The Annapurna range constitute a number of peaks spread over 55 km, east of the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki which separates it from the Dhaulagiri range. Annapurna Conservation Area surrounds the entire region around the Annapurna, home to various treks like the Annapurna circuit Trek and Base Camp trek. Annapurna I (8091m) is one of the two most difficult mountains to climbing owing to its high fatality to summit ratio. However new routes have been developed with a hope to reduce the fatality during the Annapurna Expedition. Among four of the facets of Annapurna, the South face is the most logical one to climb, despite its difficulty.
The trek starts with a drive from Pokhara to Tatopani, followed by another drive to Lete. From here, treks are carried out to the magnificent Poon Hill and the passage through the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki before finally reaching the Annapurna Base Camp at an altitude of 4190 m via Thulobogin.
Through the west face and Northwest Ridge, camps are set in 3 places before finally reaching the summit. The Camp 1 is 500 m above the Annapurna Base Camp and requires a harsh, steep 70 degree climb amalgamated with danger of falling. Camp 1 to Camp 2 has a difficult section with unstable and broken glaciers ready to crash anytime, along with eminent danger of avalanches. Camp 2 to Camp 3 is comparatively easier than Camp 1 to Camp 2 but both require a total of 1000 m of fixed ropes to climb. Camp 3 to the summit is a free ascent requiring no use of ropes.
The thrill on reaching the top will certainly be inexplicable for the difficulty of the climb is absolutely hazardous. Proper physique, good immunity and prior climbing experience are absolutely mandatory along with the necessity of proper acclimatization. Upon following the rules and regulations properly however, the climb can be successful and reap the benefits of being able to reach the summit and come back home safe. For a thrill seeker with the right attitude and health, the Annapurna expedition is highly recommended.
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