Annapurna Sanctuary Photos, Annapurna BC, ABC - Nepal

Thanks to Kumar and Rajendra from www.mountainsunvalley.com who made this adventure a great success!

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 Start of our walk from Trisulli Bazar

Start of our walk from Trisulli Bazar

 Dhaulagiri at sunrise

Dhaulagiri at sunrise

 Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri

 Dhaulagiri II

Dhaulagiri II

 Annapurna IV

Annapurna IV

 The sunrise over the eastern hills of Nepal

The sunrise over the eastern hills of Nepal

 A book about Alex Macintyre who died on Annapurna I (great book by the way)

A book about Alex Macintyre who died on Annapurna I (great book by the way)

 En route to Annapurna BC - Siduwa Teahouse, nice people and good food. Most importantly it serves cold beer.

En route to Annapurna BC - Siduwa Teahouse, nice people and good food. Most importantly it serves cold beer.

 Typical accommodations along the trail. No stars but no tent either :-)

Typical accommodations along the trail. No stars but no tent either :-)

 The trail to the Annapurna BC follows a deep gorge with spectacular waterfalls all around

The trail to the Annapurna BC follows a deep gorge with spectacular waterfalls all around

 Hinchuli - the south east flank

Hinchuli - the south east flank

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 The last teahouse before the ABC. from here to ABC is only a 3 hour walk.

The last teahouse before the ABC. from here to ABC is only a 3 hour walk.

 Annapurna IV

Annapurna IV

 Annapurna I in all its splendour - 10,000ft of steep wall

Annapurna I in all its splendour - 10,000ft of steep wall

 Looking down the Annapurna Glacier. The pointy peak on the right is Machapuchare.

Looking down the Annapurna Glacier. The pointy peak on the right is Machapuchare.

 Annapurna BC, the actual climbing BC is at the foot of the mountain - another day’s walk from here.

Annapurna BC, the actual climbing BC is at the foot of the mountain - another day’s walk from here.

 Annapurna I and the Annapurna Glacier

Annapurna I and the Annapurna Glacier

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 The icefall of Annapurna IV and Himalchuli

The icefall of Annapurna IV and Himalchuli

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 The Fang

The Fang

 One of the memorial plates at the ABC. Another sad story so common in these high mountains.

One of the memorial plates at the ABC. Another sad story so common in these high mountains.

 Prayer flags

Prayer flags

 The Heliport at the Annapurna BC. Due to recent changes and restrictions by the Gov, tourist flights to the ABC are no longer allowed.

The Heliport at the Annapurna BC. Due to recent changes and restrictions by the Gov, tourist flights to the ABC are no longer allowed.

 Look what I found! Among flags from all over the world.

Look what I found! Among flags from all over the world.

 The elevation of the Annapurna BC

The elevation of the Annapurna BC

 It was great to do this trek with Kumar - we shared so many adventures

It was great to do this trek with Kumar - we shared so many adventures

 Annapurna I

Annapurna I

 Machapuchare

Machapuchare

 Annapurna I at sunrise

Annapurna I at sunrise

 Our ride! The helicopter brings people from Pokhara for a short stay at the ABC. We managed to get a ride around the glaciers and then down to Pokhara for a very good price (it was impossible to say no :-)).

Our ride! The helicopter brings people from Pokhara for a short stay at the ABC. We managed to get a ride around the glaciers and then down to Pokhara for a very good price (it was impossible to say no :-)).

 Annapurna IV from the helicopter. On the far right is the Fang.

Annapurna IV from the helicopter. On the far right is the Fang.

 Himalchuli and the icefall - what a different perspective!

Himalchuli and the icefall - what a different perspective!

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 Annapurna I and the Annapurna Glacier from the helicopter. We are flying around 5800-6000m and the summit is still 2 kilometres above us!

Annapurna I and the Annapurna Glacier from the helicopter. We are flying around 5800-6000m and the summit is still 2 kilometres above us!

 Annapurna 1

Annapurna 1

 The Roc Noir. Gangapurna is on the far right. See the Mesocanto La Trip photos for the photos of these peaks from the other side! They do look very different.

The Roc Noir. Gangapurna is on the far right. See the Mesocanto La Trip photos for the photos of these peaks from the other side! They do look very different.

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 Annapurna I on the left

Annapurna I on the left

 The popular Annapurna Circuit trail is just behind these mountains.

The popular Annapurna Circuit trail is just behind these mountains.

 Gangapurna - the triangular peak at the top of the photo

Gangapurna - the triangular peak at the top of the photo

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 Gangapurna - this peak is very prominent from the Annapurna Circuit trail

Gangapurna - this peak is very prominent from the Annapurna Circuit trail

 Annapurna III - the mountains on the horizon are on the border of Nepal and Tibet (China). Apparently the ridge visible in the photo on Annapurna III has not been climbed.

Annapurna III - the mountains on the horizon are on the border of Nepal and Tibet (China). Apparently the ridge visible in the photo on Annapurna III has not been climbed.

 East face of Annapurna III - unclimbed

East face of Annapurna III - unclimbed

 The north face of Machapuchare - absolutely spectacular from the helicopter at the altitude of almost 6,000m. This mountain looks awesome from all sides.

The north face of Machapuchare - absolutely spectacular from the helicopter at the altitude of almost 6,000m. This mountain looks awesome from all sides.

 Annapurna II - almost 8,000m high

Annapurna II - almost 8,000m high

 Pokhara Airport

Pokhara Airport

 Machapuchare from Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful city and very different from the capital of Nepal.

Machapuchare from Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful city and very different from the capital of Nepal.