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Annapurna Region Trekking

The Annapurna Sanctuary is a high glacial basin lying 40 km directly north of Pokhara. This oval-shaped plateau sits at an altitude of over 4000 metres, and is surrounded by a ring of mountains, the Annapurna range, most of which are over 7000 metres. With the only entrance a narrow valley between the peaks of Hiunchuli and Machapuchare, where run-off from glaciers drain into Modi Khola River, the Sanctuary was not penetrated by outsiders until 1956. Because of high mountains on all sides, the Annapurna Sanctuary receives only 7 hours of sunlight a day at the height of summer. The unique combination of heights and depths on the 5-7 day trek into the Annapurna Sanctuary give rise to an extraordinary variety of ecosystems. The south-facing slopes are covered in dense tropical jungles of rhododendron and bamboo, while the north-facing slopes, in the rain shadow, have a drier colder climate similar to that of the near-by Tibetan Plateau.

The entire sanctuary was held as sacred to the Gurung people, one of the many native people to inhabit the area. They believed it was the repository of gold and various treasures left by the Nāgas, the serpent-gods known in India. The sanctuary was believed to be the home of several deities, from Hinduism and Buddhism as well as older animistic gods. The peak of Machapuchare at the entrance was believed to be the home of the god Shiva, and the daily plumes of snow were thought the smoke of his divine incense. Until recently, the local Gurung people forbade anyone from bringing eggs or meat into the Annapurna Sanctuary, and women and untouchables were prohibited from going there as well.


The south face of Annapurna from the trekker's lodgings in the Annapurna Sanctuary.
In recent years, the number of trekkers to the Sanctuary has increased substantially, in part because the Sanctuary forms the base of one of the major routes to the peaks of the Annapurna range. The Annapurna Sanctuary is now part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which places restrictions on number of outside travelers, gathering of firewood, and domestic animal grazing.

Annapurna Region Trekking Packages

Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

Introduction to the trip The Upper Dolpo trek is one of the restricted treks located in the far western region of Nepal. This trek takes to the isolated region of the western part of Nepal, which has amazing landscapes along with the beauty of Tibet. It was open to foreigners after 1989 only. It is characterized by a semi-arid topography with a deep narrow hidden valley that offers a rolling semi-desert highlands. Hence, the trek gives the...

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Chulu Peak Climbing

Chulu Peak Climbing

Trip Introduction Chulu Peak is a part of the bigger Damodar Himalayan Range, which lies in the Manang district of western Nepal. It is situated in the North-East part of the popular Annapurna Mountain range of Nepal. Chulu Peak climbing is one of the most preferred adventurous activities of Nepal, and you will get to view the beautiful mountains of Nepal. Overview of the trip The Chulu Peak climbing is a 20 days adventurous peak climb...

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Pisang Peak Climbing

Pisang Peak Climbing

Introduction Pisang Peak climbing is one of the most adventurous lower peak climbing in Nepal. The peak has an altitude of 6092 meters and is one of the easier yet challenging trekking peaks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The peak lies above the Pisang village and has formed the shape of a pyramid in the summit. Also, the peak is in high popularity has it lies in one of the highest passes of the world, ‘Thorang La Pass.’ This c...

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Introduction to the trip If you are looking for an easy trek around the Annapurna region of Nepal, you should choose the Ghorepani Pool Hill trek. The popularity of the trek is growing due to the ease of the trek. As the trek takes only a few days to complete and can take you to the beautiful Himalayas of Nepal along with beautiful lush green forests of Nepal, it is one of the most preferred treks these days. Trip Overview For the trek,...

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

  Introduction to the Trip Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. As the trek is centered around the Annapurna region of Nepal, you will get to pass through the high mountain passes, many Buddhist as well as Hindu temples, pleasant and delightful farmlands, relaxing hot springs as well as beautiful mountain passes. The length of the route during the trek varies between 160-230 kil...

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Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

Introduction Mardi Himal is a 5.587 meters peak that was opened for the trek in the year 2012. At the elevation of around 4.500 meters, it offers you a base camp where you can find lodges and restaurants and rest there. The Mardi Himal trek is one of the best trekking trails that you can choose if you are a fan of the trekking experience of the off beaten paths. Also, if you are someone who loves to trek in the solitude of nature, it is the be...

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Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek

12 days

Introduction The shortened trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, popularly known as Short Annapurna Base Camp, is also among the most preferred trekking packages of the Annapurna region. You can cover the trek of 10-15 days in just 5-6 days with the Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek package. While you do not have much time but want to trek to the beautiful Annapurna region, this is the best trekking package that you can opt for. Overview The S...

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Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp

Introduction   The Annapurna Base Camp, located in the base of the Annapurna mountain range, is one of the most adventurous treks that you can try. As one of the classic trekking trails of Nepal, the Annapurna region offers you the views of the majestic mountains. Also, the region is famous for trekking as it will require you to pass through the beautiful landscapes of Nepal along with the scenic beauty of the alpine forests, bamboo as w...

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3 Days Poon Hill Trek

3 Days Poon Hill Trek

Trip Description  The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is one of the fascinating treks that you can try in Nepal. With the majestic views of the beautiful mountains along with the panoramic views of the sunrise as well as the sunset, it is one of the most adventurous treks of Nepal. The trekkers wishing to visit the Ghorepani-poon hill trek get to view the beauty of the Annapurna Himalayan range. In these three days trekking, you will get to enco...

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Dhampus Trek

Dhampus Trek

Dhampus Trek Introduction Dhampus is a small village situated in the Kaski District, Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal. With a small population of around 3000 people, it has become a popular tourist destination these days. This gateway to the Australian Base Camp allows you to get a closer view of majestic mountains like; Annapurna, Macchapuchre, and Dhaulagiri. This trekking destination is situated in the north from the Pokhara Valley...

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