Annapurna Region Found on most best hiking trails lists of the world Annapurna is the number one trekking region in Nepal. With a varied geography of subtropical landscapes filled with rice terraces and citrus trees to the edge of The […]
Found on most best hiking trails lists of the world Annapurna is the number one trekking region in Nepal. With a varied geography of subtropical landscapes filled with rice terraces and citrus trees to the edge of The Tibetan Plateau The Annapurna Circuit and it’s sister trails have the most variety of scenery and culture in the Himalaya. It’s also logistically an easy region to navigate as most treks can be based from Pokhara, which is an ideal place to start and end a trek. With wonderful guesthouses, beautiful Phewa Lake, and lots of day activities from hiking and paragliding to paddling and cultural visits to “old Pokhara” and the Tibetan refugee camps of the area it’s tempting to extend your stay.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is also one of the best trails to hike if you’re new to trekking at higher altitudes. One we highly recommend as your first trek of Nepal. There are some challenging portions of the trail including the day you’ll cross the Thorung La pass, at 5416 meters the highest point of the trek. Overall though on most days, you’ll be hiking up and down gentle slopes. Because of its popularity, the region features a large variety of guesthouses that have delicious food and comfortable beds. It’s also known as the “apple pie circuit” for all of the guesthouses that serve apple pie. It’s fun to try all of the different versions of this tasty dessert after a day hiking.
Most trekkers start the route from Besishar, but depending on where you’ll end your visit the Annapurna Circuit can last anywhere from 15-20 days. If you don’t have the time needed to do the circuit there are other amazing treks in the region that are filled with exciting days on foot with fantastic views and comfortable guesthouses.
Annapurna Base Camp is an extremely popular trek in this region and unique in that in just a short time, you’re at the base of 7000-8000 meter peaks. Filled with rice terraces, rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes in just 12 days you can experience this and the ultimate destination, Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m of Annapurna I (8091 m). You’ll also get up close views of Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m).
For an introduction to trekking in Nepal with little risk of altitude sickness, the Ghorepani/Poon Hill Trek is a great choice for travellers with only a few days to spare. Anyone with a moderate fitness level can complete this trek that reaches a height of 3210 meters with majestic views of the Annapurna Range.Share this tour
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