You are expected to eat breakfast and dinner in the same lodge where you are spending the night. Prices of rooms are seemingly inexpensive because of this (100-300Rs for a double) lodge owners tend to make more money on the food and drinks they are selling you than on the room where you are sleeping. The amazing suspension bridge over Kali Gandaki River Enjoying the beautiful moments at Thorung La Pass at 5416mGhorepani Trek during winter Annapurna Trekking. Manang and Mustang are of the higher elevations and are predominantly Tibetan Buddhist. The Manang people are Gurung (not Tibetan descent) and are very proud of their unique cultural heritage and merging of lower land Gurung and Tibetan cultural influences. People of Mustang identify themselves a lot closer with Tibet and the Mustang region has actually been part of Tibet in history. Mustang also is one of the last places in the world to view the ancient Bonpo Religion in action. Annapurna trekking has been wildly recognized as a naturalist’s paradise. The upper sub-alpine steppe environment harbors some of the rare snow leopards and blue sheep. The conservation area has 100 varieties of orchids and some of the richest temperate rhododendron forest in the world. For thousands of years people of diverse ethnic backgrounds have scratched a livelihood out of its steep hillsides. Other areas of the region protect bird species such as the multi-coloured Impeyan, kokla, blood pheasant amongst a multitude of other birds, butterflies and insects. Many plants native to Nepal are found in this forest. Villages to note for Bonpo are Thini and Lupra near Jomsom, and Nargon near Kobang.
Annapurna trekking is regarded as the paradise of trekkers for it has been widely admired and liked by many people. Annapurna Trekking offers not only beautiful views of the mountains but also the many species of animals and birds such as leopard, blue sheep, Kokla, blood pheasant etc.The trek goes counter-clockwise from Besisahar to Nayapul and reaches its summit in Thorung La (pass) at the height of 5416m, or 17,769 feet. The route goes past the following mountains: Manaslu (an 8,000-plus meter peak), Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna, and, of course, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri passing through the world’s deepest gorge in between those two 8,000-plus meter peaks. Poon Hill, at the end of the trek, affords views of those two mountains, as well as South Annapurna and Macchupucchre, the Fishtail Mountain. The other specialty of Annapurna trekking is the comfort it provides during the trek. While being close to the nature, you can also enjoy modern facilities and amenities as the lodges, hotels and restaurents in the area are well developed. Depending on the time availability, experience, budget and interest of trekkers we can tailor-make any type of itinerary in the Annapurna trekking area. Annapurna area is useful for those who love flora and fauna because 440 species of birds and animals can be found in Annapurna region. The trek also goes through Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites, most notably the village of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus, and Braga, one of the oldest monasteries in the region. From Dharapani to Kagbeni you will be walking the Annapurna section of The Great Himalaya Trail, a long distance trekking route that connects Nepal from East to West.
Annapurna trekking region has preserved some of the rare species of the insects on the earth. You can also find some native plants in the forest in Annapurna region. That’s why the government of Nepal has declared Annapurna region as a conservation area. The eastern portion of the trek follows the Marsyangdi River upstream, to its source near the village of Manang. To get there several days of up-hill hiking are required. Then the route goes over the pass, a grueling day of hiking, and back down the other side, where it meets up with the Kali Gandaki River. At the end of the trek, several options are available: following the river further to the road proper to Beni and catching a bus to Pokhara, or adding on a trek to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC Trek), aka the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Few projects have been launched in Annapurna region to conserve the varieties of Orchid and rhododendrons including some species of flora and fauna. The advent of tourism and the phenomenal rise in human population has triggered a process of environmental deterioration. In 1968 Nepal’s King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation launched the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Annapurna was also the first mountain over 8000 metres scaled successfully. Apart from these natural bounties, you can also see amazing life styles of the indigenous people and their culture. They are residing in the steep hillsides for a long time.