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Top 7 Popular Trekking Packages to the Annapurna Region

Located in the northern region of central Nepal, the Annapurna region is a popular destination among mountaineers and trekkers alike. The Annapurna region is gifted with plenty of attractions which allure travelers around the world. With the following top 7 popular trekking packages of the Annapurna Region, trekkers can fully enjoy the beauty of people and nature.

 

The trails in the Annapurna Region pass through culturally decorated villages and offer mesmerizing views of the Himalayas like the Annapurna (8091 m), Nilgiri (7061 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), and Manaslu (8163m) along with Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Lamjung Himal (6983m). There are a number of other cultural landmarks including Muktinath, Tal Barahi Temple, Braga Gompa, and Sher Gompa among others in this region. All these attractions are easily accessible with a myriad of treks in the Annapurna region. The popular trekking packages in the Annapurna region vary on the basis of destination, length, and difficulty. However, what is common across all these trekking options is the glorious adventure travelers are bound to receive.

 

Most of these treks begin after arriving at the beautiful valley of Pokhara, also famed as the City of Lakes. Phewa Lake, Mount Fishtail, Peace Stupa, Davis Falls, Mahendra Cave, and other local attractions have made it a go-to for tourists in Nepal. It is also the best adventure sports destination in the country. Similarly, Besisahar is yet another trail-head to some of the most famous treks in the Annapurna region. Galeshwor and Jomsom are also other notable points from where the treks in the Annapurna region begin. Inspired by awe-inspiring beauty and unique culture, treks in the Annapurna region are truly a blessing to anyone who visits it.

 

Popular Trekking Routes of Annapurna Region

Regardless of the length or difficulty of the treks, you are sure to witness the glory of the Annapurna Himalayas. Among a number of options to choose, here are top 7 popular trekking packages in Annapurna region.

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Trip Duration: 13 Days
  • Max. Elevation: 4130m
  • Best Season: Sep-Dec, Mar-May
  • Trip Price: USD 990/person
  • Min. pax: 2

 

With a catchy name like ABC Trek, it should not be surprising that this is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. While the Annapurna itself is considered to be one of the toughest mountains to climb, the trail to its basecamp is a relatively easier one. This entire Annapurna Base Camp trek takes place against a backdrop of the enchanting Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhre|6997m), Nilgiri, and Annapurna Mountains. Moreover, the ABC Trek takes the trekkers through ethnic Gurung and Magar settlements, their rich customs and heritage. The trail also goes through the Annapurna Sanctuary, a glacial plateau surrounded by the Annapurna Mountains. Reaching the base camp at 4130m, the close view of the Annapurna massif is grand enough to take anybody’s breath away.

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Annapurna Base Camp trek can be easily done even by novice trekkers. It is also easy because there are plenty of teahouses providing food and accommodation along the way. As such the trek can be completed within 13 days. It costs US$990 to do the Annapurna Base Camp trek, which covers everything from permits to food and accommodation, this trek packs a fantastic adventure into a fairly inexpensive package.

 

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Trip Duration: 10 Days
  • Max. Elevation: 4500m
  • Best Season: Sep-Dec, Mar-May
  • Trip Price: USD 900/person
  • Min. pax: 2

 

As part of the locals’ regular shepherding route, Mardi Himal Trek is an easy and short trek in the Annapurna region. Because it was only opened for trekking a few years ago, it is still in a pristine state. During spring, the forested paths of the Mardi Himal trek is made vividly beautiful by rhododendrons in full bloom. The Mardi Himal trek goes along relatively isolated paths through Magar and Gurung villages like Siding and Deurali. The trekkers reach Mardi Himal Base Camp at 4500m. Climbing up through the trail, one gets to enjoy stunning views of the Fishtail, Mardi, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and Annapurna mountains.

 

There are very few teahouses and human settlements along the trekking trail of Mardi Himal. However, the trekkers are bound to find the trek easier. Despite the high altitude on the trek, it is not very challenging as the path gains in altitude only very gradually. Mardi Himal Trek takes 10 days to complete at a cost of US$ 900 per person.

 

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Trip Grade: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Trip Duration: 19 Days
  • Max. Elevation: 5416m
  • Best Season: Sep-Nov, Mar-May
  • Trip Price: USD 1250/person
  • Min. pax: 2

 

Annapurna Circuit Trek is another popular trek and is generally longer than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It is also considered to be slightly more challenging but is still doable by less-experienced trekkers. The highest altitude that the trekkers reach is 5416m at the Thorung La Pass. The trail of Annapurna Circuit trek to the top of the pass goes through numerous villages which showcase Tibetan culture and lifestyle. Gradually, trekkers make way to the Manang village – a peaceful region full of wonderful Buddhists monasteries and delicious traditional cuisine. Heading towards the alpine regions, the Thorung La Pass is next on the trip. Muktinath temple, a religious site of great significance for Buddhists and Hindus, is also yet another attraction on the Annapurna Region. The trek rounds off as it reaches Ghorepani. A hike Poonhill concludes the pleasant affair around the Annapurna Himalayas.

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Several well-preserved and pleasant high-altitude settlements of Tibetan-Nepalese people with places providing food and accommodation are easily available along the Annapurna circuit. It costs around US$ 1250 and can be completed in 19 days. Annapurna Circuit trek has several alternative routes and also comes with the choice of adding side trips to it.

 

Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit Trek

Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Trip Grade: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Trip Duration: 19 Days
  • Max. Elevation: 5416m
  • Best Season: Sep-Nov, Mar-May
  • Trip Price: USD 1350/person
  • Min. pax: 2

One detour that can be added on to the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the Tilicho Lake route. The Tilicho Lake with Annapurna Circuit Trek is an addition to the spectacular Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trek heads to the highest lake in the world to the Tilicho Lake (4920m). One can witness not only the Annapurna (8091m) but also the Nilgiri, Tilicho, Dhaulagiri, and Chulu ranges along the way. Similar to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, it also passes Manang village, Thorung La Pass (5416m), and Muktinath Temple. The trip settles at Pokhara after passing Ghorepani village and making a hike to the Poonhill viewpoint.

 

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake is considered to be one of the more challenging routes in the Annapurna region and requires permits and experienced guides. This trek can be completed within 19 days at a cost of US$ 1350.

 

Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • Trip Grade: Easy
  • Trip Duration: 09 Days
  • Max. Elevation: 3210m
  • Best Season: Sep-Dec, Mar-May
  • Trip Price: USD 630/person
  • Min. pax: 2

Ghorepani Poonhill trek is another short and easy trek that is available in the Annapurna region. Hiking to Poonhill, the highest point of the trek at 3210m is quite a popular journey as this place is considered to be one of the best and most accessible viewpoints in the country. Getting a 360˚ view from there of the surrounding mountains including three of the world’s highest – Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8163m), and Annapurna (8091m), is a sure part of the trip.

 

Meeting the light of the dawn, one gets breathtaking views of the sunrise and the gorgeous scenery below. Climbing a few thousand stone steps to Ulleri and walking through some of the world’s biggest rhododendron forests, trekkers reach Ghorepani. The trails on the Ghorepani Poonhill trek are part of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Ghandruk, the second largest Gurung village of Nepal, is another attraction on the Ghorepani Poonhill trek. Here, tourists get the opportunity to dress up in the local Gurung traditional attire, local Gurung cultural dances, and eat tasty ethnic cuisine. The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek can be effortlessly completed in 9 days at a cost of US$ 630.

 

Jomsom-Muktinath Trek

Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a teaser for the treks that combines the attractions of both Annapurna and Upper Mustang Treks. Gradually heading north towards the Muktinath Temple, the trail heads through Tatopani, Ghasa, and Marpha. Whether it is to enjoy relaxing in natural hot springs in Tatopani village or see the apple capital of the country at Marpha village, the Jomsom Muktinath Trek is famous for a number of reasons. The trek concludes at Muktinath temple, a pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath is also the highest altitude reached on the Jomsom Muktinath trek.

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People of all age groups from younger children to older adults can usually complete this Jomsom Muktinath trek without difficulty as the ascent is gradual. A side hike to the Poonhill viewpoint can also be added on to this trek when one reaches Ghorepani village. You can contact us for the details regarding the Jomsom Muktinath Trek.

 

Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek

  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Trip Duration: 14 Days
  • Max. Elevation: 3660m
  • Best Season: Sep-Dec, Mar-May
  • Trip Price: USD 1000/person
  • Min. pax: 2

The Khopra Danda or Khopra Ridge Trek is a very less explored route to the south of the Annapurna Himalayas. The Khopra Ridge Trek provides an alternative to Poonhill to enjoy sunrises and sunsets over Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Nilgiri mountain ranges. Camping on the Khopra ridge at an altitude of 3,660 meters with a clear view of the mountains is the perfect definition of peace for most people. This Khopra Danda Trek trail also leads to the enjoyable villages of Gurung and Magar people like Ghorepani and Tatopani. A side excursion to the pretty Khayer Lake is a welcome addition to this Khopra Danda trek.

The Khopra Ridge Trek is a fairly easy trekking adventure in Annapurna region and can be completed in 14 days. It costs US$ 1000 and is perfect for all age groups and even beginners can easily do this Khopra Ridge trek.

 

Conclusion

The tenth highest mountain in the world- Annapurna I (8091m) and its massif are the major attractions in the Annapurna region. Be it going up to Annapurna Base Camp or going around the Annapurna Circuit, trekkers can relish the impressive mountains for themselves. The Mardi Himal and Khopra Danda treks offer a unique opportunity to take isolated trails. Poonhill provides an excellent viewpoint to enjoy the majestic mountains. Charming villages like Ghorepani and Ghandruk and enchanting lakes like Tilicho and Khayer decorate the region. Similarly, captivating monuments like Muktinath Temple only make these treks even more enticing. So, whether one is seeking an easy trek like the Ghorepani Poonhill one or a more challenging one like the Annapurna Circuit, the Annapurna region has top 7 popular trekking packages choices for all.

 

 

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