After Everest; Annapurna Trek second most popular trekking destination, one of Nepal’s most fascinating route offers some of finest trekking trip. The Annapurna Himal is named after the Hindu Goddess of Grain and abundance. The Annapurna range dominates central Nepal, with Annapurna I being the highest at 8091m, followed by Annapurna 2 at 7973m, Annapurna 3 at 7555 and Annapurna South at 7219m. Other high peaks in the area include Tilicho Peak at 7134m and the simply stunning, sacred Machapuchhare (Fishtail Mountain) at 6993m. To the south lie the lush valleys around Pokhara in one of Nepal’s highest rainfall areas and to the north is the high altitude desert and highly erodible ‘badlands’ of Mustang, part of the Tibetan Plateau. To the east is the Marshyangdi River and to the west lies the world’s deepest gorge, carved out by the wild waters of the Kali Gandaki River.
Some of the best Annapurna treks are easily accessed. No flights require to get to the famous Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Sanctuary, world famous Annapurna Circuit and shot treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill, Ghandruk trek, Mardi Himal, Sikles Trek. Except Annapurna Circuit most of the Annapurna Treks starts from Pokhara; a naturally blessed city which is 200 km west of Kathmandu. There are daily comfortable tourist buses leave to Pokhara at 7:00am from Kathmandu. Several airlines operate daily flight to Pokhara. A trekking to Annapurna Circuit and Upper Mustang trek takes you to the insight of Tibetan influenced cultures, the people living in Pisang, Manang, Kagbeni, Muktinath and Upper Mustang has very similar speeches to Tibet and their dresses, tradition, culture are religious practices are Tibetan Buddhism. There are ancient old monasteries; prayers engraved stone walls, stupas, chorten seen in every villages of Upper part of Annapurna trek while other treks in lower Annapurna route are inhabited by most welcoming ethnic group of Gurung, Magar, Thakalis, Tamang and Brahmins. Though the last most devastating Nepal earth followed by April 25, 2015 epi-center was in Gorkha near Annapurna region, fortunately very less minor damages were happened in the area and all the trekking route in Annapurna are intact, no affect at all.
When to trek? The best recommended time trek to Annapurna are from Mid September to November in the autumn and March to May. Still many people trek in December, January and February (winter) to avoid the flood of trekkers and trek peacefully. And some of the Annapurna part like Upper Mustang is under the rain shadow, While the fall season may have the clearest skies, trekking during the monsoon has its own advantages. Some treks should be avoided, but for certain regions it's a great time to visit Nepal: the trails are less crowded, the villages are full of life and the valleys are in bloom. For the itinerary, trip cost, photos and map please see below listed packages. Wilderness Excursion is one the best registered trekking run by local trekking guide.