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Trekking Route in Annapurna region

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Annapurna Region trekkings are widely selected by national and international trekkers Annapurna region is one of the famous Trekking and Hiking regions around the world. The western region of Nepal is fully exposed in each Annapurna base camp trekking route. Yearly More than 250000 tourist visits the Annapurna region from different countries. Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world as we know that it is very hard to conquer than Everest.

Annapurna base camp trek route is highly chosen by trekkers due to its Easy to Extreme and short to long trekking routes respectively. Including a short trek route and long trek route, all kinds of budget travelers can do trekking in this region.

The Mustang trek located in the Annapurna region is of a very high budget (530$ only for a permit) while the Annapurna Base Camp trek and Annapurna circuit trek are comparatively less. You can get an amazing view of Mount Annapurna, Mount Manaslu, Mount Dhaulagiri, Ghangapurna, Macchapuchre, Himchuli Annapurna 2, 3, and 4 with Annapurna south, Mardi Himal, etc. from Annapurna region.

Depending on the route and budget, Annapurna region trekking routes are as follows:-

Annapurna Region trekking - Long trekking route

Annapurna Base camp Trek (ABC trek)

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is commonly known as the Annapurna sanctuary trek. Poonhill, Gurung culture, and the scenic beauty of the place's fascination with the Annapurna ranges are the foremost reason for the popularity of this trek.

It takes a total of fourteen days to complete the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Your trek begins from Kathmandu and ends after returning to Kathmandu. You will spend a total of nine days in the Annapurna region. The heavenly view of Annapurna (26,545 ft / 8091m), Himchuli (21, 132ft/ 6441m), Machhapuchhre (22,943 ft / 6,993m), Nilgiri (8652ft, 2637m), Dhaulagiri ( 26,795ft, 8167m) and many more ranges from  ABC  trek route will definitely win your expectation of being in Nepal Himalaya.

 Annapurna base camp trekking route begins from Nayapul, day by day you will pass many Gurung villages – Hile village (1496m), Banthanti (1015m), Ghorepani (2480m), Tadapani (2520m), Deurali (2960m), Sinuwa (2340m) and reach Annapurna base camp.

Rhododendron forest, Himalayan Life, and the hospitality of people are marvelous. The easy trial as compared to other mountainous trekking (Everest base camp and other treks in the Everest region) makes this trek more comfortable. You will get more facilities in this remote area.

Thus feel free and take a quick decision to trek ABC. One more advantage is you do not need mountain trek experience for the Annapurna base camp trek. Rather you will gain new experience which will definitely support and makes you ready for a challenging mountain trek in the Himalayas and other ranges of the world.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

There are numerous trekking options in the Annapurna region, Annapurna circuit trek is one of the best choices to explore the Annapurna region. Annapurna circuit trek itinerary includes 17 days treks from Kathmandu to Beshi Sahar (760m), Syange (1100m), Dharapani (1860m), Chame (2670), Pisang (3100m), Manang (3540m), Ice lake (4600m), Ledtar (4200m), Thorung Phedi (4450m), Thorung La Pass (5,416m), Muktinath (3760m), Jomsom (2720m), Tatopani, (2800m), Ghorepani (3210m), Poonhill (3210m), Tadapani (2630m) and Pokhara as major destinations.

These places mentioned above are not only beautiful in nature but are rich sources of culture, tradition, and ethics. Reflection of mountain life is clearly visible during the Annapurna circuit trek.

Off beaten trek in  Annapurna region, over the rocks and suspension bridges is threatened less, joyful more. Even beginners can easily attempt this trek.

The majestic view of Lamjung Himal (6988m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Tillicho (7134m), Pisang Peak (6019m) from various location adds beauty to the place. Flowing Marshyangdi spreads peace with its water. You will spend a wonderful time with hills, mountain ranges, forests, plants, animals, and people and will fall in love with the entire Annapurna region.

Tilicho lake Trek

Along with the Tilicho base camp, the Tilicho trek route extends to Tilicho Lake situated at the highest altitude in the world. The vehicle takes you to Beshi Sahar from Kathmandu.

There are various optional paths to reach the Annapurna region from Bashisahar (760m). For the Tilicho trek route, the path to Syange (1100m) is followed via vehicle. After reaching Syange trekking begins towards Dharapani (1860m). Day by day new Junction with wonderful scenic beauty surrounded by non-green hills, an agricultural farm, and a snowcapped Annapurna range welcomes you.

Chame (2670m), Pisang (3100m), Manang Valley (3540m), Shree Kharka (4,150m), Ice Lake (4600m), Tilicho base camp (5000m), Tilicho Lake (4919m), Thorang Phedi (4,450m), Thorang La Pass (5,416m), Muktinath (3800m) are the major destination of Tilicho trek. It takes a total of 16 days for completing the Tilicho trek leaving other destinations of the Annapurna circuit.

Depending on the desire of the trekker's destination can be added and you can extend the Tilicho trek up to 20 days or more. The longer the trek, the more will be the destinations.

The richest cultural and historical aspect, the desert appearance surrounded by the Annapurna range makes Tilicho trek memorable. The Tilicho lake definitely is beyond explanation regarding its beauty.

Nar Phu valley Trek

Nar Phu valley trek is a hidden gem of the Annapurna region. Exploring ancient Buddhist culture, in the shade of Himalayan beauty is an amazing part of this trek.

Nar Phu Valley trek route offers an off-beaten trial that begins from Jagat (1100m) after driving from Kathmandu.  Passing Dharapani (1960m), Koto (2610m), Meta (3560m), Phu Gaon (4250m), Nar (4110m), Kang La pass (5322m), Nawal (3660m), Manang (3540m), Yak Kharka (4110m), Thorong Phedi (4600m), Thorong La (5416m), Muktinath (3800m) you will reach Jomsom (2715m). From Jomsom, you will reach Pokhara by Flight. The Nar Phu Valley trek itinerary includes 19 days among which you will spend 14 days in the Annapurna region. You will spend one day in Pokhara after returning from Jomsom. Four days will be Kathmandu for arrival, tour, return from Pokhara, and departure day.

Besisahar to Koto is another route you can follow in the Nar Phu Valley trek. Starting from Jagat you will ascend to a higher elevation until you reach Kang La Pass (5322m). You will descend to Nawang and continue downward walking until you reach Jomsom. The scenic beauty of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak, pasture, and Marshyangdi River is more than amazing.

Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang trek is a unique trek in Nepal. Besides the green hills of Nepal, the upper Mustang trek route offers a desert outlook, sandy mountains, and non-green surroundings.

The Upper Mustang trek itinerary is of 18 days including arrival and departure. The Flowing Kaligandaki and Desert in the surrounding give fabulous beauty. The small patches of vegetation, and apple trees in villages add beauty to the place.

Upper Mustang trek cost is quite expensive than other Annapurna region trekking routes. Starting Upper Mustang trekking from Jomsom, you will reach Kagbeni. The holy river Kagbeni is the source of Saligram,- the incarnation of lord Bishnu in Hindu mythology. Trekking continues to Chele, Syanboche, Ghami, Tsarang, Manthan, Lo Manthan, Yara, Tannge, Chhuksang, Muktinath, and back to Jomsom. You will have full of adventure, and entertainment and get really a different view of Nepal.

Annapurna Region Short Trekking Route

There are different trekking spots in the Annapurna region that covers short distance but have enormous beauty. Some of the short trekking in Annapurna regions are listed below.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

The best short trekking in the Annapurna region is Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. From beginners to experienced trekkers, Ghorepani Poonhill offers adventure treks with less difficulty. The mesmerizing view of the Annapurna range, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal, rhododendron forest, and Gurung villages is a major attraction of this trek.

The Ghorepani Poonhill trekking route is neither easy nor difficult. It is a moderate trek with uphills and downhills, forest walks and streams, waterfalls, and biodiversity under the Annapurna range. Poonhill is a viewpoint where trekkers hurried early in the morning to view sunrise and rays falling on the Annapurna range.

Ghorepani Poonhill trekking route covers Nayapul, Hille, Ghorepani, Poonhill, Tadapani, and Ghandruk as main destinations. You will enjoy Kathmandu and Pokhara as well.

Ghorepani Poonhill itinerary is of 9 days including arrival and departure days. You will enjoy 5 days in Annapurna landscape, 2 days in Pokhara, and 2 days in Kathmandu.

Mardi Himal trek

The Mardi Himal trek route starts from Kande. Passing the Australian camp, Forest camp, Badal Danda, and High camp you will reach the viewpoint and Mardi Himal base camp. Every beginner can do this trek.

The sunrise view from the viewpoint of Himchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, IV, Machhapuchhre, and Mardi Himal in your surrounding gives a great view. Resting cloud covering the lower Annapurna landscape in the south gives a Heavenly view that you can’t stop capturing the moment.

Around 2 hours of walk from the viewpoint takes you to Mardi Himal base camp. You will be closer to Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal, and Annapurna ranges while standing on the pasture of the Mardi Himal base camp.

Dhampus trek

The Dhampus trek is a short and easy trek in the Annapurna region. The beautiful Dhampus village, Gurung culture, Annapurna range, Pokhara valley view, and Greenhills from the lower river to the horizon are a major part of this trek.

The Dhampus trek route begins from Phedi. Forest trails, stone steps, terrace farming, and trail through agricultural land connect Dhampus municipality. A short walk but an amazing trekking experience Dhampus village near Pokhara is the best short trek from Pokhara.

The Dhampus trek itinerary is of 3 days. hike to Dhampus village, Australian camp, Kande, and back to Phedi. You can extend the Dhampus trek to the Mardi Himal trek depending on your desire on exploring the Annapurna region.

Panchase Trek

Panchase trek is off beaten trek near Pokhara. A majestic view of the Annapurna range, Gurung culture, rhododendron forest leads you to the tallest point of Panchase hills.

Panchase hill trek route include Pumdi Bumdi, Panchase Bhanjyang and Bhadaure as major destination. The view of Annapurna landscape, Pokhara valley from Panchase hill is the best part of the trek. Physically fit people of all age can do this trek. Trekkers who don’t have enough time for Ghorepani poonhill trek, Annapurna base camp trek, Annapurna sanctuary can do Panchase trek as an alternative.

Panchase hill trek itinerary is of 4 days from Pokhara and 6 days from Kathmandu. You can also extend the trek with Pokhara and Kathmandu tour in your package.

Kori Sikles Trek

Annapurna region offers an amazing trek to Kori danda via Sikles village in the central point of Nepal. Kapuche Lake - the lowest glacier lake of the world in Sikles village is another attraction of the Kori trek. The off-beaten trial, forest walk, flowing river, stream, waterfalls, Gurung village, and Annapurna landscape with Annapurna range view is the major highlight of this trek.

Kori trek route includes Sikles (1950m), Hugu Goth (2026m), Nho-ta (3050m) and Kori (3800m) as major destinations. You will explore Sikles village, Gurung culture, and Kapuche Lake on the trek. The close-up view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, Himchuli, and Mardi Himal of Annapurna range from Kori Danda is amazing.

The Kori trek itinerary is 5 to 6 days. It is the best destination for nature lovers to explore the Annapurna region in a week.

One-day Hiking route in the Annapurna region

Pokhara Nepal is the best destination for both national and international trekkers and travelers. Exploring the Annapurna region in a day from nearby places of Pokhara is also chosen by various travelers.

The best one-day hiking routes in  the Annapurna region are listed below:-

Peace pagoda hike

Peace Pagoda hike is a 45-minute hike from the bank of Phewa lake to Peace pagoda. You will do boating in Phewa lake and reach the starting destination of hiking. Hiking trial includes certain portion of forest, and uphills. Enjoying the view of Pokhara valley, you will reach Peace pagoda in Pumdi Bhumdi village Development committee, Pokhara Nepal.

Peace pagoda is termed Shanti stupa in Nepali. The peaceful environment of Shanti Stupa, its white coloring, Lord Buddha in each corner of the monument, and the wonderful view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara valley is beyond amazing.

Dhampus hike

Dhampus hike is the best option for trekker who dont have much time but want to explore villages, forests and nature of Nepal. Driving to Phedi you will hike 3 hours to reach Dhampus village. The upstairs, peaceful forest walk, terrace farming, inocent villagers and amazing view of Annapurna rage is major highlight of Dhampus hike.

Ethnic Gurung culture, the Annapurna conservation area, and biodiversity in the hiking trial is the best for research as well. In a short time, you can quench your hiking desire and explore the Annapurna region in Dhampus hike.

Astam Village Hike

Astam village is the best destination to view sunrise and sunset along with Himalayan beauty in the Annapurna region. This mountain village offers a majestic view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I, Annapurna IV, and Annapurna landscape.

Astam village hike is of 5 -7 hours hike and starts from Pokhara. Traditional houses, organic food, Gurung culture, and the scenic beauty of the place are amazing to explore in a few hours during the hike.

Special trekking route in the Annapurna region

  1. Upper Mustang Trek
  2. Nar Phu trek 

Best time to Visit the Annapurna Region

The best time to visit the Annapurna regions is Autumn and Spring season.   Autumn season - the month of October, November, and December is best because the weather remains pleasant. Moderate temperature, blooming of flowers, greenery, and snowy mountains add the beauty of the place and makes traveling better. very less or no rainfall occurs due to which no chance of slipping or sliding occurs. Similarly, in Spring - the months of March, April, and May also the weather remains brilliant, the fantastic view of snowcap mountains, and newly grown buds of plants adds new life in them and make the scenery more than perfect.  There will be less or no rainfall thus you can fully enjoy your walk with nature.



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