Of all the great Himalayan peaks, the Annapurnas are unique. This vast massif of soaring spires and high ridges is about 60km in length, with many peaks over 7,000m. It has long cast its spell on trekkers from all over the world.
Packed with extensive practical information, this is the essential guidebook to exploring the ever-expanding horizons of the Annapurna trekking region the most popular trekking area in Nepal and for many years a draw for mountain addicts. The guide's 14 diverse treks update familiar old favourites, such as the classic Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary, as well as introduce exciting new routes.
The 14 treks described in this guide lead around tranquil lakes, through rich farming country, forests of bamboo and rhododendron, cool rainforest, silent alpine glades and rugged, high mountain desert to explore this magical region.
Annapurna Circuit: Much of the guide concentrates on this trek, introducing some previously neglected side trips and new alternatives to walking on or close to the new roads. It remains the classic trek and is still a top trekking destination.
Annapurna Sanctuary: Another classic favourite where little change, other than ever-improving comfort has occurred. The views from this cloud bubbling cauldron are still hard to beat.
Ghorepani Circuit: Affectionately known as the Poon Hill Expedition, this has all the ingredients for a short, spell-binding adventure in the foothills. Terraced hillsides, fairytale forests and soaring snow-covered spires contrive to make any visit a memorable one.
Annapurna-Dhaulagiri: Once a hidden treasure, this route is gradually becoming more popular. The airy belvederes of the Kopra Danda ridge are sensational; even the most experienced trekking hand will be blown away.