The Annapurna Challenge

Duration – 10 days
Minimum group size – 4
Maximum altitude – 2,880m
Best time of year – Sep/Nov and Mar/May
Accommodation – Lodge

Part funded places available through Sherpa Healthcare – please contact us for more details –


Annapurna is a section of the Himalayas in north-central Nepal that includes 8,091m (26,545ft) Annapurna 1, thirteeen additional peaks over 7,000m (22,9709ft) and 16 more over 6,000m (19,690ft).

Annapurna I is tenth among Earth’s fourteen eight-thousanders. 8167 metre Dhaulagiri I rises 34 km to the west across the Kali Gandaki Gorge, considered Earth’s deepest canyon.

Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means “full of food”, but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is “… the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess … the mother who feeds. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: This makes Annapurna a universal goddess … Her most popular shrine is located in Kashi, on the banks of the river Ganga.” Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.

The entire massif and surrounding area are protected within the 7,629 km2 Annapurna Conservation Area, the first and largest conservation area in Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit.


  • The Annapurna Challenge is approximately 120 km long (74 miles)
  • Has approximately 3,950m of ascent and 3,670m of desent

Day 01:
Arrival in Kathmandu airport. Transfer to Hotel. Altitude 1,000m

Day 02:
Fly to Pokhara (910m) and drive to Birethanti to Hotel. Altitude 1,400m

Day 03:
Stage 1 of Annapurna Challenge – 23.3 km, from Birethanti to Ghorepani.
Altitude range between 1,600m and 2,880m.

Day 04:
Stage 2 of Annapurna Challenge – 23.5 km, from Ghorepani to Chhumrung. Altitude between 1,310m and 2,370m.

Day 05:
Stage 3 of Annapurna Challenge – 26.6 km from Chhumrung to Australian Camp. Altitude between 240m and 2,165m
Day 06:
Stage 4 of Annapurna Challenge – 34 km from Australian Camp to Pumdi. Altitude between 600m and 1,700m.

Day 07:
Stage 5 of Annapurna Challenge – 13.3 km from Pumdi to Pokhara. Altitude around 600m.

Day 08:
Relaxation and sight-see

Day 9:
Return Flight or Drive to Kathmandu

Day 10:
Departure home

Typical Food:

Provided – Breakfast will be similar to porridge, muesli, bread, coffee & tea. Evening meals will be similar to dhal bhat (a traditional Nepalise dish), noodles, fried rice, bread and sometimes pizza.

Water – free issue and you will need to bring your own water bottles or hydration back-pack.

What you need to bring – During the day you need to carry your own supply of provisions and a cooking stove.

Annapurna Challenge entry costs based on above schedule:

Annapurna Challenge Cost – £1,390 – (not including your flight to Kathmandu). A non-refundable deposit of £200.00 remainder of £1,190 payable with equal monthly installments. Full costs cleared minimum 4 weeks before.


Commit to raising a minimum target for Sherpa Healthcare of £2,500 and simply pay a one-off non-refundable fee of £300.00

How to enter.
Click this link back to the Nepal Ultra Squad homepage and press enter.

Please note:
The above Annapurna Challenge is based around an intermediate level runner. We would advise that group bookings consist of reasonably an equal level of running abilities. Our guide in Nepal will happily increase or decrease the demands of the challenge.