Annapurna-I is the tenth-highest mountain in the world, with an elevation of 8,091m (26,545ft) above sea level. It is located in the Himalayas of north-central Nepal and is part of the Annapurna Massif, a range that includes several peaks over 7,000m (22,966ft). Annapurna-I is considered one of the most challenging and dangerous mountains to climb, due to its steep and exposed routes and the frequent avalanches and landslides that occur on its slopes. It rises east of the Kali Gandaki Gorge separating it from the Annapurna massif which is 34 km to the west and the gorge between is considered Earth's deepest. In Sanskrit, Annapurna means “full of food” and is normally translated as the goddess of the Harvests.
Annapurna I was first attempted by a British expedition in 1950, but the team was forced to turn back due to the difficult conditions and lack of resources. The mountain was eventually successfully summited on 03 June 1950 by a French expedition led by Maurice Herzog. The team included Louis Lachenal, Marcel Ichac, Jean Couzy, and Gaston Rébuffat. It was the first 8,000-meter peak to be successfully climbed, and its summit was the highest summit attained on Earth for three years until the first successful ascent of Mount Everest.
An expedition to Annapurna-I requires a high level of physical fitness, technical climbing skills, and experience in high-altitude mountaineering. It is also important to properly acclimatize to the altitude, have the right gear, and be prepared for the risks of avalanches, landslides, and other hazards. Climbing a mountain like Annapurna-I can also be a way to experience the beauty and majesty of nature in a very intense and profound way. The views from the summit are said to be breathtaking, with panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
The Seven Summit Treks, Annapurna-I expedition will begin in mid-march starting from Kathmandu. You will have a couple of days for the preparation of goods and equipment and paper works. Afterward, you will take a flight or drive to Pokhara and further trek or take a Heli flight from Dana to base camp as per the program. We will set up four camps. We will do a frequent rotation to each camp for the best acclimatization. The basecamp is normally set at (4,190m/13,747ft), Camp I at (5,150m/16,896ft), Camp II (5,700m/18,700ft), and Camp III (6,500m/21,325ft), Camp IV (7,400m/24,278ft) and Mt. Summit Annapurna (8,091m/26,545ft). Annapurna is one of two (with K2) of the world's most dangerous mountains to climb, with a bad fatality-to-summit ratio.
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WHY CLIMB MT. ANNAPURNA - I WITH SEVEN SUMMIT TREKS?
- Highly qualified, professional, friendly, and experienced climbing Sherpa guide, Kitchen staff, and Basecamp Manager.
- Well-equipped with climbing equipment and logistic support for base camp and higher camps.
- Safety is a top priority for us, and we take every step to minimize risks and ensure the well-being of our clients.
- We offer a variety of itineraries to suit different abilities and interests, so you can choose the option that best meets your needs.
- Hi-tech in weather forecast and communication
- Easy Helicopter charter service when needed (extra charge to be applied)
- 1 climbing Sherpa to each member
Base camp (4,190m/13,747ft)
Flight to Pokhara and drive to Dana and by helicopter charter flight you will reach the base camp of Mt. Annapurna (4,190m). Seven Summit has the best setup basecamp. You will be spending about a month at base camp. Each member will get a separate member tent and dining, kitchen, shower, Communication, and toilet tents. Before we climb the mountain, we make a big puja ceromancy at base camp for good luck and safe climbing. It serves as a base for the rest of the climb and is where climbers can rest, acclimatize, and prepare for the next phase of the ascent. Seven Summits will have frequent helicopter charters to ABC and every single charter brings lots of fresh vegetables, fresh meat, beverages, and sometimes bread items.
Camp I (5,150m/16,896ft)
Once you reach ABC, your personal climbing Sherpa or team leader will review base and advance training at base camp. You will climb to Camp I. For the best acclimatization, once the rope is fixed by the Sherpa team you will climb to camp I which lies at an altitude of 5,150m. In this section of climbing, you will encounter mixed terrain with few crevasses and ice on the section of the glacier. This will take you about 4 to 5 hours of climbing. We will have frequent rotations on camp I and back to base camp.
Camp II (5,700m/18,700ft)
The climbing from camp I to camp II is an intermediate ice section with a few mixed climbing sections. In this section of the climb, some rock parts and glaciers, and the middle of the glacier are a bit technical but there will be fixed rope throughout this section. This will take about 4 to 5 hrs.
Camp III (6,500m/21,325ft)
Climbing from camp II to camp III is a bit long distance to climb. It will take only 5 to 6 hours to climb. It's a long section of climbing through easier. the climbing Sherpa with fixed rope will be there for safe climbing.
Camp IV (7,400m/24,278ft)
This is the final camp before the summit and is usually located at an elevation of around 7,400 meters. Climbing to Camp IV is a short distance but there are crevasses too so need to be careful while climbing up to Camp IV because of the altitude the oxygen levels are low. From here, climbers make the final push to the summit.
The most important day is summit day. It is the main goal for all climbers. It's a day that climbers dream about. So, most of the climbers begin their summit push at late night and will walk to the summit for about 7 to 8 hours and will reach the summit about 8-10 am (morning). The Summit of Mt. Annapurna is stunning. You will be mesmerized by the beautiful view of different 8000m peaks. On the same day after taking some pictures, you will walk down to camp III or camp II, which will take about 5 to 6 hours. descending from the summit is also a difficult part of this expedition so safety descent is also an important part of summit day. Seven Summit Treks will have one climbing Sherpa with one member from camp IV to summit day and till back to basecamp. The SST guide will carry an oxygen cylinder for Members and himself. For the safe summit of Mt. Annapurna. SST will always have guidelines for the best weather forecast, communication, and back support from the base camp leader. Rope fixing up to the summit is the major duty of our climbing Sherpa so we highly admire our Sherpa to fix ropes, breaking trails, and making all the effort to get the group reaches to the summit of Mt. Annapurna.
Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,400m)Hotel
Rest in Kathmandu, Expedition Briefing and PreparationB/DHotel
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara & Transfer to the HotelB/L/DHotel
Drive from Pokhara to Dana (1,440m)B/L/DLodge
Fly by Heli from Dana to Annapurna I Basecamp (4,190m): CampingB/L/DTent
Rotation: [Basecamp – Rotation (Camp I and Camp II) – Basecamp]Full BoardTent
Climbing Period [Basecamp - Annapurna I Summit (8,091m) - Basecamp]Full BoardTent
Fly by Heli from Annapurna I Basecamp to Dana (1,440m) * in a groupB/L/DLodge
Drive from Dana to Pokhara City & Fly to Kathmandu (Hotel Transfer)B/LHotel
Leisure day in Kathmandu CityBreakfastHotel
Transfer to International Airport for final departureBreakfast
- ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE : Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop), by private vehicle.
- HOTEL ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU : 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu (4-star category) - single room on bed and breakfast plan.
- WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Office Staff.
- CARGO CLEARANCE : Assistance for cargo clearance in Nepal’s Customs, clearance cost is subject to a charge.
- HOTEL IN POKHARA : 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara City (3-star category) – Sharing room on Bed and breakfast plan.
- PERMITS : Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Annapurna I, Conservation area entry permits, and fee.
- LIAISON OFFICER : 1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment, salary, and accommodation.
- GARBAGE MANAGEMENT : Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees.
- INSURANCE : Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek and expedition.
- MAP : Trekking and climbing map.
- DUFFLE BAG : One Seven Summit Treks’ Duffle Bag.
- MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : (Domestic Flight): Fly from Kathmandu – Pokhara and drive from Pokhara to Dana (by jeep) While returning; Drive from Dana to Pokhara (by jeep) and fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, as per itinerary. (Helicopter Flight): Both-way Helicopter flights from Dana - Annapurna Basecamp – Dana (on a schedule and a group basis).
- EXPEDITION STUFFS TRANSPORTATION : Transportation of all necessary equipment for all Members and Staff from Kathmandu to Dana (by Truck) and from Dana to Base camp (By Heli / mules/porters – depending upon condition) – While returning; Base camp to Dana (By Heli / mules/porters– depending upon condition) and Dana to Kathmandu (by Truck).
- MEMBER LUGGAGE : Up to 60 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek carrying by porters or mules.
- FOOD AND LODGING : 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge during the trek and at the Basecamp. Hygienic and fresh green vegetables, fresh meat, fruits, soft drinks, and juice will be served regularly during the entire expedition using helicopter flights. Well-managed base camp set up for members & Staff.
- PORTER : Porter per member up to and from Base camp (both ways).
- BASE CAMP STAFF : Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen Helpers as required.
- STAFF SALARY & ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
- BASE CAMP TENT : Each member will have an individual box tent in Base Camp.
- BASE CAMP EQUIPMENT : Single Tent, foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning Tent, 1 Kitchen Tent, 1 Communication tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower Tent, 1 Staffs Tent, 1 Tent for Nepalese base camp staff, Store tent, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gears.
- HEATER : Heater at base camp in each Dining and other necessary camps.
- SOLAR/GENERATOR/LIGHT : 1 Solar panel and Generator for lights at base camp, for the battery charges, laptop, and other electronic devices.
- TRAINING : Oxygen, Mask Regulator, Ice wall, and Ladder training at basecamp by a professional guide.
- HIGH ALTITUDE CLIMBING SHERPA : 1 veteran and government-licensed climbing Sherpa per member (1 Member: 1 Sherpa), during the entire climb from Basecamp to the summit and back, and on each rotation.
- ASSISTANCE : Climbing Sherpa to assist in carrying your gear to the high camps.
- CLIMBING SHERPA SALARY & ALLOWANCE : Climbing Sherpa Salary, Equipment, Food, and Clothing.
- OXYGEN BOTTLE (O2) : Summit Oxygen: 3 oxygen bottles (4 ltrs.) for each member and 1 oxygen bottle for each high-altitude Sherpa. **
- OXYGEN MASK & REGULATOR : 1 Set of Summit Oxygen masks and regulator for each member and high-altitude Sherpa, which has to be returned after the expedition. **
- BACK-UP OXYGEN : Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask, and regulator (with appropriate charge).
- HIGH CAMP SERVICE (INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOGISTICS) : High Altitude Tent, Necessary cooking EPI gas, cooking pot, High food for a member, Sherpa, and other crews at (C1) (C2) (C3) and (C4). Group climbing gears, and fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required.
- HIGH ALTITUDE TENT : Members will share tents in high camps (2 members: 1 tent).
- ROPE FIXING TEAM : The team of experienced Sherpas (including personal Sherpa) will fix the route in Annapurna I (no extra charge will be applied to members).
- SATELLITE PHONE : Satellite Phone for emergency communication carried by Sherpa, also available for members with appropriate charge.
- WALKIE-TALKIE : Walkie–Talkie for communicating from Base Camp to Mountain and Mountain to Base Camp.
- PERMITS : Satellite Phone/Walkie-talkie permit for all members and staff.
- INTERNET SERVICE : Internet facility will be available at the Base Camp (subject to a charge).
- WEATHER FORECAST : Weather forecast report regularly from Meteotest, Bern (Switzerland) during the entire expedition.
- MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staff.
- CERTIFICATE : Mt. Annapurna I climbing certificate issued by MoCTCA (after climbing Mt. Annapurna I successfully).
- AIR FARE : International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
- NEPAL ENTRY VISA FEE : Nepalese Visa fee is $125 USD for 90 Days.
- LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Kathmandu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
- EXTRA NIGHTS IN KATHMANDU & POKHARA : Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition, or domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
- INSURANCE POLICY : Insurance covering both medical and high-altitude evacuation costs (for the trip cancellation, interruption, high-altitude rescue & air evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.) *Mandatory
- PERSONAL EXPENSES : Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Kathmandu but we will have soft drinks for members at base camp).
- PERSONAL CLIMBING EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical Kit, and all kinds of Personal Trekking / Climbing Gear.
- TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
- FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
- INTERNET SERVICE : Not included during the trek.
- SUMMIT BONUS : Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa- Minimum 1500 USD.
- TIPS : Calculate some tips for Basecamp staff – Minimum 400 USD.
- EXTRA : Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.
Highlight Of Trip
Highlight Of Trip
- 15 March 2023 - 24 April 2023
- 10th Highest Mountain in the World
- 1 Climber: 1 Sherpa Guide
- 3 Bottles of Oxygen
- Full Board / Basecamp Service
- Challenging & Technical Mountain
- Stunning views from the Summit
- Experience the natural beauty of the Himalayas
- Experience the unique culture of the region
- Explore the diverse Flora & Fauna