Annapurna 1st Expedition 8091m
Starts from Pokhara
Best season: Spring and autumn
Duration of trip: 45 days
First climbed by Herzog and Lachenal in 1950, Annapurna at 8091m is the 10th highest mountain in the world. The Annapurna lies in the North-central Nepal stretching along with Lamjung Himal from the Kali Gandaki in the west to the Marshyangdi in the east. Annapurna, which is adjacent to the tourist capital of Nepal, Pokhara was the first eight-thousand meter to be climbed. The four summits of the entire massif of Annapurna form the northern barrier of Pokhara Valley. The main summit stands to the west of the Annapurna Sanctuary. The mountain has glaciers on its western and northwestern slopes which drain into a great gorge cut through the Himalaya by the Kali Gandaki River.
However, despite being the first eight thousand’er to be climber, Annapurna is still one of the least climbed 8,000m peaks. The reason is that all the routes on the mountain pose severe difficulties for climbing. The Annapurna’s are considered the world’s most dangerous mountains to climb due to the peaks prone to avalanches and the high rate of fatality. The difficulty of climbing Annapurna comes from the noted American climber, Ed Viesturs, who launched in 1994 a project aimed at climbing all fourteen 8000m peaks without oxygen, “Annapurna is all about objective danger, it’s all about the glacial architecture. There are these big ice cliffs and seracs, and the question is: are the seracs leaning forward or leaning back? It comes down to that.” We makes our ascent from the Kali Gandaki valley more enjoyable are the natural hot springs, exploring the icefall and observing the Thakali people and their way of life.
Recommended Previous Experience:
Annapurna is one of most difficult 8,000m with a high fatality rate. It’s also true that getting back from the summit is more important than getting there. The oxygen level over 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level. The weather is never fully predictable. The climbers must have years of prior experience on rock and ice climbing especially above 7,000m. Climbers also need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along a steep technical terrain. Moreover, as Jon Krakauer says, while you’re in the “Thin Air” up there, “The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator’s colleagues as the perpetrator.” Hence, our actions affect not only our own, but welfare of the entire team as well.
The climbing itinerary may vary according to the personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch, rest and relax, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as climbers climb at own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. All Trekkers Team ensures the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.
We’ll be climbing the Annapurna I. The glaciers that surround Annapurna have suffered a great transformation since it was first climbed in 1950. The dangling seracs (big blocks of ice) have been crushed, and the avalanches fall on its slopes every day. From the base camp, it requires about two hours of walking to reach the bottom of the mountain. Then there is 65 – 70 degrees of steep climbing with fix ropes of about 500 meters to reach camp I. Similarly, about 1000meters of fixed ropes will be required to reach camp II along with some stretches of steep climbing. The possibility of avalanches between camp I and camp II should be taken into account. The climbing route has weak spots among the chain of threatening glaciers, dangling seracs and avalanches that sweep everything. Although it’s relatively easier from camp II to camp III with zigzag crossing and gradual climbing, still it will require approximately 1300 – 1500m of fixed rope. Fixed rope are generally not required from camp III to the summit.
The springtime from March to May and the autumn months from September to November are considered the most favorable weather for Annapurna I climbing. However, the weather conditions in high mountains are never fully predictable. Temperatures may get as low as minus 20C in summer, but can drop to minus 60C or even lower during winter. The possibility of bad weather such as snow, wind, and cloud should also be taken into account. Similarly, the wind speeds may rise to 80Km/h (50mph). At the basecamp the temperature is about 15C warmer than at the summit. The oxygen level around 7,000m is only 40% of sea level.
Our Annapurna Expeditions are led by experienced, professional mountaineers and guides who have scaled the mountain several times. These leaders are supported by the other crewmembers and they have all of the necessary experience and equipment required for a successful completion of the expedition. All Trekkers Team also makes sure that it’s leaders have proven track records in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber’s chance of making it to the summit without compromising the safety aspect. All Trekkers Team’s expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crewmembers are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.
Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. All Trekkers pays high attention to the safety standards of the climbers. Hence, for two International Climbers, All Trekkers assigns its accredited climbing leader, high altitudes assistance Sherpa, and cook. For Base Camp assistance and other necessary trek support, All Trekkers Team supplies crews such as porters, yaks and yak man. Further, to maintain the high safety standard All Trekkers Team’s team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.
Trip Start Dates:
We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date. The spring season of March to May and the autumn season of September to November are considered the best time for Annapurna Expedition. The months of April and May and then again October and November are the classic climbing period. The summer months of monsoon rains and the winter months from December to February are considered to be the most unfavorable time climbing.
Why Expedition with All Trekkers Team?
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Sustainable Operation Policies:
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Local and Experienced Mountain Leaders:
All Trekkers Team (P) LTD employs and trains local staff so that the local communities benefit from our adventure operations. However, we never compromise on our high safety and quality standards. All of our leaders and guides are carefully selected based on their aptitude, experience, and leadership skills. Most of our guides have been continuously working with us for more than 10 years. Our guides are trained for remote emergencies and are well versed in local politics, culture and customs. Please check out the personal records of our guides who have scaled Mt. Everest several times (and hundreds of other lesser peaks). Thus, we guarantee that all our guides, cooks, and other crews members are qualified and experienced professionals who make it sure that you’re always safe, sound, and happy.
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All climbing permit, land, air transportation and accommodation in lodges/tent during the trek/climb, Food: three times meals in a day, necessary guides and required number of porter(s), other essential equipment.
Personal expenses, insurance, tips, emergency evacuation by helicopter, alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike and road blockade etc