First conquered by French mountaineers in 1950, Mount Annapurna is the 10th highest peak in the world. Alongside Mount K2, Expedition on Mount Annapurna is considered the world’s most dangerous mountain to summit. Mount Annapurna, the ‘Goddess of the Harvests’ in Sanskrit, is one of the most challenging mountains to summit in the Himalayan region. Risky not just for its height but also for its enduring and deceptive approach, the mountain is technically named as Annapurna I and is situated in the east of the Kali Gandaki River’s deep gorge.
Annapurna is 55 km long massif range in the Western Himalayas of Nepal comprising an array of beautiful peaks. In which, Annapurna I, stands at the height of 8091 M, It is the 10th-highest summit in the world. Expedition of Mount Annapurna is considered as one of the technical and difficult mountains among 8000 M Peaks.
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means “full of food” (feminine form) but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is a goddess of fertility and agriculture and an avatar of Durga.
Annapurna I was the first 8,000-metre (26,200 ft) peak to be climbed. Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal, of the French Annapurna expedition led by Herzog (including Lionel Terray, Gaston Rébuffat, Marcel Ichac, Jean Couzy, Marcel Schatz, Jacques Oudot, Francis de Noyelle), reached the summit on 3 June 1950. Ichac made a documentary of the expedition, called Victoire sur l’Annapurna. Its summit was the highest summit attained for three years until the first successful ascent of Mount Everest (although higher non-summit points – at least 8,500 meters (27,900 ft) – had already been attained on Everest in the 1920s). However, there is an argument that the 1920s attempt of Everest was successful, and if this is true, the 1950 Annapurna ascent would not have been the first time people had summited an eight-thousander.
The expedition of the south face of Annapurna was done in 1970 by Don Whillans and Dougal Haston using supplementary oxygen, members of a British expedition led by Chris Bonington that included the alpinist Ian Clough, who was killed by a falling serac during the descent. They were, however, beaten to the second ascent of Annapurna by a matter of days by a British Army expedition led by Colonel Henry Day.
In 1978, the American Women’s Himalayan Expedition, a team led by Arlene Blum, became the first United States team to climb Annapurna I. The first summit team, composed of Vera Komarkova and Irene Miller, and Sherpas Mingma Tsering and Chewang Ringjing, reached the top at 3:30 pm on October 15, 1978. The second summit team, Alison Chadwick-Onyszkiewicz, and Vera Watson died during this climb.
In 1981 Polish expedition Zakopane Alpine Club set a new route on Annapurna I Central (8051 m). Maciej Berbeka and Bogusław Probulski reached the summit on May 23, 1981. The route called Zakopiańczyków Way was recognized as the best achievement of the Himalayan season in 1981.
On 3 February 1987, Polish climbers Jerzy Kukuczka and Artur Hajzer made the first winter ascent of Annapurna I.
The first solo ascent of the south face was made in October 2007 by Slovenian climber Tomaž Humar; he climbed to the Roc Noir and then to Annapurna East (8,047m).
On 8 and 9 October 2013 Swiss climber Ueli Steck soloed the Lafaille route on the main and highest part of the face; this was his third attempt on the route and has been called “one of the most impressive Himalayan climbs in history”, with Steck taking 28 hours to make the trip from Base Camp to summit and back again.
The entire massif and surrounding area are protected within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the first and largest conservation area in Nepal, established in 1986 by the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation. The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit.
|Day 01||Arrival in Kathmadu(1340M) & transfer to hotel|
|Day 02||Preparation and Briefing|
|Day 03||Fly/ Drive to Pokhara|
|Day 04||Drive to Nayapul & Trek to Tikhedhunga|
|Day 05||Trek to Ghorepani (2675m)|
|Day 06||Trek to Tatopani|
|Day 07||Trek to Ghasa|
|Day 08||Trek to Late|
|Day 09||Trek to Thulobugin Trek (3260)|
|Day 10||Trek to Hum Khola Trek (4286m) via Topridge (4570m)|
|Day 11||Trek to Miristi Khola (4130m)|
|Day 12||Trek to Annapurna Base Camp Trek (4190m)|
|Days 13-45||Climbing Period|
|Day 46||Trek to Miristi Khola (4190m)|
|Day 47||Trek to Thulobugin (3260m)|
|Day 48||Trek to Lete (2480m)|
|Day 49||Trek to Ghasa (2010m)|
|Day 50||Ghasa to Tatopani (1189m)|
|Day 51||Fly Back to Kathmandu|
|Day 52||Free day in kathmandu|
|Day 53||Final Departure|