Best Place to Travel in Annapurna Nepal

  • Last Updated on Feb 6, 2024

After the Everest base camp trek, two-thirds of all trekkers and mountaineers in Nepal go to Annapurna, making it one of the most popular places to go. This area is easy to get to and safe for tourists. There are a lot of hotels in the hills, and this hike takes you through some beautiful natural areas. After Everest base camp trek, Annapurna region trekking is the second-best and most popular place to start trekking in Nepal

It is the second home of trekkers and climbers who love the Himalayas and excitement. This area has beautiful peaks that are more than 8000m above sea level, the Annapurna conservation area (7,629 square kilometers), and a unique environment, plants, and animals. Annapurna I is the tenth-highest mountain in the world. It is in this area. Every year, more than 100,000 hikers live there. Lonely Planet suggests going hiking in Annapurna in October because you can gain a lot of height in Nepal. "Do your part to help Nepal's economy, and you'll get to see beautiful sights in return.

As the monsoon season concludes in October, the trekking season recommences, and Annapurna emerges as an exceptional and even awe-inspiring destination, as suggested by guidebooks.

Lonely Planet underscores that choosing to explore this region allows travelers to make a meaningful contribution to the local economy. Such tourism aids in supporting Nepal's ongoing development efforts, providing essential assistance to communities. This presents an opportunity for travelers to be part of the region's growth, appreciating its stunning landscapes and cultural diversity while contributing positively to its prosperity.

From Besisahar to Nayapul, the trails in this area go through Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, and Kaski (Myagdi) before reaching Thorung La Pass, which is 5416m high. It gives you a view of mountains like Manaslu Himal, Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain), and Dhaulagiri as they pass through the world's deepest gorge (Dana) between two peaks that are over 8000m.

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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 and ecosystem
  • Different cultures, traditions, and lifestyles
  • 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 Trekking in Nepal

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 a dream come true because it provides the most beautiful and panoramic views of the 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, traditions, and way of life. It is the most popular trek route in this region. To view more details and possible itineraries, you can visit our handsome package.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Sunrise View from Poon Hill Station

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek stands out as an ideal adventure for nature enthusiasts seeking breathtaking scenery within a limited timeframe. This trek is strategically designed to guide participants to the captivating viewpoint atop Poon Hill, offering panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks, enchanting rhododendron forests, expansive landscapes, and flourishing vegetation. A highlight of this trek is the awe-inspiring sunrise and sunset views against the majestic backdrop of the Himalayas.

The charming village is home to Gurungs and Magars, adding cultural richness to the trekking experience. The accommodation provided during the journey enhances the overall allure of the trek, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable expedition. For detailed information and potential itineraries, we invite you to explore our comprehensive package.

Ghandruk village trek

Ghandruk village trek is a 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

Annapurna sanctuary trek is the 14-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 Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek stands as an iconic journey in the heart of Nepal, weaving through a tapestry of landscapes that showcase the country's natural and cultural diversity. Beginning in the lowland villages, trekkers are immersed in the vibrant cultures of Gurung, Manangi, and Thakali communities. The trail gradually ascends, revealing a spectacular transformation from subtropical forests to alpine meadows, and eventually to the stark beauty of high desert terrain. Along the way, trekkers are treated to breathtaking vistas of towering peaks, including the majestic Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the sacred Machapuchare.

A defining feature of the Annapurna Circuit is the challenging yet rewarding Thorong La Pass, a high-altitude crossing at 5,416 meters that demands both physical endurance and acclimatization. This trek is not merely a physical adventure but a cultural odyssey, with opportunities to stay in local teahouses, engage with welcoming communities, and witness traditional customs and rituals. The journey typically spans 18 to 21 days, allowing trekkers to fully immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of landscapes and cultures that define the Annapurna region.

While the allure of the Annapurna Circuit remains strong, prospective trekkers should stay informed about the latest conditions and trekking regulations, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience in this mesmerizing corner of the Himalayas.

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

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 trek

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, you can have various options. 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 suggests, is the adventurous sport of riding a bicycle or motorbike off the road. 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 it 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 a 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.

Valley Del Naar in the Annapurna region

It is the type of trekking that is done 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 to the 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.

Difficulty level

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 basics. Some are: Namaste is preferred more than handshakes and hugs; taking photographs is banned in some places; entering some temples is 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 acquired easily. It will help you a lot while going for self-shopping and other activities.

Bijay Chaurasia

Bijay Chaurasia

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