is an enormous Himalayan massif, the tenth highest mountain in the world. In
1950, it became the first 8,000 meter mountain to be successfully climbed.
It is located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalaya by the Kali
Gandaki river. The mountain has glaciers on its western and northwestern
slopes which drain into this gorge.
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name that can be translated as Goddess of the
Harvests or more simply The Provider. Of Annapurna's many high peaks, five
are labeled using some variation of the name Annapurna. Of these, the two
highest (Annapurna I and II), stand like
bookends at the western and eastern ends of the massif.
Major Trekking Routes
Annapurna village Trek
The trek along the Annapurna Foothills to the view point on Poon Hill
offers all the best of trekking. trekking routes meander through the
spectacular mountain scenery and charming villages inhabitated by the
Gurungs, dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical
valleys, all set below the Annapurnas with the picturesque fluted peak of
Machapuchare (Fish Tail Peak) dominating the skyline.
At dawn the sight at Poon Hill is one of the most spectacular mountainscape
on Earth. As the sun touches the snowcapped summits the Himalayan giants,
Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,788ft.) and Annapurna (8,091m/26,538ft.) along with a
maze of other peaks, slowly begin to appear, like magic.A rewarding trek
that can be enjoyed by every lover of nature and beautiful landscape.
The trek has been named the "Royal Trek" as Britain's Prince
Charles Walked it in the 1980s. It's an excellent trek to do as it doesn't
entail any particular long walking days but plenty to see. The route
gradually climbs up through the ethnic villages and forest of magnolia and
rhododendron. This trek offers panoramic views view of Pokhara Valley and
the beautiful Mt Fishtail (Machhapuchre) as well as Annapurna range to the
north and magnificent lakes surrounded by nmountains in the south, Lamjung
Himal, Manaslu and Himchuli in the east.
Ghorepani-pun Hill Trek
Located at an altitude of 3000m in the Annapurna range. This trek is
suitable for those who wish to have an adventurous trek and closer vies of
mighty Himalayan range. the trek take you along deepest gorge in the world "Kaligandaki
Valley" on its backdrop while passing through it. During the trek, the
route passes through world's famous 'the Gorkha warrior' clan the Gurung and
Magars villages, rhododendron and pine forest, offers spectacular views of
Annapurna ranges; Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu etc. On Pun Hill one can
observe the entire mountain ranges covering red and pink rays of the Sun in
full bloom at the Sunset and Sunrise.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
This trekking area encircles the famous Annapurna ranges and Pass through a
great variety of landscapes and vegetation from the tropicaldiversity to the
Tibetan Plateau. A breathtaking views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri can also
be enjoyed. The highest point is the Thorong-La Pass (5416m) This trek gives
also the opportunity to se different pictures of some ethnic groups of
Gokyo Lakes & Everest
The 360° panorama from Gokyo Ri is thought by many to be the best in
the world. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu and thousands more: sheer
vertical faces, sculpted pinnacles above the crystalline lakes. Others say
that from the 'nameless towers' above the 4th lake it is even better. This
trek does both.