Trekking in the Annapurna Regionis considered to have some of the world’s best treks. It is a first rate destinations for mountain fanatics and natural beauty seekers as it has boundless cultural variety, splendid views of snowcapped mountains and many forms of wildlife and flowers. This region’s popularity is well deserved as nowhere else do you get such a varied feast of scenery and hill culture and the logistics are relatively simple.
Annapurna is the biggest conservation area of Nepal with 7,639 square kilometers. This area is protected by the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP). You can find over 100 varieties of orchids and some of the richest temperate rhododendron forest in the world. Many plants native to Nepal are found in the forested areas. Trekking here has been wildly recognized as a naturalist’s paradise where the upper sub- alpine steppe environment harbors some of the rare snow leopards and blue sheep. Other areas of the region protect bird species such as the multi-colored Impala, kola, and blood pheasant amongst a multitude of other birds, butterflies and insects.
The trekking here enables you to encounter vistas of the peaks of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Annapurna South peaks, Mt. Dhaulagiri and several others. Treks in this region amid the mountains have scenery that is hard to match and with the villages and monasteries you encounter offer an interesting slice of Nepali, Tibetan, and Trans-Himalayan subculture.
The most popular treks in this region are Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base camp, Ghorepani Poon Hill, Annapurna Siklis, Royal trek, Jomsom Muktinath, Mardi Himal, Mustang etc. which are not to rushed to have full enjoyment of close up views of mountains, ancient culture and diverse biology passing through some of the stunning scenery in this heavenly country Nepal.
The trek to Mustang is subject special restriction. This is described in the page on restricted area treks.
Trekking in the Annapurna Region starts and finishes close to Pokhara which is the 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 trail heads.