Annapurna Short description
The region around the Annapurna massif is possibly the top acknowledged trekking idea in Nepal. Supported on complete numbers of trekking guests it is definitely the most popular. As the title suggests, the center piece of this part of Nepal is the range of mountains that includes Annapurna I, the first of the 8000 meter peaks to be climbed. Also included in this general area is another 8000 meter giant, Dhaulagiri , which is located west of Annapurna I. Between these two mountains runs the valley of the Kali-Gandaki River, the deepest gorge on earth. Combine this with lush, farming land, stands of undistributed ordinary jungle and a combination of different ethnic residents and you have a diverse range of experiences that makes this area one of the most satisfying trekking destinations in Nepal.
Adventure Discovery Treks some guide lines for those travelers who wants to explore Annapurna of it’s best. One of the real fact of Annapurna trekking region that the main Himalayan range runs south of the border that the northern parts of the area are in the rain shadow and are significantly drier than the southern angles of the Himalayas. This go ahead to curiously miscellaneous backgrounds. Some facts of Annapurna region although you able to read Annapurna trekking guide books.
Permits and Fees
For most of the Annapurna trekking area, Nepal government has been charging fees of 2000.00 rupees from trekkers who wants trek in Annapurna except Upper Mustang where a fee of US$ 700.00 per person is taken for ten days visit. The trekking agencies association of Nepal has built rule the every tourist should have TIMS(Trekkers Information Management System) that costs you $10.00
The most beautifull city Pokhara would be the either starting or ending poing of Annapurna trekking. The city sitiated 200 km. west from kathmandu and can be reached withen 7 hours by drive, 30 min. by flight from Kathmandu but the Annapurna circuit trek starts from Beshishar which takes 6 hours drive from kathmandu. For road journey there are a number of tourist buses accessible daily from Kathmandu and from Chitwan.
Flora and Fauna
As can be imagined, the range of geographical and climatic regions has led to a diverse variety of flora and fauna within the Annapurna region. Both Pokhara and Besishahar are below 1000 meter elevation and their climate is quiet tropical. These parts of area are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. The area is also famous for its winter crops of oranges, which can be purchased fresh from the trees along the trails in the foothills. As you progress higher up into the hills the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line. In the rain shadow, to the north of the mountains, the landscape is quite barren being an extension south of the Tibetan plateau. Here there are only stunted bushes and shrubs except for close to the rivers where irrigated cropping is possible.
Native animals to be seen include many birds the most obvious being the pica, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar.
Most of the places around Annapurna trail tea houses and guest houses are available particularly true for most popular treks-the Jomsom trek, the Annapurna circuit and Annapurna base camp treks.
You have to conscious, however that there is forever the danger of being stranded by bad climate or wound/illness between tea houses, mainly in the more isolated parts of the trek programs. A superior example is on the Annapurna circuit where there is one very long day when the high pass of Thorong La has to be crossed. There is little or no protection accessible for most of this day and some trekkers have been caught unprepared by terrible weather conditions and elevation harms.
However the trekkers themselves have to manage the remote trails like Dgaulagiri and lamjung self sufficient food and shelter.
People and Culture
The Gurung, the Thakali and the Manangba are the main inhabitants around Annapurna region. The Gurungs are the most widely distributed being found from the hills of Gorkha district to as far west as Palpa. There heartland, however, is centered on the hills and valleys between the Marsyandi river and the kali Gandaki. The Thakali come from the upper kali Gandaki valley around Jomsom where their traditional farming has being supplemented by trade and, in particular, hotel and restaurant businesses. The Manangba are found in the upper reaches of the Marsyandi River and are in many ways similar to the Gurungs to whom they are possibly related. They are skilled traders and trace their roots back to Tibet. Religiously, the Manangba and the Gurungs of the upper hills is Buddhist with traces of their ancient, shamanistic faith still apparent. The communities live further south are predominantly Hindu.
All of the communities, particularly the Gurungs are famed for their cultural performances, which are easily seen while trekking in the region. Many villages along the trails will arrange performances for trekkers during the main seasons.
When to visit?
Nepal is small country so as with most of the trekking region in Nepal, the most excellent time to visit are during spring and autumn. Spring is the time for rhododendrons while the clearest skies are found after the monsoon in October and November. At these times the weather is generally mild and there is little rainfall. Unlike other parts of Nepal, the monsoon, from June to September, is the ideal time to visit pats of the region that falls in the rain shadow. In particular, upper mustang is the perfect destination during the rainy season. The winter months provide good trekking conditions throughout the foothills but some of the higher passes will be closed due to snow.