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Annapurna I

Annapurna I

top 10 mountains in nepal
Annapurna I in the center

This is the mountain that started it all. Annapurna I was first officially summited on June 3, 1950. Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal climbed 26,200 feet above sea level to reach the top of Annapurna I. Though higher elevations had been reached during failed attempts on Everest, this was the first successful summit of a mountain above 8,000 meters. This article contains entertaining and useful information on Annapurna I. I hope you enjoy.

Annapurna I main

Annapurna I
Annapurna Massif, Niligiri, Annapurna 1, Annapurna S, Hiun Chuli, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre at Poon Hill before sunrise

The highest peak of the Annapurna Massif is Annapurna I or Annapurna main. It is the 10th tallest mountain in the world above sea level and the 8th tallest mountain in Nepal.

The entire Annapurna Massif, including Annapurna I, is contained within a 2,946 square mile park called the Annapurna Conservation Area. This is the first conservation area created in Nepal and the largest in the country.

You can see Annapurna I main from several climbing and hiking locations within the park. Some of the most popular trails to see Annapurna I are the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and from the top of Poon Hill.

Prominent peaks

There are 5 prominent peaks (not counting Annapurna 1) within the Annapurna Massif. The following list identifies the peak and its height.

  • The 2nd highest peak in the massif is Annapurna II, 26,040 feet
  • Annapurna III is the 3rd tallest peak at 24,786 feet
  • The 4th tallest peak is Annapurna IV at 24,688 feet
  • GangaPurna is the 5th tallest peak in the range at 24,457
  • And Finally, Annapurna South at 23,684 feet is the 6th highest peak in the mountain range.


More than 191 people have summited Annapurna Main. More than 60 attempted summits resulted in fatality. The fatality to summit ratio is around 30%. This is the highest fatality to summit ratio of all the 8,000-meter-high mountains. The South face route is the most difficult of the 12 known routes to the top.


  1. North face
  2. Dutch ridge on north face
  3. North ridge north face
  4. South face
  5. South face variation
  6. Central pillar on south face
  7. East ridge
  8. East ridge and north face
  9. Up to east peak via north ridge
  10. East ridge and north face
  11. North west face
  12. North west ridge