“The highest peak of the Annapurna massive and the 10th highest summit of the world, the Mt. Annapurna I (8091m) is awaiting your real climbing experience and efforts in Nepal with the professional organizer and the devoted team of Snowy Horizon Expeditions.”
Annapurna is a series of peaks 55 km long with the highest point, Annapurna I, which stands 8091m in altitude, making it the 10th-highest summit in the world, 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 lies only 34 km west. Annapurna I was the first 8,000m peak climbed by a French Expedition led by Maurice Herzog, who reached the summit on 3 June 1950. It took 20 years for another team to succeed on the same mountain summit. The 1970 ascent of the South Face of Annapurna by Chris Bonington's team was a landmark in the history of mountaineering. This is a mountain that is among the most familiar of mountains, yet one that is very rarely climbed.
Annapurna in Sanskrit literally means "full of food" but is normally translated as ‘Goddess of the Harvests’. For Hindus, 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 Ganga.
The entire massif and surrounding area are protected within the 7,629 sq km as Annapurna Conservation Area led by Project (ACAP), 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 Annapurna Expedition has additional benefits of occurring in an extremely spectacular setting, however Annapurna peaks are also the world's most dangerous mountains to climb. There are four Annapurna’s in the massif as well as Gangapurna and Annapurna South. The South Face of Annapurna is one of the largest and steepest faces in the world. The face is awesome in size and difficulty. The South Face is 3000 feet higher than the southwest face of Mt. Everest. The South Face of Annapurna is relatively free of the terrible avalanche hazards that plague the standard routes on the North Face of the mountain, despite the great difficulty; the South Face is a logical route to the summit of Mt. Annapurna.
The approach to Annapurna Base Camp is a spectacular bonus trek through a world-class trekking area; Poon Hill with spectacular sunrise views on a 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 (7555m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6983m) are the highlights 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 shortened by 2 days by driving to Tatopani/Dana from Kathmandu as well.
The Advanced Base Camp (4190m) is located at the North Annapurna Glacier and it can be reached within a 7-9 days trek if you are interested in adding on and or there is also the option of flying to ABC by helicopter from Pokhara or from Tatopani, Myagdi to ABC.
15 March: Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and Hotel transfer.
16 March: Day 02:Preparation, Briefings, Last minute shopping, and formalities.
17 March: Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara Drive/Fly; Hotel in Pokhara BB Plan.
18 March: Day 04: Pokhara-Beni-Lete drive, teahouse.
19 March: Day 05: Lete to Thulobugin Trek, camping.
20 March: Day 06: Thulobugin to Hum Khola Trek, camping.
21 March: Day 07: Hum Khola to Miristi Khola Trek, camping.
22 March: Day 08: Miristi Khola to Annapurna Base Camp Trek, camping.
23 March-22 April: Day 09-35: Annapurna Summit Climbing Period (8091m).
19 April: Day 36: Trek down from base camp to Miristi Khola, camping
20 April: Day 37: Miristi Khola to Thulobugin trek, camping.
21 April: Day 38: Thulobugin to Lete Trek, teahouse.
22 April: Day 39: Lete to Pokhara drive via Tatopani, hotel in BB Plan.
23 April: Day 40: Drive/fly to Kathmandu, hotel accommodation (BB Plan).
24 April: Day 41: D-Briefing, rest and contingency day, farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
25 April: Day 42: Transfer to the airport for final departure.