Annapurna Region trekking gain its popularity in all over the world since 1977 when it was first time opened for the foreigners. This region has been recognized as one of the World's best Trekking trails according to a survey by Modern Maturity (USA).Annapurna region is only such region for trekking that offers splendid varieties of natural and cultural diversity with spectacular Himalayan views of Mt. Annapurna, Annapurna south, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, and Fishtail etc.
Annapurna is a series of Peaks in the Himalayas, a 55 km (34 miles)-long massif of which the highest point, annapurna I stands at 8091 m, as making it the 10th highest summit in the world and one of the 14 “eight – thousanders”.It is located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalayas by the Kali Gandaki River, which separates it from the Dhaulagiri massif. (Dhaulagiri It lies 34 km west of Annapurna). Annapurna massif contains six major peaks over 7,200m. Which are: Annapurna I (8,901), Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,555), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Gangapurna (7,455m), Annapurna South (7,219 m)
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 a goddess of fertility and agriculture and an avatar of Durga.
The Annapurna region (named for the Annapurna mountain range), to the north of Pokhara, is the most popular trekking destination in the world. Approximately 50% of trekkers visiting Nepal trek in the Annapurna region, 35% trek in the Everest region and the remaining 15% trek in various areas like Langtang, Dolpo, Mustang, Kachengjunga, Helambu, Manaslu.
Every trekker marvels over the magnificent scenery that the Annapurna region offers and its unspoiled bio-diversity, including Fish Tail peak, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Gangapurna and Lamjung Himal. The area is home to over 100 mammals, more than 60 reptiles and amphibians, in excess of 450 species of birds and 9 types of rhododendrons.
The deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal embrace a wide range of peoples and terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high, dry landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau.
Two main trails follow river valleys in relatively easy ascents: up the Kali Gandaki to Jomsom and Muktinath, and up the Marsyangdi to Manang. These trails can be joined by crossing a high pass, the Thorung La, and when combined they form the classic Annapurna Circuit. As the land climbs, mud-walled huts are replaced by flat-roofed stone houses, and the predominant occupation changes from farming to herding while the principle religion of the people changes from Hindu to Buddhist.
The Annapurna region dramatically reveals the cultural and geographic frontier running across Nepal. Mountain views are frequent and spectacular, and the various trekking routes offer different experiences – the trek around Annapurna leads you throughout the region, the Annapurna Sanctuary trek heads toward the heart of the Annapurnas and the short trip to Poon Hill offers the best panoramic views in the region.
Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions has designed about 12 different special long & short itineraries as follows. Among them Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base camp Trek, Annapurna Sanctuary Trek & whole Annapurna Trek are very popular itineraries and for short holiday trekkers, Ghorepani Poonhil Trek and Jomsom Muktinath treks are Popular.