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An essential guidebook to the Annapurna region; the most popular trekking area in Nepal and a magnet for those who love mountains. 14 diverse treks update old favourites such as the classic Annapurna Circuit, and introduce exciting new routes in the Himalayas. Packed full of information on trekking seasons, local culture and recommended equipment.

Of all the great Himalayan peaks, the Annapurnas are unique. This vast massif of soaring spires and high ridges is about 60km in length, with many peaks over 7000m. It has long cast its spell on trekkers from all over the world.

Packed with extensive practical information, this is the essential guidebook to exploring the ever-expanding horizons of the Annapurna trekking region – the most popular trekking area in Nepal and for many years a draw for mountain addicts. The guide's 14 diverse treks update familiar old favourites, such as the classic Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary, as well as introduce exciting new routes.

The 14 treks described in this guide lead around tranquil lakes, through rich farming country, forests of bamboo and rhododendron, cool rainforest, silent alpine glades and rugged, high mountain desert to explore this magical region.

Annapurna Circuit:
  • Much of the guide concentrates on this trek, introducing some previously neglected side trips and new alternatives to walking on or close to the new ‘roads’. It remains the classic trek and is still a top trekking destination.
  • Annapurna Sanctuary:
  • Another classic favourite where little change, other than ever-improving comfort has occurred. The views from this cloud bubbling cauldron are still hard to beat.
  • Ghorepani Circuit:
  • Affectionately known as the Poon Hill Expedition, this has all the ingredients for a short, spell-binding adventure in the foothills. Terraced hillsides, fairytale forests and soaring snow-covered spires contrive to make any visit a memorable one.
  • Annapurna-Dhaulagiri:
  • Once a hidden treasure, this route is gradually becoming more popular. The airy belvederes of the Kopra Danda ridge are sensational; even the most experienced trekking hand will be blown away.
  • Seasons
  • The best season is usually mid-October to mid-December. In spring, the Himalayas burst into bloom, but clouds are more prevalent and can obscure views.
  • Centres
  • Kathmandu, Nar, Manang, Thorong La, Muktinath, Kagbeni, Lo Manthang, Jomsom, Marpha, Tukuche, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Ghandruk, Annapurna Sanctuary, Mardi Himal, Puranokot, Pokhara
  • Difficulty
  • There are treks in the Annapurnas suitable for people of all abilities. The Annapurna Circuit is a serious and strenuous expedition requiring physical and mental stamina, but there are easy options in the foothills. Accommodation is generally fairly primitive, but improving. Evacuation is difficult, so be fit and prepared!
  • Must See
  • Highest mountains in the world, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu; intriguing blend of Hinduism and Buddhism: exquisite ancient monasteries, phantasmagorical landscape, traditional villages; altitudes from the 5346m Thorong La pass down to 800m at Pokhara lakeside; sights include glorious snowy white peaks, blue lakes, green rice terraces, peaceful forests eroded rock formations and dramatic tumbling waterfalls.
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