Top 3 Popular Routes in Annapurna Region
Annapurna region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal, to the point that you might be shocked at how a mountain top 100s of kilometers away from the highway can be so crowded. The Annapurna region is full of ups and downs, quite literally as you will be walking aongside deepest gorge in the world and ascend till the challenging Thorong la pass. That definitely earns you bragging rights for life.
Annapurna region is vast, so there are quite a few trekking routes for you to take, depending on whether you’re looking for a long and difficult trek or a shorter one.
Here are some of the most popular ones.
Annapurna Base Camp
The trek to Annapurna Base camp starts at Phedi, which is at a distance of 45 minute drive from Pokhara. The trek begins through some traditional villages then taking you through the dense rhododendron forest showing you the glimpse of snowy peaks in the background. The highest point of the trek is Annapurna Base Camp, from where you will be able to get the closest and most amazing view of Annapurna Himalayan Range.
This is one of those treks where the return walk might be more fun. You will be returning towards Ghorepani which provides some spectacular view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
The best time to go on this trek is spring, when all rhododendron flowers come to life. But, this trek can also be done at other times of the year apart from the monsoon season which is usually July – August.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is also referred to as the RAT, Round Annapurna Trek. This trek offers diverse trails ranging from lush green rice paddies at the lowlands of the Marsyangdi to the breath taking (quite literally) high altitude Himalayan interior. This trek is sure to provide a complete trekking experience due to the cultural and ecological diversity you will experience along the way.
Starting from the Marsyangdi low lands, you will go as high as 5416m crossing the Thorong La pass and descend down to the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki. You are in for a trip of a life time and lifetime of bragging rights after this trek. A sacred highlight of this trek is the visit to Muktinath, which is regarded as the pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. This trek takes about 2 weeks. Find the detail itineary here -> Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Poonhill Trek
This is the easiest trek on our list, but definitely one of the most popular ones. It’s one of the short treks you can do if you are a beginner trekker or are on a limited time constraint. The trek begins at Nayapul, which is at a couple of hours drive from Pokhara. You will make your way through the dense rhododendron forest in Annapurna Conservation Area and interesting traditional villages. This trek is a great opportunity to understand gurung culture better.
The trek caps off at poonhill, which is also known as Photographer’s paradise. The view of the Himalayan range is spectacular to say the least. You will wanna reach Poonhill pre-dawn as the sunrise view is something you won’t wanna miss.