- Annapurna Region
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
- Jomsom Muktinath Trek
- Mardi Himal Trek
Annapurna Base Camp TrekOperated By Outfitter Nepal
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a world-renowned trek, located in the lap of the Annapurna Himalayas. Unforgettable views of the surrounding...
Annapurna Circuit trekOperated By Alpine Ramble
During this trek you will walk through the subtropical jungle, Tibetan settlements, the world’s deepest gorges, natural hot...
Annapurna Base Camp Short TrekOperated By Outfitter Nepal
We at Outfitter Nepal have carefully designed this 08 day Annapurna Base Camp Trek for those having limited days and still want to reach the...
Annapurna Base Camp TrekOperated By Alpine Ramble
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you to one of the most astonishing Himalayan kingdoms, where you can experience a country's culture and.....
Ghorepani Poon Hill TrekOperated By Outfitter Nepal
The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking or hiking bliss amidst some of the most amazing eco-trails in the world, you will experience the nature,...
Annapurna Circuit TrekOperated By Alpine Club of Himalaya
This is the absolute classic ABC Trek but then accelerated. It will also help to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. There is not much time! What...
Ghorepani Poon Hill TrekOperated By Nepal Eco Adventure
The trek to Poon Hill is a perfect introduction to the magnificent Annapurna region trekking. The short and easy trail of Ghorepani Poon...
Jomsom Muktinath TrekOperated By Alpine Club of Himalaya
Join Alpine Club of Himalaya's trekking expedition to the Mustang region that includes the world's deepest gorge of the Kali Gandaki River.
Annapurna CircuitOperated By Outfitter Nepal
Annapurna Circuit is a world-classic trekking around the Annapurna Himalayas and an unforgettable odyssey through amazing diversity in...
Ghorepani Poon Hill TrekOperated By Alpine Club of Himalaya
The trek offers spectacular mountain scenery along with charming villages inhabited particularly by the Gurungs and the Magars, dense...
Annapurna Sanctuary TrekOperated By Outfitter Nepal
The Annapurna Sanctuary is known to be the classic walk through the Annapurna Conservation Area, right into the soul of the mountains as...
Annapurna Base Camp TrekOperated By Nepal Eco Adventure
If you are short in time and you already have enjoyed some experience trekking in the Himalayas, then this accelerated version of the...
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you looking for reasons to go trekking in the Annapurna Region in Nepal? You don’t need many. The Annapurna Region is the Mekka for hiking, trekking and even climbing. There are not many places in the world where access is so easy and where adventurers can combine trekking with having a relaxed holiday. Logistics in this part of the world are easy and as trekking provides an income to many in the region, you can great standards of hospitality, accommodation, and safety.
The great thing about trekking in the Annapurna Region is that there is a lot to choose from. If you want to keep it easy and short, you can go catch the sunrise on Poon Hill. If you want a little bit more than that, you can choose the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, which also includes Poon Hill. This trek is also known as the ABC-Trek or the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. If you have more time and would like to see the most of the Annapurna Massif, you should definitely consider the Annapurna Circuit. Are you not too keen on sharing your experiences with too many other people on the trail? Try the Jomsom Muktinath Trek or the mesmerizing Mardi Himal Trek.
The first thing that comes to mind when speaking about Mount Everest is climbing. The first thing that comes to mind when speaking Annapurna is trekking. You can, however, go climbing in Annapurna and go trekking in Everest. One of the main reasons for choosing the Annapurna Region over the Everest Region is the access and altitude. Pokhara, the city of lakes, is the second largest city of Nepal and is a great starting point of trekking in the area. Guesthouses and hotels are well accommodated for trekkers and there is plenty to do before and after your trek. Unlike in the Mount Everest Region, your trek is not dependant on the flight schedules of the plane from Kathmandu to Lukla.
The Annapurna Region is home to the Annapurna Massif. The Annapurna Massif counts sixteen peaks over 6,000 meters (20,000 ft), thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 ft) and one peak over 8,000 meters (26,000 ft). The highest peak is Annapurna I and ranked 10th highest peak in the world. Other peaks that you can see on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Circuit are:
- Annapurna II (7,937 m – 26,040 ft)
- Annapurna III (7,555 m – 24,786 ft)
- Annapurna IV (7,525 m – 24,688 ft)
- Gangapurna (7,455 m – 24,457 ft)
- Annapurna South (7,219 m – 23,684 ft)
- Annapurna I Central (8,041 m – 26,414 ft)
- Annapurna Fang (7,647 m – 25,089 ft)
- Khangsar Kang (7,485 m – 24,557 ft)
- Tarke Kang (7,202 m – 23,629 ft)
- Lachenal Peak (7,140 m – 23,425 ft)
- Tilicho Peak (7,135 m – 23,409 ft)
- Nilgiri Himal North (7,061 m – 23,166 ft)
- Nilgiri Himal Central (6,940 m – 22,769 ft)
- Nilgiri Himal South (6,839 m – 22,438 ft)
- Machhapuchchhre a.k.a. Fish Tail Mountain (6,993 m – 22,943 ft)
- Hiunchuli (6,441 m – 21,132 ft)
- Gandharba Chuli (6,248 m – 20,499 ft)
The Annapurna Region, along with the rest of Nepal has 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The months from March to May and from October or November are the most popular for trekking at the Annapurna Massif. What must be said, is that every trekking season offers its own excitement and atmosphere for hikers. You can read more about the most favorable trekking and hiking seasons in Nepal in this blog post.
Hiking or trekking in the Annapurna Region can be a challenge. But this doesn’t mean that you can not do it. If you like hiking and make sure you start to get fit well ahead of the start of your trek, you can definitely make it.
The average trek in the Annapurna Region is not difficult but hikers and trekkers should still be moderately fit. After all, you are stilling trekking through the Himalayas of Nepal. If you are wondering what it physically takes to go trekking in Nepal and what you can do to become the fittest version of yourself, check out this blog post.
Both the Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek are quite exciting in their own way. If your goal is to get the best views of the Annapurna Region, then you can choose either one. On either trek, the Annapurna Massif will be center of attention. One great advantage of the Annapurna Circuit over the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is that you are hiking in a circular direction. This means that you won’t be seeing things twice. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek includes, you’ve guessed it, Annapurna Base Camp. This is excluded on the Annapurna Circuit, or you must be adding an extension.
As most foreign visitors to Nepal land in Kathmandu, they are likely to go trekking in regions other than Annapurna. This is the first hurdle to trekking in the Annapurna Region. One has to actually travel to Pokhara. All the trekking providers by default offer transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Some by bus, others by plane. An itinerary usually includes hotel accommodation in Pokhara and transport from Pokhara to Besisahar. This is where some of the costs sit.
Although you do not need to pay some kind of entrance fee, you still need to pay for permits. Without it is impossible to hike in the Nepal Himalayas.
For the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you need two kinds of permits:
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System): This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR.
ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit): As you will be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need a permit.
All permits are arranged by your trekking provider.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our hikes and trekkings low. Our trekking guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all guided treks and hikes in the Annapurna Region.
When you are planning to go trekking or hiking in the Annapurna Region, you can expect to stay in a decent hotel in Pokhara and you are likely to stay in teahouses along the trek. Regardless of where you stay in Nepal, do not expect a luxury show. Accommodation is relatively basic but is perfect for those who are resting their legs from hiking and trekking. Down below you can read more about staying in teahouses.
Tea houses are small hotels known as Bhatti. Them being small hotels, you can expect a certain level of comfort. Yes, you can, but just know that comfort is a relative concept. They are comfortable to the extent that you have a place to sleep and that you can enjoy home-cooked meals. That’s right, tea houses are run by local families who have opened their houses to trekkers passing by.
Because trekking in Nepal has become so popular in recent years, more and more tea houses have opened their doors and the concept has improved over the years. The more popular your route, the better the quality of your tea house is. If you are headed to Everest Region or the Annapurna Conservation area you can expect to see tea houses being of good quality. Quality meaning that you can expect flush toilets, hot showers and in some cases wireless internet. The use of these amenities is at an extra charge. On popular routes, it is even likely that you will stay in a building that has been built with the sole purpose of serving as a tea house. Read more about staying in teahouses here.
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