Annapurna region is one of the most famous trekking regions in Nepal and is popular for hosting the best trekking trails in the world. As such, the region itself collects almost as much as two-thirds of the international tourists every year. The region is the abode of the majestic Annapurna Himalayas which are the highlights of most the trips in the region. Along with diverse geography, the region also offers a wide variety of flora, fauna, and weather conditions. Finally, the cultural assortment of Gurung, Magar, Thakali, Tibetan, and Manangi inhabitants.
This region lies in the northern part of Central Nepal and the name ‘Annapurna region’ is derived from Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), the tenth highest mountain in the world. Likewise, other peaks including Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna South (7219m), Nilgiri (7061m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Mardi Himal (5553m)also decorate the entire region. The deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki gorge also lies in this region along with the Khopra and Mohare Danda Ridges. Tilicho Lake, which is the lake at the highest altitude from sea level in the world, resides in the Mustang district under the Annapurna region. Thorang La Pass (5416m), one of the biggest passes in the world, also lies in the northern part of this region. The huge expanse of the Annapurna Conservation Area covers a majority of the region including most of these natural wonders.
Trekking Routes in the Annapurna Region
The most famous trekking route in this region is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek which takes you to the heart of the region at the ABC itself. Some other famous trekking routes in this region include Annapurna Circuit Trek,Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, Jomsom Muktinath Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Dhampus Trek, and Annapurna Panorama Trek. Most of the travel routes in this region boast the remarkable availability of accommodation and other facilities. Similarly, Dhampus Peak (6012m), Pisang Peak (6091m), Chulu East Peak (6429m), Mardi Himal (5553m), and Thorung Peak (6144m) are some of the peak climbing destinations in the Annapurna region. Similarly, Annapurna I (8091m) is the ultimate expedition experience in the region. Finally, Pokhara is the prime destination for adventure sports and boasts activities like paragliding, zip-lining, ultra-flight, and mountain biking among many others. It is also ideal for leisurely vacations and friendly get-togethers.
In terms of cultural prominence, Tibetan and Manangi ethnic groups dominate the northern parts whereas Gurung and Magar are prevalent in the southern parts. Spring and autumn are the best time to travel to this region since these seasons offer moderate temperatures, unobstructed views, and pleasant trekking trails. However, the lower altitude trails can also trek during the winter and summer seasons.