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Annapurna Region Trekking- Home to some of the beautiful trekking holidays

Annapurna region is a classic trekking destination that lies on the central -north part of Nepal offers both soft and adventure trekking holiday packages. Annapurna region is a massif Himalayan range that includes two peaks over 8000 meters, thirteen peaks over 7000 meters and sixteen peaks over 6000 meters. Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Mount Annapurna I (8091 m) are the highest peaks in the region. Mr. Maurice Herzog, leader of the French Himalayan expedition, scaled the top of the Annapurna I in 1950. The Annapurna region’s popularity is well deserved as the region is home to some of the stunning treks. Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Jomsom Muktinath and Ghorepani Poon Hill treks are some of the most popular trekking trails within the region.

The Annapurna Region trekking has been widely recognized as a paradise for naturalist as well. The region offers spectacular views of mountain peaks, unique landscape, wild animals, and monasteries as well as mixed cultural trekking, hiking and home stay trips. The region offers not only the splendid views of high Himalayas but also home to some of the wild animals including Blue Sheep, snow leopards and other species of the birds namely Blood Pheasant, Kokila, etc, butterflies and insects, because the upper sub-alpine grassland of the this region harbors these some of the rare species of the earth. Furthermore, the native plants can also be found in this forest, therefore the government of Nepal has declared this region as the conservation area and launched Annapurna conservation area projects in 1986 to conserve the varieties of orchids and rhododendron apart from the species of birds, animals and indigenous people residing in the region.

Pokhara, the most beautiful city of Nepal, and Beshishar a beautiful village, are the famous trekking starting points of the Annapurna Region. The beautiful Manang village, Thorong la Pass, Holy Muktinath Temple and terrific Jomsom with a small airstrip, are the major highlights of this region. Also, the Annapurna region is blessed with the world’s highest Tilicho Lake and stunning Poon Hill view tower. Furthermore, there are the settlements of diverse communities in this region such as Bramin, Chhetri, Tibetan sherpa, Thakali, magars, Tamang and Gurung. Geographically, upper mustang also lies in the Annapurna region, the trek to Upper Mustang starts from Jomsom.

The region is much popular among the exotic trekkers because of its easy access. Tea houses/mountain lodges en route are plentiful and every trekking itinerary offers good views of both the high mountains and lowland villages. There are many options to reach around the Annapurna region, we can take a comfortable bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara with a 200km scenic drives. For those who are having a limit of time, the daily flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara is another easy and fast option to reach the Annapurna region. Normally you can take a morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and start the trek on the same day to Annapurna Region. It is also possible to extend your trip from Pokhara to Chitwan National park either by vehicle or by doing rafting. We at Alpine Eco Trek arrange all Annapurna trekking trips either that is tea house or camping or luxurious guest house trekking that maybe private or group joined with family, friends, relatives , student in huge or small groups as per the demands of the clients’ desire and holiday schedule.

Attraction of Annapurna Region

Annapurna conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of bio diversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environment conservation and socio economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched from 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation... See more.

The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is an essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in the protected area management with its modalities based on the integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to its fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.

Meaning of Annapurna
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m),
Mt. Annapurna I (8091m),
Mt. Manaslu (8163 m),
Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) ,
Mt. Annapurna III (7555m),
Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m),
Mt. Annapurna south (7219m),
Mt. Nilgiri (7041m),
Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m),
Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m),
Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),
Tukuche peak (6920m),
Tilicho peak (7134m).

Culture and People of the Annapurna Region
One of the unforgettable experience of this region is culture and life style of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to last census over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder and timber. Almost each of group have their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go for trekking in Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.

Flora and Fauna
In Annapurna region, we can see the diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we  go to higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.

Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles.  In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.

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