The Annapurna Region, located in the Annapurna Conservation area, offers more than a dozen very popular trekking itineraries. The region is located in central Nepal and the starting point for most treks is conveniently located close to the welcoming city of Pokhara, which in itself is a major attraction. The region's popularity is well earned with its rich Tibetan and Nepalese cultural diversity, amazing landscapes, spectacular mountains, and remote villages where many trekkers find accommodation in tea houses and spend evenings in conversation with fellow trekkers and local tea house owners. Most trails climb from lowland areas rich in sub-tropical vegetation up through a varied landscape of flora and fauna to dry windswept areas above the tree line. The trekker will pass through forests of tall rhododendrons, oaks, bamboo, ferns, and orchids, and view an amazing variety of bird and animal habitats. The Annapurna region offers a trekking challenge and adventure for every category of trekker. Some treks are less challenging and suited more for families while others are more difficult where the trekker must be in good physical shape and be prepared to spend extended time at higher altitudes and in remote areas.
HNT highly recommends the following treks:
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek (10 days) is easy to moderate in difficulty. This trek is famous for its beautiful diverse landscapes and spectacular mountain views, including Mt Machhapuchhare and the Annapurna region peaks, especially when viewed from the incredible amphitheater of Annapurna Base Camp. The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek (8 days) trek is a shorter easier adventure. The trekker is treated to some of the best panoramic views of the Himalayas, vast forests of rhododendron trees, Gurung and Magyar villages with their traditional lifestyle and farming practices, a 3,300-step stone staircase, a jungle walk, and to many bird and animal encounters.
The Annapurna Circuit trek (11 days) is considered to be one of Nepal’s premier treks and is for those looking for more challenge and adventure. The trek is noteworthy for its cultural diversity and spectacular landscapes. Side trips to Tilcho Lake Trek (high-altitude lake) or into the isolated unexplored Nar- Phu Valley Trek are options. This trek starts in a subtropical region and climbs up to the very challenging Thorong La pass (5416 m), then descends into the spectacular Kali Gandaki Valley.
The Dhaulagiri Circuit Camping trek (19 days) offers extreme adventure and camping, and it demands good physical and mental strength. The trail traverses two passes over 5000 m and care must be taken on steep graveled descents sometimes over loose scree and on icy sections. The trail offers the trekker magnificent views of the world's 7th highest mountain (Dhauglagiri, 8167m) and passes the world's deepest gorge (Kali Gandraki).
The Nar Phu valley trek (17 days) is of moderate difficulty and travels through a remote, solitary region visited by a few trekkers. The area is little influenced by tourism and the inhabitants who live in ancient stone-walled villages carry on their traditional lifestyle with yak and sheep herding supplemented by some agricultural crops. The trek offers a glimpse into an untouched world.
Thorong La Pass via a Side trip to Tilcho Lake (14 days) is a trip of moderate difficulty, although some traverse sections on loose scree can make the going difficult. This trek introduces the Tibetan people, their culture, and traditional farming practices travels at times through a deserted treeless geography and provides excellent viewpoints of the Annapurna peaks, Mt Tilcho, and its melting glacier, and the high altitude Tilcho Lake (4920m).