The ANNAPURNA REGION’s popularity is well deserved: nowhere else do you get such a varied feast of scenery and hill culture and the logistics are relatively simple. Treks can all start or finish close to Pokhara, which is a relaxing place to end a trek and a handy place to start one, with its clued-up guesthouses, equipment-rental shops and easy transportation to trailheads. With great views, just two days up the trail, short treks in the Annapurnas are particularly feasible, and good communications mean the region is also fairly safe, from the point of view of medical emergencies. Tourism is relatively sustainable, too, thanks to ACAP, the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. The inevitable consequence is commercialization. The popular treks in this region are on a well-beaten track, and unless you step aside from them you’re more likely to be ordering bottled beer from a laminated menu than drinking homebrew with locals.

The Annapurna Himal faces Pokhara like an icy, crenellated wall, 40km across, with nine peaks over 7000m spurring from its ramparts and Annapurna I reigning above them all at 8091m. It’s a region of stunning diversity, ranging from the sodden bamboo forests of the southern slopes (Lumle, northwest of Pokhara, is the wettest village in Nepal) to the windswept desert (Jomsom, in the northern rain shadow, is the driest).

The himal and adjacent hill areas are protected within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). A quasi-park administered by a non-governmental trust, ACAP aims are to protect the area’s natural and cultural heritage and ensure sustainable benefit for local people. 

Annapurna Region Map

Popular Trek Routes

  • Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Manaslu Circuit Trek

The map is an artist Impression and not an actual map.

ANNAPURNA REGION

The Annapurna Circuit is renowned as one of the world’s greatest treks. While most trekkers follow the standard route there are a number of interesting side trips that can be added or alternate shorter treks if one lacks time to complete the entire circuit. Here we give a brief summary of the Annapurna Circuit as well as the possible side trips and alternate routes.

9 days
Moderate
hotel/guest hous

Trip highlights

    •  Trek to Poon Hill to see the beautiful panorama of the Himalayas
    •   Discover the unique cultures of the ethnic community of Gurungs, Magars, and Tamangs
    •   Explore the historic city of Kathmandu.
14 days
Moderate
3-star hotel in Kathmandu | Lodge & Tea House on the trek

Trip Highlights

    • Visit the UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu valley.
    • Spectacular view of mountains like Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, and many other peaks.
    • Stand at the base of the tenth-highest mountain in the world, Annapurna Base Camp.
    • Trek through the deep and tranquil forests of the Annapurna sanctuary.
    • Enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise over the Himalayas from Poon Hill.
    • Acquaint with the lifestyle and culture of the Gurung people.

     

20 days
Difficult
3-star hotel in Kathmandu | Lodge & Tea House on the trek