Annapurna I Expedition

Annapurna Expedition I
30 days

“Annapurna I Expedition: Mountaineering adventure on top of spectacular Mt. Annapurna”  


  • Daring and technical climb on top of the world’s tenth highest Mt. Annapurna One of the most
  • respected mountains mean bounty harvest of crops Trek and climb around spectacular scenery within beautiful Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Amazing country from warm paddy fields, cooler alpine hills to arctic zone climate Around lovely
  • Gurung traditional villages interweaved of Buddhist culture Pristine alpine woodland of tall rhododendron trees to remorseless ice and glaciers”

Expedition at a Glance:

Accommodations: Hotel-lodge and camping from the low base camp above.
Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous
Climbing Grade: A full fledge Mountaineering Expeditions
Activities: Both ways scenic drive with trek and climb
Expeditions Durations: 34 Nights & 35 Days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Total Trip: 42 Nights & 43 Days ( Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Seasons: April to June or in early September to Mid October


High Five Adventures presents Annapurna I Expeditions listed as world tenth highest mountain located in Nepal Mid West, between massive world 7th highest Dhaulagiri and 8th highest Manaslu range of mountains.

Annapurna I Expedition treks to a great bulk of mountain with series of satellite peaks A II – III – IV, Gangapurna-Annapurna South, Huin Chuli, Tent and Fluted Peak includes unclimbed and virgin Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail peak’.

Annapurna  I Expedition was first carried in the 1950s by late Maurice Herzog with his French Team, the first 8,000 meters ever to be climbed even before Mt. Everest was submitted in 1953. Mt. Annapurna I stand at 8,091 m / 26,545 ft high, one of the toughest and challenging mountains to encounter, although many expeditions have reach successfully, still the mountain retains its toughness of high technical difficulties.

Annapurna I Expedition have two options to climb, the normal route from popular and scenic Annapurna Sanctuary, the other using the West route around Kaligandaki valley from Lete near lower Mustang and Mygdi area.

Whatever route your options are? It is still the same mountain of high and great challenge where High Five Adventures will make your dream into reality with a successful climb to its summit with our excellent logistic arrangement, led by our team of expert Sherpa guides and professional team of staff.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to your hotels.
Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Mt. Manaslu Expeditions with the optional tour.
Day 04: Drive or fly to Pokhara 950m (35 mins flight & 6 hrs drive)
Day 05: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk 1,730 m – 05 hrs walk.
Day 06: Trek to Chomrong 1,951m – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,130m via Bamboo 2,050m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp 3,720m – 06 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4,095m – 04 hrs.
Day 10: At Annapurna base camp rest and acclimatization.
Day 11: Trek and climb to Advance High Camp at 4,702 m.
Day 12-13: Rest day at leisure for exploration of the route and around.
Day 14-33: Climbing day for 20 days.
Day 34: Return back to Base Camp.
Day 35: Cleaning day of the base camp.
Day 36: Trek to Bamboo – 06 hrs.
Day 37: Trek to Jhinu danda with hot spring 1,700m – 05 hours.
Day 38: Trek to Potana 1,900 m – 05 hrs.
Day 39: Trek to Kande 1,460m and drive to Pokhara.
Day 40: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 41-42: In Kathmandu free day with an optional tour and to submit reports.
Day 43: International departure homeward bound.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Reach at Kathmandu via airlines and transfer to respective hotels.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airport where you will be greeted with warm welcome by High Five Adventures staff and guides, and then transfer to your hotel where you will be joined with other members of Annapurna I expedition, here our guide and group leader will information and brief with wide information regarding the trek and Mt. Annapurna climb.

Day 02-03: In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Annapurna expeditions.

With free days in Kathmandu for necessary preparations where you will be busy packing and purchasing necessary required equipment for the Annapurna I expeditions, on last final day in Kathmandu with a final briefing regarding the climb including do’s and don’ts, where our expert climbing guide will provide much information and items required for the climb.

For interested people can join in city tour around Kathmandu at places of interest, as Kathmandu valley full of world heritage sites of impressive historical and cultural monuments.

Day 04: Drive to Pokhara 950m - 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.
Morning travel by tourist coach or in private vehicle over the busy scenic highway towards amazing picturesque Pokhara valley driving through the Himalayan foothills, on arrival at Pokhara transfer to respective hotels nearby beautiful Phewa Lake with afternoon free for short walks.
Flying options 30 minutes of scenic flight to Pokhara.

Day 05: Drive to Nayapul 1,100m and trek to Ghandruk 1,730m.
From Pokhara 2 hours of exciting drive with grand view of Annapurna Himal range of peaks and then reaching our starting point at Nayapul, to begin our walk following the Modi River to Bhirethati one of the charming villages along the route.

The walk continues through farmlands and villages and then a long climb on stone steps to Ghandruk village dominated by Gurung tribe of people, famous as Gorkha soldiers in foreign countries in UK and India, besides as soldiers there are traditional farmers and cattle herders interwoven with the Buddhist religion. Ghandruk one of the largest villages around Annapurna area here overnight in the comfort of a nice cozy lodge after a good walk of four hours.

Day 06: Trek to Chomrong 1,951m - 06 hours.
From Ghandruk an hour walk uphill and then reaching to a ridge of Kimrong and then heading downhill through the cool forest of rhododendron and pines trees to Kimrong valley, after reaching the Kimrong valley an uphill climb for another hour from here all the way to the top of Chomrong village, a short downhill walk to the overnight stop at Chomrong village, this is the last permanent Gurung village and the gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp trekking.

Day 07: Trek to Dovan 2,130m via Bamboo 2,050m - 06 hours.
After Chomrong today’s walk leads to a short downhill over the terraced farm fields and to the Chomrong river, after crossing the bridge an uphill for an hour to Sinuwa Danda a small spot with few lodges offering great views of the surrounding landscapes and rolling green hills, from this place walking through cool dense forest till a place called Bamboo is reached, located by the Modi River in the middle of bamboo, rhododendron and oaks forest. From here an hour walk on the gradual up trail to Dovan for an overnight stop, situated in the middle of forest Modi River gorge.

Day 08: Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp 3,720m - 06 hrs.
From here onwards the air gets cooler and fresher entering towards the Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp, walk leads on the gradual winding path with gentle ups to Himalaya Hotel near the Hinko Cave, right beneath of Huinchuli peak. From here walking on the glacier and moraine in the old avalanche area, after crossing a small bridge near at Deurali the last lodge before Machhapuchare Base Camp, from here further vegetation and tree lines disappear with only high alpine bushes and shrubs, our route climbs following the Modi river upstream, the walk gets pleasant in some places then with steep up reaching at Machhapuchare Base Camp for overnight stay. This place with four lodges located on the bottom of Mt. Machhapuchare North Face, from here onwards within the Annapurna Sanctuary

Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4, 095m - 04 hours.
After a wonderful morning overlooking views of Annapurna mountain range, from here a short walk to the base camp, morning walk on the grassy uphill slopes then reaching higher almost level ground near Annapurna Base Camp, morning walk with stunning views of close Annapurna peaks that circles the sanctuary facing Annapurna I. After a good scenic walk reaching at Annapurna Base Camp a magnificent spot with about three large lodges at present, offering tremendous awesome scenery of snow-capped peaks that encircles around this lovely spot at base camp, afternoon at leisure to enjoy the mountain views.

Annapurna area was first explored by the British Adventure Col. James O.M. 'Jimmy' Roberts in the year 1956 and exposed to the world as the 'Sanctuary of Gods'. The Sanctuary has been christened as "Annapurna Sanctuary" ever since.

Day 10: At Annapurna base camp rest and acclimatization.
A full rest day for acclimatization and short hike with views snow-peaks including Annapurna I, a large wall of a mountain. Here with time for preparation for next day climb to Advance Camp. 
Day 11: Climb to Advance Camp 5,600m.
Trek and climb towards Annapurna glacier and moraine to reach Advance Camp, where the vague path leads over moraine, ice, and small glacial streams, climb leads further high of 5,600m at Advance Camp. A strenuous walk and climb through glaciers and crevices on the route.

Day 12-13: At Advance Camp.
High Five Adventures reserves two days as rest and for preparation to make the climb a success, where everyone will be active sorting and repacking gears and equipment for the climb which needs at least 3 camps before the summit bid.

Here our leader and lead Climbing Sherpa guide will brief with full information regarding the climbing routes where high technique and positive attitude required on this awesome climb.

Day 14-33: Ascent of Annapurna I Summit.
High Five Adventures reserves 20 days for the entire climb all the way to the summit top of Annapurna I, regarded as Killer Mountain like K2 and Nanga Parbat in Karakorum range of Himalaya in Pakistan.

AI was first climbed by late legendary Maurice Herzog in the 1950s, the first 8,000-meter peak ever to climbed even before Everest was submitted taking the North West route, since then there have been several Expeditions from this same route has acclaimed much success.
Annapurna I Expeditions, where climbers have to be in top physical form and as well medically to conquer the top of world’s ten highest mountains, for the safe climb we have reserved 20 days.

The 1st camp will be set taking a maximum of 2 to 3 days and the next camp II and III between weeks; remaining days will be used for proper preparation for the summit bid of this toughest mountain, the weather also plays a prime factor sometimes unfavorable weather hinders us in our set itinerary routine days.

Day 34: Return to Base Camp.
After a tough and hard achievement with the conquest of Annapurna I, descend back to Base Camp safely, bringing all the gear, used oxygen bottles and camping equipment by this day every member and staff should reach base camp to assist with packing and cleaning the area.

Day 35: At Base Camp.
After an adventurous and tough climb with success and at base camp preparing for the return journey to Pokhara unto Kathmandu, here sorting out gear and cleaning the surrounding camp.

Day 36: Trek to Bamboo 2,050 m - 06 hours.
After a gorgeous time around high Annapurna Sanctuary and base camp, morning walk leads on the downhill path all the way to Deurali, with few ups and downs then on winding trail through cool alpine forest reaching at Bamboo for an overnight stop.

Day 37: Trek to Jhinu danda 1,700m via Chomrong 06 hours.
From Chomrong walk is easier starting short steep morning up to Khuldi Ghar, then downhill into the dense forest to reach Sinuwa danda, continue to walk descending to Chomrong Khola.
After crossing a bridge uphill for an hour to Chomrong village with a possible lunch stop.

After Chomrong walk to the top of Chomrong ridge, then our route leads downhill to Jhinu danda for an overnight stop, afternoon free for short hike to enjoy refreshing hot springs nearby Modi River.

Day 38: Trek to Potana 1, 900 m - 05 hrs.
From here onwards into warmer area through many farm villages with downhill walk for an hour to Modi River, then crossing a bridge with short climb to Landruk village, after brief stop continue walk on a long winding trail through terraced farm fields and villages and then reaching cool forested area with uphill for 40 minutes to reach Deurali hill top at 2,150 m.

From Deurali offers super views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu and Fish Tail peak, after a scenic break downhill to Potana village for last overnight stop in the high hills of Annapurna Himalaya.

Day 39: Trek to Kande and drive to Pokhara.
Morning catching the views of Annapurna Himalaya, as our last day walk leads to a short up through cool forest at Thulo Kharka also known as Australian Camp a beautiful spot in the middle of the forest with large grazing meadows offering glamorous views of Himalayan range of mountains, after a short scenic and refreshing break descend to the road head at Kande village, from here an hour drive back to Pokhara after a wonderful time around high Annapurna hills and mountains.

Day 40: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable adventure on world 10th  highest mountains expeditions to Mt. Annapurna I,  on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.
(option by air 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu)

Day 41-42: In Kathmandu for individual activities.
Two days as contingency or spare days in case of delay on climb due to bad weather and other technical difficulties, today enjoy the free day relaxing and busy sorting out climbing equipments, where our leader and guide will submit expedition’s reports to concern Nepal Government department.

On this free day, you can join in our guided tour where you can witness ancient culture and heritage sites around Kathmandu valley.

Day 43: International departure for homeward bound.
Annapurna I Expeditions completes today in Kathmandu, as per the time for your international flight homeward bound or to next respective countries and port of call, transfer to airport with mesmerizing and exciting adventure with High Five Adventures and its cheerful friendly guides and staff.

Cost Details

  • Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car/van/Bus. Hotel in Kathmandu: Two night's tourist standard Hotel in Katmandu with breakfast basis. Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Meals During Trek: Your standard meals in mountain (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking. Tea or coffee four times a day in cup during the trek
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing (Kathmandu Darbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashipati Temple
  • Accommodation In Trekking: All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • Trekking permit: 'Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit. And Everest National park permits Toilet paper during the trek
  • All necessary paper works.
  • Domestic airport pick up and drop by car or Van.
  • Guide: An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, Porters: Experience Trekking Porters (1 porter for 2 clients). And all Their well-paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Adventure Certificate: Our Company provides Adventure Certificate.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company. Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge
  • Drop to airport by car/van/Bus

Cost does not include on:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Katmandu). Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from mountain (due to any reason) Than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight) Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than schedule Itinerary.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, bottle of water, hot water, shower.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.


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