Annapurna Trek is one of the most popular trekking region in Nepal and 10th popular trekking destination in the world. The region is opened for trekking since 1950. The Annapurna region covers 7629 sq. Km. area with a population about one hundred and twenty thousand with their combination of multi culture and multi ethnic groups as well as with its diverse climatic zone from tropical to alpine.
The main attraction of Annapurna trek includes 8th highest mountain Annapurna 1st (8091m.), one of the highest lake Tilicho Tal at 4919m and trekking through Kaligandaki valley the deepest gorge in the world. Annapurna trek features a pass named Thorong la at 5416m.
The massif of Annapurna is home to various culture and bio diversity. The main people living in this area are Gurung, Magar, Bhotia and Thakali. Going further ahead to upper Mustang will bring you cultures very similar to Tibet as its located very close to Tibet border. The upper Mustang called country beyond the Himalaya is well known for its ancient Tibetan culture and heritage. The trek to Lo Manthang is a special trekking zone in Nepal and requires special permit.
Whenever we talk about Annapurna trek, we can’t miss Pokhara city because of its beauty. The Pokhara city is one of the beautiful city in Nepal with three different lakes Fewa, Begnas and Rupa. Pokhara city is also home to various temple and monasteries, caves, deep river gorges. Pokhara offers a gorgeous view of high Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri and fishtail mountain. The city of Pokhara is also known as home of British Gorkha soldier and a gateway for most of the trekking in Annapurna such as Annapurna base camp trek, Ghorepani trek, Jomsom Muktinath trek and upper Mustang trek except the Annapurna circuit trek which start at the city of Besisahar.
|Annapurna I||8,091 m (26,545 ft)||10th||28.595°N 83.819°E|
|Annapurna II||7,937 m (26,040 ft)||16th||28.539°N 84.137°E|
|Annapurna III||7,555 m (24,786 ft)||42nd||28.585°N 84.000°E|
|Annapurna IV||7,525 m (24,688 ft)||28.539°N 84.087°E|
|Gangapurna||7,455 m (24,457 ft)||59th||28.606°N 83.965°E|
|Annapurna South||7,219 m (23,684 ft)||101st||28.518°N 83.806°E|
|Total area||7629 sq. km|
|Major ethnic groups||Manangis, Thakali, Bhotia, Magar, Gurung etc|
|Highest point||8091m (Annapurna I)|
|Major rivers||Mardi, Modi, Madi, Seti, Kali Gandaki, Marshyangdi|
|Major destinations||Manang, Muktinath, Jomsom, Annapurna circuit, annapurna base camp, Ghorepani, Ghandruk|
|Special areas to trek||Upper Mustang, Nar and Phu village, Tilicho lake, Sikles ecotrek|
|Highest pass||Thorang La 5416m, Manang|
|Climate||Tropical to Alpine|
|Economic activity||Agriculture, Animal husbandry, Seasonal migration, tourism and military service|