Annapurna is a series of peaks 55 km long with the highest point, Annapurna I, which stands 8091m (26,545 ft) tall, making it the 10th-highest summit in the world. It is 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 only 34 km west.
Annapurna I was the first 8,000m peak to be climbed by a French expedition led by Maurice Herzog, who reached the summit on 3 June 1950.
The entire massif and surrounding area is protected within the 7,629sq km Annapurna Conservation Area, 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 climb has additional benefits of occurring in an exteremely spectacular setting, however Annapurna peaks are also the world's most dangerous mountains to climb. There are four Annapurnas in the massif as well and Gangapurna and Annapurna South.
Annapurna in Sanskrit literally means "full of food" but is normally translated as 'Goddess of the Harvests'. For Hindu 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 Ganges.
Itinerary Details of Annapurna Expedition
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel transfer
Day 02: Preparation, Briefings, Last minute shopping and formalities
Day 03: Drive 7hrs from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m). You can take 25min flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara instead. Alternatively we can drive to Tatopani and to shorten the trek by 2 days.
Day 04: Drive 2hrs from Pokhara to Nayapool (1050m). We trek 5hrs from Nayapul to Tikhedunga (1577m) via Birethanti (1065m); lodge accommodation
Day 05: Trek 6hrs from Tikhedunga to Ghorepani (2675m); lodge accommodation
Day 06: Trek 5hrs from Ghorepani to and Tatopani (2520m). Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Annapurna (8081m) massif and Dhaulagiri (8167m); lodge accommodation
Day 07: Trek 6hrs form Tatopani to Ghasa (2010m). The trek follows the Kali Gandaki valley; we will enjoy a beautiful day's walking along the Kali Gandaki riverside, slowly climbing into sub-tropical flora zone; lodge accommodation
Day 08: Trek 5hrs from Ghasa to Lete (2480m); lodge accommodation.
Day 09: Trek 4hrs from Lete toThulobugin(3260); overnight in our jungle camp.
Day 10: Trek 6hrs from Thulobugin to Hum Khola(4286m) via Topridge (4570m); camping overnight
Day 11: Trek 5hrs from Hum Khola to Miristi Khola(4130m); camping overnight.
Day 12: Trek from Miristi Khola to Base Camp(4190m).
Day 13-45: Climbing period; summit Annapurna I (8091m)
Day 46: Trek 4hrs from Base Camp to Miristi Khola (4190m).
Day 47: Trek 6hrs from Miristi Khola to Thulobugin (3260m).
Day 48: Trek 4hrs from Thulobugin to Lete (2480m).
Day 49: Trek 4hrs from Lete to Ghasa (2010m).
Day 50: Trek 5hrs from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189m). The trail descends steeply up to Rukse Chhahara (see amazingly scenic Rukse Waterfalls) the deepest gorge in the world, between Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri and then Drive to Pokhara. Hotel accommodation.
Day 51: Drive 7hrs from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus. You can take 25min flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu instead. Hotel accommodation
Day 52: Leisure and shopping day in Kathmandu. Farewell and celebration dinner in the evening.
Day 53: Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively join other activities