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Annapurna I

“Do you think it’s worth it?”

– Lachenal Maurice Herzog, during the first ascent of the 8091m high Annapurna, 1950

“Do you think it’s worth it?”

Louis Lachenal asked Maurice Herzog this question during the first ascent of the 8.091m high Annapurna in 1950. After all, it was the first eight-thousand-metre peak to be climbed at all. Without oxygen. And by the way, the first eight-thousander that was skied. 1979 by Yves Morin. Leaving us speechless.

After the classic ascents in the north flank (Dutch Rib and French route) had repeatedly resulted in fatal avalanche and ice accidents, the mountain moved out of the focus of attention. However, with a route variation that has already been tried and tested, it is possible under appropriate conditions to bypass the greatest hazard areas and thus significantly minimize the risk. The Annapurna is actually the ideal eight-thousander: low enough to try without oxygen, an impressive journey, technically comparable to Cho Oyu and skiable. All of that on a mountain that only counts a few ascents and is rather peaceful and quiet. Well, at least for now. . .

The Furtenbach Adventures Expedition aims at this route variation in the north flank. An experienced sherpa team and an Austrian mountain guide ensure that our participants can make their attempt to climb this impressive mountain under the greatest possible safety precautions.

Adventure Factor brave
Experience / Emotion lifechanging
Fitness / Struggle challenging
Risk demanding
Comfort expedition style

Highlights:

  • Exclusive expedition
  • New safer route variation
  • 1 sherpa each 2 members
  • UIAGM Guide
  • High camp equipment

Trip dates:

Booking code:-
Minimum members:-
Price per person: 0

Because of the complex logistics of an expedition, changes to the planned schedule may occur during the trip. The exact schedule depends on weather and snow conditions as well as on the progress of the group on the respective mountain. In addition, keep in mind that we are in a very remote and politically sensitive area where our freedom of movement may be limited at any time due to governmental or environmental restrictions.

The following schedule is planned:

Day 1 - 9: Arrival, connecting flight, jeep ride to Pokhara and trekking to base camp

Day 1: Arrival and get-together at the hotel in Kathmandu
Everyone will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel, regardless of whether the journey was booked individually or not. And then we will get off to a comfortable start… check in and get to know the others while enjoying a beer on the terrace and the emerging excitement of belonging to the distinguished expedition team.

Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu. Those who do not yet know Kathmandu will love it. Relax, shop in Thamel, enjoy the cultural program, or simply soak up the atmosphere. To each his own.

Day 3: Flight to Pokhara and drive to Tatopani by jeep.

Day 4: Jeep or trek to Lete 2480m

Day 5: Restday in Lete for better acclimatisation

Day 6: Trek to Thulobogin

Day 7: Thulobogin Pass (4280m)

Day 8: Trek to Mristi Khola

Day 9: Arrival at basecamp at the foot of the north face. This is where the first climbers aksed “do you think it`s worth?” – Yes, it is! Do we say.

Day 10 - 43: Summit ascent and trekking

Day 10 – 39: Climbing period Annapurna I.Time enoug to establish all camps and wait for good conditions. Also time for a 2nd attempt if necessary.

Day 40: Trek to Thulobogin

Day 41: Trek to Lete

Day 42: Jeep or trek to Tatopani

Day 43 - 48: Enjoy Kathmandu and final goodbye

Day 43: Jeep to Pokhara and flight to Kathmandu

Day 44: Kathmandu

Day 45 -47: Spare days for bad weather or flight problems

Day 48: End of the expedition / transfer to airport

check_circle_outline  What the price includes:

  • Organisation of the expedition
  • UIAGM certified mountain guide
  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu on double occupancy, single room optional
  • Domestic flights Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu
  • All transfers (jeep / private shuttle)
  • Fullboard during whole expedition (in Kathmandu only breakfast)
  • Drinks at shared meals (no alcoholic drinks)
  • Double occupancy in hotels during journey to the mountain
  • Porter / Yak to basecamp and back (30kg personal gear / member)
  • 1 tent each member in basecamp
  • 1 tent each 2 members for approach and high camps
    mat for apporach and basecamp
  • High camp equipment (tents, stove, cooking gear, gas, meals)
  • Fixed ropes, fixing material
  • 1 Sherpa each 2 members
  • Gear, Insurance and helicopter rescue for all staff members
  • Medical emergency oxygen
  • Emergency medicine, pulseoxymeter
  • Kitchen staff
  • Comfortable, heated Dome tent in basecamp, shower
  • tent
  • Satellite communication (WIFI, notebook, solar charging)
  • Radios
  • All fees and permits
  • weather forecast
  • Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator

 

help_outline  Optional:

  • Personal Sherpa: € 4.000
  • O2 Pack (newest oxygen system, rent mask & regulator, 2 bottles): € 1.500

 

highlight_off  What the price does not include:

  • International Airfare to Kathmandu (ask for an offer – for now it is approx. € 700 ex Europe)
  • Lunch in Kathmandu
  • personal insurance
  • Visum for Nepal (available at the airport aftre arrival, take a passport photo!)
  • Personal medicine
  • Personal climbing sherpa (optional)
  • Oxygen (optional)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Personal climbing gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • High camp mat
  • Fees for satellite communication
  • Helicopter flight basecamp – Kathmandu (optional)

 

info  General

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

An expedition to high altitudes still presents an enormous challenge despite modern equipment and tactics. Besides technical and fitness requirements, the high altitude still poses the largest hurdle. That is why we place great emphasis on prudent, slow acclimatization, and recommend our eight thousander expedition participants the possibility of pre-acclimatization in a high altitude tent at home (see also FAQ).

Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in the expedition lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.

If you are not sure whether taking part in an expedition is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per email lukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

 

language   Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Regulations

Nepal
Swiss or EU citizens: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 more months and a visa (available at the airport upon arrival, depending on the duration of your stay from 25 to 100 USD, bring a passport photo)

China
A group visa for Tibet will be obtained while in Kathmandu. This will be organized by Furtenbach Adventures. We’ll let you know which documents to bring for the application.

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

 

https   Insurance possibilities

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) For this journey, the Global Rescue Signature Travel Insurance is suitable. The price of the insurance depends on the trip and the personal data of the traveller. We happily make you an offer after booking or upon request.

To cover search and rescue costs in the mountains, we ask our expedition participants to take out a “medical only”-membership at Global Rescue. This membership can be concluded here before departure: https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/furtenbach/. Further information are provided after your booking.

 

work  Equipment

Unless specified otherwise in the detailed program, all high camp equipment will be provided by us. You need to bring your own personal equipment such as down clothing, expedition shoes, an isolated sleeping mat and a sleeping bag with a comfort range of – 20 to -25 degrees Celsius for the high camp. Following your booking we will send you a detailed equipment list. We will be happy to advise you personally during the selection and purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what not.

insert_chart_outlined   Difficulty / Technique

The ascent always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide and expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and – if required – independently build rope teams under the guidance of the mountain guide. Cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for all. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

For expeditions offered by us, unless otherwise specified in the detailed program, the following is required of participants: independent getting on and off the fixed ropes on cliffs, snow, ice and firn snow slopes, as well as the independent use of crampons and ice axes in mixed terrain. On climbing passages, as well as very dangerous and exposed places, fixed ropes are attached by mountain guides and by the Sherpa team.

 

perm_identity   Physical fitness

A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain, unless an optional personal Sherpa is booked. The porters are available for the group and set up the high camp and insure the route. We will gladly provide individual advice on how to best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

 

local_hospital  Health

We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

 

landscape  Experience

We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of an eight-thousander! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in our eight-thousander expeditions, you must already have collected some experience at high altitudes and mountaineering. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.

In order to participate in our seven-and six-thousander expeditions, you should have at least some experience on the four-thousander peaks of the Alps or other mountain ranges. Our offer for newcomers applies here as well, we can train you to become prudent and safe high altitude climbers!

We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about – or refresh their knowledge of – all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More info here.

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

 

payment  Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

 

directions_run  Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).

For expeditions to 7000 and 8000 meter peaks the following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel: until 3 months prior to departure 50%, within 3 months prior departure 100%.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.