Annapurna I Expedition 8,091m

Annapurna is a massif in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal. The massif is 55 kilometers long and is bounded by the Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west, the Marshyangdi River on the north and east and by Pokhara Valley on the south. Annapurna I Main is the tenth highest mountain in the world at 8,091 metres (26,545 ft) above sea level. The surrounding area is protected within the 7,629 square kilometers Annapurna Conservation Area, the first and largest conservation area in Nepal.

Historically, the Annapurna peaks are among the world's most dangerous mountains to climb. In particular, the ascent via the south face is considered, by some, the most difficult of all climbs.

Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal, of the French Annapurna expedition led by Herzog (including Lionel Terray, Gaston Rébuffat, Marcel Ichac, Jean Couzy, Marcel Schatz, Jacques Oudot, Francis de Noyelle), reached the summit on 3 June 1950. The south face of Annapurna was first climbed in 1970 by Don Whillans and Dougal Haston using supplementary oxygen, members of a British expedition led by Chris Bonington that included the alpinist Ian Clough, who was killed by a falling serac during the descent.

The climb is done with 3 camps. 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 uncovered ridge but it doesn’t require fixed ropes, it is done as free ascent.

Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Meet Asian Hiking Team Staff Transfer to Hotel (BB).

Day 02: Preparation and Briefing from Ministry, overnight at hotel (BB).

Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara Drive by Tourist bus, 6 hours, transfers to hotel (BB).

Day 04: Pokhara to Beni to Lete drive by Jeep or Tourist bus, overnight at hotel (B/L/D).

Day 05: Lete to Thulobugin Trek, overnight at Camping (B/L/D).

Day 06: Thulobugin to Hum Khola Trek, overnight at Camping (B/L/D).

Day 07: Hum Khola to Miristi Khola Trek, overnight at Camping (B/L/D).

Day 08: Miristi Khola to Annapurna Base Camp Trek, overnight at Camping (B/L/D).

Day 09-45: Annapurna Summit Climbing Period (8091m)

Day 46: Trek down from base camp to Miristi Khola, overnight at Camping (B/L/D).

Day 47: Miristi Khola to Thulobugin trek, overnight at Camping (B/L/D).

Day 48: Thulobugin to Lete Trek, overnight at Hotel (B/L/D).

Day 49: Lete to Pokhara drive via Tatopani, Overnight at Hotel (BB).

Day 50: Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus or flight, transfer to hotel (BB)

Day 51: The Leisure day, and city tour in Kathmandu, farewell dinner, overngiht at hotel (BB).

Day 52: Transfer for Final Departure (B).