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Annapurna I Expedition

Zambuling Trekking  provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.

In the Base camp our cooks and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24 hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.

In base camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.

Our camp manager as well as guides and climbing Sherpa’s have an extensive experience on multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and Base Camp organization. In base camp our guides will work with other teams to ensure contribution from all operators for tasks such as route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.


It is important for each climber to choose the right expedition guide service that not only suites their needs, but provides the best safely and secure mountaineering experience possible. There are more than 1,700 trekking companies in Nepal who offer 8,000 meter expeditions including Everest, but only about 30 companies who operate 8,000 meter peaks on a regular basis. We are proud to be one of these 30 companies and consistently offer, run and succeed at these types of expeditions year after year. 
It is very important that the climbers who choose Zambuling Trekking  for this trip of a lifetime experience have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition. We do not want to simply “fill our expedition”, but instead we want to comprise a team of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit with the highest level of support and safety standards that can be provided by a guiding service on Mt Everest. We team this with the best standards of food and quality equipment to further assist each client reach their full potential. We feel that we offer the best environment and opportunity for you to be successful on the world’s highest mountain.


Expeditions to all 8000m peaks. Our Full Board service means that we will provide a Trekking service, an in-Base camp service and High camp service executed by your Sherpa Climbing Guide. All our Full Board clients will have a personal Sherpa Climbing guide exclusively dedicated to the client for the duration of the climb.

Our climbing Sherpa guide team will establish and secure climbing route in collaboration with other climbing teams participating on the route; Establish all high camps with camping equipment, provisions and oxygen and prepare high altitude food for his client; Assist his client on the route and ensure client safety and well being on the route through guiding and negotiating the route access priorities at pace and schedule determined by clients’ physical condition and preferred pace; Ensure total commitment to the client in case of emergency with clients’ safety and well being as overriding priority.

High camp service for Full Board Service clients will consist of provision of all equipment necessary to fix the route, all camping equipment, fuel and food for high camps as well as oxygen provision, including mask and regulator and latest model of Poisk oxygen, Summit system of Mask regulators in quantities specified in your climbing itinerary as per height of Mountain.

Full Board Service Cost Includes:

·        Arrival and departure transfer services to and from both Domestic and International flight as per itinerary.

·        Assistance at the International airport by Zambuling Trekking  while arriving and departing in Kathmandu.

·        4 Nights hotels accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis.

·        Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period.

·        Schedule Flight Tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu sector to all climbing member, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.

·        All trekking and mountaineering equipments like; kitchen tent, stores tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for advance Base Camp and camp two.

·        Common climbing equipment (necessary fixed and main rope, ice bars, ice screws, snow bar etc) 

·        Services of cook and kitchen boy at Advance Base Camp

·        3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea/ coffee) in  available tea house/hotel/lodge during the trekking

·        3 fresh meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners) will be serve at base camp, and camp two.

·        All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during expedition for both members and crews.

·        Per person 40kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak to climbing the Mt. Annapurna.

·        Daily Weather Report Services from Seattle based

·        Trekking Permit (Everest National Park entry fee)

·        TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).

·        Expedition Royalty and climbing permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt.Annapurna.

·        Nepalese Government Royalty and fees;

·        One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and at list 02 Times Summiteers Climbing/expedition Sherpa Guide per client.

·        All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.

·        Equipment allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpa’s, cooks, kitchen boys.

·        Equipment allowances and wages for Government Liaison Officer.

·        First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.

·        Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 3 per minute call.

·        Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.

·        Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.

·        Heater will be provided at base camp for heating the dining room.

·        Emergency Oxygen, mask and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge

·        Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.

·        Solar panel for light and battery charger.

·        All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3 for members and staff.

·        Ice fall charges by SPCC

·        Gamow Bags (Portable Altitude Chamber).

·        Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance for staff

·        Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude climbing Sherpa guide, cook and staff.

·        Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.

·        Fresh cooked food and kitchen will be provided at Advance Base camp.

·        Trekking and Climbing map of the mount Annapurna. 

·        EPI Cooking gas, stove will be provided in camp one, three and south col for cooking food, boiling water.

·        Generator will be providing for back- up of lighting power and charging electronic tools.

·        Transportation of food supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu

·        Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.

·        Complete pre-departure information

·        Flight ticket reconfirmation

·        visa extension procedure services (if necessary)

·        Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.

Full board service Cost Exclude:

·        Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)

·        Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking.

·        Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.

·        Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.

·        Extra transportation then display in itinerary program.

·        Any additional staff other than specified.

·        Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.

·        Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.

·        Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.

·        Filming permit (if special camera).

·        Personal climbing gears;

·        Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses

·        Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears

·        Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.

·        Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules. Minimum US$ 1500.00 per climbing Sherpa guide, after summit.

·        Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff.

·        Airfare of international flights.

·        Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu)

·        Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

·        Any other item not included in “COST INCLUDES” section.

Zambuling Trekking  has not able to include the cost of each package in the company website. Many of our clients have the same query: why Zambuling Trekking  has not included the price in the package. To provide you service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us breakdown the cost. That’s why; we have decided to clarify our customers that due to following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:

·        The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group, category of the hotel accommodation and the facilities that you aspire in the mountain.

·        We operate the peak climbing in full arrangement package and basic arrangement service (full board or base camp service) which directly affects the expedition cost.

·        The itinerary may be changed after reaching an understanding between the agency and the client. Other activities could be added or reduced as per the client's request before processing the trip. Price for reduced activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added in mutual understanding.

·        The number of climbing Sherpa guides, high altitude porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors can affect the cost of the trip.

·        Number of persons in group including; number of climbers, non-climber, base camp supporters, medical doctors, Alpine climbing guide also affect the cost.

·        Either you want to operate this expedition as international group joining basics of Zambuling Trekking  or individual (private arrangement) expedition.

·        Request numbers of oxygen, mask regulators and the brands the clients require

·        Climbing season: normally most of the climbers climb Himalayas in the spring and the autumn season. The climbing permit royalty cost for mountain will be 50% less in the autumn than spring season.

·        Quality of food that client requires. Any specialized food that has to be ordered from foreign country will be costlier compared to the one available here.

·        Either any of the climbers intend to attempt any world records? If so, do they require special services or equipment?

·        Due to the above position the price range for the same trip can vary widely. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact Zambuling Trekking  for any information about in your selected package.

Annapurna I (8091m/26,545ft.) is the 10th highest mountain in the world and eighth highest mountain in Nepal. Annapurna I is lowest 8000m peak but is one of the most technical climbing peaks in the Himalayas. The peak was climbed by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal on June 3,1950. It was not until 1970 that Annapurna was summated again from its Northwest Ridge. The peaks exact location can be found at the coordinates of 28°35’45''N83°49’20''E. The Annapurna massif contains six major peaks, Annapurna I (8091m/26,545ft) Annapurna II(7937m/26,040ft) Annapurna III(7555m/24,786ft) Annapurna IV (7525m/24,688ft)  Gangapurna (7455m/24,457ft) Annapurna South (7219m/23,684ft).

Annapurna in Sanskrit is literally translated to "full of food" but is normally translated to “Goddess of the Harvests.” In Hinduism, Annapurna is a goddess of fertility and agriculture and an avatar of Durga. The entire massif and surrounding areas are protected within the 7629 square kilometers (2,946 sq mi) Annapurna Conservation Area. This was the first conservation area in Nepal and still remains the largest conservation area in Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit.

Annapurna is one of the world's most technical mountains for that reason it has a bad fatality to summit ratio. The climb is a serious adventure and one of the most difficult 8000m peaks in the world. But there is a hope, a new route was used this year and will be the best and safest route to climb moving forward. The South Face of Annapurna is one of the largest and steepest faces in the world. The face is awesome in size and difficulty. The South Face is 3000 feet higher than the Southwest face of Mt. Everest. The South Face of Annapurna is relatively free of the terrible avalanche hazards that plague the standard routes on the North Face of the mountain. Despite the great difficulty the South Face is a logical route to the summit of Mt. Annapurna.

Zambuling Trekking  provides a comprehensive service organizing all necessary permits, climbing documentation, logistics including airfares, ground transportation, porters, food along the trek and other individual services required by clients. We advises clients to use a personal climbing Sherpa guide (which we will provide) to help you reach the summit. Your personal climbing Sherpa will set up camp I, camp II and camp III with food provisions, fuel and oxygen and will guide the client on summit day.

After arriving in Kathmandu you will have a day of preparations and briefing for your climbing permit. Following that you will be flying to Pokhara and then driving to Tatopani by jeep. From here you will be trekking to Annapurna South base camp through wild jungles, along the way you will pass through villages such as: Lete and Miristi Khola. After having a few days rest, acclimatize and receive basic training from your Zambuling Climbing Sherpa guide you will be starting your acclimatization period up to camp I, II and III.

Base camp to camp II is a very technical section of the route. it consists of an unstable and broken glacier that has dangling seracs which can come crashing down at any time. The climb is done with 3 camps. It takes 2 hrs to get from ABC to the bottom of the climb. The start of the route is a steep 70degree section that requires 500m of fixed rope. Here is the objective hazard area of the falling seracs. From camp I to camp II the climbing is slightly less steep but is still difficult with high objective avalanche danger. This section requires roughly 1000m of fixed rope. The route from camp II to camp III requires switchback navigation on the snow field between the seracs of the broken glacier. The summit is on exposed ridge and does not require fixed ropes; it is done as a free ascent.

Annapurna Southwest Ridge:

Annapurna Advanced Base Camp (4200m/13,780ft):

Zambuling Trekking  operates the Annapurna expedition in both the autumn and spring seasons. We normally operate the expedition from normal route which is the Southwest ridge. However, we will operate the Annapurna expedition from the Southwest face and the Northwest Ridge. The approach starts south of Annapurna and takes you through Tatopani, Lete and Miristi Khola. Base camp is usually set up on a flat, grassy area that is sheltered from avalanches. Zambuling Trekking  advanced base camp will be setup for almost a one month period. On an 8000m expedition climbers spend most of their time at base camp, so naturally on any long expedition, base camp becomes a home away from home. We establish our camp at a walking distance between meeting points of different group and at strategic viewing positions of the Annapurna massif. Zambuling Trekking  provides a personal tent which becomes your private retreat, a dining tent that is the common area, a shower tent and toilet tent. When you arrive at the base camp it will already be fully established with hot beverages and snacks available immediately. Waiting for you upon your arrival will be your base camp staff and high altitude climbing Sherpa. Prior to your climbing period you will have a Puja ceremony at the base camp for good luck. This is one Nepalese tradition not to miss; it represents safe climbing passage for everyone involved in the expedition.

Annapurna Camp I (5200m/17,060ft) 4hrs:

Once you have reviewed basic and advanced training from your climbing Sherpa guide, you will be ready for your attempt to climb to camp I (5300m/17,388ft). In this section of the climb you will encounter mixed terrain. The first sections of the, ridge rock and glacier. You will fix camp I at the middle of the glacier on a slope of 25º. This is a safe location and is protected from avalanches. This section of the climb is a bit technical and your climbing Sherpa guide will fix rope through this section. Some stronger climbers will skip this camp after and go right to camp II.

Annapurna Camp II (5700m/18,700ft) 4½hrs:

The climbing from camp I to camp II is a moderate section of ice with a few mixed sections of climbing. Comparing with others sections the terrain from camp I and camp II is safer and easier but you still have to climb and cross the black rock wall before heading up the glacier. Then you encounter several steep sections of blue ice at 45º, these sections are roughly 50-60, there is also another 60m high rock wall to negotiate. This section is said to be the crux of the route. Camp 2 is situated above the snowy terrace.

Annapurna Camp III (6500m/21,325ft) 5-6hrs:

Camp II to camp III is the longest distance of 800m/2,655ft. Between camp II and camp III Sherpas will fix 80% of the route. This first section of climbing you will be crossing a glacier from east to west; you will then meet a 55º wall, which is almost 500m in length. Climbers have reported that this section is easier climbing but is still not to be taken lightly, your Sherpa will fix ropes on this section of the route. Be advised that there is exposure to cold and wind in this section. In autumn there have been reports of direct sun hitting this section making it feel very warm. This section is little dangerous in autumn season because the snow slope is covering a layer of ice which makes the section avalanche prone.

Annapurna Camp IV (7100m/23,294ft) 3½hrs:

Climbing from camp III to camp IV feels like a short distance. Continue on the plateau where there are crevasses and seracs. Continue to the base of a spur which willjoin a big couloir. Camp IV can be set between 7100m-7200m in a panoramic rock cave. As all climbers are aware the oxygen levels are very low at this altitude so it is expected that any effort no matter how minimum or trivial will feel arduous. In this section you have to climb for 3 hours on steep snow and big wall at a 50-55º slope. This section is little dangerous in autumn season because the snow slope is covering a layer of ice which make the section avalanche prone. Zambuling team will make an easy traverse to Camp IV at 7100m which allows you to have a shorter summit day.

Annapurna Summit (8,091m/26,545ft)16-17hrs:

Summit day is the main goal during the climbing period. Most climbers begin their summit bid at 11:00-12:00pm. If all goes well you will reach the summit between 7:00-10:00am. Below the main summit is a false summit, the main summit is reached via a ridge. It takes about 4 hours to return to camp IV from the summit and another 2 hours to get to camp II for an overnight stay. It requires an average of 900m of fixed rope above camp IV and below the summit. This is the reason we request almost 900m rope above camp III to the summit. Most sections are blue ice and snow. The climbing is not technical in the early part as you ascend through several basins with short snow headwalls. The climb passes the false summit and finishes on an exposed ridge to the true summit for a spectacular view of the mighty Himalaya. Zambuling Trekking  Sherpa guides will fix ropes, break trail and make every effort to assist the group to reach the summit of the 10th highest mountain in the world.

Facts of the Trip

·        Highest access: 8,091m/ 26,545ft

·        First Ascent: Maurice Herzog & Louis Lachenal, June 3, 1950

·        Duration: 46 typically Days

·        Group Size: 02-10 People per group

·        Co-ordinates:28°35'45''N 83°49'20''E

·        Location: Nepal/Annapurna Region

·        Country: Nepal

·        Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)

·        Departure From: Kathmandu (KTM)

·        Grade: Challenging

·        Accommodation: B/B plan in Kathmandu & Pokhara and B, D, L during the trekking and Climbing

·        Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu & B,L,D in during Driving and climbing period

·        Transportation: Car, Jeep, Mini Bus

·        Best season: Late spring and autumn

·        Major Activity: Trekking/Mountaineering

·        Include Activity: Hot shower in natural hot spring

·        Culture: Gurung, Thakali, Magar

·        Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping

·        Climbing route: Northwest Ridge and SouthWest face

·        Himalayan sights: Gangapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri

Cost Includes:

All arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu.

4 Nights in Kathmandu & 3 Nights in Pokhara hotel accommodations on BB Plan.

Kathmandu-Pokhara-Lete-Pokhara-Kathmandu land transfers.

Mt. Annapurna I expedition permit (Royalty Spring; US$ 1800 for member).

Government official Liaison Officer for Mt. Annapurna I Expedition.

Annapurna Conservation Area entry permit and TIMs card for members.

All camping equipment in Advance Base Camp and other camps.

Food, accommodation and guide during trekking in teahouse/lodge/camp.

Food during expedition period cooked by our experienced cook at ABC.

1:1 experienced private climbing Sherpa guide for climbing support.

2 Oxygen (4 Ltrs.) bottles for climbing member and 1 for Sherpa.

Mask & regulators 1-set for climbing member and Sherpa.

Gamow bag at EBC for emergency rescue purpose.

Baggage allowance carrying by mules/porters up and down to BC: 50 kg.

Required high altitude food for climbing member and Sherpa.

Insurance, wages, meal and allowances for climbing Sherpa and BC staffs.

Solar panels for light and battery charging in base camp.

Icefall and rope fixing charges, tents at high camps C1, C2, and C3.

First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs and office service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.

Cost Excludes:

Any additional staff (s) specially required by the climbing member.

Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu except farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls and Internet uses.

Clothing, packing items, personal medical kit, personal trekking/climbing gears.

Any extra services or products or offers or activities not mentioned in the itinerary.

Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides,

Political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations etc.

Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses.

Airfare of international and domestic flights other than specified.

Summit bonus to the personal climbing Sherpa (Beginning from minimum US$ 1200 per summit per Sherpa).

Tips to base camp staffs(Per climbing member beginning from minimum US$ 200.00 in total for all)

Any other item not mentioned in “The Service Package Excludes” Section.



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