The protected Annapurna Conservation Area is renowned for its diverse landscape and wonderful trekking. Meaning ‘mother who feeds’ in Sanskrit, the Annapurna region with its majestic mountain peaks and cultural charms is true nourishment for the soul.
At the heart of the region is the mountain from which it takes its name. Annapurna stands at an impressive 8,091m and is surrounded by dozens of other mountains in excess of 7,000m. The massif is bound by the Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west, the Marshyangdi River on the north and east and Pokhara Valley on the south.
Fertile farmland and dense forest give way to the windswept desert and snow-covered peaks, offering hikers sumptuous views at every turn. The region is suited to short treks which together with its proximity to Pokhara, makes it a great option for those with less time at their disposal. Of course, if you do have time on your side, there is ample opportunity for longer treks.
Annapurna’s villages are also full of charm, with stone homesteads dotting the ridgelines and traditional life continuing as it has done for centuries.
What to do
- Village visits