Located in the heart of the Himalayas is the amazing massif of Annapurna (“goddess of the harvest/abundance” in Sanskrit), an orographic complex 55 km long in Nepalese territory, delimited by the Pokhara valley (south), the Marshyangdi river (north, east) and Kali Gandaki canyon (west), with its 8,200 ft / 2,500 m depth stands as the deepest in the world.

Actually, this enormous “cathedral” stony frost brings together a set of 6 peaks (Annapurna I-II-III-IV, South Annapurna, Gangapurna) that make up the largest national park in Nepal, cast topped by the Annapurna I (26,545 ftasl / 8,091 masl).

While some experts call these summits as medium-high difficulty in technical terms, its devilish stone architecture and ice (complex structure, very vertical walls, broken and disordered glaciers, abyssal chasms, fractures, cracks, edges, false steps fragmented ice – “serac” -…), along with the many dangers of the ascent / descent (huge avalanches, landslides, collapses, frostbite, falls, very strong icy winds, temperatures up to -90 / -130ºF …) the foreshadow among the most difficult and dangerous mountains to climb around the world, along with the legendary and fearsome Nanga Parbat and K2, which complete the “infernal triad” for even the most seasoned and experienced climbers.

Annapurna is not a summit for amateurs, of course. There is also no routes type “easy-tour” or “crowded”, as occurs in a sense with Everest. It is, however, an inexcusable for professionals and people of action with an extremely refined technique appointment. Even so, if we focus only on the Annapurna I (which are often referred when speaking of “Arnnapurna”), since its first coronation in 1950 (it was the first eight thousand of mountaineering history) by the expedition led by French Maurice Herzog, among the other 200 who have completed the ascent occurred around a third of fatalities among climbers, making this colossus – particularly its south side – the most dangerous of the eight thousand of the world’s mountaineering.

However, do not panic… One thing is the capstone and other enjoy the surroundings. Not everything here, therefore, is risk channeled into streams of adrenaline, because for the less technical and daring but still eager for adventure, effort and reward in the form of prints and unforgettable landscapes, it should be noted that the area of ??protection of Annapurna it is one of the most recognized for conducting trekking in the Himalayas level, highlighting the routes in this area Jomson Trek, Annapurna Sanctuary and Annapurna Circuit, with the town of Pokhara as the epicenter of all. So it’s just a matter of choosing well-reasoned and calculate our claims and capabilities.

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