Annapurna Region: Best Place to Travel
Annapurna region is one of the top destinations chosen by the trekkers as two-thirds of the trekkers, mountaineers in Nepal visit the Annapurna region. This region is easily accessible and reliable for tourists, hotels in the hills are plentiful for accommodation and this trek offers good scenery of Natural beauty.Annapurna region trekking is the second best and most popular trekking point of disembarkation in Nepal after the Everest region climbing along with Everest base camp trekking.
It is the second home for the Himalayas and adventures loving trekkers and climbers. This area includes the appealing peaks of over 8000m above sea level, Annapurna conservation area (7,629 square kilometers), and exotic flora, fauna, and ecosystem. Annapurna I of this region is the tenth highest mountain in the world. It is the resident of over 100,000 trekkers in a year. Saying that one can gain some serious altitude in Nepal, Lonely Planet has suggested going trekking in Annapurna for October. “Do your bit for Nepal’s economy and enjoy spectacular views as a reward.
Everyone has seen the news reports from the 25 April earthquake in Nepal, but most reports neglected to mention that most of Nepal was untouched by the disaster, including the most popular trekking areas. With the clearing of the monsoon rains, October is once again peak season for trekking, and the Annapurna region is a great, nay epic, place to start,” the guidebook writes. Lonely Planet writes further: “In the process of visiting the region, one will be performing a valuable social service, helping Nepal to rebuild after the disaster by investing directly in the local economy.”
The trials in this region pass through Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, and Kaski (Myagdi) going anti-clockwise from Besisahar to Nayapul and reaching Thorung La Pass at an altitude of 5416m. It provides the view of a series of mountains like Manaslu Himal, Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain), and Dhaulagiri passing through the world’s deepest gorge (Dana) in between two 8000m plus peaks.
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Major attractions of Annapurna region trekking
- Spots for sunrise and sunset view
- View of the tenth highest peak, Annapurna I along with other mountain ranges like Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, and many more
- Annapurna Conservation Area
- Natural hot-springs
- Tropical flora and fauna
- Different but attractive vegetation, ecosystem
- Different cultures, traditions, and lifestyle
- Muktinath temple
5 Best trekking routes in the Annapurna region
As the Annapurna region is the second home for Himalayan trekkers after Everest Region in Nepal, it provides different routes to explore the natural beauty of the region along with cheap prices and reasonable itineraries. Some of the most famous trekking routes are
Annapurna base camp trek
Annapurna base camp trek is the second famous trekking for trekkers in Nepal, which takes 4 to 12 days to complete. This trek involves both driving and walking. Visiting this place is the dream come true which provides the most beautiful and panoramic view of Himalayas like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7041m), Fishtail (6998m), Mt. Annapurna I, II, III and IV, Mt. Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak (6920m) and many more along with passes through pine, oak, rhododendron forest, and Annapurna Conservation Area. it also helps to know about local people, their culture, tradition, and way of living. It is the most popular trek route in this region. To view more details and possible itineraries, you can visit our handsome package.
Jomsom Trek is the must-do trek at least once in a life to enjoy the amazing as well as the astonishing diversity of the country of Himalayas, Nepal. This place is encircled by giant Annapurna Mountain where 75% of trekkers are attracted every year. It provides diverse vegetation, flora fauna, and locales with their own cultures, customs, dialects, and way of living. The trial provides the view of the eight highest mountains of the world out of 20 along with the deepest gorge of the world, Kali Gandaki River, Muktinath temple (highest point of trial) at the height of 3,800m. To view more details and possible itineraries, you can visit our handsome package.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
Ghorepani poon hill trek is the best trek for those who love the scenery and want to enjoy the views of nature in a short period of time. The main target of this trek is to take people up to the poon hill's viewpoint where one can enjoy snowcapped peaks and rhododendron forests, vast landscape, and lush vegetation. The major attraction is the sunset and sunrise view on the face of the Himalayas. The village is inhabited by Gurungs and Magars. The accommodation on this trek is very great which makes this trek even more beautiful and enjoyable. To view more details and possible itineraries, you can visit our handsome package.
Ghandruk village trek
Ghandruk village trek is the short trek that provides the majestic view of the most beautiful and holy mountains Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Annapurna (south). It is the second-largest village in Nepal which takes 5 days to roam around. This village is inside ACAP. It provides the view of exotic flora and fauna, diverse vegetation, people along with their cultures, tradition, festivals, dances, housing style, and overall lifestyle which attracts both indoor and outdoor tourists around the globe. It is also a route for Annapurna trek, Jomsom Trek and Mustang Trek. To view more details and possible itineraries, you can visit our handsome package.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Annapurna sanctuary trek is the 12-day trek that provides the trekkers' experience of the Himalayas such as Machhapuchhre Himal, Mount Annapurna (8091m), Gangapurna, Hiuchuli, and many more. This trek is completed by marching between the peaks of Hiuchuli and Machhapuchhre which provides the dynamic view of rhododendron, bamboo forest, plateau, exotic flora, and fauna as well as the unique combination of heights and depths. Roaming around the area of ACAP is also the major attraction. To view more details and possible itineraries, you can visit our handsome package.
Annapurna region distance from Kathmandu
Annapurna region is 177km away from Kathmandu. It lies in the north-central part of Nepal reaching where from Kathmandu will take about 8 hours of drive and reaching the massif of Annapurna will take about several days ass all the exploration of mountains and ecosystem is done by trekking.
Climate, weather, and temperature of the Annapurna region
Knowing about the climate, weather, and temperature of the place we are going to go to is the main task that should be done before every other formality. It will make your packing easy and also will help you to get the best and desired view of the Himalayas, flora, fauna, and overall ecosystem.
The season Autumn (September, October, November) and Spring or summer (March, April, May) are the best time to visit the Annapurna region as the sky remains clear in this time with the temperature of 19oC (10oF) which provides the best and panoramic view of mountains and exotic flora and fauna. So, this time is highly recommended to go trekking in this region.
The season Monsoon (June, July, August) and winter (December, January, February) are not good and recommended times to visit the region as the temperature falls to 5oC which will nearly freeze you down. The climate in these times remains foggy, rainy, and wet which will make the surroundings dangerous and hamper the chance of a better view of the surrounding.
Things to carry during Annapurna region trekking
Going trekking is not a cup of tea. You need to concentrate on many things before going there. One of the main things to know is what type of stuff or what equipment we should take there for our convenience. Going for Annapurna region Trekking also supports this. So, some of the most recommended and needed things that we should carry during this trek are given below.
- Trekking Poles
- Maps and compass
- Trekking boots
- Light snacks and chocolates
- Water bottle
- Warm socks and gloves, and many more
For more information about the things to be carried during your trek to this exotic place, you can visit our Backpacking Checklist article.
Things to do in the Annapurna region
Annapurna region is one of the best places to visit in overall Nepal. Here are located various mountains, rivers, lakes, exotic flora and fauna, diverse ecosystems, and many more. Besides the treks mentioned in our package, there are lots of things that can be done in and around the Annapurna region. Some are as follows.
Village to a village day tour in the Annapurna region
It is one of the best options for the Annapurna region’s visitors. It will help you observe the natural as well as historical and cultural places around which will make your journey to Nepal more pleasing. Some of the recommended tours on the Annapurna Region are Gorkha Village Tour (Manakamana temple and surrounding), Ghale Gaun Village Tour, Dhampus Village tour, Buddhist village Trek and many more.
Muktinath is the most sacred temple of Nepal which is recognized worldwide. This temple lies in the Mustang district of the Dhaulagiri zone of northern Nepal at an altitude of 3710m (12172ft). Trekking to this place will give you a very different and powerful feeling of happiness and natural well-being. For reaching the temple, you can either start hiking directly from Pokhara to the destined temple or you can prefer the road routes for covering all the distances. The route goes like this: Pokhara -> Beni -> Jomsom -> Kagbeni -> Muktinath temple. You can also visit by road or air transport to Jomsom, take the jeep to Kagbeni and hike to the temple from Kagbeni. You can choose any option that is more suitable for you.
Annapurna Mountain range trekking and Machhapuchhre Mountain sight-seeing
For trekking to the massifs of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre Mountain sightseeing, you can have various options like Annapurna basecamp trek, Annapurna sanctuary trek, Annapurna circuit trekking, Annapurna circuit express trek. You can choose any of these to fulfill your dream of exploring the Annapurna region and climbing the mountains present there with reasonable prices and itineraries.
Mountain biking in the Annapurna region
Mountain biking, as the name refers, is the adventurous sport of riding a bicycle or motorbikes off roads. Annapurna region offers a diverse ecosystem where you can find variations in landscapes from flat fields to sloppy hills. You can enjoy biking on this beautiful but dangerous and adventurous landscape as part of your life experience or risk-taking factor. As this sport is very dangerous, you have to do this at your own risk. Life insurance is also recommended before going on to this sport.
Annapurna base camp helicopter tour
Annapurna base camp helicopter tour is so popular tour activity in Pokhara, Nepal. Flying with a helicopter from Pokhara airport and helicopter sightseeing around the Annapurna Himalayan ranges make the day wonderful. The helicopter tour to Annapurna base camp takes only 2 hours from Pokhara airport and ends at the same airport. It is a famous tour in Pokhara because the cost of the Annapurna Heli tour is cheaper in comparison to Kathmandu airport.
Valle Del Naar in the Annapurna region
It is the type of trekking that is done just only in the presence of a guide. This is the trek to Naar village, which is a very old village with a unique but pleasing atmosphere. The place consists of various monasteries and also provides a nice view of Kangaru Himal and Pisang peak. The trial is quite difficult but not impossible. Markings done by previous trekkers make this place more known as an attraction point. Descent is steep so little difficult but the wonderful view of nature will help you forget every misery. This place is suitable for peace lovers and nature lovers who want to enjoy natural diversity, old Tibetan villages without the crowd.
Things to know before you go Annapurna region
Going to a new place is always exciting and adventurous, so we all have that gut feeling of the Himalayan journey being somewhere extraordinary. But to make our journey more beautiful and satisfying, it is better to know about the things that should be known while executing our trip. Here are some of the things that should be known before going to the Annapurna region.
Climate, temperature, and weather
It is the most important factor to be known before going to the Annapurna region as it is covered with an exotic ecosystem, which can be risky sometimes. You should know about these so that you will be known about what to take and what not to take. It will prevent you from taking extra unnecessary stuff which will simply decrease your burden.
Trekking to the Annapurna region is rated 5 out of 10 and is considered the moderate level of trekking. As the exception, we should not take it simple and easy, but not that harsh too. It is highly recommended to take some hiking and trekking training or simply get a walking and hiking experience before going for this trial. So that you will be able to cope with any kind of obstacles that may occur during your expedition to the Annapurna region.
Things to carry
It is the most important factor to be considered before going to the Annapurna region. For this, you can simply go to the above-mentioned section.
Do’s and don’ts in the region
It is the major confusion that occurs when we go to a new place. When we are totally unknown about the cultures and lifestyle of the place we are visiting, it will be very difficult to interact with the locals and gain more knowledge about the place. Getting overall information about the place is done afterward but at the beginning, you should know the basic things. Some are: Namaste is preferred more than handshakes and hugs, taking photographs are banned in some places, entering some temples are restricted, and many more.
Possible itineraries along with some basic language
If you are going trekking, it is better for you to know all the itineraries as it will help you know better about where you are going and what you are seeing. Your guide will also provide you with the information but it is better to have some self-knowledge. Learning the whole language is difficult but some basic knowledge can be taken easily. It will help you a lot while going for self-shopping, and other activities.