Gangapurna Expedition

36 Day(s)

Overview The Gangapurna Expedition is also an awe-inspiring journey for mountaineers seeking to conquer the majestic Gangapurna peak in the Annapurna Massif, Nepal. Standing at a staggering elevation of 7,455 meters (24,457 feet), Gangapurna offers a formidable challenge and an unforgettable experience. The expedition typically begins in Kathmandu, where climbers also gather and undergo essential preparations, including equipment checks and briefings with experienced guides. From there, a scenic flight takes them to Pokhara, followed by a drive to the picturesque village of Manang (3,540 meters), the gateway to the Annapurna region. The ascent to Gangapurna Base Camp (4,900 meters) is…


The Gangapurna Expedition is also an awe-inspiring journey for mountaineers seeking to conquer the majestic Gangapurna peak in the Annapurna Massif, Nepal. Standing at a staggering elevation of 7,455 meters (24,457 feet), Gangapurna offers a formidable challenge and an unforgettable experience.

The expedition typically begins in Kathmandu, where climbers also gather and undergo essential preparations, including equipment checks and briefings with experienced guides. From there, a scenic flight takes them to Pokhara, followed by a drive to the picturesque village of Manang (3,540 meters), the gateway to the Annapurna region.

The ascent to Gangapurna Base Camp (4,900 meters) is an arduous but exhilarating trek through diverse landscapes, passing through lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and ancient monasteries. The trail leads to higher altitudes, where the air gets thinner, and acclimatization becomes crucial.

Upon reaching Base Camp, climbers rest and acclimatize further before embarking on a series of challenging and technical climbs. The route demands expertise in ice and rock climbing as they navigate steep faces and crevasses. Sherpas and experienced guides accompany the team, ensuring safety and support throughout the expedition.

Conquering Gangapurna: Triumph, Challenges, and Unforgettable Views

The push towards the summit is a demanding endeavor, with unpredictable weather conditions adding to the complexity. Climbers push their physical and mental limits, navigating the glacier and ridges before reaching the crowning moment—the breathtaking summit of Gangapurna. The panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including Annapurna II, III, IV, and Tilicho Peak, reward their efforts and leave an indelible mark on their memories.

However, the expedition is not without its risks. The extreme altitude, harsh weather, and technical challenges make it essential for climbers to maintain focus, teamwork, and proper risk management.

Descending back to Base Camp, climbers savor their achievement, knowing they have conquered one of the most challenging peaks in the world. The return journey follows a similar path, providing ample opportunities to immerse in the unique culture and traditions of the region.

Conclusion and Summary

The Gangapurna Expedition is a transformative adventure that demands dedication, courage, and determination, leaving participants with a profound sense of accomplishment and respect for the power and beauty of the Himalayas.

Trip Highlights

  • Summit of Mt. Gangapurna Expedition is at 7,455 meters
  • Magnificent views of Manaslu, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Chulu West Peak, Chulu East Peak, and other surrounding high peaks.
  • Explore the rich Buddhist culture, traditional villages, the breathtaking landscapes and stunning views of mountains on the Trans-Himalayan route.
  • Difficult and challenging peak perfect for experienced climbers.
  • Opportunity to gain lifetime experience of peak climbing over 7000 meters.


Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will meet you at Tribhuwan International Airport on your arrival schedule. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Our staff will help you until the check-in procedure ends at the Hotel. You can either have a rest at the Hotel or visit NGT’s office for gathering information about the trip. In the evening, please join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition, we also organize a formal program; meet with our guide with the full extent of information and discussion regarding our Mt. Gangapurna Expedition adventure trip. 

 BB Plan + Welcome Dinner


Click here for detailed information about World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu 
Today we will spend most of our day sightseeing around some of the world heritage sites of UNESCO inside Kathmandu valley. Most importantly we will complete all the necessary paper works and make other preparations required for Mt. Gangapurna Expedition.
 It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for day sightseeing.

 BB Plan


After having breakfast we will take a drive from Kathmandu along the banks of Trishuli River for a couple of hours and then along the banks of Marsyangdi River. Our drive is over scenic zigzag hilly roads passing through Besisahar, we drive towards Chamje – the starting point of the trek and Gangapurna Expedition. During today’s long drive we will have the opportunity to see the daily survival activities of local people as we pass along numerous roadside market towns and villages.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Our pre-climbing trek starts from Chamje, we will cross a suspension bridge and start uphill trekking to reach Sattale – which marks the narrowest section of the valley. Our trail goes along densely forested area filled with rhododendron trees and beautiful terraced farmlands. We will arrive at a broad flat-bottom valley and to the village of Tal, which marks the official entry to Manang District. Our trail from Tal is a descend journey to cross a suspension bridge over Marsyangdi river before arriving at Karte village. Our trekking continues until we arrive at the Gurung village of Dharapani.  

 All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Leaving Dharapani, we trek on a trail that is largely affected by the landslide area. We will pass through a village school where we might be greeted by school students who are always happy to see foreigners. Our trail is gradual uphill trekking through forest area towards the typical Tibetan styled village of Bagarchhap. From here we trek along the left bank of the river towards Koto. Koto is the gateway to popular ‘Naar Phu Valley Trekking’. An easy trek from Koto will lead us to Chame. Chame is the main administrative centre of Manang District, with an abundance of shops and teahouses.    

 All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



From Chame, we will follow the trail that heads west along the river banks towards Bharatang. From there we will continue trekking along the banks of Marsyangdi River and then cross a suspension bridge before making a climb to reach Dhukur Pokhari. Our trail gradually opens up as we continue our trek – surrounded by magnificent snow-capped peaks after an hour’s trek from Dhukur Pokhari we will arrive at Pisang. Magnificent views of Pisang Peak and Annapurna II can be seen from Pisang. 

 All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Today we will follow the trail that introduces us to alpine landscape and harsh vegetation. Passing through Upper Pisang, our trek continues with incredible views of surrounding high peaks towards Manang. On the way, we will pass through Braga Monastery (largest monastery of entire Manang District) – paying a visit at the monastery at Braga is definitely worth. Manang is well reputed for its rich culture and traditions. Besides, we will get the opportunity to experience the traditional lifestyle of the local Manangi people while we are at Manang.

 All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Acclimatization is essential to avoid altitude sickness and to ensure a successful summit climb of Mt. Gangapurna. Hence, today we will take a rest day for acclimatization and exploration around Manang. The village of Manang dates back to hundreds of years and local people still practice the traditional culture and tradition which is truly remarkable. Besides, Manang has several good day acclimatization hikes to offer to its visitors. However, a hike up to Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake will be worth visiting for best acclimatization and exploration around Manang.

 All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


From Manang, we follow the trail that is a gradual ascend trekking all the way to our campsite at Gangapurna Base Camp at 4600 meters. Our journey follows harsh alpine vegetation, beautiful Juniper and Pine filled forests. Along the route, we explore beautiful glacier lake Gangapurna.  As we enter into the higher altitudes through rocky ridges with good views of high mountain valleys and surrounding peaks finally reach our campsite.  After reaching the Campsite, our Sherpa crew set-up the camp.

Meals: All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


We spend several days for preparation, climbing training and acclimatization with altitudes.  Our experienced Sherpa team members will do all the hard works from setting up the camps at higher altitudes to serving hygienic and healthy meals. Fully equipped with all the necessary climbing gears and properly acclimatized, we will follow the instructions and guidance given by our experienced climbing experts and climb to reach the summit of Mt. Gangapurna. After tackling several technical climbing sections we head towards the mount summit. Our tiring and much waited for climb to the summit of Mt Gangapurna is rewarded with magnificent views of Annapurna range & Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges including Nilgiri, Tilicho Peak and other snow-capped mountains. We will spend quality time at the summit and then safely descend following the same route back to Base Camp.

Meals: All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



After achieving the lifetime experience of successful Mt. Gangapurna Expedition, today we begin our return journey by following gentle descends before reaching Khangsar, a beautiful village. After Khangsar, we follow the smooth scenic trail that takes us to reach our overnight stop at Yak Kharka.

Meals: All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



Today we will start following the trail that climbs fairly at an easy gradient to Ledar. After around one hour of trekking from Ledar, we will descend towards the wooden bridge over the Kone Khola. Crossing the bridge we will continue to climb and then follow a rather easy trail that leads to Thorong Phedi where there are extensive teahouses and services.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Today, we will start early for the crossing of the challenging Thorong La Pass, to avoid the strong winds at the pass after midday. We will climb steeply up towards a watercourse before climbing through another large gully formed by the melt of Thorong Peak. From there we will continue climbing across undulating moraine towards the top of the Thorong Pass. Once at the top we will have great views of Annapurna Mountain Ranges to the south and Mukut Himal bordering Dolpo to the west. From the top, we will descend steeply towards the grassy meadows and further to a very important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists – Muktinath.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


From Muktinath, we will follow the trail that leads to Jharkot. From here we will avoid the jeep road by following a small irrigation stream to reach Khingar, but from here onwards we will have to follow the road route that will lead us all the way to Jomsom. Jomsom is the main administrative centre and headquarters of Mustang. After arriving at Jomsom, we will celebrate the completion of our Gangapurna Expedition with wonderful trekking.

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


We take an early morning scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Pokhara is home to thick forest, emerald lakes and a place of remarkable natural beauty. The reflection of the Machhapuchre (Fish-Tail) Himal over the serene Fewa Lake makes this place truly magical. Besides, visiting sacred places and sightseeing around the city in Pokhara could be a good way to spend your day.

Meals: BB Plan


It takes approximately four to five hours drive to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. We drive over the Prithvi Highway which offers scenic hilly zigzag roads while driving along the banks of Trishuli River. The daily activities of the local people can be seen along the road when we pass through numerous villages and towns before finally arriving back to Kathmandu. 

Meals: BB Plan


You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. Also, walking around the shopping area of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will have a final meal together in the evening.

Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner


What's Included

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from KTM international airport with other necessary transport as per itinerary
  • Assistance at KTM international airport by Mount Mania during your arrival and departure.
  • 4-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis
  • One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara. B/B plan
  • Experienced and government licensed trekking and climbing Sherpa guide during the trekking and climbing period
  • The appropriate number of porters during the trekking period
  • Land transportation from Kathmandu-Beshisahar and Pokhara to Kathmandu for all climbing members, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff
  • All Mount Mania kitchen tent, storage tent, dining tent, client tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs and cooking utensils for base camp
  • Common climbing equipment such as Rope, ice bars, ice screws, and snow bar
  • 3 meals a day: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee
  • Accommodation at hotel/lodge/guest house or tent camps during the trekking/climbing period
  • All camping accommodation for members and staff during the trekking and climbing period. You will be sharing sleeping quarters with one other member
  • All food and fuel for base camp and higher camps during the climbing period
  • 50kg baggage allowance per person during the trekking period. This will be carried by porters/mules
  • Daily weather report services from Seattle, the Washington based company
  • Services of chef and kitchen assistant at advance base camp
  • Trekking Permit (Annapurna Conservation Park entry fee)
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal government to climb  Mt.Gangapurna
  • Nepalese Government Royalty
  • One experienced, trained, government licensed and 3-time summiteer climbing guide (Sherpa) per person
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accident insurances for all involved staffs during the trekking and climbing period
  • Helicopter rescue insurance for all involved expedition staff
  • Medical consultation services at the base camp with the HRA clinic at base camp
  • Equipment allowances and wages for climbing Sherpas, cooks, kitchen assistant and government liaison officer
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff
  • Satellite phone carried by guide for communication. Available to clients at a cost of $3USD per minute
  • Appropriate high altitude food for all clients and staff at base camp and above as required
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period
  • The heater will be provided at the base camp for the dining tent
  • Emergency oxygen mask and regulator provided upon request of the client with requirement appropriate charge
  • Each client will have an individual tent available in the Gangapurna advanced base camp
  • Solar panel for light and electronics charging
  • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3. Icefall charges
  • Gamow Bags (Portable hyperbaric chambers) for high altitude sickness
  • 2 Bottles (8L) of Poisk Oxygen will be provided for each member
  • The latest model of Summit or Top out system mask and regulators will be provided
  • We provide Sherpa’s tents, food for climbing and insurance
  • Free assistance service for cargo clearance and duties
  • EPI cooking gas and stove will be provided in camp one, three and South Col for cooking food
  • The generator will be providing to back-up the lighting in base camp
  • Transportation of food supply from Kathmandu to base camp by porter/mules
  • Our service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal
  • Complete pre-departure information
  • Flight ticket re-confirmation and visa extension procedure services
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural show in Kathmandu before departure
  • Mount Mania  t-shirt and scarf

What's Excluded

  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu & Pokhara stay
  • International flight ticket
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu.
  • Disembarkation Airport Tax in Nepal –  approx. US$ 24. al equipments
  • High risk medical insurance
  • Entrance fees while sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley.
  • Alcoholic beverage and telephone calls
  • Hot drinks, Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
  • Purely personal nature expenses
  • Tipping /Tips(Tipping is Expected).

Trip Information


Gangapurna Expedition is a perfect opportunity for adventure-seeking climbers. To gain an ultimate climbing experience of the popular as well as fascinating Mt Gangapurna for lifetime achievement. However, the German Expedition team was made the first successful ascent of this elegant mountain.  The leader of the Expedition was Günther Hauser via the East Ridge in 1965.

Gangapurna is a mountain peak in the Annapurna region of Nepal, standing at an elevation of 7,455 meters (24,457 feet). It is located in the Manang District and is one of the major peaks in the region, along with Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and Tilicho Peak.

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