Thamel Tourism Development Council

Annapurna Trekking Places

Annapurna Region Trekking
Annapurna Mountain Range and the village of Pokhara lies in central part of Nepal. There are three major trekking routes in central Nepal: to Jomsom, to Annapurna Sanctuary, and a circuit of the Annapurna Mountain itself. Pokhara is also a good starting place for short treks of one to four days, including the “Royal” trek, which is described here. Mustang is also geographically a part of the Annapurna region, but because treks to Mustang are subject to special restrictions, this is described it in the separate page on restricted area treks. About two-thirds of the trekkers in Nepal visit the Annapurna region. The area is easily accessible, hotels in the hills are plentiful, and treks here offer good scenery of both high mountains and lowland villages.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
This fourteen days trekking-route makes you feel the real adventure of life time, and really experience of Nepal. It offers best views of Annapurna range, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal and many other views of mountain peaks, you’ve never experienced before. Trekking route in the Annapurna region is one of the best in the world, with Poon Hill, the worldly famous sun-rise and its best panoramic place in earth. Nayapul, one hour scenic drive from Pokhara with some fabulous views of Annapurna (South) and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) route, is starting point of Annapurna Base Camp as well as round Annapurna Trekking. Eventually trekking routes take you to Poon Hill, a tremendous view point (Poon hill – 3194 m.) to view both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himal. The views at sunrise from Poon hill are simply stunning. Crossing local villages trail leads to Tadapani, Chhomrong. Then, our journey goes into the Annapurna Base Camp. Following the valley in between the huge gorge of Himchuli & Machhapuchhre, you will be led to Annapurna I tower, which is almost vertically above our head.

Mustang Lomanthang Trekking
Following the old trade-route to Tibet along the bank of the Kali Gandaki, Jomsom Muktinath Trekking explores the tremendous diversity of the Annapurna region. Mustang (forbidden kingdom), Mukainath and Jomsom are major and attractive destinations of this trekking. You will explore the beauty against the backdrop of majestic mountains before ascending to the famous pilgrimage site at Muktinath that adds the charm in your trip to Annapurna.

Situated on the boarder with Tibetan border, North of the Annapurna Himal, Mustang is a rugged mysterious arid and haunting wilderness region set amid a lunar landscape of wind eroded hills and cliffs. A Kingdom within this repulic state, Nepal, reminds us of the Lhasha of Tibbet. Mustang’s wealth was derived from its position on the Kali Gandaki / Thak Khola trade route to Tibet, the region still retains its own King.
Forbidden to foreigners until 1992 Mustang remains a controlled region where very few people visit, for the deliberate policy of cultural and environmental preservation. Our destination is the exotically walled city of Lo Manthang the seat of the minor King. The King’s Palace is surrounded by amaizing gompas and private houses all enshrined within the city’s boundary walls. Unmolested Mustang is frozen in time, and it remains one of the ultimate journeys ever likely to be made in one’s lifetime. The trek allows us to visit all the major villages on the route.

Ghorepani, Poon-hill Trekking
Ghorepani Trek is a short trek program, with easy grading. This trekking allows beautiful view of Machhapuchre (Fishtail), Annapurna Range and natural Pokhara city. Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal are other peaks, you can enjoy the view. Poon Hill provides facinating sunrise view.

After whole day’s driving, you’ll rest at night in Pokhara hotel. Pokhara offers you with a variety of choices for accomodation from normal tourist standard hotel to luxury hotels. Commencing from Nayapul, where you reach with a short drive, trekking trail leads to Ghandrung, a unique village. After exploring cultural villages, dense forests’ trail will lead back to Pokhara.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Annapurna Circuit Trekking starts from Beshi Sahar, 130 km West of Kathmandu, where we stay overnight. Following the Marshyangdi River, the Trekking route crosses paddy field, innumerable tiny streams, floras faunas and typical villages, and Manang (3597 m.), well known as desert country. Before entering Manang and approacing Thorong Pass (5416 m.), you will have acclimatization in Manang. This is needed to reduce possible risk like altitude sickness bacuase trekking route passes through fairly high altitude. Smoothly trek leads to higher, and reaches Thorang- La Pass, one of the highest passes in the earth. Soon after crossing Thorong-La Pass, trek decends to Muktinath in the lower Mustang region, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites.

This trek offers one of the best views of annapurna range: Nilgiri , Dhaulagiri , Tukuche-peak , Dhampus peak, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal other many more greatest views of mountains you’ve never seen before which makes you feel the real adventure of life time. Besides, day hiking, long treks through happy valley deep into the heart of mountains can be made. Thakalis, Gurungs, Magar, Manangis are the people that are found prevailing on the way. You will cross rhodondendron forest in trek that is another attraction. Other adventures like highest pass to lowest gorge (Kali Gandaki), subtropical to alpine vegetation climates are subject of interest.

Narphu Valley Trek
Narphu Vally Trekking leads to a hidden valley, where the people depend on livestock. Meaning of Nar-Phu is above the tree line, or the upper limits of cultivation, it is in the very north of Manang district. It takes five hours getting to the pass that links Nar with Manang and three other Bhotia villages in the Nyershang down valley.

Early people used to have salt trading with Tibet, but later, Nepal Government closed border with Tibet. The tortuous path leading from the valley into Tibet had never made them dependant on the salt trade, and till today, yak herding is the basis of their livelihood.
Apart from the odd researcher and climbing expeditions permitted to climb Him lung, Ratnachuli and Gachikang, few foreigners have visited the area and tourism infrastructure is almost non-existent. Since Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) recently extended its network and has included Nar and Phu Valley, it is preparing a suitable tourism development plan at the request of the government for undiscovered valley.

The Royal Trek
This trekking offering the views of the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and The Manaslu range is called Royal Trekking, because Price Charlse of Wales first travelled along the same route. It is a moderately easy trek and suite for those who are seeking to explore mountains in short holiday period.

People all though the world like to walk though this trekking route and like to visit this region. We see the many mountainous views: Annapurna south (7219m), Annapurna I (8091M), Annapurna II (7937M), Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Machhapuchhre (6993M), Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri (8167M) Hiunchuli (6441M), Lamjung Himal (6931M) and many other peaks and mountainous views.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking
This is a spectacular trek to the South Face of Annapurna I. Offers breathtaking views of the Fishtail Peak Machhapuchhare. Watch a magnificent sunrise over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges from Poon Hill.

Located within the Annapurna Conservation Area, the Annapurna Sanctuary trek offers both incredible mountain views and a chance to travel through scenic lowland villages. The bulk of the sanctuary is a gigantic glacier surrounded by 10 towering peaks each reaching above the height of 20,000ft forming an amphitheatre like structure. This trek offers the opportunity to experience the majesty of the Himalayas while staying at altitudes below 14,000ft. There will be several days spent in the Sanctuary, including trips to the Annapurna and Machhapuchhare Base Camps.
From Kathmandu you will board a bus to Pokhara for an overnight stay. The actual trek will start from a place called Phedi (“the bottom of Hill). From Phedi you will follow a ridge of Dhampus to reach the quaint mountain village.
From here you can get the first glimpse of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna (26,538ft). On the section of the trek below Chomrong you will walk through over hills, through villages of the area, and small lush forests on the way to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (12,201 ft/22,937ft). Spend 2 nights in Machhapuchhare Base Camp (12,201 ft). The 22,937ft high “Fish Tail Peak” of Machhapuchhare is considered one of the most beautiful mountains on Earth. From here it is on to the Annapurna Base Camp (13,431), site of Chris Bonington successful 1970 summit attempt. You can visit ancient Gurung and Magar villages on the Ghorepani Ridge, looking down towards the cascading Kaligandaki River and the deep gorge, one of the deepest in the world, it has carved out. After the magnificent splendour of the sunrise from Poon Hill you will proceed to Tikendhunga walking down through colourful Rhododendron forests, villages and terraced hills. The trek ends with a short drive to Pokhara.

TTDC President


Sameer Gurung

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