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Annapurna

Location Central Nepal Himalayas
Altitude 8,126m( 26,660 ft )
Importance Tenth Highest Peak of The World
Best Trek Season April To October

A trek considered by many to offer all aspects of trekking in Nepal. Green forests, tremendous mountain scenery and a mosaic of cultures not too mention a good work out !.

7300m. Altitude, The trail leads northwards initially, crossing fields of paddy before dissecting the Marshyangdi river gorge, it passes through various interesting villages on route.

The journey initially comprises of a fairly steady ascent which eventually emerges (with a dramatic change of scenery) in to the arid Manang valley, this region is much more Tibetan in outlook and lifestyle. The following delightful few days are spent traveling through the valley which affords some tremendous views and some fascinating settlements.

A day is taken for side trekking for acclimatisation purposes before continuing on to our crossing of the the Thorang-La (5,416 mtrs). This is a long but very rewarding day with splendid views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Dhampus Peak amongst others.

From the pass a steep descent (2-3 hours) leads to Muktinath, a holy pilgrimage site for both Hindus & Buddhists situated in the region of lower Mustang.

Our return follows the Kali Gandaki via many interesting lower Mustang and Thakali villages. We rest up for some great food and a day at the hot springs in Tatopani before a further two days trekking to Ghorepani.

The following morning we are up early for the trek to Poon hill and sun rise over the Himalayays. On our return we rest up on our final night in the beautiful large Gurung village of Ghandruk.

Our last day is an easy descent to Nayapul where transport awaits for the one & half hour journey back to the hotel in Pokhara.

The First Attempts & Mountaineering Expeditions

Annapurna was the first among the 8,000m peaks of the Himalayas ever climbed. The first ascent of the Annapurna via the North Face in the year 1950 was immortalized in the great Maurice Herzog's book "Annapurna". 20 years later another team succeeded on the mountain. Chris Bonington's team 1970 ascent of the South Face of Annapurna was a landmark in the history of mountaineering.

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