Annapurna Region: The Ultimate Trekking Destination in Nepal

Annapurna Region in the north west of Nepal is the most widely visited and is one of the world’s best trekking routes. With approx three times more trekkers choosing to trek the Annapurna region than the Everest/Khumbu Region, the Annapurna region is the wettest, driest and windiest places in Nepal.


Mount Annapurna

Annapurna I
South Face of Annapurna, Known as Annapurna I

Standing tall at the height of 8091 meters the Mount Annapurna is the 10th highest peak in the world. The Annapurna massif is 55 kilometer (34mi) long which includes one peak over 8,000 meters, 13 peaks over 7,000 meters and sixteen more peaks over 6,000 meters. Surrounded by the Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west, the Marshyangdi River on the north and east, and by Pokhara Valley on the south, the Annapurna peaks are considered as the world’s most dangerous mountains to climb. The whole Annapurna massif and its surrounding area are protected within the 7,629 square kilometers (2,946 sq mi) of the first and largest conservation area in Nepal, Annapurna Conservation Area.

annapurna-range
The Annapurna Himal from the northeast. Left to right: Annapurna II and IV (together) Annapurna III and Gangapurna; Annapurna I.

The Annapurna massif contains six major peaks above 7,000 meters. The South face of Annapurna, known as the Annapurna I was the first 8,000 meters peak to be climbed and is also rank itself as the 10th highest peak in the world. The fully independent peak Annapurna II, which stands at the height of 7,937 meters tall is the 16th highest peak not far behind Annapurna I. The northeast face Annapurna III on the height of 7,555 meters is ranked as the 42nd highest peak in the world. Annapurna IV (7,525 meters), Gangapurna (7,455 meters) and Annapurna South (7,219 meters) are the other seven thousanders mountain which make the Annapurna range one of the majestic Himalayas of the world.


Annapurna Conservation Area

The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit. The Conservation area is the most geographically and culturally varied protected area anywhere in the world. Clams to be the largest protect area in Nepal the Annapurna Conservation Area covers 7,629 square km in the Annapurna range across Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi and Lamjung districts.


Climate

Annapurna Region being in a high altitude region is extremely cold in winters with snowfall and low in temperature. The summers are cool during days but the nights can get cold and chilly. Unlike other places in Nepal, Mustang which falls in the rain shadow area (area having little precipitation due to the effect of a topographic barrier) is one of the major attractions of the Annapurna Region is ideal for trekking in the Monsoon.


Further Afield of Annapurna Region

Muktinath Temle
Muktinath temple during winter

Mustang: Exotic Himalayan culture and deserted Himalayan landscape is what Mustang has to offer. On the other hand Mukitnath on the altitude of 3,749 meters is a popular destination for pilgrims and one of desired trekking location. Muktinath is the holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus.

Lo-Manthang: Located in upper Mustang Lo-Manthang is an exceptionally exotic destination. The other interesting and must see place in Lo-Manthang, the ancient capital township is the home of the last king of Mustang. Lo-Manthang is mostly visited during the Teeji festival by the tourist, which is usually scheduled in the month of May.

Lake Tilicho
Lake Tilicho at the altitude of 4919 meters

Manang: Situated on the broad valley of the Marshyangdi River to the north of the Annapurna mountain range Manang area is composed of bare lands, rocky landscape similar to the Tibetan plateau and dotted with lake including the world highest lake, Lake Tilicho at the altitude of 4919 meters.


Trekking in Annapurna Region

Thorung La pass
Thorung La pass the highest pass in the world with an elevation of 5,416 metres (17,769 ft) above sea level

The Annapurna region is visited by two-third of trekkers in Nepal. With both high mountains and lowland village offering incredible diverse scenery and plenty of tea house and guest house  making this region much easier for trekking. Offering cultural exposure and experience the popular trekking routes in the Annapurna region are the Jomson-Muktinath route, the Annapurna Sanctuary route which leads to Annapurna Base camp and the Annapurna Circuit Trek where you pass through stunning mountain scenery of Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna III and IV. The trek bring you to the deepest gorge in the world the Kali Gandaki gorge which is between the two eight thousander peaks, Mount Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri.

Ghorepani/Poonhill
Ghorepani/Poonhill a short trek in Annapurna Region

Lake city of Pokhara usually offers a starting point for trekking in the Annapurna Region and is also a good starting place for other short treks such as Ghorepani/Poonhill and Ghandruk.


Annapurna Region in Picture


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