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Posted by: Admin | Date: April 22, 2010
Annapurna is a series of peaks in the Himalayas, a 55 km (34 mi)-long massif of which the highest point, Annapurna I, stands at 8091m, making it the 10th-highest summit in the world and one of the 14 "eight-thousanders". It is located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalayas by the Kali Gandaki River, which separates it from the Dhaulagiri massif. (Dhaulagiri I lie 34 km west of Annapurna I.)
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means "full of food" (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is a goddess of fertility and agriculture and an avatar of Durga.
The entire massif and surrounding area are protected within the 7,629 square km Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the first and largest conservation area in Nepal, established in 1986 by the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation. The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit.
The Annapurna peaks are among the world's most dangerous mountains to climb, with a fatality rate of 40%.
Elevation: 8,091 metres (26,545 ft) Ranked 10th
Location: Central Nepal
Prominence: 2,984 m (9,790 ft)
Coordinates: 28°35′18″N 83°49′11″E
First ascent: 1950 by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal
Easiest route: snow/ice climb
The route: Kathmandu-Beni-ABC
Best season: Late Sept. to Oct. & April to May.
Duration: 56 days
Annapurna Himal Expedition Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
Day 02-03: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for expedition
Day 04: Drive to Beni (830m) and overnight in a lodge
Day 05: Today, we trek to Tatopani (1190m) and overnight in a hotel
Day 06: We start our early trek to Ghasa (2010m) and overnight in a hotel
Day 07: After having lunch, we trek to Lete (2480m) and overnight in a hotel
Day 08: It is our turn to trek to Thulo Bugin and overnight in our jungle camp
Day 09: Today, we trek to Thulo Bugin pass and overnight in the camp at river bank
Day 10: Having lunch at Thulo Bugin, we trek to Mristi Khola and overnight in river camp.
Day 11: We trek to Base Camp
Day 12-47: Climbing period
Day 48: Cleaning up base camp
Day 49: Today, we trek back to Thulo Bugin and overnight in a hotel
Day 50: Trek back to Lete and overnight in a hotel
Day 51: It is our turn to trek to Tukuche (2590m) / Marpha (2627m) and overnight in a hotel.
Day 52: Trek to Jomsom (2710m) and overnight in a lodge
Day 53: Fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom and transfer to hotel
Day 54: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 55: Full day sightseeing and shopping in Kathmandu, farewell dinner party in the evening and overnight in the hotel
Day 56: Back home destination