Annapurna, the second celebrity in the Himalayas after Everest, oozes opportunity offering almost anything you could possibly want from a journey to the mountains. There are a vast array of trail routes in all directions of the compass, and whilst some of these routes are true classics catering for bucket list travellers, new trails are being blazed close to the border with China, Ancient kingdoms and rugged landscapes can also still be found hidden away in the areas of northern Mustang, a true paradise still to be explored.
Annapurna – the first of the eight-thousanders to be climbed – represents a crown jewel in a peak studded range full of big mountains and blistering scenery, while nearby Pokhara is a cooling place to relax tired muscles. The valleys in the area are lush and rich, with Rhododendrons lighting up the countryside in spring.
Areas north of the Annapurna Massif represent a high-altitude desert as it sits in the rain shadow of nearby mountain giants. Add to that the worlds deepest gorge in the east of the region, forests bursting with bird song, villages rich with local culture and empty trails and you have a destination that is ready to whet your appetite.