Mt. Annapurna Expedition
Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain in the world. It is an enormous Himalayan massif.In 1905, 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 north-western slopes
which drain into this gorge. Annapurna is a sanskrit word which when broken down, would mean, “Sustenance” and “filled with”. So the name would translate into “The Goddess rich in Sustenance” or simply “The Provider”. It was first climbed by M. Herzog & L. Lachenal in 1950.
Both the Annapurna Mountain and Lamjung Mountain stretch from the Kali Gandaki in the west of Marsyandgdi. In the east. Four summits make up Annapurna with the entire massif forming a barrier on the northern side of the Pokhara Valley in Nepal. The main summit stands to the west of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Little was known about the mountain until 1949 when Dr. A. Heim from the windows of a Dakora aircraft viewed Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The aircraft could not fly high enough for proper observation or for photographs, still the next year, June 3rd 1950, Annapurna was conquered. It was the first eight thousanders to be climbed, this feat was accomplished by the French. All the rountes on the mountain pose severe difficulties and that is why it is probably why fewer climber have reached the summit in comparison to other 8000 peaks in Nepal