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Annapurna

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Annapurna is a series of peaks in the Himalaya, a 55-km-long massif whose highest point, Annapurna I, stands at 8,091 m (26,538 ft), making it the 10th-highest summit in the world and one of the "eight-thousanders". Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which is translated as Goddess of the Harvests.

The Annapurna massif contains six major peaks:

Annapurna I 8,091 m. 26,545 ft.
Annapurna II 7,937 m. 26,040 ft.
Annapurna III 7,555 m. 24,786 ft.
Annapurna IV 7,525 m. 24,688 ft.
Gangapurna 7,455 m. 24,457 ft.
Annapurna South7,219 m. 23,684 ft.

Annapurna I was the first 8,000 metre peak to be climbed. Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal, of a French expedition, reached the summit on June 3 1950.

The south face of Annapurna was first climbed in 1970 by a British expedition led by Chris Bonnington and including the alpinist Ian Clough, who was killed by a falling ice-pillar during the descent.

On 3 February 1987, Jerzy Kukuczka and Artur Hajzer, a Polish climber, made the first ascent of a eight-thousander in winter.

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Eight-thousander series
Everest | K2 | Kanchenjunga | Lhotse | Makalu | Cho Oyu | Dhaulagiri | Manaslu
Nanga Parbat | Annapurna | Gasherbrum I | Broad Peak | Gasherbrum II | Shishapangma

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In Hinduism, Annapurna is a goddess of fertility and agriculture and an avatar of Durgha.


Annapurna also refers to some breath-oriented techniques of meditation. ca:Annapurna de:Annapurna fr:Annapurna it:Annapurna hu:Annapurna ja:アンナプルナ pl:Annapurna pt:Annapurna sv:Annapurna

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