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Annapurna Expedition
Overview

Annapurna is a Sanskrit word which when broken down, would mean, "Sustenance" and "filled with". So the name would translate into "The Goddess rich in Sustenance" or simply "The Provider". It was first climbed by M. Herzog & L. Lachenal in 1950. The Annapurna Himal and the Lamjung Himal stretch from the Kali Gandaki in the west to the Marshyangdi in the east. Four summits make up Annapurna with the entire massif forming a barrier on the northern side of the Pokhara Valley in Nepal. The main summit stands to the west of the Annapurna Sanctuary. The normal route is approached from Manang side. It requires two hours walking from the base camp to reach the bottom of the mountain. It requires approx. 65 - 70 degrees of steep climbing with fix ropes of approx. 500m. to reach camp I. To reach camp II, approx. 1000m. fixed ropes will be required along the ridge and some streatches of steep climbing. From camp II to camp III is relatively easy with zigzag crossing and gradually climbing up. However, it will require approx. 1300 - 1500m. fixed rope will be required. From camp III to the summit, generally fixed rope is not required and the main rope is used. There are possibilities of avalanches between camp I and camp II.

Little was known about the mountain until 1949 when Dr. A. Heim from the windows of a Dakora aircraft viewed Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The aircraft could not fly high enough for proper observation or for photographs, still the next year, June 3rd 1950, Annapurna was conquered. It was the first eight thousanders to be climbed; the French accomplished this feat. However, all the routes on the mountain pose severe difficulties and hence it is probably why fewer climbers have reached the summit in comparison to other 8091m peaks.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel/welcome dinner (D)
Day 02-04: Official preparation day in Kathmandu.
Day 05: Trek to Tatopani. Overnight camp.
Day 06: Trek to Ghasa. Overnight camp.
Day 07: Trek to Lete. Overnight camp.
Day 08: Trek to Thulo Bugin. Overnight in jungle camp.
Day 09: Trek to Thulo Bugin Pass. Overnight in river camp.
Day 10: Trek to Mristi Khola. Overnight in Overnight in river camp.
Day 11: Trek to Advance BC. Overnight in camp.
Day 12-46: Climbing period
Day 47: Trek to Thulo Bugin. Overnight camp.
Day 48: Trek to Lete. Overnight camp.
Day 49: Trek to Tukuche. Overnight camp.
Day 50: Trek to Marpha/Jomsom. Overnight camp.
Day 51: Trek to Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathamndu.
Day 52-53: Stay in Kathmandu.
Day 54: Departure to your next destination.

Detail Itinerary

DAYS 1 & 2. Flying into Kathmandu on a clear day is an unforgettable experience, with the entire Nepalese Himalaya spread out below. Pass through immigration, collect your bags and go through Customs Green Channel to the passenger pick-up area outside. Take a deep breath, ignore the taxi drivers, hotel touts and people trying to take your luggage and look for an AmaDablam signboard. Identify yourself and we will take over. Transfer to the Hotel, and join your group for an arrival briefing from your AmaDablam Group Leader. Fill out the National Park Entry and Rafting Permit applications. Our Guest Relations Officer will collect your Passport and air ticket to obtain these and reconfirm onward travel, and return them at the end of the trip. Our GROs will give you any help you need, like arranging Mountain Flights. The highlight of the evening is a traditional dinner at Kathmandu’s finest Nepali restaurant. After a morning guided city tour, your Leader will give a trek briefing and issue part of the Trek Pack. The afternoon is free, but ask for help if you need it.

DAY3 TO DAY9. Earlynextmorning, transfer to the Domestic Airport for a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla, perched above the Dudh Kosi (River of Milk), named for its pale colour from glacier melt. Years ago, Lukla was a herding pasture (it means “Place for Sheep”), but is now the gateway to the Everest region, so hundreds of trekkers pass through it. Lunch in Lukla and trek to Phakdingma. You will immediately notice the difference between the Nepalis of Kathmandu and the local Sherpas who migrated from Tibet 500 years ago. You will also notice Mani Walls on the trail, made of hundreds of carved and brightly-painted stone tablets and giant boulders. Buddhists hold these sacred and gain merit in their next life by praying as they go past. As a sign of respect, please always pass these clockwise. The trail follows the river through stands of pine and oak until it starts to rise at Jorsale and rhododendron, magnolia and giant fir predominate. This is the famous Namche Hill, your first big climb. It is a good place to learn from the masters; the porters, as their ability to climb such hills with enormous loads is pure technique. Following them at a slow, steady pace makes such climbs seem far less arduous. Best of all, Namche Hill has the first view of Everest, to the North. On top, is colourful Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa “Capital” and an important local trading centre. Use the rest/acclimatisation day for sightseeing, side tours or expending energy trying forty winks in the sun! Out of Namche, the mountain views start to open out and just keep getting better as you approach holy Thyangboche and its famous Gompa (Monastery), the home of the Rimpoche (Lama re-incarnate). This is where mountaineering expeditions traditionally receive their blessing from the High Lama, but it also boasts one of the best mountain panoramas of Kwangde, Tawoche, Nuptse, Lhotse, Kangtega, AmaDablam and Everest. The walk up the ridge behind the Gompa is definitely worth it! Trek to Khumjung, the Khumbu’s largest village, at the foot of sacred Khumbila (5861m) after which the valley is named. Time permitting, visit the school and hospital built by the Himalayan Trust which provide excellent education and health care to the Khumbu Sherpas. The Gompa houses some ‘Yeti’ relics which may be viewed for a small donation towards the Monastery’s upkeep. Retrace your steps to Lukla. The continually descending terrain and altitude means you do this very quickly. The last evening is in this busy village, where a party at the Paradise Lodge is not unknown!

DAYS 10-12. Take another scenic flight back to Kathmandu and your Hotel. Return the AmaDablam ‘Trek Pack’, except for the down jacket and you’re free to explore, shop, try out various restaurants, take a scenic Mountain Flight, more guided tours or relax. Your Guide will show you around and help with shopping, but remember, he/she can only be in one place at a time!

DAYS 13 AND 14. Drive to the rafting put-in point. After lunch, the Captain will give a safety briefing and then it’s onto the river to practise the various paddle strokes you will need to know before hitting the white water. With names like “Upset” and “Surprise”, these rapids are sure to be fun! During the quieter stretches, let the world drift by or have some spirited water fights! Rafting days are quite relaxed. Each raft has a waterproof storage barrel, but this isn’t bottomless, so take only essentials. Lunches and camps on sandy beaches - great for swimming and sunbaking. The riverbed is rocky, so check that it is clear before diving in. On the second day, the countryside changes, as the Trisuli meets the Marsyangdi River at Mugling and turns south to India. The river takes on an almost primordial aspect, as it narrows and passes through dramatic gorges. Dense forests of tall trees and clinging vines, home to troupes of monkeys, come right down to the water’s edge.

DAYS 15 & 16. Drive to the Terai and the pick-up point for Chitwan National Park. 4WD vehicles (or elephants!) take you to the lodge and twin-bedded rooms with hot showers! Don’t be tempted to luxuriate in them, as the jungle beckons. The naturalist guides will brief you before you begin the programme of different activities like elephant safaris, jungle walks, canoe rides, elephant briefings and bird watching. The main attractions of Chitwan are the One-Horned Rhino and the Bengal Tiger, but both are difficult to spot, especially the Tiger. Sightings are valued experiences. The jungle is dense, unlike the African plains, and dawn and dusk are when the animals are most active, as they often sleep through the heat of the day. The day is the time for birds. The incredible variety over 400 species in the Park, is best seen on the jungle walks, canoe rides and view tower visits. You will be in a group on all activities and the secret to seeing animals is to work together. The quieter you are and the more subdued your clothing (see the equipment section), the far greater chance you have. Transfer to Everest Panorama Resort for a relaxing afternoon in the hill country. Hike to a nearby monastery, or try any of the other indoor and outdoor activities. After a delicious dinner, a party in the cosy Base Camp Bar is not unknown, as the sun slips down behind the mountains. Return to Kathmandu and your hotel in the morning. Return the down jacket and you’re free for last-minute shopping and exploring. When it is time to fly home, AmaDablam transport staff will deliver you to the International Airport in ample time for check-in. Please collect valuables from security deposit and settle all Hotel bills. If you are going on to India, Tibet or Bhutan, to join another of our exciting adventures, you will be met at the respective International Airport, as explained in a separate AmaDablam Trip Supplement. We are sure you will have just as much fun as you did in Nepal! If you are heading straight home, have a safe journey and see you on your next adventure!

General Information for Everest panorama Lodge Treks

• GENERAL: for treks in September, October, March, April and May
* WALKING BOOTS. Lightweight, waterproof, with plenty of toe room, well worn in;
* SOCKS. 3 pairs each thick/ thin to be worn in combination - boots should be big enough!;
* RUNNING/TENNIS SHOES/SANDALS. For evenings; * T-SHIRTS. 2 or 3 ##;
* WATERPROOFS. Thigh length jacket with a hood. (If you don’t want to use our Poncho);
* JACKET. Pile/fleece, and/or SWEATER. Lightweight ## Duvet Jackets are provided;
* PANTS. Light, loose, long trousers ## shorts ## or skirts ##. Jeans are unsuitable;
* TRACKPANTS. For evenings and colder days; * SCARF. Wool ##/pile;
* SHIRT. Lightweight, long sleeved, with collar, to protect sensitive areas from the sun;
* HATS. 1 wool/pile ‘beanie’ with ear flaps ##. 1 peaked sun hat ##, ‘Legionnaire’ style;
* GLOVES. Wool ##/pile, * UNDERWEAR. * SWIMSUIT. Essential for outdoor bathing.

WINTER: for treks from November to February
WALKING BOOTS, RUNNING/TENNIS SHOES/SANDALS,T-SHIRTS, PANTS, JACKET, SHIRT, HATS, SCARF, UNDERWEAR & SWIMSUIT, as for GENERAL TREKS, but add/adjust as follows;
* SOCKS. 4 pairs or both thick and thin, and an extra pair for bed socks;
* WATERPROOFS. Over pants with side zips, to fit over boots.
* WOOL SWEATER. 1 heavy weight ## or, preferably, 2 lightweight ##;
* TRACKPANTS. 2- preferably 1 heavy track pants and 1 wool/pile trousers;
* GLOVES. Wool ##/pile, silk or thermal glove liners;
* THERMAL UNDERWEAR. Long medium/heavyweight tops and trousers;
* SNOW GAITORS. To keep pants and boots dry##.

RAFTING, CHITWAN AND DAMAN GEAR:
Add/Adjust as follows;
Rafting:, We provide windproof jackets * Extra sunscreen, for the reflection off the water.
* Old T shirt, shorts and runners/gym boots or rubber sandals ## Optional: If you already own them * A light wetsuit in winter. * Wetsuit booties.
* Paddling gloves.

Chitwan: Long sleeved shirt, lightweight, long pants or ‘camouflage’ suits ## for all activities, in muted colours. Bright colours act as warning signals to the animals.

Daman: Jacket, sweater and warm pants. The climate is temperate, but it can snow, especially in February.


MONEY TO BRING WITH YOU

MONEY MATTERS
Bring hard currency in cash, credit cards or travellers cheques from major companies in small denominations. Although travellers cheques are secure, the exchange rates may not be as good as for cash, and it is sometimes difficult to exchange them on weekends and public holidays. Money can be changed quickly and conveniently at ATMs in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur and major cities and towns, against a credit or debit card from a major bank or company, at very good rates, so don’t leave home without your PIN number! Some ATMs and hotels will give cash advances on credit cards, but the rates are high -up to 15%. So it’s best to bring your local payment in cash. This is a guide only, as everyone has different budgets and shopping lists;

This is a guide only, as everyone has different budgets and shopping lists;
Kathmandu: US$ 10.00-12.00 per meal in Thamel, more for restaurants in hotels.
On Trek/Rafting: US$5.00 – 10.00 a day for drinks, snacks, more if you drink/smoke.
Chitwan/Daman: US$20 a day (drinks, souvenirs and activities at Daman)
Shopping: You could spend up to US$500 on carpets. See “SPEND, SPEND, SPEND”
Optional Helicopter Deposit: US$200-300. See Flying High, the Sequel for details
Tips: Not included in the trip price, but entirely voluntary. See ‘Tipping is Not a Chinese City’
Emergency Money: Everyone should have access to another US$ 500 for unforeseen, unavoidable changes to itineraries or travel arrangements, medical treatment or the very unlikely event of helicopter evacuation. You may just find a ‘must have’ carpet or piece of jewellery!
Departure Tax: Previously NER 1695 overseas flight & NER. 1356 SAARC countries such as Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives.
Subject to change; consult your Guide as these policies and prices are ever changing. For instance, most airlines, both domestic and international airlines now include airport tax in the air fares.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Photos

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