Dreaming about climbing Mount Annapurna? This is what it takes

Annapurna Base Camp

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Mount Annapurna, named after the Hindu goddess of food, land, and nourishment, is the 10th highest peak in the world, reaching up to 8,091m in height. It is one of Nepal’s most popular and scaled peaks, with scenic beauty, villages, and snowcapped mountains. Located in the Annapurna mountain range of Gandaki Province, it was first scaled in 1950 by Maurice Herzog, making it the first eight thousand-meter peak successfully climbed.

While climbing the massif mountain is the main goal, you can also find adventure by trekking up the Annapurna base camp and then climbing the Annapurna mountain. Annapurna Base Camp, also named the “Trekkers Paradise,” is rooted in the traditional lifestyle where you notice a simpler way of living with cottage-style houses.

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Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna base camp, Nepal

How Hard Is Mt Annapurna To Climb?

Mount Annapurna, despite being the 10th highest peak in the world, is among the most difficult to climb peaks in the world. According to the Himalayan Database and Mountainq.com, Annapurna massif is the most dangerous mountain, with around a 29% fatality rate for everyone who climbs it.

The main reason why Annapurna is recorded as the most deadly mountain is because of the unpredictable climate. With high-velocity wind and precipitation in any season, Annapurna remains chilly and coated with snow all year. As a result, the mountain is covered with crevasses, sharp ridges, and many difficult elements. As such, a simple mistake can lead to injury or even death.

Another reason why Mt Annapurna carries the most fatality is the lack of help. Since the Annpurna range is secluded, it is tough to get help on time when climbers face dangers or health risks. Thus it is highly recommended that you climb Mt Annapurna with experienced climbers and for the journey to start in your fittest condition.

How Much Does It Cost To Climb Mt Annapurna?

Since Mt Annapurna is one of the most difficult mountains to climb, you will need experienced Trekking guides and climbers. Climbers will also need to factor in costs such as accommodations, meals, snacks, necessary medicine, and camping equipment.

On average, it will cost you about US 13000$- 20000$ per person to complete your trip to Mt Annapurna. But it can go higher according to the package you choose with Travel agents or the duration of days might increase.

While you can buy your trekking equipment in Nepal, it is recommended that you bring your own equipment as it will add to your additional expenses. So make sure you come packed with all your necessities so you don’t spend excessively.

How Long Does It Take To Climb Mt Annapurna?

To climb Mt Annapurna, your first destination is Annapurna Base Camp. If you hike to this trail, it will take about six days to reach when you leave Pokhara. You can also reach it within a day if you take a helicopter ride.

The route to the Anapurna summit is as follows; There are four Annapurna Camps Camp I (5200m), Camp II (5700m), Camp III (6500m), and Camp IV (7100m). Then finally, the Annapurna Summit stands at 8091m. You will need at least 30 days to climb and descend the Annapurna mountain, but the days are not fixed as you can face many difficulties while climbing an 8000m mountain.

To sum it up, your whole trip from your landing in Nepal to traveling to Pokhara, then Annapurna Base Camp To Annapurna Summit, and descending will take about 49 days. But it is best to have at least 60 days of leeway since you might want to sightsee or prepare for your expedition.

Requirements To Climb Mt Annapurna?

The first requirement to climb Mt Annapurna would be a fit and healthy body. It is necessary that you are in optimal condition before you attempt the Annapurna summit, as it is the deadliest 8000m summit. It is not recommended for beginners to attempt since conquering Mt Annapurna takes advanced skill.

To climb Mt Annapurna first, you should arrange trekking permissions from the Government of Nepal. You will require two permits, ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit) and TIMS(Trekkers Information Management System). To gain these permits, you will need two photocopies of your password and four passport-size photos.

You will also be required to fill out a form for both respective permissions where you will need to specify how many days you will spend on the road, entry and exit points, emergency contacts, and insurance numbers. Both permits in total will cost you a total of less than 50 USD.


Mt Annapurna can be described as a beauty with dangers. And if you are planning to conquer this beauty for yourself, follow the proper guidelines whether you are a lone traveler or a going in a group. With Annapurna I consistently ranked as the most dangerous eight-thousand summits, you must make meticulous preparations.

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