Annapurna IV Climbing Expedition with International Mountain Guides
Do you want to go climb a big Himalayan Peak but you don't want to break the bank? Well, give Annapurna IV a shot! Eric Simonson tried to climb this gorgeous mountain back in autumn 1987. They had a great trip right up until they got creamed by one of the all-time big storms to hit the Himalayas. Eric always wanted to try it again.
This expedition is for our climbers who have done it all, as well as our climbers who are just starting to test themselves at higher elevations. If you have been on the summit of an 8000 meter peak and you simply want to get high again, this mountain is for you. Maybe you are thinking about testing yourself against an 8000 meter giant in the future but are not quite ready for that big jump. Annapurna IV is a great testing ground.
Leading the 2015 Annapurna IV expedition will be one of our IMG senior guides along with our top notch Sherpa staff. You will get the same guidance and support that has come to be expected from an IMG expedition.
Our Senior Guides will be joined by a cadre of our IMG Sherpa "A" Team to lend a hand with the camps and route. This climb will require three camps above Base Camp. There is a combination of snow and a bit of rock getting up to Camp 1, then snow to Camp 2 up on the ridge. Higher, we will put a Camp 3. We will have high altitude climbing oxygen available starting from high camp, similar to how we climb Cho Oyu. This is a great opportunity to practice for the 8000 meter peaks! You want a personal Sherpa? We can arrange that as well.
Going abroad is half the fun of international climbing. Though the climbing itself is brilliant, there is nothing like landing in Kathmandu and experiencing the hustle and bustle of one of the most interesting cities in the world. Then, we are off to sleepy Pokhara, and onto to the famous Annapurna circuit trail, considered as one of the most beautiful treks on the planet. If you want to bring your non-climbing spouse or family member for the trek? Please do not hesitate to ask. They will see a special part of the world.
Our IMG staff will work with you on your technical climbing skills, as well as teach you the tricks for going to high altitude. This is a fun climb, perfect for climbers with Denali, Cotopaxi, or Aconcagua under their belts who are ready for a real Himalayan expedition or for our veteran Himalayan climbers who are missing the mountains and people of Nepal. This climb is an opportunity for climbers just starting their big mountain climbing as well as the climber who has to feed their climbing soul again.
After the climb ends, for people in a hurry, you have the option of flying straight back to Kathmandu. Or, if you can spare a few days, trek on around the Annapurna Trek to Jomsom via the Thorung La, one of the world's classic high trekking passes (17,873 ft; 5416 meters). From there you can fly back to Kathmandu.
Hope you can join us!
Eric Simonson, IMG Himalayan Program Director
Expedition Organization and Leadership
International Mountain Guides ("IMG")
IMG is the oldest and most respected high-altitude climbing service in the world and its three principals, Eric Simonson, Phil Ershler, and George Dunn, have led and organized hundreds of expeditions worldwide since 1975. Each is an AMGA Certified Alpine Guide with Himalayan expedition experience including Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Shishapangma, and Cho Oyu. IMG's Himalayan mountaineering programs are organized and directed by Eric Simonson, one of the world's premiere expedition organizers. Under his direction IMG has conducted over forty Himalayan expeditions. His teams include a group of professionals and Sherpas who are the best in the business. Since 1990, over 600 IMG team members have summited the world's classic 8,000-meter peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma.
Our goal is to minimize risk while helping as many team members as possible reach their goal, and we invest in the people and equipment that will make this happen. We value our reputation as the premiere international climbing company, and we only put programs in place that measure up to our own high standards. If you would like to join a world-class team, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your goals and qualifications and secure an exciting role for yourself on our expedition!
Ang Jangbu and the IMG Sherpa Team
A veteran of dozens of expeditions and an Everest summiter, Ang Jangbu has worked with Eric Simonson on every IMG Himalayan program since 1991 and is a very popular leader. Ang Jangbu Sherpa and his staff put together one of the very best Sherpa teams for IMG. We are proud to have a group of Sherpas working for us who are among the best paid, best led, best equipped, and best trained in the business.
Joining a high-altitude trek or expedition is a serious decision. You should be completely confident in the organization and leadership before you make that decision. Many of you have climbed with us before, and because your experience with us was good, you're considering another climb with us. For those of you who haven't climbed with us before, we strongly encourage you to interview us thoroughly and also talk to our past clients. When you're ready to make the decision, we'll be happy to provide you with a complete list of references. Please also browse comments online from our trekkers and climbers.