The Annapurna is a massif that contains one peak over 8,000 meters (26,000 ft), thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 ft), and sixteen more over 6,000 meters (20,000 ft). The massif is 55 kilometers (34 mi) 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 1 main is the tenth highest mountain in the World at 8091 m above sea level, which is situated in Nepal . It was the first 8000 m mountain to be climbed. Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal, of a French expedition led by Herzog , reached the summit on 3 June 1950. They explored the Kali Gandaki valley. After descending Dhaulagiri became too difficult, they turned their attention to climbing Annapurna. Hampered by inaccurate maps, they spent considerable time and effort finding a way to the foot of the mountain. They eventually ascended via Miristi Khola to the north face of mount Annapurna 1. Its summit was the highest summit attained for three years, until the first successful ascent of Mount Everest. Annapurna was not climbed again until 1970, when British army expedition followed essentially the same route as Herzog. At same time Cris Boning led successful British expedition to the very steep and difficult south face. With only 109 ascents, Annapurna has had fewer successful climbs than any other 8000 m peak.
Our trip is an expedition to Annapurna south which at 7219 meters is an attractive mountain that is located north of Pokhara, in the heart of Annapurna Himalayan Ranges. Annapurna South rises miraculously as a part of a wide ridge that forms an amazing wall including Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna II 7937m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m and Gangapurna 7455m. The holy mountain Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail) 6997m is also an important peak that lies within Annapurna Himalayan Range. Climbers can expect spectacular views of Manaslu, Tilicho Peak, Annapurna range and Machapuchre.
The summit of Annapurna South was first ascended in 1964 by a Japanese Expedition team via North Ridge. The climb of Annapurna South is considered difficult and technically challenging with steep sections on the summit ridge as well as traversing of steep and slippery slopes below the summit. Hence, previous experience of technical peak climbing with good level of physical fitness is highly recommended by Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions for those wanting to conquer the summit of Annapurna South.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Our representative will meet you at Tribhuwan International Airport on your arrival. You will be transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu & Climbing Preparations.
We spend most of our day sightseeing around some of the world heritage sites inside Kathmandu valley. We will also complete all the necessary paper works and make other preparations for Annapurna South Expedition.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
After breakfast, we will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about five to six hours. Our drive goes along the scenic hilly roads. On reaching Pokhara, you will be transferred to the hotel at Pokhara.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and start trek to Ghandruk (2000 m)
We take a short drive towards Nayapul – the starting point of our trek. From Nayapul, we start to trek on the trail that goes through rhododendrons and oaks towards Ghandruk – a Gurung community village. At Ghandruk, we can visit the Gurung museum which has been well preserved. We spend our overnight at Ghandruk.
Day 05: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrung (2040 m)
After breakfast, we leave Ghandruk and follow a popular trail via Kot Danda and Kimrong. A steady climb for some time will lead us to Taulung, from where we ascend a long and steep stoned staircase to reach Chhomrong. Chhomrung is a Gurung Village, and the highest permanent settlement in the valley with a tremendous view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. Our day ends with an overnight stay in Chhomrung.
Day 06: Trek from Chhomrung to Bamboo (2335 m)
From Chhomrung, we follow the trail that descends down and across a suspension bridge over Chhomrung river. After crossing the bridge, our trail climbs gradually through rhododendron filled forests and heads up towards Sinuwa. From Sinuwa, we follow a slightly rising trail that passes a forest interspersed with bamboo. We trek until we arrive at Bamboo, where there are few tea houses.
Day 07: Leaving Bamboo
After breakfast, we leave Bamboo and follow the trail that is almost covered with many tree roots. Our trail goes steeply down along the banks of rocks and then levels out. From there we continue to trek on the trail that winds steeply up through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Doban. From Doban the forest becomes more impressive with large rhododendrons covered in Spanish moss and pockets of orchids.
Day 08: Trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700 m)
Leaving Doban, our trail climbs through dense forest to a large overhanging rock known as Hinku Cave. Our trek continues as we follow the slightly rising trail towards Deurali. Soon the valley broadens and fine birch forest fills the far banks. Two obvious rock pillars mark the ‘gateway’ to the Sanctuary, which suddenly opens out to broad grassy slopes and a series of tea houses at Machhapuchre Base Camp. It is a good idea to initially rest and enjoy views of Machhapuchre, Gangapurna and Annapurna South.
Day 09: Trek from Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna South Base Camp (4800 m)
After breakfast at MBC, we follow the trail that climbs a moraine covered by grass to the west of MBC. There are many trails that winds gradually up towards Annapurna South Base Camp. As we climb towards the base camp, we start to get a better perspective of the Sanctuary while enjoying the superb view of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli, Machhapuchre and other surrounding snow capped high peaks.
Day 10-28: Climbing of Annapurna South (7219 m) and descend back to base camp.
After fully acclimatized and properly equipped with all the climbing gears we will follow the guidance and footsteps of our experienced climbing experts. After considering all weather problems, we head towards the summit of Annapurna South. Our tiring climb to the summit is rewarded with breathtaking views of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail), Hiun Chuli and other snow capped high peaks. We then descend along the same route back to the base camp.
Day 29: Trek away from Base camp
After successfully achieving the summit of Annapurna South, we pack our gears and prepare for the return trek. We leave the base camp and retrace our steps on the same trail that descends through Machhapuchre Base Camp. We continue our trek as we leave the alpine vegetation and enter the sub-tropical vegetation dropping down through Deurali and then trek for some time to reach Doban for the overnight stay.
Day 30: Trek to Chhomrung
Our trek continues through trails going uphill and downhill. We pass through the few tea houses of Bamboo and then towards Sinuwa. From there we will descend steeply to cross a bridge over Chhomrung Khola. We cross the suspension bridge and start climbing a long stoned staircase to arrive at Chhomrung for our overnight stay.
Day 31: Trek from Chhomrung to Syauli Bazaar (1940 m)
After breakfast, we leave Chhomrung and follow the trail that descends gradually passing through dense forest. Our trek continues until we arrive at Syauli Bazaar for our overnight stay.
Day 32: Trek from Syauli Bazaar to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
The last day of our trek starts from Syauli Bazaar as we follow a trail that heads through densely forested area and terraced farmlands towards Nayapul. From Nayapul, we ride all the way back to Pokhara. You will be transferred to the hotel once we arrive at Pokhara.
Day 33: Drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu.
After breakfast, we leave Pokhara and take a drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 34: Leisure day at Kathmandu
At Kathmandu, you can pay a visit to any remaining tourist attractions. Also, go shopping through Thamel.
Day 35: Transfer to International Airport for Departure.
Our Airport Representative will drop you at the International Airport.
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