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? Looking for a reasonable mountaineering objective for the post monsoon season in Nepal? 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 training for Everest 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 2015 Annapurna IV itinerary will fly our team to Manang Airport (near Humre) at the foot of the Annapurna Range. From this spectacular location, we will do a series of acclimatization hikes, before moving up to the Base Camp. 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 and extra oxygen? We can arrange that as well.
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.
Hope you can join us!
Eric Simonson and Greg Vernovage
IMG Himalayan Programs
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. 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 60 Himalayan 8000 meter 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.
IMG leads the way! Our goal is to minimize risk while helping as many members as possible reach their goal, and we invest in the logistics and manpower to make this possible. We will not sit back and let other teams do the work. Invariably, our IMG Sherpas are part of the rope fixing efforts and the first team to the summit, preparing the route for future summit bids. We value our reputation as one of the premiere international climbing companies. If you would like to join a world-class team on Everest, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your goals and qualifications for membership in the IMG Everest team!
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.