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Annapurna I is located in the Gandaki Zone of Nepal. With an elevation of 8,091 meters, it is the tenth highest mountain in the world. At the same time, it is the highest peak of the Annapurna Massif. Besides Annapurna I, the Annapurna Massif is home to other famous Himalayan peaks over 7,000 meters, for example Gangapurna, Annapurna II and III. Annapurna I is the Western end of the Annapurna Massif. The South face of Annapurna I and the ridge to Annapurna South / Machapuchare form a high basin – the Annapurna Sanctuary. In this Sanctuary sits the Annapurna Base Camp. Annapurna Mountain is also part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the largest protected area in Nepal. The starting point for treks and expeditions in the Annapurna area is Pokhara. The town can be reached by air or road travel from Kathmandu.

Treks and Tours to see Mount Annapurna

Annapurna Base Camp trek (4,130 m) is a famous trek to see Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machapuchare and Himchuli. This route takes trekkers right into the sanctuary of the area. Another popular trek is the Annapurna Circuit Trek crossing Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters). This journey is a bit more challenging in terms of altitude and length, but the views of the Annapurna Range are majestic. A shorter trek is the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek offering stunning sunrise vistas of the Annapurna Range. As an alternative to trekking, it is possible to take a helicopter tour to Annapurna Base Camp. Usually, the flight takes one hour and starts in Pokhara. From a further distance, the town of Pokhara also offers spectacular viewpoints of the Annapurna Range. Phewa Lake, the World Peace Stupa or Sarangkot Viewpoint are just a few of many options.

In which country is Mount Annapurna located in?

Mount Annapurna or Annapurna I is located in the Himalayas of Nepal. To be more precise, it is part of the 55 kilometers long Annapurna Massif in the north-central part of the country. With an elevation of 8,091 meters, Mount Annapurna is the highest peak of Annapurna Himal. The Massif consists of four main summits; Annapurna I at the Western end, Annapurna II at the Eastern end, and Annapurna III and IV in between. The name “Annapurna” is derived from Sanskrit and means “the giver of food and nourishment”. It is also another name for Parvati, the goddess of the harvest. But not all peaks of the Annapurna Massif carry a Sanskrit name. Some peaks were named with a French name, for example, Grande Barrière or Roc Noir.

How long does it take to climb Mount Annapurna?

Climbing Mount Annapurna takes at least 45 days. Annapurna is one of the technically most challenging peaks of the Himalayas. It is also regarded as one of the world’s deadliest peaks over 8,000. An expedition to Annapurna Mountain usually starts in Pokhara. The Base Camp (not to be confused with the popular Annapurna Base Camp) can be reached within 4 days from Tatopani. Before aiming for the peak, climbers head to four different camps where they acclimatize and prepare for summiting. From Camp 4 at around 7,000 meters it takes more or less 17 hours to reach the summit. Because of its rocky and icy terrain, an expedition to Mount Annapurna requires solid mountaineering skills. Especially the ascent via the south face is technically very demanding.

Conclusion

The Annapurna region is one of most famous areas for trekking and climbing in the Himalayas of Nepal. Climbing Mount Annapurna is a challenging, but fantastic adventure for experienced mountaineers. At the same time, the Annapurna region awaits with countless options for trekkers and visitors who want to admire the Annapurna Range. Just to name a few, the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Annapurna Circuit trek or the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek offer spectacular views. Easy access, plenty of accommodation options and a huge choice of treks make the Annapurna region one of the best trekking destinations in the world. Besides the majestic Annapurna Range, visitors can discover diverse flora and fauna and experience traditional mountain cultures. To enter the Annapurna area, trekkers and climbers need a special permit that can be obtained in advance.