Trekking in the Annapurnas

Find out why the Annapurna treks are some of the most popular in the world

There are many treks you can challenge yourself to in the Annapurna area. The most popular are the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Annapurna circuit and the Poon Hill trek. If you’re short on time, you can finish the Poon Hill trek in upto 4 days from Pokhara.

Pokhara is a day’s drive away from Kathmandu and that’s where all the Annapurna treks start from, except for the circuit. If you just want to do a hike, Dhampus is a great place you can see the mountains from. You can spend a night there or come back if you leave early. Sleeping there is a lot better though because the morning usually allows you to see the mountains at their best.

The Annapurna Circuit trek takes anywhere from 12-25 days depending on whether you take the jeep or not. It’s a challenging route with altitudes more than 5000 meters. If you feel you’re fit to do it though, it’s a great experience. You get to see little hillside villages and their cultures, stupas, and you get to cross the highest mountain pass in the world. You also get to see some really amazing sights, including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, some of the highest peaks in the world.

The trek to ABC or Annapurna Base Camp is a great trek too. It takes you into the heart of the mountains and you get to see the Annapurna range up close. The Fishtail mountain is a sight to behold from MBC, the second last stop in your trek going up. You can see the shape of the fishtail and see why it’s called what it’s called, something you can’t see from Pokhara.

You can capture some beautiful images from this vantage point. When you reach the Annapurna Base Camp, you’re surrounded by the Himalayan mountains, and many people tear up just seeing the beauty of the place. The trek takes around 6-10 days, depending on your physique. It’s not as challenging as the Annapurna Circuit Trek but it’s still one of the greatest treks in the world.

The Poon Hill trek gives you a great taste of trekking in Nepal. 3-4 days of walking among lush greenery and surrounded by great people. It is one of the busiest trekking routes in Nepal, so it’s wise to carry a sleeping bag with you just in case all the hotels are overbooked. You can sleep in the kitchen or some other warm area if that’s the case.

The sights you see from Poon Hill, about an hour away from Ghorepani, which takes two days to get to, are spectacular. You can see the Dhaulagiri, an 8000 meter peak and some of the tallest mountains in the world of the Annapurna range. The contrast the difference between the altitude, ranging from below 1000 meters upto 8000 meters, makes it a great sight to behold.

The Annapurna Sanctuary covers 7,629 km2 (2,946 sq miles) of beautiful landscapes ranging from under 800 meters in altitude to Annapurna I’s 8091 meters which means there are many areas to explore. It’s best if you take a good guide with you who knows the area. A porter can come in handy, especially if you’re doing a high altitude trek.

Make sure you have the proper trekking equipment and the right clothing according to the trek you want to do. Gloves, down jackets, inners, good socks, and good trekking shoes are high priorities. A windproof jacket is also required if you’re doing the ABC or the Annapurna Circuit.

Make sure you listen to your body and don’t stress it too much. It can be fatal if you just rely on your willpower and don’t understand what your body is going through. Good guides can tell if you’re over-fatigued. So we highly recommend that you go with one, even though it’s not necessary for you to take a guide.

Come see what the Annapurna Sanctuary has to offer. It will not disappoint.

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There are many treks you can challenge yourself to in the Annapurna area. The most popular are the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Annapurna circuit and the Poon Hill trek. If you’re short on time, you can finish the Poon Hill trek in upto 4 days from Pokhara. Pokhara is a day’s drive away from Kathmandu and that’s where all the Annapurna treks start from, except for the circuit. If you just want to do a hike, Dhampus is a