It’s a once in a lifetime experience, trekking through the Annapurna Mountain Range in gorgeous Nepal! We have briefly mentioned these mountains before, in our previous blog ‘Why You Should Visit Nepal’, but now it’s time for a deeper look.
First, lets get technical! The Annapurna Range is 55km long, bordered by the Marshyangdi river on the east and north, the Pokhara Valley on the South, and the Kali Gandaki Gorge on the West. The highest peak is Annapurna I at 8091m (the tenth highest mountain in the world), though there are thirteen more peaks at over 7000m! Let’s just say you won’t be wanting for a view!
The Annapurnas are a section of the mighty Himalaya mountain range. They are breathtaking. They are gorgeous. They are truly an experience. Within the Annapurna Range there are many different treks and some of the most dangerous mountains to climb in the whole world!
Local people of course inhabit the mountain range and you will find some quaint attractive little villages tucked away among these mighty mountains. The village of Marpha is famous for it’s production of brandy and jam, made from locally grown fruit. There is a gorgeous Buddhist monastery to visit, and you can hear the monks chanting as the sound flows out over the mountains.
Tukuche is another lovely village. It is the center of the Thakali people, an ethnic group originating from the region. Most of the houses are white washed and come with wooden balconies, a weird sight to stumble upon in the Himalayas. There is a library, a cultural museum and even a distillery in this village!
Kagbeni is a favourite of many trekkers, surrounded by lush green pastures and unusual, rugged landscape. It has a wonderful ancient Buddhist monastery complete with many young monks in training and some delightful cafes where you can even get a good latte!
You might think you’d be exhausted after trekking through these mountains and visiting these quaint villages but never mind, you’ll soon arrive at the riverside village of Tatopani. Here you can sit back and relax in natural hot springs. Soak your muscles and your mind, and don’t forget you’re doing all of this whilst still in the Himalayas!
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