Ever since the Annapurna area was opened to trekkers in 1977, travelers have flocked this place that is nothing short of a slice of heaven. Trekking in the Annapurna region places you in the beautiful mountain ranges of central Nepal. The highest point in the region is at 5416 meters. It is also worth noting that Dhaulagiri is the 7th highest peak in the world whereas Annapurna I is the 10th highest.
There is also a wider variety of climate zones compared to other regions. The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to 97 mammal species like snow leopard and musk deer, and 476 types of birds like pheasants. The best time to trek is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November), while winter (December-February) is also possible.
Annapurna region trekking will make sure that you have some of the best experiences of your life. There aren’t many things more beautiful than when the color of the mountains change ever so slightly as the sun hits them. Furthermore, the interactions with the locals is another thing that will stay with you for a long time. You will witness quite a variation in culture with Hindu villages along the way and also a lot of Tibetan culture. The higher you go, more pastoral the lifestyle becomes. In recent years road construction has resulted in shortened trails in some of the places. Also, mountain biking is becoming ever so popular.
One of the best things about the Annapurna region is that even though the treks aren’t too difficult there is quite a variety of treks that you get to choose from. If you want a quieter trek then the Mardi Himal Trek is a very good option. It is also ideal for people who want to explore the mountains but have limited time in their hands. On the other hand, if want a popular trek then look no further than the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek which is the most popular trekking destination in Nepal. You have the option to take the common route to ABC or the optional route to Annapurna Sanctuary. Both these treks reach more than 4000 meters.
The other popular treks are Ghorepani Poonhill Trek and Jomsom and Muktinath Trek. The former only takes 10 days while the latter takes 14 days. The trail of the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek used to be a route for horse caravans traveling between Pokhara and Mustang. In the Jomsom and Muktinath Trek, you will come across some of the liveliest villages of Annapurna. One of the highlights of the trek is the temple of Muktinath- place of the salvation. Also, you will be able to go around the world’s deepest gorge- the Kaligandaki gorge. Bear in mind that we can also customize the trek according to your needs.
The longest trek of them all is the Annapurna Round Tilicho Trek which takes 16 days in total. It is also the highest of them all reaching up to 5416 meters. The highlights of the trek include the gorgeous Manang village and the highest lake in the world, the Tilicho Lake. Furthermore, the picturesque views of Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I among others, are to die for.
One of the newer trekking trails is the Khopra Danda Trek. Trekkers really enjoy the trail that takes them through thick forests of rhododendrons (Nepal’s national flower), oaks, bamboos, pines, among others. Another favorite place for everyone is Ghandruk, which is the biggest Gurung town in Annapurna.
The Royal Trek is the shortest of them all as it takes only 8 days. It gets its name from the fact that Prince Charles visited here in the early eighties. You will get to spend time in and around Pokhara, Nepal’s favorite tourist spot. Merge yourself in the calming aura of the Begnas and Phewa Lakes and be part of a lesser crowded trek.