Located in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal, Annapurna I is the only peak in the Annapurna massif over 8,000 meters (26,000 feet). In 1950 Maurice Herzog led a French expedition to its summit, making it the first of the eight-thousanders to be climbed.
The entire massif and the surrounding area are protected within the 7,629 sq km (2,946 sq mi) Annapurna Conservation Area, the first and largest conservation area in Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Sanctuary and the Annapurna Circuit.
Annapurna has a fatal reputation and is known as one of the hardest mountains to climb. This fatality-to-summit ratio (1:3.1, or 32%) is the highest of any of the eight-thousanders.
In 2019, Rupert Jones-Warner became the youngest Brit to summit Annapurna.