Trek through varied landscapes of Nepal's Annapurna mountains, past villages and on to viewpoints where you can see the full glory of the Himalayan landscape.
Walking in the Annapurnas with my daughter was once of the most special times of my life.
The Annapurna region is Nepal’s foremost trekking destination with everything from a gentle two-day foothills hike to a full-blown high-altitude trek. Access is easy via the town of Pokhara and routes take in Himalayan villages and multiple viewpoints enabling you to admire the superb snow-capped mountain peaks silhouetted against the brilliant blue sky.
- Treks short & long: Take your pick from a two-day trek or the three-week Annapurna Circuit with options in between. Shorter treks take you to 2,000-3,000m, pass villages and offer mountain views. Longer routes can go up 5,000m, take in popular viewpoints such as Poon Hill and venture into more remote areas like Annapurna Base Camp and the views are spectacular. The main routes use comfy, if rudimentary, lodges and elsewhere you are camping.
- Scenery & wildlife in the Annapurnas : As you ascend the scenery changes from lowland valley with waterfalls and rhododendrons to alpine forests of fir and pine and, finally, semiarid desert. One of the pluses of hiking here is that you can see the mountains from the outset as you ascend to various viewpoints on the undulating trails. With nigh on 500 species of birds in the region you should get some good sightings. It’s heartening to know that the beautiful and rare snow leopard is here even though you are unlikely to spot one.
- Conservation area: The Annapurna region is protected by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) which aims to uphold its rich biodiversity and cultural diversity. This area includes the world’s deepest river gorge, the world’s largest rhododendron forest and the world’s highest altitude freshwater lake. It contains numerous ethnic groups, each with their own culture, heritage and language. As well as conserving the environment ACAP manages tourism and ensures that local communities derive benefits from its income.