ANNAPURNA MASSIF (Top 100 Places to visit):-
Annapurna massif located in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal. It is 55 kilometer long massif including one peak over 8,000 meters, thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters, and sixteen more over 6,000 meters. Therefore this place is dream destination for Mountaineers. Annapurna, a Sanskrit name that literally means “Replete with food”, but normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests.
The Annapurna I first reached by the French expedition Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal on July 3, 1950. After this successful expedition, however, both Maurice and Louis lost their gloves. It had to be amputated due to lethal frostbite.
Maurice Herzog’s book Annapurna that he wrote after his successful expedition became the best seller on climbing selling more than 11 million copies.
Climbing on Annapurna is so tough that as of 2005, there had been only 103 successful summit attempts. 56 lives have been lost on the mountain, many to the avalanches for which it is known. Climbers killed on the peak include alpinist Ian Clough in 1970, famed Russian climber Anatoli Boukreev in 1997, Christian Kuntner in 2005 and Iñaki Ochoa in 2008.
On the way of Annapurna track the magnificent mountain scenery, seen at close quarters includes Annapurna 8,091 meters, the magnificent ice pyramid Dhaulagiri 8,167 meters, once the home of the legendary Buddhist guru Padmasamba, and Machhupuchhare 6,993 metres, considered by many to be the most beautiful mountain in the world.
To preserve natural sites and environment, Annapurna Conservation Area established in 1985 and the largest protected area in Nepal. The conservation area covers 7,629 square kilometers over Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi and Lamjung.
One other interesting site, Kali Gandaki gorge, is the deepest George in Nepal. It lies between the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. This gorge also considered one of the deepest in the world.
At an elevation of 4,919m ,Tilicho Lake lies in the Annapurna Region and is among the highest in Nepal and one of the highest in the world.