8000m Peaks


The Mountain of the Great Goddess.


Named for the Hindu Goddess of food and nourishment, who is said to live among its summits, Annapurna is a vast massif in central Nepal with 13 peaks over 7,000m, and one that sits at 8,091m, making it the world’s 10th highest mountain. Annapurna was the first of the 8,000ers to be climbed, and the passes around the massif make it a popular trekking destination. But this is no easy mountain - the steep, south face is technical, tricky, and frequently deadly. A place where being guided by the best of the best makes a real difference.

Annapurna is a worthy mountain, a cruel mistress, she offers an intense battle to her summit, but the reward is high for this stunning peak and Elite Exped will be with you every step of the way.

"Always a little higher"




40 days


Technical 5E

Max Altitude

8091 m
26545 ft

Daily activity

5 - 6hrs


Spring &

Dates Available

Enquire for dates

Starting from

USD $35,000

Aimed at climbers who’ve made ascents of at least two 6,000m or 7,000m peaks, and at least one 8,000m mountain. You must have mastered mountaineering skills and have a high level of fitness.

The thrilling 8000m peak

The popularity of the Annapurna Circuit as a trekking destination often lulls people into a false sense of security about the dangers of the mountain itself. While it might be only the tenth highest mountain in the world, Annapurna I, the main peak, is arguably deadliest, with one of the highest death to successful summit ratios of any of the 8,000ers. Put simply, this is not a mountain that you can afford to underestimate.

Elite Exped’s Annapurna itinerary is based on the tried and tested expedition plan implemented by our founder Nimsdai during his record-breaking Project Possible year, when he climbed all of the world’s 8,000m peaks in record time. Annapurna’s relative accessibility means we recommend leaving just 40 days for the entire trip, which includes a lengthy 26-day climbing window and plenty of time to acclimatise. 

We guarantee a 1:1 client to guide ratio, and always keep four, highly experienced guides in reserve, ready to go at a moment’s notice to help out where needed. Anything that can be controlled, we will control. From carrying in our own food, to pitching tents and fixing ropes all the way up the route, we do everything ourselves. This means we’re never reliant on third parties, reducing the chances of any misunderstandings, which could damage your summit chances.

Our handpicked guiding team, chosen using a rigorous process inspired by Nims’ own Special Forces selection, know the routes like the back of their hand, but they also speak the language. This further reduces the chances of any miscommunication.

The Elite Exped team aren’t just record-breaking mountaineers, they’re hugely experienced mountain rescuers, with extensive training in high-altitude recovery techniques. This, combined with our intimate knowledge of the mountain, means you’ll be in the safest possible hands when taking on this tricky, technical climb.  

From our clients
Jeff Evans
Mera 2017

You can trust them with the safety and satisfaction of clients. Elite was nothing less than a 10/10 in every aspect of how they executed the expedition.

Steve Davis
Manaslu 2019

Manaslu was my first 8,000er and first time with Elite. They exceeded my expectations at every level and stage. I would have no hesitation in booking with them again! Highly recommended!!!

Amy McCulloch
Aconcagua 2018

I often felt they went above and beyond to ensure we had a successful expedition. Excellent judgments throughout the expedition led us to reach the summit safely in extreme conditions. Highly recommend!

This tried and tested itinerary is informed by decades of mountaineering experience. As with all adventurous activities of this type however, circumstances may arise where Elite Exped is forced to make alterations, possibly at short notice. While making every effort to adhere to this published schedule, we kindly ask for your patience if the weather, or other naturally occurring circumstances, intervene.

Your daily schedule

  • Day 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel

  • Day 02

    Staff introduction and final preparation for expedition

  • Day 03

    Flight to Pokhara and overstay night in Pokhara

  • Day 04

    Drive from Pokhara to Dana

  • Day 05

    Helicopter flight from Dana to Annapurna Base camp

  • Day 06

    Acclimatize day in Annapurna Base camp

  • Day 07-34

    Climbing Period (Basecamp - Annapurna Summit- Basecamp)

  • Day 35

    Cleaning up basecamp and ready for descending

  • Day 36

    Helicopter flight from Annapurna Basecamp to Dana and drive back to Pokhara

  • Day 37

    Leisure day in Pokhara city/Sightseeing in Pokhara city

  • Day 38

    Fly back to Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

  • Day 39

    Leisure day in Kathmandu/ Farewell dinner with the Team

  • Day 40

    Final Departure


Climb like a record breaker

Developed from the approach that’s allowed Nimsdai to shatter speed records, our unique Fast-Track expeditions - including Everest in 29 days - let you climb further in a shorter space of time. Perfect for those balancing busy lives with their love of the mountains. View fast-track expeditions


Build your skills

Our tailored approach to training will help you improve as a climber, developing the mental and physical skills you need to achieve your dreams. Learn more

Above + Beyond + Adventure

Practical info

Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Elite Exped, what this expedition involves, and what is required. If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated FAQ support page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What skillset and fitness level are required?

All Elite Exped expeditions are within extreme high altitude environments, with differing requirements for ability. Due to the nature of these operational landscapes it is essential you provide concise, honest descriptions of relevant experience and current fitness levels. Upon receipt we will review your experience and respond accordingly. At this point if we consider there to be any shortfalls, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to achieve your goals.

What equipment is provided?
Will I get my own guide?
Will the expedition cost include travel?

Why choose
Elite Exped?


Nimsdai Purja, Mingma David Sherpa’s and Mingma Tenzi’s mountaineering groundbreaking records speak for themselves, but our leaders are more than just supremely talented climbers.

While some choose to direct operations from back office, our three directors lead from the front. Their experience in every aspect of guiding and climbing — from fixing ropes to organising logistics — is unparalleled. It's no surprise that they have the industry-leading success rate when it comes to summiting 8,000m peaks.

Beyond this, our handpicked team of guides have also chalked up dozens of successful summits between them.

Safety through

If it’s controllable we control it: this is key to attaining and maintaining our industry-leading strategy for success and safety.

We maximise our options, agility and responsiveness by running self-sufficient expeditions that don’t rely on any other teams to achieve our objectives.

Our team is capable of setting up our own fixed lines (with a proven track record on all 8,000m peaks) and has backups to cover all scenarios. These include everything from secondary oxygen supplies to the ability and experience to operate our own rescue missions if the situation arises.

A unique

With his Nepalese roots and UK residency, our co-founder Nimsdai Purja brings a unique perspective and an unparalleled ability to bridge the gap between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures.

We can assemble trusted teams and networks anywhere in the world, but our founders’ roots are a particular advantage when it comes to summiting the world’s very highest peaks.

An intimate knowledge of how things work on the ground ensures that everything runs smoothly when you’re 8,000m above sea-level.

Your adventure
Ready to take on
the challenge?
Enquire Now
8000m Peaks

Characterized by its sharp, picturesque peak, Manaslu dominates the Mansiri-Himal subrange of the Himalayas. First summited by a Japanese team in 1956, the world’s eighth-highest mountain has a long association with Japanese climbers, but among Europeans remains one of the less well-known peaks. Reaching the summit at 8,163m is a serious undertaking, but one that Elite Exped is ideally equipped to help you achieve.

8000m Peaks

Mount Everest, known to locals as Sagarmatha, is undoubtedly on the bucket list of every adventurer. Who wouldn't want to conquer the highest mountain on the planet?

8000m Peaks

K2 isn’t nicknamed “the savage mountain” for nothing. The world’s second-highest peak is arguably the toughest challenge in mountaineering. For a long time, it was considered unconquerable and the number of successful expeditions was very low.