By far, Annapurna region is the most popular and most visited trekking destination in Nepal. It lies in north central Nepal and mainly encompasses Kaski, Mustang and Manang districts. Annapurna trekking trail derives its name from Mt. Annapurna (8091m), which is the tenth highest peak in the world.
Annapurna trekking presents a unique combination of nature, culture and snow-capped peaks. Trekkers will be able to capture spectacular views of Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchre (Fishtail), Nilgiri, Fang along the trek and reach altitudes over 5000m. Two highest points of the trekking trail are Thorung la pass
(5416m) and Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). Poon Hill, world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, Chumig Gyatsa (Muktinath), Jomsom, Manang are some of the attractions of this trail.
Annapurna trekking lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area project, which is one of the most successful community-based ecotourism programs in Nepal. The area features lush rhododendron, pine, maple and orchid forests in the lower belt, home to many rare flora and fauna including red panda, black bear, snow leopard, wolf, musk deer etc.
The area is also rich in cultural and religious diversity. Brahmin, Chhetri, Dalit, Gurung and Magar live in the subtropical region while Thakali, Manange and Loba dominate the north. There are many Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries/stupas you can explore.
Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-August) and Autumn (Sep-Nov) are considered the best periods for Annapurna trekking. The gateway to Annapurna trekking is Pokhara, which is well connected to Kathmandu by both land and air routes.