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Mt. Annapurna IV Expedition

Expedition to Mt. Annapurna IV!

Mt. Annapurna IV Expedition

‘adventure within massive Annapurna Himalaya high above scenic Manang valley’

Highlights:

 

“An overwhelming experience with an adventure on most stunning mountains of Himalaya Glorious panorama from the summit of Annapurna IV on massive Annapurna range of peaks
A great adventure with cultural exploration around interesting traditional mountain villages
Grand views of snow capped peaks on daily walks towards picturesque and high Manang Valley
Climb of great courage and skill on top striking Mt. Annapurna IV with its massive snow field
Walking into lovely cool alpine forest of tall rhododendron-magnolia-pines and fir tree lines
Journey from warm sub-tropic to cool alpine zone and ending at arctic zone of ice and glaciers”

Expedition Profile:

Mode of Expedition:   Hotel- Lodge with camping from Manang onward.
Trekking grade:           Moderate & Adventurous
Climbing grade:          A Mountaineering Expeditions
Activities:                    Exciting drive – cultural and scenic trek with adventurous climb.
Expedition duration:   31 Nights & 32 Days (Syange to Syange village).
Above Base Camp:      15 Nights & 16 Days
Total Trip:                   37 Nights & 38 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).
Best Season for Expdt: April to June (However can be climbed during September to
November months when day is mostly clear during early autumn / falls.

Introduction:

Mt. Annapurna IV Expedition leads you to high Manang valley towards Northern side of massive Annapurna Himalaya, where Annapurna IV peak is located within far eastern range of Annapurna Mountains.

Mt. Annapurna IV stands at 7,525 m high on the last flanks of massive Annapurna Himalaya and close to Lamjung Himal, the peak of A IV South Face can be seen from scenic Pokhara valley and the city where northern face situated within beautiful and picturesque Manang valley.

The climb on top the summit of Mt. Annapurna IV is quite tough where it requires approx 65 to 70 degrees of steep climb with 500 meters fixed ropes to reach camp I.

To reach Camp II, approx 1,000 meters of fixed ropes will be needed along the ridge with some stretches of steep climbing, from Camp II to camp III it is relatively easy with zig-zag crossing and gradually climbing towards its summit.

However, it will require approximately 1,300 to 1,500 meters fixed rope from Camp III to the summit, generally fixed rope is not required where main rope are used. There are possibilities of avalanches between Camp I and Camp II.

Adventure to Mt. Annapurna IV Expedition starts with exciting and interesting overland journey towards Mid West Nepal on country’s most busy and main highway for some times and then heading towards the foot hills of great Himalayan range at Lamjung district in Besisar town.

From here a short drive to reach the starting point of the trek towards Manang areas, where walk follows Marsyangdi River upstream all the way to its near glacial source, an interesting walk on main and popular Annapurna Circuit route.

Walk leads past nice and lovely villages of Tal and Dharapani within cooler alpine areas with daily views of snow capped peaks, and then heading much higher past Chame town to enter into Manang high and scenic valley within rugged and arid terrain but worth the scenery.

On this trek explore cultural and traditional villages of Manang people interwoven with Buddhism religion similar to Tibetans way of life and custom, as the walk progress leaving the main trail heading towards our main highlight and destination for the climb on top Annapurna IV within its beautiful surrounding.

After two weeks duration of actual climbing expedition with much preparation and practice climb finally heading for the conquest on top 7,525 m high of Annapurna IV.

With great successful climb and tough times heading back on the same route back to warmer areas at Syange for the drive back to Kathmandu after a great wonderful and mesmerizing adventure on Mt. Annapurna IV Expedition.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01:            Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02-03:       In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Mt. Annapurna IV Expeditions.
Day 04:            Drive to Syange 1,140m via Besisar – 06 hrs.
Day 05:            Trek to Dharapani 1,920m – 05 hours.
Day 06:            Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 06 hours.
Day 07:            Trek to Pisang village 3,300 m – 05 hrs.
Day 08:            At Pisang rest day for acclimatization and short hikes.
Day 09:            Trek to Hongde 3,280m – 03 hrs.
Day 10:            Trek on route Annapurna IV base camp overnight at Yak Kharka 3,800 m -05 hrs.
Day 11:            Trek to Annapurna IV Base Camp at 4,889 m -04 hrs.
Day 12:            Rest day and preparation for the climb.
Day 13:            Trek and climb to High Camp at 5, 218 m -04 hrs.
Day 14-27:       14 days to reach the summit at 7,525m with camp II & III
Day 28:            Return to Base Camp.
Day 29:            At base camp for clean up and packing.
Day 30-31:       Return to Pisang village.
Day 32:            Trek to Chame – 05 hrs.
Day 33:            Trek to Dharapani – 05 hrs.
Day 34:            Trek down to Syange – 06 hrs.
Day 35:            Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 36- 37:      In Kathmandu free day with individual activities.
Day 38:            International departure for home ward bound.

Expedition -Equipment List:

Sleeping Bag 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing

Mattress 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing

Ruck Sack 1

Head Light (Torch) 1

Koflach / One Sport Boot 1

Gaiter 1 Pair

Socks 10 Pairs

Sun Glass 1

Water Bottle & Thermas 1

Swiss Knife 1

Gloves Down & other for Climbing (5 – 6 Pairs)

Down Suit 1 Set

Gortex Suit 1 Set

Crampons 1 Pair + 1 Pair spare

Karabiner 4-5 Pcs (lockable  &  without lock)

Jumar 1 Pcs

Down Ripling (Descender) 1 Pcs (Air ring)

Cap 1 for Climbing & 1 for Summit

Ciling 1 Pcs.

Inner clothing Trouser & Vests

Batteries For Sherpa & members

Oxygen, Regulator & Masks

4 + 2 Oxygen Bottles per member

The Sherpa who would not use the Oxygen for Summit, the Group will need to pay the Oxygen equivalent money to him.

Fixed Rope: 15,000 – 16,000 m, when not sharing with others 2,000 –   3,000 m. when sharing with others
Main Rope: Thinner(6-7mm) for Summit  –  200m.

11 –  12mm.  for rest of climbing  –  100m.

High Tent  Nothface, Salewa:
1 per 2 pax – Separate for Sherpa

Dining Tent for Camp 2
EPI Gas 150 Pcs  –  250 gms.

EPI Gas Stove 10 Pcs.

Walkie Talkie

Snow Shovel 4 Pcs.

Ice Axe 1 Per pax

Ice Hammer 2 Hammer per team

Ice Screw 60 Pcs.

Rock Pikdung 20 Pcs.

Karabiner 50 Pcs.

Snow Bar 100 Pcs.

Medicines

Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.
On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, where you will be received with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after checking in getting refreshed rendezvous with other climbing members and staff.

Here our guide or group leader will brief you with information regarding trekking and Mt. Annapurna IV Expedition, with welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese Restaurants includes Folk program of various parts of Nepal.

 

Day 02-03:      In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Annapurna IV Expeditions.

We have allowed and reserved Two days in Kathmandu for full preparations and packing as well to purchase necessary equipments, press meeting and to collect permits from concern Government department for the expeditions.

 

On this day where one can take an optional sightseeing tour at places of interest around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur cities, where you will be soaked within culture and historical sites most of the monuments listed as World Heritage Sites.

 

Day 04:            Drive to Syange 1,140m via Besisar – 06 hrs.
Morning overland journey on main busy highway of Nepal heading towards Mid West zone around Lamjung and Manang districts, drive leads through Himalayan foothills within warmer areas past many farm villages and town.

 

Day 05:            Trek to Dharapani 1,920m – 05 hours.

From Syange first day walk begins with a climb leaving behind Marshyangdi River to reach at Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers.

 

After Jagat walk on winding path to Chamje to join back at Marshyangdi River crossing the river heading into forested area, with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges.

As the walk continues reaching Tal Besi, from here another few hours walk leads to overnight stop at Dharapani village.

 

Dharapani a nice village located on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

 

Day 06:            Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hours.

With pleasant overnight stop in Dharapani morning walk into rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagarchap and Danque, then at Timang village with more Buddhist cultured village including views of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft. From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto close to Chame town.

 

After a refreshing stop at Koto where trail to Nar-Phu and towards Chame beyond joins, from here a short slow uphill walk brings you at Chame for the overnight stop, Chame a large major and headquarter town of Manang district.

 

Day 07:            Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.

From here onwards feel the cool and fresh mountain air, morning walk leads through enchanting alpine forests of rhododendron and pine tree lines following the Marshyangdi River upstream with several ups and downs to Bhratang village, after this small village walk follows uphill’s through the woodlands at Dukure Pokhari with couple of teahouses overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peak and of Pisang village, after a break here descending to reach the lower Pisang village for overnight stop.

 

Day 08:            At Pisang rest day for acclimatization and short hikes.
An ideal spot and altitude for rest and acclimatization day, where you can have grand views of Annapurna II with Pisang Peak and Chulu, near from this windblown village of great interest with series of prayer spinning wheels and religious monuments of Buddhism religion.

 

At Pisang an exciting excursion to Upper Pisang village and visit its old and interesting monastery with spectacular views of snow clad peaks that lines southern and northern side of scenic Manang valley.

 

Day 09:            Trek to Hongde 3,280m -03 hrs.

Today a short day walk of only few hours to Hongde, from Pisang onwards journey leads with constant view of peaks. As the route climbs steeply up for half an hour, after a short gradual walk from Pisang village to reach on top of a small ridge.
This scenic spot offers dramatic views of Manang valley with Hongde village below with short air-strip overlooking Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilicho, and towards Chulu East with Pisang peak.

 

Walk downhill on wide path all the way to Hongde for last overnight in the comfort of lodge, as from here on camping for more than two weeks duration.

Hongde which is close to Braga and main Manang village where one can take a walk to Braga monastery after lunch, an interesting visit at monastery with superb views of mountain range.

 

Day 10:      Trek on route Annapurna IV base camp overnight at Yak Kharka 3,800 m -05 hrs.
Our route from here diverts on leaving the main Annapurna Circuit trail heading towards complete wilderness of serene environment and mountains.

 

From Hongde walk leads near at Manang Mountaineering School run by Nepal Mountaineering Association, after walking past school building into pine forested areas for a while with slight uphill and then on gradual level ground to reach at Yak Kharka (Sheppard’s Shades) for  overnight stop and first night in tents.


Day 11:            Trek to Annapurna IV Base Camp 4,889 m – 05 hrs.

Walk from here heads more into South East direction, after leaving tree lines behind with few hours of good walk, as the journey progress reaching around rocks and moraine areas where our staff will find a nice clear spot to establish our Base Camp.

 

Day 12:            Rest day and preparation for the climb.

An important rest day so that one can prepare for the hard and tough climb on top Annapurna IV with technical sections on route to its summit, here our guide and leader will scout the most accessible and safe route for the climb.

 

Day 13:            Trek and climb to High Camp at 5,218 m – 04 hrs.

After a good rest at base camp, morning stars with a climb on rocks and ice section ascending slowly on rocky moraine with fantastic views of surrounding mountains and then finding a suitable spot to make our Advance or High Camp for the climb to the summit of A IV.

 

Day 14-27:      14 days to reach the summit at 7,525m with camp II & III.
Sherpa Climbing reserve total of 14 days for this hard and strenuous climb where our guide and members needs maximum of II and III camps before the summit, within two weeks duration  getting busy shifting camping equipments and climbing gear, tents and food supply up and down at designated camps for the final day climb to the summit top.

 

Day 28:            Return to Base Camp.

After a hard wonderful adventurous climb descend safely using the same route back to Base Camp for onward journey back to Syange and onward to Kathmandu.

 

Day 29:            At base camp for clean up and packing.
Where all team-members should reach at Base Camp for final re-grouping, includes guide and staff, to assist packing equipments and checking each member health condition after the great climb of a lifetime experience.

 

Start packing all climbing gears and disposing garbage in proper sites, where ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) will check the camp and depositing the litter to take away from the base camp to disposal sites or back to Kathmandu.

 

Day 30-31:      Return to Pisang village.
Return journey heading back to Manang valley at Pisang village, after an adventurous climb on top Mt. Annapurna IV, walking downhill can be quite arduous on steep icy slopes, taking care with support of ski poles reaching at Yak Kharka Camp and then towards Pisang village in the comfort of nice and cozy lodge after being in tents for more than two weeks.


From Hongde village with last short climb which separates Pisang area and the valley of Manang, from the top ridge heading downhill into alpine forest reaching at Pisang for overnight stop.

 

Day 32:            Trek to Chame – 05 hrs.
With glorious time around Manang with pleasant stop at Pisang a short climb to Dukure Pokhari and then descend to cross a bridge over raging Marsyangdi River, and then a pleasant walk past Bratang village with apple orchard to reach at Chame town for overnight halt.

 

Day 33:            Trek to Dharapani – 05 hours.

Morning on downhill to Dharapani village following a nice trail past Timang village a vantage view point for views of Mt. Manaslu  8,163 m /26,781ft, The area around Manang rich with age old culture and traditional life.

 

From Timang, walk for few hours through forest of rhododendron, fir, pine, oak and maple to reach Dharapani for overnight stop.

 

Day 34:            Trek to Syange – 06 hrs.

Morning with interesting and scenic walk to Syange around lower areas of Lamjung district, after being around high Manang region, walk follows Marsyangdi River downstream, as our last day walk of the adventure continues through rice terraces fields and villages to reach back at Syange past Jagat village.

 

Day 35:            Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Morning drive leads past Besisar town with views of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalaya, an exciting overland journey to reach back into the hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu after a great experience and overwhelming time on Mt. Annapurna IV Expedition.

 

Day 36-37:      In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Two days reserved as spare and free day in case of delay on climb due to bad weather conditions, with opportunity for sightseeing tour for few hours, on this day where our leader and guide will submit the reports on Mt. Annapurna IV Expeditions at concern Nepal Government Tourism department.

After an interesting sightseeing back to hotel with afternoon free at leisure for individual activities, these two days

 

Day 38:            International departure for home ward bound.
After a great and grand experience around high hill and mountains of Annapurna with successful climb on top of stunning and beautiful Mt. Annapurna IV, one of the toughest peaks for mountaineers, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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