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.
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
Hinchuli - the south east flank
The last teahouse before the ABC. from here to ABC is only a 3 hour walk.
Annapurna I in all its splendour - 10,000ft of steep wall
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 I and the Annapurna Glacier
The icefall of Annapurna IV and Himalchuli
One of the memorial plates at the ABC. Another sad story so common in these high mountains.
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.
The elevation of the Annapurna BC
It was great to do this trek with Kumar - we shared so many adventures
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 :-)).
Annapurna IV from the helicopter. On the far right is the Fang.
Himalchuli and the icefall - what a different perspective!
Annapurna I and the Annapurna Glacier from the helicopter. We are flying around 5800-6000m and the summit is still 2 kilometres above us!
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.
Annapurna I on the left
The popular Annapurna Circuit trail is just behind these mountains.
Gangapurna - the triangular peak at the top of the photo
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.
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.
Annapurna II - almost 8,000m high
Machapuchare from Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful city and very different from the capital of Nepal.