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Mt. Annapurna on the left side

It is located east of a great gorge
cut through the Himalaya by the Kali Gandaki river, which separates it from the Dhaulagiri massif.
Mt. Annapurna

Introduction to Annapurna
Annapurna is a series of peaks in the Himalaya, a 55-km-long massif whose highest point, Annapurna I, stands at 8,091 m (26,538 ft), making it the 10th-highest summit in the world and one of the 14 "eight-thousanders". It is located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalaya by the Kali Gandaki river, which separates it from the Dhaulagiri massif. Annapurna is a Sanskrit name that means “Goddess of the Harvests” or “The Provider”. Of Annapurna's many high peaks, five are labeled using some variation of the name Annapurna. Of these, the two highest (Annapurna I and II), stand like bookends at the western and eastern ends of the massif.


The Annapurna range situated in central Nepal has one of the most dominating Himalayan panorama. Placed just north of Pokhara the range from west to east consists of Annapurna South Face (7,219m), Gang (7,647m), Gangapurna (7,455m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna IV (7,525m) and Annapurna II (7,925m).

Annapurna Mountaineering Attempts & Expeditions
In 1950, Annapurna became the first 8,000 meter mountain to be successfully climbed. The first ascent of the Annapurna via the North Face in the year 1950 was immortalized in the great Maurice Herzog's book "Annapurna". 20 years later another team succeeded on the mountain. Chris Bonington's team 1970 ascent of the South Face of Annapurna was a landmark in the history of mountaineering.

Two American women, Irene Miller and Vira Komarkova, have reached the summit via the North Face in October of 1978, making the first ascent by Americans! In May of 1988, American Steve Boyer, working with a large French expedition, reached the summit, repeating the Bonington route on the South Face with a large French expedition.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
The Annapurna south face base camp is known as Annapurna Sanctuary, and in this trek the route followed is into the heart of the Annapurna range. The trek is not very difficult and most ideal for a close-up view of the mountains. The trek is best suited for early Autumn or late Spring as the chance of the route getting snow bound during the winter months is high.

Major Peaks Of The Annapurna Range:

Annapurna I 26,545 ft. 8,091 m.
Annapurna II 26,040 ft. 7,937 m.
Annapurna III 24,786 ft. 7,555 m.
Annapurna IV 24,688 ft. 7,525 m.
Gangapurna 24,457 ft. 7,455 m.
Annapurna South 23,684 ft. 7,219 m.

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