Trip Overview

Annapurna I is the highest peak with an elevation of 8091 m in the 55 kilometers long Annapurna Massif in the Himalayas located in North-Central Nepal. The name “Annapurna” is derived from the Sanskrit words “Anna” meaning "Food/grains" and "Purna" meaning “full”. Annapurna is also referred to as a goddess in Nepal and is highly revered and worshiped by Newar communities. 


The first ascent to Annapurna I, also the very first ascent to any 8000 m was made by french duo alpinist Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachhanel from the French Expedition team on 3 June 1950, at approx. 2:00 pm via the North face.  The grand Annapurna Massif comprises 1 peak over 8000 m, 13 peaks over 7000m, and 16 peaks over 6000m making it a wonderful stretch of giant snowy line which is equally eye-pleasing. Limited towards the west by Dhaulagiri, separated by Kali Gandaki Gorge towards the north and east by Marshyangdi river, and towards the south by beautiful Pokhara Valley, Annapurna I covers a total area of 7629 sq. kilometers including the mesmerizing Annapurna Sanctuary, adventurous Annapurna Circuit, and numerous world-class trekking destinations. The first and largest conservation area of Nepal i.e. Annapurna Conservation Area also lies within this area. 


As majestic as it looks, Annapurna I is notorious for its difficult climbs with a huge fatality rate. Despite being the 10th highest mountain in the world, it is still the least climbed peak among other 8000ers. The extremely sloppy south face, the wall of rock rising above 3000 m and the risks of avalanches due to unpredictable snowfall during any season makes it one of the most treacherous peaks that even the veterans follow strict precaution while climbing.


Annapurna I Expedition demands an extremely fit body, mental strength and laborious effort. One must have high experience of high altitude mountaineering and adequate knowledge of all technicalities of climbing. As we will be spending a number of days in the isolated regions, we advise aspiring climbers to prepare themselves well. 


Best season for Annapurna Expedition


The best season for any trip to the Himalayas is in Spring, Summer, and Pre Autumn when the weather is at its best with clear blue skies, less extreme temperatures, green lush forests, and the beauty of floras, and faunas. It is quite difficult to climb Mt. Annapurna in the winter season because of its technicality and extremely unpredictable weather. So, if you want to get the best out of your travel package, make sure you book your holiday in the best seasons.

Trip Itinerary

  • 1
    Arrival In Kathmandu And Rest At The Hotel (1400 M)

    Upon your arrival at the airport for the Annapurna Expedition with Eight K, you will need to complete your immigration procedures. As soon as you are done, one of our representatives will be waiting for you at the arrivals gate with your name card. Then you will be escorted to the hotel booked for you to rest and relax. You may go out to Thamel in the evening for refreshments.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals N/A
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 2
    Expedition Preparation, Official Formalities, And Briefing

    Day two has been allocated for official formalities and documentation. We will obtain necessary permits, complete all formal procedures and conduct a briefing about the overall expedition. 

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 3
    Fly From Kathmandu To Pokhara (822 M)

    On the third day, we will have a wonderful breakfast and drive to the airport. Then we fly to the beautiful city, Pokhara. With the aerial view of cities, hills, lakes, and snow-capped mountains, we will reach Pokhara within 30 minutes. The rest of the day will be spent in the outskirts of Pokhara and Lakeside.

    Altitude 822 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 4
     Drive From Pokhara To Dana (1200 M)

    We wake up early in the morning and have a mouth-watering breakfast. Then we will drive to Dana in Myagdi District. After about a 3-4 hour drive on a rugged path, we will finally reach Dana to rest overnight. 

    Altitude 1200 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 5
     Fly From Dana To Annapurna I Base Camp (4190 M)

    After a night's rest at Dana, we will take a helicopter flight to reach the Annapurna Base Camp. Taking a flight will save trekking time and also save our energy for the climb. Our proficient team will set up tents for the kitchen, bedroom, dining, and shower. They will also prepare hygienic and nutritious meals for us. Thus, We will prepare for the expedition.

    Altitude 4190 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 6-37
    Climbing Period (Base Camp To Summit To Base Camp)

    On day 6 we will perform a prayer ceremony before starting our climb. It is believed that goddess Annapurna will bless us with her blessings as we pray and grant us with a safe passage up to the summit. Meanwhile, our crew will set up fixed ropes along the climbing route. We will also conduct multiple rotations around the higher camps and back to the base camp. This will not only train us on the snow and ice but also acclimatize us and prepare us for the ultimate challenge. Enjoying the nutritious meals prepared by our highly experienced cooks, we will wait for favorable weather to push for the summit climb.


    On the summit day, we will start early at midnight and have a fulfilling breakfast. Following the fixed-line set up by our crew, we will slowly ascend until we conquer the Summit. 


    As we reach the Summit, we will be blessed with the panoramic views of splendid snow-capped giants like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, and other significant peaks of the Annapurna massif. 


    Then, we will slowly descend back to the base camp and prepare to leave.

    Altitude 8091 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Full Board Camp Service
  • 38
    Helicopter Flight From Annapurna Base Camp To Dana (1200 M)

    As we clean up the base camp and pack up all our expedition equipment, a helicopter will be on standby which will take us to Dana.

    Altitude 1200 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 39
    Drive From Dana To Pokhara And Fly Back To Kathmandu

    On this day, we will spend our morning in the beautiful Dana village. After scrumptious breakfast, we will drive to Pokhara. We may spend our day in Pokhara or fly back to Kathmandu via a domestic flight enjoying all the beautiful scenery from a birds-eye view.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast And Lunch
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 40
    Leisure Day In Kathmandu

    This is the day to explore the capital city, Kathmandu. You may go sightseeing around the outskirts of Kathmandu with our city tour guide. We have numerous World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa, Thamel, Basantapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan area, and many more. Evening shall be dedicated to the farewell dinner organized by the Eight K expedition at a typical Nepali restaurant.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast And Farewell Dinner
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 41
    Final Departure

    After a wonderful journey to the beautiful Annapurna mountain, we will bid you farewell with souvenirs from the company. One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight time for your departure. 

    Thank you for joining us in this extremely adventurous journey to the treacherous peak, Mt Annapurna. 

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation N/A
Annapurna Expedition (8,091 M) | 10th Highest Mountain In The World |

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  • Airport pick-up and drop transfers by Private Vehicles from International and Domestic airports to hotels,
  • 3 nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and 01 night in Pokhara on a bed and breakfast plan,
  • A welcome dinner in 8K Bar & Restaurant in Kathmandu,
  • Scheduled domestic flight from Kathmandu-Pokhara- Kathmandu for members with Expedition guide and necessary staff,
  • Drive from Pokhara to Dana by Private Vehicles with a guide and other staff,
  • Helicopter Charter flight from Dana to Annapurna basecamp and Annapurna basecamp to Dana for members only,  
  • Member personal climbing equipment transfer from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Dana-Pokhara-Kathmandu (60 kg per member),
  • Full Board Accommodation during trekking to Annapurna base camp and back to Dana after Expedition,
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Fees,
  • One professional climbing Sherpa guide per member during the climbing period and summit Attempts,
  • 3 Oxygen bottles (4 liters.) per member with Top-Out brand Mask and Regulator,
  • 2 bottle oxygen cylinders (4 liters.) per Sherpa Climbing Sherpa guides,
  • All staff KTM-Base Camp-KTM transportation,
  • Common climbing equipment (necessary rope, ice bars, ice screws, etc),
  • Solar Power at Base Camp for electricity,
  • Satellite Phone available at Base Camp (with nominal charge as used),
  • The facility of Internet service and recharge cards with a nominal charge,
  • Weather forecast report as necessary on daily basis,
  • Individual tent of Kailas brand for each member at base camp,
  • Base Camp single tent with mattress and pillow for each member, Climbing Sherpa, BC staff, and Liaison Officer Tents,
  • High Altitude tents: the tent shall be shared with 2-3 climbers,
  • All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during Expedition as per the schedule,
  • Services of cook and kitchen boy at Base Camp and Cook at higher Camps,
  • Kitchen tent, Stores tent, Dining Tents, Toilet Tents, Shower Tent, Tables and chairs, cooking utensils for Base Camp,
  • Insurance for Climbing Sherpas, Cooks, Liaison Officers, and local porters as well as Equipment costs,
  • Allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpas, cooks, kitchen boys, and Government Liaison Officers,
  • Solar panel at Base Camp for light and charging small electronics. (E.g. mobile phones, amateur digital cameras, and handheld video cameras),
  • Personal solar-powered light at each tent per member at the Base Camp in the evening,
  • Transportation of food and equipment supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu,
  • Heaters at base camp in the dining tent,
  • Fresh vegetable supply from Pokhara/Kathmandu during the expedition,
  • Special high foods for members and Sherpas as per the requirements of your choice in Kathmandu,      
  • Route Fix charges to Summit and Higher Camps,
  • Emergency oxygen during the expedition in the Base Camp and Higher Camps,
  • First Aid kit (For special medicine or internal medicine please seek advice from your doctor and prepare accordingly),
  • 1 Walkie-talkie for each climber during climbing,
  • Garbage deposit Shipment Charges applied by the Government of Nepal,
  • Annapurna Expedition Royalty fee and all official formalities of all documents for climbing Annapurna,
  • Farewell dinner in 8K Bar & Restaurant in Kathmandu after return from Expedition,
  • Applicable fees and local taxes (VAT 13%) imposed by the Nepal government and All Company service charges.


  • International flight tickets from/to your country, 
  • Nepal Entry visa fee that can be obtained at the airport upon arrival,
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara,
  • An extended stay in the hotel after 3-nights in Kathmandu,
  • Your Personal Climbing Equipment Expenses, personal nature expenses such as hard and soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, Wi-Fi, etc,
  • Extra cost incurred due to Personal member's baggage exceeding 60 kilograms,
  • Insurance such as travel, accident, medical, and emergency evacuation by helicopter in case of need during an Annapurna Expedition,
  • Charges for Commercial Filming and Drone Permit if needed,
  • Drone & Special filming permit,
  • Extra oxygen other than 3bottles,
  • Climbing Sherpa summit bonus $1500, BC Cook $250 and calculate some tips for basecamp staff too,
  • Any other extra expenses other than those mentioned in the Cost Includes section.


FROM 25 Mar 2024
TO 07 May 2024

Trip Notes

Please do remember these things.


Trekking and mountaineering in the Annapurna region are highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, domestic flights to Pokhara and Dana may be delayed or canceled. In cases such as this, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, we can arrange it at a nominal extra charge. 


Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure. 


Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required.  But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.



Cost of Expedition


Expedition costs vary depending on factors including group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, category of hotel accommodation, numbers of Sherpa’s allocated and equipment, type of arrangement and package customization. So, we would like to discuss this with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact 8K Expedition for any information about your selected package.



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