“Annapurna, to which we had gone empty-handed, was a treasure on which we should live the rest of our lives. With this realization we turn the page: a new life begins. There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men.” - Quoted in  Annapurna: Conquest of the First 8000-metre Peak

Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means "full of food", but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is "the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess . . . the mother who feeds.

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The Annapurna peaks are the world's most dangerous mountains to climb. As of 2007, there had been 153 summit ascents of Annapurna I, and 58 climbing fatalities on the mountain.  This fatality to summit ratio (38%) is the highest of any of the over 8,000m peaks. Annapurna I was the first 8,000-metre (26,200 ft) peak to be climbed by a French expedition on 3 June 1950.
The Annapurna region is famous for its trekking. In this region there are three major trekking routes, Jomsom Muktinath, Annapurna Sanctuary which is also called Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. About two-thirds of the trekkers in Nepal visit the Annapurna region. The area is easily accessible, hotels in the hills are plentiful, and treks here offer good scenery of both high mountains and lowland villages. Also, because the entire area is inhabited, trekking in the region offers unique cultural exposure and experience.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek combines some of the most spectacular mountain sceneries and provides you with a fascinating insight into the modern hill life of Nepal. This unique trek along local trails, through forests, villages and terraced farmland treats you to unparalleled mountain scenery surrounded by enormous glaciers, giving you an inside experience into the Nepalese life and culture. You explore the heart of the Annapurnas as you trek to the Annapurna base camp (4,200m). This is the most spectacular spot for the dramatic view and lay out of the towering snow-capped peaks. Annapurna base camp trek begins in Pokhara, a beautiful town by the shores of the Phewa lake. The Annapurna Base Camp trek combines pretty villages and terraced fields of millet and rice, coupled by the majestic splendour of Machapuchare (6,993m), Annapurna I (8091m) and Hiunchuli (6,441m),making it an extremely rewarding trek.