Annapurna trekking is another most popular destination for adventure travelers in Nepal. Trekking in this area offers good scenery of both high mountains and lowland villages. Annapurna trekking has also been recognized as one of the world’s best trekking trails according to a survey by Modern Maturity (USA). As the name suggests, the centerpiece of this place is the range of mountains that includes Annapurna I, the first of the 8000 m peaks to be climbed. Also included in this region is another 8000 m giant, Dhaulagiri, which is located west of Annapurna I. Between these two mountains lies the valley of the Kali-Gandaki River, the deepest gorge in the world. Views of lush, fertile farmland and stands of undisturbed natural forest, snow-covered mountains, and encounters with a mixture of many ethnic communities all add up to a diverse range of experiences that make this area one of the most satisfying trekking destinations in Nepal.
Annapurna trekking is one of the fascinating lands of biodiversity in the world. It is the largest protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multicultural and multi-ethnic diversity make it the world’s most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environmental conservation and social 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. The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is essential and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna region. Unfortunately, the land is as fragile as its diversity and its resources are put under great pressure due to population growth, poverty, and tourism. 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 the fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust of the mandate for the management of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project.
Regardless of the Annapurna trekking chosen it is most likely that Pokhara will be either the starting or ending point of your trek. Pokhara has located 200 km. west of Kathmandu and can be reached by road in five to six hours or 25 minutes by air.