Annapurna Region

 Annapurna is a section of the Himalayas in north-central Nepal that includes 8,091 m (26,545 ft) Annapurna I, thirteen additional peaks over 7,000 m (22,970 ft) and 16 more over 6,000 m (19,690 ft). This section is a 55 km-long (34 mi-long) massif bounded by the Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west, the Marshyangdi River on the north and east, and Pokhara Valley on the south. Annapurna I is tenth among Earth's fourteen eight-thousanders. 8167 metre Dhaulagiri I rises 34 km to the west across the Kali Gandaki Gorge, considered Earth's deepest canyon.

Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means "full of food" (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is "... the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess ... the mother who feeds. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: This makes Annapurna a universal goddess ... Her most popular shrine is located in Kashi, on the banks of the river Ganga." Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.

The entire massif and surrounding area are protected within the 7,629 km2 Annapurna Conservation Area, the first and largest conservation area in Nepal. The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit.

The Annapurna peaks are among the world's most dangerous mountains to climb, although in more recent history, using figures from only 1990 and after, Kangchenjunga has a higher fatality rate. As of 2007, there had been 153 summit ascents of Annapurna I, and 58 climbing fatalities on the mountain. This fatality-to-summit ratio (38%) is the highest of any of the eight-thousanders. In particular, the ascent via the south face is considered, by some, the most difficult of all climbs.

Geography

The Annapurna massif contains six major peaks over 7,200 m (23,620 ft):

Annapurna I       8,091 m            (26,545 ft) Ranked 10th

Annapurna II      7,937 m            (26,040 ft) Ranked 16th

Annapurna III     7,555 m            (24,786 ft) Ranked 42nd

Annapurna IV    7,525 m            (24,688 ft) Ranked 57th 

Gangapurna      7,455 m            (24,457 ft) Ranked 59th

Annapurna South           7,219 m (23,684 ft) Ranked 101st

The Annapurna Conservation Area is a well known treking region.

There are three major trekking routes in the Annapurna region: the Jomson Trek to Jomsom and Muktinath (increasingly disturbed by a road-building project) The Annapurna Sanctuary route to Annapurna base camp; and the Annapurna Circuit, which circles the Annapurna Himal itself and includes the Jomsom route. The town of Pokhara usually serves as a starting point for these treks, and is also a good starting place for other short treks of one to four days, such as routes to Ghorepani or Ghandruk.

The Mustang district, a former kingdom bordering Tibet, is also geographically a part of the Annapurna region, but treks to upper Mustang are subject to special restrictions.

About two-thirds of all trekkers in Nepal visit the Annapurna region. The area is easily accessible, guest houses in the hills are plentiful, and treks here offer incredibly diverse scenery, with both high mountains and lowland villages. Also, because the entire area is inhabited, trekking in the region offers unique cultural exposure and experience.

Annapurna Region Packages

Nar and Phu Valley Trek (Lodge to Lodge ...

The Nar Phu valley is a trek one of the most amazing himalyan villages of Nar and Phu. where still existing ancient Tibetan cultural way of life and Strong buddhist believe. the ...

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Panorama Trek is an ideal introduction to people trekking in Nepal. Our itinerary includes an opportunity to watch the sunrise over the Annapurna ranges from Poon hill. This is one of ...

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Balcony of Annapurna

 Annapurna Balcony Annapurna Balcony is one of the best cultural trekking route across the Gurung(indigenous people) village  in Annapurna region because it's easy to walk , very ...

Annapurna Panorama Trek

The Annapurna Panorama Trek is an ideal introduction to people trekking in Nepal. Our itinerary includes an opportunity to watch the sunrise over the Annapurna ranges from Poon hill. This is one of ...

Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek

TREK HIGHLIGHTS Classic trekking route Breath taking mountain views and scenic landscapes Cultural diversity and diverse Himalayan flora and fauna Pass ...

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit, was opened as a trekking route in 1977, and has gained the reputation of being one of the most spectacular and varied treks in the world. With lush green valleys and fascinat ...

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