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Annapurna Region Trekking
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"One of the world’s best trekking trails" Modern Maturity (USA)

The Name “Annapurna” came after the Mount. Annapurna, which is the 10th highest mountain in the world. Annapurna is a series of peaks in the Himalaya, a 55-km-long Massif whose highest point, Annapurna I, stands at 8,091 m (26,538 ft). It is located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalaya by the most famous river, Kali Gandaki and which separates it from the Mount Dhaulagiri. Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which is translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is a goddess of fertility and agriculture. The Region, Annapurna is surrounded by many Himalayan ranges which include the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre - the famous fish-tail mountain that dominates the skyline above Pokhara. In addition this area possess the Kali Gandaki, the world's deepest gorge

The Region Annapurna is famous for its trekking. In this region there are three major trekking routes, Jomsom Muktinath, Annapurna Sanctuary which is also called Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. About two-thirds of the trekkers in Nepal visit the Annapurna region. The area is easily accessible, hotels in the hills are plentiful, and treks here offer good scenery of both high mountains and lowland villages. In this Region there is one project known as ACAP (Annapurna conservation Area Project) ACAP was established in 1986 under the guidance of the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation. The project covers the whole Annapurna range, more than 7600 sq km. In an inventive advance to environmental protection, it was declared a "conservation area" instead of a national park. A large number of people live within the protected region.

Annapurna Conservation Area offers varieties of flora and fauna form sub tropical to pine and you will grace by the heart touching blossoming rhododendron on your way. This region is also the home to copious wildlife like pika, blue sheep, snow leopards, tigers and Himalayan thar. Multiplicity of birds including multi –colored Impheyan, koklas and blood pheasants, offer you their natural beauty. In this region you will encounter with the Gurungs and Thakali people whose unique culture and religion makes you surprise. You will experience how friendly and open hearted these people are, and you can get a taste of their lifestyle by staying in their house and knowing their way of living and their culture and tradition.

Getting Here - Annapurna Region:

Regardless of the trek chosen it is most likely that Pokhara will be either starting or ending point of your trek. Pokhara is located 200 km. west of Kathmandu and can be reached by road in five to six hour or by air in 30 minutes from the capital. For road travel there are a number of tourist buses available daily from Kathmandu and from Chitwan.

There is no shortage of tourist facilities to be found in and around Pokhara. The main center for tourists is at the side of the largest of the three lakes in the area, Phewa Tal. The suburbs of Lakeside and Damside both provide a wide range of accommodation and restaurants along with the usual variety of trekking and traveling agencies and suppliers of souvenirs and trekking equipment. For those trekking in the eastern side of the Annapurna massif the most likely starting point will be Besishahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district. Buses from Kathmandu, Pokhara and the Terai arrive and depart here on a regular daily basis. The bus trip from Kathmandu to Besishahar takes around four to five hours but, at this time, there are no tourist bus services available.

Most treks starting or ending in Pokhara will require the use of buses or hired cars to reach the trailheads. Specific details appear in the trek descriptions.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking:

The Annapurna Region lies towards the northern part of Nepal, renowned as one of the world’s preeminent trekking destination, it escorts you through rhododendron forests and over the foothills of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Annapurna Circuit Trekking gives you awesome views of the peaks Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri (the spectacular ice pyramid) and Machhapuchchhre (fish tail), and those of Annapurna South.

This trekking is the most rewarding way to experience Nepal’s natural embellishment and cultural assortment walking along through the forest of rhododendrons, isolated hamlets, small mountain villages, birds, animals, breathtaking landscapes, you will also encounter friendly and warm hearted people of different cultures offering a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life.

The Annapurna region is reached via Pokhara, which is 200 kilometers from Kathmandu. It is five or six hours by road and 30 minutes by air from Kathmandu.

Facts of the Trek

Grade: Moderate-Strenuous

Best season: February, March, April, May, September, October, November

Per day walking: 5 – 6 hours

Type of Trek: Teahouse

Duration: 24 days

Maximum Elevation: 5416m

Trekking Highlights

Annapurna, Macchapucchare, and Dhaulagiri massifs

Year round Extensive flora and fauna.

Unique hill cultures to explore.

Restful hot springs to soak in.

Numerous trekking peaks to climb

Connecting treks to remote areas

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour

Day 03: Kathmandu to Besi Sahar

Day 04: Besi Sahar to Baundanda (1300m)

Day 05: Baundanda to Chamje (1410m)

Day 06: Chamje to Bagarchap (2160m)

Day 07: Bagarchap to Chame (2630m)

Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3190m)

Day 09: Pisang to Manang (3540m)

Day 10: Acclimatization day in Manang

Day 11: Manang to Letdar (4250m)

Day 12: Letdar to Thorung Phedi (4420m)

Day 13: Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3800m)

Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m)

Day 15: Jomsom to Larjung (2560m)

Day 16: Larjung to Ghasa (2010m)

Day 17: Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m)

Day 18: Tatopani to Ghorapani (2870m)

Day 19: Ghorapani to Tadapani (2710m)

Day 20: Tadapani to Ghandruk (190m)

Day 21: Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m)

Day 22: Nayapul to Pokhara

Day 23: Pokhara to Kathmandu

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