The Annapurna region (named for the Annapurna mountain range), to the north of Pokhara, is the most popular trekking destination in the world. Approximately 65% of trekkers visiting Nepal trek in the Annapurna region, 25% trek in the Everest region and the remaining 10% trek in various areas like Langtang, Dolpo, Mustang, Kanchengjunga, Helambu, Manaslu. Every trekker marvels over the magnificent scenery that the Annapurna region offers and its unspoiled bio-diversity, including Fish Tail peak, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Gangapurna and Lamjung Himal. The area is home to over 100 mammals, more than 60 reptiles and amphibians, in excess of 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, dry landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau.
Two main trails follow river valleys in relatively easy ascents: up the Kali Gandaki to Jomsom and Muktinath, and up the Marsyangdi to Manang. These trails can be joined by crossing a high pass, the Thorung La, and when combined they form the classic Annapurna Circuit. As the land climbs, mud-walled huts are replaced by flat-roofed stone houses, and the predominant occupation changes from farming to herding while the principle religion of the people changes from Hindu to Buddhist.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 trek around Annapurna leads you throughout the region, the Annapurna Sanctuary trek heads toward the heart of the Annapurna’s and the short trip to Poon Hill offers the be panoramic views in the region.