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TREKKING IN THE ANAPURNA REGION
 
Ever since the Annapurna mountain range became open to foreigners in 1977 it has been a popular destination for trekkers and adventure seekers from parts of the globe. It is the 55 km-long mountain range of the Himalayas that can be foundin the northern central part of Nepal. The mountain massif includes the 10th highest peak in the world - Annapurna I at (8,091)and is followed byAnnapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,555), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Gangapurna (7,455m), Annapurna South (7,219 m) as well as 16 more peaks towering over 6,000 m. The Anapurna Conservation area, ranged within 7,629kmis the first and largest conservation zone of Nepal. The region issurrounded by the Kali Gandaki Gorge on the west, the Marshyangdi River on the north and east, and Pokhara Valley on the south.
Annapurna in Sanskrit  means "full of food" but is typically translated as Goddess of the Harvests.
Around two-thirds of tourists who come to Nepal for trekking visit the Annapurna region. From Kathmandu, the area is easy to get to, and the hills host plenty of hospitable tea and guest houses, so you can be sure to have a  nice cup of tea and a good cooked meal waiting for you along the way or after a long days trek.The trekking routes of the Annapurna region are also popular due to their incredibly diverse scenery, including both high mountains and lowland villages. Due to the entire area beinghighly populated with local people, trekking in the region offers you a true unique and diverse cultural experience. As well as the friendly locals, the area is also home to over 100 mammals, more than 60 reptiles and amphibians, and over 450 species of birds and 9 types of rhododendrons. TheAnnapurna mountains are situated in a rain shadowed area, which means this area is significantly drier than other trekking regions of Nepal, and increases the possibility of also trekking during the monsoon season.
 
 
There are three main trekking routes in the Annapurna region: the Jomson Trek to Jomsom and Muktinath, the Annapurna Sanctuary route to Annapurna base camp; and the Annapurna Circuit, which also contains the Jomsom route and loops the Annapurna Himal.  The main tracks when trekking into the Annapurnasclimb steadily following several river valleys up the Kali Gandaki to Jomsom and Muktinath and up the Marsyangdi to Manang. The trails are usually joined by crossing the Thorung La pass, and when combined, form the classic Annapurna Circuit.
The Mustang district, a former kingdom on the border with Tibet, is also geographically a part of the Annapurna region, but treks to upper Mustang are subject to special restrictions.
The town of Pokhara,  situated about 200 km west of the capital Kathmandu serves as a starting point for most treks into the Anapurna ranges.With its immaculate air, remarkable backdrop of snowy mountain peaks, tranquil lakes and surrounding greenery make it tourist’s haven and the perfect place to spend some time and relax before or after a trek. If you are spending a few days in Pokhara, you can also embark on a few other short treks from one to four days, to such places as Ghorepani, Poon Hill or Ghandruk which also offer spectacular mountain scenery.
With its diverse range of terrain and unspoiled bio-diversity, every trekker who embarks on a journey into the Anapurna mountains, cannot deny the unique and spectacular mountainous adventure that comes from trekking in this marvellous sanctuary. From the subtropical jungles to the high, dryplateaus. The deep valleys,high snow-capped mountains, andviews of some of the country’s mostoutstanding peaks including Fish Tail (Machhapuchhre), Annapurna, Nilgiri, Gangapofurna and Lamjung Himal.
 
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Gokyo Valley is directly west of the classic Everest trekking route encompassed by the Khumbu region, with Gokyo Ri (5,357m) on the west side of Ngozumpa, reputed to be the largest glacier in the Himalayas. Trekking in Gokyo weaves and wanders through a number of glaciers, glaciated lakes, high mountain passes, the oldest and most superb of ancient Buddhist architecture and one of the highest hamlets in the world, which is composed of a few stone houses at the base of Gokyo Ri. The supreme 8000m plus peaks will be our constant companions through the valley and beyond, never more than heads turn away. Some trekkers even believe that the views here surpass that of Gorak Shep, the uppermost village perch high upon the path to Everest.
 
The Gokyo valley winds through a number of small mountain villages, beautiful pastures of grazing yaks and crystalline turquoise lakes whose colors captivate the imagination and inspire the artist. After a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla we will be trekking to the tea houses of Kenjoma, where the trail from Khumjung joins the main trail. The next step is to make our way to Mong La pass with a steep drop down onto the banks of the Dudh Kashi River. Great oak forests and steep waterfalls abound in this area. The cascading waters are often frozen and after a few hours along this trail you may feel as if time itself is standing still. The final stretch before Climbing Gokyo Ri take us past the tea houses at Pangkha and acends through Ngozumpa opening into the first of the glacial lakes of which Gokyo is so renowned. 
 
There are multiple high passes zigzagging out of Gokyo valley, the most popular being Cho La which connects to the Khumbu Valley near to Lobuche; the path less travelled is the high pass of Renjo La, joining the trails of Thame and Nangpa La pass. The Gokyo valley trek is a wonderful trek in its own right or as an extension of the Everest base camp trek.
 
 
Trekking around Gokyo valley is considered a traditional trek that offers magnificent views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier- the largest in the Nepal Himalayas. The image of this region is associated with the soaring views of the most popular mountains in Nepal, at an altitude of 8000m such as Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri above Gokyo Lake. One of the most remarkable features is the view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (2922m) located in Khumbu region.
 
After a thirty five minute flight from Kathmandu landing at Lukla’s tiny airstrip, the adventure really begins. We spend the next few days trekking and interacting amongst the mountain people also known as Sherpa’s we stay at local lodges and trek into the heartland of their villages. Everything is organized in conjunction with local Sherpa guides. Along the trek we will pass Buddhist monasteries with the views of Everest and other snow towering mountains getting closer by the day. We will have rest days in the villages of Namche bazaar that will allow us to explore the region and to acclimatize, which is very important. After trekking to Gokyo Ri (5483 meters), we return at a leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.
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Trekking in Everest  Base Camp with Gokyo Lake.
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Nepal is much loved by tourists, thrill seekers and romantics alike for its mountains,  cultural riches, spiritual heritage and endless opportunities for trekking, adventure and discovery that will awaken the senses and re-kindle the fire in your heart. 
For the last 20 years we have operated a small and personal business, sharing the very best of what our beautiful homeland has to offer the intrepid traveler. Here you can become fully immersed in nature, take on the challenge of climbing the highest mountains on Earth and lose yourself in the rhythms and colors of our vibrant bazaars, temples and ancient traditions that have remained unchanged for centuries. You will find it hard not to be moved by the breathtaking snow capped peaks of the Himalaya, the green and lush pastures overflowing with an abundance of wildlife and the smiles of the humble village folk, who will welcome you warmly to share in their peaceful, slow paced way of life. 

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