Independent travels in India and not only. Tatyana Ostashevskaya blog
Why is this time Nepal and the track around Annapurna? Because it is MOUNTAINS! Himalayas. Again the beloved Himalayas, but not the Indian, but the Nepalese. Nepal has been interested since youth, but in those years I didn’t even think that someday I would be here. On this trip, we were called “trekkers” (from the word “trekking” – hiking in the mountains). Why I, not prepared at all, never an athlete, could become a trekker in Nepal?
Because here it is possible for any person. In Nepal, there are routes that run through the mountains from one village to another. Since the slopes in Nepal are all populated, then sooner or later you will surely reach some village where you can have dinner and spend the night, so there is no need to carry a tent and a supply of food with you. It is very convenient.
Track around Annapurna (or Annapurna Ring)
Of all the Nepalese tracks, we chose the Track around Annapurna, because we read on the Internet, what a super duper it is, scenic, passes through a high mountain pass, and in general is the best. And the fact that the ascent to this pass is not easy, they don’t really write about it. Apparently, the difficulties are quickly forgotten, there is only one beautiful thing in memory.
What is the Annapurna Mountain Range?
The Annapurna mountain range is located in the central part of Nepal (the map increases if you open it in a new window):
These are the southern spurs of the Main Himalayan Range. From east to west, this mountain range stretches for 55 km. Here’s how it looks from an airplane (photo from Wikipedia):
You can enlarge the picture by opening it in a new window and view all this beauty.
Our route goes around this entire array.
Annapurna translates as “goddess of the harvest.” But when you get acquainted with the history of climbing the main summit of this massif, the question involuntarily arises: “What kind of harvest are we talking about?” This mountain really gathered the greatest harvest – the highest mortality rate among climbers (41% for all the years of climbing). Plus, this terrible figure in October 2014 added a terrible tragedy with the death of tourists, porters and local residents in the Annapurna massif as a result of a cyclone that came from the Indian Ocean and caused anomalous snowfall and avalanches.
Map track around Annapurna
The map (as it turned out) is rather conditional, but this one is issued when receiving permits. I will post a detailed large-format map that I bought in a bookstore, bit by bit as I go along the route, since it doesn’t fit in the scanner entirely. On this map our path is brown.
Map can be increased.
Track height chart
I scanned the elevation map, which is issued when receiving permits. Since it is long, it broke it into two parts. Part 1 – east – from Besisahara to the Torong La pass. (card grows)
And part 2 – the western one – from the Torong La pass to Najapula (increased)
The first conquest of Annapurna expedition Herzog
Annapurna – the 10th tallest eight-thousandth world and the first conquered by man. In 1950, people climbed the summit for the first time – French climbers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lashenal. About this expedition, Maurice Herzog wrote an exciting book “Annapurna”. It is impossible to break away from reading, especially after you visit those places: familiar places, familiar names of rivers along which you also walked, familiar names of villages you also stayed in … The most amazing thing is that the expedition of Herzog did not have a clear map (the map was with errors), and they had to determine which particular top was Annapurna by numerous intelligence services and how to approach it. The situation was complicated by the fact that initially this group was given the task – to ascend either to Dhaulagiri or Annapurna in the allotted time frame (at that time they both were not conquered), or to go up there, or wherever possible. And the first peak, on which they spent a lot of time, was Dhaulagiri, but they failed to climb it, after which they switched to searching for approaches to Annapurna, but there was not much time left, the monsoon was approaching and it was necessary to hurry … finally conquered, a very difficult, unsuccessful and dramatic descent began … In general, if not read, I highly recommend.
Read the sequel (with detailed maps of each day):