Annapurna is a Sanskrit word which when broken down, would mean, “Sustenance” and “filled with“. So the name would translate into “The Goddess rich in Sustenance” or simply “The Provider”. Mount Annapurna Expedition can be taken as the best expedition destination to do with.
Annapurna was first climbed by M. Herzog & L. Lachenal in 1950. The Mount Annapurna and the Lamjung Himal stretch from the Kali Gandaki in the west to the Marshyangdi in the east. Four summits make up Annapurna Expedition with the entire massif forming a barrier on the northern side of the Pokhara Valley in Nepal.
Annapurna IV is considered a relatively easier mountain to climb among all the Annapurnas. The normal route is approached from the Mustang side. It requires two hours walking from the Annapurna Base Camp to reach the bottom of the mountain. It requires approx. 65 – 70 degrees of steep climbing with fix ropes of approx. 500m. To reach camp I. To reach camp II, approx. 1000m. Fixed ropes will be required along the ridge and some stretches of steep climbing.
From camp II to camp III is relatively easy with zigzag crossing and gradually climbing up. However, it will require approx. 1300 – 1500m. Fixed ropes. From Camp III to the summit, the generally fixed rope is not required and the main rope is used. There are possibilities of avalanches between Camp I and Camp II.