5 Facts about Annapurna, the Most Deadly Beautiful Mountain in the World

Annapurna or is a mountain located in the territory of Nepal. This mountain is part of the Himalayan family of mountains, where the highest peak Annapurna rises as high as 8,091m above sea level. 

Annapurna Nature is also famous for its beauty. But behind its beauty, it turns out that Annapurna is the deadliest mountain. Where, the fatality rate of climbing is the highest, compared to other mountains in the world.

Want to know more about Mount Annapurna? Check out these five facts!

1. The first mountain with an altitude above 8,000 meters above sea level that was successfully climbed to the top


As reported by Britannica, Annapurna is the first mountain of a group of mountains above an altitude of 8,000 meters above sea level which was successfully climbed to its peak in 1950 ago. The first ascent of the highest peak Annapurna (Annapurna I) was carried out by a French expedition team. The team was under the leadership of Maurice Herzog who with his team member, Louis Lachenal reached its peak on June 3, 1950.

As reported by Summitpost, the record for the first ascent to the summit during its winter period ( first winter ascent ) was successfully carried out on February 3, 1987. The peak was successfully conquered by climbers from Poland named Jerzy Kukuczka and Artur Hajzer.

2. Has a number of peaks with Annapurna I being the highest


As reported by Summitpost, Mount Annapurna has six main peaks that have an altitude of more than 7,200 meters above sea level. These peaks form a unity as a large mountain called Annapurna ( Annapurna massif ).

The six peaks are Annapurna I (8,091 masl), Annapurna II (7,937 masl), Annapurna III (7,555 masl), Annapurna IV (7,525 masl), Gangapurna (7,455 masl), and Annapurna South (7,219 masl). In addition to the main peaks, there are a number of peaks with an altitude lower than 7,200 meters above sea level.

3. The composition of the rocks that make up the peak was formed at the bottom of the ocean in the past


As reported by NASA, in research and field observations, it was found the fact that the composition of the rocks that make up the peak of Mount Annapurna is limestone ( limestone ). Where in the past, these rocks were formed at the bottom of a warm ocean.

This gives an idea of ​​how great tectonic forces were in the past. Even to be able to lift the forerunner of Mount Annapurna from the bottom of the ocean to become one of the highest mountains in the world today.  

Not only Annapurna. Other mountains from the family of fourteen of eight-thousanders that have the same composition of rocks making up the peak as Annapurna are Mount Everest and Mount Dhaulagiri. 

4. Has the highest climbing fatality rate in the world

As reported by Mensjournal, Annapurna is the mountain with the highest rank in the fatality rate of climbing. The ranking is followed by Gunung K2, Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, and Kanchenjunga along the Nepal-India border.

There were at least two hundred successful ascents to the top of Annapurna, in which 61 climbers lost their lives. As a result, this figure lists Annapurna as a mountain with a fatality rate of 32 percent or out of three climbers who reached the summit, one climber died.

Annapurna’s high fatality rate compared to other mountains has made it the deadliest mountain in the world. One of the professional climbers from Russia who is famous for his physical strength, Anatoli Boukreev, disappeared at Annapurna in 1997 when there was a massive avalanche at his location.

The figure of Anatoli Boukreev is depicted in the film Everest (2015) as a strong climber. He is also known to have been a guide for the Indonesian Kopassus Red Beret expedition team, when he planted the red and white saka on the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest via the southern route in 1997.

5. Located in the Annapurna conservation area


As reported by the Government of Nepal-Ministry of Forests and Environment, the entire mountainous area of ​​Annapurna and its surroundings is protected in a conservation area called the Annapurna Conservation AreaThe conservation area is the first and largest in Nepal with an area of ​​7,629 sq km. The Annapurna conservation area is home to a number of world-class trekking routes, including the Annapurna Sanctuary and the Annapurna Circuit.

As reported by mountain, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is the most popular trekking route in Nepal after Everest Base CampHaving a varied climate, from sub-tropical to highland ( alpine ) with a wealth of flora and fauna, most people spend 10-16 days following the route.

Meanwhile, Annapurna Circuit is also a trekking route that offers beautiful views of the Himalayas. The trail is also famous for Lake Tilicho on its route which is known as one of the highest lakes in the world (4,919 masl).

Climbing the world’s highest mountains often presents various stories, both heroic, proud, and even tragic. Professional climbers have various motivations to climb these mountains. Not only pride , but also expression in living life. Are you challenged to explore the natural beauty of Mount Annapurna?

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