- Crossing the Thorung La Pass (5,416m)
- The region's charming Gurung, Manangi and Thakli villages add a cultural highlight.
- Descend into one of the deepest gorge's in the world - the Kali Gandhaki
- The Muktinath Temple, one of the most important shrines of both Hindus and Buddhists.
- A huge variety of landscapes from lush green paddy field, sub-tropical rainforest, deep valleys, alpine slopes to an arid Tibetan plateau and the deepest gorge in the world.
- Tilicho Lake (side trip required), the lake situated at the highest altitude (4,919m) in the world and the Kali Gandaki Gorge or Andha Galchi (between the Dhulagiri and Annapurna), the deepest canyon in the world.
The Annapurna region is a dream for independent trekkers. The legendary Annapurna region is the most diverse and popular trekking area in Nepal. The Annapurna Range consists of the massive Annapurna I, II, III, IV and the Annapurna south peak. The range also includes the famous Machhapuchhre, the “Fishtail” Mountain –the mascot of Pokhara.
The name Annapurna comes from Sanskrit word Anna and Purna which basically means “full of food”, and is often viewed as a goddess who always feeds. The whole massif sits between two of the major river system in Nepal; Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki. Apart from the tenth highest mountain in the world, Annapurna massif has 13 peaks over 7000 meters and 16 peaks over 6000 meters high.
Between these two mountains lies the valley of the Kali-Gandaki River, the deepest gorge in the world. Trekkers encounter the interesting Thakali people in this region. They are known for being good in business ventures and their home cooking is relished by both tourists and the Nepali people in general.
The Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal is one of the most spectacular and varied treks in the world. Our adventurous itinerary includes additional side walks off the main trail to high mountain lakes and caves.
Annapurna Region Flora and Fauna
A total of 101 mammal species has been recorded in the Conservation Area so far. Annapurna Conservation Area is rich in biodiversity and harbors 1,352 species of plants, 128 species of wild mammals, 518 species of birds. 40 species of reptiles, 23 species of amphibians, and 348 species of butterflies.
Annapurna Permits & Regulations
If you’re trekking in the Annapurna region, you’ll need to purchase a TIMS card ($20) and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) ($30 USD) before you go. There will be multiple checkpoints along the way where you’ll need to show these. If you’re hiking with an organized tour group, your guides will likely manage these for you. If you’re hiking by yourself, you’ll need to organize these at either the Nepal Tourism office based in Kathmandu or the Pokhara tourist office before you begin the trek.
Make sure you bring a minimum of 4 passport photos for the trekking permit too!
Things to Do in Annapurna Region
Annapurna, one of the largest mountains in the world is most famous for its trek. The treks here go beyond the nature sight-seeing and take into account the Nepalese culture, diverse ethnicities, and rustic mountain life in general. The Annapurna circuit is within the range of central Nepal. The total length is from 160-230 km, which makes it a moderate-difficult trek.
Religious tourism focuses on visiting important religious sites. The main motivation for travel is to meet the spiritual, and religious needs of people involved in this kind of tourist travel. But the motivation for travel may be exploring the culture of other nations, or other religions, exploring sacred objects, etc.
Honey Hunting Tour
The most popular honey hunting destinations are located in Bhujung, Nai Chi, Pasgaon, Naya Gaun, Ludhi and Dare. The honey hunters, who hang from the cliffs to earn a living and marvel at the ancient techniques that are still in use today. The honey hunting site in Ghanpokhara-8 can be reached after a trek of two and a half hours from the nearest motorable road near Ghimrang. There are many honey hunting sites in and around this Gurung village. Honey hunting has been one of the important sources of livelihood for the people of Ghalegaun and Ghanpokhara.
Annapurna Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is the fastest growing sport in Nepal, with great single track and multi-day adventures throughout the Himalaya.
Accommodation choices for Annapurna Region
You’ll find enough tea houses, hotels and lodges on virtually every stop along the trail. Annapurna Region is one of the most facilitated trekking routes in Nepal. On an average, the accommodation cost is comparatively cheaper than the Everest region but might considerably increase as you go higher to remote villages.
Annapurna Region Weather Forecasts
Annapurna Region considerably receives less rainfall because it is situated in what is called a ‘rain-shadow’ area which actually makes the trekking possible throughout the year. What makes the ‘rain-shadow’ area are the large mountain that stands tall throughout the Annapurna region preventing the wind and rain to pass through.
To put it straight best among the best time to trek the Himalayan range is October-November. This is the period right after the monsoon. Days are normally warm (~15 degrees) and nights are relatively cold (~3 degrees) with shining bright stars.
The clear and fresh view of the mountains with green pastures and leafy pines make the sight more luring. As you move higher above 4000m the temperature drops drastically and you need good warm layers to keep up with the chilling weather.