The Annapurna Himal and the town of Pokhara dominate Central Nepal. There are three major trekking routes in this region: to Jomsom, to the Annapurna Sanctuary and a circuit of the entire Annapurna massif. Pokhara is also a good starting place for a number of short treks of one to four days duration, including the “Royal Trek”
About two-thirds of the trekkers in Nepal visit the Annapurna region. The area is easily accessible, hotels in the hills are plentiful and treks here offer good scenery of both high mountains and lowland villages.
No matter where you trek in the Annapurna region, you will eventually pass through Pokhara, the main city in central Nepal. The trek to Jomsom begins a short journey by bus from Pokhara and the Around Annapurna trek ends at the same point.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
ACAP was established in 1986 under the guidance of the King Mahendra Annapurna range, an area of 7683 sq. km. In an innovative approach to environmental protection, it was declared a ‘conservation area’ instead of a national park. ACAP has encouraged the construction of toilets throughout the area; use then no matter how disgusting they are. Projects include the training to lodge owners, with an emphasis on sanitation, avoidance of deforestation, and cultural pride.