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14 EIGHT-THOUSANDERS

Annapurna 8,091 m

"it's the most dangerous of the
14 eight-thousander mountains. From the moment you set foot outside the base camp you are scared, thinking about where the avalanche is going to come from. It's the type of mountain that you climb once in your life, and never again."

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The final stretch

  • Ranking: 10
  • Height: 8,091 m

First ascent: on 3 June 1950 Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal, with a French expedition (Louis Lachenal, Gaston Rebuffat, Lionel Terray, Marcel Schatz, Jean Couzy, Jacques Oudot, Marcel Ichac, Francis de Noyelle) reached the summit of Annapurna I. It was the first summit over 8,000 m to be scaled by a human.

Spring of 2010 was the moment chosen by Edurne Pasaban to take the final step in the challenge of the 14 "eight-thousanders". After a change of plans, the woman from Gipuzkoa started the final stretch of her challenge at Annapurna. On 13 April, the mountaineer set foot on the top of the world's most dangerous peak, at 8,091 metres. Bad weather had delayed the expedition on the 'Goddess of nourishment", where avalanches are common.

Annapurna is, statistically speaking, the most lethal of the 14 eight-thousanders, due above all to the constant avalanches that sweep down all sides of the mountain, including the ascent route on the northern slope. That is why Edurne was hoping to spend as little time as possible climbing it.

Annapurna is the name given to a series of peaks in the Himalayas, a
55 km long massif whose highest point, Annapurna I, stands at 8,091 m, making it the tenth highest peak on earth and one of the "eight-thousanders". Annapurna is a Sanskrit name that can be translated as "Goddess of Nourishment".

On 3 February 1987, Jerzy Kukuczka and Artur Hajzer completed the first winter ascent of an "eight-thousander".

Peak reached by Edurne Pasaban on 17 April 2010.

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© 2017 Edurne Pasaban

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