Annapurna region trekking is a perfect choice to traverse the tremendous and spectacular destination for trekkers, where you will be warmly greeted by the panoramic spectacles of the stunning Himalayan vistas as you walk through the well-defined Annapurna trails, local tea houses, and snug lodges, which all in all make Annapurna region one of the best and most sought after trekking routes in Nepal. Being regarded as a paradise for nature lovers, the Annapurna region trekking has something to offer for everyone. Annapurna region trekking is a perfect escapade to rejuvenate yourself with spectacular views of the Himalayas giants including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Fishtail as well as the varied landscapes, encountering various species of wild animals, finely built monasteries, mixed cultural trekking, hiking, and homestay trips.
Annapurna region has been well admired and highly praised by great trekkers for the countless wonderful things that it has to offer, which is why it is also labelled as a trekker's paradise. Be prepared to encounter not only see the scenic views of the Himalayan giants but also the exotic Himalayan wildlife species like the snow leopards, blue sheep and other species of birds namely Kokla, blood pheasant since the upper sub-alpine grassland of the Annapurna region harbours some of the rarest species of the earth. Furthermore, several plants that are as scarce as hen’s teeth can also be found in this region, and in order to protect and conserve them, the government of Nepal has declared this region as a conservation area and launched Annapurna conservation projects to conserve the varieties of exotic orchids and rhododendrons apart from the species of birds and animals and sensitize local people residing alongside.
The Annapurna region bestows astonishingly stunning panoramic vistas of the Himalayas, including the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m) Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) , Mt. Annapurna III (7555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7041m), Mt. Fishtail which is also called Mt. Machhapuchhre (6998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m). To add to that, the trails that you will take will lead you to the settlements of diverse communities of Brahmins, Chhetri, Tibetans, Sherpas, Thakali, Magar, Tamangs and the Gurung.
The Annapurna region is easily accessible by foot and there are plenty of cozy, snug and affordable. The trails are plentiful and offer amazing sceneries of giant massive mountains and lowland villages. With various options to reach the Annapurna region, you can either travel in comfort by taking luxurious tourist buses from Kathmandu to Pokhara with a serene 200 km scenic drive. Another option is to board one of the daily flights from Kathmandu airport to Pokhara. Normally you can take a morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and the very same day you can start your trek to the Annapurna region. Leave everything in our hands as we will make arrangements as per your needs, requirements, and schedules.
The attraction of the Annapurna Region:
Annapurna Conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of biodiversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multicultural and multi-ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destination. With the objectives of achieving a balance between environmental conservation and socio-economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched in 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation...
The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in protected area management with its modalities based on integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to the fame that it has gained in the history of protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust of the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.
Meaning of Annapurna:
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name that literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
- Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m).
- Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m).
- Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m).
- Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m.).
- Mt. Annapurna III (7,555m).
- Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m).
- Mt. Annapurna south (7,219m).
- Mt. Nilgiri (7,041m).
- Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6,998m).
- Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m).
- Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986m).
- Tukuche peak (6,920m).
- Tilicho peak (7,134m).
Culture and People of the Annapurna Region:
One of the unforgettable experiences of this region is the culture and lifestyle of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to the last census, over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali, and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder, and timber. Almost every group has their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go trekking in the Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.
Flora and Fauna:
In the Annapurna region, we can see diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we go higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech, and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.
Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles. In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.