The Annapurna region in Central Nepal is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse areas for trekking! The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) working along with the Nepal Trust for Nature Conservation has earmarked this region for conservation and sustainable development. Stretched over 2600 sq.km., the area boasts of a variety of diverse cultures and people such as the Thakalis, Gurungs, Manangis, Tibetans, Brahmins and Chettris. This area hosts sub-tropical lowlands, valleys, bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus and the towering Annapurna Mountain ranges.
Annapurna Himal and the town of Pokhara dominate Annapurna area. There are three major trekking routes in this region: Jomsom Trek
, Annapurna Sanctuary
and Annapurna Circuit
. Pokhara is the starting place for a number of treks including shorter ones of one –to-four days duration, such as the ‘Royal Trek’.
The treks in the Annapurna region offer you the opportunity to see Marsyangdi valley, Manaslu, Himalchuli, Lamjung and Manang. The area also showcases the unique Tibetan culture and impressive barren landscape. A slow walking pace is maintained for safe acclimatization and a rest Day in the tiny village of Manang allows time to explore the great glacier of Gangapurna as well as to prepare for the crossing of the famed Thorong La Pass (5395m). The rewards for your effort in reaching the top of Thorong La Pass is an extraordinary view across the entire Annapurna range, into the wild plateau of western Tibet to the north and the forbidden land of Mustang to the west.
We will get a well-earned rest day at the small village of Chumig Gyatsa or Muktinath on the western side of Thorong La before walking back to Pokhara along the spectacular Kali Gandaki valley. It is here that the world’s deepest gorge between Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri becomes visible.
This is one of Himalaya's truly classic trekking trail.