The Annapurna Conservation Area is one of the largest protected areas which cover 7629 sq. KM. It was established in 1992 in the range of Annapurna Mountain, across the Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi, and Lamjung districts. This region consist the world’s deepest gorge – in the Kali Gandaki River, and also contains world’s largest Rhododendron forest in Ghorepani. Pokhara is the nearest city and the gateway to enter the Annapurna Conservation area. From Pokhara one can reach other popular destinations within the Annapurna Conservation Area. Traveling to Pokhara can be done by drive or by flight from the capital city, Kathmandu. Public bus or hire vehicle services are available from Pokhara reach alternative places. Annapurna Conservation Area is most suitable among adventure tour, trekking and sports like mountain biking.
Nepal’s largest protected area is Annapurna Conservation Area.
The main attracting parts of Annapurna region are views from the path moving up to the Marshyangdi, Kali Gandaki & Seti rivers, exploring the beautiful surroundings & landscapes, remarkable destination like; Jomsom, Ghandruk, Upper Mustang, Manang, Kagbeni, visiting the Buddhist monastery-Barga, highest altitude Tilicho lake, the highest pass of the world, Thorong La (5416m), The Pilgrim site of Muktinath, Natural hot spring Tatopani and also discover the culture of Gurung, Magar & Thakali’s ethnic group which influence from Tibetan culture. Green paddy fields, rich forest, and glacial areas are some unremarkable attractions of this region.
Annapurna, the paradise offers you the beautiful views of the mountains. It exposes other unique species of flora and fauna. There are spectacular Himalayan ranges surrounding of it. Major mountain ranges are Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri Range and Machhapuchhre. Machhapuchhre is the most beautiful mountain with fishtail shape. Other Himalaya that are seen during the exploring are: Annapurna III, Annapurna II, Tilicho, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri. Capturing the views of all these Himalayan ranges and mountains from Poonhill station is a heavenly experience. Poonhill station provides magnificent sunrise and sunset views on these mountains.
Number of popular Trekking routes follows through this area.
Trekking in this region covers a wide range of cultural and geographical varieties and exposes. Every little aspect of it’s natural and cultural beauty will catch your eyes and heart. Annapurna Base Camp trek, Annapurna Circuit trek, Upper Mustang trek, Ghorepani- Poonhill trek, Jomsom-Muktinath trek, comes under the Annapurna conservation Area. Annapurna Base Camp trek starts from Pokhara and also end on it, whereas Annapurna Circuit trek start from Lamjung and end on Pokhara. Lifestyle and tradition of the citizens in the Annapurna region are really fascinating. Even the remote villages on this route offer quality lodges and guest houses that are eagerly waiting to serve the tourists with enormous hospitality. There are over 1,000 lodges, tea houses and hundreds of other subsidiary services to cater trekkers, travelers and pilgrims.
Trekking will be more fun with mountain biking, which is the another attraction of this region. Annapurna conservation area would probably the best place to explore for the ultimate experience of trekking in Nepal. Anyone willing of travel in this region will be worth to compare as per budget and time.