The 10th highest peak in the world, legendary Annapurna, also stands in the Himalayas of Nepal. Its name is Sanskrit and can be translated "Goddess of the Harvests," or simply "The Provider."
It is an enormous mountain, reaching a height of 26,545 feet (8,091 m.). Located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalaya by the Kali Gandaki River, this mountain has glaciers on its western and northwestern slopes which drain into the gorge.
In 1950, it became the first 8,000 meter mountain to be successfully climbed. A French expedition led by Maurice Herzog (including Lionel Terray, Gaston Rébuffat, Marcel Ichac, Jean Couzy, Marcel Schatz, Jacques Oudot, Francis de Noyelle) reached the summit on June 3rd.
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