Annapurna is a massif in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal that includes one peak over 8,000 meters, thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 ft), and sixteen more over 6,000 meters (20,000 ft). The massif is 55 kilometers long, and is bounded by the Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west, the Marshyangdi River on the north and east, and by Pokhara Valley on the south.
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Mt. Annapurna, the 10th highest mountain in the world is at the altitude of 8,091 m (26,545 ft). It is located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalayas by the Kali Gandaki River, which separates it from the Dhaulagiri massif which lies 34 km west of Annapurna I. The Range of Annapurna holds huge glaciers on its slopes. Mt. Annapurna I is the main peak of this chain of mountains which includes four other peaks that shares its name: Annapurna II (7937 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), Annapurna IV (7525 m) and Annapurna South (7219 m).
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which means “full of grains” and normally translated as “Goddess of the Harvests” or more simply ‘The Provider’. In Hinduism, Annapurna is regarded as “the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess, the mother who feeds”.
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