The Annapurna Region in
north western Nepal has been touted as having the
world’s best trekking routes. where begin the finest
trekking from the lake city of Pokhara, popular treks
lead to Jomsom, Annapurna Base Camp, Mustang, Manang and
around the Annapurna mountain. Also do a some short
treks to Sikles and Ghandruk are just as popular. The
Annapurna region is an area of contrasts comprising the
wettest, driest and windiest places in Nepal.
I sometimes wonder what it
is that motivates a person to desert the comforts of
home to camp out under the stars. To venture out onto
wild, to wander along paths that are scoured by the
elements. Drawn to the raw power and spectacular,
pristine beauty of Nature.
For some it may be an excuse to try out their latest
addition to their avid collection of hiking gadgets and
gear, for others it is a personal challenge. Pushing
yourself to find new limits. Determined to emerge
triumphant, finding the measure of your soul whilst
feasting your eyes on scenery that will brand itself
into your memory. For most I imagine, it is the
opportunity to reawaken the knowledge of the immense
forces of nature, and the unspeakable grandeur and crisp
clean air that can only be found far from the sprawling,
smog filled cities. Scenes that beg to be captured in
some way and shared with friends.
A photographer's dream.
For photographic enthusiasts, one of the most
breathtaking destinations can be found in Nepal, in the
Himalayas. The Annapurna peaks, which tower over 8000
feet in places, and considered to be among the world's
most dangerous mountains to climb. Expeditions to
conquer the peaks have claimed several lives in history.
However, today the danger and discomforts have been
mitigated by carefully prepared trails and delightful
village guest houses and hotels populate the trails that
allow even the most inexperienced adventurer the
opportunity to witness the grandeur of these majestic
peaks from relative comfort.
Modern day accessibility.
For the locals, Annapurna translates as 'Goddess of the
Harvests'. The Annapurna Conservation Area is the first
and largest conservation area in Nepal, and is home to
several world-class hikes, including the Annapurna
Circuit. The Annapurna Circuit circles the Annapurna
Himal itself, and also includes the Jomsom route, one of
the three major trekking routes. There is even an
airstrip, and a bus service to speed you along on your
Nowadays it is no longer necessary to hire a guide. A
road, and improvements to the trails allow safer travel,
simply make sure you have a good guidebook on hand
before you set out to absorb the natural sights and
fascinating culture and cuisine of the surrounding
villages. However, going with a guided group can enhance
the overall experience, and a knowledgeable local can
provide you with some real insights and entertainment.
You can also choose from a selection of short or longer
The local comforts and economy.
Support of the local communities is encouraged, by
making use of the hospitality that the villagers offer.
There is a generous scattering of tea houses that will
provide plenty of hot water for you to sluice off the
dust from the day's travel, before you settle down to a
warm meal and comfortable bed.
Annapurna has grown in popularity, and is currently
considered one of the top destinations for trekkers. It
has been described as "...a visually extraordinary
place". Once you're armed with your hiking gear, travel
permits, documents and passport contact number and so
on, grab your camera and brace yourself for the most
unforgettable experience as you foray into the ancient
heart of Annapurna.
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