really magnificent view of the Machhapuchhre peak.
Day 46: Trek to Phedi and drive to Pokhara.
The last hiking day is quite pleasant because the trail between Pothana and Phedi descends only gently and the scenery is very beautiful. A 4X4 will be waiting for you in Phedi to take you back to Pokhara.
Day 47: Pokhara to Kathmandu.
The journey between Pokhara and Kathmandu is about 5 hours long and if we start early you’ll be in Kathmandu by midday. You can spend the rest of the day strolling around the eateries and souvenir shops of Thamel.