Annapurna is the most popular trekking region in Nepal. It’s outstanding beauty, diverse landscape, vibrant culture, easy accessibility and the great number of tea houses make it Nepal’s number one destination for travellers.
The beauty of the deep valleys and high mountains, the ever changing scenery and the incredible diversity of all life make the Annapurna region so special. The highest peak in the region is Annapurna I, at 8,091 m the tenth highest peak in the world and also one of the most dangerous to climb. There are countless possibilities for short and long, easy and difficult treks.
The main town Pokhara is a good starting point for different trekking routes; Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Sanctuary, the Royal Trek, Jomsom Trek, Ghorepani and others. Many people consider this area the most beautiful place in the world. The region is very popular and there are plenty of tea houses for trekkers to have a rest or stay overnight. The name Annapurna means “full of food”, the region is named after Annapurna, the Hindu Goddess of nourishment – so it is not surprising that the region is particularly known for fantastic curries and … apple pies! So hungry trekkers can, after a long day’s walk, always be sure there is some delicious Dal Bhat waiting for them.
Great parts of Annapurna have been made a conservation area, to protect the vulnerable environment. To avoid interest conflicts with the local population the area was not declared a National Park, which would involve a majority of the population having to leave the region. Instead it has worked with the locals, involve them and emphasize environmental education. The conservation area is financially supported by a fee trekkers have to pay when visiting Annapurna.