|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 &
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
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: