South Annapurna Expedition

Trip Overview

Annapurna region, a famous trekking destination of the world, provides the visitors an opportunity to see some of the highest mountains of the world including Everest, Manaslu, Lhotse and many other beautiful peaks. Treks in the Annapurna region gives the visitors an opportunity to explore the unbeaten and untouched trail along with the majestic views of snowcapped mountains just in front of them. South Annapurna Expedition trek is designed for those trekkers who wish to trek in an extremely remote and isolated region with an opportunity to explore the Tibetan culture and lifestyle followed by the people living in this region. This less visited and peaceful trek is an alternative trek for the people who want to explore the beauty of Annapurna region but want to stay away from the crowd of people going to the Annapurna Base Camp.


South Annapurna situated at a height above 7000m lies in the heart of the huge Annapurna massif and connects all the three mountains. South Annapurna Expedition trek offers the visitors a great opportunity of sightseeing of some of the famous mountains including Everest, Annapurna I, II, III and IV, Fishtail, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri Peak, Puthi Himchuli, Churen Himchuli, Mukut Himal, Thapa Peak, Tilicho Peak and many other beautiful mountains. You will also get an opportunity to explore the wilderness, vegetation and a wide variety of flora and fauna found in the Annapurna region. One can experience the unique culture and lifestyle of people living in this region.


South Annapurna Expedition starts with a drive to Nayapul from Pokhara. We will start our trek via many Sherpa, Magar and Gurung villages to reach the Kopra ridge which is located just below the Annapurna I. We will the pass the sacred Khair lake to reach the basecamp of South Annapurna. After completing the expedition, we will return back to Pokhara and then end our marvelous journey.

Outline Itinerary

1 Arrive in Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,300m)
2 Rest in Kathmandu: Expedition brefing and Preparation
3 Fly (30min) from Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m) : Overnight stay at Hotel
4 Drive from Pokhara to Dhampus (1,685m) and Trek to Pothana (1,890m)
5 Trek from Pothana to Jhinu Danda ( 1,780m) : Hot Spring
6 Trek From Jhinu Danda to Sinwa (2,360m)
7 Trek from Sinwa to Himalaya Hotel (2,920m)
8 Trek from Himalayan Hotel to Machapuchre Basecamp (3,700m)
9 Trek from Machapuchre Basecamo to Annapurna South Basecamp (4,130m)
10 – 25 Day 10 – Day 25 : Climbing Period [Basecamp – Annapurna South (7,219m) – Basecamp]
26 Trek from Basecamp to Himalayan Hotel
27 Trek from Himalayan Hotel to Chhomrong (2,170m)
28 Trek from Chomorong village to Pothana
29 Trek from Pathana to Dhampus & drive to Pokhara : Overnight stay at Hotel
30 Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel
31 Leisure day in Kathmandu City
32 Transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure

Equipment List

Personal Climbing Gear:

  • Alpine Climbing Harness
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Ascender
  • Multi-LED Head Lamp: 
  • Karabiners
  • Rappel device
  • Ski poles
  • Slings
  • Masks, hoses, and regulators
  • Altimeter 
  • Climbing helmet


Upper Body:

  • One T-shirt Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200.
  • Two long Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 shirts.
  • One polar fleece pullovers, medium weight.
  • One polar fleece jacket.
  • One Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable jacket with large hood to accommodate climbing helmet.
  • Lightweight down jacket for chilly days in base camp or warm layer when stopping for short breaks.
  • One very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood or a down/duvet suit if you prefer, for high altitude use.
  • Note: Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.


  • One pair lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts
  • One pair mittens, consists of 1 Goretex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner


  • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Scarf or neck sleeve
  • Ball cap or brimmed sun cap
  • Glacier Sunglass with side shields
  • One pair ski goggles (optional with light and dark lens)
  • Bandana or head scarf, useful for dusty conditions

Lower Body:

  • One pair walking shorts
  • One pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp
  • Two pair Icebreaker Merino 150 or lightweight 200 thermal bottoms
  • One pair Icebreaker Merino 200 weight thermal bottoms
  • One pair polar fleece trousers
  • One pair Gore-Tex trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • One pair of Goose-down (duvet) trousers or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet)
  • Note: Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.


  • One pair One-climbing boots( boreal , la-sportiva, millet, any ) 
  • One pair sturdy leather or synthetic (Gortex) hiking boots with good ankle support for the walk to advanced base camp
  • One pair cross-trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp
  • One pair down booties (optional)
  • Two pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • Two Pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool
  • Vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags
  • Two pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool
  • Light Icebreaker Merino wool or cotton socks for in town.

Travel and Sleeping Gear

Rucksacks and Travel Bags:

  • One medium rucksack 
  • Two large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. 
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Sleeping Gear:

  • For high altitude, one down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to –35 C (-30 F). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down (duvet) clothing inside your sleeping bag;.
  • For base camp, one additional sleeping bag (good to -20 C (-5 F).
  • At least 3 closed cell foam mats for use in base camp and high altitude, which can be purchased in Kathmandu inexpensively; we do not recommend inflatable mats due to high probability of accidental puncture.
  • Note: Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags


Personal Hygiene:

  • Personal hygiene supplies;
  • Two tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min. factor 30);
  • Anti-mosquito cream;
  • One toothpaste/brush set;
  • One bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small synthetic towel;
  • Hand wipes.

Medical Supplies:

  • Note: Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits,
  • Personal prescription medications. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
  • One skin blister repair kit.
  • medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no doctor’s prescription;.
  • One small bottle of anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium).
  • One small bottle of anti-headache pills.
  • One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
  • One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
  • One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
  • One small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide. For more about this medication, please contact us.
  • Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant non compatible with high altitude physiology.
  • One small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter.
  • Earplugs.
  • Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.

Personal Food

We serve soup, local cheese, chocolate,dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried fruits and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. 

If you want your own you can bring or buy in Kathmandu.

Miscellaneous Practical Items

Miscellaneous Practical Items:

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
  • 1 compass or GPS;
  • 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are also useful;
  • 3 Water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle)
  • 1 plastic cup and spoon;
  • 1 small folding knife;
  • Binoculars (optional);
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
  • Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
  • dollars, pounds or euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • Base camp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
  • travel clothes for base camp and in town;
  • Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment.
  • Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions.


Cost Included

Cost Include

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3/4/5 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Your destination map.
  • Both ways domestic Flights with airport tax.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder Climbing guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Permit
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
  • equipment / Gears
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, Water )
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment’s.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.


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