Annapurna Conservation Area Project-ACAP (7629 sq km)
The Annapurna Conservation Area is one of the best trekking trails in the world. The area spreads around Kaski, Mustang, Manang and Lamjung districts of central Nepal. Starting with an altitude of 790 m, the area reaches as high as 8091 m of Mt. Annapurna. Ghorepani that provides fantastic panoramic view of the Annapurna ranges. Equally eye catching are hills of rhododendron that blossom every spring. The turning point of the Annapurna Circuits is Jomsom. The trek southeast from Jomsom, leads to the scenic Tilicho Lake area at an altitude of 4919m in the circuit route, is the famous Hindu relifious sites Muktinath Temple. The vegetation in this region includes various species of orchids and rhododendron. Wildlife includes 102 different and rhododendron. Wildlife includes 102 different kinds of mammals including rare endangered snow leopards and a very good population of blue sheep. The region also boasts of around 474 species of birds including multi-colored impheyan, koklas and blood pheasants. In addition the region is also home to 39 species of reptiles and 22 species of amphibians.
Activites: Trekking, Mountaineering
Accommodation: Resort Hotels, Lodges, camping
Access: From Pokhara which is 202 km by road or 30 minutes by air from Kathmandu
Best Season: March-May; Sep-Nov