Central Nepal is dominated by Annapurna Himal and the town of Pokhara. There are three major trekking routes in this region: to Jomsom, to the Annapurna Sanctuary and a circuit of the entire Annapurna massif. Pokhara is also a good starting place for a number of shorter treks, three of which are described in this chapter. The ancient kingdom of Lo (Mustang) is also geographically a part of the Annapurna , but because treks to Mustang are subject to special restrictions, it appears in the Restricted Areas chapter.

About two-thirds of the 100,000 trekkers who visited Nepal in 2000 trekked in the Annapurna region. The area is easily accessible, hotels in the hills are plentiful and treks here offer good scenery of both high mountains and lowland villages.


Because there is no formidable barrier directly to the south to obstruct the spring and monsoon rain clouds, the region near Pokhara is subject to abnormally high rainfall almost double that of Kathmandu. This accounts for the large glaciers at relatively low elevations inside the Annapurna Sanctuary. Always be prepared for rain when you trek in central Nepal.

Following are other information on Annapurna Region, Please check the links:

  1. Information on Annapurna Region
  2. Short Treks near Pokhara
  3. Annapurna Himal
  4. Jomsom
  5. Annapurna Sanctuary