The Annapurna Region in northeastern Nepal has been said as having the world’s best trekking routes. From the beautiful city Pokhara, popular treks lead to Jomsom, Annapurna Base Camp, Mustang, Manang and around the Annapurna mountain. Short treks to Sikles and Ghandruk are also popular. It is regarded as a paradise that offers beautiful views of the mountains and wonders of nature and who don’t want to be in Paradise??? Taking us through green foothills, stunning mountain scenery – Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III and IV and Dhaulagiri, barren of the world’s deepest Kaligandaki gorge and subtropical forest covered with rhododendrons and other wildflowers. Muktinath is a popular destination for pilgrims and trekkers to the region which is holy for both Buddhists and Hindus.
Let’s have some detailed information about some trekking routes that lie in The Annapurna Region which are very famous among travelers and tourists.
Sikles Village is a short and perfect destination from Pokhara- which is a hub of the popular Annapurna Region. Principally occupied by the Gurung people, one of Nepal’s major ethnic groups and rarely visited by an outsider. This village is one of the oldest and second largest Gurung village. This place offers wonderful views of Annapurna South (7219m) Himchuli(6441m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Lamjung Himal and Manaslu ranges.
Ghandruk village situated at an altitude of 2012 meters above sea level. Ghandruk is a beautiful village with Gurung settlement. We can see the old Gurung Museum in Ghandruk. Ghandruk offers a great view of snow-capped Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Annapurna -III, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre Mountain. Ghandruk entices you with rich Gurung culture and tradition of people living in this exotic place. You can feel the warm Gurung hospitality and culture of the Gurung people who reside in this region.
Mustang District, a part of the Dhaulagiri region is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal. The district, with Jomsomas its headquarters, straddles the Himalayas and extends northward onto the Tibetan plateau. These whitewashed settlements, set amid fields of barley and home to impressive chortens and simple monasteries, reflect the abiding Buddhist culture. The landscape of Mustang is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows, and browns. This district is famous for the springs and village of Muktinath (a popular Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site), apples.
Jomsom also is known as Dzongsam or New Fort is a town located at an altitude of 2800m in the Mustang District of Nepal. It extends over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. The soaring peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form a backdrop. The views are very fascinating and adorable.
Upper Mustang is located north of Annapurna and at an average altitude of 4,000mis geologically and culturally part of the Tibetan plateau. The valleys are arid and dry with colorful rock formations containing many cave dwellings high up in the cliffs. The first trekking parties were allowed into Upper Mustang in 1992 and there are still very few people (about 700 trekkers each year) visiting Upper Mustang, as a result, it is one of the few places left where one can see undisturbed Tibetan culture.
Manang which lies close to the Nepal-Tibet border in the lap of gigantic Himalayas offers tremendous opportunities due to its rich natural flora and fauna. It is situated on the broad valley of the Marshyangdi River in the rain shadow to the north of the Annapurna mountain range. It is still one of the remotest and inaccessible valleys in Nepal. Mostly inhabited by Gurungs and Ghales eminently innocent and hard-working people. Yak roam the valley sides surrounded by stunning 6000 to 8000m peaks (Pisang peak, the Chulu range, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Kangaru Peak, Throng peak), and the area also contains high concentrations of endangered species such as snow leopard and blue sheep. Manang is well known for Tilicho Lake (highest lake of the world), Milarepa’s Cave, the Himalayan range and spectacular natural beauty, monasteries as well as warm culture and rich hospitality of local people.
Tilicho Lake – the highest lake in the world – is the glacial melt of the entire northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorang Peak, which is claimed to be the highest lake (4,919 m high) in the world. It is about 4 km long 1 km wide and lies at the foot of 7,134m summit