One of the most popular trekking areas, Annapurna region is situated in Central Himalaya of Nepal. Annapurna region is the home of amazing mountains of the world, beautiful landscapes, variety of floras and faunas, diverse culture and ethnic communities of Nepal. Some of the gigantic mountains include Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and many more. Trekking in Annapurna region gives you the opportunity to experience all these in the most memorable way. We can guarantee that the astonishing scenery along the trek will not only blow your mind away but will also let you have the sense of accomplishment that you will treasure for your whole life. So, if you want to have some life changing adventures in this amazing region, here is the list of some of the popular treks of the region.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek, one of the most famous and loved trekking in Annapurna region, is an ideal adventure for cultural insight and astonishing views of tallest mountains like Annapurna II (7937 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), Gangapurna (7455 m), Machhapuchhre (6993 m) etc. You can experience the kaleidoscopic beauty of the villages, terrace farmlands, beautiful rhododendron forests and meet friendly local people throughout the trek. The maximum duration of this trek is around 7 days and the maximum elevation is 4130 m (Annapurna Base Camp). If you want to trek in this beautiful place, then autumn and spring are the best seasons as weather is nice during this time and you can experience the most beautiful panoramic views of mountains and glaciers.
Day 1 : Drive to Ghandruk (2012m)
Day 2 : Trek to Upper Sinuwa (2360m)
Day 3 : Trek to Deurali (3200m)
Day 4 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) and return to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3712m)
Day 5 : Trek to Jhinu (1736m)
Day 6 : Drive to Pokhara (822m)
Day 7 : Return drive to Kathmandu
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek, known as one of the most diverse treks in Nepal, is a classic trek which takes you all the way from subtropical jungle to high-altitude plateau, reaching to Thorung La pass at 5,419 m. It offers one of the most exciting journey and beautiful life changing experience. This Circuit is often considered to be the best trek not only in Nepal, but also in the world. The reason for this is the stunning vistas and constant views of Annapurna summits as well as the cultural variety from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture of Manang Valley and lower Mustang in higher elevations. This circuit takes you through terraced paddy fields, sub-tropical forests, rural farmland, high lands and glacial zones. One can also see the majestic views of some of the world’s giant mountains including Annapurna I, Annapurna Massif (I-IV), Manaslu (8,156 meters) and Dhaulagiri (8,176 meters).
The minimum duration of this challenging and difficult trek is around 15 to 20 days and total distance of this trek varies between 160 and 230 kilometers (100-145 miles), depending on the options one chooses to trek. The periods for trekking Annapurna Circuit are October – early December, and late Feb – March. This trek starts in Besisahar and ends in Tatopani, but road construction has opened up a number of options at both the beginning and end of the trek.
Day 01 – Drive to Besisahar, and Trek to Bulbule
Day 02 – Trek to Chamje (1410m)
Day 03 – Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m)
Day 04 – Trek to Chame (2710m)
Day 05 – Trek to Pisang (3240m)
Day 06 – Trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 07 – Acclimatization in Manang
Day 08 – Trek to Yak Kharka (4120m)
Day 09 – Trek to Thorung Phedi (4560m)
Day 10 – reaching Thorung La (5416m), Trek to Muktinath (3802m)
Day 11 – Trek to Jomsom (2750m)
Day 12 – Drive to Tatopani (1190)
Day 13 – Trek to Ghorepani (2750m)
Day 14 – Trek to Nayapul, and Drive to Pokhara
Day 15 – Return drive to Kathmandu
Poonhill Trek not only gives you the access to classic viewpoints of Annapurna ranges, but also gives you the chance to experience the culture of Gurung communities. You will get to know the ancient trails which connect local communities, pass through beautiful rhododendron forests and paddy terraces, and also get to enjoy the views of fascinating snow covered mountains. It is Nepal’s one of the shortest and easiest trek where you can enjoy the sight of fields and mountains including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I and Annapurna South at once.
The maximum duration of this trek is 5 days and maximum elevation you reach is 3210 m (Poonhill). The best season for Poonhill trek is September – November and March – May. But if you are fond of rhododendrons and beautiful green landscapes, then it’s better to visit Poonhill in April as the whole region will be in full bloom during this time.
Day 1: Drive to Pokhara
Day 2: Drive to Nayapul and start trek to Ulleri (1500m)
Day 3: Trek to Ghorepani (2874m)
Day 4: Trek to Poonhill and return back to Ulleri (1500m)
Day 5: Drive to Pokhara and return back to Kathmandu
Tilicho Lake Trek
A trek to world’s highest altitude lake Tilicho lake is a rewarding trek in Nepal that leads you to the magnificent routes along with traditional Manangi villages, beautiful landscapes of gorgeous Himalayan ranges, monasteries, waterfalls and fresh water lakes along the trail. This challenging Trek offers you the astonishing views of gigantic mountains like Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Tilicho Peak, Chulu East and West and many other mountains around the trails. The maximum duration of this trek is about 10 days and the maximum elevation is 4919 m ( Tilicho Lake ). As other treks in Annapurna region, Tilicho Lake Trek is also ideal during March – May and September – February.
Day 1 : Drive to Chame (2650m)
Day 2 : Trek to Pisang (3250m)
Day 3 : Trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 4 : Manang ( Acclimitization )
Day 5 : Trek to Khangsar village (3756m)
Day 6 : Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4200m)
Day 7 : Trek to Tilicho lake (4919m) and return to Tilicho Base Camp
Day 8 : Trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 9 : Trek to Chame (2650m)
Day 10 : Drive to Pokhara and Return back to Kathmandu