Mt Annapurna 4th Expedition (7525m.)
Mt. Annapurna IV lies in the heart of the Annapurna mountain range and is situated between the summits of Annapurna II and Annapurna III by a spectacular ridge that connects all three mountains. This ridge is an amazing wall, which includes Annapurna I (809m.), Annapurna II (7,937m.), Annapurna III (7,555m.), Annapurna IV (7,525m.) and Annapurna South (7,220m.). The famous Machhapuchre (fishtail 6,993m.) is also located in the Annapurna range. Above Camp I the route from Camp 2 to Camp 3 becomes steeper requiring fixed rope on some of the more difficult sections including a bergschrund that has to be crossed. Camp 3 is at an elevation of 20,500 ft and sits at the junction of the North Ridge and Summit Ridge. It sits on the "Dome" of Annapurna IV and affords us an incredible view of the Summit Ridge. At the crest 6,483m.
We will place our Camp III. Here the route turns sharp east and follows the Annapurna crest to the summit of Annapurna IV. The summit day above Camp III is long but not too technically difficult. However, there are some steep knife-edged ridges and cornices to negotiate so don't think this will be easy. Above Camp I the slopes lay back. Glacier travel skills will come into play as we wind our way to the top of the buttress, establishing around 6,000m (19, 800'). Camp II we will have spectacular views of the North Face of Annapurna II. From Camp II we continue upward till we reach the east-west crest of the Annapurna Himal.
At this point the team will decide whether to place one more camp along the summit ridge or make summit attempts from Camp 3. The climb along the Summit Ridge affords us beautiful views of the Annapurna Sanctuary. It is a spectacular place to be. The climbing on this section will be very demanding as we will be climbing some steep sections on the Summit Ridge proper as well as traversing some steep slopes below the summit. We may also encounter some rock on the summit pyramid.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our staff then transfers to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu free and preparation.
Day 03: Official works for expedition and briefing by officer of Ministry of Tourism.
Day 04: Drive to Khudi 790m. and walk to Bhulbhule. Overnight.
Day 05: Besisahar – Nagdi
Day 06: Nagdi – Jagat 1314m.
Day 07: Jagat – Dharapani 1943m.
Day 08: Dharapani – Chame 2713m.
Day 09: Chame – Pisang 3185m.
Day 10: Pisang – Sabche Khola.
Day 11: Sabche Khola – Annapurna 4th Base camp 4500m.
Day 12 – 28: Climbing Period Annapurna 4th 7525m. Expedition.
Day 29: Clean up Base Camp – Mananag 3351m.
Day 30: Manang – Thorong – La Phedi 4010m.
Day 31: Phedi – Thorong La pass 5416m. – Muktinath 3802m.Overnight.
Day 32: Muktinath – Jomsom 2713m.
Day 33: Jomsom – Kalopani 2530m.
Day 34: Kalopani – Tatopani 1189m.
Day 35: Tatopani – Beni 820m. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 36: Beni – Pokhara 915m. by Bus and transfer to Hotel.
Day 37: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist Bus then transfer to Hotel.
Day 38: Kathmandu free.
Day 39: Kathmandu free.
Day 40: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.