Annapurna Expedition

The tenth highest mountain in the world

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Trip Overview

Annapurna I, standing at an elevation of 8091 meters, is the highest peak in the 55-kilometer long Annapurna Massif in the Himalayas, situated in North-Central Nepal. The name “Annapurna” is derived from the Sanskrit words “Anna,” meaning “Food/grains,” and “Purna,” meaning “full.” In Nepal, Annapurna is not only a majestic mountain but is also considered a goddess, revered and worshiped by the Newar communities.

The first successful ascent of Annapurna I, and indeed the first ascent of any 8000-meter peak, was achieved by the French duo of Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachhanel from the French Expedition team on June 3, 1950, via the North face around 2:00 pm. The Annapurna Massif is a remarkable stretch of snowy peaks, including 1 peak over 8000m, 13 peaks over 7000m, and 16 peaks over 6000m. The massif is visually stunning, bordered by Dhaulagiri to the west, the Kali Gandaki Gorge to the north, the Marshyangdi river to the east, and the picturesque Pokhara Valley to the south. Encompassing 7629 sq. kilometers, it includes the enchanting Annapurna Sanctuary, the adventurous Annapurna Circuit, and various world-class trekking destinations. Notably, the first and largest conservation area in Nepal, the Annapurna Conservation Area, is also located within this region.

Despite its ranking as the 10th highest mountain globally, Annapurna I is known for its challenging climbs and high fatality rate. The southern face is extremely steep, with a rock wall rising over 3000 meters, and the risk of avalanches due to unpredictable snowfall makes it one of the most perilous peaks. Consequently, it has the lowest ascent rate among the 8000-meter peaks.

Embarking on an Annapurna I Expedition requires exceptional physical fitness, mental strength, and strenuous effort. Climbers need extensive experience in high-altitude mountaineering and comprehensive knowledge of technical climbing. Due to the isolation of the regions involved, aspiring climbers are strongly advised to prepare thoroughly.

The best seasons for an Annapurna Expedition are Spring, Summer, and Pre-Autumn when the weather is optimal, with clear blue skies, moderate temperatures, vibrant green forests, and the beauty of diverse flora and fauna. Climbing Annapurna in winter is particularly challenging due to technical difficulties and highly unpredictable weather. To make the most of the expedition, it is recommended to plan the trip during these favorable seasons.

  • Season
  • Destination
    Annapurna Region
  • Duration
    41 Days
  • Altitude
    8,091m / 26,545ft
  • Groups
    2 - 15 Peoples
  • Walk per day
    5 - 6 Hours


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 1400m
  • Meals N/A
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

his day is dedicated to official expedition preparations. Our team will manage travel permits, essential documentation, and necessary formalities. Additionally, there will be a comprehensive briefing about the expedition's various aspects, providing a chance to meet fellow trekkers and finalize any last-minute requirements.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

After a fulfilling breakfast, head to the airport for a flight to the picturesque city of Pokhara. Enjoy a breathtaking aerial view encompassing cities, hills, lakes, and snow-capped mountains during the 30-minute flight. Once in Pokhara, the day is spent exploring its outskirts and Lakeside area.

  • Altitude 822m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation 3-5 star hotel

Early morning, commence a drive to Dana in Myagdi District. The journey takes approximately 3-4 hours on a rugged path before reaching Dana, where you'll spend the night.

  • Altitude 1200m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Lodge/Teahouses

Following a night's rest in Dana, board a helicopter to Annapurna Base Camp. The flight significantly reduces trekking time and conserves energy for the climb. The experienced team will set up necessary camps—kitchen, bedroom, dining, and shower—and prepare nutritious meals. Spend the day preparing for the impending expedition.

  • Altitude 4190m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Lodge/Teahouses

his phase involves essential rituals, including a prayer ceremony for blessings from goddess Annapurna for a safe climb. Our crew will install fixed ropes along the climbing route while climbers undergo multiple rotations between higher camps and the base camp. These rotations facilitate snow and ice training, acclimatization, and preparation for the summit climb. Weather-permitting, the summit climb starts in the early hours of a specified day. Upon reaching the summit, breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna massif await before descending back to base camp.

  • Altitude 8091m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Full Board Camp Service

Following cleanup and packing up at the base camp, a helicopter will transport you back to Dana.

  • Altitude 1200m
  • Meals BLD
  • Accomodation Lodge/Teahouses

After breakfast in Dana, drive to Pokhara and either spend the day there or opt for a flight back to Kathmandu. The flight offers aerial scenic views during the journey.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast and Lunch
  • Accomodation 3-5 Star Hotel

Take advantage of the day to explore Kathmandu's cultural heritage, including Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa, Thamel, Basantapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan area, and more. In the evening, attend a farewell dinner organized by Eight K Expedition at a Nepali restaurant.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast and Farewell Dinner
  • Accomodation Accomodation: 3-5 Star Hotel

The expedition concludes today. You'll bid farewell with souvenirs from the company. An assigned representative will ensure you reach the airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Thank you for joining us on this adventurous journey to Mt. Annapurna.

  • Altitude 1400m
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Accomodation N/A


  • Private Vehicles' airport transfers for pick-up and drop-off from International and Domestic airports to hotels.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Kathmandu and 01 night in Pokhara on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • A welcome dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Scheduled domestic flights from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu for members with Expedition guide and necessary staff.
  • Private Vehicles' drive from Pokhara to Dana with a guide and other staff.
  • Helicopter Charter flight from Dana to Annapurna basecamp and return for members only.
  • Personal climbing equipment transfer for members from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Dana-Pokhara-Kathmandu (60 kg per member).
  • Full Board Accommodation during trekking to Annapurna base camp and return to Dana after the Expedition.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Fees.
  • Provision of one professional climbing Sherpa guide per member for climbing and summit attempts.
  • 3 Oxygen bottles (4 liters) per member with Top-Out brand Mask and Regulator.
  • 2 oxygen cylinders (4 liters) per Sherpa Climbing Sherpa guides.
  • Transportation from KTM-Base Camp-KTM for all staff.
  • Common climbing equipment such as necessary ropes, ice bars, ice screws, etc.
  • Solar Power setup at Base Camp for electricity needs.
  • Availability of Satellite Phone at Base Camp with a nominal charge for usage.
  • Internet service and recharge cards available with nominal charges.
  • Daily weather forecast reports.
  • Individual tents by Kailas brand for each member at base camp.
  • Base Camp tents with mattresses and pillows for members, Climbing Sherpa, BC staff, and Liaison Officer.
  • High Altitude tents shared among 2-3 climbers.
  • Provision of food and fuel as per the schedule for Base Camp and higher camps during the Expedition.
  • Services of cook and kitchen staff at Base Camp and higher camps.
  • Tents for Kitchen, Stores, Dining, Toilet, Shower, along with tables, chairs, and cooking utensils at Base Camp.
  • Insurance coverage for Climbing Sherpas, Cooks, Liaison Officers, local porters, and equipment costs.
  • Allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpas, cooks, kitchen staff, and Government Liaison Officers.
  • Solar panel setup at Base Camp for lighting and charging small electronic devices.
  • Personal solar-powered lights for each tent member at the Base Camp in the evening.
  • Transportation of food and equipment supplies from Kathmandu to Base Camp.
  • Heaters available in the dining tent at Base Camp.
  • Supply of fresh vegetables during the expedition from Pokhara/Kathmandu.
  • Special high foods for members and Sherpas as per their requirements in Kathmandu.
  • Route Fix charges for Summit and Higher Camps.
  • Emergency oxygen available at Base Camp and Higher Camps during the Expedition.
  • First Aid kit provided.
  • 1 Walkie-talkie for each climber during climbing.
  • Government-applied Garbage deposit Shipment Charges.
  • Annapurna Expedition Royalty fee and all necessary climbing documents.
  • Farewell dinner at Kathmandu upon Expedition return.
  • Applicable fees and local taxes (VAT 13%) by the Nepal government and Company service charges.


  • International flight tickets to and from your country.
  • Nepal Entry visa fee (obtained upon arrival at the airport).
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extended hotel stay beyond 3 nights in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Climbing Equipment Expenses, personal expenses like drinks, laundry, postage, telephone, Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Extra costs due to baggage exceeding 60 kilograms.
  • Insurance for travel, accident, medical, and emergency helicopter evacuation during the Annapurna Expedition.
  • Charges for Commercial Filming and Drone Permit if required.
  • Extra oxygen beyond 3 bottles.
  • Summit bonus for Climbing Sherpa, tips for BC Cook ($250), and basecamp staff.
  • Any other additional expenses not mentioned in the Cost Includes section.

Trip Notes

As you prepare for your trekking and mountaineering adventure in the Annapurna region, please take note of the following important information:

  1. Weather Dependency: Trekking and mountaineering in the Annapurna region are highly contingent on weather conditions. While we make every effort to schedule our trips during the most favorable times, extreme scenarios may lead to delays or cancellations of domestic flights to Pokhara and Dana. In such cases, any additional expenses incurred beyond the total number of days in the itinerary will be borne by the client. Rest assured, Taktok Brothers will arrange accommodation for porters and guides during these unforeseen circumstances. If you prefer alternative arrangements, such as a helicopter flight to avoid delays, we can organize it at a nominal extra charge.
  2. Flight Delays and International Flights: Taktok Brothers shall not be liable for compensation for losses resulting from missed international flights. However, we are committed to helping you make necessary arrangements to minimize any inconvenience. To avoid missing flights, we recommend maintaining flexible time frames before and after the trip departure.
  3. Itinerary Adjustments: Traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and challenging geography may necessitate adjustments to our itineraries. Please be aware that trails can be distorted at times, and we may need to adapt as required. Rest assured, the quality of service will not be compromised, and we will strive to provide you with an exceptional experience.

Cost of Expedition

The cost of our expeditions is influenced by various factors, including group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, hotel accommodation categories, the number of allocated Sherpas and equipment, type of arrangement, and package customization. We value transparency and believe in offering customized solutions to meet your specific needs. Please feel free to contact Taktok Brothers Expeditions for detailed information about your selected package and to discuss the expedition costs.

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Our client reviews

Lisa Ligina

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers made my trek in Nepal an unforgettable experience. The entire trip, from planning to execution, was seamless. The team’s deep understanding of the local culture added a unique layer to the adventure. If you want an authentic trekking experience, Taktok Brothers are the ones to go with!

David De-Gia

November 5, 2023

My trek with Taktok Brothers was a dream come true. The staff’s passion for the mountains and their commitment to responsible tourism shone through at every step. I’ll cherish the memories of this journey, and I’m already planning my next adventure with them.

Maria D-Closk

November 5, 2023

I can’t say enough good things about Taktok Brothers! Their attention to safety and the overall well-being of their clients is commendable. The trek was challenging yet rewarding, and I always felt in good hands. If you’re looking for a trekking company in Nepal, these guys are the real deal.

James Cook

November 5, 2023

Taktok Brothers provided a well-organized and memorable trekking adventure in Nepal. Their guides are not only experts in the trails but also wonderful companions. We trekked through remote villages and breathtaking scenery, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. This company comes highly recommended!

Sarah James

November 5, 2023

I had an incredible trekking experience with Taktok Brothers! From the moment I arrived in Nepal, their team took care of every detail. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and made the trek enjoyable. The stunning landscapes and cultural experiences made this trip unforgettable. I highly recommend them for your next adventure!

Luis Stitzinger

November 5, 2023

I am aware that even though being a mere entity in this cosmic drama, I have braved plethora of hardships and have languished at the other side of the rainbows.

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