The Annapurna region, lying in the northwestern region of Nepal, is named after the majestic Annapurna Massif. In addition to the world’s tenth highest mountain, Annapurna 1, the 55 kilometers long massif also includes 16 peaks over 6000 meters and 13 peaks above 7000m meters. It is superfluous to explain the otherworldly beauty possessed by this Himalayan belt. Only second to the Everest region in terms of popularity, Annapurna region is undoubtedly the most versatile trekking region in Nepal. From a 4-day-long panoramic trek to 20-day-long adventure trek, there is a destination and itinerary suitable for all levels of trekkers. Here we have handpicked three of the most popular trekking destinations in the Annapurna region for your next trekking.
At an elevation of 3,210 meters, Poon Hill is certainly the most frequently flocked vantage point in the region. A short, exciting, and lower altitude trek, it is suitable for all types of trekkers. Completed in 6 to 8 days, the Poon Hill trekking experience perfectly combines panoramic mountain views and a trek route guarded by beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. From the top, we can have amazing view of over 20 peaks including Annapurna One, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, and Gangapurna. Given its medium altitude, short span, and moderate difficulty level, this trek is suitable for family and group trek as well. Although not as strenuous as other destinations, Poon Hill definitely is one of the finest.
Click here for reference itinerary: Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking
Tilicho Lake At an elevation of 4,920 meters, Tilicho Lake in Manang district has made a name for itself as the lake at highest elevation. 18-day long trek to Tilicho Lake is one of the most popular trekking routes making the lake itself a very popular trekking destination. The beautiful, emerald lake and the view of western mountains reflecting on its water is the main highlight of the destination. You will also be surprised to find out that only a fraction of people undertakes this journey and the route is largely unexploited for most parts. Another main highlight of the trek is that you will get virtually within the reach of Gangapurna and Tilicho peak.
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We have saved the most popular and undoubtedly the best destination for the last. Mustang, located beyond the Himalayans, is the most favored trekking destination in not only Annapurna region but whole Nepal. Other than the otherworldly views of the Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri Massif, Mt. Manaslu and Nilgiri, the region is famous for its rustic windswept valleys and mysterious caves dotting the high cliffs. It is also hugely frequented by religious tourists who want to visit Mukti Nath temple. So in this way, the Mustang district is the seamlessly blends natural, adventurous and spiritual experience in one holistic spot.
Click here for reference itinerary: Upper Mustang Trekking
Other than these three destinations, the Annapurna region is home to the other handful of equally alluring destinations waiting to be explored. Given the fact that Nepal’s wettest, windiest, and driest regions are located in Annapurna region, you can comprehend the versatility of the region.