Annapurna region trek is mostly visited trekking area in Nepal. This area is the most popular and major trekking destination in Nepal. Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means "full of food", but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is "the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess,the mother who feeds. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: This makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kashi, on the banks of the river Ganga." Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. The diverse terrain and variety of cultures of the region north of Pokhara make each day's walk a different experience and make the area the most popular destination in the country. The Annapurna trekking region consists of peaks Annapurna 1, Annapurna 2, Annapurna 3, Annapurna 4 and those of Annapurna south peaks. Annapurna trekking region's major highlights are the ancient mid-western salt-route, settlement of Manang, Thorongla pass between Nepal and Tibet Muktinath temple and the deepest gorge of world Kaligandaki. Upper Mustang of Lomanthang, the desert plateau located in the upper valley of the River Kaligandaki, and to the north of the main Himalayan range also falls in Annapurna region.
Tourist access to Mustang is controlled to help retain its exclusiveness the highlights of the trek includes the visit to the Mustang palace, the visit to Lomanthang and pony rides to the Nepal-Tibet border. Annapurna region is reached via- Pokhara, which is 200km from Kathmandu , it is 5 to 6 hours by road and 30 minutes by air from Kathmandu.One can ride a bus or hire a cab from Pokhara to reach the trek head. Food and accommodation is easily available for most of part of Annapurna region trek. Annapurna circuit, Annapurna base camp, Ghorepani Poonhill, Annapurna Siklis, The Royal trek, Jomsom Muktinath, upper Mustang trek, Nar phu valley trek are famous popular treks in Annapurna region.
Views from the trail Ascending the Marshyangdi river
Exploring beautiful Manang villages
Visiting Buddhist monastery-Barga
Panoramic views from Manang
Annapurna III, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Gangapurna Lake, Tilicho Himal, Cross Thorong La (5416m), The Pilgrim town of Muktinath, View from Dhaulagiri Mountain on the way. World deepeset gorge Kaligandaki Valley, Natural hot spring Tatopani, Best view from Poonhill, explore ethnic group Gurung, Magar and Thakali, Panoramic view Annapurna Base camp.