The Annapurna region (named for the Annapurna mountain range to the north of Pokhara) is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world.
Every trekker marvels over the magnificent scenery that the Annapurna and nearby Manaslu region offers and its unspoiled bio-diversity, including Machepuchare (Fish Tail) peak, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Gangapurna and Lamjung Himal. The adjacent Manaslu and Tsum Valley trekking areas are also great options for more remote, less crowded trekking. The region is home to over 100 mammals, more than 60 reptiles and amphibians, 450 species of birds and 9 types of rhododendrons.
The deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal embrace a wide range of peoples and terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high, arid landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau.
The Annapurna region dramatically reveals the cultural and geographic frontier running across Nepal. Mountain views are frequent and spectacular, and the various trekking routes offer different experiences – the circuit trek around Annapurna leads you throughout the region, the Annapurna Sanctuary trek heads toward the heart of the Annapurnas, and the short trip to Poon Hill offers some the best panoramic views in the region. The Manaslu Circuit is a great new alternative to the Annapurna Circuit, and these can even be combined into one epic trek. The Tsum Valley connects to the Manaslu Circuit and is the newest, most unspoiled area to be opened to trekkers in this region.