Annapurna Basecamp Short Trek
15 Oct

 Annapurna region Treks

Located in between the roaring rivers of Marsayangdi and Kali Gandaki, the Annapurna region treks is a paradise for hikers as it proudly displays icy peaks like Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), and many other soaring peaks. A vibrant display of Chorten-laden trails symbolizes the influence of Buddhism and the Gurung settlements of Ghandruk, Tolka, and Chhomrong gives you glimpses of rural life in Nepal. Normally, the journey of Annapurna region treks commences from Pokhara and later steps in the Annapurna conservation area. One can choose to take miniature tours inside the Pokhara valley to observe the Rupa, Fewa, and Begnas lakes or treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill trek and Ghandruk Trek can also be taken. Take the Annapurna Base Camp trek, Annapurna Circuit trek, or the Annapurna Panorama trek to fully understand the magical property of this region. The highly religious and divinely powerful Muktinath Temple resides in this region and is a dream of every Hindu and Buddhist pilgrim to pray here. The isolated kingdom of Lo Manthang or Upper Mustang intrigues travelers with its Tibetan influenced lifestyle and cliff caves.

The tectonic rock formation along with a surreal view of nearby mountains and Saligram filled rivers make it one of a kind. Take the Jomsom Muktinath trek or the Tilicho Base Camp trek to find the true meaning of natural enigma and feel the tranquil waters soothe your soul. To the thrill seekers, peak climbing to Pisang (6091m) and Chulu (6429m) are also viable options. Moreover, paragliding, bungee jumping, rafting, and boat-rides are other activities famously available in and around Pokhara.The trails are fairly built, and as it sits in the mountainous region, prepare for uphill climbing. If you desire clear views, then go in October to December, and if you fancy extremities, then visit in the winter season. The lower regions of Annapurna tend to be mild but as you head forward, the temperature drops rapidly so carry proper clothing.


Major Trekking route at Annapurna region

Annapurna Base Camp

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is one of the best Trekking destination for trekkers. 10 days trekking make you chance to experience to explore some major mountain Annapurna I 8091m, Dhaulagiri 8163m, fishtail 6997m, Annapurna South 7200m, Gangapurna 7455m, sunrise at Poon Hill, and other some small peaks. Trekking to Annapurna, you will chance to see Panoramic view from Poon Hill (one of the best view point at Annapurna region). 

A beautiful landscape unravels its serene beauty with tributaries all the way from the Himalayas cutting through the area. Hiking along beautiful ridges and thick forests will be a combination unlike other as the trail takes you past beautiful Gurung and Magar settlements of Ghorepani, Chhomrong and Tadapani. Enjoy the cultural and ecological diversity coupled with the awe-inspiring views of snow-capped marvels lying at a touching distance.

Annapurna Basecamp trils
panorama of Annapurna Basecamp

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a highly praised and spectacular trek in Nepal that takes you around the Annapurna massif. The trekking trail passes through the subtropical forests, ethnic villages, and allows you to explore the natural and cultural highlights of the Annapurna kingdom. The Annapurna Circuit Trek circumnavigates the Annapurna Conservation Area and entertains the travelers with the Tibetan-Buddhist culture in villages of Manang and Pisang to lead to the Thorung La Pass (5416m), one of the biggest passes in the world.

The trail takes you through the lush vegetation and challenging gorges formed by Marsayangdi River. While ascending to the northernmost parts of the Annapurna region, the trek also traverses along the fine villages inhabited by the ethnic groups such as Gurung and Magar. Passing through the rhododendron and bamboo forests you can see wildlife like Danphe, Langur monkeys, and jackals. Meandering along the ascending paths, the travelers go past Chame, Pisang, and Manang witnessing some of the grandest display of culture in the lifestyle and monasteries. The latter part of the trek takes you to the mighty Thorung La Pass (5,416 m). After crossing the pass, you head down Muktinath, a holy destination for Hindus and Buddhists. You then enter the Kali Gandaki valley and pass through the deepest gorge in the world. Before ending your journey at Nayapul, you hike to Poon Hill and enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise along with the panoramic views of the snowcapped mountains.

annapurna circuit
annapurna circuit trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

One of the most popular trek destinations in Nepal, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek culminates into an adventurous journey into the Annapurna region in mid-west Nepal which is suited for all kinds of trekkers. Exploring the Annapurna Conservation Area, the trek takes you to Ghorepani and Ghandruk, scenic Gurung villages located on the foothills of Annapurna massif. Poonhill viewpoint is another highlight on the trek which offers a complete 360 degrees panorama of the surrounding hills, Kali Gandaki gorge, Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP), and the Himalayas in the Annapurna region.

The trek begins with a decent uphill hike through the lush sub-tropical forests towards Ulleri. From Ulleri, you’ll continuously climb stone-steps leading directly to Ghorepani village. An early morning hike east of Ghorepani will bring you to the watchtower of Poon Hill (3193m) from where you can catch a beautiful sunrise along with the majestic panorama of Annapurna I (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Nilgiri (6441m), and Hiunchuli (7061m). Afterward, you’ll make a descent to the village of Tadapani. The trail continues to the traditional village of Ghandruk before dropping towards Nayapul. The ethnic village Ghandruk is mostly inhabited by Gurung tribe of people and also serves as the headquarters of Annapurna Conservation Area. A short hike down the stone-steps and the rugged trail will bring you back to Nayapul.

ghorepani poonhill trek
At Ghorepani Poonhill

Mardi Himal Trek

Lying at the base of the iconic Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m), Mardi Himal trail gives a feeling of trekking in the Annapurna region with fewer tea-houses and trekkers en route. An extension of the southwest section of Machhapuchhre, it takes less than a week to trek through the lush Bamboo and Rhododendron forests to reach the vantage point of Mardi Himal Base Camp. The landscape on the trek changes ruggedly from hills to lower mountains in a short span of time which offers astounding beauty of the Annapurnas and their residents.

The trek destinations lie 20km north of Pokhara, hence, you’ll take a short commute to Kande village and commence trekking through the quaint villages in the Annapurna region. You’ll pass through Australian Base Camp, Deurali, Low Camp, and High Camp before reaching the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m). Although considered the base camp, you can choose to trek 2hr further to reach the Upper View Point to enjoy the closer view of the scenic Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhre (6997m), and Mardi Himal summit (5553m). Afterward, it’s a continuous descent through the alpine shrubs, and lush Bamboo and Rhododendron forests until Lumre. You’ll retrace your path and trek back through High Camp to Siding village. You’ll descent along the Kalimati and Ghalel villages en route to Lumre, from where you’ll catch your commute back to Pokhara.

Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trek

Dhampus Sarangkot Trek

Dhampus Sarangkot Trek is a short and easy and classic trekking trail in Nepal. Located on the lower part of the Annapurna region, the trail traverses through the beautiful countryside inhabited by a wide diversity of people. The mesmerizing trek route in the lower skirts of Annapurna offers spectacular mountain scenery, mesmerizing sunrise and sunset view along with Pokhara valley and Phewa Lake. Revolving around the settlements of diverse ethnic communities, the Dhampus Sarangkot Trek awes with the display of the natural wonders in Nepal

Dhampus Sarangkot Trek traverses through Dhampus, Naudanda, and Sarangkot, which are the three most popular viewpoints around Pokhara. You head to Phedi on a short ride and begin the trek to Dhampus. The trail to Dhampus immediately offers you the genuine taste of treks in Nepal. The Gurung village is also a viewpoint to observe the peaks in the Annapurna massif. The trek then heads to Naudanda, the second vantage point. From Naudanda, the trekkers can relish the mesmerizing close-up view of Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Pokhara valley including the Phewa Lake. Further on, Sarangkot awaits with the mesmerizing views of Annapurna range. Sarangkot is also famed for hosting paragliding from the hilltop. Dhampus Sarangkot Trek is an amazing opportunity to enjoy the peace and beauty of Nepalese countryside, explore many ethnic groups such as Brahmin, Gurung, and Magar communities. Dhampus Sarangkot Trek ensures to provide you with all the adventures you have been seeking and memories for a lifetime.

Dhampus Sarangkot short trek
view from Dhampus Sarangkot

Upper Mustang Trek

Bordering with Tibet in the North, the greater culture, lifestyle, and tradition of Mustang resembles that of the Tibet. Upper Mustang Trek delves into a historical, cultural, and natural journey to one of the remotest regions in the world. Traversing a desert-like landscape in the northwest of Nepal, the Upper Mustang Trek offers natural ecstasy of arid landscapes and Himalayas with the company of ancient culture engraved into the lives of the inhabitants of the entire region.

The trek commences at Jomsom and moves northward along the Kali Gandaki valley through the quaint Buddhist villages of Kagbeni, Chele, Syanbochen, and Tsarang before entering the ‘walled city’ or Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang was the capital of the Mustang region and the last monarch of Mustang resided in his palace inside Lo Manthang. Although a part of Nepal, the inhabitants adherently follow the Tibetan lifestyle. After exploring the walled city, you’ll move north towards Niphu and Garphu along with Ghar Gumba (Buddhist Monastery) before making your way back to Jomsom via Dhakmar, Ghiling, Samar, and Kagbeni. The trans-Himalayan flight from Jomsom will bring you back to Pokhara. The trip concedes at Kathmandu. You’ll also get to relish the beautiful sight of Annapurna I (8091m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) at their full glory.

Forbidden Kingdom Upper Mustang


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