Annapurna Region

  • From Anna Sanctuary Trail - © Richard Winter
  • Anna Sanctuary Trail  - © Richard Winter
  • Anna Sanctuary Trail in Winter - © Richard Winter
  • Anna Sanctuary Trail in Winter - © Richard Winter
  • Anna Sanctuary Trail in Winter - © Richard Winter
  • Evening light from Kagbeni - © William Mackesy
  • Above the Kali Gandaki Gorge - © Reggie Heyworth
  • Below Muktinath - © Reggie Heyworth
  • Near Thorung La - © David Grant
  • Annapurna Circuit  - © David Grant
  • Annapurna Circuit  - © David Grant
  • Annapurna Circuit  - © David Grant
  • Annapurna Circuit  - © David Grant

Key information: Annapurna Region

  • Some of the best trekking in the world is concentrated around the vast Anapurna massif in the high Himalayas.
  • See the Nepalese way of life - albeit inevitably affected by a high traffic of foreigners.
  • Trek round the massif in around 20 days on the marvellous Annapurna Circuit, of which the easier and shorter Muktinath/Jomsom Trek is the final third or so.
  • Or hike into the heart of the mountains for some of the world?s best views at the Annapurna Sanctuary (10 days or so). 
  • Or walk the gentler Annapurna Panorama trek in the (relative) foothills but with amazing views, in 6 days or so.
  • Or walk the easier Royal Trek, which follows a lower ridge with strong local culture and Annapurna views galore, usually in the mornings.  
  • To the north is Mustang , ethnic and physical Tibet: amazing desert - gorge scenery and unspoilt villages in this remote, remarkable region.
  • Their fame has resulted in some of these walks being popular - even crowded in peak season, to the detriment of the environment and the integrity of the local cultures.
  • You can "tea house trek" most these routes, greatly reducing the cost and the weight-carrying involved in these routes.
  • These are tough walks in high mountains, on which you will have to be self-sufficient and where altitude can cause real problems. Come prepared.
  • Cicerone's "Annapurna: A Trekker's Guide" is the best book.
  • ANYONE GOT ANY GOOD PHOTOS? WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO POST THEM!

Walkopedia rating

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  • Walkopedia rating93
  • Beauty36
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest10
  • Charisma37
  • Negative points7
  • Total rating93
  • Note: Negs: altitude; popularity

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Maximum Altitude: Up to 5,416m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

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Evening light from Kagbeni - © William Mackesy
Near Thorung La - © David Grant

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Anna Sanctuary Trail in Winter - © Richard Winter...
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