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
Ghorepani poon hill trekking is one of the popular trekking in the Annapurna region. Ghorepani poon hill trekking offers excellent Himalayan views including the Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m), (Annapurna I 8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Himchuli( 6,441m) Fishtail / Machhapuchhare (6,993m), Nilgiri (7,041m) and other famous mountains in this area can be seen from poon hill. Poon hill (3,210m) is one of the best viewpoints in Annapurna trekkin...View Trip
Sikles trek offers six-day camping trip to the typical Gurung village with the spectacular mountain views and terraced field in the Annapurna region that is located the east of Pokhara. Kalikasthan village is the hike starting point after 6-hour car ride from the Kathmandu. The second-largest Gurung settlement is interesting with the culture, ethnic language, and lifestyle. The rhododendron blooms in spring along the trail. The maximum heigh...View Trip
A popular journey through the largest rhododendron forests to the foothill of the majestic Annapurna, unfolding before us an extensive range of mountains complete with diverse mid-hill Nepali cultural experience. The Annapurna Base Camp trek packages the finest of the most popular trekking region of Nepal – the Annapurna, spread over manageable days of the trek. The difficulty level of the trail is moderate with challenges in s...View Trip
Annapurna base camp trekking is most popular trekking route in Annapurna region, where you will enjoy with different excellent Himalayan scenery including the Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri(7,041m), Fish-tail/ Machhapuchhare (6,993m), Annapurna first (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219m) and Himchuli (6,441m) and much more. You also have the chance to observe mixed cultures such as Gurung and Magar. Annapurna base camp trekking is wonderful trekking w...View Trip
A Complete Guide to Mardi Himal trekking: a recently opened short trekking route in Nepal. The trek was only available for a handful of trekkers but now has been made available for everyone. If you prefer to witness the vivid and diverse beauty of Nepal in a relatively short time, this trip might just be for you. You’d be amazed to realize how blessed Nepal is, naturally. The geographical diversity is spectacular. Mardi Himal Trek...View Trip