Annapurna I is the highest peak with an elevation of 8091 m in the 55 kilometers long Annapurna Massif in the Himalayas located in North-Central Nepal. The name “Annapurna” is derived from the Sanskrit words “Anna” meaning "Food/grains" and "Purna" meaning “full”. Annapurna is also referred to as a goddess in Nepal and is highly revered and worshiped by Newar communities.
The first ascent to Annapurna I, also the very first ascent to any 8000 m was made by french duo alpinist Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachhanel from the French Expedition team on 3 June 1950, at approx. 2:00 pm via the North face. The grand Annapurna Massif comprises 1 peak over 8000 m, 13 peaks over 7000m, and 16 peaks over 6000m making it a wonderful stretch of giant snowy line which is equally eye-pleasing. Limited towards the west by Dhaulagiri, separated by Kali Gandaki Gorge towards the north and east by Marshyangdi river, and towards the south by beautiful Pokhara Valley, Annapurna I covers a total area of 7629 sq. kilometers including the mesmerizing Annapurna Sanctuary, adventurous Annapurna Circuit, and numerous world-class trekking destinations. The first and largest conservation area of Nepal i.e. Annapurna Conservation Area also lies within this area.
As majestic as it looks, Annapurna I is notorious for its difficult climbs with a huge fatality rate. Despite being the 10th highest mountain in the world, it is still the least climbed peak among other 8000ers. The extremely sloppy south face, the wall of rock rising above 3000 m and the risks of avalanches due to unpredictable snowfall during any season makes it one of the most treacherous peaks that even the veterans follow strict precaution while climbing.
Annapurna I Expedition demands an extremely fit body, mental strength and laborious effort. One must have high experience of high altitude mountaineering and adequate knowledge of all technicalities of climbing. As we will be spending a number of days in the isolated regions, we advise aspiring climbers to prepare themselves well.
Best season for Annapurna Expedition
The best season for any trip to the Himalayas is in Spring, Summer, and Pre Autumn when the weather is at its best with clear blue skies, less extreme temperatures, green lush forests, and the beauty of floras, and faunas. It is quite difficult to climb Mt. Annapurna in the winter season because of its technicality and extremely unpredictable weather. So, if you want to get the best out of your travel package, make sure you book your holiday in the best seasons.