See the stunning beauty of the Annapurna massif together with historical and geological facts and personal reflections from the trip to Pokhara in Nepal.....
Annapurna at sunrise ….
Annapurna is the name of a 55km (34 miles) long massif with many peaks. The highest one standing at 8091m (26,545 ft) and called Annapurna I is ranked as the 10th highest peak on Earth.
Not much lower are:
Annapurna II (7937m – 26,040 ft) ranked 16th,
Annapurna III (7555m – 24,786 ft) ranked 42nd
Annapurna IV (7525 m – 24,688 ft ranked 48th) followed by
Annapurna South (7219m – 23,684 ft) ranked 101st in the register of highest peaks.
Geologically, the Annapurna Massif belongs to the Himalayan Mountains. On the west it is separated from the Dhaulagiri massif (highest peak Dhaulagiri I, 8,167m - 26,795 ft ranking 7th) by the Kali Gandaki River cutting deep gorge through Himalayas.
On the east it joins Mansiri Himal (part of Nepalese Himalayas with the highest peak Manaslu at 8156m – 26,759 ft ranking 8th).
The beautifully sounding sacred name “Annapurna” can be translated from Sanskrit as “The Goddess of the Harvests” or “Provider” reflecting the old Hindu beliefs.
Early morning view on the Annapurna Massif from Pokhara
The "left ridge" - Most left - Annapurna South (7219 m (23,684ft), most right - Baraha Shikhar 7647m (25,088ft)
The "right ridge" - most left - Hiunchuli 6441m (21,132 ft) and most right - Annapurna I 8091m (26,545 ft). I agree - it does not seem to be the highest, but definitely it is the one.
But before the sun exposes Annapurna's beauty let's have a "very early" morning look at the Pokhara Valley and the mountains captured by the Free Annapurna Pictures…
In the middle - towering the Pokhara Valley peak of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) at 6997m (22,956 ft)
Annapurna IV 7525m (24,688 ft), the next to it Annapurna II 7937m (26,040 ft) and the most right peak - Lamjung Himal 6953m (22,919 ft).
...and then the sun starts to reveal Annapurna's secrets ....
Wow! Fishtail "gently touched" by the sun; On its right - fully bathed in the morning sun Annapurna III (highest peak in that ridge).
Behind the Hiunchuli 6441m (21,132 ft) you can see the mountains ridge with the highest peak Annapurna I on the right.
Full sun on the Annapurna III ridge
Dominating the valley Fishtail with its power of bare rocks.
What the shot - The Annapurna I ridge at the time of sunrise (the 3rd peak from the left is the 10th highest in the world....
Literally the word “Anna” means “food” in Sanskrit and “Purna” stands for “full” or “completely filled”.
But this magnificent mountain seems to have little to do with food and prosperity; it reflects rather old Hindu’s devotion to the goddess Annapurna. She was invited to the world by Shiva to ensure that no one goes hungry.
In a more general sense – the goddess Annapurna epitomizes the divine character of the nourishing care. No wonder that with such noble vocation, till these days she is worshipped by Hindus. Represented by a statue, she always keeps a small bowl of food.
The Annapurna’s highest peak went to the history books as the first peak over 8000m conquered by climbers.
On June 3, 1950 the team of two French mountaineers - Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal was the first to climb Annapurna I, braking the “magic” 8000m barrier.
It was a truly remarkable achievement overtaken only by the 1953’s conquest of Mt. Everest by Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay.
It is interesting that after this initial victory of human endurance and bravery, Annapurna was left behind overshadowed by challenges posed by other 8th-thausanders and had to wait 20 more years for another successful conquest.
In 1970 the Annapurna I was climbed simultaneously by the British Army expedition following the French north route and by the British mountaineer Chris Bonington exploring the new south-face route.
Annapurna turned out to be one of the most difficult and dangerous mountains sharing the tragic records with another deadly peak K-2.
Not for the first time in history we humans faced the truth that gods (and Mother Nature) jealously keep their “privacy” from intruders.
Massif of Annapurna at the sunrise - Pokhara Valley still covered by morning fog and low cloudes
The mountains jealously keep their secrets so soon after the sunrise clouds claim back their "territory"
After mentioning these sad moments in the short history of Annapurna’s conquest let’s have a look at this massif from the perspective of ordinary trekkers coming here to admire the imposing raw beauty of the Nature. You can at least partially share their experience just by looking at this set of Free Annapurna Pictures…..
The fact is that the Annapurna region is home to a number of world-class treks with the famous Annapurna Circuit widely regarded as one of the best in the world.
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