Maurice Herzog’s Annapurna Expedition has stood as an irony in the mountaineering world. The 10th highest mountain in the world was the first of the 8000 metre mountains to ever be climbed but since then climbing Annapurna has been notorious for its incredibly high fatality rate and has seen the lowest number of ascents as compared to other 8000 metre mountains. Annapurna is rarely attempted and summits on the mountain are rare. A combination of the overly difficult and steep terrain, unpredictable weather and risk of avalanches makes the Annapurna trekking Expedition one of the most challenging expeditions in the Himalayas and the world despite being only 8091 metres high.
Climbing Annapurna expedition is not for inexperienced mountaineers and requires logistics and preparation to the highest degree. The climb up Annpurna is usually done in 3 camps and the standard route is via the West face and Northwest Ridge.
See also our article about trekking around Annapurna
Good To Know
Asian Trekking is a Nepali expedition operating company established 36 years ago. According to Paragraph 26 of the Tourism Act (2035), no foreign expedition teams or companies are allowed to provide expedition services in Nepal directly and any foreign company must work through a Nepali company licensed by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal. As such, Nepali companies are the ones that provide all the legal, administrative, logistical, guiding and support services in Nepal, while also being legally responsible for the safe and responsible conduct of the expeditions. Booking through foreign expedition companies naturally makes the cost to the customer higher due to the extra layer of administration and profit margins, without necessarily adding any extra value