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Annapurna IV Expedition

Annapurna IV Expedition

Annapurna IV Expedition Overview

Key Information


35 Days



Best Season:


Maximum altitude



Tea house / Camping


car / flight

Are you seeking the ultimate mountaineering challenge? Do you dream of conquering a towering peak, preparing yourself for the grandeur of Everest, or perhaps yearn for the allure of a less crowded, yet equally exhilarating ascent? Look no further than Annapurna IV, standing majestically at 7527 meters above sea level.

Nestled within the renowned Annapurna massif range, Annapurna IV presents a tantalizing proposition for climbers seeking a blend of adventure and safety. Positioned between the formidable Annapurna II and Annapurna III, this peak offers a semi-technical climb with fewer objective hazards compared to its counterparts.

At Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, we recognize the allure of lesser-known peaks and the desire for a more intimate climbing experience. Annapurna IV beckons with its awe-inspiring vistas, steep yet manageable rocky ascents, and captivating ridge sections. Unlike its more frequented neighbors, Annapurna IV boasts a tranquil atmosphere, allowing climbers to immerse themselves fully in the journey.

During our expedition, we establish 3 to 4 higher camps along a route designed to maximize safety and enjoyment. Our experienced Sherpa team takes charge of fixing lines to the summit under favorable weather conditions, ensuring a secure ascent. Additionally, personal supplemental oxygen is provided to each team member, enhancing comfort and performance during the final push to the summit.

To join our expedition, climbers are encouraged to meet specific prerequisites, including prior experience on similar semi-technical peaks such as Lobuche East, Island Peak, or Aconcagua. These requirements ensure that participants are adequately prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.

While Annapurna IV presents a formidable test of skill and endurance, its rewards are commensurate with the effort expended. Graded at AD+/4, the climb encompasses technical sections, glacier routes, and exposed ridges, honing climbers' abilities and preparing them for future endeavors, including Everest and other 8000-meter peaks.

Annapurna IV's rich history, dating back to its first ascent in 1955 by a German expedition, adds to its mystique and allure. Our expedition highlights the rarity of this 7500-meter peak, offering climbers a unique opportunity to test their mettle in a pristine Himalayan setting.

Join us as we relive the success of our 2023 Fall AIV expedition, where three out of four climbers reached the summit, a testament to our commitment to safety and support. With a 1:1 climbing support ratio, personal supplemental oxygen, and strategic camp setup including heated dining and solo tents at base camp, we ensure that every aspect of your journey is meticulously planned and executed.

At Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, we invite you to elevate your mountaineering aspirations and embark on an unforgettable journey to Annapurna IV. With our strong and experienced climbing Sherpa team by your side, the summit is within reach, and the adventure of a lifetime awaits.

Annapurna IV Expedition Itinerary

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Bed and Breakfast

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you'll be greeted and transferred to your hotel. At 1400m, the city's vibrant energy will surround you. Spend the first day settling in and acclimatizing. On Day 2, gather for an expedition briefing to go over the details of your upcoming adventure.



Embark on a scenic 8-hour drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar, a charming town situated at 800m. The journey offers glimpses of the diverse landscapes of Nepal.



Continue your journey as you drive to Humde, a picturesque village at 3350m. The elevation gain introduces you to the changing terrain and showcases the breathtaking scenery.



As you ascend to Base Camp at 4850m, the surroundings transform into alpine beauty. The day's trek provides gradual acclimatization and magnificent views.



This block of days is dedicated to the thrilling and challenging ascent of Annapurna IV. Your skills and determination will be put to the test as you navigate the mountain's slopes and crevasses. The gradual climb ensures proper acclimatization, and the panoramic vistas are nothing short of spectacular.



After the summit attempt, descend to Humde. The descent offers a different perspective of the terrain, and you'll reflect on the achievement of reaching the summit.



Travel back to Besi Sahar, retracing your steps through the changing landscapes. Descending to 800m, you'll witness the transition from high-altitude terrain to lower regions.


Bed and Breakfast

Your expedition concludes with a scenic 7-hour drive back to Kathmandu. Take in the last views of the Himalayas as you return to the city.

Bed and Breakfast

Enjoy a well-deserved leisure day in Kathmandu. Explore the city's cultural sites, shop for souvenirs, or simply relax and reflect on the incredible journey you've undertaken.


Bid farewell to Kathmandu as you depart for your onward journey, carrying memories of a challenging yet rewarding expedition to Annapurna IV.


Annapurna IV Expedition Cost Includes?

  • Comprehensive Ground Transfers: All ground transfers are meticulously arranged according to our itinerary, ensuring seamless transportation.

  • Guided Sightseeing: Explore the wonders of Kathmandu's world heritage sites with our expert guides.

  • Warm Welcome Dinner: Indulge in a delightful welcome dinner hosted by the friendly staff at Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks.

  • Expedition Royalty: Mount Annapurna Expedition Royalty is included, ensuring hassle-free administrative processes.

  • Liaison Officer Fee: Your Liaison Officer fee is covered, enhancing coordination and support throughout the expedition.

  • Conservation Permits: Gain access to Annapurna Conservation (ACAP) Permit Fees as part of our inclusive package.

  • Comfortable Transportation: Enjoy private jeep transfers from Kathmandu to Dharapani, flights to Pokhara, and tourist bus rides back to Kathmandu.

  • Logistic Support: We provide comprehensive logistic support, including the transportation of all gear, equipment, and food to the Annapurna IV Base Camp and Annapurna Higher Base Camp.

  • Fully Equipped Camping and Kitchen: Our package includes all necessary camping and kitchen equipment such as tents, dining facilities, mattresses, and more.

  • Experienced Crew: Benefit from the expertise of our climbing and high-altitude cook, kitchen helpers, and porters, with their daily wages covered along with insurance and necessary arrangements.

  • Delicious Meals: Enjoy three hearty meals a day prepared by our professional kitchen crew at the Base Camp.

  • Communication and Safety Equipment: Stay connected and safe with satellite phones, Gamo Bags, oxygen cylinders, and portable solar panels for charging.

  • Emergency Preparedness: A fully stocked First Aid Kit ensures your safety throughout the expedition.

  • Cargo Handling: We handle all cargo transportation to and from Annapurna IV Base Camp and Kathmandu for your convenience.

  • Base Camp Accommodation: Each member is provided with a tent at Base Camp, ensuring comfort during your stay.

  • Specialized Supplies: High-altitude foods, cooking pots, EPI gas, and stoves are included to support your expedition needs.

  • Safety Measures: Benefit from fixed ropes provided for the expedition, enhancing safety during challenging climbs.

  • Environmental Responsibility: The Garbage Deposit fee is included, promoting responsible waste management practices.

Annapurna IV Expedition Cost Excludes?

  • International Airfares: Please arrange your own international flights for travel to and from Nepal.

  • Personal Expenses: Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, and tips are not included.

  • Rescue and Evacuation: While unlikely, in the event of rescue or evacuation needs, additional costs may apply.

  • Insurance: Personal medical and travel insurance coverage is essential and not included in the package.

  • Communication Sets Deposits: Any deposits required for the use of communication sets are the responsibility of the participant.

  • Climbing Bonuses: While not mandatory, a climbing bonus of minimum USD 500 per climbing guide and USD 200 for the cook is recommended as a gesture of appreciation for their services.

Embark on your Annapurna IV Expedition with confidence, knowing that Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks has meticulously prepared to ensure your safety, comfort, and unforgettable adventure.

Annapurna IV Expedition Altitude Profile

Annapurna IV Expedition FAQs

Annapurna IV is the 24th highest peak in the world, standing at an elevation of 7,525 meters (24,688 feet). It is situated in the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal.

The Annapurna IV Expedition is considered highly challenging and requires advanced mountaineering skills due to its steep terrain, technical difficulties, and high altitude.

The ideal time for the Annapurna IV Expedition is during the pre-monsoon season from April to May and post-monsoon season from late September to October when the weather conditions are relatively stable.

The expedition typically takes around 4 to 6 weeks, including acclimatization, climbing, and descent.

Some of the main challenges include extreme weather conditions, avalanches, crevasses, altitude sickness, and technical climbing on ice and rock.

Yes, previous high-altitude mountaineering experience and proficiency in ice and rock climbing are essential prerequisites for the Annapurna IV Expedition.

Altitude sickness is a significant risk due to the high altitude of Annapurna IV. Adequate acclimatization and proper altitude management are crucial to minimize this risk.

Climbers need to obtain permits from the Nepalese government, including a climbing permit for Annapurna IV and other necessary trekking permits for the region.

While not mandatory, it is highly recommended to hire experienced local guides or Sherpas who are familiar with the terrain, weather patterns, and rescue procedures.

Essential gear includes mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axes, harnesses, ropes, helmets, insulated clothing, high-altitude tents, sleeping bags, and personal climbing equipment.

Yes, there are rescue services available, but climbers should have their own insurance covering high-altitude rescues.

Accommodation varies from camping in tents at high-altitude base camps to basic lodges or teahouses in lower-altitude villages along the trekking route.

The cost can vary depending on the expedition operator, services included, group size, and duration. It typically ranges from several thousand to tens of thousands of dollars per person.

Physical preparation should include cardiovascular training, strength training, endurance exercises, and altitude simulation if possible. It's also important to consult with a healthcare professional before undertaking such an expedition.

Emergency medical supplies should include medications for altitude sickness, pain relief, antibiotics, bandages, sterile dressings, and other essentials for treating injuries and illnesses.

Communication facilities may be limited in remote areas, but satellite phones, GPS devices, and emergency beacons are commonly used for communication and tracking purposes.

Most expeditions start from Kathmandu, Nepal. Transportation to Kathmandu can be arranged via international flights, and then local transportation or flights to the nearest town or village where the trekking begins.

Food during the expedition typically consists of a combination of locally sourced ingredients and packaged meals. It's important to maintain a balanced diet to sustain energy levels during the climb.

Yes, it's essential to respect the local customs, traditions, and religious practices of the communities encountered along the trekking route.

Some expedition operators offer pre-expedition training programs focusing on technical climbing skills, high-altitude acclimatization, and physical conditioning.

The success rate varies depending on weather conditions, individual fitness, team dynamics, and other factors, but typically it's lower compared to more accessible peaks due to the technical challenges involved.

In case of extreme weather conditions, climbers may need to retreat to lower altitudes and wait for favorable conditions or abort the expedition altogether for safety reasons.

Yes, climbers should follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize environmental impact, including proper waste disposal, respecting wildlife, and minimizing disturbance to natural habitats.

There are various routes and variations to climb Annapurna IV, each with its own challenges and highlights. Experienced expedition operators can provide guidance on the best route based on individual preferences and conditions.

Yes, many climbers choose to combine the Annapurna IV Expedition with trekking in the Annapurna region or other nearby peaks, offering a diverse and rewarding Himalayan adventure experience.

Annapurna IV Expedition Additional Information

Climbing Gear Checklist for Himalayan Adventure with International Treks

Greetings Adventurers!

Preparing for your Himalayan journey is an exciting endeavor, and having the right climbing gear ensures you’re ready for the challenges ahead. Here's a comprehensive checklist to help you gear up for an unforgettable experience:

Ice Axe: Opt for a lightweight axe designed to penetrate hard glacier ice effortlessly. Ensure it comes with a lightweight wrist leash, offering stability on steeper terrains.

Crampons: Sharp and perfectly fitted crampons are essential for secure footing. Confirm they snugly fit your boots for maximum safety.

Harness: Look for a harness with user-friendly buckles, especially crucial in cold conditions. Gear loops and adjustable leg loops add convenience and versatility for your expedition.

Helmet: Prioritize comfort by choosing a helmet spacious enough to accommodate a warm hat underneath, ensuring both safety and warmth.

Hardware: Equip yourself with essentials like locking and regular carabiners, ensuring at least one locking carabiner features a "key gate" design. Don’t forget handled ascenders, rigging materials, and rappelling devices for various climbing scenarios.

Others Accessories:

  • Headlamp: Opt for a reliable LED headlamp equipped with lithium batteries to combat cold conditions effectively.
  • Water Bottles: Pack insulated water bottles for hydration, and consider a small Thermos for chilly mornings. Additionally, a pee bottle is recommended.
  • Water Purification: Carry iodine tablets or crystals for water purification, ensuring access to safe drinking water throughout your journey.
  • Utensils: Bring along essentials like an insulated mug, bowl, spoon, pocket knife, and lighter for meal preparation and convenience.
  • Backpack: Select a medium-sized internal frame pack for comfort and durability, capable of accommodating all your essentials without unnecessary bulk.
  • Sleeping Bag: Invest in a sleeping bag suitable for sub-zero temperatures, considering down for its lightweight and compressibility.
  • Sleeping Mats: Protect your sleeping mat with a sturdy stuff sack to prevent punctures and ensure a comfortable night's rest.


  • Double Climbing Boots with expedition liners for superior warmth and traction.
  • Approach boots suitable for trekking and approach to higher camps.
  • Gaiters and traction devices like Yaktrax for snow-covered terrain.
  • Ensure you have ample climbing socks for comfort and insulation.

Climbing Clothing:

  • Insulated Parka and waterproof jacket for protection against extreme conditions.
  • Lightweight waterproof pants and insulation layers for versatile warmth.
  • Opt for breathable, synthetic materials that provide freedom of movement and durability.
  • Don't forget essential accessories like mittens, gloves, hats, and neck protection for comprehensive cold weather gear.

Personal Accessories:

  • Ensure proper eyewear for UV protection and vision correction needs.
  • Pack essential first aid supplies, prescription medications, and personal care items for health and hygiene maintenance.
  • Remember to bring rubbish bags for waste management and personal snacks for energy boosts along the journey.

Trekking Gear:

  • Trekking poles for stability and knee support.
  • Lightweight trekking clothes and approach boots for comfortable trekking.
  • Sleeping bag and pad suitable for milder temperatures during trekking phases.

Travel Items:

  • Duffel bags for equipment transportation, labeled for easy identification.
  • Daypack for carry-on and daily essentials during the trek.
  • Travel wallet for secure document storage and organization.
  • Remember essential travel documents, camera equipment, and personal care items for a hassle-free journey.

With this comprehensive checklist, you’re well-equipped to embark on your Himalayan adventure with confidence and excitement. Safe travels, and may your journey be filled with unforgettable experiences and breathtaking vistas!

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