Annapurna and Manaslu
The Annapurna region is a favourite destination for many trekkers. This area north of Pokhara offers dramatic close-up views of some of the highest and most beautiful mountains in the world. Quieter and more diverse than the Everest region, a feature of trekking in the Annapurnas is the constantly changing flora and fauna as you trek through different climatic zones. The treks tend to start relatively low in a mixture of Nepalese “jungle” and villages surrounded by agricultural land. As you ascend you trek through alpine zones before, on the higher treks, breaking out into the spectacular and colourful, wind-eroded rock scenery of the semi-desert and high mountain passes.
As a complete contrast, the Kingdom of Mustang offers a stark, sculptured rocky landscape similar to that of Tibet. Some of this landscape is touched on by the Annapurna Circuit and Naar Phu treks.
The Annapurnas are also a favourite for many because of their proximity to Pokhara. Whilst this is Nepal’s second largest city, the resort area of Lakeside has a relaxed atmosphere that belies the size of the rest of the city. Pokhara enjoys a warmer climate than Kathmandu as it is at lower altitude. What could be a better way to reward yourself at the end of a trek than taking a boat out onto Pokhara’s lake, Phewa Tal, and looking up at the sacred, unclimbed peak of Machhapuchhare, (“FishTail” mountain), or enjoying a cool beer in one of the many beautiful lakeside restaurant gardens admiring the mountain views?
Treks around Annapurna and Manaslu