Annapurna Region, Nepal: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

 Annapurna TrekkingAnnapurna Base CampChomrongGhandrukHanging Bridge of GhasaKagbenimanangMachhapuchhre Seen From Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which means “full of grain” and it can also be translated as “Goddess of Harvests”. She is an alternative form of the goddess Durga. Annapurna Region is an area in western Nepal. It includes the most popular treks in the world. The region is located around the Annapurna Range, the Dhaulagiri Range and Kali Gandaki River valley. There are peaks including Annapurna I (8,091m), Nilgiri (7,061m) and Machhapuchchhre (6,993m).  These peaks are visible from all over the region when the days are clear. There are also the most popular treks which are the Annapurna Circuit trek which is around the Annapurna Range, the Kaligandaki River Valley which is the world’s deepest calley and the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. Annapurna is a collection of mountains in the Himalayas. It is not an administrative region. There are two zones in this area which are Gandaki and Dhaulgari. The districts in the Annapurna Region are Baglung, Kaski, Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. Mustand is located in the western part of Nepal and the region is mostly Tibetan than Hindu. Mustand is the only district in Nepal which has a King. The Mustang’s citizens call themselves Lobas. The cities in the Annapurna Region are Chomrong, Ghandruk, Ghasa, Ghorepani, Jomsom, Kagbeni, Kalopani, Larjung, Manang, Marphna, Muktinath,Ongre, Tatopani, Tirkhedunga, Tukuche and Ulleri. 

Annapurna Base Camp

It offers treks on the most elevated mountains on earth including Annapurna I. The trekking  offers knowledge into Nepalese life, ethnic diversity and an exploration in Himalayas. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project protects the Annapurna Region. It is possible to start the trek from Pokhara  and it takes two weeks to arrive the Annapurna Base Camp. It is possible to trek any time of the year except any  time of rainstorm. 

Annapurna Circuit

It is one of the most popular treks in the world. During trekking, it is likely to enjoy a scenic view with leafy pine forests, rivers and arid lanscapes. The trek takes between 17 to 21 days long. The trek includes four regions which are Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. It goes counter-clockwise from Besisahar to Nayapul and the summit is reached in Thorung La at the height of 5416m. It passes mountains like Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Annapurna I, II, III, IV,  Gangapurna and Dhaulagiri. At the end of the trek, there is Poon Hill where is is possible to come across with the views of two mountains. While trekking, it is also possible to get through some Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites such as the village of Muktinath. 

Getting There and Around

In order to get in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, ait is compulsory to obtain a permit. They are issued in Pokhara and Kathmandu. To reach the Annapurna Region, there are buses arriving from Pokhara and dropping off at Birethanti. Another option to get in the Annapurna Region is by plane to Jomsom. There are daily flights from Pokhara in order to get there. Their efficiency mostly depends on the weather. The airport has no paved runway or electricity. To get around in the Annapurna Region, walking is the best option because there are no paved roads but only foot trails. It is possible to walk around by carrying a map or guidebook but it can be difficult for foreigners because there are plenty of trekking  and local trails.