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What makes Annapurnas so special?

If you are thinking of going trekking in Nepal, especially for the first time, then you are most likely to head to the Everest region or the Annapurnas. But for sheer variety of trails, classic high mountain scenery and cultural interest, it’s hard to beat trekking in the Annapurnas for that quintessential Himalayan trekking experience.

One of the great attractions of the region is that treks in the Annapurnas appeal to all levels of experience and ability. You don’t need to go particularly high or be a ‘hard core’ trekker to enjoy the stunning mountain scenery that the Annapurnas has in abundance. You can start with a relatively easy-paced trek in the beautiful lower reaches of the Annapurna foothills, trekking between high quality lodges set against a backdrop of stunning mountain views. Venture a little further and higher and you can trek into the heart of the Annapurna Sanctuary. This classic tea house trek in the Annapurnas is relatively low altitude by Himalayan standards and takes you to a vast amphitheatre of some of the world’s highest mountains as well as to the Annapurna Base Camp where you may meet climbers preparing to scale the giant peak.

If you are seeking more remote trekking in the Annapurnas you can get off-the-beaten-track by taking the trail across the Namun La - a spectacular trek in the Annapurna mountains that few others will have completed.

Whichever of our holidays in the Annapurnas you choose you can always be assured of a warm welcome from the wonderful people of the region, particularly the Gurkhas who call the Annapurna mountains home.

Whether you are considering your first trek in Nepal or you are returning to the Himalaya, take a look at our range of Annapurna treks as there will undoubtedly be one that’s just perfect for you.

Annapurna Region, Nepal Trekking

Annapurna Region, Nepal Trekking

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The variety of routes, the easy accessibility and a landscape which defines the Himalaya, has made the Annapurnas the most popular trekking destination in Nepal. Whether it’s a classic high mountain trek or gentle day walks in the foothills – the Annapurnas provide the most breathtakingly beautiful backdrop.

In addition to the scenic splendour, the Annapurnas are home to a diverse range of ethnic groups with a rich variety of language and traditions including the famous Gurkhas who have longed served with the British Army.

Another world renowned trek in the region is the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek – less duration and at lower altitude than the traditional Annapurna Circuit (which has now been spoiled by road incursion), but with equally dramatic scenery, which makes it an ideal first Himalayan trek.

These treks stay in traditional tea houses, but for those looking to trek in style amidst spectacular scenery, take a look at our Gentle Trekking & Luxury Lodges holiday or Annapurna Base Camp in Style.

If you want to really get off-the-beaten-track and enjoy a remote camping trek without the crowds then our Namun La Wilderness Trek or Grand Annapurna Traverse are just the trekking holidays for you.

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Key Facts

  • Main town of the region: Pokhara
  • Currency: Nepalese Rupee
  • Power supply: 220-240 v, 50 hz
  • Sockets: varies - 2 or 3 round pin sockets
  • Language: Nepali, Gurung dialect common in Annapurnas
  • Time difference: GMT +5.75 hours
  • Visas/permits: An entry permit (ACAP) is required to enter the Annapurna region - Mountain Kingdoms obtains this on behalf of their clients.
  • Religion: Hindu and Buddhist
  • Popular dishes: daal bhat and apple pie
  • Popular drinks: tea (chiya), home brewed beer (chang)
  • Did you know: Many of the Gurkhas serving in the British Army come from the villages in the south of the Annapurna region.
  • FCDO link: FCDO travel advice for Nepal


When is the best time to travel to the Annapurna region of Nepal?

It is possible to travel to Nepal throughout much of the year, though for walking and trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal, the best time to go is in spring (March-April) and autumn (October-November). Our temperature and rainfall charts will give you a guide to the climate in the Annapurnas.

Autumn is thought to be the best time to visit the Annapurnas. With dry weather and crisp, clear skies, the mountain views are at their best. The countryside is green and lush, following the summer monsoon. However, during this period the popular trails can be busy, and flights book up quickly, so do book in advance if you want to trek in Nepal during the autumn. We've introduced many treks which will get you off-the-beaten-path, and away from the crowds during this season.

In winter, the days are generally dry and bright, though at altitude the evenings will be extremely cold, and some high passes can be blocked by snow. Although a high-altitude trek may not be possible, winter can be a great time to visit Nepal, as there are fewer tourists. There are some fantastic walking and trekking holidays which are perfect for an adventurous winter holiday. Our Gentle Trekking & Luxury Lodges holiday in the Annapurna Foothills is particularly suitable.

Between March and April, the weather warms up, and a whole range of trekking options in the Annapurna's are available. Skies may be more cloudy than in autumn, but the beautiful rhododendron and magnolia will be in bloom. Some of our holidays are timed to depart during the Easter period.

In summer, from June to August, Nepal experiences the monsoon rains. As well as travel disruption, there are no mountain views, so trekking in the Annapurnas or the Everest region during the summer is not worthwhile. There are alternative mountain ranges which are at their best during the summer due to lying in the rain shadow, such as Mustang and Dolpo.

If you can't make the dates of our group departures, then take a private departure on dates to suit you, or we can create a Tailor Made holiday to the Annapurna region of Nepal, especially for you and your family or friends.

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