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September 27, 2019

 Encountering challenge of Annapurna expedition

Mt. Annapurna
Mt. Annapurna: File photo

Mt. Annapurna (8091m) stands like a firm sentinel on the northern side of Pokhara city in Nepal and the main summit stands to the west of the Annapurna sanctuary.

The glamor of embarking upon the Annapurna expedition is a unique, exotic and spectacular experience for a travel and nature-loving trekker. Until 1970 no climber had stepped on the Peak of Annapurna Mountain.

The Annapurna massif lies just 34 km east of Dhaulagiri and it stretches to 55 km along with its serious of peaks. The Kali Gandaki River flows between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, which is the deepest gorge in the world.

The four peaks of Annapurna range include Annapurna II (7939m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m) and Annapurna South (7219m).

Annapurna region
Annapurna region: File photo

Climber Maurice Herzog in 1950 had come here intending to climb Dhaulagiri Mountain but later discovered Mt. Annapurna and decided instantly to climb it. It was difficult, challenging and risk-oriented to take on the Annapurna expedition when it was an unexplored peak.

However, Herzog’s expedition team found a route to climb Annapurna, and they accomplished this outstanding feat to be the first to vanquish this mountain.

This first historic expedition team used the north face of the mountain and finally Herzog and Lachenal for the first time reached atop Annapurna on June 3, 1950. Then the first Nepali climber to emulate this feat was Sonam Walung Sherpa who climbed this peak on October 13, 1977.

Tourists at Annapurna
Tourists near Annapurna: File photo

You can check out the travel itineraries of various trekking agencies in Nepal before you decide on to take the challenge of this glamorous expedition. Both the Annapurna expedition and Annapurna circuit trekking are famous among the trekkers and climbers, respectively. That’s why every year Annapurna trekking and expedition lures hundreds and thousands of tourists in Nepal.

Best season

Spring and autumn are the best seasons for the expedition.

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