Trekking through the trodden trail, you will discover the hidden corners of the Himalayas that only a few get to discover. The stunning landscapes and panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains will make the journey thrilling. Enjoying outstanding views of snow-capped mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Tukuche Peak (6,920 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Gurja Himal (7,193 m), Tsaurabong Peak (6,395 m), Mukut Himal (6,328 m), Tashi Kang (6,386 m), extra, you will reach the summit of Mt. Annapurna.
Annapurna Expedition landmark
Climbing Annapurna is a complete package that will allow you to experience everything that this region has to give. There is no landmark to say because everything and every new village will present you something new. You will reach the top of Mt. Annapurna from where you will get to see stunning snow-capped mountain views.
Culture & Ethnic Diversity
Annapurna Expedition will give you deep insight into the lives of the local people that inhabit this region. People from many different backgrounds reside in the Annapurna region, therefore you’ll learn the facts, myths, and mysteries that envelop their daily life. On the trail, you will get to see many small gompas, chortens, stupas, and prayer flags that show the cultural richness of the Annapurna region.
During Annapurna Expedition, you will pass by villages resided by Brahmans and Chhetris in lower elevation. Likewise, in high elevation, people from Gurung and Magar communities live. The people from upper elevations are widely known as Gurkha.
Annapurna region is extremely rich in vegetation. The region includes a diverse range of forests from sub-tropical low land to dry alpine environment. Annapurna region is home to many rare and outstanding species of flora and fauna. During the Annapurna Expedition, you will trek through several dense forests of rhododendron, bamboo, pine, oak, etc. On the way, you will also see pasture lands and terraced fields. The trail also passes by Annapurna Sanctuary where you can come across wildlife.
Annapurna Expedition difficulty
Annapurna Expedition is a difficult climbing journey. You have to overcome lots of difficulties and have to survive in one of the extreme environment, where there is no trace of life in miles. There will be several crevasses to cross, ice wall to cross, and steep snowy ascends. You have to have strong physical fitness, endurance, and stamina. Previous trekking and climbing experience is needed to go on Annapurna Expedition.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
Annapurna Expedition is a high elevation journey. A high elevation journey always welcomes chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) that can occur to anyone regardless of their age and health condition. So, acclimatizing properly at low altitudes before moving higher is very important.
Following are the things you can do to reduce the chances of getting AMS:
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid alcoholic drinks
- Include an adequate number of rest days in the itinerary
- Carry general medication of AMS
- Drop down to lower elevation if you find yourself getting AMS
- Inform your guide immediately
- Don't push yourself to complete the journey if your symptoms did not get in control
Transportation and Bag Pack for Annapurna Expedition
You will drive from Kathmandu to Baglung. From here, you will pass by many villages and gradually ascend towards the summit of Mt. Annapurna.
Here is the list of things you should carry during the Annapurna Expedition:
- T-shirts and Pants (Innerwear)
- Thermal Wears
- Lightweight woolen jumper/sweater
- Down jacket or down vest
- Fleece or wool trousers
- Breathable Underwears
- Trekking Pants/Shoes/Socks
- Casual Sandals
- Insulating Jacket
- Rain jacket
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Pole
- Ice Ax
- Climbing Boots
- Toiletries (sunscreen, Multipurpose Soap, Shampoo, Hand sanitizer, Toilet Paper, Sanitary pads, Lip guard, moisturizers, etc)
- Miscellaneous (Binoculars, eye mask, camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
- Documents (passport, visa, travel insurance, voucher, passport-sized photos)
Food and Accommodation during Annapurna Expedition
During Mt. Annapurna Expedition, you will be staying in the guesthouse as well as camps. The guesthouse will give you basic facilities at a higher altitude. In villages at a lower elevation, you can find facilities like wifi, cafes, etc. The teahouse will be basic with limited facilities. Good enough to spend the night.
Likewise, for food, you can find a good variety in the menu from Nepali dishes to Indian, Tibetan, and Continental. Similarly, with the increase in altitude, the menu also gets limited. During your stay in camp, the meals will be cooked and prepared by the porters.
Best Season to go on Annapurna Expedition
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (October to November) is the best time to go on the Annapurna expedition. Moreover, climbers usually prefer to climb this mountain during the springtime than autumn because of a hotter climate during the day. However, it is possible to climb this mountain in both seasons.
Annapurna Expedition cost
Annapurna Expedition cost rate can verify from company to company and the facilities you are choosing during the expedition. As you will be traveling in a region where there is no human terrace, there are lots of things that you have to carry with yourself. And, this increases the cost of the package. You can get in touch to know more in detail about the expedition cost.
Here is the list of things that you have to carry during the expedition:
- Passport & Visa
- Travel Insurance
- Extra Photos
- Cash (as per need)
What is done in Base camp?
During your stay at the base camp, you will get trained by your guide. He will brief you about the proper use of gears like rope, harness, ice-ax, etc. You will go on a short hike to acclimate your body and increase your confidence level. You might also climb nearby peaks.
Training and Climbing (Annapurna Southwest Ridge)
Annapurna Advanced Base Camp (4,200m/13,780ft):
At Go For Nepal Treks & expedition, we usually run Annapurna Expedition via the southwest ridge. However, we do run Annapurna Expedition via southwest face and northwest ridge on special request. The Annapurna Advanced Base Camp is set on a grassy area. You will be spending numerous days at the base camp acclimatizing with the altitude and preparing for the summit. To prepare you and increase your confidence, we will go on short peak climbing.
Annapurna Camp I (5,200m/17,060ft); 4hrs:
Walking along the rocky ridge and glacier path, you will move towards the Camp I. The Camp I will be at the slope of 25º in the middle of a glacier. Your Sherpa guide will fix the rope whenever it requires. If you are strong enough then, you will continue towards Camp II instead of staying at Camp I.
Annapurna Camp II (5,700m/18,700ft); 4½hrs:
From Camp I to Camp II is moderate climbing. The route is comparatively easier and safer at this part, however, you have to cross the black rock wall. On the way, you have to pass many steep sections of blue ice at 45º. There is one more high rock wall that is around 60 meters tall, you have to cross.
Annapurna Camp III (6,500m/21,325ft); 5-6hrs:
The route from Camp II to Camp III is long. 80% of the route will get fixed with rope by the Sherpas to make is safer. Crossing a glacier from east to west, you will come across a 500 meters long wall. It is easy to climb this wall with the help of fixed rope. The exposure to cold and wind may create the journey a little tough.
Annapurna Camp IV (7,100m/23,294ft); 3½hrs:
The distance from Camp III to Camp IV is short. You have to cross several crevasses and seracs on the way to Camp IV. The route continues to the base on a spur that further joins a huge couloir. You will set Camp IV in a rock cave. The thin air and low oxygen level make the journey more difficult.
Annapurna Summit (8,091m/26,545ft);16-17hrs:
Around 11:00 pm - 12:00 pm, you will begin pushing towards the summit of Mt. Annapurna. If there will be no obstacle on the way, then you will reach the top of this mountain around 7:00 am to 10:00 am. After reaching the summit, you will spend some time here and descend back to the lower camps. While returning, you will carry all the wastes with yourself to dump it in the lower elevation. This will help to protect and preserve the environment.
Extra Personal Expenditure
The extra cost of yours like buying food or drinks out of the itinerary meals and shopping are not included in the package cost. On the trail, you might have to charge your electric appliances or take a hot shower that costs a few extra bucks are also not included in the package cost. Therefore, make sure to carry enough cash with yourself so that you can use it whenever you need it. Also, there are no ATM machines available on the trail, and none of the teahouses accepts the card for payment.
Safety & Precaution in Expedition
Climbing Mt. Annapurna is a real deal that can not be taken lightly. Years of experience of your guides are needed to reach the top of these 8,000 meters above mountains. Any small mistake can lead to huge injury that can be life-taking, therefore it is very important to be careful up there in the Himalayas. From preparing the gears to set the ropes, everything should be perfect because the Himalayas do not accept any mistakes.
Here is the list of things that you can take into consideration for safety & precaution during the expedition:
- Make sure to take out insurance that includes emergency air evacuations
- Make sure to check your gears properly before the beginning of the journey
- Follow the lead of your guide
- Don’t rush, walk slowly & safely
- In case of any problem inform your guide imitatively
- Collect enough information on the weather and temperature
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated
- Take plenty of rest and acclimate your body on the trail