Trekking in Annapurna Region of Nepal

Without any doubt, The Annapurna region trekking is the average or classical normal trek, it doesn’t require an age limit but good health of a person in order to complete the trek.

It is the home of treks in Nepal. The trek duration is 3 to 21 days. Annapurna or Annapoorna means “the Hindu goddess of food and nourishment and Roop of goddess “Parvati” in Sanskrit language.

Thousands of trekkers and explorers make Annapurna their station during autumn and spring season. The Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre, Tilicho, and Dhaulagiri are momentous mountains and scopes of the Himalayas that will be seen during this journey. 

Pokhara can be considered as the starting point for trekking in the Annapurna region. 

Highlights of trekking in Annapurna Region

Annapurna base camp

Annapurna sanctuary 

Annapurna circuit

Ghorepani- Poon Hill- Ghandruk

Best season for trekking in Annapurna region

However in the Annapurna region, the trekking season is all around the year But we must be cautious about environment temperature, altitude, weather and about climatic situations before jumping for trekking. In Nepal, there is a different season. Some of them are

  1.  Spring (March, April, May)
  2. Autumn (September, October, November)
  3. Summer/Monsoon (June, July, August) 
  4. Winter (December, January, February)

         Due to the various altitude, landscape and climatic change, the weather and temperature can change drastically at any time. The best season to trek Annapurna region is Spring and Autumn, due to the mild and warm temperature during day and night. 

The vision will be clear from every direction and the risk of getting lost will be low due to the clean trail and way.

Trekking tips:

  • Start Early training

Before jumping for trekking, we must be physically and mentally trained. It’s never late to start our training. we must build up our strength and stamina. We must also build our leg strength through gym work.

  • Stay positive

Positivity plays an important role for our trekking. If we start trekking with fear and anxiety, It might have a negative impact on our trekking as we will be distracted from our goals. 

We must develop the habits of positivity in our mind.

  • Stay Hydrated time and again

It doesn’t matter if we are in a cold or hot climate, after walking we start to sweat and our body can lose a great deal of water as it tries to cool itself off.

So, it is important to drink plenty of water. Dehydration will cause serious health consequences such as nausea or heat exhaustion.

  • Start practice using your backpack

It’s obvious we will be carrying necessary items such as food, drink (energy boost), spare clothing and more. we must choose our bag with the right capacity. So our own choice of backpack is necessary. 

We can also look at each other’s body posture with adjustable chest and waist straps so that we can position it correctly on our back and also external compression straps so that the load doesn’t shift. 

  • Choose correct footwear

  Qualitative and comfortable footwear is necessary as well as walking training. A supportive pair of shoes with ankle protection is important but we should also be aware of the ankle irritation. 

The right shoes with the wrong socks will ruin our trekking trip. So while trying boots, wear the same shocks.  

Why do people love to explore the Annapurna Region?

  1. Different culture and ethics group

We will find different people with different religions, languages and cultures. There are brahmins and Chhetris in lower altitude and Mongolian people in Himalaya. We will also find Gurung and Magar. 

Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal. If we went to “Ghandruk ”, we can also visit the old Gurung museum.

  1.    Flora and fauna

In short “flora” refers to the plant life present in a particular region. It is home of 22 different forests with 1226 plant species. Among them, 55 species of plants are natives and only found in Nepal.

In short “fauna” refers to the animal life, present in a particular region. In Annapurna Conservation Area, there is a habitat of about 101 species of mammals including endangered species like snow leopard, musk deer, Tibetan argali and Tibetan wolf. 

It is the only area where all 6 Himalayan Pheasants of Nepal are found.

  1. Breathtaking Mountain landscape

Every year, many people including tourists explore the Annapurna region for the pleasure of enjoying beautiful mountain views. 

Many people learn about peace and serenity from the mountains. You can find a deep mental connection if you spend time with mountains. We will also find freedom in the mountains.

  1. Beautiful Vista

The trekkers are already welcomed by different species of the natural beauty of the Annapurna region. Annapurna region is also famous for shooting, filming, vlogging, photography etc. 

As people can’t unallowed themselves from capturing the memorable moment with nature. Sunsets and sunrise, mountain landscape, hot springs etc. are breathtaking. Words are not enough to explain the beauty of the Annapurna region. 

  1. Way of lifestyle

As we already know, trekking is also a way of life which teaches us about life and surviving. For that, the Annapurna region is best for exploring that’s why the number of people is rapidly increasing day by day for trekking. 

It teaches us about how to survive with fewer things, it builds confidence, self-satisfaction, happiness and saves us from anxiety, fear and depression.

Some of the popular treks around the Annapurna region

  1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna base camp trek which is also known as Annapurna sanctuary trek. Annapurna base camp trek regarded as the best and exciting trek after Everest base camp trek. It is the journey of the 10 highest mountains in the world at 4130m above sea level. 

The best season to trek the Annapurna is during spring and autumn. The trek route covers around 115 km. That is, we will be walking 10 to 20 km each day. Trek duration is 16 days.

  1. Jomsom Trek 

Jomsom trek is the next classical trek in the Annapurna region. The journey starts from Pokhara. It takes 6h 45 min (155.3 km) from Pokhara to Jomsom through Baglung Highway. It is situated along the bank of Kali Gandaki river, and famous for Shaligrams (fossils or black stone) which locals see as the form of god Vishnu. 

This trek can be completed within a reasonable time period without climbing the extreme altitude. Trip duration is 12 days whereas trek duration is 7 days.

  1. Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna circuit trek is considered as the best trek in Nepal for a long time. It almost takes 2 -3 weeks to complete the trek. When the Road construction and new trails began in 2005, the number of trekkers were satisfied.

But after a few years, the number of trekkers and length of a trek has been drastically decreased but it still offers the best adventure and is considered the best trek. Trip duration is 20 days whereas trek duration is 15 days.

  1. Ghorepani-poonhill Trek

Ghorepani-poonhill trek is the easiest and appropriate trek for the beginner with a short period of time expecting the real experience of trekking in Nepal. On the top part of this trek is poon hill with its amazing view of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and 26,795 ft.  The trek starts from Pokhara to Nayapul. Trip duration is 10 days whereas trek duration is 5 days.

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