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Annapurna Expedition (8,091m) - Spring 2015

Join for Annapurna Expedition Spring 2015 Fixed Departure

Annapurna is a series of peaks 55 km long with the highest point, Annapurna I, which stands 8091m (26,545 ft) tall, making it the 10th-highest summit in the world. It is located in a spectacular setup, east of a great gorge cutting through the Himalayas by the Kali Gandaki River, which separates it from the Dhaulagiri massif only 34 km west.

Annapurna I was the first 8,000m peak to be climbed by a French expedition led by Maurice Herzog, who reached the summit on 3 June 1950.

The entire massif and surrounding area is protected within the 7,629sq km Annapurna Conservation Area, the first and largest conservation area in Nepal, established in 1986. The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit, so the climb has additional benefits of occurring in an exteremely spectacular setting, however Annapurna peaks are also the world's most dangerous mountains to climb. There are four Annapurnas in the massif as well and Gangapurna and Annapurna South.

Annapurna in Sanskrit literally means "full of food" but is normally translated as ‘Goddess of the Harvests’. For Hindu Annapurna is "the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess, the mother who feeds and prevents starvation, a universal fear, which makes Annapurna a universal goddess, associated with the giving of food (wealth). This led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth with the most popular shrine located in Kashi, on the banks of river Ganges.

Our Annapurna Climbing Services

In the Base Camp: Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition provides very professional, supportive and friendly mountaineering logistic services from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to ensure a good quality, supportive, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.
We provide a comprehensive service organizing all necessary permits, and climbing documentation, travelling logistics including airfares, ground transportation, porters, and other individual services required by mountaineers. On the track to the ABC we organize all required accommodation and food.
In the Base camp our cook and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In the base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.In the Base Camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, and solar panels to charge your batteries
Full Board: For full board clients we provide personal tent and food, which will be prepared by their climbing Sherpa. We provide UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.
We provide a personal climbing Sherpa guide to help the clients to reach the summit. Personal climbing Sherpa will set up camp 1 and camp 2 and high camps/bivvies including food provisions, fuel and oxygen and will guide and assist the client on the summit day. Annapurna climb is a serious adventure and one of the most difficult and dangerous 8000m peak. The climbing skills of the client required to attempt the climb are high for the chance to succeed as well as for safety reason. Unlike other summits like Cho Oyu, Shisha or Everest, the client attempting Annapurna must be an experienced and independent climber, who doesn’t rely on the leader to take them to the summit and bring them back. Our role is to assist, advise and support and we take it with full responsibility and seriousness of it.
The climb requires cooperation between teams in setting up fixed ropes. Our camp manager and guides will work with other teams on the route setting.

Approaches to ABC

As most of climbers hate the approach, the approach to Annapurna Base Camp is a spectacular bonus trek through world class trekking area; Poon Hill with spectacular sunrise views on number of significant and elegant peaks including Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machapuchere (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), and Lamjung Himal (6931m) is the highlight of it. The trail follows then the deepest valley in the world the Kali Gandaki valley between two 8000m giants Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. The trek passes through Tatopani, Ghasa, Thulobogin, Thulobogin pass and Mristi Khola to the Annapurna ABC. The approach trek can be shorten by 2 days driving to Tatopani.
The Advanced Base Camp (ABC) (4190m) is located at the North Annapurna Glacier and it can be reached within 7-9 days trek or there is also option of flying in to ABC by MI-17 helicopter from Pokhara.

Climbing Routes

Anapurna standard route is via West face and Northwest Ridge, which is a very challenging route with Annapurna being statistically one of most dangerous 8000m peaks. The most dangerous and difficult is a section between camp 1 and 2 with a very unstable and broken glacier with dangling seracs ready to crash any time, being major cause of death, and eminent avalanche danger.
The climb is done with 3 camps. It takes 2 hrs to get from the ABC to the bottom of the climb; facing 70deg steep 500m climb with fixed ropes and danger of falling seracs.
From camp 1 to Camp 2 the climbing is slightly less steep also difficult with still high objective avalanche danger. This section requires also a set of about 1000m of fixed ropes.
The route from Camp 2 to Camp 3 requires switchbacks navigation on the snow field between seracs of the broken glacier. There is still 1000m of fixed ropes required.
Summit attempt is on exposed ridge but it doesn’t require fixed ropes, it is done as free ascent.

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Itinerary Details of Annapurna Expedition Spring 2015

Apr05/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel transfer

Apr06/Day 02: Preparation, Briefings, Last minute shopping and formalities

Apr07/Day 03: Drive 7hrs from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m). You can take 25min flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara instead. Alternatively we can drive to Tatopani and to shorten the trek by 2 days.

Apr08/Day 04: Drive 2hrs from Pokhara to Nayapool (1050m). We trek 5hrs from Nayapul to Tikhedunga (1577m) via Birethanti (1065m); lodge accommodation

Apr09/Day 05: Trek 6hrs from Tikhedunga to Ghorepani (2675m); lodge accommodation

Apr10/Day 06: Trek 5hrs from Ghorepani to and Tatopani (2520m). Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Annapurna (8081m) massif and Dhaulagiri (8167m); lodge accommodation

Apr11/Day 07: Trek 6hrs form Tatopani to Ghasa (2010m). The trek follows the Kali Gandaki valley; we will enjoy a beautiful day’s walking along the Kali Gandaki riverside, slowly climbing into sub-tropical flora zone; lodge accommodation
Apr12/Day 08: Trek 5hrs from Ghasa to Lete (2480m); lodge accommodation.

Apr13/Day 09: Trek 4hrs from Lete toThulobugin(3260); overnight in our jungle camp.

Apr14/Day 10: Trek 6hrs from Thulobugin to Hum Khola(4286m) via Topridge (4570m); camping overnight

Apr15/Day 11: Trek 5hrs from Hum Khola to Miristi Khola(4130m); camping overnight.

Apr16/Day 12: Trek from Miristi Khola to Base Camp(4190m).

Apr17/Day 13-45: Climbing period; summit Annapurna I (8091m)

May18/Day 46: Trek 4hrs from Base Camp to Miristi Khola (4190m).

May19/Day 47: Trek 6hrs from Miristi Khola to Thulobugin (3260m).

May20/Day 48: Trek 4hrs from Thulobugin to Lete (2480m).

May21/Day 49: Trek 4hrs from Lete to Ghasa (2010m).

May22/Day 50: Trek 5hrs from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189m). The trail descends steeply up to Rukse Chhahara (see amazingly scenic Rukse Waterfalls) the deepest gorge in the world, between Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri and then Drive to Pokhara. Hotel accommodation.

May23/Day 51: Drive 7hrs from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus. You can take 25min flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu instead. Hotel accommodation

May24/Day 52: Leisure and shopping day in Kathmandu. Farewell and celebration dinner in the evening.

May25/Day 53: Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively join other activities

Note:

  • the above itinerary is a guideline and standard suggested pattern chosen by majority of our customers. Your final itinerary will be customised according to your available time and requirements.
  • the final itinerary duration and schedule may be reduced or extend depending on your time, budget, your fitness, class of service or any other preferences. The quote will be provided for you initial requirements and can be adjusted with mutual agreement should you require modifying these requirements.
  • For further information please read: How to book Trip in Nepal?
  • The price for your selected peak climbing/mountaineering expedition will vary depending on group size, trip category (full board/base camp service), your budget, individualised itinerary, accommodation (budget to 5 star), level of service above the base camp, the number of climbing guides and porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors. The price range for the same trip can vary widely so if you would like to discuss yourrequirements with us we will provide you a very competitive price

  • Please e-mail us for up-to-date prices for Annapurna Expedition Trip

Full Board Service Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport (by Non A/C Vehicles) as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Snowy Horizon’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • 4 Nights accommodations at 4 Star hotels in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • 2 Nights 4 star accommodation in Pokhara on B/B basic
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Durbar Square).
  • Local English-speaking Tour Guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing.
  • All trekking and camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/ Lodge/ Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
  • Per person 50kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 40kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mt. Everest.
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Annapurna along southeast ridge route.
  • Nepalese Government Royalty;
  • One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and 03 Times Everest Summiteer Climbing/expedition Guide (Sherpa) per client.
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
  • Emergency Oxygen mask and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the base camp.
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger.
  • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3. Ice fall charges and Gamow Bags.
  • We provide Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance
  • high altitude food for member and sherpa including drinks and cooking crew
  • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.)

Full Board Service Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara (except for the farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars or any other food consumed beyond the prescribed breakfast, lunch and dinner, etc.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Transportation is not on disposal basis. It is strictly as per the itinerary. Any extra distance travelled will be charged extra.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Walkie-talkies & Filming permit (if special camera).
  • Personal climbing gears;
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” SECTION.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival)
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary

Base Camp Service Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Snowy Horizon’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • Six nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on B/B basis;
  • All camping equipment in Base camp and Advance Base Camp;
  • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Annapurna along southeast ridge route.
  • Nepalese Government Royalty;
  • Food during expedition period for expedition Members and Staff in Base camp
  • All staff during Expedition period with experienced Guide (Base Camp Manager)
  • Surface transportation will be available as per itinerary;
  • Cargo clearance & Duties Assistance Service free;
  • Daily wages, equipment allowance & Insurance for expedition Staff;
  • Gamow Bag will be available for expedition group;
  • Solar panel for light and batteries charger will be available for expedition members;
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
  • All Necassary camping equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
  • Per person 40kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak and 30kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mountain.
  • All wages, equipments, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for climbing crew at base camp and chinese Base Camp.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.)
  • Our service Charges

Base Camp Service Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations,
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival) and re entry visa fee
  • Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Wake talkies & Filming permit.
  • Ice falls charges · All tent for camp 1, 2, 3
  • Personal climbing gears;
  • Climbing Guide(s)
  • Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator.
  • Snowy Horizon Service will be "Zero" above Advance Base Camp
  • High altitude food for sherpa and member
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods;
  • Emergency/Rescue Jeep cost US$700;
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” SECTION

Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition offers personal equipment rentals for clients, who have limited cargo allowance with their airfare or do not wish to purchase expensive expedition grade gear but rent it instead.
Clients purchasing Base Camp Services only may choose to hire or purchase high camp equipment.
Please let us know in advance prior to your arrival so that we can meet your needs on your arrival stress free.
The quoted prices are for the duration of the expedition and we provide original North Face, Ozark and Marmot Company Only.

Rental Price List

Item Rental Cost US$ Purchase Cost US$
Expedition Tent US$ 150.00 US$ 300.00
Rucksack (small) US$ 50.00 US$ 150.00
Rucksack (large) US$ 100.00 US$ 300.00
Gas Stove US$ 25.00 US$ 100.00
Oxygen bottle - US$ 500.00
Oxygen mask + Regulator US$ 250 (second Hend) US$ 900.00
Sleeping bag US$ 100.00 US$ 400.00
Down Jacket US$ 100.00 US$ 300.00
High Camp Goose Down Jacket US$ 200.00 US$ 500.00

 

Climbing Sherpa Fee U$4,000 (if required by client for base camp service user)