Annapurna Region is the most popular and major trekking destination in Nepal. Annapurna region has been recognized as one of the world’s best trekking trails. More than 40,000 tourists annually visit this area.
The Annapurna region consists of peaks Annapurna I, II, III, IV, those of Annapurna South peaks, Mt. Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The trek’s major highlights are the ancient mid-western salt route settlement of Manang, Thorong –La pass between Nepal and Tibet, Muktinath Temple and the deepest gorge of world Kali Gandaki.
Mustang also called Lo Manthang, the desert plateau located in the upper valley of the River Kali Gandaki, and to the north of the main Himalayan range also falls in this region. The best part of the trek includes the visit to the Mustang Palace, the visit to Lo Manthang and pony rides to the Nepal-Tibet border.
The most famous ethnic groups of Annapurna region are Gurung, Thakali and Manangba. Due to the extremes of elevation the region contains a remarkable diversity of flora; from sub-tropical lowland forests of oak, bamboo and rhododendron in the south to the high alpine meadows and windswept desert plateaus in the north, bordering Tibet.
The popular trekking routes of this region are Jomsom, Annapurna Circuit Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Lamjung, Dhaulagiri, Upper Mustang Trek and around Pokhara. Different from other parts of Nepal, even the monsoon months are ideal to visit to in this region.