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Pictures from Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, Nepal: Annapurna South, Annapurna trek and Dhaulagiri.

Annapurna South (Dakshin) in Nepal
Annapurna South
(Dakshin) in Nepal
.                                                             © semelle-de-vent-nepal.com

The Annapurna range is a 55 km-long massif in the Himalayas. It contains 14 peaks of more than 7,000 m including the mythical Annapurna I and six other major peaks over 7,200 m. It is located in north-central Nepal.

Annapurna I is 8,091 m high. It was the first 8,000-meter (26,200 ft) peak to be climbed. Louis Lachenal and Maurice Herzog leading a French expedition reached the summit on 3 June 1950 by its north face. The south face of Annapurna I was climbed for the first time in 1970 by two members of a British expedition: Don Whillans and Dougal Haston. Still today, the ascent of Annapurna I remains one of the most dangerous in the world.


Annapurna II is 7,937 m high; Annapurna III 7,555 m, and Annapurna IV 7.525 m. Annapurna South (also known as Annapurna Dakshin or Moditse) was climbed first in 1964 by a Japanese expedition. It is 7,219 m high. With a height of 7,455 m, Gangapurna is also one of the highest peaks of the Annapurna massif.

Annapurna trek, Nepal
Annapurna trek, Nepal.                                           © semelle-de-vent-nepal.com

The Annapurna Conservation Area is ideal for trekking. Since the Annapurna range stands only a short distance north of the city of Pokhara, it is far more accessible than the Everest range. 

T
he "Annapurna Circuit" (trekking around the Annapurna range - about 3 weeks - with the highest point in Thorung La pass at the height of 5416 m, or 17,769 feet) is the most popular trekking in Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m) Trekking, also known as the "Annapurna Sanctuary trekking", is a moderate nature trek and takes about 2 weeks. A third trekking opportunity in the area is the Jomsom Trek.

Dhaulagiri in Nepal
Dhaulagiri in Nepal.                                                                                       © semelle-de-vent-nepal.com

The Dhaulagiri massif extends over 120 km in the Himalayas. With an altitude of 8,167 m, Dhaulagiri I is the seventh highest peak in the world. It was climbed for the first time on May 13, 1960 by a team of Swiss, Austrian and Nepalese climbers. It is located 34 km west of Annapurna I.

Dhaulagiri II is 7,751 m high; Dhaulagiri III  7,715 m, Dhaulagiri IV  7,661 m and Dhaulagiri V  7,618 m.

The city of Pokhara, which lies south of the Annapurna massif, is the usual starting point of expeditions to Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.


Links

The Muktinath Foundation International (MFI).
muktinath is an important pilgrimage site of nepal for both buddhists and hindus.
the jomsom to muktinath trek is also one of the famous treks in the annapurna region.

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