Annapurna

Photo of Annapurna

Photo by Jussi Isoaho

Details

Elevation (feet): 26,545
Elevation (meters): 8,091
Continent: Asia
Country: Nepal
Range/Region: Central Nepal Himalaya
Latitude: 28.584823
Longitude: 83.989921
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Apr, May
Year first climbed: 1950
First successful climber(s): Maurice Herzog, Louis Lachenal, (French expedition)
Nearest major airport: Kathmandu, Nepal
Convenient Center: Pokhara, Nepal

Description

Annapurna is an enormous Himalayan massif, the tenth highest mountain in the world. In 1950, it became the first 8,000 meter mountain to be successfully climbed. It is located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalaya by the Kali Gandaki river. The mountain has glaciers on its western and northwestern slopes which drain into this gorge. Annapurna is a Sanskrit name that can be translated as Goddess of the Harvests or more simply 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.