Trekking the Annapurna region is one of the bucket list adventures for those who want to experience the wonders of Nepal.
Annapurna is one of Nepal’s most majestic mountains, towering 26,247ft above sea level. Any of the trekking trails through the region is truly breathtaking. Its stunning scenery and breathtaking vistas simply amaze the visitors on the trail.
A journey is always more exciting when you know that you will see something new and different at every turn.
The trekking region of Annapurna in Nepal is a trekker’s paradise. There are number of trails to choose from. You are almost guaranteed to see some spectacular scenery no matter which one you take.
The Annapurna Region lies in the Western Region of Nepal. It is one of the most beautiful regions for trekking. The region is home to some of the world’s highest mountains, incredible views, and wildlife.
It has everything you need for a great holiday!
The varied landscape includes high-altitude grasslands, alpine meadows, forests, glaciers, waterfalls, terraced fields, and villages.
The entire region of Annapurna lies between Gandaki and Dhaulagiri Zones. The area covers a total of six districts. They are Baglung, Kaski, Lamjung,Manang, Mustang and Myagdi.
Interestingly, there is a peak of over 8,000 meters (26,247 ft). Additionally, thirteen peaks are over 7,000 meters (22,966 ft), and sixteen more are over 6,000 meters (19,685 ft).
The mountain is named after “Annapurna,” the Hindu goddess. Her name in Sanskrit means “everlasting food.” The name where “anna” means food and “purna” means complete.
It is believed the goddess herself resides in Mt. Annapurna. Hence, she provides sustenance to people living below the belt through thousands of flowing streams.
The Annapurna mountain range lies from north to south. On either side of the mountains are two rivers, the Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi. The Madi River originates near the basecamp.
These streams provide water for the farms and pastures in the lower regions.
Annapurna Conservation Area
Annapurna Conservation Area is Nepal’s largest protected natural area. It is located in the Annapurna mountain range and covers an area of 2,946 square miles.
The conservation area extends across six districts Manang, Mustang, Kaska, Myagdi, Lamjung. In addition, the conservation area includes The Annapurna sanctuary comes under the Annapurna Conservation Area.
The Annapurna Conservation area is occupied mainly by several mountains, including Mount Annapurna and Nilgiri South. There are also other mountains such as Nilgiri North, Himchuli, machhapuchhre, Ganga Purna, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche Peak, and others.
The incredible views of the mountains are most significant when viewed from the top of Pun Hill in Ghorepani and from Ghandruk village.
Several trekking routes in Annapurna Region pass through the Annapurna Sanctuary. Annapurna Sanctuary is now a part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
The sanctuary is home to the world’s rare and endangered wildlife. Snow leopards, Red pandas, musk deer, and many other colorful Nepalese birds inhabit the place.
Due to its location in the Himalayas, the Annapurna Sanctuary receives only seven hours of direct sunlight each day during the height of summer.
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Any trekking to the famous Annapurna Region starts from Pokhara. Typically, you start from Pokhara, heading towards one of the many starting points. Usually, we start from Naya Pul towards our destinations.
Yes, you can go solo trekking around the Annapurna region. Nevertheless, we recommend hiring a guide so that your trekking experience is safe and enjoyable.
If you want to go alone, you should prepare yourself mentally and physically for the extremes such as high altitude sickness, cold weather, etc.
You need ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) and TIMS permit to trek the region in and around Annapurna.
TIMS Card is obligatory for the safety and security of trekkers.
We can organize these permits for you after you provide the essential documents and fees required by the authority.
Depending on the package chosen, the duration of the trek varies. The shortest one we offer is 9 days while the longest one is 18 days. Annapurna Circuit Trek is the longest among the seven trekking packages we offer for the Annapurna trekking region.
If you want to customize the package we are happy to change according to your time and budget on your request.
There are two permits required to trek the Annapurna Area. To obtain the trekking permit, individuals or groups must pay required fees and produce authentic documents to validate the identity with the authority.
We arrange all the necessary permits for our clients. But, nevertheless, if you want to arrange the permits yourself, you need:
You can trek during the Spring season in Nepal from March until May. During this time, you can trek under almost perfect weather conditions. However, you might not see as much snow during that time.
Likewise, you can opt for the Autumn season to trek. Autumn in Nepal starts around mid-September until the end of November.
We suggest preparing yourself for the trek before going for it. You must be fit enough to handle extreme conditions like cold temperature, high altitude, and steep trails.
You can choose any trekking package from us depending upon your physical condition. We will make sure that you enjoy the trek without facing any health problems.
There is no age bar for trekking around the Annapurna region. However, we suggest consulting with us before you choose the package.
We can help you choose the best depending on your health conditions and your partner.
On the trekking, you can get food from the Teahouses. You can choose food items based on your likings from the menu and pay accordingly.
Currently, we offer 7 trekking packages for the Annapurna Region. It includes Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, Nar Phu Valley Trekking, Mardi Himal Trekking, Khopra Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trekking, Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake, Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp by helicopter.